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Wednesday evening, on June 22, 2005 at Portland State University, at least 450 Portlanders had the rare opportunity to hear from two courageous Iraqi labor union leaders who struggled for years under Sadaam Hussein's repression and who have now stepped forward to organize workers under difficult circumstances of violence and occupation.
Both men would end the occupation immediately and state that the Iraqi people are perfectly capable of organizing and sustaining themselves, without U.S intervention. They do believe that they are better off without Sadaam, yet believe that the war was actually a war for oil and that under the current occupation, the people have no real power to determine their own fate. Hassan Juma'a Awad Al Asade stated that "we know that one of the main reasons for the invasion of Iraq was to control the oil resources in the Middle East, and because Iraq owns certain oil reserves in the world."
David Brooks recent New York Times editorial makes use of many common tricks.
"There's a reason George Washington didn't take a poll at Valley Forge. There are times in the course of war when the outcome is simply unknowable. Victory is clearly not imminent, yet people haven't really thought through the consequences of defeat. Everybody just wants the miserable present to go away."
(George Washingon would be for the war and you would too if you were a deep thinker like George Bush. George Bush = George Washington)
"We're at one of those moments in the war against the insurgency in Iraq. The polls show rising disenchantment with the war. Sixty percent of Americans say they want to withdraw some or all troops."
(If weenies like you were at Valley Forge, we won't have a country. Don't you feel ashamed and want to get in line? Valley Forge = Iraq)
The Time has come: Cancel your subscriptions to all Corporate MediaCancel all subscriptions to the corporately owned newspapers & magazines that have been complicit in deceiving the public about the many crimes committed by the Bush administration and about the many outrageous actions taken by our Congress to undermine our democracy, our environment and our civil rights while they put forth an agenda that is designed to hand ownership of our nation to a few wealthy individuals and corporations. Call your cable company and cancel the following news channels: all CNN networks (CNN Headline News and CNN International), all FOX networks that air news including your local FOX affiliate.
It is time to act! Stop supporting our enemies. Start supporting the people who have dedicated their lives to making this world a better place. If it inconveniences you, so be it. Make the sacrifice. If it costs you an extra dollar to subscribe to an independent newspaper, make the sacrifice and help us to regain our nation.
A shot was fired..
Oregon Governor, Kulongoski recently called for a debate on the draft. While claiming not to advocate for a draft, Kulongoski peacefully banters along side people that do support a draft, as an apparent way to end the back door draft on the state's national guard troops. He claims to be against the war, yet asks the state for a hundred thousand dollars to build a monument in support of soldiers died, in a war not ended.
He clearly re-iterates his frustration with the federal governments efforts to nationalize the state's guard, and asks for a debate on the draft. While meekly asserting that he doesn't support the draft.
One can only wonder..
What stinks in salem?
Plaintiff's witness Dr. Brady -- pathologist -- testified about the bullet wound entry & final resting place -- that it entered the backside of Kendra's abdomen, tore through bowels, pancreas, liver, lung, and heart and stopped just below the skin of her "bosom".
He said she had to be down and on her right side and that the gun had to be "some distance away" - meaning not too close to her body. He supported the Plaintiff's theory of where McCollister was - just outside the car rather than inside as he claims. Dr. Brady said that even though she had no pulse, Kendra had enough life in her body that the Emanual Hosp. surgeon worked hard for 40 minutes trying to save her. The staff at the hospital went "the extra 100 yards to save her."
The Iraqis arrived in Portland this morning, and spoke at a noon luncehon. These brave organizers have an important story to tell, and I encourage everyone to come tonight to hear what they have to say about union organizing, the US occupation, privatization, and their requests for solidarity. It's very powerful stuff, and this is probably the only opportunity to hear directly from Iraqi union organizers.
When asked about the US occupation, they were very clear--they think that the US occupation should end immediately.
Myself and my comrade were arrested on April 22nd, at around 1 in the morning, on charges that we had been wheat-pasting mayday fliers around town and writing capitalism on stop signs. These seem like marginal charges in the scheme of things, but they're trying to make an example out of us to all political activists.
Wal-Mart's Type II Development Application has been deemed "complete" and residents now have only 14 days (June 20 - July 4) to submit comments to the City Planner. ANY PERSON opposed to this development may communicate in writing via electronic or regular mail during this review period. Comments should address relevant concerns and also your intent to appeal if the application is approved.
Regular guests to the CenterRing space, located at 5339 S.E. Foster, in Portland, Oregon, got to see event organizers, artists, & activists preparing for this weekend's line up of workshops, music, healing, and play.
Event organizers explained that the event is "A Neocultural foray into the past, present and future of plants, people and the planet. From language to logos, science to mysticism, from remembering ancestral roots to envisioning future blooms."
As I walked into the big main space, I noticed masketeers (artists) were wheat paste-ing a big mask together, from just paper, wheat paste, and chicken wire.
Organizers were on phones checking last minute details, going over checklists, reverse timelines, and phone trees. Activists were planning their next move.
The USFS is poised to sell off not only public buildings supposedly of no use to the public anymore, but also to include surrounding lands in order to create incentives for developers to purchase them and then do whatever they want on those lands! This could mean housing developments or whatever right in the middle of a national forest or wilderness!! Incredible, you say? Anything can happen with Bush in power.
Ticketmaster (ReserveAmerica) Becomes Gatekeeper to All National Recreation SitesMaking InterActiveCorp / Ticketmaster the gatekeep to America's public lands is a dreadful mistake which will come to have profound impacts upon how Americans interact with their public lands. I say with much sadness, this is a black day for those who value nature Wild and Free.
On May 1st, 1960, a U2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers, an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, was shot down over the Soviet Union. On the afternoon of May 1st, when Eisenhower was informed that contact had been lost with the U2, and that the plane was probably lost, a cover story was devised to be disseminated to the American people through the media, which stated that the lost plane was a joint NASA-U.S Air Force weather service mission which had gone down in a lake somewhere in Turkey...
This story is relevant today, for it is just one of so many examples that illustrate the point that truth is the first casualty of war fare, and that therefore you can never believe anything that you hear from the government, since they will lie, dissimulate, and cococt tall tales which will then be obediently repeated by the press, and perhaps uncritically accepted by the patriots. .
Today the American military and intelligence complex released another one of their covers stories, after another u2 spy plane went down, this time, so they say, in the United Arab Emirates. the plane, they say, was on routine mission over Afghanistan before the accidental crash took place. The story was obediently reported on the CNN site, as 'U-2 crashes upon return from Afghanistan mission'. The corrected title for this cover story released as a news story should more than likely read, 'U-2 crashes upon return from Iranian mission'.
First day started with jury selection with the public, including Kendra's mother and family, kept out of the locked court room while 8 jurors were picked. The 8 jurors included 4 White females, 1 Asian female, and 3 White males. Out of approx. 70 people in the jury pool there were only 3 African Americans. The defendant, Officer Scott McCollister, in suit & tie, was present in the courtroom the entire day.
Each side presented their opening statements and then Attorney Grimes called 2 witnesses for the plaintiff - Melanie Carruthers and Officer Rick Bean.
There has apparently been an incident at Biodev in which a police officer has been taken away in a stretcher and possibly died, and numerous people from the demonstration have been beaten. Details are still sketchy, but it appears that the officer suffered cardiac arrest, and that he has died.
Philly IMC: [ personal account of arrests and crowd attack ]
The Grim Reaper joined dozens of Oregonians to testify at the House Special Hearing on Health Care last week. The Grim Reaper told legislators he has been waiting for the House Death Committee to hold a hearing so he can testify in support of the leadership, which refuses to pass bills that would lower health care costs for Oregonians. According to the Reaper, "a guy can only wait so long."
The Grim Reaper testified in support of his friends in the pharmaceutical industry, "If it weren't for their astounding profit margins, more people might receive affordable life-saving medicines, which really slows down my productivity. That's why friends need to stick together. I deeply appreciate that they were willing to testify against extending the Oregon Prescription Drug pool to businesses and more Oregon families. That profit preserving audacity is rarely seen in politics these days, and I believe deserves some recognition. So, let's hear it for Big PhRMA, for standing up to put profits ahead of patients."
The Oregonian promises porch/home deliveries and all included delivery each day for the monthly charge...What the Oregonian doesn't want subscrbers to know is their salesmen and downtown office lie to patrons and make promises they can not keep nor have the right to make!
Delivery people are independent contractors and are hired by the Independent Distributors, not by the Oregonian. His contract says nothing about delivery of the paper to the porch. As long as the paper is delivered to the tube or driveway he meets his obligation. However; my husband is more than happy to help elderly persons with special needs when they show appreciation, or ask personally with a nice note.
With the extremely high cost of gas, there are no additional fees my husband gets paid...Yet the Oregonian has raised their rates several times. The Oregonian gives the false impression that the drivers are well reimbursed...it is a lie!!!
The FBI has launched a largescale dragnet aimed at "ecoterrorism" in California, in the wake of the recent much criticized hearings before the House Environment and Public Works Committee, and various recent FBI setbacks and embarrassments in its touted "War on Terrorism."
Numerous prominent grassroots community activists throughout California are being delivered FBI subpoenas to appear before Grand Juries, apparently in connection with various unsolved alleged incidents of "ecoterrorism." For additional stories, see: sandiego.indymedia.org/en/2005/06/109378.shtml, sfbay.indymedia.org/news/2005/06/1748279.php, and www.fbiwitchhunt.com.
The Grand Jury is a controversial tactic that traditionally was reserved for pursuing highlevel government officials, powerful organized crime syndicates, and other high level racketeering cases, often involving cases of official corruption, by offering insiders "whistleblower" protection and legal immunity in exchange for forcing them to waive their Fifth Amendment rights to remain silent and to enjoy legal representation. In such cases, the extreme measure of denying such Constitutional rights has been justified on the grounds that, otherwise, these witnesses will face irresistible pressures from powerful, entrenched government or organized crime figures. But many have criticized the use of such Draconian tactics as the Grand Jury when the targets are people such as grassroots political activists, as being a transparent and totally indefensible tactic for silencing and repressing social movements. Activists such as Craig Rosebraugh have refused to cooperate with Grand Juries on principle.
Despite the brightness during this time of year, the darkness and oppression is growing. The powers that be will do anything and everything to maintain "control" over the illusion of their wealth and power. Their efforts to control the world's resources cause colossal suffering for millions of beings, humyn and nonhumyn. However, the more that each of us takes a stand, seeks justice, and challenges the status quo the more that this light will overcome the darkness and oppression that plagues us.
Tre Arrow's Extradition Hearings
This hearing, which will last up to three days, will begin the process which will eventually decide whether or not Tre will be extradited to the United States. We encourage anyone who is able, to come out to the hearings and show their support.
Vancouver, BC: June 27th, 28th and 29th.
Why is it that whenever the state intervenes in the care of your children they make you look like the bad guy? They send out these reports to the juvenile court system that state that the parents have said things that really were not said and that they lack certain interests in their own children that actually do exist. Even if those parents strive to participate in their kids' lives by making the regularly scheduled visits and going to their doctors' appointments and what-not, the social workers who draw up these reports still make it look as though said parents are not expressing interests in their children.
I went to the Division St Wild Oats to hand out flyers on Friday evening a little after 5. With only an hour's time before needing to leave, I got right to it, standing out at the curb and handing flyers to people going in and out of the store. It was going well, with a nice percentage of people generally interested and accepting the flyers.
I'd been outside for 15, maybe 20 minutes, when someone from the store came out and asked me to move down the street. It seems a customer had complained that they didn't want to be accosted while going into the store. I listened to her request, and said I am just handing flyers to people and declined to move.
I stepped out a little while ago to see what was going on, and the first thing I saw was that rainbow. A double rainbow no less. The amazing thing is, the area inside the arch of the rainbow is incredibly illuminated while the area around it is very dark. I've never seen anything quite like it in my entire 34 years, and I've seen some pretty massive storms when I lived on the east coast.
On Sunday, June 12, 2005, approximately 150 people gathered at Sam Bond's Garage (a local pub/restaurant) for a "Night of Solidarity with Political Prisoner Jeff 'Free' Luers." This was the 2nd year of annual international solidarity actions with Jeff, organized in opposition to his cruel and ridiculous 22+ year prison sentence. He has served five years so far for burning three SUVs in protest of pollution and greed.
[ Free 'Free' Now ]
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