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It turns out that the city is talking about closing down all the shelters in the city this week to get people out and find them jobs. I don't know how people are going to find jobs without a place to stay, let alone no address.
More and more people are leaving the Astrodome. Family members are not being allowed in to find other family members. If your outside the gates from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. you are not allowed back in if you are a survivor. You have to wait till 5 a.m. to get back inside.
There were about 8,000 people left in the Astrodome when I was last there, and shinking. They were moving everyone to another building right across from the Astrodome last time I checked. There are free one-way tickets by plane to anywhere any survivor wants to go, all you gotta do is ask.
One of the problems though is that you have to ask if you want to get anything. There are currently not enough people going to the dome to volunteer. Much of the elderly are being overlooked as they sit in wheel chairs in the dome, and will soil themselves because there is nobody to help take them to the bathroom.
A 27 year old man who appeared to be mentally disturbed was driving erratically out near Bluff road. He allegedly rear-ended someone and then fled. At some point, either before or after this incident, he removed his clothes. The police were called to respond, which they did in their customary manner. After tazing him a couple of times, and determining it wasn't having the desired effect, they shot him.
The man, 27 year old Fouad Kaady, was on foot at the time of the killing. He appeared to be having some sort of psychotic breakdown, and according to the public information officer (PIO), was "out of control." Two officers armed with state-of-the-art "less lethal" weapons and all the academy training tax dollars can buy, ultimately decided that he presented some sort of threat that they were unable to deal with any other way than to pull out their "lethal backup" and blow him away.
At the Musicians' Union Hall Friday night, participants returning from the World Festival of Youth and Students in Caracas from August 7-15th, shared photos, stories and analyses from the event. Portland delegates Megan Hise, Robinette Jones and Lila Zucker showed photos and spoke about their experiences at the Festival and what they learned about the ongoing changes happening in Venezuela.
On September 9, myself and two other west coast IMCistas arrived in Houston, Texas to help provide independent media coverage from Houston and other communities. Our first stop was the Astrodome and surrounding buildings. There are about 10,000 people now living in these buildings, which are now being called "Dome City."
The scene in the Astrodome is almost unreal. There are thousands of people sleeping in close proximity. Many people are trying to get in contact with loved ones, but there does not seem to be a practical way to facilitate this. There seems to be very little organization, plenty of unanswered questions and almost no information about what the future holds for Hurricane Katrina survivors.
AUDIO: Interview from 'Dome City' with Joseph Bijou of New Orleans: On September 10, I met Joseph Bijou from the 70122 zip code of New Orleans, Louisiana. Joesph had just finished getting a haircut at the makeshift barber shop setup inside the Astrodome of Houston, Texas. (27:57 minutes / 12.8 MB)
The city was going to host two more training sessions today at the Multnomah County Building located at SE Hawthorne and SE Grand from 12-2pm and then again at 6-8pm. These training sessions were set up to give an opportunity for volunteers to get the information they need to be a "greeter" at the airport. This was also the time the city was going to give people ID badges and also run background checks on folks interested in participating. I was intending to go to the 12noon event, essentially to get it over with, however, decided that going after work would be more convenient.
I decided to check the City website to see what the status was of the folks that were soon to be arriving. In big red letters at the top, it stated that people were unlikely to arrive.
FEMA says NO to oregon
...[A] state worker and close friend of mine, who attended Buckman Community meeting last night found it unbearable to hear that this "open minded, forward moving" community made it very clear at the two hour meeting that they do NOT want these residents in their neighborhood. Well then, they can rest in peace now and i, personally I am hopeful the residents will find a home closer to their own in a neighborhood with open arms.
Hello to all, it's Tre. I've been moved to VIRCC (Wilkie) in Victoria, BC. This is the centre I was initially held before being transferred to Vancouver. I am happy to be back here, as this facility offers many advantages over North Fraser. For the first time in almost a year and a half, I have been able to get my feet in the grass, and the sun directly on my skin without any tint or fence between myself and grandfather sun. I have been able to receive fresh air through the window in the cell I'm being held. The cell faces south, therefore I can receive grandfather's rays in the cell much of the day.
The transition has been a little bit difficult and I am trying to get settled here in my new home. I am grateful for the administration accommodating my diet and working with me to make this transition bearable.
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While walking to my bus station at around 4:10 this afternoon, I noticed flashing lights ahead. I walked a little closer and found 2 park cars and one cop car. About 6 law officials were there at the scene looking down at the ground. I thought to myself, great another biker killed by a car. But to my surprise, I found a 15 year old crying in handcuffs. Walking closer and closer to the scene I just stood there and looked at what was going on. I looked across this young mans body and saw a zigzagged string coming from his back. Curiously, I looked to the source of where this string was coming from and saw a metal needle tip lodged in his back. The police officer told the young man that he was under 16 and was not allowed to do stuff like that. I didn't really understand what that meant.
This morning, folks passed out hundreds of leaflets at Jefferson and Madison high schools. The response at Jefferson was great, with students, teachers, and parents excited to see us there.
"It's a national shame that our youth are being lured by recruiters through false promises to fight a war based on false premises," said Annette Pritchard, the aunt of a Franklin High alumni that was killed in Iraq.
"As a student, I want my peers to know we have the legal right to "opt-out" of the recruiters' list and that there are alternatives to military service. We're exposing the misleading conduct and false promises that recruiters use to lure vulnerable students into the military," said Lila Zucker, a senior at Lincoln High School.
I just got back to Portland from the Sten timber sale treesit east of Eugene, and the firing of live ammunition that went on last weekend hasn't stopped. Pickups full of men wearing logging caps keep creeping by the site, shouting, harassing, and occasionally firing. Although they haven't aimed directly at the treesitters since last weekend, the danger is still high, and support is needed!
I am including audio interviews with two of the forest activists.
Just a few photos from yesterday's small action in support of raising the minimum wage from the paltry $5.15 per hour. Our signs and banner were visible to drivers on the Burnside Bridge, as well as I-5.
Friday September 9th on the 34th anniversary of the 5 day Attica rebellion and massacre. Attica survivor SPLITTING THE SKY will tell his story, as well as Black Panther Elbert Howard who was invited into the prison by the prisoners to help negotiate a settlement.
We will also be showing the buried 1973 Cinda Firestone film, ATTICA.
If you have any questions about the capitalist, imperialist genocide commited legally again and again under the stealth and safety of our fascist and racist constitution and government, the buried history of what happened to the oppressed slaves of Attica is an important place study and understand.
7pm at Vollum Lecture Hall REED College 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd! $2 to $6 sliding scale
I attended a training session to be on the welcome committee for the soon to be arriving New Orleans hurricane survivors. The project has been named by Portland as "Operation Welcome Oregon". Hosted and facilitated by Portland's African American community in the Emmanuel Temple Church, they tried to give out a lot of information, collect volunteer's contact info and dispel rumors. The facilitators said that they approached the Red Cross and said you need Portland's African American community to be involved in this project.
The Red Cross and Multnomah County reps and other community leaders were around to help and also gave presentations. We saw the "Welcome to Portland" slide show that the survivors will be seeing courtesy of Red Cross, talks from physical and mental health professionals as to what to expect and what to look for from the survivors. They will be arriving by plane through the PDX Airport. There is no information when or how many individuals will be arriving, only that it will not be more than 1000 people in Portland.
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'Hilynx,' a 794-acre timber project made into four sales, has been logged hastily this summer before the project's environmental assessment (EA) expires. A month ago, 200 - 300 year old Western Hemlocks and Douglas Firs once lived in the project area. These trees have now become timber.
The timber sale known as 'Hipo' has created much attention in the past couple years, especially Unit #4 that contained a large grove of Western Hemlocks 300 years in age. This pristine, ancient forest has been converted to dirt roads and large slash piles where the grove of Hemlocks once stood. The remaining 'leave trees' (trees designated not to be cut) bark has been scarred from the logging operations making these trees vulnerable to diseases.
Joseph eulogizes: I remember the first time I saw the Hipo Timber Sale back in June 2003. I got up early one rainy Saturday morning to groundtruth the sale. As I hiked through Unit #4 from east to west, the trees got progressively bigger until I arrive at what I called 'Hemlock Grove.' I have never seen Western Hemlocks as large as these trees. The hemlocks had a circumference about 14 feet (over four feet in diameter with an age estimation of 300 years old). I knew I had to let people know about these trees. I rushed to Hood River where Senator Ron Wyden was giving an open house. Arriving at the forum in wet clothes, I informed the Senator that I have witnessed a timber sale of old growth only to receive an answer from him that he already discussed forest issues. Due to his obvious apathy of my concerns, his assistant tried to spin Wyden's response that he does care about the trees. She said she would look into the sale, but never did.
The Portland Red Cross is working with the support of the City of Portland and other Partners to coordinate short-term emergency shleter for vitims of Hurricane Katrina who will arrive in our area within the next 24-48 hrs.
The site of Washington Monroe High School in Southeast Portland (SE 14th and Stark) will serve as a temporary shelter fo up to 1,000 refugees from the Gulf Coast region. Voulunteers and staff from the Red Cross, FEMA, Portland Public Schools, the Portland Police Bureau and the City of Portland, Office of Emergency Management, have been working to prepare the site since early Saturday morning.
Agencies, Community leaders prepare Rose City welcome for Katrina SurvivorsAfter a flurry of short-notice meetings on Sunday, the mechanisms and community leaders are in place to ensure a warm reception for our new guests. The initial greeting at Portland airport will take place at a specially-reserved hangar where identification, health screens, and rest and refreshment will be provided by the Red Cross and Portland Emergency Services, headed by Portland Fire Bureau's Mike McGuire in a new position created by Mayor Tom Potter.
"It is a great testament to the strength and resiliency of our community leaders and foundations that multiple short-notice meetings and actions could be carried out over Labor Day weekend," said one participant.
i was riding home on my bike at 3am and came upon the scene. many, many cops, a mangled bike, and a dead rider covered with a white sheet in the middle of the road. it seemed that a black buick (or similar model) was the car involved. apparently the body had been in the street for an hour at that point. as far as i could tell, there was another rider on a bike with a baby trailer who was not hit but was riding with the person who was killed.
dead fella was with us at the Clown House. heres what I know about the hit and run, lot of tears here at the clown house. http://shmanarchy.blogspot.com/
Impressions and questions from the community *
We headed for the federal building across from Terry Shrunk Park behind 3 No War Drummers. Our intention was to express that Bush should voluntarily leave the office due to incompetance. We chanted on the sidewalk in front of the federal building, "Iraq, Afghanistan, New Orleans...We need change in this regime."
Shortly, 4 security guards came out and stood in a military stance. One came up and told us to leave federal property or she'd call the police. We said it was a public sidewalk and that we were citizens. She said the feds owned it and we couldn't stand there, but we could stand on the sidewalk across the street. We weren't about to go across the street...
Public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8 in room 50, Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St. N.E., Salem. Sign-ups will begin at 8 a.m., and the hearing will begin about 8:45 a.m. Submit written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
The cuts were mandated by the state legislature, including the Democratic majority in the state senate. Every session for the last few years they've cut OHP. It appears that the poor have few friends in Salem.
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