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We are standing with millitary families accross the country in down town Portland Saturday September 24th. Any thinking person must understand that our government has gone too far for far too long. We need to start standing in the streets as one voice against this oppression. We must end this war. We must remove our leaders from office. We must remove corporations from our government. And we must stand now to help stop it. 12:00 noon Pioneer square. [ read more ]
Protest in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan: CODEPINK PORTLAND will join with peace activists from all over the Northwest for a candlelight vigil on the bridges of Portland. We stand in solidarity with the national mobilization in Washington, DC and all over the country to demand an end to the war in Iraq. We stand in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Families, Military Families Speak Out, Veterans For Peace, Iraq Veterans For Peace and every single citizen of this country and around the world who is crying for an end to the war and occupation. Please join us on Saturday, September 24th at 7:30 P.M. on the Burnside, Morrison and Hawthorne bridges.[ read more | details ]
Lobbying for Immediate End to War, September 26: On Monday, September 26, at 9 am, Veterans for Peace Ch 72, Code Pink, Oregonians Against the War, and various church related peace groups will meet at Pioneer Square then march to Oregon senators' and Portland representatives' offices to lobby for immediate end to the war in Iraq, to bring the troops home now. They will deliver letters with that message (gathered at the candlelight bridge vigil September 24 and other letter-writing campaigns). [ read more ]
other actions: [ Peace rally & march in Eugene Saturday | Global Justice Feeder March /// S24 DC | Estacada Peace Rally, Saturday September 24 | - - - stop war - - - | Eugeneans, Attention! | September 24th 2nd Las Vegas Press Release | Sep. 24, San Francisco: Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist Convergence Against the War |Albany Military Families Rally ]
David Pool writes: "At the Hempstalk festival of a couple weeks ago we caught up with Dr. Leveque an Oregon doctor and osteopath who has practiced medicine for over fifty years. The doctor is not currently practicing as a result of having had his license pulled by the state medical board, which also fined him $26,000.
Dr. Leveque was one of the first doctors to help patients suffering from a range of illnesses to use marijuana to alleviate symptoms. Many doctors refused to counsel their patients on the therapeutic uses of the drug, preferring to use pharmaceuticals like Oxycontin and Hydrocodone to treat pain.
On September 20, Vinny and I returned to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston to find out what was happening with the Katrina survivors since the Convention Center was closing it's doors as a shelter. An "Exit Only" sign on the doors made it clear that Katrina survivors were no longer welcome at the Convention Center. According to Anna Holly, Onsite Public Information Officer, it was time to "get back to business, back to conventions."
Many people were able to secure housing, however that was not the case for everyone. Vinny spoke with several people that had been excluded from federal services and are not sure what they are going to do for a job and housing. [ read more ]
Struggling for a Home After Hurricane Katrina
On September 20, after Vinny and I visited the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, we headed over to the Reliant Arena to find out more information about Katrina survivors being transfered from the Arena to Fort Chaffee, a military base in Arkansas.
The mood was more tense that it had been in previous days. It seemed that most people were not sure what was going on. Hurricane Katrina has wrecked peoples homes and changed their lives forever. After trying to find family members and friends, the next step for Katrina survivors has been to try to find some form of housing. [ read more ]
Audio (mp3): [ David Brown explains some of the roles played by Operation Compassion | Katrina survivors try to find some form of housing | Josh says Katrina survivors are treated differently in front of cameras | Milton, a Pastor in Houston, offers people shelter at a local church | Magnificent asks if he can speak from his heart | Laurence shares his incredible story of survival ]
This is a letter I received from Mayor Potter in response to my inquiry of what happened on Sept 8. Since I know very little about this incident, other than what I read on PIMC, I wanted to hear what others have to say in response, and perhaps let Mayor Potter let you know how you feel or what you think. I left out my name to protect my privacy on the web.
From Mayor Potter: I appreciate the time you took to write me regarding the incident on September 8. Anytime police officers are forced to use force as they perform their duties it is rightly a cause for concern for both the public and the Police Bureau. The Police Bureau carefully reviews uses of force from a number of perspectives to determine if the use of force was justified. This includes if there were other options available, could have the officer(s) used other tools or techniques, were the communications skills used by the officers appropriate just to name a few of the considerations.
bEn responds: I am glad that you wrote back and you are doing an awesome job of mayoring this city. You cut the PJTTF and I am very thankful for that. I didn't have the chance to say that Officer Dobson was not to blame for this incident. It was very kind of him to talk to me for that long and I am sorry if I insulted him. I just can't stick up for someone who would defend something like that. That is why I cannot agree with what you say. Seeing the reaction on the young mans face was enough for any person to ask questions and I'm glad I did. Tasing someone younger than the age of 18 can be deadly... I agree that tasers are a good alternative to guns, but I do believe they should be used carefully. The officer that did this did have an alternative to tasing this young man. Witnesses say the officer held his wrist on the ground and could have easily handcuffed him. Instead of handcuffing him, he put this young mans health at risk by tasering him. The fact that he lied to me about that makes me wonder what was he trying to cover up.
previous: [ 15 year old tased twice (Once on ground) ]
When I went to the candle light vigil for Fouad Kaady, I didn't prepare myself mentally for what I had seen. I expected bandanas, angry police officers, and a lot of pissed off people. When I arrived at the square I didn't see that at all. The experience I had at that vigil made me really realize that this actually happens to people like you or me. This happens to totally innocent people. I was brought to tears from what I saw. I saw a sad family, people crying, strangers giving each other hugs, and everyone standing in solidarity, as the cops smirked close by. Everyone was so sad and angry at the police for doing such a thing. How can they get away with a crime like this? I will never forget my experience at that candle light vigil as I hugged complete strangers and cried with them.
When I arrived at Pioneer Square with two friends, I saw a large group of people looking nothing like activists. I saw regular people, with regular clothes crying over their son who had been shot by police. I couldn't have a conversation with anyone before they broke out in tears. It really hurts me that this issue is not looked at by the media as such a big deal. It was a real stroke of reality for me and my peers. To see there expression on their faces will tell you their story. As I passed people I heard strangers talking to each other saying words like, murdered, and five shots. The experience was something that I cannot put into words, it was just so horrible the look on these peoples faces whose son had been murdered and his killers will never be brought to justice. [ read more ]
related articles: [ Candlelight Vigil forn Fouad Kaady 6:30 PM Wednesday 9/21/2005 | Burned kid CANDLELIGHT VIGIL | Burned kid | burned kid | HE WAS BURNED AND WAS FREAKING OUT | Another PDX police shooting? | Police shoot and kill obviously unarmed man near Sandy
I live in St Helens, right near the Boise Cascade mill. I've never really felt good about this neighbor; all summer long yellow-brown veils of smog hung over the city, trailed from the stacks at boise. And just before it rains, the whole town stinks of au de paper mill. I've called DEQ to complain, but never heard back, and I've called city hall, but gotten no help. Today, I learned from the local paper out here that there was a chemical accident nearly 2 weeks ago, that sent 23 people to the hospital. Despite living within spitting distance of the mill, I was never notified of any danger until today, reading it in the paper, 13 days later.
Oregon Indy Media readers might be interested in some of the trail building work that volunteers do in the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California. The volunteer effort builds trails and performs repairs and maintenance on exist trails, allowing hikers to have a safe, comfortable hike through the mountains, helping to limit errosion, litter, and other problems that can occur when numerous hikers would otherwise crash through the brush making their own trails.
Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and at the World Health Organization, are urgently warning governments and public health officials that a deadly avian influenza virus may soon spread rapidly across the globe, overwhelming unprepared health systems in rich and poor countries alike. The lethal Type A strain of influenza virus, known as H5N1, first emerged in Hong Kong in 1997 and has since been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of millions of chickens, ducks, and other water fowl, and increasing numbers of mammals. As of July, over 100 people in Southeast Asia have been infected, most from contact with infected birds, and 60 have died.
This is a powerhouse virus. Infectious disease experts are warning that it is only a matter of time before the virus mutates to become more easily transmittable among humans. Once it does, it will spread quickly, and the global death toll will likely be in the tens of millions. Despite these warnings, local, state, national and international preparedness is entirely inadequate to the potential threat. As one health expert said recently, "avian influenza is a viral asteroid on a collision course with humanity". [ read more ]
related: Creating the Next Pandemic
On Saturday September 17, Vinny and I were on our way to the Reliant Arena, but we got a little lost in the sprawling city of Houston, Texas so we made our way to the George R. Brown Convention Center first. This convention center is next to the new baseball stadium where tens of thousands of people were watching an Astros game. Nobody seemed to care that in the building next to the baseball stadium, more than a thousand people still struggling to survive the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The first thing we saw as we walked up to the George R. Brown Convention Center was a women being turned away from services at the Convention Center. I immediately pulled out my camera and began taking photos, but the police told me that i was not allowed to take photos. They told me that I had to visit the Media Check In area first. [ read more ]
Interview from 'Dome City' with Josh from New Orleans
On September 17, I spoke with Josh from New Orleans. He was sitting on a curb outside of Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. Reliant Arena is a building next to the Astrodome and has been considered a part of 'Dome City.' Our interview begins with Josh explaining that he could get arrestted that night just for talking to me and giving me a recorded interview. (42:22 minutes / 19.4 MB)
Josh discusses the poor treatment of people evacuated to the Superdome in New Orleans and now living at Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. Josh says that it is safer at Reliant Arena during the day because in the nighttime there is nobody -- meaning media journalists -- around to witness the horrible treatment inside and outside of the arena. [ read more | download the mp3 | download the torrent ]
Related Articles: [ 75,000 Body Bags Purchased For New Orleans | What is up with Katrina Evacuees in Portland? | If you can go now to New Orleans (or Mississippi) to rescue animals, do it! | food not bombs arrives in new orleans | Getting Your FEMA Money | Worries About Starving Pets In New Orleans May be Exaggerated ]
Update: Coverage will begin at 1:15pm and go until about 2pm. Tune InTune In for coverage tommorow to Portland Indymedia Web Radio
What: Protest Action. Led by the Back 2 The Wall's (B2TW) bus named COOL and flanked by 8' trees, citizen's wearing green ribbons will march in a dirge on Boise Cascade. A 20'x3' banner with "Boise Cascade: Keep Your Word" will be prominently displayed.
When: Tuesday September 20th @ 12:15 PM till 1 PM
Why: To oppose Boise's Cascade's decision to log old growth in the B&B fire Sale in the Deschutes National Forest. This decision breaks Boise Cascade's widely publicized 2003 promise not to harvest from old growth forests in the United States.
Apparently, the Bush administration has finally initiated a plan to deal with the havoc of Katrina: When all else fails, blame the environmentalists. And so, after coming under attack from the entire nation due to their ineptitude, obvious racism, and inexcusably slow response to the hurricane disaster, the administration has responded by digging through their pockets to see if there is any conceivable way that they can blame environmentalists for the flooding of New Orleans.
The Clarion-Ledger, a Mississippi newspaper, reported on Saturday that they are in possession of an internal email, sent by the US "Justice" Department to various US attorney's offices around the nation. Asked the leaked email, "Has your district defended any cases on behalf of the Army Corps of Engineers against claims brought by environmental groups seeking to block or otherwise impede the Corps' work on the levees protecting New Orleans? If so, please describe the case and the outcome of the litigation."
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) needs your immediate help to stop Congress and the Bush administration from seriously degrading organic standards. Tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 20, acting in haste and near-total secrecy, the U.S. Senate will vote on a "rider" to the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that will reduce control over organic standards from the National Standards Board and put this control in the hands of federal bureaucrats in the USDA.
Russell Maroon Shoats is a political prisoner being held in the control unit of SCI Greene, a supermax prison in western Pennyvania. Russell was a founding member of Philadelpia's Black Unity Council which eventually merged with the Black Panther Party. While a member of the Philadelphia Panther chapter Russell was arrested and tried for the murder of a police officer. He received an unfair trial, and without adequate legal representation he received two life sentences. Russell has spent twenty-three of his twenty-seven years in prison in a lock-down sensory deprivation unit.
Jericho Boston is organizing a call-in day to demand that Pennsylvania Department of Corrections provide the appropriate health care for Russell Maroon Shoats.
On Wednesday, September 21, 2005, let's flood their phone lines and demand medical care for our freedom fighter. Contact Doctor Falor at SCI-Greene, as well as Mrs. Manson, another health provider there, and demand Maroon receive the PSA test again: Dr. Falor & Mrs. Manson: 724-852-2902
trees older than any living person are being cut and dragged through native forests in the hilynx (hi north) units in the mt. hood national forest just off hwy 26.
a quick visit to the hi north units (see bark-out.org) yesterday to check on logging progress revealed that more huge hemlocks are being removed in units 13, and possibly unit 1. that suggests that they are finished with unit 6. i did not want to challenge the vehicle parked in the middle of 2130310 (as it had logger written all over it) so i was unable to see the situation in unit 6. at least some of the equipment has been moved south down 2130310. next up will undoubtedly be units 2, 9, and 10.... this is a beautiful area with an open forest unfortunately ridiculously roaded
Animal welfare charities working in New Orleans and Louisiana to save animals affected by the hurricane, have repeatedly asked Governor Blanco and President Bush's federal agencies to provide more assistance. From the lack of necessary help to the abandoned animals stuck in people's homes and starving and dying on the streets of Louisiana, Governor Blanco has shown she does not care about animals, or the families and their pets in the State of Louisiana. They have done nothing despite numerous requests by people asking for them to help.
Report Back from Food Not Bombs first full day in New OrleansFor the second day, Arizona and Hartford Food Not Bombs have made it into the "closed" sections of New Orleans to share food with the courageous people who stuck out the storm and have not had any symbolence of relief efforts in almost 3 weeks. Yesterday, 5 people from both Arizona and Pittsuburg were not stopped while rolling through check points to deliver much needed hot food to the people who resisted the racist evacuation plan, but face an increasingly difficult situation where the government refuses to provide the most basic of survial help. 9 out of 10 people told us that it was the first hot meal they had recieved since the storm, and that aid agency are intentionally ignored the areas of New Orleans that had fought evacuation.
Three mice infected with the bacteria that causes bubonic plague disappeared from a laboratory in Newark, NJ about 2 weeks ago. The mice are missing from the Public Health Research Institute at the University of Medicine and Dentistry. This lab conducts bio-terrorism research for the federal government. One of the ways people contract bubonic plague is from infected rodents.
I love Portland, and appreciate all the activism there. I want to make that point clear right out the gate. However, i don't see enough people mobilizing to defend our constitution and there are places outside Oregon where people do fantastic jobs exposing the police state control grid. These are not conspiracy theorists. It may appear so, but all the information checks out, that is if you do the homework.
This film now has over a dozen interviews and I am very tired. The Rally against the global government took place today at the Texas State Capital and Alex Jones did quite well in the burning sun. I will show clips of my interviews on my local cable tv show, Outside the Box, in random segments.
[ Alex Ansary's blog: Outside the Box ]
As millions of people around the world and here in the U.S. organize and travel to peace rallies, marches and concerts set for the weekend of September 24th, it is not only important to comprehend and consider the inequalities, racism and classist behavior well hidden by the corporate media version of "America the beautiful" that hurricane Katrina has painfully wrenched the lid off of forcing all of us to stare at, and not to mention the planned and deliberate dismantling and militarizing of the activities of civil society agencies like FEMA, police departments and the first responder agencies on the state and local level and how the war on Iraq has played a role in sucking America dry of its National Guardsmen and equipment. It is however, equally as important to acknowledge what the awesome power of Hurricane Katrina revealed for the entire world to see and what now must become the most important peace movement discussion this coming weekend, humanity's greatest act of inequality. Placing all of nature and the planet and for that matter the entire universe that encompasses it beneath the delusion of superiority humanity has constructed for itself that has resulted in the physical devastation of the very ecological systems that allow humanity to exist in the first place.
Small bicycle pavement markings have begun to appear on local streets all over the City of Portland. Their installation will continue over the next two months until approximately 700 are installed. These markings, called "Bicycle Boulevard Pavement Markings," are approximately a foot in diameter-with some including directional arrows-and will indicate to bicyclists those local streets that have been developed as "bicycle boulevards."
Thursday night around 10 pm, I was walking home along Alberta St, and suddenly police cruisers began speeding by with thier lights on from all directions.
There must have been 15 of them all together. As I walked by, it seemed like they were converging just south of Alberta on about 18th. Other cruisers set up a perimiter for several blocks in every direction. It was impossible to get closer than about two blocks from where the bulk of cops were.
My wife and I saw police taking what looked, from a distance, like shotguns out of thier trunks, but it could have been those bean bag tossers they like so much.
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