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What does it mean for the U.S. to celebrate Columbus? Indigenous people have resisted the legacy of Columbus and still resist similar threats today. Together we can transform October 10th, 2005 in to a celebration of the self-governance and continued liberation of Indigenous People, exposing the legacy of Columbus' cruel inhumanity and embracing our histories and memories of resistance.
In celebration of our common histories, we will march from Woodruff Park to Sylvester Park where we will celebrate Indigenous People's Day with our communities.
Meet at Woodruff Park @4:00pm
I wrote this more with the town I used to live in on my mind, but it applies to Portland too I think. Page 28 of the Eugene Weekly has a two column two inch bar with an endorsement for voting YES to a proposal to have the city council hire an outside independent civilian review board all the time.
Quite farther along than just about any city I've ever lived in, I'll tell you. They should take a note or two from Eugene - the only city I know named after the first name of a famous environmentalist! Just like when the Portland mayor asked for twinkle fingers as consensus in a Tuesday night meeting to reject Homeland Security presence last year. But you know what? It shouldn't be only in Oregon, and it shouldn't be only in Eugene, lemme tell you.
People around Boston and Connecticut have been crying out for CivRevBo's since long before I was born. In fact, Angela Davis did a year for inciting a riot once and it's uncertain whether it was her yelling that diapers and milk should be free in all stores, or from her yelling that Massachussetts needs civilian reviewboards. I have it all on hearsay and it's a little before my time, but I'm told that was around 1962!!!
Let's reclaim Nov 11 as a day of anarchist action. "I want November 11 to be a day when everyone-and anarchists in particular-examines the conditions of their lives and how they compare to the wealthiest 5% of the population."
November 11 is a national holidaya day to remember the many American lives lost fighting this country's wars. Why November 11? To bury this country's radical past. On November 11, 1887, four anarchist labor organizers, agitators and propagandists were hung in Chicago. Their crime? They suggested workers be allowed an 8 hour workday.
Long before their trial, mainstream newspapers were demanding blood. They wanted the government to kill all union members along with their families. Protests in solidarity with the condemned men were massive and worldwide. When the first 4 were executed, international outrage and the fury of the U.S. workforce compelled the government to pardon three of the remaining prisoners.
Remember that the liberal society created by the bloodshed of the Class War has been obliterated by international trade organizations, corporate power and government collusion with international banking interests. I also ask you to come to grips with the idea that weeveryone not among the wealthiest 5% of the world's populationwe are all Iraqis now.
About 20 people gathered outside the "Armed Forces Career Center" on NE 13th and Broadway in an antirecruitment rally called by PPRC. It was, for some of us, a humorous and at times somewhat surreal experience.
For many communities, government aid has been virtually absent and supplies are only coming in from grassroots relief efforts. Though hope and humor persist, the challenge continues to grow. The more populous indian communities in Terrebonne Parish such as Dulac, DuLarge, Grand Caillou, Montegut, Pointe-au-Chien and Isle de Jean Charles escaped extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina but became victims to the storm surge of Hurricane Rita. Another 4000 people were forced from their homes by eight feet of flood waters and a four inch layer of mud.
Despite the compassionate aid that has flowed into the these communities, STORM RELIEF IS STILL AN URGENT NEED. Supplies needed include: 1) Cleaning materials; 2) Sheets, linens, towels and other basic household items; 3) Construction materials; 4) Toiletry items; 5) Baby items; 6) Children's needs; 7) Campers, RVs, trailers and other forms of temporary housing, especially for elders; 8) Gas and gift cards. In addition to supplies, VOLUNTEER WORK TEAMS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED ...
To coordinate work teams across the region and focus undirected relief supplies, please contact Naomi Archer at (828) 230-1404 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Naomi is a non-native organizer who has been working in solidarity with tribal leaders to provide aid to indian communities, primarily through (Common Ground Relief). She is organizing the Four Directions Relief Project to assist in gaining short and long term assistance specifically for these areas. [ Read More ]
To date, only one pollster, Zogby International, has inquired about public opinion regarding the impeachment of George Bush. That was four months ago. Zogby found that 42 percent of respondents would favor impeachment if Bush "did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq." Other polls show that something around a majority of Americans are now convinced that Bush and his crew did, indeed, not tell the truth. The implication is clear: if the corporate media would raise the issue of popular opinion on impeachment, they would find evidence for strong public support. But only Zogby raised the issue, and even they refuse to ask the question again unless somebody pays them to do so. This, as Bush's polling numbers continue to fall, indicating that there is probably more support for impeachment now than there was back in June. [ Read More ] [ blackcommentator.com | Press Silence on Impeachment ]
As government repression continues, so does the use of racial and political profiling FBI visits, and Federal grand juries to intimidate, imprison and destroy communities and social justice movements. Grand Jury investigations have recently been used to harass and jail people from the Black liberation, animal liberation, and environmental justice groups in San Francisco and San Diego. FBI intimidation is being used to crush dissent and attack Muslim, Arab, Iranian and South Asian communities, creating fear and racial hysteria.
Do you understand what a federal grand jury is and how it can be used against you? Come learn what you can do to protect yourself, your movement, and your community. Come learn what you can do to protect yourself, your movement, and your community.
Related Articles: Infoshop.org Guide to Grand Jury Investigations | Grand Jury FAQ -American Bar Association | May '05 Nine Activists Subpoenaed by Grand Jury in SF | May '05 SF Teach In | Aug '04 Activists Subpoenaed to Seattle Grand Jury | Aug '04 Federal Grand Jury Underway in Eugene | 4/20/04 Cop Killer Grand Jury Inquest | cop killer: no indictment | No Cooperation With Grand Juries - Rosebraugh
On October 4, Malik Rahim, a longtime community activist in New Orleans and San Francisco, spoke at the Women's Building in San Francisco about the situation in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the disastrous response by the Bush administration and other government agencies. Malik, who lives in the Algiers community of New Orleans, discussed the grassroots community relief and rebuilding efforts underway through the Common Ground collective. [ read more | download the mp3 | download the torrent ]
related articles: [ Free Market Idiocy and Easy Money in the Big Easy | The Hurricane Same Series | Society without Make-Up | The Dead | Video: The debacle of the federal governemts response to the Katrina hurricane | New Orleans: The Tell Tale Heart | Katrina and the Prehistory | Real Reports of Katrina Relief - September 24th - Rita Edition | Food Not Bombs Feeds Survivors in Houston, New Orleans | New Orleans Resident Opens Community Center In Her Home ]
The annual Mayors' Prayer Breakfast in Vancouver was sponsored by the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship (FGBMF), a group that denied a Muslim to lead prayer, denies women membership, and is known to support "traditional" families. Some of us called asking mayors not to participate, or not participate on taxppayer time. The FGBMF is an intolerant group.
Five protesters were at the Hilton's sidewalk in the morning's still darkness, chilly air, and under sprinkling skies. We carried signs, "Mathew Shepard is my brother," " 'God'" includes all," and you are eating at a bigotfest. One thought the people coming in were real small in numbers. I think maybe 100 came.
KBOO is currently in a last sprint to prise $220 K from a reluctant CPB. Among the Staff and the Board, this is viewed as a worthwhile goal, but as only a part of the Pledge Drive. We've defied CPB cuts before, and we sailed past the Republican "death sentence" cuts years ago, because we decided to take our case directly to the people. This is in contrast to other "community radio" stations around the nation, who buckled under to Federal pressure to abandon dissenting commentary and "real news" in favor of boutique, balkanized ethno-music schedules. If we get the CPB money (based on a harsh deadline), great, and if we don't, the Feds can screw themselves!
At present, KBOO seems to be building a greater national presence (see KBOO.FM). Despite some problems with maintaining news department continuity, we are on track to start up some decent reporting. And the Internet has had the effect of breaking the AP News propaganda buzz. We hope to do more local reporting soon.
The new Board is chock-full of bright, eager, experienced activists. Expect some changes. And they are ready to listen to you. [ read more ]
recent articles about kboo: [ Radio Show Wants Help/Content | YEA!!! for KBOO! Send them $ - any amount | KBOO Bike Show | KBOO 90.7 fm WEEK AT A GLANCE program schedule for October 2005 | KBOO is great, but why don't they give us WIN? ]
America's supposedly hippest Bank has been caught (blood) red-handed investing in Huntingdon Life Sciences, HLS. HLS tests drugs like Vioxx, artificial sweeteners like Splenda, cigarette smoke, pesticides, and food colorings "safe" on animals - while humans die as a result of the ill-effects of these products. Visit http://www.insidehls.com for more info...
The 'home of the free checking' was also the home of guilt-free cruelty... until now. The Washington Mutual Group of Funds [High Yield Fund] holds 188,430 shares in Life Sciences Research (LSRI - OTCBB) which is the generically catchy holding company for HLS!
Washington Mutual invests people's hard-earned money in HLS without their disclosing the scope and nature of this business they are financially supporting. In early September SHAC USA Inc sent WaMu formal letters notifying WaMu executives and Fund managers of this possibly tragic oversight. Weeks have gone by with nary a response.
President Chavez's recent visit to the United Nations on September 15th caused a major commotion in the United States. First of all, the Bush administration tried to block and delay the visit, so that Chavez's appearance would not coincide with Bush's at the United Nations ... But when Chavez finally spoke at the UN assembly he delivered a very powerful and damning speech. The main thrust of it was that the United Nations did not work and could not be reformed. However, he added that in the meantime three measures should be taken as a matter of urgency: the abolition of the right of veto in the Security Council, the inclusion of countries from the South on the council, and to move the UN outside of the United States since this was the country that had violated the most UN resolutions! ...
President Chavez...repeated his offer to supply cheap heating fuel to the poor communities in the United States so that poor people would not die of cold during the winter. He offered to do this through CITGO, the US subsidiary of the Venezuelan state-owned company PDVSA. [ Read More ]
The FBI scares the public by framing the threat as one coming from activists instead of coming from global warming, and earth destructive corporations. It is dangerous to adopt the rhetoric of the FBI, as Kelly Hearn of Alternet.org and other progressives seem to... Eco-activist, Jeff Free Luers is serving a 22 year 8 month sentence (twice the sentence received by the Abu Grahib sadists) for burning 3 SUV's at a deserted dealership in Oregon (not California). He once said, the "REAL eco-terrorists, are the ones terrorizing our eco-systems". The terrorists are arguably companies such as Weyerhauser, Monsanto, Union Carbide and Halliburton, who have had an enormous destructive impact on both the natural world, and on human health. As Utah Philips said, these people "have names and addresses."
Forms of dissent which cannot be easily controlled and safely neutralized like marching, voting, lobbying, letter writing, etc. are defined as "terrorism." However, property destruction has been a part of American dissent since the Boston Tea Party. [ Read More ] Why global warming is a non-issue to the public
This month's critical mass saw the PPB passionately enforcing lighting requirements with the obsessive linear misguidedness of a teen in lust. As a point of reference for this article I have pasted the OSR that was key in my interactions last night.
The ride started out with what appeared to be a one-to-one ration of bicycle officers to Critical Massers. Though the heavy down poor of rain severely limited the turn out last nights ride and lessened the disposition of the officers assigned to the ride ... for me (Jasun Wurster) this ride again reaffirmed why I feel Portland needs Critical Mass. [ read more ]
gray, wet and rolling
Last month only 3 tickets were handed out. More than I would like, but way better than a year ago. In August, one person who was ticketed seemed upbeat because he was warned by the police. (crossing the middle line and other somewhat petty stuff)
This month all seemed typical. I made it to the start just in time to see the mass rolling out on Burnside. We must have been at NW Park and Davis when I noticed a biker had the hilt of a sword sticking out of his backpack.
I jokingly razed him a little about all the weapons he was carrying. (the blade plus 2 u-locks) Alas, I should have kept my mouth shut. [ read more ]
One day on the bridge a woman asked me why I call myself the Lone Vet. She also was interested in what I saw for the future of our beloved country. I remember answering that I did not know but there is always hope. For the second time a friend asked me about this most important concept, so I will try to answer the question, "Is there hope?"
Our republic, in my opinion, is based on trust. We elect people to represent us in Washington and we trust them to do honorable work for the betterment of the country. Most of us want to be free from the nuts and bolts of running this country that we call the United States of America, we are busy trying to live our lives. We are in the grips of a criminal administration and are now forced to look at the decisions that were made and the reason for those decisions. We trusted our politicians and the trust was broken almost from the first day Bush took office. I do have hope, and it is you. [ read more ]
In July of 2005, at the First Unitarian Church in Portland Oregon a forum was held concerning the legality of our recent elections, and the viability of the United States election process itself. Here in this report, you will be able to access audio files of these important and urgent presentations, either in RealMedia format or in MP3 format.
This forum featured two speakers, Thom Hartman, author and well known radio talk show host; and Paul Lehto, attorney, who recently wrote a paper on election fraud, and who is involved in a lawsuit in King County Superior Court, against Snohomish County and Sequoia Voting Systems.
This week end, September 30-October 2, 2005, a three day event is being held entitled, "National Summit To Save Our Elections." Our community will have the opportunity to learn how corporate-owned electronic election systems affect their vote, and how they can help restore citizen ownership of our elections. Both Thom Hartmann, and Paul Lehto will be making presentations, as well as other well known, and unfortunately for our right to vote, less known speakers will be in attendance.
For a schedule of the event, including speakers and agenda, Summit Schedule
Millions for the Art Museum, pennies for the janitors? Rally in support of PDX janitors! Rally at Museum ribbon-cutting:
Oct 2, 2005 *11:30 AM
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue (corner of SW Park and SW Main)
The Portland Art Museum has just named its new building after Melvin "Pete" Mark, multi-million dollar building owner. On Sunday, October 2, Mark will be celebrated as a generous philanthropist at the museum's ribbon-cutting.
Though Mark has donated $3 million to the Art Museum in the past few years, janitors cleaning his luxury office buildings make just $28 a day, don't have affordable health care, and have no money left over to appreciate the museum.
Take action by going to http://seiuaction.org/campaign/Art_Museum to let the art museum know that ordinary Portlanders value people before paintings.
When I heard that the Westboro Baptist Church was coming to a Beaverton High School yesterday, my initial reaction was, "Won't somebody please think about the children!" However, after witnessing the counterprotest today, I realized that 'the children' are thinking for themselves.
As a youth, I was queer and in the closet. I grew up in the Midwest in a school of ninety kids. Being out really wasn't an option. I suppose I could have done it. I would have been threatened, isolated and humilated on a daily basis without even my family to support me. I couldn't do that. I thought of myself at that age today when I headed to Beaverton's Southridge High School.
Santa Rosa, CA -- In a brazen move, Maxxam/Pacific Lumber Co. (Maxxam/PL) began logging in the contested "Bonanza" timber harvest plan (THP # 1-05-097 HUM) on Tuesday, September 27 without the required authorization from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board). After logging an unknown amount of the 250-acre plan, the illegal logging was stopped by the company.
Accordingly, on Thursday, September 29, Maxxam/PL was served a Notice of Violation by the Water Board for logging without a required permit.
The Bonanza harvest plan contains the largest unprotected, contiguous, occupied marbled murrelet stand left on Maxxam/PL's land. Last year, a comprehensive Status Review for the murrelet, prepared by a blue-ribbon panel of top murrelet researchers, warned that if current trends continue, the endangered species faces a very high probability of extinction in California within a very short time.
Sierra Club Press Release: Congress Takes First Step Toward Gutting Endangered Species Act; Rep. Pombo's Legislation Would Turn Back 30 Years of Successful Stewardship
Washington, D.C. -- Congress took the first step today toward gutting the 30-year old Endangered Species Act, America's safety net for fish and wildlife at the edge of extinction, voting 229 to 193 for legislation crafted by House Resources Chairman Richard Pombo (R-CA). The bill eliminates habitat protection measures for fish and wildlife facing extinction, creates an exemption for the approval of potentially dangerous pesticides and establishes a new entitlement program for developers and polluters by requiring the federal government to pay developers, the oil industry and polluters to avoid destroying the habitat of publicly owned fish and wildlife.. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), implementation of the Pombo legislation will cost the U.S. taxpayer $2.7 billion over the next five years.
This attempt to rewrite the landmark law is just the latest attempt by Rep. Pombo to undermine America's bedrock environmental protections. In addition to his assault on the Endangered Species Act, he's also working to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act, and pushing controversial measures to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and off America's coasts, and sell off National Parks to private interests.
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