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Members of the US House of Representatives will be voting on the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE) regulatory reform legislation (H.R. 1461) which includes the Affordable Housing Fund during the week of Oct. 24th.
SL Streets learned from the National Housing Trust Fund Campaign that sponsors of the bill have agreed to demands made by the Republican Study Committee. This agreement will prohibit non-profit and public organizations that do voter registration, with their own funds, from applying for and receiving grants from the Affordable Housing Fund to build or preserve affordable housing.
On Wednesday October 19th, I attended a press conference given outside the Oregon National Primate Research Center. It was part of a nationwide tour of research facilities. The press conference was given by Michael Budkie, Executive Director of SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now) to announce a 40 page national investigative report - "The Primate Experimentation Scandal, 2005,".
The report, produced by SAEN, a research watchdog organization, links Vioxx and other similar drug scandals to fraudulent, taxpayer-funded research studies at laboratories across the nation, including those at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. It also provides extensive information about the use of primates, the increasing number of primates, redundancy of studies, etc. Quoted from the report summary:
"Funding for primate experimentation is at an all time high with the overall estimate for federal spending on primate experimentation (including spending by the NIH, DOD, USDA, EPA, NSF, SBIR) is $1.6 billion. The number of primate grants funded by the National Institutes of Health has risen 67% in the last ten years. The funding of the Primate Research Center System has risen 379%% in the last six years to eclipse the $1 Billion mark.
Currently called Initiative 40, the HOPE for Oregon families ballot title reads: "Requires access to health care as a fundamental right; Legislature must adopt plan expanding health care."
HOPE - led by chief petitioners Mitch Greenlick and State Senators Ben Westlund and Dr. Alan Bates - commissioned two questions on a recent poll. When asked if they would support that initiative, 71% of those polled responded affirmatively; 52% said they would strongly support that initiative which requires the Legislature to "ensure residents access to basic health care."
Greenlick, who recently announced he has been diagnosed with cancer, and Westlund, also a cancer survivor, believe Oregonians understand the dilemma facing people who get seriously ill and don't have access to health care. "No one should have to make the choice between food and medicine," said Greenlick. "No one should be forced to suffer without adequate health care. It is clearly the Legislature's job - according to the results of this survey - to find the best ways to strengthen and improve our existing health care system and find ways to cover the 615,000 Oregonians with no health care."
Signatures for the constitutional amendment are already being collected. If you would like to help gather petition signatures, please contact state Rep. Mitch Greenlick.
Long time 63-year-old Anarchist Prisoner survives yet another nazi attack
URGENT! Just this past week, Harold Thompson, an anarchist political prisoner in Tiptonville, TN, was attacked by five or six Arayan Brotherhood nazis while doing work in the law library in Tennesee's Northwest Correctional Complex. He suspects one of the prison staff, a racist sympathizer, might be in on it as well. He seems to be doing all right, nothing is broken, but every time he clears his throat or blows his nose he is spitting up blood.
He's asked for the word to be spread on the internet, and has asked folks to call the Warden of Tennesse, Tony Parker, "to find out what is up with this prison when an older man is mobbed by AB punks while working in a protective custory segregation unit?" The number for the prison is (731) 253-5000.
On October 21, I made my way over to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Well, actually, I did not make it all the way the library because the road was blocked off by the Simi Valley Police Department ... today (October 21, 2005) signs on the road stated, "Library Closed Invited Guests Only." Simi Valley is recognized as a very conservative area... It was a pleasant surprise to see that so many people had come together to call for peace, an end to the occupation of Iraq, and denounce Bush's frivolous trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
[ Read More ] [ Iraq Veterans Against the War | Tim, John and Aaron of Iraq Veterans Against the War (mp3: 9:47 minutes / 4.5 MB) | David (mp3: 4:40 minutes / 2.1 MB) | Sue and Rachel (mp3: 10:55 minutes / 5.0 MB) ]
We arrived at the Clackamas County court house at 9 this morning. Family and friends brought the signs and fliers for what we hoped would be the last day of this peaceful vigil. Twenty people were there most of the day, but from time to time the group grew a bit larger when people who heard the story of Fouad Kaady decided to stand with us. That was always welcome. A deputy stopped his car in the street, and accepted a flier from one of us... This is a long and tiring process and each person alone might get discouraged, but we draw on our combined strengths and help each other stand for this young man, Fouad Kaady, who deserves justice. [ Read More ]
A letter from Fouad Kaady's neighbor and friend. I lost my friend. I stand on the up-ended cinderblock, peering over my neighbor's fence. Still in dis-belief, I search for Fouad, out tending his garden, hoping to see his handsome young face with the engaging smile, and lively dark brown eyes. I listen keenly for his friendly hello. Nothing. I see his cat, Tiger, and the silence is suddenly broken by his soft meow, calling for a master who grew a catnip plant just for him! My eyes fill with tears, at the stark reality, my friend is gone. [ Read More ]
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Just returned from my allotted 30 minute visit with Mike D. He seems to be doing okay despite the fact he is facing possibly 20 days in the hole for the offense of refusing to strip down during the clothing exchange and wrap himself in a blanket. Does anyone have any firsthand knowledge of this practice? He is only allowed out of his cell for 30 minutes a day but can still receive mail and two half hour visits per week with up to 3 visitors per session. I put some money on his account so he could buy stamps and envelopes to reply to those who write him. Please - if you cannot go out and visit him then send your support through letters - read the list of rules/regulations for sending mail that was posted earlier.
We are looking for anyone who was present at the circus protest that witnessed his arrest - especially if you have photos or video tape of the incident. If you can provide any info please contact me at 503 775-5777 or get in touch with his court appointed attorney - Alan Norris. It has also been requested that letters be sent to the Sheriffs Department/Bernie Guisto - probably not the correct spelling - Mayor Tom Potter and both the City and County Commissioners to express your outrage that our tax dollars are being wasted on housing Mike D - a peaceful protester and activist - on these bogus charges while other more dangerous inmates are being released due to a "lack of jail beds." [ Read More ]
Bette Lee is a longtime activist photographer. When Cindy Sheehan set up Camp Casey outside George Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, Lee decided to take a trip down there to see things for herself and to support the anti-war direct action that Cindy Sheehan started. Inspired by what she saw, she then followed the story to the giant antiwar demonstration of September 24th in Washington, D.C. She will be giving a reportback on what she witnessed and show us what she caught on film. The presentation will be followed by a discussion about the anti-war/peace movement: what issues need to be addressed, what its goals are, what will happen after the war ends or the troops are brought home?
Please join Bette Lee and the IWW this Saturday night, October 22nd, at 7pm at the IWW Hall at 616 E. Burnside for an interesting and informative presentation with plenty of discussion afterwards.
Despite government threats, thousands walked off the job in support of striking teachers on Monday. Businesses were up in arms at the refusal of BC workers to adhere to the law. "People must obey the law", Jerry Lampert from the Business Council of British Columbia warned, "or we are on the short or long road to anarchy in this province, and we just can't afford that". Lampert's comments, cited by speakers at the rally, provoked the laughter of thousands of striking teachers and their supporters. When faced with the gross disavowal of worker's rights, thousands have shown that the law is illegitimate not the strike.
Before it was M.L.K. it was union ave and the city of portland had a bad ass black panther party chapter. 3619 ne union ave to be exact, and on the international day of protesting police brutality it seems only fitting to have the people's servant and former minister of information of the B.P.P Floyd Cruse come and rap with y'all. If that is not enough we will also show the buried film STREET FIGHTER IN THE COURTROOM, which is an amazing documentary about black panther lawyer Charles R. Garry.
PCASC is proud to announce the visit of Venezuelan muralist Nelson Santana to Portland from October 21-November 3. During his stay, he will paint murals with PCASC and several other community organizations. Please take the opportunity to join us at these events where you can meet Nelson and learn about his participation in Venezuela's Bolivarian Social Movement and his work as an artist [ Read More ]
Venezuela Solidarity Day Dec 2 | U.S. "private military contractors" Already in Venezuela | Caracas Alternative Social Forum Jan 2006
Presentation of the Project -Cultural Exchange La Piedrita / Portland The landslide victory of president Hugo Chavez Frias in December of 1998 spawned and consolidated a host of national and international movements in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution. The Venezuelan people, after five decades of struggle against oligarchic and neoliberal governments, finally took the reins of their own destiny; the world celebrated this democratic victory. The movements in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution have been key in communicating the ideology, victories and battles, of the Venezuelan government - a government founded on a constitution that establishes a participatory democracy, in which people are protagonists. This informational effort has been particularly important in view of the aggressive media, economic and military campaign, waged by national and global capitalist elites against the Bolivarian Revolution. The labor of solidarity movements is thus commendable, and the continuation of their support for a Latin American project of social justice, necessary. [ Read More ] [ Presentation of the Artist- Nelson Santana and the Work Group La Piedrita | PCASC ]
[ En Espanol: PRESENTACION DEL PROYECTO - INTERCAMBIO CULTURAL LA PIEDRITA / PORTLAND | PRESENTACION DEL ARTISTA - NELSON SANTANA y El GRUPO DE TRABAJO LA PIEDRITA | NELSON SANTANA, MURALISTA POLITICO VENEZOLANO, GIRA EN PORTLAND DEL 21 DE ]
Kaady Grand Jury second day: People began arriving at the Clackamas County court house shortly after 8 a.m. and gathered their signs and flyers to begin a second day of informing the public about what happened to Fouad Kaady on September 8, 2005. There are still many people in the community who are shocked to hear about what had happened to him. Today there were about 40 people standing on the corners of downtown Oregon City. Many of them were members of the Kaady family. I cannot say enough about how strong and caring this family is. They talked about how generous and full of life Fouad was, how he loved growing food in his garden and what a fabulous cook he was. There was so much love for him expressed that even though I had never met him, I came away with the knowledge that a wonderful young man was killed in a tragic way and that his family will always carry him in their hearts. [ read more ]
Pass The Collection Plate For Oregon City: I attended the protest at Clackamas County Courthouse today again, where parking tickets were flying more numerous than leaves, because little Oregon City likes money so much more than people. I parked blocks away on the river side of McLoughlin in a free two-hour zone, because i had not enuf change for a meter, which gives only a half hour for each quarter. Just one other car was parked where i was, so spaces were obviously not in demand. When i went back to my car i had a ticket. It said that my tire was chalked at 9:15 & the ticket issued at 11:17. So the meter person was literally waiting to give me a ticket! Oregon City is THAT desperate for revenue. [ read more ]
Kaady Grand Jury Day 3: We got to the court house at 11 a.m., joining some of the Kaady family in another day of passing out fliers and generally keeping Fouad Kaady's name and story before the public. There were only 12 to 15 people there today, most of them members of the Kaady family, but many citizens continued to stop and ask about what had happened to Fouad. A woman stopped her car, got out, and hugged two of the Kaady family saying, "I lost my daughter three years ago, and my heart is with you." Someone else made small angels for the family. One gentleman gave the group a potted plant, the red flowers a bright spot to the day. Mrs. Kaady, always mindful of the needs of others, gave the plant out to people who had been helping her and it finally went to the office of Executive Copy Printing, a local business which had been printing fliers for us as we ran out, at no cost. [ read more ]
Might be last day, pray for justice: The grand jury may be releasing their verdict Thursday October 20th whether or not to indite the two bastard officers that killed Fouad Kaady. The support is crucial at this time and we need to show the police and county that we care and need justice...for all. The jury meets around ten a.m., but any time you can make it would be powerful. If they do not indite these officers for killing a naked, injured man then that will be clearly showing us, the people, that NOTHING will ever prove that these cowards are guilty. Do not let this slide under your nose without doing what you can, use your word, use your presence and stand up for our rights, safety and justice. The Kaady family needs you to stand strong with them, and for all others who have lost someone this way or WILL lose someone this way if we don't speak out now. OREGON CITY COURTHOUSE 8th and Main. [ read more ]
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They didn't even know their father's crime until the armed men told them: "We are going to get that son of a bitch for trade unionism and he is going to die."
On a sunny afternoon in Guatemala City a number of weeks ago armed men entered the house of Jose Armando Palacios. On finding he was not at home, they tied up his nine-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son. Holding a gun to the children's heads, they demanded to know the whereabouts of their father. The children did not know.
Jose Armando is a member of Sitinca, a joint trade union of workers of a Coca-Cola bottling plant in the south of Guatemala and of a coffee producer called Incasa. Despite the signing of peace accords in 1996, which brought an end to the country's 36-year civil war in which thousands of social activists were "disappeared" and many more were forced into exile, little has changed for the trade union movement. According to some, the situation has worsened.
The FBI has issued an arrest warrant for former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Antonio Camacho NegrÃ³n, arrested for being a part of the MACHETEROS in the late 1980s. Following is a statement that Antonio Camacho NegrÃ³n wrote and asked that ProLibertad read at the Oct. 14th picket in New York City:
"I feel that the FBI will make an attempt on my life and justify it with fabricated lies in pursuit of the information I have shared with various elements of the Puerto Rican media, as well as to quell the revolutionary spirit that has been activated by Filiberto's death. The FBI will resort to acts of terrorism against me and others who are calling for a full investigation of Filiberto's death to terrify and silence the people from demanding the truth.
Earlier this week, there were allegations by provocateur elements in Puerto Rico who have made bold attempts to smear the name and reputation of Filiberto's wife. I believe that the smear tactics are a strategic ploy by the federal government to ruin her credibility as a witness to events that led to her husband's assassination."
Antifacists and toledo residents shut down american nazi party rally, riot and clash with cops
Infoshop News has learned that massive fighting has broken out in Toledo, Ohio against the police and neo-fascists who attempted to march today. The neo-fascist march had been organized by infamous racist and neo-nazi spokesperson Bill White.
more info and pictures at: infoshop.org
Some of you will remember the words which follow. In offering them today, I propose that we look upon the impending transmogrification of Mt. St. Helens not so much as a loss, but as a call to action. In the ongoing war against the Corporate Takeover of Nature, losses were inevitable. Perhaps Mt. St. Helens could not be saved. But there are hundreds, if not thousands, of areas that will likely be targeted for industrial wreckreation development in much the way that Mt. St. Helens was targeted. I hope, and trust, that many of those areas will be saved and that some of them will be saved by efforts led by some of you.
Below is a perfect example of how the misadventures into the realm of industrial tourism will lead to privatization of our nation's public lands
Pacific Lumber Promises Proof of Ownership Will Be Presented To Judge Quentin Kopp On Tuesday.
Eureka, CA - Former treesitters have branched out in their lawsuit against Pacific Lumber (PL), adding an unusual twist to the case with new challenges to the controversial Northern California timber company. Dueling allegations of trespass will be brought before the court in a hearing on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 9:00 am at the Eureka courthouse. Hearing location is Courtroom 10.
The court will also consider whether to issue a protective order on controversial footage from hidden cameras mounted in the helmets of treesit "extractors" hired by PL to forcibly remove activists from the high branches of ancient redwoods marked for cut. Activist defendants have been denied access to the footage and allege invasion of privacy based on the presence of the hidden "head cams."
Beginning today, the Senate finance committee is expected to discuss budget reconciliation and relief packages for Hurricane Katrina victims. According to various press reports, some committees already are considering deeper cuts behind the scenes, including the Senate Finance Committee. There have been reports that the Finance Committee is considering net cuts of as much as $12 to $17 billion in Medicaid and Medicare, even though the target in the budget resolution was $10 billion. Votes in the Finance Committee could come as early as Wednesday. Our senators, Smith in particular, are under intense pressure to support additional cuts at a level that would harm beneficiaries including increased cost sharing and decreases in coverage for vulnerable people. Your URGENT Action is Needed. Join us in a national call in day today and tomorrow. Call 1-800-828-0498. Urge Senators Smith and Wyden to reject any budget reconciliation that includes Medicaid cuts that harm beneficiaries including additional cost sharing.
We spent the morning standing outside of the Clackamas County Courthouse. We got to the courthouse at 10 o'clock and stood with pictures of Fouad as people milled around going about their daily business. Once in awhile someone would stop to ask what we were doing there, and we spent time explaining the circumstances of Fouad's death. Channel 6 news was also there and a reporter fron NPR came later. Just as the Kaady family began to arrive, Channel 8 news also joined the group. A man carrying a flag which read "Justice", who was also at the demonstration in Sandy on Saturday stood on the corner across from the court house. I was a little sorry that so few of us who were not of the Kaady family showed up. Fouad's sisters do wonderful jobs of speaking for the family so we faded into the background as they arrived and came on home. I am attaching one picture of the event. [ read more ]
Fouad Kaady's Killer back at work before the Grand Jury even hears testimony
Officer Bergin of the Sandy Police Department has been back to work for a week now, according to the Gresham Outlook. He has been doing "desk duty" doing paperwork and reviewing background checks for potential reserve officers. Therefore, it looks like they already thought they knew the outcome of a Grand Jury before they even met to decide whether an indictment is handed down. Of course, this was before they knew that Fouad Kaady was Zaki's cousin. How could an officer be checking background information for potential officers when he has been charged with a most serious crime? How do people in Sandy live under these people? WOW! It really amazes me. We found three more witnesses Saturday in Sandy, eyewitnesses who have not been called. [ read more ]
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At Sandy, Oregon on this 15th day of October, at 2pm, in the parking lot bounded by the library, subway sandwich shop, and the police station, about 35 people gathered to raise the awareness of the public regarding the fate of 27 year old Fouad Kaady, brought to his death September 8th of this year by the guns of a Sandy policeman, mid-20's and a Clackamas County Sheriff, mid-40's.
Bright overcast skies with breaks of sun and temperature in the 60's had people introducing themselves to each other, consulting about how signs they were making should read, and choosing locations on either side of the island, created by swift moving multi-lane traffic of highway 26, east bound traffic on the south, and west bound traffic to the north, upon which central downtown Sandy sits.
People held up about 10 nice big signs with the text "Unlawful Death in sandy, oregon by the Police", lots of smaller ones, and a couple large size photos of Fouad, one poster size in a very egaging depiction of his natural youth and vigor.
At first, to considerable degree, people driving by seemed to register blank faces of incomprehension, not too much horn tooting in recognition. Maybe it was just that demonstrators hadn't yet polished their manner of relating to the public passing by. After about an hour, hour and a half, things started snappin' and many, many motorists attention was drawn to the text of handmade signs such as "Release toxicology reports...It's the law", "Don't shoot me, I'm dressed" and simply, "Don't shoot. Amen", juxtoposed against the large poster picture and the 10 big signs. [ read more ]
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