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NO MORE HOMELESS KATRINA SURVIVORS!
On Monday, February 13th, the New Orleans homeless population will skyrocket, and the survivors of Katrina will be victimized again. FEMA's short-term hotel program expires for most of the 26,000 displaced hurricane survivors and most of these evacuees have not been provided with long-term, or even transitional housing solutions. The National Guard is even on call to evict these survivors at gun point. We need anyone with the means to come down here to show up in solidarity for a day of decentralized direct action and mass demonstrations. For those unable to make it, an immediate nation-wide phone call and email campaign is needed to help keep families off the street. Don't let Katrina survivors be further victimized by the poverty-promoting plans of those with the power to correct the issues!
A 250-mile natural gas pipeline has been proposed to connect the LNG (liquefied natural gas) proposal in Coos Bay to the Williams pipeline in Roseburg, and then further to the pipeline near Malin, OR (near Klamath Falls). The proposal to import LNG and pipe the gas inland will undoubtedly have major economic, public safety, and environmental impacts while deepening the region's addiction to foreign fossil fuels.
The pipeline is an essential piece of the Coos Bay LNG proposal, and it appears that extensive negotiations have been going on for some time regarding this proposal. Peter DeFazio has stated his support for the LNG scheme, and the Coos Port Commission appointed by Ted Kulongoski appears to be in favor, also.
These individuals, DeFazio and Kulongoski, should immediately be targeted for letters and phone calls of concern about the pipeline and the LNG proposal in Coos Bay. The proposal is bad for the environment; it is bad for the safety and security of Oregonians; it exacerbates our dependence on foreign fossil fuels at a time when the Democratic Party is at least mumbling about energy alternatives and reducing foreign fossil fuel dependence; and finally, it links Oregon's market to a global energy economy that lacks human rights and environmental safeguards for many communities that happen to reside near natural gas fields. This issue is not necessarily a "right" or "left" issue, with many "red" Oregonians fighting their local proposals.
Write or call and let them know you hold them responsible for allowing the State of Oregon to fund the Weyerhaeuser land purchase, a deal that has enabled the proposal of this enormous pipeline and threatens to create many of the sorts of problems described above.Would Lewis And Clark Sign-Off On LNG On The Lower Columbia You Think? | Nigerian LNG pipeline explosion: 11 feared missing | LNG IS A KILLER | Bringing the War to Warrenton, Bradwood, Clatskanie, and a city near you! | National Expert on LNG Safety Speaking in Portland | NO LNG ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER DEMONSTRATION | No On LNG Petition | Solidaridad con Bolivia; boicot Calpine/Pacific NG consortium | Whose agenda is running Clatsop County? | Stop LNG at Jordan Cove
Sunday, February 12, 5:30pm at Talking Drum Books/Reflections Coffeehouse: 446 NE Killingsworth St. at MLK, next to Blockbuster Video.
Join us for an evening with Malik Rahim (founder of Common Ground Relief in New Orleans, former Black Panther, long-time community organizer) and Kerul Dyer (organizer with Common Ground, Oxygen Collective)
Food and drink will be available for purchase. Please support our kind host! [ read more ]
Gentrification in New Orleans
A friend sent this to me and said a bureaucrat on the phone yesterday advised her to "worry about more important things" (than losing privacy rights as a US citizen) so here comes one more "unimportant" thing: losing your housing to a storm and then your home to the developers. Please help. This is one more heartbreaking episode in the on-going genocide wreaked by the privileged white. It isn't that we didn't know it was coming.... [ read more ]
Schumacher Furs now has a grotesque Valentine's Day theme going on at the store, complete with colorful balloons, cupids, and little red hearts. A desperate attempt to disguise the ugliness and cruelty of the business they're in (in reality the only thing the Schumachers seem to love is money).
We made a few valentines of our own for the protest, saying things such as "Be My Bloody Valentine" and "Nothing says I Love You like Something Dead" along with heart shaped cutouts of tortured/dead animals. Animals value their lives as much as we value ours and feel pain as much as we do. No laws govern the fur trade's abuse of animals. Facts the Schumachers choose not to face. See http://www.furisdead.com for info and videos.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" (NPRM) on telecommunications franchising. This is a very important issue for supporters of Community Access TV (Public Access, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) TV). At the moment it is local "franchises" negotiated between local communities/municipalities and the Cable TV companies which allocate the resources and channel space used by Community Access TV. However in recent months a variety of legislation has been introduced in Washington that would dismantle these local franchises and could, in the process, destroy Community Access TV. A strong ruling in support of local franchising by the FCC could play an important role in swaying Washington legislation towards supporting local franchising and supporting Community Access TV. Send your comments to the FCC NOW! (Deadline 13th Feb)
On September 8, 2005, Fouad Kaady, a citizen of Sandy, Oregon, Was somehow tragically involved in "multiple automobile accidents." It is unknown for certain what happened to him, whether there was a mechanical malfunction, or some other problem leading to the first impact. From that point on, it is pretty certain that he, and the car he was driving, were engulfed in flames. He continued travelling, probably in an advanced state of panic (who would not be?), striking a couple of other cars, before crashing into some trees. He bailed from the burning, totally wrecked car, probably in shock, and burned and bleeding. He was only wearing shorts, which were also on fire, and he stripped them off. What happened next is unbelievable: [ read more | Rides to the Fouad Kaady Rally Tomorrow - Peoples Co-op 10:30a ]
related articles: [ After five months, still no justice for Fouad Kaady! | Meet Up for Kaady Rally In Portland | Aerial view of Fouad Kaady Demonstration site | Shooter Review, or, How CCSO justified the murder of Fouad Kaady-their version | One Week From Today-Flyer | Fouad Kaady Anti-Police Violence Demonstration | Fouad Kaady's Killer "Cleared." Surprise, surprise. ] | Flier
While posting fliers about the Fouad Kaady rally in Estacada today, we picked up a copy of the East County Gazette. In it was an article in the 'Mountain Views' Section, regarding a program which was news to me. It is called Dining & Dignity. The first restaurant in the entire United States to join Dignity & Dining was the Harmony Bakery in Estacada. Hitching Post Pizza has also joined. Here is how it works. "When an indigent person comes to the restaurant the guest must first ask for the manager and say to the manager, 'I don't have any money but I need to eat' The manager chooses which foods are available and healthy and then gives the guest the food. No taking of orders, no restaurant checks and no record keeping."
I was thinking about taking a few articles from here and getting them out into the public. One thought was to enlarge the article then use some wheat paste to distribute it where it might be read. I also thought about a soap box downtown and using a non-electronic megaphone to read the stories/opinions/articles.
Jason adds: Revolutinary ideas and radical news were distributed on Broadside papers in Colonial America. Just put together a one sheet poster of several stories and maybe a few graphics and staple it up around telephone polls and in the glass of empty "real estate magazine" boxes downtown. [ read more ]
Indymedia Poster for Distribution
This is in connection the post about spreading the message of indymedia to more people around Portland. My idea was to put up posters or pass out flyers. I made this one today. If anyone has suggestions/comments please let me know. Everybody has my permission to reprint this and modify it as they like. Pass it out at protests, at parades, or on the way to work (or school!). Post them on lamposts, street signs, and corp. media vans!. I think that spreading indymedia to everybody we can reach is a great idea. [ read more ]
The Cornelius City Council will decide Monday night whether or not to allow Walmart in town. People interested in stopping this Walmart are encouraged to come to this council meeting, Monday, February 6th, 7PM at the Public Service building, 1310 N. Adair St, Cornelius.
The City of Cornelius Planning Commission has already approved Walmart's design application for an 193,000 sq. ft. Supercenter next to Adair Street (TV Hwy); the only thing left now is whether the City Council will approve a ~3 acre zone change from residential to commercial. A 'no' vote on the zone change will stop Walmart's current plan. Your presence and especially your testamonies can help stop Cornelius stop Walmart.
The reasons to oppose Walmart are varied. To many, they are obvious.
A former state senator will present a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney to the Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee February 9.
The resolution passed the Committee's agenda subcomittee last month.
It charges that Bush and Cheney's (1) unprovoked and misrepresented invasion of Iraq violated the UN charter, (2) their actions contrary to acts of Congress volated their oaths of office and (3) their unlawful detention and torture of prisoners violated the US Constitution, acts of Congress and the Geneva Conventions.
Another great surprise. In the D.A.s haste to defend the murderers of Jahar Perez from indictment (yeh, like that's going to happen), he hired an "expert" witless from the out of state law enforcement community to razzle and dazzle the "grand Jury." Gee, that's new.
According to the Perez family attorney, Eldon Rosenthal, it actually IS new...
What is interesting here, is that the DA and the city are being defensive about the whole thing. I mean, do they really think that after all this time, anybody really believes that there is anything going on in the grand jury chamber that does not involve a big bucket, a big brush, and a lot of white pigmented liquid? I don't.
On February 4, 2006 seventy five Southern Oregonians assembled at Veterans Park in Medford, Oregon at a rally sponsored by Citizens for Peace & Justice. Demonstrators stood together to profess the "Real State of the Union"
The Medford Mail Tribune FAILED AGAIN to report the news, but citizen journalists were on hand to cover this event.
Was much fun, and the sun shined on our cause.
It has become increasingly apparent that there's a conspiracy amongst capitalists across this country. Thier aim is to have the force to define how the rest of us will act. How we will live, breath, eat, sleap, procreate, and die. It is clear that they intend to do this through "cross struggle" imperialist organizing.
We intend to do somthing about it.
We've determined that they've set up cells. Capible of polarizing a diverse array of "issues" against the interests of the majority, and democratic control of our land and resources. These people have organized against public ownership of resources across the country. They've villanized indegenious people for using eminent domain laws to take back land that rightfully belongs to them. They've formed a network of local right wing lobbying organizations to disrupt and shout over the voice of the people. They've infiltrated the halls of local and state government to advance thier imperialist aims.
They stand for property rights for the rich, and against community control. They stand agianst public participation in the democratic process, and thier canvassers lie to get signitures for thier efforts. The next front in this battle is an effort to flood our local government with corperate money, convince the people that the city is "wasting our money," and end publicly funded campaigns. They want to end our chance to have a voice against corperate governance.
We intend to do our part to stop them.
January 10th we uncovered one cell. This is another action in a campaign to uncover and fight the local right.
Join us Sunday Febuary 5th at Pioneer Square 715 sw morrison st.
After 3 weeks of being denied vegan meals, Eric McDavid is now on hunger strike. Please call the Jail persistently and request he be given meals he can eat.
Sacramento County Main JailSince January 13th Eric McDavid (X reference #-2972521) has been held in the Sacramento County Main Jail and denied vegan food. His family has reported that his health is failing from three weeks of malnourishment. On January 31st Eric began a hunger strike. Eric has been vegan for years and despite the efforts of his family, friends and lawyer he has not been given food he can eat. We are asking that people please call the county jail and politely but firmly request that he be given vegan food (food without animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs) before his health deteriorates further. Let them know that being able to eat is Eric's human right and vital to his physical and mental well being. Please spread the word and call, e-mail, fax, write as much as possible. Every day that goes by Eric's health becomes worse. Please act now.
651 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Sheriff Lou Blanas
Jail Commander Mark Iwasa
Jonathan Robert was arrianged on his most serious charges recently. He is apparently charged with 18 U.S.C. Â§ 844(e), using mail or phone to make a threat of fire or explosive. They are charging him with making a phone threat to a hotel that was hosting the G8 summit in Sea Island GA in 2004. This charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, and he was denied bail due to other pending charges in different districts.
Jonathan had a court appearance Feb. 2, 2006 and plead guilty to a federal misdemenor destruction of property charge, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. A dozen supporters were able to attend the hearing, and he seemed encouraged by their presence. The charge relates to him making several small slits in a tarp covering a chain link fence which was obstructing the view of people participating in the annual action to close the School of the Americas. The judge reserved sentencing until a Pre-Sentence Investigation report is completed which could be 4-6 weeks. Jonathan still has municipal charges relating to his being taking into custody.
Please write Jonathan letters and cards of support. Remember that all mail is read, so be smart. Prison is a lonely place and support is crucial. We expect Jonathan will remain at this address until sentencing which could be 4-6 weeks.
For more info / To subscribe to the email update list contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Free all Political Prisoners!
Mr. Rubio was arrested last summer during the Sandy Mountain Festival Parade. It was exactly one month to the day after his son, Carlos, had gone missing under mysterious circumstances. Details are sketchy, but Rubio alleges Sandy Police had been harassing his son and believed they had information regarding his disappearance. Mr. Rubio was passing out flyers to parade watchers and confronted Sandy police chief Skelton, one of the grand marshalls, near the end of the parade route. According to the Post, witnesses said Rubio was yelling at Skelton about the disappearance of his son and compared local police to Nazis. [ read more ]
Helter Skelton-Keep your July calendar open - Folks, the Chief of Police in Sandy, Oregon, Harold "Helter" Skelton, has invited us all out to his neck o the woods for a big shin dig, the Sandy Days Parade. You know you want to be there. This he man, the supposed supervisor of Officer Bergin (You remember him, he murdered Fouad Kaady), was so intimidated by Juan Rubio, that he had to arrest him for being so misguided as to question whether the Sandy Cops were doing anything to find his (at the time) missing son, who was later found, murdered, on a logging road. Mr. Skelton, this paragon of law enforcement, who sees a crack head behind every tree, and in front of each of his murdering cops, charged poor Mr. Rubio with menacing. The trial began on January 24. [ read more ]
Sandy Rants: Kaady, Rubio, Perez - Cops were flying around Sandy today like bats out of hell. I went out several times throughout the day and had to pull over 3 different times right in town (several hours between each) to allow a speeding squad car or two to pass. Also saw 2 cars pulled over by 2 squads earlier in the day. I wanted to go home and hide. [ read more ]
Poor Sheriff Roberts - Well, poor Clackamas County Sheriff Roberts seems to be having a really bad spell, what with all of his officers out on paid administrative leave, while his cronies "investigate" all the murders by cop that have been taking place on his watch. When questioned in this regard, both he and Sandy Police Chief Skelton related that the killings were somehow all related to the "meth epidemic, and the number of mentally ill." [ read more ]
related articles: [ AP's police shooting story is a PRESS RELEASE | Fouad Kaady's Killer "Cleared." Surprise, surprise. | Check out this Police Brutality Website! | ANOTHER taser death in Oregon | Fouad Kaady Anti-Police Violence Demonstration | Kaady: Policy NOT followed ]
Scott McCollister took a life. After Kendra James moved from the back seat to the driver's seat of a car stopped one early morning and proceeded to put the car in motion, Scott McCollister inserted himself partway into the car in an effort to remove her from it, unsuccessfully as it turns out, until after he shot her in the back with the bullet exiting her body from her right breast.
In the face of considerable pressure from vocal members of the public, the city and the bureau paid lip service by suspending McCollister for five and a half months without pay for "unsatisfactory performance", only to later have the state arbitrator order the city to pay his back wages and expunge his record. Quite a turn-a-round.
Last night, 35-40 people turned out at the Downtown library to hear Joe Keating and Ed Winslow discuss their campaigns, plans and ideas for the upcoming Governor's race. Both candidates are seeking the PGP's ballot spot in this race. Other candidates seeking election in other races spoke as well.
For the first time in PGP history the Greens here in Oregon have a contested race. Both Joe Keating (www.KeatingForGovernor.org) and Ed Winslow (www.EdWinslow.com) are seeking the party's ballot spot in the '06 Governor's race. Last night's forum, attended by about 40 people and videotaped for ?? was more cooperative than competitive. Each candidate addressed the audience for 10 minutes before beginning a Q&A session with 3 minute answers. [ read more ]
I arrived a little late, a stream of disabilities was holding up the 14 going downtown, having just gotten off work, and the caffiene slowly wearing off, leaving me tired and cranky, I was not looking foward to walking back over the same bridge in the protest.
As I walked in the square, I was suprised to find out, that the plans have changed, we are getting on the max and going to the Lloyd center. Fine by me man. The cops were lined up directly accross the stage, I diddnt see any of them with cameras of any sort, although, when your downtown anycity, youre on camera most of the time anyway. After some rousing music we board the max. Much to my suprise, the cops didnt follow.
Hugo Chavez spoke last night. He spoke at a big soccer stadium out on the edge of town.
The trip to the stadium was via the metro and, once we got to the end of the metro line, via small busses.
Once at the stadium, the men were separated from the women in to two line. Each were searched for weapons and explosives. Then we were given bottles of water and smiles and entrance to the stadium.
The atmosphere inside was roaring excitement. These people are all hard-core soccer lovers and stadium-ecstasy is second nature. There was a pre-Chavez show with musicians playing excellent folk and revolutionary music and scores of young teenage boys and girls dancing slowly about with yards of diaphanous pastel cloud-gauze wafting gracefully behind.
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