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27.02.2006 21:50
public apology from portland books to prisoners and btop
We would like to apologize to Topher, and queer people in general. We in BTP all agree that we want to do our best to make sure that nothing like this will ever happen again. Although we appreciate the generosity of the organizers, we will take a more active role in planning our own benefits from now on and make sure that we can feel good about where our money comes from.

We understand that the struggle of the queer community is our struggle and we wish to stand in solidarity and do all we can to make up for this truly disheartening situation. We believe that the struggles against the oppression of queer people are our struggles, not just because many of us are queer, but because all systems of oppression are so intertwined and we cannot effectively work against one without working against them all. We would like to thank everyone for their support of books to prisoners and hope that we can maintain healthy relationships within the activist community.

We are not only dedicated to getting literature to prisoners but we are all extremely dedicated to ending oppression in all forms; We will donate $150.00 out of the money that we made on Saturday night to the Trans/Gay/Intersex Prisoner Support Project out of Oakland. We realize that donating this money does not make up for the hurt that was caused on saturday night but we hope that it makes a statement of our solidarity and of our extreme sadness for what happened at the event. [ Hey Books to Prisoners! | Homophobia at BTP/PDX Press Show ]

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27.02.2006 17:22
Update on Rod Coronado's Detention Hearing 2/27/06
A hearing at the federal courthouse in Tucson this morning ended without a clear resolution on Rod Coronado's detention. Magistrate judge Charles Pyle has taken the matter under advisement after the prosecution and the defense argued back and forth on whether Coronado should remain in custody and be extradited to San Diego, where he is charged in a grand jury indictment with "distribution of information relating to destructive devices." It is unknown how long it will take for Judge Pyle to decide.

At 10:30 am Monday morning well-known environmental activist and Tucson community member Rod Coronado appeared in Tucson federal court once again, this time for a "Detention and Removal" hearing. Coronado has been held at the Florence detention facility since last Wednesday, when he was arrested suddenly by federal agents. This hearing was to decide whether he would be released on bail, to later "self-surrender" at the federal district court in San Diego - where a grand jury has charged him in connection with a lecture he gave there - or if he would remain in custody and be extradited to California pending trial.


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27.02.2006 14:35
Garden in SE PDX being destroyed right now
The big picture Many residents of SE PDX are familar with the garden that has grown at the corner of SE 21st & Brooklyn for at least the last nine years. The garden has passed through various stages of maintenance and neglect but has always provided a welcome green open spot at that intersection. But the days of those cycles are over; as of this writing, the garden is being heartlessly ripped up and compacted by heavy machinery.

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27.02.2006 05:19
Suburban Washington turns against the war and the regime
While on a quick trip, I happened to pass through Camas, Washington, for the first time ever. I was happily surprised at the sight of a half dozen protesters on a busy corner there. They were bearing signs calling to impeach Bush, and Stop the War NOW!

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26.02.2006 21:11
Memory Against Forgetting– An Open Letter on the "Green Scare"
Two weeks ago I found my name on a government list regarding the current "Green Scare," also known as the FBI's "Operation Backfire" against the grassroots ecology and animal movements... I've come to view this ridiculous list as symbolic of the whole Green Scare campaign... The U.S. government excels at dropping down on people's lives like a ton of bricks, and of course that's what it has done with this witch hunt... The question is how can these individuals-sitting alone after arrest for 23.5 hours a day in cold cells and facing decades of jail time or even multiple life sentences-have the strength to resist? ... I want to be clear that I'm not speaking about anyone in particular. When I write "these people," I'm referring to those already indicted, subpoenaed or harassed, as well as those to come.

I am proud to know many of these folks and call them my friends. I am proud of who they were then, and who they are now. They are neither martyrs nor victims. Yes, they are truly gentle and kind people as has often been remarked, but they are also fierce fighters who let their passion for justice guide them... This persecution comes as a result of the effectiveness of the grassroots ecology and animal movements, and also because the state needs to have an "Enemy Within" to justify its growing fascism.

The feds have stuck a knife into our movements, and we're bleeding. We urgently need to stem the flow and get back on our feet... Let's remember who we were and what we accomplished before this ton of bricks dropped. Everyone has a role to play, so let's get it on.

[ Operation Backfire Green Scare Watch List | M16 - Eugene - Support Craig Rosebraugh ]

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Police Brutality 26.02.2006 14:14
Police Brutality on Stark Street Downtown
A large man was face-down on the cement in the street, with about 5 pigs beating him with their billyclubs. He didn't seem to be resisting arrest, because he didn't really have anywhere to run. But they continued to beat him, after the fact that he had been charged with at least 50,000 volts of electricity and was most definitely paralyzed momentarily. Without any way to defend himself, the man lay beaten on the ground. After a bit, the piggies backed up to check out their damage. At this point, there were around seven cop cars enclosing the block, and more were on the way. The white pigs in uniforms stood in a circle all staring down at the man. Me and my friends were getting rather terrified at this point, we took some pictures of the scene and one of my friends instinctly yelled with horror "YOU KILLED HIM!!" ... it was at this point that there was a large pool of dark red blood spilling from the man's upper-body. Once he was turned over, we saw the man's face - completely smothered with bright cherry red blood, covering his whole face. He did not move, and this led all of us [the pigs, me and my friends, the streetkids onlooking fromn the corner] to believe that this man was shortly to be taken away to the morgue. The pigs chuckled and harassed folks passing by, saying to them, "guess you aint gonna be drinkin an' drivin, now are you?!!?" and laughing with people trying to drive down the street.

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Heterosexism in the Community 26.02.2006 14:00
Homophobia at BTP/PDX Press Show
I've stood in front of signs that said 'Fags Burn in Hell' and 'Thank God for AIDS' and got heckled by religious zelots from Kansas, calling me all sorts of shit. But I have never felt more oppressed than I did last night at a PDX Books to Prisoners benefit.
The band was billed simply as WWPRF. Several bands on the flyer used acronyms so several of the people in Books to Prisoners had no idea that it stood for Wolfgang Williams and the Punk Rock Faggots. Fortunately, I have an awesome friend in the punk community who's seen these guys and talked with them. When he learned of their name, he asked if any of them were gay. One of the kids in the band elbowed his bandmate and said, "He is on the weekends, har har."

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Audio Coverage from 2/23/06 25.02.2006 23:16
Author Linn discusses childhood consumerism
author Susan Linn Susan Linn, educational psychologist and author of Consuming Kids discusses the high stakes campaigns vying for control of our young people's minds. Media companies spend about $15 billion annually to take advertising to the next level - and this is all aimed at young children.

Marketers have realized they can exploit the developing nature of childhood and adolescence and have utilized child psychologists to invade the fertile psyche of children with consumerism, brand loyalty, and commercialization of sex and violence.

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25.02.2006 03:34
The Growing Silence
There's a marshland along the river where a wide, shallow pond reaches far beyond its edges most of the year to fill the surrounding valley with a fertile halo of cattails, sedges, marsh grasses, and dogwoods. In spite of the cold, it should be alive this time of the year with restless muskrats, beaver, and migrating water birds. So I went there yesterday to see them.

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24.02.2006 20:40
Two more "Green Scare" arrests in Olympia -- prisoner support information
Yesterday two more American environmentalists where arrested charged with involvement in an ELF arson attack on Jefferson Poplar Tree Farm in May 2001. Their alleged involvement in this action is, according to the FBI, part of the alleged over-arching conspiracy which has already seen eleven North Americans indicted.

The latest people arrested in this on-going case are Nathan Block and Joyanna Zacher. Like the others who have been charged with involvement in the Jefferson Poplar Tree Farm arson, Nathan and Joyanna are facing fifteen separate charges: Thirteen charges of arson (one charge for each vehicle and building damaged by fire), one charge of attempted arson (against the offices of Jefferson Poplar Tree Farm) and one "Use of a Destructive Device".

Detention Hearings in Tacoma Tuesday Feb 28 | www.ecoprisoners.org


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24.02.2006 15:18
interview with portland panther Floyd Cruse

last night on maximum damage- we interviewed the former minister of information of the portland chapter of the black panther party Floyd Cruse. It is archived on portland web radio maximum damage under the date 2/21/06. We discuss many topics from direct action to post traumatic stress disorder. Floyd rocks and I hope you enjoy hearing our discussion.
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related: [ Resisting Repression- Black Panthers and Animal Defenders Unite to fight back | Black Panther Party events at PSU | Portland Indymedia Web Radio | Maximum Damage Channel on Odeo ]


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24.02.2006 15:00
Grassroots Hotline, Email List and Online Library for Olympia Workers
The Olympia Workers Association (OWA) is pleased to announce a new hotline for workers to call when they want help improving their working conditions. Workers can now call (360) 539-9523 to get support from other workers, get information about workers rights and strategize winning better work conditions.

The OWA has also created an email list to share news about local workers. To subscribe to this list go to  https://lists.riseup.net/www/subrequest/olympiaworkers and start receiving updates about the local grassroots labor movement.

The OWA has also created an Online Worker Library with reading material about worker struggles past and present. All reading materials can be printed out on home computers and office printers. Visit the Library at:  http://olymedia.mahost.org/olyworkers/workerlibrary.htm

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24.02.2006 14:49
Pictures from Move.On Bush Protest by EcoTV
No Checks No Balances No Democracy

I took stills from the video I shot of the people protesting on SE 39th and Division. The signs depicted the loss of liberty being forced upon us by the Bush Administration.

Brian contributes: There were about 20 people at the corner of 15th and NE Alberta as well. We talked and held candles. Lots of cars honked as they passed. It sure beat the hell out of watching TV and being silent. Too bad more didn't join us. It is the beginning. We aren't going to be silent while Bush brings us fascism.

Maggie Sullivan contributes: I never attended a protest until the Bush Administration. Now I go to every one I know about! Although the 15th & Alberta crowd was less than half of the sign-ups, and even our organizer was a no-show, we had a good time, learned about resources from new acquaintances, and definitely made a dent in the collective awareness of the hundreds of cars and pedestrians that passed through that intersection. Fellow vigilants, thank you!


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24.02.2006 14:17
Northwest "Natural" Gas: Cheap, Slimy-Ass, Dirty Trick
I am a single mother, and every cent I earn is hard won and spoken for. I do not indulge in frivolous extras -- I do not have cable TV, I can't afford to splurge on eating out at restaurants, I do not buy new clothes. We live on a very tight budget at my house. So I have been very frugal with heat at my house as well. We're often cold. We snuggle up in blankets to keep warm, and wear sweaters and thick socks. Like I said, every cent matters, and I had heard that the Enron fiasco was driving up heating costs this winter, and I cannot afford to bail out fucking millionairs with my meager paycheck. I have been very careful to never have the heat on at night, and never when I am away. When I am here, it's never above 65, and even at that, only on special occasions or when we are sick.

I thought all of this frugality had paid off when I received my bill last month. It said I only owed $57! I was pleasantly surprised, because it was all I could afford, and I had been very careful about the heat, and we had shivered all winter, and it seemed to have made a difference. I was surprised anyway, because I had heard so much about how much higher bills might be. Anyway, the relief I felt made me do what anyone in my situation would do. I relaxed a little on the heat. I still never turned it up past 67 degrees, but I did turn it up 2 degrees now and then to help stave off the winter chills. After all, my family was shivering, and I figured I could afford $10 or so more to help keep them warm.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I received my bill today and it was NEARLY $400!!! There's no WAY I can afford a $400 utility bill. NO FUCKING WAY. When I called Northwest "Natural" to see what had happened, I was informed that, oh, they had just misread my bill last month, that's all. I am almost in tears as I write this. When I told the woman on the phone that it can't be that high, that it's not fair that I should be charged this much now, she said curtly that I was only being charged for what I had used. But I, like so many of us out here, had intentionally guaged my gas use to try to keep it in my budget. I think we were all doing that, weren't we? I had cut down the temperature in my home to the very minimum that I felt I could. I mean, usually we didn't even have the gas on at all. And if I had received a bill for $150 last month, I would have tried to turn it down even more. But I didn't. I received a bill for only $57, and so I thought it was safe to turn it up a little. This is NOT fair. And what's more, I believe they did this on purpose. If this happened to you too, please say so here.

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23.02.2006 11:00
Rod Coronado arrested for 2003 teach-in in San Diego
Rod Coronado Details are sketchy, but a federal indictment was handed down by a Federal Grand Jury in San Diego charging Rod with "teaching and demonstrating the making of a destructive device" before a crowded room at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center in Hillcrest on Aug. 1, 2003, one day after an arson at the University Towne Center apartment complex under construction in San Diego.

Rod is already awaiting setencing from previous charges. 2 months back Rod and Matt Crozier were found guilty of felony conspiracy to interfere with or injure a government official (max 7 years), charges related to an Earth First! campaign to prevent mountain lions from being captured or killed by hunters in Tucson, Arizona in March 2004.

[ Related Articles: Rod Coronado Indicted on Federal Conspiracy Charges | Rod Coronado on the Animal Liberation Movement | Rod Coronado: A Voice for Liberation | Peter Young's statement on SD Grand Jury | Two Activists Jailed For Refusing to Cooperate with Grand Jury ]
[ Related Websites: San Diego Indymedia | Arizona Indymedia | Portland Prisoner Support Page | FBI Witch Hunt | Arizona Earth First! ]

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23.02.2006 04:53
PSU cafeteria workers boycott employer Sodexho
We, the undersigned, have terminated our period of employment at Sodexho's Victor's Café in Ondine Hall on the PSU campus. Given the financial and emotional stresses of unemployment, this was not an easy decision to make; however, the unacceptable business practices of the company made it, in our opinion, the only ethical one.

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22.02.2006 19:02
Schumacher Furs Protest Report (I'd rather go naked than wear fur), February 18
Cats in China used for fur While about twenty protesters stood out in the cold holding signs and passing out literature in front of Schumacher Furs last Saturday, another half dozen protesters stripped down to g-strings and shoes, some with strategically placed anti-fur stickers, others with anti-fur slogans written on their bare skin with black ink.

Meanwhile a crowd gathered across the street, fascinated by our protest, and more than usual amounts of educational literature were distributed. Why would people take off their clothes downtown in 37 degree weather? To drive home the point that we'd rather wear nothing than wear the product of intense animal abuse and suffering.

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22.02.2006 19:01
1800 People Killed by Corporate Timber and Human Ignorance
More than a thousand people have died in the Philippines, as a result of a tremendous landslide. As they slipped beneath the mud of the nearby mountainside, did they know who was to blame? As it turns out, logging was to blame. People of Cascadia, take note.

According to scientific analysis and preliminary government reports alike, the reason for the massive landslide that took so many lives last week is clear: It was logging. The steep slopes above the buried village were denuded of all their trees. Ancient forests had been carved away by greed and indifference. The delicate forest ecosystem had melted under the weight of machines and "progress," and so the ancient mountain then melted away onto the little village below.

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22.02.2006 18:54
Know Your Rights, Legal Observation and Jail Support Workshop
Come find out what to do when security shows up during your monkey business! Have you been wondering, "Why are people getting arrested for chalk drawings and spitting on the sidewalk when bands of activists are allowed to run amuck, buck naked, with only g strings and anti-fur stickers on their nipples?!" Well, even if you haven't, this free workshop is open to anyone wondering what rights they still might have as an activist, how to best protect em, and what to do if you wind up in the clink anyway. The event is being hosted by In Defense of Animals and you know what that means? Homemade vegan treats!

When: This Sunday, February 26th @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm (Doors at 4pm, speakers at 4:30 pm)
Where: Free Geek: 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, OR (503-232-9350)
[ Related Articles: Resisting Repression- Black Panthers and Animal Defenders Unite to fight back ]

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22.02.2006 12:35
Portland City Council To Consider Regulation of Payday Loans
Portland City Council meets tonight at 6 p.m. at the Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave., to consider new regulations on high-interest payday loans.

Proposed legislation includes a requirement that 25 percent of the principal of a loan be paid before it can be rolled over, a 24-hour window for a borrower to cancel the loan, requirements for payment plans to be set up, and a $1,500 annual fee for payday loan outlets.

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