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Arrestees from last year's civil disobedience actions against the Biscuit logging project are set to begin their trial hearings today, March 7th. This occurs on the one year anniversary of the day logging began within formerly protected old growth reserves in the Siskiyou National Forest. At seventy-two years old, Cave junction resident Joan Norman was the first of dozens to be arrested in what grew into a multiple month, community supported resistance campaign that gained national media attention. Joan would be going to trial today but she was killed in a car accident last July after spending 16 days in the Josephine County jail for her second Biscuit arrest. The remaining 20-some defendants are challenging the Forest Service and the legitimacy of the government's actions that allowed these unprecedented sales to move forward against massive public opposition.
The trials will take place against the contentious backdrop created by a wave of new reports that fundamentally challenge the science and economics behind the Biscuit logging project, as well as the Forest Service's recent announcement that they are planning to release two new, highly controversial timber sales in as little as ten days time. The release of these remote, Inventoried Roadless Area sales is a direct assault on the Clinton-era Roadless Rule, one of the most widely supported pieces of national environmental policy in decades.
Related:Biscuit actions may continue this summer | In Defense of the Biscuit video | cascadiarising.org/ | Oxygen Collective | Siskiyou Project | Kalmath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center | Earth First! | Overview/Background | Portland IMC Biscuit Action Page | The Biscuit Alliance
For over four years, Daechuri and the nearby community of Doduri have defiantly resisted the siezure of their homes and fields for the expansion of a United States Army base. Barracaded inside the elementary school, rice farmers, elderly residents, and peace activists are holding out against sporadic, sometimes intense attacks by Korea's elite military police force. International support is needed to pressure the Korean government to halt its brutal assault.
Outraged and dissillusioned with the corrupt beaurocracy of an indifferent government, in February, farmers marched to Pyeongtaek city hall and burned their "residency cards", renounced their Korean citizenship and declared Daechuri an autonomous region. Within this rebel territory, a vibrant community has flourished. Artists, musicians, peace activists, and religious leaders have joined with the residents, repairing and occupying vacant houses, and creating a "Peace Village".
[ Pan-S.Korea solution committee against US base extension in Pyeongtaek | Save the Pyeongtaek Farmers| Related Articles: Autonomy Declared in Daechuri, South Korea URGENT ACTION!]
Listen to March 7 Interview: Streaming audio
"Last Saturday, Portland Police Bureau officers and at least one private security guard hired by Schumacher's Fur store appear to have used excessive force during the arrest of two protestors exercising their First Amendment rights. Video shot by fellow protestors and made available to the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center clearly shows Sgt. Larry Graham violently and intentionally twisting the arm of a protestor after he had been subdued to the ground.
"The video shows a private security guard believed to be working for Schumacher's pepper spraying observers and protestors as Sgt. Graham continued to twist the arm of the young man. The video also shows a second protestor slammed against the pavement by another police officer without apparent provocation. [ NorthWest Constitutional Rights Center | Related Articles: More pictures from 3-5-06 Cop Riot @ Schumakers | Violence Erupts At Peaceful Schumachers Protest | Schumacher Furs Protest Report, March 4 | Channel 12 And Schumachers Team Up This Week For "Fur Giveaway" | Update on Arrestees from Fur protest ]
The forests that the BLM is proposing to clearcut, leaving as little as 6 trees per acre, are some of the oldest and most beautiful forests available to the public in the Winston and Olalla residential areas for hiking, bird watching, and having fun in. In fact, the public has made a trail in unit A that the BLM neglected to mention in their environmental documents. This 250 year-old forest has both massive Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine trees and a diversity of other trees.
These forests are in the northern most reaches of the Klamath Mountain Province, supporting a wide array of tree and plant species such as pacific madrone, golden chinquapin, myrtle wood, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, canyon live oak, black oak, incense cedar and more. Rare plants have been documented nearby, such as Kincaid's lupine, the primary food for the endangered Fender's blue butterfly. Turning this unique and diverse place into an even age, virtual monoculture, is an irreplaceable loss. [ read more ]
Elliott State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs your comments to help them write the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Elliott State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan.
The 93,200 acre Elliott State Forest, near Reedsport, contains native forests over 140 years old, a haven for murrelets who need mature forests near the Pacific Ocean to raise their young. Old forests are rare on the central Oregon coast. [ read more ]
It appears that a new Federal Grand Jury is open and doing business now in Colorado. They sent an FBI agent to serve a Subpoena to me two weeks ago, but I was unavailable. This morning (March 6th) at 9:00 AM, two Benton county sheriffs came and laid the Subpoena at the feet of my wife by thrusting the paperwork through a crack in the door. A short scuffle broke out when she attempted to return the papers to them.
It appears that a new Federal Grand Jury related to the "Greenscare" is now open and doing business in Denver, Colorado. Their new fishing expedition arrived at the door of my home in Corvallis two weeks ago in the form of an FBI agent with a calling card. I was unavailable at the time, however, and the person who came to the door refused to answer any questions or take any paperwork.
It went pretty well. We had a small turnout but people who came have some good ideas and are willing to work on the first phase of the project. In the first phase, we will try to raise awareness of the need for an Indy project in Corvallis. No one attended from Eugene or Salem, so we will focus on the Corvallis area first.
We are close to identifying a place to create an Alternative media center. We would like to equip the center with an audio and video editing studio. We would like to create weekly news feeds for KBOO radio in Portland (we can hear this amazing community radio station all the way down to Corvallis).
We will create some kind of website that will collect news from Corvallis and it's eco-systems...which would be West to about Siletz or maybe even Newport and East to Lebanon. We are interested in letting this area know about some of amazing community-based, sustainable and healthy projects going in the area as well as keeping people informed about what's happening. We are exploring what the website will look like in the next few meetings.
Although I arrived a bit late, it was pretty amazing to see Pioneer Square absolutely *filled* with people brandishing pillows. It's too bad that there weren't very many older people; I guess they forgot how to have fun. This was truly fantasic, and I can't wait for the next one! By the way, watch for the up and coming pillow fighter. The baby is not even two yet, and has a total killer instinct. You'll know it when you see it. [ read more ]
More Portland Pillow Fight 2006 Pics
Thank you for putting this on (whomever you are). It was a very fun and well organized event. I had a total blast, and was able to keep my camera in tact in the thick of things. Thank you to everyone who helped someone find something they lost. The kindness and conscientiousness on display was truly humbling. My apologies to any older people who couldn't go for saying you forgot how to have fun. I know the price for unbridled fun increases with age and responsibility, and I applaud events like this which remind us that much of the time, that price is worth it. [ read more ]
We've gone through sound wars, death threats, arrests, 50% off posters, security guards, you name it, but this is where things got incredibly serious. Today, no one expected it to happen, and we were left in aw at one of the most horrendous sites I have possibly ever seen. The cops had enough. The constant phone calls and the image of peaceful protestors were just too much for them. Today, March 4th 2006, Officer Graham successfully broke a protestors arm and slammed his face into a pole. He also arrested a totally innocent other protestor, and pepper sprayed the whole lot of us. But for what? Absolutley nothing. I feel hunted, assaulted and an all around enemy of this state of America, and goddamnit if being a protestor makes me that than I sure as hell will be one.
After the immigration protest a friend and I walked up to the Schumacher protest for our usual protest against fur. When we got there, we were shocked to see photo edited pictures of ourselves on their windows. There was one picture of a naked 16 year old girl on their window from the previous naked protest. They were trying to brag to us that they have naked pictures of us. We found this entirely repulsive, sick, and it resembled the actions of a pedophile. One of the protestors was so outraged by this that he rightfully snatched the picture from inside their door. The security guards tried to attack us and when he got the picture and a couple of fists flied from the Schumacher side. We were just standing in-between them. One of the security guards, Nick, followed this protestor to try to get a picture of him, maybe to hang his picture up on their window for the next protest. We blocked him from taking a picture knowing their satanic ways. [ Related articles: More pictures from 3-5-06 Cop Riot @ Schumakers | Violence Erupts At Peaceful Schumachers Protest | Schumacher Furs Protest Report, March 4 | Channel 12 And Schumachers Team Up This Week For "Fur Giveaway" | Update on Arrestees from Fur protest ]
On Tuesday, February 14, 2006, Craig Rosebraugh received a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury currently convened in Eugene, Oregon investigating a series of actions committed by the Earth Liberation Front. The grand jury subpoena - the eighth Rosebraugh has received in the last nine years - commands him to appear in Eugene to testify at 9:00am on March 16, 2006 in connection with ELF activity throughout the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. Rosebraugh served as an unofficial spokesperson for the ELF from 1997 through 2001.
Witnesses refusing to answer any question under the scope of the immunity usually are jailed for contempt and held for up to eighteen months or the remaining length of the grand jury. For the last nine years, Rosebraugh has consistently asserted his rights and resisted the grand jury inquisitions. JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS AND ALLIES FROM THE REGION IN PROTESTING THE GRAND JURY AND IN SUPPORT OF CRAIG! MEET AT THE FEDERAL BLDG.
211 E. 7TH Ave. Eugene Oregon @
8 am, March 16th
FOR INFO ON CARPOOLS, OR TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CARAVAN FOR JUSTICE... EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org . THE JUCTICE CARAVAN WILL MEET AT 5:30 PM (to leave at 6pm) ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT [March 15] @ PEOPLE'S FOOD CO-OP : 3029 SE. 21st Ave, Portland, Oregon.
Q&A From Legal Update On Greenscare Indictments
A welcoming committee is forming to prepare for continued Biscuit logging protests this summer in response to the Forest Service announcing two new logging sales. Mikes Gulch and Blackberry would log the third and largest roadless area in Oregon, in the South and North Kalmiopsis Roadless Areas. Mikes Gulch would connect with the completed Fiddler logging sale and would be visable from Redwood Hwy and the National Wild and Scenic Illinois River. The sales could be sold in a matter of several weeks. MIkes Gulch is right above the green bridge where actions had taken place last summer. There is a campout on the green bridge already scheduled for March 13th.
Walking along with the crowd many questions filled my mind. Is the American Dream solely for Americans? Are the Rights guaranteed by our Constitution only for U.S. citizens? Or did our Founding Fathers produce a document for Humanity, intending to create an arena where all people could realize this Dream, because here we are all equal, we are all equal, we are all equal? Despite Guantanamo Cuba, and Abu Ghraib, and the P.A.T.R.I.O.T Act, and Sessenbrenner Bills and the daily trash passing for news, we all have it within our power to conduct ourselves according to the lofty principles given to the world in our Declaration of Independence and Constition.
This event today demonstrated that there are many Americans who believe in Equality, who will stand up and march for Justice, against short sighted profits and long range discrimination. Who will take the Founding Fathers at their word, if not their behaviour, and provide safety for those whose immigration into our country has been a mixed bag of overt illegality by law enforcement and winking acceptance by those standing to profit from cheap labor. [ More Photogs From Immigrant Rights Demonstration | Immigrant Rights March Pictures, part 1 of 2 | Immigrant Rights March Pictures, part 2 of 2 ]
This week, along with KPTV channel 12's "More" morning show, Schumachers is giving away a $27,000 mink coat as a tie in with the Academy Awards. The station and Schumachers have stated that fur is "hot" in Hollywood and you will be seeing a lot on the red carpet.
I am a self employed Nursery Broker and am home in the mornings sometimes. I caught the "More" show and the news of the fur giveaway on Monday. I have Emailed exexutive producer Seth Feldman and anchor Kimberly Maus all week, originally, telling them giving away fur was "disgusting and wrong",and I was "shocked and disappointed" in their station. They have responded by refusing to adress my concerns because they saw my words as"hurtful" and "hostile", and that I had too much "angst".
After seeing the O2collective presentation of the work they did in New Orleans, RogueIMC vounteer (Ashland) decided to see what he could do to help.
Rather than join a house gutting crew, I land a sweet gig setting up a new office for the Common Ground co-founder, former Black Panther Malik Rahim. So back to the first place I go to retrieve my computers and over the river to Algiers. My work is rewarding and appreciated, and the stories of the sixties and of what happened here just six months ago are riveting.
Saturday I take a tour of the Lower Ninth ward. Here a massive barge blasted through a levee holding back a canal that bisects the city connecting Lake Pontchartrain to the north all the way to the Mississippi River. I expect to see only traces of the devastation that occurred here six month ago, but other than streets being cleared of debris, no significant clean up has occurred. The scene of destruction in the Lower Ninth is apocalyptic, macabre. Overturned cars litter abandon lots where houses once stood, crushed houses contain their owner's precious belongings which have been untouched since the water was finally pumped back over the levee five months ago.
The devastation in the Lower Ninth is complete. It's ground zero of atomic proportions. But perhaps more disheartening is the political shenanigans at work keeping these people from their homes. While the former residents here certainly are poor, 80% own these homes. It will be interesting to visit the Lower Ninth ward five years from now and see if it's filled with luxury condos and white faces. To borrow from Buffalo Springfield: Looks like there's a 'land grab' happening here, and what we should do ain't exactly clear.2/23/06, 2/25/06, 2/27/06.
Three well-known inspirational Black Panthers will be speaking this thursday, March 2nd at Portland State University. This event is sponsored by Students for Unity, a radical activist organization at PSU, dedicated to anti-oppression work.
The Black Panther Party was a black revolutionary group that created positive social change in the 1970s. The Panthers practiced militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community based programs. The party was one of the first organizations in U.S. history to militantly struggle for ethnic minority and working class emancipation — a party whose agenda was the revolutionary establishment of real economic, social, and political equality across gender and color lines.
After 3 years of broadcasting, the Portland Radio Authority was paid a visit by a person identifying themselves as an agent of the Federal Communications Commission at 2pm, Wednesday the 1st of March. A call was placed to the stations facilitators and an e-mail was then sent to all station dj's ordering and immediate halt to all station activities. It is unclear at this point if charges or penalties will be made, but the FCC scrutiny could have dire consequences for the long-standing pirate station.
PRA programming has consisted of music from a broad variety of genres, and featured local artists' recorded material or even live performances. The station sponsored and broadcast the Portland Pop Now Festival in 2004 and 2005 with a subsequent compilation released. In addition to broadcasting illegally on 95.1fm and later 96.7fm, the Portland Radio Authority has, and may continue to broadcast on praradio.com.
The Grassy Narrows First Nation today sent letters warning the chief executives of Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY) and Abitibi-Consolidated to "immediately cease and desist from all logging and industrial resource extraction on our territory" or face a "fierce international campaign".
The letter follows a decade of failed negotiations, lawsuits, environmental assessment requests, public protests, and a 3-year logging blockade. The letter asserts that decades of unsustainable logging has "poisoned our waters with mercury and other toxins, nearly eliminated our ability to practice our way of life, and robbed us of economic opportunities."
This project will collaborate on developing alternative media via radio, web-based site, blog, video, streaming archiving of radio and video project. We will also emphasis the building of cooperative relationships and links between Willamette Valley communities. We hope to establish physical locations for a center in each community. We may at first share resources and create virtual space only. We hope to share the stories, visions, and just causes with other communities. We wish to document efforts to create sustainable and just communities located in the Willamette Valley of Cascadia.
The first meeting of a proposed Alternative Media project for the Willamette Valley of Cascadia will be held on Saturday, March 4th at 10:30 AM at Westminister House. (Corner of 23rd and Monroe across from OSU) 101 NW 23rd Street, Corvallis, Oregon.
It seems that Hollywood Fred Meyer has not learned its lesson from two years ago and stills disgards HUGE pounds of perfectly good food while telling the community otherwise.
On Friday, February 24th I personally witnessed a fellow employee of the meat department tossing into the garbage compacter at least 130 packages of meat products with an expiration date of Feb. 28th. The fellow employee told me they needed to make room for fresher meat coming in.
I went immediately to the FOD (Food operations Director)and wanted to save some for my dog but no deal. I then suggested somehow getting it to a homeless shelter freezer but no deal. Apparently Kroger makes for money "writing it off" than giving it away or even selling it at 50% off to an employee.
Colorful red and yellow tulips and daffodils adorned the display windows of Schumacher Furs this Saturday. Usually symbolizing spring and rebirth, these flowers were perhaps more representative of funeral flowers, as if placed there in remembrance of the 40 million animals killed each year by the fur industry. A pink rabbit fur purse hung gaudily in one of the windows. Hey Schumacher: dying fur pink does not change the grim reality of cruel death and needless suffering. Millions of animals, including dogs and cats, are bludgeoned, boiled, strangled with wire nooses, and bled to death before they are skinned for their fur. See http://www.furisdead.com for info and videos about how animals are used in the fur industry.
From inside the funeral parlor called Schumacher Furs, old Mr. Schumacher himself pathetically held a sign calling one of the protesters a whore (she was one of the people arrested recently which is likely how he knows her name). An act of desperation by a desperate man. We have been told that protesters have actually been offered money to stay away from the protest by someone claiming to be a friend of one of the Schumacher employees. The Schumachers are likely quite surprised that our protests did not end at Christmas. In fact, the protests continue to get bigger and livelier as more and more people get educated about the fur industry and decide to join us. This week, a Schumacher call to the police only resulted in a police officer politely reminding us to keep the sidewalk clear.
May this spring see a rebirth of compassion and kindness towards all living beings. Come join us this Saturday in front of Schumacher Furs at SW 9th and Morrison from 12:30ish until 4:00 or later. Signs, leaflets, and vegan treats provided.
The concept for the event was to illustrate the price of passing the Patriot Act. It shows how we have commodified our basic rights under the guise of protecting the American people from "terrorism" in its ever-broadening definition. The winners are multinational corporations like Halliburton.
Underhandedly, America has traded the Bill of Rights for promises of security in the aftermath of a successful fearmongering campaign. Free speech has been suppressed when the speech, spoken or written, affects the profits of a corporation. We have openly advocated to suspend the rights of people suspected of "terrorism," in its ever-broadening definition. We have suspended rights of habeus corpus and right to an attorney. We have detained people who are suspected of "terrorism" and most deplorably, we have tortured these people, and defended our "right" to do it. [ EcoTV Presents: Portland Can't Wait's "Price Check on the Patriot Act" demo | http://www.portlandcantwait.org ]
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