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Republicans Complicit in Trillion Dollar Theft
author: David Roknich
George W. Bush can't run for re-election, but he doesn't have to remain president to retain control of the wealth and power of the entire US government. With full complicity of every single Republican member of the US Senate, he's it taking with him. This year, congress didn't delay in getting their dirty work done in short order, because most will run for re-election, and they're counting on the fact that by November, the usual collective amnesia will set in.
Don't let them get off easy this year: if they can't be properly punished for the crimes they've committed the least you can do is vote them out of office.
Since it is a fact, that is not often acknowledged or discussed, that the wave of destruction washing over America, and from there over the rest of the planet, has as one of its root causes the activities of the American Church, it seems to me that it is long overdue that the American Church start showing some responsibility and begin doing something to make up for the damage caused by the church.
This is an interview I had the pleasure of conducting with Tonje Hessen Shei, Director and Producer of "Independent Intervention", a new film about independent media and corporate media.
"...since I came to this country from Norway, I've become frustrated and surprised with how journalism started to fuse a lot with PR, and journalism was really tailored for markets...as we studied the media we were always talking about the impending media crisis. In 1993 there were about 50 major media corporations, right now its like 5;
And then there was the day of the US invasion of Iraq. I was 8 months pregnant basically, running around with a camera and a huge belly and there was just so many people out there, so much going on. I started a huge library of media coverage of the buildup to the war and the justifications for the war. I was so shocked and frustrated with how they covered the war. But it was interesting, what I chose to take out to send to my editor in New York is one thing, but he hadn't gotten most of my footage before because he doesn't have cable and he was blown away. Seeing his reaction and his interpretation of the selections I sent to him was incredible part of this film and of how our relationship developed with this film, as director and editor. "
he Portland Police are hard-working modern-day heroes that keep our cities safe from menacing thugs, like the kind that stand in doorways and use cellular phones.
Last night at approximately 10:45 pm I had the good fortune of witnessing the Portland Police violently apprehend a dangerous criminal on SW Washington.
The police were concerned that there may have been underage drinking taking place at a private party downtown. The young man who was working the door, checking IDs, was told by police that he needed to let them in. The young man said that he had specific instructions not to, and that they needed a warrant to enter the property. The man pulled out his cell phone and called someone inside to notify them that the police were demanding entrance.
This was apparently a threat to society, or at least the people in the immediate area, because the police then grabbed the man's arm, twisting it until he dropped his phone, ganged up on him and arrested him, slamming his head on the concrete in the process.
A half dozen of us had a demonstration this Thursday in front of Schumacher Furs. We passed out literature and held signs. Lots of passersby thanked us for being there, and a couple people said they'd come to the Saturday protests. A few angry people came up to us and expressed their support for the fur industry, saying plainly that they don't care about what happens to the animals in the fur trade. Unfortunately, one of those people referred to the Schumachers as her "friends" and seemed to be connected to a Willamette Week reporter, so we can only guess what the upcoming coverage will be like from that paper.
About 90 to 100 people gathered in front of Vancouver Hilton, where a fundraising reception was being held for Senators Maria Cantwell and Joe Biden. The demonstration, which was put on by three local grassroots organizations, was an effort to urge the Senators to support Sen. Russ Feingold's resolution to censure President Bush over illegal wiretapping of US citizens, as well as to urge them to stop the occupation of Iraq. The groups represented were Vancouver for Peace, Democracy for Vancouver, Veterans for Peace and the newly formed Code Pink Vancouver. Overall turnout and spirits were high, despite the rain. Nearly all reactions from passing motorists were positive, many honked and waved and some stopped to voice their support. Many attendees to the fundraiser had to walk through the protest lines and some engaged the vocal protesters pleasantly. Sen. Craig Pridemore made a point to walk through the entire crowd, often pausing to talk to a familiar person or listen to someone's spiel, before going into the event. One agitated fundraiser attendee angrily stalked the crowd looking for the person responsible for placing a code pink flyer (a brilliant mock receipt of the cost of the war) on his windshield. When no-one would take it from him, he attempted to hang it on the camera lens of an unwitting Columbian photographer, which didn't make him too happy.
Beneath the cold, Orwellian façade of Newmont Mining Corporation's headquarters in downtown Denver's "cash register" building, a dauntless group of veteran anti-globalization activists held a press conference to announce the Stop Newmont Mining Coalition's plan to take to the streets on April 25, 2006 to forcefully confront greedy gold digger Newmont at its annual shareholders meeting. Issuing an open invitation to everyone in Denver and across the country to join them, the Coalition made clear its intent to effectively put an end to the ecoterrorist mining corporation's genocidal anonymity and impunity once and for all. Part of an oceanic swell of resistance from every continent where this toxic monster operates, the multicultural alliance will be joined by community members from Ghana, Peru, Indonesia, Mexico, and Western Shoshone territory, all places where Newmont's toxic dumping has destroyed the lives and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples, and all places where its destructive practices have led to forceful, unrelenting resistance.
The call for support went out less than 48 hours before the event took place that people were going to meet in Sylvester park at 11 am to begin our counter demonstration. Many people began showing up at that time (some were late due to the time change). There was a small group of dedicated individuals combing the city on bikes/foot/car looking for the nazi's from about 11am until their first sighting at 12:25 pm. The group that was holding our position in Sylvester Park received a cellular communiqué at 12:25 informing them that there was a NSM members sighted at the Capitol Campus. At this time the bike brigade was informed and they deployed rapidly to the campus, upon arrival they noticed that indeed there were 5 NSM members (including the Seattle unit head Justin Boyer and the Northwest leader/webmaster Jim Ramm) dressed in full SS uniforms standing around confronting a small group of anti-racist activists. We started calling down to the groups at Sylvester and Heritage parks to confirm that yes they were indeed there. At about 12:35 two (or maybe three) more particularly aggressive NSM members pushed themselves through the crowd and joined their cohorts.
A million mobilized in Los Angeles, 300,000 in Chicago, and thousands in Portland and dozens of cities. Now it is time to mobilize in Salem as Congress decides on a legalization program or criminalization for the 12 million undocumented immigrants.
Sunday April 9th -- March for Dignity and Justice for Immigrant Workers. PCUN and CAUSA call on the immigrant community and supporters to come to a mass mobilization for immigrant rights.
Gather at 2 pm; Rally and March at 3 pm.
Unidos sin Fronteras! March for Immigrant Rights Sunday in Salem! | Immigration Rights Battle Comes to US Schools - Week of the Walkouts | ILPS Statement of Solidarity With US Immigrants and Supporters | Middle School Student/Organizer Kills Himself After Being Threatened by Vice Principal
The original Europeans in what is now the US were not immigrants, but colonists. And the US is not a nation of immigrants - it is a white colonial settler state, like South Africa under Apartheid, the former Rhodesia, Australia and Israel.
And like those states the US has always operated on a sometimes hidden, sometimes overt system of Apartheid. Like those places, the US is a nation of colonists and race laws.
It is a place where white colonists arrived, seized the land, and dispossessed, exterminated or attempted to exclude the original "non-white" peoples all of them.
I was biking home from work and, having not been downtown in quite a while, I ended up on Pine and then on 5th, the bus mall. I biked in the car lane, trying to figure out my escape route. A bus was on my right in the bus lane and I'd noticed an unmarked police cruiser sitting right by the driveway into Big Pink's parking lot. While I'm riding slowly, behind a bus, the cop flies up behind me, lights on, just as I get to Oak. Not knowing what's happening, I turn right in the crosswalk onto the sidewalk and disembark. When he got out, he gave me the ticket and said he'd cited me for an illegal right turn and riding in the bus lane- neither of which was true when he'd turned on his lights. I'd panicked and looked to get out of his way, and as a result, got a $600 ticket.
Twice in the last month 20-30 marine reservists, fully attired in camo, and armed to the teeth with semi-automatic machine guns patrolled the streets of downtown Toledo, OH for an entire weekend. The Blade said they were authorized to fire live blanks at innocent civilians. I first noticed them outside the window of the school where I teach...they walked within feet of a bus stop where two schools worth of students stood confused, scared, and horrified. I took the following photo from my 4th floor window...
This morning, Linda and Greg Schumacher, along with their security guard, their accountant, and a friend from Zell Brothers jewelry store (located across the street from Schumachers) all railed against what Greg called "domestic terrorists." To bolster their case, they brought along a sheaf of email correspondence and copies of various Oregon Revised Statutes, which they claim show that the city needs to start arresting people for demonstrating in front of their fur store.
Report: Spontaneous Schumacher's DemonstrationAfter the city commission meeeting, a small but vigorous group of demonstrators reminded Schumacher's of the power of free speech. Onlookers smiled and gave thumbs up, and the media showed unusual interest. We had the good fortune of making a new acquaintance. One pedestrian stopped and told us that he used to be an "evil man." He worked for the fur industry for some 25 years, and was eager to share some unknown truths from inside the industry. We should be hearing more from him, as he offered to speak before audiences and make a video with IDA.
Schumacher Furs -- Portland City Council MeetingIn this morning's KPTV broadcast, reporter Jim Hyde spent more time ogling through a deserted fur shop following along as Greg Schumacher lifted staggeringly awful coat after staggeringly awful coat from the racks. (I don't just mean awful in that animals died for those coats, I also mean gross in the sense of fashion disaster. One of the coats was a shockingly awful pink affair. Another, garish red with poofy things hanging on it. You can't buy taste, can you.)
This Wednesday, April 5, 2006, there will be a panel discussion about the federal government's policy of ignoring and failing to prosecute violations of federal environmental laws by corporate polluters and extractive industries, while it aggressively prosecutes politically-motivated acts of property destruction by environmentalists under the "War on Terror" moniker.
This is the second of a series of discussion panels entitled "But, is this really Terrorism? An ongoing forum about the impact of the 'War on Terror' on dissent in the United States."
When: Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at 7 p.m.
Beginning on April 4, 2006, on channel 21, a three month series will highlight the fraud and disenfranchisement which characterized the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. This report provides audio files of featured speakers as well as playback schedules for the series.
This series is produced from presentations given on Saturday, October 1, at the National Summit To Save Our Elections, which was held in Portland Oregon, at the First Unitarian Church, September 30-October 2, 2005. The Summit provided information on how corporate-owned electronic election systems are affecting our vote as well as the ways we can help restore citizen ownership of our elections. Top election reform advocates and renowned independent media personalities led the Summit and presented strategies to restore election integrity in America.
Audio files of the speakers from that morning and afternoon are also available. Schedules for the Community Television spring series follows the listing for the audio files.
About 50 protesters (ranging in age from 7 months to 80 years) showed up throughout the day Saturday to leaflet, hold signs, make sidewalk art, and chant against the fur industry's abuse of animals. It was a great day with new people, lots of enthusiasm, and lots of support from passersby. Many people thanked us for being there while others honked and waved as they drove past. The Oregonian, The Portland Tribune, and Channel 2 news showed up as well.
A few dismal manikins wearing dead animals stared blankly out from the glass display case windows, while the Schumacher folks, some also wearing dead animals, stared blankly out from behind the big glass doors (in actuality they're seething inside, evidenced by their public announcements and numerous threats to protesters). A cluster of police stood across the street, and police cars drove by periodically, but all was calm. A few people posing as customers went in - from appearances we doubt they were there to buy fur but instead to support the Schumachers amidst growing controversy - but there wasn't really much activity for Schumacher Furs.
Tonight I went to the Military Recruiting Center up on 1317 NE Broadway. Every Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:30 a small handful of dedicated people stand outside the Recruiting Center with anti-war signs and hand out literature to passersby. They have been doing this weekly for many months now. Catholic Workers, and at least one Veteran For Peace, they stand as a counterpoint to the military machines recruitment center. They stand for truth, while recruiters use deception and lies to lure in young people as fodder for wars of aggression.
When asked if I would continue to post photo essays here on indymedia during my extended travels through Europe, I replied that I doubted that I would have anything to post. However, on my first night in Berlin (my first stop) the contrast between the way Americans and Germans look at their recent past startled me so that I knew that I had to produce this photo essay. Some readers (on sites other than indymedia) may get upset by my insistence on presenting my images in a political or historical context. However, for me, all photography that is not for personal use is about political struggle or it's about surrender. [ Read More | 911-Berlin Reportback in Full on Rivertext | Venezuelan Government To Launch International 9/11 Investigation | 911-Investigation (Portland Indymedia) ]
Josh's arraignment was today in Oklahoma, and per the advice of the COURT APPOINTED INTAKE OFFICER, we were under the impression that he did not have to be present. This was bullshit, and complete entrapment. They issued a warrant for Josh's arrest, and the judge said that there was no reason he should be living with his sister. He is leaving tomorrow, Wednesday, to turn himself in and go to jail. We don't know what will happen now, it is likely they will keep him in custody until his pretrial and trial, as they will assume he is a flight risk since he was not present for his arraignment. THEY ARE TAKING AWAY MY BROTHER. WE NEED HELP. WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY FOR AN ATTORNEY. ORGANIZE!!! SOLIDARITY! PLEASE HELP MY BROTHER! HE'S FUCKING 14 YEARS OLD, WE CAN'T LET HIM BE A SCAPEGOAT FOR THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA.
So I'm down at the Grant High School passing out draft counseling literature when a wing nut jumps out of his van and starts yelling at me. "Take off your phony military stuff" (I'm wearing an old field jacket with my unit combat patch). "They're dying over there, stop passing out this garbage." And other typical don't exercise your freedom of speech because (fill in the blank)
He then proceeds to slap my hand with the handouts, scattering them all over the street. Needless to say, my inner Buddhist was not in residence. | read more >>
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