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Over 30 people gathered at the Mexican Consulate in Portland for an emergency action demanding the immideate release of all political prisoners from San Salvador Atenco, Mexico and for an end to the repression of Mexican social movements. On May 3rd, over 3,000 police invaded Atenco and arrested over 300 people and dissapeared dozens.There are widespread reports of detainees being raped and beat. The police attacked Atenco after a few dozen flower vendors resisted being forecefully relocated to make way for a planned Wal-Mart.
background: PCASC press release | EZLN declares red alert | Virtual sit-in | Zapatistas vs. Walmart! | Global Exchange Coverage | Atenco Prisoners launch hunger strike | Germany IMC coverage & Timeline | Mexico Indymedia coverage
Wild Earth 2006: A Radical Convergence
Eighth annual forest defence training and networking gathering, featuring non-violence training, civil disobedience strategies, legal rights, activist security, and more. This year's campout is held in conjunction with the British Columbia Environmental Network (BCEN) Spring Gathering: "Powering Up BC Environmentalism," on beautiful Newcastle Island in Nanaimo Harbour.
June 15 through 18 -- Four days and three nights camping out on a beautiful car-free island in British Columbia. Directions, registration form, and workshops are listed online at http://wildearth.resist.ca. See you there! Sliding scale donation.
Over 800 people participated in the Sacred Activism Conference held May 10-13 in Lynwood, WA. Some were activists and others were seeking a way to become more active. Coming from many different wisdom traditions and life circumstances, they shared the beliefs that we are all connected and political activism is the way to create a community, nation and world that reflects our highest selves. Saving the spotted owl and old growth forests is not just about saving those particular living beings but about saving the world for our grandchildren because everything is interconnected and interdependent.
The conference also provided evidence that there is a growing number of Americans who share similar values. Paul Ray calls them the Cultural Creatives and Barbara Marx Hubbard declares we are the New Main Stream. The data show that well over 45% of the voters are disconnected from traditional labels of Democrat and Republican. The data also showed that there is far more agreement on core issues than the media or our political system want us to know. In the so-called Red and Blue states are people in significant numbers who long for meaning in their lives and to provide a safe and caring world for all the children. They share similar views about ecology, limits to growth, planetary survival, elimination of poverty, limiting corporate power in politics and demanding an ethic of social responsibility, enhancing education for all, providing health care for all, and of course, ending this war, and all wars.
Even the "50% off Protest Sale" signs that are now appearing in the windows each Saturday at Schumacher Furs aren't enough to bring people in to purchase their unethical merchandise. The store remained as dead as their fur, as we held a lively protest outside. We held signs, passed out literature, talked to passersby, showed a video about how animals are used in the fur trade, were entertained by bagpipe music, and ate vegan treats for the duration of the business day Saturday, while the Schumacher folks glared at us from within.
Many people thanked us for being there. We also had perhaps one of the more ridiculous confrontations this week with Schumacher supporters. A middle-aged man and woman walked by us, looking at our shoes (no doubt looking for leather), but instead of making that tired accusation, they stated that we were just as guilty of animal cruelty as those we were protesting because we were wearing cotton, and "cotton comes from sheep." We stated that cotton is grown, and that wool comes from sheep, and that we weren't wearing wool. As they walked off, they kept up the tirade about us wearing cotton and that being just as bad as fur. And we continued to say that cotton is grown and wool comes from sheep. As they walked up the 6-level spiral staircase of the parking garage, they continued to yell at us as they came around each turn. Finally we just waved at them. The one thing they actually got right is that wool is indeed cruel.
Today at 7:45 a coalition of concerned Portlanders took the stage at Portland Business Alliance's annual meeting. Demanding accountability and an end to the persecution of the poor of Portland, we spoke until removed from the stage.
The FBI is investigating the Olympia community for information regarding the 2001 alleged arson at a UW horticulture lab and and the 1998 alleged arsons at two Olympia area APHIS-ADC facilities. The federal government has until this Sunday, May 21st to issue any more indictments regarding the UW arson. These incidents are being investigated as acts of domestic terrorism, although there were no injuries nor immediate threats to life incurred in any of these events.
The trial of defendant Briana Waters is scheduled to begin June 5 in Seattle. The grand jury in Seattle may also issue more subpoenas this week in relation to the trial. Multiple indictments have already been issued in these cases as part of a broad nationwide round-up of environmental and animal rights activists called "Operation Backfire" by the FBI, and colloquially referred to as the "green scare", a reference to the "red scare" round-up of suspected communists in the US in the 1950's that violated the constitutional rights of citizens to free expression of political and social dissent.
The FBI's knocking campaign for information has been targeting members of the Olympia community. Many local groups are calling for solidarity in not talking to the FBI. Even if you are innocent, you may incriminate yourself or others if you choose to cooperate with the FBI and answer their questions. The FBI's knocking campaign for information is a threat to civil liberties as the government seeks to isolate and threaten potential informants in an effort to intimidate people into giving up their constitutional right to remain silent. The FBI's activities have a chilling effect on the free expression of dissent in our community.
If the FBI or grand jury is targeting you or someone you know, please contact the Civil Liberties Defense Center in Eugene, Oregon at 541-687-9180, info(at)cldc.org. If you are in Olympia, the Olympia Civil Liberties Resource is here to help you obtain community and legal support. Contact us at 360-556-6878, olycivlib(at)riseup.net.
Is Greg Walden desecrating Thoreau's Walden?
It is once again the time of year when many in Congress attempt to use high energy prices as justification for short-sighted, outdated and dirty energy policies instead of the smart energy solutions that could ease the burden on consumers while protecting the environment at the same time.
Under the guise of "forest recovery," Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) has introduced a bill which would fast track destructive logging projects in National Forests affected by natural disturbances such as fires, droughts, or windstorms. The Walden logging bill, HR 4200, would remove basic protections for clean water and wildlife habitat by cutting meaningful environmental review and excluding public involvement. This harmful bill has passed the House Resources and Agriculture committees; a floor vote is expected this week.
Fuel Economy Standards: Congressmen Sherwood Boehlert and Ed Markey offered an amendment to raise fuel economy standards to 33 miles per gallon for both cars and trucks by 2016. The amendment failed in committee but is expected to come back for a floor vote next week.
Additional Energy: In the coming weeks, both the House and Senate are expected to move on more energy measures. Of course, we can certainly anticipate maneuvering to open America's special places to more oil and gas drilling including efforts to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and open additional acreage in the Gulf of Mexico to offshore drilling.
Global Warming: a first-ever House floor vote on global warming.
Sobre Puerto Rico...
Históricamente, el desarrollo urbanístico ha sido uno de los mayores enemigos de la Madre Tierra. Los intereses que mueven el desarrollo urbanístico no permite una conservación real de los ecosistemas. En Puerto Rico, al igual en el resto
del mundo, ni ha existido, ni existe, ni existirá legislación alguna que tenga como prioridad la defensa y conservación de la naturaleza. En la actual sociedad, el progreso económico es sinónimo de destrucción permanente del medio natural que nos rodea y nos da vida.
Por ejemplo, en Puerto Rico existen leyes que supuestamente
"protegen" los ríos y sus cuencas hidrográficas, sin embargo, y como resultado de dichas leyes, mas del 60% de los ríos están contaminados siendo sus aguas nocivas para los seres que habitamos la Madre Tierra; entiéndase, seres humanos, fauna y flora. Es decir, ni hay agua potable, ni la habrá porque, desgraciadamente, el servicio de agua potable, al igual que todos los aspectos que conciernen a la sociedad, están controlados por los burócratas de siempre y están al servicio de la misma gente que contaminan el medio ambiente.
Hay que recordar que Puerto Rico es parte del TLC de Norteamérica, conocido en sus siglas en ingles como NAFTA. Los gobernantes mundiales al igual que los de Puerto Rico, hacen su papel en defensa del Estado de las cosas. En puerto Rico si algo sobran son los hoteles y las urbanizaciones (cárceles al aire libre) en general y los centros comerciales que solo promueven la destrucción de la naturaleza, la enajenación y el consumo inhumano e innecesario de la sociedad.
No necesitamos que se siga construyendo urbanizaciones, proyectos industriales, centros comerciales, hoteles, entre otros, la naturaleza necesita vivir en armonía. ¿Por que seguir destruyéndola? Necesitamos sembrar, necesitamos que se pare de construir. La civilización ha sido el mayor enemigo de la Madre Tierra! Respetemos la vida y el lugar en el que habitamos, no sus leyes! Volvamos al camino de la autosuficiencia, salgamos de la dependencia.
For the first time in Greece, between the 4th and 7th of May the Libertarian Anarchist Antiauthoritarian Forum took place
On Saturday May the 6th several hours before the anti-war demo organized by the ESF, an anarchist demo took place in downtown Athens from Monastiraki Sq. to Propylaia with more than 1.500 people that were heavily (and I really mean heavily) guarded by riot police. Its http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=502400 http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=502400 link to athens.indymedia.org
Several hours later as soon as the ESF's demo begun hundreds of anarchists in small groups emerged out of the crowd. Despite the massive amount of policemen (the State talks about more than 8.000 cops) the managed to attack many targets firebombing Banks, ATM's, police cars and vans, cctv cameras, several embassies, the headquarters of the greek police, a state's ministry, the greek parliament, Mac Donalds, Starbucks and many more.
During all that time the ESF people did what it was unconceivable even for leftists. They managed the rally as if it was their own, and eagerly played the part of the police or used the Police for their purposes. These are the same people that are allegedly against neo-liberalism, war and the State's repression. Although all of the targets symbolized Capitalism and the State in many occasions they attempted to arrest people (sometimes just on the grounds of being hooded or wearing black clothes) and hand them over to the police, while in other occasions they attacked passers-by based on the same aforementioned criteria which resulted to dozens of arrests and 17 prosecutions including minors and immigrants.
Code Pink activists showed up on Mother's Day to challenge the War Party. They took their case directly to the White House. In a rally that included a mini-parade, speeches, a sing along and the waving of plenty of roses, the Ladies in Pink were in great form. Cindy Sheehan said they are "making a difference." And, Actress Susan Sarandon read an open letter to Laura Bush, in which she mocked Laura's husband, "The Decider," as a warmonger.
On Sunday, May 14, 2006, a colorful protest action, sponsored by "Code Pink: Women for Peace," was staged directly in front of the White House. It included a mini-parade, a sing along and plenty of roses waving around. The event, a 24-hour vigil, began the day before. Its theme was "Declare Peace on Mother's Day."
One of the campaigns that Code Pink, a national organization, has launched is to get the junior Democratic Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton, "to listen.", to sign on to a Resolution calling for bringing all the troops home, now. Clinton continues to vote to fund the war, which was initiated by the Bush-Cheney Gang based on damnable lies. In essence, pseudo-liberal politicos, such as Clinton and Kerry have acted as accomplices of the Bush-Cheney Gang. As of today, 2,439 brave American military personnel have died in the war, another 17,869 have been wounded. The cost of the conflict is now put at $280.8 billion, while Iraq, a country of 27 million, lies mostly in ruins, and its death toll may exceed 100,000. (3)
We will be having another Anti-Imperialist movie night and community forum on Monday the 15th at the Red and Black cafe. The movie will be "Trade Secrets" a PBS documentary on the chemical industries conspiracy to cover up poisoning of its workers, their families, and the environment. This documentary contains many captivating personal interviews with people that have been hurt by the chemical industry.
Please join us afterward in a community forum on chemicals and our health.
It will be showing at the Red and Black CafÃ©
Thursday, come to Eugene and support subpoenaed activist Jeff Hogg. There will be speakers on hand to gibe an update about the current wave of subpoenas and how to protect yourself and your commuity. Protest against grand juries and the Green Scare
Federal Grand Jury Witchhunt in Eugene
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Great news! Joy and Nathan have been granted a detention hearing, during which a judge will decide whether or not they are to be released on bail. The hearing is set to take place on May 30th at 1:30 P.M. We encourage anyone who is in the Eugene area to attend. Let's pack the courtroom with supporters and let N. & J. know how many people are caring about them.
Contact the support crew for a guide to writing character reference letters. The lawyers have said that they can continue receiving them up until May 23rd, after which the judge refuses to accept them. So, if you have been putting it off for any reason, please take this opportunity to complete them. Remember, it can't hurt for you to write these. If your letter is not appropriate the lawyer will simply not turn it in. It doesn't need to be perfect.
Two annual reports recently released by federal agencies show that surveillance activity conducted by the United States government has continued to rise dramatically since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with use of investigative powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act again at an all-time high.
A coalition of consumer and civil liberties groups joined EPIC in filing comments with the Federal Communications Commission that urge the agency to adopt stronger protections for phone records. Phone records (and other types of personal information held by businesses) are vulnerable to "pretexting," a practice where an individual impersonates another person, employs false pretenses, or otherwise uses trickery to obtain information. In 2005, EPIC identified 40 websites offering to obtain phone records through pretexting, and filed a petition with the FCC to require stronger rules for protecting phone records
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They indicted another person on the UW arson, gave Briana Waters a 'use of a destructive device' charge [carrying a 30 year mandatory minimum] and indicted one person and cooperating witness/informant Kevin Tubbs for the Olympia APHIS/ADC arson.
It seems that the trend is for each individual state to indict people for every incident that took place in their district. i.e. while incidents outside of Oregon are named in the conspiracy part of the Oregon case, only individual states can indict for the actual incident. So, Oregon can name incidents like the UW arson or the Vail arson in the Oregon conspiracy charges but only Washington State and Colorado can actually charge the people. Thus far, we have seen the indictment in Oregon, 4 people indicted for the Litchfield Horse Corral incident in California, 2 people indicted for the UW incident and 2 people indicted for the Olympia incident. Following this trend and the use of grand juries in all of these states as well as Colorado and Wyoming, you can assume there could be potentially more indictments soon.
Horizon foods is owned by corporate giant Dean Foods. Horizon is now raising their dairy cows in giant organic feedlots. A nationwide boycott has begun. Here is more information.
One month ago, after a poll of our members, the Organic Consumers Association called on consumers to boycott dairy companies like Horizon and Aurora for their practice of raising "organic" cattle on intensive confinement feedlots.
Alberta Coop took Horizon products off the shelves about a year ago. A number of natural food stores and co-ops across the U.S. are also beginning to respond to concerned consumers and removing suspect dairy products from their stores. The Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the second largest co-op in the U.S., no longer carries Horizon products. In Colorado, the Boulder Co-op Market, has also discontinued stocking Horizon products. Amy Wyatt, Assistant General Manager for the Co-op, says, "Based on our concerns regarding Horizon's practices, we didn't feel that continuing to carry this company's products was consistent with our mission and values."
Dean Foods, Horizon's parent company, is also starting to come under fire for abandoning U.S. organic soybean farmers and importing cheap soybeans from China, where organic standards are dubious, and farm labor wages and conditions are abysmal. Dean Foods now controls the nation's largest organic soymilk brand, Silk, as well as the largest organic tofu brand, White Wave.
May 9: Judge Timothy McGinty forcibly incarcerated Carol Fisher in the psych unit of the Cuyahoga County Jail in downtown Cleveland, where she now sits for an indefinite period of time.
In a hastily called hearing yesterday, Judge McGinty made a highly unusual and outrageous decision to force Carol to undergo a state psychological exam as part of her pre-sentencing investigation. From the very start of Carol's case, the judge has openly said that she must have mental problems for resisting an unlawful and brutal encounter with Cleveland Heights police. He went even further in yesterday's hearing, saying that her opposition to the Bush regime makes her "delusional." McGinty started off the hearing by making Carol stand up and had one of her attorneys read her t-shirt, which said: "Wanted for Illegally Crossing Borders: The Bush Regime
McGinty then said this was proof of her delusion! He also kept saying Carol "wants" to go to jail, and that she has a "martyr complex." When Carol tried to explain why she wouldn't take this test, the judge's only response was, "I do not negotiate with felons."
*Call Judge Timothy McGinty and express your outrage: 216-443-8758
Although it seems impossible, plans are well underway to control every move and thought of the American population once the New World Order ends it period of extended violence, a stage of takeover the country is now experiencing.
Jody Paulson Radio4All RFID Commentary: You've no doubt heard of RFID tags. They are used in tracking animals and many commercial products. They basically transmit information, in many cases just a number. But, as we all know, a unique number in a database can be connected with whatever information we desire. Give me your social security number, and with the proper clearances I can find out your credit history, job history, criminal history, shopping history, medical history -- you name it.
RFID tags are currently being used in the Sutter, California school district to simplify attendance-taking, potentially reduce vandalism and "improve student safety." Right now they are being worn as badges, but there are many RFID advocates who want to implant the tags under the skin -- so they don't get lost. The school's principal hopes to add bar codes to the existing ID's so that students can use them to pay for cafeteria meals and check out library books.
Passive RFID tags don' t need a power supply: the electric current induced in the antenna by the incoming scan provides enough power for the tag to send a response. They can be read from up to 5 meters (or yards) away. Imagine what life would be like if everyone was forced, like the kids at Brittan elementary, to wear RFID tags, or worse, have them implanted under the skin? It'd sure make things easy for the guys in authority, wouldn't it? A cop zaps a guy from his car and his computer returns a prior drug conviction. There's probable cause!
The Back to Back Cafe's last day of operation at their current location of 614 E. Burnside will be May 14th, marking the end of four years of caffeinating the resistance. We hope to re-open in NE Portland by late summer and continue to serve the people from our new home. Please join us for a celebration of our life so far and everything to come in the future. To celebrate this sad, yet momentous occasion we will be holding an all day music extravaganza, featuring The Marsupials, Guau Guau, The Advisory, Alan Singley, Please Step Out of the Vehicle and Drunken Boat. Music starts at 5 pm and goes till the cops show up. [ read more ]
"Books by Bike" Moving Party at Laughing Horse BooksLaughing Horse Books is moving... that's a lot of books! Show the Bike Love by helping them get all those books to their new E Burnside location. Potluck lunch, followed by packing books, it's actually a moving and good-bye-to-old-location party. Bring your cargo bike, trailer, or just yourself to help load things up.
Potluck at 2P, packing beginning 3P.
Sun 5/14, 2-5P
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