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In protest of the illegal war in Iraq and the militarization of the Olympia Port, community members came together to take a stand. The day started out with a group of around 30 holding signs on the corners of State and Plum/East Bay. After 12 noon, much of the group moved closer to the entrance of the port. A group of 10 formed a blockade to stop one of the convoys around 1:30. Eight people were arrested after stopping the convoy for about 30 minutes.
A second group set up another blockade in front of the port entrance to block a convoy of strikers that had taken another route. Police brutally grabbed protesters trying to break them up. After a struggle the protesters were moved to the side and the convoy was let through.
Police said that the rest of the convoys for today were cancelled, but there is no way to be certain of this. Attempts to talk with soldiers about the war largely failed as the soldiers mostly refused to speak with the protesters.
Cascadia Forest Defenders is hosting an action camp on Memorial Day
weekend, May 26th through May 29th, 2006.
Rides leave from the Eugene Grower's Market (454 Willamette) at 10 am
on Friday, May 26th and Saturday, May 27th. There are some people
interested in getting rides from Portland, but no drivers yet.
Please write email@example.com
if you can provide rides from up North...
Please bring all appropriate clothing for both warm and wet weather,
sleeping and camping gear, and anything else you feel necessary. Food
will be provided. All genders are welcome.
Just a reminder for those of you who forgot or didn't hear about this. A small group of folks working in solidarity with the Portland Anti-Imperialist were arrested after the "Rally Against the Right," an anti-PBA (Portland Business Alliance) action on the 17th of May. All five co-defendants were arrested on trumped up charges of Criminal Tresspass 2 and Disorderly Conduct, and one person is also being given an additional charge of Theft 3, which is the charge for something with a value of less than $5 or strictly sentimental value. The arraignment is on June 7th, at 1:00 pm, in Courtroom 1 in the Justice Center downtown. Anyone who is able is encouraged to show up in solidarity.
The PBA, which runs the communtiy courtroom that this arraignment will be held in, has been long criticized for it's blatant stance against the poor and working class in Portland. From putting bars under bridges, supporting Portland's un-constitutional "sit-lie" ordinance, having board members from Nike and with ties to the defence contractor Raytheon, and even going so far as to support Schumacher Furs in their crusade against free speech, the Portland Business Alliance has proven itself to be an enemy of the masses here in Portland. No bars, no borders, no nations!
The past few years have borne witness to considerable negative attention from U.S. bourgeois politicians and mass media directed against the government of Venezuela and its President, Hugo Chavez. Since his landslide electoral victory in 1998, the U.S. government has sponsored two coup attempts and routinely funnels money to reactionary Venezuelan opposition groups that oppose the social-democratic reforms taking place under the leadership of Hugo Chavez.
Ever since the Monroe Doctrine of 1823, the U.S. ruling class has essentially laid claim to Latin America as its sphere of influence and has backed this up with invasions, naval blockades, diplomacy, economic sanctions, political pressure and more. Indeed, the years since then have borne witness to plenty of aggressive U.S. government actions aimed at putting this doctrine into practice.
It's spring! Time again for the annual "Best of Videos from the Resistance" show. This year it will be held at It's a Beautiful Pizza, on Monday, May 29th, at 7pm. (It's a Beautiful Pizza is located on SE Belmont st at about 33rd.)
Yes, it's time to dust off the video archives and drag out some old favorites (or maybe some new favorites that aren't even dusty yet). The video collective cordially invites you to help us decide which videos to show. We all have our favorites, what about you?
The Mississippi Avenue Lofts (MAL) developers have been working for months to get a new 4 story development on N Mississippi Avenue approved. After initially being denied a letter of support from the neighborhood, at the last Boise Neighborhood Association (BNA) meeting they were able to eek out a majority. On the record there were 66 votes supporting the lofts, 47 votes opposing, and 10 abstaining.
Their design was also approved by the Bureau of Development Services (BDS). Being in a Conservation District they were required to meet the guidelines for new developments. A diligent neighbor appealed the BDS decision forcing a hearing before the Historical Landmarks Commission which took place today, May 22.
The hearing began with the BDS representative, Justin Fallon Dollard giving an overview of the project and what specifically was up for review. He consistently used the word "we" when referring to the project. I assume this is because he worked with the developers to find ways to get around community guidelines. And I mean get around them, not necessarily address them. One example of "getting around them" is his suggestion (and ultimately an addition to the MAL) of scoring the hanging concrete walls on the north and south. He suggested this to satisy "blending in" to the neighborhood. During the deliberation of the Commission, one of the volunteers scoffed at that addition as a poor attempt to "blend in." Blending in, and what that means, seemed to be a large part of why these developers went home with frowns on their faces.
Presentation and screening of "Immaculate Rebellion," which chronicles the mass reoccupation of an evicted protest camp against a high-speed train project in the Italian Alps on December 8 of last year. Paul Roland, former Portland activist, will present and discuss the popular uprising against the "TAV" project, at the new Laughing Horse location, 12 NE 10th, off Burnside.
"Immaculate Rebellion" follows the march of over 50,000 people who, just two days after the violent eviction of the barricaded vigil site, bypassed hundreds of riot police at an intersection then descended down small mountain roads and trails to liberate the area occupied for a proposed tunnel construction site, tearing down a perimeter fence and forcing a small police detachment to retreat. This was the most dramatic moment in an escalating series of protests, strikes, blockades and other forms of popular struggle in the Susa Valley of northwest Italy at the end of 2005, after 15 years of grassroots movement-building against the proposed TAV high-speed train line from Turin to Lyon, France. The project is part of a massive new infrastructure which is devastating the Italian countryside and mountain areas all around Italy, while the existing rail network used by most people is underfunded and disintegrating. It's what in the U.S. would be called a "porkbarrel" project, to line corporate and politicians' pockets while not serving the people's real transportation needs. Come learn more about what's going on with Italian struggles and politics and get some inspiration from this remarkable, almost "miraculous," event.
About 60 volunteers came together this Saturday to plant over 3,000 flowers at the Peace Memorial Park. The petunias and marigolds were donated by a local nursery and after about 7 hours it was done.
The 75-foot peace symbol is made of turf, the "negative space" of the peace symbol is filled in with colorful flowers, and a peace pole will be placed at the top of the circle.
Groundbreaking for the Peace Memorial was on April 23. Volunteers finished preparing the ground and put in the sod forming the peace symbol on April 29. Flowers were put in the ground on May 20, and dedication is to take place in a ceremony on Memorial Day, May 29.
Day 83 of the land reclamation. In a gesture of goodwill, Six Nations people took down the barricade on Argyle Street in front of the Caledonia at 6:00 am this morning. Yesterday the Caledonians blocked the road for 6 buses of supporters from Toronto.
They also blocked ambulances from going to the hospital. One man died alone because they did not let his family go to his bedside. A car with a reporter and some women from Six nations paper was surrounded by Caledonian men and women. They smashed the windows.
"The Great American Jobs Scam" by Greg LeRoy and "Conservative Nanny State" by Dean Baker are available as free e-books. These books could bring economic literacy and break the onesided corporate discourse that ignores infrastructure investment, inequality and distribution.
These two life-giving books are available at
If we refuse systemic/structural analysis, we can fall to scapegoating, blaming the weak, immigrants, disabled and the unemployed. Problems are often personalized. The terrorist, child molestor and speculator become the focus, the path of least resistance (cf. Robert Kurz on www.mbtranslations.com). Migrants are routinely represented as threats, not enrichment in individual, intellectual and institutional racism (cf. Christoph Butterwegge, "Migration and the Mass Media").
The Trojan Nuclear Power Plant in Rainier, Oregon was imploded by engineers from Controlled Demolition, Inc. today. I spent Saturday night with a group of activists who spent close to 20 years working to shut down the plant until their efforts succeeded in 1993. They rented 10 or more rooms at a motel in Kalama, Washington. We rose very early to find good spots to view the event.
I will be making a short video about the weekend, hopefully to be shown at a Videos from the Resistance showing in the near future. In the meantime, here is a quick video of the implosion from my vantage point in a neighborhood on a bluff in Kelso, Washington, across the mighty Columbia River from the cooling tower.
Falling at the speed of Gravity
my viewing location was just outside of the 1/2 mile exclusionary zone. about 75 - 100 folks, most of whome were locals. some county cops, but it was all cool. there were a few black clothed, fellow portlander looking, video camera toting and film shooting activists. hope to see their video on the web soon.
It was cool and looked just like we all figured it would. We've seen it recently three times before.
While the Oak Grove community itself is mostly residential and quiet, there is a lot of traffic up and down McLoughlin. There are some major intersections, one of them at Oak Grove Boulevard where the big Fred Meyer store is located. There are lots of other businesses around too. On Saturdays the McLoughlin-Oak Grove intersection is very busy with shoppers and travelers ... there's a bus stop right there too.
So on May 20, about 20 people showed up for a peace vigil sponsored by the Clackamas County Democratic Party, House District 40. Signs were brought out, also one participant brought an armload of beautiful yellow roses from her garden. We demonstrated for about one hour, from 12 noon to 1 pm. It was a spirited and high-energy event, and attracted a lot of attention.
14 people gathered at the recruiting center for the weekly vigil. It was sunny and hot and people held signs, chalked the sidewalk, and flyered. Each week a flyer with the names of the dead U.S. soldiers is handed out. This past week there were 31 dead. It is impossible to count the Iraqi dead.
The number of U.S. soldiers dead in Iraq is fairly well published. What is not well published is the number of Iraqi citizens killed. 150,000 is not a high estimate. Beyond the dead, there are a growing number of people suffering from Depleted Uranium poisoning. Because the U.S. refuses to study DU effects itself, and where possible blocks such efforts by others, it is hard to gauge the true scope of the war crimes being committed in Iraq.
National Front flyers found in free newspaper dispensaries in front of Whole Foods, downtown Portland.
Always fascinating to see how these things are filtered through the white supremacist lens. Like, they're almost right on the mark - yes, someone is trying to turn this into a Third World country. But it's not the enemies of the country, nor the people of color. It's the President. Eh wot?
Anyway, I handed this flyer off to one of those Portland Clean and Safe cops. Let him know this constitutes a hate crime, so he should be on the lookout for anybody handing out these flyers and arrest them.
This is a must see movie. I was in the Army at the time and knew nothing about this. Its an eye opening look at how 2 soldiers who refused to participate in the Vietnam war started a movement that resulted in thousands of service men and women refusing to go to Vietnam or engage the enemy. Underground newspapers and coffeehouses sprang up all over the country at military bases. There was a munity at the Persidio after a prisoner was shot and killed. This a part of history that has been buried. Go see the movie and learn how a movement started.
pd adds: The film was sad and great. The people I saw in the audience were from the era, but this is a film that young people should watch. The Vietnam War ended because of the resistance in the army. The First World War ended because of the Russian revolution and the soldiers from there saying we aren't going to fight any more. The war on Iraq and a war on Iran can be ended by those in the army saying Sir,NO,Sir!
Inspired by Rick Bogle and his Primate Freedom Tour years ago where he kept a week-long vigil outside all of the eight National Primate Research Centers, an IDA member has started his own weekly solo demonstration outside the OHSU primate lab, and he would welcome your company!
Beginning last Sunday and extending for the next 6 weeks through Sunday June 25, Clark, an IDA volunteer, will be outside the Oregon National Primate Research Center between noon and 2 pm with his homemade sign alerting passersby about the cruel and unnecessary research that is being conducted by OHSU.
Clark will have a few extra signs available these upcoming weeks so anyone who wants to join him need only bring their positive energy. These monkeys live day in and out in stark labs, alone in tiny cages, suffering in often painful experiments, and most people don't even know these primate labs exist in their neighborhood. More than 3,500 monkeys are being held in these OHSU labs. We are very proud of Clark for taking the initiative to be their voice and encourage you to please join him for one of his Sunday vigils.
Animals Love Their Mothers Too - May 13 Schumachers ReportIt was a warm, sunny day as we gathered in front of Schumacher furs for our weekly protest. We held signs (some specific to Mother's Day on Sunday, such as a picture of several raccoons with the saying, "These babies miss their mother. Is she on your back?"), passed out literature, chanted, and ate vegan sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies until the close of Schumacher's business day. There were a number of new people who joined us, including a child who asked her mother if she could protest with us, and couple from Denver who had heard about our protest on Indymedia. Like a number of other activists across the country, they have their own on-going protest in their city - all across the country people are saying no to fur.
Our lively, celebratory protests continue to stand in stark contrast to the death and destruction within Schumacher. Throughout the day we danced, a bagpipe player entertained us, we performed street theater. All the activity seemed to interest dour Schumacher employee/attempted murderer Nick, who came out several times to pointedly take our pictures (as if to intimidate).
This weekend, early Sunday morning, one of the creepiest little scenes on the Columbia will be shaken into the dust from whence it came.
I must confess that I will miss the weird irony of the Trojan nuclear power plant. For those who have never been there, the great, gray cooling tower looms above the wetlands just outside of tiny Rainier, Oregon. It's visible for miles from Highway 30, and from the river into which it's waste waters are no doubt still seeping. But the most bizarre spectacle it offers is close up. Because at the foot of the monstrous tower there is a bucolic little park, complete with duck ponds and picnic tables and rolling green lawns framed under drooping elm and maple and locust trees.
The banks of the meandering pond are peppered with scenes from Norman Rockwell paintings. Lone fishermen sit on folding chairs, lazily dangling dubious lines into the murky and questionable water. Children reach hopeful hands full of offerings to gawking geese and the odd nutria swimming along the shore. (Is it only my imagination that the wildlife here seems afflicted with strange maladies? Maybe.) Happy little families gather around picnic baskets on checkered cloths in the strange shade of the dark, silent tower. All of that will be gone on Sunday, though the waste the plant generated will likely still remain. Perhaps for millenia.
The Siskiyou National Forest, under orders from Undersecretary of Agriculture (and long-time timber industry lobbyist) Mark Rey, is preparing timber sales within the 88,000 acre North Kalmiopsis and the 105,000 acre south Kalmiopsis roadless areas.
The "Blackberry" timber sale is located in the North Fork of the Indigo Creek drainage, one of the most productive salmonid (includes salmon, steelhead and trout) bearing drainages in the entire Rogue River watershed and (perhaps the entire) Oregon coast. Only 6 other drainages in the (entire) Rogue River watershed are as (important to salmon) as the Indigo Creek drainage. Coho and Chinook salmon, listed "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, depend on the cold clean waters of Indigo Creek as a refuge to help them survive the warmer waters of the Illinois River.
In 2005 the Siskiyou National Forest allowed the clearcut logging (minus a few snags) of at least 500 acres in the headwaters of the 8,000 acre North Fork Indigo Creek drainage. This North Fork Indigo drainage is in the process of rejuvenating itself from the 2002 Biscuit fire and the miles of bulldozed fire lines and back burns set intentionally to fight it, not to mention the 500 acres of clearcuts committed in 2005.
I was alone, not driving the bus but just having parked my car, at 10:38 AM, on East Burnside outside the Philo House thrift shop, which opens at eleven, and I popped out to look into the window, to see if it might be worthwhile coming back later to look for used drapes for my house. Two giant corn-fed sixty-something white republicans were strolling East on the sidewalk, and they remarked rather pointedly that I was in a no-parking zone.
I should explain that there is a bumper sticker on the back of my car that says "one man, one man, no on 36," and it was cobbled together from appropriated "yes on 36" stickers by my artistic daughter, and it has been the cause of many a rage-filled comment since that smear-the-queers law was passed a year or so ago.
"Tri-Met, eh," said the man, and pulled out a cell phone and began dialing. He wanted to report employee misconduct. Now this sort of thing doesn't work at all; I have a union. So I had nothing to fear from this gesture, but I was infuriated that anyone would engage in such aggression against me just because I'm queer and working-class. So I told him and his good lady wife just what I thought of them and the horse that they had rode in on. Loudly. Angrily. Which was when the woman said something very interesting: "I have a gun."
Today in Eugene, Jeff Hogg refused to cooperate with the
Grand Jury, was granted "immunity" and was subsequently charged with Contempt and HAS BEEN JAILED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
We will send out specific requests for support (mailing address, call for donations, etc.) as soon as we have more details.
On a more positive note, Robert "Burke" Morris answered a few basic questions and was released from his subpoena in Denver and should be returning home to the Northwest this evening. He is expected to release a statement sometime tomorrow.
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