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Over 100 residents of Hayden Island (commonly known as Jantzen Beach) attended a meeting Wednesday night to hear Commissioner Sam Adams proposal to place a moratorium on Hayden Island. His proposal would put a development delay on commercial development that significantly increase vehicle trip or threaten land needed to construct the new Interstate-5 Bridge. The moratorium would end when a neighborhood comprehensive plan is developed that addresses road infrastructure, pedestrian facilities, and modes of mass transit. Adams plans to bring a resolution to Portland City Council on Wednesday, July 12th at 3pm to start the 45-day public notice in order for Portland City Council to consider enacting a temporary moratorium.
July 1'st was another work day for the San Gabriel Mountains Trail Builders who once again devoted a day of hot, sweaty, unpaid labor toward repairing trails in the Crystal Lake camping grounds in the Angeles National Forest. Since I wasn't doing anything that day I decided to join them, my bicycle and camping gear being carried up in a pickup truck and Mike, Tom, and I driving up in a car to the Rincon Fire Station.
While we were driving up Highway 39, we passed through a cloud of smoke. I asked Mike if he might turn around so that we could check it out even though it looked like someone parked along the highway was working on her car. I got out and looked over the canyon wall down to the river below, then went back to get Tom. Since Tom fortunately wears a US Forest Service uniform, I asked if he'd come join me in asking the guy down below to put out his ground fire. The area was packed with humans, many of them with BBQ and stoves going, and this guy had a ground fire going, putting everyone's life at risk.
Just after reading the front page of the Oregonian to see another example of continued racial profiling in Oregon, days later, my son and I became victims too.
I am a 63- year mother, tax paying citizen, and property owner who can now say my family and I can be added to the growing list of racial profiling victims in Portland, OR. On the evening of June 11, 2006 I was at my home doing laundry, and later heard the cries of my son screaming to me that the police are after him. As I emerged from my home, saw 10 police officers, my 18-year old son on his knees, in a controlled position, and a police officer standing over him pointing a taser gun at him, and telling him he would be shot if he moved, I thought I was seeing a movie.
7pm, July 8 at St. Francis Church, 330 SE 11th Ave. in Portland, Oregon
(58 minutes, 2006, in Spanish and English with English and Spanish subtitles)
$3 dollar donation requested. no one turned away for lack of funds
At St. Francis Church Saturday, July 8, a new film, "On The Edge," will have its first public screening in Portland. On The Edge is a documentary covering the brutal murders of hundreds of poor young women in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, murders that have been repeatedly ignored and unresolved by police and governments since 1993, despite the continued and persistent efforts of family members and activists to obtain justice for the victims. Rather than provide an easy, murder-mystery style solution to the crimes, the film sets out to explain the social, cultural, and economic factors that have created this situation where the killings can continue, and continue to go unpunished. Filmmaker Steev Hise, and guest speaker from PCASC will be in attendance.
[ Read More ] [ More Info: On the Edge | mujeresdejuarez.org | Mexico Solidarity Network Amigas de las Mujeres de Juareez | Justicia para nuestras hijas | Amnesty International ]
Supporters of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador show electoral ballots that were found in a public dump. One of Obrador's aides, Claudia Sheinbaum, went on to claim that their party had found "very grave inconsistencies" in 50,000 polling booths, including 18,646 in which there were more votes cast than registered voters.
Obrador calls Mexican elections fradulent, and wants a full recount. Leonel Cota, president of Obrador's PRD party, vowed to "launch a battle for the legitimacy of the election," and a COALITION of the PRD AND TWO OTHER parties held a press conference and issued a statement.... --- Mexico's review of 41 million votes cast in Sunday's disputed presidential election started on Wednesday. Soon, media trumpeted unofficial gap between the two leading candidates, Calderon [a Bush-linked internationalist neofascist, straight out of the Mexican Energy [oil] Department, where he was once Secretary]...the other, Obrador, a [presumably nationalist] leftist, narrowed as a record of fraud increasingly mounted.
Thanks to Obrador's supporters, of whom many are poor ruralites and urbanites who have seen their standard of living fall more by NAFTA and neoliberalist policies, they are eager to see competitive democracy take root in Mexico. This election is seen as a vote for or against more neoliberalist policies. Obrador's supporters (ACROSS SEVERAL PARTIES) could take to the streets to defend democratic legality against an internationalist fascist Bush-linked candidate Calderon's coup. Such foreign interference in Mexican elections has already been noted: Mexican arrests of Bush family linked Choice-Point election corporation from the U.S., which was illegally found in possession of Mexican voter rolls, according to Greg Palast. [ full story ]
Evidence of Systemic Gov't Election Racketeering Mounts in Mexico, Witness Comes Forward: IFE employee Loar Cibac Pereira Sanchez said that he was working in one of the electoral agency's regional offices (in Saltillo, Coahuila). He confirms that on Sunday night, as he was entering election results into the IFE PREP system computers, his boss, Jose Luis Fernandez Mier, "ordered him to type in vote tallies favorable to Calderon and threatened to transfer him to a rural office if he didn't obey." Read More
Related: Mobilise the masses and call a general strike to stop electoral fraud | World Media Gets Order to Make Mexican Vote Fraud Disappear Down the Memory Hole | Mexico's Surreal Elections | NY Times to Obrador: "Go Home, You Crazy Leftist!" | Al Giordano Report: "Dump Ballots, Misenter Totals, Calderon Family Did IFE compters:IFE admin should be jailed" | Between The Lines Radio Interview | Democracy Now! Interview
Nine months into our weekly protests at Schumacher Furs, and the demonstrations are still going strong, drawing at least a couple dozen protesters throughout the day. Protesters hold signs, pass out literature, talk to passersby, dance, hula hoop, and spread our message of compassion for animals to whoever has an open heart. Meanwhile the Schumachers can always been seen sullen and scowling from within the store.
According to an Oregonian article last Friday, Schumacher has been warned by their landlord that unapproved signs (i.e. those aimed at protesters) must be removed within 20 days or they face possible eviction. Schumacher currently seems to be trying to figure out how to stay within the letter of the law, as they are now hanging their "50% off during protest sale" sign from coat racks within the store, clearly visible from outside. This conflict between Schumacher and the landlord over signage and acceptable behavior seems to be a replay of what occurred months ago. But Schumacher remains as defiant and self-entitled with their landlord as they are with their industry's unethical practices towards animals, and as they are with the city (as evidenced by Schumacher's refusal of mediation, and Gregg Schumacher's quote in a recent monthly publication that Mayor Potter can "go fuck himself").
We had a good showing at Waterfront Park, Salmon Street Fountain, with about 20 supporters and 8 fasters on site, and we handed out hundreds of postcards, got lots of signatures on the voters pledge, dialogued with a lot of people, some supportive, some not so much.
So what's next? If anyone is fasting the next few days, please let us know, especially if you're doing it in public. We've suggested continuing at Waterfront Park, but if you choose a different location, let us know, we'll get some postcards to you and some support.
Saturday the location is the Hollywood Farmers Market. We have at least two fasters signed up; the market runs from 8 to 1, so we'll be there during that time, on the outer edges near the entrances. We could use a support crew and of course, more fasters.
The memory of the torture and murder of this young man by the dark forces that we are paying to serve and to protect us is rapidly fading into the dim public consciousness. Do we really forget so quickly? Saturday will mark the tenth month since Fouad Kaady's death.
This is what the leaders of the dark force count upon, the public's short memory. John Foote, District Attorney for Clackamas County, most assuredly does not wish for his complicity in this heinous miscarriage of "justice" to be remembered when he stands for re election. His "inability" to obtain an indictment in the face of such clear and brutal acts stands as a memorial to his lack of qualification for the position of top cop.
The Ancient Redwoods are older by centuries than the American Republic itself. They are found only in the northwest coastal region of the nation. They have witnessed this country's birth struggle, its awful Civil War, its rapacious expansion westward, and now, finally, its imperial hubris and rapid decline. By the time the Bush-Cheney Gang gets done ripping the country off (aided by complicit Democrats), the Republic will be a fading memory.
"Man needs...the sense of wonder." - George Orwell
Hey conservatives who are so stoked that Bush is "keeping us safe," looks like the Hunt for Osama Bin Laden isn't such a big deal after all. The CIA is closing down the special unit that originated in the Clinton Administration (because he was "soft on terror"), then received copious slabs of pork from Bush to make it look like bin Laden was responsible for 9-11, only to be ignored when it produced evidence that bin Laden was cornered in Tora Bora, so he could get away.
CALL TO ACTION! Save the South Central Farm & Support Small Farms Worldwide!
South Central Farm International Solidarity Days July 7-10
"You are never strong enough that you don't need help." - Cesar Chavez
Call to Action: Join the South Central Farm International Solidarity Days to defend the rights of small farmers so they may continue to live and farm with dignity while producing a healthier, safer community for all! We will be raising awareness for the small farming movement and its critical place in the green/environmental landscape with special attention paid to urban farms, family farms, global environmental justice, food security, and green development.
The Struggle Continues! Although 350 family farmers were evicted from the 14 acre South Central Farm on June 13 the movement to protect this community grows each day. We are now gearing up for a July 12 court date that will set the wheels of justice in motion and challenge the legality of the sale of the farm. We are raising global awareness for our cause - and for the cause of social justice worldwide. Join the international social network committed to justice for people and the planet.
Host a Solidarity Event in Your Community!
Portland, OR.-July 2, 2006-The Lents community is leveraging its diversity to establish the first ever international farmers' market in Portland. Vendors will represent a variety of ethnic foods including Hmong, Hispanic, Turkish, and Mien. Besides farm fresh produce, there will be live music, an eating area to enjoy freshly prepared gyros and tamales, chef demonstrations in international cooking, and kids' activities.
Three markets will be held this summer on July 23, August 27, and September 24th next to Crossroads Plaza on SE 92nd Ave and SE Foster Rd, from 9am to 2pm. Free parking will be provided by Lents Masonic Lodge, next door to the market at 5811 SE 92nd Ave. WIC and senior coupons are very welcome. Translators will be on hand to provide interpretation to Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, and Vietnamese-speakers.
These markets are brought to you by the Lents Food Group, a volunteer-fed organization nurtured by a partnership of Zenger Farm, Healthy Eating By Design, The Oregon Food Bank, The Portland/Multnomah Food Policy Council, the Lents Neighborhood Association, and Pilgrim Lutheran Church. To get involved, contact Hilary DuBose at 919-812-6877 or e-mail her at LentsFarmersMarket@gmail.com. You can learn more about upcoming planning meetings at http://www.quantumneighborhood.com/lentsfoodgroup.
Despite the fact that the majority of the exit polls gave the victory to Lopez Obrador the IFE (Federal Electoral Institute) and Fox are refusing to recognise the results of the elections and are manoeuvring by delaying their official publication, declaring that they could not define a clear outcome given the supposed narrowness of the results.
According to the website "Casa del Plan de los 3 Puntos", Harvard University gave the victory to Obrador by 7 points. A closed poll by the newspaper Milenio gave Obrador 37% and Calderon 36%.
It is important to emphasise these aspects of the election results because they reveal the strength of the class which could be counted on in a struggle against the fraud. It is also important to understand that the strength of the working class is not only numerical, but also qualitative, and this qualitative strength, which could paralyse the country, is on the side of Lopez Obrador. The power to defeat the fraud lies in the hands of Lopez Obrador and the leaders of the trade unions. We must mobilise around the struggle against the fraud, organise meetings, establish committees in defence of the elections and pressurise the leadership of the PRD and the unions to call for militant action, such as a general strike. We cannot and we must not allow Fox and the ruling class to get their way once again! No to a new 1988!
The PRI, despite supposedly questioning the electoral process, is also taking part in this game of fraud. Mobilisation against the fraud is the key, over and above the legal challenges before the Federal Electoral Tribunal.
Portland's first ever Housing Fair specifically for Native Americans is just a few weeks away:
WHAT: Native American Housing to Homeownership Fair
WHEN: Saturday, July 29th, 10am-3pm
WHERE: PCC SE Center, 2305 SE 82nd Ave, Mount Tabor Hall, Portland OR
The fair is offered in response to community need and as part of NAYA Family Center's goal of increasing economic and housing stability in the American Indian/Alaska Native Community. The fair will provide a wide range of resources for the whole community: from renters to potential home owners. In comparison to populations of similar size, only 17% of Portland's 38,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives own their home (Northwest Area Foundation).
Participants will meet housing resource professionals, lenders and may be eligible to enter to win $1,500 in down payment assistance. Classes, homebuyer assistance information, and housing resources for renters with home ownership goals will be offered. Features include Native American dance performances, a guest drum, food, a Kids' Corner, and raffle prizes.
Join U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer and City Commissioner Erik Sten to announce Janus Youth Programs receipt of a three-year Community Food Security Projects grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Village Gardens, a Janus Youth Program, works in partnership with neighborhood residents, public and private donors, and community businesses to reduce hunger and build economic independence by growing food on 56,000 square feet of land.
Funding from the USDA marks Village Gardens' expansion from 7,000 square feet of gardens in the St. Johns Woods public housing community to two additional sites: the Seeds of Harmony garden at New Columbia and Tamaracks, and the Food Works Farm, a youth-run entrepreneurial business on one acre of land on Sauvie Island. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 6th, 10AM, at the Seeds of Harmony garden site.
Portland Can't Wait for July 4th Action! Portland Can't Wait, a group of autonomous individuals in the Portland area, seeking unique andeffective ways of promoting change in the current state of affairs, invites you to ring in the 4th of July with some style, as we host a funeral/memorial service for the United States Constitution. We encourage all citizens to exercise their right of liberty to remember the United States Constitution and reclaim the Declaration of Independence. The program begins at 7:00pm at Peace Memorial Park (N. Interstate & N.E. Oregon St), with waterfront procession to follow.
Announcing the Portland Troops Home Fast kickoff! Code Pink is calling for a national hunger strike against the Iraq occupation. Beginning July 4th, people will be fasting in front of the White House and at congressional offices, at recruiting stations and churches, at festivals and parades around the country. This open-ended hunger strike aims to galvanize public attention, invigorate the peace movement, build pressure on elected officials, and get our troops back home FAST! The goal is to get Congresspersons to sign onto the most forward-thinking bill to bring our troops home, which has been introduced in both the Senate and the House: Senate Congressional Resolution 93 and House Congressional Resolution 348. These bills demand no permanent bases in Iraq, no US control of the flow of Iraqi oil, and the troops out of Iraq by the end of the year.
related links: Documents or "goddamned piece(s) of paper(s)" that all should read for Independence | July 4th...Before We Begin... | What to Black People is the 4th of July? | What to the Youth is the 4th of July? | Cindy Sheehan to provoke the Second American Revolution July 4th, 2006-Hunger Strike
On Saturday, Rob "Los Ricos" Thaxton spoke face to face with his supporters for the first time since being released from Oregon State Penitentiary on Thursday, June 29.
Rob greeted those gathered at Portland's Laughing Horse Books with individual hellos and handshakes, stating repeatedly how overwhelmed and happy he felt to be released. He spent most of the evening taking questions from supporters, who mostly wanted to hear about his day-to-day life behind bars. Rob said he spent most of his time writing letters. "It helped me remember who I was," he said. "It saved my life."
From Viet Nam veterans to elders, all speak from their heart about the senselessness and tragedy of this war. One woman has a son now stationed in Iraq; another young man says that Watada is standing up for the Constitution in his refusal to report to fight an illegal war; an elderly woman speaks of the Trials at Nuremberg, which ruled that "following orders" does not excuse one from the guilt of his actions; another women questions why a person can't agree with a policy at first, but then change their minds later when they are in possession of the facts.
The HOPE initiative is a proposed Amendment to the Oregon Constitution that would make access to health care a basic right. It gives the legislature until the year 2009 to adopt a plan that would ensure all Oregonians had access to health care...
I was out less than an hour and collected 12 signatures from my neighbors. I got to meet some cool folks who recently moved in and talked to a few neighbors about starting a tool sharing group. The response was extremely positive and I plan to at least 38 more by Monday. That would be 50 signatures to help the cause.
The whole top administration, from Commander in Chief George W. Bush on down, is guilty of war crimes. The punishment for committing war crimes ranges from a lengthy jail sentence to, in the event the crimes in question caused the death of any prisoners being held, to death. And there have been many deaths among those who have been held and tortured on orders of the administration--most recently the three suicides at Guantanamo, which included on man who had only three days earlier been targeted for release (but who never learned this because government's secrecy and tight security prevented his attorneys at the Center for Constitutional Rights from getting the news to him).
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