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03.09.2006 10:11
Dispatch From Jeff Luers: LOSS OF FACE-TO-FACE VISITS FOR ONE YEAR!
Jeff Free Luers Jeff has LOST HIS CONTACT VISITS FOR ONE YEAR!!! Even though there is NO EVIDENCE that he was smoking pot. The smoking gun? A CLEAN UA!! Please send Jeff your letters of support. He has not yet asked for anyone to contact the superintendant over this issue. Let's be prepared if he does!

August 22nd, 2006 Dispatch from Jeff "Free" Luers: Talk about a shitty couple of days. I get out of the hole on Sunday, August 20. To start I have to fight to get out on my date because I'm not in the computer. I get let out without having had a hearing, which means I have no sanctions.

I'm excited, though. I know that no matter what I get to call her today. I get out right at yard line. I go and find my new cell conveniently locked on the bar box. The first cell on the tier, the one right in front of the guard.


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03.09.2006 10:00
Aranas Rally/Hooley Protest in Salem Ignored by Mainstream Media
A group of Pacific Green Party supporters were threatened in Salem Monday with having their cars towed from a lot next to Democratic Congresswoman Darlene Hooley's office while they were engaged in a rally to support their candidate, Paul Aranas, and to protest Hooley's complicity with Bush Administration war crimes in the Middle East. The tow truck driver specifically stated that he was ordered to "tow away protestors' cars." The rally participants claimed that they were Hooley's constituents and that they were therefore legally entitled to park there. The lot was only partially full at the time.

Aranas and three other people spoke at the rally, which was ignored by the jonbenetstream media. After the speeches, a group including Aranas entered Hooley's office to submit petitions to her. She was reported unavailable for comment. Aranas has advanced consistent and principled positions on the war in Iraq as well as the conflicts in Lebanon and Palestine. He has formally asked Hooley to debate him twice, but she has so far refused.

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03.09.2006 09:53
Hasan Shakur: A Maroon on Death Row
I am sitting in my rented Chevy Equinox outside of the Polunsky Unit, in Livingston, Texas. The middle of farm country, there are stables right next door to the prison, within pissing distance of the electrified fence and concertina wire. I wonder if they belong to the prison. How much of this farmland is the prisons? The inmates wear all white here. It is ghostly figures I see pushing wheelbarrows, carrying rakes through a manicured lawn with flower boxes shaped like the star of Texas.

The processing is the fastest I've ever been through going to a prison. I have had to wait hours before to be cleared. I do not know if it is this prison, or the fact that I'm visiting at off times, or the fact that I am visiting someone who has an execution date set. Set for Thursday. Days are bleeding away, the 29th is just a breath away from the 31st.

Hasan Shakur, aka Derrick Frazier, aka #999284, is dressed all in white as well. Visiting is only through glass, and Hasan sits in a cage, the telephone pressed to his ear. He is as big as I figured he would be. He stands up to go to the bathroom, sticking his hands through the slot so they can put the handcuffs on him and he towers over the three guards around him.

Hasan was executed on August 31, 2006

Hasan Shakur's Last Words Were of the Struggle | Hasan Shakur's Last Poem | Poem for Hasan | Philly IMC audio interview | Austin IMC Overview | NCADP Overiview | "Death Row Speaks" profile | Welfare Poets


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03.09.2006 09:45
IRAQ: Basrah Oil Workers’ Strike
Oil-pipeline Workers in Basrah have given the authorities a deadline for Thursday, 31st of August for meeting their previously forwarded demands; otherwise, they will resume with their strike which they brought to a standstill after the positive promises they were given. The deadline coincides with the beginning of a week-end. The further the strike could restart may be on Sunday, the beginning of the working week in Iraq.

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03.09.2006 09:41
Vancouver, WA: Good Cop Sighting
I think it was just this past Sunday, when I was bringing home some groceries with my daughter, that my car died. It died not in any old spot, it died right between the I-205 exit and entrance ramps, on Mill Plain, in the inner lane. I had to get to a pay phone across the highway and leave my daughter in the car so that no one would tow the car away. My daughter is old enough to handle such a situation. I called for my brother to help push me out of the street, and went back to the car.

Then the cop showed up. Since I have been stopped and questioned by Beaverton police for just walking down the street (and I am white with very nondescript looks), I thought, oh no, he will try to accuse me of blocking traffic or something. I told him the car just died. He basically said that he would push me to a good spot, which meant doing a u-turn and coasting to the Fred Meyer parking lot. I usually don't like other people having ideas on what I should do unless it's something that I would think of myself, but I have to admit, having a cop push me while I did a u-turn was just not something that I would have thought of--but I recognized that it would work, and I just said "I'll do it!" I had the distinct idea that he meant no harm and he knew this was best. I thought, I am happy to get my car out of the street, but let's just see how far this good cop thing will last.

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01.09.2006 11:54
This Labor Day Weekend, Portland Joins National Effort to Renew Call for Immigration Reform
This Sunday, Portland will join close to a dozen US cities to usher in the fall by renewing demands for fair and comprehensive immigration policy reform.

A "Labor Day" demonstration will converge at 2pm in the South Park Blocks (SW Salmon & Park), calling for rights and respect for immigrant workers and all workers. The event is organized by a coalition of organizations, including VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project, Portland Jobs with Justice, PCUN, PCASC, and others. For a full list of sponsors and march details in english and en Español, click here.

Mobilizations are also planned in Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Washington, DC, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Phoenix, and several cities in the San Francisco Bay area. According to the We Are America Alliance, organizers expect the mobilizations to attract a million people, cumulatively.

National Links: US-IMC Immigrant Rights Coverage Archive | National Day Laborers Organizing Network | We Are America Alliance | Immigrant Solidarity Network | National Network on Immigrant & Refugee Rights (NNIRR)

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01.09.2006 11:00
No Sweat, Portland! Portland Sweatfree Event
Sweatfree PDX Flyer Are taxpayers subsidizing sweatshops? Our city spends over $60 million on purchasing goods. Shouldn't these goods be free of exploitation? In response, a coalition of over 20 different labor, community, faith, and student organizations has emerged in support an ordinance that would mandate strong labor standards for city contractors, subcontractors, and vendors.
Chie Abad, a former sweatshop worker from Saipan, will come to Portland to ask our city to end government purchasing from sweatshops. She will share the realities of sweatshop conditions and her involvement in the victorious campaign in which San Francisco adopted a strong sweatfree ordinance.

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01.09.2006 02:59
Congressman Blumenauer Fails to Respond to Concerns About Lebanon
Awhile back, someone posted to this site that Earl Blumenauer was refusing to admonish Israel even as they dropped bombs down on little sleeping babies in Lebanon. I could not believe that it was true. So I contacted the congressman's office. And sure enough. He not only refused to speak out against the violence, he was actually going out of his way to support Israel in this. I just couldn't believe it, and I told his staffers so. This week, I received his response. I am so saddened by it that I want to share it with others, in the hopes that they, too, might make their voices heard by the congressman.

I do not have the text for the original letter that I sent to him, nor do I remember what I said word for word. I only remember that I told him how upset I was to learn that he was refusing to condemn Israel for what it had done, and how dismayed I was to read his statement of support for Isreal in the face of little dead babies lying in the rubble in Lebanon. I was crying when I wrote it, as we all should be crying for what has been allowed to happen in this world. Here is the cold, disembodied reply that I received. Note that there is almost no mention at all of the deaths in Lebanon that were the focus of my letter to him.

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01.09.2006 02:58
Oregon Supreme Court Rejects PGE Arguments Concerning Profits on Trojan Nuclear Plant
Today's decision by the Oregon Supreme Court in Dreyer v. PGE was a significant victory for ratepayers in fight to get back from Portland General Electric Co. (PGE) the excess profits on Trojan, collected from ratepayers during the period April 1995 through September 2000.

In a carefully-reasoned opinion, the Court rejected all of the arguments presented by PGE on the merits of Plaintiffs' claims in the class action lawsuit against PGE in Marion County Circuit Court. That suit seeks to get back from PGE the over $200 million ratepayers paid to the utility for profits on Trojan between April 1995 and September 2000, plus a large amount of interest on this money. The Court agreed with Plaintiffs that their case against PGE was based on legitimate claims and that PGE was not immune from being forced to give back the money. The Court agreed that ratepayers can sue PGE directly for illegal charges included in past rates.

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01.09.2006 02:54
Sgt. Kevin Benderman released
On July 27, 2005, in a military court martial held at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, Sgt. Kevin Benderman was convicted of Missing Movement for allegedly refusing to board a plane for a second deployment to Iraq.

Sgt. Benderman had filed an application for Conscientious Objector status in 2004. This application was ignored, mishandled, and disrespected by every level of command in an effort to punish this 10-year veteran for exercising his rights and making a choice of conscience against the wishes of his command. Sgt. Benderman did not fit the military mold of a Conscientious Objector - he did not cite religious verses, he could not recount his moment of epiphany - but Sgt. Benderman did listen to his conscience.

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01.09.2006 02:53
portland freeskool: call out for teachers!!
the next term of the portland freeskool is starting in october.

we are looking for people who want to share their ideas, knowledge, talents with others in the community. the freeskool is dedicated to social change through free education and community building. you could lead a reading group, teach a class or facilitate a one day workshop. check out our website for more info.

 http://portland.freeskool.org/

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30.08.2006 19:09
COURAGE AND RESISTANCE IN OAXACA AND MEXICO CITY
It began on May 15 this year when teachers belonging to the 70,000 strong National Union of Education Workers in Oaxaca, Mexico took to the streets for the first time to press their demands to the state government to address their long-neglected needs. They included restructuring teachers' salaries, improving the deplorable educational infrastructure forcing teachers to conduct classes in laminated cardboard shacks, a lack of books and other educational materials and providing food for the many impoverished children who come to school each day hungry.

After Chiapas, Oaxaca is the poorest of Mexico's 31 states, each of which has its own constitution and elected governor and representatives to the state congresses. Both states share a common border in the extreme south of the country, and both are predominantly rural which exacerbates the impoverishment of their people. That poverty level worsened substantially in the 1980s and especially in last dozen years because of the neoliberal so-called "free market" policies adopted by President Carlos Salinas and maintained by successive presidents up to the present that included the destructive NAFTA trade agreement with the US and Canada. [ Read More ] [ http://sjlendman.blogspot.com ]

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30.08.2006 18:58
Please Help.
As most of you know I had my court date for "Resisting arrest" "Dissordly Conduct" "Interfering With A Public Sidewalk" on March 4th 2006 at Schumacher Furs. I only got charged with one offence which was Interfering with a public sidewalk. I need to raise $350.00 for court fees. Anyone have any ideas so I can get this taken care of. I had a job and then got fired the next day after court. Please help and post some ideas to this bulletin [ Read More ] [ Related to Schumachers ]

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29.08.2006 14:47
Stand Against Militarism
During last week's demonstration, the father of a young man came to ask questions of the recruiters. His son had sent him to get information and literature about enlisting. Fortunately, several of us were there to give him information the recruiters don't volunteer. There was a Viet Nam vet who told the man that the illustrious careers supposedly waiting for vets just don't exist. There were people with printed literature outlining some of the other bogus claims recruiters make. One of us told tales of rapes and murders of 14 year old girls and others, as well as torture. The man was very inquisitive, asking questions back and forth between the recruiters and the demonstrators. He seemed genuinely surprised by the information we gave him. The recruiters apparently felt outdone and they slunk back into the dark recesses of the recruiting office to plan more murder. Best of all, a young man may change his mind about joining the military.

Come show your support for peace and opposition to the wars and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq each Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 at 1317 NE Broadway, Portland.

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29.08.2006 14:40
palestine journal: 25 august: israeli ceasefire violations don't count

"Twelve day ceasefire continues to hold" say the headlines. but what they really mean is that, in the twelve days since the UN-brokered ceasefire began, no rockets have been fired by Hezbollah into israel. what is left out is that in every single one of those twelve days since the "ceasefire", israeli forces have continued to launch raids deep into lebanon, and to drop missiles from airplanes onto the already-devastated ruins of lebanon...

jonathan cook, an analyst in israel, has this to say about the 'baalbek raid': "Israeli special forces launched the covert operation to capture a Hizbullah leader, Sheikh Mohammed Yazbak, way beyond the Litani River, the northern extent of Israel's supposed 'buffer zone'. The hit squad were disguised not only as Arabs -- a regular ploy by units called 'mistarvim' -- but as Lebanese soldiers driving in Lebanese army vehicles. When their cover was blown, Hizbullah opened fire, killing one Israeli and wounding two more in a fierce gun battle.

http://www.imemc.org/

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palestine journal: 21 august

i, unfortunately, recently made the mistake of engaging a zionist in an online forum...big mistake. but there was one statement that she made in the course of the 'discussion' that i'd like to expand upon a little.

the statement was made in regard to the 'security procedures' at the allenby bridge border crossing between the west bank and jordan, which is tightly controlled by israeli security.....as I questioned the beatings, harassment, delays and etc. there, she said, basically, "palestinians should be expected to endure extra security procedures - after all, look at what they've put israel through...."

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related: Palestine Today


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29.08.2006 12:25
OSP Ignore Reckless Driving Complaints on Off-Duty Firefighters?
Firefighter of not...the kind of driving that took place at my risk and the rislk of others is absolutely wrong. If it was a regular citizen doing in front of a cop dash camera like what is on MY citizen dash camera...we would get a handful of tickets. At least! This happened about 4:05 pm last friday at hiway 205 north bound just on the 14(to 205)on ramp. The White Jeep careened in one fast and dangerously close to me and others, move from the on ramp to the inside lane. No signal...no regard for anybody.

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29.08.2006 12:05
Once You’ve Been Homeless, You Can Never Go Back
I was riding the bus today, lost in thought, when the bus pulled up to a stop and I looked out the window I was leaning against to see several women, with their baggage and small children, sitting on the pavement in a parking lot, looking weary and forlorn. I was immediately overcome with a familiarity; it reminded me horribly of my mom and me, when I was a child. I immediately realized this was a pick up spot for homeless shelters. As my bus rolled on, I saw the next block was lined with women, young and old, carrying their bags, hovering around, looking agitated, anxious, hot, worn out, and desperate, waiting outside the YWCA in downtown Seattle, to see if they will have shelter tonight (as local shelters cannot accommodate all of the women who need shelter nightly). By the time we had rolled past that block, I was in tears. I looked around me on the bus. It seemed no one even noticed what was outside our windows for the full length of the previous block.

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27.08.2006 17:30
Dear Military Recruiter: Leave my child alone!
As youth ages 16-18 return to school, they and their parents need to know that the Pentagon and military recruiters collect information on both boys and girls, from their schools to aide them in recruiting. If youth or their parents don't want to be targeted, recruited or have their names in Pentagon or military recruitment databases, they can Opt Out of the system but they must take proactive action to Opt Out. Some school districts limit the time frame to make select this option and it often occurs during the registration period. Accordingly, time is of the essence if you or your youth don't want your name in government databases.

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27.08.2006 17:27
Portland IMC Newsletter for Aug 27, 2006
27.08.2006 17:20
Portlands Homeless Busine$$
For six years before I left to run for Sheriff of Multnomah County, I worked with homeless men, as the de-facto day to day manager of a homeless men's shelter in Portland. From this position I had an opportunity to observe the other major players in the local homeless business. And believe me, it is a business. Unfortunately, over the years I came to realize that neither the nomeless population they serve nor the tax payers that foot the bills are top priority of these agencies. What is priority?

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