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This is an update on the ongoing saga of the Rosefriend Apartments, one of Portland's most attractive historic buildings and the controversial plans of its owner, the First Church of Christ, to destroy it to make way for a 21 story glass highrise condo complex with four levels of underground parking, directly adjacent to the South Park Blocks.
The driver, a young white male, is in police custody. He was driving an early model 4 door red Toyota Camry with Oregon tags, speeding westbound on Belmont. Eyewitness said he blew through a 3 second red light around 45-50mph and the cyclist was traveling south saw him before she was hit. The bike sustained little damage (very good frame) but the rider was not wearing a helmet and latest reports by police were not very optimistic on her condition - they would not release her name. Another eyewitness who ran to her aid said she was not conscious and had severe head injuries. Others saw her combative on the stretcher as paramedics took her on the ambulance. PLEASE riders, lets wear our helmets. It doesn't matter how safe you ride, cars can kill. Let's all pray for her survival.
Prosecutors in the Oregon 'Green Scare' case are stalling in their response to motions filed by defense counsel regarding whether there are potential NSA or FISA wiretaps used in the states' prosecution of defendants Daniel McGowan, Jonathan Paul, Nathan Block and Joyanna Zacher. A hearing before the judge is set for October 31st but the question remains, what is the prosecution hiding and what does the government fear is in those potential wiretaps?
A judge in Oregon District Court issued a decision yesterday rejecting the Bush Administration's claims of danger to national security and allowing a case challenging the legality of the Administration's warrantless wiretapping to proceed.
In February of 2006, National Lawyers Guild members Steven Goldberg, Zaha Hassan, Thomas Nelson, Ashlee Albies, and Lisa Jaskol, and California attorney Jon Eisenberg brought suit in Oregon District Court challenging the legality of the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program on behalf of Plaintiffs Al-Haramain Inc. and two of its attorneys, Wendell Belew and Asim Ghafoor. Plaintiffs filed along with the complaint a sealed document which they allege proves they were subject to this program. A hearing was held on August 28th, 2006 on the government's attempt to dismiss the case based on state secrets grounds and to prevent Plaintiffs from having access to the document.
Warrentless Wiretapping - Whose Freedom?
Indeed, Judge King tiptoed around government arguments that a secret is something that almost everyone can know but are legally obliged to forget and not talk about. What? A gag order for the whole country? He was uncomfortable even with the idea of stipulating facts most people already know. He doesn't want to step on the toes of the Executive branch and expressed a belief that he had no power to do so. Plaintiffs' attorneys reminded him that the separation of the 3 branches of government was meant to create immunity from the other branches allowing them the independence to check and balance each other...
"Kaady, a suspect in three hit-and-run crashes on the day of his death, was bloody, naked, combative and unfazed by 50,000 volts from a stun gun, when he leapt atop a patrol car and threatened to kill Willard, police said. A Clackamas County grand jury later cleared both officers of wrongdoing."
This is how the corporate media apologists describe the killing. And this is all most people know. This is why it is so hard to find justice. Because these things are framed by the corporate police state, and they are skillfully spun in a manner that makes people not care. The story is everything, and if they can control the story, then they can control the outcome. That is why it is up to us to reclaim our voices and tell the real stories.
In fact, the story of the killing of Fouad Kaady is very different than the strangely dispassionate words in this blurp would suggest. For those who have forgotten, here is what really happened.
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At the bus stop, we pull the Seattle Times business section out of the trash. KorUS FTA, The Korean US Free Trade Agreement, is billed as the biggist and most important FTA since NAFTA, which considering the size of the Korean economy, is a pretty accurate analysis. The article goes on to say that the meetings, scheduled to take place in Seattle at the very last minute so as to not alert potential protestors, are the first attempt at FTA talks in Seattle since police and protestors turned the city into a "war zone" in 1999.
SlideShow of photos taken on September 1st, 2006, during Oaxaca's 5th MegaMarcha which started in the community of San Felipe and ended at the zócalo in the center of Oaxaca City. Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets and marched to demand the immediate departure of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (URO), liberation for political prisoners, the cancellation of 70 government arrest warrants for people involved in the leaderless Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO, by its Spanish initials) movement and the desire for popular governance.
San Felipe was the home to José Jiménez Colmenares, a mechanic married to a teacher, who was shot in the street while participating in a march organized by APPO on August 10th.
This Friday, it will be one year since the slaying of Fouad Kaady by the police. It will be just over 11 months since his killers were let off the hook during a secret and stacked grand jury proceeding. It will be nearly 8 months since the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office released a gushing report exhonerating the killers and smearing the name of the victim. Yes, it's been a long, hard road for the Kaady family this past year. And it's high time for justice. Maybe, just maybe, the time has finally come.
Samira Kaady reports today that her family, with the help of the Spence Law Firm, has just filed a lawsuit to demand that justice finally be served. May it be served on a platter of policy changes, melted down tasers, and badges that must be turned in. Because something must change, and someone must pay. Someone must be made to cry for redemption after what they did to Fouad Kaady. Someone must be held responsible for the torturing to death of an injured, innocent young man. Someone must pay for the viscious words of police state propaganda that poured forth from the lips of the corporate media shills to skewer the very name of the victim of this crime, as if his blood and his heart were not enough. Someone must remind the officers and the gentlemen of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Sandy police force that they are not immune to the sword of justice though they may hide behind their badges.
Fouad Kaady Memorial Service
Fouad's family has invited anyone who would like to share a few moments to remember Fouad, to a memorial service, on Sunday, September 10, at 11:00 a.m., at the St George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2101 SE 162nd, Portland, Oregon.
Fouad, you will remember, was the young man who was murdered by a "peace" officer (Bergin) from Sandy, and a Clackamas County Deputy (Willard), on September 8, 2005. Many details of this case have been reported on this site in the past, and links to those stories will follow, as will details of the law suit, which was filed by his family and the Spence Law Firm yesterday. Those who cannot attend the memorial should check this site often, for the release date of a film which is being produced by Videoistas from Portland Indymedia. Stay tuned, and always remember what the police are capable of, in the name of protecting our peace.
At Sunday's Labor Day protest for immigrants rights, participants signed a long banner that will be mailed to the US Congress Conference Committee along with a position statement on the current state of legislative proceedings.
Excerpt: "We write to strongly encourage you to reject restrictionist and narrow, enforcement-only and enforcement-first proposals, including both H.R. 4437 and S. 2611... the rush to reach a bipartisan accord on immigration legislation has led to a compromise that would create deep divisions within the immigrant community, leave millions of undocumented immigrants in the shadows of our country, and further erode the rights of working people in the US - both immigrant and non-immigrant alike."
Joe Keating marches in solidarity with immigrants
Joe Keating (the Pacific Green Party candidate for governor) marched with protestors at the September 3 rally sponsored by VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project, Portland Jobs with Justice, PCUN farm workers' union and others brought out 1,500. Protesters chanted "Queremos amnestia, ahora, ahora!" (We want amnesty, now, now!) and "The workers united, will never be defeated."
Portland's rally, which also drew critics of the Iraq war and President Bush, appeared to attract about 500 participants to Shemanski Fountain in the South Park Blocks. No official estimate of crowd turnout was issued by the sponsoring group, the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition.
My name is Ricky Clousing. I am a Sergeant in the United States Army and one of the many soldiers who are beginning to speak out about the appalling conditions of occupation in Iraq. I am writing to you today to tell you my story and ask for your support.
I joined the army soon after the September 11th attacks and in November of 2004 I deployed to Iraq. While there I was an interrogator attached to tactical infantry units during daily patrol operations. In the course of my work, I witnessed abuses of power that ranged from daily physical and psychological harassment to baseless incarceration of innocent civilians, including children. I spoke out about what I saw but was told to stay quiet.
After I returned from Iraq, I struggled with my objections concerning what I had seen and experienced in Iraq. Ultimately, I decided that staying in the military was a contradiction to my personal, moral and spiritual beliefs. I left the military without official authorization in June of 2005. In the following months I deeply considered my moral obligation to speak publicly about what I saw while in Iraq. After holding a press conference I returned to military custody on Friday, August 11th, 2006. On August 31st 2006, I was charged with desertion, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail.
There will be a community memorial for Steven Lindenmeyer next Sunday, Sept. 10th at 6pm at Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy. Liberty Hall is the new home of the IWW, which Steve was a dedicated member of. This will be a time for Steve's community of activists, friends, and family to come together to remember him and his work. Music will start at 6pm, and a brief program will start at 6:30pm. If you are able, please bring some food or drinks. In addition, we will be collecting money to help the family with expenses, or you can send a check to JwJ, or drop one off at the Albina Community Bank for the "Steve Lindenmeyer Memorial". Please mail it to Jobs with Justice, 6025 E. Burnside, Portland OR 97215.
Thousands of workers representing unions as diverse as AFSCME, SEIU, the Teamsters, the Carpenters, the Longshoremen, and etc showed up at the annual Oaks Park Labor Day picnic today. I often attend this event, and have been very conflicted about it. I think I've finally figured out why.
I feel a guilty sort of pleasure at the whole amusement park atmosphere. I mean, it's not something I would usually do, and it feels weird to find myself there. It becomes something of an identity crisis for me when I run into people I know from other parts of my life, people who make remarks about how they would never have thought that this would be "my kind of thing," whatever that means. And in a sense, they're right.
Even though it was a holiday weekend and some of our regular vigilers were working the Clackamas County Democratic Party table at the Oregon state fair, we had an excellent turnout last Saturday, September 2, for our Oak Grove peace vigil at McLoughlin (99E) and Oak Grove Boulevards. in Oak Grove, an event which takes place on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 12 noon to 1 pm. Twenty-four people were there, several of them for the first time.
Arriving a bit late at about two minutes after 12 noon, I noticed
that an enthusiastic chorus of honking horns and cheers from passers by had already started sounding off. And it occured to me then that even though we were only a small group, we nevertheless were raising a lot of consciousness because anyone within earshot could easily observe the reception we were getting and know that if he or she were opposed to the war, they were not alone -- that they in fact shared the opinion of the majority. And those few who had something negative to say -- there are always a few -- seemed not so bold as when we first started 16 weeks ago.
A small but intent crowd gathered yesterday at SW Salmon and Park to underline the need for serious reform of federal immigration laws. Attendees included farmworkers, union members, church-goers, socialists and anarchists.
The mobilization coincided with a national Labor Day Weekend effort to keep the pressure on lawmakers. Congress has been deliberating the question of immigration reform since the severely anti-immigrant HR 4437 passed the House in December of 2005, only to meet with unprecedented grassroots opposition. Organizers from the Portland Immigrants Rights Coalition say they are not supporting any of the current forms of the legislation because they all contain measures that would introduce severe hardship on some, if not all, immigrants.
Thanks for coming out today! It feels great to be a free man again and I hope that the 9th circuit's decision to grant me bail is indicative of the court's outlook that that I should not be held in contempt for asserting my constitutional rights as a journalist before the Federal grand jury. They've concluded that my appeal is not frivolous or simply for delay, so that's a positive sign, and I have confidence that these vital rights that are, at the core, essential to the practice of journalism will eventually be recognized at the Federal level; if not through the courts than at least through congress.
As the late Senator Paul Wellstone once said, "Significant social change comes from the bottom up, from an aroused opinion that forces our ruling institutions to do the right thing." I think that history demonstrates this to be true and it is an honor that I've been given the opportunity to help ignite what I hope will eventually cement the rights of both the independent and the established media.
Olympia's Citizen's Movement to Impeach Bush/Cheney kicked off a heat in the street action on September 1st. A committed group of people held signs on Percival Landing for the first of many actions to put the issue out there.
The signs were met with a lot of support from people in the cars as well as the walkers. It was the first day of Harbor Days and there were more people than usual at that corner. Many stopped to talk and a number signed petitions.
The group is continuing to hold public information meetings and has launched a petition drive which now has over 800 signatures! There is tremendous disenchantment over the many actions of Bush/Cheney and people have a place to make their voices heard. One woman said this is the first time she has been afraid to sign a petition; others joked about being rounded up by the government for signing. This is not a good omen for democracy. However, many brave people did sign, including people with children and spouses in the military; some are now in Iraq. They are angry about this war that was based on lies.
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On Thursday, August 31st, Army Specialist Mark Wilkerson joined the growing numbers of war resisters speaking out about their refusal to participate in the illegal war in Iraq.
After being AWOL for a year and a half, Mark issued a public statement from Camp Casey (see full statement below) and then turned himself in to Fort Hood to face the consequences of his courageous decision.
Mark has been absent without leave since January '05 when his unit was about to be deployed to Iraq for the second time. Mark saw that the war was wrong and tried unsuccessfully to apply for conscientious objector status. Mark's willingness to publicly resist and surrender himself back to the military has the potential of empowering the estimated 8,000 resistors to speak up and out about the war.
The Forest Service plans on logging YET ANOTHER intact native forest in the MCKENZIE RIVER WATERSHED—EUGENE'S DRINKING WATER SUPPLY (best in the nation!), a recreational wonderland, and critical habitat for the endangered Bull Trout, Northern Spotted Owl, and countless other critters.
This destructive and irresponsible logging continues despite a 2005 EUGENE CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION BANNING MATURE AND OLD GROWTH FOREST LOGGING in the source of Eugene's municipal water supply, despite THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURES opposing the logging, despite the outcry of OVER A DOZEN BUSINESSES along the McKenzie that depend on recreation and tourism dollars.
Idaho General Mines would like a 3,000 acre copper, gold, silver and molybdenum mine on the northern border of the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monunmet...in the national forest. The company is in the very early stages and If the public is loud against giving away this beautiful public land to a private corporation act now! The Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service hold the key to approval for the lease or they can say NO to Idaho General. Word is the federal agencies are split on the issue so public action against a mine could tip the scales against Idaho General, who is applying its own pressure on officials. idaho Generla calls the Bureau of land Management everyday to ask about how their lease application is coming along and the public needs to call just as often to stop this.
CALL AND WRITE THE BLM, FOREST SERVICE AND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES...
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