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Once again, I traveled the 15 bus to my brunch date with the Gordon. I arrived a little early this time, about 11:00 AM, wanted to see who goes to lunch. I stayed until about 1:00 PM and had a great time.
The reception I received in front of the World Trade Center was more friendly than usual. I had a good time and there were some funny moments.
The supervisor for security stopped by to say hello and asked it I needed anything. He also asked if I was going to go inside to see the staff of our Gorgon, I said no---he seemed happy. Most of the people who read my sign gave me a smile or thumbs-up, there was one person who yelled at me, "You won the damn House, what more do you want?" I said, "You haven't heard, we won the Senate too." I added, "I want all the traitors in prison, not jail---PRISON." There was another great moment---a person in a suit started to come directly at me, thought he was going to give me a hard time. (You know I am in hostile territory) but to my surprise, he asked me what kind of coffee I like! A few minutes later he came back with a coffee and said, "Thanks for doing this!"
Around 20,000 German police will be assigned to guard the transportation of highly radioactive nuclear waste (in containers called "Castor") from France to Germany, starting this Friday. The destination is Gorleben a village in northern Germany, in a region called the Wendland. Protest actions are planned throughout France and Germany, especially along the last 50 kilometres (expected for sunday) on rail and 20 kilometres by road (expected in the night to monday).
Suprisingly for everyone, police will seems to try one of the most difficult parts, the railway tracks from Lüneburg to Dannenberg (Map).
Numerous little actions happened allready during the last weeks numerous demonstrations (pics) all over Germany took place this week, which are all just a "warming up" for the weekend to come.
Eugene, OR - The four remaining non-cooperating defendants in the Oregon "Green Scare" case today changed their pleas and agreed to drop their request for production of NSA surveillance materials and data. Joyanna Zacher, Nathan Block, Daniel McGowan and Jonathan Paul appeared in federal court this morning before U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken to enter pleas related to acts of property destruction and arson. The next status hearing will be on December 14 to determine when sentencing will occur. Despite the agreement however, federal prosecutors have asked the court to apply a "terrorism enhancement" at sentencing.
Despite the pleas entered today which resolve the Oregon cases in their entirety Jeff Hogg remains imprisoned without having been charged with any crimes for his refusal to testify against others after being subpoenaed to a federal grand jury. After the hearing, Hogg's partner Cecilia Storey made an emotional plea for his immediate release from custody. [ read more ]
Daniel McGowan and codefendants accept non-cooperation plea agreement
We do not want there to be any confusion about Daniel's plea agreement so we have posted it at http://www.supportdaniel.org/files/McGowanPlea.pdf Daniel agreed to plead guilty with the understanding that he would not implicate or identify anyone at all other than himself. The other three remaining co-defendants entered pleas with the same terms. Daniel has done everything possible to maintain his integrity, and he wants to be as open about his agreement as possible. We have also provided Daniel's statement to Judge Aiken and Daniel's lawyers statement below. [ read more ]
The campaign to Un-Dam the Klamath and Bring the Klamath Salmon Home to Oregon has reached it's most important point. FERC dam hearings are set for Klamath Falls, Yreka, Arcata and North Bend (on the Oregon Coast), on Nov. 14, 15th, 16th and 29th. Written Comments are due on Dec.1st and events in Ashland and Arcata are planned for the 9th and 10th. Please help the fishermen, Native people, and residents of the Klamath to Save the Salmon. Come to a hearing, host a film night, table, or write a comment this month.
Related: 9/27/06: FERC under GW Bush regime contributes to genocide | 3/29/06: Fishermen Protest after Coho Die-off | 9/25/05: Tribes host film/discussion in Portland | 7/12/04: Tribes host protest in Southern Oregon and Scotland for Klamath Salmon
Pacific Power's Dams on the Klamath up for comment, related events
The 9th circuit court of appeals just issued the decision that the Pitt River Tribe and allies were right when they said that the massive energy development at the sacred land in the Medicine Lake caldera is illegal. The Bush administration overturned the decision not to develop part of the Medicine Lake area due to impacts as a response to the mythical "California Energy Crisis", in which Calpine corporation helped to create.
Native tribes and environmentalists vowed to fight this massive energy project that was planned to cover at least 20 miles of public lands in the Southern Cascades with clearcuts, power lines and power plants.
Related Articles on the 8 year struggle to save Medicine Lake
Omoyele Sowore anti-oil activist from the Niger Delta, Nigeria - the other oil war. Speaking in Portland November 15th-16th
Thursday, Nov. 16th at Portland State University downtown Portland, 6 pm at the Smith Center Ball Room
"The Niger Delta area is polluted, occupied and heavily militarized. People get killed on behalf of the major oil companies everyday, that cannot be right." - Omoyele Sowore, Niger Delta, Nigeria
ADDITIONAL SPEAKING EVENTS IN PORTLAND:
• Wednesday, Nov. 15th at Lewis and Clark in SW Portland, 7:30 pm at the Templeton Council Chambers.
• Thursday, Nov. 16th at Portland Community College / Sylvania in SW Portland. 11 am / Performing Arts Center.
• Also speaking in Walla Walla(11/13), Olympia (14th + 15th), Eugene(17th), and Seattle(20th)! Contact us for more information.
"RECREATION SITE FACILITY MASTER PLANNING":
A Secret Forest Service Policy That Will Close Thousands Of
Recreation Sites And Add Thousands More Fee Sites On The National
Forests. Read the full report here: http://www.westernslopenofee.org/NoFee/RSMFP.pdf
Also Check Wild Wilderness's Website for more info on how to take action to stop this travesty: http://www.wildwilderness.org/blog/artley-alert.html
Before September 2006 few people may have heard of Eden Prarie, Minnesota, but the heroic actions of one young man in Eden Prarie may be remembered by future generations of Americans as the touchstone of the next civil rights movements. Which may very likely be the last civil rights movement in America. That is, the movement for the civil rights of young people.
Taking an action which he calls, "The biggest thing he's ever done in his life", a young man named Jesse L. Hunter had his credentials examined, showing his birthyear as 1989, and was told to proceed to the voting booth. A script which most of us take for granted. But in this case, perhaps for the first time in US history, an educated, morally sophisticated 17 year old man cast his ballot.
In a climate very ever plummeting voter turnouts show the increased apathy of the currently enfranchised American public, and where two consecutive presidential elections have yielded a 50/50 split, showing that the Americans can't tell the difference between the two major party candidates, or that, in fact, politics is merely a toss-up, the DA in Mr. Hunter's area decided to move forward to charge Mr. Hunter with the class 1 felony mandated by the state of Minnesota for voter fraud.
For wanting to participate in his own government, Jesse Hunter faces up to one year in prison for doing something that most of us would be applauded for.
AUDIO: Interview with Jesse Hunter | Interview with Alex-Koroknay-Palicz - National Youth Rights Association | RELATED ARTICLES: 1
"The Measure 47 limits on contributions will no doubt be attacked in court by the opponents," said volunteer lawyer Dan Meek. This will give the Oregon Supreme Court an opportunity to revisit its 1997 decision, striking down the limits that were enacted by Measure 9 of 1994. In addition, all of the important campaign finance disclosure and reporting and anti-coercion provisions in Measure 47 will take effect and do not in any way depend upon enactment of Measure 46."
"Oregon voters have shown they know that the current political system is broken and corrupt," said supporter Ken Lewis (former President of the Port of Portland). "If necessary, I will ask the Legislature to refer an amendment to voters so that all of Measure 47 can take effect." [ read more ]
Oregonians mostly back the status quo
It looks like Oregonians will be sending the same people back to congress next year. I suppose that's somewhat convenient not requiring anyone to learn new names or contact information. And Kulongoski has a pretty sizable lead over any of his challengers.
On the upside it looks like Measures 40, 41, and 48 will be soundly defeated as will 42, 45 and, notably, 43. Measure 44, the only measure in which a wide number of progressive groups supported, looks like it will pass as will Measure 39, which had support across the traditionally marketed political divisions, marking at least 2 changes that a majority of voters wish to see. [ read more ]
Dear Family and Friends,
I'm writing this Friday evening, November 3. We have been under occupation by Federal forces for several days now. The day they entered, Sunday, was ugly. The next day, three large marches converged on the Zocalo, and marchers circled around it, taunting the police and demonstrating that the police presence did not scare them or stop the movement. A plantÃ³n was set up outside the Santo Domingo Cathedral. All of the teachers and those who were sitting in the Zocalo are now sitting outside the church, three or four blocks from the Zocalo. One joke I heard was that while the PFP were busy taking the Zocalo, the APPO was busy taking Santo Domingo.
Not only have the teachers moved, but the vendors, unrelated to the movement, have also moved. Walking through today, I laughed and said, "If the PFP takes over the Zocalo, the people will just move the whole damn Zocalo somewhere else."
related: [ Oaxaca Megamarcha | pics: 1.3 Million people march in Oaxaca | Oaxaca Mega-March Has Begun! | We Must create a Rebellion of Our Own! | Mexico, Oaxaca: Police with the SWASTIKA | LA APPO | Oaxaca Solidarity In Denver ]
On October 17, 2006, Bush held a private ceremony in the Oval Office, where he signed the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" (HR5122) (2), or "Public Law 109-364." This law will allow the U.S. government to declare "public emergencies" and station military troops across America, including the National Guard, to suppress "public disorder."
Section 1076 of the Authorization Act, "Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies" provides an additional $500+ billion to the Pentagon for its war on terror.
Section 333 of the Act, "Major Public Emergencies; Interference with State and Federal Law" says that the U.S. government may employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the United States, the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of ("refuse" or "fail" in) maintaining public order, "in order to suppress, in any State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy."
the fall winter term of the freeskool is starting, check out our website for new classes and help us get the word out. yay!
The Freeskool is a grassroots effort, a group of people acting collectively and autonomously to create a skill-sharing network, a school without institutional control. The all volunteer Freeskool is dedicated to social change through free education and community building. We believe that education is an ever evolving process that should be available to all, free of monetary value. We wish to break down the boundaries of class, race, and age to learn together in a nurturing and creative environment. The Freeskool is a non-hierarchical, non-institutional form of learning in which anyone can be a teacher and anyone can be a student!! check out our website for more information, we have some great classes starting right now...
I've done a lot of thinking about the ballot measures and some of the races in this election and I wanted to share some of those thoughts. A lot of people have voted by now but some people are still trying to figure out what the results of some of the ballot measures could be. I can't claim to be right in my analysis but hopefully it will provide some food for thought.
related: [ A response from Oregon's Secretary of State's office to a question of election fraud | Vote Yes on Measures 46 and 47 | Sierra Club Ballot Measure Endorsements and Election Reminder | Small Business Association Endorses Campaign Finance Reform Measures 46 and 47 ]
Many people reading this site probably wonder why I continue to rant about the murder of Fouad Kaady, month after month. To tell the truth, I often wonder myself. I have never been one to engage in obsessive behavior, but this case haunts me, perhaps even more than all of the other murders by cop that have occurred in our area in recent years.
For those who may have been out of the area, a quick recap is in order: Fourteen months ago, on Sept 8, 2005, those of us living in the area were startled awake by the "story" carried on local media stations, concerning a young man, who was completely nude, and acting "irrational," who had "possibly been involved in some hit and run accidents," who was subsequently SHOT AND KILLED BY A SANDY POLICE OFFICER AND A CLACKAMAS COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF. The local reports continued to demonize and marginalize the victim for days, with "perhaps he was on drugs," "may have mental health issues," and similar innuendo.
The fact that the victim was reported to be completely naked at the time of the killing led us to ask more questions, to actually purchase copies of what reports the sheriff would release, and to enquire of folks here, on Indymedia for anyone who may have details, or more knowledge. It also caused us to respond to the vigil in Sandy, where we met with friends and family of Fouad. The more we learned, the more appalled we became.
I step outside after dinner. The rain is coming down so thick that I get wet on the porch. The air is warm, nearly sultry. The smell is clean: it's been pouring like this for a few hours for days; the city smells have long since been washed away.
I hop on my bike and dash out into it. Okay, first I put on long wool pants, water-proof boots, and zip up a raincoat around myself. Then I hop on my bike, but dashing isn't so easy tonight. Ponds have formed at many intersections. The bike-lane is full of swirling leaves. The water runs like streams.
As well it should, this being Brooklyn, a neighborhood in the City of Roses, that lies in the historic flood plain of the Willamette River. Its flatness betrays the swamps and wetlands that once covered it. The little rivers now rushing across its streets and parking lots are the liberated cousins of buried, culverted courses underneath. "Brook Land" became "Brooklyn" at some point when people forgot what they'd buried, or were replaced by people who never knew.
Pharmaceutical ads . . . out of control. In the past, when they were banned from television and radio, the promotional campaigns of pharmaceutical companies were directed towards doctors and hospitals which makes sense. Consumers can't buy this stuff off the shelf at the drugstore; it can only be purchased through prescription. That means that commercials push consumers to hound their medical providers for medications that may not only be inappropriate, but actually dangerous when compared to ways of healthy living (exercise, good nutrition, eating the proper amounts of food) which are often as effective in heading off problems. It's not good for the consumer and it seeks to second-guess the medical profession.
Heavy television and radio advertising is expensive. Since our government now allows pharmaceutical companies to develop, purchase and air expensive commercials, guess who they pass the cost on to? And that's something we don't need when medications in the USA are already too expensive for many to afford.
Condos keep coming to Portland, with no end in sight.
I'm pissed off.
In a hearing on Wednesday before federal district judge Garr King, attorneys representing plaintiffs Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, Inc., and two of its attorneys in a suit challenging President Bush's warrantless surveillance program refuted the government's allegations that plaintiffs' attorneys had mishandled classified information. The litigation arises from the government's accidental disclosure to plaintiffs of classified evidence that plaintiffs were victims of the warrantless surveillance program.
The hearing in Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, Inc. et al. v. Bush et al. was precipitated by plaintiffs' filing of documents under seal in support of their motion for partial summary judgment. The government accused plaintiffs' attorneys of violating security procedures in preparing and filing the documents and demanded a hearing. At the hearing, Judge King squarely rejected the government's accusations, finding plaintiffs' attorneys had "not violated any rule, order or law" or engaged in "improper conduct or bad faith."
I KEPT MY PROMISE
Looking out my window, the rain was already coming down, it looked and was cold. I had to decide if I was going to go to my weekly protest outside the World Trade Center, called by me, "The Den of the Centaur." The time was 10:00 AM, the 15 bus was coming in fifteen minutes, should I go or just say, "Too wet--too cold."
I put on my heaviest coat, gloves and took two hats; grabbed my sign and off to the bus stop on Stark. I could hear my dog Lucky laughing as I went out the door in the rain, but I wanted to keep my promise of showing up each Thursday to take on Gorgon Smith. I wanted to tell people who would listen that he is a NeoCon of the worst sort. A closet Neo Conservative, who comes out when Cheney and Bush need his vote. This week was important because I was going after his voting record concerning the military and veterans affairs.
Articles in this issue:
Breaking: The APPO Wins an Important Battle Against the PFP
BLM Plans to Slaughter Oregon's Last Ancient Forest
Milwaukie Peace demonstration continues
Portland Residents Protest Police Killings
Please print and distribute
For the first time in more than four years, the Housing Authority of Portland will open a new waiting list for federal Section 8 rent vouchers.
Applications for a chance to join the waiting list will be available Nov. 1 and MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE Nov. 17. By applying for the waiting list, applicants will enter a lottery-style drawing to be held in January 2007. The first 3,000 names picked through the lottery will be placed on the waiting list for Rent vouchers.
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