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As most of you know, next week will mark the one year "anniversary" of the federal government's "Operation Backfire," the largest federal round up of environmental and animal rights activists who are charged with acts of property damage or sabotage motivated by concerns for the environment and animal suffering. Please see our website, www.cldc.org for more information. There will be "days of remembrance" across the country on or around December 7th commemorating the date when the first round of individuals were jailed.
In Eugene, the community will be gathering on Dec. 3rd at 8pm at Sam Bonds Garage, 407 Blair Blvd, in the heart of Green Scare country. Other events are posted on www.greenscare.org
Jeff Hogg to speak at Portland Green Scare event Dec 9thJeff Hogg is now confirmed to speak at the Portland Green Scare event on Dec 9th. Jeff Hogg is a grand jury resistor who was imprisoned from may to november of 2006 for refusing to cooperate with a green scare related federal grand jury. We are happy for news of his release earlier this month and honored to have him speak at our event on Dec 9th.
In accord with the international day of solidarity with Green Scare Indictees, Detainees and Political Prisoners, friends of Green Scare defendants present the following event,
Liberating Dissent: Refusing to be Silenced
When? Saturday Dec 9th, 6-11pm
Update- we've heard from Josh! Josh is currently working through his 2nd week of a 3-year federal prison sentence for "free" speech. On November 16, 2006 Josh Harper turned himself in to serve his 3 year prison sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, OR. If you're unfamiliar with Josh and the SHAC7, please visit www.SHAC7.com for history of the campaign, trial, and outcome involved.
After 10 days of silence we finally heard from Josh today! He's doing alright considering the circumstances, which are unfortunately not good (even compared to what was expected). This makes your support all the more important!!!
Please send Josh a letter at:
And consider also writing to his co-defendants or donating to their commissary fund (addresses and info at shac7.com)
For the full write-up on what we heard from Josh today please visit Josh's support website at www.JoshHarper.org.
The popular movement of Oaxaca has faced severe repression over the weekend and has put out a call for solidarity actions. Activists in Oregon are responding by organizing a rally at the Mexican Consulate at Noon on Monday, November 27.
After this weekend's police/military/paramilitary assault on the movment that has taken over Oaxaca for months, there are "165 political prisoners, dozens of disappeared, hundreds of injured and wounded, and also various dead, which up to now we have not been able to confirm."
Please stand in solidarity against this kind of repression, and for the popular movement of Oaxaca by coming to an emergency rally at the Mexican Consulate, 1234 SW Morrison, Monday, November 27, Noon.
The Mexican federal government forces entering full force into the city of Oaxaca. There are many arrests and firearms injuries. The federal police began, around 5pm, to attack the members of the APPO that were peacefully demonstration in the areas around the zocalo. These aggressions caused the conflict that is still continuing between the police and the members of the APPO and its supporters.
A large number of people are reported detained in various parts of the city. At least two deaths are the result of the confrontation (as of 9:33). Many wounded. On http://vientos.info/cml/?q=node/6916 is reported that detainees are tortured by police, quote: ("23:16 Amapolas 1429 is where they are torturing people. They planted drugs on them and they're still torturing them today.") Approximately 40 people are reported detained, 20 of them women. There are various injured people, one of whom is gravely hurt.
PDX Solidarity?!?! They are calling for solidarity actions around the world. Can we organize here in portland? I am energized by the courageous actions of our brothers and sisters in Mexico. I want to do SOMETHING!
Indybay Coverage: Oaxaca's popular movement suffers yet another brutal day
Public invited to Pioneer Courthouse, 700 SW 6th Avenue, on Monday, December 4 at 9:00 a.m. Ford has been incarcerated since his initial arrest on October 4, 2002.
Patrice Lumumba Ford's 18-year sentence will be reviewed by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on December 4 in Portland, Oregon. Ford received national media attention as part of The Portland Six, who were accused of being a "terrorist cell" in 2002. Ford's new lawyer, Shaun McCrea of Eugene, will argue that the sentencing guidelines for "treason" were erroneously applied in her client's case.
Ford made a trip to China in October 2001 in the company of five other Portland men--mostly African-American converts to Islam. In China, he was denied entry to Pakistan, where he hoped to help at the Afghani refugee camps. After a month abroad, he returned to his home in Portland. One year later, federal agents nabbed Ford and the others who had traveled with him to China. Attorney General John Ashcroft called the group a "terrorist cell." It was never proven that Ford or the others had any connection to Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or any other terrorist organization. The case was expected to be a challenge to the Department of Justice's expanded spying powers under the Patriot Act but, like other "terrorist" cases around the country, it never came to trial.
Israeli troops were still inside Gaza despite a statement from the army that all had withdrawn. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for firing three rockets and said that since Gaza and the West Bank are a unit, it would not agree to a ceasefire unless Israeli military activity also ended in the occupied West Bank.
Since Israel's "disengagement" from Gaza in September 2005 until today, the estimates run between 10,000 and 13,000 heavy artillery shells have been fired into Gaza. On the Palestinian side, the estimates are approximately 1,300 crude Kassam missiles have been fired into Israel. Israeli human rights groups have described Gaza as "The World's Largest Prison Camp"
The poverty-stricken Palestinian population, in number roughly equal to the Israeli population, is in possession of less than 20% of the former Palestine. Israel's occupation is now in its 40th year. The US is providing decisive support for Israel to illegally annex valuable lands and the most important resources of the West Bank, while carrying out settlement and infrastructure projects that divide the shrinking Palestinian territories into unviable cantons, virtually separated from one another and from the receding corner of Jerusalem that will be left to Palestinians.
Despite the bitter cold, hundreds of thousands once again filled the massive Zocalo Square in the Mexican capital on Monday, November 20th. They were there to participate in the ceremony of the swearing in of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), of the left wing PRD, as the legitimate president of Mexico, in a clear act of rejection of the electoral fraud which robbed him of his victory in the July 2nd presidential elections.
This was the continuation of a protest movement which saw millions take to the streets for a period of three months and which culminated in a National Democratic Convention (CND) on September 16th where more than one million delegates decided not to recognise the official results of the presidential elections and to declare AMLO as the only legitimate president of the country. The crowd chanted slogans such as, "It is an honour to be with Obrador", "We can hear, we can see, we have a president", as Lopez Obrador received the presidential band from the hands of the veteran social fighter Rosario Ibarra de Piedra.
On October 28th a number of provocations took place on the barricades in Oaxaca, with members of the local police and thugs from the PRI (the party of state governor Ulises Ruiz) firing on APPO militants. Four people were killed, including New York Indymedia journalist Brad Will [Video] This was the prelude for the entry of the Army and Federal Police into Oaxaca on October 29th.
OAXACA: Portrait of a Barricade
Cinco Señores barricade, positioned in front of the university to protect the radio within it and the autonomy of the university, is the last major barricade in Oaxaca City known as the "Barricade of Victory" Despite repression, the "Barricade of Victory" remains, and today the barricade defenders and the university radio defenders were in a festive spirit preparing for the mega-march to retake the Zocalo from police possession tomorrow, practicing launching rocks with slings and slingshots. The barricade has also lacked direct backing from the APPO directive body, who say that the barricades no longer have a purpose.
Oaxaca: Illegal Detentions and Torture
November 24th, 2006 - CMI Chiapas writes: In a press conference given today by the APPO at 2pm at the encampment in Santo Domingo, spokespersons affirmed that they will continue implementing the plan of action as agreed upon with the Seventh MegaMarch which will leave from the Casa del Gobierno en Santa María Coyotepec tomorow, November 25th, 10am, heading towards the zócalo to surround the PFP and reiterate their principle demands. Additionlly, they made known the testimony of a witness to an attack on said barricade by thugs and paramilitaries that left 2 compañeros kidnapped and detained. These two cases of torture are not isolated...
On Friday, November 24, the busiest shopping day of the year (also called "Buy Nothing Day"), over a dozen members of Cascadia Forest Defenders and the UO's Forest Action held a protest rally at the Victoria's Secret store in the Valley River Center in Eugene, to call attention to Victoria's Secret's practice of mailing out over 1 million catalogs a day, amounting to 300 trees cut daily from the world's endangered forests, such as the Boreal forest of Canada and Siberia. Some of the protesters were scantily clad in lingerie, some held recycled cardboard chainsaws and cut-out trees, while others held signs saying "How many trees died for your panties?" "A million catalogs a day cut from old growth forests".. "Victoria's Dirty Secret: 300 trees a day sent to landfill for catalogs."
Due to a tip from the media, almost a dozen private security officers and one Eugene police officer were waiting at the Victoria's Secret store at noon to stop the legal protest before it happened. Reporter Josh Schlossberg from the Forest Voice newspaper, a publication of the Native Forest Council, who was present during the rally, was told by security to stop videotaping and was prevented from taking photographs, upon threat of removal from the mall. When Schlossberg asked security if this ban on taking photographs applied to every customer in the mall, security assured him it did.
Cascadia Forest Defenders and Forest Action regrouped on the sidewalk beside a busy intersection outside the Valley River Center in the pouring rain, with their cut-out chainsaws, signs, a banner ("American Hyper-consuming is killing us and the Earth's life support systems"), dressed in skimpy lingerie, and handing out 100% recycled postcards and flyers to passersby for the next hour.
Video and Reportback for Portland Fur Free Friday, 2006
November 24, 2006, in downtown Portland Oregon about 150 people took to the streets to bring attention to the gross cruelty involved in the fur industry. The protest was organized by the Portland chapter of In Defense of Animals, who this day celebrate a one year educational protest of Schumacher Furs. Beginning with a rally here at Schumacher Firs at 9th and SW Morrison, the gathering then toured various fur establishments or shops who sell items made with or adorned with animal fur.
Stops were made at Nicholas Ungar Firs, Sacs Fifth Avenue and Nordstroms, where Matt Rossell, of In Defense of Animals, spoke of the incredible cruelty and callousness involved in the raising, killing and skinning of these animals. In an interview before the march began, Matt said that this torture is, "all about fashion and vanity, and needs to end."
As the movement of teachers, students, workers and indigenous groups marked six months of continuous protest in the Mexican city of Oaxaca, violence again erupted in the streets on Nov. 20, the day Mexicans celebrated the 96th anniversary of their nation's 1910 revolution. Running battles between the Federal Preventative Police -- firing tear gas and activists armed with sticks, slingshots and fireworks -- resulted in dozens of injuries and arrests.
Protests began in May, when teachers went out on strike demanding a pay increase and books for students. Oaxaca's Gov. Ulises Ruiz ordered police to attack the teachers and their supporters. That confrontation galvanized the teachers, sparked a civil society uprising and the formation of The People's Popular Assembly of Oaxaca or APPO, which demanded the removal of Gov. Ruiz, who many accuse of winning office by stealing the 2004 state election.
At the end of October, Mexican President Vicente Fox sent 4,000 federal troops to Oaxaca to remove protesters from the colonial city's central plaza, after more than a dozen people -- including Brad Will, an independent U.S. journalist -- had been killed by gunmen, whom protesters identify as undercover government agents. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jonathan Treat, a journalist living in Oaxaca and coordinator of the Oaxaca Solidarity Network, who provides a brief history of the conflict and describes the current tense situation in the city.
November 17th is commemorated annually as the day of the student uprising against the military junta in Greece, in 1973. In the weeks leading to this year's demonstrations mass media had been creating an atmosphere of fear, in a concious attempt to limit the public's participation to them. Contrary to their efforts and predictions, the demonstrations in Athens and Thessaloniki were amongst the largest of their kind in recent years.
In Athens, even before the demonstration had started, tens of people were detained (80-100 are reported) in a fine example of the police's "pre-emptive detentions" tactic. However, the people at the head of the demo refused to start marching unless all the detainees were freed. The government's repression units launched an unprovoked attack against the block of Athens' Anti-Authoritarian Movement. They surrounded both the anarchist and the Anti-authtoritarian Movement blocks and attacked viciously. It is speculated that 46 people were detained at that point. Policemen shoot Flare Rocket at injured demonstrator --[video] -- |Witness Report from the Hilton block | Student severely beaten by undercover policemen, right after the 17N demonstration | photos of members of the of the Youth of the Sosial(democratic) Party, armed with bats and helmets, clashing with other demonstrators
The G20 meeting in Melbourne, Australia 17-18 November, [was] met with creative protests by local activists. G20 is a meeting of Finance Ministers of 20 important developed and developing nations, Reserve Bank Governors, the IMF and World Bank held every year. The G20 includes the Group of Seven industrial countries - the US, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Britain and Canada - plus Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and the European Union.
Police locked down parts of Melbourne city for the G20 Finance Ministers meeting at the Hyatt Hotel in the expectation of protests.
On Friday as delegates were arriving in Melbourne, businesses which profit from war or environmental destruction were targeted for disruption. On Saturday it was the G20 meeting resulting in street confrontation between protestors and police, including the damage of a police riot squad truck. Late Saturday night saw a police payback operation when about 100 police violently attacked festive G20 protestors.
When the "civilized" Europeans arrived on Turtle Island, among them were the Puritan Pilgrims, a christian sub-cult. The christians in Europe were busy inflicting religious persecution against each other, as well as being threatened with death by the ruling elites of the time. As more and more Europeans arrived, they needed more living room. Like all Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, the Wampanoag had no system of land ownership and property rights. Their world had no need of electric dams, pancake houses, real estate offices, or variable-rate mortgages. Following the dictates of their religions, the christians used various "cures" to eliminate the "defective savages". This allowed them to "buy and own" the land, and Indigenous Peoples became the "property" of the colonists.
Resisting the continuing theft of their lands by the judeo-christian "civilization", the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island became engaged in acts of terrorism. Some of these terrorists committed suicide missions to murder the "innocent" colonizers. They hated the European freedoms, and they were all cults of death. The Natives hated the freedoms and life-styles of the colonists and no longer greeted them as liberators, with red carpets, flowers, and hugs. Military actions against the natives had to continue because they were a terrorist threat to all of Europe. These terrorists were armed with bows, arrows, and other weapons of mass destruction.
The colonists claimed the right to act in self-defense and began a war of pre-emptive strikes to exterminate the terrorists and the societies that created them. If you were not with them, you were against them. The colonial government promised peace and protection to those Natives who accepted their "peace" terms, and then given the "choice" of alternative living arrangements. The colonists were beside themselves with glee because they had just given the gift of democracy to the Indians. Now, pass the Buffalo roast.
The 1969 Indian Occupation at Alcatraz | Langston Hughes' 1938 commentary | Fuck Thanksgiving and the Turkey It Flew In On Part I, Part II | William S. Burroughs reads Thanksgiving Prayer | Massacre at Wounded Knee, Images1, 2, 3 | Buffalo Field Campaign Giving Thanks from the Field
Today as I rode my bicycle thought the Lents neighborhood (an urban renewal neighborhood) I saw the usual sights. Neighbors helping each other clear storm drains, a mass movement of cars coming and going from I-205, and quite a few fellow cyclists. But at approximately 2:45 I rolled past SE 82nd and Foster rd. and saw three patrol cars surrounding the local squat.
Today something was different. As the Portland Development Commission or PDC continues their quest for urban renewal they have managed to attract new business to the area. These businesses are looking to benefit from the new light rail train that will run down I-205, the new farmers market, and of course the increased property value a lifeless commercial look brings. One of these interested businesses is Big 5 Sporting Goods. This week is Big 5's Grand Opening.
Tacoma's Step Toward Working WITH the HomelessI met a man today who taught me about a new program in our city. Tonight I know he is not out sleeping in the cold and rain. Tonight I know he has a place to call home. At home I looked for the program on the internet and was glad to learn about the Housing First Encampment Elimination Program. I didn't know it existed.
In September of this year, 1.3 million dollars was dedicated for the first year of the new project which involves both the City of Tacoma and social services. The city studied the problems associated with the homeless and determined that roughly 300 people lived in about 14 encampments. Members of Comprehensive Mental Health and Greater Lakes Mental Health's PATH outreach team try to encourage living in one of the encampments to accept a housing unit. These must have been the ones who approached the man I met on the bus.
Other than Fur Free Friday, are there any other events planned for Buy Nothing Day?
Responses: --potluck, bartering and solidarity--
Hugo Pinell Press Release:The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Board of Parole Hearing, for the 8th time, denied Hugo L,A. Pinell parole at a hearing held Tuesday, November 14, at supermax Pelican Bay State Prison, Crescent City. Apparently, 42 years in California prisons, the last 36 in solitary confinement, including 16 in the windowless, hi-tech SHU (Security Housing Unit) with sensory deprivation in the extreme, was not enough retribution against Hugo Pinell, nicknamed Yogi Bear. They gave him two more.
The Pacific Northwest Labor Delegation, consisting of 9 representatives from various unions from Portland and across Cascadia touched down in Caracas, Venezuela on the 10th of November. Their two week mission is to meet with other unionists in Venezuela and Colombia and share ideas and stories and build bridges.
Nada, who is one of the delegates, took a few minutes out of the busy schedule to do an interview with PDX IMC Radio to share experiences with those back home in Portland. It's a very lively and informative interview where Nada tries to bring some of the very real Caracas and Bogota of today to life.
Video and written report on the EZLN road blocks on every way into and out of San Cristobal, shutting most the city down as the 20 November celebrations of the 1910 revolution begin.
20-11-06_SC_Roadblocks - video/x-ms-wmv 7.2M
The Venezuelan National Assembly is calling for an explanation of what really happened on 9/11 on the suspicion that the US government may be behind the attacks. It calls on the U.S. Congress to "demand that the government of President Bush explain the self-inflicted attack on the World Trade Center and its victims, the supposed aircraft that crashed into the Pentagon and the links between the bin Laden family and the Bush family.''
The Bolivarian government must nationalise Sanitarios under workers' control.In their offensive against the Venezuelan people, the workers and President Chavez the capitalists are trying to strike a blow against the revolution. On November 14, the owner of Sanitarios Maracay announced the closure of the company. This situation is part of the continuous attempts of the boss to break the organisation of the workers and trample their rights over the past few years. The Bolivarian government, and President Chavez cannot allow this new sabotage of the country. Sanitarios Maracay must be nationalised under the control of the workers to allow the development in Venezuela of a socialist economy, democratically planned by the workers and the communities.
A young woman has been stripped of her rights and sent to a mental institution following an assault on her by an officer of the law.
Mary Tormey is twenty-six years old. In January of 2005, the car she was travelling in was stopped at a routine traffic stop. Mary's mother, Elaine, and Mary's live-in boyfriend of five years, Denver, were in the car, as well as another friend. Without provocation, Mary Tormey was brutally assaulted by the officer, Matt Hathaway. Parenthetically, Hathaway has a record of this sort of behavior, and has had at least six cases filed against him in court for this sort of rabid victimization.
Her mother Elaine, who is a Quaker, recently secured a lawyer to sue. Hathaway, who had been put on eighteen months paid administrative leave after the assault, had just been re-hired at a neighboring police department. Mary Tormey had just called that police department to plead with them not to hire him. "I'm one of his victims," she told him.
And then Mary's house in Coeur d Alene was busted. Mary was arrested for marijuana, and the gulag machine moved into action.
Interested in new ways to connect inspiring international social movements with the work going on in your community? Check out this new video featuring behind the scenes interviews and footage with Argentina's piquetero movements. The video is divided into short sections designed for use in workshops to spark conversation about the tactics, goals and strategies of your projects. And, it's free.
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