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10.12.2006 02:56
Lone Vet Report
This Thursday was a little different for me; I arrived for my weekly brunch with the Gorgon about 11:30 AM and stayed until about 1:30 PM. Gordon Smith was again a no show, I am getting the feeling he does not want to meet this old veteran--you think?

People who go to lunch during my protest are getting to recognize me and say hello, or just smile---a few laugh at my signs and one woman said, "Ponder, the SOB probably does not know what the word means." I got a few people who honked their horns today, that is unusual for downtown, not sure why, but it is rare. Most people read the sign, said they agreed with me, and kept walking, I am getting a little nervous because people are agreeing with me but continue on their routine. I thought I would be in hostile territory, but it seems like most people are fed up with this pretender in the WH and want change. I just hope the dems get off their asses and do something significant soon.

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10.12.2006 02:45
Fouad Kaady, we still remember you
Another month passes, as the wheels of justice roll agonizingly slowly, in the case of Fouad Kaady. The months will not pass unnoticed, however.

For those who are unfamiliar with Fouad's case, I have included some links below, although there are many more, should you want to do a search. The short version is as follows:

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10.12.2006 02:43
Rome - The aboriginal people mapuche they contest Benetton
The first escapes of shopping christmas, to the center of Rome, have had Wednesday 6 Decembers an unscheduled program. Two representatives of the aboriginal people mapuche, Rogelio Fermin and Dina Huincaleo, arrive to you from the Argentine, have contested the Italian multinational Benetton, with an action in front of the store of the company, to Public square of Spain. The photos are of Simona Granati.

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09.12.2006 00:58
The “Green Scare” One Year and Beyond: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Civil Rights Outreach Committee, 12/7/06 One year ago, a nationwide sweep of arrests revealed the FBI's "Operation Backfire," a vast investigation and persecution of environmental and animal advocacy. Today, in cities throughout the world, events will mark this anniversary with displays of unity and firm opposition to government repression, Operation Backfire and the broader "Green Scare."

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Related Articles: Cities Across the Globe Respond to "Green Scare" Prosecutions | Green Scare - Reflections in Green and Black

Saturday: Liberating Dissent - Portland anti-Green Scare Benefit and Event

Durban, South Africa: Action in Solidarity with Greescare indictees

In response to the call for a global day of action in solidarity with Greenscare indictees, people in Durban gathered outside the local U.S. Consulate at 303 West Street, right in the city centre. A banner reading "Durban Against the Greenscare" was raised and fliers with information on the case were handed out to those passing by.

A small contribution to the global day of action, to show them we're truly everywhere!

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Related Articles: green scare photos from athens


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09.12.2006 00:44
Rep. Cynthia McKinney Files Articles Of Impeachment
Outgoing lawmaker cites numerous abuses of the Constitution by President Bush

"With a heavy heart and in the deepest spirit of patriotism, I exercise my duty and responsibility to speak truthfully about what is before us. To shy away from this responsibility would be easier. But I have not been one to travel the easy road. I believe in this country, and in the power of our democracy. I feel the steely conviction of one who will not let the country I love descend into shame; for the fabric of our democracy is at stake."

"Mr. Speaker: Under the standards set by the United States Constitution, President Bush—along with Vice President Cheney, and Secretary of State Rice—should be subject to the process of impeachment, and I have filed H. Res. _ in the House of Representatives."

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Full Story from Guerrilla News Network || McKinney's Statement || Download Articles of Impeachment (H.R. 1106) || Inymedia Coverage of Impeachment Campaign || Related Article: BREAKING: Rep. McKinney Files Articles of Impeachment

Impeachment Protest at Pioneer Square

Impeachment Protest for Human Rights Day Pioneer Square: Intersection of Yamhill and Broadway. December 10, 2006,12:00 PM Portland,OR

World Can't Wait Portland is holding an Impeachment Protest on National Human Rights Day, December 10. The focus will be upon the legalization of torture, Military Commissions Act and impeachment.

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09.12.2006 00:24
Photos / Seoul - Stop FTA. 10,000 South Korean protesters stage an anti-FTA rally
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 (Seoul): Thousands of farmers and factory workers took to the streets of Seoul on Wednesday to protest against a free trade agreement (FTA) between South Korea and the US. Holding anti-FTA banners and chanting slogans, the protesters gathered as a fifth round of talks continued at the Big Sky Resort in the US state of Montana to discuss removing tariffs and other trade barriers.

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07.12.2006 23:52
FCC Writing New Rules on Video Franchising
What FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is proposing to do here is beyond the purview of the FCC, but he doesn't seem to care. The telecommunications corporations figure if they can get their servant Mr. Martin to initiate the rules changes they fought for but failed to acquire through the legislative process by FCC fiat, then they can let the challenges to this drag out in court for at least a couple of years, by which time all the damage will have been done and they will have effectively received what they wanted in the first place.

It is vital that they hear from people. Industry is attempting to go around Congress by having the FCC change the rules. Closing Date For Comments is WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13th, close of business.

WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?


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07.12.2006 23:44
EPA Closes Libraries, Destroys Documents
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun closing its nationwide network of scientific libraries, effectively preventing EPA scientists and the public from accessing vast amounts of data and information on issues from toxicology to pollution. Several libraries have already been dismantled, with their contents either destroyed or shipped to repositories where they are uncataloged and inaccessible.

Members of Congress have asked the EPA to cease and desist. Please call EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson at (202) 564-4700 and tell him that scientists and the public should retain access to this information. Urge him to immediately halt the dismantling of the library system until Congress approves the EPA budget and all materials are readily available online.

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07.12.2006 23:41
Stop Union Busting on the SF Waterfront!
For the past two months Bay Area maritime union members have been picketing daily in a struggle to maintain union wages and working conditions. Terry MacRae's Alcatraz Cruises (a subsidiary of Hornblower) refuses to hire IBU and MM&P members who have worked on the Alcatraz ferry since 1973. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union was born out of the 1934 San Francisco Maritime and General Strike. Since then, the ILWU has maintained good wages and working conditions on the entire Bay Area waterfront. The current assault by Hornblower is a direct attack at the heart of ILWU jurisdiction and demands a powerful response!

ILWU Local 10 voted to hold a port-wide stop-work meeting and port shutdown in solidarity with the IBU & MMP workers. This is call for all union members and their allies to join us for the march at 9:15 AM and on the picket line at 10 AM on December 9.

If you live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area - visit this page.


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06.12.2006 04:14
71 years old and Freezing Cold ...... Now Dead
Flowers For Anita My question is

"WHY ARE 71 YEAR OLD LADIES LIVING AND DIEING ON BUS BENCHES?"

Indy Readers think about this and what "you" can do to change the ugly side of this aspect. I don't care how fluffy the article in the paper was.....its fricken COLD OUTSIDE ...and any and all elderly ladies need to be -->warm<-- not..... frozen stiff on a sidewalk bench.

What the hell is wrong with society to watch this transpire over the last four years into this tragedy as we sit in our warm houses reading fluffy stories of desperation and despair?

A memorial is being held for Anita Floyd on Wednesday 12-6-06 at the bench she called home (SW 6th and Alder)

CatWoman adds: I met Anita some time back. I wrote this story about her three years ago, after some stupid little power-mad petty bureaucrat at Tullys 86'd her from the shop. I'm still mad about that. But I'm madder still that I have not been by her little bench for so long, and that I would not even have realized that she was gone if Joe had not reported it here.

Many of us had worried after her safety -- she often had bruises and black eyes, and sometimes broken bones, and I believed (and still believe) that she was being abused. She had stories about falling into doorknobs and tripping over cats once too often to suit me, but there seemed to be nothing I could do. Many of us tried, on many occasions, to help her with that, but she steadfastly refused to acknowledge that any domestic violence was going on, or to accept any help in that regard...

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related: [ Homelessness Special on Circle A Radio wed. nite at 6pm | Donations of Cold Weather Gear Needed | Tully's Discriminates against Homeless Woman


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06.12.2006 04:05
The Center of the Cancer
I often wonder why any nation would choose war over peace, seems like choosing between chaos and being more human than our parents. It would seem that war would be the exception. The fact that we are at war more often that at peace would indicate a serious flaw in our humanism or that which make us human...

You feed the poor, help the sick, visit the jails and smile at a person who asks you for help. When you help someone ask only that they repay you by helping the next person who may ask them for help. I always try to remember to say that when someone says thanks to me for some favor---it could cause a small revolution...

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06.12.2006 03:49
Congressman Commits to Work with Activists to Repeal AETA
On November 29th protesters rallied outside of Representative James McGovern's in protest of The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), which was signed into law on November 27th. Under the new law, animal rights activists face massive fines and jail time for being involved in nonviolent civil disobedience. In light of increased marginalization and repression of eco-activists by federal officials, all individuals concerned with loss of our civil liberties to need to ban together in protest of the AETA and act in solidarity with victims of the Greenscare.

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06.12.2006 03:32
Memes: men, boys & embroidery... stasis, momentum and whereto?

memomatic on e 28th & burnside ... and the end of the universe known as the FU Wash/Laundromat; men boys and embroidery

gibberish or signposts. these are physical specimens of flux.

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05.12.2006 03:41
Hugo Chavez Re-elected, “Down with imperialism.”

At 10 pm last night the CNE, the National Electoral Council, stated its first report of the presidential elections showing Hugo Chavez winning by a larger margin than ever before. With 78.31% of the votes counted the presidential incumbent Hugo Chávez obtained 5,936,141 votes, (61,35%), and Manuel Rosales 3,715,292 (38,39%).

Contrary to predictions, Venezuela´s Presidential elections proceeded with only a few minor hitches. The morning started early, around 3am, to the blaring of La Diana, a Chavista mobilization song, and repetitive explosive fireworks. The citizens began lining up as early as 3am and quickly large lines emerged. With a 16-million-people electoral register, the Venezuelans have 33,000 ballot tables at their disposal in over 11,000 polling stations all over the country. Caracas, in contrast to its normal chaotic traffic and loud street vendors, was quite calm and tranquil. There were few people driving and most business were closed, as most people were standing in line to vote.

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Venezuelan fiesta

Despite torrential downpours, thousands turned out to the Mira Flores to celebrate the victory of Hugo Chavez. At 10pm the CNE (the Venezuelan electoral body) announced that presidential candidate Hugo Chavez obtained 5 million 936 thousand 141 votes, (61,35%), and his opponent Manuel Rosales 3 million 715 thousands 292 (38,39%). Blaring music, wild dancing, and triumphant fire works lasted to 4am.

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04.12.2006 03:55
Venezuelans Ready to Vote

Caracas, Venezuela -- This capital city awoke at 3 am at the "toque de diana" or reveille, exhorting all Venezuelans to get out to vote. In between the highly amplified sound of horns played by jubilant citizens, hundreds of loud firecrackers ensured that no one could miss this crucial moment in Venezuelan history. Saturday night was peaceful by all accounts, leading many here to wonder what election day would bring.

There are suggestions that Manuel Rosales (the opposition candidate and governor of the oil-rich state of Zulia) will go back to Zulia and declare it an independent state. Meanwhile, there are increased reports of Marines and US Navy activity in the island-nations of Curazao and Trinidad & Tobago, where the US has military bases. There is a remote possibility that if the Venezulan army was called in to Zulia to secure the oil fields and facilities, the US military could become involved.

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Venezuela, country awoken.

To the sound of the reveille and fireworks exploding throughout the city, one awakes and responds, connecting to the media, their community media, and with their neighbors and friends. In the air one can feel a sense of happiness, as the triumphant day, much awaited, finally arrives.

The dense clouds seem lighter. A near full moon can be seen setting towards the west. The freshness of the nearby mountain, Avila, caresses the body, a coolness after the rest interrupted. The blood is felt oxygenating the body.

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related: [ Chavez Reelected President of Venezuela: 61.4% of Vote | The Propaganda War over Venezuela (in film .. free online) | Venezuela wakes up to Election Day: Rojo Rojito o Rosalito? | HOV Blog on Venezuelan elections | Crying wolf. Elections in Venezuela today. | Community Radio Turns Activist: Venezuela Radio Stations Challenge threat of Fraud | Video of Chavez rally ]


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04.12.2006 03:48
Portland City Council Passes Resolution to Bring Troops Home
A "standing room only" crowd witnessed moving testimony from more than 50 people who made the case for the resolution. Those testifying included military families, veterans and Iraqi-Americans, labor and faith group leaders, youth and students and those who work on health care, education, housing, homelessness, environmental justice and other human needs issues. The presenters made a strong case for the many local impacts of the war on the Portland community and why we need to speak up as a city for peace.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this campaign--those who signed the petition, gathered signatures, volunteered, spread the word and showed up for the hearing. This was truly a group effort and it showed!

Portland has spoken: now we have to make sure our federal officials act on behalf of our wishes to bring the troops home from Iraq and to change our policies to reflect Portland's priorities.

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04.12.2006 03:43
Landmarks Commission 3 - Kurisu Corporation 0
After an initial denial by the Bureau Of Development Services (BDS),Justin Fallon Dollard, in which the Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) agreed with BDS's denial, and asked by HLC to come back with revised plans that address the numerous concerns of BDS staff,the HLC and Boise community members.At the 2nd HLC public meeting, the Kurisu Corporation did not get there plans in early enough for the Commission to review them, and they were given another chance, at a 3rd hearing,which just happened, and once again Holst & the Kurisu corporation did not get their development plans in on time. This time the commissioners suggested because of major development alterations that the developers do another presentation to the neighborhood.

THe Kurisu Corporation will be doing a public presentation of their newly designed, proposed 4 story development, which will sit on what was a community park, just north of the corner of N.Shaver & Mississippi.

1. An Information Session on the Kurisu's City Garden Development- Revised Design on Tuesday, December 5 from 6-7pm at AYOS.

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04.12.2006 03:35
Derrick Jensen: The Lost Star Wars Script
I went to see Star Wars when I was in high school, which seems about the right time to see it. I liked it a lot. I wasn't one of those people who saw it a hundred times or anything. I wasn't that much of a nerd. Besides, I was too busy playing Dungeons and Dragons. I saw it again recently. It's not so good as I remember. In fact it's pretty bad. The characters are flat, the dialog hokey, the acting nondescript. But I still loved the ending, where Luke remembers to "use the force" to blow up the Death Star. For those of you who may have forgotten, the Death Star (according to the official Star Wars website) "was the code name of an unspeakably powerful and horrific weapon developed by the Empire. The immense space station carried a weapon capable of destroying entire planets. The Death Star was to be an instrument of terror, meant to cow treasonous worlds with the threat of annihilation. While the massive station is evidence of the evil that was the Galactic Empire, it was also proof of the New Order's greatest weakness-the belief that technology and terror were superior to the will of oppressed beings fighting for freedom." That's all pretty interesting stuff, and of course applicable to the discussion at hand: civilization as Death Star.

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04.12.2006 03:25
Support The Portland Alliance at our 25th Anniversary Party!
The Portland Alliance is celebrating 25 years of publishing with an evening of food, music, reminiscences and a sharp jab at the local mainstream press. A silent auction will be offering a number of fascinating items, including a hand-made quilted wall-hanging and other crafts and art. Attendees will enjoy a spaghetti dinner, music by General Strike and a special musical roast of the mainstream press by Melinda Pittman (founder of the Fallen Angel Choir and BroadArts Productions) and her partner Joe Rastetter. Past Alliance editors will be on hand to share stories about the newspaper.

"The Portland Alliance is a rare creature in the media world," states editor Dave Mazza. "At a time when the mainstream press - even some weeklies that call themselves 'alternative' - is more and more beholden to corporate advertisers, the Alliance has stayed true to the idea of a press unfettered by corporate influence. We rely on the support of the local community - individuals and local businesses - to keep us going."

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04.12.2006 01:23
"Portland's Living Room" taken over by outdoor shopping mall
As my child and I wandered through downtown today, we decided to take a detour through Pioneer Square to look at the Christmas tree there. Yeh, I don't know why either. But something about this time of the year makes me nostalgic for those kinds of things. But you know what? We couldn't even get near it. The entire square is currently under occupation. Rude and imposing chain link fences surrounded the square, hung with tarps and plastic. The obligatory white, plastic tents squatted over the whole affair, hiding something within. All around the perimeter, plastic signs blazoned with corporate logos -- mostly advertisements for Clear Channel stations -- hung imploringly from the chain link fences. Only the top of the tree was visible, poking up through the middle of it all.

As our public spaces shrink and every available surface becomes an ad campaign, I am left to wonder what price we are really paying for the endless "progress" being experienced by businesses in downtown Portland.


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