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This week the Schumacher Furs sale signs were affixed with labels reading, "last call," apparently signaling that the departure date is near (either that or they're using the old marketing technique of urgency to try to move their cruel product).
As of several weeks ago, officers are no longer stationed full time across the street from Schumacher. Make no mistake, they were not there continually over the past months because the protests actually warranted police presence, but to protect the city from Schumacher's threatened lawsuit in which they claim the police weren't doing their job. So, Schumacher has returned to the days of calling the police at every whim. And each time it has been affirmed that protesters are in fact not breaking the law.
Times are changing, the trend is toward increasing compassion, but Schumacher is a vanguard for the old, cruel ways. For more information about the brutal fur trade, see http://www.furisdead.com and http://www.furkills.org. Please join us each week as we protest the fur industry from 1p-5:30p each Saturday in front of Schumacher Furs, 811 SW Morrison. Hold a sign, pass out leaflets (much appreciated!), or just stop by and say hello.
Today the "Safety Lanyard Policy" at Franklin high school was put into effect. The policy stated that, "...all Franklin HS students will be required to wear safety identification lanyards with transparent sleeves for display of Franklin Student Body Cards." The student body cards feature student's full name, photograph, grade and identification number.
A week ago, I made a flier identifying the lanyards as a violation of privacy and an arbitrary rule. The school system is promoting mindless obedience by instituting a mandatory rule for vague and unclear reasons and forcing students to wear a lanyard and ID "for their own safety" is using fear to force students into obedience. I have the right not to follow rules without reasons and I have the right to withhold my personal information from anyone I choose. Please read more from my flier here.
According to sources interviewed by Black Box Voting, the women were offered plea bargains but declined, and their supervisors were never publicly required to account for the illegal manipulation of Cuyahoga County ballots during the 2004 recount of the presidential election.
Three Cuyahoga County elections workers were indicted; two (Kathleen Dreamer and Jacqui Maiden) were convicted today. The third, Rosie Grier, was acquitted. Neither Cuyahoga Elections Director Michael Vu nor Cuyahoga County Board of Elections chair Bob Bennett have publicly answered questions on this matter.
A runaway train is heading our way, threatening to steamroll nearly every acre of our public forests, and its name is "forest biomass extraction." The corrupted and/or misguided proponents of this most recent attempt by the timber industry to cheat Americans out of their forests, (the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, colluding politicians and even some environmental groups) insist that the only response to rejuvenative wildfire should be to aggressively "thin" out every acre of healthy, native forest they can lay their hands on.
As it is essential to stop our nation's dependence on fossil fuels, some elements of NON-forest biomass should be supported, such as the use of crop residues, manure biogas, solid wastes and landfill gas. But once a "forest biomass" plant is built—like an old-growth sawmill—it will be driven by an insatiable hunger to devour ever more of our forests. Shredding any of our remaining 5% of native forests for an insignificant energy source is NOT the answer.
Native Forest Council (www.forestcouncil.org), Cascadia's Ecosystem Advocates and allies are building a coalition of citizen groups, elected officials and other concerned individuals to stop "forest biomass extraction" in its tracks.Please take a moment to contact Governor Ted Kulongoski and Senator Ron Wyden and urge them to oppose any projects based on fire hysteria and industry's greenwashed energy production, as well as any other form of extraction from our life-giving public forests.
Friday morning February 2nd at 8:00 a.m. the Surge Protection Brigade will once again pay a visit to the recruitment center on NE Broadway and 13th.
We have successfully caused the recruiters to lock their doors by our mere presence for the last two Fridays. What took Seattle 2,500 people to accomplish (see http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/01/29/18353617.php), we did with 20 -30. But we always welcome more!! We return to the recruiting center yet again because we've sent too many of our young men and women to fight and die in an illegal, immoral occupation. Somebody has to stop the madness, and it looks like it's going to have to be us.
Please join us for all or part of the day. Come for your lunch hour or spend the day with the brigade, support the cause. Bring a sign or hold one of ours.
Over 70 people met at 5th and Hall this evening. As we speak, Chimpy is going forward with his escalation in Iraq. A second aircraft carrier battle group will arrive in the Persian Gulf in February. Please let our senators know we demand the non-escalation resolution to be passed. Der Monkey's saber-rattling is disturbing. End the occupation now. Throw the bum out! Impeachment is not off the table.
There are increasing indications that the Bush administration intends to take military action against Iran. There are also indications that the administration would support military action by Israel against Iran.
The undersigned organizations issue this Open Letter to All Members of Congress, the Administration and the U.S. Armed Forces to reiterate their affirmative duties to prevent military action and to refrain from ongoing threats to peace.
Such military action would be illegal, and any member of the administration, the military or Congress supporting such action would b aiding and abetting this violation.
You've seen the commercials: Drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) claims to have unlocked the secret to a mysterious "syndrome" that is "afflicting" many Americans. Dubbed "Restless leg syndrome," or RLS, this syndrome causes your legs to feel restless and irritable, as if they need to be stretched. It can interfere with your sleep at night, it can cause you discomfort and frustration, it can cause you to feel like you need to get up and move around. Lots of people have experienced these symptoms, and are probably jumping at the chance for relief. GSK says they have that relief, in a drug (recycled from use as a Parkinson's treatment) called Requip. But... Wait a minute.
Greek universities are paralyzed. More than half of faculties nation wide (Universities and Colleges) are occupied by the students who refuse the privatization of Greek education system .Every day General Assemblies are organized and new faculties are added to the list. At side of the students we find also the university lecturer, primary and secondary education teachers and several trade-unions.
In the center of this new social explosion is the government's will (with the explicit agreement of the party of opposition, the PASOK, Socialist Party) to revise Article 16 of the Greek Constitution. This article guarantees a high quality, free and especially public education for all Greek citizens. It declares without ambiguity that only the State can provide this service and that any private person is explicitly prohibited to do it in its place or in parallel.
Will be in front of Sen. Wyden's office on Thursday, Feb 1-2007 from 11:45AM to about 1:30 PM. I truly believe the dems have to be kicked in the ass every few days or they will take the easy way out of this mess called the Occupation of Iraq.
Almost everyday I hear some NeoCon or a supporter of the Bush madness say something like, "We have not been attacked since 9/11 and that shows that Bush is doing a good job." I have to take deep breaths and say calming things under my breath in order not to throw something. We have been attacked again and again but not by al Qaeda.
We have been attacked by our own government in every way you can imagine, in our homes---in our churches---in our privacy---in our souls. The Bush administration has tortured, murdered and caused the rest of the world to wonder what terrible mental disease has struck the United States of America. This new illness should be called "Mental Syphilis." The Bill of Rights is now just a piece of paper, and Bush likes to make paper planes out of a copy of the Constitution. Wars and more wars!
There will be an anti-recruitment/militarism action in Olympia on Feb 24th at 10:00 AM rather than 1:00 PM, as the previous post indicated. We will meet at Yauger Park on the West Side of Olympia. Yauger Park is pretty, so, to be more specific, we will be meeting at the North Eastern most corner of the park, right behind Safeway and the skatepark. From there, it is only a 1 minute walk to the recruiting center.
This is a decentralized event. Every independent act of promotion for this thing is more than welcomed, it is absolutely neccesary. Let's keep pushing it. Make sure you are there. We need to be in a state of revolt every day of our lives and actions such as these need to occur more often, independent of the umbrella-groups which have dominated the "movement" since the war began.
It was just learned that the military will not be using any other NW port and they are definitely coming through Olympia. This all makes sense now for the following reasons.
1) Those arrested for their action during the last Port of Olympia protest have their court date on a day when there is likely to be shipments coming in.
2) New ordinances were just passed in Olympia banning sitting on the sidewalk. Some of the language in the ordinances can apply to protesters.
All of this points to a very disturbing amount of cooperation and communcation between the military, our local government and the county court system.
My elected official told me that people don't have a desire for the "nightmare of impeachment." It is an emotional appeal but this has much substance as cotton candy.
The people support an impeachment process even though the Democrats do not. The polls showing support for impeachment have been trending upward. The most recent Zogby poll interviewed 1,200 U.S. adults from October 29 through November 2, 2006 and found that 53% agreed with the statement: "If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment." 42% disagreed, and 5% said they didn't know or declined to answer. The poll has a +/- 2.9% margin of error.
The people want the Congress to hold the President accountable. Among Democrats and Independent voters--over 65% favoring an impeachment investigation.
The popular social movement continues throughout the state of Oaxaca, even though many of its supporters have been forced underground, detained, disappeared and murdered. There are struggles over control of local town halls, over whether teachers supportive of the movement are allowed into their schools, and especially over the fate of political prisoners and others subject to human rights abuses.
Recently, a large collection of political art from an artists' collective in Oaxaca arrived in Portland. One of the artists described its significance as follows:
"In response to the lack of coverage of the social movement in Oaxaca by the mass media, young artists have taken to the streets. These young people have reclaimed urban art. In their works and on the walls in the cities, they portray the repression and the demands of the popular movement. Therein lies the value of their work as art and as a medium of communication. It is one of the strongest ways information is distributed concerning what has happened in Oaxaca."
Estacada Stand for Peace -- There were 25 to 30 people standing against the war in Estacada today from noon to one o'clock. Many of you already know that there is a very active group of citizens in Estacada who meet regularly and stand in front of the City Hall each Sunday, holding signs and flags declaring their concerns about the present political climate in Washington D.C. Their steadfastness is inspirational. Though there was not a lot of traffic out there today, what did pass our way honked and waved and encouraged the stand for Peace. There were a few people who pointedly displayed their disagreement, but they were in a distinct minority. [read more]
MidGorge protests Iraq War -- Over 40 persons braved cold winds to carry banners and signs demanding peace on January 27 onto the Hood River 2nd Street freeway overpass, in solidarity with the antiwar march and rally in Washington DC; the nonviolent demonstration was sponsored by Columbria River Fellowship for Peace. Another 25 persons, in The Dalles, in a demonstration called by Wasco County Citizens for Human Dignity, protested the war with signs and banners on the town's main freeway overpass, but after a time were ordered off by police claiming the demonstration was distracting drivers and dangerous. [read more]
Bend, OR Peace March & Rally -- Grey, overcast skies and chilly temperatures couldn't keep a determined group of about 200 Central Oregonians from attending a Peace March & Rally in Solidarity with the United For Peace event in Washington, D.C. Saturday. Warm spirits overcame cold feet as we marched to the beat of our Stop-the-Damned-War Drum Corps. The march started out with organizers energizing the crowd with lively, albeit brief tunes and an announcement that our well-attended event was but one of over 275 such protest events occurring across America and in at least six international locations. Negril, Jamaica? We were a bit jealous of their weather... [read more]
They will always be Boon and Doggle to me and to many other Portlanders. Who will remember names like "Jean" and "Walt" and what in the world makes these people particularly worthy of having a tram car named after them?
Jean Richardson was Oregon's first female engineering graduate - from Oregon State University in Corvallis. Walt Reynolds was the first black to graduate from the University of Oregon Medical School (now known as OHSU). At least Mr. Reynolds's claim is stronger but it seems pretty clear that these were politically-motivated and ultimately forgettable choices - Ms. Richardson because she was a woman engineer and Mr. Reynolds because he was a black graduate. What do these things have to do with the area? With transportation in Portland? With the tram itself?
The City of Portland's Peak Oil Task Force has released a draft report and is accepting public comments until February 12, 2007. The draft report, titled "Descending the Oil Peak: Navigating the Transition from Oil and Natural Gas," is available at http://www.portlandonline.com/osd/index.cfm?c=42894.
"The Task Force findings illustrate the enormous economic and social vulnerabilities and opportunities that could result as fuel supplies cease to be abundant and inexpensive," said Task Force Chair Bill Scott. "The magnitude of this issue led the Task Force to explore far-reaching solutions. Our lead recommendation is that Portland cut its oil and natural gas use in half over the next 25 years."
At least 1000 people took to the streets in Seattle WA. to oppose the Occupation of Iraq, first gathering at the Center for Social Justice on Union Avenue and then marching to the Langston Hughes Center, where Lt. Ehren Watada was to be the Keynote speaker.
Before the march a few speakers fired up the crowd. Especially memorable was a speech given by Eleanor Roosevelt, who rose from her place of rest to blast the Bush Administration. She was followed by brief statements by Veterans of the war in Iraq.
Along the way the crowd stopped off at the local military recruiters center, which was on the path of the march. They had been informed earlier in the morning that, due to an alleged break-in at the office the night before, they would not be allowed to protest at that location.
Washington, D.C. On a sunny day, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, with the temperatures in the high-40s, the National Mall, was filled with protesters against the Iraqi War. A Who's Who list of speakers against the ongoing evildoings of the Bush-Cheney Gang let their voices be heard by the spirited crowd. The massive demonstration's prime sponsor was the United for Peace & Justice organization. They set the main stage for the event on 3rd St., NW, between Madison and Jefferson Avenues, fronting towards the fabled Lincoln Memorial. After the speakers' part of the program was finished at 1 PM, a noisy, chant-filled march paraded in an easterly direction, about a block away from the U.S. Capitol, and then circled back to its starting point. Workshops and Teach-Ins are set for this Sunday by organizers, and a "Lobby Day" is slated for Monday, the 29th, on Capitol Hill.
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), was one of the four congressional leaders who spoke at the rally. He said: "Our government needs to get the message: Out of Iraq, immediately." Conyers is the new Chair of the House's Judiciary Committee. This is the committee which has jurisdiction over any possible impeachment proceedings. In a shot over President George W. Bush's bow, Conyers said that Bush likes to fire military advisors, who tell him he can't win the war, but "he can't fire you [the people]. He can't fire us [the Congress], but 'we can fire him.'" With that line a roar went up in the audience. The loud chant began: "Impeach Bush!"
It was a rare sunny, blue-sky January day in Olympia, suggesting that even Mother Nature wants an end to this illegal war and occupation in Iraq.
Well over 1,000 people turned out for this rally organized by the Veteran's for Peace, Rachel Corrie Chapter. People of all ages carried a wide range of signs and flags in solidarity with the DC anti-war protest.
The signs focused on the war and impeachment. One group had a banner that had tick marks for the 3,000 soldiers who were killed in Iraq. Another banner called on Bush to remember that Jesus stood for peace. A huge Bring Them Home sign captured the overall message of this gathering.
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