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Olympia's Constitution in Crisis: The Case for Impeachment drew over 800 people, almost filling the Washington Center on Tuesday, February 20, 2007.
Elizabeth de la Vega, David Lindorff and Ray McGovern made compelling arguments about the need to impeach Bush/Cheney. Each stressed that impeachment is necessary to restore the Constitution. While the list of impeachable offenses is long, de la Vega pointed out that incompetence was not what the framers of the Constitution had in mind. They also poked holes in the various "arguments" given by Democrats. Unlike the Clinton impeachment, de la Vega stated, the violations of law by Bush/Cheney are serious abuses of power and impeachment was intended to remedy those abuses. All agreed that the evidence was overwhelming and that the impeachment process would be swift. They rejected the belief that impeachment would harm the Democrats. Lindorff noted that the Democrats would be harmed by not taking action, especially if the Republicans decide to take the lead on impeaching Bush/Cheney. McGovern asked that if lying to get us into war, illegal wiretaps, dismissing the basic protections granted in the Bill of Rights and creating a unitary executive through signing statements are not impeachable, than what is?Olympia Town Meeting: The Video
Ralph Nader was in Portland on February 13, 2007, appearing at the Baghdad Theater to speak about his new book, "17 Traditions." "I've never written a book like this before, and I want to explain why I wrote it, in addition to being a love story, for my mom and dad and my sisters and brother.
"I wrote it because...if you are looking for active citizens to help you make a better country or community, after a while you run out of exhortations and you ask yourself, 'how do we get more active citizens?'"
"Sometimes you have a demonstration, you have a march, people come and they connect, or somebody has a tragedy and forms something like Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. Or they might come out of the Universities, perchance, having some sort of mission, whether in science, engineering, politics, economics, organizing, whatever. But it's never enough, there are never enough active citizens."
About 6 of us stood outside with signs and flags, while 5 went inside. Read about it below.
Vancouver was busting its image today for the Iraq War as Gen. Peter Pace came to speak at Hudson's Bay High School. Under sunny skies about 6 of us stood below the school at the corner of Mill Plain and Reserve. We were told we could not be on school property, so we were delegated to the "Free Speech Zone." I tested it by walking into the driveway about 50' and got to see fellow citizens walk or drive inside. I cannot fathom their interest or support.
I went back to the group at the corner during the speech. I knew there were some of us going inside. Sure enough! Mike E. was the first to stand up and unfurl his sign, shortly after Pace began. He had to listen to our military mayor say he thanks God every day that our country has the "strongest military in the world." YUK! Mike said he stood about 45 seconds before being told by police he had to leave and not come back. Then Danny and his mother came walking down as they had done the same thing. Police checked their ID. Then Angie and Joy came out. Angie's rolled-up sign was stuck in her sweater sleeve and she and Joy jiggled around to get it out! They stood and were told to leave and not come back.
over 50 people braved the rain and cold tonight to call out Bush's failed policy in Iraq.
Even Bush's lapdog Tony Blair announced that Great Britain is bringing the soldiers home. We must keep the heat on all of our elected representatives. Here in Oregon, we must include Greg Walden as a cheerleader for the failed Bush policy's. Did you see his vote last week on the non-surge resolution? He also voted for the war in 2003. He does not represent Oregon anymore than Gordon Smith does when it comes to the Iraq occupation policy.
In May, 2006 Ernie Wisner, a member of the Cob Cottage Co. and caretaker of the North American Retreat Center for Natural Building in Coquille, Oregon, rode his bike to Portland to participate in the Village Building Convergence. While Ernie worked on the Arleta Triangle Project, a car lost control within the intersection of SE 72nd & Woodstock, accelerated into the triangle, and crushed Ernie's lower right leg against the backside of the cob bench he was building. He has since had numerous major surgeries, the cost of which long ago exceeded the automobile insurance funds. To help defray expenses, Friends of Ernie Wisner are sponsoring a benefit for Ernie.
A black-and-white flyer is attached with more details. We're also looking for volunteers to help welcome people, manage auction items and food service, and help with setup and cleanup. Donations can also be made at any branch of Washington Mutual, to the Ernie Wisner Benefit Fund.
Over 125 neighbors, business people and allied partners in the effort to find an alternative to the proposed big box store on NE 82nd and Siskiyou rallied together on Saturday, February 17 to show their solidarity to preserving neighborhood livability. Rally attendees brought along their children, dogs, fellow neighbors and friends, showing the strong community ties of the neighborhood's diverse population. Numerous students from nearby Madison High School were also present, showing their concern over such a large development across from their school.
Citing anxiety about increased traffic, safety of nearby students at schools, and economic damage to local shopping districts, the rally gathered at Glenhaven Park to hear neighborhood leaders speak about the Big Box permit application process and the status of the current proposal. Leaders also pumped up the crowd and vowed to find a positive solution for finding a win-win solution for both the land owner and the neighborhood.
Last Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, an overflow crowd was gathered at the Portland pPublic School Board meeting in part to express frustration and provide testimonials against a fast track corporate-produced textbook adoption that is being proposed system-wide at a cost of over $4 million.
Three education advocates spoke with me before the public testimony about their reasons for being there. They were there to urge Superintendent Vicki Phillips and the board to listen to the teachers and pay attention to what's already working in the schools as opposed to attempting a "quick-fix" through dumbed-down, homogenized, and previously digested text.
We had a great showing of about 30+ people, made up of PPRC, Code Pink, Surge Protection Brigade, the Surging Grannies, and other groups in the peace movement that I am not fully versed on! It seemed like two groups of people entered by the driveway area where we all were making a helluva lot of noise, and neither group seemed larger than about 12-15 people...
The protest was mentioned by one of the facilitators when Smith was trying to avoid a question on Iraq. The question asked the Senators what "actions" they would take to end the war. The person asking the questions said he was tired of "talk". The reporter clearly made Smith address the defunding issue. The reporter clearly stated why the protesters outside the TV studio had the message to: "Defund the War".
Wyden and Smith did not give clear answers on any future actions they will take...
A staff committee has recommended that the current I-5 bridge that crosses the Columbia River between Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA, be replaced with a much larger bridge. If approved, this will significantly increase traffic pressures in both cities. Since a decision is going to be made soon, now is the time for community groups to make their voices heard.
In the last few weeks, the staff working on the Columbia River Crossing project have put forward three options (described at the following website: http://www.columbiarivercrossing.org/staffRecommendation.aspx
1) No Build Option.
2) A bridge with 10 or 12 lanes, with two of those lanes dedicated to bus transit
3) A bridge with 10 or 12 lanes, with two of those lanes dedicated to light rail transit.
The current I-5 bridge has 6 lanes. Therefore, the viable options being advanced by the staff (options 2 and 3) represent a doubling of the number of lanes over the Columbia River. This proposal poses a significant threat to the residents of North/Northeast Portland
Washington State Senator Eric Oemig will be speaking at the town hall meeting -- Constitution in Crisis: The Case for Impeachment -- February 20th, in Olympia. Elizabeth de la Vega, David Lindorff and Ray McGovern are the featured speakers.
Events: book signing, petition signing, and open mic
Where: Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington SE, Olympia, WA
When: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Free! Free! Free!
Impeachment is On the Table In Washington
On February 14th, over 100 people crowded into Senate hearing 2 to witness Washington State Senator Eric Oemig place impeachment on the table. This joint memorial (SJM 8016) Requesting an impeachment investigation into actions by President Bush and Vice President Cheney, was co-sponsored by Senators Fairley, Fraser, Kauffman, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Prentice, Regala, and Spanel.
This memorial petitions Congress to conduct an investigation of the president and the vice president. The bill lists a number of serious allegations, including using deceptive information about the war, deliberately misrepresenting the severity of the threat from Iraq to take us into war, conducting electronic surveillance of Americans without any warrant, and stripping Americans of their constitutional rights solely on the discretion of the President.
related: [ Oemig to introduce bill on impeachment in Washington | Washington State Senator - putting impeachment on the table! | Why Removing Bush and Cheney Matters | Impeachment by the People | The people want impeachment! ]
Monday, February 19th 6 PM
Corner of SW Jefferson and 15th at KGW
Both Oregon Senators will be in town on Monday night for a live televised "Ask you Senator" event at KGW. This is an invitation only town hall type meeting but apparently no one from the peace community was invited.
We don't think it's right that the Seantors are unwilling to have a discussion with their constituents unless they were invited and their questions vetted. Several of us peace activists have been talking about greeting the Senators and the audience guests outside the KGW studios.
My day of protest was put off until Friday because I had my grandkids come over for the day on Thursday. Friday was interesting for me because I attended two protests, one with Chapter 72 and then later with "DeFund the War" at Gordon Smith's fortress. I went over to the Federal Building because I want Sen. Wyden to know we are watching what the dems are doing.
The reaction from security at the Fed building was almost comical, one protester with a sign that said Enough!!! on one side and Freedom!!! on the other caused so much movement of security people that I had to laugh. I spent most of my time across the street with Chapter 72 and the Ladies in Black----wonderful group. At 1:15 headed down to my date to support people who were going to do an action at or in Gordon Smith's office. I met some friends who have been to some of the same protests as I have attended. I also met new and noble humans who are also trying to stop this madness, called the occupation of Iraq. I should explain something here, I am not a member of any group here in Portland, I call myself the lone vet because I go where I think I am needed; so what I am about to say is my own opinion.
At the Boise Neighborhood Association Special Topic Forum Concerning Land Use that was held on Saturday morning, February 10, several city officials spoke about the impending 4-story condominium developments that are planned for Mississippi Avenue. According to Jeff Joslin of the Portland Bureau of Development Services, the new developments will constitute 20-25% of the entire block face. Currently, there are no condominiums and no buildings over 2 stories. Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of this month.
There has been an ongoing conflict between some of the community members and three of the big money developers poised to begin building on Mississippi Avenue (Mississippi Avenue Lofts (MAL), Kirusu International Headquarter/Garden, and the Mississippi Chateau). The dispute concerns city code title 17 that requires new developments in high pedestrian corridors, such as ours, to provide a 12 foot sidewalk. In order to make room for expanding the already-existing sidewalk to 12 feet, the Portland Department of Transportation (PDOT) requires new developments to set back new buildings two feet from the current property line.
In May 2006, hundreds of US Army combat vehicles called Strykers rolled through the streets of our town and into our port for shipment to the war in Iraq. It wasn't the first time convoys of military equipment had been shipped to the war through the Port of Olympia, but never before did the cargo present such an immediate and visually graphic connection with that war.
Over the objections of many in the community, the military had resumed its use of the Port in 2004 after a 17-year hiatus. And although, by May 2006, community members had spent two years actively opposing military shipments through a variety of avenues, there was never a plan for how to respond or intervene as the shipments actually occurred.
So it wasn't until May 24, 2006, on Day Four of this military shipment, with nearly all its cargo already parked safely inside the Port fence, that a coordinated act of civil disobedience brought the convoy to a temporary halt. As a caravan of Strykers rounded the first curve at the southern end of Marine Drive, escorted by the Olympia Police Department, a dozen people stepped into the road and dozens more stood along the roadside providing a supportive presence and witness.
Walmart is setting there sights on property just north of Vancouver,WA.
There are already three Walmarts in Vancouver. In my opinion, that's three to many. The sight is located off of 134th street just east of I-205. That's just 3 miles or so north of an existing walmart that is located off of Highway 99. It seems that the nieghborhood isn't in favor of a walmart being built here but the corporations money may trump the desire of people who live here. Hopefully it doesn't get built. Boycott Walmart and let them know they are not welcome here. I'm trying to do a paper on this but without a bias. If anyone has any leads or suggestions, I would like to hear them.
Iran getting military equipment from the Pentagon surplus store Wake up and smell the scam by the Axis of Evil So I read on a Forbes website thanks to Alex Ansary website passing along the information which clearly points out that the Defense Department (surplus auction sales) is providing military equipment and delivering to Iran, some was stopped - some made it.
So let me get this straight, fighter jet parts and sensitive USA military equipment that was seized as it was heading to Iran is coming from our own axis of evil ... .The Pentagon
Does that mean we will attack ourselves for arming Iran? ... ..
An independent publishing project of the Singlethorn Collective, How to Smash Everything: an anarchist sourcebook is a fact-filled guide to the ins and outs of contemporary anarchist organizing, compiled and written by veterans of the anti-globalization and anarchist movements. How to Smash Everything: an anarchist sourcebook is being distributed in PDF format for free; download it, read it, print it out, share it, spread it, whatever. Just get the ideas out there and put them to use.
In a meeting on Wednesday, February 14 with the retired workers of the IVSS (Instituto Venezolano de los Seguros Sociales - Venezuelan Institute of Social Security), in the Venezuela room of the Circulo Militar, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez declared (quoting Marx) that "the workers cannot be turned into the slaves of work, into the slaves of capital. Capital must be subordinated to the workers." Reflecting upon this Chavez ordered a review of the 8-hour day, as well as saying that the working day should be reduced to allow the workers time for education. "I ask for the full support of the working class and of the genuinely revolutionary trade unions... I call upon the working class to once and for all play its rightful role in this revolution."
Claude Marks, co-producer and founder of The Freedom Archives will be showing his film "Legacy of Torture" in Portland on Sunday, February 18th, 3 pm at New Born Tribe Community Center, 3525 NE MLK (at Fremont) in Portland. Featured also are Floyd Cruse, former Minister of Information of the Portland Chapter of the Black Panther Party, and Kent Ford, former Portland Panther and father of Patrice Lumumba Ford.
"Legacy of Torture" was produced in 2006 by The Freedom Archives to document torture used in the interrogation of members of the Black Panther Party in 1973. Five Party members were subpoenaed in 2005 to testify in front of a federal grand jury, and were jailed when they refused to cooperate. In January of this year, these five men plus three others were seized and charged with murder. They are currently being held on bond ranging from 3-5 million dollars.
Free the Panther 8!
Donations will be accepted for legal defense funds. Presented by Portland Indymedia and The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights
Video of February 2007 rally by the Portland Oromo Community association against brutal, tyrannical and ruthless Minority led government of the Ethiopian Empire.
Meles Zenawi, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, under the banner of "fighting the Islam extremists" in Somalia went to hunt the Oromo people in daylight and committed mass murder. These are Oromo refugees who have lived in Somalia to escape the atrocity of successive oppressive Ethiopian regimes, beginning over 30 years ago with the communist Dergue, to the current regime of Meles Zenawi . The situations in the Horn of Africa, including the condition of Oromo refugees in Somalia, with the gross human right violations in Oromia are now worse than ever.
The Portland Oromo community had a rally in February 2007 to inform the Portland community of the plight of the Oromo people. There will be a live broadcast on 2/17/07 on channel 22 at 7:00 pm to discuss these issues in greater detail. This show is being produced by the Independent Black Producers Organization of Portland Oregon, and the Portland Oromo Community Association wishes to thank them for all their hard work in helping us get our message out to the general public.
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