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Lawyer's for imprisoned vBlogger, Josh Wolf, and the federal prosecutor filed separate motions to release Wolf from coercive custody before U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero, on Monday, fueling speculation that the 24 year old journalist will be freed as soon as today. Though Wolf's representatives are still under a gag order imposed by the magistrate at at the beginning of mediation last month, another clear indication of progress came when Wolf released his unedited video on his blog site this morning.
The unedited video was the target of the federal grand jury subpoena that caused him to be held at the federal holding facility, in Dublin CA, now at 226 days, a record amount of time for any coercive action against a journalist in the United States history.
Many are aware that a Russian news agency reported the opinion of a general, that the US would attack Iran on Good Friday (April 6th). It doesn't seem like a bad estimation. A check of GOP talking points and associated commentators uncovers a coordinated effort to demonize Iran, and to call for an air strike.
Meanwhile Iran has reported that two US jet bombers penetrated their airspace. The incursion is unlikely to be a "whoopsie," and is more likely a run to calibrate and target anti-radar (HARM) missiles so that the slower and more radar-reflective US bombers can strike at will, without interference from radar-targeted antiaircraft missiles. The Iranians are, of course, aware of this tactic, and are not taking the bait.
The city of Tacoma has a Citizen Review Panel created for oversight of the Tacoma Police Department. Come to the meeting on Monday April [2nd @ 5:30pm] and you can file complaints about police brutality, illegal acts, and other issues you observed at the Port of Tacoma protests.
Let's continue to pressure Tacoma to refuse to allow the military to use our port to export immoral and illegal war and occupation. We have various avenues to express dissent and outrage; let's use them all!
In addition, you can file a citizen complaint against Tacoma at this website: http://www.ci.tacoma.wa.us/cotcomplaints/
Directions to Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St):
Below is Jeff's latest Dispatch from prison and also a nice blog post about Jeff from Alan Bisbort and a link to a new song a supporter sent us about Jeff.
Millions Threatened by Climate Change
Earlier this year the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in their strongest language yet, attributed the earth's current climate change to human activity. While a few skeptics, including conservative media, continue to deny global warming as cooked-up liberal science, most educated and rational people are increasingly concerned about the steps being taken to halt climate change. With the US government refusing to take any action, people have cause for concern. Our country needs radical change and it needs it now. We do not have the luxury of time. Acting to limit climate change now could prevent future wars because in a few decades time war will not be fought for oil, it will be fought for water. We must respond like the lives of hundreds of millions of people depend on our actions, because they very likely do. ~Jeffrey Free Luers
We don't have any updates at this point yet about his re-sentencing, but we greatly appreciate the amazing support and donations we have been receiving over the past few weeks. Although we are well on our way to being able to afford good legal representation for Jeff, donations are still very much needed
Making campaign stops in Washington on March 30th, Dennis Kucinich spoke out against global warming and global warring. He said our disconnection from the physical world caused both. We fail to see the interconnectedness of all living beings, so we do not take care of the earth. Our cultural belief that war is inevitable has created more war; it has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Chuckle Nuts continues to push for a never ending occupation.Write your representative and urge them to bring all the armed forces home now.Impeach now!
Close to 50 people assembled at 5th and Hall on Wednesday evening to remind people that the Crawford Cowboy is still in denial.Throw the bums out.Bring all the occupation forces home now.
The Sea Shepherds antarctic cruise ended in victory over the Japanese factory whaling fleet. Operation Leviathan ended with the fire-damaged Nissan Maru limping back to Japan(she just got back days ago!) and the Sea Shepherds ships Farley Mowat and Robert Hunter sailing in triumph to Australia.
The mission began in high drama as Japanese bureaucrats forced Belize to pull the Farley Mowat's registration hours after they cleared harbor. This meant they were legally PIRATES-just like us at WSQT, not registered to any government. This meant any nations navy could legally sink the Farley Mowat and capture or kill everyone on board! The Sea Shepherds refused to back down... To evade Japanese ocean surveillance satellites, the Sea Shepherds sailed into the antarctic ice pack, where satellites could not detect their wakes...and engaged the Nisshin Maru and her fleet of killer ships. One of these rammed the Robert Hunter but did little damage. At the height of the battle, the Sea Shepherds closed in on the Nisshin Maru and nailed her blood drains shut with nail guns and steel plates. They also heaved aboard 6 1 liter bottles of sinking, rancid-smelling butyric acid!
We want George W. Bush impeached. We want Dick Cheney impeached. We want every person responsible for the policies and actions of this rogue administration detained, under oath and answering for their crimes.
Please copy this letter and send it to your friends and have them send it to their friends and all of us send thousands of copies of this letter to every member of the senate and congress.
Here is where to send it: http://hagel.senate.gov/
How many Dora's must we kill? A song, a cry, shallow graves... Sing it.
My Dora, In Maquiladora
I adora my dora
Who disappeared from maquiladora.
Have you seen my dora?
I was born in America, but I don't know where I am now.
The attached poem I wrote while I was in jail for christmas and New Years. I was in jail, because I refused to pay for a dent they put in their police car with my head while I was hancuffed. I was assualted by a bouncer because of mistaken Identity. Then beaten up and mugged by Portland Police. they stole $50 out of my wallet, Choked and beat me up while hancuffed. After never being read my rights and being denied a call to a lawer and a request for a for a breathalizer test so I could prove I wasn't drunk. I was put in an isolation cell where I sat Bleeding and in extreme pain from a badly sprained ankle do to a boot from a cop until 11:30am The next morning so they could get there story straight.
Another poem by Shane Carroll : "Injustice" - a poem about Lukus Glen who was murdered by Tigard police right down the street from my moms house.
Three Anti-War Visitors Arrested in Gordon Smith Eugene Office
three protesters, identified as Carol Melia, Karla Cohen, and Michael Wiliams, were arrested in Smith's office for quietly sounding a pitch pipe and clicking two sticks, known as "clives, every four minutes to mark another death in Iraq.
In Eugene, Smith's office is on public property. There is no "trespass" in Oregon on any public property including federal property, basically, unless you are committing another crime, or the whole of the public is barred for established reason (such as a closed court proceeding). The three were taken from the building about 2:30 PM, about two and half hours before the building closes to the public. They were cited on highly suspect charge of "failing to comply with lawfull direction." Whatever statute this charge is based on, it probably doesn't pass Oregon constitution's protects for free speech. [read more]
Meeting with Senator Smith, No Assurance on ending War
Constituents of Smith receive much more respect from police than they do from the Senator
PLEASE HELP US. ON APRIL THE 10TH AT 12 NOON, CIVIL RESISTERS AND SUPPORTERS WILL BE AT SEN. SMITHS OFFICE TO ASK THAT HE DEFUND THE IRAQ WAR. HIS OFFICE IS AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. 121 SW Salmon Street, Suite 1250
Peacemakers Arrested at Sen. Smiths Office on Thursday | www.defundthewar
Today, March 30, 2007, members of the Portland Community opposing the war in Iraq protested the military recruiters office on NE Broadway. When I arrived there were about 20 people present and three elders in rocking chairs blocked the doorways, refusing entry at one point to an 18 years old who had an appointment inside.
The young man was affable and not at all enraged or indignant about being refused admittance, though the same could not be said for Officer Schaffer who verbally engaged the protesters for several minutes before pushing elders aside to gain entry both in and out of the offices... I think the total was five arrests, maybe six. This, as with the Defund the War campaign at the offices of Sen. Gordon Smith, is an ongoing presence for Peace in Portland Oregon. We can all do something!
We arrived at the Broadway recruitment office at 11:00 this morning and Bonnie Tinker was already in her rocker by the front door. People of all ages stood on the sidewalk holding various signs demanding an end to the war and an end to funding the death it brings. Kay introduced herself and told me that she was holding the very same sign she held protesting the war in Viet Nam over 30 years ago. "War is not healthy for children or other living things." Colonel Ann Wright spoke and gave us all courage with her strong support. She then sat down in Bonnie's rocker, and while she was resting, the recruiter, who was trapped inside put his arm band up to the window behind her in some sort of macho display of his manhood, pointing to his "rank" insignia. A few of us demanded that he salute his superior officer, but the Colonel soon put a stop to all the fuss, saying to let him be.
We'll be here until they're gone. Every Saturday, 1:15p-5:30p 811 SW Morrison, downtown Portland
Come pass out fliers (much appreciated), hold a sign, let Portland fur hags know that animal abuse is not acceptable here. Schumacher Furs says they're closing shop (we're waiting...) because of protests; we say they're closing shop because people are finally realizing that brutalizing animals for their fur is cruel and don't want to support it (and for those holdouts who buy fur despite the cruelty, social pressure is making the Cruella DeVille look less desirable).
And if protesting fur is not your preference, join the circus protest this weekend! Elephants, tigers and other wild animals are forced to spend their lives traveling the country in cramped boxcars and trucks, and made to perform tricks using forceful, painful, and fear-producing training methods (ever heard of the bullhook?). In the wild, elephants roam 50 miles per day with their herd, and suffer great depression and frustration with the confinement and forced separation that circuses impose. See www.circuses.com to watch video and learn more about the circus industry.
Whatever you do, please help make Portland a cruelty-free city. Stand up for animals and be a voice for the voiceless.
Please Oppose Hocus Pocus in the Legislature! Speak out for Oregon cougars now! Please attend legislative hearing at the Oregon State Capitol [Tuesday April 10th]. Consider testifying against proposed slaughter of cougars.
In 1994, Oregon voters approved Measure 18 which prohibited the cruel and unsportsmanlike practice of hound hunting of cougars & bears and baiting of bears. In April 2006, the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission rolled back this voter approved-initiative by adopting a plan that allows government agents to kill cougars statewide over the next few years to reach an arbitrary cougar population level. Now, cougars are in more danger than ever before. The Oregon Legislature is considering H.B. 2971, which would permit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to deputize sport hunters as their "agents" to do the killing under the Cougar Management Plan, which would involve chasing cougars with hounds, essentially rolling back the voter approved ban.
TAKE ACTION: Please grab a friend and attend the HB 2971 Hearing! You don't even have to speak. In all honesty, we just need bodies at the hearing, wearing a "Voters Have Spoken" button, which will be provided. Your presence is every bit as important as testifying, so please consider making the special trip to Salem to make a silent (but powerful) statement... for the cougars.
Please call or email your Oregon state representative and urge him or her to oppose H.B. 2971 when it comes up for consideration. To identify your state representative, please visit: www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/
Circus in town this weekend. Let's get on it.
Hello friendlies, We just found out about some jerky types coming to town next weekend and we're trying (along with Herbivore and IDA) to get as many folks as we can together to help with an outreach event. The circus is coming to town and most otherwise compassionate and caring folks don't know about the abuses going on. Basically, we want to let people know that those lions and elephants don't want to jump through flaming hoops and aren't being treated well. We'd like to get a ton of you folks out there with us to hand out information to circus-goers. This is going to be a family friendly educational outreach event, not one of your more marchy, chanty, sign hoisting type affairs. Bring the kids! We want to show that Portland doesn't want cruelty as entertainment and the more of us that show up to demonstrate that, the less likely the circus will be back next year.
The Surge Protection Brigade will close down the recruitment center at NE Broadway in Portland for the ninth time on Friday, March 30th at 11:00 a.m. The Brigade will be joined by Col. Ann Wright (ret.), a 29 year Army veteran and diplomat who resigned in opposition to the invasion of Iraq, and local members of Iraq Veterans Against the War. On Friday Col. Ann Wright (ret.) and local members of Iraq Veterans Against the War will be joining the Surge Protection Brigade in shutting down the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in NE Portland.
Col. Wright explains why she will be joining the action on Friday, "Portland's Surge Protection Brigade represents tens of thousands of critical grassroots organizations all over the country that want the war ended now! Members of Congress tell us everyday that they could not have gotten timetables for withdrawal into their bills without the people of America telling them what we want. But now we have to tell them that 18 more months of war is too much! 1800 Americans will die in the next 18 months and 54,000 Iraqis. We must keep the pressure on to stop the war now, not 18 months, not 12 months from now, but now!!!"
If you are finally ready to stand up against this war, and seeing our brothers and sisters snatched up by the insatiable war machine, come to the Recruiting Center on Friday at 11:00am!!
Paris, wednesday. Since 16 am heavy riots in one of the big stations, gar du nord. Young people attack police with everything possible. Smash windows of shops and banks.
Even soldiers seem to be involved.
The riot started after security personal and police had arrested a young immigrant in a train. Seems they had broken at least his arm. He had no ticket.
Soon about 300 people arrived at the station to free him. They were called by friends with mobile phones. They started a massive attack on about 50 riot cops.
The riots are still on. The number of rioters is still growing.
I just receive an automated telemarketing call asking me to warn Oregon Sen Gordon Smith (why only Smith? Wyden is at least as sleazy...) AGAINST support of "net neutrality" beacuse according to the telemarketing speaker "net neutrality" would mean that "consumers would bear the cost of enhancements and expansions to internet" ...
... and ABSENT net neutrality, according to the telemarketing, "big corporations like yahoo and Comcast" would bear these costs.
Receiver of call is than asked to press "1" (I think it was) to leave what they said was to be a personal voice message to Smith saying that you DON'T WANT NET NEUTRALITY because NET NEUTRALITY means only "higher costs to consumer" without consumer benefit.
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