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A short 3 min a/v clip about the Tukwila Six Students and the one "student who was expelled" for anti-war protesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RkiHiR-JR8
The motion that passed our Seattle Education Association Representative Assembly on December 17, 2007:
WHEREAS the Seattle Education Association Representative Assembly is very concerned about the academic freedom and professional future of six fellow educators in the Tukwila School District and the students involved in the November 16th, 2007 anti-war walkout and protest of military recruiting on campus; and
WHEREAS 71 percent of the students of the Tukwila School District is eligible for free and reduced lunch, and military recruiters visit Foster High School frequently at lunch, be it
RESOLVED that the Seattle Education Association Representative Assembly expresses its solidarity with the six Tukwila teachers and with any and all affected students in any ongoing or related disciplinary proceedings, and commits to support the quick and just resolution of said proceedings.
Wednesday, December 19th at 9:00 a.m. - Final Deliberations by the Coos County Commissioners on the Oregon Gateway Marine Terminal for the LNG tanker ships application.
NOTICE OF PROTEST - We would like to have another strong showing at this next and last deliberation meeting when the Commissioners make their final decision. We need the room packed out. PLEASE EVERYONE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO BE THERE - AND BRING A FRIEND. The Meeting will take place at the Coos County Annex in the Planning Dept Meeting Room located at 290 N Central in Coquille.
Several months ago, an article was posted here about a road closure in Colton. Most of you have probably never been out there, but I'm fairly certain that you are familiar with official tactics when citizens begin asking questions. The road remains closed and now the man in charge has stopped responding to questions.
What is most interesting is that this road was closed after a mud slide. The slide occurred when the owner of the property clear cut his land. Does that sound familiar?
This is happening all over the Northwest. People who care nothing for the land and the soil, cut trees and walk off with their profits while the rest of us are left to deal with road closures and, more importantly, the loss of precious soils and forests. This damage has been done, but I am hoping that when the county gets emails from the people that they will understand that we are out here watching and we are not clueless.
Today, December 16, 2007, is the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, where American Colonists dumped tea into Boston Harbor to protest the passage of the Tea Act, "which allowed the East India Company to sell tea to the colonies directly and without 'payment of any customs or duties whatsoever' in Britain, instead paying the much lower American duty.""This tax break allowed the East India Company to sell tea for half the old price and cheaper than the price of tea in England, enabling them to undercut the prices offered by the colonial merchants and smugglers." (Wikipedia) Not so different from today, when government gives wealthy Corporations the rights of living, breathing human beings and puts their profit margins above the interests of the People.
For this reason the tea was dumped into the harbor. And for these same reasons members of Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72, and other supporters of the Constitution, dumped bags of compost symbolizing tea over the side of the Hawthorne bridge soon after reading aloud the U.S. Constitution and a list of current grievances.
Earlier in the week, people traveling between Portland and the coast on HWY 30 had a long, long detour. The highway was closed. People who live near Clatskanie were even more inconvenienced... they were evacuated from their homes, and watched helplessly as a tremendous landslide came crashing down from the mountains, surging away with their houses and cars, covering the surrounding valley in mud, boulders, trees, and debris. As the mud and water continued to surge across the highway, everyone wanted to know why.
If you go out past Clatskanie, to where the highway has been closed down, the answer to that question is painfully obvious. The mountainside above the mudslide was clear cut.
Those who live along this highway say they have seen this coming for some time. As they watched private "investors" and the US Forest Service strip the steep, once-forested hills down to bare mud, people out here openly talked about the possibility of watching their homes wash away in the next rains. But the US Forest Service turned a deaf ear. Long time residents report that they had been concerned for some time about the possibility of landslides resulting from the careless logging. "You only have to look," said one resident, who asked not to be identified. "These mountains have had forests on them for ten thousand years. And these guys come along, and strip them away. Look how steep these cuts are," she says, gesturing to the precipitous slopes. "This didn't come out of the blue. This is what happens when people just don't give a shit. All they want is to make a fast buck, and they don't care what they leave behind. This is what they leave behind."
Albertson's is the last major grocery chain in the NW still allowing the use of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone. Help Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering in making them
Tell Albertson's NO to rBGH!
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and all 25 EU countries have banned its use due to animal safety and human health concerns. The United Nations main food safety body, the Codex Alimentarius has twice decided that it could not endorse the use of rBGH as safe for human health. Many dairies and food retailers have discontinued their use of rBGH, including Starbucks, Dean Foods, Tillamook, Safeway and California Dairies Inc. due to the concerns expressed by their customers.
Portland, Oregon. A Multnomah County jury found five grandparents charged with "unlawfully and intentionally causing substantial inconvenience to the United States" not guilty of Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree on Thursday, December 13. Judge Richard Baldwin heard the case which stems from a silent vigil held by the Surge Protection Brigade, also know as the Seriously Pissed Off Grannies, on Good Friday, April 6, at the US Army and Marine recruiting center on NE Broadway. The jury began deliberations Thursday morning at 9:50 and deliberated for about a half an hour. After the decision, one of the jurors referred to the defendants as "heroes."
Picture on the left: Grannies, Grandpa and Attorneys, standing with the First Amendment.
Today, December 12, 2007, 200 people gathered at the offices of Northwest Natural Gas in downtown Portland Oregon to protest Liquefied Natural gas facilities proposed for the Columbia River Estuary by Energy speculators from Texas, New York and California.
The turn out was huge and the gathering was high spirited and well informed. Many were from the areas of Oregon which would be affected by the LNG facilities or the pipelines which would funnel the gas down to energy consumers in California. Farmers from Mollala and Gayles Creek, full time fishing guides, commercial fisherman, were just a few of the people who turned out to insist that this project be abandoned and to demand that Oregon Governor Kulongowski weigh in against this project.
The US military will have to think twice before it ever again tries to use Olympia, WA as a launching point for war.
For 13 unforgettable days in November, people in this small community engaged in a courageous and spirited campaign of resistance to the war in Iraq. Sixty-six arrests were made and untold numbers were assaulted by police during a campaign which made national and international news. Day after day, and night after night, people put their lives on hold and their bodies on the line to prevent movement of military equipment from the Port of Olympia to nearby Fort Lewis.
District Attorney Seth Stuart contends that the defendants intended to "substantially inconvenience" the US military by disrupting recruiting at the Broadway office. Defendant Clyde Chamberlain, a father and grandfather, said "I was not concerned with inconvenience to the US Military. I was concerned by the considerable inconvenience our government and military have caused to the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens who have lost their lives, and to our soldiers who have died fighting an illegal and immoral war."
The defendants pled "not guilty" to charges of criminal mischief in the third degree because they believe their actions constituted a symbolic act of political speech at a government office and resulted in no damage to the property. All three of the defendants heard today said that their intention was to send a political message to our country that "war is wrong." Sara Graham, a 67 year old grandmother, testified that the group wanted to make a statement on Good Friday because that is the day the government killed Jesus Christ, and through the war in Iraq our government is killing innocent civilians." The group carefully planned the event they called "Blood and Roses" to maximize the symbolic statement and minimize any damage. During the silent vigil the group placed fake "blood" made of corn syrup, dishwashing liquid, and red food coloring on the sidewalk and red handprints on the windows of the Army/Marine Recruiting office at 1371 NE Broadway. Ann Huntwork testified "we used red tempera paint to make the handprints because it washes off easily. Every mother knows that."
Naomi Klein, whose most recent book, "The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism" has become an international best-seller, spoke to an overflowing house in Portland Oregon on Friday, December 7, 2007.
She begins, "it's wonderful to be at the heart of Portland's legendary Progressive community; thank you for all the work you have done over the years in keeping up this fight. It is a revolutionary moment. There are moments when it feels less so, and Portland keeps on keeping' on, which we appreciate."
"We're going to be talking about disaster tonight, we're going to be talking about disaster capitalism, and it seems only appropriate for us to begin this discussion by thinking about these disasters unfolding in this region, in other parts of the country, around the world......Think about when we see these images, when a community is living through these disasters, what our initial human response is. ...."
The jury is picked and though it was long day, it was more fun and much more interesting than I thought it would be.
From a pool of 65, we had a full spectrum of viewpoints - three, maybe four pro-war people all the way to the woman who announced that she didn't really care what we did, if we were against the war, she couldn't vote 'guilty'
It was a remarkably diverse group, mostly well educated, anti-war, thoughtful and articulate. The final jury isn't the cream of the pool, but probably okay.
Tomorrow is opening arguements and state's witnesses -
---pretty damn tired, but a good day. Our lawyers give faith that the system might sometimes work.
See ya' in court tomorrow - Room 716
Energy speculators from Texas, New York and California want to use proposed LNG terminals in the Columbia River Estuary to send huge quantities of natural gas to California. Three LNG terminals are proposed in Oregon, and each project would import twice Oregon's total gas demand each day. NW Natural has become an active participant in this scheme by proposing to build the 220-mile long Palomar pipeline that would rip across Oregon from the key salmon habitats of the Columbia Estuary, across the family farms of the Willamette Valley, through the wildlife habitats of the Mt. Hood National Forest and over the Wild and Scenic Deschutes River - all this in order to send gas from the proposed LNG terminals on the Columbia River to a California-bound pipeline near Madras.
Please join a wonderfully diverse coalition of farmers, conservation groups, fisherman, global warming advocates, forestland owners, private property rights advocates, neighborhood activists and many others and take a stand against the largest fossil fuel import project planned for the Northwest in decades.
Rally for Oregon!
Wed. Dec. 12th @ 11:45 a.m.
NW Natural Gas's corporate headquarters -
220 NW Second Ave. Portland (2 blocks north of Burnside)
The federal Energy Department plans to dump more toxic waste at Hanford in 2008 - AND drastically delay Hanford Clean-Up by more than 20 years!
Drastic Delays Proposed for Hanford Cleanup in Tri-Party Agreement Negotiations! Join us in urging the Washington State Department of Ecology to reject additional concessions to the Department of Energy. In private negotiations the USDOE has proposed an additional 20 year delay in cleaning up the most polluted site in the Western Hemisphere!
You have a chance to make a huge difference of how Hanford will be cleaned up. The Tri-Party Agency's are hosting the State of the Site meetings and want to hear from you about the proposed changes to the cleanup agreement. The key managers of the U..S. Department of Energy, DOE Office of River Protection, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Washington State Department of Ecology, will be coming to Portland December 11th and Hood River December 12th to hear what you think about these proposed delays.
It often takes direct experience to better understand one's surroundings; whether it be a toddler's mastering of cause and effect, or for our purposes, realizing the Democratic Party's true nature. This latest life lesson has been taught to us by the Democrats themselves, who, public opinion cast aside, have continued to support the Iraq War, not to mention other collusions with the Republicans on many matters that represent "high crimes and misdemeanors".
Millions who had sincere illusions in the Democrats have been shocked at how rapidly the illusory divide between the two parties has disappeared, especially over the last few years. We must explain the common class interests shared by both parties so that working people can begin the process of building our own political alternative. Otherwise, the current situation of war, inequality, and racism will only continue to intensify.
Red handprints on the window - or - 1 million innocent Iraqis dead?
Just who are the criminals here??
The Grannies and one Grandpa will be in court on Monday, Dec. 10 starting at 8:30 am in the Multnomah County Courthouse, SW 4th & Salmon.
The trial, for our Good Friday 'Blood & Roses' action at the Military Recruiting Career Center, is expected to last 3 - 4 days. We do not know which courtroom yet, but the clerk on the first floor can direct you to the assigned room. If we find out the court #, we'll post it here.
Please come and support us in our continued struggle against the illegal and immoral Iraq war.
In a suprising turn of events, a Coos County's hearings officer recommended that the land use application for the Jordan Cove LNG terminal be rejected. She previously recommended that a second application for a different part of the project be approved. Her decision could mark a turning of the tide in the fight against LNG in Southern Oregon.
Public comment was skewed 10 to 1 in opposition to the project during hearings in September in Coquille. Citizens Against LNG, Umpqua Watersheds, Friends of Living Oregon Waters (FLOW), the Southern Oregon Pipeline Information Project, Oregon Shores, and Sierra Club all worked to persuade the hearings officer that the project was a threat to the public safety, economy, and environment of the Coos Bay Area.
Moyer Tower, bigger than Fox Tower and only a block away, is getting no due process from the Design Commission.
The Moyer Tower project was presented to the public from the get-go, not as a project proposal in process, but as a fait accompli. The message to the public: "This is a done deal. Stay away."
This proposed 35-story immensity, bulkier than Fox Tower and just a block away, has huge impacts and issues that deserve an honest process. One developer, who has already stamped a footprint upon midtown like no one else, wants to use dubious FAR-transfer stratagems to grab another four million cubic feet of midtown airspace. He, and a submissive Commission, want to do this with only a restricted and perfunctory affectation of a real due-process. His so-called land-use review is held as an afterthought, following a design review. That's doing the process backwards.
Mr. Moyer, there is a civic dimension to all of this that you ignore. You think you are so magnanimous for donating Block 5 to the city for a park, but we notice that you have built a profitable six-level parking lot under it, that you have tried to put a big upscale restaurant on the surface of it, and that now you want to steal the air space over it in order to erect another oppressive skyscraper next to it.
Next Land-use hearing: December 6,
Be there and protest!
1900 SW 4th, 1:30 PM
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Article 115 protects new forms of social and collective property.
Thousands of Venezuelans, many of them Chavez supporters, have bought the exaggerations and lies about Venezuela's Constitutional Reform that have been circulating across the country for months. Just a few weeks ago, however, the disinformation campaign ratcheted up various notches as opposition groups and anti-reform coalitions placed large ads in major Venezuelan papers.
Last week, after a barrage of illegal propaganda on the part of both the pro and anti reform camps, Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) began to crack down, following through with their promise to regulate the propaganda. Although published as an anonymous article, Lucena announced that according to the official tax number (RIF) published with the article, the advertisement was actually placed by the Cámara de Industriales del estado Carabobo (The Carabobo State Chamber of Industry).The CIEC is a 71 year-old organization, headquartered in the Carabobo state capital of Valencia, which groups together more than 250 businesses in the region. Among those are dozens of subsidiaries which compose literally a who's who list of some of the largest and most powerful US corporations, including (among others): Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Bridgestone Firestone, Goodyear, Alcoa, Shell, Pfizer, Dupont, Cargill, Coca-Cola, Kraft, Novartis, Unilever, Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, Colgate Palmolive, DHL and Owens Illinois.
It makes sense why US corporations based in Venezuela would be against the reform. Various articles, if applied, could potentially cut in on potential profits, such as the reform of article 301.
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