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19.04.2008 06:25
Journalists for Mumia Newspaper Released! Donations Urgently Needed!
Mumia Abu-Jamal I am excited to announce today's release of the Journalists for Mumia newspaper, "Abu-Jamal News," published as a special emergency edition responding to the Third Circuit's unjust ruling denying Mumia a new guilt-phase trial, and just in time for the April 19 mass-demonstration here in Philadelphia.

We urgently need funds to pay for these newspapers! The International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ) is strongly supporting this fundraising and Pam Africa (ICFFMAJ Coordinator) is personally making a special request urging supporters to help pay for this emergency issue of the newspaper by donating whatever they can. We need several hundred dollars to pay for the 10,000 newspapers, and we need this money within JUST ONE WEEK!

newspaper PDF | Abu-Jamal-News.com


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18.04.2008 15:22
Olympia Anarchist Bookfair Starts Today
Join us for the 1st annual Olympia Anarchist Bookfair!

We will be gathering from Friday, April 18th to Sunday, April 20th to share skills, give workshops, and to nurture the growth of our communities.

We welcome those interested in becoming self-reliant and developing healthy, radical, anti-authoritarian alternatives to the dominant social order. Those who are curious about or new to anarchism, or may not identify as anarchists but have similar goals are especially welcome. There will be limited housing available to travelers and lots of free food!

Friday, April 18th @ Eagles Hall 2:30pm-5:00pm

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17.04.2008 09:47
Perfectly Clear, Shining Example of Climate Change Danger - Here & Now
In the past several years there have been studies showing plants flowering as much as a month early, butterflies migrating weeks later than usual, changes in the timing and location of bird migrations, tropical frog extinctions, bears in Spain no longer hibernating because there is enough food to eat all winter, tree lines moving up mountainsides and up in latitude, the line of permafrost moving north, and others. But none of these are close enough or important enough to us, personally, to make us (Americans) concerned. These are all out on the fringe of our world and simply do not affect us.

But here is an example of how we actually are being affected and will continue to be affected by the changing climate. In 1949 the southeast had a rare weather event. An out-of-season tornado developed in early February, much earlier than normal. Well, this year southern Wisconsin had a rare weather event. An F-3 tornado developed January 7th for the first time - that early in the year - in the record books that go back over 120 years.

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16.04.2008 06:13
Free Acupuncture on May Day!
working class acupuncture Working Class Acupuncture is offering free acupuncture all day on May Day. We are a community-supported acupuncture clinic in NE Portland. Our mission is one of social change- specifically, to revolutionize the healthcare system by increasing accessibility to acupuncture.

Regularly, we are run on a sliding scale of $15-$35 a treatment. There is an extra $10 fee for the 1st visit to cover paperwork costs. You decide what to pay.

On May Day, our doors will be open from 8:30 am -7 pm, giving as much free acupuncture as we can. We still need you to make an appointment though (so we can make sure to have enough acupunks around), so call 503-335-9440.

Other Community Acupuncture Clinics in Oregon | Prema Clinic


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16.04.2008 06:08
ILWU Antiwar Shutdown of West Coast Ports on May Day is Blocked
The ILWU's planned antiwar West Coast work stoppage on international workers' rights day would have been one of the first such actions of its kind by a major American union since the Iraq war began. Plans for an unprecedented display of labor muscle on May 1 in support of the peace movement have been blocked for now, though it remains anybody's guess what might actually happen.

An estimated 25,000 longshore workers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) were planning to take part in a May Day antiwar shutdown of all West Coast ports, including the ports of Portland and Vancouver. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), charged with negotiating and administering maritime labor agreements with the ILWU, however, has nixed those dayshift May Day stop-work sessions.

maushard.net

comment: In summer of '01, Carlo Giulini was murdered in Genoa by carabinieri at G-8 Summit, & many many protesters were beaten half to death. Shortly after, an Italian ship docked at Port of Portland, & some of us set up a picket line outside the gates, & ILWU honored our line!


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16.04.2008 06:04
Eric McDavid Update - New Address and Sentencing Update
Dear friends, Sentencing has been re-scheduled for May 1st. When re-scheduling the date, Eric's lawyer attempted to set it for April 24, but was unable to do so because Judge England will be getting married next week. In lieu of wedding gifts, we're asking that folks make a small donation to Eric's commissary fund to help his transition to federal prison. When he moves to a federal facility, his commissary account will move with him. If he has money in his account when he arrives, he will be able to purchase the necessities - including money for phone calls to loved ones, vegan food, and writing material. If you would like to make a donation, you can send a check or money order to "Sacramento Defense Fund" at: SPS, PO Box 163126, Sacramento, CA 95816

Yesterday Eric was moved to a different floor. His new address is:

McDavid, Eric x-2972521 7E128
Sacramento County Main Jail
651 "I" St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

 http://www.supporteric.org

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14.04.2008 15:16
Exceptional OR/WA Recreation Fee Action Alert - deadline Wed April 16
Here's a exceptional Action Alert from Wild Wilderness. Timing is critical and I ask only a few moments of your valuable time. The time frame begins now and extends through this weekend and until Wednesday evening, April 16th.

Within the next few days PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Contact both of your Senators via either their easy-to-use online webform or the Washington DC phone number provided (details appear below)
  • Say that you support the "Fee Repeal and Expanded Access Act of 2007" and that you'd like the Senator to co-sponsor this important legislation.
  • That's all I'm asking of you, though please feel free to communicate whatever else you wish to add about your experiences with, and concerns about, the Rec-Fee program.
Thanks so very much for your help. It is not only appreciated -- it will have an impact. ~ Scott

Contact Information:

Read "The Fee Repeal and Expanded Access Act" (S 2438)

wildwilderness.org


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14.04.2008 15:10
Humboldt Forest Defense Action Camp and Skillshare 2008
MAXXAM on the way out? Preliminary announcement of the next Forest Defense Skillshare. We'll be rendezvousing in the Ancient Redwoods here in Humboldt. More details will be out shortly. Inviting old-timers and newcomers alike!

We'll be rendezvousing in the Ancient Redwoods here in Humboldt. More details will be out shortly. Stay tuned at our blog http://humboldtforestdefense.blogspot.com/

Join us May 2nd through May 9th to share and acquire skills for non-violent direct action focused on defending our forests!


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14.04.2008 15:07
Jeff "Free" Luers Transferred to Columbia River Correctional Institution
Dear Friends, We have just been informed that Jeff was transferred to a minimum security prison in Portland - the Columbia River Correctional Institution. We do not know if this will be his "final" destination or not as he serves his last 2 years, but for the time being, and most likely for a while, his address is:

Jeffrey Luers # 13797671
CRCI
9111 NE Sunderland Ave
Portland, OR 97211-1708

Hopefully letters and books sent to him at Coffee Creek will be forwarded to him, but if you get any mail returned to you, please resend it in a new envelope to his new address. And please write to him now so that he start receiving mail and letters of support right away as he gets settled at this new location

 http://freejeffluers.org/

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14.04.2008 15:03
Blackrose Collective Bookstore needs your support!
Your favorite radical, non-profit, all-volunteer collective bookstore needs your help!

Blackrose is an important part of the radical and anarchist communities in Portland. We're an infoshop, book and record store, radical meeting space, a resource for free clothes, and tons more. We're frequently the first place that travelers come for information. Our freecycle is a priceless resource to the low income people of North Portland, and we're an active opponent of gentrification on Mississippi Avenue.

Blackrose is in a bit of a financial crisis right now. We paid March rent a month late, and are currently unable to pay April rent. By the time we raise enough money to pay April, May will be right around the corner...

We strive to be a vibrant community resource, but the vibrant community resource business isn't too profitable. With no paid staff, all of the money we make goes to paying bills and improving our programs. Help us get back on solid ground! The turbulence we're facing is not insurmountable, and we could really use the community's help to get us back on our feet!


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13.04.2008 05:59
Reflections on the Cuban Revolution: An eyewitness presentation with Craig Rosebraugh
Che Gueverra As the global community awoke on February 19, 2008 to the news of Fidel Castro's resignation, U.S. politicians, along with Florida's Little Havana, were in celebration of the impending change.

Local author and activist, Craig Rosebraugh, was in Cuba during this historic changing of the guard. Come see his presentation and hear his reflections on the current state of life and politics in this unique Caribbean nation.

Thursday, April 17, 7:00pm
Flowform
5040 SE Milwaukie
(TriMet Bus #70 & 19)

This event is a benefit for Marie Mason.

 http://midwestgreenscare.org/
 http://www.craigrosebraugh.com

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13.04.2008 05:53
Anti-Sweatshop Campaign Calls on Oregon to Pass “Sweatfree” Bill
Salem, OR —Sweatfree Northwest hosted its official kick-off for the Oregon Sweatfree Campaign at 12noon on April 1, 2008, on the Capitol Steps in Salem. Union and faith leaders, human rights advocates, and students groups from Portland and Salem came to show their support of the statewide campaign. The Oregon Sweatfree Campaign will encourage Governor Kulongoski to pass an Executive Order for Sweatshop Free Purchasing for Oregon. This policy will ensure that tax money spent on purchasing uniforms for state departments will go to ethical suppliers that can ensure good working conditions at the point of assembly.

The Oregon Sweatfree Campaign kickoff was an excellent demonstration of Oregon values. "Oregon is known throughout the world as a leader in sustainability," said Arthur Stamoulis while addressing the group, "As a state that develops the programs and projects and policies that serve as models for others to follow. Clearly, the current global economy—which pits nation against nation and worker against worker in a race to the bottom—is not sustainable. By championing sweatfree purchasing, Oregon can continue its role as a leader in sustainable development."

For more information about Sweatfree Northwest news and events, visit sweatfree.org or call 503-236-7916.

Sweat Free Consortium Flyer


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13.04.2008 05:50
Action against I-69, Call for long-termers
Root Force [April 3] Its been a three weeks since clearing officially began for the NAFTA Superhighway, I-69. Trees have been felled in the first two miles (out of 142) of the route, and three out of the four homes (out of 400) which had already been seized by the Department of Transportation were demolished this week. Security is posted around the clearing sites, reflecting the state's fear of the wrath of local communities threatened by the road. And importantly, the Department of Transportation finished accepting bids for the construction of the first two miles today, April 2. So within the next weeks, the contracts for initial construction will be in place.

Meanwhile, in Bloomington and Evansville, and across Indiana, dedicated people are working to mobilize our communities to shut this road project down. The next big round of actions is already being planned for April and May, while community organizing is being stepped up to plug as many people as possible into resistance at this critical time.

We hope to see you soon in the forests and fields of southwest Indiana. Make sure you're here before they're all paved. In defense of the wild, Roadblock Earth First!

March 17th Callout |
stop I-69


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13.04.2008 05:42
GM Seeds Still Active in Soil 10 Years Later
A field planted with experimental oilseed rape a decade ago found transgenic specimens were still growing there despite intensive efforts over the years to remove the seeds, according to researchers in Sweden. This is the first time a genetically modified crop has endured so long and critics say it shows that genetically modified organisms cannot be contained once released.

"We should assume that GM organisms cannot be confined, and ask instead what will become of them when they escape."


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10.04.2008 15:30
Oaxacan Movie Showing at the Hollywood Theater Friday
In the summer of 2006, a broad-based, non-violent, popular uprising exploded in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Some compared it to the Paris Commune, while others called it the first Latin American revolution of the 21st century. But it was the people's use of the media that truly made history in Oaxaca.

A 90-minute documentary, A Little Bit of So Much Truth captures the
unprecedented media phenomenon that emerged when tens of thousands of school teachers, housewives, indigenous communities, health workers,
farmers and students took 14 radio stations and one TV station into
their own hands, using them to organize, mobilize and ultimately
defend their grassroots struggle for social, cultural and economic
justice.

Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad (A Little Bit of So Much Truth)
When: Friday April 11, 7-8:30pm
Where: Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd.)
Q & A with the filmmaker after the showing.

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10.04.2008 10:15
Women Media Activists Assassinated In Oaxaca
Can't Stop The Signal April 7th, 2008. Oaxaca, Mexico.

Two indigenous triqui women who worked at the community radio station La Voz que Rompe el Silencio (The Voice that Breaks the Silence), in the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala (Mixteca region), were shot and murdered while on their way to Oaxaca city to participate in the State Forum for the Defense of the Rights of the Peoples of Oaxaca. Three other people were injured.

According to the State Attorney General, the victims are Teresa Bautista Merino (24 years old) and Felícitas Martínez Sánchez (20 years old).

Francisco Vásquez Martínez (30 years old), his wife Cristina Martínez Flores (22 years old), and their son Jaciel Vásquez Martínez (three years old) were also injured in the attack.

According to prelimary reports, the women had left the station, which is part of the Network of Indigenous Community Radio Stations of the Southeast (Red de Radios Comunitarias Indígenas del Sureste), around 1:00 PM. They were travelling in a truck on their way to Oaxaca city, but were ambushed on the outskirts of the community Llano Juarez.

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09.04.2008 10:47
N. Portland Food Not Bombs!!!
Food Not Bombs to begin at Kenton Park on April 23rd.

North Portland is filled with Poor, Hungry and Homeless People (like much of Portland). Myself and a small group of people are starting a food not bombs to alleviate some of the hunger in North Portland. We are going to start out serving two times a month (depending on how well we are received we may prepare meals once a week). We invite everybody to come to Kenton Park at 5:3o PM on April 23rd. Our first meal will be Goulash, green beans and some kind of bread.

If you would like to help us out you are welcome to donate food, cash, or pots and pans. This is a community effort so feel free to get involved.

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09.04.2008 10:46
GM Seeds Still Active in Soil 10 Years Later
A field planted with experimental oilseed rape a decade ago found transgenic specimens were still growing there despite intensive efforts over the years to remove the seeds, according to researchers in Sweden. This is the first time a genetically modified crop has endured so long and critics say it shows that genetically modified organisms cannot be contained once released.

"This study confirms that GM crops are difficult to confine," said Professor Mark Westoby, a plant ecologist from Macquarie University in Australia. "We should assume that GM organisms cannot be confined, and ask instead what will become of them when they escape."

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08.04.2008 14:38
A Critical Look at the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) April 8th
As the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) turns fifeen, more-and-more people are recongizing its faults and demanding a change. Unfortunately, the NAFTA agenda continues to move forward in unanticipated ways. Most Americans, including many dedicated trade activists, have yet to take a critical look at the Security and Prosperity Partnersip (SPP), which is often referred in neighboring countries as "NAFTA-plus."

In this panel discussion, a team of experts from Mexico, Canada and the United States will dissect the economic and security arrangements being forged behind closed doors under the auspices of the SPP. These backroom deals cover everything from water privatization to energy policy; homeland security to public health; transportation to immigration -- all without any real consultation with Congressional branches or the general public. This is a topic that deserves our close attention.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008
7:00 pm

First Unitarian Church, Eliot Chapel
SW 12th and Salmon
Portland, OR

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08.04.2008 07:06
S.F. banner drop protesting Olympic Games & China's policies toward Tibet & Sudan
Golden Gate Bridge Protest - Free Tibet! [Ruckus Press Release]: Right now three activists, including one of our beloved Ruckutistas, are climbing up the suspension cables of the Golden Gate Bridge in an action to support Tibetan independence. San Francisco is the only city hosting the torch in the United States, and Students for a Free Tibet are responding. The message is clear and visionary: "One World, One Dream: Free Tibet"

Actions in Paris and London have already shown one of the ugly truths of standing up against injustuce - the bravery of nonviolence is met with the cowardice of violence. This is true in Tibet, where 180 people have been slaughtered since March in their attempts to send a message to the world through the layers of repression of Chinese rule.

The Tibetan dream of independence is our common dream, and we're asking you to do one thing if you are moved by the strength and perseverance of the Tibetan people and Tibetan-led Students for a Free Tibet: donate to support today's action and the actions to come.

Banner Hang photos: 1, 2

Statement from Students for a Free Tibet | more protests are planned Extinguish the Flames of Genocide in Darfur! | Guardian Commentary | Guardian Coverage of Paris Protests of Olympic Torch relay | UK Indymedia coverage of 4/4/08 protests | Free Tibet Prisoners - Callout for Independent Media in Tibet

www.ruckus.org


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