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In remembrance of countless beings who have and continue to live, suffer, and die in labs throughout the world.
In recognition of our commitment to- and solidarity with those who suffer - You are invited to a very special candle light vigil this Sunday at an undisclosed location.
- Meet 5pm Sunday at Red & Black Cafe 400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR
- Bring $5 for public transportation
- Wear comfortable walking shoes
- Dress warm enough to be out for several hours
- Bring a few candles :-)
Please plan to come out and voice our opposition to the continuing, failed disgrace that is animal testing!
Roger Troen, a long time animal activist in the Portland area, died April 23. He will be missed.
Roger Troen put the 'active' in activist. He never gave up, he never stopped believing that we would make a difference and bring about change for the animals. His voice was always heard above everyone else at protests, no one would ever call him the 'strong, silent type'. He had something to say and he wanted to make sure he was heard. Goodbye, Roger. You gave your all to the animals who you so loved and protected.
In a town where animal cruelty is the claim to fame, a couple of students stand up with (gasp)sidewalk chalk! The College Rodeo is this weekend and, in a town where rodeos are the biggest thing happening, its difficult but more necessary than ever for a couple people to stand up for the animals.
Two students went out in the middle of the night (Sunday April 20th) to simply lay the truth out... on the sidewalk... with chalk. These students were once members of the Animal Rights Club but had recently resigned due to disagreements with the president over MULTIPLE issues. These students covered the sidewalks on campus with text including "Animal Cruelty is not Entertainment", "The Rodeo is not a Sport", "Don't Support Animal Cruelty" in addition to others.
The following day both students received phone calls from the police, saying that they had been informed that these students were involved in "grafitti" on campus and that they'd heard that these students have been involved in animal rights protests before. The students told the police that they were, in fact, responsible for the display and that this was MUCH less harmful that what is done to animals in the rodeo.
The following day the attached article came out in the campus paper.... more animal rights "grafitti" showed up on the sidewalks early this morning in addition to some phrases about FREEDOM OF SPEECH
The police are looking for these unruly anarchists.
Sunday 4/20/2008: An incendiary device was left under a Staples delivery truck in Garden Grove, CA.
We did this due to Staples continued support of Huntingdon Life Sciences (the notorious animal murder and torture laboratories). Unmarked Staples trucks have been spotted making deliveries to the HLS lab in the UK. Trying to sneak in with unmarked vans... shame on you Staples executives. Now you have to think about this, do you, as a company with stores and warehouses filled with paper, want to take a stand against those of us who are notorious for bringing fire???
DO THIS: Cut your ties with HLS... -ALF"
APRIL 25: HAPPY 17th BIRTHDAY, YOUR HOLINESS!! April 25th is the Birthday of a little boy kidnapped by the Chinese government...perhaps a nice birthday present for him would be your signature on this petition...
Tibet's stolen child is Gedhun Choekyi Nyima; the boy recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as inherently and potentially one of Tibet's most important religious and cultural persons. He is known as the Panchen Lama and is one of the young victims of China's brutal repression of the Tibetan people.
Determined to control religion in Tibet, the Chinese authorities kidnapped this young boy and his family in 1995 just days after he was recognized as the Panchen Lama. He is growing up under house arrest. Despite repeated appeals to gain access to him, no international agency or human rights organization has been granted contact with the young Panchen Lama or His family.
But the story is not over...
Marie Mason was arrested and charged with ELF activities in Michigan dating back almost a decade. As many of you already know Marie has since been released on an unsecured bond and has been under house arrest for over a month now awaiting trial. While house arrest is no where near as bad as incarceration it still has its own bag of stresses and hardships. We are encouraging folks to continue to send Marie letters of support. House arrest does not have any silly jail rules like what type of ink or paper you use so get creative. Letters, Photos, Art, videos, collages, vegan baked goods and vegan recipes are all welcome. Email letters of support are also welcome and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be forwarded to Marie.
We want to be clear though Marie's needs and isolation in this respect are not as pressing as some of the other Green Scare prisoners who are currently incarcerated. If you are only able to write just one letter, we at Got Your back encourage you to send it to one of the following people below.
Briana Waters - www.supportbriana.org
Eric McDavid - www.supporteric.org
Sadie and Exile - email@example.com
Tre Arrow - www.trearrow.org
Tre has been locked up almost four years awaiting trial, Both Briana and Eric are locked down awaiting sentencing and Sadie and Exile are serving 7+ years for Green Scare related actions.
updates are being posted at www.midwestgreenscare.org
The Portland Animal Defense League(Pdx-A.D.L.) & The Sea Lion Protection Collective organize a demo/rally/protest in Portland, Oregon at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Office located at 911 N.E. 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97232. The group is concerned about the proposed Killing of Sea Lions by the Government. Killing protected Sea Lions will not save the salmon. Stopping excessive fishing, removing dams, and better policies will.
April 23rd, 2008
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office
911 NE 11th Ave Portland, OR 97232
Andrew Flood is an active anarchist organizer and writer, with twenty years experience in Ireland, most of that time as a member of the Workers Solidarity Movement. More recently, he has been become a member of the Northeast Federation of Anarchist Communists and is a founder member of Common Cause, Ontario
His publishing record includes well over one hundred articles, translated into over nine languages, chapters published in three books, and articles in seven English language anti-authoritarian magazines and newspapers.
As well as numerous events in Ireland he has been the speaker at meetings in Britain, Italy, Canada, the Czech Republic and the USA and attended conferences in the Netherlands, France, Spain and Mexico. The tour is sponsored by Class Action Alliance, a new organization being built in Washington and Oregon which identifies with the specific international anarchist traditions recognizing four main tenets of anarchist organization. The core of these traditions are the need for anarchist political organizations that seek to develop theoretical unity, tactical unity, collective action and discipline, and federalism. We are loosely based on the Anarkismo editorial statement
[Portland:] Saturday, May 3rd at 3pm,
[Eugene:] Sunday, May 4th at 7pm
Vegans For Animal Advocacy is Hosting a SHAC7 Movie Benefit @ 5th Avenue Cinema! Come watch "Behind the Mask" from Uncaged Films, its a documentary on the ALF. Donate some cash for SHAC7 and even register for the Let Live NW Animal Rights Convention!!
What: "Behind the Mask"
When: Friday 04/25 Doors Open @ 7:00 with Movie starting at 7:30 (72min long...)
Where: 5th Avenue Cinema How Much: Suggested Donation of 3-5$ (Come on you know you want to donate!!)
Bring your own snacks, although there may be some provided!
Also, We are happy to be part of the Let Live NW Animal Rights Conference coming to PSU this Summer! If you would like to register your spot we will be able to do that at the movie :)
[Reposted from www.directaction.info] anonymous communique: "04-21-08
We, the masked avengers of the Animal Liberation Front released around 40 Blue Iris mink from the breeding stock at Jefferson Fur Farm, 1477 SE Talbot Road, Jefferson, OR. Breeding records containing genetic history were also permanently destroyed. It will be a hard road ahead for these mink and their offspring, but with our help they now have a chance at survival. These animals are not capitalist commodities to be bought and sold for fashion or vanity, but unique individuals deserving of liberation from human exploitation. Even if some of the mink do not make it we feel it is better to die free, then at the hands of their speciesist captors.
To the Posches, owners of Jefferson Fur Farm: Consider this your first warning. Tear down this death camp and let the mink live free. If you don't we will be back to finish the job.
[7min] Video of an interview with Capise Speaker on Ominous Situation in Chiapas. Mexican government paramilitaries are intensifying their activity, Mexican special forces units surround the Zapatista autonomous councils, and the low-intensity conflict is threatening to escalate further.
Also read Gloria MuĂ±oz Ramirez's book (released in the USA in 2008 with an updated last chapter), and listen to the interview with her on Radio Zapatista (broadcasting from occupied Aztlan)
It is time to prepare!
Inform yourself, start an affinity group, LIVE ZAPATISMO in your community, go down to Chiapas and help setting up vital infrastructure projects or be a human rights observer, boycott commercial tourism to Mexico, look to see what projects/investments/etc. of the Mexican "malgobierno" exist in your area...
Related: Movement for Justice in the Barrio
While I didn't make it to the shows, or talks, I had a wonderful time at the olympia anarchist bookfair this past weekend. The atmosphere was the most laid-back and anti-capitalist I've yet witnessed at an anarchist bookfair; while many tables were selling things, there was a 'pay-what-you-can' book distro, plenty of donation-only tables, and several tables dedicated solely to free materials. Most of the workshops seemed well-attended, and there was an excellent turn-out on Saturday despite the small and un-adorned venue. (In fact, my biggest critique is simply that there was no external markings to indicate that one had found the right place.) Despite the late-april heavy snowfall on the drive up, and the hail and cold, it seems as though everyone had a pretty good time. I wish, of course, that the weather had been a bit more accommodating and a bit less apocalyptic, but that can hardly be blamed on the organizers (despite those famed Washington State anarchist witches and wizards.)
I picked up some interesting books and zines, met plenty of interesting people, and sure hope there is a sequel next year. It's wonderful for anarchists to get together for something other than a protest... building our own culture is every bit as important as facilitating the fall of the mainstream culture.
The Philadelphia Inquirer announced today that the three remaining MOVE 9 women (Debbie Sims Africa, Janet Hollaway Africa and Janine Phillips Africa) were denied parole by the PA Parole Board. The Inquirer quotes parole board spokesperson Leo Dunn as saying that parole had been denied because the three MOVE prisoners had "minimized or denied the 'nature and circumstances' of the offense, 'refused to accept responsibility' and lacked remorse. He said the fourth reason for the rejections was the 'negative recommendation' by the prosecutor."
Tuesday, Apr 22nd, :00 PM - 08:00 PM
Rm 296 Smith Student Union
The SPP: The North American Corporate Coup'de'tat
(organized by North American Solidarity, Students for Unity)
A teach-in followed by a strategy/organizing meeting in opposition to the anti-democratic and fascist North American Leaders Summit in New Orleans, which is the fourth meeting of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. Be there if you want to learn about this overwhelmingly quiet organization that is directing our future.
"BRING THE WAR HOME!"
-Theme of the 1969 Days of Rage
This series on Revolutionaries takes place each Tuesday night for ten weeks. This is the 3rd class. This week we will learn about and discuss the SDS and the Weather Underground. Cathan Zerzan will share her memories & experience of organizing with Eugene SDS.
Please help us demonstrate from April 23rd to 25th against the OHSU Primate Research Center in Hillsboro, where there are over 4000 monkeys being tortured with our tax dollars. It is a horrific institution including 'nicotine research' where pregnant monkeys are injected with nicotine and their unborn/newborn babies killed to have their lungs dissected. (This is funded until 2012)
Related Event: Get Involved With CAAT
Klamath Riverkeeper and the Karuk Tribe reached hundreds of citizens on the Oregon coast last week with a series of film nights aimed at connecting fishermen and Pacificorp ratepayers to the campaign to un-dam the Klamath River. The film nights were preceded by mailings to all of PacifiCorp's customers on the Oregon Coast. The mailer stated, "There's Something Fishy About Your Power Bill" and featured a tear-off postcard telling the Oregon Public Utilities Commission to reject increased power rates for keeping the Klamath dams.
The film nights, held in Astoria, Newport, Coos Bay, and Brookings, showed how PacifiCorp's dams are hurting salmon on the Klamath River, as well as how the Klamath's declining Chinook salmon runs impact commercial fishing communities from southern California to northern Oregon. Filmgoers also learned about how PacifiCorp is planning to pay for upgrading and re-licensing its aging dams by increasing power rates to its customers.
Both the California Energy Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have shown that overhauling the dams to meet current federal fish passage standards may cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than simply removing the Klamath dams and buying replacement power. PacifiCorp can use "cost recovery" to pass these increased costs on to its customers, a practice which must first be approved by the Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
Activists with Portland Animal Defense League were out in full force tonight [April 18] to let the City of Portland know the cruel truth about foie gras. Armed with signs, fliers, video, and a high spirit, the night began at TEN-01. Before a "Pledge to Not Serve Foie Gras" was even handed to the owner, he came out to engage the activists and promised to keep it off the menu forever. While he refused to sign the pledge, he went on film and conceded to the activists demands. "I will not serve foie gras," he stated. It was victory at TEN-01!
Charged up and ready to demo, the activists went on to Bluehour, a restaurant that has been asked to take foie gras off its menu in the past. A letter was handed over to the manager but he was able to promise nothing, so a demo ensued that was full of spirit and fun chants. The public reaction was overwhelmingly good and a clear point was made. We will be back to Bluehour again.
The night ended at yet another high-priced restaurant in the Pearl, Fenouil. Again, activists handed a letter to the management but their response was that foie gras would stay on the menu. Chants started up and another charged protest began. One man was so angered by the protesters presence, he began to call them each pathetic, one by one. He was clearly a fan of the fatty liver. Activists coulnd't help but to chuckle and continue the demo. We will be back to Fenouil again.
The Executive Board of the Vermont AFL-CIO, representing thousands of workers in countless sectors across Vermont, have unanimously passed an historic resolution expressing their "unequivocal" support for the first US labor work stoppage against the war in Iraq. The work stoppage, [which was] being organized by the Longshore Caucus of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), will seek to shutdown all west coast ports during the day on May 1st 2008. The Vermont AFL-CIO is the first state labor federation to publicly back the Longshoremen; other state federations are expected to follow.
The resolution, among other things, calls the war in Iraq "immoral, unwanted, and unnecessary", states that the vast majority of working Vermonters oppose the war, and contends that the war will only be brought to an end by "the direct actions of working people." Many other Vermont labor unions and organizations, including the Vermont Workers' Center, have also made official statements condemning the war.
"Workers in Vermont and all across this nation are against this war. We have already demanded that the government end it, but they have consistently failed to heed our words. Therefore working people are beginning to take concrete steps to make our resistance known. If the war does not immediately end we, the unions and working people of Vermont, will also be compelled to take appropriate action," said David Van Deusen, District Vice President of the AFL-CIO.
At 1.22am Venezuelan time on Wednesday, April 9th, Venezuelan vice-president Ramon Carrizalez announced the decision of president Chávez to renationalise the giant steel plant SIDOR located in the southern state of Bolivar.
The decision was taken as the Argentinean-Italian multinational group Techint (the majority shareholder of SIDOR) refused to make concessions to the workers in the collective bargaining agreement.
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