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let's make it happen! the idea is pretty simple: a network of babysitters banding together to offer free childcare to the community.
my basic vision involves a website and/or hotline that families browse/call, submit a request, and get free childcare. families can view profiles for each of the many many sitters, with info on their experience, certification, childcare style/philosophy, and other info. they choose the sitter they want, and email them directly. probably 72 hours in advance is cool.
the hotline thing is trickier, but not impossible. i have a few ideas, but we can talk about logistics later.
if anyone is interested in maybe helping get this started, in whatever capacity, email me! i'd like to form a formal collective ASAP, get the program going by autumn, and maybe even turn it into a formal 501(c)3 nonprofit if we feel like that's important.
On May 3rd, we will be hosting our 6th Monkeywrench Cafe, an event of excellent, low-cost food and wonderful storytelling by Earth First!ers of all generations! Come out as we keep the tradition of oral history alive! All meals are vegan, delicious and low-cost, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. This month we have more old-school Earth First!ers coming into town to regale us with tales of adventure!
Saturday, May 3rd, 7-10pm.
Come out as we keep the tradition of oral history alive! All meals are vegan, delicious and low-cost, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. This month we have more old-school Earth First!ers coming into town to regale us with tales of adventure!
Leventhal's gruesome primate experiments have now been discontinued due to a combination of efforts - public outreach, demands for public debates, constant exposure in the media, embarrassment at his domestic violence hearings, revealing his slumlord operations, demonstrations on campus and at his home, and even two instances of nonviolent direct action.
Thanks to everyone who put so much effort into pressuring Leventhal - now fewer primates will suffer at the University of Utah laboratories. And a big thanks to all those that have recently put up with police harassment and arrests to take this message to the neighborhoods of vivisectors. This type of personal embarrassment has an effect on their morale and willingness to engage in cruelty. We will win.
Something smells different in Cuba
author: Movimiento Libertario Cubano
With respect to the situation in Cuba these past few weeks, the Cuban Libertarian Movement - MLC (affinity group of Cuban anarchists in exile) speaks up to answer the unknowns and the challenges facing Cuban society. Ours is the voice of uncompromising commitment to freedom, equality and solidarity that has always been the sound of the Cuban anarchists. Something smells different in Cuba, yes; but not enough to harbor too many illusions about the strategy for change that seems to guide the steps of the fossilized "vanguard". In our view, the current flexibility is due to certain basic political and economic reasons.
The first thing we have to say is that self-management is not a cosmetic nor a band aid but rather an integral conception totally against private or state capitalism; an idea that rivals any other model of production, distribution and trade and which exists as a whole, without impediments or caveats, only as much as it can be generalized to all spheres of society. In short, self-management can not be understood as a test tube baby, as some practice worthy only of minimalist and isolated experimentation but as a model for relations between free, equal beings in solidarity, capable of deciding, individually and collectively, the affairs of their lives. Self-management is not a decoration but a principle, is not a model for the occasion but a liberating and revolutionary project by which people can re-invent Cuban society.
Cuban Libertarian Movement - May 2008
On May 1, all 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast are to be shut down by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in protest against the U.S. war on Afghanistan and Iraq. This is a historic event of international significance: labor action against imperialist war by a major American union. The strategically placed port workers in the ILWU can bring commerce with Asia to a grinding halt, and they're about to demonstrate it. The maritime employers are already screaming, and you can bet it's got the attention of the warmongers in Washington. All labor should take up the challenge this poses: For workers strikes against the war! M
eanwhile, immigrants' rights groups are once again mobilizing on May Day. And on April 30 and May 1, the independent truckers who move cargo to and from the docks may play an important role in a shutdown. The imperialist war on Afghanistan and Iraq is also a war on immigrants, minorities, working people and democratic rights "at home." We need to defeat this attack here and abroad, in opposition to both the capitalist war parties. The "antiwar movement," whose aim has always been to pressure the Democrats, is at a dead end. What's needed is working-class action independent of the bosses. What that takes is a fundamental break from the Democratic Party and the pro-capitalist politics that infuse the labor bureaucracy.
Join us May 1st after the march and rally at the Park Blocks. Free food, live music, and family fun.
THURSDAY MAY 1ST, 6 - 10 pm at the First Unitarian Church at 1011
SW 12th Ave (Just after and just a few blocks up from the main Mayday
rally and march!)
WE ARE MANY HANDS AND ONE SINGLE HEART IN THE STRUGGLE
On Sunday April 27, 2008, 16 animal activists held an outreach protest at the neighborhood of two University of Utah primate vivisectors to educate the neighborhood about the atrocities occurring at the University of Utah animal resource center. When activists showed up - they discovered that the University of Utah had hired 24 hour security for the homes of some of its personnel - surely with a hefty price tag!
Activists were well-aware that the city had recently adopted an anti-speech ordinance requiring activists to remain off of public property near a 'targeted residence' during a 'targeted residential protest' - so they tailored their protest with that in mind. Rather than do a targeted picket, activists continually marched around the neighborhood - never remaining stationary - to educate the general neighborhood about the barbaric treatment of animals at the U of U facilities. The march also had no targeted residence - no names were ever even mentioned as being associated with the cruelty inside labs.
In support of workers' and immigrants' right, Portland Immigrants Rights Coalition has organized a demonstration at the South Park Blocks. There will be a puppet handling workshop at three, rally at four, and march at five.
Members of Portland State University student groups M.E.Ch.A., Las Mujeres, North American Solidarity, Amnesty International PSU, and community groups Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, Cascadia Root Force, Oregon Oaxaca Solidarity [held] a march and rally outside the Mexican Consulate to demand a thorough investigation of the ambush and murder of two women community media activists in Oaxaca, Mexico. These groups also condemn the paramilitary repression of indigenous women and community media projects.
There was a vibrant turnout of 40 students and allies, who marched from PSU with three banners, two coffins to symbolize the deaths of these women, and chants for justice. Once arriving at the consulate, a delegation of four students from M.E.Ch.A., Las Mujeres, North American Solidarity, and one person from Oregon Oaxaca Solidarity went into the Mexican consulate to deliver the letter. Ursula Rojas greeted us and listened to our grievances and demands for justice. We were told that a copy of the letter would be sent to Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, governor of Oaxaca. We also spoke of our concern that US military aid under Plan Mexico would be used for further repression under the guise of the War on Drugs. We held a sit-in until 5pm at which time we left together peacefully. Below are the demands we made as well as the contact information we gave so that the Consulate officials may respond:
The 'May Day Picnic' will be based completely on voluntary co-operation and participation, an event for exchange ideas, struggles, and activities, a potluck of sorts. There is no one group of people organizing and executing it, but collectives and individual people who take initiative to create and bring something to contribute, or spontaneously create at the event.
Food, games, music, free literature, workshops, speakers, art, and so much more - anything and everything is possible. Do what you want! Anything and everything you can imagine!
May Day Picnic
Starts at Noon til 4pm on May Day
North Park Blocks(NW 8th and Flanders)
May Day celebration at the Red and Black Cafe
(Thursday 5/1/08 -- international worker's day)
We'll be closed during the day in respect for Mayday. But we'll be in from 7pm to late. It's a benefit for VOZ (spanish for voice), an immigrant workers organization based in Portland it's by donation, no one turned away for lack of funds food and beverage will be sold as normal however the cafe will be breaking it's 'edge' by serving frosty bottles of something delicious for the 1st time in our new space live music by Brenna Sahatjian of Riot Folk, Noah Andrews and more TBA come after the march to 400 SE 12th Ave., Portland OR 503-231-3899 Please come out and have some fun with us! -- the folks at the Red and Black
In a last chance to commemorate World Lab Animal Liberation Week and World Week for Animals in Labs(WWAIL), local activists took to Lake Oswego's streets, & sidewalks to deliver their message of compassion toward animals and disgust for vivisectors, to Eliot Spindel's house, a ONPRC Researcher for OHSU. Standing across the street, in silence, after a brief intro, vigil attendees held signs, cameras, and candles. The event even sparked a flame in a local neighbor to quickly go inside and make a sign, then came back out and join-in. (holding a sign that read "you suck" over at Spindel's house.)
Rebellion in Jamaica, Queens last night.
Breakaway march of hundreds of mostly Black youth took to the streets after the official march dispersed. At the invitation of local organizers, a good number of anarchists stayed on to support all the way. People from the community marched through the "40 Projects" and on to the 103rd Precinct. Street battles broke out along the way. Local youth fighting back with rocks, bottles, and impromptu barricades along Jamaica Avenue. Many arrests.
Full report and photos to come later.
We are all Sean Bell, NYPD go to hell.
The conspiracy to divide Bolivia must be denounced
The process of changes in favor of the Bolivian majority is at risk of being brutally restrained. The rise to power of an Indigenous president with unprecedented support in that country and his programs of popular benefits and recovery of the natural resources have had to face the conspiracies of the oligarchy and United States interference from the very beginning.
In recent days the increase in conspiracy has reached its climax. The subversive and unconstitutional actions of the oligarchic groups to try to divide the Bolivian nation reflect the racist and elitist minds of these sectors and constitute a very dangerous precedent not only for the country's integrity, but for other countries in our region.
History shows with ample eloquence, the terrible consequences that the divisionary and separatist processes supported and induced by foreign interests have had for humanity. Faced with this situation the signers below would like to express their support for the government of Evo Morales Ayma, for his policies for change and for the sovereign constituent process of the Bolivian people. At the same time we reject the so-called Santa Cruz Autonomy Statute due to its unconstitutionality and the attempt against the unity of a nation of our America.
Support Bolivia: http://www.todosconbolivia.org/index.php?lang=2
Police Attack March
The march today in Tacoma has just ended. There have been two confirmed arrests. There are still people unaccounted for. The massive police presence attacked the march at its end. There will be another update when we have confirmed everything.
~ Tacoma Smash ICE
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.
We want to make it very clear that we will not be intimidated by the states continued witch hunt against the earth and animal liberation movements. Draconian prison sentences and repressive legislation will not deter us from our goal of total earth, animal, and human liberation. For every liberator you throw in prison, there will two more to take her place. For every activist's house you raid, there will ten times that many cages emptied. You can take our freedom, but you will never extinguish the flame that burns in our heart. Let your passion mirror the animals oppression and our persecution. ~ALF-Cascadia"
There is a new participant in the international deliberations on global warming and agrofuels: the biotechnology industry. The corporate giants of the genetics industry propose new technologies, including genetically modified trees, second generation cellulosic ethanol, and synthetic biology, to wean society off fossil fuels and fight climate change.
The implications for Latin America are breathtaking. The biotechnology industry's massive move into the energy sector brings together major social and ecological issues in the region, such as agrofuel promotion, genetically modified (GM) crops, and the growth of agribusiness monocultures. Latin American civil society's aspirations of land reform, environmental protection, alternatives to neoliberalism, and food and energy sovereignty, are at stake.
Judge overturns Mosman's ruling
Last week, Judge Mosman refused to grant an injunction to postpone the killing of sea lions until the trial has come to a close. This week, another judge granted an appeal to that ruling, allowing safety to the sea lions for now. Still a lot of work to be done, so don't rest yet!
Rally @ 12 PM---March @ 1 PM
This coming Saturday there will be a rally starting in People's Park at 12 PM in the Hilltop district of Tacoma. At 1 PM we will leave the park and head down the hill.
As it stands right now, no one even knows about the existence of the Northwest Detention Center. The families affected by the raids and those who support them are aware of its existence. But the general population does not know.
This blackout and secrecy has gone on for too long. Those of us with the privilege and ability to do something have done nothing. Those of us least affected by the raids have sat by for too long while the process of detention, removal and terror continues unabated.
2 more days until Mayday! Mayday!
A great opportunity to see what is happening with the radical community here in Portland! Listen to music, eat good food, watch presentations by some of Portland's amazing radical and revolutionary organizations! We will be starting promptly at 7:30pm!
Please join us Sunday April 27th at 7:30pm at Liberty Hall (311 N. Ivy) for an evening of food, music, speakers and tables. We aim to promote community building, communication and solidarity within the Portland radical community. Come and enjoy tables and presentations by some of Portland's amazing radical and revolutionary organizations. Come and show support for these groups, ask questions, get involved or network. All are invited and encouraged to attend! Help us to prepare for our favorite holiday and to celebrate Portland's radical past, present and future! We will see you there!
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