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Benefit For Cold Snap Legal & Others 13.09.2008 22:18
RNC Benefit at Red & Black Cafe
We're showing Super Troopers at the Red and Black to benefit Cold Snap Legal Collective, plus our local and international comrades being persecuted by the state for fighting for what they believe in!


When: Sunday September 14th 7PM
Where: Red and Black Cafe, 400 SE 12th

Donations are going to be accepted at the door in the amount of $3-$300987489437984398

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13.09.2008 14:06
Scenes from the RNC - Reportback from Minnesota
Less than two weeks ago, I spent several evenings in a row listening to people getting tear-gassed, reading reports of torture, viewing scenes of senseless brutality and thinking, "This is America's heartland."

During the RNC in St Paul, Minnesota, the police basically had carte-blanche to enact any terror they saw fit on the public in order to keep them from interfering with the meeting of the powers that be. More than 800 people were arrested during those few days. They and many many more suffered multiple abuses from the police including being tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, tased, beaten, tortured, shot with rubber bullets, attacked with concussion grenades, suppressed and generally harassed. The vast majority of arrests were for such trumped-upped charges as 'Conspiracy to Riot' and other bogus charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.

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12.09.2008 12:18
Portland Grassroots Media Camp Opening Party/International Art Show @ Liberty Hall
pdxmediacamp At Liberty Hall [8pm Friday September 12th].

Four artists collectives from around the world will be presenting their art. Music will include the Underscore Orkestra, David Rovics and DJing will be Aircrash2000.

Here is some more information on the artist collectives.

 http://www.pdxmediacamp.org

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11.09.2008 15:05
Olympia City Council Repeals Nuclear Free Zone Ordinance
Olympia's Councilmember Rhenda Strub declared, "we live in a republic, not a democracy" a few weeks ago. Well, she got the republic part wrong but there was little that reflected a representative democracy tonight (9/9/08)at Olympia's City Council meeting, which quickly voted to repeal Olympia's Nuclear Free Zone Ordinance.

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11.09.2008 15:03
Eyewitness: Police Brutality at the RNC - Street Medics
"... the pair of Portland Medics came across a man running backwards, wrapping a woman's cut open and bleeding hand while they both yelled for a medic. The medics took over the patient and the man disappeared into the crowd. The 20-second pause to attempt an evaluation of the patient's hand resulted in the police behind gaining ground and having a chance to deploy more chemical weapons. The medics began running again, patient in tow, one medic guiding her while the other finished the wrapping job on her hand. While doing this, the medics came upon a young man limping and yelling for help, 'I can't run! Help!'"

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11.09.2008 14:58
Two 9/11 Videos to be shown this Thursday on 9/11
2 9/11 videos will be shown on 9/11, one of them is brand new and is making some news in Europe and around the world. Zero: 911 An Investigation and David Ray Griffin "Let's Get Empirical" to be played this Thursday on 9/11!

Laughing Horse Books 12 NE 10th Ave.
7 PM - Zero: An Investigation Into 9/11
9 PM - 9/11 Let's Get Empirical - David Ray Griffin

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11.09.2008 14:55
Video: PPRC friday protest 8.22.08 Pioneer Square
8.22.08  NO WAR PROTEST Filmed on August 22 2008. More than a dozen people, listened to a book review, networked, held signs, listened to speakers from the PPRC, and gathered signatures, all at Pioneer Square, at the No War 5pm Protest. This peace group and citizens of Portland meet every week at 5pm on the SW corner of the square.

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11.09.2008 14:51
Forest Advocates Demonstrate Home Protection from Wildfire
Native Forest Council, Eco-Advocates and other volunteers will help protect a Pleasant Hill home from wildfire on Sunday, September 21 at 36483 Starr Rd. between 2pm and 8pm (carpools leaving from Eugene's Grower's Market on 4th/Willamette at 1pm).

Volunteers will work with homeowner Randy Nowell by taking firesafe precautions 100 feet around his home - such as mowing high grasses, creating fuel breaks, moving wood piles away from the home and pruning low hanging dead tree branches - to create defensible space according to information from Firewise.org, as an alternative to logging forests. Please call 541-688-2600 or email  josh@forestcouncil.org to sign up!

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11.09.2008 14:49
De-toxing the RNC
Returning to "real life" after the intensity of St. Paul is challenging. So many people there used the word "surreal" to describe the conflicting mix of violence/kindness- brutality/courage- despair/committment. It will matter so much to learn from this, process the experience and not allow our grief and rage to leave lasting scars and diminish our intent to survive and prevail. It will not be easy.

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11.09.2008 14:46
The Rude Activist
earl this is the law, not what pelosi says Last weekend started with a meeting Thursday to start the planning for the presentation of the Trial of George W. Bush, it ended by getting into a confrontation with Willy Smith and Mac Prichard about our protest outside of Prichard's house. I have not seen Willy so upset, he was almost foaming at the mouth, telling me I had crossed the line by protesting at a private home. Willy told me in very clear language that if we blocked people coming in he would have us arrested. Prichard was angry about me upsetting his wife and ruining their fundraiser for the Earlman. I was kind of taken aback by their reaction, there were only three of us and we were not going to disrupt the party, just silently witness the continuation of the "Cocktail Liberals" telling themselves what peacemakers they are and how they want the war to end. Blumenauer after all, voted against the war! (He continues funding the occupation.)

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10.09.2008 19:00
Fight LNGs of the Basis of Inadequate Safety Precautions
Safety Issues are being totally ignored as power companies and Bush's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) push through crazy proposals for huge new (LNG) Terminals & Pipelines in Oregon,

TAKE ACTION NOW TO RESIST THESE DANGEROUS PROPOSALS!

 http://www.nocaliforniapipeline.com/nopipelineblog/

The safety of the populace is dependent on the FERC's proper
assessment of the hazards and risks associated with Liquid Natural Gas (LGN)facilities. Therefore, you might think that the FERC would be a good source of information about the properties of LNG and whether citizens should be concerned when an energy developer targets their community to host an LNG terminal.

Unfortunately, you'd be wrong...

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10.09.2008 18:58
ALF releases hundreds of mink from oregon fur factory farm
More Captive Mink Released in Oregon; Animal Liberationists Raid Third Fur Farm in as Many Weeks...

Scio, Oregon - According to a communique received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office this week, 100-150 captive mink were released from S and N Mink Farm in Scio, Oregon. The raid is the third in as many weeks, with thousands of captive wild animals given the chance for freedom from profit-hungry breeders.

The communique reads in full:
"Inspired by the recent liberations in Utah and British Columbia; we released between 100 and 150 mink from S&N Fur Farm (40499 Oupor Drive) in Scio, Oregon. Though thousands more mink remain imprisoned on this farm, crammed sometimes 6 and 7 at a time into filthy feces encrusted cages, at least some will have a chance at a free natural life. Also in the sheds of torture were the cages of furious foxes, yearning to be free, rattling their own cages with vengeance. This is our path through this chaotic and frustrating world. Our wisdom will appear to you long before we will. Till the last cage is empty, till all beings are free. ALF

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10.09.2008 18:57
Days of Action, September 15, 16, 17
PCAP is hosting 3 days of action in September, on the 15th, 16th, and 17th. The 15th is a Housing Forum, the 16th is a Know Your Rights training, and the 17th will be a protest at Central Precinct, downtown.

All Are Welcome

Portland Coalition Against Poverty

All Power to the Poor!

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10.09.2008 18:54
Blue Hour Gets Stink Bombed In Protest of Foie Gras
Around 8pm on Monday, Sept. 08, Blue Hour received a foul alert of protest when an autonomous group entered into the restaurant and 16 stink bombs were set off inside, right next to the kitchen. This action was taken during dinner hours in order to disrupt business because this restaurant refuses to take the cruel and grotesque foie gras off of their menu.

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10.09.2008 13:52
Police Corruption Case Study: Arrest the Latest in Months of Bluehour/PPB Opression
Foie Gras Makes Me Sick Is the two-foot area on the street next to walls (often blocked by vehicles) in the Pearl warehouse district the only legal public walkway? Is to illegal to use a rolled up piece of paper or plastic to speak through if you can be heard within 100 feet? Should the First Amendment be curtailed if it is simply inconvenient to a business? Should 6-10 officers not direct their attention toward violent crime (in progress or unsolved) on a Saturday night? Are these tactics symptoms of a larger failure by the PPB to consider the rights of citizens equally to those of business?

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10.09.2008 13:34
Bradwood Landing: What's Wrong With LNG?
As you likely know, Northern Star Natural Gas is planning to build a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on the banks of the Columbia river, at Bradwood Landing. They have launched a relentless PR campaign to convince us all that this is a good thing for the region. "Jobs." "Growth." "Clean." These are some of the words they are using right now, on every billboard, on every radio station, on television commercials, and even, apparently, at union picnics (  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/09/379083.shtml). But it's worth looking into their claims a little closer. Indeed, it's worth taking the time to really understand what is at stake.

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08.09.2008 13:49
OLIN STUDY GROUP This Monday! The New Phase of the Plan Puebla Panama in Chiapas
Join us on Monday, September 8, at In Other Words Women's Books & Resources (8 NE Killingsworth) from 6-8pm. We'll be reading for discussion "The New Phase of the Plan Puebla Panama in Chiapas" by CIEPAC (go to  http://detodos-paratodos.blogspot.com/2008/06/boletn-del-ciepac-sobre-el-plan-puebla.html or pick up a copy at either In Other Words or the Red & Black Cafe).

"The CIEPAC released this bulletin in three parts on the Plan Puebla Panama (PPP) in Chiapas, in large part responsible for the militarization of the state and aggressions against the Zapatistas." (  http://detodos-paratodos.blogspot.com/)

Olin hosts a study group the 2nd Monday of every month at In Other Words*. Each month we choose a different theme and read an article for discussion.

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07.09.2008 08:13
Prominent PDX Activist Arrested For Bogus Charge At Anti-Foie Gras Demonstration!
Foie Gras Makes Me Sick Mike D, a prominent Portland activist (AR, Human Rights, Earth, Labor) was arrested at the Anti-Foie Gras demonstration Saturday night. Police say that he was arrested for using a tiny 99-cent plastic toy cone while chanting. This is a total Bogus charge - and an example of the PPB serving the desires of business over the rights of human beings!

The PPB and Blue Hour are working hand in hand to oppress the small number of dedicated AR activists that demonstrate every weekend to end Foie Gras cruelty in Portland. There will be a full report soon. SHAME on the PPB and Blue Hour for your oppression!!!!

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06.09.2008 18:08
VERY Disturbing Reports From Prisons In MN(Severe Torture being used)
Severe torture being used for the hell of it. Not even to get information, just to see people suffer. It's very reminiscent of the torture used on International Workers of the World unionists and Anarchists in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Reports I've heard so far(there is sure to be more as people are released):

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06.09.2008 17:57
Video: Interview with Richard Riot & Fay Kalius, Portland Indymedia, 9/5/08
Richard and Fay discuss a chaotic street battle they witnessed in downtown St. Paul and the experience of having been struck with a police baton, being detained and later dropped off outside of town -- as well as reflect on their general impression of events over the past week and where they think direct resistance might be headed.

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