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As reported on this website a few days ago, a group of us went out and hand-harvested a bunch of wheat from a field outside town. We have since processed it, which involved threshing and winnowing. This took a few days, many people, and yielded over 600 lbs. of wheat berries! Now it is being distributed through a creative scheme that rewards monetary investors and worktraders alike.
We threshed it on tarps in the driveway under a fir tree in the Hawthorne district. We winnowed it in front of electric fans, pouring from bucket to bucket. One helper found that a basket with just the right holes in it worked well to sift off the straw and big pieces before bringing it to the fan. This discovery led to cleaner berries and less time in front of the fans.
The grand total for the harvest: 636 lb.!
Under an arrangement that was hatched this winter, 40% of that will be divided among the people who spent time helping
Portlanders are protesting the bailout scheme in Portland. About 75 people showed up to the corner of the Hawthorne Bridge and MLK on Thursday, September 25 at rushhour to express their objections to the financial bailout scheme being debated in congress. Lots of honks in support. These protests will continue weekly. Code Pink sent out an email about it. But you can also probably check here at IndyMedia for news of next one.
A man who was assaulted on Belmont street as he was getting on a bus to go to work back in June 08.
He calls for the police and waits ....only to get tasered and arrested. Months latter while looking for his police report at the Central Precinct .... he is arrested again. Is this justice or a Mockery of Justice?
Follow up two video set for man that was tasered by the police when he was the victim of an assault. After being tasered, arrested and then appearing in court for the charges, Clifton found out the case was not being pursued at the time.
Prison Pipeline presented an interview between host, Ruth Kovacs and telephone guest, Hans Bennettóa Philadelphia-based independent journalist and co-founder of Journalists for Mumia. They reviewed updated information on pending appeals for Mumia Abu-Jamall and current recent stories about his case.
You can link to it here: http://kboo.fm/node/9541
And be sure to watch the Dec. 6 Today Show referenced in the interview:
Come attend the fabulous free workshops of the Siren Nation festival.
Sunday, Nov. 9th from 11am-5pm
@the Kennedy School
SIREN NATION WORKSHOPS AT THE KENNEDY SCHOOL
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2008
Information on the 11th Annual Symposium on Environmental Affairs hosted by Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR. Takes place October 14-16 at the Lewis and Clark campus.
The Eleventh Annual Symposium on Environmental Affairs: Scales of Sustainability
October 14-16, 2008
Lewis & Clark College
As colleges, corporations, and cities across the country scramble to embrace sustainability, it is worth asking what exactly we hope to achieve. The 11th annual Symposium on Environmental Affairs draws together students, practitioners, and community members to discuss sustainability in time and space. Does sustainability mean eternal equilibrium, or is there a role for destruction and restoration? Are local systems always more sustainable? What exactly would global sustainability look like in today's complex world? For a complete schedule of keynote speakers, panel sessions, and other activities, please visit the Symposium website:
All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact:
Environmental Studies Program
Lewis & Clark College
The Oregon Minuteman were out in force on Monday, September 22, 2008, protesting the Portland Day Laborer Worker Center located on MLK Jr. Blvd and NE Everett. One of those protesting the Labor Center site said they had been there since 6:00 in the morning.
There were several people seeking employment on the site, both near the trailer and on the street, so I suspected that the dual protests might have taken its toll on their efforts to gain employment.
On inquiring about this possibility I was told that Monday's are usually slow and that the presence of the Minuteman may not be having much of an effect.
I was hoping to get some interviews with both sides, the Minutemen as well as those showing up to counter protest their presence at the site, but the Protesters refused to comment on camera.
Those who where there protesting the presence of the Minutemen were more forthcoming. One stated that he was there "to support the Day Laborers Center and the day laborers. I think that they are a real contribution to the Portland Community, and supporting day laborers is a way to support all American workers. It's not against American workers to have day laborer centers, it's for them; if we don't support the people at the very bottom of the work chain, then the top of the work chain isn't going to get any better either."
A few minutes earlier I heard one of the Minutemen stating that if these folks were truly looking for work they should be looking through more conventional, acceptable channels, denigrating the existence of these Day Laborer Centers. I asked one of the counter protesters his response to that point and he stated that "having a center is just a way of protecting both the employers and the employees. If they don't have a central place then people are going to take advantage of them much more. They have to have a place where they can come out of the rain, have a place to get work in a decent way. Standing on a street corner asking for work is not a dignified way to get work. We need to support the dignity of American workers, and the Day Laborer Center is doing that."
20 minute video from the Friday No War Protest in Portland Oregon - No War 9.19.08 PPRC
This was filmed in Portland Oregon on Sept 19 2008 at the Friday gathering in Pioneer Square - Organized by the Portland Peaceful Response Coalition.
(The No War Protest March through downtown starts about 1/2 way through video)
-A message from Rob about:The banking mess and the need for laws and control to prevent this lawless that this administration has been engaging in.
-A message from Will: Reminder of of Oct 10 special protest rally (meet right here!)and he talked of the Glass Eagle Act and shared good information on the banking industry looting past and present.
-A notice about the upcoming OPB Monday radio-show regarding "the right to film the police"
Listen on OPB Radio Monday morning at 9am -10am Sept 22 2008 or 9pm for replay
-A drum led protest march through downtown Portland with a couple dozen sign carrying peace activists
On Saturday, while the news was full of stories about a collapsing financial system and possible Greater Depression on the way, some of us spent the day out in a field harvesting wheat by hand. Our methodology was ad hoc and primitive; the harvest of "spikelets" -- the heads of the wheat containing the wheat berries -- was substantial. Much attention has been given over to growing vegetables and scoring fruit in the city, and many creative approaches tried out; yet those foodstuffs comprise only a small percentage of the typical human diet, which is heavy on grains augmented with proteins (the majority of it vegetarian). The less-than-an-acre plot we harvested on Saturday is part of one attempt to address this issue. Help is still needed winnowing, and wheat will be shared with those who put in time.
The latest communique from Tre Arrow, environmentalist locked up in the Federal prison system.
A Blessed Autumnal Equinox to you all!
I am being held here at the Federal Detention Center (FDC) while the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) designates me to a Federal Corrections Institution (FCI).
(I'm not sure what they are correcting...)
I am on a unit with about 180 guys. They only let half the unit out at a time. It may take another month or two until I am designated (that is, until an FCI is selected for the remainder of my sentence) and then still longer until I am actually moved. There is no guarantee I'll be going next door, to Sheridan FCI. I might be moved literally anywhere in the country.
Join us this Sun 9/21 at 7pm for a musical event benefiting the Long Haul Infoshop in Berkeley. On the morning of August 27th police raided the Infoshop, taking all their computers, and not letting infoshop members into the building. Long Haul is an intergral part of the East Bay community and houses projects such as the Slingshot Newspaper and Organizers, East Bay Prisoner Support Network, and Food Not Bombs.
Join us this Sun 9/21 at 7pm for a musical event benefiting the Long Haul Infoshop in Berkeley. Featuring music by Brenna Sahatjian, Stumptown Strugglers, and The Dapper Cadavers. $3-$300 no one turned away for lack of funds.
On the morning of August 27th police raided the Infoshop, taking all their computers, and not letting infoshop members into the building. Long Haul is an intergral part of the East Bay community and houses projects such as the Slingshot Newspaper and Organizers, East Bay Prisoner Support Network, and Food Not Bombs.
Can't Come To The Benefit?
Four things you can do to help the Long Haul
Protest against Portland Oregon police Department, September 17, 2008, which is the second anniversary of the death of James Chasse, at the hands of the Portland Police.
Chasse, a mildly schizophrenic man died in the police car on the way to the hospital, after jail officials refused to book him due to his severe injuries.
Lightly attended but vibrant and energetic the gathering marched repeatedly around the entire block on which the Portland Central Precinct is located, moving several times past the front doors of the Justice Center.
The LNG battle on the Columbia River is heating up, to say the least. The Feds gave their approval to Bradwood this week, as expected. However, local voters turned out in droves to reject the project by voting No on a referendum over land use changes requested by Bradwood.
This morning at 8:20 local activists hung a banner over Interstate-84 in solidarity with tribes of the Klamath River, who have called for a Day of Action against Pacificorp, which has stalled the removal of its four outmoded dams, which are choking life from the waters and communities of the Klamath Watershed.
Warren Buffet, the owner and wealthiest person on the planet, has repeatedly refused to remove the damsódisregarding indefensible costs to the environment, as well as the cultural, physical, and economic wellbeing of indigenous, agricultural, and other local communities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Not only do the dams prevents salmon from spawning upriver, but they have also brought about large growths of algae toxic to fish, plants, and humans.
Indigenous nations are disproportionately targeted by fossil fuel extraction & environmental devastation and Black Mesa is no exception. At this moment Peabody Coal Co. is planning to seize tribal lands and massively expand dirty coal strip-mining operations. In 30 years of controversial operation, Peabody's Black Mesa Mine has been the source of an estimated 325 million tons of CO2 that have been discharged into the atmosphere.* If expansion plans are permitted, ... Coal from the Black Mesa mine could contribute an additional 290 million tons of CO2 to the global warming crisis!*
Institutional racism has fueled neglect and abandonment of public needs such as water, maintenance of roads, health care, and schools. Daily life for Big Mountain residents hasn't changed too much over the years, except that more of them have become elderly and now struggle with daily chores. Due to lack of local job opportunities and federal strangulation on Indian self-sufficiency, extended families are forced to live many miles away to earn incomes and have all the social amenities which include choices in mandatory American education. On behalf of their peoples, their sacred ancestral lands, and future generations, residents of Black Mesa continue their staunch resistance to the efforts of the US Government, which is acting in the interests of the Peabody Coal Company to devastate whole communities & ecosystems, and de-stabilize our planet's climate for the profit of an elite few. We are at a critical juncture and must take a stand in support of communities on the front lines of resistance now! By assisting with direct, on-land projects with the Sovereign communities of Big Mountain, Black Mesa you are helping families resist an illegal occupation and to stay on their lands, who serve as the very blockade to coal mining! Projects include chopping wood, water catchment, health care, corral, roof, & home repairs.
** There is a caravan heading out from Portland. If you want to participate, we will be having weekly organizing meetings in October
For more information, or to help, please contact the Portland Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Regan of Eugene's Civil Liberties Defense Center says in regard's to Marie Mason's plea agreement: "I state with unequivocal confidence and knowledge that Marie has been absolutely stalwart in her commitment to not cooperate with the government, and to do no act that would damage the larger environmental movement in any way."
Marie has not received any favors or special treatment by the US Attorneys prosecuting her in Michigan; in fact, it is despicable that Marie may do more time then any other Green Scare defendant to date as a result of her choice to not snitch. Marie joins Jonathan Paul, Daniel McGowan, Sadie, Exile, Briana Waters, Tre Arrow, Rod Coronado, Eric McDavid and several others I am probably forgetting to mention --these folks are wholeheartedly deserving of our support as activists that have maintained their integrity in the face of political persecution by the federal government. They will do extra days or years in prison as a result of their refusal to give information to the feds used to prosecute others. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with Marie's situation. If you are able to contribute financially, I'm sure they would deeply appreciate it, and if not, please show solidarity for Marie as she goes through the process of being yanked away from her children and family for a long time.
Speak Out During the Governator's Visit to Oregon!
Picket & Rally Outside the Smith/Schwarzenegger Fundraiser
Oregon Convention Center
11:00 am * Friday, September 19th
777 NE MLK Blvd * Portland, OR
This promises to be the highest-profile GOP event in Portland since President Bush's visit in 2002. Join us in saying "Hasta
La Vista" to the Smith-Schwarzenegger-Bush agenda!
The ongoing assault on working people led by Gordon Smith, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, George Bush and John McCain has been about:
* dismantling essential public services like health care and education
* outsourcing family-wage jobs through expanded "free trade"
* short-changing public employees and busting unions
* giving tax cuts to the rich, while ignoring the needs of ordinary people
- Portland, Or - September 18th, 2008
Come support the largest dam removal project in the history of the world alongside Klamath community members and Native people! We will assemble at Holladay Park at the corner of NE Multnomah and 11th Street in Portland at 12 noon.
From there we will march to PacifiCorp's headquarters for a press conference and rally featuring speakers from Tribal, fishing, and conservation communities. Please bring your Un-Dam the Klamath signs, salmon costumes, and lots of friends! There will be no business as usual for PacifiCorp as long as there is no business as usual on the Klamath River. Un-Dam the Klamath!
Related Coverage: Public Access Coverage of the Issue Thursday evening, 9/18 from 6 - 7:00 pm on the Public Access program, "Native Nations," which will air live on channel 11
'Art, Activism, and Rock & Roll' Film Showing at Blackrose Tonight! - Monday, September 15, 7pm An independent documentary about the radical Indonesian street art collective Taring Padi, set amongst the Indonesian militant resistance movement. $1 - $100 suggested donation. No one turned away!
the Blackrose Infoshop & Freestore is an all-volunteer, non-profit, collectively run anarchist bookstore, library, and free store. We're located at 4038 N. Mississippi Ave. and we're open 12pm - 8pm, seven days a week.
Homeland security has setup up 3 internal checkpoints on the Olympic Peninsula. These checkpoints are in addition to checkpoints at Washington Ferry docks and highway border crossings. According to the U.S. Border Patrol, it has a jurisdiction of about 100 miles from the border. This puts most of Washington state in an area where border checkpoints are authorized, including Seattle.
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