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18.10.2008 18:08
Urban Farming Co-op
Learn to grow specialty crops.
Trade with other members.
Achieve food security.
Introductory Gathering:
Fridays, 7pm
SW 107th & Canyon Rd
503-997-9996

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18.10.2008 17:37
Red & Black Cafe Seeks Low Interest Loans
Red and Black Cafe- a worker owned co-op The Red and Black Cafe is thriving one year after being forced out of our old location, and business is getting better every month! However, we reopened on a shoestring budget and we are still recovering from the costs associated with our move. We are also preparing for increased payroll expenses with Oregon minimum wage goes up in January!
Dear friends of the Red & Black Cafe,

We are pleased to announce that the Red & Black Cafe (a worker-owned, collectively-managed cafe and community space) is surviving and thriving 1 year after being forced out of our old location on SE Division.

We reopened at 400 SE 12th Avenue in January, and over the last 9 months we have sold untold amounts of coffee and black dragon noodles, acquired a beer & wine license and a brand new beer cooler (check out our selection of local microbrews!), and hosted lots of film screenings, music shows, and benefits for community organizations.

With each passing month, business has improved. We feel confidant that we will be able to provide empowering jobs, delicious vegan food, and a welcoming community space for years to come.

However, we are facing a few financial hurdles. We re-opened on a shoestring budget and we are still recovering from the costs of renovating and equipping our new space and renewing our licenses.

Also, Oregon minimum wage is going up by .45 per hour in January! On behalf of all low-wage workers in the state we celebrate the increase. Unfortunately, this will also increase our payroll expenses. Ultimately we hope to provide living wage jobs, but we are still struggling to balance this goal with our mission of providing ethical, high-quality food at working class prices.

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17.10.2008 20:09
1500 Mink Released From fur farm in Astoria; 3rd Oregon Farm Raided This Year
mink and defender Operation Bite Back II: 1500 More Captive Mink Released
Raid on Oregon Fur Farm by Animal Liberationists is Seventh Since April
Astoria, Oregon - According to a communique received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, 1500 captive mink were released last night from a fur farm on Simonsen Road in Astoria, Oregon. The raid is the third in Oregon this year, and the seventh in North America this season. Together with raids in Washington, Utah and Canada reported since April, thousands of captive wild animals have been given the chance for freedom this year from profit-hungry breeders.

The communique reads, in part:
"About 1,500 mink were released from their cages with at least 200 of these being breeding stock. The fact that there is no fence around this farm should help ease their escape. I would like to close by offering apiece of advice to the owners of this farm, to the owners of the other farms in the Astoria, OR area (it was simply by luck of the draw that your farms weren't chosen), and to ALL fur farmers: find a new profession. fur farmers are a dying breed. get out before you are forced out. "your laws will have no meaning past the setting of the sun."

Imprisoned in cages for life, fur-bearing animals are forced to endure intensive confinement, compared to the miles of territory these animals would enjoy in the wild - their natural state. The natural instincts of these captive animals are completely frustrated; self-mutilation, sickness, infection, poor sanitation and the sheer stress of confinement lead animals to premature death. When they survive, animals of sufficient size are killed by anal electrocution or gassing, then skinned. Whereas reports from the fur industry have surfaced that liberations were harmful to the animals, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and other organizations have a long history of successfully releasing animals into the wild. In addition to liberating the wild animals destined for a certain, painful and agonizing death, another goal of liberationists is to cause economic damage to fur farms; dozens of fur farming operations have seen economic ruin since "Operation Bite Back" began by the ALF in the 1990s.

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17.10.2008 08:53
State of Hanford Site Meetings
The USDOE will endanger the Columbia River by delaying Hanford Cleanup by decades and shipping even more waste, traveling on highways through Portland and Hood River to Hanford.
Protect the River NOW! STOP shipments of waste!

Come join us at a State of the Site Meeting in Portland or Hood River!
State of the Site Meetings:

Hood River Meeting: Tuesday, October 21st
at the Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E Marina Way
Pre-meeting workshop with Heart of America NW at 6 pm
Public comment portion at 7 pm

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17.10.2008 08:25
Tre Arrow Update
Tre is in Herlong, CA, where he is likely going to be until at least May, 2009. Tre has transitioned from Oregon and is in the Sierra highlands of northern California, 50 miles northwest of Reno, NV, and about 30 miles southeast of Susanville, CA.

Herlong is located at the extreme Eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in the southeastern region of Honey Lake Valley. Herlong resides in Lassen County, which is one of the last counties in the west that is still considered "open range" land, so cattle are known to graze the community. Tre can have up to 5 adult visitors at one time. Feel free to make travel plans to visit Tre and some of the gorgeous California Sierras.

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16.10.2008 18:27
23rd International Day of Action Against McDonalds, to mark World Food Day
We need your help! Please meet us at McDonald's, SW 6th & Main at noon sharp. We'll take inspiration from the UK's amazingly effective "Mc Ass" campaign.
JOIN US TOMORROW, OCT. 16TH, NOON, AT MCDONALD'S -- 1035 sw 6TH (& MAIN) -- TO KICK MCASS (PRETTY PLEASE)!!! You're encouraged to bring signs, and we'll have flyers to hand out. We'll also bring animal costumes...THANKS.


Mc Ass

The 16 October of every year the F.A.O. celebrates the "world food day" (just a stupid anniversary of the foundation of the Food and Agriculture Organization by the United Nations).
The sense of this day interests us because of the cruel exploitation and killing of sentient beings.
At the end of last century, London Greenpeace (not Greanpeace, the organization defending some animal rights in order to eat them then with the clean conscience) promoted, in concomitance with the date of the FAO, a world day of resistance against Mc Donald's, one of the multinationals mostly responsible for the hunger in this world.

Therefore tomorrow, October 16th 2007, we have planned a mini-protest in order to disturb the king of the bullies, Mc Donald's, with a business based on the systematic extermination of millions of animals.
We have done it in "smart mob" style because this type of rapid mobilization has allowed us to plan her on the fly, in two persons, just the day before.

A smart mob substantially consists of a rapid but spectacular grouping...In order to guarantee this second requisite we have taken inspiration from the Mc advertisement ("only fresh and genuine products" ahahah ): we have printed three photos of big flabby butts; we have stamped them "Mc Culo"& "Mc Ass", and appended them on our buttocks, for immediately suggesting the consequences of the Mc genuineness.

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16.10.2008 18:13
BLM's “Whopper” is Here!
On October 9, 2008, the BLM released its Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR). Since the Bush administration first announced it would revise the plans for 2.6 million acres of Bureau of Land Management forests in western Oregon, reactions have been fairly constant: the timber industry loves it, and everyone else hates it.
The Bush Land Management Legacy

When the BLM released the WOPR draft plan in 2007, 30,000 members of the public commented; over 90% asked the BLM to save the remaining older forests, protect clean drinking water, and concentrate forest management on restoration and thinning small trees to protect communities from wildfire. The BLM ignored this common ground, common sense approach to forest management.

More of the Same

The final plan will mirror the draft in most regards. It will: 1) remove BLM forests from the scientific framework of the Northwest Forest Plan; 2) ramp up clearcut logging across hundreds of thousands of acres; 3) remove streamside buffers that protect clean water and fish; and 4) log some of the last remaining older forests in western Oregon.
By The Numbers

The WOPR will increase logging by nearly 400% compared to current logging levels; get over 70% of the timber volume from clearcutting; shrink streamside reserves by 50%; add 180 million tons more carbon to the atmosphere compared to no logging (equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 1 million cars driven for 132 years) and result in 1,300 miles of new roads.

Take Action today!

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16.10.2008 18:10
NW WINTER SOLDIER - Sat 10.18.08
NW WINTER SOLDIER - Saturday 10-18-08 PDXpeace, Veterans for Peace, IVAW, and others are hosting in Portland the
"Northwest Winter Soldier" on Saturday October 18 starting at 12 noon.
There are 3 speakers panels, and then poetry / music latter in the evening.
The topics are: Veterans' Voices from Iraq and Afghanistan, Human Costs of War and Building Resistance to War.
NW WINTER SOLDIER - Saturday 10-18-08
NW WINTER SOLDIER - Saturday 10-18-08
Here is the information that is being advertised by www.PDXpeace.org

Winter Soldier Northwest: "Eyewitness Accounts of War" is only days away!

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16.10.2008 18:07
Military recruiting Opt-Out deadline
photos from army recruitment center I got this in a PPS school newsletter and thought I'd pass along the information.
Military recruiter opt-out:

School districts are required to provide the name and address of all junior & senior students to military recruiters, unless the parent or student informs the school that they do not want that information provided to recruiters. Students can make their own decision that they do not want their name and address provided to military recruiters. If you are a junior or senior & do not want your name and address released to military recruiters, please inform the school office no later than Friday, Oct. 17. Lists of those who have already opted-out and blank opt-out forms are available in the main office.

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16.10.2008 17:59
ONPRC Demo
OHSU nicotine experiments Just got this from PETA. We're feeling like this might be a good chance for an anti-Primate Center campaign to pick up some steam. There seems to be a lot of potential energy in Portland right now and we're hoping a lot of you folks can join us out there. People can also meet up here at the mini-mall (12th and Stark) at like 11:00 to do some ride-sharing if you'd like.
"During a four month undercover investigation in 2007, a PETA investigator experienced firsthand the anguish that the animals at Oregon Health Sciences University's (OHSU) Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) endure every day. Animals were forced to eat food from their waste trays, were terrorized when they were chased and caught in group cages, and suffered severe psychological trauma.

ONPRC continues to confine more than 4,000 monkeys who are used in cruel taxpayer-funded studies in which monkeys are separated from their mothers to induce psychological damage; forced to eat lard in obesity experiments; exposed to nicotine, alcohol, and infectious diseases before they are ultimately killed; and more.

Monkeys don't belong in laboratories, nor do they deserve to needlessly suffer in the name of greed. Please join PETA next Tuesday to speak out in their behalf.

When: Tuesday, October 21, 12 noon-1 p.m.
Where: OHSU Marquam Hill Campus, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, Ore.
Note: Please meet under the pedestrian bridge at the main OHSU hospital. We encourage carpooling and taking public transportation on Trimet bus #8, as parking is difficult.

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Petty Authority 15.10.2008 15:34
Powell's Burnside hires overzealous security guard to harass people
About a month and a half ago, I was sitting on a bench inside Powell's without my shoes on, reading a book. A female security guard came up to me and asked me to put my shoes back on, which I did. Several days later, I was reading at Powell's, again with my shoes off, and the same security guard approached me and explained the store's policy regarding shoes. I said I understood, and put my shoes back on. I thought the whole issue was settled, and everything was fine, until my most recent encounter with this same security guard.

On Wednesday, October 8th, at around 5:15 p.m., I was shopping for some books and needed to use the rest room. When I went into the rest room, that same security guard was also in the bathroom. Since I had my shoes on, I didn't think anything of it, and figured she would leave the rest room after she finished her business. I went into a stall, took my coat off, and used the toilet. Personally, when I use the toilet, I have a harder time going when I have my shoes on. I must take them off to concentrate. Since I was in a bathroom stall doing something so personal, I didn't think that taking my shoes off, while sitting on the toilet defecating, broke Powell's policy of having to wear shoes in the store. I put my shoes back on after I finished, flushed the toilet, picked up my coat and bag, and exited the stall. When I walked out of the stall, the security guard was standing outside of my stall, staring at me, with another Powell's employee standing next to her.

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15.10.2008 13:42
radical families and housing
is anyone interested in starting a radical family house?
i am currently living in santa cruz and moving to portland at the end of october. i have been searching for housing on craigslist (tee hee i typed craigslist and my automatic spell check changes it to capitalist) typing in kids and children ( to see which houses are down) only to find no kids no children allowed. i think it would be really awesome to rent a house ( got i wish i could own) with other radical parents and kids and people who wanna help out with kids or like kids etc. . i know how tough it is to find housing wehre people are down with kids and ok with them which sucks! so anyone interested? lets live together, have a garden, take our kids on trips, have a childcare collective etc. . .!

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14.10.2008 18:17
DNC '68 & RNC '08 Comparison/Contrast
DNC 1968 The Democratic National Convention of 1968 was a police riot. Forty years ago, the pigs used pepper spray, tear gas, tanks, billy clubs, and arrest against its own citizens. The Republican National Convention was a police riot. The first week of September, 2008, the pigs used pepper spray, tear gas, tanks, billy clubs, percussion and concussion grenades, tasers, and arrest against its own citizens. In 1968, people sleeping in a park were tortured, brutalized, and arrested by the tools of the government for having the gall to gather together to end the war in Vietnam. In 2008, people eating and listening to speakers in a park were tortured, brutalized, and arrested for having the gall to gather together to end the war against the poor here and in other countries. They took to the streets in 1968. We took to the streets in 2008. In both decades, both actions were met with over zealous, egotistical, violent, police retaliation. In both decades, people did what they had to do to defend themselves.
"The Chicago 10"
Local historian and recent arrestees will speak, with a short Q&A session following the movie.
Tuesday, October 14th, 7pm
Red and Black Café, SE 12th Ave, Portland, Oregon
This showing is free, but donations will be accepted for those who survived the 2008 RNC protests.

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14.10.2008 17:57
Announcing... the Let Live Series!
Announcing the Let Live Series, a monthly series of speakers, workshops, and social events. These events are dedicated to promoting and improving animal rights activism and community in the Portland area throughout the year, culminating in the annual Let Live Conference. Let Live Series, Part 1: Monkey Business. October 26th, 2 pm, PSU Campus in the Smith Memorial Union, room SMU228

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14.10.2008 17:54
Remember Remember The Fifth of November
Image of the Guy Fawkes mask assembled What?!?! You do not have your Guy Fawkes mask??? Okay this your chance to download and assemble one.
Well girls and boys that favourite holiday season is upon us again. It is time to gather the family and hang the pumpkins on the good old Halloween tree. Time to unbutton and zip down those over stuff pants after eating lots of tasty Vegan tofu turkey on Thanks Taking Day. Time to gather the neighbourhood kids in good cheer as we sing the traditional Election Fraud hymns. There is that great holiday called Bonfire Night to celebrate the rebellious actions of some guy. And who could forget that this Autumn season ends with an early Festivus. Hopefully this year there will be lots of "Airing of Grievances" followed by unusual amount of "Feats of Strength" to give us all that holiday joy and maybe even a "Festivus Miracle" or two.

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14.10.2008 14:55
Caravan To Support The Struggle For Survival At Black Mesa, November 22-29
**Join Us For The Caravan To Support The Struggle For Survival On The Front Lines Of Resistance at Big Mountain, Black Mesa, AZ. November 22-29, 2008**
IMPORTANT INFO ON NW CARAVAN TO BLACK MESA, AZ!!

**Join Us For The Caravan To Support The Struggle For Survival On The Front Lines Of
Resistance at Big Mountain, Black Mesa, AZ. November 22-29, 2008**

Please Come to the Upcoming NW Regional Planning Meetings!!

The caravan is six weeks away and that time is going to go by fast!
We strongly urge ALL participants to attend ALL upcoming regional meetings
to ensure that people are really prepared.
*We are asking all interested participants to first pre-register to help
us estimate how many people to expect as well as to help us make necessary
accommodations.
To pre-register, please contact:  stephanie@RisingTideNorthAmerica.org


-- NW Regional Meetings: Sunday, 7 PM --
Oct. 19, Nov. 2nd, Nov. 9th, Nov. 16th
3 Friends Coffee House. 201 SE 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97214
Directions: link to maps.yahoo.com

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12.10.2008 12:52
Memorial for Marcella "Sally" Grace Eiler on Sunday
5:00 to 7:00 PM
snacks and (non alcohol) drink will be provided.
7:00 to 9:00 PM
we will share our memories of Sally and talk about the struggles she was a part of.
9:00 PM
TAKE BACK THE NIGHT!

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11.10.2008 08:54
OPB Supports Foi Gras!!! Please call them to tell them what you think about that.
[Tonight], OPB is going to air an episode of Rick Steve's Europe, in which Rick "visits a goose farm" and eats foie gras. Now, it does not surprise me that a classist ass like Rick Steves would support horrific animal cruelty, but it does surprise me that OPB would support such a thing. I am horrified.

Please contact OPB to let them know what happens to geese whose bellies are force fed until their livers explode. Tell them how cruel this practice is, and how unbelievable it is that OPB would support such a thing. And if you are an OPB member, please cancel your membership and tell them why. Cascadia does not support cruelty against animals.

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11.10.2008 08:47
Anything planned for Indigenous People's day this year (aka "destroy Columbus" day)?
Just trying to figure out if anything is planned for that day, haven't been able to find anything conclusive. Well that time of the year (October 13th) nears again when thinly veiled white supremacist pro-genocidal sentiments are publicly aired by the powers that be; they call it "Columbus day" after the confused imperialist who was discovered by indigenous peoples of the (so called) American continent lost at sea. As a person of European descent I personally curse that day, but I also want to remember and celebrate the 500÷ years of waged resistance to colonial and neo-colonial occupation that has occurred from the higher latitudes of "Canada" and "Alaska" south to farthest reaches of "Chile" and "Argentina." Some people would dismiss this resistance as only of historical importance, but the truth is that the struggle continues to this very day.

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11.10.2008 08:44
An Open Letter To The Person Who Abandoned Two Cats
Odds are you will never read this. Odds are you are not someone who reads the animal rights section of IndyMedia. Perhaps some dream spirit will whisper into your ear as you sleep tonight, "shame on you." Perhaps you will wake with a twinge of guilt, and perhaps you will never repeat your cruel act.

About a month ago you abandoned two juvenile, unneutered male cats at the back of the apartment complex I live in. Either you moved away and left them, or you crept your car along the dirt road behind my place and shoved two confused and frightened youngsters out the door. The method doesn't matter. You abandoned them. You shoved your responsibility out the door and went on with your life.

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