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Gentrification Scandal 24.11.2008 13:17
Mississippi Ave Lofts qualifed for Federal Low Income loan
The controversial Mississippi Ave Lofts received a federal low income loan from The Albina Community Bank. I reread it several times because I couldn't believe my eyes. I think there is something terribly wrong with a high end condo project such as MAL, with 721 sq ft studios selling just below 300,000 and housing high end retail stores like Pastaworks, qualifying for a federal loan for low income communities.

Not only are they high end, but these developers have a documented track record of trying to bend rules and being less than honest in their drive to capitalize as much as they possible even in spite of community opposition. Then after they finally get their way (city capitulates, big surprise) they hire Gray Purcell a non-union, hire anybody off the streets(literally), company.

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24.11.2008 12:57
Vegan Thanksgiving at Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary
A Turkey for Thanksgiving At this very moment, unspeakable things are happening in slaughter houses across the country: Turkeys and pigs are dying unnecessary deaths, so that Americans may give thanks for the grace of God next Thursday. They are dying because tradition can be heartless. And they are dying because humans are apparently often born incapable of empathizing with other living beings. So, far too many of us think nothing of the conversion of another's life into a frozen wad of flesh encased in plastic and put on display on freezer shelves. Lots of people buy these frozen wads of flesh, robbed of the context of their lives and deaths, and then they feed them to their families on Thanksgiving. Wouldn't it be great if we could all give thanks in a manner that doesn't require the suffering of sacrificial animals?
Hey, guess what: We can.

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24.11.2008 12:54
North West Anti-Imperialist Direct Action Coalition founding convention
There is going to be a Founding Convention for a Northwest Coalition to Coordinate Direct Action in our region against Imperialism. The convention's purpose will be to determine points of unity and set up the general structure of the coalition. The convention will consist of workshops and meetings as well as networking time. Food and Housing will be provided.

Friday, December 5, 2008 at 7:00pm at The Evergreen State College until Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 6:00pm.

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24.11.2008 12:49
Requesting Submissions To a New Radical Paper
A new radical paper is in the mix, Revolutionary Catechism, and we would love to have submissions from revolutionaries in Portland.

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24.11.2008 12:16
Police Raid Max, Guns Drawn
Rubber Bullet or Canister Shotgun At approximately 3:30pm Sunday Nov 23rd 2008 5 police officers came storming down the Hollywood Max stop with guns drawn. One police officer with what appears to be a modified shotgun possibly designed to shoot rubber bullets or gas canisters. two other officers had pistols drawn with a final gun toting officer holding an AK-47 while the last officer did not appear to have any weapons in hand and appeared to be there as backup support only.

So, in the middle of the day, in Portland Oregon the police come onto the max, with guns including an AK 47 drawn and yell for everyone to clear out of the max, this leads to a rush of people flying off the max about to trample each other, mothers with children, elderly, men, women, all fleeing from the Police.

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24.11.2008 11:36
The latest from Tre
Hello to you all!

Greetings from Herlong, CA. This place is positioned in a valley with mountains surrounding in all directions. Gorgeous sunrises and sunsets have blessed me while sitting barefoot in the grass they only recently planted. Up until about a month and half ago it was all dirt and rocks.

I've been playin' music every day since my arrival on Oct. 8th. I'm writing songs with a bro named Ryon and practicin' with a few guys who are very talented musicians. Anyone can check out a guitar and go outside and play for hours (which is exactly what I do)! The air is fresh and clean (we're high in the Sierras away from any city pollution). I'm able to be outside most of the day (at least for now; once I'm assigned a job that'll change). This is the most sun and outside exposure I've had in almost 5 years. It feels fantastic!! My skin is turnin' a deep golden brown. A yoga class is offered 5 days a week as well as Pilates and other fitness/wellness modalities. There is even a wellness library.

 http://www.trearrow.org

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23.11.2008 09:09
Portland Alliance Interview W/Weathermen Co-Founder Bill Ayers
In a stump speech delivered one month before election day, the intellectually challenged Sarah Palin said of President-elect Barack Obama; "Our opponent ... is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country. Turns out one of Barack's earliest supporters is a man who, according to the New York Times, and they are hardly ever wrong, was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that quote, launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and US Capitol."

The so-called "terrorist" in question is Bill Ayers, co-founder of the sixties radical Weather Underground, an organization the FBI labeled as a domestic terrorist group.

The sixties became a time ripe for anti-government dissent and calls for revolution among young, radical activists in the U.S. Bill Ayers was one who answered this call. In time, he would rise to national prominence as a militant leader of the New Left.

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god hates hate 21.11.2008 11:29
"God hates Fags" coming
Silverton, OR elected the first ever openly transgender Mayor, Stu Rasmussen! Well, Westboro Baptist Church (started by Fred Phelps, extreme homophobic preacher, www. godhatesfags. com) is coming to Oregon to protest this.

Queers and allies of Oregon, let's rally together to support Stu, the city of Silverton and our queer community. For those of you who don't know, Portland is observing Transgender Remembrance Day this week. What better time to rally around support of our first openly elected transgendered official.

Westboro Baptist Church, is going to be protesting through Portland and then Silverton on Monday, Nov. 24th. We are calling a meeting to pull together to find a way to show our support of the queer community and raise funds for a queer organization (to be determined at the planning meeting, hopefully with input from Stu) in Oregon.

If you are interested in being involved in the planning, please attend our planning meeting on Friday, Nov. 21st at 7pm at Outside In (1132 SW 13th Ave. Portland, OR 97205 between Jefferson and Main on 13th.)

also...

The Rev. Fred Phelps' people from the Westboro Bapstist Church (the "God Hate's Fags" people) are planning a protest on Monday morning (7:30am), November 24, at the corner of 13th and SW Market. They will be protesting PSU's Queer Resource Center and, specifically, the concept of gender neutral bathrooms.

They refer to PSU on their web site: www.godhatesfags.com. If you scroll down to 11/24, you'll see it on there.

The Queer Resource Center is mobilizing folks to get together for a counter-protest. There will be an organizational/poster making meeting at the QRC at 1pm on Friday. We will meet at the QRC on Monday morning at 7 am to pickup the posters and walk down to the site together. If you need any further information please call the Queer Resource Center.

Spread the Word!!

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21.11.2008 08:35
Josh Harper Update (11/20/08)
Dear friends,

As of today the state has stolen the last two years of my life. On November 16th of 2006, I walked into the nearby Federal Detention Center, was stripped naked, given a jumpsuit, and thrown in a cell for advocating controversial tactics to shut down an animal lab.

The first inmates I met gave me some adviceó try to forget you are here. Don't think about the time. Do your best not to remember the outside world. What awful advice! Although it might make my life harder, I'm relieved that I still bristle at incarceration. I never want to be one of the fully domesticated folks who slowly stop seeing the bars and razor wire and start to consider this place home. I hate prison with a passion. That let's me know I'm still sane.

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20.11.2008 07:56
Carnage: Killing Season in Cascadia
There is a place near the river, where I live, that used to be a forest. I used to go walking there. The light filtered down through the trees, into the deep, green shade where I walked. Kestrels and red tailed hawks prowled above the branches near the edges of this wood. Deeper in the trees, delicate wildflowers blanketed the earth beneath the ferns in the spring. Now and then, deer would leap from the sheltering brambles as I walked. Musk rats, otters, and beaver glided through the lazy water of a clear and sparkling stream that wound its way through here. Trout darted from beneath the grasses bending out over the water from the shore. It was beautiful.

Last spring, bulldozers and loggers and heavy equipment came in and mowed it to the ground. They left muddy tracks and a flat wasteland behind them. I heard the land was being... "developed."

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20.11.2008 07:53
Photos: WOPR protest at State Capitol
These photos were taken at a rally on November 14th at the Oregon State Capitol. Oregonians in attendence were asking Governor Kulongoski to stop the implementation of the Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR), which would allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to increase logging of Oregon lands by 463%. Last week, Jasmine, a student from an Oregon University, sat in a tree on the State Capitol Campus to raise awareness of the issue. To mark the day of the rally, Jasmine descended from the tree.

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20.11.2008 07:49
Mayor may squelche cop retirement scandal vote
You may remember that several weeks ago the City Council voted to delay approving what seems to be a bribe to former police sgt Rocky Baluda. Many years ago, he threatened to argue his case against demotion for approving "cuff time"--police slang for taking off work early and getting paid for it--by having many witnesses swear it was common practice in the police bureau, including the top brass. For all these years, the Portland Police Disability and Retirement Board has paid Baluda thousands of dollars in disability pay and suppressing any public hearings on his claims.

The delayed Council vote on permanently preventing any hearings by a final payoff to Baluda was scheduled for Wed, Nov, 19. But Mayor Potter has attached the following unprecedented note on the Council agenda.

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20.11.2008 07:45
More Cop "Mistakes"
A Canby cop, with the apparent complicity of his chief, battered two wives, bought steroids while in uniform, on a police motorcycle, using cop shop stationary. Anyone surprised?
What's more, the seller -- Brian Jackson, then a strength and conditioning coach for the much-heralded Oregon City High School girls basketball team -- told the informant he didn't worry about getting caught by the police because he was selling to the police.

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20.11.2008 07:44
Let Live Series, Volume 2: The Skin Trade
Skin Trade with Shannon Keith
When: 11/23, 1 pm
Where: PSU, Smith Memorial Union, Room 238

With colder weather comes fur season. It starts appearing on racks in stores and on peoples backs around town. Most people don't know what cruelty goes into their clothes as even fakes are often real dog and cat fur. With this in mind, and with the annual Fur Free Friday demonstrations coming up fast, we welcome acclaimed activist and director Shannon Keith who will be sharing segments of her new film Skin Trade, which is in production. Shannon is an animal and civil rights attorney, and the director of the award winning film, Behind the Mask. She is a regular speaker at animal rights conferences around the country and will be discussing the fur industry, her film, and leading a discussion about what we can all do to combat this cruel fashion. This discussion will cover audience member questions as well as how to combat industry arguments, outreach and education tips, and online activism options, amongst other topics.

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20.11.2008 07:43
Boise Cascade Closures in St Helens: Mixed Feelings
It is with very mixed feelings that those of us out here on the river respond to the news that the mill is shutting down. Yesterday, Boise Inc (formerly Boise Cascade) announced that the pulp and paper mill in St Helens will be "restructuring" operations. This translates to the permanent closure of much of the mill, and the laying off of 300 workers (out of 470). This comes on the heels of an announcement, two months ago, that the Boise veneer mill, a few blocks away, would be closing down as well.

This is a terrific blow to the local economy out here in St Helens. Aside from 300 mill jobs being gouged out of such a small town, there will also be an economic domino effect as the rest of the community adjusts to the shakeout. Some local officials estimate that, for every Boise job loss, there will be an additional 1.3 jobs lost in other sectors, including loggers who supplied the mill with wood, salespeople who served the mill families, restaurant jobs in the places where mill workers ate their lunch....

 http://stinkysthelens.wordpress.com/

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20.11.2008 07:40
Obama and the crisis of expectation
With Obama elected President but not yet inaugurated, the question on everyone's mind is, "what's going to happen next?" Millions of people around the world are hoping that a Obama presidency will radically change the course of US politics, and with it, world politics. This is especially true for the huge numbers of mostly young volunteers working for Obama's campaign, most of whom had never been involved in politics before.

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20.11.2008 07:40
Ecuadorian anti-oil activist Leo Cerda in Portland this week - 4 talks around town!
ecuador ** Friday @ PSU | Sunday @ Black Rose | Monday @ Lewis & Clark | Wednesday @ Reed **

Leonardo Cerda is an Ecuadorian youth climate, energy and sustainability activist studying International Relations and Political Sciences at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. He'll be discussing his communities work in Ecuador, the damage done by the oil industry, and efforts to build a more just, sustainable society in Ecuador.

 http://cascadia.risingtidenorthamerica.org

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20.11.2008 07:37
IWW Solidarity Fund Raiser, this Saturday!
IWW An event to raise badly needed legal/medical funds for our fellow workers in Providence, RI... On Aug. 11, 2007, an IWW solidarity march in Providence, RI was viciously attacked by police officers. Several union members were severely injured, and arrested. In addition to hefty medical fees, two IWW members are facing charges from the state of "assaulting a police officer". Please come to this fund raising event to help offset the legal and medical fees of our fellow workers. An injury to one is an injury to all!

Saturday, November 22nd, 7:00pm
Red & Black Cafe, SE 12th and Oak St., Portland, OR
$5 suggested donation at the door. Musical entertainment featuring Tansy Tarweed, The Dapper Cadavers, and Macdougall!

Plus, all the delicious food and beverages that the R&B Cafe is famous for. This event is all ages, wheelchair accessible, and smoke free.

 http://www.iww.org/en/node/3563

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20.11.2008 07:33
Spanish bank occupied by workers
In the southern Spanish city of Granada today, a powerful workers demonstration has been taking place. It includes the simultaneous occupation of the offices of a local developer/estate agents and the main branch of the BBVA bank.

The Sindicat Andaluz de Trabajadores (Andalucian Workers Union) has been out in force on the streets of Granada today. This small activist union was formed in 2007 owing to disatisfaction with the representation offered by other larger trade unions. So far today city centre roads have been blocked and the offices of Osuna (major Spanish estate agent and developer) and BBVA bank have been occupied by several hundred protestors.

The occupation of the Osuna officers was ended by police at about 2pm but the protestors simply moved up the road to join their fellows at the BBVA offices which remain occupied as this is being written 7.30 pm To liven things up they decided to block a major city crossroads for about half an hour.

For photos and reports in spanish:  http://www.sindicatoandaluz.org

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20.11.2008 07:29
The LAPD had other plans.... click on the link for the full story... X-Vandals Show in LA Raided by LAPD
On Sunday 11/16/08 the Hip-Hop duo know as X-VANDALS (MC Not4Prophet of RICANSTRUCTION and DJ Johnny Juice of Public Enemy) was scheduled to do a benefit show for RAC (Revolutionary Autonomous Communities) a dirt roots anarchist organization doing work in the communities that they work and live in...

The show was to be a benefit for an Anarchist Book-fair that RAC is
planning...

The LAPD had other plans.... click on the link for the full story...

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7WaTPGhPLA

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