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The 1999 WTO riots in Seattle were historic for several reasons. This was the first World Trade Organization meeting in the United States and the first to be effectively shut down. The riots also brought the term 'anti-globalization' to several Americans for the first time. Also, Indymedia emerged from the tear gas of the riots. Now, nine years later, the mainstream media gives its take on the events of late November of 1999. "Battle in Seattle" is a major Hollywood film that manages to leak some truth in with some melodrama. Using staged scenes and actual footage, the movie tells the story of several protesters, bystanders, delegates, cops and politicians and illustrates how everyone was affected by the riots.
It's not perfect but it's a great conversation piece. Portland Anti-Imperialist are proud to show this movie on Tuesday, December 9th at the Red and Black CafĂ© at 7pm. We will be bringing people that were at the riots and know the people that the characters were based off of so that they can answer any questions. Come join us for this free showing as we wade through Tinseltown's glitter to get to the nitty gritty.
It may still be the case that some people do not properly understand what a 'Great Depression' is and why it would be the case that the only correct strategy to adopt at a time like this is that of 'class warfare'.
Under the capitalist system the human condition is one of chronic anxiety because the capitalist system is based upon ruthless dog eat dog competition and people are routinely thrown to the wolves. You can even find them living in cardboard boxes under bridges. It is required that capitalism deliberately create poverty in order to maintain this constant state of chronic worry and anxiety in order for the capitalist system to function. If there was full employment, then we would have capitalists looking for workers instead having workers going cap in hand to capitalists and hoping to become the lucky chosen one our of a horde of such begging workers.
On Thanksgiving day, a beautiful little blue nose pit bull was shot to death by a Cornelius police officer, claiming that the dog had "charged" him. This dog was a very predictable victim of the hysteria and ignorance being pumped out by the likes of KPTV and other corporate "news" in the past month. It was also a victim of the officer's own cowardice, and the thoughtlessness with which humans often approach the lives of non-humans. Please see the bottom of this article for contact information for Cornelius, and please call them to demand that the officer be punished.
PINK AND BLACK ATTACK, a queer anarchist zine from Olympia, is looking for submissions for our first issue! Our deadline for submissions is December 10th, and we hope to have the first issue out in January. We're looking for content, be it action reports, essays (theory is good!), and anything that y'all can think of. Hope to hear from y'all soon!
E-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Dicentra for its second event in its monthly series "creating radical communities of care", and our first at In Other Words Books. This event will address Harm Reduction & Intervention, presentations from organizers will be followed by a practical workshop, and as always we have a support team for anyone that may need it!
Harm Reduction and Intervention in Portland and Across the Northwest brings together practioners in and organizers around harm reduction and intervention in Portland and the greater Northwest. Here we will be exploring the landscape of practices and concepts as they seek to address domestic and interpersonal violence, police brutality, substance abuse and mental illness, dispute resolution and street facilitation.
Thursday 11 December 2008 , 6pm at In Other Words Women's Books and Resources
8 NE Killingsworth St., www.inotherwords.org
President-elect Barack Obama has been busy picking out the cabinet and advisers that will staff his administration: Lots of familiar faces, including some Bush loyalists. Obama on Monday announced a foreign policy team which includes President Bush's defense secretary, Robert Gates - an early supporter of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Also picked to re-up is Gen. David Petraeus, the general who heads up U.S. Central Command, in charge of running the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Though he believes that al Qeada has become more of a threat in Afghanistan, he still thinks they are the power causing so much unrest in Iraq. A view few Iraqis share, by the way. Also in line for a seat in the cabinet is Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, as secretary of homeland security. According to John Trazvina, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, under her term: "Arizona has become one of the worst states for immigrants in this country."
[...] Do you voters understand why so many of us have less-than-zero faith in the electoral process now?
"Do you voters understand why so many of us have less-than-zero faith in the electoral process now?" But explain, spell it out for us. What is this better method of decision making you have in mind? How does it work? Are you under the impression that a vast number of Americans [and billions around the world] wanted some particular (different) major change and so were denied a choice of that at the polls? And that is the reason why the electoral process didn't work to bring about that change. Look, I want major change as much as you do, but we're not going to make much progress toward that goal as long as we keep deluding ourselves as to what the real problem is. The real problem is that we haven't managed to project a clear vision of those changes, convinced many other people to want them. That comes first. ORGANIZE.
As the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change opened today in Poznan, Poland, a group of grassroots climate activists came to the Washington DC office of Environmental Defense to voice some complaints about their role in the shaping US proposals at the negotiations. ED is one of the largest environmental organizations in the world and has been central in promoting the approach of carbon trading as a solution to climate change, a policy which has been publicly endorsed by Obama.
Dr. Rachel Smolker of Global Justice Ecology Project read a statement, which said in part, "My father was one of the founders of this organization, which sadly I am now ashamed of. So far they have utterly failed, serving only to provide huge profits to the world's most polluting industries. Instead of protecting the environment, ED now seems primarily concerned with protecting corporate bottom lines. I can hear my father rolling over in his grave."
The activists rearranged furniture in the office, illustrating how marketing carbon is "like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic." Others held signs reading "Keep the cap, ditch the trade" and "Carbon trading is an environmental offense."
December 5th- Happy 30th Birthday to Jeff Luers!
December 5th- NYC Good Time for Daniel McGowan and the Good Time Bill!
December 6th- Eugene Benefit for Daniel McGowan
Dear Friends, A reminder that Jeff's 30th birthday, and 8th birthday in prison, is this coming Friday December 5th. Please send him a card, or donate to his prison commissary account or education/release fund. In other news, political prisoner Daniel McGowan's 3rd anniversary of his arrest is December 7, and a few events are taking place to mark the occasion as well as bring attention to the Federal Prison Work Incentive Act (or "Good Time Bill") - a bill to restore good time allowances toward service of Federal prison terms.
If you are in the Eugene Oregon area:
Saturday, December 6th: A Benefit for Oregon Environmental Prisoner Daniel McGowan With Folk/Old-Time/Acoustic Musicians:
The Underscore Orkestra, Brenna Sahatjian,& The McKenzie Riverboys
8:00-11:00PM @ the Morning Glory Café, 4th and Willamette, Eugene
In New York City: A Good Time for the Good Time Bill: Dinner, A Movie ("Hoot") and Conversation Friday, December 5th, 7pm @ 6th St Community Center
Learn what you can do to support these endeavors for liberatory social justice and toward bringing friends and families together.
Please ask your congressperson to support the "Good Time Bill".
(Find your congressperson here: http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/index.html)
The PDX IWW hosts the 3rd annual Working Class Book Fair-
Saturday December 6th - 12-4pm
Liberty Hall - 311 N Ivy, Portland OR, 97227
Local Book Vendors will dish out Books on Work Class: History, Fiction, Political Theory, and more. Vendors include: Laughing Horse Books, In Other Words, Tarantula Press, Eberhardt Press, Just Seeds, Malkriad@s, IWW Books, Olin, Red Letter Press, Great Northwest Books, Decentra Collective, Black Rose Collective, and many more. It's only once a year that you will see these 12 plus vendors shoved all under one roof. Find books, children's stories, zines, posters, stickers, buttons and friends
Come Early 11-12 to participate in a Workshop on Marx's Value Price and Profit This essay was never published till after Marx's death, but serves as a handy guide ("Addressed To Working people") to the main concepts he presented in Capital Volume One— "Production, Wages And Profit"; "Supply And Demand"; "Value And Labor"; "Laboring Power"; "Surplus Value"; "Struggle Between Capital And Labor"; and much more!
The Book Fair will also be the Grand Unveiling of the 2nd Edition of Think it Over...an introduction to the IWW. Handsomely printed by Portland's own Stumptown Printers, this pamphlet carries the heart and soul of the IWW, and explains solidarity, direct action, and class struggle in way that's easy to swallow and digest in one sitting.
Contact: IWW Hall 503-231-5488
The owner of a popular coffee house and bakery suddenly shut the doors of the business leaving a group of people without jobs. Those workers and some past employess are now trying to re-open the business as a worker-owned coop.
The workers have a plan to make this coffee house become a place that people can use for community organizing as well as offering bake goods and coffee and tea. First they need to raise the money to ask the bank and past owner to let them take over the loan. The workers need capital and they are asking the community and past customers to help them raise that money.
a speech in the park
a rally outside local fur shop
police were obvious 'standing by'
This is a 7 minute [..] video of one of the south park blocks speech's
And some footage of the protesting outside the downtown fur store that was a few blocks away
nterview with Matt Rossell of In Defense of Animals on the Public Access program, "A Growing Concern." The interview took place after the Fur Free Friday March, on the day after Thanksgiving. After a few minutes of footage from the days events, Matt talks about the world wide fur industry and played under cover footage taken in a fur farm in the United States. The video also depicts the dog and cat fur industry in China. Matt says that half of the fur used in garments in the world comes from China. Fur used for garments, but also for trim and accessories. This undercover footage is extremely graphic, portraying brutal and inhumane conditions as well as anal execution, the method used to kill the animals.
On my way back from Fur Free Friday, I dodged throngs of Christmas shoppers weaving in and out of the shops downtown. It didn't seem as crowded as last year, but there were lots and lots of people putting material consumption up on a pedestal this afternoon. Bags in hands, they bobbed blissfully through the the city, making the obligatory stop at Pioneer Square to pick up promotional wares from the corporate sponsors of tonight's tree lighting event. But then....
There was a special, celebratory mood as the crowd paused at the corner where Schumacher Furs once stood. While Matt Roselle reflected on the history of the Schumacher campaign, including the attempt by the Schumacher family to sue activists for exercising their right of free speech... Shoe sellers came out of a shoe store while I stood on the sidewalk nearby. I heard one of the men saying to the other, "Uh oh, what do you think they think about all this leather leather?" (Since the shoe store was filled with leather.) The other man replied, "They probably don't like it, but this is really cool." Both stood outside and cheered the crowd.
For the most part, everyone I saw on the streets was in support of the demonstration. That was certainly good to see. The sad truth is, the fur trade is more entrenched than most of us realize, right here in Cascadia. Although fewer people are willing to risk their souls and social standing to wear fur these days, the number of trappers in Oregon has more than doubled in the past few years. Please keep educating people on all the reasons why fur is wrong, fur is unacceptable, and fur is dead.
We've all been waiting with baited breath for Mosman to make his decision public. It's been months since the oral arguments were heard in this case, and months since he said he would rule in about a week. Today, the day before Thanksgiving, when he figures the media will be away for a long holiday weekend, he finally issued his opinion: Kill the sea lions. I am expecting that this will be appealed.
The economy should be a part of life, not a steamroller crushing creativity and self-realization. Bailing out financial speculators while turning a blind eye to the imperatives of reducing working hours and building community centers is a bitter fruit of market fundamentalism
Hey jammers, creatives and meme warriors, Three more days to go! Check out our Buy Nothing Day action pyramid online for inspiration and ideas. Organize your own Buy Nothing Day jam (or join an existing one) by posting on our BND events wiki.
Every day feels like BND to most people right now. So this year in our press releases, interviews with reporters and communications with BND celebrants around the world, we are confronting the issue of the economic meltdown head-on. We're asking citizens, policy makers and pundits to examine the root causes of the crunch we're in and telling them that it was not caused by lack of regulation or toxic derivatives or the usual stuff that everybody is talking about. It is in fact our culture of excess and meaningless consumption - the glorified spending and borrowing of the past decade that's at the root of the economic crisis we in.
Here's the latest Adbusters BND Press Release. Circulate this widely--
Come celebrate the nine year anniversary of the people's victory over the WTO! Understory Productions is showing the DVD version of "A Year In The Streets" at Cozmic Pizza this Sunday, N30, at 7:30 PM. Admission is free.
From the flier:
"Celebrate this year's historic election with a flash back to the turbulent year 2000. In a time before the Patriot Act and Homeland Security, people had the courage to take to the streets and demand real change.
Watch as Cascadia Media Collective camera crews document a wave of outrage and hope that swept the country, from the N30 1999 WTO meetings in Seattle, to the Democratic National Convention in LA, all the way to Prague and back again to Washington DC for the Bush Inauguration. Along the way, check out a series of local demonstrations about everything from old growth logging and the gravel quarry on River Road to animal rights at the circus and justice for Mumia Abu Jamal. And finally, observe the response of the police, when people actually use their constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of speech and assembly."
Check it out online at:
See the intro on youtube:
See you there!!
Nobody but Americans celebrates Thanksgiving. It is reserved by history and the intent of "the founders" as the supremely white American holiday, the most ghoulish event on the national calendar. No Halloween of the imagination can rival the exterminationist reality that was the genesis, and remains the legacy, of the American Thanksgiving. It is the most loathsome, humanity-insulting day of the year - a pure glorification of racist barbarity.
Thanksgiving is much more than a lie - if it were that simple, an historical correction of the record of events in 1600s Massachusetts would suffice to purge the "flaw" in the national mythology. But Thanksgiving is not just a twisted fable, and the mythology it nurtures is itself inherently evil. The real-life events - subsequently revised - were perfectly understood at the time as the first, definitive triumphs of the genocidal European project in New England. The near-erasure of Native Americans in Massachusetts and, soon thereafter, from most of the remainder of the northern English colonial seaboard was the true mission of the Pilgrim enterprise - Act One of the American Dream. African Slavery commenced contemporaneously - an overlapping and ultimately inseparable Act Two.
A federal judge ruled today that a trial in the case of Fouad Kaady, shot and killed by police in September of 2005 may proceed. As you all know, Fouad Kaady was only 27 when Officer William Bergin of the Sandy Police Department and Deputy David Willard of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office shot him only 28 seconds after responding to a call which found Kaady naked and bleeding after an accident. Fouad's family filed a lawsuit naming the two officers, the city and the county as defendants siting allegations of excessive force, civil rights violations and wrongful death.
The trial is scheduled to begin on April 28, 2009 in the courtroom of Judge Paul Papak and is on the docket to last three weeks.
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