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"Creative Direct Action"
6pm, Thursday March 19th, 2009
City Repair Head Quarters, 3125 E Burnside
"Becoming the Media: A Critical History of Clamor Magazine"
Thursday, March 19, 2009, 7 p.m.
Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, Portland
The City Repair Project is hosting a series of ten workshops to assist organizers in working more cohesively, effectively and inclusively. For information on the complete workshop series check out http://www.cityrepair.org/wiki.php/wow
Cascadia Rising Tide (CRT) has been busy recently getting ready for the Spring and Summer "festivities" and decided to kick off the season down in Eugene at the annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC aka ELAW). ELAW is the largest environmental law conference in the country, is totally free and tends to signify the beginning of the summer environmental activist season here in Cascadia. Due to these factors CRT decided to come out and spread the word about Climate Justice perspectives and make the event a little more fun and action oriented.
Four Portland Rising Tiders (PRT), who organized the Northwest Black Mesa Solidarity Caravan last November, showed up early to give a presentation on Black Mesa and their experiences helping on the land. They talked a bit about the history of Black Mesa, the injustices caused by the US government and the fossil fuel industries. They used a slideshow to help folks visualize the region and the stories they told about the many projects they helped with. The story of Black Mesa is a clear example of the connections between climate criminals and social injustices. This connection has become known as the fight for Climate Justice...
For more info on how to help Black Mesa folks:
This bill is sitting in committee and I am not sure when it is going to hit the floor. One thing I do know is that very few of the Representatives have read it. As usual they will vote on this based on what someone else is saying. Urge your members to read the legislation and ask for opposition to this devastating legislation. Devastating for everyday folks but great for factory farming ops like Monsanto, ADM, Sodexo and Tyson to name a few.
HR 875 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c111:1:./temp/~c1112RD9bb:e11439:
Oregon Representatives and Senators are making an end run attack and back door prohibition attempt on Oregon Medical Marijuana patients.
Oregon State Representatives Maurer, Tomei, Thompson, Harker, Barker, Bentz, Berger, Bruun, Garrett, Gilliam, Gillman, Greenlick, Hanna, Jenson, Kotek, Krieger, Olson, Richardson, Schaufler, G Smith, Sprengger, Weidner, and Senators Burdick, Kruse, and Metsger have filed House Bill 3274 that would make the State of Oregon take responsibility for building and operating a facility to grow medical marijuana and provide it to patients through licensed pharmacies. It will charge a tax of $98.00 per ounce to patients obtaining it. It will disallow private grow operations.
Please, please, please - Yes, I'm begging you - contact your Representatives and Senators to oppose this sneaky, slimey attack on a program that only serves to offer some relief to persons suffering from debilitating illnesses and medical conditions.
Over 800 million people are going with out regualr meals as a result of
the global economic crisis. Over 20 percent of public school students in
America are homeless. Record forclosures are sending families to seek
meals at Food Not Bombs in communities all over the globe.
Join us Wed March 18th at the Red and Black Cafe at 7pm for a presentation by one of the founders of food not bombs, Keith Mchenry. Intrested in learening more about Food Not Bombs history or wanting to help out in portland? Come on down for the presentation and meet people from Portland Food Not Bombs and learn how to get involved in the local chapters.
With the 4 from CA, plus these 2 from UT, that makes a total of 6 (so far)... Two Local Utah Animal Rights Activists; William "BJ" Veihl and Alex Jason Hall, were arrested Thursday March 5th for an alleged raid of a South Jordan, UT mink farm in August, and the alleged attempted raid of a second mink farm in October. Both are being held in Salt Lake County Metro Jail on charges of Animal Enterprise Terrorism...they had an arraignment hearing in which both pleaded "NOT GUILTY". They are scheduled for a Bail Hearing on Tuesday, as of right now they are both being held on Felony 3 retainers with NO BAIL.
At this time it looks like each could face up to 6 years in prison and $350,000 in fines if found guilty. Please send them a letter of support during these first very difficult days behind bars...
On Sunday March 15th, 2009, 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. people, activists, organizers, and others [were] gathering at Pioneer Court House Square at the corner of s.w. Yamhill and s.w. Broadway to educate, flyer, and protest about the 300,000 Canadian Baby Seals that are scheduled to be slaughtered in just 13 days. The Canadian Seal hunt is the Largest Slaughter of Marine Mammals on Earth. More than one million baby seals have been killed for their fur during the past 4 years. You can help Stop this atrocity.
On March 24th, 1989, the Exxon Valdez spilled millions of gallons of oil into Prince William Sound. This week an estimated 60,000+ gallons of oil spilled from a tanker off of the Queensland coast, spoiling beaches, and sickening wildlife.
The U.S. press is underreporting this incident. There is barely any mention of it save for Yahoo running AP wire. As long as GasVees rule the roads, Oildom's Grip On Power will remain Entrenched.
Declining Auto sales are good news, not bad. Auto workers must be retrained to produce EVs. Factories retooled.
All the brass from the ODFW, WDFW, and Army Corps of Engineers are out at the dam at this very moment, frantically attempting to do advance damage control over possible public reaction to the news that the trapping and killing program has begun. So far, at least two sea lions are in state custody. It could be more, since officials are trying to be very tight lipped about this. But they've admitted to two. Given that more than 50 percent of the sea lions in their custody died last year, BEFORE they had permission to actually kill them, things are not looking good.
Although the public has been rather apathetic over the potential killings of sea lions thus far, officials know very well that once the killing starts, public shock and outrage are almost a certainty. So, in order to protect their own images as guardians of public interests and state wildlife, officials from ODFW, WDFW, and Army Corps of Engineers have refused to allow any media access to the trapped animals. They have banned cameras from the trapping location, have refused to alert the media when trapping or shooting will occur, and have not been forthcoming with any information about animals in their custody. A journalist with a (cough) prominent local paper requested permission to see the trapped animals in their cages, and was denied this request.
And if you care about these sea lions, get up to the dam. You can contact In Defense of Animals at 503-249-9996 or the Sea Lion Defense Brigade at SeaLionDefenseBrigade@lists.riseup.net to co-ordinate with other people when you can be up near the dam to bear witness to what is happening to the sea lions. The killing can take place anywhere from the dam all the way down to Beacon Rock, so the more eyes and ears (and CAMERAS!) out there, the better.UPDATE: Sea Lion Dead!
On Friday, March 6, 2009, three activists filed a lawsuit against the City of Tacoma for false arrest and other violations committed by Tacoma police during an anti-war demonstration.
Elizabeth Rivera Goldstein, Thomas McCarthy, and Phan Nguyen were arrested under the pretext of wearing backpacks in a "no-backpack zone" at the Port of Tacoma in March 2007.The activists had been demonstrating against the Iraq "troop surge" and the expedited deployment of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division to Iraq from Ft. Lewis. For two weeks in March 2007, the Port of Tacoma was the focal point for demonstrations against the deployment, as Stryker vehicles were being shipped out through the Port of Tacoma in advance of the 4th Brigade's actual deployment.
During this time, Tacoma police established a fenced-in "free speech zone" in the Port of Tacoma where demonstrators were compelled to congregate. Police set up random checkpoints to prevent the demonstrators from entering the "free speech zone" with backpacks and purses. The checkpoints appeared arbitrarily at varying locations and at various times throughout the protests. At times, the restrictions were arbitrarily applied to backpacks, purses, bags, buckets, boxes and even plastic water bottles. All restrictions were established without probable cause.
Thomas McCarthy was arrested on the night of March 9, 2007 while attempting to carry a backpack with food and medical supplies into the "free speech zone." Elizabeth Rivera Goldstein and Phan Nguyen were arrested along with six other demonstrators on March 11, 2007 for wearing backpacks into the "free speech zone." Goldstein's backpack contained a teddy bear, while Nguyen's "frontpack" contained a copy of the United States Constitution.
The BLM's massive Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR) logging plan has ignited a groundswell of opposition stretching from government scientists and the general public to Oregon's Governor and Congressional Representatives. Unfortunately, the BLM is pushing forward with the misguided direction of the Bush administration regardless of popular opinion, the law or scientific review.
As it stands today, the WOPR is the law of the land for over 2.5 million acres of forests in Western Oregon, and the BLM is taking steps to implement the plan on the ground. The first major project under the WOPR was just announced, and it is a 1400 acre clear cut above salmon-bearing streams in Oregon's Coast Range called "Edson". If allowed to move forward, this destructive Bush-era plan will repeat this form of industrial logging across Oregon's remaining natural heritage.
Six years ago, the call went out to people; "We march when they start bombing" & "When bombs drop Portland stops". It was simply a matter of time before the United States attacked Iraq and people around the world were prepared to show the US gov't that it wouldn't go unchallenged. In Portland, Oregon, thousands of people set out to 'shut down the city' and succeeded in blocking three interstate highways and as many bridges, as well as occupying a major intersection until far into the night and early morning.
Police were brutal in their response. Independent videographers outnumbered corporate cameramen by a large margin, and 'Day X' is the best coverage of the day & night of resistance. Compiled by Portland Indymedia activists from footage from many different independent media cameras, 'Day X' is the people of Portland's story on how we responded directly after the US invaded Iraq.
Tonight, Portland Anti-Imperialists will be screening this documentary at the Red and Black Cafe, starting at 7pm. After the video, we will have a panel discussion with some of the videoistas from the day and people that organized resistance on that day.
Please Join Sea Lion Defense Brigade and In Defense of Animals for a demonstration to oppose the government plan to kill up to 425 protected California Sea Lions at the Bonneville Dam over the next five years. The killing has been authorized and while the appeal to the court decision brought by the Humane Society of the United States is still waiting to be heard in the 9th District Court, the sea lion hit list is in effect and sea lions may be getting trapped and shot at any moment.
What: Protest against state-sponsored killing of sea lions at the Bonneville Dam
When: Next Wednesday, March 11th, from 11am until 1pm,
Where: At the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offices,
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Portland.
Two animal rights activists have been arrested under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in connection to the release of mink from Utah fur farms. The crimes are attributed to the Animal Liberation Front, which the FBI labels the "number one domestic terrorism threat."
William Viehl, 22, and Alex Hall, 20, were arrested in connection with the August, 2008 release of 300 minks from a South Jordan fur farm. It caused about $10,000 in damages. Spray painted slogans were found on the scene, including "No More Mink, No More Murder" and "ALF: We Are Watching." The two are also accused of attempting to damage another mink farm a few months later.
There are only 7 days left for you to comment on the proposal to double nuclear power and to dispose of more nuclear waste at Hanford. This is the Energy Department's Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (GNEP PEIS).
You remember, that plan to double nuclear power in the U.S. while adding dangerous waste to Hanford, putting nuclear trucks on the road, and risking nuclear weapons proliferation. This is your final opportunity to let USDOE know that it has completely failed to address the risks to the environment and human health from its plan.
Arizona is the testing ground for right-wing immigration policy. If we cannot stop it there, we'll see similar activities spread across the country. It is crucial that we raise awareness and collect resources in support of the communities terrorized by the Maricopa Sheriff and his volunteer posses.
We will hear from Portland delegates that attended the gathering, the march, and collected testimony from people affected by Arpaio's terrorism. We will also come together to agree on strategic actions that the Portland community can take to stand in solidarity with the Phoenix community and also show the country that we will not tolerate hateful policies anymore.
Come hear local activists report back from Phoenix, Arizona. Stop the hate! Stop Joe Arpaio! Stop ICE raids!
When: March 10th, 7-9pm
Where: VOZ 1131 SE Oak
Anarchist, SDSer and community organizer Forest Student is currently spending 60 days in jail for crimes he did not commit on May Day 2008 in Olympia, WA.
Forest was rounded up along with five other anarchists on May Day in Olympia in 2008 during a march for a project initiated by SDS, MEChA, IVAW and the IWW to make Olympia a sanctuary city for both undocumented workers and war resisters. Some participants of the march targeted US Bank and Bank of America during the march and the police came en force, arresting six anarchists, and brutalizing many others at the march.
During the trial, Forest took an Alfred plea bargain (saying he didn't commit the crime he was charged with but pleading guilty because there is a chance he would loose in court and he couldn't take that chance), pleading a felony and a gross misdemeanor down to two gross misdemeanors. Forest's plea did not implicate anyone else.
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, a leading international medical humanitarian organization seeks medical and non-medical workers for its fieldwork.
Seeking physicians, nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, midwives, epidemiologists, mental heath specialists, medical laboratory scientists, technicians, and technologists, pharmacists, administrative professionals, finance professionals, water/sanitation specialists, construction experts, and logistics professionals.
A recruitment information Session will be held Monday, 9 March 08, 7PM, REI, 1405 NW Johnson Street, Portland 97209.
For more information, visit www.doctorswithoutborders.org
This monthly meeting was video taped and now viewable in 2 parts for Portland Indy Media Center.
The Portland Human Rights Commission purpose is eliminating discrimination and bigotry,strengthening inter-group relationships, and fostering greater understanding, inclusion and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play in Portland.
The meeting is open to the public. The meetings are on the first Wednesday of every month. There was a couple dozen people at this meeting, eleven were commissioners.
This is a 2 part Goggle video from the monthly meeting at their office in north Portland Oregon.
Dozens of peace and social justice organizations across the state are gearing up for a big action in Salem this March to call for an end to the US war in Iraq and to urge Oregon State legislators to stop the Spring deployment of the National Guard to Iraq. The action, titled "Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad: Keep Oregon's Guard Home from Iraq and Afghanistan" is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 15th, at 1:00 PM with a rally at the steps of the Capitol, followed by a march through downtown Salem.
Bring your civic-minded spirit and a sack lunch and join us for this fun and meaningful field trip! Please book your bus ride at: fangsandclaws(at)q.com with "RSVP" on the subject line, NO LATER THAN March 8th.
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