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Portland Represents: answering a call from International Rivers, requesting a stickering/photographing (Plus) campaign against Home Depot, which is prospecting on lumber from the "collateral damage" of Chile's destructive hydroelectric damming project.
The Chilean economic interests that promote damming Patagonia's Wild Rivers At Risk claim that dirty dams are the answer to Chile's climate change challenges. These dams would destroy forests and livelihoods, and the associated transmission lines would be the world's longest clearcut!
We are calling on The Home Depot to cancel contracts with the Matte Group (CMPC) and the Angelini Group (Arauco), and to stop being hypocritical about their promise to help customers be environmentally conscious consumers while defending the sales of products from interests that promote the flooding of native forests and the destruction of a delicate web of life.
More information about this campaign at:
Well everyone, this is my last dispatch from prison! Yipee!! As spring takes hold of winter's release, i give thanks 4 the clear, blue skies, brilliant sunshine & sweet bird songs present all around me. i'll B back in stumptown B4 the summer solstice.
Starting Sunday, May 24, I'll spend a week eating wild food that I forage from sidewalks, parks, wilderness areas and yards in the city of Portland, Oregon. There will be no dumpster diving or mooching off gardens. I will be eating wild edibles only. I will be blogging about my experience here at www.CultureChange.org, talking about what I eat, how I prepare it and how I feel. As a city girl accustomed to the comforts of restaurants and supermarket food, I am excited to experience a new kind of luxury: interacting with the Earth the way I was meant to.
Most of what I know comes from spending time with knowledgeable friends who are herbalists, survivalists, ethnobotanists and primitive skills enthusiasts. Some of them will be joining me this week and introducing me to foods I've never tried before. What we are doing is a bit like reinventing the wheel. Because we lost most of our ancestral knowledge when our forefathers destroyed indigenous cultures, modern-day foragers are tasked with salvaging what scraps of information we have left. It is essential that we work together as a community to assemble the pieces.
There is certainly some urgency, as we are living in the midst of the sixth greatest extinction event of all time. Resources are becoming ever scarcer as our population continues to climb. It makes sense to look "backwards" in order to progress as we work to build the infrastructure for a sustainable future. For 200,000 years humanity has lived on this planet, and the vast majority of the time we had no worries about pollution. It only got funky 200 years ago, when we entered the strange new age of industrialization, a world filled with machines and factory farms and chemicals.
Wild Girl" Becky Lerner is a journalist who writes about foraging and primitive skills at www.FirstWays.com and http://rebeccalernerwilderness.wordpress.com. Her portfolio is at www.rebeccalerner.com
homepage: homepage: http://www.culturechange.org
Two prominent Obama administration officials were in Oregon today to discuss salmon recovery. NOAA chief (and former OSU professor) Jane Lubchenco and White House Council on Environmental Quality chairwoman Nancy Sutley came to talk salmon, but pointedly did not allow participation from the public -- indeed, the doors were closed to almost everyone. Despite the incredibly short notice, dozens of people showed up with signs, banners, and lots of spirit.
I had actually expected to meet with some tension from the fishermen who had promised to be there. However, when I arrived and began talking to the other groups, I was pleasantly surprised and amazed at how articulate and well-informed this particular crowd was on this issue. Sea lion advocates and anglers immediately found common ground on numerous issues: All of us care about real salmon recovery; None of us believes killing sea lions is the answer; All of us want to see dams removed from the Snake river; All of us want to see habitat restoration. By the end, we were actually carrying each others' signs -- some of the fishermen carried signs supporting sea lions, and some of us carried their "science not politics" signs. [ Read More | Older articles | Sea Lion Defense Brigade ]
Presentation/discussion about the ongoing genocide & ecocide
carried out on unceeded, unsurrended Coast Salish territories and
intensified by the coming Olympics. We will look at how different
anti-Olympic communities lead lives of resistance and take
direct-action against capitalism, colonization & social control.
Sunday, May 24th
Red and Black Cafe
400 SE 12th ave at Oak
Portland, OR 97214
By donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
Please join us for an evening of music and speakers on Saturday May 23rd at 7pm as we examine State Repression as on ongoing strategy of the State to silence dissent. Liberating Dissent II: Against State Repression will raise funds for Green Scare Prisoners and the community organizing efforts of Rose City Copwatch.
Speakers will include Kristian Williams, author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America and American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination as well as Lauren Regan founder and executive director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center. Music will be provided by Resist, Adelit@s, Coffin Ship and Silent Majority.
When: Saturday May 23rd 7pm-12am
We are inviting activists of all shades to our Action Camp May 23-25. This will be our kick-off event for Cascadia Summer, a season of action in defense of native forests left standing on Oregon's public lands.
At the camp we will be hosting trainings in a range of subjects such as tree climbing and rigging, anti-oppression, non-violent direct action, jail support and much more. We are facing thousands of acres of native forest clearcuts in Oregon this summer and training is the first step toward action. While the Green Scare has targeted our communities, we must make it clear that this culture will live on and even thrive regardless of state repression. We cordially invite you to help create and share the joyful, colorful, resistance culture that we hold so dear. It is our solemn obligation to keep the flame alive in dark times; so come to learn and stay to fight. This summer we will be dispatching a diversity of tactics from direct action to community education. We will have a camp in the forest and friendly houses in the city and we're inviting comrades young and less young, experienced and less experienced to join us for a summer, a month or just a few days. As long as the forests are threatened and we are able, every summer will be Cascadia Summer.
The action camp will be hosted 45 minutes outside of our campaign base of Eugene in the forests of Oregon. Visit www.forestdefensenow.org for more information or email forestdefensenow@gmail to arrange accommodations/rideshares ready for you when you arrive for the festivities.
Our basic 20-hr street medic training will take place this weekend (Fri 5-9, Sat/Sun 9-6) and we have several places left for both participants & volunteers for scenarios (no medical experience required). This will be a fun and educational romp through allopathic & herbal emergency medicine as it pertains to radical infrastructure & street gatherings. If you are interested, but cannot commit the full weekend, consider checking us out as a volunteer "patient"--you will receive love, appreciation, and (possibly) snacks
This will be our last Street Medic training for at least a couple months, so if you've meaning to participate & not yet found the opportunity, NOW is the (or at least a "good") time to contact us.
For more information or to check registration availability, email < firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for further community workshops, the next of which will be presented at the Portland Anarchist Bookfair (to take place at Liberty Hall, June 6th + 7th). Feel free to contact us and ask us questions. There are lots of ways to get involved!!
Portland's new Urban Farm Collective Wants YOU!!! Yes, YOU!!
Portland once again steps into the spotlight as one of the nation's most progressive and community-minded cities with the recent birth of the urban Farm Collective. Land holders, dirty hands (ie. The folks getting their hands in the soil!), and volunteers are coming together to transform backyards, front yards, and other lawns into spaces for growing food.
There are a couple of different ways to get involved.... There is no minimum time commitment. Help is also needed to get the word out! Spread the flyers, spread the love! Interested? Email email@example.com with either "Dirty Hands" or "Volunteer" in the subject line!
Stay tuned for more news about the Urban Farm Collective! The Grand
Opening of the Urban Farm Collective Market will be WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 at 4 PM, at the TIN SHED'S GARDEN PATIO.
We now know the identities of the animals put to death by the state. There were three of them rather than two. They are: C645, C674 and C858... C645 had a name, not just a brand. He was given the name Glider, by the children of Redland Elementary School. C674 was named "Hershey" by the community, in honor of Governor Kulongoski's dog. C858 had been added to the death list only last month, after being observed eating only TWO fish. Clearly, they are not targeting "problem" animals, as they had initially claimed. They are targeting and killing any sea lion they can get.
Once again, we are asking for volunteers to step forward who would like to assist with monitoring. It seems that the killing has not ended for the year after all. We particularly need people to be watching the river at Bonneville dam, and down in Astoria at the sea lion haul out. If you would be interested in helping with this, please contact the Sea Lion Defense Brigade at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Matt Rossell at In Defense of Animals to volunteer as a monitor. That number is (503)249-9996.
[ Read More | http://sealiondefensebrigade.org ]
Activists should be aware that a Portland Indymedia radio DJ, Sean Rice, has been harassed recently by the FBI and threatened with federal grand jury subpoena.
On Monday a man approached Sean Rice when Sean left his house to catch a bus. The man addressed him by his legal name claiming to be an FBI agent and wanting to "ask some questions". Sean quickly informed the man that he wouldn't be answering any questions. The man then claimed he "just wanted to talk to him about his rights". Mr. Rice then told the man he would not talk to him and walked away. At no time did the man present any identification proving whether he was a fed or not. It is important to be aware that corporations hire private detectives to harass activists. So this man may or may not be who he says he is.
Wednesday leaving work the same man approached, this time with a woman who did the talking. She started by trying to hail him over, "come here, come here". To which he replied, "No, talk to my lawyer". She then threatened him, "You're only making this harder on yourself. We can do this the easy way or with a grand jury subpoena." He requested her card to give to his lawyer and offered to have his lawyer contact her. She asked who his lawyer was and he, again, asked for her card. "No. Who's your lawyer?" "Stu Sugarman." Apparently Stu's bad ass reputation preceded him and she quickly uttered a nervous, "Ok," and they left;, again without identifying themselves or serving actual subpoena papers.
So just what exactly is a grand jury?
Portland Indymedia Tech Collective has spread its servers thin enabling millions of folks to be the media and wishes to improve its services. But, our hardware is getting tired, and we need to upgrade.
Come contribute to the future of Portland Indymedia and the ever increasing amount of Portlanders who depend on it. Plus see a great show and dance your ass off to the inspiring beat of love & revolution while you're at it!
Stag Bitten (pending confirmation)
Also featuring... BEER (you know you've heard of it....) & fun raffle PRIZES!
$5 and up donation (no contribution is too small or too large)
Snacks, T-Shirts, IMC merch, Available
8pm Saturday May 30th
Corner of NW 4th & Everett (upstairs)
Safer Space Policy in effect!
A motley crew of 35-40 pissed-off Portlanders disrupted the auction of foreclosed homes by bank-fraudsters yesterday morning at the Multnomah County Courthouse before being removed by Sheriff's deputies from the lobby of the courthouse, some violently. Attendees shouted slogans and made "bids" on properties (e.g., "I bid that you keep people in their homes").
The law-unenforcers outrageously claimed that the courthouse lobby and steps were not "public space", and that they therefore were entitled to grab and shove members of the group away from the building. One deputy said, "I'm the judge" of what's public space.
The banking industry has been obstructing attempts by activists to require pre-foreclosure mediation between themselves and homeowners because such mediation has been shown to keep people in their homes rather than out on the streets, where "unnecessary" people should apparently be.
[ Read More | forclosure resistance in portland | Fight the Banks: Foreclosure Prevention Direct actions ]
Join the subMedia posse - survival of the smartest starts now! Producer, videographer and creative genius Franklin López exposes crucial current trends with video montages that mix culture jamming, news, satire, music and action to scratch the social justice itch. Hopium is a crash course on the countercultures, protest movements, and underground forces set to collide in the post-Bush world.
Hopium delivers 90 minutes of short films, mashups, and clips from Frank's series It's the End of the World and We Know It and I Feel Fine, the world's most subversive news show. The evening culminates with highlights from the forthcoming END:CIV, and the documentary hit GROUND NOISE & STATIC, a video report from the Democratic and Republican national conventions in 2008
with Annabeth of Cicada Sound Collective
Sunday May 17th, 7pm
Red and Black Café
400 SE 12th avenue
An educational forum focused on the ongoing case of incarcerated American Indian activist Leonard Peltier will be held May 20, 2009, at 7 pm, at the Native American Student and Community Center at Portland State University.
Recently, Peltier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for a sixth consecutive year, in honor of his remarkable success in furthering causes of peace and human rights from behind bars during his 33 years of incarceration.
On the campaign trail last fall, President Obama met with Native American leaders and indicated his willingness to consider clemency or to support parole for Peltier. The May 20th event is part of a nationwide effort to renew support for Peltier's release now that Obama is in office.
"We will not be silent" On Mothers Day a 30 minute Silent Vigil was happening in Portland Oregon ...on the sidewalk, outside the Rhododendron Gardens. The music was edited in latter and was sung by "A Suspended Mind." This Silent Vigil was organized by "Code Pink" and local peace activists and organizations around the world. [ Read More | video link from the vigil | Mother's Day Proclamation ]
DIRECT ACTION GETS THE GOODS: Monday, May 11, at 9 a.m., at the Multnomah County Courthouse, 1021 SW 4th Ave. Stop the auction of foreclosed homes by the bank-fraudsters. Support SB 628.
Not active in supporting your neighbors who are facing homelessness because you think Obama will magically make everything all right?
Give up that Ghost....We need grass-roots action NOW, and YOU need to make it happen.... Every Monday morning, foreclosed homes are being auctioned at the Multnomah County Courthouse (1021 SW 4th Ave.). This is being done in spite of the fact that the bankers and their political flunkies are obstructing attempts to require mortgage mediation with the victims of the financial scams that threaten to harm all working class people. (Contact your state representatives about support for SB 628, the pre-foreclosure mandatory mediation bill that the bank fraudsters are attempting to destroy, and see: link to blog.affil.org).
Wear red and bring signs, if you can.
Fight Tri-Met Cuts! Public transportation is a human right!
We are a group of Tri-Met riders and community activists which was initiated by the Portland Social Forum. In these times of economic disparity, when ridership is up, we believe that cutting services, hiking fares, and possibly even laying off public transportation employees is counter to building a sustainable city. Inspired by the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union, we work to build a long-term program for community involvement and participation in the decisions that affect millions of riders, and like the Bus Riders Union we believe public transportation is a human right. We reject any attempts to cut services or hike fares and strive to work with Tri-Met to build a truly democratic and sustainable city. For questions, comments or contributions please contact us.
Smith Student Union
at Portland State University
Saturday, May 9th at 11am
(1825 SW Broadway)
A link to ACLU's know your rights! pocket guide to handling the police. useful for anyone attending the excessive force demonstration today or Copwatch workshops later this month... One thing we should all print, carry & distribute. I say we should all band together and circulate this to as many people as we know...
The Portland Restaurant Workers Association is holding a discussion forum on sexual harassment for restaurant workers and their allies. Join us May 21st, 7 PM at In Other Words Women's Books and resources, 8 B NE Killingsworth St Portland, OR 97211.
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