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01.12.2009 23:45
Union Reps & Transit Activists Unite Wed Night At PSU
Two members of the ATU (TriMet drivers union) and Lynn Lehrbach (with the Teamsters in Portland, and a TriMet board member) are expected to attend and talk at this Wednesday night's 6 p.m. Transit Rider Union meeting, on Saving Fareless Square coalition and direct action organizing. 1,500 transit riders have signed petitions to Save Fareless Square, and despite Lynn (on the TriMet board) voting with us, TriMet continues to ignore democracy, the public interest, clean air, global warming, oil wars, and transit equity.

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01.12.2009 23:40
December 2nd: Action Against Escalation in Afghanistan!
End the US Wars and Occupations! The American People Say NO to Troop Escalations in Afghanistan!

5:00 PM, Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
Federal Building
SW Madison & SW 3rd, downtown Portland

This Wednesday, December 2nd, one day after the expected official announcement by President Obama that the US will send an additional 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan, local peace and social justice organizations will gather at the Federal Building in downtown Portland to protest the decision to escalate the war and occupation. The demonstration against sending additional US troops will begin at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 2nd, at the Federal Building at SW Madison and SW 3rd in downtown Portland, Oregon.

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01.12.2009 23:37
"Where's Molly?", A Story About Institutionalization Of People With DD
The Fairview Training Center was once known as the "Oregon State Institution for the Feeble-Minded." It was established in 1908 and housed thousands of residents with disabilities for close to a century. During that time, these residents suffered from inadequate staffing, poor training, serious health hazards, restraints, forced sterilization, rape, torture and neglect. Many of the residents were brought to the Center as small children and lived their entire lives in the confines of this prison masking as a hospital.

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01.12.2009 23:29
Aftermath RNC Riots
These stories stem from the events that happened at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul, Minnesota. Although these actions took place in the summer of 2008, the repercussions and trials continue. The outcome of the State versus the People of Minnesota is not yet known. The battles fought between independent journalists and police were the catalyst of what it means to be a citizen journalist in America and how mainstream media portrays your message. What happened here and the outcome of the trials are of the utmost social importance.

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01.12.2009 23:24
Reports pouring in from n30 day of climate justice action! Compilation here!
Today, on November 30, one week before the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen open, and on the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Organization (WTO) protest in Seattle in 1999, major demonstrations, teach-ins and civil disobedience are taking place in cities around North America.

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01.12.2009 23:21
Cop Killings and Reasons
Now, I'm not advocating the killing of any police officers. I don't condone what happened to those four officers in Tacoma. I'm sure they all had families who are missing them, and it's sad that this happened. But I've got to say, I think I understand it. And I'm not so sure I could hold the person who shot them accountable for the killing. If I were on the jury, I think I would be very hard pressed to do anything but acquit him. Why? Is that really a question?

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01.12.2009 23:17
Global Day of Action on Climate Crisis on November 30
Major demonstrations, teach-ins and civil disobedience actions are taking place today in nine cities around the U.S.—in Chicago, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Burlington, VT and two cities in Maine, and Washington DC, as well as several other countries—one week before the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen open, and on the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Organization (WTO) protest in Seattle in 1999.

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30.11.2009 10:03
Oregon BLM Herbicide Use Plan Needs Comments by December 1st !
[This is really horrific; please take a few minutes to let the BLM know that Oregon water-dependent species will be irreparably harmed by all the action alternatives, and that herbicide use should be phased out, instead of tripled.]

The Oregon Bureau of Land Management is currently proposing to increase toxic herbicide use on BLM public lands in Oregon from about 17,000 acres of herbicide spraying a year to control invasive plants to almost three times as much -- 45,000 acres a year, and to increase the number of herbicides used from four to 12 herbicides on the west-side of the Cascades and 16 on the east side... claiming that there is higher public acceptance of herbicide risks east of the Cascades. The BLM offers a narrow range of alternatives, rejecting public suggestions to increase the use of non-herbicide control methods... and to prohibit use of the very potent Acetolactate Synthase-inhibiting herbicides (Chlorsulfuron, metsulfuron methyl, sulfometuron methyl, imazapic, and imazapyr) which are particularly risky to use in aerial spraying or boom spray applications. Failing to incorporate or combine any of these public proposals and the suggestion of only using herbicides as a last resort, the BLM is offering 5 alternatives, four of which use herbicides, with alternative 1 being no herbicide use, which they admit they are not taking seriously, saying it is for comparison purposes only.

*Mail comments (today) to: Vegetation Treatments EIS Team, POB 2965, Portland, OR 97208-2965, or email (but confirm receipt) to:  orvegtreatments@blm.gov

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28.11.2009 20:01
Video of Sea Lions on the Columbia River
The State began putting sea lions to death on the Columbia river last spring. On the day that the killing program began, Sea Lion Defense Brigadiers began chronicling the struggle to save them.

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28.11.2009 00:00
Silent protest at PPS board meeting!
no recruiters in schools 2 Advocates silently stand in protest during a board meeting of Portland Public Schools, trying to bring attention to the issue of military recruiters on PPS school campuses.

This is Martha Perez, reporting to you tonight from the Portland Public Schools Administration building at 501 N Dixon, where a spirited group of over a dozen advocates from peace and anti-war organizations, is currently conducting a silent protest of school policies, that allow military recruiters to provide information to students.

The main issue, is that the information being given, is one-sided, and only explains to students about the benefits of joining - but that it fails to disclose the risks & realities.

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23.11.2009 12:56
D5 in Portland - 10-year anniversary of the WTO protests in Seattle
D5 PDX 09 D5 plans for Portland - events start at 12:00 noon at Waterfront Park

As part of the global days of action against the new World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial, people from across the Pacific Northwest will be converging in downtown Portland to speak out against the proposed expansion of failed "free trade" policies and to demand the prioritization of human needs over corporate greed.

That week, the World Trade Organization will be holding its largest negotiations on international trade and investment in many years. During the new WTO conference, government officials and corporate lobbyists will be promoting the expansion of business-as-usual trade policies as a solution to, rather than a cause of, the global economic and environmental crises. On their agenda is the expansion of pacts that would:

* Cause further offshoring of local jobs
* Prohibit new banking regulations designed to prevent the next financial crisis
* Force global warming policies to conform with restrictive commercial agreements
* Expand agricultural practices that push small farmers off their land and force migration
* Require countries to accept imported foods and consumer goods that fail to meet local safety standards

We need to fight back. This latest WTO Ministerial -- only the fourth in the past decade -- falls on the exact 10-year anniversary of the hugely-successful Seattle WTO protests.

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23.11.2009 12:51
Portland Families In NE
lets get together and build a community. its takes a village! for a long time i have been wanting to build a community of families that do child care exchange. potlucks, carpooling,free schooling/un-schooling support groups, community gardening, grocery exchange and more. i know it is so important to have support and love from a community of friends when raising a child. it is not an easy task and not one that anyone should do alone. i feel it is about time that we come together and start supporting one another. childcare is outrageous the school systems are failing us and lets face it we all need someone to give us a hug here and there. if anyone out there is interested in getting together for playgroups, trading childcare, staring a homeschooling collective then lets get together! for now
here is a list of events and happenings that happen and resources for families in the inner NE/N/E ( becasue that is where i live and if i included all of Portland it would be an endless list) and close biking/busing distance from there. FEEL FREE TO ADD THINGS as long as they are ongoing for that day and have fun!

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23.11.2009 12:47
Red and Black Cafe PDX Guide
All of us here at the Red and Black are proud to announce our PDX Guide! This guide is available on our website, and is our selection of the many resources available in Portland. This includes worker co-ops, bike shops, local media and publishers, affordable health care and more. We hope you'll consider it one of your stops as you acquaint yourself with our lovely city. And if you have any suggestions about other places to put in the guide, we'd love to hear from you. Shoot us an e-mail!

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20.11.2009 16:34
Cop who KILLED JIM CHASSE and then shot a 12 year old girl with bean bag: STOP HIM
I just saw the video footage. Office Christopher Humphreys, a dickless little man who repeatedly feels the urge to prove himself by beating and hurting people who are smaller than himself and unarmed, has struck again. And not just him, either. A LOT of people have reason to feel shame tonight.
In the video footage, a cluster of armed police officers can be seen brutally attacking and beating a 12 year old girl. Officer Humphreys actually takes out a bean bag gun and shoots the pre-teen at close range, all for the crime of "riding the max when she wasn't supposed to."

And just as clearly, in the video footage, we can see the max train parked next to the scene, filled with hundreds of people passively watching from the windows of the train. A few people step off the train to get a better look, but NO ONE LIFTS A FINGER to stop the attack. No one does a FUCKING THING.

What is wrong with us, that we're so disabled by a uniform and perceived authority, that we will allow a little girl to be beaten, bludgeoned, and finally SHOT, right in front of us, and NOT ONE PERSON lifts a finger to stop it???

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20.11.2009 16:15
Statement from a portion of the Citybikes Board
A statement expressing our reaction and process regarding the Tim Calvert/ Valdas Anelauskas situation.
Making consensus decisions on immeasurably difficult issues is not something that comes easily to our cooperative. Members of the coop have been working from June until now, and this is what we wish to express.

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WTO Fucks Up Everything 20.11.2009 16:10
The Northwest still says No to the WTO
In late November and early December there will be a number of events across the Northwest commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the historic protests against the WTO in Seattle in 1999. As well as opposing the largest round of WTO meetings in years, which are scheduled to take place November 30th-December 2nd in Geneva, Switzerland. Ten years to the day after the Seattle WTO protest!

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20.11.2009 15:41
Fur Trapping Season Starts December 1st
Oregon fur trapping begins 12/1 and runs through 3/15. During the '08-'09 season, 765 active trappers (out of 1133 licensed) killed 19,148 animals using leg-hold traps, neck snares and Conibear traps. In calendar '08, the APHIS (Dept. of Agriculture) killed 8,342 animals using the same plus leg snares (mostly on bears), cages and gas canisters (mostly M44). Nearly all these animals suffered a protracted and torturous death.
While the relentless slaughter by the US Government can only be stopped at the federal level, fur trapping in Oregon can be stopped by its citizens.

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Food 20.11.2009 15:36
Portland Woman To Live On Wild Food Foraged In Portland For Thanksgiving Week
From Friday Nov. 20 through Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 26, urban forager Rebecca Lerner will attempt to survive exclusively on wild food she gathers from sidewalks, parks, wilderness areas and yards in the city of Portland, OR. There will be no Dumpster diving, mooching from gardens or picking from cultivated fruit trees. In an effort to highlight wild food, Lerner's unusual menu will include thistle, sumac, dandelion and other weeds; fat she gathered from a roadkill deer; the root vegetable wapato; acorns, chestnuts, hazelnuts and black walnuts harvested from city trees; mushrooms; stinging nettles; hawthorn berries; yellow dock seeds; cleavers, and more.

"Foraging is a fun and free way to get healthy local food," Lerner said. "It's also a survival skill that can come in handy in an emergency, and a way to get in touch with our roots as hunter-gatherers."

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20.11.2009 15:27
Children's Peace Fair This Saturday
This Saturday, there will again be the annual Children's Peace Fair sponsored by a number of local anti-war activists and peace groups. This event is particularly important in light of the increased attempt to militarize youth. It offers families a chance to celebrate peace in community. The Children's Peace Fair has been a Portland tradition for at least a decade and traditionally takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

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20.11.2009 15:24
VIDEO: Armistice Day in Portland Oregon
Armistice Day 2009 On this day, a group of 100 people gathered with fellow veterans and their family & friends in Pioneer Square.

Also known as "remembrance day" this event was remembered in Portland Oregon with respect to those who have lost their lives in war. We all gathered and listened in quite, to taps played as we reflected on the tragedy of all war.
The date was declared a national holiday in many nations, to commemorate those members of the armed forces who were killed during war.

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