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Announcing The IWW's 4th Annual WORKING CLASS BOOKFAIR, taking place on Saturday December 19th from 11:00AM-4PM.
The room will be packed with vendors of such fame as: Laughing Horse Books, Eberhardt Press, Black Rose,
In Other Words, Northstar, Just Seeds, PDX IWW, Great NW Books, and more! There will be more books than You can shake a stick at!
The Portland Restaurant Workers Association (PRWA) helped stage a second solidarity action today, Friday, Dec. 11th, against recently opened restaurant Toast and Pho, to regain back wages for three employees. The wage claims were denied, and a third action is planned for tomorrow Dec. 12th.
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In the back of a truck on a rainy winter day we pull off I-5 into Seattle. High in the distance a banner hangs from a crane building condos. WTO this way, Democracy that. A guy holding incense flashes a victory sign greets cars as they go into downtown. We find our friends, the house we would be staying in for the week of the convention. This house near downtown became our trenches. We ate from cans of beans with pocket knives.
I was here to take pictures. I had been part of demonstrations in the months leading up to the WTO. I had captured images on film with an old Nikon-F that my father had given me. On our first night, we plastered a Starbucks with political posters. These protest posters were tokens of the revolution. This was before 9-11 so things felt hopeful. Environmental activists and Union activists coming together in unity, in solidarity.
The Olympic Resistance Network will be in Portland to teach about the devastating legacy and impacts of the Olympics as well as describe the state of movement that is building militant resistance to the Five Ring Circus. Come learn how we in Portland can stand in solidarity with our neighbors to the north! The 2010 Winter Olympics will take place on unceded indigenous land in the Coast Salish Territories. Far from being simply about 'sport', the history of the Olympics is one rooted in displacement, corporate greed, fascism, repression, and violence. Those with the most to gain from the Olympics are the political and corporate elite - from real estate developers to private security corporations.
For more info: www.No2010.com, www.OlympicResistance.net, http://cascadiaconvergencenetwork.wordpress.com/
Related Article: Olympic Resistance Network Speaker Prevented From Speaking Out in Portland
Thursday, high noon 700 SW 6th Ave.
We will once against stop at the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit located at Pioneer Square to see if our "Torture Judge" has resigned, been impeached or arrested for crimes against humanity. Come and spend some time with us who keep the watch. The weather will be cold, but our hearts and souls will be warm. We will only be there for one hour this week because of the cold winds.
On Friday I intend to be on the Hawthorne Bridge about 0800-0900 announcing there will be Heroes protesting in front of the White House and calling on the president to stop Empire. David Swans, Cynthia McKinney, Granny D, (100 yrs old) and others will stand in the cold of DC and talk about peace on Saturday at 1100, December 12th. Please send them good thoughts and let them know we are with them in spirit.
The $33,000,000 per year, so-called nonprofit corporation, Central City Concern, at the direction of $100,000 per year CEO and slumlord Ed Blackburn, has hired a lawyer -- instead of making needed repairs, adding staff to improve building security, and fixing persistent pest control problems. Tenant activists organized an initial picket, and are planning a second winter picket for December.
The last year has been a strong one against the last fur shop in downtown Portland. However there are lapses with people unable to go for many reasons, and last Friday when I showed up at 3pm there wasn't a protest. If there is an opportunity in your schedule to make it, even for only an hour, please support the anti-fur outreach and make a difference to thousands of innocent lives.
Monday-Friday, 1-5pm, SW 12th & Yamhill @ Nicolas Ungar Furs
The new Hey NW Natural Campaign is uniting gas customers with farmers to hold NW Natural accountable and protect our public lands. Over 1500 private landowners, two state forests and Mt. Hood National Forest are threatened by the pipeline. You can take action to protect Oregon farmers and public land.
Oregon gas giant, NW Natural, was recently forced by federal court to release the list of names of the 1500 Oregonian's whose land is threatened to be condemned for a right-of-way for the Palomar gas pipeline. Steve Wick was one of these names - Steve is an old time Oregonian who raises filberts and hopes to start raising grapes -- but now his plans are put on hold because of the threat of the pipeline.
He is not alone. This project poses an imminent threat to the land and livelihood of everyone on that list, at the direct hand of fossil fuel expansion and the desire for corporate profit. The 1500 named landowners along the pipeline route are not the only people impacted by the pipeline.
Related Article: Oregon Landowners Deliver Petition to NW Natural
Every year, thousands of people turn in their dogs and cats to county animal shelters. They all have their... "reasons." They will tell you how they "just couldn't care for him anymore," how they are moving, how they are having a baby, how they are downsizing, how the cat is peeing outside the box, how the dog has become a "handful." And they will tell themselves, and you, that it was the right thing to do, that it was for the good of the animal, that it is the best thing. They stupidly think the dog or cat will get a "good home."
If this is you, pull your head out. Let me tell you what really happens when you take an animal to the pound.
Let's talk about the Multnomah County Animal Shelter, but it could be any pound because they are all pretty much the same. The Multnomah county animal shelter has a kill rate of roughly 50% for dogs, and 75% for cats. That means that one out of every two dogs, and two out of every three cats who come through their doors will not get out of there alive. And that's only part of the story.
This is a call for informed consent reform and the criminal prosecution of medical staff who participate in the "medical rape" of patients. ALL Oregon Rape victims are directed to OHSU for rape exams, even if they live hours away. Many simply accept the emergency care at their local hospital and go home. Women who are raped and make a mistake of going to OHSU, may suffer a second rape. Now I know folks do not like to call any sort of "medical care" rape, but times are changing and the laws need to change with them. Raped women who do not want to suffer a rape kit, or not with males present are forced, rather than accommodated, that is by any reasonable woman standard a second rape. OHSU may call the police, as if they have the right to give them permission to violate a patient's rights, or they may just sedate her and move forward. Now one might say, they need to catch the rapist, but OHSU has another, perhaps more influential motive for this second rape.
The D5 event was enthusiastic and well attended, with information tables, creative signs, puppets, music and theater. I'd say about 700 people met underneath the Hawthorne bridge to get acquainted and prepare the march to PSU.
Along the way there was a tug of war between the people and the wealthy at the Federal building, and at Hoffman Hall, wealthy men with cigars collected money and stuffed it into their pockets, dolling out pennies to the people.
At the Hall, various speakers addressed issues within the theme of Fair Trade. Speakers at the Rally were: Lori Wallach (Global Trade Watch), Francisco Lopez (CAUSA Oregon), Barbara Byrd (Oregon Apollo Alliance), Brent Foster (Oregon Department of Justice), Ken Allen (Oregon AFSCME). The gathering was also entertained by musical acts Jim Page and Dr. Atomic's Medicine Show.
All praised the victory over the World Trade Organization (WTO)and the corporate Free Trade Agenda in Seattle in late 1999. But, Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division, went further, saying that stopping the WTO, in Seattle and other places, is only the first step. The next and most important step would be "to turn it around."
Related Article: WTO History Project
Related Article: Video from the D5 Event
Related Article: More Pictures from the D5 Event
I was there for the Peoples Summit in Seattle last weekend. I made a camcorder journey of the rally on Monday, November 30th. I'd say a couple hundred people showed up to protest and commemorate the 10 year anniversary of The Battle in Seattle. Two people were arrested in a lock down, A contingent of people went to their congressman and protest Fair Trade agreements. Another group went to a Seattle employer and protested the firing of immigrant workers. Speeches were made as well as theater. The Yes Men were present as well. I made a 26 minute video of that rally.
On Friday, December 4, 2009 community members, service providers and surviving family members will come together at the Terry Schrunk Plaza in downtown Portland to honor the ten victims of domestic violence murder-suicides and attempted murder that have taken place over the last 5 weeks. Together, they will honor the memory of the recent victims of domestic violence and reach out to survivors in the area. The Portland Women's Crisis Line, in partnership with the Family Violence Coordinators Council, the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Portland State Women's Resource Center, hope to spread the message that anyone who is experiencing or witnessing domestic violence should REACH OUT to safe supports and service providers.
With very short notice, a couple hundred people showed up at Terry Schrunk Park in downtown Portland this evening, December 2, 2009, to protest President Obama's decision to escalate the Afghanistan Occupation by 30,000 more troops.
As one sign said quite clearly, "the honeymoon is over." Well, at least it might be for those who swallowed the campaign rhetoric and convinced themselves that this particular politician is different, that he isn't the typical political face dancer, that he would regard their opinions and honor his word.
Turns out he is a cut from the same common cloth as all politicians. These elected officials who regard the bankers and financiers on Wall Street, the Generals in the Pentagon and they who occupy the Corporate Suites as the true America. Not the workers whose toil built and sustains the economy; not the soldiers who volunteer their lives and limbs to insure corporate profits; not the people, the fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, who in every facet of their lives provide the United States with its common wealth.
If Obama wants to send more troops anywhere, make sure our kids know they don't have to go. I grew up in a city that is next to a u.s. army base, a u.s. air force base, and the headquarters of several major military contractors. All within ten miles of my grade school. I was raised in a NW city that has relied heavily on the money it receives (in all sectors) on military dollars. The pressure to "join up" was both huge and understood as one of the only options post-graduation for many, many students.
Our public agencies and officials are hard at work building a "failed state." I would define a "failed state" as one that does not meet the minimum requirements for attaining a measure of public legitimacy based on serving broad social needs. Such a state can only maintain authority through brute force. A state will "fail" once it stops serving the needs of a critical mass of its citizens.
What what: Vegan Dinner Bike Ride!
When: Friday 12/4 meet at 6 pm
Where: Col. Summers covered area, SE Taylor & SE 19th
We will leave at 6:15 sharp for great food and then head to a bar or cafe afterward for dessert or drinks as the group decides.
Who: You don't have to be vegan to join us, but please do not bring any meat to our tables.
Follow us on twitter! @VeganRide
Caravan in Support of Communities On The Front Lines Of Resistance at Big Mountain, Black Mesa, AZ.
The legacy of genocide suffered by America's indigenous nations is ongoing, too few United States citizens realize, even while making mortgage payments on stolen land. The Dineh (Navajo) are presently resisting relocation and are constantly harassed by tribal government cops from the neighboring Hopis. Previous to Peabody Coal's profitable interest in mining Big Mountain there was intermarriage and peace between the Hopis and Dineh.
A small group speaks to the independent press in front of the Federal Building regarding the recent fraudulent elections in Honduras. In solidarity with the people of Honduras who are under media suppression as well as the silencing of their democratic opposition voices in Honduras with out fear of being killed.
About a dozen people on Monday 11.30.09 gathered in front of the Federal Building in Portland Oregon to publicly make a statement against the illegal elections in Honduras. PCASC (Portland Central America Solidarity Committee) and others stood outside and delivered two speeches asking for solidarity and respect for human rights as well as demanding justice and to reinstate President Zelaya and to denounce the fraudulent elections in Honduras.
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