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07.04.2010 09:37
Everyone To The Streets!
ALL OUT for a march and demonstration in Olympia against the violence of the police, in solidarity with our Portland and Bay Area friends and all of West Coast resistance to the brutality of the state.

OLYMPIA THURSDAY, APRIL 8TH
@7:30pm.
MEET: at the corner of the shopping center on Harrison and Division.
MARCH: Downtown.
WEAR: Black, or whatever you want, to honor the dead.
DEMONSTRATE: YOUR CONCERNS.

You are invited to participate in Days of Action on April 8th and 9th in response to the recent murders of Jack Dale Collins and Aaron Campbell. These murders are the latest perpetrated by the Portland police, which follow the murder of Oscar Grant months ago in the Bay Area.

AND LEST WE FORGET: the Olympia Police Department has blood on its hands as well, of course. It is the blood of Jose Ramirez-Jimenez who was shot and killed by Olympia officers Paul Bakala, Mike Hovda, and Chuck Gassett and Stephen Edwards, murdered by Olympia police officers Paul Bakala and Jeff Jordan who were rewarded by their masters with a paid vacation after the killings and praised by the local newspaper The Olympian.

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06.04.2010 18:26
Dooda Desert Rock events
Elouise Brown The community of Chaco Rio in the Navajo Nation (SW of Farmington, New Mexico) has been blockading entry to the site of a proposed 1,500 megawatt coal fired power plant since December of 2006. Desert Rock would be the third coal plant within a 20-mile radius in a region already suffering from extreme levels of toxic emissions.

As part of a west coast speaking tour, Elouise Brown, Dine (Navajo) traditionalist and president of the Dooda Desert Rock committee, will speak about dangers posed by the coal industry, the exploitation of indigenous land by energy companies, and the ongoing struggle to prevent the Desert Rock plant from ever existing.

WED 4/7 4:30 PM NAYA - 5135 NE Columbia Blvd.
WED 4/7 7:00 PM Red & Black Cafe - 400 SE 12th
THU 4/8 6:00 PM Reed College, Vollum Center - 3203 SE Woodstock
FRI 4/9 6:00 PM KBOO - 90.7 FM

homepage:  http://strs.wordpress.com

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06.04.2010 15:05
Video: Live Interview With Karen Coulter, Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project
Live interview with Karen Coulter, director and co founder of Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, an organization seeking to protect, defend, and restore the natural ecosystems of the Blue Mountains and eastern Oregon Cascades bioregions.
In this 1/2 hour excerpt from the weekly Public Access program, "A Growing Concern," Karen speaks about her work in four National Forests in Central Oregon, the Umatilla, Malheur, Ochoco, and Deschutes - as well as the Prineville Bureau of Land Management(BLM )District.

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06.04.2010 12:57
Collateral Murder
WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded. For further information please visit the special project website www.collateralmurder.com.

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06.04.2010 09:52
ANOTHER NIGHT TRAPPING AT THE DAM: Was Solo Trapped?
There has been another night trapping at Bonnevlle dam, trapping sleeping animals as they lay hauled out on the platforms. We do not know at this time how many sea lions might have been taken, or who they are.
SLDB monitors reporting from the Sea Wolf One could hear the activity in the dark. At around 4am, they heard the gate clanking open, and turned a spotlight onto the area. The light flooded over agents who had hoped to be in and out of there under cover of darkness, but monitors were able to see what they were doing anyway. The same sad ritual of removal. It is believed that Solo may be among the trapped and probably doomed animals.

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05.04.2010 18:13
Paul Wolfowitz At Lewis & Clark TONIGHT
One of the worst criminals in these dis-united states has been invited to speak tonight at Lewis & Clark College. Instead of rotting away in a jail cell, this neocon thug was asked to participate in Lewis & Clark's 48th Annual International Affairs Symposium. It seems only fair that we the people show up tonight to protest Lewis and Clark's stupidity and criminality (yes, criminality!) by inviting this warmongering scum to their campus!

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05.04.2010 14:28
We Need To Support Net Neutrality
Comcast, AT&T and Verizon have deployed hundreds of lobbyists in a final push to kill the open Internet. Their goal: Take control of Internet content away from Internet users. Their tactic: Tell outrageous lies about Net Neutrality ? which is the only thing stopping them from interfering with your online experience. Free Press and our allies in the Save the Internet Coalition are gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures to show the FCC that Internet users -- and not corporations -- should control the Internet.

You now have four days left to convince the FCC that these companies are wrong.

Debunk Their Junk; Demand Net Neutrality.

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05.04.2010 14:23
Know Your Rights training in Eugene - April, for parents!
The Civil Liberties Defense Center in conjunction with Amigos & the Eugene Free School Program is proud to announce FREE "Know Your Rights" trainings for the public presented in both English and Spanish. Participants are asked to bring paper and pen for note taking purposes. The Civil Liberties Defense Center's mission is to strengthen, inform, and increase the efficiency of the progressive social change movement. Our projects educate people about their rights and why they are important. "Know Your Rights" trainings are specifically tailored to meet the needs of participants.

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05.04.2010 14:15
Video: M20- Portland Protests Seven Years In Iraq
Video from the M20 rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza. The Rally blossomed from a smaller crowd to over 100 when a feeder march arrived from Portland State University. The rally was moderated by Darlene, AKA "Black Butterfly," who welcomed the crowd, introduced the two speakers and entertained with some spoken word performance.

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05.04.2010 14:07
North American Animal Liberation Front Press Office Communique Update
Date: April 1, 2010
Institution Targeted: University of Utah

Received anonymously:

Salt Lake City, Utah

It may be april fools day, but the last thing we were doing was fooling around.

On the morning of april 1st, our cell visited the homes of three vivisectors from the University of Utah who have been known to test, torture, and kill many animals from local shelters in unjustified 'scientific' experiments. Unlike their drunken, wife abusing colleague Audie Levanthal who decided to quit vivisecting at the U of U after pressure from underground activists, these vivisectors decided to stay, praying that the new laws & legislation's against Above Ground Activists would help protect them. Well we aren't above ground activists & laws won't stop us from doing what is right & helping animals.

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FAQ 05.04.2010 10:22
Why damage police property? Exploring some of the recent activities going on around PDX
Q: I don't understand why angry people would damage police property. I heard that the Portland Police Union headquarters was recently vandalized, and there was $20,000 dollars worth of damage. I can see why people might be mad about police conduct, but this ultimately just hurts me, the taxpayer. So why did it happen?

A: $20,000 is just not that much money when you think about how many taxpayers there actually are. The expense from this damage probably translates to less than a penny for individual taxpayers. Now $4,559,146.62 on the other hand is a significant sum. That's how much of taxpayers money has been payed out in recent years by the City of Portland in Police Incident settlements, meaning settlements to people wronged by police misconduct: things like excessive force, wrongful arrest, wrongful use of force leading to death, etc. If there's anything taxpayers should feel justified in resenting, it's that police violence is costing us this much money...

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05.04.2010 09:13
A communique from the Black Bloc on 3/29
On 3/29, people from Portland marched down from PSU for over five hours in the rain in response to a murder by the Portland Police of one of our own. On that same day, police on bikes, horses, cars, mopeds, and even a chopper, armed with tear gas, guns, and batons, physically attacked demonstrators and even passers by, blocked streets, shouted at us, and demonstrated to us and onlookers the reality of the police state we live in.

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03.04.2010 14:06
Sea Lion Party and Faux Fish Fry in the Gorge
What: A sea lion party, faux fish fry, keg and educational Columbia River outing
When: Saturday, April 10th, 11:30 AM (Cool Bus will leave at noon, and return in Portland between 6 PM and 7 PM)
Where: Bus pick up at the IDA office, 1732 NE Alberta St.
RSVP: to matt@idausa.org or 503-249-9996

Mark your calendars and reserve your spot on the Cool Bus for a road trip party in the Columbia River Gorge with beer, food and friends! On Saturday, April 10th, In Defense of Animals (IDA) and Sea Lion Defense Brigade are hosting a chauffeured day of community building for the sea lion campaign on the Columbia River at the Bonneville Dam, complete with field discussions about the campaign, river ecology, salmon and sea lions with the breathtaking view of the gorge as the backdrop. The designated driver has all been arranged so we can safely share a keg of local micro brew and fire up the deep fryer for a faux fish fry feast with friends. You won't want to miss it so RSVP now for a seat on the bus today! Reserve your spot at matt@idausa.org or 503-249-9996.

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Solo Still Mourning the Dead Out on the Columbia

It was beautiful up on the Columbia today. The sun lit the edges of huge, dramatic clouds, and the jagged mountains above the dam were laced with snow. Down on the water, both Steller and California sea lions drifted through the jade green water, lazily blowing little puffs of steam out into the crisp morning air. As I sat there on the grassy bank above the water, with three other sea lion defenders, it was almost possible, at least momentarily, to forget the pain we had felt here on this very spot, only a few days before, as we watched two sea lions being hauled away to die.

But just across the water, almost hidden against the dark rocks beneath the wall along Cascades Island, we could see the dark form of a sea lion, silhouetted against gray concrete. This is Solo. We were sobered by the sound of his wailing cries. Growing less insistent now, he seems to be giving up. He went for some time without uttering a sound. But he never left the place of his lonely vigil, all through the day. Now and then, we would hear him and be reminded of what was lost here. He has refused to leave this spot for two days and nights, not even to eat. He watches the traps and calls out for the sea lions who will never return. Every now and then, Solo's song broke hauntingly through the bright day, a reminder of the sorrow that still hangs in the air here.

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02.04.2010 13:28
April 8-9 Days of Action against State Violence
From the Bay to the Sound: No More Police Killings!
West Coast Days of Action April 8-9
Oscar Grant, Aaron Campbell, and all the others: We Won't Forget!
Freedom for Joel Dow and Holly Works!

Organize protests and autonomous actions in your own city!

The only times the police have ever been held responsible for their murders is when we take to the streets and halt business as usual. Following the law, being peaceful, being quiet, has never discouraged police violence, because it is the function of the police to use violence against the exploited, against the oppressed, against those who fight back.

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01.04.2010 13:12
Portland Anti-Racists: Downtown Shooting was Likely a Neo-Nazi Ambush
Portland, Oregon - In a city that still remembers the 1988 beating death of Mulugeta Seraw by three racists, a recent downtown shooting may thrust the issue of white supremacist violence into the forefront of public consciousness once again.

A local anti-racist organization claims that the early morning shooting in downtown Portland on March 27, whose survivor remains in Intensive Care,
was most likely an attempted murder by one or more neo-Nazis. The victim of the shooting, Luke Querner, is an entrenched and beloved figure in the
anti-racist community. He has devoted over a decade of his life to opposing Portland's white power movement.

Luke Querner was shot at approximately 12:20AM on Saturday morning, in an unprovoked attack on SW 5th Avenue, between Stark and Washington Street.
The shooting appears to have been well-orchestrated; the assailant concealed his identity, fleeing at least initially by foot in a closely-surveilled area.

The attempted murder of Querner occurs in the context of escalating activity from a racist underground that believes it can operate with impunity.

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01.04.2010 13:05
Fossil Fools!
Late last night volunteers with Portland Rising Tide blasted the city with over 3,000 fake newspaper covers wrapping the Willamette Week. With content including an interview with Bigfoot about pipeline plans through Mt. Hood and a chart explaining the Columbia River Crossing project as understood by Glen Beck. The action was part of Fossil Fools Day, a national day-of-action with the tag-line, "Pull a prank that packs a punch" meant to inspire playful actions targeting the fossil fuel industry.

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01.04.2010 12:57
Solo the Sea Lion Mourns on the Banks of the Columbia
The last couple days have been really difficult at the Sea Wolf outpost. A couple nights ago, during an evening patrol, I was walking along the bank when I saw a couple sea lions swimming together in the river. I've been out observing the government's trapping, hazing, and killing program for the last couple weeks so I've been watching the sea lions a lot over that time. I've always known that sea lions are very social animals and form close bonds with each other and since I've been here, watching the river and these animals everyday, I've seen the close relationships they form with each other. it's not uncommon to see pairs of sea lions playing, swimming, fishing, and hauling out on the rocks together.

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01.04.2010 12:42
VIDEO: Keep Nestle Out of the Columbia Gorge
On Monday, March 29, 2010, Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge, a coalition of environmental and social justice organizations led by the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, launched a coordinated campaign to prevent Nestle Waters North America from opening a water bottling facility in Cascade Locks.

VIDEO: Press Conference: Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge

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01.04.2010 12:37
Fight the Corporate Media!
Now's the time to get our side of the story out! Folks we must begin printing thousands of our communiqués getting the word out about this past week of amazing community resistance to the brutal police force. Anyone can write a communiqué about their experience, thoughts and perspectives. Its easy!It doesn't have to be the most beautiful or length piece either. It can be a simple note that takes two minutes to write. The important thing is that you get your thoughts on paper and personally hand them out to another human being.

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01.04.2010 08:49
Op-ed: A student perspective on Monday's protest
3.29.10 PSU campus Upset over the local media's portrayals of Monday's protestors, this student writes her perspective of her involvement in the protest.
On Monday evening, I was a student leaving my graduate-level class to meet my boyfriend in the Smith Memorial Student Union. I was tired from a full day of work and then my first class of the term and just wanted to go home and relax.

Four hours later, I was being called a "violent anarchist" on all of the major local news shows.

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