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This morning, September 17, 2010, Rose City Copwatch and the Fire Frashour Campaign organized a Rally and Picket in front of the Portland Building in downtown Portland on the first day of the negotiations between the City and the Police Union.
Rally and Picket of Contract Negotiations
These negotiations today were being held in an open meeting, but the word is that the Police Association is pushing for future meetings to be held behind closed doors. This is unacceptable, and many in this gathering spoke out sharply against such meetings and for more transparency in the police department.
Rahsaan Muhammad of the Fire Rashour Campaign stated that these negotiations have been held up for some time now, due to just that position of the Portland Police Association.
There have been many questionable killings of Portland citizens at the hands of the police, yet, in some instances, due to something called the mandatory arbitration in their contract, these disciplined officers are reinstated and awarded back pay. Rose City Copwatch and Members of the Fire Frashour Campaign gathered to voice their opinion and put an end to this mandatory arbitration.
For further information, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 503-816-9205
Portland Police Association Contract Negotiations, Day One
Recent FOIA documents have uncovered some interesting information... Recently we began receiving documents in response to a FOIA request we filed with the FBI about Eric McDavid. The documents have uncovered a few alarming pieces of information, but one in particular we felt it necessary to share with the public as soon as possible. For years people have been speculating that writing political prisoners would result in a person being "put on a list." Unfortunately, it seems that those speculations were not unfounded.
We have received perhaps hundreds of pages documenting Eric's correspondence with other people. These letters are not just kept on file - the Sacramento County Main Jail forwarded all of these letters to the Sacramento FBI field office, which then forwarded them to local field offices around the country (and to law enforcement internationally) to warn the FBI in other cities of a "possible environmental/animal rights extremist" or "a possible anarchist extremist" in their community. Originally, the FBI's communications included a statement that "Sacramento is forwarding this communication for information purposes only." But later, they began including a much longer statement which read, in part: "this information has been determined to be of such a nature that some follow-up as to the possibility of criminal activity is warranted..." These statements were included no matter what was the content of the letter - often the documents include the statement that the letter was "benign in nature."
To view some of these documents, please visit: http://ecoprisoners.org/news.htm
Ali Abunimah talks about the significance of the Oly food Coop boycott of Israeli goods while supposed peace talks begin in the Middle East, Rachel Corrie's trial continues in Haifa Israel and proposals to boycott Israeli goods are put forward in California...
After much deliberation and debate, the Olympia Food Coop's members came to the decision that it would boycott Israeli goods in light of the country's continued attack on the Palestinian People. This symbolic action, part of the international Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Campaign, will not hurt the economy of Israel (in the grand scheme of things) or leave any Israeli children starving as the Israeli embargo on the Palestinian People does to children in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but rather serve to open dialogue about the continued collective punishment on residents of the Occupied Territories by the Israeli authorities.
The Coop's decision to remove the few Israeli products it stocked has made frontline news in Israel. Ali Abunimah, Palestinian journalist and author, came to Olympia Washington to explain more in his talk Boycott: A Non Violent Technology for Peace and Justice.
Check out the full talk here: http://bmediacollective.org/?p=356
The city wants to shut us down. Depending on what happens after today, Phoenix Rising could be no more if the police have their way. Please come out to the site around 10 am to get more info about strategy and hear the full story about what we're up against. We need your help more now than ever!
The lives of two more sea lions were taken from them this week by the State of Oregon and the federal government that granted permission to the state to kill them. They were killed for the crime of eating fish, and were more than 100 miles from the Bonneville dam at the time of the killing.
They were hauled out on a platform where tourists frequently gather to watch the sea lions. ODFW has turned the platform into a trap, and on Sept 9th and Sept 10th they caught the animals and killed them.
The animals branded U18 and C797 will never again grace the waters of the Columbia that had been their home. For tens of thousands of years, their ancestors made the annual journey deep into the river, following the ancient rythms of life that brought both the salmon and the sea lions together in the eternal dance of life that once nourished this entire ecosystem.
These graceful, friendly beings are gone. As gone as the thousand year old forests that once graces the shores of the Columbia, as gone as the clear and wild river that once fed all of Cascadia, as gone as the hearts and souls of those who have killed them.
We've traded the wild and the beautiful for the banal, the ugly, and the dead.
Next year, Portland will be the starting point for the Longest Walk 3.
"This is a 5,000+ mile Walk Across America to bring awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes and how it can be reversed by changing our diets and lifestyles! This disease is at epidemic levels across America, and throughout Indian Country." "Chris Francisco on the Longest Walk 3, Portland to DC."
Where: The Red & Black Cafe - 400 SE 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97214 When: Tuesday, September 21st - 6:00 PM
[Related Video Interview]
Public Access program featuring Native American issues and culture. The first guest is Chris Francisco, Dine'(Navajo), speaking about the the NorthernRoute of the upcoming LongestWalk 3, which will be leaving Portland Oregon for Washington D.C. on February 11, 2011.
Afghanistan: 9 Years Later
"Money for Jobs and Education, Not War and Occupation"
Rally, March and Teach-In
Saturday, October 9
Park Blocks near Portland State University (between S.W. Market and Clay)
End the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Stop funding Israeli apartheid: Equal Rights for Palestinians
No war on Iran or Pakistan -- Stop drone bombings!
Hands off Latin America!
Stop scapegoating Arabs, Muslims and Immigrants
11:00 a.m. -- rally (Park Blocks near Portland State University -- S.W. Market and Clay)
11:30 a.m. - march to teach-in at Portland State niversity
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 -- Panel Discussion and Workshops
(The event will end at approximately 3:30 p.m. Bring a sack lunch.)
There's nothing fun about the life of a circus animal.
I gave out leaflets with In Defense of Animals (IDA) against the Ringling Bros. animal circus at the Rose Arena. In just one short hour I came away disheartened and sad.
More than a dozen people stood with animal cruelty signs as I walked around trying to give the educational leaflets. In my soft words I asked them to look into an elephant's eye and see their pain. I asked them to THINK, do you have a brain? Cannot you see that it's archaic and a holdover from the days when the empire threw people to the lions, just for the entertainment of violence? No, they walk past you with smiles on their faces and children in their hands to pass on the sick entertainment to future generations.
This is a short interview with Martha Perez who is a Portland Activist. She gives a report back on the recent Bus Rally protest that happened in Portland on 9.1.10[.]
Martha was at an anti torture protest in front of Pioneer Courthouse when I ran into her on September 2 2010[.] She explains about the protest that happened yesterday regarding Tri Met raising fares and cutting services[.] The protest started at Pioneer Courthouse Square and walked to City Hall on 4th street[.]
There is more info on this topic at www.opalpdx.org
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A Tree sit was set up this morning. Any information on this tree sit? Post pictures if you have them. tree sit deployed in downtown eugene, demands the forest service buy back trapper; cease old growth logging on public lands
[PIMC: Update][2010-09-04 15:21:22-07][Cascadia Rising Tide]
Activist occupies tree on the corner of Oak St and Park St within the Eugene Saturday Market
Eugene, OR- Early this morning activists with Cascadia Rising Tide deployed a tree sit within the Saturday Market in downtown Eugene. A platform was rigged around a tree approximately 40 feet from the ground, and a banner was hung reading "Forest Service: Give Back Trapper. Protect Our Water."
The platform is occupied by Grace Warner, who plans to remain through Saturday to inform Eugene of the horrendous logging practices advocated by the Forest Service, as well as threats to the drinking water supply that the Trapper timber sale poses.
According to Vivian Rivers of Cascadia Rising Tide, "It appalls me that the Forest Service is still logging old growth and native forests. This should have been stopped years ago. The time is now for the community to rise up and put an end to this atrocity once and for all." Trapper is a controversial timber sale that has been in the works for over a decade.
Recent PIMC comment on tree sit
Event organized by the Portland Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, featuring a large number of shirts decorated by female victims of abuse and rape. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.
The Clothesline Project
This local Clothesline Project, the 19th annual exhibition of this project in Portland Oregon, was exhibited on August 26th, the 90th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.
Some of the victims were as young as 4 years old; other shirts said 10 years of age, and 12 years of age.
Some referred to sexual abuse and rape by family members. Another stated, "the only time I was ever accepted was when they could touch my body."
Another, "October 1, today I want to kill my dad."
Our native forests find themselves under siege yet again. A 149-acre piece of the Willamette national forest called Trapper was sold to the Seneca Jones Timber Company in 2003. The stand is native forest, meaning it has never before been logged, but it is now under serious threat and could be cut any day. The area was subject to a high-intensity wildfire 150 years ago, which left clusters of old growth among an area that is largely 140 year old post-fire regrowth. The area is also habitat to the endangered spotted owl. Our native forests are in and of themselves an endangered species and this particular area is a beautiful mix of mature forest and old growth that provides incredible habitat, as well as pristine drinking water.
There is still time to halt this project!
Call the Willamette National Forest and Seneca Jones Timber Company and demand they drop the sale. Tell them we will not stand for logging in our watershed, and we will not sit quietly and continue to witness the destruction of our last remaining native forests.
Meg Mitchell, Supervisor, Willamette National Forest, 541-225-6300
Rick Ram, Seneca Jones Timber Company, 541-689-1011
A swarm is coming! The Beehive Design Collective heads to Portland to release their long-anticipated "True Cost of Coal" graphics campaign!
Two years in the making, the "True Cost of Coal" is an elaborate narrative illustration that explores the complex story of mountaintop removal coal mining and the broader impacts of coal in Appalachia and beyond. To create the poster, the Beehive interviewed hundreds of community members throughout the Appalachia region. In their interactive picture-lectures, the Bees lead audiences through an engaging, larger-than-life banner version of the graphic, interweaving anecdotes, statistics, and history.
Several events in Portland
* Friday, August 27th, 3-5pm at the Ecotrust Building, Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, 2nd floor (721 Northwest 9th Avenue)
* Sunday, August 29th, 7pm at Autonomy (316 Northwest 4th Ave.)
* Tuesday, August 31st, 2pm - 6pm, Special Art Workshop & Presentation at Tryon Life Community Farm (details below)
Molly Pettit a Northeast Portland musician, sound consultant and long time volunteer for the Last Thursday street fair on Alberta Street in Northeast Portland chronicles how the City has repeatedly and purposefully stifled any attempt to use space creatively for entertainment purposes combining art and politics. Portland, Oregon, 25/08/2010.
In February 2010 a vacant lot at 20th and Alberta Street was eyed up as a location for festivities on Last Thursday - a street fair which occurs on the final Thursday of each month where vendors and performers from the local community transform an already funky street into a festival like atmosphere during the space of an evening. Miss Pettit secured permission to borrow the land and proposed a solid plan that would involve music combined with the distribution of political literature from local and national groups such as the Beehive Art Collective, Climate Ground Zero, Indymedia and the Jericho Movement. She would also organise a stage and beer garden whilst following strict codes imposed by the City.
Copyright for the story and pictures remain with the creator © Alex Milan Tracy 2010. All Rights Reserved. Story and pictures not for use without direct permission. Contact Alexmilantracy@gmail.com
Two weeks ago Audubon Society of Portland and Willamette Riverkeeper publicly called on the Port of Portland to immediately cease disposal of contaminated dredge materials from the Portland Harbor Superfund Site on West Hayden Island. At Audubon's request the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has agreed to hold a public hearing on this issue.
When: Monday, August 30th at 6:00 PM
Where: University of Oregon Building, Room 142/144, 70 NW Couch Street, Portland, Oregon
Please attend this hearing and help us send a strong message to the Port, the City and the regulatory agencies that West Hayden Island is the wrong place to dispose of contaminated dredge materials.
Background: The Port is currently in the process of disposing of 30,000 cubic yards of dredge materials containing lead, zinc and pesticides from the Willamette River at Terminal 5 and has requested permission from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to add an additional 75,000 cubic yards of dredge material containing DDT, PCBs, PAHs and petroleum hydrocarbons from the Willamette River at Post Office Bar (river mile 2.2)
Under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, schools receiving federal funds MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive federal funds. Students may "opt-out" of this provision by so indicating on their registration form or by submitting an opt-out form amending their registration form.
The deadline for opting-out is October 1.
WHAT IS OPT-OUT? Under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, schools receiving federal funds MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive federal funds.
* Students must opt-out EVERY YEAR.
* Traditionally, the deadline for opting-out for the year is October 1
* Students do NOT require parental or guardian consent to opt-out.
* EVERY high school students' personal information is being released to military recruiters -- not just that of juniors and seniors!
* Girls are NOT exempt from this provision.
HOW CAN STUDENTS OPT-OUT?
* At registration -- before the beginning of the school year. There is usualy a checkbox on the registration form that allows for opting-out.
* By going directly to their school main office and amending their registration form if they have not checked the box to opt-out. (If they don't remember whether they opted-out or or not, students can go to the main office to verify the information on their form.)
* By submitting an opt-out form (either that supplied by Recruiter Watch volunteers or by download at www.leavemychildalone.org/optout) to their school's main office.
Former US Senator Gordon Smith's brother rules to cut old growth forests near Bend to save the Spotted owl. It's back to square one people.
A federal appeals court (9th District) Friday cleared the way for logging to resume in an old growth forest reserve at a national forest in Oregon to protect northern spotted owl habitat from being lost to wildfire.
In a 2-to-1 decision by a three-judge panel, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling that had stopped the Five Buttes project on the Deschutes National Forest near Bend, Oregon.
Judge Milan D Smith (The infamous former US Senator Gordon Smith's brother) says we must cut the forests to save them from insects and fires and other bad things and save the spotted owl habitat. Don't you just hate it when the elite try to play with our minds and souls! I don't know about you, but I am pissed!
This is federal old growth owned by the people of the US, not corporations. This is an ongoing attempt to dismantle the Northwest Forest Plan one forest ecosystem at a time.
Maybe it is time to pull away from the United States Corporation of America. Organize ourselves around our ecosystem called Cascadia.
This was a court battle that was being fought for saving the forests by Cascadia Wildlands Project, The League of Wilderness Defenders-Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, et al.
The FBI raids Utah activist house in an A.L.F. investigation for the second time in five months.
The FBI raids my home for the second time in five months.
Today I awoke at 9am to FBI & ATF agents raiding my home in Salt Lake City. This is the second time my home has been raided in an A.L.F. investigation in five months.
Ten agents with the FBI and ATF corralled myself and my roommates into the living room, handed us a search warrant, and spent the next five hours removing belongings from our home.
The warrant indicated they were seeking evidence in recent Animal Liberation Front arsons, including two in Utah.
[T]he NEST volunteers who were arrested were released and all their gear returned by the linn county sherrif's department.
The four members of the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team who were arrested were cited and released by Linn County, and all their gear returned.
The Linn County Sherrifs had thought that NEST was camped illegally on private land, but were in the Willamette National Forest, according to maps provided by the Forest Service. As it turns out, the maps were inaccurate. Even so, the camp was still so close to the boundary of the Forest land that it would be close to impossible to determine which side of the boundary the camp had been set up in.
Linn County will certainly be hearing from our wonderful friends at the CLDC!
The Civil Liberties Defense Center has been at the front line defending several Green Scare political prisoners and was key in winning the early release of prisoners such as Jeff "Free" Luers.
The CLDC provided free legal representation to over 35 people arrested for civil disobedience - 30 were acquitted. Represented over 80 environmental, animal and social rights nonviolent civil disobedience protesters in 2006 alone among other victories. Come out and show your support for the CDLC!
*Becky White- Rootsy Folk Punk Devotional Music*
*Tre Arrow- Musician and Former Eco Political Prisoner*
*Jeff "Free" Luers- Former Eco Political Prisoner*
*Dapper Cadavers- Local Portland Folk*
*Mic Crenshaw- MC and Poet*
*Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits- Bay Area Acoustic Duo
*Holy! Holy! Holy!- A Dancing Gypsy Crazy Hazah
**And late night Interspecies DJ Dance Party*
*Where:* Autonomy 316 NW 4th Portland, Oregon 97209
**Generous donations taken at door and all night!!*
*Contact:* email@example.com (503)-750-0523
[** PDX Event Date: Sat August 14 2010]
[Eugene Event Date: Thurs August 12 2010]
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