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After a year of deliberation, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled to block the National Marine Fisheries Service's killing of federally protected sea lions on the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. In Defense of Animals (IDA) and the Sea Lion Defense Brigade (SLDB) have campaigned against the state-sanctioned sea lion killing for more than three years, and congratulate the prevailing plaintiffs, The Humane Society of the United States, Wild Fish Conservancy and two private citizens.
The court said the government failed to meet the requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and cannot justify killing protected pinnipeds. The sea lion predation of .04 to 4.2 percent of the spring salmon run at the Bonneville Dam could not be considered a "significant negative impact" when the same agencies allow fisherman to take up to 17 percent of the returning fish.
"This is a huge victory for sea lions and salmon. We are relieved to see an end to the unethical, politically motivated killing of native, protected sea lions," said IDA's Northwest Director Matt Rossell. "We hope these agencies will now address the human-caused threats to salmon recovery - over-fishing, introduction of non-native fish, dams and habitat destruction."
Since the lethal removal program began in 2008, IDA and the SLDB have worked to protect the sea lions in the Columbia River and hold agencies accountable to the public for this controversial program. Activists organized dozens of demonstrations, met with government officials, and rallied on the steps of the Oregon capital. IDA fought a court battle to free one sea lion named "Willy," who was misidentified by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and wrongfully removed from the river.
Over 100 anti-fur protesters led by a boisterous group of Radical Cheerleaders for animal rights attended the In Defence of Animals march through downtown Portland on Black Friday. Portland, OR, USA, 26/11/2010.
As part of an international day of action with anti-fur movements around the world, the protest began at the top of Pioneer Courthouse Square outside the Nordstrom shopping centre, monitored by an over the top police presence.
The road was eventually opened up for the march after a speech by Northwest Director of the IDA (In Defence of Animals) Matt Rossell.
Snaking its way through the downtown area, the protesters stopped at Nicholas Ungar Furs, Macy's and H&M to listen to speeches and demonstrate along with high energy performances from the Radical Cheerleaders for Animal Rights.
Originating from 1986, the day was set up by grassroots activists with the goal of abolishing the fur trade whilst putting a stop to the horrors suffered by fur-bearing animals. 'Fur-Free Friday' has since grown into one of the most widely attended annual demonstrations of the animal rights movement.
Nicholas Ungers Furs has been the site of many protests in the past. Perhaps most notable was an event that occurred just before midday on January 27th 2010. Daniel Shaull, a 26 year old, doused himself with gasoline before setting his body alight. He was heading for the inside of the shop but was stopped by a police officer who saw the events unfold. He later died in Legacy Emanuel Hospital.
According to Matt Rossell, this event was in no way connected to IDA and was 'extremely strange'. The protest today was well organised, peaceful and effective, gaining more attention than usual on a day when most are out shopping.
Fur-Free Friday is an annual event that takes place the Friday after Thanksgiving, and aims to educate people about the horrors suffered by fur-bearing animals. Organized originally in 1986 by grassroots activists to abolish the fur trade, Fur-Free Friday has grown to be one of the most widely attended annual demonstrations of the animal rights movement.
Portland Fur-Free Friday 2010 will be on Friday November 26, 2010.
Video From Past Events: Video of Fur Free Friday 2006 | Fur Free Friday 2008 | 2009 Video Interview with Matt Rossell, Portland IDA
We're set to begin at 9:00a.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 24th, the "Mt. Hood Overpass" on Lombard St & Airport Way. People can come at any time between 9:00a.m and 1:00pm. We've come up with a new name for our group: T.A.M.E. (Travelers Against Mistreating Everyone).We need to return to a policy of freedom and civility. Who would think 20 years ago, that we'd all be talking today about our privates in the manner we do now? And who would think that our own government would force its citizens to step through machines that could possibly give us cancer?! We are angry, and want to show it. Hopefully on Wednesday, we'll get a steady stream of folks out on our overpass, with signs that condemn this TSA mistreatment of travelers. We'll be sending out a press release and opinion editorial very soon. We need comments for our press release from those who will be out there... those of you from all social and poltical spectrums. So, please send me a 1-2 sentence comment ASAP.
Also, please continue to spread the word about our demonstration. And, join our Facebook group at www.tametsa.com.
Candlelight Vigil to remember the victim and welcome Justice, following the firing of Officer Ron Frashour for shooting an unarmed Campbell in the back last January.
[Video:] Candlelight Vigil
At 6:00 on November 17, 2010, a small group of people gathered at the North precinct of the Portland Police Department to remember Aaron Campbell and to welcome justice with the action taken Tuesday by Portland Mayor Sam Adams and Portland Police Chief Mike Reese. Re. Leroy Haynes and Rev. T. Allan Bethel of the Albina Ministerial Alliance spoke briefly, thanking God for Justice served and expressing hopes that this will lead to more positive relations between the Portland Police Department and the community.
T. Allen Bethel also expressed his respect for those officers who perform their duties in a manner respectful to the community and his hopes that the PPD will revamp their policies regarding use of lethal force.
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The monthly meeting of the Portland Human Rights Commission
This was meeting filmed at The New Columbia Community Center on 11.3.10
The main topic was three speakers who explained about the Human Trafficking here in Portland Oregon:
The video is 142 minutes long: http://www.archive.org/details/PortlandHumanRightsCommissionMeetingNov32010
I copied the meeting "agenda" below:
Capitalism isn't working. Socialism is the alternative—a world organized for human need, not profit, where resources are controlled by and for the vast majority, instead of by a tiny rich minority. Real change depends on struggle and action by our side. The Oregon Socialist Conference is one of the dozens of socialist conferences being held nationwide that are dedicated to arming a new generation of rebels, activists and organizers with arguments and ideas for a revolutionary socialist alternative, learning our history of rebellion and resistance, and discussing strategies for building organization and winning struggles for real change.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21st
AT PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
*All sessions will be in Smith Memorial Student Union 294**
Workers' Republic Documentary
PSU 5th Ave. Cinema. 510 SW Hall St. Portland, OR 97201
In court Thursday, Walter Bond pleads guilty to burning down a Denver sheepskin dealer
In court November 18th, Walter Bond pleaded guilty to one count of "using fire or explosives to damage property involved in interstate commerce and of using force, violence or threats involving animal enterprises" under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. He faces five to 30 years in federal prison. His sentencing was set for February 11th. The guilty plea comes after Bond allegedly confessed to his brother that his was responsible for three A.L.F. arsons: Sheepskin Factory in Denver ($500,000 damages), Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City ($30,000 damages), and the Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy ($10,000 damages). His brother had been working with the ATF, and the entire hotel room conversation was monitored. Bond was arrested soon after.
The Animal Liberation Front communique for the Sheepskin Factory fire stated the arson... was done in defense and retaliation for all the innocent animals that have died cruelly at the hands of human oppressors.
CRIMINALES TODOS is a travelling community art exhibit aiming to inspire an ongoing dialogue and examination of the social, political and cultural issues related to the criminalization of communities of color. From post-Civil War vagrancy laws targeting newly freed African Americans in the South, to police rounding up Japanese Americans and sending them to internment camps during WWII, to SB1070 targeting Latinos in Arizona; the history of police targeting communities of color has deep roots in American history.
CALL FOR ARTISTS
A Community Art Exhibit
December 10th -17th, 2010
Opening Reception: Dec. 10, 2010
Launch Pad Gallery: 534 SE Oak Street, Portland, OR 97214
Submissions Deadline: Dec. 1, 2010
In times of increased police surveillance, tightened border control and the implementation of anti-immigrant and racist laws across the country, we encourage artists to engage in a conversation about the devastating repercussions of policing and the militarization in our local communities.
Artists of all backgrounds are invited. Our aim is to create a space for conversation against the long standing practices of repression, and the impact of unjust and discriminatory practices. The exhibit is a platform from which to explore the marginalization of communities of color, and how to build solidarity and resistance to discrimination and oppression. Please join us.
Related topics include, but are not limited to:
- Effects of local enforcement programs in our local communities.
- Personal and/or collective experiences with detention and deportation systems.
- Racial profiling and institutionalized racism.
- Intersection of criminalization of resident communities of color and newly arrived immigrants.
- Anti-immigrant sentiment.
- Historical and contemporary forms of popular resistance to human rights abuses.
Comment on Millenium Bulk Logistcs' shoreline permit application by Friday, November 19th to stop coal export terminals on the Columbia River.
Olympia Rising Tide recently learned that Millenium Bulk Logistics, owned by Ambre Energy, an Australian energy company, wants to build coal terminals in Longview, Washington on the Columbia River to export Powder River Basin coal to China! We know that coal is one of the leading causes of climate change, and sending coal to China is not only not a step in the right direction for a livable future, but it is leaps and bounds in the wrong direction.
Ambre Energy is currently trying to secure the shoreline permit to make upgrades to the existing terminal so they can use it for coal export. Today the Cowlitz County board's staff recommended to the County Board that they approve the shoreline permit because the project is of "no environmental consequence", therefore an Environmental Impact Statement will not be required. But we know that a project to further enable this planet's coal addiction is of extreme environmental consequence, and a detailed, in-depth Environmental Impact Statement must be completed.
Please contact Vickie Musgrove, Clerk of the Board for Cowlitz County, and tell her that you oppose the shoreline permit for Millenium Bulk Logistics' terminal upgrades.
On November 8, 2010 CIPO-VAN launched the cipo-caravan, an epic bike ride from Vancouver, Canada to Oaxaca, Mexico.
The purpose of the cipo-caravan is to raise awareness and build community around the projects and struggles of the Consejo Indigena Popular de Oaxaca - Ricardo Flores Magon and of migrant agriculture workers in Canada. Come learn and discuss about these issues, and be part of this crazy project!
Bikes and revolution!
when: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, starts at 5 pm
where: Cramer Hall 268 at Portland State University
Organized by cipo-van & friends | info: cipovan.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
We just got word that the "Queen of Terror **codoleeza rice has, at the last minute, canceled her appearance at the Downtown Portland Hilton. There has been no reason given for the abrupt cancellation, but we will be there to protest her book being displayed and a DVD presentation by this war criminal. We should celebrate the fact that she is not coming to contaminate our good city. We still will meet at 0900 and maybe have signs that ask where is condi, we heard a rumor she might be hiding in cheney's bunker?
Come and celebrate the fact that she will not enter our city
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
**Will not capitalize due to disrespect and/or disgust!
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Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 and a host of other anti-war organizations present folksinger George Mann in Concert, with special guests, at Urban Grind NE, 7 - 9 PM on Friday, November 12
Concert Honoring Veterans "UNTIL YOU COME HOME" George Mann in concert with Mic Crenshaw & Jana Losey, Adam Carpinelli to open plus VFP's own Grant Remington and other special guest musicians See a prescreening of a documentary film of the project that inspired the CD "Until You Come Home" - Director Kim Shelton's new film "Voices of Vets" soon to be released
Suggested donation $5 to $10 no one turned away
Veterans for Peace gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at CompiÃ¨gne in France. At 11:11am a two minute silence was held. Portland, OR, USA, 11/11/2010.
BR>On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the armistice on the Western Front came into effect, although hostilities continued in the Russian Empire and parts of the Ottoman Empire.
The veterans today spoke out against wars in general with focus particularly on Vietnam. Mike Hastie, a U.S. Army medic serving in Vietnam between 1970 and 1971 stated that, "as a veteran, I am constantly reminded that war is beyond evil, and that 58,000 American soldiers did not die for some glorious act called freedom."
Continuing to focus on the horrors he was involved in he claims that, "Vietnam's pain and suffering as a country is far beyond anything that has ever been experienced in American history. Since the end of Word War II, the U.S. has bombed 28 countries. Lying is the most powerful weapon in war. I did not serve in Vietnam for the cause of freedom, I served Big Business in America for the cause of profit."
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Organised by In Defence of Animals, protesters gathered at the Double Tree hotel in NE Portland where the the Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force met. California sea lions have been targeted for simply eating fish. Portland, OR, USA, 10/11/2010.
The Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force is reviewing data collected over the past three years in order to provide recommendations on whether to continue the program of executing the California sea lions or not.
As predicted, supported by evidence, new sea lions replace those that are killed making the program ineffective.
Matt Rossell, Northwest Director of the IDA (In Defence of Animals) explained how the sea lions are protected under section 120 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) which "prohibits the "take" (harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect, or attempt to harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect) of marine mammals in U.S. waters and by U.S. citizens on the high seas, and the importation of marine mammals and marine mammal products into the U.S."
Only a small percentage of salmon are eaten in the run below the Boneville Dam on the Colombia River to the east of Portland.
Today, November 10, 2010, Portland In Defense of Animals called for a demonstration at the Lloyd Center Double Tree to protest a meeting of the Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force, who will make a recommendation to continue, change, or end the program of killings sea lions.
[Video] Protect Salmon and Sea Lions
Matt Rossell of Portland In Defense of Animals gives the many reasons why this practice must end. He explains that the project is a failure, as more sea lions are arriving to take the place of those who are killed.
In the past three years this program has been responsible for the removal of 40 sea lions and the government's own data suggests that the program is not working to protect endangered Spring salmon runs.
According to Rossell, it's not the sea lions predation that is endangering the salmon runs, but the human predation. As one sign at the demonstrations declares, "sea lions are only 4% of the problem."
"Dozens of protesters have been injured after clashing with police while trying to prevent a consignment of nuclear waste from being transported to a storage dump in Germany."
By The Indypendent Staff
Louisiana native Brian Marks reports: "The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill has again focused the nation on southern Louisiana. For the second time in less than five years, we are on the front pages of U.S. newspapers. And again, this region is terribly misunderstood.
Easy explanations miss the reasons why this area is so vulnerable. The national media have a tendency to see things through a close-up-lens - capturing the details while utterly missing the larger context. This disaster has not only been a long time coming, but it is only one of a series of disasters.
For the full article, see the link to "The Gulf Disaster: No End in Sight" [...]
Also in this issue of the Indypendent: Arun Gupta on Israel and the flotilla massacre; Honduras one year after the coup; and an interview with a food justice activist. For all that and much more [...]
Sarah Palin recently called on Congress to cut all funds for National Public Radio. Palin wrote that we should "defund" NPR after it fired news analyst Juan Williams for comments he made on Fox News Channel disparaging Muslims.
Palin set off a firestorm that spread from extreme right-wing blogs to Bill O'Reilly to Capitol Hill. Later today, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint plans to introduce legislation that would slash all funds to one of the last, best sources of journalism we have in America.
This is crazy. But with your help, we can stop it in its tracks.
Calling for Congress to defund NPR is nothing more than political opportunism by public figures who have built a career on such shenanigans. Regardless of what you think about Juan Williams' dismissal, calling for the defunding of NPR as a result is like asking for the death penalty in small claims court.
NPR plays a crucial role in America, providing original, in-depth journalism and educational programming. With commercial newspapers, radio and television stations cutting staff and scaling back on original reporting, the need for a robust public media system has never been greater.
People everywhere need to take a stand and tell our leaders to stop playing politics with our nation's public media system:
Take Action: Don't Let Sarah Palin Destroy Public Media
The United States already has one of the lowest levels of federal funding of public media in the developed world Â— at just $1.43 per capita. Yet surveys show that the public considers NPR and PBS not just our most trusted news sources, but the most valued public institutions we have. Please take a moment and join tens of thousands of others who are defending NPR and standing up to Sarah Palin and extremists.
Sign our public letter to Congress and forward this e-mail to all of your friends.
Demonstrators gathered outside the Forest Service Building at 333 SW 1st Av to hand in a petition against the 149 acre Trapper timber sale in an area located on the McKenzie District of the Willamette National Forest. Portland, OR, 04/11/2010.
The land was auctioned off by the US Forest Service to the Seneca Jones Timber Company in 2003 and logging of old growth could now begin any day. In particular old rainforest above Blue River near Wolf Rock is threatened.
According to the USDA, "The decision to undertake the timber sale was initially made in 2003 for the upper reaches of the Blue River watershed, approximately 42 miles northeast of the Eugene/Springfield metro area. The sale covered 149 acres in five harvest units. Trees are on average 23 inches in diameter and 140 years old, with scattered larger, older trees also present."
Although environmental groups, Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild, appealed the sale in 2003 it was pushed through by the Forest Service regardless of any environmental considerations.
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