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Rally and Procession to morn the deaths of countless animals as a result of animal experimentation at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) in Portland Oregon. Event was sponsored and organized by Portland Animal Defense League, who can be contacted on both Myspace and Facebook
OHSU Tortures Animals
The gathering stood for a time in front of the hospital with numerous signs indicating their opposition to this lucrative animal experimentation before commencing the funeral procession. At this time they proceeded to march along both sides of the street, morning the needless loss of life and demonstrating OHSU's callous disregard for the sanctity of life.
The signs being carried by the demonstrators claim that at OHSU "Pigtail Macaques are beaten," "monies are used to kill bunnies," and that "pregnant mothers are forced to smoke." This last refers to the work of Dr. Elliot Spindel, who introduces high levels of nicotine into pregnant monkeys through transdermal mechanisms, and later dissects the infants, amazingly discovering that nicotine is bad for infant Primates.
In an interview with Tim Hitchins, spokesperson for Portland Animal Defense League, he states that these experiments are scientific fraudulent, morally unjustifiable and a waste of the taxpayers money.
These experiments are fraudulent, according to Hitchins, because humans respond completely different to tests and pharmaceutical drugs than animals do.
"The reason these experiments are defended so strongly by OHSU.........is because of the amount of money they bring to the University. We're talking about tens upon tens of millions of dollars that help fund....other facilities on their campus."
Other procedures cited by Hitchins in this interview include deliberately stressing animals and the deliberate inducing of obesity.
30 activists from Portland Animal Defense League gathered at OHSU on Sam Jackson Rd. dressed for a funeral procession to mourn the deaths of thousands of animals that have been needlessly raped, tortured and killed by vivisectors at OHSU.
Portland, OR - On Friday, January 7th at 12:30 pm, about 30 activists from Portland Animal Defense League gathered at OHSU on Sam Jackson Rd. dressed for a funeral procession to mourn the deaths of thousands of animals that have been needlessly tortured and killed by vivisectors at OHSU.
Animals in laboratories are subjected to horrible experiences. Recent government documentation has revealed primates dying of dehydration, starvation, hypothermia, heat stress, being boiled alive in cage washers, wasting diseases, hepatitis, encephalitis, and many other severe illnesses.
"This funeral procession and rally acts as a reminder to OHSU that activists and the concerned public have not forgotten about their horrific animal abusing experiments. Rape, torture and murder will not be tolerated for any species." says a representative of Portland Animal Defense League. "As long as there are animals slated to die at OHSU, their captors will have to answer to the demands for their liberation."
Please visit pdxanimaldefenseleague.org for more information on the movement to end vivisection.
A 2.5 hour meeting
The US District Attorney and the Local FBI speak about the city of Portland (police) joining the terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
This was the regular monthly meeting.
The main topic of this meeting was having dialog on the JTTF / working with police in Portland:
There was good public comment in this presentation
And good info from the ACLU
And good questions by the Human Right Commission
The FBI and the US DA gave their side;
Like a bucket with holes ...they tried to make their logic and position look worth while
Coffee Strong is a veteran-owned and veteran-operated coffee shop outside of Fort Lewis, Washington, which since 2008 has provided a comfortable and safe atmosphere for veterans to share their experiences and find out about resources available to them.
September 2010 Interview with Member of Coffee Strong Coffeehouse
Coffee Strong provides free coffee, internet, concerts, movie screenings and other events to active-duty military personnel and their families, and acts as a meeting place for various organizations and support groups. It provides a place for veterans to socialize and relax in a safe atmosphere that also allows them to feel comfortable in seeking help if necessary.
In the past year, Coffee Strong has provided the following resources for the GI / veteran community:
Free, confidential counseling by a licensed therapist who is a veteran of Iraq;
G.I. rights counseling and advocacy for active-duty service members on Fort Lewis;
Weekly veterans' benefit assistance by experienced Veteran Service Officers.
Access to information and resources available to veterans within the local community; The New Website Coffee Strong for updates and connections to assistance.
Coffee Strong also acts as a hub for veteran activism, providing a place for interested veterans to speak out about the realities of the wars, address veteran issues, and pursue social change. Modeled on similar GI coffeehouses during the Vietnam War, it is a place where all veterans can feel free to share their opinions without fear.
These are difficult times for businesses to survive, especially nonprofits. Coffee Strong needs your help in order to continue to provide much needed resources to our soldiers and veterans.
September 2010 Interview with Member of Coffee Strong Coffeehouse
The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) is currently accepting public comments on the application to dredge Coos Bay in order to accommodate the proposed Jordan Cove LNG terminal. The amount of material that they propose to dredge out of the Coos Bay estuary would fill the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena nearly 14 times! Help us reach the goal of submitting 500 comments to the Department of State Lands asking them to deny the application from Port of Coos Bay for massive dredging to accommodate the Jordan Cove LNG terminal.
Monthly Public Access program, "Veterans for Peace Forum," hosted by VFP,Chapter 72 member and Vietnam veteran, Dan Shea.
Veterans for Peace Forum airs live on the fourth Saturday of every month from 7:00 - 8:00 on channel 11, featuring interviews and discussions regarding community efforts to end war.
The November program featured two members of the Portland B Media Collective. The guests discussed projects in the local area as well as their experiences in Venezuela, providing a few video clips of their work.
This program is produced through the facilities of Metro East Community Media by Kellie La Bonty.
VFP Forum Featuring B Media
On Tuesday, Thurston County Commissioners imposed an emergency 12-month moratorium on biomass permits. This could spell the death of the Evergreen State College's forest-destroying gasification plant!
The County Commissioners will use this extra year to research the environmental consequences of using biomass (destroyed forests) for energy. Evergreen needs to enter a contract to build the facility by June 2011 to receive a $3.7 million grant from the state, but likely cannot do so if it has not received permits from the county.
While Thurston County is safe (for the next year) from dirty biomass energy, neighboring Mason County may not be so lucky. Engineers at the Olympia Regional Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) recently recommended approval of air pollution permits for the Adage biomass incinerator in Shelton, WA, despite health, safety, and ecological concerns and strong opposition from local and regional citizens. Since the engineers recommended approval, the public now has 40 days to comment on the recommendation (available at www.orcaa.org). There are also two public hearings on the Adage incinerator, scheduled for January 31st at 1 pm and 6 pm at the Shelton Civic Center (525 W. Cota St.).
Olympia Rising Tide is a member of Rising Tide North America. Rising Tide North America (RTNA) is a decentralized network of groups and individuals organizing against the root causes of climate change.
This is a rally against the animal killing done at OHSU. It has been excused time and time again all for "in the name of science", but shall not be excused anymore! Come out with ADL and show your support for those without a voice as we stand against OHSU and their murdering ways!
WHEN: January 7th, 2011 @ 12:00pm
WHERE: OHSU Campus, 3118 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd. Portland, Or.
Near the Tram Entrance. Do NOT Park on OHSU Campus.
THEME: Street Theatre Funeral Procession and Demo.
Please Wear ALL Black.
More details for exact location will be updated in the very near future!
A short film of a man who appears to be homeless, who was soon surrounded by police, fire and Chiers detox workers. I video taped the interaction. This was in filmed in downtown Portland, near Pioneer Square.
It does seem like a lot of city agencies were involved, but the man was not hurt, nor arrested, and he ended up getting some shelter services. It looks like someone may of even gave him something to eat.
At the end of the video: I ask one of the cops what happened, he takes a long look at my press pass and then briefly explains.
December 2 2010 meeting of The Portland Human Rights Committee
A 75 minute video of the public meeting. This video was filmed at the monthly meeting for the Portland Human Rights Committee
Meetings are usually held at their N Portland office, this meeting was held in NE Portland
I have archived past videos from the Human Rights Committee previous meetings in Portland here:
Public Access program, "A Growing Concern," featuring information regarding the ongoing resistance to Tar Sands oil production in Alberta Canada and the transportation of large pieces of mining and refining equipment from the west coast to Alberta Canada.
[Video:] A Growing Concern: Tar Sands and the Heavy Haul
Michael O'Leary, Oregon Representative for the National Wildlife Federation discusses Tar Sands and why this is a bad deal for Oregonians, the country and the planet. Featured in the program are short videos on the subject taken from the internet from various website sources.
These websites include:
Northern Rockies Rising Tide
Indigenous Environmental Network
Two Websites opposing the Heavy Haul
All Against the Haul
What are the Tar Sands?
"The 'Tar Sands' (or if you are a business executive, 'unconventional or heavy oil') are naturally occurring deposits of petroleum, sand and clay mixed up to make an asphalt-like substance technically known as bitumen. For much of the 20th century, these deposits were largely ignored by oil companies as a source of petroleum due to the comparably inefficient process used to turn bitumen-in-the-ground into gasoline-in-the-tank, if you will. Now, because of dwindling production of conventional petroleum sources since the cresting of Hubbert's predicted peak oil scenario, every major oil company in the world is now investing in tar sand extraction."
"The KMT is a requested project by ExxonMobile to transport large pieces of mining and refining equipment from factories in South Korea to the tar sand operations in Alberta, Canada. The equipment will travel by sea to the Port of Portland, Oregon where it will be transferred onto barges. The barges will carry the loads up the Columbia and Snake rivers to the Port of Lewiston, Idaho. In Lewiston the "modules" (as the cargo is being called by Exxon) will be transferred to truck-trailers for their final journey overland. These trucks will move their loads across northern Idaho and western Montana on their way to Alberta."
An anonymous tipster reports the Animal Liberation Front-raided Ide Fur Farm is now closed.
Good news for Christmas: an anonymous Christmas tree shopper finds no animals and empty sheds at the Ide Christmas tree / mink farm in Illinois.
Earlier this month, Voice of the Voiceless reported on how to visit a fur farm legally
(see: "How To Visit a Fur Farm ? Without Being the A.L.F."). The article covered several mink farms that also operate cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the property and (possibly) get a close look at a mink farm - without being the Animal Liberation Front.
One anonymous Christmas tree shopper read the Voice of the Voiceless article, visited the Ide Christmas Tree Farm (also the site of the Ide Fur Farm), and submitted an anonymous report.
Their findings: The Ide Fur Farm is closed.
The Fire Frashour campaign in association with Rose City Copwatch held a press conference concerning Darryel Ferguson outside the Multnomah County Justice Center. Ferguson was shot and killed by Portland police last Friday. Portland, OR, 20/12/2010.
Darryel Dwayne Ferguson, 46, was shot and killed by 2 officers outside his apartment, number 201 of the Ventura Park Plaza on the corner of Southeast Burnside and 122nd Avenue. Reportedly he pulled a replica handgun on the officers who were called to the building following complaints of a threatening neighbour.
16 Shots were counted by neighbour Shawn Bartmess who said in a report, "I believe in law enforcement, that they are here to protect us, but 16 shots in such close quarters, with a child in the apartment, seems excessive."
The conference today addressed the question concerning the fact that according to early reports, Ferguson was seeking to protect his family from an aggressive neighbour, not realising police were at the door.
Kathryn Cates, a representative for the campaign stated in accordance with the aforementioned that, "If so, then it seems the police resorted to force where none was necessary and did not even attempt to de-escalate the situation. The cops handling of this incident showed a reckless disregard for the safety of Ferguson, his family, his neighbours, and in short anyone besides the police themselves. The cops seem paranoid about their own safety and utterly indifferent to the safety of the public."
The campaign, originally aimed at Officer Ronald Frashour who shot and killed Aaron Campbell, has decided to continue with the 'Fire Frashour' Campaign as they expect his reinstatement after his arbitration. Mayor of Portland Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese decide to terminate his contract on November 17th over the Campbell incident.
Aaron Campbell was shot in the back January 29th 2010 with an AR-15 by Officer Frashour whilst surrendering to the police.
Reportedly, the November 2010 issue of the Portland Police Association's (PPA) newsletter, titled 'The Rap Sheet' consisted of any essay stating that police departments should 'reward aggression', specifically urging police to use their firearms as opposed to other methods to dissipate situations.
A Peace Solidarity rally was held in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square. Called for by the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center and the Muslim community of Corvallis, it condemned the 'heinous' Christmas tree lighting bomb plot. Portland, USA 19/12/2010.
Community members gathered on a cold afternoon downtown Portland to condemn what they call a heinous act, referring to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony bomb plot orchestrated by the FBI with Mohamed Osman Mohamud at 5:40pm November 26th.
They were also speaking out against all other terrorist attacks.
Sara O Connell
Sam Adams (Unable to attend due to illness)
Amanda Fritz, Commissioner of City of Portland
Allan Orr Tigard Police Chief
Mr. David Leslie, Executive Director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Rabbi Michael Cahana, Senior Rabbi, Beth Israel
Sr. Mollie Reavis, SNJM, Institute for Christian Understanding
Jim Kennedy, Japanese American Citizens League
Rabbi Joey Wolfe, Havurah Shalom
Rev. Bill Sinkford, First Unitarian Church of Portland
Mohamed Siala, Director Islamic Center of Corvallis
On Sunday afternoon, December 19, 2010, the local Portland community Rallied in Pioneer Square to condemn acts of violence and support the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center and the Muslim community of Corvallis, who have recent suffered acts of terrorism at their mosque.
Both Muslims and Non-Muslims were invited to attend and stand up next to each other, showing unity and solidarity against any form of violence against anyone, regardless of faith, race, nationality or gender.
Each spoke of the need for love and unity, and as emphasized by Hajji Mikal Hammad Shabazz, director of the Oregon Islamic Chaplains Organization, standing for Justice, rather than merely opposing injustice.
Speakers on hand were from the Portland City government, the Jewish and Christian Communities, the Tigard Police Department and the Japanese-American Citizens League.
Being subpeonaed by the FBI to appear before a Grand Jury for the act of visiting Israel and Palestine...Sarah Smith statement at December 6 Press Conference, Chicago:
Friday morning, December 3, I received a phone call from an FBI agent. He asked if I had about 30 minutes to sit down and speak with him so he could ask me some questions. I asked about what and he said he "was not at liberty to discuss it." I then asked if I needed a lawyer present and he said it was up to me but that I was not in any trouble and that they just had a few questions. He then said that it had to deal with the trip I took this summer. He then emphasized, "I think you know which one I'm talking about."
The trip I took last summer was to Israel and Palestine. I am Jewish and wanted to see first hand what life is like for Israelis and Palestinians.I went with 2 Palestinian-American friends. You would think Jews and Palestinians going together to visit Israel and Palestine is something the U.S. government would encourage. Instead, we are now being ordered by the FBI to go before a Grand Jury for going on that trip.
This is an announcement of Portland Fruit Tree Project's 2011 Fruit Tree Stewardship and includes opportunities for interested individuals to get involved. Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is a non-profit organization that increases equitable access to healthy food and strengthens communities by empowering neighbors to share in the bounty and care of city-grown food resources. We register fruit and nut trees throughout the city, bring people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, and teach tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops.
In 2011, PFTP will continue to expand its year-round Fruit Tree Stewardship programs. The goals of this program are to increase the health and abundance of registered fruit trees through volunteer-powered tree care services, and to engage tree owners and interested community members in hands-on opportunities to build skills and knowledge in fruit tree care. To accomplish these goals, we will offer an expanded series of Tree Care Workshops, and our unique Tree Care Teams program, now in its second year! More details below...
On December 8, Pesticide Action Network and Beyond Pesticides joined beekeepers from around the country in calling on EPA to pull a neonicotinoid pesticide linked with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) off the market immediately. Our call is based on a leaked EPA memo that discloses a critically flawed scientific study, thus suggesting there may be imminent hazards to honeybees posed by continued use of clothianidin, the pesticide in question. Several issues are at play: poorly conducted science, a broken regulatory system that puts chemicals on the market before testing them, lack of transparency and, most critically, the survival of honeybees and commercial beekeepers.
CCD is the name given to the mysterious decline of honeybee populations across the world beginning around 2006. Each winter since, one-third of the U.S. honeybee population has died off or disappeared. CCD is likely caused by a combination of pathogens, the stresses of industrial beekeeping, loss of habitat and more. But many scientists believe that sublethal pesticide exposures are a critical co-factor potentiating this mix. In the U.S., agencies are focused on research, trying to quantify these risks. In Germany, Italy and France, they decided they knew enough to take action years ago, banning suspect neonicotinoid pesticides. Bee colonies there are recovering and beekeepers here are outraged.
Learn more >> Fact Sheet on Clothianidin & CCD
Dear friends, On Wednesday, December 8, the 9th circuit court of appeals denied Eric's request for a rehearing en banc. This was, in effect, Eric's last available option in the appeals process (other than appealing to the extremely conservative supreme court). Hope has proven to be a fleeting, evasive creature throughout this whole process. Many of us knew better than to fall for its seductive overtures. But hearts are so often blind to what our minds know to be truth - even when we knew what the outcome would be, our hearts had trouble letting go. We wanted Eric out here, with us. Free to wander in ancient forests, to play in the swirling, roaring ocean. To live outside a cage. But now, whatever traces of hope may have remained have been scattered in the wind. And so, his struggle continues.
Eric would like to send his sincerest thanks to all of you. Your letters, your songs, your donations, your words of encouragement have kept Eric and his loved ones inspired and strong. Keep it coming! Eric has a long road ahead of him, but with your love and support he will press on. He remains strong in heart and mind. And he knows that dreams can never be caged.
The 2010 Hempstead Food Share Bonanza was the largest Food Not Bombs ever and the largest vegan Thanksgiving ever! On that day over 30,000 pounds of food was shared with thousands of people, and Long Island Food Not Bombs followed this with nearly a dozen consecutive Thanksgiving events throughout the rest of the week, sharing a total of nearly 55,000 pounds of groceries in 5 days!
For more information, pictures, videos and to share your thoughts please check out Long Island Food Not Bombs
The 2010 Hempstead Food Share Bonanza was the largest Food Not Bombs ever and the largest vegan Thanksgiving ever! On that day over 30,000 pounds of food was shared with thousands of people, and Long Island Food Not Bombs followed this with nearly a dozen consecutive Thanksgiving events throughout the rest of the week, sharing a total of nearly 55,000 pounds of groceries in 5 days! It was solidarity, it was incredible and it was inspiring. So we invite you to learn more about what happened, watch videos, see photos, read thoughts, see our special thanks, check out media coverage and share your thoughts. What the 2010 Thanksgiving Bonanza Looked Like: At 1:30pm a caravan of nearly 40 vehicles overflowing with groceries, hot vegan meals, clothing, books and other goodies pulled into the Hempstead Train Station parking lot and was greeted by hundreds of excited community members.
A line of vehicles stretched across the quarter mile lot. One car at a time would pull up, hundreds of volunteers would help unload it, that car would pull away, another would pull up in its place and the unloading process would start all over again. After about 45 minutes of this we were ready to begin [cont...]
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