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Support political prisoners!
Briana Waters is a devoted and loving mother of her four-year-old daughter. She is a professional musician and violin teacher based in Oakland, California. On March 15, 2006, she was falsely accused of participating in a politically motivated arson which took place at the University of Washington in May 2001. Though she was released on October 13th, she was recently re-indicted with new charges.
This event will feature a local lawyer giving an update about Briana's case, as well as a talk by folks from her support group. Additionally, it will feature a screening of Watch, a documentary directed by Briana about the fight to save an old growth forest. All money raised will go to her legal defense fund. Please come and show some solidarity for political prisoners!
The event will start at 7pm. There will be a $3-5 suggested donation at the door. All money raised will go to Briana's legal defense. For more information, visit:
From All Over the NW, Activists Converge at the Seattle Fur Exchange for Regional Action
Renton, WA - Beginning Monday, March 14th, activists from across the Northwest will converge at the warehouse of American Legend Cooperation in Renton, WA. Here activists from Ashland, OR to Vancouver, BC will protest the infamous Seattle Fur Exchange and demand justice for North American wildlife.
The Seattle Fur Exchange (now American Legend Auction) is the largest trading auction of animal pelts in North America and is longest running fur auction in the world. Held at the warehouse of American Legend, the largest farmer-owned cooperative involved in the marketing and sales of mink furs, the Exchange occurs twice per year (March and May) and has been conducting its insidious business since 1898. Since then, it has facilitated the trading of millions of animals' pelts between over 20 countries every year. It is here that the international industry coordinates between farmers, designers, and retail.
When: Monday, March 14th-Wednesday, March 16th
The scumbag nazi David Irving is going to be on a tour promoting his upcoming book about Himmler. We need to confront him wherever and whenever he appears! I found the information here
If you know anyone in some of those other cities as well, let them know so that that nazi scumbag doesn't get one peaceful night to propagandize and lie for money. If anyone is able to get addresses of these events, please send the information to groups that can use it and make it public! And please, if any of you can, start re-posting this on other websites like this one so that we can make sure there is a response in as many cities as possible.
The city is deciding on if they will join with the "known to be rogue-operating-outside-of-the-law FBI". The protest lasted for over an hour and had at over 100 people in attendance.
This was all filmed outside city hall and inside the lobby when the protest went to "deliver petitions" to the city council
Randy Leonard meets the protesters in the lobby, and then moves the conversation outside to the front steps
This protest was just outside of downtown Portland on Sunday at 4PM. at the Mittleman Center.
There was over 100 people demonstarting peacfully and loudly against AIPAC.
No corporate media, no arrests.
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The keynote speaker at the 2011 University of Oregon Public Interest Environmental Law Conference , US Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), caused controversy as members from the audience protested his involvement in both the acclaimed environmental law conference and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Oregon chapter meeting. Congressman Blumenauer served as the keynote speaker for both organizations in the same weekend.
banner being floated AIPAC <-- Enviro Justice -->
Halfway through Congressmen Blumenauer's speech promoting Portland's bicycle culture, protesters floated a 5 x 10 foot banner to the ceiling of the University of Oregon ballroom. The banner read "AIPAC" with an arrow pointing backwards and "Enviro Justice" with an arrow pointing forward. The group claims that being in lockstep with AIPAC contradicts environmental values.
Literature distributed by the protesters cited the environmental impacts of the occupation including the number of Palestinian olive trees uprooted by the Israeli military since the second intifada (over 500,000) and information about the Israeli bombing of the sewage treatment plant in Gaza resulting in raw sewage contaminating the Mediterranean Sea.
Suspended over the audience with 23 helium balloons, the banner remained throughout the presentation and onto the next day until it floated down on its own. The conference organizers censured audience questions during the Q & A to prevent protesters from addressing what they call "social and environmental justice contradictions."
Congressmen Blumenauer received further protest when he arrived at the AIPAC meeting on Sunday in Portland. Over three dozen protesters held signs protesting Israeli actions in the West Bank and Gaza and constructed a mock separation wall.
On a chilly Sunday, about 75-100 folks gathered outside the Mittleman Jewish Community to protest against the annual AIPAC event yesterday. The protest was organized by AUPHR (Americans United for Palestinian Human RIghts) and SUPER (Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights). For about 2 hours, we shouted, chanted, and stood our ground, saying "No to AIPAC! No Support for Occupation! No Support for Apartheid!"
We went there to let AIPAC and its supporters know that we vehemently oppose US aid to Israel to continue its 60+ years of brutal and illegal occupation of Palestine. Israel would not be able to keep committing crimes and atrocities against the Palestinian people if it weren't for US support. According to If Americans Knew, Israel is the largest recipient of US military and economic aid since 1976. US gives Israel about $3 billion per year, about one-fifth of the US' entire foreign aid monies. The US currently provides Israel with $8.2 million in military aid every day! Israel continues to build illegal settlements on Palestinian land, demolish Palestinian homes, farms and orchards, destroy businesses and shops, arrest and torture the Palestinian people without due process, and bomb, shoot and kill them with impunity. We are always told that the budget deficits make it necessary for politicians to cut social programs, education and health care for us, but when it comes to funding wars, occupation and attacks on civilians in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and other countries, there's always endless amounts of money!
Diversity of tactics
A reminder to everyone, regarding the police repression unfolding this weekend in Seattle
(Read link at the bottom)
Solidarity is Action!
Do what feels right, support each other!
Leaflets, conversation, demonstrate, organize and smash, they all have a place.
Support each other and a diversity of tactics. Apply pressure and stay safe!
To condemn and not support petty vandalism against corporate and state property (our tax dollar that the people have extremely limited or no control over) promotes divisions amongst opposition to the status quo and reaffirms submission to illegitimate power, not to mention, hindering the symbolic aspirations of individuals or collectives. (If you don't know why one would attack corporate or state property, I suggest you learn and challenge your ideology, morality, and where you got it, but that is only a suggestion).
For a decentralized, anti-authoritarian movement with teeth!
Read post from http://www.pugetsoundanarchists.org/node/274
Two days ago, a mother and her babies were to have arrived at Ananda Animal Rescue & Sanctuary. They were eagerly awaited, as they had all been through a lot and we looked forward to watching them blossom once they found the love and care they deserved in this world. Lily never did arrive in sanctuary. Instead, this is what happened to her (reposted from the Ananda FB page). We're so sad for her. Everyone should be. Please help us stop the killing.
Lily and her puppies were supposed to arrive today. We were looking forward to finally giving them the love and kindness they deserve. Lily never got much of a break in this world. She was extremely neglected, and when she showed up in a kill shelter in California with her little family of puppies, she weighed only about 30 lbs (roughly half what she should have.) And, in the dance of crisis and extortion common to kill shelters, Lily's story made it out to rescuers through the same teetering, cobbled-together, informal communication network in which all kill shelters seem to communicate with the outside world: "Yes, she's here. She will be killed this weekend unless you get her out."
(This, by the way, is a special annoyance of mine which is worth mentioning because it is one of the obstacles that stands in the way of saving dogs like Lily. It's apparently not bad enough that the public is usually kept in the dark about all the dogs being put to death inside these places. They have to make it even better by occasionally letting rescuers know that the animals will die unless WE, the RESCUERS, do all the work to save them. Not only that, but we usually get hit up for a pull fee, too. So small, independent rescuers who have almost no resources are forced to pay money to a huge, tax-funded, government agency "or else" they will kill every animal without another option. Basically, we're subsidizing them through our unpaid labor. This is part of the anachronistic system that is killing millions of dogs and cats in this country every year: Kill shelters take in too many animals, they plead for help from rescuers "or else," and then they don't let anyone take the animal without paying an often exorbitant pull fee. Rescuers can't always afford to come up with these fees over and over and over again to save these animals. Why is there a fee to rescuers who are doing the shelter's job FOR them??? Why aren't the shelters giving us money to help them do their jobs?)...
Portland Human Right Commission Meeting on 2.23.11
This public meeting covered two topics. It was held in NE Portland.
(1) The discussion and vote as to whether the Human Rights Commission supported the Portland Police joining the JTTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force) with the FBI
(2) The discussion with City Councilwoman Amanda Fritz regarding the new announcement of having a department in the city called the Equity Department.
Meeting 4pm on 2.23.11
1. Human Right Commission discuss police joining the FBI JTTF
2. Human Right Commission discuss the Equity Department
with City Councilwoman Amanda Fritz
link to www.archive.org
You must stand against oppression no matter who is involved.
We should demand from our elected representatives that all members of AIPAC, (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) take a loyalty oath to America; outrageous you say? Let me tell you a story. The Israeli Supreme Court is now considering a requirement for all non-Jews in Israel to take a loyalty oath to the state of Israel. Not so outrageous as you thought. This would be just like Christians demanding all non believers take a loyalty oath. This is a horrible way to exclude people from the political process. The abused have now become the abusers.
There will be a fundraiser for AIPAC at the Mittleman Center and I will be there with my sign, this will be my third year in front of this get-together and asking our politicians to stay away. Well, maybe this year our would be progressive reps will stay home; don't hold your breath. The PINOs will be there, (Progressives in Name Only) insider feasting themselves and they will get elected in 2012, why? We are a country that loves killing and occupation--we do it so well!
I want to say to all of you, choose, wars or schools, you cannot have both. Choose Good Health-care, or Empire---you cannot have both. A safe environment for your children or a slow death, not both! Many had thought that maybe President Obama would lead us out of the valley of corruption, WRONG.
After forty years of being a democrat, a few years ago I did one of my great Irish-Exits and ran from this once noble party and became a member of the Oregon Progressive Party. OPP stands for most things that I believe in and it is a very young party. You can go to one of our meetings and feel your voice is heard, people may not agree with you but we will fight for your right to speak.
So, this Sunday we will be at the fundraiser for an organization that spends millions wining and dining our reps, will you come and join us? What is happening in Gaza and the West Bank has been condemned by most nations, the US stops anything coming out of the Security Council by the use of our veto. The last vote on the continuation of building settlements was 122 nations to condemn and 14 Security Council Members also condemning the Israeli government but, one veto from the US and the matter died. Sad!
Protest! The Annual Oregon AIPAC Event
Date: Sunday, March 6th, 2011
Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, Oregon 97219
Contact: Peter Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Justice,Peace and *Laughter, ...
The Portland Radical Cheerleaders for Animal Rights are hosting a benefit at the Artistery on Friday, March 4, beginning at 7pm. The evening will begin with a screening of the animal liberation film Bold Native ( http://boldnative.com/). Then we will ROCK to music by IOA, Deer or The Doe, Humans, and there will be performances from Vegan Superhero & The Radical Cheerleaders. All proceeds go to benefit the animals of two ROCKING local sanctuaries - Ananda Animal Rescue & Sanctuary and Out to Pasture.
What: Film Screening of Bold Native, LOTS of great live music, art, and a vegan bake sale. All this to benefit the animals of Ananda Animal Rescue & Sanctuary and Out to Pasture!
There will be a $5 admission charge to help raise funds to feed and provide care to all of the animals whose lives are saved at these two great sanctuaries. The movie Bold Native will be shown at 7 pm with music starting at 9 pm. Please join us! It's an easy way to DO SOMETHING FOR THE ANIMALS!
Despite the bitter cold (at least by Pacific NW standards), hundreds rallied and marched in downtown Portland on Friday.
Portland joined in with the labor uprising sweeping the country. At a rally organized in two days, about 850 people came together to stand in solidarity with public employees in Wisconsin and across the country. Yesterday, over 100,000 took to the streets in Wisconsin, while solidarity rallies happened in every state in he country.
Photos here: http://www.jwjpdx.org/photo-gallery/wisconsin-solidarity-rallies
Video here: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1757722457433
weak KATU story here: http://www.katu.com/news/local/116960688.html
(even though counter-protestors weren't there, KATU sought out some right-wing tea partier for comment--ever see them do that when it's the other way around?)
Want to find out about more actions like this? Get on the JwJ list: http://www.jwjpdx.org/join-us
Rally held in Salem Oregon in support of the protests by labor unions and their supporters in Wisconsin. About 800 people showed up at the state capital as part of a nationally organized event taking place in all state capitals nationwide.
Salem Oregon Solidarity Rally with Wisconsin
After some music by an excellent bank various speakers took the microphone to lend their voice and support to the struggle taking place in Wisconsin between a Republican administration and public employee labor unions in that state. The protest has gone nation wide and many labor unions have demonstrated their support for the protest.
Allegedly due to fiscal problems, Governor Scott Walker is proposing a budget bill that would strip collective bargaining rights from public employees.
Speakers included various new and old school labor leaders, a student, two women from Wisconsin, a young Latina, and a man urging folks to join the movement to end Corporate Personhood.
There are various groups working to that end in this country, but the one he was talking about is the Move to Amend the U.S. Constitution and "firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights."
The event finished with the entire gathering reading in unison a passage sculpted in stone on the north wall of the State Capital.
The text reads: " A free state is formed and maintained by the voluntary union of the whole people, joined together under the same body of laws, for the common welfare and the sharing of benefits justly apportioned."
Video is about 14 minutes in length.
The struggle continues...
February 24th, 2011-- Workers from Janus Youth Program, a frontline organization helping at risk youth, continue picketing their workplace after management made the decision to move to an expensive and undemocratic arbitration process for dispute resolution.
Link to 2:30 min VIDEO: http://bmediacollective.org/?p=537
There were Solidarity with Wisconsin rally's across the country today....
In spite of the very cold weather, it was a good turn out in Salem Oregon.
Come have a vegan dinner prepared by The (Vegan) Caterer at The Variant!! Each dish will cost you $7, plus we'll have plenty of baked goods, treats and beverages!
After dinner we'll have a short talk about the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian campaign, it's goals and how others can travel to Taiji next season to get involved. 23,000 dolphins are slaughtered for their mercury-laced meat every year in Japan, and this slaughter continues in part because of the captive dolphin trade. Help send activists to Japan to put pressure on the Japanese government, to educate the people of Taiji about alternatives, and to fight for the lives of these sentient creatures!
Time: Saturday, February 26 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: The Variant
4810 NE Garfield Ave
Please RSVP by sending an email to: email@example.com
We need to have an idea of how many people will be showing up, if you want a seat please reserve it!
A benefit at WOW Hall for the Civil Liberties Defense Center's eco-prisoner support program
Solidarity with Earth Defenders
March 5 at 7 pm at WOW Hall (291 W. 8th Ave., Eugene)
Featuring Etheric Double Soundsystem, holy!holy!holy!, and the Alder St. All Stars, with guest speaker Tre Arrow and radical poet Slugthang
$10 in advance, $15 at the door
Etheric Double Soundsystem is an experimental live pa experience, fusing a variety of music styles into a cohesive mix of sounds, commonly referred to as groove sorcery. Meant to awaken and inspire the listener to reconnect with their animalistic roots, the music of Etheric Double Soundsystem, though unorganic in nature, calls on us to abandon the confines of our industrial cages and embrace the primal archetypes within.
*holy!holy!holy!* was forged in the primal war ofdomestication. We defy these ways. We despise these streets, theseschools, these occupations called work. We are wildness, and willdismantle the civilized destructive forces that have controlled ourworld. There are many worlds, with many languages. They will tell
their children, that despite how hard they looked, they never saw uscoming...
February 16, 2011 Portland Oregon Press Conference by religious community opposing outrageous bloated military budget and inhumane cuts in social service in the recent Obama Budget for 2012.
Religious Leaders Speak Out Against Obama's 012 Budget
Clergy from various Portland denominations each spoke briefly, condemning the U.S. misplaced priorities and blatant disregard for human life worldwide.
First to speak was Rev. Bill sinkford, Senior Minister of First Unitarian Church; The Reverend was followed by Rabbi Joseph Wolf of the Havurah Shalom Community; Mark Knudson, Senior Minister of Augustana Lutheran Church; and Lynne Smouse-Lopez, Senior Pastor at Ainsworth United Church of Christ.
Fundamental to the Press Conference was a long graphic demonstrating the values inherent in the 2012 budget. Taking up over half of the graphic was a large red area portraying the 59% of the budget reserved for military spending.
At the other end of the graphic were the various other areas of expenditures provided for in the budget: 6% for Health and Human Service; 6% for Transportation; 4% to the States; 4% for Education; 4% for Other Programs; 3% for Department of Homeland Security; 3% for Housing and Urban Development; 2% for Justice; 2% for Agriculture; 1% for NASA; 1% for Energy(excludes nuclear weapons program); 1% Labor; 1% Treasury; 1% Interior; 1%Interior; 1% Environmental Protection Agency; 1% Commerce.
The opinion came through loud and clear from all who spoke that the U.S. is not fulfilling it's democratic obligations to it's citizens and also is a force encouraging and fostering violence world wide.
These unsavory characters have recently been spotted frequenting the Wandering Goat Coffee Company, a local counterculture hangout. Other white supremacists have been harassing people in the Whitaker neighborhood. There have also been multiple accounts of Neo-Nazis stopping outside of the Wandering Goat and giving the Nazi "Roman Salute" to customers.
If you see them, or any other boneheads, let them know that Fascists are not welcome in our community. Together we are strong.
If you have any information about Jimmy Marr or other Fascist activity in Eugene, please contact the Eugene chapter of the Anti-Racist Action Network: firstname.lastname@example.org
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