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Northwest Primary Care, a local Medical Group has decided and begun informing patients who have legitimate diagnoses of Chronic Pain that they will no longer be treated with pharmaceutical pain medications if they choose to avail themselves of Medical Marijuana.
Current patients who use both pharmaceutical pain medications (opiates) and medical marijuana will have to decide which of the treatments they can utilize. Those that choose pharmaceutical treatment will be subjected to urine analysis (piss tests) to ensure they are not using medical marijuana at the same time. This will occur even in cases where opiates and MMJ are treating different issues such as pain and loss of appetite as many cancer patients suffer from.
Some may recall that the Obama administration had announced, some time ago, a truce in the federal enforcement of laws against the use of marijuana by those legally using it for medical purposes in States where it has been approved by voters, such as Oregon. However, the Pharmaceutical Industry has in the last few weeks announced that it wants to enter the market of providing, and profiting, from Medical Marijuana. The FDA has, as expected, been receptive to the plan, and are once again targeting the MMJ infrastructure. In Washington state, the Governor vetoed a Dispensary bill due to fear that the federal government will go after state employees who would have administered the dispensary program.
Headsup. There is going to be an International Oil Spill Conference here next week sponsored by the oil lobby group API. Cant find much about it online. Any action on this?
API is right now trying to bribe Congress not to cut its tax subsidies. "At a briefing Monday, a senior tax adviser for the American Petroleum Institute (API), the industry's main lobbying arm, said efforts to repeal the oil and gas tax breaks were a "vindictive use of the tax code." Johnson said oil and gas companies were being singled out by lawmakers because gasoline prices were high. He noted the industry would be willing to support changes to the tax code, as long as the changes were done in the context of comprehensive reform and applied to all industry sectors."
**It's on May 22. A four-day conference.
**try this for info: http://www.environmental-expert.com/events/international-oil-spill-conference-2011-10526 ]
This Friday at 2:30, People will gather in pioneer square to protest the proposed coal export terminal in Longview Washington. At 3, a coal train will proceed to visit some of the banks that fund companies like Arch Coal.
Stand in solidarity with the people of Longview who face the real environmental hazards of the coal exports. Do not allow the Northwest to be a resource colony for Chinese power plants. Stand up for Climate Justice!
Eugene food not bombs will be serving food at Kesey square (intersection of Broadway and Willamette st) at 2:00 p.m on Friday, May 6th. We plan to do this weekly. We could really use some help getting donations/dumpstering, etc. Our first event may be small, but we are committed to getting the ball rolling and having this on a consistent basis.
Contact us for organizing information or general questions. See you out there!
Photos from May Day march and rally.
Great turn out today for the rally and march in honor of International Workers Day and Immigrant Rights.
Joe Anybody's video post
joyofresistance photo post
eva golinger, foreign policy adviser to the venezuelan government
attorney and best-selling author,
comes to portland may 6, discusses wikileaks
(1 min video)
Author and adviser to the Venezuelan government Eva Golinger will stop in Portland on May 6 as part of her US tour. The First Unitarian Church at 1011 SW 13th Ave. will host her appearance, beginning at 7 p.m. She will talk about her gleanings from the 250,000 diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks.
Her discoveries include how the US government financed opposition media in Venezuela and how, for years, the US State Department and aid agencies have tried to develop youth opposition in Cuba and Venezuela to provoke "regime change."
The Portland Central America Solidarity Committee has been the principal organizer for the Golinger's US tour, which will start in New York and wind up in Los Angeles. [...]
It's time to put the discussion of our national priorities and federal budget on track and that will require some perspective.
Witnessing the drama unfold as to whether the government will shut down or whether Congress will break the current gridlock is like watching clowns at a circus engaged in a water balloon fight.
Michele Bachmann actually said something useful in an interview I watched today on MSNBC. [...]
The Tea Party claims its candidates were charged by those who elected them to cut $100 billion from current fiscal year spending. Somehow that has been reduced to $61 billion and now the debate is where the reductions should be made. Republicans have made it clear they are across the board for cutting anything which is beneficial to middle and working class citizens. I won't bother even going into all of the programs they have demonized over the years and have on their hit list. Everyone already knows.
The point is that in the two weeks Congress has been bickering over the $61 billion, the country has borrowed three times that just to keep afloat. Let me add that in those two weeks $48 billion of that total borrowing was just interest, i. e. debt service on the debt.
Something is seriously wrong here.
PROTEST Portlandia's rejoining the
J.T.T.F. Thursday April 28th 2101
12:30 pm at City Hall LATER
Public Hearing 2:00 pm at City Hall
What You Might Want to Know About the JTTF & Police in CA. | Response to Sam Adams' JTTF Proposal | Video: Say No to Portland Police Joining the FBI JTTF - 3.10.11 Protest at City Hall | Mayor Sam Adams: Joint Terrorism Task Force Review | Portland City Council Suppressed Citizen Input on JTTF Issue
The spirit of resistance is being kept alive and well in the tradition of Cascadia's rich history of meeting greed with passion for life. In Olympia, Washington, Olympia Rising Tide won the campaign against a proposed biomass incinerator planned to be built at the Evergreen State College, and one of two biomass incinerators proposed in Shelton, WA! Our victory shows the effectiveness of collaborative organizing, a diversity of tactics and persistence in the face of corporate power. However, biomass incineration is still a very real threat all over the world, and now is a crucial time to step it up and stop it from destroying our forests, air and health. The tides are beginning to turn, now is the time to fight for climate justice!
Art applied informally and as part of meaningful communities (becoming and already existing) succeeds in stopping Loggers and other implementing professionals in their proverbial tracks, while inspiring evolutionary ways of relating to re-enchantifying forests and their multiversity of gifts!
Local loggers at a forest near you were literally and figuratively stopped in their tracks of late thanks to steps taken by locals in bringing their creative intelligence away from coralled locales and back out into indepth relevance.
On the Last Tuesday of every month, the Red and Black Cafe, Portland Animal Defense League, and Oregon Jericho host this letter writing night. Folks in jail really need to know they've not been forgotten.
Materials will be provided, including a list of prisoners, AND, write a letter, get 10% off your purchase! How's that for a bribe?
Tuesday, April 26 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Red And Black Cafe
400 SE 12th Ave.
This night often focuses on animal liberation and environmental political prisoners, but all prisoners need letters.
Last night, about 20 activists from Portland Animal Defense League visited the homes of two of Oregon National Primate Research Center's (ONPRC) most notorious vivisectors. These demos took place as part of ongoing World Week for Animals In Laboratories events and in solidarity with the countless innocent animals slated to die inside labs around the world. First stop of the night... Kathy Grant has received at least $18,304,940 in tax dollars to addict monkeys to alcohol at ONPRC. In one recent experiment, monkeys were starved and only given food if they consumed alcohol After observing their drinking behavior, Grant kills the monkeys and cut up their bodies. Her discovery was that alcohol damaged the monkeys' livers - something long known in humans.
Next, activists descended on the residence of Kevin L. Grove, another notorious primate vivisector at ONPRC that recently received attention in the New York Times for his cruel obesity tests. In his current experiment, Grove makes monkeys extremely obese by feeding them unhealthy, high-fat diets, and by forcing them to live sedentary lifestyles. He then impregnates his subjects and allows some of them to give birth. Most of the monkeys in his experiments are killed and cut open at various stages of this torture.
For more information on what goes on inside Labs like Kevin and Kathy's, be sure to check out our newly launched website ResearchKills.org.
A clear analysis of major problems in Mayor Sam Adams' JTTF proposal.
The draft JTTF resolution does a very good job trying to balance the interests of FBI with local interests in the abstract given that proposal choses to entangle the PPB with the JTTF once again. It is a really tremendous first effort and shows its roots in the diversity, creativity and populism of Portland and the Mayor's office. Certainly, a proposal not to coordinate with the JTTF except to receive information would be the more wise choice for safety and privacy of our citizens. Notwithstanding the poor choice to engage with the JTTF at all, there are several fatal flaws in the proposal as it stands which will ultimately fail again to protect the civil rights and liberties of Portland and Oregon citizens. Unfortunately, the proposal in its current form amounts to a return to business as usual for the PPB and JTTF. This draft is just the a kinder, gentler Old Emperor in new clothes that are not so transparent.
Portland's water quality, and it's health record has been fabulous, with not even one case of Cryptosporidium sickness found to have come from our drinking water for over a century. Yet the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (which often sides with big business over our environment) says now we must quickly build an un-needed water plant to eliminate, to below zero, every dead, dead, dead, fragment of ALL varieties of this one-celled group of protozoa. (Only two of the approximately eight varieties can make people sick; Those two are only the type that come from human and cattle sewage.) But the EPA makes no distinction between the types at all. This is now going to force Portlander's to pay for the current compliance plan designed by Commissioner Leonard which is: Build a 99 million dollar ultraviolet radiation treatment plant in the watershed;
PORTLAND WATER LECTURE AND CITIZEN RALLY -- SAVE BULL RUN DRINKING H2O
EPA Wants Portland to Add Drinking Water Treatment, and Cover Our Open Reservoirs; for Microbial Problem That Does Not Exist; The Resulting Toxic and Carcinogenic Chemicals Added To, and Degrading Our Drinking Water Will Also Be Discussed.
RALLY FOR HEALTHY BULL RUN WATER
Take Action Against OHSU!
During World Week for Animals in Labs, activists around the country are voicing their disgust with the cruelty of vivisection. Here in Portland, OR, the focus remains on Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), home to some of the most notorious and cruel research in the country. Please take the time to write, call and email the vivisectors and administrators on this list and let them know how you feel about their sadistic research.
Web links are provided for for you to learn about the horrific details of each individuals research. Good Luck!
Photographs from the Portland Rising rally and march, Saturday, April 16, 2011. Well organized, well attended and well spoken, the event demands change and, most importantly, vows to continue the struggle.
The event began at Pioneer Courthouse Square, and after about 45 minutes of remarks, marched through downtown Portland, stopping at U.S. Bank and the Hilton Hotel, eventually gathering together at Tery Schrunk Plaza for a few more remarks. At U.S. bank, the Portland Rising march was joined by a smaller group coming from a separate but related event, the Climate Justice Rally.
Speakers were passionate and articulate. Besides the excellent speech by Mahlon Mitchell, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wiscoinsin, a high point was a series of 1 minute or so speeches from about 10 workers of various occupations and nationalities. Each gave a poignant snap shot of life in their world and stressed the need for all people to work together against the growing right wing attacks on unions, the poor and the middle class.
As usual the signs added a creative element to the event, and without uttering a word, said it all.
Bank of America grabbed $60,000,000,000+ in profit last year & paid nothing in taxes but received $3,000,000,000 in what is strangely called a "refund".
Around 70 people protested in front of Bank of America branch on Hwy 99 during rush, with many signs for traffic & hand-outs for customers. We signed & presented to management a bill for what BoA owes.
We fully understand that Congress could close loopholes & tax havens that BoA uses, but we also know that BoA is one of the corporate owners of Congress. So it is ultimately BoA & other such venal cesspools that suck resources away from people.
Presumably people in the progressive community do not hold accounts with national/international banks.
Who: Ananda Animal Rescue & Sanctuary and supporters
What: Demonstration in Solidarity with Packy the Elephant
When: Saturday, April 16, 2011 from noon to 1:30 pm
Where: Oregon Zoo, front gates
Why: Because Packy was promised his freedom years ago, because he deserves it, and because it's the right thing to do.
Joining the call for "Good Jobs for All" are public and private sector workers from nine local unions who are supporting each others drive for a decent contract.
When: April 16, 2011 at 12:00 noon.
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square, at the corner of SW 6th and Morrison
Special Guest Speaker: Mahlon Mitchell, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin
On April 16, 2011, hundreds of community members from all walks of life will join together in downtown Portland to call for "Good Jobs for All" and for Congress to protect the safety net including Social Security and Medicare. Joining the call for "Good Jobs for All" are public and private sector workers from nine local unions who are supporting each other's drive for a decent contract. The march and rally will be in the spirit of Wisconsin - family friendly and strong in spirit with excellent visuals.
Appearing direct from the front lines of the battle in Madison, will be Mahlon Mitchell, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. When talking about why he led the firefighters into the capitol to protest Scott Walker's attacks on working people, Mitchell explained, "When firefighters see an emergency, we respond."
With millions of Americans unemployed, underemployed and underpaid, the need for a national public works program to put people back to work is becoming increasingly apparent. There is a growing demand for federal programs that will serve to rebuild the crumbling infrastructure and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels by using energy efficiency programs and technologies and expansion of public transportation systems. At the same time communities are recognizing the need to protect vulnerable families from homelessness, hunger and other symptoms of poverty by strengthening rather than cutting programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
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Photos posted by: Bette Lee
Photos and post by: Jim Lockhart
Video posted by: Joe Anybody
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) will be presenting a benefit for Coffee Strong, a G.I. Coffee House outside of Fort Lewis in Washington State. There will be a short documentary, discussion and live music. All donations go to Coffee Strong.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15[:] COFFEE STRONG BENEFIT
Red & Black Cafe, 400 S.E. 12th Avenue, Portland
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
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