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Under the No Child Left Behind Act, schools receiving federal funding MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive funding. Students may opt-out of this military database at the beginning of the school year. "They'll know where you live.... They'll have your phone number.... They'll come to your door ... if you let them. Military recruiters, by strict authority of the No Child Left Behind Act, must be given the names, addresses and phone numbers of all high school students each year. Want to keep your privacy? You can be removed from the list of names by 'opting-out.'" The Full Picture, San Francisco, California
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
On the night of Aug 16th, we smashed-up the "community police" contact office located off of SE 47th & Hawthorne in Portland.
We don't view "community policing" programs as a positive step towards police accountability or abolition, but as a conscience effort by the state to further embed systems of social control and snitch culture into our communities. The function of police is not to "serve and protect" marginalized communities, but to "serve and protect" the institutions and social relationships which perpetuate the social inequalities that are inherent to capitalism.
This is our gesture of solidarity with the anti-police riots in the UK and the Seattle 26.
Several local peace groups have gotten together to ask City Council to
pass a resolution calling on Congress to "Bring our war $$ home." The original idea grew from grassroots movements in Maine and elsewhere, that culminated in the passage of a resolution by the US Conference of Mayors in June, which Portland's Mayor, Sam Adams, supported. (The resolution was introduced by Eugene, OR Mayor Kitty Piercy.) We launched this effort at the Hiroshima Day event on August 7 and hope to get Council to pass a resolution by early October. This is the most recent part of our ongoing Campaign to Bring the Troops Home.
Peace and Justice Works
Iraq Affinity Group
Please take one or more of these steps to help:
We discuss the recent statewide hunger strike initiated by prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison. The strike is put in context, alongside a statewide grassroots movement calling for cuts in prison spending to address California's budget crisis, and a recent US Supreme Court ruling that calls for the reduction of California state prisoners by at least 30,000, in response to overcrowding.
--Angola 3 News is a project of the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3. Our website is www.angola3news.com where we provide the latest news about the Angola 3. We are also creating our own media projects, which spotlight the issues central to the story of the Angola 3, like racism, repression, prisons, human rights, solitary confinement as torture, and more.
This year, join Portland Animal Defense League as we carry the torch and illuminate this abhorrent industry and its presence all throughout the Northwest. Although sporadic fur protests against department stores were carried out in the early 1980's, none employed coordinated campaigns or strategies against the fur industry, and, as a result, failed to create the intensity needed for successful protests.
Fur sales slumped in the late 80's-early 90's as increased pressure and focus on the fur industry heightened awareness about the cruelties of the trade. However, as a result of recent fur fashion trends starting in the mid 90's, fur sales have been increasing and topped over $11 billion worldwide in 2003.
Fur-Free Friday is one of the few nationally recognized days in the animal rights movement and involves numerous animal activist groups nationwide.
NEST is an all volunteer group of tree climbers & wildlife surveyors who work to stop logging in ancient forests! NEST conducts wildlife surveys in timber sales, with the intention to cancel sales that are valuable habitat to rare species of plants and animals. We seek field volunteers for summer 2011!
If you would like to join NEST in the field, please contact us by email ( NESTCASCADIA@gmail.com) or phone (to be posted on the website soon!)
Tonite held the opening of Columbia River International Film Festival at Kiggins Theater in downtown Vancouver WA.
Over 300 films of all kinds, lengths, & topics will be shown in many venues. Festival runs thru sunday. Free, but donations are appreciated.
News from Portland, Oregon -- We are in the streets in Portland, Oregon. There are small demonstrations in a number of places on Fridays and Saturdays and sometimes during the week. We stand the watch for all those who can't or are too fearful to hold a sign saying something about War and Peace.
Most protest/vigils are quiet but a few are noisy, to the annoyance of the business community. One protest on the Hawthorne Bridge now has a running battle with a restaurant that complains because we ring cow bells and the management of the restaurant does not want their outside customers disturbed while drinking and eating. I wonder what these people do with their heads when they hear that we are bombing over six countries and murdering civilians at alarming rates. How do they sleep at night knowing that America is the arms dealer of the world. We sell to anyone who has the money to buy war planes, tanks or ships. Sometimes we have a special sale on Wednesdays, buy one war plane, get your choice of free bombs or rockets. Is it not special that we rank number one in killing children and 34th in successful *child births?
This is the third protest for the workers at the 15th and NE Fremont street Papa Murphy's Pizza. With management ignoring the vast majority of the requests by the workers ... the protest continue.
This was pizza workers protest #3 with no progress to speak of from management at Papa Murphy's in Portland Oregon. Around 40 young people organizing through Y.E.R. met for a few hours to alert their community of their struggle. A struggle for dignity, respect, laws and workers rights.
http://youtu.be/gnSAIeycXCs (Video 10 minutes)
(Related PIMC links)
1. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/08/409656.shtml #3 announcement
2. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/07/409471.shtml #2 protest
3. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/07/409167.shtml #1 protest
Free public events including films, an art exhibit and rally and presentation are part of Veterans for Peace National Convention being held at Portland State University Wed. Aug. 3rd- Sun. Aug. 7th.
2011 Veterans for Peace National Convention
As part of the Veterans for Peace and concurrent Iraq Veterans Against the War National Conventions being held in Portland from August 3rd through 7th, there are public events that are open to the public. Events and films listed below are free except were noted. Donations welcome.
For more information go to www.veteransforpeace.org and look under convention public events.
video coverage info at: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/08/409645.shtml
A special public event and discussion with Cynthia McKinney, former US Congresswoman for 6 times and Green Party Presidential candidate in 2008. Currently Cynthia is on a 19 city tour across the US, which includes a lone stop in Canada, in Vancouver, to talk about her recent fact finding mission to Libya on the impacts of the US/Canada/NATO War in Libya and Africa. The 19 city tour is organized by the International Action Center ~ IAC ( www.iacenter.org ), with collaboration of Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO) in Vancouver.
REPORT FROM LIBYA: IMPACT OF U.S. WAR IN AFRICA
TUESDAY August 9 @ 7:00pm
Vancouver Heritage Hall
3102 Main St. (at 15th Ave.)
[Vancouver, B.C. - CANADA]
MAWO ~ Mobilization Against War & Occupation
P 604-322-1764 || F 604-322-1763
August 1, 2011 Mollala, OR- As a culmination of the annual Trans and Womyn's Action Camp, activists occupied the regional Oregon Department of Forestry office. Three members of the camp have locked themselves together inside the office using modified pipes. Currently the trio is refusing to leave until the Oregon Department of Forestry revoke their support for the 2011 Elliott State Forest Management Plan. Today is the last opportunity for citizens to comment on the plan. Activists involved in the action criticized the plan for opening up areas to logging which were previously off limits. They also criticized the plan for increasing clear cutting to boost local timber jobs while not making any decisive moves to regulate or even monitor the large timber export industry which ships logs and jobs overseas.
Meredith Cocks of Portland, OR said, "It's absolutely devastating to walk into the middle of a clearcut in the Elliott and know that after decades of fighting for forest protection this sort of logging is still accepted on public lands. This is some of our last intact coastal rainforest, a precious place that deserves our respect, not to be decimated by the ODF."
Onsite Press Contact: Maya Andrews (413)695-2249
Prometheus's National Organizer Jeff Rousset is arriving in Portland Monday. Jeff and Prof. Steve Levinson will be talking with groups in the region about the chance to start a low power community radio station.
If you want to learn about the opportunity to start a station then please RSVP by email to Jeff ( firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: 845-642-8145) for one of the following events. If you can't make either of these you can email or call Jeff to set up a meeting, speaking engagement, or workshop.
Tuesday 8/2, 10am @ Sisters of the Road, 133 NW Sixth, Portland, OR (see map), with Jenka Soderburgh of KBOO (Portland full power community station)
Thursday 8/4, 4pm, @ Helios 120 W. Broadway, Eugene, OR
Thursday 8/4, 7pm @ CALC 458 Blair Boulevard, Eugene, OR
Wednesday 8/10, 6pm @ Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 E. Union St., Seattle, WA
Contact us to set up more events!
Prometheus Radio Project
P.O. Box 42158
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Portland Solidarity and Action event supporting Tim DeChristopher sentenced to a two year Federal prison term for bidding on Bush Administration BLM oil and gas contracts, thereby stalling their sale until the Department of Justice found that the sale was illegal. The sale was eventually rescinded by the Obama Administration.
This action was in solidarity with other actions across the country, including Salt Lake City Utah, where the sentencing took place.
Hey Seattle, We dropped off this 18 foot banner for you before the morning commute. Hope it brightens your day. Glad you're out!
Special thanks to the SCPD for donating materials.
Solidarity with prisoners everywhere, - some santa cruz anarchists
From a media release: Early Tuesday morning a number of activists with Cascadia Forest Defenders, and Cascadia Earth First! unfolded a series of road blockades in the Elliott State Forest, located in Coos County, closing access points to timber sales along the west fork of the Millicoma River. The blockades consist of an array of Tree-sits and ground level locking devices. The activists are prepared to block logging in this sensitive eco-system for as long as necessary.
The sales are all slated for clear-cut logging, and are areas of native forest that have never before seen a chain saw. They exist on steep slopes where erosion from logging threatens to further damage Salmon habitat, as well as devastate already dwindling numbers of protected species such as the Marbled Murrelet and the Northern Spotted Owl.
"The Oregon Department of Forestry's 2011 Implementation Plan aims to increase clearcutting in the Elliot from 500 acre to 850 acres per year," says Meredith Cocks of Cascadia Forest Defenders. "The clearcutting in the Elliot is the worst in the state. They would never allow cuts like this on federal forest." ... "Some of the biggest trees in the state and some of the last native forests are on the chopping block here in the Elliot. Oregonians would be horrified if they saw the wholesale massacre that happens in this public lands year after year," says Ben Jones of Cascadia Forest Defenders.
Please see forestdefensenow.com for regular updates on this developing situation.
On July 26th, climate activist Tim DeChristopher will be sentenced at the Salt Lake City federal courthouse - after being found guilty of 2 federal felonies for peacefully disrupting an oil and gas lease auction. By raising his bidder paddle that day, Tim actually shed light on the illegality of a rushed auction, clearly a parting gift from the Bush administration to the fossil fuel industry.
Yet during his trial, Tim was was never allowed to tell the jury about the illegitimacy of the auction or about his attempts to raise the funds to pay for the land he had won. Furthermore, he was strictly forbidden from even mentioning climate change and the moral imperatives motivating his action!
Tuesday, July 26 · 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square
700 SW 6th Ave in Portland
General information about Tim Dechristopher at:
Tim DeChristopher has been found guilty of two felonies by a jury that
wasn't allowed to hear his defense. He has ignored his legal team's
advice and remained outspoken about why it was necessary to stop an
illegal auction of our public lands to the fossil fuel industry. He
has used his platform to call others to action; to remain united and
powerful in the face of intimidation; to follow his lead.
Think it could only happen in Red China? Think again.
If you're not familiar with www.archive.org you should go there and look around. Every resource you can imagine for free.
I just went over to the Gresham Branch of Multnomah Library and tried to get on www.archive.org like I've been doing for years and got the message that the site was blocked by their "Commercial Filter".
NO. I did not forget to the check the NO FILTERING on login (Which should not have mattered anyway). Brought it to the librarian's attention, a pretty computer literate man, and showed him the problem. He was stumped and got his supervisor and she was stumped also. The said they would look into the problem. We will see what we will see and I will let you know the results later.
My concern was that if there is anywhere left for freedom and speech and information, it's archive.org. I told the librarians that they too should be concerned and suggested take a look at archive.org when they go home and see if they can think of a reason for it being blocked.
Portland Joins Anti-HLS Global Day of Action - Friday, July 29th
On Friday, July 29th, PDX ADL and Anti-HLS PDX will join in the fight. HLS can only continue to torture and abuse animals if they have customers to pay for the experiments and we need to build on the pressure of the recessation and Fortress stopping their loan to HLS. Please continue to support the goals of closing this hell-hole down, together we can and will make a difference.
PDX Activists Join the SHAC Global Day of Action against customers of HLS
Lunch Time Demos
Meet Up - Friday July 29th at 12:30PM SHARP
Meet at Tom McCall Waterfront Park
on the SW Side of the Hawthorne Bridge near the brick outdoor theater
Demo locations will be announced during the meet-up solidarity discussion. Each demo will last approximately 30 minutes. Please bring comfortable walking shoes.
More often than not, news of local scleroderma people in any Oregon newspaper is found only in the obituaries.
Unlike most of us, I know more about scleroderma than I ever desired or imagined. This autoimmune disease that touches an estimated 300,000 in America alone comes in two forms, localized and systemic, and generally afflicts four times as many middle-age women than men. Children, however, are not immune. [...]
Scleroderma affects everyone differently. My wife Fay has lived with the misery and pain of this disease for the past 20 years, manifesting itself in several ways, [...]
Scleroderma also means Fay has to avoid direct sunlight, as well as being hypersensitive to hot and cold extremes. Gloves are a constant, even during the summer when air conditioning gets really cranked up in many public venues. [...]
Although the Oregon chapter's volunteer activists regularly have to work through their own health challenges, they rarely tire or fail to remain optimistic. Only a few weeks after her surgeries, my wife Fay found the strength to meet with US Congressman Earl Blumenauer as part of an awareness team effort. Perhaps the most striking chapter example, though, is that of Maria Rivelli of Portland, organizer of the chapter's "Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma" benefit walk set for this July 30 in Multnomah Village and Gabriel Park.
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