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Thursday, February 2nd 2012
Food for Thought Cafe
Portland State University, Portland OR
Join your community allies for a discussion, film screening and letter
writing night for Political Prisoners. This documentary depicts the
increasingly harsh treatment of people who protest against what they see as crimes to the environment. Today, protesters who were once described as environmental activists are being called 'terrorists', and environmental activism is being labeled 'eco-terrorism'.
*Free, open to the public, all ages and disability affirmative!
Free Skools are a worldwide web of schools devoted to free education & community building as a route to personal & social change. An open-source educational project, Freeskools offer a radically different approach to living and learning. At the Freeskool, anyone with a passion for their subject can teach a class, and anyone can attend, because it is free.
PDX now has a Free Skool, and we invite you to participate!
Many people are surprised to learn Freeskool is not run by your stereotypical "dedicated group of volunteers," but instead is entirely self-organizing: that means people contribute what they want, what they can, & when they want to. A truly diverse number of causes, passions, and meanings are united under the banner of Free Skool. We are all free to pursue, then share them thru Free Skool. When one fully grasps this idea, one can begin to understand the power of Freeskool... and why we love our inspired teachers and bold, curious students.
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One of the dynamite speakers from the recent Portland Occupy the Courts demonstration, part of at least 130 similar events scheduled for January 20, 2012 nation wide.
The local Occupation event was led by Portland Move to Amend and was supported by many other groups, including Occupy Portland.
Report Back from the Portland Occupy the Courts Event
Erin Madden, a member of Occupy Portland, speaks from the perspective of an environmental activist who spent a week with the Wall Street Occupation and "was inspired by the amazing passion and energy and willingness of so many people to set their lives aside for the greater good."
This [video] clip is about 6 minutes in length.
Report Back from the Portland Occupy the Courts Event | Four more videos from Occupy The Courts
Jim Lockharts Homepage: www.philosopherseed.org
The City says Right 2 Dream Too (R2DToo) must comply with Recreational Campground Ordinances or pay a $641.30 fine every month. R2DToo is NOT a recreational campground. It provides emergency shelter for dozens of people every night (at no cost to the City).
Three ways YOU can help:
2. Take ONE HOUR and join R2DToo on
3. Keep this thought for the rest of your life:
The UK's Occupy protesters have occupied the vacant building of Bank of Ireland in Belfast city centre, Northern Ireland, media reports said. Bank of Ireland is one of the Irish banks rescued from collapse by billions of euros from the Republic's taxpayers. The Royal Avenue branch near to the Belfast Telegraph newspaper has been closed for several years. Some of the demonstrators had occupied the top floor and draped anti-capitalist banners over the exterior, the report said.
"Occupy Belfast have taken control of the Bank of Ireland on Royal Avenue in opposition to soaring homelessness, lack of affordable social housing and home repossessions", said a statement from the anti-capitalist demonstrators. Stating that they hoped for the "building of a housing campaign", the protesters added: "Banks take our houses so we take their buildings. This is a repossession for the community!"
Occupy protests have been held across the world, with the most high-profile demonstrations taking place outside Wall Street in New York and St. Paul's Cathedral in London. In Belfast a small band of Occupy activists have been camped out for the last few months on Writer's Square facing onto St Anne's Cathedral in Donegall Street.
Overnight on January 8th, news broke on the "Portland Meat Collective" website that somewhere between 18 and 23 rabbits had disappeared from the backyard of one of their "instructors" the day before they were to be killed as part of a self-butchery class. Nearly a week passed without any further news or claim of responsibility. Then, in a tragic development Friday, January 13th, news came that the rabbits had been located and returned to the school to be killed.
We can only hope rescuers locate the new location of the rabbits, and deliver them to freedom for the second time.
The story so far...
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I stop by the vigil for Houseless folks that is going on 24-7 in front of Portland City Hall. Here is a short video/conversation I had with "Metal" who was sitting at the vigil table. This was filmed around noon on Thursday 1.5.11. in front of Portland City Hall.
Metal tells me what is happening with regards to this vigil for houseless people outside of city halls front doors. He tells me about his involvement the vigil, which began after Occupy Portland protesters was evicted from the parks across the street. The most current post on this topic about the City Hall Vigil is on FB and can be found on this link
DC PDX Jan. 1, 2012 Statement: We take this day to remember Oscar Grant, executed by Oakland police in the early morning of New Year's Day, face down, hands cuffed behind his back, while dozens of people filmed...
We take this day to remember Aaron Campbell, shot in the back a few days after Oscar Grant by Portland police. Called in supposedly to stop Aaron from killing himself, the police saw this young Black man as nothing but a threat. Not as a son, a brother, a human whose brother had died earlier that day, a human who needed support and care. From Aaron, we learn we must create community resources and institutions to address the scars caused by this system, and they must exist outside of the system. Any movement that relies on this system for change is a movement that will ultimately reproduce the oppression they seek to eradicate.
We take this day to remember Keaton Otis, pulled over by Portland police for "looking like a gangster." We remember he was tazed and then shot while in the driver's seat of his car...
We take this day to remember the countless names we don't know of those who have suffered and continue to suffer from police violence. Too often these are people of color, youth, sex workers, women, queer and trans folks, undocumented folks and immigrants/refugees, poor and houseless people and those who live at these categories' crossroads. The intersections of these identities mean people live in the place where nightstick meets flesh. From all these brave survivors, we learn we are always at risk, we are always vulnerable - we exist in the crosshairs. We see all of these murders by police, and the use of police violence as a whole, as a continuation of colonization.
"I learned from William Singletary's wife, Jeannette, that he died this morning. Bill was a courageous man who lived fighting to make the truth known that Mumia is innocent in the shooting death of police officer Daniel Faulkner. For that Bill suffered severe personal and financial consequences. I've known Bill since June 1990 when he came forward with his eyewitness testimony for Mumia and as a witness at the PCRA hearing in 1995, when I was co-counsel for Mumia." -Rachel Wolkenstein
For more information on what you can work for Mumia's freedom::
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There are a number of events celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday is being celebrated this Monday, January 16.
SISTERS OF THE ROAD 19th MLK MARCH AND RALLY
OCCUPY THE DREAM!
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. March starts at noon.
KEEP ALIVE THE DREAM! 27th Anniversary Tribute
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Highland Christian Center, 7600 N.E. Glisan, Portland
Aired live on KBOO 90.7 FM.
OCCUPY JUSTICE: A Morale Booster for the Occupy Movement
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta Street, Portland
Bare foot entry barred in the Cottage Grove public library. why is this, and so many other places? It seems nothing more than a prejudice, or fear of a liability. The bare foot is typically cleaner than a shoe; for a lot of people this is a serious health and comfort issue. We have been stonewalled and threatened with police action. To people who habitually walk barefoot though, the most compelling reason to change this policy is that wearing shoes temporarily seriously affects skin and causes cracking to the otherwise impervious toughened soul. For these reasons, we are walking peacefully to make conference with those in charge. This issue, trivial to some, represents freedom to us.
[Followup: The 'principle agitator' chose the route of civil disobedience, refused to put on his shoes. Cops were called, arrested him and charged him with trespassing! $5000 in potential fine and they say they are going to keep him until court (arraignment or trial, not sure)... Other barefoot people, having dealt with this? There is no health code to claim ground of course, but they are apparently allowed to make policy unilaterally. Question is, can they enforce this policy legally? ]
"barefooters.org" - letters written to/from health departments in the U.S. confirming that being barefoot does not violate health and safety codes in many U.S. states
Our insanity continues.
Roberto and I were out among the people who try to do some good for others, working for justice or just letting people know that the wars are still going on in the Middle East [...]
We were on the Hawthorne Bridge about 4:00 PM [...]
About 11 in the morning we were at the Governor Hotel over on 11th Avenue to protest the exclusion of all candidates [...]
The other meeting we went to was a Labor Committee that is attempting to submit a people's budget to the City Council [...]
Almost forgot, went to a council meeting [...]
[Related: Lone Vet New / Old Year's Rant ]
With input from many groups including Common Cause Oregon, Occupy Portland, Move to Amend, and Portland Alliance from Democracy, the resolution outlines key legal points and highlights public opposition to Citizens United
This Thursday (January 12) at 2:00 pm the Portland City Council will be voting on a resolution urging the Oregon congressional delegation to amend the U.S. Constitution to address corporate personhood and reverse the Citizens United decision.
read it here
January 3, 2012: IN THE same week that Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), sending it to Barack Obama to enshrine into law a provision allowing indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens, a federal jury in Boston delivered a guilty verdict against Dr. Tarek Mehanna, a Muslim American pharmacist charged with material support for terrorism. Coming in the wake of other Muslims around the country who have been arrested, accused of supporting terrorism, and locked up for long sentences, the December 20 guilty verdict against Mehanna on seven counts was a shocking and chilling reminder to his growing number of supporters and advocates that the "war on terror" has been putting Islam on trial for years.
Tarek's trial lasted nine weeks, but was the culmination of four years of FBI harassment, surveillance and intimidation against Mehanna from his days in pharmacy school. Islam was on trial from the first day, when the government aired the video of bin Laden. Judge George O'Toole's bias in favor of the government was evident. He allowed hundreds of photos and al-Qaeda videos into evidence that had nothing to do with Tarek, but rejected the defense's attempt to submit video clips of former President Ronald Reagan praising as freedom fighters the mujahideen who fought against the USSR invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s and were funded by the CIA.
WISCONSIN - January 4 - Over the holidays, the United States Department of Agriculture announced its approval of a novel strain of genetically engineered corn, developed by Monsanto, purportedly being "drought tolerant."
Despite receiving nearly 45,000 public comments in opposition to this particular genetically engineered (GE) corn variety (and only 23 comments in favor), the Obama administration gave Monsanto the green light to release its newest GE corn variety freely into the environment and American food supply, without any governmental oversight or safety tracking.
On Wednesday, January 4th,2012, the Portland Alliance for Democracy and Move to Amend Portland chapter and their allies rallied outside City Hall in Portland Oregon to support and strengthen the proposed city resolution supporting a federal constitutional amendment to End Corporate Personhood.
Rally to End Corporate Personhood
On January 12th at 2 PM, the city council has scheduled the official hearing on the resolution and will likely take a vote. So plan on being at this city council meeting, to offer support and/or to testify in favor of an improved resolution and to support allowing us all to vote by referring language to the ballot.
A music video compilation from Occupy Portland 2011.
This is a montage of video and pictures from just some of the protesting at Occupy Portland last year.
WE ARE THE 99% music video
Save Saturday & Door-to-Door Mail Delivery
March & Rally
ILWU rank and file, Occupies in Longview, Portland, Seattle, Oakland, LA and other West Coast Occupies are organizing to blockade a grain ship coming to Longview. This ship is intended to load scab cargo from the EGT terminal. The date won't be known until 3-4 days in advance, but is anticipated to be sometime in January.
[In Portland] Come hear Port shutdown organizers from Occupy Oakland speak alongside rank and file Longshore workers from Oakland and Longview about the significance of the Longview struggle, and what we can do when this grain shipment arrives!
Where: SEIU Local 503, 6401 SE Foster Road, Portland, Oregon
contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
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