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26.04.2012 09:22
VIDEO: A17 "Bake Sale" at City Hall - Delegations enter council members' offices
Photo: Indymedia Press An action organized by Portland Jobs With Justice, Union leaders, and city workers as an attempt to sell cupcakes to raise money for the citys coming budget cuts which are in the millions. Unsold cakes/cupcakes were offered to city officials for a pledge to cover the amount of these cuts.

A mock fundraiser organized by Portland Jobs With Justice, Union leaders/members, and city workers. Cupcakes were sold for $2 to the attendees to help raise money to cover the city's budget shortfall in the millions which is threatening to cut public service programs. Delegations of five people went in to City Hall with press and cameras and upstairs into council members' offices. Members of the group gave their statements to staff along with remaining cakes for council members to buy at prices representing the amount of the cuts.

A17 City Hall Budget Cuts Bake Sale 4-17-12
[video 1hr 12min]

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26.04.2012 07:27
Wells Fargo's Crimes Against Women (and Everybody Else)
I'm with Code Pink Portland and We Are Oregon. I was asked to speak at the demo on April 23 in front of Wells Fargo in San Francisco. Below is an expanded and updated version of my remarks.

I was asked to speak here on how Wells Fargo's policies affect women in particular. Before I address that issue, I should say that for the last quarter century I've been working with people who became disabled through motor vehicle accidents, on-the-job accidents, or serious illnesses. First they lost their health, then their jobs and health insurance. After they depleted their life savings, they lost their homes. Seeing one person or family go through this is pretty upsetting. Hearing the same stories for 25 years, in the so-called "richest country in the world," is enough to make my head explode.


This brings me to the issue of Wells Fargo's crimes against women. I'm sure you've heard that Wells specifically targeted black and Hispanic communities with subprime loans. Women got the same treatment. According to the Consumer Federation of America, although women and men have roughly the same credit scores, women were 32% more likely to receive subprime loans than men. This was true across the boardówithin every income and ethnic group. According to Maria Poblet, executive director of Causa Justa (Just Cause), the majority of foreclosures have been on female-headed households.


With all these lucrative investments, 2011 was a banner year for Wells Fargo. Yesterday, April 24, they voted to give CEO John Stumpf an annual salary of $13 million, plus additional compensation worth $7 million.

 http://www.ebisupublications.com/

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26.04.2012 07:13
Anarchist Assembly

Anarchist Assembly
Saturday April 28th
Food For Thought at PSU Smith Memorial Student Union 1825 SW Broadway
5pm-8pm


This a call to the anarchist and broader anti-authoritarian community to reconvene in assembly and continue to develop ourselves as members of a larger network here in Portland. In doing this we hope to establish new ties of solidarity and affinity as well as to further cement those that already exist. Consider those relevant topics and ideas that you might want to discuss with wide spectrum of anti-authoritarians.

If you are new to anarchism or anarchist organizing this will be a great place to get plugged in and meet like-minded radicals. If you've been around for a while come share what you're working on!

Disclaimer: This is a public call to an open meeting, expect to discuss topics which can be discussed without need of security, as this will not be a secure space.

Email us for childcare needs at: portland-anarchist-assembly@riseup.net

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25.04.2012 15:06
The Facts on Fair Trade, Friday at Red&Black Cafe
Love our coffee? Find out more about where it comes from!

Come down to the Red & Black Cafe this Friday, 4/27, at 7:00pm for a great presentation by Santiago Paz of the CEPICAFE coffee growers co-op of Peru. CEPICAFE (  http://www.equalexchange.coop/profile-of-cepicafe-in-peru ) supplies the coffee that you enjoy everyday at the Red & Black Cafe through our fellow co-op coffee roaster, Equal Exchange.

Santiago will provide a brief presentation on the issues facing the legitimacy of the "fair trade" coffee label, including how small farmer co-ops are joining together to reinforce social democracy for this certification. If you've been hearing about how big corporate chains are compromising fair trade, and want to separate the facts from the fiction, this event is for you.

The Red & Black Cafe is located at 400 SE 12th Ave., in Portland, OR.
We are a worker-owned and operated business, and an IWW union shop

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23.04.2012 08:34
MAY DAY!! MAY DAY!! 2012
Family-Friendly event!
A permitted Rally & March to celebrate international worker's day.
We are all workers!

2 PM - Tabling, music, celebration!
3:30 PM - Rally w/ speakers & prepare to march!
4:30 PM - March!

This year's celebration and protest on International Workers Day, May 1st, will be the effort of a broad swath of the 99%, from the Occupy Movement, existing May Day organizations, and new groups that are forming all around us..

It is the intention of all of our groups to build solidarity, grow the movements against injustice of all kinds, heal the divisions among us and attract more people into our organizing.
Join us! Mayday Rally starts & ends in South Park Blocks and March leaves at 4:30pm.

 http://www.pdxmayday.blogspot.com/

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20.04.2012 07:11
Riseup Server Siezure
On Wednesday, April 18, at approximately 16:00 Eastern Time, U.S. Federal authorities removed a server from a colocation facility shared by Riseup Networks and May First/People Link in New York City. The seized server was operated by the European Counter Network ("ECN"), the oldest independent internet service provider in Europe, who, among many other things, provided an anonymous remailer service, Mixmaster, that was the target of an FBI investigation into the bomb threats against the University of Pittsburgh.

"The company running the facility has confirmed that the server was removed in conjunction with a search warrant issued at the request of the FBI," said May First/People Link director Jamie McClelland. "The server seizure is not only an attack against us, but an attack against all users of the Internet who depend on anonymous communication." "The FBI is using a sledgehammer approach, shutting down service to hundreds of users due to the actions of one anonymous person," said Devin Theriot-Orr, a spokesperson for Riseup. "This is particularly misguided because there is unlikely to be any information on the server regarding the source of the threatening emails.""Furthermore, the network of anonymous remailers that exists is not harmed by taking this machine. So we cannot help but wonder why such drastic action was taken when authorities knew that the server contained no useful information that would help in their investigation."

The FBI purportedly seized the server because it was hosting an anonymous remailer called Mixmaster. Anonymous remailers are used to send email anonymously, or pseudonymously.

Riseup Birds explanation for riseup users - "Server Siezure (Don't panic)"


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20.04.2012 06:49
Video: Keaton Otis Vigil on 4.12.12 - A Report Back
Keaton Otis Vigil 4.12.12
((( i ))) - a video report back from the vigil that is held monthly on NE 7th street

first part: Fred and the corporate news - audio quality is low at some points in video
second part: Dave talking with folks at the vigil

 http://youtu.be/0RlRl79YGz0 (12 min video)

Original PIMC post w/ cell phone video clip of the police shooting Keaton:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/04/414958.shtml

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19.04.2012 19:11
VIDEO: Parkrose School District Votes Against PFA Contract 4/17/12
parkrose StreetNews Report: Early on the morning of 4/17, a board meeting was held at 8:45am at the Parkrose District Office concerning teacher union negotiations between the school board and the Parkrose Faculty Association (PFA). The reentered contract was given a unanimous "No" vote and the board asked for a ten day extension under overwhelming opposition. With much media coverage and a large attendance of the public, outrage ensued. A strike is "inevitable" according to organizers.

VIDEO LINK: Parkrose School District meeting on contract negotiations

Parkrose Superintendant's Official Statement

joeanybody.com


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18.04.2012 09:12
RNC & DRC Protests
It's not too early to plan to join protests in Tampa (rnc august 27-30) & Charlotte (dnc september 3-6). Protests will be fierce; protests MUST be fierce. The two parties are rotten to their innermost layers. And the political process is owned, but not by you & me. In lieu of being in those two cities, solidarity protests are indicated for everywhere, ... everywhere that people choose to take back control of the country, away from our vile out-of-control oligarchic federal government.

 http://www.MarchOnTheRNC.com

 http://www.ProtestDNC.org

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18.04.2012 08:44
Occupy Portland Tax Dodgerball on final tax return day
A Occupy Portland protest highlighting tax evasion was held at Terry Shrunk Plaza. Tax Dodgerball saw the 1% face Janitors, homeowners, teachers and medicare recipients. Portland, OR, USA, 17/04/2012.

homepage:  http://alexmilantracy.com

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18.04.2012 08:25
Portland protest to save America's Postal Service
A protest was held outside Portland's main post office in the downtown area, calling to save America's postal service at a time when cuts to services are looming. Portland, OR, USA, 17/04/2012.

homepage:  http://alexmilantracy.com

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18.04.2012 08:20
Portland holds Budget Crisis Bake Sale outside City Hall
A Budget Crisis Bake Sale was held outside Portland's City Hall in response to cuts to public services. Portland, OR, USA, 17/04/2012

homepage:  http://alexmilantracy.com

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14.04.2012 08:02
Inner City Blues Festival, 99% Spring training, Tax Day Actions
99% Spring Sat. Apr. 14, 7pm - Inner City Blues Festival - to benefit Health Care for All Oregon, Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder. Come support the new Health Care is A Human Right Campaign and the new coalition for universal health care! There's a great lineup of amazing blues musicians coming back together to heal the Health Care Blues!!! Tickets are $15 and doors open at 6:30.

Sunday, April 15, 10am, 99% Spring Training for Labor & Community, 345 NE 8th Ave, at Portland Association of Teachers. Join thousands of others across the country in a training designed to more deeply understand the economic crisis we are in and prepare to engage to take creative, peaceful direct action for economic justice. Sign up here"

Full Mobilization: April 17 Tax Day of Action
Tax Dodgerball - 12 Noon, Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and Jefferson, Exhibition Dodgeball teams: The 1% vs Janitors, homeowners, teachers, medicare recipients.

Budget Crisis Bake Sale - 4pm, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Press conference & rally to save services. Then ride the MAX for free to:
Save America's Postal Service - Informational Picket & Rally 5:30pm, Portland Main Post Office, SW Hoyt @ Broadway, No taxes are needed to stop the closures, save Saturday delivery and prevent mail delays. Portland Jobs With Justice


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10.04.2012 20:19
MAYDAY 2012: The Light of Hope March & Rally
flyer en espanol MAYDAY 2012: The Light of Hope March & Rally with an important announcement about Driver's Licence Access Restoration

Speaker: Governor John Kitzhaber

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Rally: 6 p.m. | March: 7 p.m.
Location: Oregon State Capitol
900 Court St. NE
Salem, Oregon


FLYERS:
in english:  http://causaoregon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/May-Day-2012-POSTER-ENG.pdf
en espanol:  http://causaoregon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/May-Day-2012-POSTER-ESP.pdf


homepage:  http://oregonmayday.com

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09.04.2012 15:55
Black Flags and Windmills: A Book Talk with scott crow
April 9, 2012 7:00 pm @ Red and Black Cafe - 400 SE 12th Avenue

scott crow, author of Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective (PM Press, 2011), will read from the book and speak about anarchist organizing!

This presentation will show what ordinary people can do to change their own worlds when governments fail. This workshop draws from experiences of an organization called the Common Ground Collective which formed after hurricane Katrina in response to the disaster. It was an organization based on the ideas and practices of the Black Panther Party, the Zapatistas and anarchism which sought to build/rebuild infrastructure to address the immediate problems (creating medical clinics, free schools, women's centers, and eviction defense to worker coops and other service programs) as well as offering long term support to marginalized communities to build their own community based power.


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07.04.2012 10:40
Law & Disorder Conference at PSU this weekend in Portland
*This conference calls for people, movements, organizations and collectives to present alternative accounts to the political dimensions of civic engagement, mutual aid and revolution as they relate to economics, politics, invention, technology, work, artistic and cultural production, the body, pedagogy and social change. The conference promises to create a provocative space for comparative critical dialogue between activists, revolutionaries, educators, artists, musicians, scholars, dancers, actors and writers. The conference invites panels and workshop on all aspects of social change from the revolutionary to the academic.

*The 3rd Annual Law and Disorder Conference will take place April 6-8th, 2012 at Portland State University.

lawandisorder.wordpress.com

Full Conference Schedule


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07.04.2012 10:39
2012 Mountain Justice Summer Action Camp May 18-25
Come to Appalachia and become part of the movement to end MTR Coal Mining, protect communities and the environment, and build a sustainable new economy. Learn about Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining and become part of the movement to stop it! A week long program of education, entertainment, and action! Registration will be online shortly and registration is required to attend.

May 18- May 25, 2012

 http://www.mountainjustice.org

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05.04.2012 07:55
'Occupy Trimet' protest in defense of Portland's public transportation
An 'Occupy Trimet' protest was held in Pioneer Square as part of a national day of action in defence of public transportation at a time when fare rises and cuts to services are being drafted. Portland, OR, 04/04/2012.

Homepage:
 http://alexmilantracy.com
Related Info:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/04/414805.shtml
Related Post:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/04/414852.shtml

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02.04.2012 16:39
Nader (Ralph) will be speaking in Portland on April 9 at 7:30 PM
[my hero] Ralph Nader is coming to P town 4.9.12

Up in Arms: The Future of Military Force in International Peace and Security

Panel: Ralph Nader, political activist, author and attorney; Jamie Fly, Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative

Keynote Symposium Session - The 2012 International Affairs Symposium
Lewis & Clark College
Monday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Agnes Flanagan Chapel 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road Portland, Oregon

Related: Ralph Nader Speaks at 2 Events in in Portland on Monday, April 9

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02.04.2012 16:34
Video: Free The Horses
police horses The Portland police are continuing to use animals (horses) for tools in crowd control.
This is video footage from just one (1) incident in 2010 where these animals, are rammed into citizens protesting on a public sidewalk. The ramming of protesters with peaceful loving horses, is done until its realized (as seen in the video) that this abusive tactic is doing no good what so ever. This is repeated year after year.

Retire the Police Horses.

Free the Horses - Retire the police horses from crowd control - 2010
(3 min video)


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