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I stopped by the weekly vigil: "Stop the F-ing Wars" protest on the west side of the Hawthorne bridge on Friday 4.18.12. This is about 30 minutes of interview with Roberto & Joe, two local individuals for justice activists, who are in the public eye demanding justice and accountability from our city and national leaders. The topic of Chicago NATO protest solidarity, Humanity, Community Compassion, Retiring the Police horses, police accountability, city budgets, military spending, houseless issues and more hot topics of community concern.
Roberto - Part 1 (7 minute video)
The Lone Vet - Part 2 (25 minute video)
This protest is every Friday at 3:30 PM on the Hawthorn bridge on-ramp More information is here: http://www.individualsforjustice.com/
RELATED: Free The Horses - City Council statement by Joe Walsh on 5/16/12 (3 min)
Teachers have gone on strike In a high poverty district on the East edge of Portland. The school board and district have been stalling and delaying for 11 months. The Reynolds Board and School District has walked away from negotiations at 11:30am May 21st on the first day of the strike. This puts a huge burden on many low income parents who must find child care for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
How to help:
Keep in touch with the Teacher's Union
Call (503) 661-7200 and ask the district office to go back to the table sooner.
Here is what the media leaves out when reporting on this:
UPDATE PIMC NEWSWIRE POST 5/24/12 Mobile T VIDEO:
Reynolds School District Contract Agreement Partial - Strike Is On
The Portland Animal Defense League and the Student Animal Liberation Coalition are co-hosting a mini-conference at Portland State University! This is a must for experienced and inexperienced activists.
Portland State University [Saturday June 2, 2012]
THREE WORKSHOPS TO REFINE YOUR ACTIVISM!
*11:00 AM-12:15 PM- Campaigning Research and Strategy
This event is free and open to the public. Please share widely and invite your friends!
Brian spoke in the St Francis church dinning hall for Occupy Portland on May 9, 2012. The discussion was about a variety of topics, from "occupy movement, war, protesting, obedience, imperialism, anarchism and community" The video covers experiences from a vast array of different actions and insights into making change from Brians opinion.
The topic of "Vertical Power Structures' is explained and encouraged by Brian, and he shares with the group why and how it correlates with the movement. There is also a Q and A in the last half of the video with the audiance.
This 3 video set was recorded in Portland after the permitted May Day march It happens in front of the Federal Courthouse Building in Portland Oregon.
The first two video clips are recordings of the speeches that were delivered from the middle of the street "by those" who would be voluntarily allowing themselves to "be arrested". This was done in part to bring attention to the collaboration of the police and ICE (Immigration) and for the obvious MAIN reason ...to expose the unjust fear of having to live in the dark and to be afraid because you are undocumented and not afraid. This protest is a national movement of voices from those who are sick and tired of feeling like they are criminals. In solidarity and in public, they are announcing their (lack of) documentation and that they are unafraid.
A vigil was held at the site of a fatal accident involving an eighteen wheeler truck and bicyclist Kathryn Rickson at SW 3rd and Madison Ave. Portland, OR, USA, 05/18/2012.
Related Video Post from Kathryn's Vigil: VIDEO: Bike Memorial for Karyn Rickson
Ecological resistance is in the air this summer in Cascadia, and to spread the word, some Earth First!ers are hitting the road. To promote this summers (bio)regional rendezvous, set for june 20-25, the tour starts in the far north of Cascadia then heads down south. In solidarity with the Winnemem Wintu tribe, we'll be headed down south to Shasta Lake, colonized California where the Winnemem Wintu tribe has put out a call to action to directly confront the forest service in preserving their traditional Coming of Age Ceremony.
On a daily basis, we are bombarded with messages in the corporate media that any European Union country defaulting on its debt would constitute armageddon. Greece/Ireland/Spain/choose your country must pay back the banks in full, no matter the social cost, we are told ad infinitum.
Argentina's government defaulted on odious debt and instead spent the money on investments and social services. Argentine workers took over their factories rather than let them be shut. That path was not an easy one, but Argentina's economy was the Western Hemisphere's fastest growing while wages rose and poverty declined... armageddon was not the result. No fire fell from the sky.
Quite the contrary, Argentines soon were far better off by saying no to the pitiless austerity that had been imposed on them.
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To all brothers and sisters who hold the dream in their hearts of a future world in which humans and all other beings live in harmony and mutual support -- a world of sustainability, stability, and confidence. A world something like the one I described, so long ago, in Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging....
We live in the declining years of what is still the biggest economy in the world, where a looter elite has fastened itself upon the decaying carcass of the empire. It is intent on speedily and relentlessly extracting the maximum wealth from that carcass, impoverishing our former working middle class... As Karl Marx darkly remarked, "Capital has no country," and in the conditions of globalization his meaning has come clear....
We all need to learn, or relearn, how we would keep the rudiments of life going if there were no paid specialists around, or means to pay them.... survival is a team sport.
[This document was found on the computer of Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) after his death.]
Taken from our comrade Jose Palafox:
From the face of the Grand Jury Subpoena, it appears related to an animal rights action that took place in Santa Cruz in August of 2008. I believe this is a political repression and part of a government attempt to gather information on activists and the animal rights movement. I will be getting a lawyer and plan to exercise my rights to the fullest extent. The National Lawyers Guild in San Francisco can help people subpoenaed before Grand Juries.
Occupy Portland recently organized a Rally in Richland Washington, "speaking out directly against the failure of the cleanup at Hanford Nuclear Reservation..... raising the question: is enough being done to clean up the most contaminated site in America?"
Selected Speakers From Hanford Rally
"The purpose of the rally on April 15th, 2012 was to raise awareness about issues facing the Hanford Nuclear Facility. The Hanford site is an environmental disaster with the potential of becoming a catastrophe as large in scope as that of the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan."
This video was produced for a taped segment of the local Public Access program, "A Growing Concern," and features almost a full hour of selected speakers from the event.
Besides a potent introduction by Mirian German, organizer with Occupy Portland, included are Indigenous speakers from the Walla Walla tribes, as well as Umi Hagitani from No Nukes Action in California; Bonnie Urfer, Wisconsin Nukewatch; long time antinuclear and peace activist, Sister Megan Rice; and Lori McMillan, a downwinder suffering from long exposure to radiation in the Tri-Cities area.
Also included are performances by local Spoken Word artist, Mic Crenshaw and the song, "Peace and Love," by local rock band Miriam's Well.
President Obama coming out to call for equality of relationships when answering the question, should gays be allowed to marry was wonderful. The answer for me has always been yes, to see him join the 21st century is great; but let's not forget his short comings, he still thinks he can murder people anywhere in the world at his will. So, forgive me if I wait to celebrate his conversion to equality. I don't know what the lunatics will now say about him, but I will defend this position, because it is the correct position. When religious leaders try to say their god says this or that---look at them with a cautious eye, most of the time they lie. The more interesting thing that is going on, occupy is on the move again. They are looking at budgets and school funding, they are demanding people be allowed to return to their homes, they are challenging the status quo on every level and still want to do it their way. I say us old fogies who have fought the good fight for many years should get the hell out of the way and let the young learn and lead. I still fear that organizations will try, (and many have tried) to direct or overshadow the Occupation Movement. I have great respect for our big thinkers who have taken a step back and not criticized the people who are doing the good work, but stay near to help and support the new movement. Even the politicians are using words like equality, sharing, coming together; it is good.
We, who are in the streets should stay, there seems to be help on the way. I like the idea that over 20 people have signed up to run for mayor of Portland, many are young and will be our leaders in the future, their ideas are wonderful and we should have listened to all of them. I do get irritated with entrenched organizations who exclude candidates on the basis of how much money the candidates raised; seems too calculated for me. We should make arrangements to hear all the candidates on an equal basis; there is that word equal again. I was very disappointed with the City Club, League of Women Voters and The Urban League, they along with others took the easy way out of setting up for debates, just the major candidates please on our stage--very short sighted. Even my Progressive and the Greens had some short comings, but we might do better in the general election--maybe!
On 5-16-2012 we will appear again in front of the City Council to present an argument concerning the use of Police Horses during demonstrations. We wish to have our wonderful horses retired to a good life working with children or maybe helping our veterans readjust from killing people in far off lands. The use of the horses by the cops during demonstrations has endangered our protesters and the horses. This will be a long fight but the cost of keeping the horses on board may be the very thing that cause them to be retired.
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom." (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
UPSET Uprising -- Occupy Education Funding!
(UPSET = Underfunded Parents, Students, Educators, Together!)
Friday, May 11 (TOMORROW!)
3:30 p.m. -- March from Rose Quarter to Pioneer Courthouse Square
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. -- Pre-event activities at Pioneer Courthouse Square
4:30 p.m. -- Rally with speakers and performances at Pioneer Courthouse Square
Spearheaded by a teacher and students at Grant High School, this is a mass demonstration and rally against education budget cuts which impact the future of our youth who are our future.
Gather at the Rose Quarter shortly before 3:30 p.m. for a march that begins at 3:30 p.m. The march will be across the Broadway Bridge, down Broadway to Pioneer Courthouse Square.
If you cannot march at 3:30 p.m. -- due to school, work, mobility or other life commitments -- please head directly to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Pre-event activities will take place between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. when the rally starts.
Two speakers from the Power Past Coal Rally: Lauren Goldberg, event moderator and an attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper; and Jeff Cogen, Chair of the Multnomah County Commission.
Power Past Coal Rally [9. min video]
Lauren Goldberg warned of the health and other consequences of "150 millions tons of coal per year being strip mined in Wyoming and Montana and coming through Washington and Oregon at 30 coal trains per day. These are uncovered coal trains, spewing coal dust and diesel pollution, a mile and a half long, every single day, 365 days of the year."
Speaking next, Jeff Cogen states that the proposals for six coal export terminals in Washington and Oregon would "turn the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area into the largest coal chute in the nation.............coal dust leaks off these trains in large quantities. PNSF railways says that each coal car leaks off 500 pounds of coal dust with each trip. And we're talk about 10's of thousands of coal cars going through our communities. This is nasty stuff!"
Just last week, Portland General Electric said they didn't want a coal terminal near one of their power plants because the coal dust is too dirty."
Unfortunately, due to illness, and much to my disappointment, I was unable to tape the speech by Robert Kennedy Jr. His speech was powerful and inspiring, citing the great damage the coal industry has wreaked on our nation with Mountain Top Removal.
As several other people were there with video cameras taping the event, I'm giving a shout out, hoping that someone can provide me a copy of just that speech to air on Public Access television.
This message needs to get out to the widest possible audience.
Related Video PIMC post by Courtney
Robert Kennedy Jr. on the threat of coal in the Columbia basin
The U.S. Department of Energy is currently planning to make Hanford, sitting right on the Columbia River upstream of Portland, the new National Nuclear Waste Dump where they will bury tons of highly-radioactive nuclear waste in ditches, covering them with dirt; ignoring the tons of liquid waste which have already seeped into the ground, the ground water, and the Columbia River for decades.
As a part of this plan to bring in even more nuclear waste, tens of thousands of truckloads of highly-radioactive waste will be transported through Oregon, up interstate 5, 205, and 84, right through downtown Portland, on their way up to Hanford.
The trucks transporting this deadly cargo however, are only partially-shielded, and thus, will be irradiating everything in their vicinity during the entire length of their journey. Even if no mishaps were to occur with any of these tens of thousands of trucks, the government's own studies indicate that thousands along the truck routes will later die from cancer as a result of their exposure.
Five of the local television stations were first contacted back on the 19th of April to inform them of this situation [...]
The only public hearing where we can speak out about this and oppose it is currently scheduled to be held in Portland in only a week and a half, on Wednesday the 16th of May, 2012, at the Red Lion Hotel on the River at Jantzen Beach. The hearing is scheduled for 7:00 pm, with a pre-hearing briefing scheduled for 6:15 pm.
Last week Governor Kitzhaber announced he was requesting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of all six proposed coal export facilities in the Northwest. Although this is great news, Oregon is firmly in the crosshairs of Big Coal's plans to export millions of tons of coal to Asia. And the state of Oregon has just a month to make a decision about a dirty coal barging project on the Columbia River.
On Monday May 7, the Sierra Club will join with dozens of other groups as a part of the Power Past Coal coalition, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and health and business leaders from across the state, to call on Governor Kitzhaber to reject dirty coal export plans in the Pacific Northwest.
Rally with RFK Jr. May 7 and protect our Northwestern way of life from Big Coal and their plans to export millions of tons of coal through our backyards.
WHO: Sierra Club activists, friends, and you!
WHAT: Power Past Coal Rally with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
WHEN: Noon, Monday May 7th
WHERE: Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland
|Pictures from rally on PIMC newswire by Alex
RFK Jr. speaks to anti-coal protest in Portland against Asian exports
Solidarity needed! Pigs storm anarchist house - stealing phones, computers, and personal items. 72 felony charges brought against a well-known comrade...
From Anarchist News: Police raided (Pax) Byran Michael Wiedeman's house and arrested him, detained his housemates, took their computers and cell phones and interrogated them. He has been given trumped up charges. This is a classic tactic by the police to intimidate activists and anyone who resists them. We cannot sit by while our friends are in jail and being targeted by a repressive institution. This is when people need solidarity the most so please come out to his court tomorrow! Show him, the courts, the judges and the cops that he does not stand alone!
When: 2:00PM Friday May 4th
This is where community really matters ~ Support PAX!!!
An un-permitted May Day rally through downtown Portland ended in mass arrests as people repeatedly marched in the streets. Police came in with force at intervals to make targeted arrests at various intersections. Portland, OR, USA, 05/01/2012.
Related picture posts from May Day in PDX:
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The Portland Liberation Organizing Council (PLOC) held a press conference outside a foreclosed home on N Fargo and N Vancouver ahead of a planned protest on May Day from 9am at Woodlawn Park NE Dekum. May 1st will see the organization launch a campaign to support and partner with local communities to reclaim essential resources. Portland, OR, 26/04/2012.
Portland Liberation Organizing Council (PLOC) May Day Press Conference 2012
The protest will take place outside the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway in Hillsdale, beginning at 4 p.m. on April 29. Demonstrators are committed to nonviolence and oppose all forms of racism, including racism against Jews. They are asking Oregon residents and political leaders to say No to war on Iran, No to funding Israeli apartheid, and No to AIPAC and the lobbies of the 1%.
Join a coalition of peace, human rights, and Palestine solidarity organizations for a demonstration outside the annual Oregon fund-raising dinner of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Sunday, April 29.
The demonstration will protest AIPAC's role in promoting a military attack on Iran's nuclear energy facilities. The protest is also calling for an end to U.S. military aid to the Israeli apartheid government which refuses to halt the construction of illegal settlements and routinely violates the human rights of Palestinians living under Occupation.
Israel controls the lives of more than 4 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip but denies them the right to vote or to exercise their right to self-determination. We will be demonstrating at the start of the event and at the end when the politicians leave stuffed full of food and AIPAC talking points.
Some Oregon political leaders have regularly attended AIPAC's annual fundraiser in past years. This year the protesters are asking Oregon's leaders to represent their constituencies' opposition to another unjust war in the Middle East by boycotting AIPAC's gala. Among the groups protesting are Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights (AUPHR), Friends of Sabeel - North America (FOSNA), Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland (JVP), Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land (LJHL), Occupy Portland, Palestine Action Group--Corvallis Oregon, Peace and Justice Works - Iraq Affinity Group, and Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER).
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