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Several alternative-Pride autonomous actions are planned worldwide and in Portland over the weekend to counter the commercialization and usurpation of the annual Stonewall memorial by the corporate interests.
Occupy The Pride worldwide call to action - local events
Saturday, June 16, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Pride sign-making picnic at the Couch Park (find us near the Couch Park sign at the southeastern corner of the park), NW Glisan Street at NW 19th Avenue. Make signs for Dyke March and/or Occupride. Some cardboards and markers provided; bring anything else you may need.
Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Occupy The Pride Portland - Parade-Watching Picnic and Community Outreach Action at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park between Ash and Pine Streets (on the open parkland between the Pride NW festival and Saturday Market). This is mostly for visibility and presence. We engage in conversation only when people approach us. Bring your favorite Occupy signs or banners, musical instruments, games, picnic stuff to share, etc.
Saturday, June 23, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.: Occupy The Pride Portland - Summer Solstice Community Assembly at Ladd Circle, SE Ladd Avenue at Harrison Street (in the middle of the Ladd's Addition between Hawthorne and Division). Network, connect and organize for future actions in a less confrontational setting as we also celebrate the arrival of summer! We also thought this would be a great idea as many people could not make it to the Sunday, June 17 Occupride due to other involvements. Moving the main Occupride action to another day would ensure a bigger turnout.
Saturday, July 7, Occupy The Pride Vancouver, Washington (maybe) at Esther Short Park, this would be a low-key visibility and dialogue action like the one on June 17 in Portland.
Other events and actions: [...]
It was an honor to be able to film Chairman Fred Hampton Jr speak at the 2012 Law and Disorder Conference in Portland, OR. In case you are not familiar, Chairman Fred is the son of the late Black Panther Party spokesman Fred Hampton who was assassinated by the Chicago Police in 1969. Fred Jr's mother Deborah Johnson was eight and a half months pregnant with him at the time of his fathers murder. If this is news to you, we urge you to google how the police/FBI raid that took Hamptons life went down. Although the whole story is extremely disheartening, its wonderful to know that Chairman Fred Jr is alive and following his fathers legacy.
https://vimeo.com/43881635 [video 1.hr 45.min]
Fred Hampton Jr is the founder, and chairman Prisoners Of Conscience Committee / Black Panther Party Cubs (POCC/BPPC).
"The Prisoners of Conscience Committee was founded by Chairman Fred Hampton,Jr. during his nine years of incarceration. "[The POCC] was literally birthed from behind enemy lines, its birth canal was the concentration camps, its umbilical cords are the prison chains." The P.O.C.C. is an international organization which engages in revolutionary work throughout the United States and abroad. The P.O.C.C. empowers communities through their own programs and through coalition building with other revolutionary peoples and organizations."
While Playing music at 10th and Yamhill I was ticketed for noise,without a warning,and had my musical equipment confiscated by authorities.
Playing in Portland 11 years, without having escalated to this level of conflict. Seeking feedback, wise council. Looking for resolution. I don't know when or if I will get my property back. Any suggestions,or insights, contact me. Thank you.
On 6.11.12, a protest rally was held at Pioneer Square in solidarity with Canadian students who are protesting extreme tuition hikes and interest rate increases in Universities across Canada.
What an inspiring action presented by Occupy Portland in Portlands' living room, Pioneer Square. Around 250 people showed up for the Facebook event created to bring solidarity with the students in Canada who are protesting in the thousands for education reform, as tuition rate increases are three times ours and interest rates are insane. This local rally showed the world and Canada that we are in support of the universal mission to lower the cost of higher education and increase the worth of degrees to actually make the academic investment worth it.
Great speeches were given by students and former students who were heavily affected by the debt they incurred while attending school. A contest was held to see who had the highest student debt, and a woman with 111,0000 dollars of debt took the crown. The frustration was seen in the faces of the many that decided to get up, grab the bull horn and tell their story. A visiting student from Montreal Canada just happened to be in Portland and spoke of how appreciative he is of all the solidarity that Portland is bringing to this issue.
Quebec Student Solidarity Action - Portland Oregon
Keep the pressure on the City Council for human compassion
Third Request For Human Contact Tuesday, June 12, 2012
**"These are the times that try men's souls," a quote from my favorite founding father, Thomas Paine.
This action by Cameron Whitten is becoming echoes of whispers of long ago conversations in a small tavern where dreams were shared and revolution feared. You can almost hear Paine lecturing those who would listen about dignity, equality and hope for the future. If you look close you may see Adams rolling his eyes and thinking, "Does Tom ever stop and think that he may get all of us arrested by talking about over-throwing the British, I wish him to be more careful, less violent."
Cameron is not careful, he speaks the truth to anyone who will listen, he is a fighter, just like Thomas Paine, he does not like smooth politicians like Adams, or Jefferson.
Mr. Whitten has only three demands, and he tells people who pass him that they are simple demands for the beginning of a new era of compassion for the everyday people among us. He does not want to over tax the people in power, he does not want to confuse the political system, so only 3 demands are shouted from the curb, or said softly at night when the rain comes:
1. "For City Commissioner *dan saltzman, withdraw the fines [...]
2. " For City Council to propose a housing levy measure [...]
3. "For Sheriff Daniel Staton to issue a 1 year moratorium [...]
The Grand Floral Parade will never be the same again, thanks to Right to Survive (R2S) and houseless activists. This is the second year that R2S, an organization led by houseless and previously houseless people, put out a call for "Pitch A Tent IIThe Houseless Strike Back." Together with folks from Right 2 Dream Too (R2DToo), they invited friends and supporters to pitch tents with the houseless along the parade route downtown to protest against the city's ordinance, which allows people to put up tents for 1 day for the parade, but criminalizes setting up tents for survival for the rest of the year.
Ibrahim Mubarak, co-founder of R2S, R2DToo and Dignity Village, wanted this year's action to put pressure on city officials, who continue to drag their feet on the houseless issue. He made clear that this action shows how the city prosecutes houseless people who try to erect shelters for themselves, but the ultimate goal of R2S is to get folks off the street and into a designated area where they can be safe and take care of one another. He hopes that this action will bring awareness that there is a homeless crisis in Portland and nationwide. He said, "The city needs to "sit down at the table with us and come up with solutions that will put a dent in the houseless situation."
Mubarak talked about Right 2 Dream Too, which provides a safe place for about 90 people to camp every night on NW 4th and Burnside, as one of the solutions. R2DToo wants to expand housing for 300 people per night, as more and more people lose their jobs and homes due to the crippling economy. But instead of cooperating with them, or letting them continue to self-manage this space, the city is fining R2DToo $1,200 a month. He said that Dan Saltzman, who leads the Bureau of Development Services, has described it as "not a humanitarian issue; it's about zoning and codes." Mubarak pointed out that the city spent $3,400 for each "bike shelter" in the city, but won't budget a dime to provide more solutions for the houseless. He said that the houseless and their supporters are trying to build communities and shelters for themselves, where they can be autonomous and make decisions to maintain safety and human rights.
Related Links:[video - Jim L] | [post - Mobile T]
Oregon Liquified Natural Gas to Hold Open House About LNG Export Plans
Hello Everyone: As we've anticipated for some time, Oregon Liquified Natural Gas is ramping up its promotion of a plan to export LNG through Oregon. Oregon LNG refers to its project as "bi-directional," but we all know that Oregon LNG's new proposal is a clear bait-and-switch. In 2004, Oregon LNG argued that Oregon needed to import LNG from overseas. Now, Oregon LNG intends to export huge volumes of natural gas to Asian markets through rural Warrenton, Oregon, and our Columbia River.
On Tuesday, June 12th, Oregon LNG plans to hold an Open House in Warrenton, Oregon to discuss its plans. This Open House is not a FERC hearing. FERC does not plan to attend. Rather, Oregon LNG will likely use this Open House to promote its terminal and pipeline in one-on-one conversations with attendees. We encourage people to attend, to wear your red "NO LNG" shirt, to ask tough questions about LNG exports, and to inform your neighbors and friends about the threat that Oregon LNG poses to Clatsop County. Together, we can send a strong message that the people of Clatsop County, who successfully defeated Bradwood LNG, are ready and willing to fight Oregon LNG's export proposal.
What: Oregon LNG Open House
Looking Ahead: Columbia Riverkeeper and Columbia-Pacific Common Sense will be holding our own informational meetings in late June, once we have more tangible information about Oregon LNG's new proposal. Stay tuned for more information about our event.
Join the Portland Fruit Tree Project in preventing waste, building community, and making fresh fruit available to neighbors in need...
As a Harvest Leader, you will co-lead group harvesting events in your neighborhood! It's a fun way to meet your neighbors and help make locally grown produce available to all.
Harvest Leader Overview: Harvest Leader Responsibilities:
- Attend Harvest Leader training (Thursday July 12th, 5pm - 9pm, or Saturday, July 21st, 10am-4pm)
- Co-lead at least 5 harvesting parties in the 2012 Harvest Season (July-November)
- Oversee harvest participants, coordinate logistics, and facilitate introductions, safety talk and wrap-up during harvesting parties.
- Coordinate delivery of 50% of harvested fruit to a local food pantry
- Keep thorough records
- Attend mid-season Harvest Leader meeting (Wednesday, August 29th, 6:00-7:30pm)
- Complete year-end survey and report (December)
- Celebrate! Attend year-end celebration and volunteer appreciation event in December 2012 (optional).
Applications are due Friday, June 29th.
Active grand jury in San Francisco. At least 4 have been subpoenaed, with one known cooperator. Otessa Crandell has cooperated with the most recent grand jury witch-hunt, claiming to investigate an arson in Santa Cruz, CA that was never claimed by underground groups. The grand jury in reality is just harrassing local vegans. She doesn't deny her cooperation. She claims that she gave them nothing of substance, and they just asked about phone numbers from her cell phone call logs. It's unknown what they actually asked, and how this information will be used the federal prosecutors.
Cooperating with the FBI, in their guilt by association witch-hunts, is unacceptable. We need to support grand jury resistors, unify them, and help them resist together. Let's organize events that de-mystify the grand jury process.
Int'l Day of Solidarity with Ecoprisoners Eric McDavid and Marie Mason
On June 11 (at 11 am) we are going to hold a circus at the new federal courthouse in Eugene to mock the federal courts, to show that, "If justice is a circus, all of us are clowns." There will be jugglers, fire-breathers, stilts, music, lots of clowns and other performers. Come dressed as a clown judge or a clown cop!
BACKGROUND: June 11th began as an international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoner Jeff "Free" Luers in 2004. At the time, Jeff was serving 22+ years. After years of struggle, Jeff and his legal team won a reduction in his sentence and he was released from prison in December 2009. But in the years intervening Jeff's arrest and release, the FBI had carried out a series of indictments and arrests in an attempt to devastate the radical environmental and anarchist communities.
Two of the people caught up in this maelstrom of repression were Eric McDavid and Marie Mason... Marie Mason and Eric McDavid share the unfortunate distinction of having the longest standing sentences of any environmental prisoners in the United States. Please join us in an international day of solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and other long-term anarchist prisoners on every June 11th.
Free Marie and Eric! Free all prisoners!
This past April we were able to meet up with the folks doing the 'Never Alone tour for Eric McDavid, Marie Mason & long-term anarchist prisoners'. We were really excited about this tour, as we believe prisoner solidarity and support should be the core of any movement of resistance. Since we like to film and make videos for all of you to watch, share and use as a resource, we offered to film the Eugene, OR tour stop for them so it could be put online. Here is a little background info explaining what the tour is about.
This tour is part of the collaboration for International Day of Solidarity for Long-term Anarchist Prisoners, June 11.
Portland Public Access program, "A Growing Concern," this evening will feature a discussion with citizens who are opposing a Walmart grocery store at the previous location of GI Joe's on McLoughlin Blvd.
List of 15 more stores currently planned for the greater Portland area.
Watch the 58 minute video from "A Growing Concern" [Program features three guests]
NOGWAL: No Oak Grove Walmart
NOGWAL: A community-wide effort to build a better Oak Grove. We are your neighbors who say, No Walmart! Not here. Not now. We love Oak Grove and the vision of the MAP* plan that our community has developed over the last three years.
Portland Chapter 72 of Veterans for Peace gathered at Peace Memorial Park to honor those who died whilst serving in the Armed Forces. Peace was written in chalk in the languages of countries where U.S. Led conflict has occurred. Portland, OR, 05/28/2012.
Dearest St. Louis rebels, Hearing of the recent beatings and torture you endured while refusing the compliance your captors demanded is both beautiful and terrifying. More than anything, the image of repulsive swine punching in your face, holding a knives to your throats, choking you, and generally having a field day with your bodies derives an engulfing inferno of rage and malice; our mouths water for revenge.
Last night a police station was attacked to both lift your spirits and aid the healing of the trauma that was likely inflicted on you while in their clutches. This was also done in effort to encourage other devious plots in your honor. May the coming week (and beyond) be filled with calculated, vindictive, and well executed revenge.
Public Access program featuring an interview with a retired postal letter carrier, recently arrested along with nine other people protesting recent attempts to privatize the Postal Service. Program features video from the rally, march and arrests at the University Post Office in Portland Oregon on May 24, 2012.
Don't Privatize the US Postal Service
Jamie gives a clear and concise picture of what is going on and what the Postal Service could be in the future. But only if people get educated and support the efforts of those who are standing up against this privatizing scheme.
Portland Public Access program featuring video from a recent rally in Portland Oregon regarding proposals to move coal trains through Oregon and Washington on route to China. The coal industry proposes to ship more than 150 million tons of coal a year through West Coast communities. Closing speaker for the event is Robert F. Kennedy.
No Coal Exports Rally, Featuring Robert F. Kennedy [58 min video]
These coal trains, up to two miles in length, would "release toxic coal dust and diesel exhaust along the rail lines, clog our railroads, ports, and highways, risk our familiesí health, pollute our air and water, and stoke the climate crisis." Up to 50 pounds of coal dust would escape from each uncovered coal car.
The Rally was held in conjunction with the WaterKeeper Alliance Conference being held that week in Portland Oregon.
"Founded in 1999 by environmental attorney and activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and several veteran Waterkeeper Organizations, Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect over 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa."
After an introduction by Jim Lockhart, the host of "A Growing Concern," the video clips are presented in two segments. The first segment is of the speakers preceding RFK and is about 22 minutes in length. The second clip is the speech by RFK, and is about 17 minutes in length. Kennedy connects the dots between the devastation wrought by Mountain Top Removal in the eastern U.S. and what the coal trains would mean for citizens of the northwest.
Bull Run - leave our water alone Yesterday was a good day, the water rate hikes did not go into effect. Mayor Sam wanted the vote, Leonard wanted the vote but it was put off until next week. This is not victory, just a week's worth of delay. I fear the council will vote for this 7-81/2% (percent) increase. They will end up destroying our wonderful water system, charge us more money to drink polluted water from the Columbia and the Willamette rivers. You must know that Sam and Leonard have decided to bail out before the mass of citizens realize what they have done. The incoming members of the council should be made to answer what their position on this outrage is today. We need to know what the future holds and fight we must. Will you join us? Will you get on the phone and call our senators? Will you attend next weeks meeting and say your piece, or just wimp out in the corner. The wonderful people who have been fighting this issue need your support now.
Related Article: Citizens speak out about water rates:
A workshop given by Rose City Copwatch on 'Abolishing The Police' at the 2012 Law & Disorder Conference in Portland, OR.
Watch a wonderful, thought provoking workshop discussion around the reasons why people believe we need the police in our society, and community alternatives to the police and how to put them into practice.
Over a dozen citizens / activists were taken to jail for occupying the Post office in SW Portland (University Station)on Thursday 5/24/12. Police arrested over a dozen [actually 10 were arrested] peaceful citizens when they refused to leave the Post Office after 6PM They wanted to speak about the Post office cuts, with the Post Master general, and were denied.
Many were released by 10pm
This week, Bite Back received an anonymous communique from the Animal Liberation Front claiming responsibility for the liberation of four chickens from an Oregon factory farm. The ALF communique stated this was the same farm from which six hens were liberated in January.
The communique reads, in full:
During the second week of May 2012, two activists entered an egg farm located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. 4 hens were removed from the premises and placed in good homes where they will live out the rest of their natural lives. This is the same farm where 6 hens were liberated last January.
This action was done to save these individual animals from the torture and misery intrinsic to industrialized egg production, as well as to demonstrate that although we may not be able to free every animal, we can free some. This was done in full solidarity with the anarchists and animal liberationists facing state repression here on the west coast and abroad.
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