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20.07.2012 07:05
Video: No Oak Grove Walmart Rally
Rally protesting a proposed Walmart on the site of the old G.I. Joe's on McLoughlin Blvd. in Oak Grove. About 100 people attended the event organized by the local citizens group,No Oak Gove Walmart (NOGWal) Rally

No Oak Grove Walmart Rally
Video is about 13 minutes in length.

The rally featured a few brief speakers before lining up along McLoughlin Boulevard with signs and passionate enthusiasm.
During the hour they were greeted by numerous honks from passing motorist, indicating that Walmart propaganda has possibly ran it's course.

Walmart is seeking to establish 17 new stores in the Portland/Vancouver area. The rally details the many reasons why this is a bad idea, on McLoughlin Blvd., or anywhere else.

Speakers included two members of the organizing group; a member of the UFCW Union, Local 555; Kate Lore, Social Justice Pastor from the Portland First Unitarian Church; Steve Novick, Portland City Commissioner; and Jefferson Smith, candidate for Portland mayor.


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15.07.2012 15:35
BOR Dodges Water Needed For Historic Klamath Salmon Run
Eureka, CA - The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) hasn't decided to release additional flows for Klamath salmon even though scientists sounded the alarm months ago that additional flows for a historically large run of salmon will be needed in less than a month.

In a recent letter to Humboldt County and the Hoopa Valley Tribe the BOR suggests the fishery should be fine this year because the Trinity River is having a Normal Water Year and because there has been a slight increase in minimum flows in the Klamath River since 2002, when a record 35-70,000 Klamath River salmon perished due to low flows.

The BOR also told the County and the Tribe that it would not let Humboldt County draw on the County's own water right to 50,000 acre-feet of CVP water in Trinity Lake to protect the fish this year.

 https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheKlamathTrinitySalmon

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15.07.2012 13:23
Help send the Rosehip Medics to Charlotte and Tampa!
The Rosehips medics are preparing for travel to offer free medical support at mass protests of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in Charlotte, NC and Tampa, FL (Aug 27th-Sept 6th). In 2008, Collective members offered vital Good Samaritan and harm reduction care to Convention protestors; and this election year (which promises another wave of popular protest) the Rosehips will again present basic assessment, first aid, and emergency services free-of-charge in the streets.

To this end, we are making July a month of preparation, with Indiegogo fundraiser, Queers with Benefits--Queer dance party, raffle & fundraiser, with DJ ROY G BIV of BENT fame; Street Medic* Training (Aug 3-5)-- 20 hours of instruction on Street Medicking, from basic assessment to all kinds of care--all for $25-50. Pre-registration required (email rosehipmedics@gmail.com for info or registration)

Depending on funds raised, we will send between 4 and 8 highly-trained and experienced Street Medics* to the East Coast. Without contributions now, some of us will be forced to reconsider our plans in light of survival needs (like rent), which could mean fewer queer medics in the streets and wellness spaces of Charlotte and Tampa this year. Help send the Rosehip Medics to Charlotte and Tampa!

Indiegogo Fundraising page


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15.07.2012 12:26
Indybay Journalist Wins Payment and UCB Agreement to Change Policies, Train Officers
Covering a 2012 Occupy Oakland Covering a 2012 Occupy Oakland "Free Chris" Rally & March
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: David Morse, a veteran independent journalist and long-time member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) has settled his lawsuit over the University of California - Berkeley Police Department's (UCBPD's) improper arrest, imprisonment, and seizure of journalistic materials during a student demonstration he was covering as a journalist. In exchange for Mr. Morse's agreement to dismiss the lawsuit, the University of California Regents have paid $162,500 and have agreed to modify UCBPD policies and procedures regarding acceptable means of seeking materials from a journalist or anyone possessing materials with an intent to disseminate to the public and have also agreed to conduct extensive training sessions for UCBPD officers regarding protections for journalists under federal and state law.

Background Information:
www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/07/09/18717220.php
homepage:  http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/07/09/18717220.php

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15.07.2012 12:21
Beyond Veganism : Food Justice (VIDEO)
Here is another workshop that we filmed this past April at the 2012 Law and Disorder conference in Portland, OR. In this video, lauren Ornelas (Food Empowerment Project) discusses social justice issue's involved in the food industry and how our choices affect them. lauren touches on slavery in the chocolate industry, produce worker rights, and environmental racism. This is a wonderful workshop to watch if you want to learn how your food choices, vegan, or not, still may be contributing to slavery on the ivory coast, or the horrible working conditions of produce workers in California.

 https://vimeo.com/45626814

We applaud lauren's efforts and her work with Food Empowerment Project. We urge you to check out their chocolate list to make sure you aren't eating chocolate from the ivory coast. We also urge you to contact Clif Bar and urge them to tell Food Empowerment Project where they get their chocolate!

 http://www.foodispower.org/chocolatelist.htm
 http://www.foodispower.org/takeaction.htm
homepage:  http://www.becausewemust.org/beyond-veganism-food-justice/

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10.07.2012 22:54
SWAT raid on organizers of Occupy Seattle & Everything For Everyone Festival
Early morning, July 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of organizers from the Occupy movement. Police kicked down the front door and threw flash-bang grenades into the house.

This action targets well known activists from Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective (part of the national Kasama network).
This apartment has been a hub for organizing the Everything 4 Everyone festival in August - to bring together West Coast forces for a cultural and political event building on the year of Occupy.

This from Everything4Everyone.org:
Early morning, July 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of organizers from the Occupy movement. The sleeping residents scrambled to put on clothes as they were confronted automatic weapons.

The neighbor Natalio Perez heard the attack from downstairs: "Suddenly we heard the bang of their grenade, and the crashing as police entered the apartment. The crashing and stomping continued for a long time as they tore the place apart."

After the raid, the residents pored over the papers handed them by a detective. One explained: "This warrant says that they were specifically looking for 'anarchist materials' which lays out the political police state nature of this right there. In addition they were looking for specific pieces of clothing supposedly connected with a May First incident.

This action targets well known activists from Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective (part of the national Kasama network).
This apartment has been a hub for organizing the Everything 4 Everyone festival in August - to bring together West Coast forces for a cultural and political event building on the year of Occupy.

 http://kasamaproject.org/

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10.07.2012 13:38
call to action
Let's make some noise my wonderful colleagues and friends

Flags: Next Wednesday just before our 5 shits meet and call it a City Council will you join me in flying the flags of justice and peace.

I will bring the Vietnam Veterans Flag, will you bring your peace flags to let the City Council know that they our representatives and not the Business Alliance Reps. Cameron has extended his fast past the 30 days and that has me concerned. He has upped the ante and so should we. Will you join me or just stay home and do nothing? Many of you cannot take time off from work but some of you can, join us for one hour of hell raising. Pots and pans, drums, horns and mega phones are the order of the day.

I will go into the Council at 0930 and sit up front with a t-shirt that reads "RESIGN SAM, FISH." ... Time to make some noise, want to take a ride on the Justice side? Meet up at 0830 7/11/2012 in front of City Hall. ~Joe

PS can't come, call the council and tell them to house the people who are on the streets, when they tell you how much they are doing, tell them to do more!!!!

[Related Post]
Call to support Cameron

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05.07.2012 07:22
"I'm Hungry . . . for Justice."
Cameron Whitten on Month Long Hunger Strike with No End in Sight "I went out there and marched in the streets, and then I ran for office. And seeing how still there were so many people that just weren't responding, I decided I needed to make a real serious sacrifice, hoping that people will realize we are in a crisis."

Now that his hunger strike for the homeless and housing reform has reached a month on the exposed sidewalks outside Portland City Hall, 21-year-old Cameron Whitten has endured wind, rain, rats, pols, well-wishers, and verbal scorn.

"How do you feel right now?" I put to him at 11:30pm last night (June 30) in the cold dark rain huddled semi-upright under a tarp surrounded by a collection of water-logged flyers, commandeered news boxes, makeshift equipment, and scattered possessions.

"I feel like a million butterscotch," Whitten, a 3-year Portland resident and current Portland Community College-Cascade student, replied in a clear direct voice. Asked to explain, he offered, "I have no idea," followed by a genuine laugh. "I might be delirious."

Living on a month-long diet of nothing but vitamins and juice, particularly coconut water, can do that to you.

"Probably (the saddest is) seeing so many people with mental illness out here. Not getting any help. And seeing the looks of apathy. And disgruntled people who want to scream, 'Get a job!' or 'You don't look homeless.' Things like that. Just so much conflict when in fact we're all experiencing the same kind of economic oppression." [...]

Related Video Post by Mobile T:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/07/416651.shtml

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05.07.2012 07:16
Portland protests against Trans-Pacific Partnership
Portland participated in a national day of action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the three companies pushing for the secretive deal; Verizon, FedEx and Wal Mart. The TPP is currently being drafted in San Diego amid much secrecy. Portland, OR, USA, 07/02/2012.

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04.07.2012 16:48
ReWilding the West: Remembering Rod Coronado
Rod Coronado, who is turning 47 this year, is a Yaqui Pascua Indian, a writer and poet, a father, lover of nature and animals, a felon and eco-anarchist. He's the kind of guy that could tell you all about the native flowers growing out of the cracks in the sidewalk and how to make rudimentary bombs...

In 1995 Coronado was convicted on felony charges for an arson attack on a Michigan State University animal research facility, part of a string of facilities targeted by the ALF in their campaign duly titled "Operation Bite-Back." He was sentenced with 56 months but the damages to the fur industry were substantial. Aside from the direct impacts of the action he was imprisoned for, he has been credited for research and inspiration which lead to many more actions, freeing thousands of animals -mink, fox, coyotes -who actually have a fighting chance to re-wild themselves and survive upon release. Not to mention millions of dollars lost to economic sabotage, dealing a crippling blow to the whole industry.

Much of Rod's early actions took place just before the eruption of intense FBI hunts for "domestic eco-terrorists," a fear mongering term elevated by State and corporate media following the rise of the ELF. But in a West rapidly laid bleak with concrete, undergoing an extinction crisis and climate convulsion, overcrowded with bland, consumerist culture and the boredom of timid human engagement, Coronado stands as a figure, all the more heroic, and absolutely quintessential to the promise of a re-Wilded West.

homepage:  http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/

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29.06.2012 08:23
No Nukes NW Action! "Shut Down, Not Meltdown!"
On Friday, June 22, 2012, at 3:00 p.m., I organized the No Nukes NW Action "Shut Down, Not Meltdown" at the Consulate General of Japan in Portland OR at the Wells Fargo Center. A rally and Die-In took place simultaneously on that date and time, with coordinated actions along the west coast, including Los Angeles CA, and San Francisco CA, as well as in Japan and internationally.

 http://www.nonukesnw.org

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29.06.2012 08:20
NO TO THE DRONE WARS! Local Events Friday and Saturday
On Friday, June 29, there will be a "No U.S. War on Syria -- No to the Drone Wars! rally and march at Pioneer Courthouse Square, starting at 5:00 p.m. There will also be two opportunities to hear Medea Benjamin, CodePink activist and author, speak about her new book, DRONE WARFARE: KILLING BY REMOTE CONTROL: one at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Peace House in Northeast Portland; another between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday at St. Francis Dining Hal in Southeast Portland.

Friday, June 29
DRONE WARFARE: KILLING BY REMOTE CONTROL Book Talk
Speaker: Medea Benjamin, CodePink activist and author
7:00 p.m. - (approximately) 9:00 p.m.
Peace House, 2116 N.E. 18th (at Tillamook), Portland

Saturday, June 30
KNOW THE DRONES Q&A and STOMP OUT THE DRONES DANCE PARTY
Speaker: Medea Benjamin, CodePink activist and author
Book talk and entertainment
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
St. Francis Dining Hall, 330 S.E. 11th Avenue, Portland

At both events, books will be available for purchase. Donations gratefully accepted.

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29.06.2012 08:17
Using the TPP to Renegotiate and Expand NAFTA
"Trade deals such as NAFTA and now the TPP are being used to smuggle through a new set of transnational corporate rights, trapping nations in a web of treaties that further trump their own laws. All too often, these agreements fail to deliver on the promise of prosperity and only serve to accelerate the path towards economic enslavement. Globalization has meant sacrificing self-sufficiency and sovereignty for foreign dependency which is a sure path to world government."

Both Canada and Mexico have been invited to join the U.S., along with other countries already engaged in negotiations which will deepen trade and economic ties within the Asia-Pacific region. Such a deal would surpass NAFTA in size and scope. The U.S. led talks which have been criticized for their secretive nature, could be used to update aspects of existing trade pacts among member nations. This would provide the perfect opportunity for a backdoor renegotiation of NAFTA without officially having to open it back up.


 http://beyourownleader.blogspot.ca/2012/06/using-tpp-to-renegotiate-and-expand.html

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29.06.2012 08:15
Video: Justice For Janitors - Rally, Speeches and March 6.15.12
Hundreds of Janitors, workers, union members, city leaders and citizens all joined together on 6/15 in Terry Schrunk Plaza to demand "Justice for Janitors with a Living Wages, and Health Care Benefits...
Organized by SEIU [Local 49] a rally to demand living wages, health care, and sick days for ALL janitors in PDX.

The event stated with speakers and speeches from community organizers and working janitors. It was followed by speeches by the mayor and county commissioners. Then the 300+ rally took to the streets (I mean the sidewalks) ... over 4 blocks long the line stretched with family's & janitors & community members walking in solidarity

VIDEOS:
 http://youtu.be/DskVHSBPFHw PART 1 (rally & Interview)- 3.min
 http://youtu.be/USaC9oeny14 PART 2 (speeches) - 17.min
 http://youtu.be/N1OAAPPoQcI PART 3 (march through downtown) - 12.min

"JUSTICE FOR JANITORS - JUSTICE FOR ALL"
homepage:  http://www.joeanybody.com

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29.06.2012 08:13
Fighting for the Soul of the Carpenter's Union
All working people should pay attention to the egregious assault on union democracy happening in the Carpenters Union's Pacific North West Regional Council, which covers all the Carpenter's Locals in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters has a proud history and should take immediate action to overturn a recent Regional Council decision that disciplined innocent, union-dedicated Carpenters with fines and a loss of membership privileges.

 http://www.workerscompass.org

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29.06.2012 08:09
Video: Cindy Sheehan: Revolution. A Love Story - plus David Rovics music set
Cindy Sheehan Cindy is on a book tour and spoke in Portland on 6.23.12 at the First Unitarian Church. David Rovics played a few songs before she spoke...To a full room of listeners in Portland Oregon, Cindy Sheehan shares about her life, friends and recent travels.

Her new book is titled: Revolution: A Love Story.
Its about her recent trip to Venezuela and what she learned.

The 2 separate videos from this event on 6/23/12 are listed below:

Cindy Sheehan
 http://youtu.be/eBC1f3KKjEU (1 hr 24 min video)

David Rovics
 http://youtu.be/DEsfq90Jf-0 (20 min video)

 http://www.cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/

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27.06.2012 08:29
Help Stop Coal Shipments Down the Gorge
Want to help stop Big Coal's plans to ship Wyoming/Montana coal through the Columbia Gorge by barge/rail - especially through North/Northeast Portland en route to Port of St. Helens for Asian markets?

Come to a meeting Wednesday, June 27 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. at 8325 N. Central in St. Johns, sponsored by the CAAC (Community Alliance Against Coal), and Columbia Riverkeeper. You can also join cyclists heading there in the Pedalpalooza Ride. The eight-mile route departs from 1821 SE Ankeny at 5:30 p.m.

Big Coal plans to run eight trains (120-125 gondolas) daily through North/Northeast Portland (and then run the empties back through the same neighborhood). Coal trains through PDX bound for export terminals on the river threaten to pollute air, transportation, climate future, and the area's economy... Its dust off the coal trains will coat houses, cars, yards over a 1.5 mile-range from the train tracks. Coal dust brings black-lung disease, mercury poisoning, asthma, adverse impact on eyes, and cancer. Promises by the shippers to spray surfactant on the open rail cars to keep it from blowing enroute to coal terminals mean using a highly toxic substance (usually coal slurry). A major drawback from coal use whether in the U.S. or Asia is a major contribution to climate change (global warming). In selling it to Asian markets, coal use there will blow-back to the West Coast through the atmosphere, but also contribute to warming as well as the diseases and ailments listed above.


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25.06.2012 19:20
Tomorrow! (Tuesday, June 26): KEEP NESTLE OUT OF THE GORGE Rally
Tuesday, June 26 (TOMORROW)
KEEP NESTLE OUT OF THE GORGE Rally
Terry Shrunk Plaza (S.W. Fourth and Madison, downtown Portland)
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Stand in solidarity with a diverse coalition of groups and over 30,000 Oregonians who are demanding that Governor Kitzhaber protect our water from a Nestle water bottling plant in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Join us for activities for all ages, music, special guest speakers, to add your own message to our banner and much more.

Guest speakers include:

Terry Swier,an activist involved with a group famous for fighting Nestle's damaging water bottling in Michigan; Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County Chair; Sister Brigid Baumann, a Sister of Sisters of the Holy Names; and other locals from Cascade Locks and the Gorge who don't want Nestle bottling water in their backyard.

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25.06.2012 14:13
EARTH FIRST! OCCUPIES STATE CAPITOL SAYING 'PROTECT OUR STATE LANDS'
Climbing flagpole to deploy banner Salem, OR: Near 10:00 AM Cascadia Earth First! and Cascadia Forest Defenders converged at the Oregon State Capitol. Activists chained themselves together and staged a "die-in" in the offices of Ted Wheeler and Kate Brown while others climbed the building's flagpoles, hanging banners reading, "Oregon: For Sale by Kate Brown and Ted Wheeler" and "Defend Oregon, No Compromise, Earth First!"

As of 1:00pm: There are 50 protesters onsite. The climbers of the flagpoles have been arrested descending into applause and leaving the banners to be removed by cherry pickers. The people locked down in the office of Kate Brown have had their support crew removed by police, who are currently bringing in extraction equipment and have hung a sheet in front of the window obscuring outside media and support. The activists inside of the office of Ted Wheeler have similarly been deprived of their support crew and shielded from view. The crowd cheers from outside of the office doors Chanting: " "Devastation and Exploitation Won't be Solved by Corporations"
"Earth First No Compromise We Fight for Water Earth and Sky"

Protesters are targeting Secretary of State Kate Brown and Treasurer Ted Wheeler - both members of the State Land Board - after passing a plan in October of last year that will nearly double the annual clearcut in the Elliott State Forest. Today's protest is an escalation in a series of protests calling on the Land Board to stop the clear cutting of ancient forests and to separate public school funding from state forest management. [...]

Cascadia Earth First! and Cascadia Forest Defenders demand:
No more clear cutting ancient forests.
Drop the 2011 implementation plan for the Elliott State Forest.
Separate our school funding from public land management.
No more privatization of public lands.
Earth First!
homepage:  http://cascadia2012.com

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19.06.2012 16:40
National Day of Action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
While most Americans celebrate Independence Day, trade negotiators and corporate lobbyists from throughout the Pacific Rim will be meeting in San Diego over the week of July 4th for a major trade summit aimed at rushing the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) towards completion. In San Diego and throughout the country, labor, environmental, immigrant rights, family farm and Occupy activists will be coming together to take actions that drag the TPP out of the shadows and expose it to the light of day!

In Portland, activists will be meeting at noon on July 2nd - the opening day of negotiations - at Pioneer Courthouse Square. After a brief update about the work of our allies in San Diego and across the country, we'll then march and caravan together to local branches of three of the big corporations that have been pushing the TPP: Verizon, FedEx and Wal-Mart. These corporations are among the approximately 600 that have been granted special "cleared advisor" status to review, comment upon and draft proposed TPP text, while ordinary Americans have been barred from even seeing what's been proposed in our names.

Monday, July 2 * 12:00 noon
Starting at Pioneer Courthouse Square
, Corner of SW Morrison & Broadway (near Starbucks)

Please RSVP online here!

OregonFairTrade.org


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