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13.10.2012 14:03
Statement From A Resister - Leah Lynn Plante
Leah is a 24 year old political prisoner currently serving time at FDC Seatac. Leah was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury three times, refused three times and was thrown into prison for civil contempt on October 10th, 2012.

 https://vimeo.com/51103273

Leah is a 24 year old political prisoner currently serving time at FDC Seatac. Leah was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury three times, refused three times and was thrown into prison for civil contempt on October 10th, 2012.

freeleah.org | supportresist.net

[Related PIMC Post]  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/10/419046.shtml

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08.10.2012 19:08
Video: Youth Ending Slavery "Walk to End Slavery" speeches - march Portland 10-6-12
Walk to End Slavery is a youth organized group from St Marys High School. These high school girls have organized YES (Youth Ending Slavery) and a march with speeches that is bringing awareness and educating our community by publicly exposing the human slavery, trafficking and exploitation is in our town and around us.

This video is only of the speeches by the five organizers and county commissioner Diane McKeel.
 http://youtu.be/vNo02EJoGVI (22 min video).

After the rally, the estimated 200 headed to waterfront and then back to Directors Park.

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MORE OCT 6 PIMC RELATED POSTS 08.10.2012 12:03
Occupy Portland one year anniversary march
Occupy Portland held a march through downtown Portland to commemorate the one year anniversary of the occupation. Protesters passed City Hall, Chapman and Lownsdale squares and continued through the downtown area. Portland, OR, USA, 10/06/2012.

OTHER RELATED OCT 6 2012 PIMC POSTS:

Alex Milan Tracy:
[1] Occupy Portland one year anniversary march | [2] Occu-PoPo monitor police on first anniversary of Occupy Portland | [3] Armed riot police wait for disorder at Occupy Portland anniversary | [4] Portland re-Occupiers face off with DHS Federal Protective Services | [5] Occupy Portland one year anniversary march
jackson:
[1] terry schrunk park - re-occupy
Jim Lockhart:
[1] Video Clips (2) and Pics From October 6, 2012 Rally and March
joyofresistance :
[1] Occupy Portland, not Afghanistan march | [2] Wedding gets blessing from Occupy Portland
Joe Anybody & Mobile T:
[1] Video: Oct 6 Occupy Portland Not Afghanistan -speeches and march -full video

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08.10.2012 11:54
Video: Bark Response to USFS Jazz Timber Sale Decision
The US Forest Service issued a Decision Notice and Environmental Assessment for the Jazz Timber Sale on September 7th, 2012. While nearly 3,000 individuals provided public comment in opposition to the Jazz Timber Sale, the Forest Service has decided not only to proceed with Jazz, but the only change they made was to increase the amount of heavy thinning to "create elk habitat."
Bark Response to USFS Jazz Timber Sale Decision>

This 7 minute video is a response from Bark by Brenna Bell, staff attorney and National Environmental Policy Act NEPA)Coordinator.

(The following is adapted from the Bark website.)

After months of waiting, the Forest Service issued its decision on the Jazz Timber Sale, and the results are shocking. The final sale puts more forest on the chopping block, admits to additional road impacts, and has no plans to monitor logging impacts on the ground.

Now, since receiving the decision, Bark has a begun review of the decision and initial impressions indicate that the Forest Service did not fully address the more than 3,000 public comments submitted opposing the project. We will provide more information after full review.

The Jazz Timber Sale would log 2,000 acres of forest, throughout 30 square miles of the Collawash River watershed. The Collawash is a tributary to the Clackamas River and is host to the last wild late run of winter coho salmon, making it key spot for the survival of this species.
Homepage: http://www.bark-out.org

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27.09.2012 09:41
VIDEO: OWS Anniversary & Solidarity With Colombian GM Workers Rally/March
Though its hard to believe, it's been one year since the initial OWS Occupation started a mass movement of the people. At one time, we had the largest of them all here in Portland. Occupiers took to the street in unison with injured and fired Colombian workers who have been exploited by GM and are now in 412 days of Occupying, sewing their mouths shut in a hunger strike.

Report-Back: On 9/17, Occupy Portland and many other local organizations such as PCASC, Witness For Peace and Portland Jobs With Justice joined forces to rally and march in solidarity with Colombian workers who are in a hunger strike and have been fired from their jobs in a General Motors affiliated manufacturing plant after recieving injuries which occured on the job. This day was also chosen as it is the one year anniversary of the Occupy movement which has helped create an outlet for upset Americans to voice their frustrations. A crowd of about 200 people were present for this action and it made its way to a Chevy dealership where protesters delivered a memo to be given to GM headquarters. The peaceful march and celebration ended in St. Francis Park, part of St. Francis Church, where Occupy Portland now operates.

Video Link www.joeanybody.com/id24.html


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27.09.2012 09:18
Protesters call for a new ordinance to make Portland nuclear free
Protesters call for a new ordinance to make Portland nuclear free author: Alex Milan Tracy e-mail: alexmilantracy@gmail.com No Nukes NW rallied for a new ordinance which would make Portland a nuclear free zone. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has endorsed the continued transportation of radioactive waste along Oregon's highways I-5, I-84 and US-97 to the Hanford site. Portland, OR, USA, 09/23/2012.

homepage: alexmilantracy.com

VIDEO: Chuck Johnson, Physicians for Social Responsibility ... Portland Nuclear Free Zone: Background and Strategies


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27.09.2012 09:14
Defend Oregon rally held to restore public funding for education
Teachers, parents, students, and children rallied in Grant Park in NE Portland against budget cuts to K-12 education. Many people held signs against Measure 84 spearheaded by Kevin Mannix which would implement a tax break for millionaires. Portland, Or, USA, 09/21/2012.

homepage:  http://alexmilantracy.com

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27.09.2012 09:11
Eight People Start Indefinite Tree Sit to Stop Keystone XL
BREAKING: Eight people climbed 80 feet into trees in the path of Keystone XL construction, and pledged not to come down until the pipeline is stopped for good!

(Excerpted from the Tar Sands Blockade Website)

"Today I climbed a tree in the path of Keystone XL to demand TransCanada stop construction of this dirty and dangerous pipeline. This pipeline is a disaster for everyone it touches, from the cancer tar sands extraction is causing indigenous communities, to the water poisoned by inevitable tar sands spills, to the landowners whose land has been seized, and to everyone that will be affected by climate change," said Mary Washington, one of the Tar Sands Blockade members sitting in a tree.

This blockade is a continuation of an unprecedented summer of actions against fossil fuel infrastructure across America, from Montana to Ohio to New York. As a record heat wave baked the country, Americans stood up in unheard of numbers to oppose fossil fuels that are contributing to climate change. Join this growing movement when you sign up now to join one of our upcoming actions. If you were thinking about coming to Texas, now is the time!

homepage:  http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/tree-sit-launch/

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27.09.2012 09:07
Oregon: A.L.F. Liberates Dozens of Pheasants; For The Silent Ones.
"On the night of September 21, 2012, saboteurs tore open a lone flight pen located at the newly incorporated Primrose Pheasant Farm (27368 S. Primrose Path Canby, Oregon), releasing dozens of slaughter-bound ring-necked pheasants into the countryside.

Naturalized populations of ring-necked pheasants have resided in the Willamette Valley for hundreds of years and the surrounding farm land serves as ideal habitat that these captive bred non-domesticated birds can undoubtedly survive in. Destined otherwise to be killed by butchers and sport hunters, these sentient beings will now get the chance to live out the rest of their natural lives in the wild.

For the silent ones.. A.L.F."

directaction.info

[ Related: AAnimal Liberation Frontline ]


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21.09.2012 14:11
Portland Nuclear Free Zone Kick-Off
The Hanford Nuclear Waste Site, approximately 225 miles northeast of Portland on the Columbia River, is the most contaminated nuclear waste site in the world. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has endorsed the continued transportation of highly radioactive waste along Oregon highways including, I-5, I-84 and US-97 to reach the Hanford Nuclear Waste Disposal site for storage and future processing. Hanford does not have the means to handle the waste it already has much less future deposits, and its only backup, the 20 double-shelled storage tanks, are now found to be leaking. Government death estimates propose that 800 people may die yearly from just the trucks coming through our highways, and that number is a number not inclusive of accidents! We find this intolerable and refuse to let it continue.

No Nukes NW will host a kick-off rally to create a new ordinance for the City of Portland that will make Portland a Nuclear Free Zone. The event, open to the public, will take place on Sunday, September 23rd, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, 2 NW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon.
September 23rd, 1-4 PM
Japanese American Historical Society
PORTLAND, OR

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20.09.2012 22:06
Portland Solidarity Network Has WON Our Campaign!
Portland Solidarity Network Wins Campaign!
We fought with our friend Beth to force her landlord to return a stolen deposit!
Join Us For a Victory Celebration this Friday (9/21) at 6 PM at the Alberta Street Pub!

Great news! The Portland Solidarity Network (PDX Sol) has won our most recent campaign! Our friend Beth received a check for her full deposit from Brian Wannamaker, the target of our campaign, and it has been confirmed that the check has cleared, thereby meeting our campaign's demand! Brian, the owner and landlord of the Falcon Art Community building where Beth briefly lived, initially refused to return Beth's security deposit after she was forced to move out because of black mold in her apartment. Brian only relented and returned the deposit after PDX Sol spent several weeks engaging in direct action. Our victory proves that a network of community volunteers and supporters committed to solidarity with tenants and workers CAN produce real victories!

Beth initially got in contact with us after seeing our posters, and we took on her campaign with Beth as a member and active participant. We began by delivering a letter to the Falcon Art Community offices that demanded the return of her deposit in full. Thirty-four people came out to support Beth by crowding into the Falcon Art Community's office and handing over the demand letter. (Watch a video of the event here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj2kqiDDr7o&feature=youtu.be) We continued our fight after the demand delivery by engaging in a campaign of direct action - a strategy that empowers individuals and their communities to directly confront those responsible for their exploitation without relying on lawyers or bureaucratic institutions. In the case of our campaign, PDX Sol and our supporters persisted in confronting Brian until he did the right thing and returned Beth's deposit. We relied on nothing more than the strength of our unified voice and the power that comes from public pressure.

[Previous PIMC Post 8.2.12]
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/08/417229.shtml
[Previous PIMC Post 8.21.12]
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/08/417582.shtml

homepage:  http://pdxsol.wordpress.com
phone: (503) 446-6065

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20.09.2012 21:38
Occupy Portland #S17 march in solidarity with Colombian GM workers
An #S17 protest was held on the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall St. also in support of several Colombian GM workers who sewed their mouths shut after they believe they were fired unjustly for injuries sustained at the Colmotores plant in Bogota. Portland, OR, USA, 09/17/2012.

homepage:  http://alexmilantracy.com

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20.09.2012 21:32
Occupy Anniversary and Colombian GM Workers Solidarity Rallies
monday afternoon on september 17, 2012, a portland crowd numbering in the hundreds turned out for the one year anniversary of occupy wall street, which they marked by rallying for justice for colombian general motors workers who were hurt on the job and then kicked to the curb by the us-based, and to a considerable extent us government owned multinational corporation.

[video]  http://youtu.be/mx8u171roie

(report back from event organizers)

occupy portland marks anniversary in solidarity with global 99%
rally supports injured colombian gm workers seeking justice

the colombians have maintained a continuous peaceful occupation in front of the us embassy in bogotá for over 400 days. ten of the colombian workers including colombian worker leader jorge parra are entering their third week on hunger strike. mr. parra is currently in detroit where supporters rallied in front of gm world headquarters as part of an international day of action for the workers and their families.
"the fact that general motors is firing workers for injuries they developed on the job is bad enough, the company's refusal to sit down and talk - the willingness they are demonstrating to turn a blind eye to the worker's hunger strike is incomprehensible" said paige shell-spurling, a member of the portland central america solidarity committee. " general motors is showing an utter disregard for human life and specifically for the lives of the workers on whose backs gm's profits are made."
the portland rally delivered petitions demanding justice for the colombian workers with over 4,000 signers to wentworth chevrolet. a manager at wentworth agreed to forward the petitions to the gm corporate offices.
according to marco mejia of portland jobs with justice, "the issue of exploitation of the colombian gm workers is emblematic of the kind of global corporate corruption that the occupy movement is fighting against. occupy and the progressive movement in general is continuing to build capacity for change through education, agitation and mobilization."


 http://www.youtube.com/user/asotrecol

 http://www.asotrecol.com

www.witnessforpeace.org

 http://www.change.org/petitions#search/asotrecol

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18.09.2012 08:53
Video: Dr. Paul Connett On the Dangers of Fluoride
Excellent power point presentation by Dr. Paul Connett, Director of Fluoride Action Network. Dr. Paul Connett has spent 16 years researching the fluoridation issue, first as a professor of chemistry, specializing in environmental chemistry and toxicology. Dr. Connett details the many dangers of adding fluoride to municipal water systems and demonstrates the gross lack of science employed by those who promote this action.

After a brief introduction by Kim Kaminski of Clean Water Portland, Dr. Connett opens his remarks with the statement: "what you are seeing in Portland is the end of fluoridation world wide. It is already clear from what you have just seen in just a few weeks that they've got no arguments, no science, and you're seeing the kind of tactics that are put in place of science and solid rational argument."

Dr. Paul Connett

This is not Democracy! This is not Portland! This is a wake up call!

[RELATED:] Video: Portland Citizens Respond to Forced Fluoridation Vote


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30.08.2012 19:52
UPDATE: Volksfront Member Fired After Rose City Antifascists July 31st Day of Action
We are pleased to announce that the fine folks at Morgan Distributing, the company that Cheshire worked for, have discontinued his employment after antifascists made them aware of his fascist organizing.
On July 31, Rose City Antifascists organized an outing of several local Volksfront International members, including Nicholas Cheshire.

A huge "thank you" goes out to everyone who helped with the effort.

Cheshire's termination sends a message to all fascists that organized bigotry is not something we tolerate in our communities!

homepage:  http://rosecityantifa.org
phone: 971.533.7832

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29.08.2012 06:28
Video: Portland Citizens Protest Water Fluoridation
Demonstration at Portland City Hall protesting City Council's intention to add fluoride to the pristine Bull Run water. Interviews with many of the well informed and passionate citizens who want this put to a vote. The community has already voted this down three times in recent decades.

Video OF No Fluoride Rally

Posted this over the week end before I left town and forgot to include the link)

About a dozen people came forth to give their views on this subject. They attended the demonstration to make a point to City Council and they welcomed the opportunity to voice their opinion. Many chimed in from the side lines as I finished an interview. All were well educated on the issue of forced fluoridation and all were angry and frustrated with City Council's intention to by-pass the democratic process and mandate our water be fluoridated.

Numerous studies are cited, from EPA and Harvard, for example. The biggest thing I took away from this was the fact that the problem can be solved or mitigated by proper diet and dental hygiene. Fluoride is an attempt at a quick fix, which, as with most quick fixes, creates unintended consequences sometimes more egregious than the original problem.

Video oF No Fluoride Rally

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25.08.2012 12:05
Stand Against Coal Exports in Oregon
RSVP now to join us on Tuesday as we gather with city leaders for a press conference in front of the Army Corps' offices in Portland.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Press conference at the Army Corps District Office
WHEN: Tuesday, August 28 at noon
WHERE: 330 SW 2nd Ave (between Oak and Stark, just north of the Morrison bridge), Portland [Map]
Questions: Contact Laura Stevens at  laura.stevens@sierraclub.org or by calling 503-238-0442 x305

RSVP:

 link to action.sierraclub.org

[homepage:]  http://www.columbiariverkeeper.org/our-work/coal-export/

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Update: Grand Jury solidarity rally postponed 25.08.2012 11:59
8/30: Solidarity with grand jury resistors
Stand in solidarity with the grand jury resistors on August 30th

A rally will be held in front of the Federal Court House (1000 SW 3rd Ave) on August 30th to stand in solidarity with grand jury resistors. The rally will begin at 12:30pm and will last until 3:30. A federal grand jury has convened and already 4 people in the Pacific Northwest have been subpoenaed to testify against their comrades. Two of the subpoenaed live in Portland and have boldly refused to cooperate with the grand jury, potentially facing jail time for doing so. For more information about the grand jury investigation please visit the Committee Against Political Repression's website:  http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/

Come out on 8/30 to show resistance to the FBI's repression and to let our friends know that we support them in these difficult times. Help us to create a culture of resistance by showing solidarity with those who have their backs against the wall.

Related PIMC Post:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/08/417324.shtml

Update 8-29-12:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/08/417777.shtml

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25.08.2012 11:54
VIDEO: Cascadia Welcomes Post-Master General Patrick Donahoe With Protest (Report-Back)
What a nice morning welcome for PMG Pat Donahoe, who is closing post offices, cutting workers, and shaving away at weekday mail delivery. Jamie Partridge, lead organizer of the rally, recieved the support of Portland Jobs With Justice as well as many community members. Local media surprisingly covered it, and word is that Donahoe heard the message from inside.

StreetNews Report:

Patrick Donahoe, the Post Master General, made a visit to the Vancouver, WA Hilton Hotel today (8/21) to attend a Postal Carrier Convention and meet with the public. A Portland "Save Americas Postal Service" organization called Portland Communities and Postal Workers United had planned for his visit, and welcomed him with a protest. Donahoe, being head of the US Postal Service, has implemented deep cuts and closures to postal services and communities across the nation are standing up to it.

Video Link:

Cascadia Welcomes Post-Master General Patrick Donahoe With Protest

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23.08.2012 06:30
Photos from Recent No Fluoride Protest
Photos from the recent Demonstration at Portland City Hall, protesting City Councils intention to add fluoride to our water supply, at the cost of five million dollars. According to corporate news reports, a yes vote has three votes, enough of a majority to pass.
Mayor Adams, Nick Fish and Randy Leonard have indicated their willingness to vote for this proposal.

A large and very well informed crowd gathered at City Hall around 12:00 on August 21, 2012, to emphasize to City Council their dissatisfaction and outrage at this bypass of the democratic process.

These photos not only depict the event, but also provide a window into many of the objections to this proposal:
"Search hydrofluorosilicic acid. (www.fluoridealert.org)

homepage:  http://www.fluoridealert.org/videos.aspx

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