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From the open publishing newswire: As the first step in the Bush Administration's plan to gut the Northwest Forest Plan, the Administration is proposing to dispense of requirements to survey for and protect rare and sensitive species before logging.
The Survey and Manage Requirements are the bare bones of minimal protection afforded species under the Northwest Forest Plan. After being sued by environmentalist for neglecting to implement the surveys, the Forest Service has already drastically revised the plan twice, severerly limiting the number of species to be surveyed and protected. Now the Bush Administration thinks it's a good idea to get rid of the requirment all together. [ Details ]
From the open publishing newswire: Thousands are anticipated to arrive in Columbus this weekend to call for the closure of what they call a terrorist training camp on U.S. soil - the School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHISC), a combat training school for Latin American soldiers. SOA grads continue to be implicated in egregious acts designed to terrorize and coerce civilian populations throughout Latin America.
This afternoon [Wednesday, 14 Nov.] members of School of the Americas Watch, including founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois, filed an injunction in federal court to prevent a plan "to prohibit 10,000 plus people from exercising their First Amendment rights to peacefully assemble, speak, and petition the government in a public forum unless they each first submit to law enforcement searches without consent, without warrant, without probable cause and without individualized suspicion."
Attorneys Gerald Weber, Legal Director of the ACLU of Georgia, and William Quigley filed the civil action case against Columbus City Mayor Bobby Peters and Columbus Police Chief W.L. Dozier. Columbus police plan to use metal detectors and possibly more comprehensive searches on every participant in the vigil outside Ft. Benning.
Letter to the Murdered Archbishop Oscar Romero
[W]e ask you for a great miracle, that our neighbor in the North may be converted and stop being an oppressive empire greedy of power, accept differentials or gradients and be a member of humanity's family like everyone else. Our second petition is that we here in El Salvador facing immense problems do not burn out in ourselves but with our smallness open ourselves to solidarity with the women and men in Afghanistan and to everyone suffering in the world, above all in Africa. On the subject of miracle, the poor, your poor, have a perfect right to demand a miracle from you because they no longer know how to stay afloat. Many doors were closed to them and many promises broken. Often they stand idle with empty hands and must leave the country. Injustice, lies, corruption and structural egoism is the air we must breathe today.
From the open publishing newswire: Basically, the FCC is looking at three areas: viewpoint diversity, localism, and competition as they relate to the national and local markets. Specifically, they are looking at: local TV multiple ownership; radio/TV cross-ownership; national TV multiple ownership; dual network; newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership and local radio ownership.
The FCC wants comment on, among other things, whether "viewpoint diversity" should continue to be a "primary goal" of its decision-making; if consolidation in local markets leads to less or greater diversity; if "viewpoint diversity" is more important locally rather than nationally...
They are also asking for comment on a plethora of other questions. Here are just a few others: To what extent are station owners or the local news departments responsible for those viewpoints expressed through local newscasts? Should they measure market concentration by using the number of separately owned outlets, or another way? Which will better preserve competition, regulation or market forces?
For these and other questions, the answers may seem obvious. Not to the FCC or the courts, which are inevitably bombarded by big media who dislike any regulation and want a bigger share of the listening/reading/viewing public. The public will be sadly disappointed if this year's review goes like the 1998 review, when the FCC succeeded once again in relaxing the very rules they are supposed to enforce. They relaxed the dual-network rule, eliminated the experimental broadcast station multiple ownership rule, and started investigating the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule.
[ You can also submit comments at: www.reclaimthemedia.org ]
From the open publishing newswire: Check out this ADS promotional photo of their new "chip-mobile." It's going to drive around the country and plug people with tracking microchip implants.
The company's CEO says it's a great alternative to Green Cards for tracking foreigners. CNN says,"For instance, a serial date rapist won't get many dates if the women he asks out can read his information chip first ."
Is that a cynical exploitation of the same patriarchal culture that created many of these same problems in the first place, or what?
It can be hard enough living in a world threatened with the possibility of being rendered "unable to support human life" by the year 2050, unless resource consumption changes radically. (World Wildlife Fund, in the London Guardian this July 7th.) Add to that an uber-ruler who even CNN quotes as saying "If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator" (He's on record as having said similar things at least 3 times )
Meanwhile, the political Right is urging America to "reconsider the negative connotations around the word Empire" and use US troops abroad as the "calvary on the new American frontier."
Is anybody else here worried? Is anybody else worried about being "preempted" by "Automated Virtual Data Repositories?" Is anybody else frustrated by much of the Left's failure to go into crisis mode?
From the open publishing newswire: Accompanied by a representative of the Office of Justice and Peace of the Catholic Archdiocese, a half dozen six-foot tall ambulatory peace signs will debut at the Federal Building today as irrefutable proof that the peace movement in Portland has legs. Â"We were making these signs for SundayÂ's peace march,Â" said Mikel Clayhold, Â"and then we noticed that, like Pinocchio, they seem to have developed a life of their own...Â"
"... The walking peace signs have arrived in Portland to promote this SundayÂ's Rally and March for Peace & Justice, set to start at 1:00 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Â"Come rain or shine, this Sunday may be our last chance to demonstrate our opposition to BushÂ's war on Iraq,Â" said Clayhold."
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Radical Feeder March in Solidarity with Nov. 17 Anti-War March.
From the open publishing newswire: ACORN will be holding a lending fair on Saturday November 16 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm within the Carpenter's Local 247 Union Hall at 2205 North Lombard, Portland. All who are considering learning about scams, buying a first house or negotiating a low-cost car loan are encouraged to attend. This ACORN-managed event will provide an interface to reputable home and car lenders, and appraisers and refinancers will also be available.
Short-term lenders (think "Payday Loan" offices) flourish while pretending to help low-income residents. An attempt was made to legislate them out of business in 1998. It failed due to lobby pressure on key Portland Representative Frank Shields in the Oregon House.
From the open publishing newswire: A recent inquiry on what number of plastic can be recycled at Nature's, the Community Cycling Center's Recycling Coordinator discovered that the plastics are taken to the landfill.
Nature's on Fremont and 15th (as well as other Nature's stores) has a plastic tub recycling station outside of the store. Jeff Allen called Metro to find out which number of plastics could be taken there for recycling. The following conversation ensued:
Metro: "I wouldn't take anything there, it just gets hauled away to the landfill"
Allen: "Does Nature's know this?"
Metro: "Oh yes."
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From the open publishing newswire: A world bank economist is coming to speak at Reed College. This is a call to organize to demonstrate our opposition to neoliberal and imperialist economic policies.
Karla Hoff, a research economist in the World Bank's development research group, will speak on "After the Big Bang? Obstacles to the Emergence of the Rule of Law in Post-Communist Societies" on Thursday, November 21, at 4:15 p. m. in Reed's psychology auditorium. The paper Hoff will be presenting is co-authored with Joseph E. Stiglitz,the 2001 Nobel Laureate in economics, although he will not be present. The lecture, sponsored by the Bernard Goldhammer Memorial Lecture Fund, is free and open to the public.
From the open publishing newswire: Reverend Gabrielle Chavez's goal on Nov. 20 is nothing short of changing "the spiritual condition of the federal government". She is one of a group of pastors in the Portland area who will be performing a "social exorcism" at the Federal Building that day. (See the press release.) I spoke with her on the phone about the event, and my eyes were opened to a whole world of radical resistance that is too little known outside the faith communities: priests pouring their own blood on nuclear submarines, rituals inspired by the the Seven Angels in the Book of Revelation, visions of peace brought about through "spiritual warfare".
Gabrielle is the pastor of the Christ the Healer United Church of Christ, which belongs to the first Christian denomination to ordain gays and lesbians. Pastors representing Quakers, Presbyterians, Methodists, and Lutherans and Episcopalians are also organizing this event, the purpose of which is to "contribute to spiritual cleansing" of the government and "make a public witness" for peace.
Gabrielle made it clear that, though this is a Christian ceremony being organized by Christians, everyone is welcome. People who attend "don't have to believe in what we're doing," she said. "Anyone who is focused is contributing." People from other faiths who want to perform their own exorcism or cleansing ceremonies are invited to come and do them "in parallel". She mentioned Native Americans, who might burn sage for a purpose like this, and Wiccans, who "must have their own wonderful rituals" that could complement the day. "For us, it is most powerful to do in the name of Christ," said Gabrielle, "but we want many people to come." [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Whereas UN-imposed and the US-led genocidal sanctions have killed more than a million people and caused great suffering and pain for Iraqi people, and
Whereas the US war on Iraq will lead to further massive destruction of Iraqi society, the death and suffering of many more people, and
Whereas only the Iraqi people, not the US government, have the right to end Saddam Hussein's brutal regime, and
Whereas, the US government's real aim in this war is to control Iraq's oil, increasing corporate profits at the expense of millions of working people...
Therefore be it Resolved that we join the growing movement in opposition to any US war against Iraq, and call on the unions and AFL-CIO at all levels and all worker, student, immigrant and community organizations to publicly oppose this war and join in mass protest against it; and be it further
[ ILWU Local 5 ]
From the open publishing newswire: Measure 23 volunteers were terrific, breaking signature gathering records and educating their friends. As the medical crisis becomes more evident, voters will recognize their missed opportunity.
Over 20 billion will be spent in 2005 for health care in Oregon and 25-40% will go to corporate insurance related charges. The same amount of money under Measure 23 would have paid for every Oregonian's medically necessary health care. I do anguish for all the million individuals without coverage or not enough coverage, especially seniors with no dental, prescription or long term care. Premiums in 2005 are predicted to be 50% higher and fewer and fewer citizens will afford insurance. Measure 23 would have been cheaper except for the richest 10%.
From the open publishing newswire: The November Bark Field Trip visited the West Fivemile Timber Sale in the Barlow Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest. This Sale is one of 9 sales in a recent list of sales slated for auction within the next 6 months in an USFS announcement received 10/30/02.
The Fivemile Timber Sale consists of two sections, the West Fivemile and the East Fivemile. The East Fivemile is further east, and so is a drier, predominantly Pine eco system; the West Fivemile is a more mixed eco system, with Firs as well as Pine.
Bark sponsors monthly Field Trips, which go out the second Sunday of every month to "groundtruth" particular Timber Sales. Quoting from the Bark website: "By 'groundtruthing', we are able to determine whether or not the planned logging operations are being done in cooperation with existing laws and regulations. We look to find the real effect of modern forest management on our publicly owned lands."
A few issues Bark has with West Fivemile:
From the open publishing newswire: On Friday, November 15, 2002 at 8:00PM at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church will host the first OFWM coffeehouse concert in their fellowship hall. This fundraiser benefit for Oregon Farm Worker Ministry (OFWM) themed "building community through music." OFWM has for over 17 years has worked to be a reconciling force between urban Anglo's and rural Latino farmworkers. This unique work is manifest in this event where such renown artists as Irene Farrera & Venezuela Viva and Sky in the Road along with other Latino and Anglo artists.
This will be a unique opportunity to hear great music and appreciate the gifts the Hispanic community shares with all.
The Oregon Farmworker Ministry is an organization of church congregations and people of faith that both advocates for farmworkers and educates congregations, civic, and labor groups about farmworker issues. The OFWM is an important source of support for PCUN, Oregon's farmworker ministry, helping to organize vigils, accompanying organizers to the fields, and promoting the sales of union label blueberries and Christmas wreaths made by PCUN's women's group. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Mike D. (a local portland activist) is going to trial tomorrow (Nov.13) @ 9am in the Washington County Courthouse rm. 304. Mike was cited on January 13th, 2002 at a protest when he crossed the street in front of the OHSU primate research center (185th Ave.) There was a motorist collision at that same time, and Washington County is now charging him with two counts of disorderly conduct.
Mike D. has been invoved with many organizations, from labor rights, to forest rights, to your rights, to my rights etc. The cops don't like Mike because he has a voice, and he uses it to stand up against rights that are being violated. This is a very clear case of political harrassment, and Mike D. definitely deserves our support. If you witnessed the incident or you just want to come and show your support, then you can take the Max to Hillsboro to the end of the line and the court is 2 blocks away. Hope to see ya there! [ Newswire article ]
Do you know how to fix a copy machine?
We have a Sharp brand SF-456 and it doesn't work. We'd be really happy if it did work again, and would run around all over town organizing a revolution with our snazzy flyers printed on tree free paper (that your donations pay for, hint, hint). If you know how to fix photocopiers or know someone else who does, please give us a call at 503-241-4879. We're usual pretty broke (defending ancient forests isn't the most cash-lucrative occupation around) but we'll gladly work out some kind of trade or work trade - have lots of stuff and are very good at doing things that involve climbing. Thanks for your support.
An article from issue #3 of Daybreak, a midwestern anarchist newspaper, as posted to the open publishing newswire: The family farm has been a sustaining myth in America. It's been seen as proof that if someone was willing to work then they'd be able to have a little land to live on, at least enough to take care of themselves and their family. As if we needed more proof that the American Dream has become little more than a twisted corpse, a story politicians tell us to put our dreams to sleep, we need look no further then the situation of the family farm in the Midwest today. Vast rural areas have become depopulated, the flat landscape broken only by the occasional empty barn or shiny corporate tractor rolling through trim endless fields owned by some soulless corporation. Desolate dusty towns empty of children seem to sprout up between sad looking Dairy Queens. The cafes and porches are full of people who can't find work (since Dairy Queen can only hire so many people), desperate angry people who, pressured from all sides, don't know who to blame or what to make of their world disintegrating around them.
Like many people here in the Midwest, I'm only the second generation to have grown up in the city. In fact, I still have relatives working farms in Northern Minnesota. Urbanites tend not to take farmers seriously, the 'progressives' would much rather talk about colorful exotic groups in rain forests then the culture being destroyed in their backyard. It's easy to ignore the fact that in the last 2 generations family and community farming, the way that most Minnesotans made their living less then a century ago, has been almost completely destroyed.
Who To Blame? The main antagonist is, as usual, corporations. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: This morning, a group of activists confronted loggers on their way in to unit 19 of East Devil. After exchanging words with the loggers about the illegal timber sale, law enforcement was called to the site. The activists successfully eluded the freddies and then once again confronted the loggers. The loggers decided to give up for the day! Not one tree was felled in unit 19 today! Unit 19 is a short hike from the hotsprings and adjacent to units 1 and 2 of the Straw Devil timber sale, which could be logged any day now.
The Forest Service has broken the law and is failing to protect the red tree vole. Allyn Ford and his company Roseburg Forest Products has been in bed with the Forest Service for far too long. Both Allyn Ford and the Forest Service need to be held accountable for their actions.
A call to Anarchists to become temporary tyrants
anarchists won the election. at least we did here in oregon. more than 50% of the population refused to vote for leaders in each of the five districts and, as such, it is our duty to see to it that the people's will is heard. this is a call for an anarchist in each district to announce their win as a house representative for oregon, for someone to announce their victory as governor, and for someone to announce their senatorial triumph. then what? immediately resign? propose our succession from the US? there are plenty of possibilities.
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From the open publishing newswire: Come out for a nite of film dedicated to revolutionary direct action, including footage from the earth and animal liberation fronts (Elf/Alf), hosted by veteran earth activist Josh Harper. Josh Harper, editor of the !Breaking Free! Video Collection, a series of highly acclaimed direct action documentaries, hosts this night of radical film. Harper is well-known to the Northwest, most notably for his involvement in the 1999 sabotage of the Makah Whale Hunt just outside Neah Bay, Washington. Harper has remained virulent despite facing on-going state repression , including being the subject of a 2000 Portland grand jury witch hunt, investigating the courageous actions of the ELF and ALF.
This event comes just before the 50th anniversary of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), the world's most notorious contract animal testing company with facilities in both the UK and US. Harper currently works with Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), the hard-hitting and innovative international campaign to close HLS. The local HLS campaign sponsors this event, and all proceeds will help send Portland activists to the anniversary "celebrations" at HLS in New Jersey.
From the open publishing newswire: The Cascadia Media Collective is excited to announce the completion of its newest film, "Guerrilla Video Primer." With footage and analysis gleaned from years of experience around the country and a fast paced musical soundtrack, Guerrilla Video Primer is a great film both as a videography tutorial and for entertainment. From camera basics, to interviews, filming in the middle of a street battle, editing and distribution - the film explains how the Cascadia Media Collective has learned to make the quality movies that it does.
Guerrilla Video Primer contains never before seen footage from the FTAA protests in Quebec City and the World Economic Forum protests in New York City, as well as footage from the streets of Palestine.After seeing the film's debut, respected local activists said things like:"I kept expecting to get bored, but I never did!"and "That was the most informative movie I've seen yet about the anti-globalization movement. "The Primer's debut left people inspired, challenged and pumped. Now's your chance to share that feeling.
From the open publishing newswire: A coalition of over 30 organizations will sponsor its second annual conference at the University of Oregon from November 11 to 17th. The Justice Not War Coalition is expanding the Peace Justice and Civil Liberties Conference to include over a dozen national speakers such as Kevin Danaher of Global Exchange and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, as well as workshops, music and a film festival. Major themes to be explored at this educational event include the assault on civil liberties since 9/11, militarism as foreign policy, grassroots movement building, and media bias in wartime.
On Friday Amy Goodman, the internationally known journalist and producer of "Democracy Now" will provide a keynote address on war, propaganda and media bias along with Mario Africa, founder and coordinator of The Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors' (CCCO) Third World Outreach Program, and founder of AWOL! Revolutionary Artists Workshop. Music will follow friday night's speakers with hip hop slam poets, "Womb Dialectic", (Mic Crenshaw & Turiya Autry) performing at 9:30 pm; $4 admission.
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