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Rod Coronado uttered those important syllables, speaking as a living being connected to all his people: human, coyote, hawk, beagle, rat, rabbit, cat. And so on. Speaking as someone who has watched the mechanisms of death function for too long, threatening the earth, threatening our lives, threatening our souls, he exhorts people to find in themselves the words and the work they truly believe in, a space in their souls where they are not afraid, not ashamed of what they allow by their inaction...
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Background: [ Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty ]
emma goldwoman responds to To Extremist Feminist Emma Goldwoman: 20 *Real* Interview Questions to Answer... and Emma Goldwoman's Femenazi Rants: Data Showing Her Unpopularity on Portland IMC. (See also: Compost Bin 11/27.)
About the term 'feminazi':
[ Essays by emma goldwoman: A MODEST PROPOSAL CONCERNING MASCULISM | TEN THOUSAND YEARS IS ENOUGH! | THE MOVEMENT FOR MALE RESTRAINT | HOW TO CHALLENGE VIOLENT MALE DOMINATION | A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF VIOLENT MALE DOMINATION | THE PROBLEM OF MALE OBEDIENCE | WOMAN'S GREATEST FEAR | FREDERICK ENGELS AND MALE VIOLENCE ]
[ also posted to portland indymedia: Interview with emma goldwoman ]
Response to Emma Goldwoman by Mr. Anonymous
Oaks are native to the valleys from Willamette/Rogue to Sacramento/San Jouaqin, with a yearly abundant crop of acorns and other natural medicines. The oak galls and bark contain tannins that are helpful in wound healing. Oaks provide habitat for biodiversity and moisture to the parched valley climate through transpiration..
This site describes how Earth centered people from Druids to Mayans used the oaks in their region for medicinal and nutritional support. Oaks are sacred trees globally..
Organic gardening and foraging are connected in that having oaks between food plants would provide additional moisture and fertilizer, with the root/mycorrhiza fungal network breaking down organic matter for the plants uptake availability.
From the open publishing newswire: The Women's Health Collective will be holding a menstrual pad making workshop on Sunday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Back to Back cafe (616 E. Burnside). "Come and learn all the different options women have besides tampons and how to make your own resuable pads. Any extra thread, needles or scraps of flannel you can bring would help."
Why should women make their own pads rather than buying commercial products? Women who use them cite comfort, lower cost over time, safety, fewer cramps and yeast infections, and less garbage. Making this choice is also a way to "work against the corporate and cultural constructions of menstruation", as the Blood Sisters Project puts it. They note that the health, environmental and social impacts of the $1.7 billion feminine hygiene industry and its products include toxic chemicals and processes and massive waste. In response, the Sisters encourage menstrual activism.
Links: [ Cloth What? Alternative What? Going with the Flow | Blood Sisters Project | "Eight Myths About Washable Menstrual Pads Dispelled" | Make Your Own Cloth Menstrual Pads | Many Moons Alternatives: How to Make your own Washable Cotton Pads | Menstrual Products and Health | The Shocking Truth About Feminine Hygiene Products -- What Are Your Options? | The Hidden Price of Feminine Hygiene Products ]
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From the open publishing newswire: At sometime around 4:30pm of buy nothing day, The Consumer and their camera person walked into the mall at pioneer square. dressed in a button down gray shirt tucked into black khaki pants, this Consumer had prominently displayed 'consumer' on the back of their shirt so that the crowd would be well aware of this person's intent to consume.
Security seemed a bit heavy, with some 16 or so guards all gathered together on the ground floor of the mall. So, of course, The Consumer and their camera person headed that way immediatly. Before even leaving the first floor there were security guards, both in uniform and out of uniform [with walkie-talkies and video cameras] trailing the duo.
From the open publishing newswire: On Sunday, November 17, 6000 to 7000 people marched against war on Iraq in Portland. This was only 3 weeks after the October 26 march of over 7000, thus making it the second major anti-war demonstration in Portland in less than a month. And given that the city is considerably smaller than Seattle, one has to consider these major demonstrations. (Moreover, something anti-war activists in Seattle should note: it's organizers didn't wait for A.N.S.W.E.R., N.I.O.N., or some other "recognized" national coalition's approval before calling the event.) Besides opposing war against Iraq, demonstrators also raised banners, picket signs and slogans against the war on "terrorism", fascist "Homeland Security", environmental rape, attacks on living standards of the masses of American people, and in support of the Palestinian's struggle for national self-determination (plus many others). Thus the demonstration was another blow to the bourgeois propaganda that "we" U.S. residents "are one" concerning U.S. imperialist policies.
Still, in spite of the numbers of people who have been turning out to rally and march in Portland and many other cities, the movement remains hampered by pacifism, illusions in bourgeois democracy, and illusions in the liberal politicians who foster these and other political ills. Looking a little closer at the Nov. 17 demonstration, however, we find that within the anti-war movement there already exists a trend which identifies imperialist war with capitalism, which wants militancy, and which wants to fight liberal sabotage of the movement.
From the open publishing newswire: Critical Mass was way more fun this month than in previous months (at least for me). Here's my recap.
So, I think the permit actually made things better because all the cops were on the "official route" at first. They split off a smaller group of people around 6th & Salmon (??) early in the mass, but the larger group of us then rode without any police interference whatsoever for 15-20 minutes probably! Even when we rode down broadway to Pioneer Sqaure, there was a gaggle of cops watching us (and TONS of people... apparently the tree lighting ceremony was tonight), but they were all pioneer square cops completely unequipped to do anything about all of us on bikes.
Then there was the traditional ride up burnside (where we caught up with the rest of the mass that had been split off) to 23rd (yawn) and back ... down to pioneer square! This time there was a lot of bike and motorcycle fuzz. We rode around the square in a circle about twice and then cops blocked up from turning right on sixth to continue the cirle. We went straight (our only choice) to 5th, and then they had 5th blocked, making our only option to go right.
From the open publishing newswire: Tuesday November 26 saw the biggest mobilisation of workers since the victory of the right-wing in presidential and parliamentary elections six months ago. The main demonstration that took place in Paris saw 70-80,000 public sector workers on the streets following a call by the 3 main federations, CGT, CFDT and FO. This march took place in parallel to a number of similar strikes and rallies up and down the country. The movement was principally called in response to the government's plans to privatise and downsize large swathes of the public sector.
Tuesday's demonstration comes on the back of the short-lived truckers' strike of this weekend, which was undermined by a combination of police repression and union disunity. Last Friday, a major work stoppage by truck drivers was on the cards who were demanding a cut in their draconian working hours and a rise in their derisory wages. However, in order to intimidate these workers from exercising their democratic right to withhold their labour, the hard-line Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, decided to send in the police immediately to stop any truck barricades and threatened to suspend drivers' licences (therefore their livelihoods) and imprison them if they did set up barriers on the roads. In conjunction with this, government negotiators decided to ignore the two main drivers' unions, CFDT and CGT, and sign a separate agreement with the minority union FO. This led to confusion and disillusionment amongst strikers and thus weakened the movement even further. Nevertheless, the movement was not defeated, rather 'still-born'. Truckers still remain equally combative and it is only a question of time before another mobilisation will take place.
From the open publishing newswire: The PPRC weekly rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square this Friday, at 5:00 p.m., will join with the Islamic Center of Portland to observe November 29, declared by the United Nations as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. "In addition to this day of solidarity with the Palestinian people, this Friday is the convergence of the first day of Chanukah, 'Buy Nothing Day' and the lighting of the city's Christmas tree at Pioneer Courthouse Square," said Will Seaman, a volunteer with the PPRC. "We're in for an exciting afternoon and evening of holiday cheer, celebration of faiths, and community activism."
"To mark this first day of Chanukah, Portland's Jews for Global Justice will be holding a special contemporary ceremony at 4:00 p.m.," said Seaman. "So we will have a very hopeful coming together of many faiths at the Square, diverse peoples sharing the hope for justice and freedom for the Palestinian people, and for a peaceful future for all of humankind." The city menorah at Pioneer Courthouse Square will be lit earlier in the afternoon at 3:00 p.m.. The general public is invited to take part in all of the events at Pioneer Courthouse Square this Friday, starting with the 3:00 p.m. lighting of the city menorah and culminating in the lighting of the Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m..
"Buy Nothing Day" is a protest against commercialism started by the Canadian culture-jammers group, Adbusters. Each year the protest targets the day after Thanksgiving, the busiest shopping day of the year and the Christmas commercialism frenzy. "We'll be marking a wonderful convergence of faiths, cultures and social activism this Friday in Portland's living room," said Seaman. "And we are looking forward to the spirit of Peace on Earth and Good Will Towards all People inspiring all who join us in celebrating the holiday season."
From the open publishing newswire: The fashion industry is trying to revive fur and they are spending a bundle to spread misinformation. Please join IDA to remind the public of the truth -- that fur is cruel, is not fashionable and is still, dead. At this year's annual demonstration, IDA will be paying respect to the 40 million animals killed for fashion with a symbolic funeral procession and wake. These fur-bearing animals, including foxes, raccoons, minks, seals, beavers, rabbits, lynx, dogs and cats are trapped, imprisoned, gassed, strangled, clubbed and anally/genitally electrocuted to make fur coats and fur-trimmed items.
DON'T MISS PORTLAND'S LARGEST ANIMAL RIGHTS DEMONSTRATION OF THE YEAR!
DRESS Black or gray is suggested
WHEN Friday, November 29, 2002 RAIN OR SHINE!
TIME 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM- (Procession at 11:30 AM)
WHERE Saks Fifth Avenue, 850 SW 5th, Portland
PARKING Smart Park on 3rd and Yamhill
Signs will be provided or bring your own.
The police-escorted march will pass three downtown stores that sell fur.
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From the global indymedia website, as posted to the open publishing newswire: As shoppers gear up for the holidays, people around the world are questioning the corporate insistence that we can buy comfort, love, companionship, happiness and community with money.
Friday, November 29 will mark the eleventh year of the anti-consumption holiday, Buy Nothing Day. The "un-holiday" has become increasingly popular over the years, with upwards of thirty different countries participating. This year, a variety of thought-provoking events will take place locally and internationally with the ultimate aims of encouraging consumer education and awareness, and curbing consumption overall.
Traditionally, the last Friday of November is the busiest shopping day of the year, particularly in North America. In the U.S., this follows the national Thanksgiving holiday, which kicks off a nearly month-long shopping spree before the Christmas holiday, and serves as an indicator of the health of the retail industry - whether shops will be 'in the black' - for the year.
People in more than thirty countries have made a pact with themselvesas a personal experiment and public statement, and plan to step out of the consumer stream for 24 hours. The ways in which people have marked the event worldwide have been as diverse as the participants themselves.
From the open publishing newswire: Jacquie Soohen and Rick Rowley were interviewed by Norm Stockwell on WORT-FM's "Third World View" on November 24, 2002. Jacquie just returned from Iraq, where she and journalist Jeremy Scahill produced print, audio, photo, and video reports for the web site "IraqJournal.org". The two also discussed the phenomenal growth of Independent Media Centers world wide, to more than 100 localities on this, Indymedia's third birthday.
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From the open publishing newswire: Over 300 million turkeys are killed every year in the United States, 40 million of them specifically for Thanksgiving. The majority of these are raised in factory farms where they are stacked in cages in windowless sheds where they can't live naturally (or happily) in any sense of the word. Often they cannot move, and many die in the conditions before they are fully grown. They are debeaked and declawed without anesthesia, making it difficult or even impossible for them to eat, and research shows that they feel the pain of this for the rest of their lives. Those who survive are fed until they are grotesquely obese and cannot stand because their skeletons are too weak from confinement. Over-burdened in this way, and trapped in close quarters with too little oxygen, many turkeys die when their hearts explode from the physical stress.
The birds are unable to reproduce naturally in these conditions, and the males are "milked" for their semen, which is then shot into the females with a syringe or tube. Turkeys do not recieve even the scant protection given to pigs and cows by the Humane Slaughter Act and many are tied upside down still alive and conveyed to the part of the factory where they are knifed. Not all die right away and suffer unspeakably by bleeding slowly to death.
Turkeys and other poultry are often infected with salmonella and campylobacter bacteria from their unnatural living conditions, and deregulation of the industry means that more diseases are reaching the dinner table. Even if a particular bird is free of these bacteria at the point of purchase, it was most likely raised on a steady diet of antibiotics and chemical growth stimulants which are not good for human health. Additionally, working conditions in poultry factories are unpleasant and dangerous, and big business has blocked legislation that would grant workers relief. The turkeys lose, and the people lose.
Still hungry for that drumstick? [ Newswire article ]
Sources & More information: [ The Turkey Day | Save a Turkey | Turkeys Want to Be Friends, Not Food | Gruesome treatment of turkeys as exposed by PETA | Turkeys: Hooked on Drugs (Jim Hightower) | United Poultry Concerns, Inc. Turkey Brochure | Reviews of Karen Davis' Book "More Than a Meal" | At Our Mercy: The Eating of Animals | About Factory farms | Meat Is Murder (Resources) | VEGETARIAN FOOD SOURCES | United Poultry Concerns | Animal Liberation Front | portland indymedia animal rights news ]
from the open publishing news wire: As expected, the Administration has started the process of gutting all laws that have up until now been used successfully in protecting at least some native forests. Enclosed is a press release concerning today's announcement by the Bush administration of the "new" NFMA planning regulations. They are posted on the American Lands Alliance website
from the american lands press release: The American Lands Alliance denounced efforts today by the Bush Administration to significantly weaken management processes for National Forests. The Administration released its revisions of regulations today that guide the implementation of the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). According to American Lands, the proposed changes would render forest management plans meaningless and dismantle a powerful means of ensuring that National Forests are managed appropriately. The revisions would essentially remove science and the public further from the Forest Service s decision-making process, jettison species protections, and open the door to uncontrolled logging. [ Read More ] [ American Lands Alliance website ] [ PDX IMC Forest Activism Page ]
First Buffalo of the Season killed in Yellowstone -- CALL FOR THE BUFFALO!!
This morning, shortly before 9:00 am, a beautiful large bull bison, who had been grazing peacefully for weeks on Horse Butte, was gunned down by an agent of the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL). The agent was not acting alone, as nine other government officials were actively engaged in this atrocity. Our field patrols witnessed the killing from afar, as their movement was limited during the operation.
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SEA SHEPHERD NEEDS 50 PEOPLE!
Buy Nothing Day November 29
Pepto Clowns will be passing out tapes on buy nothing day
From the open publishing newswire: The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has concluded that the US Forest Service must obtain a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit (NPDES) before it resumes aerial spraying of Bacillus thuringensis to control tussock moths in national forests in the Pacific Northwest. Such permits are required by the Clean Water Act before discharging pollutants from any "point source" into navigable waters of the United States.
Appellants in the case-League Of Wilderness Defenders-Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, Kettle Range Conservation Group (KRCG), The Lands Council, Hells Canyon Preservation Council, Northwest Ecosystem Alliance, Oregon Natural Resources Council, and American Lands-had challenged the Forest Service's decision that an NPDES permit was not required. The Forest Service maintained that spraying pesticides from an aircraft did not constitute a "point source" pollution, which is defined as a "discernible, confined and discrete conveyance," such as a pipe or ditch.
The court sided with the appellants, ruling that an airplane fitted with tanks and mechanical spraying apparatus met the definition, and that "the Forest Service cannot contravene the will of Congress through its reading of administrative regulations." "The reckless days of spraying insecticides over forests and water may well be over," said Mike Peterson, Executive Director of The Lands Council.
Forest service propaganda: [ Douglas-fir Tussock Moth (nice photos) | Douglas-fir Tussock Moth, 2001 Suppression Project ]
Members of the Latino community and community-based organizations held a press conference at city hall on Tuesday, November 26, 2002, to call for the resignation/firing of Portland Police Chief Kroeker. This action was in response to the recent awarding of medals to the two police officers who shot and killed Jose Santos Mejia Poot on April 1, 2001.
Statements were strong and emotional, as one would expect, in reaction to Chief Kroker's action in rewarding people for killing other people. As Martin pointed out, "A police officer can kill anyone as long as that officer follows procedures established by the police bureau. This argument (is) unacceptable." According to Gonzalez, during the incident which resulted in the death of Mejia Poot, officers could have withdrawn, or called in relatives to help diffuse the situation. Neither seemingly reasonable alternative was taken.
Included in the Press Conference media packet are a list of demands from the Latino Community, from an April 25, 2002 Latin Community Speak Out. Among other things, these demands call for:
HELP KEEP THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT WILD AND QUIET -- WRITE TODAY! Comments must by postmarked no later than DECEMBER 13! Defying the long tradition of a wild Front, the Forest Service's proposed Travel Plan would throw open over three-quarters -- nearly 80 percent! -- of the Rocky Mountain Front to dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and snowmobiles... Instead of writing a new conservation-based plan from the outset, the Lewis and Clark National Forest planners have dusted off an old plan that the Associated Deputy Chief of the Forest Service deemed illegal in 1989. The Rocky Mountain Front:
For questions or additional information, please contact: Bob Clark, Conservation Organizer Sierra Club 406-549-1142 [ Details ]
Judge exempts PL logging plans from stop order; contempt hearing still on
In a ruling that seemed to contradict his earlier statements, Judge John Golden acted on a motion filed by Pacific Lumber in October asking him to vacate the court-ordered stay on PL logging operations issued on Aug. 29. PL has ignored that stay, and because of that, is facing a contempt of court criminal arraignment on Dec. 9. Today, Golden denied... [ Details ]
TREE-SITTERS IN DEMONSTRATION FOREST
Activists who climbed trees a week ago in response to logging of PL E stands, which are occupied murrelet habitat, remain in action, despite harassment and violence from contract workers from Lewis Logging and lack of action from the Sheriff's Dept. to loggers carrying out law enforcement activities, such as removal of tree-sitters. For more info, call Northcoast Earth First! at 707-825-6598. POSTERS ADDED NOTE: As of 11/26/02, the two sitters removed from the PL demonstration forest treesit action on 11/16/02, remain in jail... [ Details ]
RALLY FOR TREE SITTER WREN COMING UP ON DEC. 8
Wren, who has been sitting in a giant redwood named Eversteen for over six months, is about to mark her 200th day without touching ground. To that end there will be a winter protection ceremony and rally to honor Wren and all the Freshwater Tree Sitters on Sunday, December 8 at 12 noon. [ Details ] [ www.HeadwatersPreserve.org ]
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