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sure, and they want to cart nuclear waste all around by rail. thanks guys!
From the open publishing newswire: Craig Rosebraugh delivered a lecture to an overflow crowd at the Laughing Horse Bookstore tonight. Folks were packed in as tight as sardines, and spilled out onto the sidewalk, but listened in rapt silence as Craig shared his thoughts and research from the work he has recently done on his Master's thesis. A sense of occasion unmistakably permeated the room, and Craig did not disappoint. I missed the first part of his three part lecture because I couldn't get in, but I managed to squeak in for parts two and three. Way in the back, I took notes as furiously as I could, but was unable to keep up with his quick pace, so I don't have much to share at this time. Fortunately the audio from the full lecture was captured and will be uploaded to the internet sometime in the next day or two. As soon as it is, a link will be posted here to portland indymedia, so check back for it.
Craig is a good public speaker. There was not a single "um" in the entire evening that I heard. You could tell he's been writing on these subjects a lot because of the many nice, tight phrases that he used. I had my eyes opened to some history I didn't know, and some concepts I'd considered, but not heard out loud (at least not so eloquently). He made no call for "violent revolution" and I don't know if that disappointed the cop in the room. (There was at least one, of course.) He shared the facts he'd found, and some insights he'd arrived at, but made no specific prescription for action. Nonetheless, the radical perspective he brought was refreshing in these peacenik-ridden times, when a call goes out for 100 peacekeepers but not one cop-watcher.
The Argentina indymedia center is the nexus of communication for the popular movement against neo-liberalism and the IMF. Their website gets over 25,000 page views a day. Yet they only have two computers. This shipment will help indymedia centers in Buenos Aires and Rosario, Argentina as well as other near by IMC's in Chile, Southern Brazil, Bolivia, and Uruguay. They will also be used to support other social movement groups who are on the forefront of the struggle for a better world.
We will be working from Free Geek's warehouse. Anyone, regardless of experience can help! We are having work parties the next two weekends, the 11th & 12th, and the 18th & 19th from 10 to 7. And Wednesday the 15th, Thursday the 16th , and Friday the 17th from 6 pm until late. The weekend of the 18th we will be doing a huge install fest. Please stop by for an hour or an evening to help out. This is a huge job and we need more volunteers. [ Details ] [ Project website ]
Free Geek is close to the following Tri-Met bus routes: 6 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd * 10 Harold * 14 Hawthorne * 70 12th Avenue - - - Map. If you have any questions or [are] planning on coming to help out, please either email email@example.com [or] come on to irc.indymedia.org in the #boxes channel.
From the open publishing newswire: PCC Rock Creek winter clubs are forming, and one of them is the APSJ (Association for Peace and Social Justice). In order to start a club at PCC Rock Creek, a student (such as myself) must get eight people to commit to joining it. I have a few people signed up already, but I need at least 5 more (and the application has 20 slots which I would be happy to fill).
The club's purpose is "To foster and promote peace (both locally and globally) and to encourage interest in and action for the purpose of social progress". The description is broad, but should cover most topics we at Portland Indymedia are interested in. The main issue I will focus on in the club is the anti-war effort, but I, and hopefully all who join, will support such issues as the environment, workers rights, animal rights, etc.
From the open publishing newswire: Ancient redwood trees along California's world-famous Avenue of the Giants are being buried alive in sediment torrents originating in Pacific Lumber's (PL) logging sites. Humboldt county neighbors of the much-protested Maxxam/PL are also frantically trying to save their houses, vehicles, possessions and their lives from the storm-related torrents that originate in hillsides de-nuded by logging.
The storms of December 2002 have dramatically exposed the failure of the Headwaters Deal signed in 1999 that included a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) ostensibly protecting the threatened species residing in forestland on California's north coast. The HCP however, has been shown to be much more effective at protecting Maxxam/Pacific Lumber's bottom line. As many as 8 landslides are visible along supposedly storm-proofed roads into active logging operations in Nanning Creek near the historic mill town of Scotia. These virgin ancient redwood stands, left by the "old PL" (pre-Maxxam) as nostalgic reminders of times gone by, are becoming stark clearcuts, victims of the most recent spate of PL's HCP logging. These forest stands were home to the rapidly disappearing Marbled Murrelets, an endangered seabird, and the endangered coho salmon.
From the open publishing newswire: Police in Genoa, Italy have admitted to fabricating evidence against globalization activists in an attempt to justify police brutality during protests at the July 2001 G8 Summit. In searches of the Nexis database, FAIR has been unable to find a single mention of this development in any major U.S. newspapers or magazines, national television news shows or wire service stories.
According to reports from the BBC and the German wire service Deutsche Presse-Agentur (1/7/03, 1/8/03), a senior Genoa police officer, Pietro Troiani, has admitted that police planted two Molotov cocktails in a school that was serving as a dormitory for activists from the Genoa Social Forum. The bombs were apparently planted in order to justify the police force's brutal July 22 raid on the school. According to the BBC, the bombs had in fact been found elsewhere in the city, and Troijani now says planting them at the school was a "silly" thing to do.
The BBC and DPA also report that another senior officer has admitted to faking the stabbing of a police officer in order to frame protesters. These revelations have emerged over the course of a parliamentary inquiry into police conduct that was initiated by the Italian government under pressure from "domestic and international outrage over the blood-soaked G8 summit in Genoa" (London Guardian, 7/31/01). Three police chiefs have been transferred and at least 77 officers have been investigated on brutality charges.
READ THE TRUTH AT ITALY INDYMEDIA: [ The true tale of Diaz school raid ]
As of 9:30 today (Jan 10), about 2 dozen people have shown up outside the INS bldg at 500 NW Broadway (and Glisan). Members of the Oregon Peace Institute and numerous self-organized people were there right when the office opened to bear witness. Some "visitors"(US residents from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, or Yemen) have been seen going in and out to register. There have been no problems so far with those people, insofar as we know ... but the problem is we really *don't* know, and we're not supposed to. Secrecy is, at this stage, an integral component of this increasingly repressive regime.
One protestor went inside to use the bathroom. She had her sign with her, and federal police on the scene arrested her for reasons as yet unstated. They wouldn't tell anyone where they were taking her in their unmarked SUV's. They haven't been observed taking her from the INS building yet, but they could have slipped her out another entrance. A detention of another kind. Information gathering and harrassment of citizens wishing to stand in solidarity with those they see suffering injustice. It's not just the visitors, it's the citizens of conscience that are at risk. [ Full Story ]
Update as of 11:30 am: More people are arriving at the INS protest site on 500 NW Broadway
Update: The woman who was arrested when she went into the INS building to use the bathroom was released by the Federales around 3:00 today. I saw her when she returned to the protest (Yay!) She was in good spirits and carrying her belongings in a police "PROPERTY" bag. She won't be sharing the details of her story until she talks to legal counsel, but I thought everyone would want to know that she got out.
From the open publishing newswire: Volunteer Doctor from East Timor to speak in PortlandDr. Dan Murphy, a physician from Iowa who has volunteered in East Timor for the last four years, will speak in Portland on Monday, January 13th. Dr. Murphy remained in East Timor through the violence leading up to the 1999 UN-supervised referendum on independence.
hike state forest sunday / timber sale threatens bald eagle nestThe Oregon Department of Forestry's Back Break Ridge timber sale is to clearcut around an American Bald Eagle's Nest! Come out and join Bark, The Coast Range Association, Oregon Wildlife Federation, and the Sierra Club on their first groundtruthing hike of the year.
Political Prisoner Letter Writing PartyHere it is AGAIN!!!! Get off your BoOtY and write to Political Prisoners who are currently in jail for animal rights, earth rights, human rights and a lot more, and also learn updated info. We have had a lot of letters from prisoners that wrote back to the people who took the time to write.
Howard Zinn on PBS this FridayHistorian, author, and activist Howard Zinn will be featured on NOW with Bill Moyers this Friday, January 10, on OPB. Howard will be talking about the case against war on Iraq and the broader Bush administration "war on terrorism."
From the open publishing newswire: Depleted Uranium bullets were fired in exercises off the coast of Washington State, according to recently released U.S. Navy documents. The U.S. Navy memo was issued in June 2001 as a warning to other ships and submarines to "stay clear." A coalition of environmental and peace organizations is considering filing for an immediate court injunction against further us of deplete uranium rounds by the U.S. Navy.
Depleted uranium is a waste product of the process used to enrich uranium for use in nuclear power plants and weapons production. When a DU-coated projectile impacts a solid surface, the pyrophoric properties of this heavy metal ignite, producing intense heat, resulting in an aerosolized radioactive release as the projectile quickly burns through the armor. The residue of this firestorm is an extremely fine ceramic uranium dust that can be spread by the wind, inhaled and absorbed into the human body, and absorbed by plants and animals, becoming part of the food chain. "The Navy is willing to put us all at risk, including its own sailors, to improve its warfighting capabilities," said Glen Milner, of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, who received the information through the Freedom of Information Act.
From the open publishing newswire: Mike D. was released from Disciplinary Segregation in jail last weekend on Jan.4th. Mike D is currently in the Justice Center jail downtown for not calling his probation officer every day. This is from being arrested at a Genoa Italy Solidarity Protest, I think some time last year. He is scheduled to be released from the Justice Center downtown on Feb.28th, hopefully sooner. Keep updated on Mike by calling Cascadia Forest Alliance @ 241-4879 or keep checking IndyMedia.
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Previous stories about Mike D: [ Mike D Arrested at Borg Timber Sale (Sept. 6, 2002) | POLICE OPPRESSION CONTINUES IN CASE OF MIKE D "SUPPORT NEEDED AT TRIAL" (Sept. 7, 2002) | Mike D Solidarity Flyer (Sept. 10, 2002) | Who is Mike D? (Sept. 12, 2002) | SUPPORT MIKE D: WHEN THEY TAKE ONE OF US ON, THEY TAKE ALL OF US ON (Sept.12, 2002) | Police Target Moms and Harrass Supporters A Mike D's Court Date (Sept. 13, 2002) | Double Plus Goodness at Mike D's Arraignment (Sept. 13, 2002) | The Injustice System at work: Mike D. gets 60 days for probation violations (Sept. 15, 2002) | Mike D.'s hearing Wednesday; Support needed (Dec. 3, 2002) | Mike D. in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT! (Dec. 7, 2002) ]
From the open publishing newswire: The level of awareness is rising. As time passes, people are becoming more comfortable with reclaiming public space. Where I go to school, LCC in Eugene, I have posted many subveersive flyers around campus only to have them removed within a few days. The most successful campaign I had was posting some anti-Coke uncommercials on all the soda machines, but they too were torn down shortly after the posting. I guess people have been afraid to post what they wanted to on the billboards at school because you are suuposed to get them stamped and approved by some schmuck in an office. Lately though I have seen some promising signs of resistance. Someone has been posting these little strips of paper that say "Stop the War" in many high traffic areas. I know this is a small effort. But I think it is so important that prople besides myself are willing to join in the reclamation of public space. It is about time that we try and balance out the information and opinions that people are getting from the mainsream. Whoever you are... good job. You have inspired me to begin another campaign to spread the good word of anti-destruction.
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From the open publishing newswire:
INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD
I.O.C. 660 INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT
January 8, 2003
We are pleased to announce the formation of an Industrial Organizing Committee of retail and general distribution workers, with the Industrial Workers of the World, Portland, Oregon. We are representatives from several retail environments, working together to develop industry standards that we feel all owners of retail should adhere to when dealing with labor. These include, but are not limited to: developing a living wage campaign for all retail workers, securing affordable and progressive health coverage, and developing a democratic process in each of our workplaces to give greater voice and representation to 'floor' employees as well.
We encourage all retail and distribution workers to get in contact with our Committee to find out what they can do to build this strategy. The I.W.W. is a volunteer, directly-democratic union; essentially, workers helping to organize workers. Your input and energy are not only needed, they are vital in creating the voice for retail workers throughout the Portland area that we are trying achieve.
Please get in contact with IU 660 today! [ Details ]
From the open publishing newswire: If you're interested in "Linux"... and haven't tried it yet or are a current linux user but need assistance...or maybe you're a linux geek already and know everything... come join the newest portland linux user group.
From the open publishing newswire:
The place: washington square mall
As we arrived at the beautiful (sarcasm intended) washington square mall, the first thing that stood out was the overwhelming number of vehicles in the parking lot. even though it was an absolutely GORGEOUS day outside, there were still hundreds and hundreds of zombie-like consumers filling the mall to 'shop'.
Now, everyone knows that malls are horrible atrocities that should be avoided at all costs by any thinking individual, but we were on a mission. myself and another volunteer (we'll call him Z) set out earlier in the day to bring indy info to beaverton. we had copies of the latest indymedia print project, flyers for the upcoming INS action, a staple gun and some tape.
just as i was putting the first flyer up, i heard a woman's voice behind me- "excuse me"... i turned to face the threatening (hah) security guard who was in full on authority mode- hands on hips, head tilted back and cocked slightly to one side- "post no bills here" she continued, and rocked back on her heels. not wanting to put my energy into a confrontation with her just yet, i took my flyer and walked away. i went to meet up with Z who was just finishing up with the copy project. after filling our arms with more flyers, we separated. our plan now was to move fast, hit as many spots as possible and leave.
From the open publishing newswire: The Palestine Action Group hosted a forum at Liberty Hall on Monday night by John Reese, an American who recently came back to the states from Palestine. He was conducting tests on water quality in the occupied territories with the NGO Palestinian Hydrology Group to determine the amount of environmental damage that has been done through decades of occupation. He also spent half his time with the International Solidarity Movement, which brings people over to Israel and Palestine to see first hand what is happening in the occupied territories. He stayed in the town of Al Ran, but traveled throughout the territories to document the environmental and human consequences of the occupation. Showing slides of his seven-month trip, he talked about what he saw as an observer and participant in the Palestinian struggle. This was Reese's second stop on a nationwide tour to raise money for his next trip and to raise awareness of environmental and human rights issues in the occupied territories.
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From the open publishing newswire: Just a quick note about the Family Rabbit Hunt because the rumors are flying that the event is cancelled. I talked today to the director for Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Lindsay Ball. The good news they have postponed the rabbit hunt scheduled this Saturday.
But, I was very clear with him on this point, ODF&W has NOT canceled the hunt permanently... yet. Of course this is a good sign, but we can't let up the pressure just yet. If you haven't written a letter, it's not too late! [ Read More... ]
Concerned Citizens Gather at Oregon Department of Wildlife offices downtown to oppose rabbit hunt
From the open publishing newswire: On Wednesday, January 8, 2003, in front of the Oregon Department of Wildlife offices at 2501 SW 1st avenue, concerned citizens gathered to voice their opposition to a rabbit hunt sponsored by that agency and Mary's Peak Hound Club.
At this location, I interviewed Matt Rossell of In Defense of Animals and a woman who was speaking as a member of Oregon House Rabbit Society and Rabbit Advocates. The following 7 minute audio file is taken from those interviews, which enumerate several citizen objections to the government sponsored rabbit hunt, such as the fact that they are being conducted with tax monies and that they encourage violence in our young people.
Those who wish to weigh in on this can attend a public meeting at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, at 2501 SW 1st Avenue, Friday, January 10, at 1:00 pm.
From the open publishing newswire: An evening of dinner, dancin' and Danny Dolinger to benefit Speaking Truth to Power Defense Fund Thursday, January 9th at the Friends Meeting Hall, 4312 SE Stark Doors open at 5:30, dinner starts at 6pm, music till 9pm.
We are planning a great evening of food and music ~all we need to make the night complete is you! Bring your friends and join us for a buffet vegan dinner featuring a variety of seasonal raw and cooked dishes, including fresh green and warm grain salads, wheat-free breads, and so much more, followed by music from local talent, including Danny Dolinger,Vivian Section and Michael Hagmeier. Children welcome, supervised play room available.
Admission is $15, tickets available at Laughing Horse and Miridor Community Store. Proceeds from this event will benefit Tre Arrow's legal defense, contributions are not tax deductible, but are very much appreciated. If you would like to attend, but cant afford tickets, we have volunteer opportunities that will get you in the door and fed FREE, contact ST2P for more info. firstname.lastname@example.org - Speaking Truth to Power Defense Fund Website
Every cent goes to defending voices of dissent in our community.
Stories about Tre: [ Solstice Ceremony to Protect Tre | FBI offers reward for Tre Arrow; Local community to raise funds for his defense (Dec. 18, 2002) | The Real Reason behind the Tre Arrow Indictments? (Dec. 5, 2002) | Activist injured at God's Valley pledges that struggle will continue (Oct. 24, 2001) | Judge decides not to "punish" Tre Arrow (Jan. 30, 2001) | Tre Arrow Speaks (streaming audio file, Nov. 13, 2000) ]
From the open publishing newswire: Monday afternoon (6 January), there was "proletarian grocery shopping" in Ghent. 25 activists loaded as much staple goods as possible onto 11 shopping carts. The goods were intended for the poor and for Fourth-World* organizations. Some of the activists then tried to talk their way through the checkouts, while others of them distributed flyers explaining to shoppers and store employees the reasons and purposes of the action. The store management refused to allow the carts to pass through the checkouts but produced and donated an alternate load of goods. Following proletarian grocery shopping, freshly made soup and the goods from the supermarket were distributed in the Brugse Poort neighborhood of Ghent. Leftover goods were donated to the Intercultureel Netwerk Gent (ING), who distribute food to residents of Brugse Poort and Poverello.
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From the open publishing newswire: In case you haven't heard, Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker is scheduled to leave on Thursday for Israel, to learn "anti-terrorism" tactics from the country's police (and military?) forces. He is planning to meet with the local Muslim and Jewish community at 11 am at the "Justice" Center to discuss his trip.
In response, the Palestine Action Group announced that it is going to "make its presence known" outside of the Justice Center Tuesday morning at 10:30 am. Many in the community think that Chief Kroeker "just doesn't get it" when it comes to the minority (especially Hispanic and Arab) communities in Portland. The tactics that Israel uses against the Palestinians are certainly nothing to be celebrated and learned from. Yet, Kroeker is leaving on Thursday to do just that. Let Kroeker know that he can't get away without us noticing.
From the open publishing newswire: (i honestly thought this was a gag at first. it's not. indyposter)
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, in conjunction with Mary's Peak Hound Club, is sponsoring a "family rabbit hunt" as part of a program to teach women to be good "outdoors-women." Participants, including children as young as 12 years of age, will be given loaded guns and hunting dogs and encouraged to hunt down and will be set loose in the EE Wilson Wildlife Area, near Corvallis, this Saturday, Jan 11, to kill as many wild rabbits as possible.
Come join us over the lunch hour to protest this tax-funded rabbit hunt.
in downtown Portland
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters
2501 SW First Ave, Portland, 97207
11:30 am-1 pm
Polite letters of protest should be sent immediately to:
Director of Dept of Fish and Wildlife
2501 SW First Ave, Portland, 97207
Director's Office (503) 872-5272
The director had only received 40 letters of protest so far which He did not see as significant compared to other hot public issues. Let's flood his office with calls and letters this week and show him the community is very concerned about using our tax dollars to put shotguns into the hands of twelve-year-olds and teach them how to kill wildlife.
[ Details and SAMPLE PROTEST LETTER... ] [ UPDATE: Family Rabbit Hunt "postponed" but not YET canceled ]
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