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From the open publishing newswire: Peter Jennings is coming to town to host a town hall meeting about Bush's "plans" for a war with Iraq. It is going to be held at Rex Putnam High School THIS SUNDAY and is sponsored by KATU TV. I think this is a *great* opportunity to protest BOTH the Corporate Media and The War!
C'mon people! The corporate media is NOT doing anything to question Bush's drive for war, and is actively not reporting on the peace movement throughout Amerika and the world. Their "newscasts" are more flash than content, and there are also a ton of issues that they regularly dismiss or don't report about, such as the U.S. use of Depleted Uranium in the Gulf War and elsewhere. The list goes on and on . . .
The town hall meeting starts at 6, so come out on Sunday at 5 and let folks know that they are being lied to by their good friend Peter. (How appropriate that it's being held at a high school, when billions of dollars are being diverted from public education to the war machine.) Let people know what issues are important to YOU, and how the media is failing the public miserably. LET'S DO IT!!!!
Demonstrations at AdidasHelp end the kangaroo massacre!
WHAT: Protest & Leafleting Against Adidas' Cruelty to Kangaroos
WHEN: Saturday February 8 th 11am - 1pm
WHERE: ADIDAS RETAIL OUTLET STORE AT NE MLK and Alberta St
(right off the #6/MLK and #72/82nd Ave bus lines)
Because of companies like Adidas and the demand of their customers, kangaroo populations in Australia are being traumatized both by population decimation and unfathomable cruelty, all for soccer and athletic shoes. An account from VivaUSA!, the organization leading the campaign against this industry, paints the horrendous picture: "Adult kangaroos are often hit in the throat or neck and dragged to the trucks struggling and still conscious. Some are still alive when their leg is sliced open and they are hauled up onto the truck by a large hook through the gash. Their throats are slit, and they bleed to death. Young joeys who are still inside their motherÂ¹s pouch suffer a more grisly death. They are pulled from the pouch and stamped on or clubbed to death. Older joeys are left to die of starvation or cold - worthless by-products of a callous but lucrative industry."
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From the open publishing newswire: on friday, february 7, 60+ protesters gathered at the Mt. Hood National Forest office in Sandy, to express their disdain over the auction of two timber sales -- Solo and Tarzan. the auction of Solo was actually a re-auction, and that was the big news of the day. the rights to cut Solo were originally purchased by Thomas Creek (at the now famous July 30 auction), but they backed out inexplicably, after not touching a single trunk. the forest service then offered the sale to the other two companies that bid on it during the original auction in july, but they were not interested in it. those who have been in the forest defense community for years have never heard of this happening before. direct action, it seems, got the goods and scared 'em all off!
it was cold at the forest service office today, but the crowd was lively and dedicated, chanting "you buy solo, you buy us!" as it turned out, only one company bid on Solo, which is unusual (though not unheard of). the company, freres lumber, had sent people out to look at Solo over the summer. according to Sarah Wald, of BARK, freres is one of the nastier lumber companies. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: George W. Bush has read his State of the Union speech. Nowhere man Dick Cheney's new underground bunker is almost complete. Our friends over at Fox News have weighed in, telling us repeatedly that Secretary of State Colin Powell hit a home run at the UN. If one is watching the corporate media these days, it looks like it is time for war.
Are YOU or is someone you know a draft board target for the "war on terror"? Christ the Healer will be conducting an informational discussion meeting for draft age young men and women and concerned parents on Monday, February 10 at 7PM. The meeting will be held at Christ the Healer, 5150 SW Watson in Beaverton. Anyone with questions about this meeting on establishing Conscientious Objector status is encouraged to call 503.650.4447. [ Read More... ]
VETERANS AGAINST WAR
You might've heard that Representative Howard Coble (R-N.C.), chairman of a House subcommittee that oversees homeland security legislation, recently stated that the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII was a good idea. Partly, he said, for their protection from the American public. "We were at war," Coble said on a North Carolina radio show this week. "They were an endangered species. For many of these Japanese Americans, it wasn't safe for them to be on the street."
Oregon Rep, David Wu reacted with this, "At a time when we should be reflecting on a historic wrong, Congressman Coble has stood history on its head. Japanese Americans were not rounded up into internment camps for their own protection. If we do not accurately portray the past, we risk repeating it." [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: February 4th, the Ashland City council voted to consider the "Resolution to Protect Civil Liberties" at the NEXT City Council meeting on Feb. 18th. The vote came literally in the closing seconds before the mandatory 10:30 PM adjournment time.
During the meeting, two spokespersons addressed the City Council in support of the resolution. Local immigration attorney John Almaguer spoke about new pressures and fears felt by immigrants and relatives of immigrants in Ashland as a result of post 911 law enforcement practices. Selene Aitken of the SOU Multicultural Center spoke about similar pressures on foreign students at SOU. [ Read More... ]
Sourced from the Mail Tribune: All Oregon residents, and those of the south in particular, are asked to be on the alert for a Medford women, Rosemary Lou "Rosie" Reisinge, age of 43, 5 feet 5 inches, and 140 pounds. She was last last seen wearing a blue shirt, Wranglers ( a type of jeans), and a black jacket with a Peterbilt logo. Also look for a Chevy Blazer: a farming and sport utility vehicle , colored gray and white with liscence plate PTB 358. The contact/organizor to give relevent information will be Medford police Detective Terry Newell at 774-2230.
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From the open publishing newswire: I heard about the student strike scheduled for today here on indymedia, and from posters and friends. I was pretty excited about it, too. The ongoing and accelerating political activity of the high school students is one of the best stories going on in Portland right now. With their lack of concern for permits while marching, their delightful creativity and their seemingly boundless youthful energy, they are a fun bunch. From the walk-out last December through the sleep-in at Lincoln High in January, and their recent visit to Salem to lobby the legislature, you can see a rapidly unfolding and evolving story whose end is not known. With Measure 28 failed, it seems that there's little hope for any significant money to come to the public schools soon, and the cuts threaten to continue. So the students walked out and took to the streets today. [ Story and Photos ]
A summation of todays march and a suggestion for the future
Students Strike at City Hall - Vera and Political Dissimilation
From the open publishing newswire: Mazama Forest Defense recognizes the connection between all oppression and violence against the Earth and its inhabitants, including the marginalization of women. To address patriarchy inside and outside of the movement, MFD is organizing a womens' action camp this spring. The action camp will focus on substantially increasing womens' forest defense skills and knowledge as well as provide a forum and safe space for us to discuss and take action against patriarchy. All women interested in forest defense, feminism or any other social justice issues are welcome.
Workshops will include Primitive skills, Natural health and birth control, Herbal medicine, Wilderness survival, Climb training & ropes, Non-violence, Plant ID walks, Domestic violence/sexual assault, Self-defense and so much more. [ Read More... ]
Earth First! Northwest Regional Rendezvous
Join us Memorial Day weekend for education, action and fun as we get ready to face a heated summer of defense in the Pacific Northwest. The weekend will be full of workshops, skills shares and strategy sessions including climbing & ropes, natural medicine & birth control, global justice, coalition building, prison support, primitive skills, Siskiyou geobiology, wilderness/city medic, legal, corporate campaigning, non-violence and so on, amidst the extraordinary mountains of the K-S. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Hey if you can't make it to Portland for the peace rally [?]. Do something in your own town. Progressive Responses, a program of CALC, will be holding a rally in Eugene, on February 15, 2003 under the slogan of "We the People."
The focus will be on the impact of the Bush Administration's agenda on the pressing need for living wages, environmental protection, civil liberties, economic equity, quality education, universal health care, and workers' rights. We will be voicing our protest against the this government's onslaught against all these American values under the guise of "national security" and "fighting terrorism". We will say "Not in Our Name" to war on Iraq and to militarism, and we will lift our voices FOR domestic and global justice, peace, the preservation of the public sphere, and the meeting of human needs worldwide.
The rally will take place at the Federal Building at 1 p.m. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: On the eve of the re-auction of the controversial Solo Timber Sale, BARK, the watchdog organization of Mt. Hood National Forest, has issued a letter to the Forest Service urging the cancellation of the Solo timber sale due to significant new information including:
"This new information clearly reveals the faults in the planning of the old growth Solo timber sale. The best way to protect our drinking watersheds and old growth forests is to cancel the Solo sale," said Bark forest defense coordinator Sarah Wald.
The Solo timber sale was originally auctioned on July 30, 2002 while over a hundred citizens rallied outside the Mt. Hood Forest Service Headquarters. The sale was bought that day by Thomas Creek Lumber, convicted twice of timber theft from public land. In an unexpected turn of events, Thomas Creek was not awarded the contract. The Forest Service will be re-auctioning the Solo sale on Friday February 7 at 8 am at the Mt. Hood Forest Service Headquarters. Protests are planned by several environmental groups. [ Read More... ]
Cascadia Forest Alliance calls for protest at Solo timber sale re-auction
An account from the LAST Solo auction
From the open publishing newswire: A Press Conference was held today in Portland by the Portland Harbor Citizens Advisory Group. The purpose of the Conference was to report, comment and discuss events regarding the Portland Harbor Super Fund Clean Up. The Portland Harbor Superfund Site is a 5.5 mile stretch of the Willamette River, from Swan Island to Sauvie Island, that has been listed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List of contaminated sites requiring cleanup. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: On Monday, Feb. 4th there was a conference at the Casey Eye Institute (part of OHSU) about animal extremists and their effect on animal research. There were three speakers, one being a representative of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS),speaking on his own experience with animal extremists. Huntingdon Life Sciences is one of the largest testing labratories in the world and is known for their inhumane testing on animals. 4 animal rights activists tried to enter the building but were turned away because they did not have OHSU ID's. Instead they held a banner and signs protesting animal research. In my observation, it did not seem that there was very many people who attended this presentation. The few who did come out were asked what they thought of the speakers. "It was very one sided!", more than one person replied, upon leaving the Casey Eye Institute. [ Read More... | Here, too ]
From the open publishing newswire: What are all those jet-trails in the sky? "Chemtrails"? Why do they appear at one end of town and disappear at the opposite end? Why does it seem to rain a day or so after they appear?
A comment posted to original story reads: They're also over portland this morning also. Weird circular trails and trails shaped like a long "s". Would have gotten some pictures if I had my camera with me. Could be that it's cold and windy, but that would mean some pretty unusual wind patterns. [ PHOTOS from Eugene and Portland ]
From the open publishing newswire: DeFazio filed this within hours of Colin Powell's speech to the UN, so could only round up about 30 cosponsors immediately. If you are so inclined, please contact your Congressperson to and ask her or him to consider being a cosponsor. The basic message is: "Please support the bill sponsored by Congressmen Pete DeFazio and Ron Paul to repeal the October resolution giving President Bush a free hand to use military force against Iraq."
From DeFazio's statement:
Manifesto on the Imperialist War against Iraq
From the open publishing newswire:
All along the Oregon Coast communities are organizing for Peace and resistance. Here is a list of a few of those actions
Peace Wave Spreading Along Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast Peace Wave continues this next Saturday, February 8th, with an event in Newport and one in Bandon. Citizens Democracy Watch, a Florence-based action/discussion forum, is announcing support for both events and car-pooling north and south.
The double Peace event follows the first Peace Wave at Waldport. The rolling peace event has received national radio mention on San Francisco's KGO this week. Newport spokesperson Lynn Jeffress says "We expect to move the Peace Wave into Washington and California, while keeping energy here in Oregon. Newport activities include music, food, peace poetry and an organized high school student contingent singing group. More traditional ways of expressing opinion against this unnecessary war will also occur, including signs and a silent vigil." Newport activities will start at the intersection of Highways 101 & 20, at 11:30 a.m. [ Read More... ]
AUDIO: Interviews with people at the coast taken during previous demonstrations at Newport and Waldport: [ streaming audio (~10 min.) ]
From the open publishing newswire: It becomes clear so quickly here that the Iraqis are not and cannot prepare for war. They wait for the terror to come as helpless as any people have ever been. They are totally unprepared. They are severely lacking medically and only have food to last three months. They have nowhere to go and if Team Bush does as they have threatened, and Baghdad is "leveled to the ground," they will have murdered five million helpless people. These people are sitting ducks. The US is the biggest military might in the world. The Iraqis are a depleted people, stripped of all economic support and without resources. The word genocide has been raised by some of the humanitarian workers here and as the days pass I see it also. It is the murder of a whole people.
Do you remember the old movies of Christians being thrown out into the coliseum to be killed by lions? It seems a little like that from the view from here.
The insidious nature of the sanctions become more and more apparent as we go deeper into the society and see the lives of everyday people. Every person in Baghdad receives rationed food. Iraqi cannot supply its own people under the sanctions. The UN oversees the "Food for Oil" program and people receive rations papers based on the numbebr of persons in a family.
People are beginning to come to us for medicine. A waiter needs cough syrup for his little boy. A woman is waiting for us at the hotel for vitamins for her children. Someones uncle has pneumonia and need antibiotics. The waiter has tears streaming down his cheeks and you can see it is humiliating for him to ask.
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Why is it that there's no big PDX downtown weekend antiwar rally planned for February? Did I miss the email? Unless a miracle happens, Bush is gonna pull the trigger on Iraq this month or next, so now is the necessary time to hit the bricks again. It's ridiculous to waste the momentum of A22, O5, N17 & J18 with absolutely nothing when it's most needed.
No Blood for Oil!
No Fascist War!
US Corporate Whores!
Let's hook up at Noon Sat. Febr. 15 in the North Park Blocks (NE 9th & Burnside by the elephant) and re-create the feeder march assembly from January. Some fabulous people did a great job last time. How 'bout doing it again?
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Portland Anti Capitalist Action recognizes the need for childcare in peoples' lives.
-While capitalism forces parents to labor to fend off evictions and hunger
-While schools are threatened to shut down
-And while billions of dollars are spent on a war with a people we have more in common with than not.
Portland Anti Capitalist Action is offering this service free of charge for events and demonstrations.
We believe the entirety of the world is a child's place, but we also have seen and experienced the violence and brutality of police. We also respect that being a parent is a full time job, not to mention marching around for hours gets tiring for us let alone the kids!
If you know of other events, speaking engagements, movie nights, or demonstrations in need of childcare, let us know at least 2 weeks in advance. We will do our best to get something set up.
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From the open publishing newswire: Today, 30+ Reed students staged a 'No War for Oil' picket in front of the Shell gas station at 44th & Woodstock in SE Portland. This demonstration was one of over 100 that happened across the United States and in the United Kingdom as part of an International Day of action focusing on gas stations to protest the war on terrorism and the imminent attacks on Iraq. This group was spirited and chanted loudly for the forty minutes or so that I saw. "No War for Oil!" and "It's bullshit, get off it! The cause of war is profit!" (One of my personal favorites!) Signs also focused on the connection between consumerism and war, which is to say, between capitalism and war. That's a connection that must be made, in my opinion, as there can be no peace under the current system. The current system requires greed and war in order to prop itself up. [ Read More... ]
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Peace Demonstrators in US & UK Take Message to the Pumps
A video of this action featuring interviews with participants will be shown at Reed College next Tuesday, Feb. 11, during the 8:00 p.m. VIDEOS FROM THE RESISTANCE.
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