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From the open publishing newswire: I want to give a big "Thank You!" to everyone on Saturday who supported the actions of myself and my friend/total strangers. What we did was completely spontaneous, and rose out of frustration and a need to do something more than march. Yes, I think that marching is effective, especially yesterday's, since it was unpermitted and was still a *great* success. And yes, what we did may have been more effective if more people joined us, but I can totally respect that some people aren't willing/don't have the money/don't want to deal with being arrested. But for those of you who marched, yet put down our action, and refused to stand in solidarity with us, I have this to say...
From the open publishing newswire: After police arrested the people who had linked arms, the police had grabbed a man who was holding up an anti-war sign in front of a vehicle. I saw physical abuse against this young man and was taking pictures as I was crossing the street. As I looked up from my camera, without warning, I was targeted and sprayed in the face with pepper spray. My eyes immediately filled with intense pain as I fell to the ground. I had several people washing the chemicals out of my eyes with lots of water. It was a very traumatic experience and it should not have happened! If anyone has pictures, video footage, names/badge numbers of police, names of pepper sprayed victims, witnesses etc. or any other information about this event please contact me.
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Basic Herbal First Aid for Street Demonstrations and Back Country Actions
Colette Gardiner is an herbalist with 20 years of experience teaching about the green world. She has a background in clinical herbalism, horticulture, women¹s health care, as well as an intense interest in all plants. She has been active in community herbalism for many years organizing several conferences and events. Colette is the owner of Blue Iris Botanicals, director of the Blue Iris School of Herbal Studies and is a featured writer for We¹Moon Almanac. She offers classes, walks, and study programs, for lay and professional herbalists on the West Coast. She has a private consulting practice and writes for many periodicals. She also is aligned with Portland¹s Black Cross Health Collective.
From the open publishing newswire: Jim Jeffrey spoke last at the Southern Oregon Peace rally. The media had gone home, visibly I saw the local three network TV crews set up, shoot, fold up and then split... But, our labor video camera kept rolling! Here is Jim Jeffrey's speech. He said some very powerful words. He spoke from the heart. Jim's Speech on TV: Feb. 19, 21, 26; 6 PM, on cable channel 31, Rogue Valley Community Television, right here in Southern Oregon.
Hello! I know you're cold, and your feet are cold. Can you take five minutes, or not? Well, this is the first time I've worn my Purple Heart, and this is the first time that I've spoken in public. They asked me to speak and I was terrified. But the time has come for all of us to face and overcome our fears. I have a written text so that I can stay on track and I'll talk fast. I know that I do not need to tell you how horrible war is so that you will oppose it. Some of you have served, some have lost relatives or friends, true books about war have been written, and films of actual war have been made. But the present reason why I do not have to get you to oppose war is that we here today are helping to make history by working to prevent a war from starting. This is a dramatic and wonderful change.
After World War II people would ask me to tell them "war stories", and at first I enjoyed being the big hero. But I soon realized that they only wanted to be entertained, and were not really getting the message. Eventually I was told that the war was over and that I should forget about it and get on with my life. But I could not forget it, and the only way I could get on with my life was to work to prevent war. To show why, I will have to revert to telling a war story ...
From the open publishing newswire: Citizens from all over California and Oregon stormed the corporate headquarters of Calpine Corporation February 17 in San Jose, California to denounce the corporation's development activities in the Medicine Lake Highlands of northern California. The area of Medicine Lake has enormous spiritual and cultural significance to the Pit River, Klamath-Modoc and Shasta Tribes.
Under the Clinton administration the Telephone Flat Power Plan was denied due to Native American religious rights and environmental impacts. The decision was overturned and the project was approved by the Bush Administration due to his new energy policy, a policy that was brought on by the Enron "Energy Crisis." Calpine Corporation was a major power supplier during the California energy crisis. Calpine has the right to develop the Medicine Lake area and will be provided with major taxpayer subsidies in order to build the power plants. All the land to be developed is on public lands.
This project will destroy water and air quality, litter the area with clear-cuts and deny religious freedoms to the tribes. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Join us for our contract campaign kick-off rally this saturday Feb. 22nd at noon between burnside and couch on 10th street What better way to kick-off our second contract campaign than to support the local struggles for fair contracts and justice already in progress. This saturday in front of Powell's hear from: Portland Teachers, Providence Nurses, Convention Center Security guards, UAW strikers at Williams Controls, Striking Students, Powell's workers.
We need the community support behind us once again for this contract. We could not have done it the first time without our community allies. Lets support all of these workers who are fighting for fair contracts despite the anti-worker regime in the whitehouse, CONTRACTS! NOT BOMBS! [ Details ]
SATURDAY, FEB. 22nd NOON
10th & Couch
From the open publishing newswire: Saturdays Peace March was independently counted at 472. This number compares with the previous march several weeks ago at 450 to 500 people. The march started behind the Grants Pass post office and wound up 6th, down 7th and back up 6th through the old downtown. This is probably the biggest march in Grants Pass history. Saturdays Peace March was independently counted at 472. This number compares with the previous march several weeks ago at 450 to 500 people. The march started behind the Grants Pass post office and wound up 6th, down 7th and back up 6th through the old downtown. This is probably the biggest march in Grants Pass history. Yes evewn down here in the wild and wooly section of Oregon, folks are expressing their total disgust at the actions of this illegal presidency that not only rode into the white house as pirates but are now unleashing the greatest facist takeover attempt in history. "Your either with us, or against us", mmmmmmm?
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Eugene Peace Rally
Portland, analysis: [ Viva le PDX 2/15 Protest! Viva!! | Let's stop this squabbling and work on making actions better | ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH ]
From the open publishing newswire: Hood River County is proposing a destination resort zoning ordinance. The ordinance will include a map showing where a new destination resort zone could potentially allow a destination resort. The ordinance provides direction to the County Planning Commission, Staff and Board of County Commissioners on how the new zoning category will protect and enhance economic, natural, historic, scenic, farm and forest and other resources.
The County Planning Commission is asking citizens and groups for input to make improvements to the proposal. While there are some good aspects to the proposal, the ordinance and map as proposed are woefully inadequate. Due to major omissions, the ordinance in its current form will not protect significant County resources we all hold dear. The map also contains inaccuracies and omissions. Resorts approved under the current ordinance could harm the ailing economy and agricultural economic base. COMMENTS TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION MUST BE RECEIVED BY WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19.
From the open publishing newswire: Saturday night, February 15, 2003, Following mass attendance at Peace Marches and Rallies worldwide, a group of about 50 people gathered in a Candlelight Vigil and demonstrated for Peace at Laurelwood Park in Southeast Portland. Despite a dampening drizzle, spirits were high after the days events, events that were actually covered on local broadcast media and cable news channels. Thousands, millions gathered in the streets of their cities and towns all over the world to emphasize the fact that they do not want war, that there are peaceful alternatives that have yet to be exhausted.
Here at Laurelwood Park, people lit candles to illuminate the minds of people driving by, sang songs and read poetry to the rain. Yea, war is on the horizon, but so are millions of people marching with one purpose, casting a singular shadow, singing with one voice, lighting one candle for Peace and Justice for all.
One poem stated, "We are here because a voice inside us, a memory in our blood tells us....you are not just a trade body, you are the blind tip of a dark wave that has forgotten it's source...we're here by the insistance of spirit and by the authority of Nature.....we're not here to tinker with your laws, but to change you from the inside out....this is not a political protest, but an UPRISING OF THE SOUL."
Important protections in Oregon Revised Statute 181 need your help. As we've reported previously, there are Oregon House bills which attack the protections of Oregon Revised Statutes 181.575 and 181.850.
Specifically, the two bills most in need of immediate opposition are HB 2539 and HB 2554 -- the identical bills which undermine both of the above provisions by allowing Oregon law enforcement to engage in currently-prohibited spying activity merely because a Federal official has asked them to do so. In addition, there is HB 2051, which would repeal ORS 181.850 altogether, allowing Oregon police to enforce INS regulations. What can you do? [ Find out... ] Portland Bill of Rights Defense Committee
From the open publishing newswire: Mainstream peace organizers take note -- The Feb. 15 anti-war march was a test case that has settled some debates, and not in your favor. It's time for you to change your tactics. The anti-war action here in Portland yesterday was smaller in number than the previous mass mobilizations on Jan. 18, Nov. 17, Oct. 5, but for sheer energy and verity of spirit, it trumped those days in a big way. The success of this event should bring to an end the debate about permits, in favor of those who have been saying that they are not needed.
It also showed how a well-planned set of speakers is not only unneccessary but undemocratic. And it revealed that the Portland police can behave in a way that they are not (for the most part) trampling on the rights of the people to assemble and march freely, without official police liaisons or peace cops taking charge. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Today's noon North Park Blocks antiwar rally and downtown march served as a vital bridging action linking the incredibly large and well-organized events on Oct. 5, Nov. 17 and Jan 18 with what's to come in Portland. The everyday people who attended today's radical gathering didn't worry about the weather, they didn't worry about permits, they didn't worry about side-issue messages. A crowd estimated in the high hundreds to low thousands simply came together with little notice and no traditional organization via the Portland IndyMedia Web site and word-of-mouth communication to loudly say NO WAR!! [ Read More... ]
February 15 Peace March and Critical Mass Ride
PDX ACTION: Unpermitted and all the better for it
From the open publishing newswire: Corvallis Peace March walked from OSU campus to downtown Corvallis to join the daily vigil held by the local peace group, Alternatives to War (it's been held from the day when the US dropped the first bomb on Afghanistan on October 17, 2001) at the Courthouse. Nancy Rosenberger, OSU Anthology professor and a member of Faculty for Peace and Justice and Rep. Peter DeFazio made a speech to more than 1000 marchers. This march was sponsored by Wrench, Alternatives to War, and Faculty for Peace and Justice. [ Read More... ]
Over 1000 Corvallisites March for Peace February 15th
Corvallis protest a disappointment!
From the open publishing newswire: In what was described by many as the largest Peace demonstration in Salem history, over 1400 marchers took to the streets on a rainy Oregon afternoon, chanting the now familiar "Drop Bush not Bombs" and "Wadaya want? PEACE! When do you want it? NOW!" The un-permitted march began at the State Capitol, wound through the Salem business district for over an hour, and then gathered under the clock tower on the beautiful Willamette University campus to hear messages of peace and opposition to the preemptive war doctrine of the Bush administration. [ Read More... ]
Downtown Salem -- 1100-1200 people heard Peter DeFazio speak against War
From the open publishing newswire: Rep. Peter DeFazio, activist May O'Brien, and other speakers urged the citizenss of Eugene to resist war and Bush's increasingly fascist domestic agenda. Protestors numbered an estimated 4,000 -- the largest protest demonstration in memory according to many participants. As the main rally winded down, an "anti-imperialist" splinter group of about 400 broke away and marches boilterously through downtown streets chanting, "No Blood for Oil!" and "Whose streets? OUR STREETS!" Trafic was snarled in various parts of the downtown core for about 4 hours. Just before 5PM police arrested several young persons for, "Failure to Dispurse." [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: On February 14, 2003 at noon, citizens gathered in the Plaza on North Main in Ashland, Oregon to mobilize for peace, in opposition to the Bush administration's push to escalate the 12-year long war on Iraq. The demonstration, which did not have any central organization or sponsorship, drew at least 100 people.
Later in the afternoon, around 12 militant demonstrators vented their frustration by burning an American flag and an effigy of President Bush, followed by a march down North Main and East Main that finally returned to the Plaza. The marchers chanted "Whose streets? Our streets!" The march was trailed by police in trucks and on foot but the situation remained peaceful.
[ Ashland Activists take to the trees to say, "END WAR!" (Feb. 13) ]
From the open publishing newswire: Shut Down the World Agricultural Forum! Say NO to Corporate Greed and the Raping of the Seed! Agriculture is the most fundamental industry of man, responsible for providing the food, water and shelter necessary for sustaining human life. Yet, each year an expanding world population increases the strain on dwindling land and water resources. Already, 800 million go without food to meet their basic nutritional needs and experts predict that by 2025 the world's population will have grown by an additional 3 billion, leaving two-thirds of the world's population to live in water-stressed areas.
We, revolutionary anti-capitalists in the midwest, see how agriculture and agribusiness play an important role in corpoprate globalization and the affects it has on biodiversity, rights of farmers, poverty and hunger, health, and on the Global South.
St. Louis (home of Mosanto), will be the host of the next WAF Congress on May 18-20, 2003. Join us in active resistance against the WAF. We want to give the CEOs of Agribusiness (and the many other corporate killers scheduled to be present) a very warm (not-)welcome.
From the open publishing newswire: The February Bark Field Trip was to the Pollalie-Cooper Timber Sale on the northeast side of Mt. Hood. This sale is composed of three separate sales, Clan, Kilt and Tartan, slated to be commercially thinned. Of the three, only Clan has been sold. Bark leads these groundtruthing hikes the second Sunday of every month, departing from the Daily Grind, SE Hawthorne & 40th, at 9:30 am, visiting a different sale every month.
These sales are especially egregious because of the close proximity of another timber sale, the Clear Timber Sale Besides this, Mt. Hood Meadows is moving ahead with plans for a Destination resort in this same area. This resort would locate 450 condominiums and a golf course in the Kilt unit area , which were the subject of this months field trip.
This months hike was led by Ian, and took us through the Kilt sales within the larger Pollalie Cooper Sales. In this audio file, which is about 15 minutes in length, Ian and the 32 people on the hike discuss Forest Service reasons for management of these high elevation lands and possible results from the scheduled commercial. Fire prevention, as usual of late, figures high on the list of reasons to manage the forest, though fire has always been an integral part of forest system ecologies.
From the open publishing newswire: The Portland Police Department announced plans last month to intensify enforcement of trespassing laws on Oregon Department of Transportation lands. Senior neighborhood Officer Jeff Myers presented the project he developed to homeless activists at JOIN and crossroads on Jan. 15.
People found in these areas will be given warnings and entered into a police database. If found in these areas again they will receive criminal trespass II citations with potential fines of up to $600. The action raised concerns among homeless activists that large numbers of people will be displaced and pushed into downtown business doorways. This situation could aggravate an already strained relationship between downtown businesses and the homeless community.
"It is wrong," said Rob Justus, executive director of JOIN, which works to transition homeless people to housing. "Its timing could not be worse. We are anticipating a lot more people on the street. In the end it punishes people for being homeless."
From the open publishing newswire: Western medicine not working for you? Get pepper sprayed at a protest? No health insurance? Cops kick your ass? Well who do you think is gonna take care of you? MASHH (Medicine for activists seeking health and healing), CHE and Black Cross are dedicated to providing medical care and training to activists and everyday people who are taking a stand for a better today and tomorrow.
Music provided by Knecht Ruprecht, Pennsytucky Takeover, and DJ Lil Pete will finish off the evening. We close up the place at midnight. Food, entertaining people and music will be available to all ages, $5 at the door. Beer will be available at a reasonable price only to those who are 21 and have a valid ID.
This is a benefit party, money will go to help train more street medics for Portland and elsewhere. We want people to have a good time, please leave weapons and attitudes at home.
From the open publishing newswire: An American flag flutters in the breeze, its white stars replaced by symbols of falling bombs. Three soldiers face the viewer in silhouette, beneath the words "United We Stand -- On the Rest of the World."
These bold designs, by J.Mollison of Fabrica and street artist Alex Lilly, respectively, are among the early contributions to anti-war.us, a website recently launched by Portland-based design firm Plazm Media.
Graphics are free for immediate download, distribution and promotion of the anti-war effort by printing as posters, flyers, bumper stickers, or posting on the web.
From the open publishing newswire: In solidarity with actions planned across the globe this weekend, two climbers unfurled a 25x7 banner reading, 'NO DEATH FOR $! END WAR', and continue to occupy platforms high in the treetops above Lithia Park in Ashland. The tree-sitters are on a hunger strike to draw attention to the millions of Iraqi civilians suffering under United Nations sanctions and brutal U.S. foreign policy and economic policy that perpetuates suffering and starvation on people across the world.
The Bush administration is quietly undermining civil liberties, gutting environmental laws, cutting social service programs and schools, giving large tax cuts to the upper class, meanwhile beating the drums of war. Right here in Ashland, homelessness is on the rise, affordable housing is disappearing, schools are closing, old growth forests are slated to be logged, and city officials refuse to stand up for civil liberties. Ashland citizens are sending a message to the Bush administration and their Republican allies in state and local governments that resistance is on the rise.
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