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From the open publishing newswire: Critical Mass, in Portland, is a really sorry thing, so far to say that it is just sucky. I like CM, it was founded as a celebration of cyclists to get together and be like one. Lately we have been having mid-month rides too, and those are really great. I think the mid-month rides weed out the people that dont really want to be part of what CM is. CM is a solidarity movement of cyclists. I was really really disappointed tonight, and that is part personal, but mostly that the people that showed for tonights CM were not much of a mass and definately not acting critically. [ Read More... ]
An Open Letter to the local anti-war community, from the 520 Blockade team In the current climate of war and the growing threat of a police state, activists must work as effectively as possible for peace and justice. Our action, blockading the 520 Bridge during the morning commute Tuesday February 18, was intended as a wake-up call beyond the normal activist community - we are asking all citizens in our region to take reponsibility to resist and stop the planned U.S. war on Iraq.
With privilege comes responsibility, and as privileged citizens of the United States we have the obligation to do everything in our power to stop this war. By stopping the regular flow of traffic, we broke the public's daily routine and asked everyone to resist apathy and reflect on the gravity of this war.
Our action was also intended as a wake-up call to activists - when one tool doesn't work, we must try another. George Bush, responding to the largest anti-war demonstration in history on February 15th, said "Democracy is a beautiful thing," but stated that he does not care how many people march - he is going ahead with war. When politicians ignore our marches, we need to develop more disruptive techniques. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Today I live in a dormitory with young girls just out of their teens who are attending the An Najah University here in Nablus, Palestine. I wish that Anne could meet them. I wonder what she would say about the lives they are leading. Things are not so different from what she described in her diary. The sad fact is that it is Anne's own people, who learned so well the tactics of the Nazis, who are destroying not only the lives of the indigenous people of Palestine but also their culture and their future. If we were to make a museum of every home in Palestine that contains suffering, dying victims of this occupation, it would be the world's largest museum, covering an area that is home to several million people.
Will people someday walk these roads and remember that this is where the little boy died who was killed four days back for simply helping his grandfather reach medical care? He held no stone, he was walking away from the soldiers--and he was shot and killed. His grandfather died in the hospital a few hours later. Will we erect a monument for him and cry for the injustice? If so, then the roads will not be passable, for there will be far too many monuments to those who died for no reason. The soldiers fire their guns as though bullets were cheap--frequently, and without asking questions.
As soldiers entered a house less than a city block from me a few days ago, they were announcing over a loudspeaker that they were looking for one particular person. Others began to get out of the way and in doing so were shot and killed. Murdered. An apartment resident rushed outside to move his car. The soldiers shot him dead and ran over his car with their tank. They proceeded on to kill three more people and wound twenty-two as they went about their search for a wanted man. One of the wounded is an ambulance driver.
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From the open publishing newswire: Lets build a stronger social and mental health movement within social services and through other alternative struggles. While also making a strong connection between the amount of money spent on war and the deficiet in social spending.
I am tired of feeling frozen with fear and frustration.
Sick of caring so much about the entire world and fighting to not feel powerless.
From the ground up.
The current budget crisis in tearing any kind of safety net out from underneath so many different kinds of people. Yes i agree that we need to take a step back and figure out a new way to make it work but what legislation is doing is murdering those who cannot afford health care, taking away any other oppurtunity but jail time for those with mental health disorders.
The cuts in state and federal spending are affecting an enormous amount of people.
I believe that this is an urgent and desperate situation but also one where we could build a lot of momentum towards a serious and effective coalition of people who fight for social justice and demand the right of health care and equal oppurtunity for those who cannot afford it in the world we are currently living in.
This is a call out to those of you that have some of the same feelings.
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Check out www.SHAC.net and www.SHACAmerica.net to see the actions that led to this victory.
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Where: Eugene, OR @the lorax manor - 1648 alder st
When: tonight! - fri the 28th - 7pm
How much$?: 5-500$ donations
Come at 7:00 for forest updates, a beautiful slide show, bands and drumcircles ~~ bring your drums, friends and love. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Protests on Feb. 15 brought tens of millions of people in more than 600 cities across the world into the streets to oppose President Bush's plan for a "pre-emptive war" against Iraq. Not withstanding its previous failure to accurately cover Americans opposed to war, the massive demonstrations forced U.S. corporate media, for a brief moment to recognize the growing power of the anti-war movement.
Now, as the Bush administration makes final plans for its invasion of Iraq, U.S. peace groups are also contemplating their strategy to stop or slow down the march to war. One of the next nationally coordinated actions will occur on Wednesday, March 5 when a coalition of dozens of groups will engage in what they're calling the "National Moratorium to Stop the War on Iraq." Under the banner of "No School, No Work, No Business as Usual," religious, labor and student groups across the country will hold a variety of actions, including walk-outs, teach-ins and protests to send a message of resistance to what they believe will be an "unjust war."
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with the Rev. Peter Laarman, co-chair of the New York City Forum of Concerned Religious Leaders and organizer of the March 5th Moratorium to Stop the War. [ Read more and Listen... ]
Student Strike at Oregon State University announced
Student Walk-out Against the War in Ashland planned
Idaho Students Join Nationwide Peace Event
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S O S - save ours survival -- Baring witness here in Oregon. See the web page for the story
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NOTE:THIS EVENT WAS RESCHEDULED!
IDA will be having another demonstration at OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center to voice opposition to the ongoing expansion of their primate research labs. This latest addition to the Animal Services Building is using eight million tax dollars to add another 900 cages for rhesus monkeys. The lab admits that most of this addition will go towards behavioral research, experiments that are highly criticized by many in the scientific community as being outdated, invalid and have no relevance to human psychology.
From the open publishing newswire: Street roots publishes a newspaper by and for the homeless. This street roots poetry reading is free. It features many of the homeless and low income writers who are regulars on our poetry pages. Not your mamby-pamby pretentious coffee house reading. These readings are rich in diversity of experiences, perspectives, and subject matter. There will also be singer/songwriter musical performances.
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From the open publishing newswire: This Friday, February 28th 2003, is a day to mark on your calendar. On this day at 12:15 p.m. people will gather at 700 NE Multnomah (near the Lloyd center) to spur a from-within-the-government resitance to the horrendus enviromental policies of the current administration. This protest is hoping to show our Senator Wyden that the people will stand with him on protecting our current laws that guard the forests in America as a whole and the ecological diversity found within.He is currently undecided.
This is a very important issue for all of us and WE NEED YOU to be there Friday, Feb. 28 at 12:15 700 NE Multnomah.At the very least if you cannot show up, call Wydens' office on this to let him know! 503-326-7525
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From the open publishing newswire: Not until we have learned as individuals and as a culture to empower ourselves, and to stop letting the fascist powers-that-be forcefeed us our lives and our news, will we have real positive change in the world.
This Thursday, from 7-9, come to a portland indymedia website/features training at the Cascadia Forest Alliance Infoshop at 1540 SE Clinton St!
The portland indymedia is one of the most-trafficked, most posted-to website in the U.S. in large part because it is such a frequently updated website. Where most IMCs have 1-5 center-column features a week (or a month in some cases), the portland site has 1-9 a day. That's because all original posts about local events/issues are turned into features. This policy rewards and encourages people who write original content and post it to the site. People LOVE it when their story becomes a feature! They feel EMPOWERED, and if you're helping to di it, you're EMPOWERING them.
There's a lot of talk about not just protesting, but creating viable alternatives. indymedia is one such alternative project -- a new kind of way of telling the news and distributing the news. A new kind of news, entirely! And it's working! Help with the media rEvolution! Come to the training on Thursday and learn how easy and simple it is to update the site... [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Act Against War! Stop Military Recruitment! Join us to confront the lies of military recruiters and demand a meaningful and safe existence for our youth.
Radical Anti-War Committee is calling for you to join us in an anti-war protest at 1 PM, Saturday, March 1,2003 at Holladay Park (NE 11th & Multnomah) near Lloyd Center.
While schools throughout Oregon are being cut to the bone, the military receives ever greater funding. While youth are losing educational and employment opportunities they are increasingly being prepared to die and kill for George Bush.
From the open publishing newswire: It has come to our attention that activists have been receiving strange visits and phone calls from unknown people. Activists have gotten calls from people attempting to find out where they work - "Hi. Jane/Joe Activist? This is so-n-so. I need to talk to you about XYZ. Please call me back with your work number so I can get in touch." Additionally, unidentified people have shown up at their jobs asking around for them.
Though we don't know for sure, it is possible that the calls and visits are in line with recent FBI activity. A grand jury has convened in New Jersey, both prisoners and un-imprisoned activists have had visits from the FBI, even an activist's parent was approached.
From the open publishing newswire: so i posted this comment to the F15 photo-essay feature that went up, but due to technical difficulties, it was up for about an hour and then gone. i'm reposting this now because it is important to me to have my voice heard on this matter...
(original comment follows)-
thank you to the person who put this photo essay together. it's awesome.
i was arrested that day, and have since been unable to check indymedia because it is just too depressing.
maybe it wasn't THE GREATEST action to take, but ya know what? we all acted out of frustration and PASSION. i, for one, find it very difficult just to get through my days without completely breaking down and falling into a deep deep depression over the state of the world. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: A tentative agreement has been reached which is as yet unsigned. In the meanwhile, the Portland Teachers have voted to go on strike. The Teachers have technically voted to strike, though it appears an agreement has been reached. The city and county have signed on, but district has not yet signed, though it looks like they will. Until the deal is finalized it could fall through and the teachers could still strike, but at this point it looks like the deal is solid.
Good day for portland teachers though this does not address lost school days and other issues. Stay tuned for breaking details as they come in.
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Inside the Teacher Vote
As we listened and waited for Steve Palumbo, one of our union bargaining reps, get within a hair's width of calling the strike vote, we saw our union president Ann Nice take a phone call on stage. We learned that she was speaking with Nancy Arlington, our chief negotiator. It turned out that an eleventh hour agreement had been drafted...a tentative agreement.
After several delays the news was clarified: the city, the county, and the union had signed the t.a., but the school district had not. Almost directly after that news was handed over, we made an official strike vote. Overwhelmingly (looking back over the crowd, I guessed 95%) teachers voted to strike.
From the open publishing newswire: The police officers behind the locked glass doors of the City Council Chambers began their videotaping well before the press conference began, being sure to catch each individual as he or she arrived.
CopWatch volunteer Tim Lewis and Attorney Lauren Regan spoke of police misconduct involving a tank, reported the need for increased vigilance in this time of increasing police powers, and warned of the dangers of both misinformation and disinformation, spread by law enforcement via the mainstream media. When asked for specific examples of inaccurate information, Lewis and Regan cited news stories supplied by police to the media with inaccurate claims regarding seized drugs and equipment, claims later proved false.
Throughout, the EPD continued to videotape, mostly obscured from view by the tinted glass of the locked City Council Chambers Door, refusing to come out and answer questions, even when requested to by former City Councilor Kevin Hornbuckle. [ Full story ]
From the open publishing newswire: 25,000 kids in grades k-5 will be locked out of the Portland Public Schools on May 13th. Fill up all the furlough day camps, neighborhood programs, friends and relations houses -- and we may still have as many as 5,000 kids without care. Mission K5 aims to give those kids a great place to hang out in a safe festive atmosphere, with educational, arts, and recreational activities (and a USDA lunch) for the furlough days.
Who is Mission K5? Right now, it's a small group of volunteers who are negotiating with Parks and Recreation, the Columbia River Council of the Girl Scouts of America, and many other groups in town to see if we can care for those kids. We need more folks -- if we get our max capacity, we need to maintain a staffing level of 225 volunteers for ten hours for a month of weekdays. We need people to plan and negotiate, raise money, and coordinate volunteers now. In May, we need volunteers to herd kids and put together fun activities, or just read to a small knot of admirers. Bilinguals and polyglots most graciously welcome! [ Read More... ]
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