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This statement was sent to a contact of the Anarchist Prisoners' Legal Aid Network by anarchist prisoner Rob los Ricos (Robert Thaxton). This is being circulated for March 18th, the International Day for Political Prisoners and anniversary of the Paris Commune. Listed after the statement are ways which you can help Rob.
This year started on an interesting note. On January 2nd, Oregon Department of Corrections Security Threat Group manager came by to visit. He threatened to send me into exile in Eastern Oregon- far from my daughter in Portland- if I didn't move out of the cell I shared with Brian McCarvill. Brian is currently suing ODOC over their mailroom policies, which result in the rejection of anarchist literature sent to him. This has been something that has bothered me the past 3 years- I have over 200 mail violations notices concerning letters and publications sent to me here in prison. Their favorite reasons for such "violations" are because the publications are "anarchist-related" or because of "STG symbol"- in this case, a circled "a", a symbol used internationally for "anarchy".
I support Brian's lawsuit. Plus he is a valued and trusted friend. We chose not to split up. On January 7th, we received write-ups about "unauthorized activity" and "disobedience of an order". This had to do with a card writing campaign I'd initiated a month earlier. I'd asked people to send postcards to us with a circled "a" symbol on them, along with the caption " This is not a gang symbol".
Two days after receiving the write-up, we were called to a disciplinary hearing. After discussing the issue with me, the hearings officer told me " I find you guilty of continuing to be involved in the anarchist movement". [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: HOW DID IT COME TO THIS? How did we get stuck in the wrong reality-- stuck in a Philip K. Dick novel, it seems to me. I've spent a few days trying to piece it together for myself...
For the past year I've been participating in and documenting these protests... As I wrote on the site, my protest photography pretty much ends here. I ain't standing on the sidelines and taking pictures of other people getting arrested. I don't quite know what I'm going to do, except that I want to do it from love, not anger. And that won't be easy because I have a lot more anger than love right now. [ Full Story & Photos ]
'Oregonian' Disproves Own Estimate
According to Oregonian reporter Joseph Rose, using aerial photographs taken by Bergman Photographic Service, the number was closer to 14,200 people. But there's a problem.
A Peacekeeper Responds to critics of "Peace Cops"
All but one of the five of us had taken a weekend training in nonviolence two weeks before. At the training, we were told that it is best to not touch anyone, at all, in any way or for any reason (except, of course, for such obvious reasons as helping people who are injured, or otherwise in need of human kindness and caring). Now, it becomes clear to me one of the reasons for that: in situations where emotions are running high, ANY touch may be perceived in vastly different ways. I will take responsibility for my actions: I'm sure I did touch some people, as a natural, reflexive response of human contact and caring, and as a way of getting attention. I'm equally sure that I did not push, pull, grab, or shove anyone, nor touch anyone in any way approaching the use of force. Nor did I witness anyone of my group of peacekeepers do so. If they did, then I will say that they made a mistake in doing so. My purpose here is not to dispute what has been reported otherwise, but to report what my experience was, and leave room for the experience of others. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: There is very little time left to do much of anything. Something must be done soon! On Tuesday, March 18 at 8:45 AM, meet at Pioneer Square. By 9 AM we will leave to march to X and disrupt normal activities. ('X' denotes unnamed corporate or government building or street which the police will find out about when we get there).
We will be non-violent and intend to have some fun; if there is violence it will be from the police, but we should intend to protect ourselves against it and to remain disruptive to normal society as long as possible.
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From the open publishing newswire: Very scary "anti-terrorism" legislation is COMING UP FOR A HEARING before the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, March 24, at 8:00 am in hearing room 343 at the State Capitol. This bill would define "terrorism" broadly enough to include almost any form of protest, with possible life sentences. It would also effectively repeal existing state laws which protect civil rights and the rights of immigrants. WE CAN STOP THIS!! COME TO SALEM MONDAY!!
Just as many of us have predicted, the hysteria surrounding war is serving as cover for a harsh new attack on our civil liberties, this time on the state level. I am sorry this action alert is coming as many of us are overwhelmed and stretched thin with (most likely) having to protest a war over the next few days, but the war-mongers would love nothing better than to have us ignore this.
The following is an action alert from the ACLU about SB 742, which would basically be an Oregon State version of the infamous "Patriot" Act. It is COMING UP FOR A HEARING on Monday, March 24 at 8:00 am.
From the open publishing newswire: As the Commander in Chief of the United States gears up at 8:00 pm (EST) to tell the nation and the world that war is inevitable, that the window of opportunity for Saddam to disarm and destroy his "weapons of mass destruction" has expired, serious questions need to be posed to the privileged anti-war movement in the United States. With massive U.S. led bombing of Iraq perhaps just hours away, the question remains, how far is the anti-war movement in the United States willing to go to stop the U.S. government and its unceasing atrocities?
So far the peace or anti-war movement in this country has mirrored the same strategies and tactics of past historical anti-war causes. By far the most important example to reference is that of the Vietnam anti-war movement in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. Well over a million people participated in this effort, engaging in a variety of tactics and strategies in an attempt to stop the war, or even to prevent its further escalation. From public education to picketing, boycotts to lobbying, marches to massive civil disobedience, to even outright suicide in the numerous cases of individuals lighting themselves on fire in protest, the Movement was extremely diverse. There was even a decent contingency of property destruction that occurred, no doubt condemned by the mainstream corporate peace organizations.
With all this activity, with the incredible amount of participation, one would assume this would have been more than enough to stop the war, to pressure the federal government to pull out of Southeast Asia. Furthermore, when soldiers such as Ron Kovic, returned from the war angry and disillusioned and formed organizations such as the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, even more intense pressure was placed on the U.S. government. But it was not enough. None of the strategies and tactics applied during the Vietnam anti-war movement in the United States were enough, either individually or combined, to stop the U.S. government's military horrors. [ Read More... ]
Bombs Over Baghdad, by John Trudell
From the open publishing newswire: On March 16, there were three more deaths in the Gaza Strip. An American activist that was with the International Solidarity Movement was killed by an Israeli bulldozer. One Palestinian man in Rafah and an adolescent in Khan Yunis were killed as well.
This time the IDF's brutality has done what every peace activist visiting Palestine has anticipated it would do. Rachel Corey, a 23-years-old from Olympia, Washington, a student at Evergreen College that was to graduate this year, was been killed by an Israeli bulldozer that ran her over during the demolition of Dr. Samir Masri's house at the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip. There were eight protestors at the site; four from the U.S. and four from the U.K.
"Corey was killed in the al-Salam neighbourhood when an Israeli bulldozer covered her with sand as she stood in front of a bulldozer," said Dr Ali Musa, a doctor from the al-Najar hospital in the southern Gaza Strip. He said she died from skull and chest fractures.
Rachel Corrie: In her own words
From the open publishing newswire: the fascists in power aren't listening to the people of the world and seem set on attacking Iraq any day now. here's a summary of the announced events in portland for that day so far.
GATHER AT TERRY SHRUNK PLAZA AT 4:00 PM:
MARCH AT 5:00 PM:
EMERGENCY SPOKESCOUNCIL/SIGNMAKING TONIGHT!
UNIVERSITY STUDENT WALKOUT:
For downloadable posters for these events, and to find out what's going on around the region, visit the portland indymedia STOP WAR page.
Other Proposals and Thoughts
Meeting at Laughing Horse to discuss various tactics at rallies & marches
Direct Action has never been less arrestable in Portland
67 things you might want to know before the bombs drop
Vancouver, Washington, draws hundreds at weekend peace vigils
Friday, Vancouver For Peace sponsored a Peace Vigil in the bandstand of downtown's Esther Short Park. About 130 attended. We had music & speeches & lights. Today, Sunday, as part of the "rolling" world-wide effort called by Anglican Archbishop Tutu & others, we held another Peace Vigil, in the same Park, with around 200 people, silently facing SE & the clock tower & the fountain & the moon, our lights toward the sky.
The only sounds were wind, water in the fountain, an occasional whisper, or an innocent child's laughter. The peace was intoxicating, beautiful, yet so sad. Several pictures of our sister Rachel were held by people. As i walked slowly around the crowd, i looked into people's faces & saw somberness which made me sad, but also angry. [ Read More... ]
500 in Corvallis participate in nationally-organized protest against the war
From the open publishing newswire: a friend of mine who is not taller
than 5 feet was dressed normally and was drawing, with colorful chalk, a cat
that said 'kitties so no to war'
a man walked up behind her and hit her in the back with his bicycle.
let me say that again.
a man walked up behind her and hit her in the back with his bicycle.
she turned around and he said 'dont draw on walls' to her
i don't mean ran into her
Previous, related story: [ Peace cop gets violent ]
Have you seen this cop?!
From the open publishing newswire: This is just an outline of what I saw at the march, since I haven't seen ANY articles on indymedia that actually give a report of the march. I wasn't able to observe everything since I spent a fair amount of time volunteering to help the march run smoothly. I hope that others will contribute anything they saw that I missed!!
I arrived with the student/labor/radical feeder march from Pioneer Square to a very packed Waterfront Park at around 2:00. John Lewis gave a short speech, followed by a fundraising pitch. I helped do fundraising, and I was mobbed by people almost immediately during the fundraising pitch. My bucket was full of cash in minutes, and when I brought it back to deposit the money, the experience of all the other fundraisers was similar. [ Read More... ]
Power To The Future! ACA Community Childcare Report Back
notes from march 15th
From the open publishing newswire: the numbers of people who were peppersprayed are being drastically underreported - although only a couple people were peppersprayed ON the onramp to I-5, I think dozens of people who had our backs and were keeping the police off the onramp were peppersprayed. thats a second hand report from a medic who was treating people but it seems like the numbers were closer to 30 people.
Rowley [picture featured on front page] was one of the officers who handled this part of the action, and one of my friends overheard him pratically begging the second-in-command of the portland police [you know, that nice looking woman cop who always plays good-cop] for permission to 'stop them here' while brandishing his pepperspray. [ Read More... ]
Details of Radical March
Arriving at the No Park Blocks around 1p a crowd in the low hundreds had amassed. The rallying time was 1p, but you know these radical marches never get off on time. More people showed up, I saw four police officers meander amongst the crowd, one undercover and 9 bike cops on the outskirts. At least two different cop cars did loops...one of them held Marty Rowley (I am nearly positive). I wondered what the police prescense was like on the waterfront, but didnt really care, I knew that this was their gold. [ Read More... ]
Next time: more direct actions
However, next time, let's issue a call *well in advance* for every willing revolutionary/radical/rowdy to form affinity groups and plan their own direct actions like the awesome Morrison Bridge one. there was a lot of outreach done by liberals,but I run in a pretty radical circle and only heard one or two mentions of direct action. What if we called every radical group we knew of in Portland and asked them to committ to direct action the day the bombs start falling? some will say no but most will say yes.Sometimes people need an invitation or reminder. [ Read More... ]
PHOTOS: [ more morrison bridge pix ]
radicals are cool
Debate: Lack of Solidarity at Morrison Bridge?
Bloc arrested on I-5 onramp? Does anyone have any info on the black bloc that was brutally arrested on the I-5 onramp? After getting a whiff of the pepper spray I looked beyond the blinding sting and saw a comerade tackled. But there't no info on him. Anyone with info on his condition, please post it here.
From the open publishing newswire: John Lewis was the featured speaker today, March 15, 2003, in Portland Oregon, at the Peace gathering at Waterfront Park. This is an audio file of that address (~10 minutes, streaming). [ More about John Lewis | Thousands fill Waterfront Park - now crowding through downtown ]
Indymedia readers respond to "Hypocrisy Formula Part 2..."
One response: NO, we would not be better off "organizing yourself into a cohesive political party and trying to get your candidates on the ballot for the next election". i don't know if you are aware of this, but by the next time an election rolls around it will likely be too late to stop imperialist military action and occupation in the middle east.
Another response: I am a homeless person. I live a sustainable lifestyle. The protest today was valuable because it works toward building a political will. We may well go to war with Iraq, yet this experience will build in people's hearts. In the future we will take another step. No nay sayer, reguardless the motive, will weaken this. This is not a sprint, but a marathon. Please respect that we are all human beings with human mistakes and a learning curve.
Peace cop gets violent
So here we have the so called peace cop assaulting someone for not doing what they are told. This person is acting just like Bush, only on a smaller scale. This is the very behavior that needs to be changed.
As I reached the front peace cop, he also ordered me to turn right and got in front of me. I told him in an angry voice, I don't have to do what he said and walked ahead. He was quite pushy. Behind him were two more peace cops and they tried to deter me from crossing the street also saying "You have to go this way" and pointing to the right, and saying "We have an agreement with the city".
See also: [ Pro-War counter protest Main CNN website story ]
From the open publishing newswire: Several blocks worth of people gathered around the Eugene Federal Building this afternoon after a march from the University of Oregon campus. The march took over the streets for approximately four blocks and was filled with dancing, music, and anarchist clowns giving balloons to happy children. The entire demonstration remained relatively peaceful, institutions of imperialism were left standing and all automobiles remained upright. Hopefully the cultural foundations of modernity and the American empire were overturned and set ablaze. (Hopefully)
Once at the Federal Building, people took up several blocks, the tops of nearby buildings and the whole front plaza at 7th and Pearl. Speakers spoke, musicians musicked and people danced. Small clusters of counter-protesters held signs with charming messages like "stop the inspections, start the bombing." Counter protesters were seen blocking traffic with cops, but not hugging eachother, lest anyone think they were deviating from the heteronormative standards of the dominant culture.
After a second march attempted to leave the building, riot police gathered at the entrance to the highway. That march was limited to approximately 75 people and stopped one block away from the Federal Building. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: The forest defender community of Cascadia is suffering from a severe tragedy that occurred this past week. During the early hours of Tuesday, March 11, 2003, our friend Sparrow, aka Carson McCann, took his own life while out in the forests that he loved and worked to defend. It happened at the beginning of a group skill-sharing campout in the Willamette National Forest.
We all knew Sparrow as a kind, gentle individual who fought hard every day to defend the ancient forests and to bring about a more responsible relationship with our ancient forests. Sparrow was especially involved in surveying for rare species like the red tree vole. He spent countless hours in the forest climbing every tree possible looking for voles trying to cancel egregious, old-growth timber sales. Even more, he spent countless hours teaching people how to climb ropes safely, so they could carry on the important work he helped pioneer.
Those of us who knew Sparrow will never forget him - the twinkle in his cool blue eyes, his calm tone and amazing spirit. He was a loyal friend, passionate and dedicated to changing the world. Sparrow was a political, emotional and spiritual revolutionary. He was the real thing. [ Read More... ]
Forest (dis)Service billboard in Eugene re-faced to memorialize Sparrow
From the open publishing newswire: Eugene Earth First activists are saving trees one at a time. Todays action was tranplanting a 7000lb. Cyprus tree in order to save it from the chainsaws. The project was undertaken to call attention to the value of trees,both urban and in wildlands. Urban trees are a touch of sanity in our concrete jungles and are one of the only components of our citys that offer us a touch of nature. The action was also a reminder that the trees of Cascadia need protection and nurturing,both in our citys and in wildlands. The Cascadia Summer campaign is springing to life and todays action is also a reminder to all Cascadians to pick up a banner,rope,pickaxe,petition,or whatever your chosen tool is and STAND UP FOR THE TREES!
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From the open publishing newswire: Please Plan to attend the Tillamook Hearing: On March 24th, Oregon Senate's Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will have a hearing on SB 430.
SB 430: Directs State Forester to manage 50 percent of Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests with goal of protecting nonconsumptive uses. This is your chance to support the Tillamook Rainforest! Allows State Forester to increase timber harvest to prevent losses in funding to county governments and schools if reductions in forest revenues occur. Come to a hearing on SB 430-March 24, 8 am. Just a few hours will make all the difference. You can testify or come and show support by listening to the testimony.
Location of hearing: At the Capitol building 900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301
Carpools: We have carpools from Portland leaving the Sierra Club office at 29th and SE Stark at 7AM sharp. Call 503-224-3472 for more information.
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From the open publishing newswire: On the afternoon of March 13, a group of approxiametely 40 students walked out of classes at Roosevelt Middle School in Eugene to protest the Bush regime's policies concerning Iraq. Many of these students have been actively involved in ongoing protests against Bush and company. Several have also been involved in a number of ongoing union struggles in the area, including the newest proposal by the school district to save funds by laying off custodians, maintenance workers, and kitchen workers, and contracting out the jobs. The Lane County IWW would like to give these kids a big salute for their courage and for doing the right thing.
Unfortunately, principal Morley Hegstrom has chosen *not* to do the right thing. These students were cited for a "major" offence, and there is talk of possible suspensions. A "major" would also deprive eighth-grade students of being able to attend their final student activity night at the end of the term. Please call principal Hegstrom at 541-687-3227 and superintendent George Russell at 541-687-3321 to let them know what you think. Call early and often-- the child you save from being cannon fodder may be your own!
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From the open publishing newswire: the post-ELAW forest action skillshare camp, originally scheduled for March 10-16, has been cancelled.
folks coming out to southern cascadia who want something else to do are encouraged to go to an action camp in the ancient forest in humboldt county, california, march 14-30. come for two days or two weeks. [ Details ]
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