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POLITICAL PRISONERS 18.03.2003 00:48
New Statement from Rob los Ricos Thaxton
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... ]


M15 PEACE RALLY 17.03.2003 23:50
More photos and stories from the March 15 peace rally and march
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 ]

PHOTOS: [ M15 Rally Photos by Chris Lec | M15 Rally and March Photos ]

'Oregonian' Disproves Own Estimate
From the open publishing newswire: Today's Oregonian attempts to downgrade the crowd estimates for Saturday's massive anti-war rally and march in downtown Portland. Organizers put the figure at around 45,000, while television news reports ranged from 20,000 to 30,000.

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"
I was a peacekeeper Saturday, at the corner of 3rd & Madison, where the march route took a right turn in front of the Federal Building. I would like to respond to some previous postings about what peacekeepers were doing, perhaps referring to this intersection. [The previous postings: Peace cop gets violent & Peace cop hits small woman repeatedly with bicycle]

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... ]


ACTION!!! 17.03.2003 22:17
Tuesday Morning: Radical Action against the War
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.
[ Read More... ]

CIVIL LIBERTIES (OR INCREASING LACK THEREOF) 17.03.2003 18:14
ACTION ALERT: Fascist 'anti-terrorism' bill to get hearing in Salem, Mon. 3/24
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.
[ Read More... ]


ANTI-WAR 17.03.2003 13:51
Craig Rosebraugh on the Anti-War struggle
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
Bombs over Baghdad, Dancers of Death
Murder in the air with the next breath
Macho Queens selling warmaker's toys
Raining destruction, good ole boys.
[ Read More... ]


PALESTINE 17.03.2003 13:47
Another Day of Blood in the Gaza Strip; Evergreen College activist killed by IDF
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
Excerpts from an e-mail from Rachel Corrie to her family on February 7, 2003 : I have been in Palestine for two weeks and one hour now, and I still have very few words to describe what I see. It is most difficult for me to think about what's going on here when I sit down to write back to the United States--something about the virtual portal into luxury. I don't know if many of the children here have ever existed without tank-shell holes in their walls and the towers of an occupying army surveying them constantly from the near horizons. I think, although I'm not entirely sure, that even the smallest of these children understand that life is not like this everywhere. An eight-year-old was shot and killed by an Israeli tank two days before I got here, and many of the children murmur his name to me, "Ali"--or point at the posters of him on the walls. The children also love to get me to practice my limited Arabic by asking me "Kaif Sharon?" "Kaif Bush?" and they laugh when I say "Bush Majnoon" "Sharon Majnoon" back in my limited Arabic. (How is Sharon? How is Bush? Bush is crazy. Sharon is crazy.) [ Read More... ]


PEACE / ANTI-WAR 17.03.2003 02:49
When the Bombs Drop, Portland Stops: Events announced for Day of Iraq Attack
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:
Following a tradition from the first Gulf War, activists have been spreading the word for months and months now that people should meet at Terry Schrunk Plaza, 3rd & Madison in downtown Portland, the day bombing/an invasion begins. If the attack comes after 4:00 p.m., then the event will happen the next day.

MARCH AT 5:00 PM:
Flyers are circulating around town announcing a march to start from the plaza at 5:00 p.m. What will happen during this unpermitted march? The flyer says: "We will stop 'business as usual' by blockading key intersections. There will be space for everyone to express themselves. Be prepared for weather and unpredictable police. For all of our safety, please be prepared to participate at your comfort level, and be respectful of others' tactics. There will be childcare, medical and legal support available. For more info call 877.572.5727 or email shutitdown@ureach.com." Read a press release for the actions.

EMERGENCY SPOKESCOUNCIL/SIGNMAKING TONIGHT!
Meet tonight, Monday, Mar. 17, at 6pm at the 1914 Arts Collective Space (1914 E. Burnside). Come to make signs, shields, banners, and network with other affinity groups and working groups. Wishlist: cardboard, cardboard, cardboard! Paint, ducttape, styrofoam, fabric, squirt-top water bottles, markers... and anything else you can think of for messaging on the streets.

UNIVERSITY STUDENT WALKOUT:
The plan is to leave classes at 2:00, meet in places listed below at each school, and then march or transport some other way to the rally at 4:00. If announcement comes after 2:00 or on the weekend, the strike will be the next day. There is gonna be a ton of students out there. [ Details for six area schools ]

CRITICAL MASS!
An anti-war CM is planned for the day the bombing starts. Come to the North park Blocks around 5pm on the day the bombing starts, bring a bike and a voice. And some anti-war charm. Hopefully this will coincide with people shutting down all government buildings and at least a few bridge closures. I liked hearing state of emergency the other day. Call to action, dont let Portland slide into this war without resistance, picket and stand strong shut down major thruways (make the connection already between war for oil and cars...)--like bridges. And major corporations around portland. [ Newswire post ]

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
Run on the Banks
Since this war is all about money and power, protesters must speak themselves in the language of money and power. So one way I thought might be possible to do this, is on the day bombing starts, to withdraw a substantial amount of money from a bank account. [ Read More... ]

Meeting at Laughing Horse to discuss various tactics at rallies & marches
There will be a meeting to discuss various tactics at rallies. This will be an open meeting, But we will do our best to kept it safe. We feel it is necessary to have a space for folks to talk out they're differences face to face. The objective will be to reach some form of common ground and strenthen the movement. [ Details ]

Direct Action has never been less arrestable in Portland
budget cuts have changed the face of protest and direct action here in portland, but we haven't quite figured that out yet as a movement. remember how all those people were released from jails back in january 'cos there's just not the money to keep them in there? have you heard about how only violent crimes are being prosecuted right now in many cases? or how even people caught red-handed for crimes like burglarly are not being held? this city is quite simply incapable of mass arrests right now. i think that's why they only took one person on saturday on the morrison bridge. [ Read More... ]

67 things you might want to know before the bombs drop
If you can get through it all... interesting sum of information on things related to war, iraq and the US. [ Read List... ]


M15 NO WAR REPORTS 17.03.2003 02:30
Reports from Vancouver and Corvallis
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
Sunday, March 15, 2003, 7:00pm - 8:00pm --- In Corvallis, Oregon, outside the Benton County Courthouse, 500 persons with 500 candles participated in a Vigil against the proposed War, That's 1% of the local population. Folk stopped what they would otherwise be doing in order to come together in protest. [ Newswire item ]


M15 POLICING ISSUES 16.03.2003 23:54
Peace cop hits small woman repeatedly with bicycle
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
heated words were exchanged
she turned around and continued to draw.
so what did the man do?
the man hit her in the back with his bicycle.

i don't mean ran into her
i mean picked up his bike and hit her in the back with it.
[ Read More... ]

Previous, related story: [ Peace cop gets violent ]

Have you seen this cop?!
This police officer sprayed a crowd of non-violent traffic stoppers on the Morrison Bridge on saturday. No violent provocation was given and he was the ONLY cop to use weapons of any kind in the melee. If you have photos or video of this guy, send them to the news ASAP. They are looking for shots of baldy in action.
[ Photos ]

Related posts: [ About Officer Marty Rowley, Badge #8969, who often pepper-sprays people | About Officer Meyer, who assaulted a 12 year old girl ]


M15 PEACE RALLY 16.03.2003 23:45
Report on March 15 peace rally
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... ]

PHOTOS: [ Link to Saturday march photos... | Portland for Peace | Dade's Photos from the March 15 Peace Rally in Portland | Photos of Portland Peace March - Link Inside ]

Power To The Future! ACA Community Childcare Report Back
Just a short note to say that Portland Anti Capitalist Action provided childcare as an option last saturday during the protest. Six kids attended and a great time was had. Games, Movies (The Lorax!) and a chance for kids to speak out against the war. The kids painted a banner of their own and paraded around the block chanting 'No Way! No War!'. [ Read More... ]


M15 ANTI-WAR ACTION 16.03.2003 23:19
More reports from Morrison Bridge and radical march
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
Alright. What a day yesterday, huh? I got home around 6p and got onto Indymedia to post a complete story of the radical march, spent an hour writing that and then it didnt post. That ticked me off, so I waited until morning to see if someone else was going to do the "news" part of it. Tidbits here and there, this will be as complete as my perspective allowed.

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
Okay so I marched with the morrison bridge crew until the mouth of I-5 and cheered folks on from there. (note: nobody told me about your action, so i figured you didn't want/need me to get in your way) Then I marched in the liberal march and it was sooo quiet and boring. I believe that we *need* all of those people on the streets and its okay for liberal marches to exist because the left is too small not to recruit!).

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 ]

Related: [ Morrison?? NO, Reclaim State Capitol. | How to overthrow riot cops ]


M15 ANTI-WAR ACTION 16.03.2003 11:58
Portland: Queers out against the war


Six March 15 pictures of queer activists. Includes Lesbian Community Project; Out Against the War; Pride At Work; and others. [ Photos ]


M15 ANTI-WAR ACTION 15.03.2003 23:57
Anti-war activists take Morrison Bridge and go for I-5; Police attack
From the open publishing newswire: As the permitted peace march started, the radical feeder march marched through downtown and onto the Morrison Bridge, as the police stood by and watched. The march then moved onto the I5 onramp, and at this point the police started pepper spraying people. About 60 riotcops came as reinforcements and managed to push the march back over the Morrison Bridge towards downtown. [ Read More... ]

[ Some pix from Morrison Bridge standoff ]


Officer Marty Rowley, Badge #8969. Armed and Dangerous
Officer Marty Rowley, Badge #8969, strikes again
From the comment posted to the above newswire item: Once again, it was Officer Marty Rowley, Badge #8969, who whipped out the pepperspray and started attacking people. This guy's dangerous. He clearly enjoys hurting people. He's the same one who peppersprayed people on Feb. 15 and at the Bush protest. Keep your eye out for him!

Here's a post that has more information about Rowley's deeds, and more photos of him: Portland Indymedia Reporter Pepper Sprayed At F15 Peace March. Here's more: Photo-essay: The sit-in and pepperspray on Feb. 15. And in this post, someone has had fun putting slogans on photos of Rowley: Where's Rowley.


Officer Myers: pepper sprayed a 12 year old girl
Officer Meyers peppersprays 12-year old girl
officer meyers [pictured] pepper sprayed a 12 year old, discerning her as the smallest of his possible opponents. the people were already complying on the onramp. they had already checked their forward progress and were being forcefully pushed backwards. near the back of this retreat was a line of protesters and officer meyer grabbed the smallest, turned her around and pepper sprayed her in the face.

From a comment posted to the same story: I am a friend of the 2 12yo girls that got peppersprayed today. Most heard of the one girl but her friend got a decent sized whif of the shit too. Anyway, I am wondering if you have any other photos of our friend Mr Meyers who loves hurting little girls. I am attempting to find his badge number. I figure a good picture may have it in there. if you have others, please email me.

From another comment: Officer Meyers is also a key orchestraters of a plan being pushed forward by the Portland Police, which will sweep homeless campers off of ODOT an PDOT land along the I-405 corridor. [see "portland Trespasses on the homeless".] He is a Senior Neighborhood Officer in Central Precinct and recently arrived here from Arizona. Apparently he thinks picking on homeless people is a good way to make a name for himself in his new home town. I guess I'm not to surprised to hear that he is pepper-spraying 12 year olds.
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radicals are cool
pictures of SAA high school students taking the street before the radical feeder march even started, the morrison bridge being 0wned, and the onramp being given our damn hardest. well some of our damn hardest. a group of people slowly started working their way right around the police line blocking the onramp, and suddenly hundreds of people could make their way up the bridge where we rocked out and all of that.
[ Read More... ]

Debate: Lack of Solidarity at Morrison Bridge?
YES: While the masses (that may or may not be asses) were busy buying their constitutional rights at the "Peace Festival", some of us were busy getting attacked by our local police force. Shocking? No. Lack of support and soliderity, yes. I cannot support a movement that doesn't move any further than Waterfront Park. How many dollars does it take to ensure that the Portland Pubic doesn't get sprayed by the cops? You see, if you aren't part of the organizers or organizations that pay off the city to not attack us, you're part of the rest of us. Maybe next month we will be able to purchase tickets to the wonderful "protest" at TicketMasters. How could people at the MAIN march stand in silence (and contempt) while we were being assalted? [ Read More... ]
NOT EXACTLY: If we want real solidarity in Portland, the first step has to be opening up communication. I think it's important to remember that many in the crowd (me included) didn't even know what was happening on the Morrison Bridge. It's hard to see anything from below. More importantly, though, this action was not planned in coordination with the March 15th coalition, and so there was no way to organize some sort of solidarity on the part of the crowd. I think this shows that we need to talk to each other and go to each other's meetings so that we can begin to build real human ties. Neither side will be willing to put its ass on the line for the other until both recognize the hard work, honest dedication and courage of the other side. [ Read More... ]

Other posts: [ portlands finest hits protester, on video | What has happened to Indy Media and the public ]

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.

M15 PEACE RALLY & MARCH 15.03.2003 23:48
Portland: One People, One Family, One House
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 ]


PHOTOS
Photos from peace march 3-15-03
Photos from peace march 3-15-03, part 2
Portland Peace March
Portland Peace Protest
over 50 photos from today's rally in Portland

Indymedia readers respond to "Hypocrisy Formula Part 2..."
From the open publishing newswire: It is estimated that 35,000 people are supposed to show up in downtown Portland to protest our upcoming "oil war". That said, I started to wonder how much gasoline would be consumed by the participants traveling to and from such an event. I came up with a rough estimate of an overall average of a 10 mile round trip per person, although I suspect its probably higher. This means 25,000 people multiplied by 10 miles which equals 350,000 miles. With an average fuel economy of 12 miles per gallon that comes out to 29,166 gallons of gasoline. At an average price of $1.89 a gallon that comes out to $55,125.00 That seems like an awful lot of gasoline to burn just so you can make yourself feel good.

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.
[ Join the pile-on ]

Peace cop gets violent
I was walking alongside the large permitted march today when the march took a turn to the right. At the intersection there were 3-4 cops. Not the usual portland police, but rather peace cops wearing green armbands. As I approached, I saw the fellow at the front say "You have to go this way" and pointing to the right. One person kept walking straight forward, and the peace cop grabbed the person by the arm and pushed them.

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".
[ Read More... ]

See also: [ Pro-War counter protest Main CNN website story ]


M15 ANTI-WAR ACTION 15.03.2003 18:23
Eugene: Crowds, Rounds and Reclaiming the Streets
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... ]

PHOTOS:
Eugene Peace Rally - My Favorites
Photos - Eugene Peace Rally
Eugene - A Quiet Voice Among Thousands
Make Love - Peace - Life is Sacred
Bread - Education not Bombs - Soldiers
Child for World Peace


FOREST DEFENSE 14.03.2003 22:37
Forest defense community mourns the loss of our friend Sparrow
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
this forest (dis)service billboard in eugene was re-faced sometime late tuesday or early wednesday morning as a tribute to sparrow, the forest defender who took his own life monday night/tuesday morning. the billboard is on franklin, near the university. [ Photos ]


FOREST DEFENSE 14.03.2003 21:17
EUGENE EARTH FIRST! ACTIVISTS MOVE 7000LB. TREE
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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FOREST ACTIVISM 14.03.2003 18:11
Tillamook Senate Hearing Monday March 24
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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[ Check out the SB Bill 430 | www.TillamookRainforest.org | www.audubonportland.org ]


STOP WAR! 14.03.2003 18:00
Eugene Middle School Students Walk in War Protest
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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FOREST DEFENSE 14.03.2003 13:19
Eugene post-ELAW action camp cancelled
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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