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From the open publishing newswire: "On the first full day of war, the spectrum of Eugene protesers took to the streets, for planned and impromptu demonstrations that were, by turns, solemn, ear=splitting, maddening and quirky." blared the front page story in the local daily, the Register Guard. The citizens of Eugene, overwhelmingly condemning Bush bloody Blietzkeig, might use the papers own vagaries "maddening and quirky" to describe the papers "beat around the bush (no pun intended)" coverage.
Dietz znd Wright's extensive story threaded in several not so vague threats to the people of Eugene. "Homeland Security Department officer Thomas Keedy watched from the edge of the crowd," the paper warns "I have witnessed arrestable offenses, but we're not doing anything right now," warns Sgt. Tom Eichhorn, presumably under guidance of Rumsfield's "psych-op" propaganda front. (Will the "massive air attack" of Eugene activists come later?) The anti-war protesters are giving aid and comfort to the enemy say the paper, attributing the sentiment to counter-demonstrator Bruce Watson but without quoting him. [ Read More... ]
Protests to regroup 12NOON and 4PM at Federal Building, 8th and Oak
Previous reports from Eugene: [ Take the Red Pill - WAKE UP! | 1000 SAY NO FOR EUGENE! AT 8:30 PM CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AND RALLY CONTINUE (8:55pm Thu Mar 20) | EUGENE 12PM 3:30PM :B-BLOCK & PEACERS IN STREETS FED & COUNTY BLDS CLOSE DOWN (3:50pm Thu Mar 20) | EUGENE: ALL NIGHT VIGIL, 7AM CROSSWALK BODIES GREET COMMUTERS (9:19am Thu Mar 20) | EUGENE ACTIVISTS PROTEST AS BOMBS FALL, PROMISE MORE ACTIONS (8:02pm Wed Mar 19) ]
Portland: Channel 12 stops war coverage when effects of "Shock and Awe" shown
Corporate media Whining
Fuck the Corporate Media !!! Go Portland Indy
Portland Press begins it's condescend
Another point of view: "Deconstruct the Corporate Media"
Media's Glass Fixation Neurosis
Open Letter to KGW Newsman
Another point of view: Deconstruct the Media/Part Two/What is Jamming
[ see also: Nationalism on KATU ]
From the open publishing newswire: To the Courageous Citizens of Portland-
My name is Jenni and I attend a small university in Rock Hill,SC. It has been a long week of protesting here. Sometimes I am the only person to show up (but, then, no one ever shows up to formally protest in support of the war.)Fortunately, I am beginning to find some solidarity with my close neighbors in Charlotte, NC. Still our numbers are small in comparison to other parts of the country and as I talked to many of my new friends tonight as we gathered on a sidewalk in downtown Charlotte, I found that we all have often felt discouraged by low turnouts and lack of interest in organization. But then I thought about Portland and I told them of my visit to the city last week (specifically March 15.) To talk about holding down a bridge, blocking traffic, or being able to view marches for blocks and blocks ahead and behind, enlivened us all.
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From the open publishing newswire:
Do I Win the Prize for Earliest and Most Absurd Arrest?
I was cycling along NE Broadway about 4:30 toward downtown PLANNING to ride Critical Mass. As I passed the military recruiting office (war pimps), I hopped onto the sidewalk to look in the window at their vast array of beautiful propaganda. One of the war pimps had apparently gone to subway for a sammy and walked back toward me. "How's it goin'?" I asked (seriously). Noticing the bullhorn strapped across my back, he apparently knew where I was heading and shot me an evil look as he walked into the building.
Following the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, Ashlanders gathered in the plaza downtown to express their sorrow and rage and to stand in solidarity with anti-war activists across the globe.
A street theater performance at an Exxon gas station drew the condemnation of Ashland Mayor Alan DeBoer, who attempted to disrupt the expression of dissent in his community. Earlier in the day, many activists received an e-mail from DeBoer, encouraging Ashlanders to gather in the park and "pray for the world in this controversial time."
After holding an intersection adjacent to the Exxon for about 30 minutes, the crowd moved back into downtown, and held another intersection for nearly 2 hours. Police diverted all traffic around downtown, causing backups and confusion for motorists. Under the watchful eye of the Mayor and APD, armed with digital cameras, drummers and skateboarders, children and teens, city councilors and anarchists, street performers and artists, business owners and concerned citizens convened a meeting to discuss future actions against the invasion in Iraq, in the middle of Main Street.
A call has been made to continue to build momentum in Ashland. The Women in Black are inviting all to their vigil in the Plaza, Friday at 12:00 noon. A vigil is planned for Senator Smith's office in Medford, Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. People are encouraged to organize into affinity groups to plan civil disobedience until this war ends.
For updates and more reporting, check out www.rogueimc.org
Mixed 1000 congregate at Federal Building for afternoon rally, demo continues (as of 8:30 PM) with candles and lanterns. Although no sign of current demo ending, other protestors call for return to Federal Building Friday 12NOON and 4PM
At the U.S. Federal Building in Eugene, OR, a 4PM rally to stop the invasion swelled to some 1000 persons by 5:30PM (including one counter-demonstrator, a man whose sign attacking treason and sedition was ambiguous...motorists gave him peace sign thinking he was refering to Bush!) Demonstrators, cosmopolitan and including persons in tie-die holding candles, persons wearing black block, and persons in suits and dresses getting off of work, occupied all four sides of the intersection and united to urge the rush hour motorists to stop the war and impeach Bush. Anti-war speakers and local singing groups again took the stage and urged fortitude for a long struggle, as well as expressing sadness for the lost of life to date. [ Full Story ]
From the open publishing newswire: Several U.S. flags were burned, one at a time, as some 400 Eugene activists and citizens continued to reject the illicit Bush regime invasion of Iraq. The crowds include several dozen black-blocks, dozens of local peace activists, as well as outraged citizens from 2 years old to 82.
In one case riot police prevented the return of a U.S. flag to its owner after a right-wing counter demonstrator grabed it and attempted to steal it, and others insisted it go back to its rightful owner, who was attempting a political protest protected by the United States Supreme Court. Instead, an EPD member pocketed the flag himself as a memento.
But several others flags were burned, as 4 lanes of Eugene motorists passed the major intersection of 8th and Oak in front of the Federal Building, overwhelmingly expressing their support with short horn honks, clenched fists, peace signs, and thumbs up.
A woman with both her and her 2 year old baby, both soaked in what appeared to be blood, repeatedly crossed the crosswalks in front of traffic...
From the open publishing newswire: I have set up a service allowing people to send and recieve tactical information about what direct actions are occuring, police movements, etc. from cell phones, pagers, or other wireless devices. Go to http://protest.cocksalad.com/ to sign up. [ Details ]
From the open publishing newswire: Three Eugene Women, identified as Becky, Sarah, and Sue (Sue not shown below) maintained an all night candlelight vigil/protest commencing 7:30PM Wednesday, the time of Bush "tame the homefront" speech, through rush hour traffic Thursday morning. The all night protest was at the U.S. Federal Building plaza, 7th and Oak Street Eugene.
In other Eugene action against the "loose canon" and internationally condemned war, a group of Eugene students staged a roving "die in" commencing 7PM Thursday morning. The "die-in" protest, accompanied by screaming and spilling of blood, utilized all four crosswalks of the intersection in front of the Eugene Federal Building, crossing repeatedly at the "walk" signal. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Between 11 March 2003 and 15 March 2003, Bill Brown of the New York Surveillance Camera Players was in Portland, Oregon. Brought to the "Rose City" by the independent arts group Red76, Bill began his stay by making maps of locations of surveillance cameras installed in public places. Based upon information and suggestions he received from his gracious and very generous hosts, Bill mapped out two locations: Downtown Portland and Old Town.
...Bill offered a walking tour of Downtown, based upon the map he'd made. Approximately 25 people showed up and stayed with the tour for the entire time. Beginning in Pioneer Square, underneath the "sky cam" described above, the tour proceeded to Nordstrum, which is ringed on all four sides with surveillance cameras. Looking to create a little drama, Bill slapped one of the SCP's "Surveillance Camera Notices" on the sign that said "Nordstrum." From out of nowhere came a security guard -- a blond-haired woman dressed in full corporate attire -- who immediately removed the sticker and warned Bill that "there'd be trouble" if he "did that again." Three male security guards stood several feet off, uninvolved for the moment but ready to spring into action if needed. [ Full story ]
From the open publishing newswire: +++CALLING ALL QUEERS CALLING ALL QUEERS CALLING ALL QUEERS+++ MARCH 20, 2003 - National call to action for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community to oppose the war on Iraq. Today, March 20, 2003, queer antiwar activists call on our community to resist George Bush's war for oil and to apply pressure to the greedy corporations that built him up. The corporation who deserves most of our contempt is oil giant Halliburton, whose board Dick Cheney was a member of and who really calls the shots in Washington DC. Halliburton, through their subsidiary Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR), stand to make a KILLING off of the war. WE SAY STOP THE DRILLING, STOP THE KILLING!!! QUEERS SAY NO BUSINESS AS USUAL. Call, fax, and email. Think about the lives that will be lost in Iraq. Think about the dismantling of democracy here at home. Then call, fax, and email again.
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From the open publishing newswire: i hope i'm wrong, but... Before the first Gulf War, in 1991, protests and civil disobedience rose around the country ...But shortly after the "war" (actually it was a one-sided slaughter) began in Iraq, the movement withered away, and went dormant. The yellow ribbons won out over the peace signs. And the war against Iraq never ended. Though 150-200,000 people died in the initial conflict, another 1,000,000+ died in the eleven years of sanctions that followed. Though some activists and groups doggedly continued to protest and educate, the mass movement was gone. Is that what will happen this time?
One reason why the mass permitted rallies might now fade out is because they never escalated, or encouraged escalation of tactics. Each one was more carefully planned than the previous one, with more "peacekeepers" and emphasis on legality. At the very least, these organizers could have been preparing people for the idea of escalation. Their heroes like Gandhi and MLK were parts of movements that used much less tame tactics, and to great effect. Rosa Parks was not following the rules. [ Read More... ]
Not the End, but the Beginning of the Peace Movement in Portland
The numbers at mass rallies may fade, but not because the peace movement is losing momentum. These mass rallies have served a four-fold purpose: to send a message that America does not want this war; to make us all aware, we are not alone in our feelings about this war; to educate and get connected those that come for the first two reasons; and to provide a safe venue for those at greater risk for speaking out. At each rally, organizers and groups involved got better at fulfilling that third purpose, educating and connecting. There has not been a call for escalation of tactics because this is not the place for it, children, disabled, middle-aged and older folks, people of color, immigrants, are not in a position to escalate tactics. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: There is a candlelight vigil tonight (Wed) at 8:00 pm at the Salmon St Springs at Waterfront Park sponsored by Living Earth Gatherings.
Join with fellow Portlanders at one of the many peace & prayer vigils being organized by the faith community in Portland. Complete schedule online at www.pdxpeace.org
EUGENE ACTIVISTS PROTEST AS BOMBS FALL, PROMISE MORE ACTIONS
From the open publishing newswire: The connections between corporate media and corporate power have been well-documented, as has the increasing consolidation into fewer and fewer hands of all commercial media, including TV, radio and newsprint. In sum, corporate media is owned by or strongly connected to the military industry, and serves those masters first and foremost. "The truth" (and yes, there really is such a thing) is not their concern. It might be that a few reporters here and there actually believe they are trying to do the best thing for the world with their work and to be honest and fair, but these people are kidding themselves. Those few who do try to push the envelope have their work heavily edited or find themselves out of a job.
As the U.S. government slams a brutal attack onto Iraq, these issues are coming to the forefront. Only Fox and CNN will be allowed to broadcast coverage of "the war" and everything they broadcast will be vetted first by the military. Don't expect any truth. The lack of good coverage of peace and anti-war actions will also pervade. There's no reason to think anything else will happen. As a Florida appeals court declared in February of this year, "it is technically not against any law, rule or regulation to deliberately distort the news on television." The corporate media exists to engineer opinion in favor of ruling class elite interests. It is not our friend and never will be. It will always do more harm than good to us and the causes of justice and freedom.
Therefore, starting when we march out from Terry Shrunk Plaza on the day the attack on Iraq begins (which will be any day now), we must block the corporate media from covering us. Here are a few reasons to do this:
From the open publishing newswire: Recently, Americans of the pro-death persuasion have been vociferously proclaiming their support of the illegal war against Iraq. Among the most popular rejoinders utilized within this forum, the pro-death proponents tend to exclaim upon any and all attempts at intellectual interaction that "you all are coming along... "
Now I'm unclear just what exactly "you're coming along" means. Clearly, most posters to this forum are not posting from US Military Barracks in Kuwait. Thus, most posters are most definitively _not_ coming along. Nor is the draft a politically viable possibility at this point, regardless of the eminently predictable massive attrition of US forces once urban warfare begins in Baghdad. The US Marines are the only significantly capable contingent of US Military Forces that are trained or equipped to deal with Urban Warfare, and they are at best mediocre. Either tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians will be murdered, or Baghdad will become a second Battle of the Black Sea. But I digress.
Having established that most posters to the Indymedia forum are neither active military personnel, nor liable to be draftedand likely to disregard such demands, if so draftedit is then by simple validity test established that the majority of posters are not "coming along."
Activists block Broadway Bridge during morning rush hour
From the open publishing newswire: This morning seven protesters armed with signs and some gusto stopped traffic on the Broadway Bridge.
The police monitor Indymedia, any attempt at direct action must be planned and discussed outside of this forum. And then discussed afterwards. This is afterwards.
Bush Is The Real Terrorist - billboard action
Civil Disobedience at the Federal Building
The group's goal is to model a Gandhian act of civil disobedience to inspire others in the community to engage in similar acts to resist the Bush administration's illegal and immoral war against the people of Iraq.
"As our nation prepares to launch an illegal, immoral, and unjustified war that will put millions of Iraqis at risk and endanger hundreds of thousands of U.S. servicemen and women, we stand here today to remind our leaders and fellow citizens of our noblest ideals and pledge to resist, with bodies and souls, our government's inhumane course of action," said Reverend Cecil Prescod. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Interested in discussing civil resistance?
Join us for a training about civil resistance and direct action.
WHEN: Saturday 22 March, 12:00 - 4:00 (bring a sack lunch)
WHERE: Augustana Lutheran Church (NE 15th Ave at Knott Street)
For more information or to let us know that you plan to attend call
503-740-8561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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From the open publishing newswire: Katz, Kroeker, and Giusto, among other officials of the Portland's 'civilian' leadership, today expressed more of the same commerce minded rhetoric we've come to expect. Absent an amusing session of musical chairs amongst the three wisemongers, today's three-o'clock press conference contained little in the way of dramatic policy shifts.
Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker expressed concerns that commerce not be stopped in Portland as children start dying in Iraq; the people of Portland are encouraged, however, to express their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech in more polite fashions. Chief Kroeker also expressed a willingness to entertain last minute requests for parade permits, should splinter groups wish to discuss their plans with the Portland Police Bureau.
Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto, responding to a duly seated, mainstream reporter's question regarding the lack of teeth in stepped up police presence and political prescience in prosecuting the righteous war of commerce continuance upon protesters in Portland, answered that resources and beds had already been set aside within his domain for those who wish to ignore the dire warnings of wrath and mayhem to befall any lawbreakers in the City of Roses. In other words, actual criminals have been released in order that beds be made available to jail radical anti-war protestors, should they fail to immediately obey any and all authoritarian dictators. [ Read More... ]
Early Report: City Hall News conference
Police Bureau Policy on Antiwar Protests
Original annoucement: Mayor and Police Chief holding press conference at 3:00 about Day of War
3:00 p.m., City Hall, Tuesday, March 18:
From the open publishing newswire: The coming days may be dark and sad. Already we have lost a "radical" strong woman - a heroine in Rachel Corrie. May all us "radicals" be as strong and clear. May we learn to watch each others backs. Those of us committed to peace and understanding of the web of deceit, corruption,and death that has spread around the world, know that this is the last gasp of a patriarcal war culture - the web of power.
Remember there is no shame in being a Radical.
Saul Alinsky, one of the 20th centuries most devoted grass roots organizers wrote this about Radicals in his essay "Reveille for Radicals"
America's radicals are to be found wherever and whenever America moves close to the fulfillment of its democratic dream. Whenever America's hearts are breaking, there American radicals were and are. America was begun by its radicals. America was built by its radicals. The hope and future of America lies with its radicals. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Notice left at numerous Portland homes after flags have been seized from nearby flag poles and vehicles. In one incident, a man in a George W. Bush mask was spotted removing a flag on the porch outside one home's television room.
[ Downloadable PDF of notice ]
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