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Reports from April 4's anti-war Critical Mass
From the open publishing newswire: tonight about 100 riders met up in the north park blocks for the now-weekly critical mass / anti-war protest. FUCK cars and the oil war they cause, yo? the po-pos were there too of course, on bicycles, motocycles, horses (the only animal with two assholes is the police horse, heh), and in cruisers, marked and unmarked. oh, and they had the stormtrooper riot robots on an SUV ready-to-rumble and they brought along the ice-cream truck too. that's like their favorite thing now.

they followed the mass up burnside toward I-405, and kept everybody in one lane only. sometimes they (the cops) blocked the other lane. they also got up on the sidewalks with their motorcycles, totally endangering the lives of people up there (including msyself twice). stupid screws. anyway, as the mass approached I-405, a bunch of cops fuckin' materialized out of nowhere and totally surrounded the mass to keep it from even THINKING about going on the freeway... [ Story & Photos ]

MORE: [ Critical Mass Report from the ride | to the CM Splinterz | What lights are required on bikes?? | We Need New Tactics ]

POLICE STATE | SOLIDARITY 04.04.2003 21:45
Rally for Mike Hawash (Intel employee detained for two weeks without charge)
From the open publishing newswire: Please join us in support of Mike Hawash on Monday April 7 at 8:30 on the steps of the U.S. Courthouse. We believe that Mike has a hearing scheduled for that time and expect that a show of support will help his cause. We expect a lot of press coverage so the more people, the better.

As you know, Mike has been detained by the FBI for over 2 weeks now without any charges brought. He is being held in prison, in solitary confinement and has not even been questioned. We believe that this is wrong and that it is inconsistent with his rights as an American citizen. Free Mike Hawash!
[ Read More... ]

[Free Mike Hawash Website | Earlier Feature ]?

MEMORIAL 04.04.2003 20:32
April 4th, anniversary of Dr. King's assassination & riverside speech
From the open publishing newswire: Dr. King was murdered exactly one year after giving the following speech, calling on an expansion to the civil rights movement to include the poor and oppressed in the world. He criticized the Gov't, and was murdered for it. And no wonder. This man was the biggest threat to the forces of darkness we've seen in decades.

The Inner Truth by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Riverside Church, New York City, April 4th, 1967.
He was murdered on April 4th, 1968.

"A time comes when silence is betrayal..."A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war,'This way of settling differences is not just.' A nation that continues year and year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death...This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind. We can no longer afford to worship the God of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation." [ Dr. King's Speech... ]

FOREST DEFENSE 04.04.2003 06:43
Cascadia Summer Events in Washington
From the open publishing newswire: Cascadia Summer Events in Washington will be starting off this Sunday! There will be a hike to the Southeast Corner of Mt. Rainier, Ohanna Pecash area... Rides leave from Evergreen State College in Olympia at 8:45 a.m. Don't forget that Wednesday April 9 is the National Day of Action against BMC West! Actions will be taking place all over Cascadia against this corporation and will continue until they agree that selling old-growth products is not the right thing to be doing! [ Read More... ]

Cascadia Defense Network | Portland IMC forest activism page

STUDENTS STOP WAR 04.04.2003 00:01
University of Oregon Anti-War Protest
From the open publishing newswire: A small group of protestors, mostly University of Oregon students, rallied at the Erb Memorial Union at 3:00 on Thursday, April 3rd, 2003, to protest the war in Iraq. There were some poets, speakers, and music at the rally. [ Read More... ]

PEACE / ANTI-WAR 03.04.2003 23:55
Belmont Peace Protestors, Can We Endure?
From the open publishing newswire: The Belmont Peace Protest today, beginning on Belmont and 34th brought many great surprises: blustery winds blowing through green leafy brown giants standing alongside our path. Rain beating, ever so lightly on the street, our faces, the cops, in the rain and the rainbow-orange, pink, green...we were few, but our spirit was strong. Less police presence than last week. Hopefully the sun will begin to shine, we will drum, and sing loudly- drawing all out for peace, justice... [ Read More... ]

CITIZEN ACTION 03.04.2003 23:44
Protesters Will Document Police Conduct at Anti-War Demonstrations
From the open publishing newswire: Portland, OR--The Police Accountability Campaign is collecting information from protesters about police conduct at demonstrations. The campaign has produced a Protesters' Police Conduct Documentation Form identifying important information to collect at incidents [DOWNLOAD PDF HERE]. Information collected may be used to file a class action complaint with the Independent Police Review Division or a future civil lawsuit.

"The goal is to pool documentation of misconduct and sort it by incident in order have a full and accurate record of what has been happening," said Catherine Stauffer, a spokesperson for the organization. "We are concerned that police tactics are changing right now and we need to have a recourse for how protesters are being treated," she added.

The campaign is going to make this form available at public demonstrations to both participants and bystanders. Witnesses are encouraged to use the form retroactive to March 20, the day the war began. Police misconduct documented on the form may include verbal abuse by police officers, pepper spray, property confiscation, poor use of police tactics, or other inappropriate conduct. Protesters do not have to include their name on the form. [ Read More... ]

[ Police Accountability Campaign | Protesters' Police Conduct Documentation Form (PDF) ]

ANALYSIS 03.04.2003 23:42
Analysis: The War Is Over
From the open publishing newswire: An analysis of the current campaign in Iraq and the real objectives of the war, with parallels to Hitler's invasion of Poland, the sieges of Stalingrad and Leningrad, and lessons from Gulf War I. Though the war has not ended, the main objective for the U.S. has been fulfilled. [ Read More... ]

Angry crowds greet Troops - CNN perplexed
When they find out that the oil profits will, of course, be going into the pockets of the U.S. oil robber barons, they will be even more pissed off...After all, these are the Americans who are liberating Iraq's oil fields, and in America, there is no such thing as 'developing the oil for the benefit of all the people' and, despite George W. Bush's socialist talk, the people of Iraq will be robbed blind and then left with nothing, just like Africa after colonialism... [ Read More... ]

Ignore German history at your peril
[T]he man who claimed to be the nation's leader had not been elected by a majority vote and the majority of citizens claimed he had no right to the powers he coveted. He was a simpleton, some said, a cartoon character of a man who saw things in black-and-white terms and didn't have the intellect to understand the subtleties of running a nation in a complex and internationalist world.

His coarse use of language - reflecting his political roots in a southernmost state - and his simplistic and often-inflammatory nationalistic rhetoric offended the aristocrats, foreign leaders, and the well-educated elite in the government and media. And, as a young man, he'd joined a secret society with an occult-sounding name and bizarre initiation rituals that involved skulls and human bones.

Nonetheless, he knew the terrorist was going to strike (although he didn't know where or when), and he had already considered his response. When an aide brought him word that the nation's most prestigious building was ablaze, he verified it was the terrorist who had struck and then rushed to the scene and called a press conference. [ Read More... ]

PEACE 03.04.2003 23:29
PPRC to Hold Only One Weekly Peace Rally and March: Fridays at 5:00 p.m.
From the open publishing newswire: Contrary to a mistaken announcement sent out on the PPRC e-mail distribution, the Portland Peaceful Response Coalition will not be holding regular Monday 5:00 p.m. peace rallies and marches on Pioneer Courthouse Square. The mistaken e-mail announcement was picked up by several local media outlets and was quickly propagated through the community. The PPRC regrets this error, and is requesting that all local media revise community calendars that currently list PPRC as the organizer or sponsor for Monday gatherings at Pioneer Courthouse Square. At this time, the PPRC has no plans to organize any additional Monday gatherings at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

"We will of course continue to hold the Friday 5:00 p.m. peace rallies at Pioneer Courthouse Square," said PPRC spokesperson, Will Seaman. "The Monday rallies of the last two weeks following the start of the US war on Iraq were not intended to become regular events like the Friday rallies." Seaman said that PPRC regrets the mistaken announcement, but that the group is confident that other local peace organizations will continue to plan actions against the war that are scheduled throughout the week. [ Read More... ]

[ Portland Peaceful Response Coalition ]

Jammin For Peace
This Sunday and hopefully every following Sunday at 2 pm a group of peace activists will hold a jam for peace. People of all musical styles and abilities are encouraged to join the fun. Even if you lacking of musical talent come dance or just listen and show your support for this soul soothing peaceful protest. Children and pets are encouraged as this will be a 100% peaceful event. Bring your own food, beverages, and extra for others if you can afford it. The weather report for Sunday is sunny, perfect for a picnic and jam at the magical Mt. Tabor. People attending the 4 pm peace walk are encouraged to show up a couple hours early and enjoy the festivities. [ Newswire post ]

Palast book a must read
From the open publishing newswire: Investigative journalist Greg Palast is coming to speak in Portland this Saturday from 6-9 at the PSU Gym. Palast is an amazing investigative journalist, and his book, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" digs deep to uncover America's dirty little secrets. The new version is expanded and updated from the original, with tips for activists on how to work against the corruption. (Tix are $10 and befit KBOO, The Alliance, Rearguard, and PDX Tech Project.)

You absolutely HAVE to read "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" by Greg Palast. Honing his investigative skills working for labor unions, Palast has expertly transferred his skills to journalism, and the result is an amazing expose on the American government and all the tricks they use to give their corporate friends a hand up while ignoring that little thing we like to call democracy. [ Read More... ] gregpalast.com

all you little troublemakers need to stay the fuck AWAY - Mayor Katz
From the open publishing newswire: Some of you troublemakers might have seen Phil Busse's invitation to my State of the City Address tomorrow, Friday April 4, 12:15 at the Multnomah Athletic Club at 1849 SW Salmon Street. Well, I'm telling you now, I don't want to see ANY of you outside protesting police abuse and the erosion of civil liberties, and I REALLY don't want any of you to pay the five dollars to come inside and disrupt my fucking speech. I know that some of you may be tempted to infiltrate, so I have already arranged to have security remove anyone who shouts at me.

Since it creates quite a row when a protestor is removed, you would have a VERY UNWELCOMED influence by scattering throughout the audience and shouting at me individually thereby making security work hard to remove people individually over a very long period of time. I especially do not want to hear calls for my resignation or police accountability or any smart quips about the state of the city being a "police state". You have been warned.

Do Not show up at 12:15 at the Multnomah Athletic Club at 1849 SW Salmon Street.
Do Not protest outside.
Do Not attempt to infiltrate ($5) and disrupt.

WORD ON THE WAR MACHINE 03.04.2003 14:24
Rosebraugh Releases pentagonlies.com

From the open publishing newswire: Former Earth Liberation Front spokesperson Craig Rosebraugh released his new website today that is against the war in Iraq, yet critical of the anti-war movement in the United States. Located at http://www.pentagonlies.com, the website contains a number of essays written by Rosebraugh including "Operation Iraqi Occupation," "A Message to the U.S. Anti-War Movement," "On Political Violence," "A Message to U.S. Troops," and much more. The site also includes a critical analysis of the U.S. government's anti-terrorism
[ Read More... ]

6 Banners hung on freeway overpasses March 31st
From the open publishing newswire: On March 31st in the early A.M. 6 banners were hung across a number of Portland freeways including Interstate-84, Interstate-5, Interstate-405 and Highway 26. The banners had a few different messages including "Are you driving the war?" "War for Profit" and "U.S. is a terrorist".

It is easy to make banners out of readily available materials and hang them in public places, or stand and hold them on the road or freeway overpass if you want to be able to re-use them. It is easy, fun, and so far, has not been labelled a terrorist activity. That could change anytime, so sieze the chance while you still can!
[ Read More... ]

DEFENDING THE WILD 02.04.2003 21:40
For The Remaining Wild... Take Action!
Mazama Forest Defense Benefit in Ashland this Friday!
From the open publishing newswire: in defense of the earth!
MAZAMA FOREST DEFENSE BENEFIT THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 4 with music by the SISTERS OF THE REVOLUTION; and screening of a new video by Mazama 'We mourn the dead and fight like hell for the living' [ Read More... ]

Week of Action for the Buffalo in Montana/Wyoming, April 19-25
From the open publishing newswire: The Montana Department of Livestock and the National Park Service have already killed 244 wild bison this winter for the radical action of grazing on public lands.
Stop the slaughter of the last wild bison.
Mass action requires a mass.
Come defend the buffalo.
[ Details... ]

Fall Creek tree-sit 5 year anniversary events in Eugene
From the open publishing newswire: Mark yer calendars!
3-day event to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the Fall Creek tree-sit. April 20-22

4/20 - everyone's invited to camp out at Fall Creek. Hike and skill-share followed by an evening of drums and ritual. Rides leave 10:00am Sunday morning 4/20 for the forest from Growers Market, 454 Willamette St, Eugene 4/21 - rides will return from the forest. At 7:00pm there will be a banner making party and strategy session at the Growers Market. 4/22 - (earth day!) Rally to cancel the Clark/Fall Creek timber sale. Meet at Zip-O-Log Mills (the purchaser of the sale) at 1:00pm on your bike. (corner of 6th Ave and Garfield St, Eugene). Then critical mass over to the Federal Building and Willamette National Forest headquarters in downtown Eugene.

Due to activists finding red tree vole nests, the Clark timber sale was reduced from 96 acres to 29 acres several months ago. Time is long overdue to cancel the last 29 acres. Your help is desperately needed now!

The Forest Service has said it is up to the purchaser, Zip-O Log Mills of Eugene, to get out of the contract. Let's help them make their decision! Call Jim Hallstrom at Zip-O 541-343-7758 and Rick Scott at the Forest Service 541-782-2291 to help end this timber sale, and then, show up to the anniversary events! Activists will continue occupying the forest until the entire forest is saved, but we need your help!
[ Full Story... ] www.forestdefenders.org

CREATIVE PROTESTING 02.04.2003 21:15
We need to change our tactics............
From the open publishing newswire:
Protests and what makes them powerfull and effective has changed in the last week and in order to make the best of the huge emerging anti-war movement we need to examine our stratagy,what has changed and what we need to do different....
[ Full Story... ]

More Creative Tactics"

LEGAL SUPPORT | HELP!!! 02.04.2003 18:13
Protect Your Rights---The Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild is Working For You
From the open publishing newswire: Protect Your Rights---The Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild is Working For You. For those of you who understand that the Portland Police Bureau is engaged in a systematic effort to destroy the Bill of Rights in Portland, please consider the following:
  1. The local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild is working more than full-time to protect your rights and the U.S. Constitution...
  2. On another front, I, along with other guild lawyers have been aggressively pursuing a law suit against the City of Portland, Mayor Katz, Kroeker and other named officers to make them pay for their systematic violations of the Bill of Rights and their attempts to brutalize and punish innocent protestors for merely expressing their dissent to war.
To do this right- to have an EFFECT-- both of these efforts take money. The A-22 lawsuit team needs to hire experts, take depositions and utilize other resources to ensure that we can prevail. The defense lawyers are all working for free. The A-22 lawyers are not charging their clients anything and hope eventually to be paid by the City for their work. We [ NEED YOUR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE RIGHT NOW! ] For more info and to help: www.hippielawyer.com

PUBLIC EDUCATION 02.04.2003 13:24
Forum on Financing Public Education
From the open publishing newswire: The Portland Metro Chapter of the Pacific Green Party will host a forum on Financing Public Education. Former State Representative Jo Anne Bowman and others will discuss the challenges currently facing Portland Public Schools, as well as actions being taken to resolve the crisis. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion in which audience members can propose and discuss their own innovative solutions toward achieving stable and well-funded public education. Please call (971) 244-0127 for more information.[ Read More... ] pdxgreens

Forum on Financing Public Education
When: Thursday, April 3rd, 7 to 9 pm
Where: Southeast Uplift building, 3534 SE Main

ANTI-WAR 02.04.2003 13:01
Mario Africa Speaks to Feeder March on Friday, March 28
From the open publishing newswire: Mario Africa, Hip Hop activist, MOVE member, and founder of the Third World Outreach Program of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, addressed a radical feeder march assembled in the North Park Blocks on Friday, March 28. Mario Africa, who was visiting Portland from Camden, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, significantly raised the volume of resistance in Portland against the policies and wars (current and planned) of the Bush administration.[ Read More... ] Listen to the audio

See the following links for more information about Mario Africa and the organizations he works with: AWOL | Third World Outreach Program

ACTIVIST THEATRE 02.04.2003 09:04
Death at our April Fools Pro-WAR rally
From the open publishing newswire: "And war must always be a last resort, not a first choice." -- Senator Byrd That quote is just the kind of crap you expect to hear from a stirred up Democrat. Fortunately, the Democratic leadership is still just as stirred up about the war as a three week old cadaver. I made a "protest sign" to let America know just how grateful I am that they did not listen to Senator Byrd.

On the way to the rally I stopped by an Oregonian newspaper dispenser. It was the first time I had a chance to express my undying gratitude to the Oregonian for endorsing George W. Bush for President. If the Oregonian and almost all of the American media hadn't favored Bush... It's just frightening to think how many fewer dead people there would be right now.

[Text from some April 1 pro-war signs:] We is winning. ~ "Bush... nicer than Hitler." ~ For the disease of Life, I'm the cure. For the disease of Freedom, you're gonna have to look to Attorney General Ashcroft. ~ "Support the WAR, tax the POOR." [ Read More... ]

EROSION OF LIBERTY 02.04.2003 08:54
Police harassment, coming home.
From the open publishing newswire: March 30, 2003. Around 9:00 in the evening. My housemate and I are in the kitchen, eating bread. KBOO is on the radio, it is their pledge drive, give them money. It is beautiful out, the front door is open, the screen door is shut. My housemate and I were talking loudly over the radio, probably saying the "fuck" word, and laughing.

Next thing we know, a shout from the other room "The Police, show yourselves". I was dumbfounded, who would play this joke? So I stepped into the living room and there is a police officer at the door. I have a piece of bread in my hand, I am calm. He says "Police, we got a call for domestic disturbance". He goes for the door and I say "You cant come in here." But he doesnt listen. He says [ "Yes I can"... ]

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