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From the open publishing newswire: This current illegal 'war' (why don't we declare war anymore? too chicken?) is costing me, you, and everyone else in our society big-time. What comes around goes around. It's infuriating and saddening, of course, but it can also be rich with nearly-amusing irony.
The case of the Care and Treatment of the Flag of the United States of America is one such irony that is on my mind today... see, I drove over the Stars and Stripes on my way home from work. Yep, fallen of the vehicle of some great Patriot or another. There was too much traffic for me to go back and get it - downright dangerous duty that - so I could burn the damned thing. Too bad.
Now personally, I could give a fuck about any flag, including that of the country I happen to have been born in. Just so you know where I'm coming from. But once a U.S. flag touches the ground, the thing is supposed to be burned. I've burned several personally, as a Boy Scout. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Did you know that at least 1600 people sleep out every night because all the available shelter space is full? Did you know that sleeping in public in Portland is illegal? It is time to put an end to Portland's anti-camping ordinance which has criminalized homeless members of our community for over 20 years.
Crossroads, a project of Sisters of the Road CafÃ©, will give away sleeping bags to members of the homeless community on April 29th at an event to meet the immediate need of homeless Portlanders and raise awareness about PortlandÂ's anti-camping ordinance. But to make this event happen, they need your sleeping bag. You can call crossroads at 503.222.5694 ext 14, or bring your extra sleeping bags by their office at 618 NW Davis between 9:30 and 5:30 Monday through Friday. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Announcing a protest for the woods,tomorrow morning. At 10am this Wednesday, a car pool will meet at the Cascadia Forest Alliance office at SE Clinton and 16th. We will be driving to the Vancouver outlet of BMC-WEST to protest their role in the degredation of our National Forests. This will be the fourth protest at this store. We'll be doing street theatre outside while representatives turn in 500 petition signatures collected over the last two weeks to the store managers. The petitions ask BMC to stop selling lumber from our National Forests. Please come to join in or show your support. [ Read More... ] Cascadia Forest Alliance (503) 241-4879
From the open publishing newswire: After 5 nights of steady rain, the Portland Peace Encampment and its signs are getting bedraggled. We request You bring down your favorite Pro-Peace / Anti-war signs and/or art (preferably waterproof). If you don't have art, hot food/drink and/or money donations are always welcome. Phone calls/faxes/e-mails, etc to the Mayor's office at 503-823-4120 / 503-823-3588(fax) / www.ci.portland.or.us/mayor are always needed. [ Together, we can make a difference. ]
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From the open publishing newswire: Marion Nestle, author of the critically acclaimed book "Food Politics," argues that ensuring safe food involves more than washing hands or cooking food to higher temperatures. It involves politics. This was the main theme of her presentation when she appeared at the First Unitarian Church on March 25, 2003. The evening began with about a 10 minute presentation on food politics in Washington D.C., and was followed by a slide show. This audio file is from the first 10 minute presentation. [ Read More and Hear the Audio... ]
From the open publishing newswire: SHAC USA has just been informed that, after hearing about the horrors taking place inside HLS, Robotti and Company, Inc. has ceased acting as a market maker for HLS. Great work! The Robotti representative specifically noted that this decision was made after learning what happens inside HLS. [ Now keep the pressure on Brokerage America ]
Old News: NEW Partner in animal torture for HLS - Robotti & Co.Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) is an all volunteer, no-nonsense, grassroots organization dedicated to a full-time campaign to shut down one of the world's most notorious product testing labs. A lab that tortures and kills 500 primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, mice, farm animals and fish ever day to test products like sun tan lotions and sweetener. SHAC has dedicated itself to seeing an end of the lab once and for all. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Global Renaissance Alliance is asking people in all congressional districts to promote Rep Dennis Kucinich's bill, to be intro'ed tomorrow, to create a federal cabinet-level Department of Peace. Imagine the concept: a Department of Peace on equal footing with the Department of War ("Defense")! I volunteered to promote in Clark County but decided to post here in case people wherever haven't heard about this specific action. The core act is for us to contact our respective congresspeople in every way possible tomorrow in support of a DoP.
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From the open publishing newswire: An Oregon bill aimed at limiting food labeling laws, including GE labeling, has been passed by the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee in a 6-1 vote. It will now be debated on the floor of the House sometime late this week or early next week.
The bill, HB 2957, which was introduced by Rep. Jeff Kropf (R-Halsey), the Chair of the House Ag & Natural Resources Committee, has been rewritten to be quite ambiguous. The new text of the bill states: "SECTION 1. (1) A local government may not impose a requirement for the disclosure or display of information on a food label. (2) If a food is subject to a federal requirement for disclosing or displaying information on the label, a state agency may not impose a labeling requirement regarding the same information that is more stringent than the federal requirement."
At a public hearing last Thursday, two representatives from NW RAGEand a representative from a newly formed anti-GE group in Portland, GE Free Oregon, spoke out against the bill, while representatives from the Grocery Association and a group called Oregonians for Food and Shelterspoke in favor of the bill. The 7-member House Committee passed the bill in a 6-1 vote. The lone dissenting vote was cast by Rep. Kelley Wirth (D-Corvallis).
From the open publishing newswire: Jeff needs help right now, as he has appealed his 22.5 year long sentence and the ball is in their court, so to speak.
Now is the time to write letters on Jeff's behalf to the Attorney General. Below is a sample letter...
From the open publishing newswire: Monday night starting at 7pm is the Oregon Office of Energy Hearing on the formation of a Multnomah County People's Utility District. The Office of Energy will generate a report from the testimony taken at the hearing. The Oregon Public Power Coalition has the first 20 minutes to testify on behalf of public power. PGE and PacificCorp will testify in opposition to public ownership. [ Read More... ] Oregon Public Power Coalition
Where: Red & Black Cafe, SE 22nd and Division
From the open publishing newswire: Pesident Bush deployed chemical weapons against his own people this morning on in Oakland, California. Hundreds of women, children, dockworkers, and other peace advocates were brutally assaulted the morning of 4/7/03 by masked government forces wielding chemical weapons, concussion grenades, and firing guns into the crowd. [ Chronology from SF Indymedia ] SF Indymedia
Village Building Convergence welcomes five of North AmericaÂ's foremost teachers of ecological building practices to Southeast Portland for 10 full days of education, inspiration, and celebration surrounding the physical transformation of five neighborhood intersections into public squares. Communities around Southeast Portland have been working together, re-designing their intersections to become neighborhood gathering places that foster a greater sense of community. Changes might involve traffic calming, street painting, tree planting, building benches and kiosks out of cob, wood or stone and organizing the neighborhood for monthly block parties and outdoor movies.
The Village Building Convergence, to be held May 9-18, 2003, will include free hands-on workshops as well as nightly key-note presentations by cultural visionaries from around the nation. Each selected intersection will host this event on their streets and the week will end with the completion of five unique public gathering places. Leaders in the fields of green construction, community building and permaculture will attend from around the world. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: On Saturday April 5 at noon, a horde of women dressed in shades of pink and black appeared in the Sears store in Washington Square. In groups of two and three, the women entered the mall and walked the corridors, meeting curious stares. By the time the third and fourth group of pink-clad women appeared, many were curious enough to ask questions, and were handed (only at their request) a pink slip w/ access numbers for Code Pink local and national organizations.
The invaders gatherered at the central escalator and together rode the escalators up and down several times. A humming sound soon emanated from the scene -- what was that tune? -- Why it sounded a lot like "All we are saying is 'give peace a chance'" Indeed, moments later, women's voices could be heard harmonizing the words and tune of that very song, louder and louder.
The women hit their stride at the escalator bottom, and walked the corridors repeating the refrain over and over and over, to the mostly delighted faces of passers-by, pausing before a window featuring "spring colors" (guess what - pink is IN this year!) for a photo op and continuing serenade.
On Wednesday, 9 march, Code Pink will hold a vigil at SE 12th and Hawthorne. A meeting will be held at a member residence close by. Sorry guys, women only allowed at meetings, though you are most welcome to form a Code Pink "auxilliary."
From the open publishing newswire: KRVM is about to be shut down in Eugene. KRVM in Eugene is the only place to hear alternative news and multicultural programming in Eugene. KLCC has become the voice of NPR and other corportate interests. KRVM is the only voice of Community radio south of KBOO. Please help save the station. With only another $15,000 KVRM could be the KBOO of the southern Willamette Valley. (KBOO can not be heard past Corvallis). [ Full Story... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Saturday evening, April 5, 2003, Greg Palast, nationally acclaimed investigative reporter, currently working for the BBC, spoke in Portland at Portland State University... The evenings address was spirited, witty and full of information concerning the hypocrisy of both Bush Administration's. Hypocrisy is actually too mild a word for some of the facts this excellent investigative reporter dug up concerning conflicts of interest and downright criminal conduct by the Bush family.... Palast talks about some of the military boondogles foisted upon the American taxpayer by the military industrial complex. Of the 80 billion dollars Congress recently gave the president, the Carlyle group is receiving 450 million... [ Full Story and audio file ]
He asks, "Who won the first Gulf War?" And it turns out that, among others, Chevron won. "Who will win the second Gulf War?" Well, according to Palast, Carlyle, Bechtel, Halburton and Lockheed, again, among others, are lining up at the blood and grist trough.
From Indymedia: Two International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activists, including American Brian Avery, 24, of Albuquerque, New Mexico suffered an attack by Israeli machine gun fire today in Jenin. Avery was shot in the face when he and fellow activist Tobias Karlsson of Sweden, who was uninjured, left their apartment to investigate gunfire. Avery was reportedly wearing a fluorescent red vest with a reflective white cross when he was gunned down. He was later transported to a hospital in Haifa for medical treatment.
"We had our hands up and we were wearing vests that clearly identified us as international workers when they began firing," Karlsson said. "Brian was shot in the face, and it looks like he was hit by a heavy caliber bullet because of the extent of the wound."
Another member of this group, Rachel Corrie , ISM activist from Olympia, Washington, was killed on March 16 while trying to stop an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip (news - web sites). She fell in front of the machine, which ran over her and then backed up, witnesses said.
From the open publishing newswire: Ursula K Le Guin, RV Branham, Eileen Gunn, L. Timmel Duchamp,the people of Reading Frenzy and the IPRC, and many others will gather at SW Park and Salmon, at one o'clock on Saturday, April 12th, for a Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) sponsored protest against the USA Patriot Act. The event will focus on the new FBI presence in public libraries and on free speech. It will include a brief stop at the Central Library downtown, where a list of 'subversive' or questionable books like the Koran, the Anarchist Cookbook, and other banned or censored titles will be checked out en masse.
The protesters also hope to make the connection between the war on Iraq and the attack on civil liberties at home, pointing to how the climate of fear and uncertainty around war creates a pretext for the dismantling of basic rights. [ Read More... ] www.douglaslain.com/libraryfbi.html | Downloadable fliers and leaflets
From the open publishing newswire: At 6:45am Saturday Apri 5th, Officer Scott Sheldon of Homenald Security, Federal Protective Services closed Terry Schrunk Plaza for "Public Safety" reasons. He personally put up Police Tape around the West half of the grassy area of the Plaza. The Portland Peace Encampment was forced to move out of the Plaza and onto the sidewalk. [ Full Story... ] Photos of Closed Terry Shrunk Park
Peace Camp still needs support
Anyone willing and able to get bread, soup, veggies and coffee ... or whatever other sustenance you can provide ... would be very much appreciated.
These people are hanging tough, bearing 24 hour witness and welcome any help with a smile and kind words. Go visit them and bring a little something! maybe drop by and play a game of scrabble or gin rummy in support of a true democracy, as wraith-like as it may seem in this dark hour.[ Read More... ]
Previous stories about the Peace Camp: [ Shots Fired Near Portland Peace Encampment | Update: Pictures and report of hit and run | Hit and run at Peace Camp | Kitchen to cook meals for peace campers | peace camp is looking for donations | Peace Camp Action Alert! | Peace Park Legalities. Strong Free Speech Right U.S. / Oregon Const. Some Traps | PEACE PARK LIVES! MAJOR VICTORY! SUPPORT NOW .... TARPS, BLANKETS, SCRABBLE | Portland Peace Encampment releases statement of purpose | Peace Encampment carries on without tents; Shelters forbidden by Homeland Security | peace camp asks for help | Peace Camp update: Still there despite Homeland Security Threats | Portland Peace Camp may be evicted ]
From the open publishing newswire: The Army of None is gathering in Pioneer Square Saturday April 5 at High Noon to show our resistance to the Bush Administration's illegal and unjust war. Vetrans who oppose the war are encouraged to come. Please wear some sort of military dress (any time period) to show your support for the movement. Be prepared to exorcise your rights to free speech and to peaceably gather.... We will be holding a flag cerimony and speak-in after a peaceful non-permitted march. Anarchists don't need an invitation. [ Read More... ] Video: Last Weeks Rally and March Courtesy of Jim Lockhart - PhilosopherSeed.org | Reponses to recruiting websites of the us-army
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