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BIKES!! BIKES!! BIKES!! BIKES!! 17.04.2003 23:27
Karaoke to Karaoke - BY BIKE!
BIKE POWER From the open publishing newswire: Friday, the 18th 6:00 - Meet at Chopsticks Express At 7, we hit the next joint ... 3 stops planned, maybe more ... Bar bike rides happen on the third Friday of the month at a different spot each time. To stay updated, see the calendar at http://www.ShiftToBikes.org **DISCLAIMER** This is not a Shift event [ Read More... ] Why such a late Critical Mass? | BikeSummer Rides Again

Teachers stage civil disobediance at school board meeting
From the open publishing newswire: a group of teachers/activists spoke out against military recruiting in school through some good ol' civil disobediance. Apparently, the government has a program called "No Child Left Behind" which gives military recruiters full access to all of a students records, and essentially gives recruiters free reign in schools. This small group of teachers/activists decided to make a statement against this practice by marching in to the School Board meeting and holding their placards on one side of the room. [ Read More... ]

how can we do more? | www.objector.org

GENTRIFICATION 17.04.2003 19:17
Gentrification, Interstate Ave, & Nectar of the Bean.
From the open publishing newswire: Richard De Wolf, De Wolf Properties, hikes rents on Interstate Avenue to more than Pearl District prices. Forces small businesses out, deprives neighborhood of coffee (!!!) and starts the gentrification wheels cranking. A woman sat near Nectar of the Bean Coffee Shop (Interstate & Skidmore) handing out fliers this morning, inspired by the coffee shop's eviction from it's overpriced building, by owner Richard De Wolf. The woman has no affiliation with the establishment, and does not even drink coffee. [ Here is what her flier said: ]

Lawsuit Against City: Update
From the open publishing newswire: Alan Graf appeared in front of city hall today, along with Miranda May, Randy Lyon, and William Ellis. May and Ellis were both assaulted by Portland police officers while exercising their first amendment rights during an anti-war protest on March 25th, 2003. Lyon was assaulted by Portland police officers on March 20th, 2003, while working as an engineer for KATU.

During the press conference, Alan Graf announced that he and the victims of police aggression are filing federal civil rights lawsuits against the City of Portland, Mayor Vera Katz, police chief Mark Kroeker, officers Mark Kruger and Joe Hanousek, and "several yet-to-be-named police officers." This comes in the wake of several chilling incidents across the city in which police abused their authority and assaulted peaceful anti-war protesters and others after the US began bombing Iraq. In a press release, graf and the National Lawyers Guild ask, "How much is the Bill of Rights worth, Mayor Katz? What dollar amount would you assign to the First Amendment?" [ Read More... ] Press Release Announcing New Law Suits Against the City of Portland | Financial assistance needed for legal support

COMMUNITY BUILDING 17.04.2003 19:14
puppetistas wanted
From the open publishing newswire: We are looking for puppetistas to do a workshop in Late May for a Students For Unity Event called the Urban Action Series. One specific event we would like to include, is a puppetista display and hands on event where PSU students and any other attendies can learn how to make political puppets. We're looking for any activists with puppetista experience and would possibly like to lead a workshop. [ Read More... ] Mayday Flier

LABOR | WOMEN 17.04.2003 18:49
Strippers push to save Lusty Lady
From the open publishing newswire: Dancers at North Beach's Lusty Lady, as well known for their labor activism as for their stripping, are planning to fight management's recent decision to close The City's lone remaining peepshow theater. More than 120 dancers and support staff received letters on Monday saying the porn club would be closing down in May. But the dancers, who just won a fight to restore wages after their pay was scaled back, say they'll do what they can to keep the Lusty Lady high-kicking, either at its present Kearny Street location, or elsewhere. [ Read More... ]

Update from the Womyn's Action Camp
From the open publishing newswire: Waxing in celebration of the full moon, the clearcuts bear striking resemblance to our souls. As in all struggles against state oppression, injustice and destruction, the people must stand and protect what the laws of the capitalist state do not. And people do. Women do.

Upwards of a hundred women from a dozen states have come in ebb and flow to the Salmon River since last week to learn new skills and explore ways to confront patriarchy and misogyny. Trainings this weekend include self-defense, climbing and knots, surveying, strategic action planning, chainsaw use, corporate campaigning, natural health and fertility awareness, botany and tree ID, the sweat lodge and more. For the schedule and directions, check out: www.mazamaforestdefense.org [ Read More... ]

KBOO Community Radio presents
"... Hedges unravels the myths and dysfunctional nationalism that grip nations heading to war..." - TomPaine.com
From the open publishing newswire: Hollywood Theatre: On Monday, April 21st [@ 7:00pm], KBOO Community Radio proudly presents Christopher Hedges, veteran investigative reporter, award-winning war correspondent and author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. This timely book is a potent warning and eloquent critique of humanity's love affair with war and the unforeseen consequences for both winners and losers.

Hedges has been a war correspondent for The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor for over 15 years. He has served as the Middle East Bureau Chief for The Dallas Morning News and as a National Public Radio correspondent in El Salvador and Buenos Aires. From Guatemala to Columbia to the Persian Gulf to the former Yugoslavia, Hedges has chronicled more than a decade of armed conflict. Hedges was also a part of the journalistic team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of global terrorism.

For more information call KBOO at 503-231-8032 x 208 or check the Web site for details at www.kboo.fm [ Read More... ] www.kboo.org

POLITICAL THEORY 17.04.2003 17:58
Fighting to Win: Interview with Craig Rosebraugh

From the open publishing newswire: Interview with Craig Rosebraugh, currently in issue #4 of "The 'A' Word", a little magazine out of Seattle focusing on Anarchism and Revolutionary Strategy. "... the absolutist nonviolent left only uses strategies which are deemed morally, and even religiously acceptable, and those coincidentally that are also sanctioned by the very political system one should be trying to change ... In theory this sounds wonderful, but in the history of the United States nonviolence on its own has never threatened the political structure in this country that is in desperate need of fundamental revolutionary change.

Once a necessary realization is made that a political and social revolution is required in the United States, a fundamental question arises, does a revolutionary atmosphere currently exist within this country?" [ I would say no... ] The A Word

FOREST DEFENSE 17.04.2003 17:45
Stop Clark timber Sale/Protest in Eugene
image courtesy of tree-sit.org
From the open publishing newswire: * Celebrate Earth Day by Canceling the Clark Timber Sale Twenty-nine acres of old-growth forest are still slated to be logged any day at the Clark timber sale in the treasured Fall Creek watershed. There are three upcoming events that have been put together to get the last of the sale canceled. [ Read More... ]

Sunday, April 20: Campout at the Clark timber sale (Fall Creek)
Monday, April 21: Banner making at Growers for Earth Day rally at Zippo
Tuesday, April 22: Earth Day rally at Zippo Log Mills (6th/Garfield). Ride your bike and meet at the mill at 1 pm.

[*Question: Does anyone know anything about the timber sales in the Clackamas Ranger District that were postponed? ]

PEACE 17.04.2003 01:27
Code Pink's outing tonight
From the open publishing newswire: Code Pink ventured out west again this evening - we stationed ourselves on Barbur Blvd at 69th, just west of the freeway offramps and just in time for commuter traffic. We waved pink signs reminding drivers of illegal, unjust war ("Remember Afghanistan?" "If I didn't love my country I wouldn't be out here!" "Freedom Fries While Baghdad Burns" "War is Expensive, Peace is Priceless" "Who's Next?")

Commuters were surprised to see us in such an unlikely place. [ Read More... ]

Code Pink is planning surprise action for Rose Festival - what is your group doing?
It's time to start looking forward for opportunities for peace and justice actions. With spring turning toward summer, the outdoor festivals will soon be upon us and every one of these offers a chance to get the word out to a crowd of people who, unlike the thousands that attend rallies and marches, are not already active in the peace and justice movement. [ Read More... ]

LEGAL CHALLENGE 16.04.2003 22:09
Press Release Thursday Announcing New Law Suits Against the City of Portland
From the open publishing newswire:
Press Conference April 17th, 2003 12 noon, City Hall ( 4th Ave. ) regarding upcoming law suits against the City of Portland over the heavy-handed tactics of the Portland Police Bureau.

Victims of Police Attacks During the Recent Protests Against the Iraq War Announce the Filing of Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits Against the City of Portland, Mayor Vera Katz, Police Chief Mark Kroeker, Mark Kruger and Joe Hanousek. The protestors involved in this notice to file lawsuits were acting legally and were exerting their First Amendment right to protest on the sidewalk. [ Full Story... ]

For Immediate Release
Contact Info:
Alan Graf, Attorney at Law

Financial assistance needed for legal support

BENEFIT SCREENING 16.04.2003 20:25
From the open publishing newswire:

Mark your calenders! Come on down to support independent media making and see never before seen footage from Iraq/Palestine!

Occupied Territories :
Stories from Iraq and Palestine

A screening of films by Bignoisefilms ("This is What Democracy Looks Like", "Zapatista", and "9.11" among others) and Iraqjournal.org, a collaboration with Voices in the Wilderness and Direct Action Palestine. What you won't see on the six o'clock news. Support independent reporting from inside the anti-war movement and hear stories from inside occupied territory.

-All proceeds to support independent documentation and reporting on the humanitarian situation and war crimes in Iraq

-Also showing a sneak preview of "Martial Law", a film by PDX Indymedia Video Collective featuring footage of the police crackdown on the protest of March 25th.

-Q&A session afterwards with a peace delegate who has traveled to Iraq.

-We will also have copies of the films "A22" (Bush protest) and "Day X" (March 20th day of bombing protest) for sale, as well as original prints from the collapse and popular uprising in Argentina.

Sunday April 27th $6
Clinton St. Theatre
2522 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202-1239

Big Noise Films

[ Read More and dowload PDF version of flyers to print and distribute ]

PEACE CAMP 16.04.2003 19:32
Day 30 at Portland Peace Camp
From the open publishing newswire:

It has been thirty long and tiring days at the Portland Peace Encampment (PPE). Two days ago at close to midnight, the police raided the camp and seized most of our belongings! The food, blankets, chairs and our signs are gone thanks to the ignorance of Mayor Katz and the Portland Police! However, this is not slowing down PPE! It is true that the numbers have decreased noticably, but those truly dedicated to the cause are still as diehard as ever!

What the camp is really in need of are hot meals and more numbers body wise! Please help us out in our battle in any way possible! The battle that we fight is one of the hardest to win! It is the battle for peace!
[ Read More... ]

Previous stories about the Peace Camp (most recent first): [ Police raid Portland Peace Encampment in middle of night | Peace Encampment Needs Well Rested Volunteers | The Latest Police Tactic at Peace Camp | Friday April 11 update -- Encampment still there! | Portland Peace Encampment Given 24 hours Notice by Police | Day 22 - Peace Encampment | 24 hour eviction served (sort of) | Portland Peace Encampment needs YOU! | Portland Peace Encampment Update day 19 | Photos of Closed Terry Shrunk Park | Homeland Security Evicts Portland Peace Encampment | Peace Camp still needs support | 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 Park Legalities. Strong Free Speech Right U.S. / Oregon Const. Some Traps | Peace Camp Action Alert! | 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 ]

FOREST ACTIVISM 16.04.2003 15:42
Cascadia Summer & CFA Benefits Thursday and Friday
Cascadia Forest Alliance Upcoming events :

From the open publishing newswire: Thursday, April 17th: Cascadia Forest Revue join us as we celebrate the cancellation of the Eagle Creek timber sales and the life of Beth O'Brien, aka Horehound, who gave her life in the defense of our drinking water and native public lands. Music by DiggaBone will procede a presentation of what activists can do to join into the Cascadia Summer Campaign to End Commercial Logging on Public Lands this summer using non-violent civil disobedience. 8pm, Burlingame Pizza, 111 SW Ash, $3-10 no one turned away. For more info call 503-241-4879

Friday, April 18th: Hidden Wars of Desert Storm Video Showing Come out to a video showing of the Hidden Wars of Desert Storm and the Cascadia Summer video. Come learn what the corporate media won't tell you about America and Iraq. It's important that we all recognize the connection between war, brutality at home, and destruction of the environment. That connection is: Capitalism. 7pm at The Know on NE 21st and Alberta. $4-10 w/ 75% going to Cascadia Summer. to help prevent the destruction of the last remaining native forests on our public lands in the Pacific Northwest. [ Newswire post... | Another post]

[ www.cascadiaforestalliance.org | www.cascadiasummer.org ]

ANTI-WAR 16.04.2003 10:25
Local chapter of War Resisters redirects money from war to peace
From the open publishing newswire: On Wednesday, April 15 (Tax Day), the Portland chapter of the War Resisters League held an action downtown in which they announced the distribution of tax money away from war to peaceful projects. The chapter had collected $12,430 from local people who were choosing to redirect what the U.S. Federal Government says they are supposed to pay in taxes.

Six local projects recieved a cut of the money to further anti-war organizing: Crossroads, a homeless advocacy organization; St. Francis Dining Hall, which feeds hungry people; the Portland Peace Alliance, which has been putting on the large peace rallies in the area; the Mennonite Central Committee, which sends activists to Iraq to bear witness to the crimes to the crimes of the U.S. government military; Voices in the Wilderness, which has been drawing attention to the plight of the Iraqi people for the last 12 years; and portland indymedia, which you're reading right now. [ Full story ]

MUTUAL AID 16.04.2003 08:04
Court Support for War Protestors
From the open publishing newswire: Arraignments for many the war protestors arrested March 20 are being held at 1:30 pm 4/14 through 4/24 in court room one at the Justice Center.

Arraignments for many the war protestors arrested March 20 are being held at 1:30 pm 4/14 through 4/24 in court room one at the Justice Center. The courtroom is open to the public. Most of the charges are being reduced to violations (in other words NO JAIL TIME) and many of the defendants are pleading not guily. On May 20 at 9:00 am many of the defendants will be returning to the court room to reenter their plea after seeing the police report about their arrests (for some reason these have not been released yet). It might be nice to have a breakfast gathering across from the Justice Center that morning and/or a picnic at lunch time. Any one interested? [ Read More... ]

MEDIA AND WAR 16.04.2003 07:57
Free, Excellent Speaker on Media and War
From the open publishing newswire: A fantastic speaker, professor, and author of "Sign Wars" and "Nike Culture" will give a free talk about the mainstream media coverage of the war in Iraq at Lewis and Clark College on Wednesday at 3 PM.

Wednesday, April 16, 3 p.m, in the new "Albany" building right past the libary, at Lewis and Clark College.: A talk by Bob Goldman, professor of sociology. The talk will explore the mainstream media coverage of the war in Iraq. Mr. Golman also teaches a class at Lewis and Clark called "American Advertising: The Semiotics of Signs"--that i took. He is a fantastic and motivating speaker and he has a sharp, critical and entertaining approach to disentanling the mainstream media. This is not to be missed. And it's free! It's about a ten minute drive from downtown, and there is a free shuttle that picks up every hour downtown in front of Nordstroms. The scheduale can be found at www.lclark.edu under "Transportation" [ Read More... | TIME CHANGE ]

ANIMAL RIGHTS 16.04.2003 07:18
Find the partner in animal torture in your area!
From the open publishing newswire: They're finally here! HLS campaign targets in every corner of the country have been posted to SHACAmerica.net as part of the new customer campaign.

Newly leaked customers lists from inside HLS have opened up areas of the U.S. like never before. In nearly every corner of the nation, you too can be storming offices, protesting homes, and closing HLS!

Check it out at the customer banner at the top left corner of www.shacamerica.net and get going!!
[ Full Story... ]

COMMUNITY BUILDING 16.04.2003 06:37
Working Together on Earth Day Projects
From the open publishing newswire: Anarchist Carpentry Collective is teaming up with City Repair to make displays for earth day. Anarchist Cooking and Baking Collective is hookin up with the Ninja house ta make food for the thousand folks expected to attend the festivities. We're all down ta promote localization- and community based control, as the alternitive ta corperate hemogany, and the murder promoted by the US government.


OK the city repair project is doing an installation/presentation on reclaiming urban space for comunity- it's gonna be kinda showy for earth days sake- I believe that they're getting materials from the rebuilding center among other places. They want ours and your help. According ta some of our wobbly bros that attended the first A.C.C. meeting City Repair is interested in building shelter for immigrant workers. This was brought up in response to a preposal at our meeting that we do/organize this in the future. City Repair is interested in promoting localization, and community building as an alternitive to the corperate hemogany promoted by the government.

THIS thursday the 17th @ 9:30 am we'll meet city repair folks @ Divincy Middle School located at 2508 ne Everet - about 4 blocks north of burnside- to load up structures- build T-palas (shelters) and a stage

Friday at 8am we'll meet back at divincy to load up materials and take them to the site to assemble alternitive ta corperate hemogany, and the murder promoted by the US government.
[ How to Plug into this effort to provide mutual aid ... ]

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