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Los Angeles in 2019. Acid rain drips down on amorphous human multitudes from the sky-high pyramids of the Tyrell Corporation recalling the buildings of the Mayas. This view could be a model for the third phase of capitalism. The all-embracing field of conflict seems settled. Only the way the dictatorship of the economy reprograms the world seems dubious.
In any case, corporate capital has long completely penetrated the intestines of society and even dominates the core of human imagination. Nothing belongs to the person any more. Even remembrances are implanted artificially in personal consciousness. What was described by Philip K. Dick as a science-fiction dystopia assumed concrete contours at the beginning of the 21st century. In reading Dirk Kurbjuweit 's book "Our Efficient Life", one has the impression that the blade-runner existence has already become reality. Kurbjuweit's central metaphor is not the android but the McKinsey person, a prototype of the worldwide consulting agent.
During the early morning hours of 2003.05.03, the next generation of the Portland Independent Media Center was launched...
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From the open publishing newswire: STUDENTS 4 UNITY (S4U) is hosting an Urban Action Series event this May 31, Saturday from 12-4:00 pm.
Why Do U Care?
Your group is invited to represent your progressive politics in the form of a BOOTH on the park blocks. Share info on important issues, have fun, and recruit new members. We are aiming for a carnival/festival atmosphere so the only requirement is that your booth be somehow interactive: maybe people have to sign a letter to the governor, or get to hit a picture of your favorite villain with waterballoons, the sky is the limit.
What is the Urban Action Series?
In February S4U held our first UAS, which was attended by 100 community members and students. We expect at least double that attendance this time. During our first UAS we offered 8 workshops focusing on political skills and analysis (first aid for direct action, organizing for liberation, etc). Our theme is:
ART + DIRECT ACTION = THE PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT.
Expect workshops indoors and outdoors on things like political puppet making, theatre of the oppressed, free meals offered from the anarchist cooking collective, PSU and community groups will be present sharing their issues and ideas in the form of booths on the south park blocks.
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From the open publishing newswire: I showed up at the May Day staging area (corner of NW Park and Burnside) at about 3pm. The march itself was scheduled for 4:30pm. By the time I arrived, the turnout was still quite small, probably not more than a hundred people. The first thing I noticed was a Maypole set up at the south end of the park, where about twenty people were enacting a traditional Maypole dance, as befits an event which is a combination ancient pagan folk holiday celebrating the advent of Spring, and a workers holiday celebrating the struggles of workers. The folks enacting this archaic ritual seemed a bit bemused, in a self-conscious way, but a lot of goodnatured goofiness was enjoyed by all.
A stage was set up on a rented flatbed truck at the northwest corner of the park. I didn't pay much attention to the speeches, though I caught a few snippets. There were speakers from the Carpenter's Union (who were instrumental in organizing the stage and equipment and other details of the event), the Socialist Party, and the local IWW chapter. By the time the march started, the crowd had swelled to between 500 and a thousand people. As we marched through the canyons of tall buildings downtown, the drummers acquired an impressive verve that more than made up for the relatively modest turnout. People carried banners and buttons denouncing the war and calling to defend workers rights. At one point early on the Critical Mass intersected the march, at that time pursued by a not yet too aggressive police presence.
mayday - festive, even if it wasn't interesting
soon the IWW feeder march arrives to much fanfare and much in the way of black and red balloons. seeing the black bloc gals and fellows marching with little red and black balloons serves as a highlight to the day. the march starts, and the banners upfront are made small by comparison to the looming black star carried by two poles that says 'achieve' with a circle A.
What has happened to Indymedia and to May Day?
Back to May Day, what a dissapointment! One would think that getting a permit would help ensure more participation from mainstream union folks, and less participation from the police. In fact, it seemed to work the other way around. Yesterday's march had a much smaller turnout than the last two year's. Andy Davis mentioned May Day 2001, where organizers were able to force the police to have a minimal presence. This year, organizers not only retreated on the important political and tactical position of no permits, they apparently failed to get anything in return for this major concession.
From the open publishing newswire: I'm posting this on behalf of people at the peace camp. Around 3:30AM this morning, the police came by and raided the peace camp. Anything that someone couldn't carry is now sitting in the police department...including the memorial potted flowers sitting by the curb. The police have said that they won't release any of this property until the peace camp ceases to exist.
I urge you again to continue to give your support to the people at the peace camp. They have vowed to be there as long as the U.S. is occupying Iraq. It's time to take back our nation, our sidewalks, and our streets. If you haven't spent any time down there, please consider doing it. Cheerio:)
From the open publishing newswire: At second and Burnside on m20, around 1 am I picked a brown corduroy coat (or possibly shirt) up off the groand to give to my friend, who was freezing. After asking around, and seeing it unclaimed, I gave it to her, and she was wearing it when she got arrested. it had perscription drugs in the right hand upper pocket, she doesn't know what kind. The police read the name out loud to her and she thinks the name was Andy something. It's late notice, but if you know whose coat that was, if it was yours (the meds too) please email her.
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From the open publishing newswire:
Rocking t-rexa and folky-punky Sarah Dougher play at RED & BLACK CAFE this Saturday!
The Lesbian Avengers invite you to a night of awesome music at the Red & Black Cafe. The show starts at 9pm, and the suggested donation is $5, of course nobody will be refused due to lack of money. Your donation helps us pay for a permit, insurance, accessibility vehicles, and supplies. The Red & Black Cafe is on SE Division & 22nd. Check it out and support the Lesbian Avengers![ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: - I was under the impression that riding bikes in the street was lawful? I assumed wrong. That officer Rowley came zooming up behind us (about 40 people riding) and started laying on his horn - I looked back and recognized him - "that's the one that needs a hug" - He pulled out a red can of pepper spray and taunted folks with it - he was yelling too - but I couldn't understand what he was saying. I then asked fellow riders - "are we in trouble?". Being a single mom - and a self-employed artist - I can't - and don't want to go to jail - nor be beaten and sprayed. I was told no - just stay together and ignore them.
Well we rounded the corner - and the whole group was split into two groups. My group was told to drop the bikes and get your id ready. At this point I'm getting scared. It was as if they had swarmed in on us - and this whole time I'm having a good time and assumed I wasn't breaking the law. Officer Rowley was like a seething dog - not sure what his problem is - but he seemed to be extremely angry?? People were pushed to the ground - backpacks were RIPPED OFF OF people and their bikes - one other guy had 4 officers on him - (he was NOT resisting) - and had his forehead crack on the pavement. [Full Story...]
interesting ride this evening
pictures of critical mass arrests When we turned left on Salmon it was so charming to see every one in the critical mass stretch out their arms in unison to make their left hand turn signals. The cops in the cruiser were not impressed. They had already flipped on their red and blue lights and siren and called for "back up". Before we crossed Tenth Avenue the cops began grabbing cyclists. I have no idea how they chose their victims. Here are some pictures of how the police handled two cyclists today: [Full Story and detailed photos... ]
MayDay Critical Mass a Success!!!
From the open publishing newswire:
MayDay 2003 in Olympia (a real I witness account)
I walked up to the convergence around 12:34pm and saw an American flag! My first thoughts were that the fascists took over the Oly May Day. When I walked closer I saw that it was the Adbusters corporate flagÂto my somewhat relief.
The crowd, or unruly mob as some will paint it, was unusually small this year. About 300 people made a quick turn towards the 4th Ave. Bridge, which is forbidden to protesters since the anti-capitalist earthquake destroyed it a couple of years ago. The Â"protest policeÂ", actually the die-hard liberals, heeded the pigÂ's advice and moved the parade the other way. The INB drummed us in a Â"nicer directionÂ". The black bock of two were thoroughly discouraged by this move.
We paraded in a snake march around Oly, stopping traffic and disrupting business as usual. We headed to the National Guard Armory by way of City Hall and Mickey DÂ's. Organizers wanted to point out the militarization of our community, and that if we ever did get out of hand, these assholes would be the first ones to try to fuck us up. Not on this day though. [Read More...]
Well, maybe not "just another parade." As parades go, its certainly way down on one side of the spectrum down past the Procession of the Species and pretty far away from the Lakefair parade. But, yes May Day has become established. Now in its fourth year... [Read More...]
From the open publishing newswire: Come learn about linux with local users. PDXLUG (Portland Linux User Group) presents:
"Linux at the FireSide"
SPEAKERS: Everyone who comes
WHEN: Tuesday, May 6th, 2003, 7-? pm
WHERE: Fireside Lodge, located at 1223 SE Powell Blvd
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From the open publishing newswire:
Love and Revolution with Anti-Capitalist Action2:30 pm - Gathering/Speakers
4:30 pm - March
And Later [8PM] come celebrate Mayday at Liberty Hall! (311 N Ivy) --- Plus tables, food, films and revolution. Also the release party for Little Beirut three (biggest issue yet!) [ Celebrate Mayday w/the ACA! ]
Chased and Smashed
and spoken word by Laurie
IWW Gives You the WorldChildcare: Don't feel comfortable bringing your youngun to the march? The IWW will provide childcare at the hall (616 E Burnside) starting at 1pm.
Feeder March: Fellow and Sister Workers & Friends of the IWW are invited to march with us from the IWW Hall (616 E Burnside) at 3pm to the North Park Blocks. Red & black clothing (or your Sunday best) is encouraged.
Jail Support: Even though the march is permitted, you can't be too careful. The IWW has arrange to provide Jail Support. The phone number will be made available on the day of the march.
After March Reception: After the march, join the IWW for snacks and beverages at the Hall (616 E Burnside) starting at 7:30pm. [ IWW's May Day plans ]
Critical Mass in RedblocMeet at the block north of the "north park blocks" and the big elephant statue at 4pm (the permited MayDay march leaves at 4:30pm). Form riding groups of 10 to 20 riders with people that you know or recognize, and off we go! After this it is up in the air, any direction we please, perhaps looping back several times to the main march to check in and give moral support to those being herded by portland's finest. Bring noise makers!!! buckets, cans, pots and pans! bang it, ring it, yell and sing it! this is our party, [ let's make it so! ]
May Day Radical Feeder March | Mime Block For May Day | May Day--Final Night of Labor Film Fest 7 & 9:30 at Laurelhurst Theater | GENERAL STRIKE in Bend, OR | May Day Flier May Day - the Real Labor Day (Full) | History of May Day | May Day Permit? | Will there be a Maypole? | Corporate Media: May Day Activists Apply for Permit | Color Posters at Revolutionary Worker | http://www.rwor.org/a/may1/may03-e.htm | IWW's May Day plans | let's make it so! | May Day Radical Feeder March | Mime Block For May Day | May Day--Final Night of Labor Film Fest 7 & 9:30 at Laurelhurst Theater | GENERAL STRIKE in Bend, OR | May Day Flier | May Day - the Real Labor Day (Full) | History of May Day | May Day Permit? | Will there be a Maypole? | Corporate Media: May Day Activists Apply for Permit | May Day Betrayal - There will be a permit but no May Pole | YES, THERE WILL BE A MAYPOLE! | Merry May! | You Are Being Watched! | Why I Wear a Mask | mayday (What is Mayday? It is a distress signal, a warning cry.) | the bottom line is the dollar sign | Can't get off work for the rally?
From the open publishing newswire: Salem, OR - The Bureau of Land Management's repeated attempts to auction the controversial Rusty Saw timber sale near Mt. Hood failed again today. For the second time, the BLM failed to attract any bidders to this proposed public lands logging operation just down the hill from the cancelled Eagle Creek timber sales in the adjacent Mt. Hood National Forest.
"This once again proves that the destructive and outdated federal timber sale program exists in a vacuum, serving only to fill the coffers of the logging bureaucracies at the BLM and Forest Service. This old-fashioned, pork-barrel program is out-of-step with current economic conditions, a changing timber industry, public opinion and the health of our forests," said Christy Anderson with the Cascadia Forest Alliance.[ Read More... ]
Contact Cascadia Forest Alliance as well as Cascadia Summer for upcoming grassroots forest activism across the region.
From the open publishing newswire:
FREE PERFORMANCE OF HAiR the 1968 tribal love rock Musical!
Anarchists and Film May 2-18
From the open publishing newswire: Remember Rachel Corrie with quick emails today to newspaper (email@example.com) at Caterpillar heaquarters in Illinois. There's a call in the letters section in today's daily newspaper (Peoria Journal Star) at the headquarters of Caterpillar, Inc. to suspend Cat sales to Israel. The Chicago Indy Media site just posted a story on the issue at http://chicago.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=25436&group=webcast. Please take a minute to email the Journal Star in support of stopping Cat sales to Israel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the paper gets enough letters in support of today's call to suspend Cat sales to the IDF, then the newspaper may finally do something (like write a detailed feature article) and the company would have to respond. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota to getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "feed an animal in need" for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. Pass it along to people you know. Thanks. [ Read More... ] www.theanimalrescuesite.com
From the open publishing newswire:
What: Benefit for street roots
When: 5 p.m., May 4
Where: BerbatiÂ's Pan, 10 SW 3rd St., Portland
Bands: Jeffrey Harrison, Stars of Track and Field, Upright Dub Orchestra
21 and up, 6 bones and up at the door
Street roots is having a inaugural benefit from 5 to 10 p.m. May 4 at BerbatiÂ's Pan. All proceeds for the event will go to support street roots, PortlandÂ's only street newspaper, in fulfilling its mission as an advocate for low-income and homeless people.
Headlining the night is the Portland indy rock band Stars of Track and Field. The evening starts off with an acoustic guitar performance by singer Jeffery Harrison, and finishes with the inspired reggae sounds of the UpRight Dub Orchestra. Event-goers can throw their ticket stubs into a raffle for free street roots T-shirts and other prizes. The night also includes a silent auction. Also featured at the event will be a trailer for the upcoming documentary by Kwamba about Dignity Village. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Stop the Flow down the Enron Drain by creating a Public Utility District in Multnomah County!
Finally the efforts of the dedicated signature gatherers have paid off and the first leg of the struggle to rid Oregon of the Enron threat to the security of future generations has been won; Enough citizens signed up on the petitions and so,in September, we will vote to set up a Public Utility District in Multnomah County. Finally, instead of dollars for Enron's operations in criminal acts, imperialist control in US energy markets and theft of gas resources in Iraq (more substantial than oil), the people's money can go to local jobs, alternative-sustainable energy, and the securing of the economy for the long term through the formation of our own Public Utility District.
This may be the only way to work toward making sustainable energy a priority. If Multnomah County does it, other counties will follow suit. There are other counties in California who own the means of production of energy; this is always better than privatization of services used by all. Municipalization of local resources just makes sense.
We need your help in tabling, appearances at public hearings, registering voters etc. Contact Liz or visit www.oppc.net, to check scheduled events and activities, and what has gone on with this struggle up to this point. [ Read More... ] Vote Against Massive PGE Executive Bonuses | Why a People's Utility District? | Oregon Public Power Coalition Has Signatures to Qualify PUD Measure for Ballot
Filed pro se by Anarchist prisoner Brian McCarvill, personally, and on behalf of others similarly situated, versus Ben DeHaan, Acting Director ODOC; Mike Beagen, Inspector, Security Threat Groups, ODOC; Jacy Duran, Central Mail Rule Administrator; and seven other ODOC employees, McCarvill v DeHaan et al, USDC OR, Case No. 02-1167-KI, was settled by contractual compromise on April 22, 2003. The Lawsuit alleged that the ODOC was unconstitutionally rejecting Anarchist and other publications, simply on the basis that they portrayed the Anarchist circle-A symbol, the Anarchist Black Cross symbol, the Anarchist Black Flag, and the terms Â"AnarchismÂ" and Â"AnarchistÂ", without any substantive review towards determining whether or not the rejected publications constituted an actual Â"security threatÂ" or Â"detrimentÂ" to Oregon prison facilities.
The lawsuit further alleged that Anarchists were being unconstitutionally Â"documentedÂ" (ODOCÂ's verbiage) as a Â"gangÂ" and a Â"security threat groupÂ" (STG), a documentation that allowed ODOC to characterize Anarchist symbols as Â"STG Paraphernalia.Â" The Oregon mail rule, OAR 291-131, contained a provision that allowed ODOC to reject mail and publications for displaying Â"STG Paraphernalia.Â" Plaintiff contended that ODOC had unconstitutionally constructed a shortcut Â- the simple appearance of an Anarchist symbol Â- means of rejecting mail and publications that ran afoul of even state-friendly Thornburgh v Abbott, 490 US 401 (1989). [Full Story...] [Anarchist Black Cross]
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From the open publishing newswire: When this war is over Americans will crawl out from the death and destruction weÂ've committed in Iraq, and we will see that crimes have also been perpetrated right here. Our social services are defunct and people are unemployed. Our right to a free public education is in jeopardy. The idea that this government is capable of creating democracy abroad, in Iraq, and providing food and healthcare to the people there is insane. The Bush administration has proven that they are unwilling to create jobs, provide health services, or educational opportunities here.
Jack Cox is an example of one who is suffering here in our own country. Jack is a 63 year-old HIV patient. In January he suffered through pneumonia, congestive heart failure and subsequent surgery. The procedure was $100,000. He now needs $9000 in heart medication. His total drugs are $26,000 a year. He is living on Social Security, which is $600 a month. He is typical of the many senior citizens in our country who suffer from poverty and illness.
The sad fact is that these sick people without a voice may simply disappear. Many people will die without medication, counseling, or methadone. This is already happening. It is important that we gather together with friends and neighbors to pressure our government to take care of those that cannot care for themselves. This is the very definition of a civilization. Jack and others have worked on Â"Cover the Uninsured WeekÂ", and other lobbying activities to advocate for the medically needy. Many people are working together to take action to improve the current situation in healthcare. If youÂ've been affected by these cuts, please get in touch at email@example.com. If you are a worker in the social services industry, there are socials being held at 6 to 8 p.m. at The Cafe (614 East Burnside) April 18th, May 2nd, 16th and 30th. [ Complete Article ] www.portlandsurvival.org
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