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A Day of Tears: Report from the "sHell No!" Action in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: A report from Thursday's "sHell No!" actions at Cathedral Park, with analysis.
As has been well-documented, Royal Dutch Shell has plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, despite their knowledge that such extraction will exacerbate Climate Change [...] President Obama has given these plans his blessing, as could be expected of a politician beholden to the extraction industries. In order to commit such an ecocidal act, Shell has to transport many different resources to the area by ship, and activists have attempted to slow the process by blocking, if only temporarily, a couple of these key transports. In Seattle, kayakers delayed the departure of a Shell oil rig in June.
In Portland, the Fennica, a Shell ship carrying a key piece that is required on site beforeÂ drilling can legally begin, docked for repairs about ten days ago, giving local activists some time to put together a response. Another kayak blockade was quickly planned, and to the surprise of most locals, Greenpeace pulled a surprise action a little after 3:00 a.m., early on the morning of July 29th. Thirteen people with climbing equipment lowered themselves off the St. John's Bridge, downriver from the Fennica, and positioned themselves in harnesses about a third of the way down, with ropes strung between themselves. This simple, even elegant, set-up made passage of the Fennica impossible without injuring the climbers. They were provisioned with enough food and water to stay there for days.
This bold action quickly caught the attention of the media, as Greenpeace actions are designed to do [...]
The Shortwave Report 7/31/15 Listen Globally!
From the open publishing newswire: A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Spanish National Radio, NHK World Radio Japan, Sputnik Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.
The latest Shortwave Report (July 31) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms [...]
NEW ARTICLE about the Shortwave Report in the Boulder Weekly by Gavin Dahl-
Activists Hang from Bridge in Portland to Block Shell’s Arctic vessel
From the open publishing newswire: A group of environmental activists have rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon, in a bid to block a key vessel in Shell's Arctic drilling fleet leaving the city's port.
"Our goal is to basically demonstrate as much community resistance to Shell's plans to drill for oil and secure new oil reserves in the Arctic," Meredith Cocks, of local green group Portland Rising Tide, told Reuters.
link to earthfirstjournal.org
Semi-annual PDX Police Review Board report shows amazing misconduct
From the open publishing newswire: ANALYSIS: Semi-annual Police Review Board report shows amazing misconduct, mixed discipline, little about shootings (July 2015)
After reading the January 2015 Police Review Board (PRB) report posted sometime about July 16, Portland Copwatch finds that the range of misconduct identified is astounding. We also are left with the impression that while some of the application of discipline was appropriate, others seemed to minimize very serious matters.
This article is posted at http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/PRBanalysis0715.html
January 27, 2015
Mr. Paille and Chief O'Dea:
After reading the January 2015 Police Review Board (PRB) report (posted sometime about July 16 at ), we find that the range of misconduct identified is astounding. We also are left with the impression that while some of the application of discipline was appropriate, others seemed to minimize very serious matters [...]
Videos: Justice for Janitors and the Fight for $15! - June 17 2015 in PDX
From the open publishing newswire: Here on portland indymedia are two videos from the June 17 "Justice for Janitors and the Fight for $15!" event. A protest and rally with speeches and interviews on the steps of Portland City Hall, then the march to the Pittock Building on 10th street. This was a march and rally to demand a just wage for janitors, city workers and laborers in the city of Portland.
On Justice for Janitors Day 2015 (June 17), Janitors joined Portland City Workers, striking workers at Instafab and the fight for $15 in an exciting day of action. The day began with a rally for $15 at Portland City Hall and marched to other locations from there, finishing with the Justice for Janitors rally at 921 SW Washington Street.
(1) Rally at City Hall before the march:
https://youtu.be/e\_zC0Y2em2g [26:49 min video]
(2) 10th street march & rally:
https://vimeo.com/131067381 [2:34 min video]
The end of capitalism
From the open publishing newswire: Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it's time to be utopian.
www.openculture.com gives us 700 free movies, 700 free E-books and 450 free audio books. The information economy is an economy of abundance that challenges the past economy of scarcity.
to read Paul Mason's "The end of capitalism" published on July 16, 2015 in The Guardian, click on
Why should we not form a picture of the ideal life, built out of abundant information, non-hierarchical work and the dissociation of work from wages\?
Video: Baldock 1.75-megawatt Solar Station - Wilsonville Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: Baldock Solar Highway Project - In January 2012, PGE and the Oregon Department of Transportation brought their second joint solar highway project online — the nation's largest solar highway project!
With farm fields on one side and a safety rest area on the other, the Baldock Solar Highway Project is a 1.75-megawatt solar array at the Baldock Safety Rest Area, south of Wilsonville on Interstate 5. The 6,994 panel array sits on approximately seven acres at the northbound rest area, producing about 1.97 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually.
Tallest trees in Eastmoreland could be cut down ; Three 150 foot Sequoias
From the open publishing newswire: These are the tallest trees in Eastmoreland, and probably the oldest. (based on my Google Earth canopy height survey project). I measured the foremost of the 3 giants, at 153- 154 ft with inclinometer from 4 different angles. This matches the Google Earth 3D model of 147 -150 ft. They are approx. 60 feet ins spread, and range from 78 to 83 inches DBH, diameter. No trees in Eastmoreland match or exceed 150 feet, based on my survey. You have to go out 1 to 2 miles radius to find taller trees than this in South East Portland.
Neighbors have raised $50,000 to protect the giant trees, but this only delays their harvest. Neighbors are trying to raise an additional $900,000 to to puchase the property from the developer and possibly turn it into a small park or green space.
Open Meeting Laws & Portland Human Rights Commission - violations mentioned
From the open publishing newswire: This is an out-take video clip from the public comment & discussion from the last Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting (July 1st 2015) The out take centers around my concern (mentioned during public comment) of the HRC staff's lack of following of the Public Meeting Laws and not providing community access to their meeting minutes or announcing their proposed agenda and meetings times.
Police Body Cameras - Two Bills now in Salem | HB 2571 and HB 2704
From the open publishing newswire: The goings-on in Salem are hard to follow.
Those organizations (like police associations and district attorneys, for instance) who have paid lobbyists hanging out in our state house all the time have a huge advantage over ordinary folks.
So it's not a surprise, in many ways, that (for instance) SB 871, which was supposed to include a provision for an independent prosecutor when a police officer kills a civilian, was gutted of that provision and now only talks about having an agency not involved in the killing take lead in the investigation:
On Monday, two bills relating to recording the police will be going back to the House floor to reconcile amendments made in the Senate. One is very beneficial to the public and in particular to copwatchers: It makes an exception to the "interception of communications" law for those taping police interactions in public places, it is HB 2704.
It passed the house 51-8 the first time and the senate 23-6. Portland had been unique in allowing such recording because of a policy in place after Joe Anybody sued the cops in 2008.
The other bill is something that may be futile to try derailing, but goes against even Portland Copwatch's neutral stance on the issue of police body cameras. HB 2571 has provisions in it that will severely limit the abiilty of local jurisdictions to set their own rules on how to use the body cameras [...]
Video: Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting June 3 2015
From the open publishing newswire: The monthly meeting of the Portland Human Rights Commission.
Video is here: https://youtu.be/GjV0xDYx\_7o (2 hrs 30 mins)
This meeting is open to the public.
Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting June 3 2015
Public Meeting held on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:00 PM in downtown Portland.
The Portland Human Rights Commission [PHRC] website is here:
Archives of previous portland Human Rights Commission meetings and more information are available on my website here:
An ~ Out Take "public comment" video clip from this meeting is here:
This June HRC meeting video is also on Archive (dot) org where you can watch it or download it:
The June proposed agenda was never posted by the HRC, I have a pdf copy that you can download here:
Last months meeting 5/6/15 was posted on portland indymedia here:
The Shortwave Report 6/05/15 Listen Globally!
From the open publishing newswire:
Updated Post: 6.12.15 | 6.19.15
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet.
This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, and Sputnik Radio.
The latest Shortwave Report (June 5) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom.
Food Front Cooperative Grocery Workers Vote Again To Unionize
From the open publishing newswire: On June 2, 2015, Food Front Cooperative Grocery Workers voted to rejoin United Food and Commmercial Workers Union, Local 555.
After a 6 month organizing effort, Food Front Cooperative Grocery workers voted to rejoin UFCW, Local 555. Out of a possible 91workers eligible to vote, 75 workers voted and 64 workers voted for the union. An over 80 per cent voter turn out resulted in a 85 per cent union vote.
Food Front workers had previously been a union shop for a ten year time period. In August of 2007, Food Front workers voted to decertify and ended their association with UFCW. The discussion that appeared on Portland Indy Media about the decertification is archived at:
The unionization effort follows a controversial 7 months for the cooperative which began last November with the public airing of staff discontents in the Northwest Examiner neighborhood newspaper. http://nwexaminer.com/co-op-crash
The subsequent coop owners concerns about the financial stability of the coop, led to the resignation of the Board of Directors chair person, the retirement of the general manager, and the use of an interim general manager from the National Cooperative Grocer consulting group. [...]
"The bottom line is that we wish to be respected, heard, treated equally and most of all supported," said Kira Davis, a store worker. "I believe that creating our union can help strengthen us. As a union, we will empower everyone through education, communication and action."