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VIDEO: No Prisons Protest 9 9 16 Portland Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: On Friday, September 9th, people in Portland and Northwest converged in Downtown Portland in solidarity with the US wide prison work strike against prison slavery and white supremacy. The goal was a mass showing of support with the growing prison rebellion in the US and to also march on the corporations in the Downtown area that make massive profits off of prisoner enslavement.
Video of the Protest in Portland on 9/9/16 - Prison Strike Solidarity
https://youtu.be/8pnnc9w_NrM [2 hour 30 minutes video]
Hate Crime In Gresham,OR
From the open publishing newswire: Many people have been gleefully egging on a race war this year, especially in wake of recent events. Clearly, some of these so-called "race warriors" can't wait, though.
Larnell Malik Bruce had recently moved in with family in Gresham,OR. Bruce was at a 7-Eleven store on 188th and E. Burnside close to midnight on Wednesday August 10th 2016. He was reportedly charging his phone and talking with a friend. It was at this moment that Bruce was attacked by two white supremacist thugs without provocation. The two pieces of white trash were later identified as 38 year old Russell Courtier and his girlfriend/whore 35 year old Colleen Hunt. Bruce was standing outside the convenience store when the two white thugs drove up in a 1991 Jeep Wrangler. According to witnesses, within seconds a fist fight had broken out between the two men, with Hunt egging her boyfriend on. At one point, [...]
The Shortwave Report 07/29/16 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. NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Spanish National Radio, and Sputnik Radio.
The latest Shortwave Report (July 29) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml
Video: Lac-Mégantic commemoration in Portland Oregon - Train Wreck Kills 47
From the open publishing newswire: An event was held around noon time in Pioneer Square, Portland Oregon on July 6th.
This was the third year that Portland has honored those that have lost their lives at the tragic oil train accident in 2013 in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. This event was in memory of those 47 people and also served as a reminder to what danger lies in having oil trains in our communities.
https://youtu.be/C6TLRq4IxvM (Video 46:25 minutes)
"Tragedy struck in the wee hours of July 6, 2013, when a train transporting crude oil derailed and exploded, causing 47 deaths and the destruction of much of Lac-Megantic's downtown core."
#DontshootPDX organizers children's march, briefly blocks intersections
From the open publishing newswire: Around 200 people marched in the streets of North/Northeast Portland to demand police accountability
Around 200 people met at North Portland's Dawson Park to take part in a march organized by Don't Shoot Portland. The march briefly, blocking intersections along the way, traveled east to NE MLK Jr. Blvd and then back to Dawson Park via N. Vancouver Ave. Don't Shoot Portland organizer Teressa Raiford said before the march that police in riot gear were spotted nearby, though they did not appear during the march.
Some tweets of the event.
Video: Race Talks - PDX Makes Me Wanna Holla 6.14.16
From the open publishing newswire: "PDX MAKES ME WANNA 'Holla':
Challenging the Narrative for Kids of Color in America's Whitest City". A film and discussion with Eric Knox, Featured Star of the Film and Sebastian Rogers, Director.
Filmed on June 14 2016 at Kennedy School
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNbgROqSsmU [video 47 minutes]
Following the film, (which is not shown in this video) there is a Question & Answer session with the Producer, attorney Barbara Diamond and small group discussions facilitated by trained volunteers from Resolutions Northwest [...]
U.S. flags burned in downtown Portland during Fourth of July firework display
From the open publishing newswire: Here are a few pics of last night's Waterfront fight for the flag. Several flags were captured before a flag was eventually burned. One of the people trying to stop the flag burning apparently got clubbed with a flashlight, resulting in a bloody mess on his face. Multiple people were pepper-sprayed by the flag burners. I was hit by the pepper-spray but not directly (thank goodness! Although my eyes were burning bad for awhile).
Twitter and YouTube links:
Report from premier screening of Paying the Price for Peace
From the open publishing newswire: Report from premier screening at Clinton Street Theater July 3rd, 2016: Paying the Price for Peace, overview of film and event.
Tonight a documentary biopic of Anti-war activist and veteran, and Portlander, Bill Wilson filled the Clinton Street Theater in SE Portland. This new film covers the context and history of direct action that lead up to Bill Wilson's brutal and meaningful assault by train that amputated his legs while protesting the movement of arms to the Contras in Nicaragua from Concord military base, in California in 1988. Well-produced and thoughtful, with lots of archival footage and information, at times harrowing, the film covers many moments and situations along Wilson's path working as veteran against War, including testimonies from various anti-war activists, many of them veterans active in revealing the lies surrounding war and the real devastation it produces.
Highlights include a biographical overview of Wilson's war experience, his return home as a veteran against the war, his campaign in DC fasting with other vets to remove funding to Contras, several vets of all eras sharing their stories of becoming peace activists, a tour of solidarity in Nicaragua at the height of the conflict, interview footage with Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega about Wilson's work, his assault, footage of the amazing call to action the assault against him produced and more.
The film was followed by an at-first reluctant Q and A with Wilson, the director Bo Boudart and associate producer Frank Dorrel.
The Shortwave Report 06/24/16 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, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, and Sputnik Radio.
The latest Shortwave Report (June 24) 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)
Video: Janitors Rally in Portland for Good Pay, Health Care and Good Jobs 6 15 16
From the open publishing newswire: Janitors Rally in Portland at Terry Shrunk park for 15$ Now...Health Care and Good Jobs... then they march through downtown with their message. SEIU Local 49 drove 2 school buses full of workers to the rally. #Raise America. Portland Mayor and a a member of city council was at the rally as well as a few Oregon Congress members.
200 or more Janitors and supporters held a rally for good jobs and health care for portland Janitors
https://youtu.be/X6BbN95YjtM (video 50 minutes)
Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Speaker
From the open publishing newswire: Helen Jaccard, crew member on the Golden Rule speaking at a Portland event, detailing a little of the history of the ship, as well as announcing current and upcoming events during the Portland Rose Festival.
This event was part of a few days of anti war activities sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
The original peace ship, the Golden Rule, that set sail in 1958 to stop nuclear testing in the atmosphere, inspired many of the subsequent peace makers and peace ships that followed. The reborn Golden Rule is voyaging once more, to show that nuclear abolition is possible, and that bravery and tenacity can overcome militarism. http://www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org:
A Recent Letter from The GEO Group Inc. to Portland Books to Prisoners
From the open publishing newswire: The GEO Group Inc. is a for-profit private corporation that manages over 50 prisons in the United States. A representative of GEO Group sent Portland Books to Prisoners the attached letter requesting books for the Phoenix West prison library
Email correspondence confirmed that GEO Group does not include book purchases for the library in their operating budget: "Although a private prison, we do not have a library budget and rely completely on donations for acquisitions for the prison library."
Despite not having any funds available to stock the Phoenix West prison library, GEO Group will be paying a dividend of 65 cents per share to their shareholders on May 12, 2016. [...]
Note: Prisoners requesting books should mail those requests to our parent organization in Seattle, which forwards requests to the Portland branch. The PDX B2P address in the letter is only for administrative purposes.
Books to Prisoners
c/o Left Bank Books
92 Pike Street, Box A
Seattle, WA 98101
The Shortwave Report 04/08/16 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, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, Sputnik Radio, and NHK World Radio Japan.
The latest Shortwave Report (April 8) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms [...]