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This morning, folks passed out hundreds of leaflets at Jefferson and Madison high schools. The response at Jefferson was great, with students, teachers, and parents excited to see us there.
"It's a national shame that our youth are being lured by recruiters through false promises to fight a war based on false premises," said Annette Pritchard, the aunt of a Franklin High alumni that was killed in Iraq.
"As a student, I want my peers to know we have the legal right to "opt-out" of the recruiters' list and that there are alternatives to military service. We're exposing the misleading conduct and false promises that recruiters use to lure vulnerable students into the military," said Lila Zucker, a senior at Lincoln High School.
I just got back to Portland from the Sten timber sale treesit east of Eugene, and the firing of live ammunition that went on last weekend hasn't stopped. Pickups full of men wearing logging caps keep creeping by the site, shouting, harassing, and occasionally firing. Although they haven't aimed directly at the treesitters since last weekend, the danger is still high, and support is needed!
I am including audio interviews with two of the forest activists.
Just a few photos from yesterday's small action in support of raising the minimum wage from the paltry $5.15 per hour. Our signs and banner were visible to drivers on the Burnside Bridge, as well as I-5.
I attended a training session to be on the welcome committee for the soon to be arriving New Orleans hurricane survivors. The project has been named by Portland as "Operation Welcome Oregon". Hosted and facilitated by Portland's African American community in the Emmanuel Temple Church, they tried to give out a lot of information, collect volunteer's contact info and dispel rumors. The facilitators said that they approached the Red Cross and said you need Portland's African American community to be involved in this project.
The Red Cross and Multnomah County reps and other community leaders were around to help and also gave presentations. We saw the "Welcome to Portland" slide show that the survivors will be seeing courtesy of Red Cross, talks from physical and mental health professionals as to what to expect and what to look for from the survivors. They will be arriving by plane through the PDX Airport. There is no information when or how many individuals will be arriving, only that it will not be more than 1000 people in Portland.
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'Hilynx,' a 794-acre timber project made into four sales, has been logged hastily this summer before the project's environmental assessment (EA) expires. A month ago, 200 - 300 year old Western Hemlocks and Douglas Firs once lived in the project area. These trees have now become timber.
The timber sale known as 'Hipo' has created much attention in the past couple years, especially Unit #4 that contained a large grove of Western Hemlocks 300 years in age. This pristine, ancient forest has been converted to dirt roads and large slash piles where the grove of Hemlocks once stood. The remaining 'leave trees' (trees designated not to be cut) bark has been scarred from the logging operations making these trees vulnerable to diseases.
Joseph eulogizes: I remember the first time I saw the Hipo Timber Sale back in June 2003. I got up early one rainy Saturday morning to groundtruth the sale. As I hiked through Unit #4 from east to west, the trees got progressively bigger until I arrive at what I called 'Hemlock Grove.' I have never seen Western Hemlocks as large as these trees. The hemlocks had a circumference about 14 feet (over four feet in diameter with an age estimation of 300 years old). I knew I had to let people know about these trees. I rushed to Hood River where Senator Ron Wyden was giving an open house. Arriving at the forum in wet clothes, I informed the Senator that I have witnessed a timber sale of old growth only to receive an answer from him that he already discussed forest issues. Due to his obvious apathy of my concerns, his assistant tried to spin Wyden's response that he does care about the trees. She said she would look into the sale, but never did.
i was riding home on my bike at 3am and came upon the scene. many, many cops, a mangled bike, and a dead rider covered with a white sheet in the middle of the road. it seemed that a black buick (or similar model) was the car involved. apparently the body had been in the street for an hour at that point. as far as i could tell, there was another rider on a bike with a baby trailer who was not hit but was riding with the person who was killed.
dead fella was with us at the Clown House. heres what I know about the hit and run, lot of tears here at the clown house. http://shmanarchy.blogspot.com/
We headed for the federal building across from Terry Shrunk Park behind 3 No War Drummers. Our intention was to express that Bush should voluntarily leave the office due to incompetance. We chanted on the sidewalk in front of the federal building, "Iraq, Afghanistan, New Orleans...We need change in this regime."
Shortly, 4 security guards came out and stood in a military stance. One came up and told us to leave federal property or she'd call the police. We said it was a public sidewalk and that we were citizens. She said the feds owned it and we couldn't stand there, but we could stand on the sidewalk across the street. We weren't about to go across the street...
While some people handed out flyers, others handed out refreshments, and still others marched and chanted. I wandered around and talked to numerous workers, including one woman who has worked as a unit secretary at Emanuel for 36 years... Supported by SEIU local 49, the demands of the workers are simple: They want fair, decent wages. In addition, they want to be assured that staffing levels at the hospital are adequate to meet the needs of patients, and they would like to be able to afford healthcare for their own families. Startlingly, many Legacy workers are unable to afford healthcare for their families, even though they are working at a hospital. [ Comment: "Only 17% of Legacy's SEIU represented workers actually have health insurance. The rest cannot afford it... they are only making about $12 an hour, and are expected to pay out-of-pocket the enormous, gouging prices for corporate healthcare." ]
Workers initially asked for a 6% raise, in order to bring their wages in line with those of other hospitals. After intense bargaining, the union compromised, dropping its demand to 4%. However, Legacy Emanuel refused to meet even this demand, holding firm to a 2.5% offer. This parsimonious offering is difficult to understand, given that Legacy just shelled out a 59% raise to its CEO, Robert Pallari (503-415-5600). No, not 5.9%, but 59%. This increase brought Mr. Pallari's annual salary up to a staggering $2.2 million... in stark contrast to the average wage for the striking workers of Local 49. They make just about $12 per hour, or around $22,000 a year.
At 1pm on saturday 8/27 a large white suv with 3 or 4 loggers stopped just below the tree-sit. A man got out and unloaded 6 shots at the sit and 2 ground support people. Each shot was answered by war whoops and yells. As the ground support got closer to the fireing the shooter took off in the truck and fled, as support made loud chicken sounds in appreciation of their false bravado! 4 shell casings were recovered, steel jacketed 45 shells.
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Arturo Commando, host of the Arturo Commando Show on Portland Indymedia Web Radio, recently interviewed human rights activist Matthew McDaniel. The interviewed aired live on Sunday (8/28/05), the regular day of Commando's show.
McDaniel spoke at length on his human rights activism in Southeast Asia, specifically with the Akha tribe. They also talked about the United States involvement in Southeast Asia, the US funded drug war, and the vast measures the United States is employing to keep McDaniel and his wife out of the United States. The interview is 45 minutes long and available for download and for streaming. It is a great introduction to the horrors that exist in SE Asia and provides insight on how we can help bring justice to SE Asia.
The weekend of August 20-21 marked a horrific development in Haiti's killing fields. In two attacks on unarmed civilians in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian National Police in tandem with civilian attaches armed with machetes, shot and hacked to death an estimated 25-35 unarmed people. The victims were mostly supporters or members of the persecuted Fanmi Lavalas political party or otherwise viewed as opponents of the illegitimate Haitian government put in power after the US-backed overthrow of Jean-Bertand Aristide on February 29, 2004.
The Horn has been a place where, by some twisted magic of the Gods, the paths all seem to go straight uphill. Here, help has been far removed from just around the corner, and sometimes the only people with transportation are the people on the other side. Here, every act of resistance must be constructed out of materials on site, and the willing hands of the campers are often the only tools they have to hold back an enemy waiting to overpower them with bulldozers and hoists. Here in the heat of summer many of the campsites have been over a mile from water, and a site that lasts beyond a few days is a rarity. Here physical exhaustion is the norm. I've sat around campfires in the evening here at the Horn, eating with the campers after one of my runs in what they call the Revolution Taxi, and with very little convincing I would have sworn to God I was eating with front line troops from some long ago war. A conflict where the irregulars went to battle wearing the cloths on their backs, and those who returned could be marked in a crowd by the thousand mile stare in their eyes, and the grime on their limbs and faces that only long months of desperate struggle grinds into a body.
But there is something else about the Horn. Something every resister should know. It's something that goes beyond the long hikes, beyond the intimidating drive, beyond even the physical demands and deprivations, you see, there's something sinister about the Horn.
previous: [ The Vertical Range War: Fear and Transgression at the Hobson Horn (21 Aug. 2005) ]
This month: lots of polite biking: courteous cops, patient drivers, happy pedestrians, mild mannered massers. Still the question lingers, how much police presence is necessary? Can we handle policing ourselves? Do we need to be radical to get our point across? Where is the bike fun next month?
Finally, how awesome is it to have cops corking?
Seattle Police Harass Critical Mass Yesterday
Dining on Broadway last night, I heard the sounds of cheering and ringing bells and looked up to see a hundred or so bicycle riders cheerfully and slowly making their way down Broadway. People on the sidewalk began throwing thumbs-up signs and cheering them on. Suddenly, the ride turned and started flowing backwards, filling the whole street. I looked back at where they were going and that's when I saw the problem. They were being tailed by constables on patrol. There were at least six police cars, 1 or 2 police VANS and several bicycle cops. The vehicles followed as the bike cops tried to flank the ride. I have often seen critical mass ride down Broadway, but NEVER with a police presence, especially one this out of proportion. You would have thought they were tailing the Gotti brothers after a bank heist.
I am the President of the Foundation for Children's Rights of Sheridan MI. Lynnae and Emily lived with us for 3 months over the Christmas Holiday.
Here are some facts:
The Foundation for Children's Right along with the Citizens for Parental Rights of Allegan MI have been working with this Mom for some time. I hold her Power of Attorney at this time to handle her personal and legal affairs.
I was the one Emily called when the Police stormed the house. I heard the noise and the screaming and the pounding on the house and the utter horrified fear in that little girls voice.
Previous feature on this story: Police raid on Portland house raises questions
Cave Junction, OR - Parts of the Babyfoot Lake Botanical Area, a protected reserve in southwestern Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest, have been discovered logged. The violation occurred as part of the Fiddler Old-Growth Reserve logging sale, which the Forest Service closed to the public for months in an attempt to squelch the protests and controversy that surrounded the logging.
The Babyfoot Lake Botanical Area was established by the Forest Service in 1963 to protect Brewer spruce (Picea breweriana), a rare, ancient conifer tree that have existed in the area since before the last Ice Age. Brewer's spruce are among the rarest conifers in North America, and were the last to be discovered and described by western science on the continent.
"There is no excuse for this kind of abuse," said Rolf Skar, campaign director of the Cave Junction based Siskiyou Project. "The cause of this violation can only be either gross incompetence or callousness - and neither is acceptable. This sort of logging free-for-all shows why the government needs more public oversight and accountability, not less."
A march, starting at Gilbert Park holding colorful banners, snaked through the north end of town to the offices of the Forest Service. The elements were brought forward into a large circle as press took pictures and video for the nightly news. I was surprised by the fun vibrant spirit which was created in front of the FS building and enjoyed dancing around in spiral dance. We were reminded that there are still some brave souls struggling to stop the destruction up at the Hobson logging sale who need our help. I think we made our message clear.
Got to O'Bryant Square and saw at least 2 uniformed police officers, an unmarked white crown victoria police car with government plates, a (c.o.p) city of Portland truck, and a plain clothes woman and man who seemed to be ridding along, and two green uniformed bikers. They appeared to have talked to the young man who was there with his bicycle, and then the young man left. I asked one of the officers what was going on after he yelled something I couldn't understand from across the street. He choose ignore me and the other officer and him talked and then crossed at the end of the street away from me.
Anthony Hilder arrived in Portland on the evening of August 12th 2005 at 9pm and we went to grab some food downtown.
As we ventured onto the Burnside Bridge heading west towards downtown....
we found ourselves in gridlock and didn't know why....until we got over to the other side.
We discovered that we had entered a checkpoint. 20 motorclydes, flares, guns, flashlights, cars, the lights, essentially the works along with the police now all in black swat like uniforms.
Tree-sitters are currently occupying unit 43 of the STEN Timber Sale in the Mckenzie Ranger District. Sten is located near Deer Creek hotsprings, near Sahalie falls and Ollalie Creek in one of the most heavily used recreational areas in Cascadia. The Sten Timber Sale is part of the Robinson-Scott complex of timber sales, which include STEN, FLATCO, TWISTER, ANDY, BULLIT, NUGGET and KINKO sales. Women and men have been occupying the trees at STEN for the last week. More information on this action will be forthcomming soon.
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