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Thursday morning at 6:30 AM, carpenters started a strike against the Canadian construction company Neway Forming for unfair labor practices. The strike will continue on friday morning, starting again at 6:30, at SW Clay and 11th, and the strikers can use as much support from the community as possible.
Neway Forming, of British Columbia, has been known as an anti-union construction company and has brought down workers from Canada because it can pay them less than Oregonians, though it claims that they need to do this because there are not enough skilled workers in Portland. The company has been particularly hard on Mexican carpenters who are paid considerably less than other non-union carpenters who happen to be white (about $12 an hour compared to $18 to $20). Last week, carpenters on the site were talking about unionizing, and by Friday one of them had been fired.
Neighbors along SE 21st between Division and Powell have been wanting speedbumps for the last several years. After a drawn-out process with City Hall (and some contentious folks up on 25th), the speedbumps finally arrived today. These improvements are part of a pilot project on the part of the City, which previously had been unwilling to put speedbumps on a street of this designation, with this much traffic. Though City permission was required to build the speedbumps, the people and businesses of the neighborhood had to pay for them, at the cost of about $2000 each.
Here are some photos I took at the Circus on Thursday Sept 8th at the Rose Garden. The tickets were donated to us by the way, we would never pay to see animal turture. During the show, the animals were wheeled out in tiny cages in the dark, while fancy lighting and performers distracted the audience. MEANwhile on the opposite side the animals were released out of the cages to perform their stupid human tricks that obviously did not come naturally to them. Throughout the show, the abusers used whips and prods to force the animals to perform.
Today at 12:53pm on the Lars Larson local radio program on KXL 750 AM, Lars agreed with a caller that Lane County city planners should be killed. Lars and the caller were discussion some Measure 37 related issue when the caller said "...I think they all should be killed..." Very stupidly Lars said "I agree" before he went on to make his usual inane, ignorant, vile point.
On September 14, I visited the Common Ground Wellness Center at 1401 Teche St. in Algiers, New Orleans and had the opportunity to speak with Noah, a volunteer medic from Providence, Rhode Island. [ audio interview: download mp3 | download torrent ]
Noah discusses the reasons for medical volunteers coming to New
Noah also expresses his anger at the humanitarian crisis caused by George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and the directors of FEMA and the Armed Services who are planing to turn New Orleans into a rich white disneyland on the Mississippi River.
related: katrina aftermath at portland imc | katrina.indymedia.us | houston.indymedia.org | neworleans.indymedia.org
A media awash in Katrina stories had no time for a poor black woman being killed by the state in Texas after being railroaded onto death row for a crime she probably never committed.
Those who are looking for an example of an innocent person's being executed by the state may well find it in the case of this unfortunate woman, who almost certainly was not guilty of killing her husband and child as charged by the state of Texas.
InterActiveCorp--aka Ticketmaster, Ask Jeeves, Hotels.com, Match.com and ReserveAmerica--looks poised to take over all reservations and rentals of all wilderness cabins, campsites, and lookout towers. Get ready to shell out to them next time you want to take a hike on one of the few trails through lands not entirely ravaged by clearcuts.
"A plan to privatize some aspects of public lands management was lauded by some, but Silver says those early supporters never envisioned what he saw clearly - the eventual "Disneyfication" of the forest. His critics have dismissed his caution as nonsensical, but Silver might be more prescient than even he suspected...." ~The Missoulian Independent
On September 13, the Common Ground collective in Algiers, New Orleans began the day with a meeting to discuss everything from staying healthy to the difference between martial law and a state of emergency. A medic at the wellness center said that the best way to maintain to the health of the community is be sure that everyone washes their hands often and to not share plates and utensils. After the meeting, volunteers assembled personal hygiene kits and dropped them off at the Common Ground Wellness Center at 1401 Teche St. where hundreds of people from New Orleans have been treated and received supplies.
A little bit later in the day, Iasha, Errol and Christopher came by to see if they could have some bicycles. The folks from Austin who brought the bicycles were happy to set the three of them up with bicycles. Iasha, Errol and Christopher said that all their friends have left town and they are the only children left in the neighborhood. Francisco, an artist from Austin, drew a portraiture of Errol as Rosa and Vinny conducted an interview. Iasha, Errol and Christopher also left with a bag of toys, crayons and a coloring book. [ read and see more >> ]
more first hand reports: [ Creativity, Solidarity and Mutual Aid in Algiers, New Orleans | Algiers New Orleans: Where Common Ground Is Found | The Houston Astrodome: Do You Know What Is Really Happening? | AUDIO: Interview from 'Dome City' with Joseph Bijou of New Orleans | More Scenes from 'Dome City' | The Surreal Scene of Dome City ]
Attention Please... Wal-Mart is coming. Their sights are set on Portland, and they want you to save money soon! Location scouts are considering sites in SE Portland, Beaverton, and Gresham, and your neighborhood may be the next place to save.
When Wal-Mart opens, they will contribute many things to our community. They will create jobs, pay taxes, provide affordable products to Portland, and maybe even build a traffic-light or sidewalk.
Wall Mart employs an army of handsome consultants and lobbyists to repeat these high points at every possible opportunity. Nobody can argue with the benefits of Wal-Mart, they really do all the things they say. Their colors are also red, white, and blue.
However, if you look just a little bit deeper--say, the last two paragraphs of most major media stories about Wal-Mart--the value of their community contribution vanishes. [ read more >> ]
On saturday september 10th the Sten tree-sit in the Mckenzie Watershed was again attacked by hostiles, this time by a man armed with a high-powered compound bow shooting tri-tipped hunting arrows. One tree-sitter was hit and cut by an arrow and his 5 gallon water jug ended up with an arrow through it. Everyone is OK, other than rattled nerves and the trees are still occupied. More updates on this situation will be forthcoming soon.
One commenter adds: "The would-be murderer comes out on the weekends, and this weekend is fast approaching. We need to mobilize as many supporters as possible for the well-being of all." [More...]
Traveling by rental car we arrived in New Orleans around 3:30 P.M. central standard time. On the approach to the city it was a clear day. Damage was everywhere. Tree's were in twisted mangled messes along the roads. Roof tops off of gas stations had been completely ripped off in some places. Street signs were bent backward from the winds and hard to make out, and in some cases they just didn't exist. Gas stations are working as few as ten miles away. All the roads from what I saw were clear and traffic (yes there is traffic) was flowing.
On the way in almost all of the off ramps were blocked in one form or another. Check points are setup all over the place with military units dress in full camouflage with M-16's were walking around in full view.
Our main concern was to get to Malik Rahim's (a great guy and former Black Panther). A local resident of New Orleans in Algiers. There is a curfew from 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. in place and is being enforced. Our main concern was to get from where we were to Malik's. After about fifteen minutes we found the house and were welcomed warmly to a very active household of independent journalists, bloggers, community organizers, doctors, nurses, people with vans bringing food and water, you name it.
Related Stories: Creativity, Solidarity and Mutual Aid in Algiers | French Quarter residents defy evacuation, begin rebuilding their communities | media hails martial law gen'l | Nat'l Guard and Army, Police, etc., Refusing To Allow Animal Rescues, Action Needed!
September 10, 2005
Scott Parkin, a US peace activist from Houston, Texas, has been detained by police in Australia without formally being charged with any crime and threatened with deportation. His reasons for being held are ambiguous but his legal advisor has confirmed that among the reasons given for his detainment is that Scott has been identified as a terror threat to Australian national security. Scott is in no way a terrorist threat; he is a political activist, plain and simple, and is being detained because of his political activism.
Sept 18 Update: U.S. Peace Activist Deported from Australia!
I attended the 34th anniversary of the Attica rebellion and massacre, on September 9th at Reed College, where Splitting the Sky spoke. I recorded the audio of Splitting the Sky, and Black Panther Elbert "Big Man" Howard, who was also at Attica to help negotiate a settlement, speaking of their experiences at Attica. Over all it was an excellent event and I applaud the organizers for putting this togeher.
Big Man had set the stage of the Attica experience that night by giving a discriptive feeling of what he saw and felt when he walked inside the prison long ago. He spoke briefly but the experience he shared was a good intro into the past and reflection of the time. Then Splitting the Sky came on and socked you in the stomach with his experience of what happened at Attica. If you have never heard this man speak then you don't know what your missing. He discribes a vivid reality of his experience and delievers it with such a passion that your in shock. In all seriousness it was an amazing speech that touched on current events and brought a energy to those who attended. I remember talking with several people afterward and we all agreed that after the speech we felt inspired to smash the state. It was an inspiration to bring change that bordered on rioting because of past and present injustices of the government.
download torrents: elbert "big man" howard | splitting the sky | more pdx-imc-audio at indytorrents.org
related: portland indymedia web radio | interview with big man | stream of big man at reed | stream of splitting the sky at reed | 34th Attica Anniversary Speech announcement | Attica at wikipedia.org
It turns out that the city is talking about closing down all the shelters in the city this week to get people out and find them jobs. I don't know how people are going to find jobs without a place to stay, let alone no address.
More and more people are leaving the Astrodome. Family members are not being allowed in to find other family members. If your outside the gates from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. you are not allowed back in if you are a survivor. You have to wait till 5 a.m. to get back inside.
There were about 8,000 people left in the Astrodome when I was last there, and shinking. They were moving everyone to another building right across from the Astrodome last time I checked. There are free one-way tickets by plane to anywhere any survivor wants to go, all you gotta do is ask.
One of the problems though is that you have to ask if you want to get anything. There are currently not enough people going to the dome to volunteer. Much of the elderly are being overlooked as they sit in wheel chairs in the dome, and will soil themselves because there is nobody to help take them to the bathroom.
A 27 year old man who appeared to be mentally disturbed was driving erratically out near Bluff road. He allegedly rear-ended someone and then fled. At some point, either before or after this incident, he removed his clothes. The police were called to respond, which they did in their customary manner. After tazing him a couple of times, and determining it wasn't having the desired effect, they shot him.
The man, 27 year old Fouad Kaady, was on foot at the time of the killing. He appeared to be having some sort of psychotic breakdown, and according to the public information officer (PIO), was "out of control." Two officers armed with state-of-the-art "less lethal" weapons and all the academy training tax dollars can buy, ultimately decided that he presented some sort of threat that they were unable to deal with any other way than to pull out their "lethal backup" and blow him away.
At the Musicians' Union Hall Friday night, participants returning from the World Festival of Youth and Students in Caracas from August 7-15th, shared photos, stories and analyses from the event. Portland delegates Megan Hise, Robinette Jones and Lila Zucker showed photos and spoke about their experiences at the Festival and what they learned about the ongoing changes happening in Venezuela.
On September 9, myself and two other west coast IMCistas arrived in Houston, Texas to help provide independent media coverage from Houston and other communities. Our first stop was the Astrodome and surrounding buildings. There are about 10,000 people now living in these buildings, which are now being called "Dome City."
The scene in the Astrodome is almost unreal. There are thousands of people sleeping in close proximity. Many people are trying to get in contact with loved ones, but there does not seem to be a practical way to facilitate this. There seems to be very little organization, plenty of unanswered questions and almost no information about what the future holds for Hurricane Katrina survivors.
AUDIO: Interview from 'Dome City' with Joseph Bijou of New Orleans: On September 10, I met Joseph Bijou from the 70122 zip code of New Orleans, Louisiana. Joesph had just finished getting a haircut at the makeshift barber shop setup inside the Astrodome of Houston, Texas. (27:57 minutes / 12.8 MB)
The city was going to host two more training sessions today at the Multnomah County Building located at SE Hawthorne and SE Grand from 12-2pm and then again at 6-8pm. These training sessions were set up to give an opportunity for volunteers to get the information they need to be a "greeter" at the airport. This was also the time the city was going to give people ID badges and also run background checks on folks interested in participating. I was intending to go to the 12noon event, essentially to get it over with, however, decided that going after work would be more convenient.
I decided to check the City website to see what the status was of the folks that were soon to be arriving. In big red letters at the top, it stated that people were unlikely to arrive.
FEMA says NO to oregon
...[A] state worker and close friend of mine, who attended Buckman Community meeting last night found it unbearable to hear that this "open minded, forward moving" community made it very clear at the two hour meeting that they do NOT want these residents in their neighborhood. Well then, they can rest in peace now and i, personally I am hopeful the residents will find a home closer to their own in a neighborhood with open arms.
Hello to all, it's Tre. I've been moved to VIRCC (Wilkie) in Victoria, BC. This is the centre I was initially held before being transferred to Vancouver. I am happy to be back here, as this facility offers many advantages over North Fraser. For the first time in almost a year and a half, I have been able to get my feet in the grass, and the sun directly on my skin without any tint or fence between myself and grandfather sun. I have been able to receive fresh air through the window in the cell I'm being held. The cell faces south, therefore I can receive grandfather's rays in the cell much of the day.
The transition has been a little bit difficult and I am trying to get settled here in my new home. I am grateful for the administration accommodating my diet and working with me to make this transition bearable.
While walking to my bus station at around 4:10 this afternoon, I noticed flashing lights ahead. I walked a little closer and found 2 park cars and one cop car. About 6 law officials were there at the scene looking down at the ground. I thought to myself, great another biker killed by a car. But to my surprise, I found a 15 year old crying in handcuffs. Walking closer and closer to the scene I just stood there and looked at what was going on. I looked across this young mans body and saw a zigzagged string coming from his back. Curiously, I looked to the source of where this string was coming from and saw a metal needle tip lodged in his back. The police officer told the young man that he was under 16 and was not allowed to do stuff like that. I didn't really understand what that meant.
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