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Last night, Thurs. November 10, 2005, three medical workers documenting police harassment outside the Common Ground Free Clinic became the targets of that harassment. This incident is the culmination of increased daily harassment this week, and are just a few of the examples of abuse that volunteer relief workers have faced over the past two months and that New Orleans residents, especially African Americans, are facing everyday.
Greg Griffith, a volunteer relief worker, was arrested by the New Orleans Police and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) near the Common Ground Free Clinic in Algiers. Greg was thrown against the car, charged with crossing a police line, resisting arrest, and carrying a concealed weapon- a small pocket knife. While handcuffed in the back of the police car, he was told that he would be "shot, and his body thrown in the river". He was bailed out last night fearing for his safety and will go to court at OPP this morning. Emily Westerholm, the Unit Coordinator was violently thrown to the ground and Scott Weinstein a resident RN was verbally abused.
Tonight, November 14th, the Boise Neighborhood Association (BNA) held its monthly meeting at Albina Youth Oppurtunity School (AYOS). There was a small agenda on the table, but alot to discuss. The agenda and some points exist here. The agenda points were: Green Space Grant, Drug Free Zones, and Elections.
The Green Space grant money was granted by the artice formerly known as Prince in 1992, I believe. THe idea behind the money was to create green spaces in low-income communities of color, the original amount was $10,000. A failed community project ate up $6,000 of that in 1997 I believe. The BNA asked community members to think of proposals for the remaining $4000. The Kurisu Corporation made a stunning powerpoint proposal presentation, explaining how the $4000 would cascade into the Kurisu's private Japanese Garden. The original plan is that the Kurisu's would be granted the monwy and for the first year the $4000 would be held up for possible community areas, and if the community did not come together in that year, the Kurisu's would absord that $4000 into their $250,000 Japanese Garden.
A group of citizens came out to Ron Wyden's office this afternoon to give him hell for presuming to nullify the Habeas Corpus rights of individuals taken prisoner by federal officials. A representative from Wyden's office, came out to address the group.
On November 5th various individuals who had volunteered their time and energy held a benefit to raise money to purchase new server hardware for portland indymedia. The event was extremely successful both in terms of raising money and also creating a space for people with various affiliations with portland indymedia work to come together to strengthen connections, build alliances, and have a fantastic amount of fun. [ read more ]
PDX IMC Tech Benefit: Report Back
So if you missed the benefit, you really missed a good time. The vibe was great. $2.00 beers and vary diverse bands. The "Fuck The Corporate Media" and "Novus Ordo Nuntius Seclorum" hand printed T-shirts and posters were awesome. I think there are still some for sale, but I think quite a few were sold. The amount raised was not quite enough to buy the new server(s), but it was a couple a hundred shy. So, it may take a while longer, but this site and all other supported social justice sites should be operating much faster and smoother in the not too distant future. [ read more ]
My landlord evicted me, entered my property to remove all of my belongings, locked me out of the property, is now threatening to throw my stuff to the curb and I can't find anyone to assist me.
I'm a good tenant. I have always paid my rent on time, I mind my own business and I respect the property that I live on.
However, in the middle of last month I received a handwritten note from my landlord asking me to move by the end of the month. One other woman was asked to leave at the same time. The landlord told her he was kicking out all of the women in the coming months, which he later referred to as a "band of lesbians".
It was my understanding that even though he asked me to move by the 31st, I legally had thrity days. This being said, you can only imagine how shocked I was to walk into the building on the 1st to find that my stuff had been removed from my apartment and there was already someone living there! [ read more ]
Landlords' Rights ... An Update
Finding professional assistance has been and still is an uphill battle. I still don't have a lawyer, but thanks to the supportive responses from those of you who have also been in this position, I have a few more leads to follow.
My fear? I fear that I am devoting almost all of my energy to this and will get nothing in return.
I fear that it takes money to find justice. I know that I am not the woman this landlord has treated this way. Perhaps if one of those women had stood up for her rights I would not be in this position. I can't blame her though ... if I had a place to live I probably wouldn't care much either.
For the "City That Works" I don't see a lot working for the people in my position. There are a lot of people willing to speak to what the law states and few people willing to enforce it ... unless the issue is liquor laws, or drug laws, laws that protect business ... or the laws that protect the landlords. [ read more ]
Beware! I don't know if I'm one of the lucky few to get a letter from Multnomah County, demanding a 2004 ITAX payment that was already paid months ago. But if you haven't kept records or you don't recall if you already paid it, better check. This notice arrived in today's mail.
When I received the letter, which basicly treated me as though I had not paid the Multnomah County tax and demanded payment and response by November 8th or December 8th (depending upon which statement in the letter you chose to believe), I went to my 2004 tax file, pulled my photocopies of the check and the form and confirmed with my bank that the check made out to Multnomah County had been cashed long ago.
Members of Veterans for Peace commonly observe federal holidays among themselves, but this time were joined by approximately 60 others: friends, students, other activists, and strangers passing by, who were encouraged at the end to sign on to a movement to ask Governor Ted Kulongoski to recognize "Armistice Day" in 2006.
A pair of empty combat boots, worn but highly shined, stood at attention in the middle of the circle at 11:11 AM as the veterans opened with a two-minute silence followed by the playing of "Taps". In this wide circle, veterans and non-veterans alike were then invited to step into the center to share their thoughts and feelings on this day of remembrance in an open forum.
Grant Remington, President of Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, started out by reminding the assembled circle of the origins of Armistice Day, and its significant ties to remembrance and peace. Quoting President Dwight Eisenhower in 1954, people were reminded to "reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace."
In a recent posting, we heard from "I was there" who claimed to be one of the cops who shot and killed Fouad Kaady. This got me to thinking: What if we had a truly informative exchange with cops (reformed or otherwise) who feel the need to purge their guilt?
As a former cop, with many years of high stress experience, I do understand the need for the officer to cover his ass with bland statements like "I would do it again," and to protect his ego and his job by creating some imaginary bogey man with the strength of ten, to somehow justify the killing. I feel his pain. I have been very close to his shoes a number of times. Fortunately for me, I chose the "protect" part of my oath over the self preserving need to kill all threats. When I think of the number of persons I could have killed, I am very glad that I no longer am faced with the challenge that these guys face.
Walking down the street a few months back, I noticed a visibly mangled bicycle with white-washed and twisted tires and frame, chained to a lamppost with the sign, "Ghostcycle.org #39" hanging on it. Curious, I went to GhostCycle.org and found it is a "bike accident awareness" organization. GhostCycle is a Seattle project that could be mimicked in any city. The group solicits stories online from bicyclists who have had accidents revolving around interactions with cars on Seattle streets, primarily. The site tells the story of a bicyclist's accident, and then a memorial broken bike is placed on the spot of the accident. The bikes are painted an eerie white, and the tires are contorted and completely painted white, too, which really works well for a "ghostly" effect.
bike sadness adds: There have been about nine or ten Ghost Bike memorials put up in the last few weeks in Portland. Yes, there is one at NE Sandy & 37th. Yes, there is a plan to replace the SW Broadway memorial, though memorials downtown probably won't fare well. Coming soon: ghostcyclepdx.org, with photos and info on all the local memorials plus features for reporting crashes, dangerous intersections, etc.
On November 8, approximately 30 protestors let Schumacher furs (811 SW Morrison) and Nicholas Ungar furs (1137 SW Yamhill) and their customers know what they thought of their shameful participation in animal cruelty. The proprietors and employees of Schumacher's watched, sometimes smirking, sometimes seemingly dumbfounded, as the protestors called attention to the reality of how fur used for clothing is obtained.
Protestors held signs, passed out literature, and vocally let people know how wild fur-bearing animals are caught in steel-jaw leghold traps (left for up to a week, sometimes dying of cold and dehydration, not uncommonly chewing off their own limbs in an attempt to get free); and how wild caged animals like mink go crazy from stress, confinement, and boredom until they are finally anally electrocuted for their fur. Dogs and cats in China are slaughtered for their pelts (which are mislabeled and sold in the US). But the proprietors of these fur shops, and their bloated customers, seemed wholly unconcerned by what happens to the animals.
Mr. Wyden voted in the Senate to approve an unconstitutional law that purports to strip prisoners of Habeas Corpus rights recently upheld by the Supreme Court. The move amounts to an unconstitutional attempted power grab by the legislative on behalf of the executive branch to wrest power from judges to decide basic constitutional questions.
Ron Wyden violated his oath of office to defend and uphold the US Constitution yesterday, by voting for a law which purports to strip judges of the ability to decide the legality of arbitrary detentions of people arbitrarily labelled "enemy combatants" by Texas ex-governor GW Bush Jr. and his hirelings. In this time when our rights are so endangered by high-level criminals acting under color of illegitimate authority, Wyden has voted to give more power to the criminals.
Wyden Votes to DENY Habeaus to anyone Bush calls 'enemy combatant'
Wyden voted today to bar anyone at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from filing lawsuits in American courts to challenge their detentions, despite a Supreme Court ruling last year that granted such access.
In a 49-42 vote, senators added the provision by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to a sweeping defense policy bill.
Under the provision, Guantanamo Bay prisoners would be allowed to appeal their status as an "enemy combatant" one time, to the Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. But they would not be able to file petitions known as writs of habeas corpus, which are used to fight unlawful detentions, in that or any other U.S. court.
The family-owned independent dairy, based in Portland, has been a highly-respected fixture in the NW Oregon dairy scene since 1916. Since early 2004, Alpenrose, like all dairies in Oregon that still use rBGH, has received hundreds of consumer comments generated by Oregon PSR - post cards, e-mails, letters and phone calls -asking them to go rBGH-free.
Oregon PSR's Campaign For Safe Food has been communicating with Alpenrose, and showed their Power Point on rBGH, discussing the problems that rBGH presents. In addition, the campaign has been contacting grocery stores and coffee shops regarding concerns with rBGH, and some of them have in turn relayed these concerns to Alpenrose. In August this year, a large parochial school in Beaverton, discontinued their milk contract with Alpenrose. This followed Oregon PSR's Power Point presentation to the principal and food service director and expressions of concern led by a parent/PSR volunteer. In addition, PSR volunteers had made initial contacts with the Portland Public Schools, which serves Alpenrose milk, expressing their concern with rBGH.
Alpenrose now becomes the third Oregon-based dairy since 2003 to go rBGH-free. Tillamook announced that its cheese (not other products) would be rBGH-free as of April 1 and Eberhard announced it was going rBGH-free in June.
On Wednesday, November 9, 2005, the Portland City Council will consider a resolution introduced by Commissioner Dan Saltzman opposing the broad preemption and loss of local control and benefits proposed in the several bills now pending in the Congress.
There are many things at stake here: citizen access to the media; free speech issues; ability of local governments to govern their own right of way within their jurisdictions. All these are important facets of Democracy, especialy media democracy.
Even if one does not care about televison, we the people have the right to access this technology, as we are the owners of the airwaves. Corporations reaps billions on dollars in profits every year, and do little for the community in return for this enormous windfall. One thing they do, the are mandated to do, is provide the public access to both the cable itself and the technology necessary to produce television.
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The trial was in front of a judge and because it was a violation trial, the standard of proof for the state was preponderance of evidence. OHSU had 6 witnesses, including 3 security officers and Mars was her only witness.
The woman who called security when Mars showed up at her office, Kristina Kerns, was one of OHSU's witnesses. Mars came to the office and told them she was there to pick up the information that had been described to her on the phone (materials printed specifically to give to the public). The defendant's lawyer asked Kerns what about Mars made her feel unsafe. After taking a moment to think up an answer she replied that it was because Mars was carrying a bag and she didn't know what was in it. The particular bag that the defendant had been carrying was present in court. It was a small purse, about six inches long with embroidered flowers.
Italian state TV aired a documentary that claims US used chemical weapons-- white phosphorus, which melts human flesh to the bones "I saw the burned bodies of women and children. The phosphorous explodes and forms a plume. Whoever is within a 150 metre radius has no hope," one former US GI, Jimmy Massey reports.
Mohamad Tareq, a biologist who was in Fallujah, stated in the video, "A rain of fire fell on the city, the people struck by this multicolored substance started to burn. We found people dead with strange wounds, the bodies burned but the clothes intact."
Indeed, in watching this video, there are numerous graphic photos of horrific injury. Melted charred bodies with the clothes strangely intact. Many of them obviously civilians including children. You can watch it yourself (English version) at either of these links
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Beware the U.S. mediaIn recent weeks, U.S. corporate media has been claiming that they were fooled just like everyone else about the WMD's in Iraq. They have apologized, said they will do better. Well this is just a pile of bull.
Hundreds of independent sites were saying before the full scale assault on Iraq that there were no WMD's. It was proven that the documents claiming Iraq was buying uranium were forgeries. Millions of people around the world marched in the streets, knowing the US government was lying. Only a willful ignorance could explain why the corporate media, with its thousands of people, ultra-high tech equipment and millions of dollars, could continue to propagate government lies. [ read more ]
Salvage Logging Legislation Introduced in the House of Representatives: On Thursday November 3rd, Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) and Brian Baird (D-WA) introduced a bill that will sweep aside protections for old growth reserves, roadless areas, fish and wildlife in order to rush logging after fires and natural disturbances. The bill eliminates meaningful environmental review and public involvement.
The Walden-Baird bill is an extreme example of what happens when money from the logging industry influences politicians that are entrusted with protecting America's natural heritage.
Representative Tom Udall (D-NM) has introduced an alternative bill called the "National Forests Rehabilitation and Recovery Act" (H.R. 3973).
Related: gptaskforce.org | Fall Creek "Salvage" Sale Timber Auction--On the Inside Looking Out | Oly Ecology Center Week in the Trees Int'l Forest News | Rogue IMC Forest Defense Page | Oxygen Collective Biscuit Defense & New Orleans Relief Efforts | O2 Collective Biscuit Movie: Keep Towing That Line
The Canadian government may let us know this week how many seal pups they will allow to be legally slaughtered—it could be as high as 350,000!
As early as Tuesday, November 8, the Canadian government could issue the quota for how many seal pups can be legally bludgeoned to death in this seasons annual seal "hunt." It is unclear why such a practice is referred to as a hunt as the animals are completely defenseless and have no way to flee. The facts are shocking. Last season, almost 320,000 seal pups, only days and weeks old, were killed just for their fur, which is illegal in most countries including the U.S. A veterinary panel concluded as many as 42% were skinned alive while conscious. As many as 120,000 were killed in two days!
On Saturday, October 22, No One is Illegal members in an unannounced action went to the Vancouver Snow Show to protest the occupation of Sun Peaks Ski resort on Secwepemc territories, land which has never been ceded, released, nor surrendered.
Sun peaks resort is located near Kamloops, British Columbia and is owned by Nippon Cable. Despite the fact that the United Nations has repeatedly condemned Canada for violating International Human Rights of Indigenous communities, Sun Peaks Ski Resort continues to abuse the rights of the Secwepemc people through the continuous expansion of its overpriced bed units and hotel chains such as Delta Hotels on the Secwepemc Territories. Sun Peaks Resorts has forced the arrests of 54 Secwepemc Elders, youth and land-users.
We struggle for the right for our communities to maintain their livelihoods and resist war, occupation and displacement, while building alliances and supporting indigenous sisters and brothers also fighting theft of land and displacement.
Congressional budget negotiators and the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) have agreed to a massive cut of $340 million in funding for cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in 2006. Over a million gallons of High-Level Nuclear Waste have leaked from tanks at Hanford and another million gallons was deliberately dumped in the soil. Contamination has spread faster than previously believed and
is moving towards the Columbia River.
"Every year of delay increases the spread of contamination and the risk to thesafety of clenaup workers and the public," said Gerald Pollet, Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest. "The federal Energy Department's priority is to push to use Hanford as a national radioactive and toxic waste dump, rather than fund cleanup and safety. The massive budget cuts show why Washington's voters were wise to pass Initiative 297 one year ago to require cleanup before more waste can be dumped,"
Funding cuts will likely delay: retrieval of High-Level Nuclear Waste from tanks which have leaked over a million gallons of waste; safety for workers and characterizing leaks around those tanks; cleanup of massive sol contamination spreading from unlined burial grounds and liquid waste discharge sites; and, halt work to cleanup safety risks at the Plutonium Finishing Plant.
Urgent: two journalists detained in the repression by the police in Mar del Plata The Alternative Media Network of Buenos Aires, Argentina November 4th, 2005. Journalists Fernando Catz and Roger Sampedro, both with Indymedia, are among the 87 persons detained by the Federal Police during the repression unleashed this afternoon against Anti-Bush demonstrators.
We ask our fellow journalists to urgently disseminate this news by way of agencies, newspapers and websites in order to facilitate getting information on their location and to call for their release.
It is vital for all of those detained that the press take notice of them because in these past few years there have been scores of cases of misconduct, abuse and torture at the hands of the police in Argentina. [Read More]
Provocateurs Trigger Repression at Summit of Americas: So far 2 independent journalists have been siezed as provovateurs seek shut down peaceful protest at the Summit of the Americas. This year the Summit is in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, where the radical right wing Peronists regained power with the ascension of George Bush in the US. A brigade of 8000 police were assembled to "protect" the summit. What has ensued is a physical enactment of the ungoing war against the poor the US seeks to advance with the FTAA. Five of the 34 counties represented at the summit steadfastly oppose the treaty.
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