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In the pre-dawn hours Monday Nov. 28, two women put their bodies on the line for the ancient redwoods by locking themselves to gates and trucks entering the access roads leading to a controversial logging plan in Nanning Creek watershed outside Scotia, Calif., in Humboldt County. The women and supporters unfurled banners reading "Stop Maxxamum Greed/Save Nanning Grove," "Save Nanning Creek Ancient Forest," "Extinction is Forever" and "Save Scotia/Kick Maxxam Out." CFD/Native Forest Council film screening in Eugene | Giant Trees Are Falling As Court Ponders Appeal | Last Largest Unprotected Ancient Redwood Forest In the World Now Being Logged | PL starts cut in ancient redwoods and endangered species habitat | Down with Hurwitz, Maxxam Etc.
Peter Young was arrested March 21, 2005, after a seven year stint on the FBI's Wanted list for a string of fur farm raids. He was sentenced after this interview took place, on November 8th, 2005 to a two year prison term. Here he takes time to talk about his case, direct action, snitches, and what the future holds. For all the latest news on Peter's case and how to support him visit SupportPeter.com.
On Monday evening, November 28, 2005, Rep. Earl Blumenauer held a Community Meeting at Lewis and Clark college to gather public input concerning his recent Resolution to systematically withdraw troops from Iraq.
According to Blumenauer, the troops will be coming home next year. Through the evening he repeatedly stated that this would occur between 12 - 15 months. "".....the issue is how many, how fast, and what is going to be left on the ground....It's not enough to say that I was against it, and to be critical, but I think the notion of where we go from here..."
His comments were well thought out and, I believe, sincere. Some will agree, some will disagree with all or part of his position. But, personally, it is good to see someone stand up and make an effort to extricate our nation from it's present reckless path towards empire building. Not only reckless, but brutal and, for the most part, ineffectual.
Message from Vegan Prisoner Stephen Marshall:
[10-27-05] "How you all doing? I'm in Multinomah County now awaiting trial on December 6th [along with co-defendant Charles Jordan]. Listen, I'm having some issues on my vegan diet - they are having trouble believing I'm vegan! I am asking if you could all send Multinomah County a couple letters regarding myself and my vegan diet. That would be a great help!" Full Story & a poem
Dispatch from Jeff "Free" Luers about Global Warming
Reportback from Raise A Ruckus for Rob Los Ricos Benefit:
Important Message from Brother Tre Arrow - Dec 5 deadline
Peter Young's sentencing statement | Former Black Panthers Jailed for refusing to cooperate with SF Grand Jury | ALF activist Joshua Demmitt serving 2.5 years in Oregon Federal Prison | Portland IMC Prisons Page | Portland IMC Political Prisoners Page | ELP update on prisoners who have been moved, including current location of Peter Young |Vegan Prisoner Chris McIntosh goes to trial Dec 16th in Seattle
YOUR help is needed to protect the world's largest intact temperate rainforest, the Great Bear Rainforest, by sending the government of British Columbia, Canada, a fax through the website: www.savethegreatbear.org
Below is a joint statement by the coastal indigenous native bands and environmental groups about the Great Bear Rainforest deal:
From the Amazon basin to the Great Barrier Reef, the challenge on the Central and North Coast and Haida Gwaii is echoed around the world: How do we integrate the needs of natural systems with the needs of the people who depend upon them for their livelihoods and way of life? The coastal rainforests and waters are a vital natural, cultural and economic resource for First Nations, coastal communities and British Columbia as a whole. To be successful, land use agreements must not only preserve the lands and protect its ecological integrity?they must also respect indigenous cultures and strengthen local economies. To be successful, conservation must be sustainable, both ecologically and economically.
A conference bringing together a broad range of speakers and presentations to address the increasing incarceration rate in the United States, and its effect on diverse population in our society. Also a commemoration of Dec. 3rd, an International of Solidarity with Political Prisoners.
Addressing the Politics of the Prison Industrial Complex December 3rd, 10am-5pm
The New Waveland Cafe in Waveland MS, initiated by a group of Rainbows, was the first recognized relief kitchen in Hancock county after Hurricane Katrina. The Kitchen has become a community center for locals and volunteers in Waveland and the surrounding areas. People are drawn to this kitchen because the food is healthy, much of it is organic, and it is always cooked with style. The kitchen is run completely by volunteers who focus on empowering this community to continue helping one another even after the kitchen is gone. Anyone who expresses interest is welcome to facilitate a meal. Now we have 9 and 10 year-olds chopping vegetables for dinner, and spooning out soup in the serving line. Most nights during the week different local bands come to play on the stage at dinner time. Often, when dinner is finished, tables are pushed back and a spontaneous community dance party ensues. Afterwards, locals and volunteers work together to clean the dining room.
The New Waveland Cafe is closing down on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is re-opening at a new location in St. Bernard's Parrish, just outside of New Orleans. The folks who are continuing on with this mission are in need of a larger volunteer force and many resources in order to carry out this project. Many of the people moving to St. Bernard's Parrish have been working for 1 to 2 months, seven days a week, with very few breaks. This move is going to take a lot of work, and some brand-spanking new creative vibrance will be enthusiastically welcome.
Please keep in mind that no amount of carrying signs, marching, meditation, prayer, signing petitions, or voting will ever carry as much power as helping one person gut out her ruined house, or feeding a single mother at the end of another stressful day of red-taping it to a Fema trailor. This is a chance to extract yourself from our traditionally divided and materialistic American culture, shake off the stagnant mundane, and participate in true community building during a time of suffering and hardship.
As old growth forest advocates await a Ninth Circuit Court decision, Pacific Lumber (PL) subsidiary Scotia Pacific (ScoPac) has brought their chain saws into an ancient grove of redwoods containing trees up to 15 feet in diameter and comprising the largest chunk of in-tact unprotected habitat for the federally listed Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) in California.
In addition to the legal challenges filed by he Environmental Protection Information Center and the Western Environmental Law Center, Humboldt Forest Defense and Earth First activists have erected tree-sits in the branches of some of the massive trees, and have been showing up daily at the logging road gate outside Scotia, and also held a demonstration at PL offices in Scotia.
The final day of testimony in Shaheeda Pierce's trial took place on Thursday 3rd November. The day seemed to go very well for Shaheeda's case. There were several inspiring moments during the day's proceedings, including one particularly poignant instance during the testimony of "Upel" Hsieh Yu Chin, the client whose breech birth Shaheeda attended. As Upel was speaking, her daughter, the breech baby who is now a healthy, vibrant 2½ year old, ran up to her and wanted to nurse. Upel said, "My daughter needs to feed now." The judge responded, "Oh! I am up with that breastfeeding stuff!" and proceeded to share with the court that his daughter was now happily nursing his grandchild. Then he ADJOURNED THE COURT! He offered Upel a separate room where she could nurse her daughter peacefully, asking if she thought 10 minutes would be enough, or if she felt she would need more time!
Recently, the Sunday Whoregonian (we only look at the pictures) included a shopping bag, that shoppers could fill for the Oregon Food Bank, a worthy cause. Read on, dear reader:
The bag was printed up in large logos, the largest of which was the logo of Albertson's. That would indicate to me that when the bag was full, I could drop it off at Albertson's for delivery to the food bank, right? Not so. The logo was printed on the bag in several places, along with this suggestion " Stop by your local ALBERTSONS today for high protein items to fill this bag." There were other logos which I ignored at first, since I do not care a whit for Jiffy Lube, U.S Bank, Weyerhaueser, Nike, The Commerce Company, etc. The bag itself is emblazoned with "designed by Nike".
I just wondered how many people in these quarters noticed the article from the Friday November 18th edition of the portland tribune that describes an incident where a homeless person, Clinton Whitman, interrupted an assualt upon a hapless portland policeman who misjudged his ability to independently confront an agitated bar patron.
The article recounts the gratitude officers felt towards Mr. Whitman for the extraordinary gesture of civic and personal responsibility he made, and of some of their efforts to respond with help addressing his present unstable personal situation. He's been rewarded with some money and supplies to combat the harshness of his existence, plus, at least for the present, there is a suggestion that the police will be on the lookout for opportuntities that could answer his longer term needs. They're conscious of the need to watch his back to protect him against possible recrimination by the person agitated bar person once he's released.
On Saturday November 19, about 10 protestors demonstrated in front of Schumacher's (811 SW Morrison), educating the general public about how fur is obtained ( http://www.furisdead.com) while letting their few patrons know that wearing fur would not be tolerated without comment.
To say Schumacher proprietors and employees were enraged by our presence would almost be an understatement. One little man came out of the store repeatedly with a cheap camera and tried aggressively to take our pictures, apparently in an attempt to intimidate us (what's he going to do with them, put them up in the store to prevent us from buying fur there)? He tried to push a fox mask off the face of one protestor and slap her sign away. He shouted insults at us. Inside, the other employees and owners huddled uselessly around their service counter, staring at us, shaking their heads. A clownishly made up female employee (all the fur hags seem to use a spatula to apply their make-up) came out and tried to stare each one of us down - not really sure what that was about. They seem increasingly desperate to have us discontinue our protests - which only makes us know that our protests are having an effect! It's always a wonderful feeling to know that your presence is really noticed and has some value.
The following is Peter Young's statement to the court at his sentencing on November 8th, 2005, an approximate account based on notes and the memory of supporters in the courtroom.
This is the customary time when the defendant expresses regret for the crimes they committed, so let me do that because I am not without my regrets. I am here today to be sentenced for my participation in releasing mink from 6 fur farms. I regret it was only 6. I'm also here today to be sentenced for my participation in the freeing of 8,000 mink from those farms. I regret it was only 8,000. It is my understanding of those 6 farms, only 2 of them have since shut down. I regret it was only 2.
More than anything, I regret my restraint, because whatever damage we did to those businesses, if those farms were left standing, and if one animal was left behind, then it wasn't enough. To those people here whose sheds I may have visited in 1997, let me tell you directly for the first time, it was a please to raid your farms, and to free those animals you held captive. It is to those animals I answer to, not you or this court. I will forever mark those nights on your property as the most rewarding experience of my life. And to those farmers or other savages who may read my words in the future and smile at my fate, just remember: We have put more of you in bankruptcy than you have put liberators in prison. Don't forget that.
Let me thank everyone in the courtroom who came to support me today. It is my last wish before prison that each of you drive to a nearby fur farm tonight, tear down its fence and open every cage.
Mississippi Avenue, between Skidmore and Fremont, seems to be center stage for new up-scale development. In the last two years, the identity of the area has changed rapidly. So much so, that I can no longer use data from the 2000 census reliably. Large swaths of property are being bought up by prospectors and the plans of development of churning. In the next two years the identity of this neighborhood will be very different.
4138 N Mississippi Ave, includes 200 feet of frontage on the avenue. The development team, investors, and concerned neighbors met (11.19.05) at the Mississippi Rising Ballroom to see some sketches of the development, listen to some community opinions, and field a few questions about their development.
In April of 2004 the US Govt. pressured the Thai government to deport an American Akha activist from Thailand. Matthew McDaniel had complained of US Drug War policy that led to the brutal extra-judicial murders of many Akha people by Thai Security Forces. The US DEA called the drug war a "success".
US Embassy officials knew that he was being seperated from his small children and Akha wife who lived in a remote Akha village in Thailand. His wife was pregnant at the time and had to take care to the new baby on her own. Most of his possesions were either sold or looted. Matthew McDaniel lived in Thailand helping the Akha for more than 13 years. Chief players in the deportation and aftermath were Eric S. Rubin, the US Consul in Chiangmai, John F. Aloia, Emily Fisher and Ambassador Daryl Johnson.
American human rights activist from Oregon arrested in Thailand | Akha and Indymedia Activist, from Salem, Arrested in Thailand | Akha Woman Activist and Wife of Keizer Activist Persecution by US Immigration | Akha Activist Married to Oregonian with FOUR American Children Prevented from Entering US | Arturo Commando Interviews Human Rights Activist Matthew McDaniel
Today I received a letter dated 11-9-05 from eco-defense prisoner Steve (Stephen) Marshall. Steve is being held in Multnomah County Jail in Portland, Oregon while awaiting trial. He is accused of planning to destroy equipment belonging to a quarry company, which he allegedly claimed is polluting a river.
Because of his beliefs against cruelty to animals, Steve does not eat any animal products. Steve's diet has been a huge issue the entire time he has been in custody, and he has continually struggled to get vegan food. He has repeatedly been denied vegan food, and has often gone hungry rather contribute to the oppression of animals.
On November 9th, the jail's chaplain told Steve that in order to get vegan meals, a prisoner at the jail has to "have a recognized religion." Since Steve is not claiming religious reasons for wanting vegan food, but his "own beliefs against animal cruelty," they are denying Steve the diet he needs.
Perhaps you could send Captain Turney some literature telling of the horrors of the meat, diary, and egg industries, or send him your favorite vegan recipe so he will have some ideas of what Steve should be fed. If you would rather call the jail, the telephone number is 503-988-3689. Please take a few minutes to help Steve in whatever way you can. He is a really nice guy and seems to truly care about the environment and animals. He hasn't even been convicted of a crime, but jail officials are demanding that he go against his values so that he does not starve.
In the early hours of Friday morning, the House of Representatives passed a budget reconciliation bill that includes cuts of nearly $50 billion over five years, primarily in social programs for the poor. At the same time, Congress is considering extending tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy in the amount of $60 billion-$70 billion over the same period.
This weekend, thousands gather at Fort Benning, Georgia -- one of the largest military bases in the world and home of the notorious School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC) -- to confront injustice, to speak out for truth, to change oppressive US foreign policy and to shut down the SOA/WHINSEC and the racist system that it represents.
As the weekend's events to close the School of the Americas (SOA) started and thousands of people converged in Columbus, Georgia, we received sad news from our friends in the Colombian Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado. On Thursday, November 17, 2005, troops commanded by General Luis Alfonso Zapata Uribe attacked and killed Arlen Salas David, a leader of the peace community. His two small children will continue to walk besides us, building a different tomorrow in which there will be respect for life. Arlen, our tears accompany this horror but you are with us, giving us life. Thank you for your leadership, your committment. Someday history will judge those who murdered you."
122 Co-Sponsors to Close the SOA!
On Saturday November 12 about 10 protestors gathered in front of Schumacher Furs (811 SW Morrison) for an anti-cruelty protest. Protestors handed out fliers about the fur industry ( http://www.furisdead.com ) while letting the store and its customers know that, at least for a few hours in downtown Portland, wearing the fur of tortured animals would not readily be tolerated.
Schumacher employees and proprietors were clearly annoyed by the protest, and seemed to be thinking of ways to try to irritate the protestors and get them into "trouble." For example, one employee dared protestors to step over the line onto Schumacher property, apparently so he could call police over to discipline them. Another employee came out of the store, started pointing at protestors, and maniacally screamed, "I love you! I love you! I love you!" I guess thinking that she would rattle them with some Ghandian display of tolerance or affection. But her behavior was so odd that she was ignored. [ Read More | Basic legal info for Sat fur demo PLDN ! ]
Nanning Creek Grove, one mile east of the logging town of Scotia, is the last, largest unprotected stand of primeval redwood forest in the world. It contains old-growth trees up to 15 feet in diameter standing over 300 ft tall, likely to be thousands of years old. Of the two million acres of original Redwood forests that existed when California gained statehood in 1850, less than three percent remain today.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently gave the Pacific Lumber Company the go-ahead to log this old-growth grove. Loggers began falling the giant redwoods in Nanning Creek on Friday, November 11, 2005.
Activists have set up a treesit in the grove and a basecamp is being held at Grizzly Creek State Park.
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