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Overnight, Portland Media Jammers "correct" a billboard at the corner of SE 11th and Madison. (Photo credit: "Hovering")
The original text of the billboard said, "Here's to twins". It seems to be part of the beer company's "Summer Exposure" ad campaign, which features lots of skin and little responsibility or respect.
From the open publishing newswire: "This was my first critical mass, and it won't be my last. It started out with food not bombs and, like, 300 people on bikes, lasted over three hours and ended with three cops on motorcycles chasing a girl on a bike through NW- over sidewalks, through the street, even through the patio seating of a busy restaurant! We took back the streets! that was awesome! Bikes as far as the eye could see, stopping all traffic on the burnside bridge. Bikes riding through the fountain on the waterfront. Slashing tires. Tagging cars. See you guys next month! Someone upload some pictures!"
From a comment posted to the above account: "this ride.. was a big ride, a fun ride and a terrible ride..all wrapped up in one.. undoubtedley the sheer numbers, being the greatest we have had since oct last year, enfused the mass with much passion and energy. but hey folks.. does it really need to get ugly. HELL NO. we can have a ride with 3,000 people and still make an impact without slashing tires and banging on the bus... if the only reason you come to the ride is to emote your hositility at car culture through violent manifestatiions.. stay home and take a valium."
From the open publishing newswire: "On Wednesday, May 29, a mock nuclear waste cask arrived in Eugene, as part of the "No Radioactive Roads or Rails Tour". The tour has been arranged by Citizen Alert, a multi-issue organization that works for public participation and government accountability in issues of concern to Nevadans. The day before, the tour was warmly welcomed in Ashland. The tour stops in Portland in early June. Other mock casks are making stops in other towns across the country right now. Activists plan to bring them all to Washington D.C. before the Senate votes on the issue."
"The purpose of the tour is to dramatize the dangers of a plan to move nuclear waste from all over the country to be stored under Yucca Mountain, in Nevada. If passed, the plan would move radioactive waste through almost every state in the country, bringing this deadly cargo within 1/2 mile of 50,000,000 Americans. If moved by rail, spent rods from the Trojan plant... would go through residential neighborhoods in Portland and Eugene."
"The bill approving this highly dangerous plan has passed the House of Representatives and goes to the Senate soon. Organizers of the tour are urging everyone in the nation to contact their Senators and urge them to vote 'nay' to this plan."
From the open publishing newswire: "When I was at Faith in Action's peace vigil today, a young woman asked me to sign a petition for the 'NATIONAL ABERCROMBIE BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN'. Having never been a fan of Abercrombie's corporate omnipresence and their Hamptons-esque brand of snobby glamour, I gladly signed.
"This particular campaign is organized by the National Abercrombie Campaign (NAC) of Columbus, Ohio, and takes aim at a series of tee-shirts that the organization feels 'promote racial stereotypes'. Indeed, the 'Asian' series features a shirt that says, 'WONG BROTHERS: TWO WONGS CAN MAKE IT WHITE', with mid-Century style charicatures of Asians on it. The campaign is supported by a coalition of concerned students from colleges and universities across the nation."
"The young woman I talked to filled a whole page with signatures while I was there. Great going !! There are many forms of activism, and its always great to see kids getting involved."
From the open publishing newswire: "Today, thirty-some folks gathered for a peace vigil in front of Senator Ron Wyden's office in Eugene, at 7th & Charnelton. The event was called by Faith In Action, an affiliate of Two Rivers Interfaith Ministries. Faith In Action is made up of people from many different religions. Unlike an 'eccumenical' organization, which typically draws its flock from Christian demoninations only, Faith In Action has Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim members as well. Faith In Action began holding these vigils in the last month, and plans to continue them 'until the war is over'. Each vigil will be organized by one of the member organizations, generally a faith-based one, and an individual from that organization will open and close the vigil with some words about the meaning of their participation. Today's vigil was organized by the Friends Meeting (the Quakers). We all held hands and observed a moment of silence to meditate on the meaning of peace before dispersing. The next vigil will be on June 12th, in front of Senator Gordon Smith's Eugene office, on 7th & Pearl, at 4:30 p.m."
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Estacada, OR: At 8:45 am, May29th, 15 activists with the Cascadia Forest Alliance and other groups protested the auction of the Borg timber sale in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Chanting "If you buy Borg, you buy us!" and "Public lands, not private profit!" the activists were hoping to deter any would-be purchasers from signing a contract with the Forest to clearcut the 45 acres of ancient forest at stake at the Borg timber sale. The only purchaser to show up for the 'auction,' Thomas Creek Lumber & Log Company, purchased the rights to cut the Borg timber sale for the minimum bid price. Activists angrily pointed out that Thomas Creek Lumber has been convicted of national forest timber theft in 1975 and 1991, stealing millions of dollars of trees from the American public.
"It's already a crime that our publicly owned ancient forests and drinking watersheds are logged at taxpayer expense every year," said Ivan Maluski of the Cascadia Forest Alliance, a group with a long history of successful protest within the Mt. Hood National Forest's Clackamas Ranger District. "And it adds insult to injury when convicted timber thieves are allowed to continue to log our public lands." [ Read More | Photos ]
"Wild Rockies Earth First(WREF!) activist Redge Peterson will be arraigned on federal felony charges of conspiracy to impede and obstructing an officer at 9:30am, May 30th in Judge Ericson's court. Redge was arrested May 28th after a successful 11 hour blockade of the Bitterroot National Forest Service headquarters. Redge and other members of WREF! gathered at the Forest Service office yesterday to demand an immediate end to logging under the guise of restoration in the Bitterroot National Forest. At 5pm yesterday Redge voluntarily unlocked himself from two concrete barrels. Redge's action effectively interrupted business as usual at the Hamilton Forest Service office.
"Yesterday's action brought back to public light the failings of the current Forest Service plan of logging to restore the Bitterroot Forest. "As evidence in the forest shows, logging is not restoration." stated Julia Piaskowski of WREF!. "In our field assessment we found that the Forest Service has violated public trust. They implemented a plan that does not restore our forest and are unwilling to even follow that plan's inadequate guidelines." WREF!'s monitoring activities found numerous violations of the current plan." [ Read More ]
EF! Round River Rendezvous 2002
In an attempt to bully schools into their latest licensing scheme, Microsoft(M$) has been demanding software audits of schools in the 24 largest districts in Oregon and Washington, in addition to schools in 35 other states.
One of the questionalble terms of this new license requires schools to pay Microsoft $45/year for each and every computer, whether the computers are using M$ products or not. Essentially, the school would rent the right to use M$ products on all of its' computers on a per-computer basis, even if some of the computers were incapable of running M$ products. The new license also asks the districts to make "institutionwide commitments" to M$. In light of M$'s recent anti-trust lawsuits, it is downright arrogant they would propose such a blatantly monopolistic licensing agreement. While M$ has legal "right" to require software audits through copyright law, using such "rights" to attack schools with millions in budget shortfalls is simply stealing from the children.
Thankfully M$'s predatory tactics seem to be backfiring. Many school districts have started using viable alternatives such as the freely available and copylefted GNU/Linux operating system and other free software. Portland Public School district(PPS) has plans to install 16 new linux-based computer classrooms this fall. Projects such as K12linux have been facilitating linux in school systems.
Another interesting project was started by a joint relationship between PPS Environmental Middle School and a non-profit organization called Freegeek. Through a 6-week program, students learned about computer recycling and re-use, and built 5 linux terminals out of recycled parts, with new paint jobs of the student's design. This computer lab was built with 100% recycled parts, mostly with computers that are 5-7 years old otherwise destined for scrap materials, at best, if not landfills. [ Full Article ]
From the open publishing newswire: "I did a little experiment this memorial day weekend. I made a red-white-and blue poster board sign that said simply and clearly this, 'Bush is LYING about 9-11 !!' (All in blue on a white sign, except LYING was in bright red.)
"Then I stood out in the Kansas City city center area and held it up at the passing traffic. I expected to get 'the finger' about every 2 minutes. BUT GUESS WHAT. In 3 hours I was only flipped off ONCE. 90% of the those who acknowledged me were cheering and honking and saying, 'I knew it all along.'
"IT IS TIME TO HIT THE STREETS. ALL YOU NEED IS A NICE SUNDAY AFTERNOON, A POSTER BOARD, AND A BLUE AND RED MAGIC MARKER. I know it's nerve wracking to go out and do this by yourself, but hey, freedom is not won by being timid and safe all the time." [ Read more ]
This summer, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) will descend upon Madison, Wisconsin. The conference will allow business leaders and U.S. mayors to set the agenda of our nation's cities during an array of high-priced meals and social events closed to the public, but open to corporations. Having been around for 70 years, the USCM has long played a crucial role in setting a corporate-biased agenda for over 3,000 U.S. cities and has a number of tools available for doing just that.
One such tool is the Mayor's Business Council, a branch of the USCM that allows major corporations to directly influence mayors on key economic issues through a series of meetings and interactions. With a membership fee of $10,000 keeping all but the wealthiest out, the Business Council is one of the least democratic components of the USCM.
These companies are allowed to buy access to local government officials, while the people affected by the policies crafted at the conference are kept out. In fact, according to the council's own website, "Through the creation of the Mayors Business Council, we have transformed our organization to bring corporate America even closer to the mayors of our nation."
"What are we going to do about it?" The Creative People's Resistance (CPR) is a group that has formed specifically to create a radical resistance to the USCM. CPR is making a regional and national call to action for people to converge on Madison from June 13 to 18. Tentative actions include a Critical Mass with bikes and family farm tractors, "pirate golfing," street theatre, a tent encampment, Reclaim the Streets, and a pirate flotilla. It will be a weekend of fun and exciting resistance to the continued efforts by corporations to control our lives.
From the open publishing newswire: "At a little after five, two of us went to the Federal Building in Eugene for a BUSH KNEW ABOUT 9.11 rally that we had called. For a good half hour, it was just us, and we were afraid no one else would come. Then, up Pearl Street, came three young men from the University. You could see the fire in their eyes a half block away as they strode down the sidewalk with their corrugated cardboard signs. We were happy to see them, that's for sure. The night before, they had put on a showing of Mike Ruppert's video, The Truth and Lies of 9/11, at the school, and filled the auditorium. Way to go !!" [ Story and Photos ]
"get your ass out here on the street"
"oh yeah, and for all of those people who have nothing better to yell out than 'get a job'. i got a job and i'm doing your share too. get your ass out here on the street and help us save (y)our country. rise up and do something patriotic today!" [ Story and Photos ]
"Good Lefties are shocked, simply SHOCKED, at corruption in high places"
The Amended Fast Track Bill passed the Senate on Thursday, the 23rd, as expected with 66 yeas and 30 nays. Fast Track, now known officially as "Trade Promotion Authority", would unconstitutionally limit Congress' control over international trade agreements and cede this power to the President (or, "pResident", in the current case). With Fast Track, the President alone negotiates trade agreements and passes them to Congress for a straight up and down yea/nay vote. Nothing in the agreement can be changed. Many people are concerned that this would ensure the passage of the draconian Free Trade Area of the Americas, which would extend a wealth-friendly, people-hostile NAFTA-esque economic structure over the entire Western Hemisphere (except for Cuba), leading to a "third-worldization" of life for hundreds of millions. The bill is going to go to conference committee and then on to another vote in the House.
Oregon activists are encouraging people to let Senator Wyden know what they think about his vote when he visits the Washington Park Zoo in Portland on Saturday, the 25th, and the University of Oregon in Eugene on Sunday, the 26th. [ Full story ]
Activists occupy Senator Cantwell's office
"Senator Cantwell claims that human rights and environmental standards should be protected. It's too bad she voted for a bill that guts them. The Baucus-Grassley bill fails even the most minimal critieria of respect for workers, the environment and democracy," said activist Heather Day.
"By voting for Fast Track today, Senator Cantwell chose big business over everything else, selling out workers, the environment and democracy. She's really crossed the line here, and people are going to remember this for a long time," said local Fair Trade activist Jeremy Simer. [ Full story ]
From the open publishing newswire: "As I approached the peace elves, I recorded the two who were there on time, Dancing Elf Tina and Peace Elf Herself, Emily. The peace elves meet at least one time a week, more often two or three times, on one of the bridges of Portland to deliver a message of peace to the morning commuters. They do this during the likeliest commuting time, from 8-9 am. They started in December, and therein lies the origin of the group's name. Emily, the coordinator, comes prepared for stragglers like me, and brings a quote or saying that can start small and expand. So when I arrived they carried the message 'Peace Now', I tacked on the peace sign, and by 8:30, Robin arrived and the message became 'World Peace Now.' The peace elves are committed to providing a positive message for peace and letting people out there know they are not alone in their wishes for peace in the world.
"Afterwards, I asked a few questions of the other three before they hurried off to their respective jobs." [ Interview and VIDEO ]
On June 4, 2002, Christopher Swain will dive into the glacial headwaters of the Columbia River, and begin a six month swim designed make the Columbia fishable, swimmable, and drinkable for future generations.
Swain will swim all 1,243 miles of the Columbia River from the headwaters to the Pacific--a historical first--in order to launch a comprehensive campaign designed to raise public awareness of the Columbia, educate the public about the spectrum of threats facing the River, highlight promising solutions, and connect interested citizens with local protection and restoral efforts.
The Columbia River Swim will kick off with a party and benefit auction Friday, May 24, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm., in the Bridgeport Brew Pub's Heritage Room, 1313 NW Marshall Street, Portland, Oregon. [ Read more
Swain's progress will be documented regularly at the Columbia River Swim website.
Atlanta?On May 22nd, Morgan Schneider, who grew up in Portland, joined 20 other Americans in a journey the desert to dramatize the need for the US and the international community to 'go the extra mile' in averting the all-out war threatened by the Bush Administration. "The 23 million people of Iraq have suffered cruelly for a dozen years under US bombing and sanctions. It is time to end this failed policy, not to start a new war," says Dr. James. E. Jennings of the Compassion Iraq Coalition, which is organizing the Walk for Peace. "Washington readily spends millions on defense, but not one cent for diplomacy. Why not talk?"
The Walk begins May 24th when the delegation will cross the desert into Iraq at the Jordanian border carrying signs calling for an end to the sanctions. For the next six days they will walk from the Euphrates River to Baghdad, stopping to meet and talk with people in the towns of Rutba, Ramadi and Falluja. Each walker has received pledges for every mile walked, with proceeds going to the Pediatric Oncology ward at the Basra Children's Hospital. According to press reports, the Basra region has experienced a 242% increase in childhood cancers and leukemia that many experts link to depleted uranium (DU) contamination resulting from US bombing during the Gulf War. [ Full story ]
Two Afro-Colombian stowaways who were discovered aboard a large cargo ship in the Port of Vancouver on April 26, 2002, are planning to apply for asylum according to attorneys of the Immigration Counseling Service (ICS). A third Colombian who had accompanied them perished during the journey.
The men who appear to be in their 20's from photographs, hail from the Buenaventura region of Colombia, and today expressed their gratitude for help received from Portlanders.
During a news conference this morning, Susan Rossiter, ICS executive director representing Jhon Jairo Riasco Rivas, and Jessica Boell, representing Omar Arenas, outlined the asylum appeal process and also lauded the efforts of local organizations to assist the two men. Specifically mentioned were Peace in Colombia Action Group (PICAG), the St. Stephen's Episcopal Parish; both of whom have set-up bank accounts for support funds, and the ICS.
Asylum seekers in detention have no access to community groups. It was with dogged determination that people from PICAG were able to discover where the men were hospitalized, queried abut their needs, and accumulated donations of clothing, food, money, phone cards for delivery to them.
Boell said, "it's important to understand the asylum claims of these two men in the context of Colombia's country conditions... in Colombia there exists widespread internal conflict and rampant political and criminal violence. Both the guerrillas and the paramilitaries participate in violence against individuals on account of their political opinion." [ Full Story ]
[ Previous related stories: "ACTION ALERT: Colombian Stowaways in Portland, OR" | "Nimia Vargas' speech compels us to action" ]
The Bush proposal would eliminate current human rights and counter-drug restrictions on military aid to Colombia and add additional funding for counter-terrorism efforts.
The emergency supplemental, which contains dangerous language expanding US military aid to Colombia, may come to a vote in the House as early as Wednesday afternoon and in the Senate as early as Thursday. House offices are saying they aren't hearing from constituents on this issue.
What is the emergency supplemental about? This is a huge global bill for counter-terrorism efforts, but it contains a section on Colombia that dramatically changes our policy there. This policy change is a massive expansion. Currently, Congress has restricted US aid to go only towards counter-drug efforts; but if the emergency supplemental bill passes without amendments, US aid can be used to do counter-insurgency and fund other, non-drug-related programs. Besides getting the US directly involved in Colombia's civil war, the money could be used to fund a Bush proposal to train a battalion of the Colombian military to guard an oil pipeline in Colombia, belonging to none other than US-based Occidental Petroleum.
The Critical Infrastructure Brigade, as the Bush administration calls it, would be protecting a pipeline that, when operational, pumps about 35 million barrels per year. This equals a $3 per barrel subsidy to Occidental, payed by U.S. taxpayers - more corporate welfare.(Read More)
Words From the Front - Nimia Vargas' speech compels us to action
Indigenous Rights - U'wa Prevail Over Oil Giant
The Natural Building Convergence has officially come to a close, but the building that was done remains for Portlanders to enjoy and learn from. With great enthusiasm, people from around the country came together to create the first such natural building project held in an urban environment. These works are an inspiring mix of vision and practicality. Vision to create a new path of sustainable culture and practicality of making it actually physically work - To be inexpensive, non-toxic, aesthetic, and lasting. Read a couple accounts from the newswire.
"The Cob building is almost eight feet tall. It is dark brown like the most fertile soil. It is smooth and contoured like a fine sculpture. John a volunteer takes a big scoop of mud and sand and heaves it up to the people standing above him on a ladder. They are plying the Cob kiosk building inch by inch. Soon it looks like a real building. There are a window and a doorway and etched in the back of the building in the soft mud is design and creation. Lyn, an artist who recently relocated to Portland from Boston is excited about the fact that none of the materials are toxic. She talks about going to a workshop the night before for children that brought out phenomenal design ideas."
"Joan asks a site teacher whether the structure will hold up in the wet Pacific Northwest. "What do you think?" the teacher replies. The group begins to talk about how the buildings are found across the globe in all weather settings. They discuss the benefits of building with Cob. "Warm, strong, round, smooth, inexpensive, saves trees, non-toxic". The participants add to the list of why to build with natural building materials. The discussion goes on about how the building codes for our area may have to changed. They talk about how a small building can cost as little as $300. They exchange recipes for cob mud and adobe and talk about building communities of Cob houses." (Read Account)
[ Another account - on site and presentation impressions | Natural Building Convergence Photos and Text Part 1, Part 2 ]
"The government of the United States owes this to the American people, and especially to the victims and their relatives," said Ted Glick, New Jersey Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate. "It should be an independent investigation, with broad subpoena power and access to classified information, conducted by a body of citizens outside of Congress and the Ashcroft Justice Department."
"While the White House tries to downplay the news, it's becoming clear that this is even more gravely serious than the Enron debacle, which Congress refused to investigate as a political scandal and only as corporate malfeasance. An investigation needs to be directed by those whose only interest is in finding the truth, and who have the courage and resolve to seek the truth regardless of political or criminal implications. Relatives of the victims should play a major role in the committee overseeing the investigation."
From the open publishing newswire: "Now we are told that electronic communication intercepts reflect 'increased traffic' between 'al Qaida' cells, indicating these cells may be planning a new wave of attacks. The intercepts, it is said, are comparable to intelligence that was being acquired in the weeks leading up to 9-11.
"I can't help but wonder why they're telling us this - what purpose does it serve apart from scaring the hell out of everyone, silencing the new-found voices of the administration's critics, deflecting attention from an embarrassing string of revelations about what the Bush team knew in advance of 9-11, and laying the groundwork for further military actions somewhere in the world?" [ Read more ]
'911 Warnings Put Bush Under Fire, Issues More Fake Terror Alerts'
'PREPARE FOR NEW "TERROR ALERTS," HYSTERIA AND OTHER PSYOPS WARFARE'
Related newswire post: 'WAKE THE FUCK UP!'
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