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16.12.2005 00:34
Boise Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting receives huge turnout
On Monday, December 12th, the Boise Neighborhood Association (BNA) held its monthly general meeting. The group convened at the Albina Youth Opportunity School at 7pm. The agenda included topics such as: Improvements at Unthank Park, the Drug Free Zone in our neighborhood, and the Mississippi Lofts project on North Mississippi. At its peak, the meeting held nearly 70 residents of the Boise Neighborhood.

As the legend goes, the BNA has faced meetings of ten people or less, just within the past year. Over the last several months, attendance has steadily increased bringing us to the totals that we saw at the December meeting. This meeting brought out folks who have just moved to Boise, folks who have lived their entire lives here, people who swore they would never attend another neighborhood meeting, and people who just found out that the BNA exists. Not to mention, the people who have faithfully attended meetings month after month, without fail. The response from BNA Board members: "We want more!"

Previous Article: Boise Neighborhood Association Monthly Community Meeting


15.12.2005 13:56
First 2 days of action against the WTO in Hong Kong
Some really excellent coverage is coming out of hong kong by independent journalists and activists. As many predicted the WTO will likely fail once again due to pressure exerted by activists on the ministerial. There are some truly excellent first-hand reports being written by people engaged in the events. Here are a few that I enjoyed.

Collection of 20 videos from WTO Hong Kong available on indytorrents.org

I packaged up the videos currently available from http://swtop.blogspot.com covering the first couple of days of WTO protests in Hong Kong as well as some of the events before hand. This includes video from the "No WTO : Stop Collusion between Government & Business" Rally, the "Stop WTO! Mourn for the Dealth!" Action, an interview about the police raid of the Indonesian Migrant Worker's Union (IMWU), video of Korean farmers and their shrine to Lee Kyung-hae, activists entering the conference center, and of course video of police violence (riot porn, though pretty tame by US standards).

NO WTO, Teach-in this Saturday in Portland

Please join over 15 local labor, environmental, and community organizations for a teach-in:
Saturday, December 17
10 am-4 pm
Koinonia House (633 SW Montgomery, Portland).


15.12.2005 13:47
Senator James Inhofe: Top Terrorist Threat to Planet Earth
With gavel grasped in his greedy clutches, Inhofe is the Senator Joseph McCarthy of the day. Whereas McCarthy presided over the Red Scare of the 1950s that attacked "communists" as threats to national security, Inhofe spearheads the Green Scare of our day that vilifies "ecoterrorists" as a menace to the American Way. As McCarthy chaired the powerful House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), Inhofe lords over the influential Environment and Public Works Committee. What McCarthy did to civil liberties, Inhofe seeks to revive, as he updates McCarthy's persecutorial policies for the current era locked in struggle over the rights of nature. Ultimately, however, Inhofe is far more menacing than his fascist predecessor Joseph McCarthy, as Inhofe's offenses against democracy and the constitution extend to crimes against nature and all future species who require a viable planet to live.


13.12.2005 21:29
Chelsea Gerlach Preliminary Hearing Notes
Just got back from the preliminary hearing for Chelsea Gerlach related to charges from 2 incidents : The Bonneville Tower in Bend, OR and arson at Childers Meat Co, both in 1999.

This was not an arraignment, as Chelsea has already plead not guilty on all charges at an arraignment last week (and since the charges weren't read today, I don't know what they are). This hearing dealt with her detention pending trial.

Chelsea's Federal public defender (I'm sorry I didn't get his name) cross-examined a federal agent, Paul Caldwell (agency unknown), based on a sworn affadavit previously submitted to the court. Caldwell testified that a confidential informant (referred to as CS1) had admitted to involvement at the Childer's Meat Company arson, and stated that someone going as "Country Girl" had acted as lookout with a handheld radio. Defense counsel asked Caldwell, "Has the Government made any promises to CS1 in exchange for info?" Caldwell replied that he was "not aware of the specifics". read more >>

A statement from the family of Chelsea Gerlach

A statement of love and support from the family of Chelsea Gerlach, a wrongly accused suspect of eco-vandalism.
In these normally joyous days before Christmas, our family has been gripped by the loss of our sister and daughter who has been suddenly and wrongfully incarcerated. We are both disturbed and baffled by the charges brought against her, as well as by the images presented in the press of a radical Chelsea Gerlach hardened by crime and malfeasance. The person we know and love is incapable of such acts and we have absolutely no reason to believe in her criminal involvement in these cases.

Though we have been kept in the dark by a legal system that tells us little about the status of our beloved sister and daughter, we have the utmost confidence that the federal courts will vindicate Chelsea and that these ludicrous charges will be dropped. read more >>


13.12.2005 02:16
Tookie interferes with CIA crack cocaine distribution

Despite the years of Tookie's efforts and success at preventing youth (150,00+) from joining steet gangs, Nazi Actor Arnold in Sacramento seems determined to end the life of this former gangster turned peacemaker. Maybe the CIA needs young African-americans to work for them and continue distributing crack-cocaine and automatic weapons in urban neighborhoods.

Stanley Tookie Willaims directly interfered with the CIA crack-cocaine importers when he wrote books and lectured to youth to avoid joining gangs. However many (150,000) young people Tookie has reached and have as a result changed their minds about joining street gangs are not going to be working (indirectly) for the CIA in distributing crack cocaine in working class neighborhoods in LA and elsewhere.. read more >>

California to execute Williams tonight!!

California will execute Stan Tookie Williams at midnight tonight. The Governor of our neighbor state to the south, the very man who ordered the word Rehabilitation added to the Department of Corrections name, denied Williams request for clemency this afternoon. If Tookie Williams is not rehabilitated, no one can ever be. After a violent youth in South Central LA, Williams admitted Co-founding the Crips street gang, An organization that has spread violence across this country. He was also convicted of four murders, though he claims he is innocent of those crimes. Since being sentenced to death for the murders, Williams has turned his life around, writing childrens books and advising young people to avoid gangs. He has attempted to negotiate truces between rival gangs from his prison cell. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 5 times.

The execution is scheduled for 12:01 am tuesday at San Quentin Prison outside San Francisco, CA. Many people are already taking to the streets to protest this miscarriage of justice, both for Tookie Williams and for and end to the barbaric practice of capital punishment nationwide. Rallies are planned in cities all over America this evening. read more >>


12.12.2005 09:11
Earth/Animal Grand Jury Roundup
no grand jury

Before dawn, this morning, two FBI agents from the Eugene office and several state police officers came to Southern Oregon to subpoena Suzanne Savoie, to appear before a federal grand jury on February 16, 2005 in Eugene...They told Savoie that if she didn't start giving them information she would take the fall for all the men they said were involved. They said women usually take the fall for men and that she shouldn't let that happen. They showed Savoie four named photos of men who they said were the "bombmakers" and that they wanted her to give information about them. The FBI also used the usual tactics of threatening 60 years in jail to intimidate Savoie.

...they tracked down [Jonathan Paul] on highway 238 about 50 miles from here. He was in a van returning from work with several other individuals. He saw a BLM law enforcement vehicle followed by the Jeep SUV carrying the same two FBI agents approaching from the opposite direction. The BLM vehicle made a u-turn and turned on his overhead lights and promptly went off the road into a ditch and remained there while the FBI vehicle turned and followed the vehicle Jonathan was riding in. Many miles later, the van had to stop to drop off a couple of the occupants and the FBI opened the door of the van and asked Jonathan if he was "JP". Jonathan replied "who's asking". Agent Lorin flashed his badge and served the subpoena.

At least 5 people have publicly stated that they have received subpeonas to a Eugene grand jury. Are there more? | addresses for recent USA eco-justice arrestees on remand | Police informants in the Round-up

related: [ Heads up - FBI and Homeland security prowling for OR Enviros, AR activists | Feds Target Earth/Animal Activists Across the Country ]


MEDIA ACTIVISM 12.12.2005 02:56
Portlanders critique media coverage of Dec. 10 events

Well, having read here about the demonstrations and other actions about time here, and only here, I proceeded (as an experiment) to check the local "news" broadcasts, to see what their take was on what was/had happened in Stumptown today. Nothing. Absolutely fucking NOTHING happened in Portland today. So, they had to fill the time with a review of Chronicles of Narnia (Again!), and weather. No interest in those protesting, those arrested, or the reasons for such actions. No "in depth" look at the issues surrounding wearing dead animals to highlight your personal shallowness, or World Trade, or Solidarity. Nothing about the woman who was assaulted by a cop, or the others who were arrested for the crime of being in the area. No fuckin news today.

Does anyone here STILL turn to the corporate infotainment tube to learn the truth of what is happening? It will rot your brain.

Oh, and don't bother telling them, THEY KNOW. I spent hours talking with several "reporters," who readilly admit that they come here to get their news, and sometimes they are able to run some of it past their corporate masters.

additional contributions:

  • In Portland, 2000-2500 people march down the streets of downtown against the WTO, the police officers assault someone, and what does the media cover? The lurking "problem" of prostitution in SE Portland. Wow. And someone jumped off the Sellwood bridge after a police chase. How exciting! 2500 people may have marched downtown, people were arrested trying to stand up for labor rights, and...that's more important?
  • I have double-checked for the impression we have of a corporate news black-out. Google News and Yahoo News searches show NOTHING about the Portland anti-WTO demos or any other local demos in the U.S. EXCEPT that Yahoo News search takes me to the Beta Blog search, which lists Indymedia links, mostly Portland Indymedia! (I tried many combinations like "WTO demonstrations San Francisco" and others.)
  • Another prime example of the lack of journalism is the "coverage" given to yesterday's protests downtown. There was NO mention of any of it on the infotainment shows or so-called 'news' stations. I sent the Indy articles to a friend who was shocked to know that all of that was going on in her city and she was clueless. Needless to say, she will be looking on Indy for news from now on.
  • I was requested to check, and if there was any coverage on any of the channels, to record it for those who were able to be the news. There was NO coverage on any "local" channel. Instead, between inane, and insane attempts to hold the commercials together, we had a review of Narnia, couple of "stories" taken from national infotainment during the week, a lot of giggling, and of course, the obligatory dead hero, home from Iraq story.

[ Local "news?" | On local broadcast media & (lack of) coverage ]
portland indymedia dec 10 coverage


12.12.2005 01:46
Police Riot at Schumachers

After the anti-WTO protest had ended, 40 of us went to go to Schumacher Furs. Some of us had previously been there, and we went back to get more people. We were followed by at least twenty cops. As we arrived at Schumachers Furs, many of us were angry. We screamed at the top of our lungs chants against fur. This was all happening while the Schumacher people were laughing inside and trying to take pictures of us. We became nervous when the riot police came. In a split second the police just randomly started attacking us. Great job mayor Potter, you are now making the police system as bad as it was back in the Vera Katz days, something you promised you would change.

Mostly all of us were dressed in black. We were sick of the amount of profiling that happens during protests, so most all of us were also wearing bandannas. The energy in that crowd was unimaginable, we were quite determined. The police laughed and watched us from a distance as we peacefully assembled. Then, all of a sudden, Officer Lee and his cronies interjected with the protest and told us all to clear a path. We did what he said, but that was just not enough for the pig. We asked him why he cared so much about us having a foot in their property, while here you have a much larger issue when the Schumacher people were giving people death threats. They gave us some bullshit answer, but we knew they were there just to protect the rich. [ read more ]

Mesomorphic Pigs Attack Women, Men, and Children in the Name of Profit

Officer Elmore will soon be resurrecting his role as riot porn star for the Videos from the Resistance. Because, in fact, officer Elmore is a mesomorphic asshole who has too many anger issues to allow him to make a living doing anything other than cop or possibly contract worker in Iraq. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me back up.

I attended the demonstration today, in solidarity with workers across the world. While there, I noticed a roving pod of riot police sticking closely to the black bloc. Officers Cox and Ismail seemed to be loaded for bear from the beginning -- cajoling and insulting people in the crowd. (Usually, the cops seem more like robots than human beings. It's unusual to hear so much nasty conversation from them.)

In any event, officers grew increasingly frustrated by their inability to figure out what the bloc was up to. It looked to me like the yellow-and-black pod had some inkling that something was up, and tried desperately to locate the ever-chimerical "Leader" of the bloc. In and out and around the crowd they wove, but the bloc continually shifted and changed and slipped through their fingers. In the end, they completely failed to notice as the bloc melted out of the crowd and went elsewhere. Where, you ask? [ read more ]


PORTLAND SAYS NO TO THE WTO 11.12.2005 01:42
12.10 PDX Human Rights/WTO rally & pics

About 600-1000 unionist, anti-WTO/FTAA, imagrants-rights, and kids, mothers, anarchists, environmentalists, brothers, daughters, liberals, families, anti-capitalists, farm workers, and cops came to downtown Portland to oppose the WTO, support opposition in Hong Kong, march for union rights, decry the capitalist state and the republican federal government, sing, chant, shuffle, and charge a down-town office building. Some organizers read off of large report cards describing the voting record of state representatives to the US congress on issues of right to organize, immigration, the environment, and fair trade.


Speakers and Photogs from Human Rights Day March and Rally
Today, December 10, 2005, Human Rights Day, the Portland community took to the streets, demonstrating an immense solidarity with labor, the environment and human rights. The message was a resounding NO to the World Trade Organization, who will be meeting next week in Hong Kong, and YES to the rights of workers to organize. he crowd, which, in my estimation eventually topped 1000, gathered at the World Trade Center at SW First and Salmon in downtown Portland, enthusiastically listened to some brief speeches and then marched to various predetermined places in the city for more remarks from labor, environment and social justice speakers.


Brief Report, Photos from Today's March
In what may have been the largest labor or global justice protests in Portland in decades, nearly 3,000 people took to the streets today to say No to the WTO and YES to the right to organize! The day started with a brief rally denouncing the WTO and the corporate trade agenda at Gordon Smith's office, with speeches from PCUN's Ramon Ramirez and others. Despite the cold weather, thousands of people gathered for the rally, then the large crowd took to the streets. The march stopped outside the National Labor Relations Board office, where Stewart Acuff, organizing director of the national AFL-CIO, gave a rowsing speech, urging the crowd to support the right to organize unions.


PLDN Updates: [ PLDN one arrest 5th and Clay/ Dec 10th demo | PLDN Permitted march for dec 10th over PROTEST HAS MOVED 2 more arrests | PLDN, 20 in front of Justice Center, 1 more arrest, woman assaulted by police | Update from Portland Legal Defense Network | Update from Portland Legal Defense Network ]

related stories: [ Local "news?" | Mesomorphic Pigs Attack Women, Men, and Children in the Name of Profit | New Content on PDX IMC Web Radio | Seattle Residents March for Human Rights, Against Imperialist Militarism | Police Riot at Schumachers ]


08.12.2005 17:51
November Again Month of Many Demonstrations
Last month had a very diverse mixture of demonstrations from the ever growing military recruiting stations, to the annual protest for the closing of the School of the Americas where an estimated 20,000 held an all day rally.

As President Bush (as well as other members of his administration) traveled the country and the world, they were met with protesters in every stop. Crowds of many thousands raised their fists and signs on his tour of Asian and South American cities.


07.12.2005 21:19
Grand Jury Targets Portland Activists
photos from grand jury protest Two Portland activists, Frank Winbigler and Shannon (Nonny) Urick, were today served with papers ordering them to be a witness for a federal Grand Jury, and were also advised that they are both a target of the Grand Jury's investigation. Nonny and Frank both have a long history of human, animal and environmental activism. The Grand Jury is scheduled for 3/16/06 in Eugene, Oregon. In Oregon and elsewhere, there will be organized opposition to the Grand Jury. It is essential that we support Frank, Nonny and all individuals attacked by FBI fishing expeditions. More information will follow in the coming days. [ read the full article... ]

Two Portland residents were approached in a cafe today by 3 FBI agents, 1 agent from Homeland Security, and an Oregon Sheriff. They were given grand jury subpoenas and told that the FBI either had, or were hoping to, make several arrests. The only other information available right now is that the subpoena's may be related to a fire at a Poplar tree farm, and that one of the agents present, Millicent "Millie" Tompa, is from Minnesota and has previous experience harassing animal rights activists. Keep your heads up and let people know to be alert.

I (shannon (nonny) urick) and frank winbigler were the 2 people given supoenas today as we were leaving pho jasmine restaurant in portland,oregon. we are ordered to testify at a grand jury in eugene on march 16. we were also given letters advising us that we are both targets of the grand jury. any information on others who were either arrested or supoenaed would be greatly appreciated.

I (Jennifer Adrian) was also served a subpeona today, December 7, 2005. I was approached at my workplace by two FBI agents, and was told that many arrests had been made across the country today for animal rights actions. I was also told that many other people were talking, and was pressured to "come clean" for my own good. When I insisted on talking to an attorney, I was issued a subpeona for a Grand Jury set for the same date as the one listed for the other people mentioned here.

read more: [ Heads up - FBI and Homeland security prowling for OR Enviros, AR activists | Feds Target Earth/Animal Activists Across the Country ]


07.12.2005 02:59
report back from Fur Free Friday and Nov 26 fur protests
Approximately 100 protestors and their dogs marched in defense of fur bearing animals on Friday November 25. The march went for a mile and a half, and included stops at Schumacher Furs, Nicholas Ungar Furs, Nordstrom, Meier and Frank, Saks 5th Avenue, and J. Crew (who has only just this week agreed to stop selling fur, due to protest pressure). Protestors handed out fliers, chanted, and spoke to onlookers about the ways that animals are used and abused so that fur hags can realize their cruel vision of status and fashion.

On-lookers learned about the millions of wild animals who are trapped, drowned, and beaten to death each year for their fur. And the millions more (including mink, which, despite what the fur industry claims, are wild animals) who are kept in barren wire cages, endure extremes of temperature, lack of veterinary care, and are killed by poisoning, neck breaking, or anal or vaginal electrocution. Many westerners are surprised to learn that dogs and cats are also used for fur (although these products are generally mislabeled in the US), and about the callous practice of skinning animals alive.
(Learn more about fur and see videos at:  http://www.furisdead.com).


07.12.2005 01:41
Large Demos Globally Against Bush Admin's Climate Policy
Montreal, Dec. 3 - Saturday saw an estimated 7,000 people holding signs which read "(Bush) Wanted: for crimes against the planet", "Time is running out", and "You are not alone on this planet". They gathered at the United Nations Summit for Climate Change where the delegates are reviewing and updating the Kyoto Protocol.

Protests in solidarity with the Montreal group were held in 32 countries around the world including London where 10,000 took to the streets demanding that the US join in the effort to lower her CO2 pollution levels.

www.climatecrisiscoalition.org | www.climateimc.org


06.12.2005 05:32
PCUN Acts To Defend Immigrant Community
pcun logo Over 400 immigrant rights supporters surrounded the offices of PCUN, Oregon's farmworker union on Saturday [Dec 3rd] in support of Mexican nationals who were there to receive services from the Mexican Consulate. The support rally was organized by PCUN and CAUSA in response to Oregonians for Immigration Reform, who have followed the "mobile consulate" around the state, protesting issuance of the Matricula card and the participation of Oregon state agencies. Supporters from as far away as Roseburg and Hood River joined community members carrying signs saying "I Support Immigrants" and "We put the food on your table" to form a picket line surrounding people waiting in line for the Consulate's services.

Meanwhile across the street, a group of about 40 protesters from Oregonians for Immigration Reform waved signs saying "Stop the Illegal Invasion" and "Illegal Immigration Is a Crime." Michael Temple told reporters, "Why do they get free stuff? If they're illegal why do they get ID?" Mike Veley added: "If you are here illegally, you are by definition a criminal." Protesters claimed that only undocumented immigrants need the Matricula card and that undocumented immigrants are a drain on state services. They also called for all "illegals" to be deported immediately, even if that leaves millions of jobs with no one to do them. Immigrant supporters found these comments to be disrespectful of immigrants' contributions to the state. Ramon Ramirez, President of PCUN, commented, "We are hardworking people. We pay taxes. Some of us here even fought in Iraq."

Javier Ceja, a farmworker from Woodburn, said that he didn't understand the arguments of the protesters across the street: "We come here to work hard and to get a better life. We contribute to the economy and do the work that no one else wants to do." In addition to the action on Saturday, PCUN and CAUSA are active in the immigrant rights movement both locally and nationally, including advocating for Comprehensive Immigration Reform that provides a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people currently in the country.


06.12.2005 05:25
Eco-Defense Prisoners, Stephen and Charles, Take Plea Bargain
Two eco-defense prisoners take plea bargains, get credit for time served, fined $25 each, no probation, and then get released. Stephen Marshall and Charles Jordon plead guilty today at the Federal Couthouse in Portland, OR "to improper storage of dynamite." Both appeared today in person along with their court appointed attorneys in front of Judge Garr M. King, who dropped all the charges except the improper storage of dymamite and lowered that charge to a misdemeanor.

In October 2004, they were both squatting an abandoned farmhouse in Hillsboro OR, which according to Charles, "had electricity but no running water." The house was raided by the Hillsboro Police Department, who were responding to a trespassing call reported by neighbors. During their search of the house, the police found dynamite in the basement and a bowl that contained nitroglycerin. The dynamite is said to have come from a nearby barn discovered during a more intensive search of the property. They were originally accused of planning to destroy vehicles & equipment belonging to Oregon quarry company, Morse Bros., a company that runs quarries throughout Oregon and operates a concrete materials and tool business at 3150 S.E. Tualatin Valley Highway. They both accuse Morse Bros., of polluting Rock Creek. The creek flows from the Tualatin Mountains in Forest Park to the Tualatin River. Because Rock Creek and its tributaries pass through rapidly urbanizing neighborhoods within the cities of Hillsboro and Beaverton, protecting water quality is a priority. The political aspect of their intentions were not discussed in court today.


06.12.2005 02:45
Schumacher Furs Threatens Student with Death

After Peter Young, a group of students and I have become more involved with animal activism. One topic that stood out from all the rest was fur. This disgusting technique doesn't have any reason to keep going other than to make rich people look richer. Feeling strongly about this issue, I decided to make it the main subject of my presentation for my speech and debate class.

Our assignment was to pick an issue and do a "street preacher" like speech outside in downtown Portland. The subject's chosen were feminine abuse in relationships, the park block curfew, and my topic, which was fur. One speech was made in the park blocks and the other was on the stairs of the courthouse. I decided to do my speech in front of Schumacher furs. Not even expecting a response, I was overwhelmed when I was threatened numerous amounts of times, and was even threatened that the storeowner was going to kill me.


Saturday protest at Shumacher furs

After hearing about the action from last weeks fur-protest, I thought I'd come down and try for a few pictures today. Fortunately there wasn't too much in the way of exitement this time. There were about twenty dedicated people, some in exqusite attire for the occasion, handing out literature and educating potential customers and passers by of the horrors of the fur industry.

At least several of the folks have first hand knowledge of the methods used in harvesting the fur from dozens of small mammals to be used in a typical mink or fox coat. Obviously preserving the pelt is a priority over any consideration of a humane end to the animals life. Anal electrocution was described in detail, being favored by a local "farmer" as an inexpensive way to get the job done. As an electrician I have some authority to say this is not a nice way to go.



Blood In The Streets Of Oakland 05.12.2005 03:26
The Last Testament of Mary Jesus
A haunting photograph of Mary Jesus, an Oakland tenant who committed suicide. You may wonder what started all this; it was an accounting error by a hearing officer at rent adjustment, (much like Justice True). He found that I had a five hundred dollar credit. I believed it, the landlords have made so many chicanerous accounting "errors" I thought he caught it.

But, it wound up getting me evicted, even though the rental board found that my rent was current. I did'nt have an attorney, and I think they tricked the judge who presided over the case into evicting me. But, I am hoping, that with the motion to reconsider, she will do just that.

I have to fight them! What kind of a person would I be, if I let them push me around? I'd be weak, "that which does not kill you makes you stronger"! And, I've already died; when the ambulance took me to Highland on the morning of my last motion, I was so delerious from lack of sleep that I thought I could die from it. When they put me in the hospital bed, I may have "fallen" asleep, but I thought I died, and woke up screaming an hour later.


04.12.2005 19:17
Don't let Califorina kill the peacemaker
save tookie williams The State of California has set December 13 as the execution date for Stanley Tookie Williams, whose remarkable change from co-founder of the Crips gang to Nobel Peace Prize nominee was made into the movie "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story," starring Jamie Foxx. Williams is a five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, four-time Nobel Literature Prize nominee, 2005 Presidential Call to Service awardee, and author of the Tookie Protocol for Peace. He maintains innocence for the crimes he was sentenced to death for, and he faced racist discrimination throughout his trial.

People around the country are taking action to stop the execution of Stan Tookie Williams, the California death row prisoner who is scheduled to be executed on December 13. From now until that date, we will send out a regular action alert to report on events held in support of Stan, let people know about efforts currently underway, and how you can get involved today.

Educators for Tookie: The Campaign to End the Death Penalty is calling on educators nationwide to sign on to the attached letter urging California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to death row prisoner Stanley Tookie Williams. The collective voice of educators can send a powerful message calling for clemency.

Download and circulate this petition and fact sheet

. Contact Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant Tookie clemency:
916-445-2841 phone
916-445-4633 fax
e-mail governor@governor.ca.gov


04.12.2005 19:13
US Drug War Brings Mass Die Off of Akha in Laos
Children are the first to die in the drug war How odd that the US effort to hold my wife hostage by denying her a visa thus keeping us in exile in Laos should end up exposing the secret US Drug War in northern Laos.

In village after village poverty and disease tell the same story. For all the reports and promises of crop substitution there was little to none. Death stalks the villagers. One could say, that when they are dead, then poverty will have been "eradicated". But we don't think this is what the UN had in mind with their poverty eradication goals. Or is it? After all, it is the UNODC and the US who ran this disastrous Drug War in Laos.

Village death rates are placed at 20% in some villages. Maybe what is surprising is that it isn't higher given the hardship that has been forced on these people. The Government of Lao did its best to protect these people, while having the US Drug War forced on them, bringing about results which the Government anticipated and tried to prevent. International news stories and reports listed on this website clearly identify the causes of this humanitarian disaster, far from the international hotspots which dominate the international news.



03.12.2005 06:39
Police Murder Man with tazer in Longview
A man, possibly a Native American man from the Cowlitz tribe, was murdered by Longview police. He collapsed and died after being tazed by them. Police in Portland have used tasers, pepper spray, and projectile weapons for everything from "crowd control" (meaning oppressing people who were attempting to exercise first amendment rights) to "having a little fun" with street kids and homeless people. Someone should let them know that these are not toys. They are painful weapons of torture, and can be deadly.

Even small town America is not safe from this onslaught. In September of this year, we were stunned and horrified to learn that a Sandy police officer and a Clackamas County Sherrif used tasers to attack an injured and severaly burned young man who urgently needed medical attention. Rather than rendering aid, the officers tased him repeatedly, until he reacted by leaping up onto a patrol car in an effort to escape the torture. At that point, they shot 27 year old Fouad Kaady to death.

I hereby give notice to the Portland Police Bureau, who monitors this site with alarming frequency in their efforts to spy on the citizens of this community, that tasers kill. Pepper spray kills. Weapons of torture KILL. You are no longer authorized by the people of this community to use these weapons, and if you persist, consider this your notification of the dangers. You will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And if you do not stop, it will be time to arm ourselves in self defense against your predations.

comment:Word has it... He wasn't naked, but apparently was mentally ill, and the staff at the Cowlitz center where he was killed had called 911 because they felt that he needed to be transported to the hospital. Instead, police responded...and killed him. He was 39 years old. I think it's time to pass some sort of law preventing pigs from responding to calls meant to help people. Emergency calls should elicit the services of paramedics, fire fighters, or others who are capable of responding to emergencies without killing people...And we need to defend ourselves.


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