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There was a show at the LIQUID LOUNGE, even though the flyer said Lizard lounge, and it WASN'T free, for some of our Assassination City derby girls. I met up with Amanda outside of Elm St. Tattoo, and there was a derby girl skating from the bar across the street to the tattoo parlor. No big deal. But a cop stopped her to give her a ticket. Well, she gave some attitude, but went with it. Kept her hands on the car while he wrote her a ticket. I crossed the street to the bar, and another skater went past me, nothing happened to her, even though her friend was getting a ticket for skating in the street.... very weird. I turned back around to look at the girl and the cop, and I see him wrestling her to the ground. She's screaming, this tiny girl, is struggling, while about 50 people gather and start yelling.
Dispite cold temperatures, last month was a very active month for activists around the country and the world.
In a campaign organized by MoveOn.org, volunteers across the country submitted over 400,000 petitions promoting a time based withdrawal from Iraq to 286 congressional home offices.
Activists in DC are showing up at the homes and offices of Bush Admimistration officials and congresspeople singing songs, delivering petitions and demonstrating against the war.
Henry Kissinger "was shouted down and called a mass murderer several times" during his appearance at New York University and Ann Coulter walked off the stage in Connecticut after being booed.
We have a plethors of baby and small child clothes here at the Freecycling Center. In the last few weeks, we have had so many clothes donated we had to open up the Community Library space for donation storage. One thing that we seem to have trouble moving are baby and small child clothes.
Currently we have about 5 large milk crates full of them. We are looking for a good place (a place that will reach folks that need them and give them for free) to donate them or to raise awareness and bring folks into the store that can use them. [ read more ]
Best Of North Portland By St Johns Sentinel
I just found this checking out the St Johns Sentinal website and needed to share it. Thanx to everyone that has stopped in, donated books, or their dirty laundry. The community support for the blackrose collective space, has been both amazing, and at the same time, heartbreaking. The most rewarding & sad part of the bookstore for me is my collection of stuffed animals. I won't go into why I have such a love for them, but I started taking them out of the freebox area and hiding them amongst the bookshelfs, and little nooks and crannies. We have alot of single parent families who come in regularly with their young children to get clothes, food, and to see the joy on the childrens faces when they find a little animal pocking out from a bookshelf, it has become a game of hide and seek, and then to let them know that they can take it and give it a home (often a car, or couch). I, like them for that moment am overcome with a feeling of warmth, love and caring, it is a beautiful feeling, that I want so much for these children to have the opportunity to feel forever. But the despair & sadness of their situations hits me every single night when I put my head down to sleep..... And I know my work is just beginning... [ read more ]
If you're looking for a way to celebrate and make a difference ? a day "on" instead of a day "off" ? this Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, join us for our 14th annual march and rally. It promises to be a beautiful celebration of non-violence and the positive impact it can have on the world.
The theme for this year's event is "MLK Every Day: Traveling the Road of Change Through Nonviolence." Our plans for the day include closing the caf? down at 1pm so everyone--staff, customers, and friends--can participate. We'll gather in front of the caf? between 2 and 3, making and passing out signs and getting organized. The march begins at 3pm.
St. Mary's Academy is our destination. St. Mary's address is 1615 SW 5th Ave. The rally, which begins at 4pm, will include a student essay, speakers, a Master of Ceremonies from the Sisters' community, music, and fun! Keynote speaker, Sharif Abdullah, will inspire to use non-violence to create a world that works for all. Also speaking will be Jeri Sundvall, founder of the Environmental Justice Action Group, a grassroots organization dedicated to developing and utilizing community-based leadership in people of color and low-income communities to address the issues of health, safety and environmental justice.
This is an announcement from Sacramento Prisoner Support about the three recent arrestees...
Three people were arrested on Friday, January 13, 2006 in Auburn, California and accused of being an ELF cell and plotting to blow up cellphone towers, power plants and US Forest Service facilities. We were finally allowed in to visit the 3 prisoners Eric McDavid, Zachary Jensen and Lauren Weiner. They have all requested prisoner support. They would all like to receive letters and books. When writing DO NOT discuss their cases at all. Use their proper names and do not discuss politics.
Right now none of them have been allowed to speak to attorneys. At this time please refrain from organizing any activities on their behalf other than letter writing. Mailing instructions are below. Please follow them carefully or the prisoners will not receive what you send them.
Lauren is vegan and severely lactose intolerant and needs nutritious vegan meals. She would like people to call or write the jail and request that she be given nutritious vegan meals and be given access to the commissary. She is currently in isolation and has only been allowed to leave her cell for our visits.
For questions about support for the 3 prisoners please contact email@example.com
This indiscriminate attack on the villagers in Pakistan is just one more example of collective punishment and it is another event that is, by any standards, a significant and major war crime.
On Friday, January 13, an American air strike killed at least 18 people in Pakistan. Eight of them were women and six of them were children. Children that had to be protected from scary things like ghosts and goblins by their mothers were suddenly snuffed out by American bombs. Those that survive will live in fear for the rest of their lives after such a brutal and inhumane event. After such a slaughter, it will be imposible for mothers or anybody else make those children feel secure. The psychological impact of war on the survivors is far more severe than most people imagine.
Collective Punishment: This is not an aberration and that is what is most alarming. We have come to look at such events as if its just another American mistake. How many times have innocent villagers been massacred by Americans? The Americans will say that they have received bad intelligence and deem it an unfortunate event. But what is really going on here is collective punishment. This feature of American foriegn policy is not new. The sanctions that were imposed on Iraq killed many thousands of Iraqi children and some estimate that over one million Iraqis have died as a result of them. It was collective punishment on a grand scale. The mass slaughter that is still happening all over Iraq is an extension of this. What happened in Falluja was another example of collective punishment when Falluja was singled out after American bodies were abused in public. There are many more.
What will happen regarding the attack in Bajaur on the 13th, predicatably, is that the Americans will say that they acted on false information. What is important to notice here is that they won't deny they did it. They want the world to know they did it.
Today the most powerful fighting force ever assembled on the planet did a classic cut and run when faced with an assult by a small group armed with paper signs and drums.
PPRC has a counter recruiting demo every second saturday of the month, starting at 11 am. at the recruiting office near lloyd center ( 13th and ne broadway)
Today members arrived to find the office closed.
The question of whether or not to allow Bay Bridge Enterprises of Virginia to establish a shipbreaking/salvage operation in Yaquina Bay, Newport, Oregon is getting closer to a decision.
The Friends of Yaquina Bay want the Port of Newport to deny a letter of intent with Bay Bridge Enterprises. Another opposition group is called the Save Yaquina Bay Committee. Both groups have a common goal of keeping a shipbreaking operation out of Yaquina Bay. Their methods, however, differ.
Mr Schoning is a property speculator. He buys and then rents "as is" or resells property on contract. Per county records hundreds of properties have been bought and sold by Mr Schoning. He is almost constantly in default on one property or another. He is well know in Corvallis as a slum lord that preys on students and low income renters. Mr Schoning lives in an up scale neighborhood, owns several expensive car, travels and lives a pretty nice life. He thinks of himself as a skilled businessman and show no concern for the people he scams to support his extravagant lifestyle.
THIS IS MY STORY: In May of 2004 I asked Mr Schoning to allow me to refinance the house I purchased from him on contract without paying the pre payment penalty. He refused. Interestingly, he was ALREADY in default on his senior loan at the time. My refinancing could have ended his default. He chose instead to continue to take my money and divert it for other needs.
I first learned of the default in September 2004 when I got a letter notifying me that my house was up for auction. Apparently, Mr Schoning had not made a payment on his loan for some time, in addition, I learned his contract stated that he was prohibited from resell the property he sold to me.
Last Friday (Jan 6) some friends and I took a hike to Fall Creek, where we encountered a logging operation happening in the hills. This, I believe, is the sale that was bought by Silver Creek Timber Company on November 2nd, 2005 (note, Silver Creek is the same company that's been reaping the benefits of the Biscuit Fire). If this is correct, this sale is 4.22 million board feet, or about 500 logging trucks full of trees.
In terms of what we saw, there were two or three logging trucks (just pickups, as of last Friday, they're not yarding yet), and "fellers" in what seemed to be two locations up the hill. There was also one law enforcement officer, who allowed us to enter into Bedrock Campground across the river. We hiked up the rocks and got some video footage of the mountainside and watched some of the trees fall. This is definitely not roadside salvage -- they're cutting well up the hill, in areas with burned trees. This is why I draw the conclusion that this is the Silver Creek sale. If anyone has more information about what's going on in Fall Creek, or would be interested in investigating, I'd be good to have more information out there. Forests should not fall in silence; let's find out what's going on.Oct 2005 Fall Creek Auction protest | www.cascadiarising.org
Welcome to Ghosttown. You have been receiving intermittent announcements from us concerning this project for over a year, and finally the time has arrived to bring it all out into the open. Ghosttown is about the nature of living within a city, and the varying ways in which we, as the inhabitants of those cities, effect one another's lives; both conscientiously and unconsciously. Ghosttown will take place within two physical locations (The Ghosttown Clothing Exchange and Welcoming Center, and Open Kitchen), a newspaper, a series of maps, and at dozens of locations all over Portland, Oregon, USA for the month of January 2006. You can learn all about it at http://www.red76.com/ghosttownhome.html. So, without further delay; read on brave reader, we have a conversation to start...
This weeks Vegan Freak Radio and Podcast has an excellent interview with Josh Harper about the SHAC 7 case, FBI harassment of radical animal and earth activists, and the upcoming Let Live benefit in Portland. (Jan 20th 8pm to Midnight at Merrimac located at 1216 SE Division). Other features on the show are conversations about pus content in milk, labor concerns involved with dairy production, capitalism and it's effects on animals, listener e-mail and voicemail, self censorship encouraged by the Bush administration, etc.
The Tuesday at 5:30 counter recruitment protest has drawn a dissenter. I noticed him immediately upon arrival. He was different because he stood alone wearing a white shirt, jacket and a '40's brim hat. We set up candles, and posters in front of the recruitment office at 1317 NE Broadway. A number of our supporters are from Veterans for Peace. When the dissenter shouted his opinions, one vet who had been a medic in Viet Nam, shouted back. They were loud, and got up chest-to-chest. A nonviolence proponent said he told them if they used fists, he would step between them. They didn't, but the vibrations were chilling! They continued shouting until our vet went to withdraw money for the dissenter to go to Walter Reed Hospital.
I lived in New York in the 1960's, when the twin towers were planned and just going up. The 60's was an era of intense urban destruction and frantic build-up in New York. Some of the midtown areas cleared and targeted for "development" looked like they had been bombed, while other outlying residential areas, red-lined by the banks, decayed into abandoned free-fire zones.
I left New York in 1971 before the twin towers became the prominent feature of the Manhattan skyline. They were not part of my New York, I am glad to say, for I think I would have resented this development as I did some other new structures, like the hideous Pan Am Building that was stuck up over Park Avenue and Grand Central Station.
The area targeted for the WTC included a neighborhood I loved called Radio Row. The district began in the 1920's and grew into an experimenter's dream world of many blocks where exotic surplus electronics, the fall-out of defense technology, spilled out into the street. The electronics storekeepers organized. God knows how many other downtown communities organized. They got little coverage in The Times. All resistance was crushed.
There is an bill in Congress to investigate Bush for impeachable crimes. Did you know that? If not, maybe you should be asking your local media outlets why you don't know about it.
There are now eight members of Congress who have put their names to a bill calling for a special committee of the House to investigate impeachable crimes by the Bush administration. To date, all of them are Democrats.
So far, you'd be hard-pressed to know about any of this--including the very fact that Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the low-key and soft-spoken but dedicated ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, had even submitted such a bill--as well as two companion bills calling for censure of both Bush and Cheney for abuse of power.
After three days of obstructing the whale hunt by placing inflatable zodiacs between whales and the harpoon, the Nisshin Maru rammed the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise. The whalers are counter claiming their ship was rammed by Greenpeace. The collision ocurred in the Australian Antarctic Territory in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The Nisshin Maru has continued north at full speed, with the three conservationists ships in pursuit.
According to an ABC report, Shane Rattenbury from Greenpeace said that the Arctic Sunrise had been observing their activists onboard inflatable zodiacs Greenpeace Activists had succeeded in painting on the side of the Oriental Bluebird the words "whale meat from sanctuary", and on the stern the words "whale meat".
Greenpeace Ocean Defenders Blog | Sea Shepherd Conservation Society | Institute of Cetacean Research website (The Whalers) | Whalers ram Greenpeace ship: 1-8-06 (Video) Statement from Greenpeace | No Whales Will Be Killed While the Chase is On
If you go outside of your house for long enough you will see the oppressive police state all around you. I live in Salem, a small town in comparison to most larger cities and I can see the police state. Recently I went downtown on my bike to one of the local bike shops. I was obeying all of the oppressive laws that pertain to the downtown sector, when I went maybe 20 feet onto the sidewalk where the bike shop was I noticed a pig on a bike, ON THE SIDEWALK! As soon as he saw me he biked over to me on the sidewalk for about 2 blocks and demanded to see all of our Id's. I asked him what we were being stopped for and he told us that we were riding our bikes on the sidewalk. So I said to him, "um weren't you just on the sidewalk also. He said "well I'm law enforcement and I'm not bound by that law." He rambled on some more about how he took special training so he could ride on the sidewalk. So I asked to see his certificate of training and he started to stumble over his words. I said that I also had special training. He took our Id's and proceeded to write tickets and threaten to confiscate our bikes if he caught us doing again. Now I got angry and started to talk to the oppressor about my rights and equality under the law. I said "if you get to ride on the sidewalk so do I." He just laughed and said this wasn't 1776. [ read more >> ]
Missing persons and the cops
The other day, I had a very uncomfortable dilemma. I admit I probably handled it badly. I'd love to hear advice from others about alternatives I could have pursued.
The problem was, my father went missing for several days. He is getting along in years, has some mild dementia, and is prone to getting confused and losing his bearings sometimes. He also suffers some vision impairment. I worry that he could get injured or taken advantage of by someone if he's not careful.
Now, I generally know better than to deal with cops, if I can possibly help it, most of the time. Because people who need their help all too often wind up dead at their hands. And, having done a lot of observation and thinking about the matter, I think I have a pretty good inkling about why that is. [ read more >> ]
I went downtown in hopes of getting some good pictures from the weekly fur protest... Schumacher has decided to use the action as some free advertising, He's got some printed signs up in all his windows Protest Sale- 50% off everything. A few price tags were visible in the windows. The one catching my eye was on a hat, "Nutria with fox trim" $2000 A nutria is a big rodent, makes his home in swamps, looks like a cross between a rat and a beaver. A thousand bucks for a rat hat? If I belived that then no raccon in portland would be safe.
Anyways the protest was lively, and the protesters were certianly dedicated. They even passed out some tasty (Vegan) treats.
A couple showed up across from Nordstroms in a gaudy customised H2 Hummer- The female had a fur coat, and the group ran to confront them. She at first tried to educate everyone on how wonderful her coat was, Then launched in to "If any one of you even touches my Hummer I'll have you all arrested" Like she was some kind of small town mayor running the town under her thumb.
After seeing fur actually being used as clothing back east- I'm left with more mixed feelings. I suspect the coats from china with fur trim around the hood and sold department and discount stores, etc- are mostly dog fur. This is definately a bad thing. electrocuting any animal or any person for any reason is a bad thing too. Selling a 200$ coat as a $5000 status symbol strikes me as being less than ethical...
According to the federal courts in Eugene (on Jan 4) Daniel's status conference (next hearing) will be held on Jan 25, in the Eugene Federal Courthouse, in Judge Coffin's Court, at 1:30 pm. Questions and concerns can be directed to FriendsOfDanielMcG@yahoo.com.
Once again, a suspect's failure to respond properly to getting zapped with fifty thousand volts, has resulted in the logical sequiter: The cops "transitioned to more lethal force," and shot and killed him. Of course, he was apparently in a stolen car, so that makes it o.k.
The story so far, goes like this: A police officer shot and killed a man in a car in Northeast Portland early Wednesday morning. The shooting occurred after the police lieutenant's sister called him and said she saw a strange car by her house when she looked out her window. The officer said he was nearby so he checked it out and asked for backup around 2 a.m. When he got there, the officer said a man was slumped over in the car so he opened the door. The man had been sleeping, got scared when he saw the police officer and stepped on the gas. Police said the man hit a tree and kept trying to back up. That's when they said a second officer tasered the man. Police said this didn't stop him and the lieutenant shot and killed him. Read More [ Pigs murder again | another Fouad Kaady death! ]
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