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FRANCE: protests in 170 cities - riots - unions call for a GENERAL STRIKE - 1.5 million people demonstrated in more than 170 cities and towns on saturday against the french government and its job market "deregulation" plans CPE. Many of the demonstartions ended in massive clashes with the police. About 70 of the 84 french universities are on strike and/or occupied by students. Also schools are occupied by teachers and pupils. The unions said if the government won't take back CPE till tomorrow they will call for a GENERAL STRIKE in France. [ read more ]
Germany: public service since 6 weeks on strike ! - The public service is on strike since 6 weeks. And this, because the german state wants its employees to work 40 hours a week - and not 38.5 hours a week like now - without paying them more money. In countless cities, towns, villages, nurses, kindergarden employees, states' office workers, street cleaners and so on did not do their job since 6 weeks... The chief of the biggest striking union VerDi, Frank Bsirske, said, if necessary they could strike 1 year long. [ read more ]
General Strike in GREECE - General Strike took place in Greece on march the 15th. 90% of all states' employees and 70% of all companies' employees were on strike. The strike was against Liberalisation and Privatisation of the public sector and the job market. Public Service in greece did not work at all. Public transport Service such as trains, metro, busses and so on... did stop. Schools, hospitals, banks, public institutions were closed - as well as most of the private owned companies. [ read more ]
related articles: [ FRANCE: unionist in coma - "police almost killed him" | French Unions Ask For National Strikes! | Greece: Another Two Police Surveillence Cameras Destroyed | FRANCE: pics of police brutality | French students movement | French Students occupy Universities | Virtual Sit-In in Solidarity with the Striking Students of France! | Italy again | FRANCE: 50 universities occupied/on strike, also schools; unions in solidarity! | ITALY: massive riots in Milano ]
March 19, 2006 was a beautiful sunny day. So sunny I decided to leave for the rally early. When I reached the waterfront a little after one o'clock, I was surprised to see a crowd already around one to two thousand people. I saw some familiar faces and made my rounds. Everyone I spoke to felt the rally was not going to get us out of Iraq any sooner, but everyone seemed to be enjoying the sunshine.
After about an hour, the crowd had doubled. Someone came up and greeted everyone and there was some peace and love music. Because I was at the rally to support the end of the Iraq war and not peace I went to the back of the crowd and watched the anarchist cheerleaders (they were awesome!).
A little while later I found the "bloc" and met some of the people from the Seattle Anti-imperialist group. The bloc had a banner that read "Fuck The Troops!" complete with a yellow ribbon crossed out, a circle A, and a circle E. Personally I thought this banner was great. It did not scape-goat our "leaders"; instead it called upon those holding the weapons to realize what they are doing is wrong. ] read more [
AUDIO FILE: Rally and March, March 19, 2006
What was accomplished? Each of those who attended will have to answer that for themselves. A thousand reasons for resisting oppression, all arising from one love of freedom, one compassion for all Human Beings, one faith in the general resilience of the Human Spirit.
This was an enormous event, both physically and emotionally. While standing at Broadway and Morrison, with the orange clad and black masked "detainees," the march stretched out away out of sight in both directions, north and south, while eastward I could see the vanguard of the March working its way north up 4th Avenue. Easily 30 blocks in length, probably more.
We take so much for granted in this country. It's good to get out into the streets and demonstrate the fact that we appreciate our Civil Liberties, and when Bush comes to shove, we will stand up for them and resist their gradual disappearance. It's necessary to respond as a Community to any assaualt upon the sovereignty of the people, upon their institutions, upon their capacity to trust one another. ] read more [
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your tax dollars to support a school for bigotry?
An alternative high school sponsored by a Portland church that was one of the primary backers of Ballot Measure 36 has received the approval of the Portland Public School Board to in the fall of 2006 with the support of public funds.
The so-called "Academy of Character and Ethics," or ACE, proposed by Mt. Olivet Baptist Church will open at Jefferson High School in North Portland in 2006 with about 50 students and grow to 200 students, according to the Oregonian .
Mt. Olivet was a major contributor to the Yes on 36 campaign, donating $15,000 to the 2004 measure that banned same-sex marriage.
Update: Daniel is from New York, and has been an active member of the community, working on diverse projects such as demonstrations against the Republican National Convention, Really Really Free Markets, and supporting political prisoners such as Jeff "Free" Luers and others. Daniel was a graduate student earning a Master's degree in acupuncture and was working at WomensLaw.org, a nonprofit group that helps women in domestic abuse situations navigate the legal system, which is where he was arrested by federal marshals on December 7, 2005.
Daniel had originally been indicted separately, but his arrest comes in the context of a well-coordinated, multi-state sweep of numerous activists by the federal government, who has charged the individuals with practically every earth and animal liberation case left unsolved in the Northwest. Many of the charges, including Daniel's, are for cases whose statute of limitations were about to expire.
Daniel has been out on bail since February 8th and is on house arrest. He is in New York City, eagerly working on his legal defense, employed part-time at WomensLaw.org and spending time with family and friends. In order to help Daniel, his family and friends have created a support network (Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan) to assist in raising funds for Daniel's legal representation which is expected to be hundreds of thousands of dollars. We are asking his friends and supporters to donate what they can to help Daniel's family with the legal bills.
On March 15th, Joyanna Zacher and Nathan Block were re-indicted under the same case number as the original Eco-11. In addition, Chelsea Gerlach has been indicted on new charges stemming from the University of Washington arson. Below is a text version of the entire new superseding indictment. The pdf version can be found on the at CLDC website
We have compared the 1/20 indictment with the superseding indictment. We listed the changes below. As you will note, most of the changes just add Block and Zacher for Romania II and Jefferson Poplar. However, Gerlach's name is added in section III of Counts 1 and 2 for the University of Washington arson.
Peace Rally & March Photos, 03/19/06 A great event! Thousands attended, rallied at Waterfront Park and marched to the tune of many different drums. The Portland Drum Corps, the March Forth Band, much music and spontaneous chants and an enormous outpouring of heart, soul, and physical reisistance to the growing evil being visited upon the people of this land and by the people of this land upon the peoples of the world. [ read more >> ]
M19 Pics and Report I showed up a little bit late, around 2:00 or so. On the way into town on the MAX, I noticed something I never see on my way to protest: other protestors on the move! Comming in from suburbia, there were about 10 other people on the train on their way to the rally. All through town people were converging. When I finally arrived at the waterfront, I couldn't belive my eyes: there were thousands upon thousands of people; more than I had ever seen at a rally anywhere. My initial estimate was about 10,000-15,000 but people kept flooding the park while the speakers spoke so by the time we marched there must have been 20,000-40,000 people. [ read more >> ]
Waterfront Park Rally Here are a few shots from todays gathering. All the speakers and musicians were emotional, urgent and motivating. Because I was at the front of the stage, I had no idea what the estimated crowd was this afternoon. It would be interesting to read what the total turn out was today. Thank-you Oregon and SW Washington for exercising your right to assemble and redress our grievances. Throw the bums out this November. [ read more >> ]
Report from the M19 Rally and March As people spoke of the challenges we face, I felt that the speech was strong, eloquent even. Yet when it turned to what should be done about those challenges we face, it felt weak and stilted. I agree that everyone should vote, yet with the vote fraud that has happened the past two elections, there isn't even a guarantee that ones vote will be counted in the column that the person chose. No, voting is nowhere near enough. And what troubles me about suggesting people to vote, is that voting is far away in time. It is unsure, and far away. We need action that is sure and close. No specific action was called for other than vote, and give money. [ read more >> ]
Spontaneous action in the burbs We knew that our friends and neighbors and fellow activists would be doing us proud in Portland today, so we decided to take our stand to a smaller town in the valley. We chose Canby and took our Peace flag and one that said "Imagine" and stood on the old log bridge overpass next to the Canby shopping center. Highway 99 runs just beneath it. At first it seemed pretty lonely up there. We stood and watched the cars roll by and then suddenly someone honked and flashed the peace sign. That gave us the needed spark to stand there longer. [ read more >> ]
pictures: [ Peace Rally & March Photos, 03/19/06 ]
The Oregonian sank to new depths this weekend marking the third anniversary of the U.S. War in Iraq. As hundreds of thousands marched around the world protesting peacefully against this war, The Oregonian led off its Opinion section with the huge type, "Crossroads or dead end?" Below were imbedded two, supposedly alternative views along the line of that heading, with a third innocuous title of an opinion piece on page B5, "Are we losing an unwinnable, unjustified war?"
Before we take another stop further, let us all be reminded that our "local" newspaper, The Oregonian, is part of a national media conglomerate called Primedia, which is owned by a the heirs of Si Newhouse, a long time Republican backer who's net worth is listed in Forbes at around $7 billion, but has been estimated to be closer to $14 billion.
Vancouver's "Death of Democracy" funeral procession was over thirty cars long, following a truck-caisson carrying a flag-draped casket. Every vehicle had similar signs, each car with different messages on front & rear, but with identical messages on sides, headlites on, black streamers on aerials, hands extending from windows with peace signs. We covered about 25 miles at steady slow pace. Many passing cars signaled support with horns & peace signs. Altogether a positive two-hour visual peace presence thru'out the city, with no hassle from police or anyone. Afterward, a few of us walked to our usual intersection near the Library, & did a quick streetside visibility. Tomorrow, we'll join Portland's action & help their numbers grow. Protests are not sufficient in themselves, obviously, but are certainly part of the synergy of many kinds of actions that change things, eventually.
Saturday March 18th saw the third anniversary of the US led invasion and occupation of Iraq. There were over 250 demonstrations around the world including protests in Iraq itself - in Basra and Baghdad. The UK demonstration was in London where a march was held from Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square. The police estimate of 15,000 was widely quoted by the media including the early evening Channel 4 news and the BBC Radio 4 news. The march organisers feel this was the figure at the start of the march in Parliament Square but many more people joined afterwards giving a total of 80,000 to 100,000. [ read more ]
Some early risers took to the Everett Street overpass this morning, hoisting anti-war, anti-imperialist banners high above the freeway. Great job! (And me without my camera.)
As I was rushing on my way to another action this morning, I heard a car honk as I approached the crosswalk at the Everett St off ramp. I looked up to see a knot of colorfully dressed folks holding a sign admonishing people to stop war for profit. Looking across the road, I saw another crew, with a banner unfurled for the pleasure of the people on the freeway below. I recognized some of the good samaritans, others I do now know. I have to say, I love actions like this. Quietly organized without a big block of "sponsors," but tactically arranged to reach people with a message that ties this war with the root of all war. [ read more ]
actions friday continued
The detainee procession through downtown over the lunch hour was powerful. 4 orange jumpsuits, prisoners hooded, chains on ankles, and a woman shackled, wearing traditional Muslim clothing. The soldiers barked orders, forced the prisoners to kneel before the flag in Pioneer Sqaure, whil they were told about the great land of liberty. They were led to the justice center, where they were made to kneel again. Many folks out shopping, eating, jaws dropped as this image came into their view.
Later in the day 2 masked figures held a huge banner out in the sqaure for a long time, banner read "Bush Blood Harvest, Record Profits." [ read more ]
March 18th, Eugene, OR: A March and Rally was held in Eugene to bring attention to the issue of peace in Iraq and all over. Here's a few things that people reported and photos they took from the open publishing newswire.
The rally was dry and the liberals wanted money, but a democrat called for class war and a young voice inspired me momentarily with a poem. Read More
I tagged along with the group from Alton Baker Park, which numbered about 150-200. Once at the Federal Courthouse two other groups, one from UofO (# unknown) and the Fairgrounds (about 500) joined up. The Alton Baker group was met by Samba Ja, a Eugene-based bateria, beneath the Ferry Street Bridge, and the energy level went through the roof. Read More
Environmental activist Joe Keating won the Pacific Green Party's gubernatorial nomination today, marking the end of a down-to-the-wire race whose outcome hinged on a handful of provisional ballots. The week long wait to determine the winner followed a convention held in Corvallis on March 11. At that time, Ed Winslow, a pioneer in the socially responsible investing field, held a one vote lead over Keating.
March 15, 2006 - Got Soul Radio? special show featuring local Green Party candidates Chris Iverson and Xander Patterson as we discuss various issues related to running for City and County office, respectively. Chris and Xander are both very nice gentlemen and have their campaign presentation fairly polished. Chris needs lots of $5 bills to qualify for the Voter Owned Elections while Xander wants you to stake your turf with the [X] sign. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to find out what makes them really tick although Chris offers some insight into his past experiences growing up in Portland, and they both mention a bit of disgust with the federal and state level. [Listen to STREAMING AUDIO | MP3 Download]
Public opposition to the Biscuit Timber Sales have circled over a year, and a commemoration of the late Joan Norman's civil disobedience and leadership is being celebrated with a three-day walk from the Green Bridge over the Illinois River to Federal agency offices in Grant's Pass. Day one is over, and is recounted below, including an insightful meeting with the head Forest Ranger of this district. An invitation to join with the walkers on the second day is issued, as well as for a confrontation with the stewards of our public lands at the end of the walk.
Dawn broke upon the Green Bridge and revealed several inches of snow the fell during the night, with a mist that obscured the nearby mountains. We had camped there the night before in honor of Joan Norman, who was a dynamic keystone in the popular protests of the Biscuit timber sales last spring. She died last summer in a tragic car wreck, and some of us felt it was important to celebrate the last and greatest stand she took in a long life of principled social and ecological activism. Geese honked and flew past in small groups over the Illinois River before us, while we warmed ourselves in front of a huge radiant fire that had burned since afternoon of the previous day. We were preparing to begin a long walk to Grant's Pass.
Italy, Milano. Massive riots started in the heart of the Italian financial capitol, Milano, when hundreds of antifascists attacked police because of their repressive behaviour. The police wanted to stop the antifascists from building barricades against a neofascists? march through Milano. Police lost control: Windows of Banks and Companies were broken, cars and buildings were set on fire, even a nail bomb exploded in a group of police men.... Many persons were injured, some heavily, 45 were arrested. [ read more ]
FRANCE: 50 universities occupied/on strike, also schools; unions in solidarity!
All over France riots and Clashes with the police....some protesters heavily injured... In Toulouse protesters managed to occupy states?buildings... 300 pupils stopped a high speed train (TGV)... In Marseille 5000 pupils attacked police and police stations afters some arrests of demonstrators... schools are occupied by teachers and pupils, e.g. le college de france, or a school in Lannion and and and... in Lille states bulindings were occupied... [ read more ]
In a guest lecture at the University of Texas School of Law on Wednesday, FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent G. Charles Rasner listed Indymedia, Food Not Bombs, and the Communist Party of Texas as "Terrorist Watch" cause groups in Austin.
Rasner gave a presentation entitled "Counter-Terrorism Efforts in Texas" to a U.S. Law and National Security class at the Law School. He used PowerPoint slides to illustrate the nature of the terrorist threat in Central Texas. The word "Unclassified" appeared prominently in bold red letters on the opening PowerPoint slide...
Rasner then placed the FBI's Central Texas "Terrorist Watch List" on the screen. On a list of approximately ten groups, Food Not Bombs was listed seventh. Indymedia was listed tenth, with a reference specifically to IndyConference 2005. The Communist Party of Texas also made the list. Rasner explained that these groups could have links to terrorist activity. He noted that peaceful-sounding group names could cover more violent extremist tactics. [ read more ]
[ FBI Charles Rasner names Austin Indymedia, Food Not Bombs Terrorist | FBI comes to Class (probative.blogspot.com) | Ausin Indymedia feature with links to "the FBI's own well-documented support and perpetration of domestic terrorism" | Houston Indymedia audio interview with firsthand witness and reporter ]
Captain James Yee is the former Muslim military chaplain for the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Cuba, where the military is holding nearly 600 suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives captured in Afghanistan and elsewhere. In December of 2005 Yee spoke at the First Unitarian Church. He had a sad story to tell concerning his treatment by the U.S. military.
After an exemplary service as chaplain, Yee was suddenly arrested when traveling to visit his family here in the U.S., held in solitary confinement for 2 1/2 months, and then released without charges. He has written a book about his life and his experiences called, "For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire."
A program from this presentation is currently playing on Public Access television. At the end of this report, I've included audio files of his remarks.
I purchases my home for Kip Schoning who lives in Corvallis OR several years ago. I learned in Aug 2004 that he had defaulted on his loan and MY HOME was being foreclosed on by his seller.
I have already written an article about this but several things came to my attention today that I feel warrant a second "update" article.
I was lucky to chaperone a group of middle school students to OMSI on Friday. The students got this special 3pm-6pm field trip due to their extra-curricular participation in MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Academy) at school.
The first display inside the doors was an OHSU display promoting animal testing. The sole purpose of the display was to talk about the supposed benefits of animal testing. Besides a 4-panel display going on and on about the glories of animal testing, they also had an interactive display where a question would be asked and the children were to guess the answer before lifting a panel to reveal the correct answer. To provide a hint, above each panel was a small bag that said "Push" which would provide a recorded animal sound when pushed. [ read more ]
OMSI should promote science, not corporate propagandaShame on OMSI for allowing corporate promotional materials to masquerade as science. OHSU can make any claim it wants. It doesn't mean it's true. OHSU has been cranking out the propaganda lately because they know that the truth is getting out. It is getting harder to repress all the evidence that animal experimentation is a failure.
The questions were as follows:
It is important to remember how the promoters of animal research manipulate causal and casual relationships. Because animal experimentation occurred in one field of medicine and a breakthrough occurred in the same field, it does not mean one is responsible for the other. Gleevec is a great example of this manipulation. Gleevec was probably run through mouse trials because this is standard procedure. It was not discovered in mice. It is a breakthrough of human genetic medicine, discovered in vitro. Whatever it did or didn't do in mice is irrelevant. Protease inhibitors killed dogs and therefore their use in humans was delayed for years. It is a good thing digitalis was discovered before animal tests were standard because this life saving drug has the opposite effect in lab animals as in humans. Fen-phen was safe in animals. Vioxx was safe in animals. Hormone replacement therapy had cardiovascular benefits for monkeys but it did the opposite in women. This list is endless. [ read more ]
Throughout Saturday about 45 protesters arrived to hold signs, leaflet, enthusiastically chant, and eat some of the best vegan doughnuts ever made (thanks to Food Fight! Vegan Grocery and RiseUp Doughnuts).
One protester drew beautiful pictures of foxes on the pavement with sidewalk chalk. ( http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/03/335596.shtml) Others wrote about the cruelty of the fur industry. Several protesters staged impromptu street theater showing the killing, skinning, and wearing of a fox near the front entrance of Schumacher. Meanwhile Schumacher people scurried around with cameras inside the store filming us, occasionally coming out, no doubt looking for any possible reason to call on the police. But no luck - to the apparent dismay of the Schumachers, our protest was vigorous but well within the bounds of our First Amendment rights. The Schumachers seem to be desperate to get rid of us (evidenced by numerous threats to protesters) as we educate the public about fur. And they have reason to be worried:
Education will work on most anyone with a compassionate heart. Hardly an AR radical, Martha Stewart has come out against fur after her vegetarian daughter made her aware of animal issues. Martha recently publicly stated, "So much violence in the world seems beyond our control, but this is one cruelty we can stop by being informed consumers."
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