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First Person Accounts Of The Brutality In Baghdad
So many Iraqis are being killed, tortured and destroyed by the brutal, criminal war. We need to understand the suffering the people in that devastated country are enduring and we need to hear it in their own words. This account is part of a larger piece on the Mantic Eye Blog.
"The first day went by and our arms were still tied but now blood was dripping from the handcuffs. At noon, a guard came and untied a group of prisoners, and an hour later the guard returned. He opened a little window in the cell door and said: "I brought you lunch." He ordered the ones who were untied to feed the ones who were still tied up. Then he poured a small can of ful (fava beans) on the floor. One small can of fava beans. In your opinion, do you think that would be enough to feed 25 people? He poured it on the floor. The floor was disgusting because it was not tiled. It was a dirt floor. So anyway, each of us ended up getting about four beans. I discovered that this was the food they gave you every two days. Our bathroom was simply an oil can in the corner of the cell or the corner of the cell itself.
On the third day, they prevented my brother, my cousin and me from using the bathroom at all and it was the worst day. In the morning the guard came and took us and after one hour of interrogation they began to torture us to get us to confess to the crimes of killing and bombing. We were innocent. We had not done these things. They became very vicious because we refused to confess, so they began to torture us more: the real torture..."
Full story here: www.manticeye.com/blog
he Portland Police are hard-working modern-day heroes that keep our cities safe from menacing thugs, like the kind that stand in doorways and use cellular phones.
Last night at approximately 10:45 pm I had the good fortune of witnessing the Portland Police violently apprehend a dangerous criminal on SW Washington.
The police were concerned that there may have been underage drinking taking place at a private party downtown. The young man who was working the door, checking IDs, was told by police that he needed to let them in. The young man said that he had specific instructions not to, and that they needed a warrant to enter the property. The man pulled out his cell phone and called someone inside to notify them that the police were demanding entrance.
This was apparently a threat to society, or at least the people in the immediate area, because the police then grabbed the man's arm, twisting it until he dropped his phone, ganged up on him and arrested him, slamming his head on the concrete in the process.
A half dozen of us had a demonstration this Thursday in front of Schumacher Furs. We passed out literature and held signs. Lots of passersby thanked us for being there, and a couple people said they'd come to the Saturday protests. A few angry people came up to us and expressed their support for the fur industry, saying plainly that they don't care about what happens to the animals in the fur trade. Unfortunately, one of those people referred to the Schumachers as her "friends" and seemed to be connected to a Willamette Week reporter, so we can only guess what the upcoming coverage will be like from that paper.
About 90 to 100 people gathered in front of Vancouver Hilton, where a fundraising reception was being held for Senators Maria Cantwell and Joe Biden. The demonstration, which was put on by three local grassroots organizations, was an effort to urge the Senators to support Sen. Russ Feingold's resolution to censure President Bush over illegal wiretapping of US citizens, as well as to urge them to stop the occupation of Iraq. The groups represented were Vancouver for Peace, Democracy for Vancouver, Veterans for Peace and the newly formed Code Pink Vancouver. Overall turnout and spirits were high, despite the rain. Nearly all reactions from passing motorists were positive, many honked and waved and some stopped to voice their support. Many attendees to the fundraiser had to walk through the protest lines and some engaged the vocal protesters pleasantly. Sen. Craig Pridemore made a point to walk through the entire crowd, often pausing to talk to a familiar person or listen to someone's spiel, before going into the event. One agitated fundraiser attendee angrily stalked the crowd looking for the person responsible for placing a code pink flyer (a brilliant mock receipt of the cost of the war) on his windshield. When no-one would take it from him, he attempted to hang it on the camera lens of an unwitting Columbian photographer, which didn't make him too happy.
The call for support went out less than 48 hours before the event took place that people were going to meet in Sylvester park at 11 am to begin our counter demonstration. Many people began showing up at that time (some were late due to the time change). There was a small group of dedicated individuals combing the city on bikes/foot/car looking for the nazi's from about 11am until their first sighting at 12:25 pm. The group that was holding our position in Sylvester Park received a cellular communiqué at 12:25 informing them that there was a NSM members sighted at the Capitol Campus. At this time the bike brigade was informed and they deployed rapidly to the campus, upon arrival they noticed that indeed there were 5 NSM members (including the Seattle unit head Justin Boyer and the Northwest leader/webmaster Jim Ramm) dressed in full SS uniforms standing around confronting a small group of anti-racist activists. We started calling down to the groups at Sylvester and Heritage parks to confirm that yes they were indeed there. At about 12:35 two (or maybe three) more particularly aggressive NSM members pushed themselves through the crowd and joined their cohorts.
I was biking home from work and, having not been downtown in quite a while, I ended up on Pine and then on 5th, the bus mall. I biked in the car lane, trying to figure out my escape route. A bus was on my right in the bus lane and I'd noticed an unmarked police cruiser sitting right by the driveway into Big Pink's parking lot. While I'm riding slowly, behind a bus, the cop flies up behind me, lights on, just as I get to Oak. Not knowing what's happening, I turn right in the crosswalk onto the sidewalk and disembark. When he got out, he gave me the ticket and said he'd cited me for an illegal right turn and riding in the bus lane- neither of which was true when he'd turned on his lights. I'd panicked and looked to get out of his way, and as a result, got a $600 ticket.
This morning, Linda and Greg Schumacher, along with their security guard, their accountant, and a friend from Zell Brothers jewelry store (located across the street from Schumachers) all railed against what Greg called "domestic terrorists." To bolster their case, they brought along a sheaf of email correspondence and copies of various Oregon Revised Statutes, which they claim show that the city needs to start arresting people for demonstrating in front of their fur store.
Report: Spontaneous Schumacher's DemonstrationAfter the city commission meeeting, a small but vigorous group of demonstrators reminded Schumacher's of the power of free speech. Onlookers smiled and gave thumbs up, and the media showed unusual interest. We had the good fortune of making a new acquaintance. One pedestrian stopped and told us that he used to be an "evil man." He worked for the fur industry for some 25 years, and was eager to share some unknown truths from inside the industry. We should be hearing more from him, as he offered to speak before audiences and make a video with IDA.
Schumacher Furs -- Portland City Council MeetingIn this morning's KPTV broadcast, reporter Jim Hyde spent more time ogling through a deserted fur shop following along as Greg Schumacher lifted staggeringly awful coat after staggeringly awful coat from the racks. (I don't just mean awful in that animals died for those coats, I also mean gross in the sense of fashion disaster. One of the coats was a shockingly awful pink affair. Another, garish red with poofy things hanging on it. You can't buy taste, can you.)
Beginning on April 4, 2006, on channel 21, a three month series will highlight the fraud and disenfranchisement which characterized the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. This report provides audio files of featured speakers as well as playback schedules for the series.
This series is produced from presentations given on Saturday, October 1, at the National Summit To Save Our Elections, which was held in Portland Oregon, at the First Unitarian Church, September 30-October 2, 2005. The Summit provided information on how corporate-owned electronic election systems are affecting our vote as well as the ways we can help restore citizen ownership of our elections. Top election reform advocates and renowned independent media personalities led the Summit and presented strategies to restore election integrity in America.
Audio files of the speakers from that morning and afternoon are also available. Schedules for the Community Television spring series follows the listing for the audio files.
About 50 protesters (ranging in age from 7 months to 80 years) showed up throughout the day Saturday to leaflet, hold signs, make sidewalk art, and chant against the fur industry's abuse of animals. It was a great day with new people, lots of enthusiasm, and lots of support from passersby. Many people thanked us for being there while others honked and waved as they drove past. The Oregonian, The Portland Tribune, and Channel 2 news showed up as well.
A few dismal manikins wearing dead animals stared blankly out from the glass display case windows, while the Schumacher folks, some also wearing dead animals, stared blankly out from behind the big glass doors (in actuality they're seething inside, evidenced by their public announcements and numerous threats to protesters). A cluster of police stood across the street, and police cars drove by periodically, but all was calm. A few people posing as customers went in - from appearances we doubt they were there to buy fur but instead to support the Schumachers amidst growing controversy - but there wasn't really much activity for Schumacher Furs.
Tonight I went to the Military Recruiting Center up on 1317 NE Broadway. Every Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:30 a small handful of dedicated people stand outside the Recruiting Center with anti-war signs and hand out literature to passersby. They have been doing this weekly for many months now. Catholic Workers, and at least one Veteran For Peace, they stand as a counterpoint to the military machines recruitment center. They stand for truth, while recruiters use deception and lies to lure in young people as fodder for wars of aggression.
So I'm down at the Grant High School passing out draft counseling literature when a wing nut jumps out of his van and starts yelling at me. "Take off your phony military stuff" (I'm wearing an old field jacket with my unit combat patch). "They're dying over there, stop passing out this garbage." And other typical don't exercise your freedom of speech because (fill in the blank)
He then proceeds to slap my hand with the handouts, scattering them all over the street. Needless to say, my inner Buddhist was not in residence. | read more >>
This last Saturday people from the Willamette Valley and coast range met in Corvallis for the second organizing meeting. The group was enthusiastic and wants to go forward.
We decided to keep the name Willamette Valley Independent Media project. We like that the project will look closely at our eco-system, and our river as our namesake. We want to explore our connection to the earth and rebuild the commons and closer ties to each other, the earth and this beautiful place that we live in.
We are looking for a space to have a media center. Hoping to find something soon that is affordable. We are looking for equipment donations including video and audio equipment, software for editing, computers and people to skill share.
We will meet in a month and learn about how internal organization including communications can work. We will have informal meetings to talk about the project at the downtown Beanery in Corvallis every Saturday at 10:30 AM.
It is 7 months post Katrina. Vast parts of N.O. still look like a war zone. While the U.S. spends billions destroying Iraq, our own people are still without homes, electricity, basic services. Out of the media spotlight, Katrina survivors are still struggling every day to get food, water, shelter.
WE MUST NOT FORGET.
Two days in New Orleans and my life is changed forever. There are no words to describe the devastation that remains seven months after Katrine.For much of the country, NOLA is old news. For people here it remains a monumental battle both against the destruction and aftermath, and also against the system that is racist, classist, corrupt and greedy
There is enormous need for volunteers.On-going home rehab will take years. At the peak of Spring Break there were 3000 people here, Today it's about 300. People Power is the greatest need, but almost every thing imaginable is needed from baby diapers to tools. Stores are boarded up and toxic so there's no running to to corner market for milk & bread.
Visit CommonGroundRelief.com. Common Ground is fantastic! Up out of the flood waters, holding the community together. Amazing! We may all need to know how to do this soon.
WE MUST NOT FORGET!
After a duration of two weeks, Eric McDavid ended his hunger strike on Friday, March 24. This decision was concurrent with the filing of a lawsuit on his behalf against the County of Sacramento and the United States Marshals Service alleging violations of his constitutional and federal statutory rights. These rights include food he can eat [ a vegan diet ] and outdoor exercise, two things he has been denied since he was first arrested. We are asking that people continue to contact the jail and the sheriff to protest Eric's mistreatment at their hands and insist that he be given vegan food. When calling, be sure to keep his x-reference number [ X-2972521 ] handy.
Billionaire philanthropist Jimmy Walter and WTC survivor William Rodriguez this week embarked on a groundbreaking trip to Caracas Venezuela in which they met with with the President of the Assembly and will soon meet with Venezuelan President himself Hugo Chavez in anticipation of an official Venezuelan government investigation into 9/11.
Rodriguez was the last survivor pulled from the rubble of the north tower of the WTC, and was responsible for all stairwells within the tower. Rodriguez represented family members of 9/11 victims and testified to the 9/11 Commission that bombs were in the north tower but his statements were completely omitted from the official record.
Yesterday, Congressman Brian Baird (D-WA) wrote an opinion piece in the Oregonian (copied below) with the intention of defending his indefensible logging bill, H.R. 4200. We need your help in sending letters to the editor pointing out that Baird's post-disturbance logging legislation is harmful to fish, wildlife, and overall forest recovery. At the bottom of this alert is a press release about 169 scientists from across the country who have come out against this legislation.
Don't believe the hype. I was in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday when the historic march to protest the racist anti-immigration bill HR 4437 took place. For those who don't know, this bill would make illegal immigrants felons as well as anybody, including family members who help them in any sort of way. This means that if you have a cousin living in Mexico who comes over here and his paper work ain't right, even if you didn't know, you could face jail time. This means if you unknowingly hire somebody to haul away trash you could be in trouble. This is not about giving the government the power to build a wall at the border. This is much deeper then that..
As for the march, the mainstream news media claim there were 500 thousand people on who showed up. Keep in mind, this is after they tried to hate on the march and say only a few thousand were going to show up the night before. Trust me more than a million people showed up... The vibe in the air and the overall energy was infectious as you saw everyone from church goers to gang bangers all fighting to keep this oppressive bill from passing. There was an enormous amount of young people. Many came with their families. Its been a while since I been to a rally or march where I saw Grandmas, parents, young adults and little kids all in attendance. I talked to cats who were all tatted up carrying signs that said 'Stolen Land Defeat HR 4437' and college cats carrying signs that read 'Where was George Washington's Green card' [ Read More |
LA Indymedia feature: Over 500,000 Protest Anti-Immigrant Law in Downtown Los Angeles | Chicago Indymedia Feature: Si, se puede! - Chicago Witnesses Massive Protest for Immigrant Rights | "Si se puede!" - On Chicago's Streets | To Hell With the Minutemen! Full Rights for All Immigrants Now! - Seattle Anti-Imperialist Committee callout
"I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do." - Edward Hale. It was cold and wet on Wednesday March 29, but still a great day to stand with friendly and compassionate protesters. Nine people held signs and passed out literature for a couple of hours on Wednesday to educate the public about the cruelty of the fur trade. Protesters brought bagels and other snacks to share, and lots of supportive comments from passersby let us know that fur is dead in more ways than one.
A couple of reporters (Channel 8 and the Oregonian) came by to ask questions, as well as someone who heard about the protests on Lars Larson's show. After a long discussion, even he had to acknowledge that the protests must be successful if he was so inspired to come all the way downtown just to stand with us and discuss the issue. Even when people approach in an initially negative way, these protests encourage those who previously weren't thinking about fur at all to eventually think about the ethics of whether fur is o.k. Also, on Tuesday March 28, several protesters held a quiet vigil in front of Schumacher with a candle and a picture of an animal killed for her fur. Due to this, Schumacher locked the store doors. [ Read More | http://www.furisdead.com | Schumacher Furs: indymedia newsire articles ]
Last night several hundred commercial, tribal and sports fishermen, concerned by a proposed salmon fishing shut down due to low runs on the Klamath River, convened on the meeting of the of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council in Santa Rosa, CA and a meeting with the govenor in Salem, OR. Fishermen demanded for the government to" Fix the Klamath". This comes on the heels of a major court decision that the government's plan for Coho Salmon on the Klamath, which came the year over 68,000 salmon died on the Klamath, was illegal.
The goal of this local independent media project is to find citizen activists who want a more community-oriented and ecologically sustainable society. And, who want to capture and communicate our progress and process at creating the community and world we want to live in. We hope to work with the idea of peacemaking and localization (of culture, of economy, of decision-making) as a necessary foundation of sustainability.
The first step of our project is to create an alternative, independent media center which will be used by the group to educate, inspire, and activate the people of our community.
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