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April 8, 2006: Held in conjunction with the First World Action Day Against GMOs being celebrated in 40 countries, the food fair offered a sampling of mostly organic and traditional agricultural alternatives for producers and consumers at different locations around the country. The anti-GMO celebration covered markets in the cities of Mexico, Guadalajara, Texcoco, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Oaxaca, Uruapan, and Xalapa. --- The sponsoring environmental organizations ***revealed an activist label for growers and distributors to use***, so consumer activism can be faciliated, which tells shoppers that their products are free of GMOs. That private initiative was taken in response to the pro-corporate Mexican government's failure to require popularly wanted labels identifying raw materials and commodities with genetically modified content. --- If indeed the fare featured was free of Frankenfoods, it also went one step better. Most of the provender for sale was organically grown, in other words free of pesticides, chemical fertilizers and antibiotics that upset your stomach, as well as the balance of nature. What's more, the organizers boasted, the diversity of vegetation promoted by non-GMO planting contrasts positively with the mono-cropping engendered by transgenics. The advantages are greater biodiversity and natural resistance to disaster. --- One of the promoters' objectives was to boost income for families in poor rural communities who practice agriculture based on traditional knowledge. --- Mexico is the world's largest organic coffee grower and other organic items are fruit, nuts, chocolate, amaranth, sesame seeds, vegetables, blue corn, and vanilla. 85% historically for the export market...domestic shoppers though are getting savvy. The fair strengthened Mexican made items for a local consumption market.
This is audio from the first of three forums being held at the First Unitarian Church, sponsored by the Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center. It is a forum on the impact of the "War on Terror" on dissent in the United States.
This first forum was organized in response to the recent indictments and arrests of individuals accused of engaging in "domestic terrorism" - specifically arson and conspiracy to commit arson.
The second of these three forums was held at the First Unitarian Church on April 5, 2006, being a response to the current government and media "Greenscare" campaign. It featured a panel discussion about the federal government's policy of ignoring and failing to prosecute violations of federal environmental laws by corporate polluters and extractive industries, while it aggressively prosecutes politically-motivated acts of property destruction by environmentalists under the "War on Terror" moniker.
16 people attended the Recruiting Center Vigil this week. It is held every Tuesday at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center at 1317 N. Broadway from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Every week, people from the Whitefeather House compile a list of the U.S. soldiers who died that week as reported by the DoD (see below). This is printed up on a flyer and handed out to people passing by. There is no way to compile a list of the Iraqi dead, and the list of names would not fit on the paper. The number of Iraqi civilians killed numbers around 250,000 now.
Tonight the recruiters were outside quite a bit. One of the people passing out the flyers asked one of the recruiters if he had read the list of the dead. The recruiter replied that they ought to check their facts cause some of the people on last weeks list are alive. The counter-recruiter said that was doubtful since the list came from the DoD. The recruiter pulled out his cell phone and said he knows some of them and said 'want to talk to them?'. The counter recruiter said, yes. The recruiter put his cell phone away and went on to other lies.
related: [ Nine-Month Counter Recruiting Vigil Continues | Report from the Tuesday Vigil at the Recruiting Center (April 11) | Reportback: Tuesday Evening At The Recruitment Center (April 4) | more articles by PDX Dragon ]
In the early morning of Sun. April 16th Adrian Haley, a concerned citizen, climbed 60' up a tree outside Rep. Brian Baird's Vancouver, WA office. He plans to perch in the tree until Sat April 22nd and descend during an Earth Day celebration planned in Fort Vancouver. Mr. Haley is protesting Rep. Baird's decision to cosponsor the Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act - HR4200, and his continual disregard for the growing majority of science showing post-fire logging hinders forest regeneration.
Tree-Sit Ends with Actions Over Next 2 DaysThe action ended a lot sooner than planned but in the next 2 days there will be more. Please help us show Baird how we feel about his Salvage bill.At first the lower level cops showed up around 10:30 and were really cool and thought things would be chill until Mon. when the big wigs would make decisions about arrests etc. Then a little later the Chief of Police showed up and changed the whole situation. He started playing hard ball and said, "NO MATTER WHAT, HE IS COMMING OUT OF THAT TREE TODAY!". We played a little hard ball with him and soon the folks who had control over the property showed up. They were furious and wanted Adrian out of the tree even sooner than the officer.
related: Adrian Haley and associates negotiate for Baird public debate
Got Roadless? Oxygen Collective's Show Coming to Portland
The Oxygen Collective has been at the forefront of both public education and popular protest of Biscuit logging. We will be offering a free multi-media presentation reviewing the Biscuit saga up to now and highlighting how the latest logging proposals will create detrimental national precedents.Forest Service to destroy Oregon's foremost hatchery | Once Upon A Forest
Approximately 50 people showed up throughout Saturday at Schumacher Furs for our weekly protest. For 5 hours we stood together in the rain, wind, and bone-chilling cold. Our shoes were wet, our fingers were freezing, but we never lost sight of the fact that the animals used and abused for their fur, those spending their lives in tiny barren cages, those caught in traps for days in freezing weather without food or water and unable to return to their babies, those being beaten and skinned alive for their fur... have it far worse than we ever could.
In truth, despite the weather, we didn't have it bad at all. In the company of other passionate and compassionate people (and their dogs), we chanted, danced to live bagpipe music, held signs, passed out literature, did street theater, drank tea, and ate vegan treats (cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, bagels with vegan toppings, and doughnuts donated by Voodoo Doughnuts).
17 students, protesting unfair wage policies for University employees, have been arrested at the Univesity of Virginia after a peaceful sit-in ouutside the office of University President John Casteen. The sit-in was the culmination of 8 YEARS of peaceful attempts to raise the wages of university employees, many of whom unable to support their families on the University's wages. The University's response has been appalling, including the denial of food to the students. President Casteen must be held responsible. He must must immediately order the release the students and begin negotiations and a process to allow for fair, living wages for all Univeristy employees.
Arrests, Outrage at University of Virginia: Call for SolidarityThe supression of dissent and abuse of power continues to spread: Unreported in the media, 17 students at the University of Virginia have been arrested following a peaceful sit-in protest regarding fair, living wages. The protests were the culmination of 8 YEARS of attempts by students and university employees to raise the wages for university employees...many of whom have been struggling in full time jobs that have paid far less than can support their families. The University's response has been appalling: the students have been denied food and visits while detained. PORTLAND SPEAK UP! Thank you.
Today over 1000 young people from throughout the Portland Metro area gathered in the South Park Blocks to say "No Human Being is Illegal." I arrived at the rally organized by PCASC just a few minutes before the noon start time. There was a light rain and it appeared they were attempting to put up a tent for the sound equipment and doing a sound check. There were more than 300 people gathered when I showed up, with people pouring in from all around.
I walked around the gathering place for awhile taking pictures and taking in a scene that was unfamiliar to me: people excited about street protest. One speaker spoke to the crowd "we are not criminals, we are not illegals. this struggle is not just for latinos, it is for everbody." There were many chants and screams, roars from the demonstrators when the speakers finished sentences, it was inspiring. By 12:30, I would estimate that there were around 600 people listening to the speakers, the speaker around then, a young woman said "This is about Human Rights. This is a youth movement happening across the country, this is the civil rights movement of OUR generation," and many people cheered for that statement.
related: Brief Report Back From Today's Immigrant Rights March | Student Walk Out and March for Immigrant Rights Today | nohr4437.org | April 9th and 10th Days of Action | US IMC Migrant Rights Page | iMigrate | all articles by bht
El pasado viernes, más de 1500 maestros representaron una protesta militante ante la visita del Presidente Vicente Fox a Ciudad Juárez en defensa de su seguridad social. Proposiciones federales recién descubiertas buscan la privatización de la seguridad social de los empleados del estado. El intento de privatización de la seguridad social es el asalto más reciente en un esfuerzo donde desde hace tiempo el estado mejicano intenta imponer reformas neoliberales extremadamente impopulares.
Además de la privatización de del Instituto de Seguridad Social y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado, INSTTEE, también quieren retrasar la edad de jubilación. Un sindicato independiente de maestros, la Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE), ha prometido crear "un frente de resistencia nacional" contra las reformas propuestas. La privatización que han intentado de la seguridad social es solo el ataque más reciente, pero el estado mejicano -tanto durante el largo gobierno del Partido de la Revolución Institucional(PRI) de Salinas y Zedillo como con el actual gobierno conservador del Partido de Acción Nacional(PAN) de Vicente Fox- han intentado desde hace tiempo estas reformas neoliberales extremadamente impopulares.
Hasan Shakur has organized concerts, organizations, events and put out newsletters from a death row cell dealing with liberation of black people and all people. Now the state of Texas has set his execute date for April 27, to silence his voice.
Working with the Human Rights Coalition, a prisoner family organizing project headquartered out of Philadelphia, I have had the amazing opportunity and honor to meet Hasan Shakur, aka Derrick Frazier ##999284. Hasan sits on the advisory council, the governing board of HRC. He also sits on Texas' death row, and has been there for all of his adult life. As I got to know Hasan, I was blown away by the work and commitment this brotha did. From a cell in one of Texas' most notorious units, without access to phone calls or human contact, he has been able to organize fundraising concerts to stop violence in the communities on the outside. He is able to put out a newsletter about prison issues more consistently than most organizations in the "free" world are able to.
And now the state is saying that Hasan's time is up. It does not care that Hasan was barely older than a teenager when the state decried he should die. It does not care that he was represented by ineffective counsel who was later disbarred, who did nothing to rebut the state's case against him, to prove his character and show any mitigating circumstances.
By now everyone knows about the arrests and indictments handed down to 11 people charged with ELF actions. The SHAC 7 have been convicted on all counts for maintaining a website. Rod Coronado has been arrested for explaining how he committed his arsons. Activists have been arrested in Sacramento charged with thought crime. Not to mention the various Grand Jury investigations around the country.
Like it or not, the radical movement has found itself in the middle of a war. The ELF, ALF, anarchists and other radicals have been declared the number one threat to the state. The FBI devotes more time and energy to activists than it does Al-Qaeda.
For every article I write, I wonder if this will be the one that lands me back in the hole. The FBI, in connection with the Oregon Department of Corrections, reviews all my outgoing mail. Some of my mail has been censored and not allowed to go out at all. I am banned from meeting with the media. None of those who were arrested are allowed to contact me, or allowed to be contacted by me.
I'm beginning to feel a lot more like a P.O.W. than a political prisoner.
"This is a state of emergency. Not only our success, but also our existence depends on your actions. The police state is here. Everything we've long feared is coming to pass. This isn't someone else's fight anymore, it's yours. What are you going to do about it?"
On Tuesday, April 4, 32 communities in the state of Wisconsin voted on referenda calling for the immediate withdrawal of all American military forces from Iraq. Of these areas, 24 voted for immediate withdrawal, and eight voted against. In the Milwaukee suburb of Shorewood, 70 percent voted for immediate withdrawal.
The referenda results represent a major embarrassment for both big-business political parties in the US, as well as for the media, which consistently present the Bush administration's "war on terror" as enjoying a popular mandate, while attempting to marginalize any opposition. What these referenda reveal is that while the war may be fully supported by the media and big-business politicians, it is widely opposed by the broad masses of ordinary people in the US.
Significantly, when the same choice was put before the US Congress in November of last year, only 3 congressmen—less than 1 percent—voted for immediate withdrawal, and 403 against. Both the Democratic and the Republican candidates in the 2004 presidential elections were in favor of continuing the war in Iraq indefinitely.
The broad popular opposition to the war revealed by the referenda immediately provoked defensive remarks and denunciations from the Bush administration.
Rogue Collective is seeking film submissions of all kinds which highlight the struggles and achievements of queer people of color, by queer people of color!
Our aim is to engage the greater public in meaningful discourse on race, sexuality and gender in media; to supplant false popularized conceptions (e.g. being portrayed as "exotic", "hypersexual", "nonsexual", and "junglistic") sustained by and created for commercial interests; and to recognize achievements by QPOC in filmmaking.
Films must be submitted by May 20, 2006.
I went to the Recruiting Center Vigil tonight. There were over a dozen people there from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. It happens every Tuesday at the Armed Forces Recruitment Center at 1317 NE Broadway in Portland. Most of the people held signs, while a couple people handed out info to passersby. The response from people on the street and from those in cars was overwhelmingly positive. Dozens of drivers honked their support. To them I say thank you. I also say, please come out and join this effort.
Some people at the vigil are talking about starting up another day. If more people show up, it can become a third and a fourth. I know there are enough people in Portland opposed to the war who can come out. Let's all make this happen! There were 10,000 at the anti-war march. If just 10% of those people would come out once a month that would be 30 people every day at the recruiting center! This is a solid next step after having a large march!
The Roseburg Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to clearcut 585 acres of mature and old growth forests, leaving as few as 6 trees per acre, in the South Myrtle Creek watershed, between Roseburg and Canyonville. The BLM is asking you for your opinion on what alternatives they should include in their environmental analysis. The BLM is required to consider alternatives to their proposed action. If enough people write to the BLM and ask them to consider another alternative, they must do it. We want the BLM to consider an alternative that thins instead of a "regeneration harvest" (a clearcut with 6 trees per acre left).
There are at least 8 pairs of northern spotted owls that use these forests for foraging. Logging will occur so close to some owl nests that the BLM thinks there could be an "incidental take" of 5 pairs of owls. "Incidental take" means these owls might die, not because they will be directly killed, but they because their grocery store, food source on 585 acres, will be eliminated.
The Laughing Horse Book Collective founded in 1985 on NW 23rd Ave in 1985 : since 1993 at its present location at 37th and Division has lost it's lease and must move in 30 days. The collective calls upon the community for support. The Building in which the bookstore is currently located has been remodeling. The new ownwer want the bookstore out to remodel the space. After the remodel they want to charge "market rates" which would increase the rent 100%.
The need for Laughing Horse has never been greater according to Tim Calvert one of the founding members of Laughing Horse Books. The reality is we are at extreme risk of going out of business unless the community comes forward with help in the form of an affordable location. Please call Laughing Horse Bookstore with any information or leads on potential move options.
Un reportero gráfico de indymedia Portland acompañó, en la etapa de la costa Oeste, a la Caravana Internacional por la Justícia en Juárez y Ciudad Chihuahua. El 31 de octubre la caravana marchó a través de la frontera entre El Paso, EE.UU. y Juárez, Méjico para pedir justícia en los casos de aproximadamente 400 mujeres asesinadas, casos que se han tratado con negligencia y no han sido suficientemente investigados por las autoridades mejicanas. Esta es la segunda parte en una serie de informes sobre la Caravana, que ha visitado docenas de ciudades en los EE.UU. y Canadá y pasó 6 días en Méjico reuniéndose con autoridades y las famílias de las mujeres asesinadas. Las 5 etapas de la Caravana Internacional por la Justícia en Juárez y Chihuahua llegó a Las Cruces, Nuevo Méjico, a cerca de una hora de la frontera, el viernes, 30 de octubre.
Hay varios grupos no gubernamentales implicados en que se aborde el problema de los cientos de mujeres asesinadas en Juárez y Chihuahua, a ambos lados de la frontera, en Las Cruces, Nuevo Méjico; El Paso, Tejas; y en Juárez y Chihuahua. Las Amigas de las Mujeres de Juárez fueron nuestras anfitrionas en Las Cruces aquella noche. La mañana siguiente nos unimos a miembros de Justícia Para Nuestras Hijas, Nuestras Hijas Regresan a Casa, CETLAC (una organización laboral de Juárez), y muchos otros activistas, junto con otros miembros de la delegación de Juárez que acababan de llegar en avión a El Paso el viernes. Desayunamos todos en el YWCA El Paso y entonces nos dirigimos a uno de los varios puentes que cruzan el Río Grande y la frontera.
Por tercer año consecutivo y esta vez con convocatoria pública y galáctica se ha celebrado la Tercera Marcha ciclonudista que ha transcurrido por el centro de Zaragoza, ante la mirada de miles de curiosos, cámaras de los medios y de los mirones y simpatizantes que han aplaudido a rabiar desde las aceras y han tomado la calzada, recuperando este espacio inmenso que normalmente nos roban los automóviles.
La marcha, que coincidía con el día en que asumía el poder municipal el nuevo alcalde de Zargoza, Belloch, pretendía recordar la carencia crónica de espacios para circular en bicicleta por nuestra ciudad. De hecho, con todo el despilfarro en cinturones de ronda, nuevos aparcamientos y espacios para los coches, los carriles bici siguen siendo algo casi anecdótico y están situados mayormente en torno a cinturones de circunvalación, que los convierten en inútiles como vía de comunicación para l@s ciclistas urbanos.
On Sunday, I was one of at least 15 thousand people gathered at the steps of Oregon's state capital, waving flags and calling for legislation that respects the role of immigrant workers in US society. After a two-hour rally, the largely Latino group marched in a circle around the capital mall, while passing cars honked their approval.
The protest, called by Oregon's Farmworker Union, PCUN and endorsed by a number of unions and labor organizations including Jobs with Justice and VOZ - the Worker's Rights Education Project, was a prelude to Monday's National Day of Action for Immigrants Rights, which all told drew hundreds of thousands to the streets to express opposition to pending anti-immigration legislation in Congress.
On the streets of Seattle today....a tremendous dayIt's easy to get overwhelmed with emotion on a day like today: Hundreds of thousands of people in the streets demanding respect, equality, RIGHTS!---and overwhelming proletarian. Maybe 20,000 marched in Seattle, maybe 40,000, I can't say. All I know is that I when I stopped to rest and wait for a couple comrades to come by the crowd just kept coming, and coming, and coming... .maybe for 40 minutes, maybe for nearly an hour. AUDIO from Seattle Immigrant Rights March 4-10 | At least 50,000 marching in Seattle
Thousands March for Immigrant Rights DowntownHere in Portland, several groups put together a rally, and amazingly thousands of people showed up considering it was put together almost at the last minute, and news of it was spread mostly by mouth. (I knew about the day of action because people had been passing around a flyer, but I didn't know that there would be a march until I ran into some people who were going to it). If you were downtown today, you couldn't miss the thousands of people in the streets.
more from portland: Pro-Immigrant Rally | Up to 8,000 march for Immigrant Rights in Portland
The usual fake flowers, plastic manikins, and fur from tortured dead animals adorned Schumacher Furs display windows this week, while outside the Shop of Death a lively celebration of life, hope, and protest against unbearable cruelty was taking place. Throughout the day, over 50 protesters chanted, passed out literature, danced to live bagpipe music, chalked lovely pictures of animals on the sidewalk, celebrated the birthday of one of the protesters, and ate vegan treats (4 dozen cupcakes, 6 dozen cookies, banana bread, and a birthday cake).
While the Schumachers did not come out for birthday cake, they sent out an apparently intoxicated, red-faced, angry woman in a shabby black fur coat (which certainly looked better on its original animal owners). Perhaps the free-flowing alcohol inside Schumacher for their visitors is not a good idea. The woman stood and flipped us off, made antagonistic remarks, and for a time made no attempt to walk down the sidewalk or leave. As the woman finally started off down the street, Linda Schumacher flew out the front door with her video camera up to her face in a seemingly desperate attempt to film a confrontation.pictures | all articles by 'little dove' | all 'Schumachers' articles
"Flashflood Magazine: Communities Against Imperialism" has put out its first issue. The purpose and ethic of this bi-monthly magazine is to give voice to struggles against imperialism and for self-determination in our communities. We'd love your help in making this project both sustainable and relevant.
April Edition: The Boise VoiceThe Boise Voice as a monthly newsletter is in its second month, after a nearly three year vacation. This month, neighbors have written about dispelling rumors and gardening with kids.
"As a nearby neighbor and a person with a passion for gardening and mentoring children I am starting a garden project at the school with any interested students," notes Martha Wright in her article Gardeing With Boise-Eliot. Laura Parisi, in her article, The Rumor Mill, addresses a few development rumors in the neighborhood.
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