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Chris McIntosh, currently serving 8 years for setting a fire at an empty McDonalds restaurant in Seattle has been in the hole since May 29th. On June 8th Chris was sentenced to another 45 days in the hole in addition to the 36 days he has already served. He says there is a chance he may get out early. He is in the hole for getting into a fight with a child molester. The hole is a very lonely place - an isolated cell where a prisoner is kept away from the general population. Letters are urgently needed to boost Chris' spirits.
The Standing Committee on Research Misconduct at the University of Colorado at Boulder voted 6 to 3 this week to recommend that Ethnic Studies Professor Ward Churchill be fired. In doing so it went beyond the conclusions of four out of the five members of its own investigative committee appointed to look into the charges, who called for
Churchill to be suspended for 2 to 5 years.
The university administration may now move rapidly to put the final touches on a vicious witch hunt that started over 16 months ago—aimed at driving Professor Churchill from the university, destroying
his reputation and career, and delivering a chilling message to radical and progressive faculty on college campuses across the country to "watch what you say, watch what you write." It remains for the provost and the dean of arts and sciences to send a final recommendation to Interim Chancellor DiStefano. This is the same interim chancellor that has guided the attack against Churchill
within the Boulder community from the beginning.
The US Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments between
now and July 17, 2006 on a petition that would allow commercial
growing and marketing of the first genetically engineered (GE) plum
trees. If approved, this would remove all regulatory oversight of
this GE variety, a virus-resistant plum tree known as the Honey
Sweet Pox Potyvirus Resistant plum.
(June 22, 2006) - At approx 0230 hours this morning, June 22, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada refused written orders to board a bus bound for an adjacent airstrip, and Iraq War deployment - as he has pledged to do since first speaking out against the illegal Iraq War. At this time Lt. Watada has been restricted to base, possibly confined to quarters, and has been ordered to have no contact with any non-military personnel, with the exception of his civilian lawyer. More information is coming soon.
thankyoult.org/ | National Day of Action June 27: Stand up with Lt. Watada | Road Trip to Ft. Lewis to Support Lt. Watada | www.couragetoresist.org | Tacoma church declares itself sanctuary for refusers
The landscape is preparing to change again on North Mississippi Avenue. The Kurisu Family International, who own the Mississippi Rising Ballroom at Mississippi and Shaver are planning something big. But we arent going to talk too much about something big right now, we are going to talk about something relatively small.
NAYA, The Native American Youth Association, leased the main office in the Mississippi Rising Building for as long as I've lived here and longer. But the other week, they moved out. I have been told that they moved out due to the changing demographics of the area and them not being a welcomed addition by the new neighborhood dwellers. In the lot to the north of the Ballroom, NAYA had purchased and insured a small playground for neighborhood kids which had alot of use. This morning, when I came downstairs, it was in the process of being taken apart.
Jeff's lawyer filed a motion against the original contempt hearing being illegally closed to the public by Judge Hogan on May 18th. Judge Hogan was apparently unaware of that and seems to be being educated on this grand jury issue as we go along. As we suspected, today in court, even though the lawyer pleaded to have Jeff released, he simply had the contempt hearing in that moment and sent him back to jail for not answering questions. There is another motion to be filed and generally the paperwork of the courts takes about 30 days to get to the actual day of court. Hopefully we will be successful in July, but if not, then we will wait until September 30th. Thank you again for all the support and letters to Jeff. They really keep him going. I really cannot express my gratitude enough for everyone's thoughts and love.
Keep sending Jeff your letters of support and any interesting articles (xeroxed or computer print-outs)and photos (no larger than 4x6) you think he may enjoy.
The air was thick with irony this week. While we spend our Saturdays blowing soap bubbles, hula hooping, pogo sticking, dancing to 80's music, and eating cookies in front of Schumacher Furs, Gregg Schumacher and his friends continue to refer to us as "terrorists" - look out Al Qaeda, if dancing to disco music is now considered a terrorist activity, we're all-stars. This week was especially rich as one of Schumacher's supporters knocked down a small female protester and was then led off in handcuffs. The real bullies reveal themselves.
A Schumacher supporter walked out of the store and started an unprovoked conflict with a mentally handicapped protester. As the protester tried to get away from the man, one of the radical cheerleaders (who is probably half his weight) stood in front to protect the protester. The man violently shoved her to the ground and continued to pursue the activist. Three police officers, who witnessed this event from across the street, ran over, pressed him against the building, and cuffed him. They arrested the man and charged him with misdemeanor harassment and disorderly conduct. We continued our protest.
The Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) Pastors for Peace Caravan has been collecting goods in Portland in solidarity with our Cuban friends. The caravan leaves Portland tomorrow for the Mexican border and then on to Cuba. Pastors for Peace has been collecting humanitarian supplies for the Cuban people for the past 17 years and delivering them to Cuba despite the US Government's embargo.
The caravan starts in 13 different US locations then winds it's way through the US gather support and supplies while educating the American people about the plight of Cuba, American policy and the Cuban Five prisoners. I believe the van/bus is leaving the church at 8am tomorrow making it's way to Mexico and ultimately on to Cuba. Last year they took 125 tons of supplies to Cuba, however all electronics were seized by Homeland Security at the border. They have been fighting to get these computers back for the past year and just had them returned 1 month ago after threatening litigation. Many of the seized computers came from Portland's own Free Geek.
Jeff Hogg's lawyer has filed a motion challenging the closure of his contempt hearing. He will appear on June 20th at the federal courthouse in Eugene.
Judge Michael Hogan closed the courtroom to supporters, lawyers (other than Jeff's), and his partner during the contempt hearing 5/18 which resulted in Jeff's imprisonment. Jeff's lawyer has filed a motion challenging this illegal closure, and the hearing is tomorrow, June 20th. The time of the hearing is 11 am.
Keep sending Jeff your letters of support and any interesting articles (xeroxed or computer print-outs)and photos (no larger than 4x6) you think he may enjoy.
On Monday 19th June Republican Prisoners Of War (POW's) began a protest action in Maghaberry, this is the first in a series of protests planned by Republican POW's in the gaol. POW's are making clear that they will not accept the sub standard conditions on the segregated wing, they will not be criminalised nor will they be intimidated or coerced by the petty restrictions being imposed by prison screws to make the day to day life in the gaol for POW's more difficult.
The British Government, the Prison Service, the media and local politicians have all been well aware of these issues for some time and have done nothing to address them. The POW's have been left with no choice but to engage in protest within the gaol and this protest will no doubt intensify if these issues are not addressed and their demands are not dealt with. The POW's are relying on the Irish people to stand with them in their fight to improve conditions and ultimately to win back Political Status. The Irish people have never failed POW's in the past and we have faith that they will not fail them now.
At least a small but significant part of the battle for saving unique and special places like South Central Farm in Los Angeles, now and in the future, revolves around public education on the subject of land ownership under the capitalist system.
In a show of courage against an attempt by the federal government to obtain First Amendment protected information, independent journalist Josh Wolf refused to testify or provide video evidence yesterday to a federal grand jury convened in February. The grand jury is investigating events surrounding a July 2005 demonstration against the Group of Eight (G8) meeting that year in Scotland. Wolf asserted his First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendment Rights as a basis for declining to answer the grand jury.
In a closed session, San Francisco District Court Judge William Alsup threatened Wolf with confinement for civil contempt if he did not comply with the subpoena. Making his position clear from the start, Judge Alsup ordered the hearing closed, barring a number of supporters and a San Francisco Chronicle reporter from the courtroom. The order ignored both Ninth Circuit case law and a previous order by Magistrate Maria-Elena James requiring that the hearings in the case be open.
The grand jury was convened ostensibly to investigate alleged damage to a police vehicle at the time of the July protest. However, the GJRP, a coalition of lawyers and activists working to resist politically motivated attacks by government, condemned the still-active investigation. The GJRP claimed that the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are working together to misuse the federal grand jury to circumvent the California Shield Law, which protects journalists' files and notes. "What we saw today was the harassment and intimidation of a journalist and an activist," said Samantha Levens of the Grand Jury Resistance Project (GJRP), who observed the Marshals in the courtroom. "Yet, the dismissal of the subpoena shows how important it is to resist misuse of government power in order to obstruct political fishing expeditions and suppression of free speech rights."
The Clark County annual Democrat social and fundraiser, the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, didn't happen without a protest out front of the new Hilton in downtown Vancouver. At $50 a pop, 6 protesters stood outside as we watched people going in. What is crazy is these people say they are for peace. Really!
If they are for peace, they wouldn't be going inside. We reminded them there are many bills the 3rd Congressional representatives have not signed onto to help get our troops home now. We told them Sen. Murray and Cantwell voted with the Republicans yesterday. Our own Rep. Baird has not signed on to Bills, such as the Murtha Resolution, redeploying troops, a debate on Iraq, stopping war funding, plans for withdrawal, and no permanent bases.
Rental Management Services displays complete lack of care for habitable housing or human life. Our experience with RMS was not only outrageous and unbelievable, but potentially hazardous to our health. If you're in the market to rent an apartment, and the price seems right, first double-check who's managing. During the months of April and May, my girlfriend and I began renting from Rental Management Services (RMS) at 3200 SW Dolph Ct., Just Two blocks north of SW Barbur Blvd. The price was right for rent: $425 for a 750 sf 1 br, 1 ba; and only $595 for a 1100 sf 2 br, 1.5 ba. That's really hard to beat, especially for the location!
Upon planning to move in with my girlfiend and her 8-month-old daughter, we gained interest in a 2 bedroom unit that became available just down the hall from her existing 1 bedroom unit that she had currently rented for over 1 month. RMS set up an appointment to view the unit, only they had showed me a unit adjacent to the one that was available (an exact mirror oppposite), claiming that they had "forgot" the key to the actual unit and had promised the exact condition as the unit I had inspected, with the addition of "new" hardwood floors. Lession 1: ALWAYS get a tour of the ACTUAL appartment. It really sucks to be so trustworthy sometimes.....
A small high-spirited crowd gathered in Bellevue today as the rain waited until after the demonstration was over before pouring down. This was a passionately pro-peace, anti-Bush policies crowd who wanted change! After a few speeches on a wide range of issues, we marched through Bellevue and then headed to Medina where Bush was selling "photos with the Pres" to raise money for the vulnerable GOP. We sang some songs and chanted on this mile-long walk. The Bellevue police adjusted to the change in plans and stopped traffic at every intersection so no one got left behind. Since I was the slowest walker in the crowd, I appreciated it.
No one knew for sure which way Bush's motorcade would go but when we showed up on 24th street, the presence of the Seattle police and the barricades were a clue we are at the right spot. There was some friendly banter between some of people and the police. At one point, it seemed as if there were more police than demonstrators. Then the police tensed up and we knew Bush was on his way. It was a brief moment as the motorcycles and limos sped through the intersection too quickly for me to even get a decent picture.
related: What happen Seattle???
LAPD, six helicopters, L.A Fire Department, and 65 helmeted deputies of Sheriff's Department's Civil Management Unit crack peaceful organic heads, at dawn. LAPD armed police and others stormed an organic community garden in South Central L.A. this week, arresting 25 people including actress Daryl Hannah who had spent three straight weeks at the farm, choosing to be arrested. A lot of time for a celebrity to commit. --- 14 acre plot of land, used by 350+ neighborhood fruit and vegetable farmers for 10 years, is the U.S.'s largest urban community garden. It is a symbol of local development, nutrition, and hope for embattled South Central L.A., that keeps many kids out of gangs. A dispute over land--and a reneged purchase price deal once matched--led to dramatic standoff between neighborhood residents and truly evil real estate lobby of Los Angeles behind Mr. Ralph Horowitz.
Despite massive public opposition, the multi-millionaire Horowitz obtained court order to pave over the community garden for an industrial warehouse, calling in police and bulldozers to clear the property of inhabitants, some chained to trees. Some so injured they were taken out on stretchers. Neighborhood farmers and residents, along with the L.A. organic community, have vowed to keep up the struggle and save the community garden.
We drove to Lincoln City yesterday to catch a breath of the ocean and on Highway 101 going South around 30th street, we saw this sign stapled to a telephone pole. I am always encouraged when I see evidence of others' working for Peace, and thought I would send the inspiration along to this list.
from the comments:Peace was once an American value. I remember it. I know it and think it still is. The warfighter today even gives lip service to it -- deep down they long for it. But they are taught to fight for peace. They are conditioned to believe that their violence will bring peace. Their commanders play on that innocent value and through distortion of logic, manage to convince many that "war is peace". But I like that simple sign. Where's my staplegun...
The U.S. Bombs, Straitjacket show erupted into bedlam when approximately twenty neo- nazi "skins" came into Sabala's last night. While they were initially confronted by staff, they were allowed to stay until seemingly out of nowhere violence between other showgoers and themselves broke out in a bloody mess. While no names were taken an onlooker described one of the offenders as recently being released from prison, no details as to the reliability of that though.
After tailing out of Sabala's in a wake of blood and broken glass, the fight continued across the street where one of the nazi's was beaten pretty badly and kicked in the face repeatedly before retreating with the bullk of his buddies into a large black SUV of unknown make/model.
The escalating repression taking place now in the Philippines is no coincidence. Twenty years since the end of the dictatorship and three "people's power" uprisings later, Philippine society is hugely polarized. If the recent killing spree signifies anything, it's that the growing coercion and the abandonment of democratic rights portend the fraying of the post-1986 political order, when the dictator Marcos was unceremoniously thrown from power and democracy restored. What will replace those democratic hopes, more than at any time in recent years, is a point of bitter political contention.
Over the past two months, at least 18 activists have been murdered by unidentified assailants in various areas of the country - an average of two killings per week. They are the latest victims in a creeping and escalating killing spree of left-leaning political activists in the Philippines. At no other time in the KPD's nearly 10-year history have so many of their members been assassinated.
The KPD is just one of many left-leaning groups now under shadowy assault.
Eugene Army soldier Suzanne Swift, who refused a second deployment to Iraq late last year, has been arrested. Her mother, Sarah Rich, has been an outspoken war opponent. She was on KOPT radio this morning reiterating the reasons her daughter declined to return to her unit when ordered: post-traumatic stress disorder, opposition to the war, and the constant threat of sexual harassment and abuse by her superior officers.
When Sarah Rich spoke at a peace rally in Eugene in March, she had this to say (via The Register-Guard): "Politicians who want to honor the fallen need to show some leadership and bring our troops home now," she said. "We need to show that dissent is patriotic. Now is not the time for passivity. Now is the time to make some noise."
A vigil is planned for outside the Lane County Jail, where Suzanne is being held pending a possible transfer either into federal custody or back to her unit. Anyone wishing to support Suzanne and her family should hustle down to the jail and see if people are gathering. I don't know what time the vigil is set to begin. Might as well start with you.
Fear For My Daughter by Sara Rich
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