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An Unfair Labor Practice strike began at 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 7th at the Northwest Cummins locations in Portland, Oregon, Seattle and Spokane, Washington.
This morning I had the chance to speak with some of the striking member of the Portland Machinists Union, IAM 24. On my way to work I stopped by to take some pictures and find out more about their strike.
On of the first things I had asked the folks there was if they had gotten any media attention yet, it had been nearly a full week and I assumed that the media would break the story. They said I was the first reporter to stop and ask questions...but I wouldnt be the last.
Another Portlander urges the Portland City Council to pass the resolution/petition to impeach Bush & Cheney that was presented to it May 10. David Ibbotson, a long-time local activist and Korean War veteran, is the third citizen to appear in Council chambers on this issue. Commissioner Erik Sten said if he had two more commissioners to support it, he would put it on the agenda.
I feel it is my duty to inform you of a very unfortunate situation that occurred at the DoveLewis Animal Emergency Clinic on NW Pettygrove in Portland on July 10th 2006. As my family and I went for a casual stroll through the neighborhood park we discovered an injured crow fledgling. It appeared to have a broken wing and a possible broken leg as well. We took it to the Portland Audubon Society only to realize that they were closed, and that their overnight animal box was no longer a continuing practice. There was a sign however, directing those with injured animals to bring them to the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Care Center on NW Pettygrove St.
I brought the injured fledgling to the care center. As I was waiting in the lobby, a confrontation was occurring between a nurse technician and a citizen who apparently brought in an injured bat. The nurse had just relayed the news that the bat was to be destroyed, and that there was nothing anyone could do. The citizen was explaining that the bat had an injury do to a crash in to a wall, and that the "neuro problems" they were witnessing were a result. The nurse said that even though she witnessed the accident there was no way to be sure if the bat was rabid or not, therefore had to be put down by law. When I approached the front desk a very disgruntled tech asked me what assistance was needed. I explained to them the situation. Unnerved by what I had just witnessed, I first asked what their policy was regarding custody of the bird. They were not very forth coming,
NEST (Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team) has just spent a wildly successful past month climbing trees to survey for red tree vole nests in the "Trapper" timber sale, a tract of mature forests 60 miles east of Eugene, in the McKenzie River watershed, Eugene's source of drinking water.
NEST climbers found a total of 30 red tree vole nests--the main food source of the threatened spotted owl--in the sale (whereas the Forest Service had only found 3). The Forest Service has been presented with the data, and will be revealing what buffers they plan to implement in the sale within the next week or so. If they do not implement protective buffers, a lawsuit is likely.
Because people around the state have a stake in this issue, they are joining opposition to the sale of Westmoreland Village, a student family housing community located in west Eugene. It is a publicly-owned low-cost student housing resource used by thousands of Oregonians over the past forty five years while attending the UO. If Westmoreland were sold, it would eliminate access to higher education for those who need such housing in order to afford rising tuition.
Contrary to the continuous local media spin, this is not a done deal. We can and will stop the sale of Westmoreland because it is bad policy on many levels and is against the public interest of the state-wide community. That's why we have received overwhelming support in the form of cards, letters and emails to the State Board. Urge the State Board of Higher Education to vote no on the UO proposed sale of Westmoreland Family Housing, a public resource consisting of 404 units of irreplaceable affordable housing in West Eugene.
see also: http://www.savewestmoreland.com
July 10, 2006, Carbo, Virginia - Early this morning, activists with Earth First! and Rising Tide North America set up a non-violent blockade of American Electric Power's (AEP) nearly 50 year old Clinch River coal fired electric facility. Emitting millions of pounds of pollutants yearly, the Clinch River coal plant threatens the health and lives of thousands of downwind residents and the surrounding environment. Burning coal is not only a primary factor behind global climate change, but also drives the expansion of large scale strip mining. Large scale surface mining destroys forests, streams and communities as it alters the Appalachian landscape forever.
Over 50 activists arrived at AEP's Clinch River plant at 9:00 this morning. An Earth First!er attached a rope to the bridge and stretched it across the road while another suspended himself below the bridge over the Clinch River. One activist locked himself to the axle of the coal truck. Earth First! and Rising Tide demand the following:
related: Mountain Justice Media | Mountain Justice Summer 2006 | Updates on Yesterday Takeover of Zeb Mountain, Tennessee -- extreme police brutality (8/16/05) | Some Good News! Anti-Mountain Top Removal victories and growing resistance... (7/28/05) | Successful Week of Anti-Mountaintop Removal Activity in Lexington (6/19/05) | 16 people arrested in Apalachia at peaceful protest, HELP NEEDED (6/3/05) | Showdown in Coal Town (6/1/05) | Why Mountain Justice Summer? (4/8/05) | Appalachia Apocalypse: The human face of Mountain Justice Summer (1/11/05) songs about mountain justice to download: Appalachian Mountain Massacre - Ryan Harvey | Mountain Top Mining - Ryan Harvey and Christa Daring
As America's revolution is almost 1/4 of a millennia old, few come to its celebrations expecting anything but fireworks. Durham's 900 year old Romanesque cathedral (seen in the banner) is now famous as a backdrop in the Harry Potter films. History rolls on long after the sense of connection is gone.
The 122nd Miners' Gala, however, is taking place just 22 years after the last great miners' strike and 10 years after the Conservative government flooded the mines to make sure that there would never be another massive strike.
The flooding of the mines and closing of the shipyards of NE England diminished union-based resistance to an ownership society much more advanced than its U.S. counterpart. In the UK 1% of the society owns 70% of the land. This may be the only place in the world where, in a mainstream procession, pictures of Marx and Lenin are still proudly carried through the streets.
2006 is the 50th year that the Methodist denomination has been ordaining women to full elder clergy positions. On Sunday, Rev. Jeanne Knepper led her North Portland congregation in a special service remembering the struggle to win this access.
Members of the University Park United Methodist Church read from transcripts of the May 7, 1956, meeting of the Methodist "General Conference" during which the vote and deliberations took place. The readers spoke not only the remarks, but also the names and jurisdictions of the speakers, as is tradition in Methodist governance, giving the remembrance a very personal feel.
Rev. Knepper tied the excerpts together with historical details -- including the ironic selection of the hymn that convened the session as it prepared to vote: "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind."
About a quarter of a million people chanting "Fraud! Fraud!" jammed Mexico City's Zocalo. --- The crowd chanted, "Strong, strong!" when Obrador stepped to the microphone and declared IFE "played with the hopes" of millions of Mexicans by rigging the vote total. Thousands chanted back: "You are not alone!" Obrador told the rowdy but nonviolent he would present allegations of fraudulent vote tallies to Federal Electoral Tribunal and demand recount, ballot by ballot. He stopped short of calling for civil disobedience, eliciting groans from demonstrators when he asked them not to block highways. "This is a peaceful movement, and we are never going to allow ourselves to be provoked by our adversaries," he said. Seconds later, he called for nationwide marches starting Wednesday converging on Mexico City from all over Mexico--for another rally, next Sunday, July 16, as the seven-judge panel weighs appeal. The crowd raucously yelled back: "What time?" Obrador to take it to Mex Supreme Court to throw out election IFE "results" as well.
After Lopez Obrador left the stage...the crowd lingered. Someone started singing the national anthem, and countless voices joined in its rallying cry: "Mexicans, to the shout of war!" (line from the anthem)...Many in the crowd said they were ready for a fight if Lopez Obrador did not prevail. "To the death!" shouted Maria Irene Ramirez, a 53-year-old retired railroad worker from Hidalgo state...."We are ready to do whatever is necessary," said Belasario Cruz, 32, a farmer from Tabasco. "We are tired of the rich having everything and the poor having nothing."...."This is 1988 all over again," says one man..."They did it to us then but they won't get away with it this time."....Mauricio Marmolejo, a PRD supporter, says he would allow Mr Calderon's victory only over his [own] dead body....[A] group of people are growing visibly angry.
Related:Evidence of Systemic Gov't Election Racketeering Mounts in Mexico, Witness Comes Forward | Mobilise the masses and call a general strike to stop electoral fraud | World Media Covers Up Mexican Vote Fraud | Mexico's Surreal Elections | NY Times to Obrador: "Go Home, You Crazy Leftist!" | Al Giordano Report: Calderon Family Did IFE compters:IFE admin should be jailed | Between The Lines Radio Interview | Democracy Now! Interview
Over 100 residents of Hayden Island (commonly known as Jantzen Beach) attended a meeting Wednesday night to hear Commissioner Sam Adams proposal to place a moratorium on Hayden Island. His proposal would put a development delay on commercial development that significantly increase vehicle trip or threaten land needed to construct the new Interstate-5 Bridge. The moratorium would end when a neighborhood comprehensive plan is developed that addresses road infrastructure, pedestrian facilities, and modes of mass transit. Adams plans to bring a resolution to Portland City Council on Wednesday, July 12th at 3pm to start the 45-day public notice in order for Portland City Council to consider enacting a temporary moratorium.
July 1'st was another work day for the San Gabriel Mountains Trail Builders who once again devoted a day of hot, sweaty, unpaid labor toward repairing trails in the Crystal Lake camping grounds in the Angeles National Forest. Since I wasn't doing anything that day I decided to join them, my bicycle and camping gear being carried up in a pickup truck and Mike, Tom, and I driving up in a car to the Rincon Fire Station.
While we were driving up Highway 39, we passed through a cloud of smoke. I asked Mike if he might turn around so that we could check it out even though it looked like someone parked along the highway was working on her car. I got out and looked over the canyon wall down to the river below, then went back to get Tom. Since Tom fortunately wears a US Forest Service uniform, I asked if he'd come join me in asking the guy down below to put out his ground fire. The area was packed with humans, many of them with BBQ and stoves going, and this guy had a ground fire going, putting everyone's life at risk.
Just after reading the front page of the Oregonian to see another example of continued racial profiling in Oregon, days later, my son and I became victims too.
I am a 63- year mother, tax paying citizen, and property owner who can now say my family and I can be added to the growing list of racial profiling victims in Portland, OR. On the evening of June 11, 2006 I was at my home doing laundry, and later heard the cries of my son screaming to me that the police are after him. As I emerged from my home, saw 10 police officers, my 18-year old son on his knees, in a controlled position, and a police officer standing over him pointing a taser gun at him, and telling him he would be shot if he moved, I thought I was seeing a movie.
Nine months into our weekly protests at Schumacher Furs, and the demonstrations are still going strong, drawing at least a couple dozen protesters throughout the day. Protesters hold signs, pass out literature, talk to passersby, dance, hula hoop, and spread our message of compassion for animals to whoever has an open heart. Meanwhile the Schumachers can always been seen sullen and scowling from within the store.
According to an Oregonian article last Friday, Schumacher has been warned by their landlord that unapproved signs (i.e. those aimed at protesters) must be removed within 20 days or they face possible eviction. Schumacher currently seems to be trying to figure out how to stay within the letter of the law, as they are now hanging their "50% off during protest sale" sign from coat racks within the store, clearly visible from outside. This conflict between Schumacher and the landlord over signage and acceptable behavior seems to be a replay of what occurred months ago. But Schumacher remains as defiant and self-entitled with their landlord as they are with their industry's unethical practices towards animals, and as they are with the city (as evidenced by Schumacher's refusal of mediation, and Gregg Schumacher's quote in a recent monthly publication that Mayor Potter can "go fuck himself").
We had a good showing at Waterfront Park, Salmon Street Fountain, with about 20 supporters and 8 fasters on site, and we handed out hundreds of postcards, got lots of signatures on the voters pledge, dialogued with a lot of people, some supportive, some not so much.
So what's next? If anyone is fasting the next few days, please let us know, especially if you're doing it in public. We've suggested continuing at Waterfront Park, but if you choose a different location, let us know, we'll get some postcards to you and some support.
Saturday the location is the Hollywood Farmers Market. We have at least two fasters signed up; the market runs from 8 to 1, so we'll be there during that time, on the outer edges near the entrances. We could use a support crew and of course, more fasters.
The Ancient Redwoods are older by centuries than the American Republic itself. They are found only in the northwest coastal region of the nation. They have witnessed this country's birth struggle, its awful Civil War, its rapacious expansion westward, and now, finally, its imperial hubris and rapid decline. By the time the Bush-Cheney Gang gets done ripping the country off (aided by complicit Democrats), the Republic will be a fading memory.
"Man needs...the sense of wonder." - George Orwell
Join U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer and City Commissioner Erik Sten to announce Janus Youth Programs receipt of a three-year Community Food Security Projects grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Village Gardens, a Janus Youth Program, works in partnership with neighborhood residents, public and private donors, and community businesses to reduce hunger and build economic independence by growing food on 56,000 square feet of land.
Funding from the USDA marks Village Gardens' expansion from 7,000 square feet of gardens in the St. Johns Woods public housing community to two additional sites: the Seeds of Harmony garden at New Columbia and Tamaracks, and the Food Works Farm, a youth-run entrepreneurial business on one acre of land on Sauvie Island. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 6th, 10AM, at the Seeds of Harmony garden site.
Portland Can't Wait for July 4th Action! Portland Can't Wait, a group of autonomous individuals in the Portland area, seeking unique andeffective ways of promoting change in the current state of affairs, invites you to ring in the 4th of July with some style, as we host a funeral/memorial service for the United States Constitution. We encourage all citizens to exercise their right of liberty to remember the United States Constitution and reclaim the Declaration of Independence. The program begins at 7:00pm at Peace Memorial Park (N. Interstate & N.E. Oregon St), with waterfront procession to follow.
Announcing the Portland Troops Home Fast kickoff! Code Pink is calling for a national hunger strike against the Iraq occupation. Beginning July 4th, people will be fasting in front of the White House and at congressional offices, at recruiting stations and churches, at festivals and parades around the country. This open-ended hunger strike aims to galvanize public attention, invigorate the peace movement, build pressure on elected officials, and get our troops back home FAST! The goal is to get Congresspersons to sign onto the most forward-thinking bill to bring our troops home, which has been introduced in both the Senate and the House: Senate Congressional Resolution 93 and House Congressional Resolution 348. These bills demand no permanent bases in Iraq, no US control of the flow of Iraqi oil, and the troops out of Iraq by the end of the year.
related links: Documents or "goddamned piece(s) of paper(s)" that all should read for Independence | July 4th...Before We Begin... | What to Black People is the 4th of July? | What to the Youth is the 4th of July? | Cindy Sheehan to provoke the Second American Revolution July 4th, 2006-Hunger Strike
On Saturday, Rob "Los Ricos" Thaxton spoke face to face with his supporters for the first time since being released from Oregon State Penitentiary on Thursday, June 29.
Rob greeted those gathered at Portland's Laughing Horse Books with individual hellos and handshakes, stating repeatedly how overwhelmed and happy he felt to be released. He spent most of the evening taking questions from supporters, who mostly wanted to hear about his day-to-day life behind bars. Rob said he spent most of his time writing letters. "It helped me remember who I was," he said. "It saved my life."
From Viet Nam veterans to elders, all speak from their heart about the senselessness and tragedy of this war. One woman has a son now stationed in Iraq; another young man says that Watada is standing up for the Constitution in his refusal to report to fight an illegal war; an elderly woman speaks of the Trials at Nuremberg, which ruled that "following orders" does not excuse one from the guilt of his actions; another women questions why a person can't agree with a policy at first, but then change their minds later when they are in possession of the facts.
The HOPE initiative is a proposed Amendment to the Oregon Constitution that would make access to health care a basic right. It gives the legislature until the year 2009 to adopt a plan that would ensure all Oregonians had access to health care...
I was out less than an hour and collected 12 signatures from my neighbors. I got to meet some cool folks who recently moved in and talked to a few neighbors about starting a tool sharing group. The response was extremely positive and I plan to at least 38 more by Monday. That would be 50 signatures to help the cause.
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