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On July 10th political prisoner Jeffrey Free Luers was transferred to Disciplinary Segregation, commonly known as "the Hole", at Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP)... for Contraband 1 and Disobedience 2, for allegedly having a "diluted urine analysis" (drug test). In other words, the prison has accused him of having urine that is "too clean".
Please do NOT call the prison to complain, etc - it would NOT be helpful (and might be hurtful) during the investigation period.
But PLEASE do send Jeff letters and messages of support. We are sure he would greatly appreciate hearing from you at this time.
Huntingdon Life Sciences in the UK (HLS), or Life Sciences Research in the U.S., has been exposed repeatedly committing animal abuse including punching beagle puppies in the face on tape. They torture an kill 500 animals daily, over 180,000 a year. "Since 1997 we have constantly heard from Huntingdon's customers, suppliers and the Government that the beagle beating scenes shot inside HLS by Channel 4 were isolated incidents. Brian Cass the MD of HLS has said many times in the media that things have changed at HLS and what was filmed in 1997 no longer happens. We can now for the first time prove this to be a lie. We can prove that nothing haschanged inside Huntingdon Life Sciences.
San Francisco - A federal judge today denied the government's motion to dismiss the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) case against AT&T for collaborating with the NSA in illegal spying of millions of ordinary Americans. This allows the case to go forward in the courts.
The court deferred to the government on one matter: the judge ordered that EFF can't compel AT&T to disclose whether or not the telecom participated in a separate program, first reported by USA Today, in which the NSA allegedly examines Americans' phone records without a warrant.
Without any public notice whatsoever, Kevin Tubbs, Darren Thurston and Kendall Tankersly plead guilty in federal court this morning, July 20th at about 9am. A new "information" (like an indictment) was filed under a separate case number for each defendant so that all the other defendants did not receive notice of the hearing and were therefore unable to attend what should have been a public change of plea proceeding!
Tomorrow, July 21, Stan Meyerhoff will plead at 1:30pm; Chelsea Gerlach at 2pm and Suzanne Savoie at 2:30pm in the US District Court in Eugene (7th and Pearl). Come early.
From: Darren Thurston Support Update #12: On July 20th, 2006, I entered a guilty plea to charges regarding my involvement in an Animal and Earth Liberation Front action and the related overall conspiracy as charged in the FBI's Operation Backfire. At a meeting in late April, federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents informed me of three co-operating witnessees willing to testify to my involvement in the Lichtfield Bureau of Land Management wild horse release and fire. [ read the full update... ]
Jenson, along with Eric McDavid and Lauren Weiner, were arrested January 13 2006 near Auburn, California. The three were arrested on an informant's evidence before alleged eco-sabotage occurred. Both Lauren and Zach have now agreed to testify against Eric, according to the US Attorney.
We at Sacramento Prisoner Support are extremely shocked and discouraged by Zachary Jenson's decision to 'take a deal' and inform on and effectively abandon his remaining co-defendant Eric McDavid. Zachary felt that he could no longer cope with waiting for trial at Sacramento County Jail and has decided to take the same plea agreement that Lauren Weiner took in May, which requires him to "cooperate fully with the government, and any other federal, state, or local law enforcement agency, as the government directs." His new charges will hold a maximum 5 year sentence, but Zachary will have to live with himself for the rest of his life knowing he abandoned and informed on a friend.
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I went to OHSU to pick up information and ended up getting arrested. A year later, there is still no explanation.
A yellow door hanger left on my property described some disturbing facts about OHSU and their vivisection animal research. On the morning of Aug.17,'05, I phoned OHSU President Peter Kohler's office (503 494-8252) and inquired about getting their side of the issue. I spoke to someone who identified herself as Tiffany*. She offered to mail the information packet, printed by OHSU for public education on the subject, or she said I could pick it up in Mac Hall across from the hospital. Since I was going out anyway, I elected to pick it up.
Josh Wolf is being charged with civil contempt and may be jailed Thursday for refusing to testify or turn over video out takes to a Federal Grand Jury investigating a July 2005 anti G8 demonstration. We have fought to make this next hearing public, so come out and pack the courtroom. This is one of several grand juries being convened across the country to harass, intimidate and collect information on political activists and their supporters. [ read more ]Update July 20: Josh Wolf Not Taken Into Custody: A court date in Josh Wolf's case was held on July 20th. It had widely been feared that Josh would be taken into custody, but the case was continued until August 1st.Indybay Coverage
National Lawyers Guild Condemns Attack on Free Press
San Francisco video journalist Josh Wolf is being charged with civil contempt for exercising his first amendment right and refusing to provide a federal grand jury with video footage he shot at a protest last summer. The Guild believes that the grand jury is being improperly used to obtain materials which would normally be protected under California's Reporter Shield Law. The civil contempt hearing is scheduled for July 20th at 1 p.m. before Judge William Alsup and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) will host a press conference at noon in front of the Federal Building?450 Golden Gate in San Francisco on that day. [ read more ]
Which came first the chicken or the egg? Well the egg came first on the Mercury's face, followed shortly by the chickens coming home to roost. Of course, I'm speaking in response to the Letters (Not) to the Editor in the latest evacuation of that poo-poo tunnel called the Portland Mercury. I'm guessing this is the kind of language that their readers are familiar with and can best understand. Now let's get down to poultry.
Previous Feature: Portland Mercury contributing to Patriarchal bullshit (Again)
On 15/Jul/06, the San Gabriel Mountains Trailbuilders and a group of Boy Scouts worked on the Tototngna Nature Trail in the Angeles National Forest at the Crystal Lake recreation area. This trail is part of a series of hiking trails which have not been open to the public since the 2002 Williams and Curve fires which were followed by heavy rains and extensive flooding. Tototngna is in particularly poor condition since in addition to the fire and flooding damage, the trail was used by a tractor and parts of the trail were fairly hard to distinguish.
As I usually like to do, my single speed bicycle was put into a pickup truck and the crews drove up to the Rincon Fire Station to pick up our tools. From Rincon Station we drove to the barricade gate around mile marker 29.6 (which often imposes a bit of an intelligence test to people who have to figure out what key works with what lock, and has to figure out the mechanics of angular rotation) and from there on up another 9 miles or so to Crystal Lake.
related: July 4'st Week End in the San Gabriel Mountains | National Trails Day of June 3rd, 2006: A Report | Trail work and deer chats and stuff. | Avoiding the Chainsaw Massacre | Trail Building in the San Gabriel Mountains | Cat rescue in the San Gabrial Mountains | Abandoned cats, need help | Environmental Clean up in San Gabriel Mountains | Trail Work in San Gabriel Mountains
As city dwellers it's often easy to forget the existence or the experience of a calm and serene countryside. As a brief respite from the urban oasis, a beautiful friend of mine spirited us away to the country in an automobile. This kind of excursion, I should point out, was a somewhat regular past-time among folks for a lazy Sunday afternoon. We had the good fortune to take our trip on a weekday when most people are at work.
When asked about our destination, I thought to explore the southwest Metro region of Yamhill county, well known for its vineyards and nurseries. Little did we know, that the area between the towns of Newberg, McMinnville, and Yamhill is ripe with world-class vineyards offering some of the most delectable wines I've ever experienced. As a supporter of local agriculture in general, my intent here is not to trumpet particular wine purveyors, but rather to offer a glimpse of what was a sublime experience, and to suggest that you try a similar one.
Aquelegia comments: If one knew the history of the region portrayed so fondly in the peice, one would not look at the vineyards in Yamhill county so favorably. Those coastal range foothills were some of the best low elevation habitat for old growth forests in the world. [ read the full comment ]
every day i have to listen to the bang-bang-bang of the israeli training camp just over the hill in the nearby israeli settlement.....it's non-stop.....training to head into gaza and start shooting palestinians. or the F16s that sometimes whiz overhead....on training missions before they head into lebanon to drop bombs on the heads of civilians.....over 100 killed, and only one of them is a fighter with hezbollah. the rest: men, women and children.....
i doubt that my friends in the USA are able to view this footage that we are watching on the arabic tv stations - they've stopped reporting, even, they don't have to say anything, just hour after hour of video footage of charred childrens' bodies, destroyed bridges, convoys of evacuees (two of which have been hit by Israeli missiles, killing over 30 people who were trying to head north away from the missiles), burning buildings.... [ read more ]
www.imemc.org/ | American In Palestine Blogspot | ElectronicLebanon.net | Hizbollah perspective | Sabbah's Blog [graphic] ||International Middle East Media Center || palestine journal: 19 july || Interview with UN Refugee Agency Head in Gaza 7/19
Random Thoughts on Israel's Merciless Attack on Lebanon
I wonder about the real purpose of Israel's merciless, murderous campaign against Lebanon. I made a tasteless joke at work last week, when this carnage started, that "at least there will be something interesting on TV this weekend". When I arrived home, the evening news said little about what was really going on. It still hasn't even brushed the surface of the sordid story.
Here is the mainstream media's version of the situation: "Hezbollah is doing bad things on orders from Syria or Iran. Therefore, Israel must destroy the entire infrastructure of Lebanon (and plenty of its innocent children, women, men, and animals) without cease." If you pay a little closer attention to the pundits, which is very hard to do, you get: "Syria and Iran must stop Lebanon from doing bad things, or they are next." [ read more ]
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On Thursday the 13th of July, according to a story posted on www.bikeportland.org, a local Shock Jock had allegedly made remarks inciting his listeners to do violent acts to cyclist while driving. Sadly, the radio station pulled the Internet archive before we could verify it and now refuses to release it. Several FCC complaints have been lodged.
Today I recorded the show and sent a few emails to the Shock Jock, who goes by the radio name PK because of "security reasons". I have created website of some sound bites that has some chilling remarks and examples of the rage this individual has focused on not only myself but the bicycling community. Even more frightening this show is nationally syndicated.
Alberta Coop at 15th and Alberta celebrated its fifth anniversary this past weekend with bands, a potluck and founding member recognitions.
The Alberta Coop started as a buyer's cooperative in the late 90's by a group of community minded visionaries who realized NE Portland needed it's own coop. Many of the early members were supporters and members of either Food Front or People's but those stores were too far away. The members started as a buyer's club with the long term vision to open a store in NE Portland.
July 15 - Ontario Provincial Police have reportedly arrested 17 people at Grassy Narrows in retaliation for Thursday's peaceful blockade of the Trans-Canada Highway near Kenora, Ontario. The blockade by Rainforest Action Network activists and Grassy Narrows First Nations people drew worldwide attention to the decade-long fight to stop clearcut destruction at Grassy Narrows
The latest reports from the camp say more than fifty police officers have cut off all access to and from the camp. Police set up a highway checkpoint yesterday and began arresting native and non-native people involved in Thursday's action.
The barricade on the Trans-Canada Highway Thursday included activists locked down to cement barrels and a Weyerhaueser logging truck, and one who perched at the top of a 10-meter tripod. The protests succeeded in blocking logging trucks from operations in Grassy Narrows for most of the day and evening. Police made no arrests at the time and did not attempt to remove the barricade, which was dismantled voluntarily around 10 pm Thursday.
NO G8, REPRESSION IN RUSSIA + GLOBAL SOLI DEMOS As President Putin continues to speak about the improvements of democracy in Russia to the international press, the repression against activists goes on. It's less than a day until the beginning of the summit and already over 200 activists of all stripes and colors and been detained, arrested, intimidated and even beaten. The number of violations against civil and human rights reaches more than hundred. [ read more ]
Anti-G8 Protest Successful in Russia With colorful pink costumes and free food for everyone, anarchists showed their resistance to the G8 in proper fashion, by holding an anti-capitalist carnival in the heart of Moscow. In typical celebratory carnival atmosphere over a hundred SPB8 anti-G8 activists held a bright and picturesque, quick and manoeuvrable action from Yesenin monument in Tverskoi boulevard to Smolenskaya square. Not a single person was been detained. [ read more ]
Russian pre-G8 repression begins This story - as if taken straight out of a detective novel - occurred on July 9-10th in St. Petersburg. Sunday night July 9th, in the northern part of the city two German activists who arrived in the city with the bicycle caravan were arrested on the street to "check their IDs". The German activists have shown passports at once, but they were nonetheless taken to the police station, together with Lyosha from Tyumen who came out to meet them wearing only his slippers. [ read more ]
related: [ Global Social Rights Worldwide! | International Day of Action against Climate Chaos and the G8: Hello Cascadia?!?!? | July 15th No G8 International Day of Action Against Climate Change | Cop Crackdown On the Eve of G8 in Russia | Russia Indymedia G8 Coverage 2006 ]
I wrote Mitch Greenlick to find out the status of the HOPE Constitutional initiative that would have made access to health care a fundamental right in Oregon. Here is his reply and my commentary.
We'll know in two to four weeks. But it seems pretty unlikely. We would need about 88% valid signatures and that doesn't happen very often.
This inititative would have likely made the ballot with another 5,000 raw signatures. That represents about 200 collective volunteer hours. Had each of us who post and reads Portland Indymedia invested 1 hour (or one additional hour) to gather signatures for this effort we would have made the ballot for sure.
Desperate for recruits, the US military is lowering standards and turning a blind eye to neo-Nazis joining up. Iraq is not only a training ground for the next generation of Al-Qaida, but the next generation of Timothy McVeigh-style domestic terrorists are getting combat training, combat experience, and even using the military to steal weapons and recruit new members.
"As a professional soldier, my goal is to fill the ranks of the United States Army infantry with skinheads. As street brawlers you will be useless in the coming race war. As trained infantrymen you will join the ranks of the Aryan warrior brotherhood." --Resistance magazine, 1999
President Bush has committed US forces to aid Israel in any conflict, even if Israel initiates hostilities. 123, Israel attacks Syria, maybe even Iran directly, Iran counter-attacks, with YOUR kids standing in the way on the ground in Iraq. Russia has agreements with Iran.
In his work, "The Art of War", Sun Tzu observed that all wars are based on deception.
Lebanon, Iran, Sudan: Three more premeditated neocon warsBefore emotions get the upper hand, let's catch our breath and consider what General Wesley Clark wrote in 2003--that as of late 2001, the Neocon-led Pentagon was planning a five-year campaign of wars against seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan. (And let's not forget that Sudan has both oil and uranium.)
Related:IndyMedia responses to Israel's frenzy of slaughter | Protest at the Israeli Embassy in Cypress | Cypress IMC Coverage of attacks on civilian targets in Lebanon | BushCo intentions for Regime Change and Muslim "reform" | How We Can Protest Against Israeli Crimes | Critical Information to Understanding Zionism, the Iraq War, and Current US Politics | Israeli invasion into Gaza/Lebanon: Over 120 killed so far, no end in sight | What is a kidnapping? Who is a prisoner of war? | Israel is invading Lebanon | Syria an Iron Curtain?
Mexico Splits in Half: the Election Hits the Streets
A full week after the most viciously contested presidential election in its modern history, a Florida-sized fraud looms over the Mexican landscape and the nation has been divided almost exactly in half along political, economic, geographical and racial lines.
Video, audio and photographic evidence of election fraud surges daily. It is the dominant news story in Mexico. Obrador released a similar video of election officials in PAN-controlled Quer?taro changing the vote tallies to create more votes for its candidate. The PAN does not deny the facts. It simply claims that those cases amounted to normal, allowed, functions by election officials. The public temper rises with every such justification. Moreover, the disputed election pits an indignant Indian and mestizo underclass that believes AMLO was swindled out of the presidency by electoral fraud against a wealthy white conservative minority that controls the nation's media, its banks, and apparently, the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE), Mexico's maximum electoral authorities. Lopez Obrador charges the IFE and its president Luis Carlos Ugalde with orchestrating Calderon's uncertain triumph.
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
Sadr City is a small neighborhood in Baghdad that holds over half the city's population. It was the center of Shi'a resistance to Saddam's regime, the Northern epicenter of the two Shi'a intifadahs, and is now the stronghold of Moqtada Al Sadr's Mehdi Army. A Big Noise camera spent a summer in Sadr City and brought back these video clips.
Sadr City is a small neighborhood in Baghdad that holds over half the city's population. It was the center of Shi'a resistance to Saddam's regime, the Northern epicenter of the two Shi'a intifadahs, and is now the stronghold of Moqtada Al Sadr's Mehdi Army.
Latin Kings; Black & Gold:
In 1994 the Latin Kings, the largest and most powerful street gang in New York, became the Latin King and Queen Nation. They claim to have abandoned their criminal past and to be following in the footstaeps of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords.
With over 3,000 members in New York, some saw the Nation as the most important political movement to rise from the streets in decades. The NYPD did not agree, calling it a vicious gang with a PR campaign....The Kings and Queens shatter the racist cultural representation of urban youth and provide us all with a hope for the human ability to escape an oppressive political and economic system. Their voice needs to be heard in this country. "My brothers and sisters. . . it's time to go downtown."
Cyclist Lanette Noble was driving across town yesterday morning when she tuned her radio dial to 95.5 Jammin' FM and heard the hosts of the Emmy-nominated morning show "The Playhouse" talking about cyclists. She was appalled at what she heard next: "I couldn't believe my ears. The hosts began by discussing their hatred and frustration for cyclists."
Lanette, a Nike employee who commutes to work, says that the female host told a story about a friend who had recently hit a cyclist with her car while driving downtown. The cyclist was sent to the hospital. Lanette thought the host would be saddened by this news, but instead she says that "the male host was elated." Here's more from Lanette:
"He then encouraged listeners to call in and tell more stories of cyclist who had been smashed by cars because the thought of it really pumped him up...the male host then explained how much he hated cyclists and said, "When I hear on TV that a cyclist has been hit and killed by a car I laugh, I think it's funny"
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