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On Tuesday August 1st Josh Wolf, an independent journalist working in San Francisco, refused to testify or turn over unpublished video out-takes to a Federal Grand Jury investigating a July, 2005, anti-G8 demonstration. He was charged with civil contempt and has been jailed until further notice. He could be held for up to a year (the remainder of the Grand Jury).
Josh was never convicted of a crime. He is being held on civil contempt in order to coerce him to testify and turn over his unpublished work product to a federal grand jury.
We encourage everyone to support Josh while he is being held at FCI Dublin. If we keep on fighting there is a good chance we can win Josh's release. There are many way in which you can help. Please refer to Josh's support website for more information:
Native peoples and their supporters, about 150-200 strong, gathered at Holladay Park near Lloyd Center at 11:00 am and marched to the Portland Convention Center for a rally where International hydropower corporations are holding their bi-annual HydroVision Conference.
The Rally and March was energetic and punctuated with chants, both organized and spontaneous. People felt this issue strongly deep in their heart and cried out loudly for the removal of these dams, blocking not only the salmon, but a way of life and a relationship centuries, millenniums old.
The March was at least three blocks in length when marching down to the Convention Center, where Native speakers from the tribes affected by the dams demanded the dams be removed and asked supporters to contact their elected leaders with this message: BRING THE SALMON HOME!
This article discusses an example of American mainstream media bias towards Israel that occurred during a discussion of the Qana massacre on CNN's Paula Zahn program, and how she got burned when the Israeli Defense Force retracted its statement that Hezbollah had fired Katyusha from an area near the bombed apartment building, in spite of the fact that a day earlier it had disseminated a surveillance video that purported to show a Hezbollah battery firing rockets from this Qana neighborhood on the day the building was bombed.
The Israelis got into Lebanon by air and had a 4-hour fight to get in a hospital. There were 16 Lebanese killed, 17 injured, and 5 captives taken. Hezballah surrounded the hospital after Israeli troops secured it; the US helicopters used by the Israeli's then airlifted the solders out of Lebanon. There needs to be a cease fire, I do not mean to state something so obvious, but the Israeli and Lebanese solders have both had minimal causalities while many civilians in Lebanon and Israel are getting killed. Just hours ago Hezballah fired 200 rockets into Israel and destroyed 5 tanks at the border. The reason the rest of the Lebanese army is not getting involved is that with Israel having such state of the art weapons from the US, the Lebanese Army without Hezballah would easily be destroyed. It's getting very difficult to get information out of Lebanon.
Jeff is still in the hole; please continue to write to him!
We have received some updated information on Jeff's situation. He is still in the hole (solitary segregation). He was given a urinalysis (drug test) and the results were "too clean" so they gave him two more tests and both came up negative for drugs. He has still not had a hearing and his situation has been put "under investigation". At this point he is scheduled to remain in the hole until at least August 20th.
If they find him guilty, Jeff will lose his contact visits for a year. This means he will only be able to see his family and friends from behind glass. And, the visits will be limited to one hour, and may be limited to only a certain number per week. He also faces a $100 fine. His attorney is in contact with prison officials and we will continue to update you as we hear more.
Jeff still needs your letters of support, so please continue writing to him. It takes him a little longer to receive his mail but he is able to receive a stack of letters at a time. He has also requested some reading materials. If you are interested in purchasing a book for him (must by new and mailed directly from the publisher or Amazon.com) please contact us directly for a book title off the list he has requested. We are hoping to have books ordered THIS WEEK (by August 5th).
On Sunday I was greeted by more than 500 supporters of Lebanon and Palestine in what proved to be an amazing day of solidarity on this front. I managed to take lots of pictures including a couple of the TWO counter=protesters who were attempting to incite physical altercations...
The speeches said it all, Israel is occuping Lebanon and HAS been occupying Gaza for FAR too long. THe Anti US government sentiment was shared by Muslim, Christian, Jew and Rebel alike. It was shocking to me to see and HEAR so many voices coming together. When they had the rally a couple of weeks ago, things were relatively quiet, but not today. Voices were raised and they were raised with anger. I was a bit worried about my sign decrying the US and Israel as the new 3rd Reich, but those worries were soon aliviated when I saw the COUNTLESS signs comparing both countries to Nazi Germany. Nobody can deny the comparison. [ read more ]
Photos of the Rally against Israel's war crimes
About 1000 people were at a rally on July 30 in downtown Portland to condemn Israel's war crimes against civilians in Lebanon and Gaza.
Many of the protest signs and the speakers articulated these messages: our horror, outrage and condemnation of Israel's merciless and unrelenting killing of civilians (especially the children!) in Lebanon and Gaza; an immediate ceasefire; an end to Israeli occupation in both countries; justice and peace for the Lebanese and Palestinian people.
There was a palpable sadnesss in the air for as people sang and spoke about their love and support for Lebanon and Palestine, we all knew that these countries were/are still being destroyed, and more people are dying as Israel's war crimes and terrorism continue, with US money and complicity. [ read more ]
Many people I know who live in the Portland area and the Willamette Valley think that as the sea levels rise we will be immune to the drastic changes. Some believe that only those living on seaboards will be displaced. However, as Gore's docu-movie and others point out. Not only are the ice caps melting but the tundra is melting (think permafrost). A huge body of fresh water is about to be released into ground water, streams and rivers, lakes, and the atmosphere. How will this affect people in the Cascadia? Aside from the affect on weather a great deal of underground water is about to be released into the biosphere. According to several sources, anyone in low-lying areas will be affected. And, people in high lying areas will find it hard to find potable water. Some say that the super-fund sites and chemical dumps that have been contained along rivers and streams and underground vaults (think the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Hermiston, Oregon or the areas of the Willamette River around North Portland) will add high level pollution to this released water. Beyond the discussion of pollution, there needs to be a discussion about water borne disease and increasing and changing insect populations.
Washington, D.C. - It was steamy at "Foggy Bottom," the site of the U.S. State Department's headquarters, on Monday, July 31, 2006, near the campus of George Washington U., at 23rd and C St. (NW). The noon time heat and high humidity were only a part of it. It even got hotter as the passionate speakers/chanters ripped into the U.S. Secretary of State, Condi Rice; the Bush-Cheney Gang; and the ongoing wrongs of Zionist Israel in Lebanon. They were there to demand a ceasefire in Lebanon and to protest the Qana Massacre. The sponsors for the rally were Arab-American and Peace groups. It was attended by about 100 demonstrators.
Background: The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) targeted for bombing a shelter at Qana (Cana), in Southern Lebanon on Sunday, July 30, 2006. The air strike cost the lives of 56 civilians, most of them children. The Israelis' lame excuse that it was "a mistake," rang hollow, especially coming after the recent IOF's attack on a UN outpost at Khiyam, also in Southern Lebanon, that took the lives of four unarmed observers. Media reports indicate the bomb used at Khiyam, a precision-guided U.S.-made weapon, was the identical kind employed at Qana. (1) Qana (or Cana) is also the same village the IOF viciously shelled on April 18, 1996, killing 110 civilians, many of them women and children. (2)
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here is a journal sent from Hanady Salman, editor of the Lebanese paper As-Safir.....
somehow though.....we just can't keep from crying.
WARSAW (CAPITAL OF POLAND) - At the high noon, on 25 July 2006, I stuck with friends political billboard against occupation of Iraq. It was illegal action and it took us about 20 minutes. We were very lucky becouse we had find good place near ,,Arkadia'' trade center, which is one of biggest trade centers in Europe. Every week tousands of people come to this place. Slogan on poster says: ,,STOP OCCUPATION OF IRAQ''. This is our (Edward Abramowski Anarchist Group) fifth project and we were making it for two weeks. Cheers!
In draft legislation prepared in response to last month's Supreme Court decision against the use of military tribunals for US prisoners at Guant?namo Bay, the Bush administration proposes to extend the practice of indefinite detention and summary trial by military commissions to include American citizens.
According to press accounts Friday, based on leaks from those with access to the draft, the bill would essentially legalize the military tribunals in the form decreed by Bush in 2001, with only minor changes, while for the first time making US citizens as well as foreign nationals subject to such summary proceedings.
Tryptophan -- A food supplement called Tryptophan had been produced for many years by various companies, including Showa Denko of Japan. These companies had been producing Tryptophan with the usual ingredients without ill effects.Then, Showa Denko, to increase profits, gene-spliced (genetically engineered) a bacterium into the previously harmless product. Result: 37 dead and 1,535 crippled. Another estimated 5,000-10,000 were afflicted with a blood disorder due to this new, strange and incurable disease (now called Eosinophilia Myalgia Syndrome, EMS). The corporation paid out two billion dollars to people who threatened to sue. [ read more ]
Hepatitis B Vaccine -- The Hepatitus B vaccine was genetically engineered. On account of this vaccine, during the 1990s there were, in the USA alone, more than 17,000 cases of hospitalisations, injuries and deaths, including the deaths of 72 children, reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) of the U.S. government. [Dr. Philip Incao's testimony to the Health Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives, 1 March 1999] Note: a former FDA (U.S. government Food and Drug Administration) Commissioner wrote in 1993 in the prestigious medical journal, JAMA, that a study showed "only about 1 percent of serious events attributable to drug reactions are reported to the FDA". [ read more ]
Aspartame artificial sweetener -- This artificial sweetener bears no resemblance to 'saccharin' and 'sucaryl'. A well-known carcinogenic neurotoxin, Aspartame has been linked to cancer, paralysis, blindness, diabetes, cardiac arrest, not to mention death. In the United States, where the New Mexico legislature is currently discussing a proposal to ban Aspartame, the neurotoxin is found in 6,000 products consumed by 70% of Americans. A bill to ban aspartame is currently in the British Parliament also, sponsored by Roger Williams MP. [ read more ]
This is the link to a 10-minute video called Trojan Down, about the controlled demolition of the cooling tower of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant near Portland, Oregon on May 21, 2006. The video was shot, edited and produced by Portland paralegal and freelance journalist Jayson Dunlap
The plant was shut down by PGE in 1993 following years of crisis and a large and growing citizen backlash.
Eugene Food Not Bombs, aka Food Not White Supremecist Capitalist Imperialist Patriarchy, is currently looking for new people and houses to cook food. Since September 2005, the same collective has been providing free vegan meals every Sunday from 3-5 pm next to the Deer Mural in the Washington Jefferson Park. FNB usually feeds about 30-50 people each week, and we don't want this to stop! However, many of the people who have been bottom lining the project are now in the process of moving, or leaving Eugene altogether. The current collective will soon no longer has the infrastructure nor energy to keep cooking, so we're looking for folks to take on responsibility for the project.
related: how to help FNB in Corvallis
We've been bannering, posting fliers, petitioning, and putting the impeachment resolution before City and County Commissioners. Plus lobbying Oregon's Congressional delegation to join David Wu and 36 other co-sponsors of the House bill that will start impeachment proceedings immediately: Rep. John Conyers' HR 635. And all these deeds just earned "ink" earlier this week from the national impeachment movement ( http://www.impeachbush.tv/impeach/state_or.html).
One action—now—is to bring your homemade impeach sign to Monday's evening rush hour and join our bannering/flash-mobbing crew staging this week's rally at 13th and SW Clay Streets from 4:30-6 p.m. The din of all those horns/cheers and seeing all those thumbs-up/waves says most of the Portland area is for impeachment—and will lift your spirits immensely as you show the folks that impeachment's really possible.
Here today Pioneer Square heard a different story than it heard Wednesday when a pro Israel rally was held. Yet, strong similarites exist. Both sides lament their dead, both sides voice their grievances, both sides are human beings reacting with pain, agony and horror at the loss of innocent life.
And this is the kernal of truth in this raw and seemingly never ending odyssy of tears, death and ongoing promises of revenge. While a few soldiers are dying, the people are dying in much larger numbers; sons, daughters, fathers mothers lay hemmoraging and dismembered in the rubble of bombs and missiles lauched from a safe distance. And those who survive are left to dig through that rubble for their loved ones, for pieces of their lives, and struggle to master their rising fear, hatred and despair. [ read more ]
AUDIO FILE: Speakers From the Peace in the Middle East Rally
About 500 people gathered to condemn the actions of Israel whose military incursions have killed a large number of civilians in their efforts to root out Hezbollah from Southern Lebanon. The Square was packed with signs calling for an end to the bombing in Gaza and Lebanon, descrying the lethargic response of the U.S. and much of the world community, and demanding an immediate cease fire and a genuine effort to support peaceful solutions.
All speakers brought their personal fire and a sense of justice to the podium. Each spoke passionately for the innocent Lebanese people suffering and dying at the hands of the Israeli army and air force, all supplied with American weapons. This file is about 40 minutes in length, each speaker speaking briefly and powerfully. [ read more ]
the tragic songs are already available for those preparing reports about lebanon......no new writing needs to be done, the old lyrics continue to apply. just pick up a record of lebanese singer fairouz from 20 years ago, put it on the phonograph, and you will hear the words describing, in sorrowful, tragic tones, what is happening again today. even the towns and villages where the massacres occurred back then as israeli forces invaded, led by the 'fearless' general ariel sharon, who had no problem wiping out villages full of civilians for the sake of the 'security of israel'......are the same villages being wiped out today, over and over and over and over again.
piles of bodies.....children, parents, grandparents.......the images are not new, for the people of lebanon......1978, 1982, 1996, 2000....and now, 2006......
Journalism (or writing, publishing, and syndicating articles) can be used as a very effective means of activism. There used to be an old saying about the guy who owned the press in town having all the power. It is true there is a "power of the press," so to speak. It takes time and energy, and mental concentration, or *work,* to write articles in a coherent fashion. But if you want to donate your time to a cause, organization, community, etc., offering articles is a way you can help on many levels. When you highlight an organization in an article, for example, it is possible their membership will go up or donations to their cause may rise, due to the exposure. When you spend time researching an article on the history of some issue relevant to an upcoming event, protest, etc., it can help educate people as to why the protests are important and increase participation. You can spread all kinds of useful DIY information, you can give a voice to issues that you feel have not gotten enough exposure. You can use your journalism work to help others, on many levels.
Cody - a healthy 14 month old Golden Retriever - frightened by fireworks - ran away from his home and his people around 10 p.m. on July 22. Unfortunately for Cody he was not wearing any identification when he was found by a West Linn cop - transported to Clackamas County Dog Control (CCDC) and placed in an inside kennel around 11 p.m. the same night.
According to Dow Hokoana - a field supervisor for CCDC - two shelter employees found Cody at 9:30 the following morning "surrounded by an abundance of diarrhea." Did they immediately seek medical attention for Cody who was obviously in a crisis situation at this point? Of course not ..... remember this is Clackamas County Dog Control! Instead they waited another hour and a half and then moved him to an outside exercise area where the temperatures were around 90 degrees. They left him there while they returned inside to clean kennels and care for other dogs.
When Cody's guardians arrived at the shelter an hour later he was still outside .... UNCONSCIOUS - the temperature had risen to 92 and the young Golden Retriever was dying.
Pet, the elephant that Oregon Zoo is about to put down, is about 51. KGW blandly reported that elephants usually live to be about 44, lazily spreading the Zoo's calculated lie. Elephants may average around 44 in zoos, but it would've taken the reporter twenty seconds to learn on the 'net that Asian elephants normally live to be 80 in the wild & in sanctuaries. I hate the way this "culture" treats animals. I also hate liars. I also hate bogus reporters. So here's yet another example of how corrupt everything is.
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