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It was round one of the Shame Campaign at 12:30 PM of 8/16/06 on 9th Avenue in Portland. Right in front of the Democrat Party of Oregon Headquarters. It was a self-proclaimed "Democratic Unity Event", and the Democrats were united, all right...against anyone who dares to question their immoral foreign policy decisions regarding Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Israel.
I am a 60-year-old 5-ft-4-inch man with a voice. Apparently this is enough to get you assaulted by Democrat goons.
While Earl Blumenauer was speechifying about how wonderful the Democrat Party is and how different they are from Republicans, I began to shout: "Shame on you for Lebanon. Shame on you for Gaza. You're complicit in war crimes." At About this moment, several thugs grabbed me by my arms and demanded that I leave. When I refused to leave, a no-neck skinhead wearing a union shirt threw me to the ground.
related: Blumenauer Global Warming speech lackluster fluff (8/11/06) | Earl Blumenauer's Betrayal (8/2/06) | Call Earl Blumenauer. Ask why he can't support a cease-fire in Israel/Lebanon. (8/2/06) | Blumenauer Calls for United States Diplomacy in the Middle East (7/31/06)
On Thursday, August 17th 2006, The Swift Action Network began "Camp Suzanne" outside Fort Lewis in Washington State, in honor of and in solidarity with active duty soldier Spc. Suzanne Swift. Suzanne is the victim of sexual assault and "command rape" in the military. She currently suffers from PTSD.
The participants of Camp Suzanne and Swift Action Network have three demands:
1. Spc. Suzanne Swift be granted full honorable discharge.
2. Swift be given medical benefits for life.
3. The perpetrators who sexual assaulted and harassed and command-raped Swift be brought to justice.
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This is a heads up for anyone who is making the Farmer's Market rounds during this time of year. If you have a dog, do not go to the Oregon City Farmers' Market. Dogs are not allowed. We live out in the foothills, and were in Oregon City last Saturday, so thought we would go see what produce might be offered in the market. We have a small dog, weighing only 22 pounds. He is well behaved, was on a leash of course, and we carried a plastic bag in plain view so anyone could see that we were ready to take responsibility for anything that might happen. It was a very hot day, so there was no question about leaving the dog in the car. Happily looking at the lovely flowers and fresh vegetables, we were having a good time when an 'official person' with a shirt on which "OCSM" was stenciled, told us that we would have to get out. It is an open air market in a public parking lot near the County Administration Offices (of Fouad Kaady demonstration fame). I think it is totally unreasonable to bar leashed and mannerly dogs from an open air market.
Portland is a different city than it was 10 years ago. Today, one out of every eight residents in the greater Portland Tri-County area is foreign-born, and in some East Portland neighborhoods, immigrants represent one out of every three residents. So, what kind of city will Portland be in the future? How can Portland ensure that all residents have a voice, regardless of their country of origin or immigration status? How can Portland create an environment in which immigrants and refugees are recognized and supported as valued residents of our city?
On Saturday, August 19, immigrants and refugees from diverse communities across Portland gathered in City Hall to begin answering these questions. Individuals from the African, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Slavic and Arab communities showed up to testify about their respective issues and to share their dreams. The forum represented the culmination of a three-month-long grassroots organizing effort facilitated by the Center for Intercultural Organizing and led by Bridgetown Voices, a cross-cultural immigrant and refugee collaboration.
With the aid of hundreds volunteers from Cascadia and around the world, the Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) test-launched its radio signal on 96.3 FM today. PCUN is Oregon's largest Latino organization and a national leader in the battle to protect and expand the rights of immigrant workers in the United States.
The launch concluded a weekend-long "gran conferencia," co-hosted by the Philadelphia-based Prometheus Radio Project. PCUN plans to start full programming in November, and engage in a series of community sessions between now and then to name the station and hone its programming vision.
witness writes: Thanks to hurculean effort by volunteers the KPCN sign-on took place around 6:30pm today. Several shortcuts were necessary to make the broadcast possible which will need to be remedied in the coming days. Everyone present was very excited to hear ourselves cheering and clapping, chanting "si se puede" after the 3 second broadcast delay.
Links: Sign-on Audio | Portland Indymedia Podcast: KPCN-LPFM barnraising Friday Plenary, en espanol | Flickr Photos | Prometheus Photos | Video Press Release | Salem Statesman-Journal Article by Thelma Guerrero | Salem Socialists Article | Article by Julie, the littlest blog
This was our first time going to the Oak Grove "guerilla" protests ...and how cool it was ! There were maybe a dozen or so of us , and what blew us away was the OVERWHELMING positive responses ! There was hardly five seconds that went by without horns honking and thumbs up , and people THANKING us for being there ! We got a few one-finger salutes and one guy called us "Commie Bastards" but we would say 98% of the responses were supportive ! This is where it's at, folks ...we need to bring this home , to the streets , to the malls...we need to act , and act now. We may be days away from a nuclear strike on Iran and the end of the world as we know it. Am we "tripping" ? We hope so...We hope we are totally wrong about the intentions of this government , but right now , action is what is needed. Rock on !
Den Mark adds: Same response in Vancouver from the public. Mostly positive, with a few loud negatives, loud because those few feel increasingly isolated. We who demand justice & peace are NOT going away!
Lew adds: I saw folks here from far flung, small town America. These are the folks the war mongers fear most, because they cannot be counted as a group, and a very small number can affect the outcome in remote precincts that are harder for them to manipulate. A very powerful "in your face, chimp!" from wee little Scott's Mills, and from Colton, and from Bumfuq, and beyond. Thank you all for being there.
more pictures and reports: Strip Mall Peace Vigil August 19
Takoma, Maryland's City Hall was the scene for a lively discussion on Middle East issues, on Aug. 17, 2006. Kevin Zeese, the "Unity candidate" for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, and one of the panelists, said Israel's attack on Lebanon was premeditated and that an attack on Iran might lead to WWIII. Noura Erakat said Lebanon had been devastated 'on a humanitarian level" by Israel's War Machine. She also denounced Israel as an "Apartheid state."
Kevin Zeese got right to it in his opening remarks at a Forum, entitled, "Independent Solutions for the Middle East Crisis." It was held in the town's City Hall on Thursday evening, Aug. 17, 2006, in the Council Chambers. Zeese said: "The dividing line between peace candidates and pro war candidates is no longer opposition to the Iraq War. It is whether they oppose the premeditated destruction of Lebanon and a military attack on Iran."
Thank you all so much for the letters and books you have sent me in recent days. I know right now there's a bit of confusion about why I'm in the hole. I'd been hoping to know more myself before writing about it. However, that hasn't happened. So here is what has happened and what I know:
The whole thing started in mid-June when my neighbors got caught in their cell with a joint. The next day they took the wrong neighbors to the hole! Realizing their mistake a few days later they let the innocent party out of the hole and UA'd my tier.
One week later on June 30 I was called down to give a UA based on a phone conversation I'd had. I complied thinking it was just more of the same goings on as the week before.
Did you know you can stream Independent Media Center (IMC) radio programs from all over the world on your computer? If you've got a simple media player like xmms, iTunes, or Winamp, Portland IMC Web Radio can be heard 24 hours a day with coverage and programs from independent journalists worldwide.
The dial-up friendly streaming web radio (accessable via the "radio" button on the left side of the front page) features aggregated news and other programming collected from radio.indymedia.org and other sources such as Pittsburgh IMC's Rustbelt Radio news program among others.
Additionally, the Portland IMC radio collective is pleased to announce our integration with Odeo.com an online MP3 host which allows for nearly all of Portland IMC's audio archive to be downloaded (also called podcasting - in reference to the portable "iPod" MP3 player). Odeo's website will allow a listener to susbscribe to their favorites shows via RSS (really simple syndication) which will automatically deliver new programs straight to your iTunes or other music player interface.
It was about a week before I left the United States forever that I watched Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. tell Charlie Rose something all of us already know in our hearts. "Today," he said, "the United States is hated around the world far worse than it was at the height of the Vietnam War." I remember the Vietnam War. I will never forget it.
I opposed that war, and I still remember riots on the UCLA campus in May,1970 when four students were shot dead by National Guard troops at Kent State University in Ohio. I was a college student then, and I was 2S-deferred for the draft. A year later I would be re-classified 1A as the nation shifted to a lottery system. At least someone in my country was willing to risk his life in the face of injustice. It gave me hope. That kind of risk-taking was commonplace then, from the civil rights movement to the anti-war movement, to the American Indian Movement. American blood was shed regularly on American soil to resist American tyranny; from Watts, to Detroit, to Selma, to San Francisco to Memphis to Wounded Knee. It fertilized our lives and souls as it touched the ground. The willingness to endure physical suffering, material sacrifice, and jail for the sake of justice was a singular mark of the American character that earned respect as it infected the world.
What is the United States infecting the world with today?
Fort Lewis, WA -- On Thursday, August 17th 2006, The Swift Action Network began "Camp Suzanne" outside Fort Lewis in Washington State, in honor of active duty soldier Spc. Suzanne Swift. The organizers' stated goals are to bring attention to the epidemic of sexual assault in the military, and to show support for Suzanne Swift. They have demanded an honorable discharge and medical care for life for Spc. Swift.
During her deployment in Iraq, Swift was sexually harassed repeatedly by two of her Sergeants there. She was the victim of "command rape," which is rape by a superior officer under the threat of punitive action. The harassment continued even after their return to Fort Lewis. The situation culminated when, within a month of her return, she asked her superior where she should report the next morning, to which her superior, the third perpetrator, responded "In my bed, naked."
While countless other US service members have refused to participate in the illegal US invasion of Iraq, 1st Lieutennant Ehren Watada is noted for being the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse to deploy to this shameful US debacle zone.
His first hearing in the legal proceedings surrounding the related charges that he now faces as a result of his principled position on the Iraq war, will take place tomorrow, August 17.
Here is an excerpt from his speech:
"Today, I speak with you about a radical idea. It is one born from the very concept of the American soldier (or service member). It became instrumental in ending the Vietnam War - but it has been long since forgotten. The idea is this: that to stop an illegal and unjust war, the soldiers can choose to stop fighting it."
to me this picture has come to symbolize the war between israel and lebanon it was taken within the first two days of the war.... way back on july 14th or so, when people were fleeing for their lives from the hundreds of missiles raining down on southern lebanon.... and the people in northern israel were beginning to hunker down in shelters as hezbollah fired rockets in their direction....
the little girl, half-buried in rubble, was in one of the many vehicles of lebanese people fleeing north which were hit by the supposedly 'precision-guided' israeli missiles. her face, covered in dirt, is peaceful. in death, she can have, perhaps, what she never had in life: peace.
palestine journal - August 4
the war drags on........ I didn't realize how war-hungry israelis could be, til this whole thing started..... wherever I look, there is that blood-lust in the eyes of the israelis....... smugly satisfied that their army has killed 50 times more lebanese civilians than hezbollah has killed israelis. and hungry for more. as if all jewish people who have ever been killed throughout history will be avenged if they can just be allowed to wipe out lebanon, once and for all.
(i've been reading a book of testimonies from former israeli soldiers who have served in the occupied palestinian territories, called 'breaking the silence'. here's one testimony, about a 'revenge killing' in the west bank. to me the most striking thing is where the soldier says, "It was... really... I really enjoyed it. It was the first time (in my experience) that we were in an 'advance... storm...' situation, like in our training exercises. And we acted flawlessly. We performed superbly.", while describing a brutal attack on two unarmed, middle-aged Palestinian Authority police.)
On a few different occassions this summer I have gone past Mt Tabor on 60thAve and seen a group of younger african americans pulling weeds from the bushes on the side of the resevour in Mt Tabor. As they all wore the same shirts I assumed they were part of some local program.
Knowing the demographics of the neigborhood (hell for most of Portland)I felt it safe to say that they were probably not from the neighborhood. So I found myself asking, "why is a group of young african americans being brought into an upscale white neighborhood to pull weeds"?
So today I stopped to ask.
just thought i'd share what i feel was an unecessary abuse of police authority. i work graveyard, and got up to get ready for work at about 10 PM. i started cooking my lunch, then walked down to the mexican restaurant down the street to buy a bag of chips and a coca cola.
at the intersection of 7th and Morrison, i stopped, and looked both ways. the intersection was completely empty. there was not a car anywhere in sight. i crossed the street, and was immediately pulled over by a police officer parked in the lot of jay's garage.
Why Taxpayers Cringe
Recently, I observed a Portland Traffic Copper, on a Portland Motorcycle, in uniform, playing around with a long haired biker (probably a narc) in of all places, beautiful downtown COLTON, Oregon. Now, for those of us who are unfamiliar with Colton, it lies at the very LEAST, twenty two road miles outside of Portland City limits, in the lovely foothills near Estacada (wherever that is).
Since this is not the first time that I have seen Portland equipment being used out in the boondocks, I thought maybe I would query the Mayor's office regarding what the hell possible use the Portland Taxpayers might be receiving for the gasoline and equipment being spent to patrol an area where seldom even a Clackamas County deputy can be seen.
Today, [August 15] in Eugene, Ore. Jeff Hogg appeared in federal court in front of Judge Michael Hogan to present arguments for his release from jail. Hogg has been jailed since May 18 for civil contempt, for refusing to cooperate with a federal grand jury. This Grand Jury was empanelled to investigate acts of eco-sabotage in the Northwest. Hogan didn't consider Hogg's case for relief to be sufficiently demonstrated, and therefore Hogg's motion was denied.
PLEASE SEND URGENT LETTERS OF SUPPORT TO:
Jeff Hogg #1065518
JEFF'S BIRTHDAY IS FRIDAY! LET'S FLOOD HIM WITH BIRTHDAY WISHES AND SUPPORT!!!
What It Means - What to Do - What Not to Fear
In January 2006, a fifty-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of damaging over a dozen cars and two buildings at an automobile dealership in Newport, Oregon. The buildings were spray painted with the letters "ELF," and two local news stations had received calls claiming the action in the name of the ELF.
However, as reported by the Newport News Times, "Police could not establish any connection between MacMurdo and the ELF organization. It is believed his actions were retaliatory in nature and not any kind of political statement." He was charged with criminal mischief and his bail was set at $32,500, a miniscule amount by eco-terror standards.
What does a guy have to do these days to get charged as an eco-terrorist? Obviously, he has to have the right friends.
There was a concerted 9-11 Truth activist response to the premiere of Stone's new film. Civil disobedience was planned in a few states, legal leafletting occurred in others. The mainstream press took some interest in the actions. Theater managers were so supportive of the leafletting in California, that activists were even invited to table in the lobby of one theater which boldly asked "Was 9-11 an Inside Job?" on its marquee.
The film is painful to watch. When Nicholas Cage and Oliver Stone attended a packed pre-release premiere held in San Francisco, a stunned audience failed to even clap at the end, until prodded by the studio sponsors; Cage and Stone disappeared and no one was able to question them. A free premiere in the East Bay drew a scant 80 people. At the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, where I saw it, and was invited to table in the lobby, the audience was pitifully small, and the consensus was that despite all the hype, media coverage and rave reviews, the film would be a box office flop.
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