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Anyone familiar with the police state spin machine need not wait on pins and needles for the grand jury verdict in the Chasse case that was again delayed another week. Recent public statements made by PPB Chief Rosie Sizer and Mayor Tom Potter are already setting the stage for a "not true" verdict.
I hate to be a defeatist and would love nothing better than to be proven wrong, but it seems fairly obvious to me that the talking heads are setting the stage for a "not true" verdict from the grand jury in the Chasse case.
A just released study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, published in the current issue of the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet, reports that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has led to the deaths of between 426,000 and 794,000 Iraqis. This is a substantial increase over the 100,000 dead that the same research group found through 2004, based upon a smaller survey, and it represents an astonishing 2.5 percent of the country's total population.
The grim if controversial news was widely--though not universally--reported in the U.S. media, but many news organizations failed to report the most disturbing finding of the study, which was that 31 percent of those killed were acatually slain by U.S. and "coalition" forces (actually by U.S. forces, since most of the other foreign forces working with the U.S., with the exception of the British, have not played combat roles, and even the British have largely operated in the south where fighting has been much less severe.
Articles included in this addition:
GAO Shows Biscuit Logging Lost Taxpayer Dollars
Why swap boxes?
September Iraq War Demonstrations and more
Fouad, we have not forgotten
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The most frequently asked questions about this campaign begin with "Why?" Why are we doing what we are? Why was I trying to get on the ballot? Why not just vote for a Democrat and hope for the best? Why a write-in campaign?
We are doing what we are doing- engaging in a write-in campaign in Oregon- to broaden the debate on such issues as the Iraq War, funding for schools, funding for health care, the erosion of democratic rights. All of these are issues which affect us on a daily basis and which have far-reaching consequences. We are doing it as a write-in campaing because, though we petitioned tirelessly, we did not, thanks in great part to HB 2614, passed by Democrats and Republicans in the State Legislature, get onto the ballot.
Hoichi Kurisu, patriarch of the Kurisu International design firm, spoke yesterday to the Historical Landmarks Commission about the horrors of war. Hoichi was in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped and he talked of how the flash was so bright that shadows were burned onto the walls were people once stood. That story he told had very little to do with their proposed 4-story mixed use infill project, the Mississippi Garden Lofts.
The Landmarks Commission was a packed room, there were over 50 people in attendance including a number of folks planning developments on Mississippi Avenue, seeing the nightmare that they may have to go through.
After about a half hour of Bureau of Development Services Staff presentation supporting their denial of the Kurisu project, representatives from Holst Architecture spoke at length -- for nearly an hour -- about how they feel the proposed development meets the Community Design Guidelines, P1, P2, and D7.
I attended an IMPEACH rally today with my sign: "Real MEN will vote Democratic to IMPEACH the deserter and the draft dodger" -[ One of these days I should add "a.k.a. the druggie and the drunk".] A 20 something young man jumped out of his car to push me and grab my sign out of my arms; the thugs just can't seem to help proving that they are in fact fascist thugs. The wing nuts always head straight for me - this is the second time some fascist moral leper without the courage to assault the young male demonstrators around me - head straight for me, the white haired old woman. He pushed me again when I tried to grab my signs back, but I was able to yank my signs from under his arm when he turned his back on me. I was so incensed at his bullying that I balled up my fist at him.
The real story here is the strength that has been lent to my heart by the dozens of persons who showed up at the trial and sentencing. For bawling out the "parking vigilantes," I have been sentenced to forty hours' community service, and commanded to write an apology letter. I feel much "off the hook" and very lucky.
I want to thank everone who showed up--and Grace, who made a dinner and delivered it to my house, and Carla, who donated a twenty even though no one asked her to; and Catherine and Dan, who actively did "court support." This escapade has opened my eyes to the fact that there are so many brave, courageous and compassionate people even in my little eddy of the Movement. America the Beautiful came to my aid, at once and without question; it gives me hope that we can defeat Bushistan.
It has been about a month since we stood with the Peace demonstrators at Oak Grove and McLoughlin, and I was pleased to see that more people have joined the ranks. Thirty people there when I last counted, holding banners and flashing the Peace sign as cars, buses, trucks, bicycles and motorcycles passed, most with drivers who returned the Peace sign and called out encouraging words. There were bits of humor. One man furtively grabbed at something attached to his visor as the light turned red. He sat there, waiting for the light to turn green, allowing him to make a hasty dash out of our area as he finally, 'bravely' poked a small "W '04" sticker out of his window. We smiled and waved.
why do the streets need swap boxes? What is art and who defines it? In these times of increased fear and privatization I wonder what the public sphere even means anymore. If the notion of public space as something we can all collectively define is to die, it will be because we as a people have put our heads down and forgot about that world outside ourselves.
In "Temporary Autonomous Zone", Hakim Bey wrote of the ability of groups and individuals to create temporary, constantly shifting zones of liberated space free from formal societal control structures and of the power that information wields when turned against its creators. What I am trying to do with the Swap Box Project and my other installation projects is to establish a temporary zone of interaction and exchange, a place where the streets are modified just a little to build something that snaps people out of their everyday routines and gets them interacting in ways they otherwise might never do, both with themselves and each other. It gets them digging into their pockets, contemplating that long-lost childhood notion of exchange, grinning for pictures with perfect strangers in front of a piece or else discussing with passers-by about what would constitute a fair swap.
Sometimes in our movement (AR) there is a tendency to become discouraged due to the overwhelming amount of suffering being endured by our fellow beings. I compiled this list to counteract any feelings of futility, I think the list speaks for itself and these are only the big ones! There were many thousands more around the world on a more local scale, far too many to mention here but very important nonetheless, and keep in mind all these successes were in 2006 only! (and the year ain't over yet). I want to thank everyone out there that made the victories possible, lets keep it up!
A small group of people committed to raising their voices to say "enough is enough" gathered in Olympia. It was a peaceful rally and march, with a wonderful blend of music and poetry. The march seemed to be the high point and few people returned for an evening vigil. A full moon rose over the few who stayed for the evening music.
Many signed the petition to impeach Bush and Cheney. While most were from the Olympia area, there were also people from Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Fox Island, Shelton, Ocean Shores, Puyallup, Onalaka, Rochester, Skokomish, Centralia, and Yelm, to name just a few. Many said they have started to raise impeachment issues in their communities. Perhaps this is the start of a statewide movement to get the state legislature to pass an impeachment resolution.
A Peace Camp in England held a month long demonstration against the movement of American arms to Israel, and "Camps" in Crawford, Tx and
Wash. DC staged many actions along with workshops and conferences where many prominent anti-war activists gave inspiring speeches. Bush was pronounced "Guilty" at Camp Democracy in DC of War crimes and crimes against Humanity by "The International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration."
Rohrbacher, Negroponte, Feinstein, Pelosi, and Boxer were greeted by
protesters at their offices or homes or clubs.
Activists marched through the state of Vermont for five days - 'Forming a line that stretched nearly half a mile, more than 600 people marched into Burlington Monday in what organizers said was the country's largest global warming demonstration to date. Carrying signs and banners, marchers called for political action to address climate change."
I have been to many protests, witnessed countless acts of police brutality, but none compare to what I saw today. Bean bag guns, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and billy clubs; all of them used to attack peaceful protestors. Friends of mine were trampled by horses, beaten by billy clubs, and peppersprayed severely. All in an disgusting display of extreme police brutality. My hands are still shaking and my eye still hurts from pepper spray so I will try to write this as best as I can... [read more...]
From the open publishing newswire: This is sick... World Can't Wait in Portland, you are disgusting individuals. I'm honestly still in awe about how people fighting to stop bush could be that backstabbing, that fascist, and I'm sorry, I can't write anymore about this, I am entirely too upset. [read more...]
From the open publishing newswire: It is standard operating procedure for the media to dutifully repeat the claims of the police. Remember that "bottle" in the 2002 Bush protest. Sure, no one actually threw one but the media repeated it for weeks, and never offered a correction nor an apology when the video footage from protesters and police alike contradicted their "reports". I just hope their were some good videographers out today and that we'll see a new round of lawsuits against the city. [read more...]
Pig Riot | WCW Congratulates Police | Police Horses Trample Girls | Arrest Updates: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | report from an arrestee ] | Interfering with Jail Support: [ Channel 6 | Sgt. Davis ] | RRR: Observations | Audio: Rally and Outside Oregonian | Pics: Cops Shooting People | Corpo Media Colloboration: [ KOIN | Oregonian ] | NWCRC: Press Release | Call the Mayor
On my way through Oregon City this morning, I saw these two old farts up on the pedestrian overpass on 99E near the Willamette Falls overlook. Folks were driving by, honking, and waving, and generally creating a rukus, in both directions. Imagine my surprise then, when about an hour later...
While patrolling Canby, here were the same ol farts, up on the overpass by Fred Meyers, just at the north end of Canby. My curiousity thus aroused, I was forced to go up onto the overpass to talk with them.
The lady said, yes indeedy, they and their little dog had been in OC, and were doing what little they could to call attention to something called "world can't wait day." I had not heard of this, and she explained that the war, this administration, and all of the bullshit associated with both must stop, and that people all over the country were engaged in bringing it to a screetching halt.
Today we spent some time in North Portland, along Mississippi Street. It was heartening to find this sign posted on the outside of one of the stores. I appreciate seeing the efforts of others, calling for action, making signs and simply expressing frustration over current issues. The police shootings, stompings and other oppressive acts need to be posted. Keep up the good work. Keep speaking out every way you can.
The Government Accounting Office (GAO) today confirmed that logging after the Biscuit fire in southern Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest lost money. The report released by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee revealed that the Biscuit logging project cost taxpayers nearly $2 million dollars.
Logging generated $8.8 million in receipts but expenses were $10.7 million. Most of the receipts generated were from low-cost hazard tree removal ($5.1 million) - meaning that the losses from the controversial salvage sale portion of the Biscuit project were approximately $7 million.
According to Olwen, who called a short time ago to share this report, the cause of James Chasse's death is now public. All 13 of his ribs were broken, and his lung was punctured by the Portland police. After this extreme beating, which also included head trauma from officers kicking him in the head while he was on the ground, he was taken not to a hospital, but to jail. He died in the back of the squad car.
In short, like so many other people who do not conform to the Bland Consumer ideal, he was tortured to death by the Portland police death squads. And then the Grand Jury placed its obligatory seal of approval on the crime. We do not consent.
Stop the Illegal Logging of Eight Mile Meadow
James Chasse: Beaten and Murdered by Police
The explosion to come
On Monday, October 2, Portland Copwatch, a grassroots organization promoting police accountability through citizen action, sent a letter to Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk urging an "aggressive and thorough" presentation of the in-police-custody death of James Chasse Jr. to the grand jury.
The jury, which meets tomorrow, will be deciding whether the officers involved in the case should be indicted on criminal charges in Chasse's death.
Portland Copwatch points out that the reports published to date imply that the officers could at least be charged with criminally negligent homicide.
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