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From the open publishing newswire: Local peace and justice organizations have been meeting to discuss ways of involving more people in efforts to oppose the war. Current plans include a teach-in, neighborhood canvassing, and another large-scale march and rally similar to the one that took place on October 5th. "There are new organizations forming here in Portland, many involving people who have never before taken part in this kind of activism," said Will Seaman of the PPRC. "Last week's "Circle for Peace" action is an example of new communities forming to oppose Bush's war."
PPRC organizers are encouraged by the emergence and growth of new anti-war efforts in Portland. "We hope such groups join with the loose coalition that came together for the October 5th rally against the war," said Seaman. "Volunteers from more than a dozen organizations are contacting other groups and communities to build support for these efforts."
PPRC Friday Rally, 5:00 p.m., Pioneer Courthouse Square.
for a full list of upcoming peace / anti-war events in the region, visit portland.indymedia.org/stopwar
Del sala de noticias:Felicidades a la tienda de Blockbuster localizada en la esquina de las calles Clay y 12 por haber proveido informacion en espa?ol. El letrero en la entrada dice: "Los empleados no pueden abrir la cajafuerte. Acceso a la cajafuerte esta controlado por una cerradura programada." Aunque este letrero es el unico que aparece en espa?ol, la comunidad hispana quiere agradecer a Blockbuster por su generosidad, pero estamos preocupados por nuestros amigos anglo-parlantes; no aparece un letrero equivalente en ingles.
From the open publishing newswire: Congratulations to the Blockbuster on Twelfth and Clay for providing information in Spanish. This sign on the entrance window reads " The employees cannot open the safe, access to the safe is controlled by a time lock". Though this is the only sign in Spanish, the Hispanic community appreciates the generosity, but we are concerned for our English speaking friends. There was no equivalent of this sign in English.
From the open publishing newswire:On Thursday morning, October 24, Mazama Forest Defense reported that Columbia Helicopters is yarding felled trees within fifteen feet of a treesitter living in the canopy of the Peak Timber Sale in the Rogue River National Forest in Southwestern Oregon. Helicopters are hovering over human-occupied trees as they lift as many as six logs at a time at the end of a yarding cable. The treesitter, "Misty," stated that his traverse lines may be damaged from the violent wind force of the helicopter's blades. Treesitters generally hang traverse lines made from nylon truck rope to connect their platforms to surrounding trees. Until now, all such traverses have remained intact, effectively protecting them from the chainsaws, since they enable sitters to get into their branches. "Misty" said that he will remain off the traverses now, fearing they may snap from the intense swaying of the trees. Even remaining on his platform, the swaying is endangering his safety.
From the open publishing newswire: Santee-Sioux spoken word artist and public speaker, John Trudell, 56, has rare, charismatic vision, and can be very inspiring to people getting beaten down in their attempts to continue a consistent social challenge. This article was originally made by persons with the Atlanta, GA IMC interviewing Trudell at Emory University, and has been slightly edited for easier reading.
Mali: What drew you to the work that you do today?
From the open publishing newswire:Medea begins by thanking the people of Portland for the protests against George Bush when he last visted here, August 22, 2002. She later comes back to this point again, emphasizing how important it is that everyone stands up and speaks out for peace.Recently returned from Afghaistan and Iraq, she debunked administration myths that the U.S. is taking care of the Afghani people after bombing them in the War Against Terror, which began one year ago this month.
From the open publishing newswire: An agreement has been reached between Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Rep. Scott McInnis (R-CO) that can best be described as a chainsaw massacre. The agreement will be voted on tomorrow in the Resources Committee and only an outpouring of calls can stop this harmful compromise from moving to the House floor for a vote next week. A summary of the bill is provided below. The deal would provide new goods for services stewardship contracting pilots, and substantially gut NEPA by allowing the agency to skip preparing alternatives for fuel reduction projects. Appeals and judicial review would also be substantially curtailed.
Please contact the following Resource Committee members and urge them to oppose the McInnis/Miller compromise and to support a "community protection alternative" to be offered by Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA).
Oregon conservatives post anti-environmental billboard
"THANK YOU ENVIORNMENTALISTS FOR MAKING THE 2002 FIRE SEASON ALL IT COULD BE"
It also has a large picture of a forest fire for a background,insinuating that envioros hold responsibility for the 2002 fire season. The wise-use movement has been doing everything to enable the timber industry to further their ability to log any and all forests they want to.This includes blaming envioros for the fires in our national forests.Enviornmental groups have blocked virtually no fuels reduction projects,choosing to center their efforts on blocking logging plans involving mature and old-growth forests.Fire is a natural part of forest ecosystems,and failure by the Forest Service to perform actual fuels reduction projects is is the real cause of fuels build-up.
From the open publishing newswire: We tried spending our own green money to publish the message that tens of millions of responsible, productive Americans smoke pot. Portland's largest newspaper, The Oregonian, censored us. So did corporate heads at Portland's KUFO, KGON, KEX, KKCW, KSTE, KNRK, KKRZ and Seattle's KISW. Even the mass transit system, Tri-Met, banned our message. Sooo...we are taking our message to radio stations in other parts of the country, to college campus radio stations, indie stations, even internet stations in the hope that they will play it over the air waves! Help us spread the message that regular Americans smoke pot, you just don't know who they are because they are afraid to talk about it.
[ jeffandtracy.com ]
From the open publishing newswire: i posted a while back that i wanted to produce something here on indy relating the tale--along with some logically moralistic crap--of my close friend who has been binging on crack-cocaine for the entire summer (and who continues to do so). it has been bitter heartache from the very beginning when i met her, but we grew close yet though she was moving further and further away from me (and the world that she's known for 44 years).
i met her on the corner of 6th and Burnside (NW), a corner that is a notorious congregating spot for crack users and the cool sha' hambone, young (and getting younger), mostly black drug dealers (and accompanying entourages). the police know this and have been taking action since a little after the summer began by making multiple day and night sweeps, being helped until dusk by the portland business supported rent-a-cops, Clean & Safe.
From the open publishing newswire: "Several from Eugene OR who participated in the Portland A22 protest of the unelected pResident will hold a citizen's forum to discuss outrageous police reaction to our few thousand dissenters... [i]ncluding photographs of the police attack (we hope!) and testimony from those who were pepper sprayed and shot at with rubber bullets."
"It's time for us to speak out to stop the kind of police brutality that interrupted citizens from dissenting our government on August 22 in Portland. Our public servants, the police, cannot be permitted to attack peaceful protesters as they have done in Eugene, Portland and other U.S. cities. Democracy requires that citizens have the right to exercise free speech without punishment.
"Our protest is the last voice we have left; we cannot afford to lose it."
Tuesday, Sept. 3
From the open publishing newswire: "...There was one large bulky officer who was getting out of control. He threw a bike to the ground and later threw it at my bike, then screamed at me to start moving, which was impossible since I had a bike tangled with my own. A fellow cyclist tried to calm the cop down, to no avail of course, as another helped me untangle my bike. At this point, I got on my bike and began to ride off. I had only pedaled a couple of times when I was hit full on in the face, twice, with pepper spray. As I was paralyzed and blinded, I had no choice but to drop my bike and find the nearest wall to lean against for support. I heard the large fat cop screaming "When will you learn? You have to learn!", a statement that still leaves me perplexed becuase I was following police orders at the time, and the only thing I learned from this instance was that our police force is absolutely unrational, irate, and uncontrollable..."
MORE STORIES FROM A30 MASS: [ Has anybody set up jail support? | Photos of brutal arrest at Critical Mass | One less car defense | Critical Mass ride - Text and Photos | Mayor Katz takes on Critical Mass and loses (Story & Photos) | Critical Mass Gone Insane!! | A fun game: make up critical mass newspaper headline--closest one wins prize! | Get off your ass Its Critical Mass! ]
From the open publishing newswire: "The police riot at last week's A22 Bush Protest outraged many people in Portland and around the U.S. Mayor Vera Katz delivered her response on Friday by subjecting Critical Mass riders to pepperspray and police violence. With this choice, she has made it clear that she stands with tyranny and against freedom. Katz's track record of affronts against civil liberties includes the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Sit-Lie-Stand Ordinance, and the humiliation of Dignity Village. Her committed opposition to basic human decency has never been more obvious. She is a disgrace to the caring, progressive, justice-seeking people of this city and if she had a shred of honor, she would step down...
"800+ riders showed up for this Friday's Critical Mass, the biggest of the year so far. Just before arriving, we heard over the police scanner that the cops were bringing vans and pepperspray. We figured that the city was somehow planning 'revenge' for the victory that the people of Portland enjoyed on A22, which sent positive ripples out across the nation. And while the city certainly tried to use the cops against us -- and certain cops were brutally dedicated to the cause -- the Critical Mass was not deterred."
Another account on the newswire: "This was my first critical mass. It would have been wonderful to ride all around Portland, with many hundreds of people, enjoying a beautiful and relaxed afternoon and evening without the police. Even so, I am very glad I went, because Portland activists have sent a message back to Vera: We will not be intimidated and bullied. When Bush comes to town, we will protest his visit and his mad war policies, and once a month, we will have a community bike ride."
The contrast between corporate media and independent media became very stark over the past few days. Corporate media outlets once again exposed their own dishonesty, laziness, and pro-establishment/anti-people biases with their highly inaccurate coverage of the A22 Bush Protest in Portland. Here on portland indymedia, however, the real story of the day was revealed through hundreds of articles and photos published to the site by the people who were there on the street. The only other place to find the truth was KBOO.
Check out all the stories and multimedia that were posted to portland indymedia about A22 at: http://portland.indymedia.org/a22.
From the newswire: "Indymedia reporter and former political prisoner chris plummer was arrested august 24th at the Texas Dept of Criminal Justices (TDCJ) 'pact conference'. Chris went as an indymedia reporter as well as a member of the anarchist black cross network to a TDCJ conference that was billed as a forum for the exchange of information between families and the prison officials, he was arrested after asking a simple question on policy that TDCJ found embarassing...
"He was later released, but everyone should understand that chris plummer is still on parole for his antifascist actions in the 90's, and this arrest is a possible reason for the parole board and the state to revoke his parole and send him back to prison..."
The awful question that got him arrested? "What percent of grievences get a not guilty verdict?" A commenter posted "a few people that know him... all said that it seemed that TDCJ was just waiting to pounce on him"
From the open publishing newswire: "The A22 Bush Protest here in Portland provided a stark reminder that corporate media cannot be trusted to present a story fairly or accurately. The bias against democratic action and in favor of police violence was on full display in the local press, even with the comparatively sympathetic reports provided by media outlets whose employees were attacked. The Tribune characterized the protests as a "riot", though the only riot that day was a police riot, the Associated Press couldn't count, and the Oregonian was typically slipshod with the facts.
"Dissent is becoming increasingly criminalized, legally, by the government and increasingly demonized, culturally, by the corporate media. When the corporate media repeatedly presents protesters as violent and police violence as justified, it is not reporting facts -- it is shaping perceptions. The result is a country full of people increasingly hostile to the veryidea of dissent, who will gladly give up their liberty for security, as we have seen since 9/11..."
"Here on portland indymedia, the corporate media lies about A22 were countered with truth. Not only did protest participants post their own first-hand accounts that showed what really happened, they also jumped on the corporate media stories and called out the errors, mischaracterizations and slurs that they found. They found many:
"Write, email and call. Just once, or over and over. Be specific about where they went wrong and point out details that you can counter from your own experience. Needle them about obvious bias. Ask them how they feel about making money by lying. Let them know that you're aware they're lazy. Say they should be ashamed. Tell them you go to indymedia, KBOO, and the Alliance for the real story." [ Full story & contact info for corporate media outlets ]
From the newswire: "First and foremost I want to thank from the bottom of my heart the kind humanbeings who helped my children, my wife and me after we were pepper sprayed by the Portland Police. We were aided immediately by fellow demonstrators, the black cross and passers-by caught in the crossfire. These people shielded us with their bodies and soothed us with their treatments and words, and argued with police, putting themselves in danger, to secure our safe passage through the cordon. Their actions stand in beautiful contrast to the savage inhumanity of the police.
"We brought our children to a peaceful protest, we stayed in the back and we were walking on the sidewalk. The march stopped at the intersection of 2nd and Alder we could not see why from our position on the SW corner of the intersection. Police quickly moved up behind us and a moment or two later sprayed pepper spray into the crowd from the NE corner of the intersection. the crowd ran toward us to escape the spray. We asked the oficer closest to us how we should exit the intersection. He pointed and said to exit to the NE, into the spraying police opposite him. as the crowd pressed toward us I yelled to him to let us through (south on 2nd) because we had three small children. He looked at me, and drew out his can from his hip and sprayed directly at me."
From the newswire: "Alan Graf, Portland resident and Chair of the Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild called a press conference at 8:45am on August 23rd at City Hall to talk about the police violence during the previous days Bush protest."... "After Alan Graf spoke, a number of people came forward to tell their stories. One was Don Joughin, the father of the children who were pepper sprayed 2nd and Alder. He showed photos of his children crying, faces red and swollen. Don told how he and his family were in the back, away from any direct protest and how police surrounded everyone, and would not let people leave, at the same time that other police were ordering people to disperse."
"After speaking with the press outside City Hall, Alan Graf, many of the press, and the 60 or so people who attended the press conference went up to Mayor Katz's office to speak to her. The Mayor was in her office but declined to speak to the people there. She obviously does not care enough about babies and small children being pepper sprayed by police to come out and talk to the father of those children."
From the open publishing newswire: "The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) rally on Friday called attention to the previous day's events when a passionate but peaceful protest against visiting George Bush was marred by vicious police violence. In a march on City Hall participants chanted, 'Send Kroeker back to LA!' and '2-4-6-8, End the Police State!' Most people in the crowd had felt the effects of the day's rubber bullet and pepperspray attacks, either up-close-and-personal, or by entering areas where the poison still hung heavy in the air. Being the target of chemical weapons can tick people off, and the crowd on Friday, though small (about thirty people) was loud and energetic. Many people felt that that Mayor Katz [pictured, left] and Chief Kroeker are to blame for the inexcusable behavior of the police. "
From the open publishing newswire: "I spent several hours talking to women about why they attended the Bush Protest. The interviews were done before the protest action. Here are a few of the voices."
"[I talked to] Elisabeth.- an elder lady. She walks with a cane and talks with the strength of 20 women... 'I have been marching for over 60 years. War is the worst way to solve problems. I am here today to support the effort to end this assault on America. I have been trying to make sure that in my lifetime we don't succumb to these warmongers...
"'I think these times are the worst I have seen. I think it is worse because it's so unctuous and disdainful. Business people treat Americans like children telling us how to think and what to consume and how to vote. I wish we had a leader for this movement. Someone like Martin Luther King, Jr. who cared about all the people. Someone who could speak to us and bring us together. We haven't had a real leader since Truman who had a real job. Most of these people we elect don't know what it is like to go to work everyday and worry about how we will care for our families from day-to-day.
"'Bush is running around acting like a child throwing a big tantrum. He's tearing up treaties that protect human rights, the environment and everything we need to survive together peacefully on the earth. I am here today to stand up no matter what the odds, against this madness.'"
At least 3000 people gathered in Portland today to protest pResident George Bush. Bush was visiting the state to spread lies about forest health and shake down the local ruling class to raise bribe money for regional crime lord Senator Gordon Smith, who is the Republican incumbent for U.S. Senate. The day of dissent started with a tree-sit in a downtown park where thousands gathered in the afternoon. Hundreds of people also gathered on the Waterfront for a Pacific Green Party-sponsored rally, which joined the crowd at the North Park Blocks and marched downtown. Police, including many in full riot gear, staked out a nine square block area around the Hilton Hotel where the fundraiser was happening. Protesters had free reign throughout the rest of downtown where they took the streets and blocked intersections. In the late afternoon, police declared a state of emergency to the glee of the protesters, and threatened to arrest anyone who did not disperse. Police then turned violent [ 1 | 2 ], shot people with rubber bullets and peppersprayed many others, including a 10 month old baby [ story: 1 | 2 ].
When the sun set people danced in the street and continued to face off police. The general feeling among participants was that it had been a great day. Corporate media accounts, unsurprisingly, gave different, often highly inaccurate, accounts [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ].
From accounts posted to the open publishing newswire: "Roughly 100 demonstrators turned out both at Medford airport and Jackson County Expo where President Bush gave his logging policy speech..." "Police threatened to arrest all persons that would not move to the inside of the chain link 'free speech zone'. Many people were simply standing along side the road with signs, not content to be essentially caged in. Some demonstraters chose to actively resist by staging a sit-in in the middle of the road while the bulk of the remaining chose to stand their ground on the side of road. This particular action resulted in no arrests."
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