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Today, the Secretary of State issued a letter stating his intent not to implement any of Measure 47, despite the fact that it was enacted by voters in the November election.
"I am not going to comment a lot on the Secretary of State's letter, until I have a chance to discuss it with Hardy Myers." said Dan Meek, a volunteer lawyer with FairElections Oregon. "No one in Oregon government consulted with any of the supporters of Measure 47 before issuing this letter."
"I disagree that the substantive provisions of Measure 47 can be disregarded. The letter assumes that all of the limits on political contributions are unconstitutional, without any judicial determination of that conclusion. The reasoning in the letter appears to be circular, and assumes the existence of a court decision on Measure 47 that does not exist," said Meek.
Tonight, the Citizens' Movement to Impeach Bush/Cheney were joined by about 40 supporters to ask the Olympia City Council to pass a resolution calling for an investigation to launch impeachment proceedings for President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
George Hartwell, the spokesperson for the group, stated, "We do not believe it is an exaggeration to say that our government has been taken over by a clique of extremists in Washington, DC who are bent on shredding the Constitution and our democracy."
In three short months, the Citizens' Movement collected over 2,000 signatures in support of an impeachment investigation.
soooo... while the lame-duck congress in the US goes ahead with passing some of the most draconian laws yet, like the one they passed yesterday that makes protesting animal cruelty at a circus or an animal lab a terrorist act (!) -- which, by the way, goes right along with their stated priorities of 'who is a threat'...... ie. not bin laden or the saudis who fund him.... but instead, as the FBI has stated publicly on multiple occasions, their 'Number One Domestic Terrorist Threat' is the 'animal liberation front', an organization that has never ever been charged with killing or hurting anyone, but whose only purpose is to rescue animals from cruel conditions (!)....
and while a bunch of afghanis who were swept up in U.S. raids during the brutal U.S. invasion of their country in 2002 sit rotting away, forgotten by the world, in Guantanamo Bay prison -- a prison built on foreign soil by the U.S. military explicitly so that torture could be practiced there....... most of those prisoners probably civilians, and even if not, still subject to international regulations regarding the treatment of prisoners-of-war.....
After assaults, vandalisms, failed TRO attempts, a lawsuit, and recent police raids against 7 Los Angeles animal rights activists, one under-age protestor is found "not guilty" in juvi court on Wednesday. After 3 protests, activists are raided and cops can't even convict on "noise ordinance" violation.
Activists maintain that the fruit juice company, POM Wonderful, engages in cruel and unnecessary experiments on animals in an effort to exhort the supposed health benefits of pomegranate juice. Currently, the FDA does not require that animal tests be conducted in order for health claims to be made about food products. POM employees have been the subject of a total of three demonstrations and after failing on two occasions to obtain restraining orders against the protestors, POM Wonderful proceeded with a lawsuit against the small group of activists.
San Francisco Federal Grand Jury Threatens Local Animal Activist with JailOn Friday, Nov. 17, activists will rally at 10 a.m. in front of the Federal Building (450 Golden Gate Ave) in support of local animal advocate Nadia Winstead. Winstead may be ordered to jail at a hearing that morning by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the animal liberation movement.
Winstead and fellow activists were subpoenaed in June to appear before the grand jury. They asserted their constitutional rights against self incrimination and refused to cooperate with what they call government-sponsored harassment. These activists have been targeted before; they were also subpoenaed last year by a previous grand jury investigating the animal liberation movement. "This grand jury, like the last, is being used as a fishing expedition and as a way to intimidate activists in the animal liberation movement," Winstead said. "I refuse to participate in unconstitutional grand jury proceedings that have been used time and time again by this government to harass movements fighting for social change."
I went to see Omoyele Sowore speak tonight at PSU. The room was filled with a good sized crowd, and the speaker was well worth listening to. I went, in part, because of the plans afoot to build a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) plant along the Columbia river and I wanted to know what we might be in for if that is allowed to proceed. I came away with a feeling of connection stretching from the gas tanks of our cars all the way across the oceans, to the oceans of blood flowing from Nigeria to Ecuador.
Omoyele Sowore spoke about the oil wars raging across the globe. Everywhere that oil has been discovered, he said, the people suffer. He described the once-pristine lakes and waterways in his home land on the Nigerian Delta. The water was crystal clear, the night sky filled with stars, and, as he said, "life was good." But oil was discovered there in the late 1950s, and slowly the poison of avarice spread across the land. He saw the waters of the lakes turn from crystal clear to murky, to black as oil as he neared the oil strongholds. He saw fish floating dead in the water, and then livestock floating dead in the water. And he saw the human sacrifices offered up to the multinational conglomerations making up Big Oil.
His words made a clear path of understanding through the haze of obfuscation that the corporate media has created to isolate and pacify the people of this country into silent complicity. And he shared with us his perception that we, too, are victims of this new, rising, corporate police state. He talked about the victimization of Americans through the Patriot Act, and I had the sense that we are all in this together. In the end, he asked us not just to be "inspired" by his words, but to ACT. We need to stop taking more than we need. As he put it, "It is in this compulsive consumption that all these killings take place." He reminded us that we are all complicit so long as we continue to over-consume without considering the cost.
PAN Latin America partners in Paraguay seek global solidarity in response to the death of 11-year-old Silvino Talavera from pesticide spraying. The men responsible for Silvino's death have yet to be brought to justice, but Silvino's mother, Petrona Villasboa, continues to press forward, "One has to have strength to struggle. I will struggle to the very end, because I think of the large number of children that live in my community." The case is currently scheduled to expire in December. Your action is needed to help keep the case and court process moving forward.
Portland-based peace activist Nikki Thanos will appear in court tomorrow November 15, 2006 at 9:00 am at the Multnomah Justice Center, 1120 SW 3rd Street in Portland. She is facing charges of Criminal Mischief for an Oct. 31 act of civil disobedience at the Mexican Consulate. Thanos was protesting the Mexican government's complicity in nine murders of Oaxacan social movement leaders. It is an open hearing and supporters are most welcome.
Yesterday, the 9th US Court of Appeals was presented with the details of this case, by Attorney Eldon Rosenthal, who argued that the Portland Police did not have probable cause to shoot, and that the policy within the department was lax, because the policy then in effect (and probably still in effect) did not require that level of protection (probable cause).
Most of us who read this site are aware of the details of this 2004 murder, but for those who are not, a quick recap: Perez, as the name indicates, was of the brown complexion, and driving a car that was "too nice for the neighborhood," and pulled over for "failing to signal for a turn." Moments later, he was shot and killed by Officer Jason Sery. Once the victim was dead, Sery's partner in the crime, Sean Macomber, sealed the deal with his taser for some undiscernable reason. Many more details are available here on Indymedia, beginning with http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/03/284461.shtml
Did I mention that James, like most of the targets of Portland Cops in the last few years, was unarmed?
Suddenly, there seems to be some interest in the issue of rampant and widespread police violence. KATU just ran a story showing video of a homeless man being shot in the face with pepper spray as he was handcuffed and sitting in the pig mobile, saying he could not breathe. This, only days after the scandalous video posted to YouTube. And KATU cares? Then where have they BEEN? Pig apologists finally seeing the light? Or just clueless, lame, dumbfucks parroting the latest story off the wire. You be the judge.
If KATU wants to see dramatic footage of police abuse of power, they can check out Videos from the Resistance. Hell, they can even check out their own outtakes. You know, the "news" that was considered too "inflammatory" to air. Yes, they could even show the footage they cut out of the A22 press release video, before airing their absurdly transparent "report" a few years back. (Anyone wanna see what they cut? Go to the video page and download Li2U News. Or, for more of KATU's lyin' dog ways, check out "Fuck the Corporate Media.")
Today, Monday, November 13, presumed paramilitaries committed a massacre in the Montes Azules jungle region of Chiapas, killing nine indigenous women and men and two children.
The details of the massacre, in a very isolated area, far from urban and media centers, are still sketchy, but the warning signs that violence on this scale was brewing in the region have been known by state and federal officials all along. They were specifically warned by human rights organizations last July and August, but in lieu of taking positive action, their police and other agencies merely aggravated the problems since then.
Drive Away Hunger is located at 93rd and NE Halsey. The program accepts vehicle donations from the community and then uses the proceeds from the sale to help Portland's homeless population. Donated cars, depending on condition are either crushed, sold for parts or sold at retail to the general public off our lot.
Donors get rid of their old stuff, efficient recycling and a tax deduction. It is very easy to donate a vehicle. Just give us a call at 503-906-7688 to donate a used vehicle and we'll arrange to have it towed away if you can't drive it in.
The counter-recruitment/peace vigil continues each Tuesday evening. Starting time has changed to 5pm
What: Counter-recruitment/peace vigil
Where: 1317 NE Broadway, Portland, OR
When: Tuesdays, 5 - 6 pm
Who: Supported by various groups over the past 16 months, like Vets for Peace, Code Pink, Portland Catholic Worker, and many individuals. There have been people who have participated in demonstrating against war for their first time at this vigil!
Why: Counter-recruitment, protest against militarism, protest against war and occupation, awareness-raising, education, good times
Over one year since we began, and the Schumacher Furs demos are still going strong. We've stood together through pouring rain, storms, sweltering heat, crazy proprietors, abusive patrons, and inquisitive newsmedia.
Last week we were deluged with rain, our feet were soaking wet, the umbrellas and tarps came out, but that didn't dampen our protest or our commitment to the animals who live miserable lives on fur farms, or who are trapped painfully in the wild. The radical cheerleaders performed some spirited cheers, we chanted, leafleted, showed educational videos at the Free Speech wagon, ate vegan snacks, and danced in the rain. And at the end of the day, when the metal gate came down in front of Schumacher, we cheered as we do at the close of every Saturday, in celebration of another day spent standing up for the voiceless. It's clear that the party is outside, while inside is a macabre funeral parlor of dead body parts.
The Sandinista revolution, upon coming to power in 1979, confiscated the land that had been held by the Somoza family and some of his closet cronies and redistributed it to the poor that worked it partly through establishing collectively run state farms. The Sandinistas also made literacy and healthcare a priority. Easily treated diseases that Somoza let kill and maim, such as polio, were vaccinated against and eliminated. Teaching everyone to read and write became a priority in the country where Somoza once declared he wanted "... uneducated people, little more than beasts of burden."
For a limited period of time this document will be available on the server at the URL indicated. The document is a "recovered" version of a document describing survey work conducted by the U. S. Army in an effort to get a summation on flora, fauna, and minerals in the South West in the year 1869.
Of particular interest is the commentary on the Native American Indians sprinkled within the document. The invasion of Europeans into the North American Continent is well described but utterly unmentioned by name in the Engineering Report; that is, the document is a window into the mindset of the Europeans in the aftermath of the abject slaughter of the Indians however the invasion and slaughter itself is never mentioned or described anywhere within the document.
From Friday 10th of November, around 20,000 German police are being mobilised to guard the transportation of highly radioactive nuclear waste from France to Germany in containers called "Castor". The destination is Gorleben a village in northern Germany in a region called the Wendland. Protest actions are planned throughout France and Germany, especially along the last 50 kilometres of the route on rail (expected for Sunday) and the final 20 kilometres by road (expected in the night to Monday) For many activists this years Castor transport is a prelude to the protests against the next G8 summit in Germany in June 2007, where many groups call for blockades motivated by past experiences in the Wendland.
Castor 2006 - Nuclear waste transport in Germany
Anti-nuclear activists on Saturday delayed a waste train from northern France to northern Germany by several hours, said the French reprocessing company, Areva.
The train carrying 12 Castor train storage caskets was held up before Serqueux near Rouen because activists were near the track. Two years ago a protester was killed when he was sucked under a Castor train train.
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The 9th circuit court of appeals just issued the decision that the Pitt River Tribe and allies were right when they said that the massive energy development at the sacred land in the Medicine Lake caldera is illegal. The Bush administration overturned the decision not to develop part of the Medicine Lake area due to impacts as a response to the mythical "California Energy Crisis", in which Calpine corporation helped to create.
Native tribes and environmentalist vowed to fight this massive energy project that was planned to cover at least 20 miles of public lands in the Southern Cascades with clearcuts, power lines and power plants.
This week, seven activists in Los Angeles had their homes raided in connection with a campaign against the POM Wonderful juice company, makers of POM pomegranate juice and Figi water.
POM has funded $10 million in research into the health effects of its juice, including conducting numerous studies on animals which included inducing erectile disfunction and depriving newborn mice of oxygen to the brain.
* CWP and Allies Stop Three Old-growth Timber Sales in Southern Oregon
This week the Cascadia Wildlands Project won two significant legal victories that have stopped old-growth logging dead in its tracks. The Cow Catcher (Roseburg BLM), Cotton Snake and Willy Slide (Medford BLM) timber sales were sold to the highest bidder without the BLM performing required surveys for the elusive red tree vole, a critter that lives its life in the upper canopy of older forests and a major food source for the endangered northern spotted owl. Instead, the BLM relied on an internal memo it generated that removed the vole from the "survey and manage" list. On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found the BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act and immediately halted logging at the Cow Catcher and Cotton Snake timber sales. This decision triggered the district court decision that halted the Willy Slide timber sale the following day.
Recall, the all volunteer Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team (NEST) spent considerable time climbing old-growth trees at both Cow Catcher and Cotton snake during summer 2003 locating red tree vole nests. These surveys were critical in compelling the decisions that were handed down this week. Kudos to the tireless efforts of NEST. The Cascadia Wildlands Project was joined by our allies at Umpqua Watersheds and Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center on the lawsuits and was represented by the powerful legal team of Stephanie Parent of the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, Erin Madden and Marianne Dugan.
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