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Here in Portland, Oregon several lawyers are defending Guantanamo detainees, including Adel Hamad. Since the passage of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 in September, with the elimination of the writ of habeas corpus, these lawyers hands are tied and the detainees have no legal recourse. Three of us, a physician, a teacher and a web developer have been working with these public defenders, who have provided us with all the unclassified materials on Adel Hamad's case. These lawyers have gone to the extraordinary length of traveling to Afghanistan and Pakistan to verify his story and film video testimony. We have developed a website with many ways you can become involved and engaged around this issue. Please visit http://www.projecthamad.org to meet Adel Hamad and learn more. Also go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5E3w7ME6Fs to see the compelling video the lawyers compiled on Adel Hamad's behalf.
January 6, 2007 -- Over 1000 people gathered in Nancy Pelosi's district, on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, to spell out the message "IMPEACH!" "America is a great country," said event organizer Brad Newsham, a local cab driver and author. "But President Bush has betrayed our faith. He mislead us into a disastrous war, and is trampling on our Constitution. He has to go. Now. I hope Nancy Pelosi is listening today."
A majority of Americans share Newsham's sentiments. A 2006 Zogby poll found that 52% of Americans agreed with the statement: "If President Bush wiretapped American citizens without the approval of a judge, do you agree or disagree that Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment?"
Three Common Ground volunteers were arrested Friday evening by two New Orleans police officers. The three had spent the day at the Woodlands apartment complex in Algiers helping residents who were being evicted move out of their homes. One of the officers was previously involved in another controversial incident at the Woodlands.
"Common Ground is concerned that this incident represents a new trend in police harassment of Common Ground volunteers. The fact that the same police officer, Officer Lusk was involved in both events is troubling and an unlikely coincidence," says Sakura Kone' of Common Ground Relief.
There are creative ways to use technology to bring the war home to the USA. Because corporate media refuses to show people what their tax money is doing to a country, a city, a people and a child, we have a responsibility to act creatively.
Technology has come a long way. In fact you could argue that we have not even caught up with the technology from 50 years ago. New technology is being employed in creative ways to bring the war home in a visceral and inexpensive manner. I'll list two examples I've seen. I bet you can create some of your own.
Wouldn't it be nice if we all got the personalized attention and services (and apparent allocation of resources) that the self-described "influence peddlers" - and their damsels in distress - receive as a matter of course?
But I guess if you want to survive domestic violence, or be protected from harassment and abuse, it's all about who you know.
On Monday, Fouad would have been twenty nine years old, and presumably enjoying his new found career as a real estate salesman. He would still be the loving son, brother, friend, and human being that so many here have reported about.
That did not happen. Instead, he was cruelly tortured and murdered by the fascist tools of the corporate state, Officer Bergin (Sandy Police) and Deputy Willard (Clackamas County Sheriff.
The main "Die-In" where everyone laid down all together only lasted about 45 seconds. Fortunately some people thought this was absurd and continued to lay down for at least the next 15 minutes before I left. Otherwise disappointing but images can be powerful. Any photos?
Nearly a dozen people demonstrated outside of the Astor Place Benetton store in NYC two days ago. After angrily entering the store and being kicked out, the demonstrators set up a picket outside of the Benetton. Flyers were distributed and conversations started with shoppers, with the aim of disrupting business.
The demonstration ended after a little while, just as the police arrived, apparently ready to make arrests.
Tonight, more than a hundred people showed to see anarchist John Zerzan speak at Laughing Horse Books. John Spoke for over just half an hour, sharing books he recommended, and reading from some prepared material with the crowd. Afterward there was a give and take Q&A for about an hour an a half.
The bookstore became so full as the talk continue that about two dozen people had to be turned away at the door due to the lack of any room what so ever (not even standing room was left). For those of you who missed out here is an audio recording from start to finish.
So yea it been crazy...so much to process, so much. This land is magical and powerful, it is aslo being stripped of its natural beauty by corporate criminals. We are going to break through the police baracade today. The police are set up at the proposed site for the Desert Rock Powerplant (it would be yet ANOTHER coal fired one).
There is so much happening for us right now...the pollution is out of control, like seriously, I have never in my life seen anything like this. It makes me sad beyond descripton. Native, Indigenous Peoples land is being desacrated by white corporate amerikkka.
The Dine (Navajo) people live around these phenemonial mountains and surrounding desert. When we were about 100 miles from the ReZ my comrades told me to look up ahead. What I seen was these huge mountains that streched from East to West, taking up most of the forefront horizon. The thing is is that I could hardly see them becasue of the smog that they were (are) covered in...I mean smog like you would expect to see in LA or NYC, not the middle of the desert in NM.
Approximately 60 people attended tonights gathering at 5th and Hall Street across from the Beaverton City Library. Please let your congressional and senate representatives know that additional funding for the Iraqi occupation is unacceptable. We have gathered for over 60 straight weeks. George Bush is considering a "surge" of another 20,000 soldiers into Iraq. Please consider us as Oregon's surge protector and join us every wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. You will be glad you did.
JZ: Given the failure of the Left to address reality, new sources - such as indigenous wisdom - are needed for sustenance and inspiration. The acceptance of mass production, mass society, mass culture, mass consumption is unacceptable; instead we need visions and critiques that refuse the industrial techno-culture and its suicidal trajectory.
Green anarchy/anti-civilization/primitivism poses questions that undermine the ensemble of institutions too long simply accepted without judgment. What has passed for opposition or resistance has largely gone along with what is questioning mainly only who is in charge in lieu of interrogating and opposing the components of this dismal present.
Zerzan will be in Portland, Oregon this Friday, January 5 at 7 PM
Laughing Horse Books, located at 10 NE 12th St.
The last day of the year started today at the Zapatista Caracol of Oventik, in Chiapas, with two morning workgroups during which the zapatistas shared the everyday construction of their autonomy in the areas of education and health, in the context of the discussions of the First Encounter Between the Zapatistas and the Peoples of the World.
Thousands of community supporters of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) and over 1,500 men and women from 40 countries around the world joined at 8:00 AM the two workgroups where autonomous education, the development of educational curricula in resistance, the zapatistas' health system, the challenges, obstacles, and small achievements of their work are being discussed.
Earlier this month, a student-run non-profit infoshop celebrated its grand opening at The Evergreen State College (TESC) in Olympia, Washington. Using the guise of a state funded student group, volunteers of The Evergreen Infoshoppe were allotted over $4,000 to purchase radical books, zines, and videos for their lending library and resource center.
After only a few weeks of planning, the Infoshoppe now hosts an ever-growing collection in a permanent, centrally located and nearly autonomous location. The opening party was just one event in a string of successes for the Infoshoppe. The 40+ attendees at the opening were able to browse and checkout zines and books from the shoppe's collection while listening to music and partaking in a zine making workshop. The Evergreen Infoshoppe has also received generous donations from such distros as Microcosm Publishing and Eberhardt Press
Plans for the coming quarters include maintaining free zine making supplies and photocopies, stencil and wheat pasting materials, wall space for student art and a community calendar, as well as hosting guest speakers and artists. The success of The Evergreen Infoshoppe sets a strong example for "radical" students wishing to enlighten and inform their peers. Likely, something similar can be formed at any college or university that funds student groups. Still settling in and creating a presence on campus, The Evergreen Infoshoppe is glad to accept any and all donations, misprints, overstock, damaged goods, posters, etc. to add to its budding collection.
Weekly meetings and online discussion and resources for building sustainable community around single parents and young children
Inviting space for the elements of a sustainable society to cohere.
I chose the name "Freefamilies" to remind us all of the root and goal, freedom, available to us. So now I have a little daughter, for one. And I am NOT afraid to invent new ways for us to live on this magnificent planet, with so many other beautiful and powerful beings. As we take action outside of prescribed, consumerist, and misinformed modalities we become "social entrepreneurs."
Weekly meetings have been at the Red&Black cafe on Saturdays at 11am. Sometimes nobody shows, and sometimes we coordinate an outdoor meeting place or event, so please call or email first to make sure. A future space at Liberty Hall is much desired.
Please feel free to explore and post your thoughts on our new amateur website: http://www.freefamilies.org/wb
A friend of mine lives with her mother and step father in a condo near Scott park. About three months ago her neighbors got a young, maybe six month old pit bull- Labrador mix. Both breeds I have known to be friendly, but I'm well aware that the owners shape a dog, like parents shape their children. These people had no contact with the puppy, they put it in a small dog run, meant for a much smaller breed. Because it had food and water animal control paid no attention to the it, despite the fact that it lived in its own waste and never got out of the cage. After a month it began to cry. It cried 24/7 and after two complaints and threats to report the noise the people tied a wire around the puppies mouth to keep it from crying. We saw this as another opportunity to call the spca or Animal control, but once again they came out and warned them, the owners changed to rope instead,but they never came out to check on the dog again. After two months it seemed that the dog, just a puppy was showing signs of being traumatized.
On Saturday December 23, Sunday December 24, and Monday December 25, Cascadia Forest Defenders and UO's Forest Action held a candlelight vigil in front of the Crest Neighborhood home of Seneca Jones Lumber CEO, Aaron Jones, who continues to log native forests in the McKenzie River watershed, Eugene's source of drinking water.
CFD and Forest Action set up at dusk in front of Jones' sprawling home and his massive display of Christmas lights (which have been attracting hundreds of visitors a night) with a large green and red banner reading: "Pray 4 Aaron Jones to see the light - stop logging our drinking H20 source" and several signs.
About 47 people gathered tonight @ 5th and Hall Blvd across from the Beaverton, Oregon City Library. It is important that our elected representatives know that the majority of Americans want all troops to be pulled out of Iraq. We also want them to hold all those responsible to be accountable for their actions. Please join us every Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
PDX IMC Web Radio Interview with Silvaine Zimmerman, she has a B.Sc. in Ecology and an M.Sc. in Oceanography. She was born in Germany, grew up in Quebec, and has lived and worked in environmental research and assessment in Europe, Latin America, and in the High Arctic. In the early 1980's Silvaine participated in launching the Green Party, and in 2004, a first complete Green slate in Canada. (duration: about 40 minutes, Recorded Dec. 18, 2006)
This is my attempt to honor Brad's life. Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives, with every last drop of passion, like Brad did. His love, laughter and joy are as much a part of his legacy as the courage and dedication he showed in his work. He has left this earthly plane, as we all will someday, but he has not left our hearts.
Please click on link to see videos and read poem. Select Format as Quicktime, and then click on Full Screen. Set your volume to high.
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