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Klamath Riverkeeper sent a 60 day notice of intent to file a lawsuit today against Warren Buffett's PacifiCorp for polluting one of the nation's most important and controversial salmon rivers, the Klamath. Klamath Riverkeeper's lawsuit asserts that operation of the Iron Gate Dam hatchery has resulted in repeated violations of the Clean Water Act and is just one of the ways that PacifiCorp, as the owner of the four dams along the Klamath River, is destroying the River, its salmon runs, and the coastal fishing economies of the California and Oregon Coastline.
On Friday, January 5, 2007, I was honored to attend an event featuring former US servicemen who have the Courage To Resist the Occupation of Iraq. Dennis Kyne, a veteran of the first Gulf War, spoke for about 6 minutes, first a little about his own experiences and then setting the stage for Darrell Anderson, the feature speaker of the evening and a member of the organization Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Darrell speaks for 30 minutes about how he came to join the service, his experiences in Iraq and what led him to refuse redeployment and oppose the Occupation. "In January '03 I decided to join the military because, I was broke. I was tired of dealing drugs on the streets and I was tired of living with my grandparents and I was tired of not going to school and I was tired of being an American without healthcare." In his own words, he figured he could get "join the military. They'll give me 50 G's for college; they'll straighten me out."
Though his mom freaked out, telling him that he'll go to war, Darrel responded, "I want to go to war, I've been waiting my whole life to go to combat, to do something crazy like that. I don't have much to live for, what's me being dead going to matter? I'll be remembered as a great person, instead of that dude who worked at the grocery store."
This issue of Raccoon Radio was first broadcast on Free Radio Olympia from 1pm to 2pm on Monday (1.15.07). Featured in this issue are:
Raccoon Radio 1-15-07
Martin Luther King Jr., a hero of the Civil Rights Movement, was assassinated in Memphis, TN, on April 4, 1968. His impressive legacy, however, lives on. For the last 25 years, the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore has honored his memory with a commemorative lecture. On Jan. 13, 2007, Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook filled that role with distinction. She called on her audience to do their part, "to make a difference," and to be "strengthened by our struggle."
Government Found Guilty of Martin Luther King Murder in Federal Court - 12/8/99
Undisclosed conspirators for the governments of the United States, the State of Tennessee, and the City of Memphis were found liable for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. on December 8, 1999, in a federal circuit court. The federal government never appealed the decision. The mainstream media in the U.S. never covered the assassination conspiracy verdict, even though the implications of the story were greater than Watergate. The family requested a subsequent independent investigation to be set up by President Bill Clinton (who has since established office in Harlem), but he refused the request.
I have stopped my protest outside Gordon Smith's office, I demanded he come out and say something about the war in Iraq and he has done that a few weeks ago. I do not trust the man but he did use strong language and that is enough for me to stop my brunch with the Gorgon.
I will visit his office as part of other actions and will risk arrest trying to get him to stop the funding of the occupation of Iraq. I will also start a new vigil in front of Sen. Wyden's office on 3rd Ave, in Portland. I believe that Smith is now irrelevant and the Dems must act now. I want the Dems to start the investigations but go much further than they wish to travel.
Looking to start a FNB day in Columbia park and hoping to find people who are interested and dedicated to the task. Wouldn't it be great to see every corner of the city brought together by the sharing of good food (or veggie slop)? 1st meeting will be Thursday the 25th @ 5:30pm at Proper Eats Cafe in St. Johns. The address is 8638 N. Lombard St. Send me an email if you have any questions before then.
Food Not Bombs Wednesday needs help!
Food Not Bombs Wednesday is looking to move to Liberty Hall/IWW Hall kitchen and is in need of cookware + other support. We're looking to keep some food staples. We have flyers that need distributing. They have every day FNB feeds, where, + bus info.
I was at a local bar today grabbing some snacks to go. While I was waiting for my food I was shocked to see an army recruiting poster on the wall. The bartender lady saw me tear it down and said "I didn't see that. I've been wanting to do that for weeks."
Text message updates for busy progressives?
I am on dialysis which means I'm stuck in a @#$in' chair for 12 hours a week with nothing to do so I'm trying to think of a way I can make the world better. When I was working full time I missed alot of actions because I didn't find out about them until afterwards. I was thinking I could offer a free service where I text message quick messages to people letting them know whats coming up?
On Dec 1, 2000, close to 600 people were arrested during the WTO protests in Seattle at several different times and different locations. Originally we tried to construct class action lawsuits for everyone negatively affected by police action during that time but that was too broad. Next we put all arrestees together in a lawsuit and stuck with that for a while. Ultimately, however, several sort of separate suits emerged. This one is the last unresolved case (that I know about.)
This case is for all those arrested in the morning at Westlake Park. Several other cases have been settled: the ACLU got a pretty good outcome and people arrested later in the day at First & Broad settled as well. The city paid protesters significant damages! Some arrestees (the largest group being arrested first thing in the am at 8th & Lenora, soon after departing from Denny Park) ultimately didn't fall into any of the lawsuits, even though I think their rights were tromped as well. !Arrest is NOT an acceptable crowd control method, right!?!
Just saw a video, taken from surveilance cameras, at the Fairfield Apartments, in SW Portland-SCARY!
I will try to capture a copy of the vid, but for now, it can be seen on channel (ugh)2's web site (KATU). It shows a tenant, Terry DeGeorge, who by his own account, needlessly verbally harassed some Portland Fire Fighters who had entered the lobby. An altercation broke out, in which a fire fighter threw the first (and as far as could be seen, ONLY) blow, the others then ganged onto the victim (verbal abuse is a felony in Portland, right?), and took him to the ground, where a bald headed Lt. Robert Bedgood (sp?) kicked him three times. All on video.
tonight i attended a peak oil meeting where we talked about the message. as it happened, the bitter cold (my fingers are still quite numb as i type) had prompted our hosting church to shelter the homeless for a while. This is important for two reasons, 1. the nature of the discussion, end of cheap energy will have a direct impact on homelessness and how we as a collective society will choose to take care of every living thing on the planet in equal proportioning of resources with rights to survive. In the past, animals were slaughtered in ritualistic fashion and many praises were laid upon the lifeforce of the kill which sustains the lifeforce of the gardenkeepers, who in turn, manage carefully the natural systems that keep the whole planet in balance. holy shit, right?
A large crowd braved the cold and showed up at Pioneer Courthouse Square to protest Bush's announced escalation of the Iraq war this evening. The crowd marched to the Oregonian newspaper's office, chanting and taking over the street for a short time. In spite of delays, motorists showed great support to the protestors by honking and waving. This has not been the typical reaction of Portland drivers to such delays in the past. Perhaps this is reflective of a poll conducted showing that 89% of Americans oppose sending more troops to Iraq.
It was also unusual to have no noticeable police presence at the event this evening; no storm troopers, no smell of pepper spray in the air, no violation of free speech rights. The demonstrators marched back to PCS, where singing, chanting, percussion music and general camaraderie took place.
AUDIO FILE:Portland Rally In Response To Troop Escalation In IraqAbout 500 people gathered at Pioneer Square this evening, January 11, 2007, to protest the imminent escalation of the U.S. Occupation in Iraq, as announced by George W. Bush in a speech to the nation the day before.
Over 150 people assembled at 5th and Hall this evening to protest Chimpy's call for another 20,000 soldiers and an additional carrier battle group to the middle east.The majority of Americans want our soldiers home now.Yet, the cabal that runs the White House does not "get it".Dems plan to block funding, but they MUST know that they have your support. Call toll-free: 800-614-2803.And GOP senators who are up for reelection in 2008 are, by in large, now breaking with Bush. Let them know you support them on ending the war
Olympia Opposes the EscalationA surprisingly large number of people turned out on this too freezing cold night in Olympia to register their outrage at this latest Bush insanity. The word went out over email today and close to 100 people stood on the corner of Division and Harrison in Olympia's Westside. Some with signs, some without but all committed to ending this insane war.
Protesters outside White House demand troop pullout from Iraq
Anti-war protesters demonstrate in front of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, as President Bush was making his address to the nation about his new policy dealing with the Iraq war. Bush said he will send 21,500 additional U.S. troops to Iraq to quell its near-anarchy and for the first time acknowledged he had erred by failing to order a military buildup last year.
After six years of trying to get OHSU to respond to IDA's and the public's concerns about inhumane animal care in its research laboratories, we have an unprecedented opportunity to see positive changes for the animals! But your help is urgently needed!
In a meeting on December 21, 2006, before the OHSU Animal Care SubCommittee, IDA presented two intense hours of non-stop video footage documenting the poor and neglectful conditions for the animals at the Primate Center.
At the end of the meeting IDA proposed a solution to this tragic situation by asking OHSU to begin to reduce its use of animals by five percent annually, replacing them with scientific protocols that do not use animals. In considering IDA's proposal, the Committee has asked for the public's feedback on this issue.
Letters from Oregon residents the Committee are especially needed. Please write a polite letter to the Animal Care SubCommittee by Wednesday, January 17 stating your support for the Five Percent Initiative. Feel free to use any of the points outlined below, and remember that your letter need not be long and detailed.
In an apparent attempt at counter protest, the military recruiters brought out an effigy of the inflated military budget.
The recruiting tool, most likely designed to capture the attention of elementary school aged children, was seen bobbing along with a makeshift cardboard sign stating, "Support our troops." The peace demonstrators were well equipped with complementary signs including, "Support the troops - bring 'em home!", "Killing is Wrong", and "Money for jobs and schools, not war".
My flash did not work tonight, so sorry for the quality. About 45 people gathered tonight at 5th and Hall in Beaverton tonight. The November elections showed that the country wanted out of Iraq. Tonight, Chimpy announced more soldiers are being put into Iraq and an additional carrier strike force is being sent into the area. My son is part of that carrier group. Please send your elected representative a note, fax or e-mail to oppose this escalation. Chimpy's policy has failed. Hold everyone accountable for this debacle. It is imperative to cut off the funding of this illegal occupation. Please join us every wednesday evening and support any public demonstration against this administration and any politician who supports it.
The Oregon chapter of Jubilee USA will be traveling to Kenya and Zambia from January 18-31 with other members of the Jubilee USA Network to witness firsthand the life-saving impacts of debt cancellation on the people of Africa. This delegation will travel to clinics, schools, and meet with community groups. The delegation will make its first stop in Nairobi, Kenya for the World Social Forum which convenes for the first time in Africa this year.
"Our generation will be remembered by how we acted when faced with the devastation of AIDS, poverty and unjust debt in Africa. There is a crisis of tsunami proportion every year in Africa. The fact that Americans are not aware of how two thirds of the world lives, and do not act to change it, that is our crisis. The World Social Forum is an opportunity to join with 150,000 people from civil society groups from around the world to create the vision for true change, because Another World Is Possible," said Nancy Yuill, co-chair of Jubilee Oregon.
Attended by about 150 people, the Die-In at Pioneer Square on Saturday, January 6, 2007 honored the 3000 U.S. soldiers and 650,000 Iraqis who have died in Iraq.
After a few brief words about the reason for the gathering, the moderator said that, though these symbolic events are necessary, people must do more than this to exert their will. There were people present with the names of our Congressional delegation pined to their shirts who were handing out postcards addressed to each individual Senator or Representative. The Moderator urged everyone present to follow through and contact their representative and let them know their feelings about this Occupation.
Audio: Jan6 Die-In Report Back
At no point since the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, has humanity been closer to the unthinkable, a nuclear holocaust which could potentially spread, in terms of radioactive fallout, over a large part of the Middle East.
All the safeguards of the Cold War era, which categorized the nuclear bomb as "a weapon of last resort" have been scrapped. "Offensive" military actions using nuclear warheads are now described as acts of "self-defense".
The distinction between tactical nuclear weapons and the conventional battlefield arsenal has been blurred. America's new nuclear doctrine is based on "a mix of strike capabilities". The latter, which specifically applies to the Pentagon's planned aerial bombing of Iran, envisages the use of nukes in combination with conventional weapons. [more]
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