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14.04.2007 05:12
Zsar Karl's Protest in Tigard and Message to Media

I just got back from Tigard. There must have been around 100 people at one point. Not as big a turn out as I expected. Everything went smoothly. The protestors behaved peaceably. Not surprisingly it was the Bush supports who were out of control. I doubt the mainstream media will bother reporting that. My favorite part was a group of 2-3 young men holding up a confederate flag to protest the protestors. Scary thought-they had to have this in their closet, and pulled it out just for us. How proud their parents must be. We got flipped off more than I have experienced before. No wonder they held it in Tigard. There were around 6-10 other protestors there supporting Bush. "Support the War" was their sign. They flip us off where we hold up signs saying "Support Peace" but they go to all this trouble to support killings. I bet their christians. The Embassy Suites was holding another function for a real estate group. One of the men going in apologized to the protestors that he was there, but that he had to go. My kind of guy.

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"Rove" Arrested Inside of Hotel in Tigard

On Friday the Thirteenth of April members of the Surge Protection Brigade and Code Pink greeted Karl Rove with a surprise party that included enactment of his arrest and incitement by citizens inside the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tigard, Oregon where he was speaking. Two groups of protesters made reservations for dinner- one of them a "Birthday Party" of twelve. They had dinner in the restaurant then took their brightly wrapped "presents" to an Atrium table right in front of the entrance to the room where Rove was speaking. The "presents" contained costumes and signs for a mock citizen's arrest and incitement of Rove just before he began speaking. When the citizens and a handcuffed "Rove" were escorted out by police they joined about 40 other demonstrators on the sidewalk behind the hotel. A person who counted demonstrators estimated that up to 100 people protested throughout the evening.

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Photos from the Embassy Suites Karl Rove Protest

I really feel sorry and pity the folks who would actually pay money to support this war party. Why are you bearing witness to a war criminal on the stage who is shilling for a failed president and a disastrous foreign policy? It is just pathetic you consider yourself a conservative and a proud republican. I guess that you are the 28% that Chuckle Nuts still considers his base. I pray for your soul.I am a parent who has a son in the Persian Gulf. I was out there tonight to support him and his fellow service members who want to come home and end this senseless occupation of Iraq.

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14.04.2007 05:05
Report from the April 7 rally at Oakland Port Hq
SOME 200 PEOPLE attended the April 7 rally at the Port-of-Oakland Headquarters. It was a smaller turnout than we would have liked, but considering that it was Easter weekend I guess it's as much as we could've hoped for. During the week before the rally, I took an informal poll and found that a lot of people whom I had expected to see at the rally were instead going to be out of town. Practically everyone, it seemed. And, to make matters worse, the weather reports were forecasting rain...

The rally commemorated the 4th anniversary of the police attack in which 59 protesters and longshoremen were injured. Other themes and issues were: Stop war shipments. Port money for schools & social services. Bring the troops home now, and give them the healthcare they need. Express solidarity with Tacoma protestors trying to stop war shipments.

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13.04.2007 02:02
Nazi Germany alive and well?
Filbinger's victims rise from the grave to attend the funeral The black forest city of Freiburg, in Germany's southwest, yesterday held a burial with full state honors for the former Nazi navy judge Hans Filbinger. A no-protest zone was declared around the cathedral, and hundreds of police were in attendance standing at attention lining the street while Filbinger's carcass passed. Filbinger was most famously responsible for revising cases of WW2 German Navy deserters, demanding the death penalty for sailors instead of 8 years of jail and disohonorable discharge. See the article for links to further information (in German only unfortunately). Executions ordered by Filbinger continued right up until the last days of the war, clearly demonstrating Filbinger's fascist fanaticism in the face of certain defeat.

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13.04.2007 02:01
Innocent Man Tells of Tri-Met / Police Hassle
Hollywood transit station 4-12-07 7:30pm

I go by.... I see a person hog-tied being lifted into a police car
I get my camera out and go by the car but didnt see a person was on the back seat. I start filming from overpass down to where the commotion is by the tracks below me. I missed the rukus but did interview an inocent "victim" his story is not nice.

here is the 5 minute YouTube video

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaVH5vQLTnI

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13.04.2007 01:54
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: Sitting Up Mud Lies Down
It is with sadness I eulogize Kurt Vonnegut, jr. today. He was an impressive sitting up mud! I used to cut classes in high school, to go sit under a tree and become engrossed in Vonnegut's wonderful novel, "Cat's Cradle." I have used lines from "Cat's Cradle" and "Breakfast of Champions" as life references since the 1970's. Terms such as "karass," "sitting up mud," "bad chemicals," and "Bokononism" have become commonplace in my life, due to my exposure to Vonnegut at an early age. My father gave me "Cat's Cradle" to read, and I handed it to my teenaged son to read as well. I normally do not enjoy fiction, but Vonnegut was an exception for me. I delighted in his plots and twists, all heavily laden with sarcasm and political angst. "Cat's Cradle" is a fictional story about what scientists and their families did the day America dropped the A-Bomb on Japan. I love the dark humor throughout "Cat's Cradle." And the child's game "cat's cradle" has never seemed the same after reading that book! In the book, the father who rarely speaks to his children, walks up to his son and leans into the kid, in a frightening manner, and holding a cat's cradle made of strings in his fingers, says, "See the cat? See the cradle?!" Yes, that in a nutshell, is the madness and beauty of Vonnegut's writing style.

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12.04.2007 05:26
Arrested for trying to lobby your Senator

Over the weekend, I received an email from a colleague that advertised of a rally at Senator Gordon Smith's offices in several cities around Oregon on Tuesday. The topic was the War in Iraq. Interested in the topic and needing to get my political photography fill for the week, I decided to attend the one in Portland.

Upon arriving I saw a calm crowd of about twenty or so people. Many were older than I -- mostly in their 40's, 50's, and 60's -- maybe older. According to one gentleman, the majority of the faces I was seeing were those of parents and grandparents of soldiers fighting in Iraq.

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6 Peacemakers Arrested - Videos from the Protest

Smiths Office On Private Property has 6 arrested for requesting "NO WAR FUNDING". 6 Brave Peacemakers are joined by 60 people outside Smith Office. After a few speeches they are peacefully arrested for trying to access Smiths Office on the 11th floor of the WTO building. They were walked un-cuffed to the Justice CXenter and booked.

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12.04.2007 05:22
Can Anyone Help Carlos Rubio Find Justice?
Some people remember the story of Carlos Rubio. A young man from a close family, he disappeared one night in June of 2005. It happened only days after a Sandy police officer threatened him and his father, Juan Rubio. The Rubio family had endured months of harassment by the Sandy police, culminating in Carlos' arrest. They had been called racist names, had been threatened and intimidated, and had come to fear the police. One night, police began following Carlos, and attempted to pull his car over. Carlos called 911 and reported that the police were behind him, and that he was afraid of them. He told the operator that he would not stop, because he feared what might happen to him. Instead, he would drive to a lighted area, where there were witnesses. There is a recording of this call, for anyone who might care to listen. It's a matter of public record.

He carefully drove to his family's home. There is a video tape, taken from the dashboard of the police cruiser that followed him. The tape clearly shows that Carlos did not speed, stopped at every traffic light, and obeyed all traffic laws. When he arrived at his home, he got out of his car, and was promptly pummeled and assaulted by jeering officers who pointed tasers at his face, laughed at him, and called him "homie." He was charged with "eluding an officer," and was violently arrested.

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12.04.2007 05:21
Sandy unveils 'whacko' city budget
City budgets and the like are generally just a little too "wonky" for me. I don't have great math aptitude, and I'll admit, following all the revenue streams and expenditures tends to go over my head. But you don't have to be a math whiz or political wonk to understand parts of the City of Sandy's proposed budget for 2007-09. Read on to see the sheer audacity of my hometown's administrators... not to mention their utter denial of the legal problems - and their resulting fiscal effects - our "fair" city is now facing thanks to our abusive cops.

Reading between the lines has always been a valuable skill when perusing the Sandy Post. Those timid stenographers occasionally show a little spine by covering controversial issues like the six (count 'em - SIX!) lawsuits currently being leveled against city police. But alas, they invariably let me down by resorting to platitudes and by parroting the one-sided reporting so typical of the O and the other "players" in the MSM they wish to emulate.

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11.04.2007 04:17
protest @ Senator Smith's office in Portland
About 6 brave people were arrested at Gordon Smith's office today. My son called me from the Persian Gulf yesterday. He urged me to keep the pressure on our elected officials to stop the occupation of Iraq now! Despite what the right-wing pundits say, we are the majority. Call, write or fax your represenative and bring all the armed forces home now. Here is a brief speech by one of the people arrested.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmoNk4KLtas

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09.04.2007 05:01
Video File: Surge Protectors Good Friday Vigil at Military Recruiters Office
Today, Good Friday, April 5, 2007, for the tenth time since the New Year, the Surge Protector Brigade held a vigil at the military recruiters office on NE Broadway in Portland Oregon.

This time six of their number were arrested.

Earlier in the day artificial blood was spilled on the sidewalk and bloody hand prints pressed up against the front windows and building.

This is a 1 1/2 minute video of the spilling of blood, with a brief interview with Bonnie Tinker of the Brigade.

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09.04.2007 04:58
Sea Lions on the River
Tomorrow is Easter, a day to celebrate the turning of the wheel, from decay to resurrection, from winter to spring, from death to life. And in a fitting salute to this ancient Pagan (yes! Pagan!) holiday, the runs are here: The salmon are pulsing through the river again. Life comes surging into the world again with the spring. And with it come the sea lions, gliding through the water with the salmon, as they have for thousands of years.

I can hear them from my window here, barking and trumpeting from the waters as they lounge along the shore, as they gleefully swirl through the water, as they break the grey-green, splashing surface with their whiskered, dog-like faces. I counted four of them this morning, as I walked along the shore. This is good. This is how the spring goddess comes dancing back into the world: She comes with bright blossoms and soft petals and perfumed air. She comes with singing birds and unfurling fronds and awakening earth. And, here in Cascadia, she comes with the salmon and the sea lion.

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09.04.2007 04:54
Dear Supporters... (Josh Harper Update)
I imagine that by now many of you will have heard about my recent misfortune. I figure that's as good of an excuse as any for not writing a proper update for the last few months and for subjecting you all to another round of my prison diary "Factoids."

This Housing unit isn't very special. An alert soldier in the war on terror recently intercepted an interview I had participated in for a small skate / dumpstering / vegan 'zine. I was promptly grabbed from my unit and placed on 24 hour lock down in the "the hole". Now the FBI is investigating and I expect to be in here for a while. It's horrible but at least I get the joy of imagining Mr. Maturity ( A.K.A Jake Conroy) chucking while he exclaims, "heh heh. ' the hole'." Good times.

Millions of 9 year olds can't be wrong. Those of you who have written me lately to mock my new found love of the Harry Potter Novels should know that I feel no shame about it... with one exception. The glee I felt when Harry had his first kiss with Cho was probably a little embarrassing. But in book 4 Hermione talks about moving past advocacy and towards "direct action" in her fight for house elf rights! See, I'm actually doing same deep political reading.

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07.04.2007 16:10
An Injury to All: Solidarity w/ laid off Freightliner employees
Vincent Pierce, freightliner employee who kept is job, addresses the crowd In a pronounced display of solidarity, unions and allied organizations protested at the offices of Senators Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith on Wednesday, demanding that the politicians own up to their role in the the recent lay off of 750 employees of Freightliner Portland Truck Plant. On March 30, the company announced plans to relocate the jobs to Mexico.

Members of perhaps a dozen local unions gathered in solidarity with the laid off employees of Portland Truck Plant, which has provided family-wage jobs to area residents since 1947. On March 30, the company announced that it was relocating its plant to Mexico and laying off 750 union employees in the process.

The demonstrators blamed the layoffs on bad trade policies like NAFTA and CAFTA, and directed a challenge to Senators Ron Wyden and Gorden Smith to take stock of their responsibility for these layoffs.

 http://www.citizenstrade.org/oregon.php

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07.04.2007 05:17
Fouad Kaady was MURDERED!
Fouad Kaady

Most of the details may be learned by merely Googling Fouad Kaady, or better still, by using the "search" function here, on PDX Indy. I will simply restate the low points here:

On September 8, 2005, a warm day here in the Northwest, Fouad Kaady, then just twenty eight years old, had some kind of car trouble. His pickup ran out of gas, or some other problem occurred, causing him to have to leave it parked on a Gresham street, while he went in search of a cure. He went to his parents' home, picked up a gas can, and borrowed his parents car. No one is really sure what happened at this point, but Fouad is next reported as being involved in several "hit and run" accidents on a rural Clackamas County road. From most witness accounts, he may have been experiencing a fire within the cab of his vehicle, and rather than hit and run, may more likely have been simply out of control and on fire. Finally, he ran off the roadway, and baled out of the burning car, with his shorts on fire. Naturally, he abandoned his burning clothes, and may have been out of his mind with pain from this time on. He ran into the woods, and emerged about a half mile from his entry point.

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Portland Indy Video Collective Announces: Fouad Kaady Video Finally Complete

You've heard the lies. Now come and learn the truth.

For 18 months, the police and the corporate media have claimed that the killing of Fouad Kaady was justified. They said he was on drugs. They said they feared for their lives. They said he threatened to kill them. They said officers "never violated policies or procedures."

We beg to differ.

Believe it or not, this story is told in the officers' own words. And you won't even believe what you hear.

The video will be showing on Saturday, April 21st, at 7pm, at the Watershed. Stay tuned to this site for further details.

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07.04.2007 05:08
Surge Protection Grannies Mourn at Recruiting Station on Good Friday - 6 Arrested
Army Wrong The Surge Protection Brigade held a vigil in front of the Army Recruitment center at NE Broadway in Portland for the tenth week on Good Friday, April 6 2007. They brought flowers and artificial blood to memorialize the lives lost in the Iraq war. "Good Friday is a solemn day, and we are expressing our grief and mourning the death of our US military: young men and women who were sent on a mission based on deceit and greed. We also mourn the Iraqis, the hundreds of thousands of lives shattered by this ill-conceived occupation," said Terri Grayum, a spokesperson for the group who was charged for blocking doors at the recruitment center on March 21.

Officers passed by throughout the morning. At about 11:00 they came back to the vigil to discover the sidewalk covered with splatters of "blood" and handprints on the windows. Six people were arrested. They were first taken to NE Precinct in squad cars, but rather than releasing them they were then transported by police van to the Justice Center for new fingerprints and mug shots. They were held for a total of about six hours.

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07.04.2007 05:07
Journalist Josh Wolf released from prison
"It took 226 days, but it was worth every second to get what I wanted from day one, which is that I will not have to testify before the grand jury about the events at the protest or the identities of participants. The demand for my testimony before the grand jury was the true assault on my code of ethics and, as I have stated previously, there will be, and has been no compromise to this resolute principle.

"Today, I posted the video footage to my web site www.joshwolf.net/ so that the public will have the opportunity to see that there is nothing of value in this unpublished footage. As there is no sensitive material on the tape, there was no reason to remain in prison, given the fact that I got what I wanted from day one - the right to protect journalists from having to testify before a grand jury.

"Until now, I had no assurances that publishing the video would lead to my release and furthermore had every indication that it would have the opposite result and indicate to the judge that the so-called coercive effect was working. That has changed.

"I do feel that my unpublished materials should be protected by a Federal Shield and moving forward, that is where I will focus my efforts. Journalist should have the right to be protected from testifying before a grand jury and I will not stop fighting until there is a law that protects us."

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05.04.2007 05:09
Wednesday Food Not Bombs
Wednesday Food Not Bombs is MOVING!

Wednesday Food Not Bombs is still providing free vegetarian food at 5:30 pm but, we are not doing it in Overlook Park anymore. Starting today (4/4/07) we will be feeding in Dawson Park. Dawson park is at the corner of Williams Ave. and N. Stanton St. across from Legacy Emmanuel Hospital.

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05.04.2007 05:09
BARK April updates
There is so much happening in April, let me get right to it: Two recent court rulings have found Bush's anti-forest rules illegal. Amazing artists have donated their work to Bark's first ever First Thursday art opening. Bark will celebrate Earth Day with a much-anticipated sequel to the famous Papa Yeti puppet show at City Repair's annual event. Mt. Hood will be a focus of discussion regarding global warming at the Melting Mountains Conference hosted by the Mazamas. And if you are itching to go camping we have just the thing for you...the Clackamas Campout! Find out about these April happenings and more at our website,  http://www.bark-out.org.

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04.04.2007 04:10
Video of Surge Protector Brigade Arrests
The 13 1/2 minute video features an interview with Col. Ann Wright (ret.) as well as footage of the five arrests and a confrontation between the grannies refusing entry to an 18 year old seeking to enlist in the army as an infantryman.

A Portland police officer, Officer Schaffer argued with the Brigade, calling them Communists for preventing the young man from entering the building, and manhandled one of the grandmothers on two occasions, as he was going in and out of the building.

After informing an officer that they would refuse to move their rocking chairs, other officers were called and the arrests were made, handcuffing the three grandmothers and two grandfathers, leading them off to the squad cars.

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04.04.2007 04:08
WHERE'S WALDEN? asked by S. Oregon Citizens
More Citizen/Activists outside Walden's office, photo from Jason A group of about 30 people from several different peace & progressive groups protested the Iraq occupation and sent a delegation of about 15 women into Congressman Greg Walden's Medford office to request a meeting with the congressman. The women came out about 30 minutes later and reported that Walden's staff had not yet been able to arrange a conference call with Walden for the group, but invited them to return at 11 am next Thursday, April 5, at which time they expect to be able to schedule a conference call with the congressman.

Walden's staff said Walden was in Lakeview on Friday, but claimed that they have no idea where he will be next Thursday or anytime next week. Walden is one of the few members of Congress who does not have a calendar on his website. It is very difficult for the public to know when and where he will appear.

The action was planned to call attention to the arrest in Bend on March 20th of six women, most of them grandmothers, who went to Walden's Bend office hoping to get a conference call from him. When none was arranged, they elected to stay in the building after it closed and were arrested by Bend Police. We don't believe that Walden has dropped the charges against them.

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