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Oregon Senate Bill 672 will require traps to be checked every 24 hours. This will significantly reduce the suffering of trapped animals. It's a step in the right direction.
The use of leg- and body-hold traps remains in wide use in Oregon, with well over 20,000 animals trapped each year. Under current ODFW regulations, animals can, and do, remain in a trap for from 48 hours to 30 days. SB 672, which is in the Oregon Senate Environmental and Natural Resource Committee, would reduce the time allowed between checking traps to 24 hours. The reason for a 24 hour check time is because these types of traps are so inherently cruel that every measure should be taken to reduce the time any animal spends in one. Furthermore, studies have shown over and over again that for every targeted animal caught, two or three non-targeted animals are trapped, and if they are released within 24 hours, they may escape death or maiming.
I learned, today, that plans are underway to inundate the St Helens community with Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (BtK), an insecticide intended to eradicate the infamous gypsy moth. St Helens sits on the banks of the Columbia river, and is known for its lush wetlands, once-thick forests (before all the logging of the 1980s and 1990s reduced them to rubble), and rolling, green meadows. And... for its butterflies.
For my part, I have real concerns about the spraying of any toxin into the environment here in Cascadia. I am especially concerned when this spraying is accompanied by the kind of stone-walling, white-washing nonsense that has generally been doled out by the USDA any time questions are asked about the possible collateral damage that might result from the spraying of Bt.
If you would like to hear some of that white-washing, or if you would like to register your complaints about the moth spraying scheme, feel free to call the USDA at. Please let them know that we care about our environment, we care about butterflies, and we are not guinea pigs.
On Saturday, April, activists staged a peace vigil at Naval Magazine Indian Island to protest the arrival of the Trident Nuclear Submarine, Ohio. The Ohio has been converted from a ballistic missile sub to one that carries cruise missiles and Navy SEALS. Indian Island is approximately 2 miles from Port Townsend, Washington. Liz Rivera Goldstein and Bethel Prescott were both arrested on Saturday at the gate to the base. Both were also part of the 37 activists that were arrested last year at Indian Island.
In the early days of fee-demo, the US Forest Service concentrated it's effort to transform recreation into Disneyfied products, goods and services near urban centers. They focused upon those parts of the country where they expected the least resistance. For example, they converted the four major forests of Southern California located within a hundred miles of Disneyland, into one great big pay-to-play "Enterprise Forest" where even basic entry was prohibited except to "Adventure Pass" holders. Yet at the same time, the agencies largely avoided implementing fee-demo in the conservative, more-traditional, West. Barely a fee was charged in the Big Sky state of Montana.
The Forest Service knew exactly from where the most hostile reaction to their Disneyfication agenda would come. They avoided confrontation in those regions for as long as possible. Only with the passage of the RAT did the land management agencies begin expanding and extending their commercialization / privatization agenda into every corner of the nation. And now that they've done so, the backlash they long feared, is bursting forth uncontrollably.
It is with great pleasure that I share the news that the RAT is in serious trouble on many fronts. Opposition has materialized in all quarters and, based upon the appended article from NewWest, it
appears likely that the senior Senator from Montana, Max Baucus, will introduce legislation to REPEAL THE RAT. Not only that --- in an area long considered "safe" by the USFS, the California Legislature will vote this week on a resolution (AJR-21) calling upon Congress to REPEAL THE RAT.
In the morning of Monday 23/4, prisoners at the prison of Malandrino (in Fokida, mainland Greece) revolted. The spark igniting the revolt was the beating of anarchist prisoner Yiannis Dimitrakis as well as the vicious, violent response of the guards to the protests staged by his co-prisoners. Disgraceful holding conditions, lack of water, regular beatings, electronic surveillance and the extremely short time they are allowed at the yard comprise a grim reality for the Malandrino prisoners. The prison has seen plenty of revolts in the past... According to our latest info the prison is now under the complete control of the prisoners.
Meantime, information coming in right now (2:30pm, April 24) indicates that prisoners at the Ayios Stefanos prison of Patras have also revolted; two hundred of them abstained from their meal. 340 prisoners at the prison of Tripoli have gone on hunger strike.
Last night, an outstanding film was shown to a full house in SE Portland. People packed the cozy venue, piling on couches until they were full, and then lining the walls. It was standing room only. And finally, the truth about the killing of Fouad Kaady was told.
The film's producer spoke out about the pattern of police violence and corporate media complicity, describing the link between the stories that are told about incidents of police violence and the public's reaction (or non-reaction). She showed that the police and the corporate media kick in to high gear every time someone is killed by police. They create a story in which the victim either deserved to be killed ("had it coming"), or was someone we don't need to care about anyway. Whether that story is true or not is irrelevant. Once such a story is created, it takes on a life of its own, and influences the way the public reacts to the killing.
I don't think anyone is ever going to look at police killings in the same, passive way again, after seeing this one. There is something rotten going on behind all those badges, and the stink is beginning to leak out. Thanks to those who took the risks and shared their energy to drag this story out into the light of day.
On Thursday, April 19 Cascadia's Ecosystem Advocates (CEA), Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD) and the UO's Forest Action held a citizen demonstration outside Market of Choice in Eugene to urge Market of Choice to stop banking with Umpqua Bank, whose board of directors is personally responsible for clearcutting and herbiciding hundreds of thousands of acres of Oregon's forests.
Members of CEA and CFD held a 9 foot banner outside of the store saying "Save Oregon's Ancient Forests: Boycott StUmpqua Bank" and other signs, as well as passing out leaflets (on tree free, sugar cane based paper) to Market of Choice customers. Leaflets asked customers to call Market of Choice and urge them to do the right thing by withdrawing their accounts from Umpqua Bank and placing them in an environmentally responsible local bank. Postcards addressed to Market of Choice owner, Mr. Wright, were passed out as well as brochures explaining Umpqua Bank's ecocidal practices.
Hundreds of customers were made aware of the issue and dozens of individuals approached protesters to learn more about it. Despite one "friend" of Market of Choice owners and Umpqua Board of Directors who thought native forests were an "unpicked crop" and who didn't believe in global warming, the public was almost entirely supportive of the rally and expressed surprise and concern about Market of Choice's decision. Despite Market of Choice's green, eco-friendly image, by continuing to bank with Umpqua Bank, they are complicit in the destruction of Oregon's precious forests and watersheds.
On Friday April 20, 2007 bike riders in front of the Army Recruiting office In Portland Oregon traded in bright jackets for signs that read "No Blood for Oil" and "Seriously Pissed Off Grannies" T shirts. The bikers rode west on Broadway and then walked their bikes past the recruiting office to minimize risk to pedestrians. The group of about 40 people, fairly evenly split between seniors and young adults, gathered at 10:30 and by 12:30 two of the protesters had been arrested for blocking the doorways to the recruiting office. Sara Graham, 66, blocked the door with her vintage bike. After about 15 minutes she was joined by Wendy B., a young woman who blocked the second door. For a while it appeared as if the officers would allow the protest without arrests, but after some consultation and gathering of copies of laws they moved in to arrest the protesters.
The recruiting office was undergoing an inspection on Friday, and many of the recruiters from the office and those sent to do the inspection stood in the doorway chatting with the demonstrators. The tone was more civil that the past two protests on March 30 and April 6. Some protesters attributed the respectful atmosphere to the presence of the City Attorney. Officer Schaffer, who in the past has antagonized demonstrators and used physical force to push protesters out of the doorway, was civil. Other officers were friendly, as they have been in the past.
Quite a few years ago some crazy people got together and decided to try to stop the forces of destruction at a place called Fall Creek.
Many people passed through those woods. Some staying a few days, some staying a few years.
There were tears and laughter, conflict and resolution.
The campaign grew into more than a direct action camp. For some it became a home, a community, an autonomous zone, a free place in the midst of so much restriction.
The effort to pass an impeachment resolution in this legislative session ended today in Washington. Over 100 people rallied on the Capitol steps before taking seats in the gallery to watch a debate that was scheduled for impeachment and the Iraq war. Curiously, no one defended the President or Vice President. No one stood up to say the allegations were untrue. Yet, impeachment failed because too many believed it wasn't their job to stand up for the Constitution.
The Senate Joint Memorial 8016, which petitioned Congress to begin impeachment investigations of the President Bush and Vice President Cheney, began its journey on February 14th. Freshman Senator Eric Oemig led the effort, along with eight co-sponsors: Senators Fairley, Fraser, Kauffman, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Prentice, Regala, and Spanel.
Tomorrow, Friday, April 20th, 2007, the Oregon House of Representatives Health Care Committee is having a work session on House Bill 3099 (HB3099) which would institute mandatory water fluoridation statewide in Oregon for all communities of 10,000 or more residents. It is very important that Oregon citizens educate themselves on this issue as this would result in us paying for hazardous and toxic waste materials to be added to our drinking water. Call and e-mail your representatives today (contact info on my web site!)
Let me tell you a story I've just heard recently about how the "wild, wild, west" brand of justice that law enforcement employ here on the mountain played out at Sandy's infamous "Bonanza Bunkhouse."
Like I imagine many were, I was understandably concerned and upset after reading of the six lawsuits filed against members of the Sandy police force and Clackamas County Sheriff's department. Even the staunchest conservative or law-and-order type should question why - especially after 20 years without - the city and county now face six legal actions alleging corruption, police brutality and other serious violations of constitutional rights.
Judge Michael Marcus Today Agreed With Oregonians and Ordered the Gov't Shall Not to Burn Mustard Agent at the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot
Today, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Michael Marcus enjoined the State of Oregon and the U.S. Army from burning mustard agent at the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot. Judge Marcus, in his opinion issued today, concludes that Oregon's Dep't of Environmental Quality and Env't Quality Comm'n's findings that incineration is the best available technology [to process Mustard Agent] and that there will be no "major adverse impact on health and the environment are not supported by substantial evidence in the record . . ."
Stu Sugarman, an attorney for The Sierra Club, GASP, Oregon Wildlife Federation, and 22 individual Oregonians, says "this is what we've been telling the judge for 10 years now. This is by far our biggest victory in this litigation to date." Sugarman added that this decision will prevent the facility from spewing high concentrations of mercury through its smokestacks and ultimately into the bodies of unsuspecting children downwind of the facility in Hermiston, Oregon and other cities. Judge Marcus says that his 27 page opinion will be available online on the court's website soon.
From PCASC: As May Day approaches, ICE (aka la migra, formerly known as the INS) is picking up their campaign of raids targeting the Latino community. While the aim of these raids is to terrorize immigrant communities and scare them behind closed doors, they have only made people more determined: this May Day we will stand up once again for immigrant and worker rights. See event details below.
Push and Pull: Free Trade and the Immigration Debate
David Bacon and Juan Sandoval, two leading scholars and activists, one from each side of the border, will help us grapple with the complex and controversial issues surrounding free trade and immigration using photos and stories from their years of organizing.
International Workers' Day Celebration on May 1st
When: May 1st 2007, 4:00pm
Related: MayDay background | MayDay2006 | Sin Fronteras Portland '07 Mayday events | Immigrants Rising Archive | Putting it in Writing: Immigrants Rights Coalition Sends Strong Message to Congress | Immigrants: 50,000 March for Immigration Reform 4/7/07 in LA
Following a brief rally in front of the Portland World Trade Center, where Oregon Sen. Gordon Smith has his offices, six of his constituency were stopped by building security at the foot of the escalator and arrested for trespassing. Their only "crime" was wishing to speak to their elected Senator, or one of his aides concerning the Iraq War. This is the ninth time since the first of the year that Oregon citizens have been denied access to their elected official, and there have been numerous arrests over this time period.
The group, Defund the War have made a commitment to pressure Sen. Smith to stand behind the speech he made early in this year, condemning the war and withdrawing his support for it. Quoting Sen, Smith, "I, for one, am at the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the same bombs day after day."
Should the fact of private ownership trump a citizens right of access to their elected officials? As Peter points out in the video, it is against the law to pass any law denying a citizen this access.
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Today peace activists gathered together at Salmon Springs in Downtown Portland on the Willamette and turned the river red to signify the blood of those killed in the latest war for money, power, and control.
"No blood for oil" and "Bring the troops home" banners were dropped and hung from the Hawthorne bridge. Death was everywhere and bloody zombies reminded everyone why they were there.
Here are few photos from the event.
A new FDA "guidance" document, published on the FDA's website, reveals plans to reclassify virtually all vitamins, supplements, herbs and even vegetable juices as FDA-regulated drugs. Massage oils and massage rocks will be classified as "medical devices" and require FDA approval.
When it comes to health freedom, this is the FDA's end game. A new FDA "guidance" document, published on the FDA's website, reveals plans to reclassify virtually all vitamins, supplements, herbs and even vegetable juices as FDA-regulated drugs. Massage oils and massage rocks will be classified as "medical devices" and require FDA approval. The document is called Docket No. 2006D-0480. Draft Guidance for Industry on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Products and Their Regulation by the Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA is accepting public comments on the docket until April 30th. 1. Lodge a complaint with the FDA by clicking here, link to www.accessdata.fda.gov. MAKE SURE you include the docket number 2006D-0480. But don't trust this to be enough. The FDA will probably simply delete half the complaints it receives, so don't trust your complaint to actually count. It's important to continue...www.organicconsumers.org
Related: Derailing local food; Proposed new regulations for Portland Farmer's Markets:
Two quick updates: SHAC 7 prisoner Jake Conroy is now off of lockdown, however Josh Harper is still in the hole, Andy Stepanian and Lauren Gazzola have had their phone privileges revoked for six months--and they all need to hear from you! Please keep writing them while they are in prison, even if you don't know them. You can get their addresses at: www.SHAC7.com/addresses2.htm
SHAC7 Shirt Design Deadline EXTENDED!!
To make Congress more effective we need to restore the Office of Technology Assessment that the sanctimonious Gingrich got rid of in 1995. Few Americans have heard of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. It was created by Congress in 1972 and became the fourth congressional support agency. It was designed to provide the House and Senate with independent, nonpartisan and thorough analysis of complex technical issues and policy options for addressing them. In 1995 under pressure from the pompous and nefarious Newt Gingrich the small agency was de-funded.
I was a proud member of the senior OTA staff for 12 years. There is now bipartisan interest among some members of Congress in reinstituting OTA. And that is a wonderful idea that all those hoping to see improved congressional behavior and policymaking should support. For first hand understanding of what OTA did, you can access its reports at www.wws.princeton.edu/~ota. With a staff of just 200, two-thirds of which were professional research staff, it produced over 750 reports in its 23 years of existence. The scope and breadth of OTA's work was mind-boggling, and the remaining congressional support agencies have not replicated the depth of its work and the outreach of its staff. Ironically, many nations sent people to visit and examine OTA and then established their own versions of this unique technology assessment agency that they still rely on. The abolishment of OTA by Gingrich was viewed with amazement and chagrin worldwide.
How amazing that at a time in history when government policy has had to address more and more terribly sophisticated and contentious technical issues, Congress lost this precious national resource. And make no mistake about OTA's very positive impacts. Its work guided legislation, improved congressional oversight of agency activities, and helped reduce wasteful federal spending. Just as important, OTA informed Congress about issues likely to become important in the future so members could anticipate and act proactively. Please write you Senators and Representatives in support of providing new funding for OTA that still legally exists on paper at least. Yes, there is too much wasteful federal spending. But OTA is a compelling case; the public would benefit enormously by the relatively small funding for OTA.
The Portland Dollar is the beginning of a new currency for the Pacific Northwest.
Portland Dollars are circulated only in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana west of the continental divide. They show that our money comes from the Northwest which makes it possible to truly support the local economy.
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