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Every year, there have been fewer, now there are just a handful.
Succumbing to years of nest-scraping and destruction of wooden eaved buildings, the barn swallow has become a rare sight in Astoria. The few large populations of the past years are reduced to just a handful. very unsettling the dead quiet evenings here, very few birds. A flush of goldfinches were hanging out at the feeders last week, yesterday, I nearly tripped on a lone male feeding on the ground. He flew away for a minute, then hopped back down to the sunflower seeds`scattered below the feeder, and stayed a long while, didn't look well. No one else around.
How are the birds doing in Portland?
WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA. Two members of the Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) were arrested today (May 9, 2007) by Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement. One BFC volunteer was taken to the hospital due to injuries caused during arrest. The volunteers were arrested for exercising their civil rights attempting to document today's Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) and Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) bison hazing operations.
The first volunteer arrested had witnessed the DOL and other agents hazing wild bison across U.S. Highway 191. Highway patrols failed to warn motorists or shut down traffic. Chased by agents on horseback and a helicopter, another group of bison were close to crossing the road the BFC volunteer urged a Montana Highway Patrolman to shut down the highway and warn traffic. The MHP responded to the volunteer's request by arresting him in the heated exchange. The second BFC volunteer was arrested after attempting to document the first volunteer's arrest. hThe MHP attempted to take the camera away and forcibly placed the volunteer into handcuffs, slammed him to the ground, injuring his face. U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer assisted the MHP officer with the arrests. The two arresting officers confiscated two Buffalo Field Campaign video cameras.
1,912 bison have been killed since 2000 under the Interagency Bison Management Plan. Last winter Federal and State agencies killed or authorized the killing of more than 1,010 bison. So far this winter two bison were captured and sent to slaughter by Montana Department of Livestock agents and hunters have killed 58.
The firefighter who beat Terry DeGeorge in the Fairfield Hotel lobby will not be charged.
This is no surprise, unfortunately. You will remember the video of Lt. Robert Bedgood beating Terry DeGeorge in a downtown hotel during a 'routine' call in January. Mr DeGeorge was 'having words' with the authorities, and they took him to the ground and kicked and beat him. It was all caught on the surveillance video. I was pretty sure that this time, at last, such abusive behavior would be cause for indictment. Not so. The Multnomah County District Attorney has decided not to bring charges against Lt. Bedgood. This concludes the Portland Fire Bureau "investigation". A civil suit is still pending. I wonder why we pay the District Attorney so much to do a job that he is apparently incapable or unwilling to perform?
For the past year I have been going to the Broadway military recruitment center every Tuesday. Each week somewhere between a half to a dozen people show up. Today there were seven people at the vigil, holding signs, a banner, and handing out literature. Today an officer named Walker decided he wanted to bully people. Here is what I saw:
People had been there for about half an hour out of the usual 1 hour vigil from 5-6pm. So it was about 5:30. Officer Walker (or Thug Walker as I will refer to him since that is how he behaved) came walking up.
Portland police lay down the law at counter-recruitment vigil
This evening, a handful of protesters had taken their usual stations in front of the recruiting center (1317 NE Broadway), holding signs saying things such as, "Don't Die for Lies," "Killing is Wrong," and "War is Not the Answer." Most stood in a no parking spot. An unmarked police car parked across the street, an officer emerged and began observing and taking photos of the protesters.
Soon, a squad car pulled up and two police rushed up and told everyone to get out of the street [parking lane] or they would be arrested. A fairly burly cop earned extra credit in his "intimidation" practicum as he stood with barely an inch between himself and one of the protesters - the smallest of the bunch, a woman several inches shorter than the cop. He talked down at her; she stood her ground holding her sign without a hint of fear. Eventually, she complied got out of the parking lane.
According to the latest read out from You Tube, "28 Seconds: The Killing of Fouad Kaady" has now been downloaded and viewed at least 587 times. If you have not yet done so, now is the time to view it for yourself.
Cat has done a much more thorough job of telling how this young man was murdered by the police than I could ever hope to do. It should be required viewing for anyone who ever hopes to make this world a better place. Of course, if you were fortunate, as I and so many others were, and able to view the film in it's entirety, on a large screen, with a lot of other company, so much the better.
I know that the film will be re screened many times in this area, and you really NEED to see it.
28 seconds : The Killing of Fouad Kaady Now On Youtube
In the early afternoon of September 8, 2005, police encountered Fouad Kaady shortly after he was in an accident that left him in shock and bleeding, burned over much of his body. Rather than calling for medical help, the police commanded him to lie on the pavement, even though they could see the burned flesh hanging from his body, and even though they said he appeared to be "in a catatonic state." When he did not comply with their orders, but instead continued to sit on the ground in a daze, they tasered him repeatedly. And then, they shot him to death.
In a report that was typical of the corporate media's response to this killing, Channel 8's ever-mealy-mouthed Kyle Iboshi held up a wad of papers left over from the "investigation" into the death, saying, "you can see how extensive this investigation was." He then commenced to highlight (literally, with a yellow highlighter pen) what he claimed to be the relevant details of the case. Not surprisingly, Iboshi was very selective in what he chose to focus on. He accepted, without question, everything that the PIO had told him to say. He never asked a single question about why two officers might have shot an obviously unarmed man to death. And, he concluded his report by implying that Kaady must have been "on drugs" at the time of the killing, as if that might excuse the officers' behavior.
Schumacher Furs owners Gregg and Linda Schumacher filed a federal lawsuit in Oregon District Court last week. The case names the City of Portland, In Defense of Animals, the Animal Liberation Front, Poeple for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Matt Rossell and several other named and unnamed individuals.
The complaint and several associated pleadings were not available on the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) until today.
Attached is a copy of the Complaint. I will post the rest of the pleadings as comments to this article.
The Fall of Schumacher Furs
The people of Portland, Oregon have spoken: Furrier company Schumacher Furs? is no longer wanted in town. The companies that sell animal furs and skins for humans to wear are obsolete and, in most American citizen's opinions, extremely disgusting if not outright immoral for dealing in what is essentially an unnecessary, inexcusable industry.
Most Americans eat meat and most Americans are willing to accept the wearing of animal skins if such animals are slaughtered for food. The "byproducts" from the meat-animal food industry that would otherwise be wasted by being discarded are generally recognized as being legitimate to use for clothing, shoes, and accessories.
Members of California's three largest Indian Tribes and allies from commercial fishing and conservation groups demonstrated today [May 5] at the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting, known as the Woodstock of Capitalism. The group is demanding the removal of four Klamath Dams owned by Berkshire subsidiary PacifiCorp. Two members of the coalition asked questions directly to Buffett and his partner Charles Munger before a crowd of 27,000 shareholders. Buffett denied the need for dam removal with an
Reflections and Photogs of Fish Kill Memorial RallyTribes and supporters met at Holladay Park near Lloyd Center and marched a few short blocks to the offices of PacifiCorp, now owned by billionaire Warren Buffet. After a few brief words by the moderator, the mic was opened up to whoever wished to speak to the issue at hand, the dams on the Klamath river that are destroying the fisheries and Native American cultures who have subsisted in large part on these salmon runs for thousands
Klamath River People Rally at PacifiCorpKaruk, Yurok, Hoopa, and Klamath Tribal members gathered with other river residents and PacifiCorp ratepayers at the company's headquarters in Portland yesterday [May 4] to advocate for the removal of the lower four dams on the
The Grannies hold a peace vigil every Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Zalesko Park. Yesterday [May 4] over two dozen people joined them. The police presence was noticeable. Police cars from the neighboring towns circled many times along with police in unmarked cars and the county sheriffs cars. Why anyone thought this was a good use of their time or tax dollars is
Fascism in AberdeenToday [May 5] there was the first little rally. We got together at a nearby boat launch, marched on the street to the port where we could see the death machines and then dispersed. The whole time we were surrounded by cops. I talked to a woman who had lived in Aberdeen for 50 years and she had never seen anything like
Omaha, NE - Members of California's three largest Indian Tribes and allies from commercial fishing and conservation groups continue to hold outreach events in Omaha, Nebraska in an appeal to shareholders of the company that is destroying their livelihoods and culture. Instead of familiar dance grounds, traditional healer and medicine woman Kathy McCovey prepares the materials for the demonstration on the banks of an unfamiliar river near a bustling downtown business district. "This is very unusual for us. We don't typically perform ceremonies outside of our ancestral territory, but we felt we had to come and share some of our culture with the people here."
The dance involves about 15 singers and dancers, elaborate bead necklaces, hand woven caps, and elaborate buckskin skirts decorated with shells and other natural materials from the Klamath region. Four Karuk fatevaneen, or world renewal priests, came to support the event. The fatavaneen are in the seventh day of a nine day fast. "We make medicine for Pikiawish, which is our fix the world ceremony. We're fasting to purify ourselves so our prayers will be strong and so the creator will hear us loudly when we ask that the dams be removed so our salmon can come home," said a very lean Chook Chook Hillman.
Pikiawish is held each fall to 'fix the world' for all people. The Three tribes represented here, Yurok, Karuk, and Hoopa, each hold their own ceremonies to 'renew the world' annually.
Well, I just want to report we had a lot of fun here in San Francisco on A28. First, I went to the second "beach impeach" event where over a thousand people wrote "Impeach Now!" in the sands of Ocean Beach with their bodies. It was a perfect day for it -- the weather was awesome. There was free food, a festive atmosphere, and a great marimba band called Sadza many people danced to after our picture was taken. If you look carefully at the photo you'll see the letter "C" is mostly pink for ladies from Code Pink, and I believe the exclamation mark is made up of "World Can't Wait" people who dressed in orange jumpsuits to protest torture.
Impeach Beach Demands Impeachment
With splashes of orange, green, black and pink, and a myriad of other colors, about 1,500 activists came together on Ocean Beach in San Francisco on Saturday to spell out their demands to congress?-"IMPEACH NOW! in 100 foot tall letters.
The kaleidoscopic colors fit in well to the festive, yet serious, Beach Impeach event organized by San Francisco activist Brad Newsham.
This May Day the downtown streets of Portland promise to be a vibrant mix of demonstrators protesting everything from the Iraq War to corporate capitalism to immigration restrictions to US-sponsored terrorism. Portland Police will no doubt be out in force to crack down on the willful jaywalkers, unpermitted marchers, disobedient youth, and unruly peaceniks that decide, at least once a year, to take the First Amendment at face value.
What all the bike riding, horse mounted and riot helmeted gendarmes may not yet fully appreciate, however, is the real possibility of dark-hearted predators prowling those same chaotic pavements looking to cause serious bodily harm, particularly to the radical antiwar crowd.
I'm in a hurry right now, getting ready for work, so all I have time to share is this one moment that I found so intriguing. It happened after the march was over, when some friends and I were heading home. We were walking down to meet up with friends and then go home, when we noticed a pod of Portland's yellow-jacketed finest, riding slowly down the street. They seemed to be following someone,
Related: Photos from May 1st Rally
A group of Klamath River tribal leaders, commercial fishermen and recreational business owners filed suit today against PacifiCorp, contending that two of its dams in Northern California are the cause of massive blooms of toxic algae that are decimating the salmon fishery and causing an extreme potential health hazard to humans. The news comes just days before demonstrations by Native people, fishermen and others in Portland and Omaha.
"These dams are having a devastating impact on the economies and cultures of Native Americans and others who depend on the Klamath River," said Robert F. Kennedy Jr., co-counsel in
Fish Kill Memorial Rally in PortlandFriday May 4th, 10am Holladay Park, NE 13th and Multnomah. Over 100 Tribal members and Klamath River residents are traveling to Portland where they will gather with Pacific Power ratepayers at the PacifiCorp building in Portland to hold a memorial service for the Klamath River fish kills.
This event is being held in solidarity with Tribal members who are traveling to Omaha, Nebraska for the shareholders meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, Pacific Power's parent company, to hold a healing ceremony. Not everyone could make it to Omaha, so we are showing support for our friends and family by going straight to PacifiCorp's headquarters and demanding that they take responsibility for the disaster they've created on
The Northwest Constitutional Rights Center and the Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild work together to safeguard the rights of political activists in Portland. At every major demonstration in downtown Portland, legal observers from the National Lawyers Guild take to the streets to walk alongside protestors, documenting incidents of police misconduct. In addition, National Lawyers Guild legal workers and attorneys volunteer their time to defend the rights of individuals arrested at protests. The Northwest Constitutional Rights Center investigates protestors' complaints of police misconduct.
In the sections that follow, this report provides a chronology of Portland Police Bureau tactics during protests in Portland over the past decade. The report also analyzes the Portland Police Bureau crowd control and use of force policies as they relate to these tactics. Finally, the report concludes with a series of specific recommendations for changes in Portland Police Bureau policy.
AUDIO FILE: Whose Streets?
Today, May 1, 2007, the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center and the Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild released the report, "Whose Streets? Recommendations to Improve the Portland Police Bureau's Response to First Amendment Assemblies."
The report was released at a Press Conference, moderated by Alejandro Queral, Director of the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center. Alejandro spoke briefly about why these recommendations are necessary. "The report presents recommendations on what the Police Department needs to do to improve it's crowd control tactics. Over the years we have seen time and again the Portland Police Bureau using excessive force against protesters, ranging from just a show of force all the ay to using impact munitions, such as bean bags and rubber bullets. There have been a number of incidents over the years involving pepper spray...we have also seen the use of mounted patrol as crowd control tactics which have resulted in injuries, panic by the crowd and adverse reactions by the crowd."
Companion Video to Recommendations (via youtube)
In Istanbul, Turkey, mayday protests turned into heavy riots when police tried to stop several thousand protesters to reach central Taksim-place in Istanbul where in 1977 500 000 people celebrated mayday and where police-snipers killed 36... Nevertheless 3000 protesters entered the place. [read more >>]
Mayday, Germany: anti-nazi rally turns into heavy riots
Germany, Dortmund. Thousands of antifascists gathered in Dortmund on tuesday afternoon to protest against 1500 neo-nazis who traditionally try to use mayday for fascist propaganda. After the police declared the anti-fascist protest illegal and tried to desperse it, the protest turned into heavy riots. [read more >>]
Mayday Switzerland: riots, fire bomb attacks on banks, courts, and police stations
After many hours of streetfighting between protesters and police, people began to attack banks, private companies, courts, police stations and cars of the rich with fire bombs and paint bombs. countless windows were smashed... police and media in switzerland are shocked. no one expected such an angry mass. [read more >>]
Shit. THAT crossingI use that crosswalk from time to time, as I live South of Powell, but have need to go North of it regularly. Powell is a major barrier in the City, comparable to I-84 or the River. The car traffic is nearly freeway speed, and the anxiety of the drivers is tangible, expressing itself as rage, disconnection, rushing, and more. Getting across without using a crossing is madness in many places, but the majority of the designated crossings are sketchy
The Oregon Extra, a special Peace Edition, was inserted into over a thousand copies of The Oregonian today. The single page insert was created and distributed by the Surge Protection Brigade (aka the Seriously Pissed Off Grannies) as a May Day protest. The Extra spotlights subjects that mainstream media will not cover, such as the dangers and casualties of depleted uranium, the truth behind the lies told by military recruiters and how big media's failure to act as a watchdog has failed the American people.
I had just seen David Greir play a great show at the Alberta Street Pub and was biking with my friend toward a Mexican restaurant to pick up some food. A lot of people were hanging outside and in The Nest. We stopped and chatted with friends. It was Last Thursday, everyone was hanging out in a peaceful manner, no one was causing any trouble-- the whole street was an art show after all.
The Nest was too crowded for me, so I went to get my bike and head towards a party. It was just around the corner, but as soon as I had unchained my bike I heard the cops screech to a stop blaring sirens and flashing lights. I rushed with my bike to the front lines to see a cop straddling another man on the ground in the middle of a busy, thumping street. Evidently in the 7 seconds it took to get my bike, the man on the ground had been tasered three times by this man in a
There goes the neighborhood! I actually live one block off of alberta and when I was heading toward alberta to go to a friends house, a cop whipped around the corner and almost hit me -- he had no lights on, not even headlights. I was like "what the hell???" Then when I got on Alberta there were cops up and down the street with riot gear on, pepper spray, guns and
radicalxobserver: I was sitting on the patio at the Alberta Street pub when i counted about 20-25 cop cars roll by so naturally i went to investigate. The riot police were using the parking lot accross the street (10th and alberta) as a staging area to get their gear on. The news vans showed up as well. Then they began piling into thier cars about 5 cops each and heading east towards
Greg Palast, investigative reporter visited Portland Wednesday evening, April 24, 2007, promoting the addition of two chapters to his most recent book, "Armed Madhouse." The event was co sponsored by KBOO Radio, and was a benefit for the Portland Alliance Newspaper.
Palast was in town last year on his Armed Madhouse Tour, and this visit presented some of the same information. Though he did review much of the earlier material, the additional two chapters added much that was new, especially his investigation of the Federal Debacle in New Orleans leading up to and after Hurricane Katrina.
The event was extremely well attended, filling up the majority of the seats at the First Unitarian Church, probably about 300-350 people.
Last night, I heard the plaintive barking of a far-off sea lion, somewhere down by the river. Usually, I love that sound. It reminds me that there are still wild beings left in the world, despite the best efforts of the worst of humans. And it connects me to the seasons. I know when I hear the sea lions, that the salmon are surging in the river, and the eagles and the osprey are gliding in the skies. Usually, when I hear the sea lions, the skies are full of geese and swans, either coming or going at the beginning or the ending of the warmer seasons.
Usually, when I hear the sea lions, I know that everything is as it should be in the world.
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