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Over 50 people assembled at 5th and Hall in Beaverton last night. Of course, everyone was disappointed of the compromise with that the congress reached with Chimpy yesterday.We must continue to hold all elected officials accountable for the continued occupation of Iraq. Keith Olberman said it best last night: "The entire government has failed us in Iraq."
Speculative industrialists are trying to foist a dirty, toxic tire burning plant upon the community of St Helens, just North of Portland. Despite an underhanded effort to sneak this in under the radar of public comment, hundreds of people showed up last week to register their strong opposition to the proposal. But it seems that corrupt and short-sighted city officials may have already made up their minds, long before the public was even informed about the project at all.
Reklaim Technologies wants to make a killing. Literally, it seems. "Recycling" tires is the next big thing. They say they can get just over a gallon of oil for every tire they burn. They call themselves "eco-friendly," and their website is decorated with pictures of trees and waterfalls and hiking boots. They say that their "patented pending process" will "improve the environment." Those who know bullshit when they see it will recognize this for what it is. It's a lie. A story, manufactured to quell public concerns about the highly toxic process that this company will be using. A lie that will pave the way to profits for Reklaim technologies.
Gone to broken ankles every one. When will they ever learn?
Wilson High School students planted marigolds in the shape of a peace sign on school property. The only one to confess is facing severe consequences. School officials claim that they don't object to the message of peace (yeah, right), just the "damage" to the grounds.
One student, senior Maggie Collins, has admitted to taking part in the planting. She now faces consequences which could prevent her from gaining admission to college. She will be expected to pay for damages or repair the grounds before receiving her diploma or transcripts. "I think it's sad that we're living in a society right now where you're teaching us to silence our voices," she said.
Portland Citizen interviews school officials: "It's in a courtyard and now we have 6 inch trenches of dirt and the kids are going to break their ankles playing frisbee now." What?! "They're going to break their ankles... on marigolds?" I asked. "The marigolds are all going to die, and then we're just going to have trenches of dirt, and then they will break their ankles," she replied. Seemed a little hyperbolic to me. I asked to speak with the principal, but was told she was busy.
Collins is planning a work party this weekend to patch things up (so to speak) at Wilson H.S. this Saturday @11am - 1151 SW Vermont St.
On Monday evening (5/21/07) Judge Ann Aiken issued her ruling on whether the "Terrorism Enhancement" could apply to the District of Oregon federal defendants in the "Operation Backfire" eco-sabotage cases. Although Judge Aiken stated that this enhancement may apply, the government still has to provide clear and convincing evidence that the enhancement applies in the case of each individual defendant.
From the Civil Rights Outreach Committee:
UPDATE, 5/25/07: Chelsea Gerlach was sentenced today to 108 months plus 3 years supervisory probation. Terrorism enhancements for BPA power line, EPD substation and Jefferson Poplar. Court notes from Gerlach's sentencing are here.
UPDATE, 5/24/07: Kevin Tubbs was sentenced today to 151 months plus 3 years supervisory probation. Terrorism enhancements for Oakridge, Burns BLM, EPD substation, Romania and Jefferson Poplar.
UPDATE, 5/23/07: Stanislas Meyerhoff was sentenced today by Judge Ann Aiken to 156 months plus 3 years supervisory probation. The terrorism enhancement was applied for the Jefferson Poplar, Romania and EPD substation arsons.
Have you been wondering what's happened with HB 3270, the bill sponsored by Representative Mitch Greenlick to mandate verification of machine-tallied election results in Oregon? Thanks to all of you who previously contacted your elected representatives, it's still alive in the Oregon House - not well, but alive.
The Secretary of State's office has been voicing objections to the bill but it is finally on its way to being amended and is scheduled for a work session in the House Elections, Ethics and Rules (EER) Committee next Friday, May 25th. If the bill makes it out of committee, it will go to the full House for a vote and then on to the Senate. Time is critical now, with the legislative session scheduled to end on June 30th. The clock is ticking to pass legislation mandating verification of machine-tallied election results before the 2008 elections!
Your voices are needed once again.
On Mothers Day This Silent Vigil lasted around an hour and a half. I recorded 24 minutes. Peaceful, powerful, visible, and a strong message.
Here is the google video link to the video I filmed:
Over 60 people attended last evenings vigil.K eep contacting your elected representatives urging them to end the occupation of Iraq and to begin impeachment of Bush, Cheney and Gonzales.
I asked repeatedly what we had done and why we were being ordered to leave the city. "You're part of a dangerous anarchist group that will only drain our security resources," he responded. "We've been monitoring your website and e-mails, we know what kind of agenda you have."
"So this is about our political beliefs?" I asked.
"No," he responded. "This is about you being federal security threats.
Kansas Mutual Aid is not welcome in this city, end of story. I know you
are going through legitimate means to work in the city, and you're story
seems picture perfect, but we know who you are, and you're not allowed
Join media activist Walidah Imarisha and Orleans-based organizer Suncere Shakur for a screening and presentation on the continuing aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, and the rebuilding and rebirthing that is going on from the ground up.
Thursday, May 24th
Human Rights activist and highly regarded futurist Keith Henson was arrested Tuesday, May 8th, after a hearing during which he was denied lawful due process. He is currently being extradited to California on an Governor's warrant on a minor misdemeanor -- a never-before-used and obscure law titled "Interfering With A Religion" -- while picketing and protesting the Scientology corporation for its involvement in a number of disturbing homicides involving its customers -- as well as for the killing of non-Scientologist Ashlee Shaner. The arrest and jailing came as a surprise to everyone, including Mr. Henson's attorney who was not given copies of the warrant and who has been unable to reach Mr. Henson by telephone.
In the new federal courthouse in Eugene, arguments were heard on issues regarding the government's attempt to apply terrorism enhancements to the District of Oregon eco-sabotage defendants. Whatever is decided on the basis of this hearing, individual defendants may still make their own arguments on the issue at their own upcoming sentencing hearing. No court rulings were made at the conclusion of this hearing.
Seattle, WA: Solidarity Banner Drops
From an anonymous post to the newswire:
Key leaders of the peasant struggle in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico state, have been sentenced to 67 years 6 months in prison. Atenco was stormed in May 2006 by thousands of Federal police, who killed two, raped dozens and injured many more. The conflict goes back to 2002 when the peasants of Atenco prevented the theft of their land to build a new Mexico City airport.
In a vicious act of class reprisal Ignacio del Valle Medina, Felipe Alvarez Hernández y Héctor Galindo Gochicua, leaders of the Peoples Front for the Defense of the Land in Atenco, were sentenced on Saturday 5 May to 67 years 6 months jail each for the events in Atenco in early May 2006. In a timing which is undoubtedly cynical and symbolic, the court chose the first anniversary of a mass meeting in Atenco at which subcommandante Marcos denounced the brutalisation of Atenco's citizens.
On Saturday May 12, four members of Kansas Mutual Aid, a Lawrence based class struggle anarchist collective traveled to the small South Central Kansas town of Greensburg. Our intention was to go as a fact-finding delegation, to report back to the social justice movement in Lawrence on what exactly was happening in the city.
On Friday May 4, 2007 Greensburg was almost completely destroyed by a F5 tornado. 97% of the buildings in the town of 1500 were destroyed or damaged beyond repair. Nearly every single resident was left homeless, jobless, and devastated. Shortly after the tornado, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) took control of the recovery efforts in Greensburg. The United Way became the coordinating organization for relief volunteers but, after orders came from FEMA, halted the flow of volunteers into Greensburg. FEMA demanded that Greensburg needed to be "secured" before the area could be opened to real recovery efforts. So, as hundreds of recovery volunteers were told to not come to Greensburg by the United Way, hundreds of police from dozens of Kansas jurisdictions were mobilized to enter the city and establish "control." No agency in the city besides Americorps was offering to help with the removal of this debris, or the recovery of people's homes. FEMA's mission was to safeguard the property of businesses in the area and offer "low interest" loans to property owners affected.
Kansas Mutual Aid is in the midst of organizing a more permanent and structured relief effort, to offer relief in the form of solidarity and mutual aid, and not as charity. Please join us if you can. Please, if you have anything you can offer, or want to help in the relief, e-mail us at email@example.com
There were about 75 people standing in silent vigil on the sidewalk in front of the Rhododendron Garden this afternoon. It was a powerful presence, especially after we went into silence. A variety of reactions from the passersby, none overtly negative, many very positive, many sad, many trying not to look. We were unavoidable.
Most of us were wearing photos of soldiers or Iraqi children and mothers, fathers. During the silence we didn't interact with the crowd at all. There was an aura of grief and deep respect for that half hour.
Oak savanna is one of the most severely threatened ecosystems in the United States, and Corvallis, Oregon, is planning a development project that would obliterate 40 acres of it. The project would, at the same time, contribute to urban sprawl that results in long-distance commuting adds to global warming. On April 29th, the Corvallis Planning Commission voted 4-2 to approve Palisch Homes' proposal to turn 40 acres of threatened oak savannah into 221 houses worth of sprawling suburbs. On May 21st, the Corvallis City Council will decide whether or not to overrule the decision - here's what you can do to make sure the city does the right thing.
A group of ten members of Code Pink Portland and several supporters were stopped by two policemen on motorcycles at the end of the annual St. Johns Parade at about 1:45 PM today, at the intersection of N. Lombard St. and N. New York Ave. The group had walked in the street at the tail end of the parade, carrying pink umbrellas that spelled out the word "I-M-P-E-A-C-H" and carrying signs exhorting U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who had ridden a bicycle in the parade, to "Remember your oath, get some guts, impeach them both". As they finished their march, the group was greeted by waves of cheering supporters, a surprising response in normally staid St. Johns.
Iris M. Peach, self-identified organizer of a "Pink Umbrella Brigade" action to call for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney, and one other woman, were given $97.00 citations for "Improper Position On Highway", although they had followed the orders of the police to return to the sidewalk. Several other members of the group received a lecture on always following police orders, and they were allowed to leave without being cited. Ms. Peach said that she and her companion had left the lecture in order to rest after several hours of marching and protesting.
On Wednesday, May 9, raids took place against approximately 40 apartments, offices and social spaces associated with leftist or radical projects in Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen and other locations. Approximately 900 police were involved in this wave of raids. This repression arrives in the run-up to the summit of the G8 nations, set to take place in Heiligendamm from June 6-8.
The German federal police seemed especially concerned about shutting down the so36.net server, which hosts many alternative and activist mailing lists and internet sites. The raids, targeting a hodge-podge of those who have voiced opposition to the G8, are seen as an attempt to discourage active opposition to the summit. Some of the searches were justified by section 129a of the German criminal code, which involves "forming a terrorist association." This has given the authorities wide-ranging powers of data gathering and intimidation against their targets, although conviction under this section is rare.UPDATE: Bicyclists targeted by German Police (Infoshop.org)
Background: Portland Indymedia articles from May 9 and May 11.
Infoshop.org post on wave of repression here.
Everybody has rallied around Ehren Watada, but have neglected some of the others, three of which are right here in Portland.
Talk about the "unknown Soldiers"! Here's the info I found on three more AWOL resisters who were/are sitting right here under everybody's noses! That means that 75% of the war resisters have gone completely unnoticed, while the only one that I've heard about lately, Ehren Watada has gotten all the support.
I'm ashamed of myself for not finding this info earlier.
It would appear that Tom Potter is attempting to do the right thing in regard to the cop that killed a guy for parking in front of his sister's home last year. While he could not control the DA or the "grand" jury, he nonetheless is asking for the termination of Lt. Jeffrey Kaer, for "using poor judgement," in the shooting.
Lt. Jeffrey Kaer used "poor judgment and decision-making" and violated bureau policies and training when he fatally shot 28-year-old Dennis Young on Jan. 4, 2006, according to the Mayor's memo.
Assistant Chief Lynnae Berg presented the mayor's proposed termination letter to Kaer on Wednesday and placed him on paid administrative leave.
Portland City Council put their Stamp of Approval on SIT -LIE Ordinance.
The SIT - LIE LAW IS NOW A DONE DEAL. IT WILL TAKE EFFECT EXACTLY 30 days from Yesterday.
It clearly states that other than sitting on a city owned park bench, or on a chair at those sidewalk cafe's, tickets will be issued. Ordinance is Posted on the city's website.
It states that you'd better be having a medical emergency, passed out, for a reason to be laying down or sitting, between the hours of 7am to 9 pm.
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