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This afternoon we packed up around 20 copies of this video and headed to Sandy. Though some had already been left at the library, we decided to stop there again. That is a perfect place for information dissemination. Since the library is right down the street from the police department, we took a look in that direction and saw a patrol car waiting outside. What a nice place to leave a DVD! We left one on the windshield and hope that it finds its way to the officer training program. Since Fred Meyer's got a good supply of the videos a week or so ago, we turned to Safeway and left several there. Slowly but surely the city of Sandy is learning the truth about what happened to Fouad Kaady.
While researching other cases at the courthouse, I decided to look up Schumacher Furs on OJIN, and I found some interesting tidbits to put a little spring in your step as you dance on the grave of Schumacher Furs & Outerwear...
I passed by the now-empty shell of Schumacher Furs and Outerwear on SW Morrison today. All that appeared to be left were some display window lighting fixtures and the awning signs, which makes two buildings that still have Schumacher detrius on them (their previous 10th and Yamhill location also has a falling-apart sign still on the building).
But Schumacher Furs still is active in the court system. Besides the TMT lawsuit for back rent and lease violations and the anti-SLAPP claims by In Defense of Animals, PETA, and IDA-affiliated people, there are other people and organizations who have claims against Schumacher Furs. Turns out, Schumacher Furs stiffed their ad agency and allegedly stiffed a lawyer who worked for them!
The 142 square kilometre Bombodrom (80 km north of Berlin) was used as a bombing range by the Soviet army for 40 years. Since 1992 the German military has been trying to take over the facility to establish an air-ground bombing range for German, EU and NATO forces to conduct combined operations of air and ground forces. In protesting at the site the demonstrators are trying to highlight the connection between the G8 and war and to clearly show their rejection and resistance to war
Following some anti-war rallies the military area began to be occupied as people began erecting tents to create a temporary settlement. A military tower was painted pink in a repeat of a previous action that saw the military destroying a similar tower when they couldn?t get rid of all the pink paint!
GERMANY: G8 Rostock Demo Rally Attacked by PoliceJust after half past two when the march from the station was entering the harbour a scuffle broke out at the far end of the stadium area near the exit. Several police officers were dragging a man away while people around where trying to find out his name. The situation quickly escalated... People were pushed back and then some sticks thrown at the police who responded with pepper spray. A wave of about 50 police followed a few seconds later, charging towards the crowd and was met with a hail of sticks and stones. All in all for what was just about one arrest the situation very quickly got out of hand. The police repeatedly charged into the centre of the harbour area in squads of around 30 or so, and thus became surrounded by thousands of people... some might call it provocation. At one point they were slowly pushed back out by a crowd of hundreds all with their arms raised above their heads, but then the police just turned around and charged back in again spraying people with pepper spray. 1, 2http://de.indymedia.org/en/
According to Miguel Angel del Ser, of Survival-International, six indigenous cultures, including isolated enawene nawe, face the perspective of 11 barrages that are being constructed throughout the course of the Juruena river, that crosses their territory. At the same time an old plan of construction of five great barrages along the Xingu river has been reactivated and will threaten the way of life of 18 different indigenous cultures from the region. The original plan was filed in 1989 after a massive international protest.
Remote enawene nawe are only 420 and live mainly on the fishing. They are protesting against the plans of the soybean companies, directed by the greater producers of soybean of the world, the Maggi family, to dam the Juruena river and to obtain hydroelectric energy for the industry.
What we do ask to governor Rovira is the creation of the great reserve of the Araucárias, private and also public, with about 500.000 hectares, from which we would like to recommence the empire of the Araucárias, extending it again for all its vast past region.
Thanks a lot, Emilio de Lima. Save the Amazon.
As expected, the special attention the US press has given to the Venezuela RCTV 'scandal' is now being used as a political tool for the US government to increase hostilities towards Venezuela.
below is the bill proposed in congress that our great 'representatives' will most likely approve, and thus pave the way for 'regime change' by any means necessary.
Comment/Update: Every Senator approved this fascist bill! We need to seek real change, not Democrat cosmetics. There must be something right about socialism, to create such a backlash.
Amnesty International presents a Rock4Rights event; a benefit concert this Saturday, June 2nd from 8pm-midnight+ featuring four great local bands for just $10 with proceeds going towards
1) Stopping Violence Against Women and
2) Stopping the Atrocities in Darfur;
Hawthorne Theatre, all ages
**Please spread widely**
Rock4Rights, 1704 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97209
There were about 10 of us standing this week outside the recruitment center. The doors were shut today as they are from time to time. Still, lots of visibility, and flyers handed out, signs held. As usual the ratio of passersby, either walking, biking, or driving is about 40-1 positive. There are the occasional individuals who give the finger or yell that they support the troops. Such a jingoistic slogan which is devoid of meaning. If someone says that and they are walking, I ask, how do you support the troops? Do you actually do something to support them? It was a couple months back when I saw an Iraqi vet standing on the street with a will work for food sign. Car after car with yellow I support the troops stickers drove past. I did not see a one stop to 'support the troops'.
The Olympia City Council's General Government Committee voted 2-1 to not endorse the resolution calling on Congress to begin an impeachment investigation of Bush and Cheney. Jeff Kingsbury and Joe Hyer voted against the resolution, while T.J. Johnson voted in support. Prior to that meeting, Joe Hyer sent out an email to City Council members with his concerns, taken straight from the Pelosi script. Here is his memo with my responses.
Northwest Carpenters Strike across Oregon and Southwest Washington. More than 1,300 Carpenters in Washington and Oregon walk off Jobsites over Inadequate Wage Increases
PORTLAND - The contract governing drywall, acoustic ceiling and lather specialists in Oregon and Southwest Washington expired midnight on May 31st. PNWRCC members and their representatives have been negotiating with drywall subcontractors for the last several weeks to hammer out important contract provisions that affect jobsite safety, productivity, wages and benefits.
Comments: "How can we support you?"
The City of Tigard is in desperate need of your opinion. The city is revising it's comprehensive plan - the blueprint for all future development in Tigard. The next step in the Comprehensive Plan process is to receive input and direction from Tigard's citizens.
Policy Interest Teams are now being organized through the City of Tigard, where Tigard residents will help create goals, policies and action measures to drive the Tigard 2027 Plan.
We're asking all interested parties to join teams to help raise the issue of traffic and discuss potential land use changes that will alleviate congestion. The current opportunity requires just a two month commitment.
To join a Policy Interest Team call Darren Wyss at or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding Tigard's traffic mess and the current zoning which creates it please visit http://www.tigardfirst.com
The second week of sentencings in the Oregon federal eco-sabotage cases began on Tuesday, May 29, when Darren Thurston was sentenced to 37 months (3 years, 1 month) for his part in an arson at Litchfield, California's BLM Wild Horse Corral. The terrorism enhancement was not applied in this case. Complete court notes are here.
Reports from last week's sentencings may be found here.
Upcoming sentencing hearings this week are:
UPDATE, 6:30 PM 5/31/07: Suzanne Savoie received a sentence of 51 months plus 3 years supervisory probation in the first of today's sentencing hearings. In the second sentencing hearing of the day, Kendall Tankersley received a sentence of 46 months plus 3 years supervisory probation. Court notes for Suzanne Savoie are here . Court notes for Kendall Tankersley are here.
UPDATE, 6/1/07: Nathan Block and Joyanna Zacher were both sentenced to 92 months plus three years probation today. Terrorism enhancements were applied for Romania Chevrolet and Jefferson Poplar arsons. Court notes for Nathan Block and Joyanna Zacher are here.
On April 3rd, a brief aquaintance in Michigan called the Oregon State Cops, saying I was gonna commit suicide and might confront cops if they were sent to my room. The funny thing is, I had plane tickets for Omaha the next morning to take a week to relax and think things over. A state cop called me and egged me on, harassing me over the phone, then he said cops were waiting at the door ready to break it in and get me.
The USFS is rapidly moving to privatize the operation of its most popular, highest revenue producing, campgrounds. Less-developed campgrounds and those incapable to producing a positive revenue stream will be closed or their seasons of operation severely curtailed. Those facilities that will be privatized will in many cases be heavily developed by the concessionaire in an effort to maximize revenues. Nothing I've just said is new, as you will see below. What's new is that the pace of this privatization / commercialization has accelerated to the point where it is possible to see the process occurring on a almost daily basis.
Pasted below are newspaper articles published in the past two days. One is from Arkansas, the other from Georgia. They are explicit and they should serve as a warning to everyone. Neither, however, mentions the Recreation Site Facility Master Planning Process --- the process now taking place nationwide and threatening to bring privatization, outsourcing, decommissioning, and/or shorter seasons of operation of your favorite Forest Service campground no matter where you live.
Here's the warning we offered in April 2005. The good news is that Congress is none too pleased with what the Forest Service is doing.
A "small" work force arrived about 9:30 a.m. That was the last time that the word "small" could be applied to the community that showed up in support of Maggie, Daniel, and all of their un named associates in dissent. By the time that was designated (11:00 a.m.), at least a hundred folks were present.
The first thing that became apparent to all of us, is just how little the school officials cared about the entire detail: All access gates to the school were chained and locked, a situation that is not normal, according to many who walk or play there every week end. This was an obvious attempt to keep the work detail small as the administration had predicted. No, it did not accomplish it's intention. Wheelbarrows were brought from homes, and we wheeled the donated sod from the street, up the hill to the quad, a distance of about three hundred yards. Dedicated rebels are not going to be silenced or discouraged, no matter how many stinkin fences you put in our way!
Report from Germany #1: Story from Hamburg: As my plane landed in Hamburg a lightning bolt almost hit it. I was looking out the window and saw the bolt streak down barely 300 feet from the plane. I landed without being blown to pieces, which was nice. However, I sincerely hope it is not an omen.
Never having been to Germany, Hamburg appeared to me as an anarchist paradise. Political graffiti was everywhere. You can identify people like you by sight. And the Rote Flora, the convergence center for Hamburg, is incredible. An old theatre from the 1800's, it is now a political center/squat with dozens of rooms all for specific things. There also a bike shop. Take the best community bike shop in the US and amplify it 100% and you will understand. Which brings me to the Critical Mass... well over 200 of us, probably more. Every time I looked backwards I could not see the end. We were pursued by a dozen green vans. When they thought they had us, black and green clad cops streamed out of the vans. But we always got away, thanks to the sidestreets. The filming on the part of the cops is a lot more intense than it is in the states and it is big concern for the people in Hamburg, now that they are being called terrorists by their government, just as we will be soon. Their biggest weapon is the suppresion of information and they use it well. The only way to counter it is to spread it all ourselves. Perhaps what is happening here can give you some form of hope. It is giving me hope.
Another story from Hamburg:There was a student demonstration today, protesting the EU's desire to privatize education. We all met at one of the university plazas and waited until we had enough people. On the way there I felt my weak American heart sink at the sight of 25 police vans waiting outside the university. When we marched out of there we only got a few hundred feet into the city before we were stopped. The police were saying that the permitted student march could not proceed because there were people against the G8 amongst the crowd. They boxed us in completely all the way into the inner city. When we got to the inner city, where most of the tourists and monied types and big banks and shopping centers are, we found barricades and water cannons all around us. The German media reported that there will be snipers on the rooftops when the EU ASEM summit takes place in order to "protect the delegates". I'll try and get people out here to send video and their accounts to the US.
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Activists attending Gore's book-signing held a banner and distributed fliers to call attention to climate change and the incarceration of a young activist, Jeffrey Luers. Hundreds of Al Gore fans lined up at Barnes & Nobles in Manhattan to hear the former Vice President speak out against the growing detachment of American culture.
All attendees of the events learned about Jeffrey Luers, the incarcerated climate activist. In June 2001, the 23 year-old forest defense activist was sentenced to 22 years and 8 months in prison for actions in Eugene, Oregon. His stated purpose was to raise awareness about global warming and the role that SUVs play in that process. No one was hurt in this action nor was that the intent. However, despite the fact that this action hurt no one, Jeff was sent to prison for a sentence considerably longer than those convicted of murder, kidnapping and rape in Oregon state. Even the City Human Rights Commission stated "...We found that similar crimes have not been met with such harsh sentences, and we are concerned about the length of Mr. Luers' sentence".
Reminder: June 9, 2007 is the International DAY OF SOLIDARITY With JEFFREY LUERS.
Finally, a shipment of truth has arrived at the gates of hell, also known as Sandy, Oregon.
Today, almost two dozen copies of the excellent DVD, "28 Seconds, The Killing Of Fouad Kaady" were delivered to an unsuspecting city of Sandy, Oregon. May they live, and multiply, and maybe serve to educate those who are still foolish enough to believe that the cops are there to protect and to serve them. Oh, several other copies have been scattered hither and yon, as well. Estacada's brand new library has a copy, and there are more to follow. Please, if you manage to score a copy, if you have the means, burn a copy or ten, and spread the wealth. We can use all the help we can get, to illuminate the dark regions of Clackamas County.
Another action for Fouad Kaady
As most Indy readers know, the excellent video, "28 Seconds: The Killing of Fouad Kaady" is now available on You Tube, as well as several venues about town. We have been fortunate enough to have obtained a full DVD copy of the entire movie, and have felt compelled to distribute it as widely as possible.
To that end, my partner and I have burned several copies of the movie, and are "setting it free" in the community. Today, the fortunate recipient of our efforts was the Fred Meyer's Store in Canby. Their movie kiosk seemed to cry out for some meaningful content. We will be releasing copies at various locations, and would love to hear if any of them come full circle and fall into the hands of fellow Indy readers. In the meantime, it is out there, keeping his memory alive, and hopefully making the public aware of just how much danger we are all in.
Here is the relevant text from the Union Grievance I plan to deliver to ATU 757 tomorrow:
Beginning in April 2001, Grievant experienced constant workplace bullying by individuals angry at her gender expression ("male-to-female transgender"). Grievant has filed several security complaints since April 2001. Tri-Met has made no effort to educate the public and its workforce as to appropriate restraint of discriminatory language and actions in the workplace. Tri-Met has exacerbated the suffering of Grievant by refusing doctor-ordered medical care. See City of Portland 23.01.050 (anti-discrimination), also ORS 659.030 ("... may not... discriminate in compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment... ").
I pass by this field every day on my way home. It's not important which one it is, it could be any field. It's a rolling, green pasture, sprinkled with spring flowers and bursting with rich, green grasses. There's a pear tree out in the middle, and a stream running through it. On one side, it runs along the river, and often geese gaggle along the shore, haughtily daring anyone to come too close. This time of the year, there are often eagles sitting in the trees near the shore. This is a beautiful and blessed place. But the most conspicuous residents are the cows.
Large, quiet, soft-eyed cows graze the grasses, blink somberly at the geese, and gaze into the fragrant, green light of spring. Heady, heavy thoughts are obviously on their minds. Joyful, spindly-legged calves trot along beside them now, their noses wet with the dew of new life, their eyes full of the wonder of a new day. I love these cows. The mothers and their babies gather in soft communion in the shade of the pear tree, and down along the coolness of the shallow stream. Wisdom and strength reverberate through the bones and hides of these ancient mothers' sturdy bodies, while joy and faith and exuberance ring out from their leaping, wide-eyed progeny.
On Friday, May 25 at 12 Noon, Cascadia's Ecosystem Advocates (CEA), Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD) and the UO's Forest Action held a citizen demonstration outside two Eugene Market of Choice stores (29th/Willamette and Coburg Road) to urge Market of Choice to stop banking with Umpqua Bank, whose board of directors is responsible for clearcutting and herbiciding hundreds of thousands of acres of Oregon's forests.
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.
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