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02.07.2007 23:01
Notes on buying a bicycle in Vancouver
Wisconsin to China, and then back across the sea to Vancouver, Washington. That was the trajectory of my brand new Trek bicycle, which I bought recently at a bike shop here in Vancouver.

Trek is based in Wisconsin, and some of their bikes, such as the one I bought, are made in China. It wasn't until I got home with my new bike that I saw the big, prominently placed Made in China sticker. I had assumed Treks were made in the U.S. -- if not in idyllic Wisconsin, then somewhere else. This misconception influenced my decision to buy another Trek, (my last Trek, bought years ago, was stolen last year. I wrote about that, using an alias, here:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/06/341690.shtml )


02.07.2007 22:59
McDermott signs onto Impeach Cheney bill
Representative Jim McDermott has broken ranks and has signed onto House Resolution 333, calling for impeachment of Cheney. Call to thank him for standing up for the Constitution: 1-800-614-2803.

Call your US Rep and ask if they are now willing to get on the right side of history and impeach this administration!

McDermott is the first US Representative from the North West to break from Pelosi and sign onto the Impeach Cheney bill, House Resolution 333.


02.07.2007 03:33
Iraq Social Worker Speaks at Peace House
As millions became refugees she explained how hard it was to be one. How the Iraq citizens have fled out into other countries. Of having to leave to find work and just to survive. "It is hard to be a refugee" she tells us. "Yes there is no killing, but there is no rights, no home, no schools, no medical, no dignity, no self worth. They are living in tents. For over 3 years now they have been living as refugees. With no rights at all. And with no resources, they have nothing. No one cares." She continues, "The government doesn't care! They don't investigate or care at all, they just ignore the refugees' situation. They are ignoring a population of over 4 million people, who are homeless and have nothing at all. And no one cares!"


29.06.2007 18:15
People to Reklaim: NO! We STILL Don't Want You Here
Earlier this month, the people of St. Helens gathered to demonstrate their ferocious opposition to the attempt by Reklaim Technologies to site a tire burning plant in our town.

We did so in spite of the sneaky, underhanded attempt on the part of our corrupt city officials (most notably, city planner Skip Baker) to sell us out. Baker made a backroom deal with Reklaim, and did not even bother to notify the people of this community that we were about to be assaulted by the dirty, smelly, toxic fallout that spells profit and dollars for a few, and poison and waste for the rest. Apparently, we were not worth consulting about this, as Baker did not want to be bothered with pesky public input.

Word got out, though, and before the ink was dry on the first checks, the people of St. Helens were organizing.


29.06.2007 17:52
Governor Ted Kulongoski Wages War On Oregon's Wildlife
Salem - Big Wildlife, an international wildlife protection organization headquartered in southern Oregon, slammed Governor Ted Kulongoski today for unleashing what the group described as the Governor's "war on Oregon's wildlife."

The organization condemned the Governor for enacting legislation Wednesday afternoon that would reinstate the cruel practice of using packs of dogs to pursue cougars. The newly signed law essentially overturns Measure 18, a 1994 voter-approved ban on hounding of the big cats, by permitting the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to deputize hound hunters to implement the Department's Cougar Management Plan.

That plan calls for killing nearly 2,000 cougars across the state. In addition, Big Wildlife said the Governor has for years been "aiding and abetting a brutal and unnecessary program of killing bears who peel the bark of trees on corporate timberlands" in Oregon.



27.06.2007 20:38
Help With Coalition To Abolish Animal Testing's Educational Outreach Campaign
Every 2 weeks, including this Sunday, CAAT (Coalition To Abolish Animal Testing) volunteers go out in the community and put door hanger flyers on doors. The campaign has been ongoing for over 5 years and has distributed over 60,000 doorhangers in the greater Portland area.

CAAT is looking for some new volunteers to help out. Every other Sunday morning, a group of people go out together. It is a fun group and nice to walk around different neighborhoods in Portland. The flyers are placed on the doors, but when there is dialog with people, it is usually positive. It would also be helpful if people wanted to go out by themselves but don't have time on Sunday morning.


27.06.2007 12:40
We Fought the Law and We Won!!!!!!
The state has given up and will dismiss the naked bike ride case -- all four counts!!!

Thanks to Paul Piche, Shirley Fitzgerald, Diane Woodcock, and Damon Woodcock, who all spent endless FREE hours investigating this case, and never wavered in their devotion and commitment to protect everyone's right to ride naked in front of the justice center, in front of Cinema 21, in front of shoppers on NW 23rd, endless cellphone cameras, and of course, the Portland Police.

Thanks to the naked witnesses, Jasun Wurster, Adam Douglas, Kyle Kelly, Curt Dewees, and of course Rev. Phil for making this representation such a joy!


27.06.2007 12:37
Hot Springs, Arkansas: More Police Brutality on Go Skateboarding Day
13 year year old Jarad Graham being A video is circulating the likes of MySpace and YouTube wherein several young boys- and one girl- in Hot Springs, Arkansas, decided to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day. While skateboarding downtown, one was arrested- and it appears to be because he was skateboarding.

One youth took a picture of the Officer Joey Williams on top of thirteen year old Jarad Graham, who was facing up, and Williams has his hand around the boy's throat. After handcuffing the child, he chased the person who took the photograph, leaving the child in handcuffs. Williams later comes back, takes the child to speak with him away from his friends, and tells the boy he was in violation of city ordinance and resisting arrest... resisting arrest for what? WHY was he arrested in the first place?


27.06.2007 12:34
Peace Vigil in Sandy June 22
As I drove up to Mt Hood this past Friday I did a u turn to get a few pictures of these peacemakers in Sandy Ore.

It was inspiring to me, I am proud of these dozen anti war activists out on the front lines in Sandy.

Good Job!

Here is the 2 min youtube video link:


27.06.2007 12:33
Audio File: Portland Demonstration to Support Immigrant Rights
This is a 44 minute audio file of the speeches which took place at the ICE building, before the march to Pioneer Square.

The list includes, among others, a teacher, a Latino student, a representative from the Mayors office, someone from the labor unions, as well as a mother arrested during the raids.

The audio report begins with some spirited Latino music and is moderated by Shuzuko Hashimoto, of Portland Central America Solidarity Committee.


25.06.2007 02:44
Reportback and Photogs of Rally to Support Immigrant Rights
Today, June 24, 2007, somewhere between 400-500 people gathered in front of the Immigration building on SW Broadway in downtown Portland to protest recent raids at the Del Monte canning facility in Washington State.

The Demonstration, organized by Portland Immigration Rights Coalition, gathered at the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) office for a series of speeches, and then marched on the sidewalk down Broadway to Pioneer Square, for more speeches. All those who spoke did so in both English and Spanish or were interpreted from either language to the other.

Audio of the Protest
suggestions for sticking up for immigrants


25.06.2007 02:42
Video File: Out the Earl
George "W" Bush paid a visit to Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer on Tuesday, June 19, 2007, specifically to thank him for supporting his Free Trade agenda.

Apparently, Blumenauer had been meeting behind closed doors with Democratic House leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Rangel, the White House, other House Republicans and the Chamber of Commerce to hammer out a deal extending NAFTA-like trade agreements with Panama and Peru.

These politicians claim that the deal has unprecedented labor and environmental provisions included, but there is no guarantee that these provisions will make it into the text of the legislation itself.


25.06.2007 02:40
photos from Washington County Peace Vigil June 20, 2007
Over 50 people attended Wednesdays peace vigil from 6:30 pm. Lone Vet: Your signs are welcome at our weekly vigil. Please join us.

Earlier this week, 15 US soldiers were killed in a 40 hour period.This senseless occupation continues while the conservatives keep repeating the same untrue talking points. Keep letting your elected officials know we oppose this insane foreign policy through your calls, faxes and e-mails to their congressional offices.


25.06.2007 02:13
Lone Vet Report
Many of you might know that my original name here was Lone Vet 2000; I took that name because I started my lonely journey after bush was appointed, the first time. I wrote, signed petitions, and became a pain in the ass to those who supported the war in Iraq. I was convinced we were headed towards a disaster. During the 2004 campaign, I went to the Morrison Bridge with my signs telling people what a madman we had in the White House----I was horrified by the results.

I remember most people in passing cars would yell things like, "You lost, get over it"-- "Bush is the man", "Kerry is a coward"--etc, etc. I was called a commie, a coward, stupid, sad American, and terrorist. There were a few times when I thought I was going to be run off the bridge by a car or truck. I knew I was on the side of what America was supposed to be and not what we had become--a nation of invaders.


20.06.2007 20:49
Minutemen Outnumbered By Human Rights Activists At City Hall Protest
It looked to me like a 30% minuteman supporters turnout And a 70% Human Rights turnout of supporters. I went to show support and solidarity against the HATE protest

The Seriously Pissed Off Grannies had a city Hall meeting on an un related issue of having TANKS on our city streets. When they came out of the front doors into the "protest zone" they were chanting and marching side by side. I didn't quite hear well what they were saying ...but I got it on film. When they came out with their march .....the energy ratcheted up and the minute men started getting louder to voice their (sic) message.

Reportbacks:1, 2

Humanitarian Aid is Never a Crime
OR State Senator speaks out against I.C.E. raids
Sin Fronteras Statement on Oregonians for Immigration Reform

MinuteKKKlan/anti-immigrant forces at Seattle Space Needle on 6/23/07 (1pm).


15.06.2007 03:14
Immigration Raids: Standing Up for Neighbors

Two days ago, ICE attacked our neighbors and comrades. They did so in the name of Homeland Security and the federal government. Families were broken apart, parents were ripped away from their children, wives and husbands were torn from their spouses. This is not right. Cascadians, this is an assault on our community, on our comrades. We will not stand for it.

On the night of the attack, hundreds of supporters flooded into St Andrew's Catholic Church to express their outrage, offer support to the detainees, and demand an end to the raids. Even the mayor of this city denounced the assault. Community members are beginning to organize a new Sanctuary movement. Let it grow.


Mass Rally Saturday At Tacoma Detention Center

We will stand in solidarity with detainees where they are being held in Tacoma Detention Center (1623 East J Street, Suite 2--Tacoma, Washington) Saturday June 16th, 1-4pm

Carpools from Portland leave @ 10am
- Liberty Hall (311 N. Ivy St. Portland, OR)
- Ascension Catholic Church (7507 SE Yamhill St Portland, OR)


related: Immigrant Rights Handbook | How to help respond to the raids


15.06.2007 03:07
Grannies Project War Images On Buildings
Three ...  4 .......What are we fighting for? On Saturday 6-8-07 The SPOG Brigade of Grannies use a DVD, a projector, and a generator, to shoot war images on walls downtown near the Rose Festival Fun Center

Joe Anybody filmed the two projections by the Grannies on 6-8 and posted a video on YouTube here:

The montage of Pictures and Sounds from Iraq that the Grannies projected onto the walls is also
on YouTube you can see it here:


14.06.2007 03:47
Portland Business Owner Doing Okay At "Ground Zero To Day Labor Movement”
Businessman Charlie Becker & neighbors at

Alejandro is an immigrant from Oaxacaca, Mexico whose weathered, toughened hands betrayed his experience with construction jobs. In a recent interview, he said visiting the de facto day labor corners at SE 6th and Ankeny every morning has been his ongoing task for at least a month, every time landing him some type of work. "Oaxacaca is too much resting, not enough work," he explained. "In Portland there is good natural beauty and good jobs." His personal plan was to work here very hard for five years and then return home to his wife and two children, ages 7 and 4.

While some area businesses and property owners want laborers like Alejandro who search daily for work on and around the SE 6th Avenue and Ankeny intersection relocated as soon as possible to a new as yet unbuilt day labor center, others in the area have not made that demand. In fact, the functioning business closest to the day labor issue, the only one along that stretch of SE 6th Avenue whose front door literally opens into the on-street labor market, has been doing quite well and has no immediate plans to change.


previous: Portland's Newest Labor Movement? SE 6th & Ankeny Day Laborers May Relocate to New Center


13.06.2007 23:17
PDX Immigration Roundup: Tip of the ICEberg
Amnesty Now! In response to yesterday's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid at the Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. plant in North Portland, over 300 immigrant workers, worker families and immigrant rights supporters came together last night to voice concerns and learn about resources available to those affected by the worker roundup in which 167 were arrested and detained for immigration violations.


12.06.2007 08:50
Coming Soon to Drinking Water Near You
Oregon House Bill 3099, a mandatory water fluoridation bill which seeks to force the introduction of industrial toxic waste products into our drinking water, is very close to becoming law. After initial opposition was too strong to pass the original bill, "opt-out" clauses have been added, but this is still a wolf in sheep's clothing -- just a few extra phone calls and/or e-mails could make the difference. If you are familiar with the issue already, please take a few minutes to take action now, otherwise find out more now!


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