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Peace Walkers Arrested at Nuclear Bomb Factory: Four participants in an 86-day walk from Dublin to London for a nuclear-free future have been arrested today at AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment) Aldermaston in Berkshire. They were protesting against the ongoing expansion at the facility. The walkers were arrested just after lunchtime at the Aldermaston base, after a 10-mile walk beginning in Theale, on the outskirts of Reading. Upon reaching Tadley Gate, the walkers assembled for a vigil when some members of the party decided to sit down and link in front of the gate in order to block incoming and out-going construction traffic. It was a symbolic gesture of defiance against the might of the state and military-industrial complex. Officers from Thames Valley police and the MoD, acting as accomplices to the base's illegal preparations for nuclear war, swiftly prised the peacekeepers apart before handcuffing them and dragging them off to a waiting van.
One of the arrested, Daniel Viesnik, 32, from London, who has walked the full 825 miles from Dublin, says: "The UK government's decision to spend tens of billions of pounds of taxpayers' money upgrading the Trident system is illegal, immoral and will further destabilize global security." Today's action was carried out in solidarity with Block the Builders, who have been carrying out regular blockades at Aldermaston since last year, in opposition to the ongoing construction of the new multi-million pound Orion laser system at the site.
Related: For Hiroshima/Nagasaki, & Beyond: Call congress [800-270-0309] to reduce, not expand, USA's nuclear arsenal. Between today, the 6th, & thursday, the 9th, please call congress to insist that usa's nuclear arsenal be reduced, & not increased.
Now is the time to support The Red and Black Cafe. Dear Friends of the Red and Black, Due to the economic and political realities of capitalism, and real estate development it looks like we may be pushed out of our building sooner than expected- as early as the end of September. We are asking for support from our community in providing for the cafe's continuation.
Right now we still need to raise the money to move into a new location, or ideally buy a building. Fund raising has become more urgent and we are still setting up as many benefits as possible, but we need your help. We are currently selling gift certificates for our new location at a 10% discounted rate - invest in our future by buying one and save yourself money at the same time! And of course we gladly accept any donations! In fact you can donate right over the computer by going to: myspace.com/redandblackcafe and clicking on "donate now."
Thanks for the past 7 years of support and here's to hopes of many more years of radical worker owned coffee shops!
Leaders of the Save Madison South and Save Roseway coalitions in NE Portland are now calling upon their 900+ member-strong support base to turn out for one of Portland's biggest National Night Out celebrations ever.
The National Night Out event, sponsored by both the Madison South and Roseway Neighborhood Associations, is taking place Tuesday, August 7, 2007 from 6:30-8:30pm at Glenhaven Park (NE 82nd and Siskiyou) as a celebration of neighborhood livability.
However, with the permit application coming off hold for a proposed "big box store" development in the neighborhood, many residents are planning on attending the neighborhood event as a rally of support. The rally will be the official kick-off the fight against what could likely be Portland's newest Wal-Mart Supercenter.
The application for this proposed project came off hold this week on July 31st, and the land-use hearing date has been scheduled for 9am on October 1 and 3, 2007 at the City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services Room 2500-A [second floor], located at 1900 SW Fourth Avenue. Hundreds of residents are expected to pack the room to testify at the hearing.
The site in question is located on the now-vacant land (former golf driving range) across from Madison High School on NE 82nd. The developer so far has refused to publicly identify their tenant; however Canadian-based SmartCentre's website (www.smartcentres.com) proudly touts their strong relationship with Wal-Mart, with approximately 120 out of their 180 projects ending up being a Wal-Mart.
Last weekend I attended the an Action Coast hosted by the newly formed Stumptown Earth First in the forest near Mt. Hood. The action camp took place from Thursday until Monday with a nearly 20 people in attendence through out the weekend. Trainings were given on climbing, knots, workshops covered wilderness first aid and medics, forest defense, Earth First history, Plant walks, and organizing meathods.
Besides the valuable skills and workshops the most exciting part of the camp came in the convergence of older EF'rs and a younger generation of forest defenders. The action camp brought old timers out of the woodwork and glimers of excitement to their eyes. The connection and transfer of experience and knowledge proved to be (for me) the most important part of the weekend and something that is desperately needed with all groups and aspects of a resistance movement.
The energy of young EF'rs combined with the excitement of an old generation displayed at the Stumptown Earth First Action camp appears to be a revitalizatin of direct action forest defense in Cascadia. As Stumptown Earth First grows it is bound to combine older experience coming back to the movement with new energy starting campaigns and getting stuff done. Keep your eyes out for future campaigns of Stumptown Earth First.
On Monday July 23rd, four anti-fascists from the Philadelphia, PA area were arrested at what was supposed to be a Ku Klux Klan rally in Center City Philadelphia and charged with a series of trumped up misdemeanors in a situation that - for all practical purposes - was straight up entrapment.
Rumors spread through Philadelphia starting Friday July 20th that the Ku Klux Klan was supposed to show up for an 11AM rally on Monday at Love Park. While anti-fascists were present in the area starting at 10:30AM, no racists showed up for the rally until noon when two men wearing what appeared to be neo-Nazi t-shirts showed up in the area. Anti-fascists approached the men, confirmed they were neo-Nazis and told them to leave. Words were exchanged between the Klansmen and the anti-fascists, and then the neo-Nazis said they were leaving. The anti-fascists then followed behind them to make sure that they kept their promise.
Strangely, Civil Affairs cops remained on the other side of the park the entire time and made no efforts to follow the group even when they were out of their sight. The boneheads got into an SUV around the corner and were driven away. As they attempted to drive off, conveniently blocked by traffic, a verbal confrontation ensued with the anti-fascists lasting several minutes before a window of the SUV was smashed. The driver - who could have flashed his badge at anytime to disperse the crowd - then ordered four of the anti-fascists up against the wall.
Were Blumenauer Operatives Behind Attempt to Silence Impeachment Protesters? Police were called out by security personnel in an attempt to intimidate and harass pro-impeachment demonstrators who were peacefully protesting Earl Blumenauer's refusal to honor his constituents' demand for the impeachment of the war criminals Dick Cheney and George Bush.... this time they were met by a "counter-demonstration" of sorts. The self-identified owner of the building and three security personnel, after first vainly attempting to locate "the leader" of the group, claimed that the demonstrators were illegally blocking the sidewalk outside Blumenauer's office.
comment: The South Side DFA group will be hosting an impeachment discussion with Willie Smith from Earl Blumenauer's office on Wednesday, Aug. 1st at the True Brew Coffee Shop, 3370 SE Milwaukie Ave. at 7pm.
The only no-kill shelter for homeless animals west of Portland is in desperate crisis. It is in danger of closing down for good within the next 2 months, without your help. It will take $20,000 to keep the Columbia County animal shelter operating till the end of the year.
Without this shelter, the only resource for animals who are abandoned in Columbia County is the county pound. This is no solution. Animals are only held for a short time at the pound, and then they are put to death if homes cannot be found. For the sake othese animals, we must keep the no-kill shelter open.
If you can donate, and/or if you have fund raising ideas that might help, please contact the Columbia County Animal Shelter:
Cable news stations are reporting an explosion at a facility that sells liquid natural gas. At least two people were injured. Authorities evacuated a half-mile area surrounding the Southwest Industrial Gases Inc. facility and shut down parts of two of the area's busiest highways, Interstates 30 and 35.
comment: Look at this photo. This happened right next to a freeway. Some of the other wire photos popping up today are a great illustration of why you don't want this LNG stuff happening anywhere near a city. I don't know why rural people would want to face it either. This resulted from a relatively simple accident by a worker.
comment: This story has developed in a very interesting way, with local Dallas TV stations continuing to report the LNG was involved in the explosions. The facility holds an array of gases, and NY Times, CNN and others are now saying that the cannisters were holding acetylene. In either case, the event makes it very clear that emergency responders will not attempt to put out a major fire caused by a large LNG release. These fires burn hot and uncontrollably, and basically the firefighters in this case pulled back by a half mile or mile, and waited for the explosions to cease.
The Daily Astorian ran a story on the event, as well. The people working to stop LNG on the Lower Columbia, at least two of them, are quoted. The upcoming Climate Convergence will be happening near Puget Island. Puget Island is within 1/2 mile of the proposed Bradwood LNG terminal. A major failure in an LNG vessel or storage tank would cause a half-mile fire with the potential to give second degree burns within 30 seconds of exposure to people up to a mile away. The Dallas explosion is particularly relevant to the Coos Bay LNG proposal, however, where propane will be stripped out of gas coming into the facility. The purified natural gas will be sent out via pipeline, while the propane will be stored and trucked out of Coos Bay. This is a very under-reported safety risk with the Coos Bay proposal. Up to 50 trucks of propane might be leaving that site each day, according to LNG company representatives.
Juan Rubio, who has been repeatedly harassed, and even arrested by the Sandy Police for exercising his human and civil right to protest their treatment of (and probable murder of) his son, has achieved a moral, if not economic victory over the Sandy Cop Shop.
Juan, who's son Carlos "mysteriously" disappeared after a round of verbal judo with a bunch of Sandy Cops, only to be later found murdered (a murder that was never investigated), is at least partially vindicated in the settlement of his case against Sandy Cop Kalen (K.T.)Taylor. The original suit for 100 thousand dollars was downsized some, to five hundred dollars and an apology, to make room for a multi million wrongful arrest and harassment case against the chief, Skelton,
Readers here will recall that Juan was manhandled and arrested during the Sandy Mountain Days Festival, for protesting the lack of investigation into the murder of his son. A Clackamas County Judge ultimately threw that case out, declaring that Skelton had a lot of nerve to have arrested Juan, violating his first amendment rights. Juan's biggest crime, it would seem, was being tan in Sandy, and refusing to remain invisible.
Austin Greenwood was sentenced on Thursday.
Eighteen year old Austin Greenwood was sentenced to three years in prison for attacking two Hispanic men along the Molalla River at Wagonwheel Park on May 24th of this year. His attorney told Judge Ronald Thom that the incident was not racially motivated, but apparently it was serious enough to warrant a lengthy prison stay. Greenwood did plead guilty to assault and criminal mischief and he must pay restitution to Edwin Gonzales and Bivial Guzman. He was heard yelling "Go back to Mexico" as he threw rocks at the two men. (Not racially motivated?....hmmmmmm)
The Human (In)Security Act chokes the air of democracy... The Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) today called on labor solidarity against the anti-terrorism law, which takes effect today and declared support for moves to bring the Constitutionality of the law to the Supreme Court.
"There is a thick blanket of fear in the air with the threat of the anti-terror law against all freedom-loving Filipinos," warned APL Secretary-General Josua Mata. "The Human Security Act (HSA) is prone to abuse as it operates under a deliberately vague and broad definition of 'terrorism', which undermines our freedom of association, assembly and movement," he warned.
"The HSA cannot - and does not - address terrorism," Mata added. "It is aimed at stifling legitimate political dissent," he added.
"Gloria's economy is not working." This is what the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) said of Mrs. Arroyo's flamboyant and rosy economic claims; two days shy from the Executive's 7th State of the Nation Address (SONA) this 23rd of July. In an economic forum at the University of the Philippines, FDC said if there is one way of truly measuring the economic performance of this government, then it is by scrutinizing our current debt situation beyond what is being peddled to us by Mrs. Arroyo's economic managers and spin doctors.
"If Mrs. Arroyo has anything to say on the debt during her SONA, most likely it would be a boring reiteration of her deceptive claims that the debt problem is 'over' or is being managed prudently," FDC President Ana Maria R. Nemenzo said. "While this assertion may be partly true, however, these so-called improvements in the debt statistics have been achieved through pre-payment of loans in exchange for new loans with longer maturity, decreased availment of agencies of direct loans and the unplanned resurgence of our currency?all of which speaks of Mrs. Arroyo's core debt management strategy of borrowing heavily to pay old debts," Nemenzo said.
The Rachel Corrie and Portland chapters of Veterans for Peace marched in the Lakefair Parade last Saturday. So there was the usual thumbs down and head shaking in response to these veterans that dare interject a message of peace to yet another parade. However, there was a pleasant surprise. Several large groups of parade watchers broke out in loud approving applause and yells of support....seems the "offensive" peace message is reaching more people.... Thanks Olympia
Cindy Sheehan was busted in D.C. today while marching from Arlington to the Congressional Bldg. Now you know why all this spam has appeared at this time. They'll do ANYTHING to stop this impeachment drive.
comment:... lost in this story is the explosive news that Cindy Sheehan, the most recognizable peace activist in America, has announced she is running against Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House (one of the most powerful positions in our government).
I've been going around with my "IMPEACH CHENEY" sign in this town for weeks, both as an individual and with Code Pink. I have to tell you, public sentiment is very strong towards impeachment....I'm not the only San Franciscan who thinks Cindy should and actually *can* win -- read Justin Raimondo's article "Sheehan's Rebellion": http://antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=11269 .
SHEEHAN IN '08!
In 2005 protestors at the Sten timber sale near Eugene had both live ammunition and hunting arrows shot at them. This year the Forest Service set a "prescribed burn" at the site of the protest and killed most of the remaining trees.
One activist lived on a small platform in the upper canopy for over two months, while loggers endangered his life by falling trees around him. Hired climbers and Forest Service personnel threatened to physically remove him. During his extended stay in an old growth tree, "Katrina", the Forest Service stole his bicycle, trailer, identity papers, and all his possessions.
"Katrina" is now dead. Eighty-five percent of the trees in the project are either standing dead or blackened stumps. According to a Forest Service spokesperson, a "prescribed burn", started with drip torches by Forest Service personnel, got out of hand "when the wind shifted". The Forest Service inadvertently "missed its target" of 10 to 20 percent mortality. Seventy percent of the trees that remained after logging were killed by the fire. The destruction of a once healthy forest ecosystem is now complete.
What is next for unit 43 of the Sten timber sale? Salvage logging?
Mexican State surrounds Oaxaca to favor URO and transnational tourism
Boycott the Commercial Guelaguetza
July 20th, 2007 - Translation from Indymedia Oaxaca:
48 hours before the commercial festival of Ulises Ruiz Ruiz (URO), Oaxaca is surrounded by police and the military;
source of original article in spanish: http://mexico.indymedia.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=224
From El Enemigo Com?n
On the morning of July 16, 2007, the people of Oaxaca poured into the Zocalo, intent on reclaiming their annual cultural celebration known as the Guelaguetza. By late morning, the "People's Guelaguetza" had become a "megamarcha" with thousands taking to the streets.
By early afternoon, it had become a battle for the city, after police attacked the peaceful march....at approximately 11:30 a.m., elements of the Municipal Police, Preventive Police, and Industrial and Banking Police, attacked with tear gas and rocks, marchers of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) and teachers of the National Teachers Workers Union, Section 22, who were trying to join the local festivities Fiesta Popular Oaxaque?a, in Guelaguetza Auditorium, Cerro del Fort?n de la Ciudad de Oaxaca.
We consider that this incident is one of many provocations implemented by the state government against the APPO and is an irrefutable sign, moreover, of a government that is unable to dialogue, opting instead for the irrational use of police force against civilians. These actions are clear evidence of a recurring violation of human rights in the Oaxaca region, illegal under international treaties signed by Mexico.
Therefore, we make the following immediate demands:
Send your petitions to with copies to human rights entities:
A federal judge has recommended that the Bush administration's decision to remove endangered species protections for Oregon Coast coho salmon be declared illegal. The court recommended that coho's legal "threatened" status be reviewed and a new listing decision be finalized within 60 days. Restoration of ESA listing would prohibit actions that harm the species and require the government to prepare recovery plans. The decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by fishermen and conservation groups last year.
The decision to withdraw endangered species protections from the coho was predicated on a novel scientific theory adopted by federal agencies. The theory held that coho are inherently resilient at low populations, and that they will always bounce back. The court cited extensive scientific critiques of that theory from government scientists, who said that it was unreliable and failed to pass the "red-face test." The court ruled that the new theory did not represent the "best available science" as required by law.
The slight rebound between 2001 and 2003 prompted the state of Oregon to prematurely declare Coast coho sufficiently recovered to be stripped of federal protection. The federal agency charged with administering the fishery, National Marine Fisheries Service overruled its own scientists—who raised grave doubts about Oregon's novel population analysis as well as the status of the species—to remove federal endangered species protections in 2006.
Hello friends, I learned a lot about what can happen on the streets while I was in Germany. This video shows the power we had over the police that day, if only for a few beautiful hours. I believe all of us up here, in cities across the North West, can find something meaningful in these images.
A lot of us have fallen into our lives, living them exactly as we want to live them. Unable to effectively resist the system and actualize our collective dreams, we instead actualize our own dreams. And, much of the time, we are not on the streets. We have seen too much infigthing, pettiness, authority, back-stabbing and outright hijaking to want to ever return to those peace-policed streets. As we were being gassed, beaten, maced, sexually assaulted, paralyzed, brain damaged and traumatised, people called us "childish" and labelled us "agents provoctours." Since well before 1999 our people have been following the same pattern of burnout, one year at a time. Either we burn out, we dissapear into our own close-nit projects or we concentrate on building up what is around us. In any case, we are not on the streets. Why?
If we are there to answer those questions ourselves (rather than recently pied dingbats) people might just find something in one anarchist idea or other. That something, soon, just as it happened to us, will make them begin to question everything. Oh, incedently, a revolution is well underway in Europe.
July 9, 2007, a coalition of peace groups, PDX Peace, organized a Rally at Holladay Park in Portland Oregon and marched to the military recruiters office on NE Broadway. The event featured Conscientious Objector Agustin Aguayo, recently released from an 8 month prison term for desertion. After serving a one year deployment to Iraq, Aguayo applied for Conscientious Objector status, which was denied and his unit was subsequently redeployed back to Iraq. Agustin refused to leave with his unit and went absent without leave (AWOL). Since serving his prison term, Aguayo has been actively working with at-risk youth, dedicating his life to informing high risk youth of the other side recruits don't see in military recruitment ads.
Various groups, including Portland Recruiter Watch, were involved in the event: Courage to Resist, Veterans for Peace, chapter 72, Portland American Friends Service Committee
I was fortunate to get a quick interview with Aguayo after the event, and this is a 5 minute audio file of that interview.
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