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Property taking by Government to the benefit of Private Industry?
Best wake up "Uplanders" it's headed your way!
Oregon LNG: "Sell it to us, lease it to us or lose it to us"...That was the choice Roger Thompson was faced with regarding his family's 132 year ownership of their property in Clatskanie and which just happend to be in the path of Spiro Vassilopoulos's(sp?) proposed "Port Westward LNG Transfer/Storage facility and ironically, in full support and abetted by "The Port of St. Helens".
Fate, Kharma, Destiny intervened in favor of the Thompsn's on that when PWLNG could not muster investors. Now, with Oregon LNG and its V.P., former employee of now defunct and broke Calpine Energy Group and ex-Enron Clone, Peter Hansen at the helm a bunch of property owners could quite possibly be besieged with likely the same choices and arm twisting, once again abetted by Government as well to the benefi of this one "Private Corporation" bent on selling Natural Gas to California?
California's Lt. Governor, in a recent speech and I'm paraphrasing, said "California doesn't need to worry about extensive LNG development and speculation because we will get all the, LNG derived, Natural Gas we need from Oregon".
Portland needs full assurance from local and State politicians that Blackwater, or another "security" contractor, is not scheduled to be in Portland during the Top Off / Vigilant Shield terror drill. That company is a destructive force the Neocons and Far Right are relying on to orchestrate the level of chaos that can thwart effective, practical response to repression, violence, and subterfuge.
Please read the article below, taken from today's antiwar.com front page, and think how screwed Portland would be if these lunatics just happened to have been hired for augmented security purposes, during the "largest-ever terrorism drill/exercise". Per reports from the drill press conference the other day, Michael Chertoff is supposed to be in town for the exercise in terror?! Given that he probably perceives US citizens to be the enemy, perhaps he'll have a Blackwater contingent for his security...
We are going to move into our new house on Grøndalsvænge allé 13, the 6th of October. We´re not hiding that, for this action, we are, amongst others, inspired by this summers succesful protests at the G8 summit in Rostock, Gremany.
Here Tens of thousands of demonstrators succeded in blocking the roads to the summit area. Already two years before, activists declared how, where and when they wanted to block the summit. This way, tens of thousands of demonstrators managed to get through the police lines. "We have learned that preparation pays off" states Astrid from g13`s press group.
Our outspokenness surprices a lot of people. The police declares to Politiken (major newspaper) on the 13th of Aug. that they hold that we are bluffing. "usually they are not that nice", states Flemming Steen Munk, spokesman for the police. Unfortunately we are going to disappoint him. When we are open about our plans of action, its not to be nice, but a strategic choice. "It will make it harder for the police and politicians to criminalise our struggle for a new ungdomshus(youthhouse)" states Astrid from G13`s press group.
G13 has been proclaimed as the culmination of the movements autumn offensive, and already now 500 activists are involved in the preparations.
Liveticker: http://english.indymedia.dk/publish/show/21 (see also indy uk)
Peter Young and Will Potter spoke at the Clinton St Theater on Thursday night. They talked about the struggle for the rights of animals, and the oppression against those of us who care about that struggle. This oppression is being orchestrated by both corporate and government officials (who are, increasingly, almost one and the same).
Both Potter and Young discussed the campaign of terror that corporate/govt forces are using against people who care about the non-human beings who share this planet with us. Potter pointed out that the recent green scare oppression has had no impact whatsoever on underground activists. He illustrated this point with an anecdote about animal activists liberating a group of rabbits, the day after the SHAC trials. They named six of the rabbits Josh, Lauren, Kevin, Darius, Jake, and Andy, after the SHAC defendants, and issued the following statement:
"This liberation is dedicated to the SHAC-7 and was done in direct response to the government's assault on them. Not a single member of the judge, jury and prosecution have the compassion, the conviction, or the courage of any of those six individuals, and they never will. In this sick culture, we know that every day the sick, the stupid, and the evil bully and destroy those who are far their better. Every lab, farm and fur animal, every poisoned wild bird, every beaten child, every raped woman knows this. The case of the SHAC-7 is no different.
A federal judge in Tacoma has delayed the court-martial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, a Fort Lewis Army officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq.
In a rare intervention of a civilian court in the military justice system, U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin H. Settle granted the emergency stay (PDF) shortly before close of business Friday. Watada's trial, slated to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, is now postponed until at least Oct. 26, the judge ruled. In granting the stay at 4:48 p.m., Settle determined that he has jurisdiction under federal law to grant the stay and that Watada's claim that a second-trial amounts to double jeopardy is not frivolous and "has merit" for consideration.
UPDATE From Courage To Resist Website
Stop Nike Landbank: Nike eminent domain efforts may face a recall election in Eugene. Alan Zelenka's advocacy in favor of eminent domain for Dave Frohnmayer's proposed expansion of campus and replacement of Mac Court is having an increasingly detrimental effect on the Fairmount neighborhood.
Councilor Zelenka's willingness to publicly support the massive, yet-to-be-determined UO expansion and land acquisition scheme warrants a recall effort. The UO has not disclosed the scope of their eminent domain intentions and future development plans, leaving citizens no choice but to gather signatures leading to a recall election of Alan Zelenka. Eminent domain abuse has run rampant across the country, and it should not be abused in Eugene.
Citizens who would like more information about the upcoming effort to recall Councilor Zelenka can email ericeiden(at)yahoo.com or call 541-868-5122.
Portland, Oregon - The location of a white supremacist event in the greater Portland area has been determined by anti-racists. The Hammerskin Nation, a neo-Nazi skinhead organization, is using the Sherwood Elks Lodge, located at 22770 SW Elwert Rd. in Sherwood, OR, for its twentieth-anniversary celebration, ending tomorrow, Sunday, October 7. The "Hammerfest" racist event has been planned in conjunction with Volksfront, a Portland-led white supremacist group linked to two of the killers of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw in 1988.
The Ad-Hoc Committee Against Racism and Fascism urges all concerned groups and individuals to call Ken, the Elks Club booking agent, at (xxx) xxx-xxxx, urging him to cancel the event. [# removed - event canceled] Denying white supremacists this venue is simply the right thing to do, although Ken seems to feel that the event is "just a bunch of guys playing music." (Quote is proximate.)
UPDATE: EVENT SHUT DOWN!
[Will Potter] will be in Portland [tonight] for a speaking event with Peter Young, one of the first people ever charged with "animal enterprise terrorism." Rumor has it that there might also be a movie screening, to take advantage of the wonderful venue.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Are animal rights activists really the "number one domestic terrorist threat"? A convicted animal rights "terrorist" and an award-winning journalist discuss what this "War on Terrorism" means for activists and the general public.
WHAT: "Animal Rights Terrorists?," a panel discussion about animal rights activism and First Amendment rights
WHO: Peter Young and Will Potter
WHEN: Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
COST: There will be a suggested donation of $5 with all proceeds going to the Activist Legal Fund. The event is open to the public.
EVENT SPONSORS: Food Fight! Grocery, Herbivore Magazine, Scapegoat Tattoo, SweetPea Baking, Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness
For more information:
Activist Legal Fund: www.activistlegalfund.org
Will Potter: www.greenisthenewred.com
Peter Young: www. supportpeter.com
In case folks haven't followed this, on September 20 the final protester was completely dismissed from the Schumacher Furs federal civil case.
In Defense of Animals, PETA, and ALF (!) were formerly dismissed. Now all protesters have been dismissed, and the case is officially over (except the motions to have Schumacher Furs pay the activist groups' legal fees). The Schumachers sense of persecution now extends to the federal Bush-appointed judge who threw out the case for lack of merit (there's fortunately still a little bit of justice left in the USA).
People who think protesting doesn't work, think again: Schumacher Furs is closed and gone.
To understand why activists felt so strongly as to consistently and energetically protest the hell hole called Schumacher Furs, see http://www.furisdead.com and http://www.furkills.org
Old protest reports can be found on this site.
We believe the punk scene is a microcosm within society. Suffering all the ills that society in general permeates. We suffer from white supremacy, patriarchy, hetero-sexism, homophobia, able-bodyism, fat-phobia, trans phobia, and a host of other oppressive ideas that keep us apart.
This isn't just a problem for Astorians. The construction of the LNG pipeline and terminal could devastate an already fragile salmon habitat, increase air and water pollution, and displace people living near the terminal or along the proposed pipeline route.
Please listen, learn, and take action: there is no time to lose.
Or post the attached flier.
Here i was, enjoying a ride down Alberta, looking forward to my burrito on a fall Saturday afternoon, when low and behold, i zoom past not one, not two, but THREE horrific throw-ups of anti-jew graffiti. the first was on Francis's (the newest restaurant to hit Alberta on 24th) where someone in their infinite Nazi artistry had written "JEWS!!!" in red spray paint, above one of their signs on Francis's windows. The next was on the abandoned beauty school a few blocks up where the same jag had written "JEWDYKE," and lastly a few more blocks up, there was a star of david painted on one (of the gazillion) botique's windows.
I was appalled. First, they plan on having an f-n' party in PDX next weekend, THEN they bomb Alberta with hate speech and THE WORST PART is people were walking by AS IF IT WAS JUST ANOTHER INCIDENT OF A WRITER MARKING A SPACE!!!! don't you all see what's happening? what this incident represents? i know there aren't a whole lot of us Heebs in portland, but geez, can't the connection be made to pre-war Nazi Germany? This is the same sh-t the government (and it's supporters) would write on Jewish-owned businesses write before they stared creating the ghettoes. AND IT WASN'T EVEN POTED ON INDYMEDIA!!!!!!! until now.
what are we going to do about this as a community? Doesn't anyone else remember the swastikas on the murals a couple of months ago? I'm hoping someone responds to this, because i don't think i can live in a portland where such blatant displays of Nazism go unchecked.
Today, September 29, 2007, in the streets of downtown Portland, citizens gathered to voice their outrage at the Occupation of Iraq and the slowly growing drum beat for war with Iran. For a city as anti war and anti Bush as Portland, today's event seemed moderate, one could almost say mediocre. There was a fair amount of people in attendance, perhaps 200-300 at the rally in the north Park blocks and easily over 700 or so as the march swelled to its conclusion in front of the World Trade Center. Yet, Portland gathered 30,000 or more a few years ago, and that was before the enormous U.S. casualties and criminal slaughter of perhaps a million innocent Iraqi citizens. Not to mention the victims from earlier phases of this war under George Bush Sr. and the sanctions and bombardments under the Clinton administration. And too, not to mention the slow motion deaths, injuries and birth defects due to the use of radioactive weapons, deliberately mislabeled as "Depleted" Uranium.
According to the Defense Department's annual "Base Structure Report" for fiscal year 2003, which itemizes foreign and domestic U.S. military real estate, the Pentagon currently owns or rents 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries and has another 6,000 bases in the United States and its territories. As the bumper sticker says, " Be nice to America or we'll bring Democracy to your country."
After deliberating for 11 hours over two days, a federal court jury has found Eric McDavid guilty of conspiring to blow up government and other facilities as part of an eco-terror plot. The verdict came late Thursday afternoon following a trial that relied heavily on the testimony of an undercover FBI informant who was known to jurors only as "Anna" and who presented evidence of conversations McDavid and two companions had about blowing up the Nimbus Dam, a U.S. Forest Service facility in Placerville and other targets.
Four Arrested Trying to Get Trade Vote Commitment from Earl Blumenauer author: Dan Denvir e-mail:e-mail: email@example.com Four human rights activists were arrested in the Portland office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer today after failing to get the Congressman's commitment to vote against the pending Peru Free Trade Agreement, which they say will have a devastating impact on poor farming communities in Peru. Congressman Blumenauer sits on the House Ways & Means Committee, and voted to approve the Peru FTA on Tuesday morning.
[Update: Peru FTA passed through Blumenauer's Ways & Means Committee Sept 26]
PPB is out of control, storms PSU campus with assault rifles and frightens students. Note the similarities between this and the Watershed incident of earlier this week. If anyone doubted (as I did for a time) that Portland Police are out of control, these stories should help convince you. First the facts/news story, then the first-person account.
Here is the link to the story on the Watershed incident so we can see the developing pattern in our fair city. How can we let this go on? What can we do to stop this?
At the Town Hall Meeting with House representative Earl Blumenauer in Portland. On 9/23/07 the subject of Impeachment was continuously brought up at this meeting.
One of the last speakers to speak was Bonnie Tinker who is a reporter for the Portland Alliance and one of the "Seriously Pissed Off Grannies" She eloquently gets those in favor of Impeachment to stand up and then as in the spirit of Peter Pan's "Tinker Bell" she asked all those to clap if you "Believed in Impeachment"
The Town Hall Meeting participants in the theater were up out of their seats, clapping and chanting feverishly. It is obviously what the people want, and it was obviously that Earl was not interested.
Court report from Day 7 of trial
Below is the court report for yesterday (Monday). The majority of the day was taken up by Zachary Jenson's testimony, followed by Randy Meyer of the IFG, and then the prosecution rested. Mark began the defense's case with character witnesses. Today (Tuesday) was the last day of arguments and the jury will begin deliberating tomorrow morning, after they receive their instructions. We'll post the report from today soon.
Please keep calling the jail, as Eric is still not receiving vegan meals! He did receive commissary again this week. Visit http://www.supporteric.org for more info on calling the jail.
At least 8 police cars, and about 15 officers that I could see just raided the Watershed in SE Portland. They did not come inside, at least not while I was there, but instead got all hyped up on whatever synthetic testosterone-roids they are handing out down at the PPB these days and stormed the parking lot out back.
I watched an assault rifle (COCKED AND AIMED), several shotguns, and at least one of the sickeningly familiar, red-barreled, rifle-looking, so-called "less lethal" weapons get pulled out and pointed around indiscriminantly. WTF?
I had been at the watershed all evening, and I can tell you that it's a scary weird world when people who are peacefully minding their own business, working in wood shops, practicing meditation, and creating works of art have to be exposed to this kind of assault weaponry for no fucking damn reason. I'm PIIIISSSED.
FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU to each and every fucked up pig who was out there tonite
Day 4: September 17
Testimony of FBI Special Agent Krause
The day began with testimony from FBI Special Agent (SA) Richard Krause. He testified on his background, his training and the search of the Cabin that Eric, Zach, Lauren and "Anna" occupied. SA Krause said that he has been in the FBI 4 ? years and is currently posted in Houston. In January of 2006 he was posted in Sacramento and participated in the search of the Dutch Flat Cabin on January 14. He stated that he learned how to properly execute a search warrant from a class at the FBI academy and that he had participated in roughly a dozen prior searches. He testified that the cabin was secured by a highway patrol office monitoring it on video from the time the trio were arrested on January 13 and the time of the search on January 14. He described the protocol for executing a search warrant and explained the role of the custodian of evidence. SA Krause was the custodian of evidence in this search and he stated that his job was to look at evidence in the location in which it was discovered in order to be able to testify about it later. United States Attorney (USA) Ellen Endrezzi presented SA Krause with a variety of photographs labeled government exhibits 35A-35BB. These photos were of various items found in the cabin. The items included mason jars, bleach, car battery, spray paint, sugar, Vaseline, shotgun shells, laptop, chemistry set, sifter, salt substitute, nimbus fish hatchery brochure, an article about Ryan Lewis, IDs and Zines. SA Krause indicated that over 100 photos had been taken but that not all evidence was photographed. On his cross examination SA Krause indicated that many of the photographs shown in court were not of photographs of objects in the locations in which they were found. Different items were grouped together and photographed by the FBI agents conducting the search.
Note: Eric's court date on Wednsday was cancelled (see here.) Trial resumes on Monday.
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