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19.04.2008 06:43
Victory! Activists Get TEN-01 to Drop Foie Gras from Their Menu
Activists with Portland Animal Defense League were out in full force tonight [April 18] to let the City of Portland know the cruel truth about foie gras. Armed with signs, fliers, video, and a high spirit, the night began at TEN-01. Before a "Pledge to Not Serve Foie Gras" was even handed to the owner, he came out to engage the activists and promised to keep it off the menu forever. While he refused to sign the pledge, he went on film and conceded to the activists demands. "I will not serve foie gras," he stated. It was victory at TEN-01!

Charged up and ready to demo, the activists went on to Bluehour, a restaurant that has been asked to take foie gras off its menu in the past. A letter was handed over to the manager but he was able to promise nothing, so a demo ensued that was full of spirit and fun chants. The public reaction was overwhelmingly good and a clear point was made. We will be back to Bluehour again.

The night ended at yet another high-priced restaurant in the Pearl, Fenouil. Again, activists handed a letter to the management but their response was that foie gras would stay on the menu. Chants started up and another charged protest began. One man was so angered by the protesters presence, he began to call them each pathetic, one by one. He was clearly a fan of the fatty liver. Activists coulnd't help but to chuckle and continue the demo. We will be back to Fenouil again.

 http://www.pdxanimaldefense.org

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19.04.2008 06:40
Chavez re-nationalises SIDOR - historic victory for the workers
At 1.22am Venezuelan time on Wednesday, April 9th, Venezuelan vice-president Ramon Carrizalez announced the decision of president Chávez to renationalise the giant steel plant SIDOR located in the southern state of Bolivar.

The decision was taken as the Argentinean-Italian multinational group Techint (the majority shareholder of SIDOR) refused to make concessions to the workers in the collective bargaining agreement.

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19.04.2008 06:40
Vermont AFL-CIO Calls on Workers to Support West Coast Work Stoppage Against The War
ILWU The Executive Board of the Vermont AFL-CIO, representing thousands of workers in countless sectors across Vermont, have unanimously passed an historic resolution expressing their "unequivocal" support for the first US labor work stoppage against the war in Iraq. The work stoppage, [which was] being organized by the Longshore Caucus of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), will seek to shutdown all west coast ports during the day on May 1st 2008. The Vermont AFL-CIO is the first state labor federation to publicly back the Longshoremen; other state federations are expected to follow.

The resolution, among other things, calls the war in Iraq "immoral, unwanted, and unnecessary", states that the vast majority of working Vermonters oppose the war, and contends that the war will only be brought to an end by "the direct actions of working people." Many other Vermont labor unions and organizations, including the Vermont Workers' Center, have also made official statements condemning the war.

"Workers in Vermont and all across this nation are against this war. We have already demanded that the government end it, but they have consistently failed to heed our words. Therefore working people are beginning to take concrete steps to make our resistance known. If the war does not immediately end we, the unions and working people of Vermont, will also be compelled to take appropriate action," said David Van Deusen, District Vice President of the AFL-CIO.

Related: ILWU Antiwar Shutdown of West Coast Ports on May Day is Blocked
Airline Workers to lead General Strike?


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19.04.2008 06:25
Journalists for Mumia Newspaper Released! Donations Urgently Needed!
Mumia Abu-Jamal I am excited to announce today's release of the Journalists for Mumia newspaper, "Abu-Jamal News," published as a special emergency edition responding to the Third Circuit's unjust ruling denying Mumia a new guilt-phase trial, and just in time for the April 19 mass-demonstration here in Philadelphia.

We urgently need funds to pay for these newspapers! The International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ) is strongly supporting this fundraising and Pam Africa (ICFFMAJ Coordinator) is personally making a special request urging supporters to help pay for this emergency issue of the newspaper by donating whatever they can. We need several hundred dollars to pay for the 10,000 newspapers, and we need this money within JUST ONE WEEK!

newspaper PDF | Abu-Jamal-News.com


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18.04.2008 15:22
Olympia Anarchist Bookfair Starts Today
Join us for the 1st annual Olympia Anarchist Bookfair!

We will be gathering from Friday, April 18th to Sunday, April 20th to share skills, give workshops, and to nurture the growth of our communities.

We welcome those interested in becoming self-reliant and developing healthy, radical, anti-authoritarian alternatives to the dominant social order. Those who are curious about or new to anarchism, or may not identify as anarchists but have similar goals are especially welcome. There will be limited housing available to travelers and lots of free food!

Friday, April 18th @ Eagles Hall 2:30pm-5:00pm

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16.04.2008 06:13
Free Acupuncture on May Day!
working class acupuncture Working Class Acupuncture is offering free acupuncture all day on May Day. We are a community-supported acupuncture clinic in NE Portland. Our mission is one of social change- specifically, to revolutionize the healthcare system by increasing accessibility to acupuncture.

Regularly, we are run on a sliding scale of $15-$35 a treatment. There is an extra $10 fee for the 1st visit to cover paperwork costs. You decide what to pay.

On May Day, our doors will be open from 8:30 am -7 pm, giving as much free acupuncture as we can. We still need you to make an appointment though (so we can make sure to have enough acupunks around), so call 503-335-9440.

Other Community Acupuncture Clinics in Oregon | Prema Clinic


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16.04.2008 06:08
ILWU Antiwar Shutdown of West Coast Ports on May Day is Blocked
The ILWU's planned antiwar West Coast work stoppage on international workers' rights day would have been one of the first such actions of its kind by a major American union since the Iraq war began. Plans for an unprecedented display of labor muscle on May 1 in support of the peace movement have been blocked for now, though it remains anybody's guess what might actually happen.

An estimated 25,000 longshore workers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) were planning to take part in a May Day antiwar shutdown of all West Coast ports, including the ports of Portland and Vancouver. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), charged with negotiating and administering maritime labor agreements with the ILWU, however, has nixed those dayshift May Day stop-work sessions.

maushard.net

comment: In summer of '01, Carlo Giulini was murdered in Genoa by carabinieri at G-8 Summit, & many many protesters were beaten half to death. Shortly after, an Italian ship docked at Port of Portland, & some of us set up a picket line outside the gates, & ILWU honored our line!


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16.04.2008 06:04
Eric McDavid Update - New Address and Sentencing Update
Dear friends, Sentencing has been re-scheduled for May 1st. When re-scheduling the date, Eric's lawyer attempted to set it for April 24, but was unable to do so because Judge England will be getting married next week. In lieu of wedding gifts, we're asking that folks make a small donation to Eric's commissary fund to help his transition to federal prison. When he moves to a federal facility, his commissary account will move with him. If he has money in his account when he arrives, he will be able to purchase the necessities - including money for phone calls to loved ones, vegan food, and writing material. If you would like to make a donation, you can send a check or money order to "Sacramento Defense Fund" at: SPS, PO Box 163126, Sacramento, CA 95816

Yesterday Eric was moved to a different floor. His new address is:

McDavid, Eric x-2972521 7E128
Sacramento County Main Jail
651 "I" St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

 http://www.supporteric.org

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14.04.2008 15:16
Exceptional OR/WA Recreation Fee Action Alert - deadline Wed April 16
Here's a exceptional Action Alert from Wild Wilderness. Timing is critical and I ask only a few moments of your valuable time. The time frame begins now and extends through this weekend and until Wednesday evening, April 16th.

Within the next few days PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Contact both of your Senators via either their easy-to-use online webform or the Washington DC phone number provided (details appear below)
  • Say that you support the "Fee Repeal and Expanded Access Act of 2007" and that you'd like the Senator to co-sponsor this important legislation.
  • That's all I'm asking of you, though please feel free to communicate whatever else you wish to add about your experiences with, and concerns about, the Rec-Fee program.
Thanks so very much for your help. It is not only appreciated -- it will have an impact. ~ Scott

Contact Information:

Read "The Fee Repeal and Expanded Access Act" (S 2438)

wildwilderness.org


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14.04.2008 15:10
Humboldt Forest Defense Action Camp and Skillshare 2008
MAXXAM on the way out? Preliminary announcement of the next Forest Defense Skillshare. We'll be rendezvousing in the Ancient Redwoods here in Humboldt. More details will be out shortly. Inviting old-timers and newcomers alike!

We'll be rendezvousing in the Ancient Redwoods here in Humboldt. More details will be out shortly. Stay tuned at our blog http://humboldtforestdefense.blogspot.com/

Join us May 2nd through May 9th to share and acquire skills for non-violent direct action focused on defending our forests!


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14.04.2008 15:07
Jeff "Free" Luers Transferred to Columbia River Correctional Institution
Dear Friends, We have just been informed that Jeff was transferred to a minimum security prison in Portland - the Columbia River Correctional Institution. We do not know if this will be his "final" destination or not as he serves his last 2 years, but for the time being, and most likely for a while, his address is:

Jeffrey Luers # 13797671
CRCI
9111 NE Sunderland Ave
Portland, OR 97211-1708

Hopefully letters and books sent to him at Coffee Creek will be forwarded to him, but if you get any mail returned to you, please resend it in a new envelope to his new address. And please write to him now so that he start receiving mail and letters of support right away as he gets settled at this new location

 http://freejeffluers.org/

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13.04.2008 05:53
Anti-Sweatshop Campaign Calls on Oregon to Pass “Sweatfree” Bill
Salem, OR ?Sweatfree Northwest hosted its official kick-off for the Oregon Sweatfree Campaign at 12noon on April 1, 2008, on the Capitol Steps in Salem. Union and faith leaders, human rights advocates, and students groups from Portland and Salem came to show their support of the statewide campaign. The Oregon Sweatfree Campaign will encourage Governor Kulongoski to pass an Executive Order for Sweatshop Free Purchasing for Oregon. This policy will ensure that tax money spent on purchasing uniforms for state departments will go to ethical suppliers that can ensure good working conditions at the point of assembly.

The Oregon Sweatfree Campaign kickoff was an excellent demonstration of Oregon values. "Oregon is known throughout the world as a leader in sustainability," said Arthur Stamoulis while addressing the group, "As a state that develops the programs and projects and policies that serve as models for others to follow. Clearly, the current global economy?which pits nation against nation and worker against worker in a race to the bottom?is not sustainable. By championing sweatfree purchasing, Oregon can continue its role as a leader in sustainable development."

For more information about Sweatfree Northwest news and events, visit sweatfree.org or call 503-236-7916.

Sweat Free Consortium Flyer


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13.04.2008 05:42
GM Seeds Still Active in Soil 10 Years Later
A field planted with experimental oilseed rape a decade ago found transgenic specimens were still growing there despite intensive efforts over the years to remove the seeds, according to researchers in Sweden. This is the first time a genetically modified crop has endured so long and critics say it shows that genetically modified organisms cannot be contained once released.

"We should assume that GM organisms cannot be confined, and ask instead what will become of them when they escape."


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10.04.2008 10:15
Women Media Activists Assassinated In Oaxaca
Can't Stop The Signal April 7th, 2008. Oaxaca, Mexico.

Two indigenous triqui women who worked at the community radio station La Voz que Rompe el Silencio (The Voice that Breaks the Silence), in the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala (Mixteca region), were shot and murdered while on their way to Oaxaca city to participate in the State Forum for the Defense of the Rights of the Peoples of Oaxaca. Three other people were injured.

According to the State Attorney General, the victims are Teresa Bautista Merino (24 years old) and Felícitas Martínez Sánchez (20 years old).

Francisco Vásquez Martínez (30 years old), his wife Cristina Martínez Flores (22 years old), and their son Jaciel Vásquez Martínez (three years old) were also injured in the attack.

According to prelimary reports, the women had left the station, which is part of the Network of Indigenous Community Radio Stations of the Southeast (Red de Radios Comunitarias Indígenas del Sureste), around 1:00 PM. They were travelling in a truck on their way to Oaxaca city, but were ambushed on the outskirts of the community Llano Juarez.

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09.04.2008 10:46
GM Seeds Still Active in Soil 10 Years Later
A field planted with experimental oilseed rape a decade ago found transgenic specimens were still growing there despite intensive efforts over the years to remove the seeds, according to researchers in Sweden. This is the first time a genetically modified crop has endured so long and critics say it shows that genetically modified organisms cannot be contained once released.

"This study confirms that GM crops are difficult to confine," said Professor Mark Westoby, a plant ecologist from Macquarie University in Australia. "We should assume that GM organisms cannot be confined, and ask instead what will become of them when they escape."

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08.04.2008 07:06
S.F. banner drop protesting Olympic Games & China's policies toward Tibet & Sudan
Golden Gate Bridge Protest - Free Tibet! [Ruckus Press Release]: Right now three activists, including one of our beloved Ruckutistas, are climbing up the suspension cables of the Golden Gate Bridge in an action to support Tibetan independence. San Francisco is the only city hosting the torch in the United States, and Students for a Free Tibet are responding. The message is clear and visionary: "One World, One Dream: Free Tibet"

Actions in Paris and London have already shown one of the ugly truths of standing up against injustuce - the bravery of nonviolence is met with the cowardice of violence. This is true in Tibet, where 180 people have been slaughtered since March in their attempts to send a message to the world through the layers of repression of Chinese rule.

The Tibetan dream of independence is our common dream, and we're asking you to do one thing if you are moved by the strength and perseverance of the Tibetan people and Tibetan-led Students for a Free Tibet: donate to support today's action and the actions to come.

Banner Hang photos: 1, 2

Statement from Students for a Free Tibet | more protests are planned Extinguish the Flames of Genocide in Darfur! | Guardian Commentary | Guardian Coverage of Paris Protests of Olympic Torch relay | UK Indymedia coverage of 4/4/08 protests | Free Tibet Prisoners - Callout for Independent Media in Tibet

www.ruckus.org


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08.04.2008 06:53
National Petition to End Sweatshops and Slavery in the Fields
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) - an organization of low-wage workers based in Immokalee, Florida - has launched a national petition campaign to demand that Burger King and other food industry leaders work with the CIW to improve the wages & working conditions of the workers who pick their tomatoes, and join with the CIW in an industry-wide effort to eliminate modern-day slavery & human rights abuses from Florida's fields.

Farmworkers are among the poorest workers in the United States, and have very few labor protections. Most workers earn sub-poverty wages and do not have the legal rights to overtime pay, to organize, or to bargain collectively. in the most extreme conditions, workers are forced to work under conditions of modern-day slavery, receiving little or no pay through violence & threats of violence.

The petition not only calls on Burger King & other food industry leaders to join McDonald's & Yum Brands (parent company of Taco Bell) in addressing human rights abuses in the fields where their tomatoes are picked, but will serve as notice that the petitioners are "prepared to stop patronizing Burger King now, and other food industry leaders in the future, should they fail to do so."

To read & sign the petition, visit fairfoodnation.org/petition

Coalition of Immokalee Workers www.ciw-online.org


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06.04.2008 00:52
Food Not Bombs National Gathering reportback
FNB Logo cool colors By nearly all accounts the Food Not Bombs National Gathering that took place at the end of March was a smashing success: Activists of all types and ages from FNB chapters all over the country were brought together in Nashville, TN for a Critical Mass bike ride, no-pants dance party, a day of workshops, a group meeting, scavenger hunt, huge food sharing downtown and a march through the streets.

Local organizers arranged the opening date of the gathering to coincide with the monthly Critical Mass bike ride and even built dozens of bicycles for those who couldn't bring their own. Visitors and locals, including Nashville Rat Patrol, made their way from the West side of Nashville to the East side in the rain, going right down Broadway through the heart of the city...

Bike rides in the rain, a dance party, communal meals, late nights, teaching each other, challenging each other and marching together provided bonding experiences for activists from all over the country who believe that food is a right, not a privilege. I think I can safely say that many of the people in Nashville this past weekend; from veterans of the movement, involved for years or even decades, to those that just prepared their first food sharing the week prior to the gathering--felt that they were part of something larger than themselves, finding inspiration to continue building a better world.

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05.04.2008 08:33
Sea Lion Demo Report-Back: Don't Be Dumb--It's the Dams.
...BPA seemed like a good place to start the campaign to save the sea lions. The Bonneville Power Administration is, after all, responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of salmon each year. The dams are the single largest killer of salmon on the Columbia river. But rather than going after BPA and forcing the removal of the dams (or at the very least, forcing the redesign of the fish passage through the dams), officials have been seeking permission to kill sea lions. Although there is no scientific reason for targeting sea lions, there are plenty of political reasons: Sea lions do not bend the ears of Northwest legislators, while large power corporations do.

It was good to see so many people there today, in a world where humans seem to have such difficulty living in harmony with those around us. Of all the hundreds and hundreds of people who passed by as demonstrators lined the sidewalk, virtually all of them seemed to be very supportive. In spite of all the propaganda spewing forth from the BPA and the fishing industry, there is a lot of support out there for the sea lions. [ Other articles about the Sea Lions ]

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04.04.2008 06:16
Fossil Fools Day Direct Action from around the US and tidbits worldwide
Fossil Fools Day [April 1st] was "fossil fools day" an international day of protest against the dirty energy industry for their promotion of climate change and resource wars, the protest was called for by Rising Tide and many other groups. Globally 100 fossil fools protests took place on April 1.

Al Gore suggested such tactics last summer.

Around a hundred actions -- include about a dozen involving civil disobedience -- took place around the world.

In North Carolina, protesters who had chained themselves to bulldozers at a coal plant under construction were tasered by police despite being immobilized while "locked-down" to bulldozer.

With the only a few years to turn our emissions around and the growing focus on civil disobedience, the movement to stop climate change appears is heating up.

8 Arrested as North Carolina, USA Residents Shut Down Construction at Cliffside Coal Plant
Activists Blockade Bank of America to Protest Funding of Coal, Boston, Massachusetts, | Billionaires for Dirty Energy blockade Citibank in New York, USA. 2 arrested | Banner drop and "Cheat Neutral" action in Portland, OR, USA | Plum Creek Receives "Fossil Fool's Award", Maine, USA | Tar Sands Targetted in Waterloo, ON, Canada | Protesters Shut down open-cast coal mine, Wales. 2 Arrests | Cambridge, UK Fossil Fools Day Protest at RBS Bank | EV-EON Carbon Capture launched on Southbank! (UK) | Bristol Rising Tide blockade Aberthaw power station, Wales, UK

fossilfoolsday.org


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