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CRITICAL MASS | POLICE STATE | THIS IS HOW THEY SPEND OUR TAXES? 30.05.2003 22:29
Pigs Infested Critical Mass
Pigs attempted to pass out a full page of rules today for CM. Hundreds showed up for the ride, forced into the bicycle lane by a hoard of pigs. There was a fine mist and a sweet smell of asphalt mixed with ocean air. At least 45 pigs gathered in the Fireside parking lot at the Nort Park Blocks, and many others ran car engines on nearby streets as well over a hundred bicyclists gathered at the North Park Blocks for a bicycle ride tonight. Officer Dobson approached me when I arrived and asked, "Did you get one of these?" I asked what it was. "Just the rules that we play by, that's all." I told him to save the paper.

A man on the sidewalk asked what this was all about. "It's about people getting together and showing people in cars how much fun bicycling is," a woman next to me replied. "Who the hell is watching the street?" he asked. "I'm 65 years old. I've been in two world wars, and I know what this is. Nothin' but a Gestapo, that's what it is." [ More... ]

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FOREST DEFENSE 30.05.2003 17:33
Cascadia Summer 2003: Forest Defense Elevates to a New Level
A strategic campaign in defense of the precious forests of the entire Cascade Mountain Range and adjacent areas, the bioregion known as "Cascadia," was kicked-off yesterday with actions across the region. Just as forest destruction on public lands is on the rise, a popular movement to protect those lands is also advancing to a new level. Actions took place throughout Oregon, Washington, Northern California in the United States and in British Columbia, Canada.

The Cascadia Summer 2003 campaign is happening at a time when the Bush administration is working to decrease public participation and use the fear of forest fire as the excuse to increase commercial logging of public lands through the "Healthy Forest Restoration Act" which the U.S. House or Representatives passed on May 20. The Healthy Forest Restoration Act will increase destructive ancient forest logging while doing little to protect homes and communities from wildfire.

[ pdx indy forest defense news ]


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POLITICAL PRISONERS 30.05.2003 17:23
Retaliatory Transfer of Anarchist Prison Litigator
Anarchists in Portland, Oregon have received confirmation that our comrade Brian McCarvill has been transferred from Oregon State Penitentiary.

Brian is a radical social prisoner, who was recently involved in a lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC), challenging their censorship and rejection of anarchist publications. The lawsuit alleged that ODOC frequently censored radical materials "simply on the basis that they portrayed the Anarchist circle-A symbol, the Anarchist Black Cross symbol, the Anarchist Black Flag, and the terms "Anarchism" and "Anarchist"[... ]" This lawsuit, McCarvill v DeHaan et al, was settled by contractual compromise on April 22, 2003.

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REVOLUTIONARY TACTICS 30.05.2003 17:21
Book published on the Earth Liberation Front
The first book to be published on the underground Earth Liberation Front (ELF) will soon be hitting the shelves of independent bookstores around the country. 'Earth Liberation Front 1997-2002,' edited by former ELF Spokesperson, Leslie James Pickering, traces the ELF's first five years of activity through communiqu?s, underground newspapers, interviews, testimonies and releases. This 350-page published work is the first time a complete and thorough text on the Earth Liberation Front has been made available to the public. The text includes all communiqu?s released by the ELF between 1997 and 2002, articles from underground newspapers on the ELF, testimonies from the February 12, 2002 House Subcommittee on Ecoterrorism, an interview with an ELF Spokesperson and much more, and is intended to leave the reader with pondering the realization that a revolution is necessary in America.

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CHALLENGING CORPORATE MEDIA 30.05.2003 12:31
Clear Channel Gets Another Message, Loud and....Clear
Code Pink at Clear ChannelAt 4:30 this afternoon we started gathering in front of the Clear Channel office on Macadam Avenue. It was a great turnout -- Code Pinks and Radical Cheerleaders and the general public, about 50 strong, with messages for commuters during rush hour to turn off Clear Channel stations, turn on the Dixie Chicks, and call the FCC! This was a national day of protest to stop media monopoly; similar protests took place in Washington DC, New York City, San Francisco, Phoenix, L.A. and many others.

We had good feedback from passersby, this time the ratio of waves and peace signs to single digits was about ten to one. At one point a couple of young men came out of the CC building to "interview" the protesters. Their questions were quite hostile and everyone interviewed was asked why they didn't get a job (there seems to be some general opinion that all protesters are unemployed and have nothing better to do). KBOO and Indymedia were there for coverage; and even though press releases went out to mainstream media, no one from the Oregonian or KGW was there. Hm, what a surprise. [ Read More ]

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CASCADIA SUMMER 29.05.2003 11:30
Tree-feller joins forest activists in criticizing Southern Oregon timber policies
On Tuesday, May 27, nine forest activists with the help of one frustrated tree feller entered a current logging site at the MR. Wilson timber sale on land held by the Medford Bureau of Land Management. With no BLM or company security in the vicinity, the group removed a cross section from the stump of a 440-year old Douglas Fir tree cut down earlier this month by the Herbert Lumber Company. The enormous round, which weighs over 500 pounds will be on display at the Ashland Food Co-op on Thursday, May 29.

The tree-feller, who resides in Southern Oregon wishes to remain nameless out of concern for his own job security. However, he allowed the Rogue Independent Media Center to film him from behind as he worked the 36-inch chainsaw for well over an hour in order to remove an even round cross section.

When asked why he participated in the action, he said, "I am frustrated with the federal agencies working hand in hand with the big bosses to profit off the hard labor of industrial forest workers. They are pushing through plans that are not sustainable for any kind of jobs nor for the rural way of life that demands such work."

[ Rogue Valley IMC | Mazama Forest Defenders | Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center ]


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MOVEMENT POLITICS 29.05.2003 11:21
I can't believe "peace" activists would accept awards from Chief Kroeker--any explanation?
Kroeker--who went to Israel to learn from the "experts" on counter-terrorism, and bulldozing peace activists, presented awards to three peace activists--presumably for their efforts to keep thousands of other activists in line. Other people to receive awards recently included the officers who shot Jose Mejia Poot.

I can't believe people of conscience would accept awards like this. Hopefully, they used the opportunity to speak out against police violence and the war. Otherwise, they were just used by the police as a photo-op, and as an opportunity to reward "good" protestors, while isolating the "bad" ones. What a bunch of suckers. Or maybe they have some good explanation for their decision to accept these awards, despite organizational decisions to reject them. [ Read More ] background: [ Police Award Peacekeepers/Crime Fighters (reposted from the Portand Tribune) ]

PPRC voted AGAINST the damnable Chief's Awards
PPRC voted 22-1 to reject the damn Chief's Award. Individuals, breaking ranks, shit-canning issues of solidarity, stepped forward to accept these fetid "awards."

This Friday's Rally is about Kendra James
This PPRC Friday rally is intended to promote the Salem lobbying effort announced at last week's Kendra James rally. PPRC endorsed last weekend's civil rights demonstration and worked with the Albina Ministerial Alliance Ad Hoc Committee. We also provided the Justice/Justicia signs as well as the Stop Police Abuse / Paro al Abuso Policiaco signs.

Please do come to the rally to keep the issue of Justice for Kendra James in the spotlight. Please do come to the rally to protest police abuse, institutional racism, and white privilege. Please do come to the rally to demonstrate for Change, as Pastor Tate exhorted us to do. [ Read More ]


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CHALLENGING CORPORATE MEDIA DOMINANCE 28.05.2003 20:08
Code Pink women strike again; Deliver a message to Clear Channel
As told by a "Fly on the Wall" who bore witness: With the FCC communications rulings just days ahead (June 2nd), and the threat of media consolidation looming, Code Pink again targeted Portland's Clear Channel headquarters, but not as marchers or sidewalk protesters this time.

A group of three Code Pinks, unable to get an interview with the station manager, obtained an interview (albeit under false pretenses) with the Sales Manager of Clear Channel (in the true style and spirit of Michael Moore). At first the questions were of a general nature, about the history of Clear Channel in Portland. The ladies listened and learned about Portland Clear Channel's 21% of the market shares (advertising) locally and its 17% listener share. Early on, the sales manager suspected the intentions of his interviewers. All parties carried on as if this were a regular ol' interview by sweet ladies (and they were sweet), who wanted to learn how those guys run our information world. Before long he asked if this "interview" had something to do with "consolidation". The women admitted, yes, that was much on their minds.

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Protest Media Monopolies with Code Pink on Thursday, May 28

Join Us!!! Code Pink of Portland is initiating an action in front of Clear Channel at 4949 S.W. Macadam Ave. at 4:30 on Thursday, May 29th, the national day of protest against the proposed FCC rulings. Stand with us, side by side, as we protest the easing of the rules of media ownership. Across the nation we must demand an open, public debate, starting in our own communities. Why the deadline on June 2nd? What's the hurry......for something so important to so many? Let's make ourselves heard. Let's demand an open debate on the future role of the media in our lives.


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MEA CULPA 27.05.2003 16:06
Head in the Clouds: Chemtrails and On Being Wrong (Regular indymedia poster recants)
For too long I have reported on this site what I erroneously believed were chemtrails, an aerial spraying campaign allegedly conducted by a covert military fleet of sprayers similar to the not-so covert sprayers in Columbia. I spent no small amount of my free time reading about military programs intended to gain control over the weather and writing stories about them. Many of the stories I wrote detailing the background and precedent that I believed lent evidence to such a campaign was not incorrect in itself, but one does not lead to the other. That the United States military sprayed live bacteria over Missouri (  http://gulfwarvets.com/fortlw.htm ) for example does not mean that the Air Force is spraying chemicals on a regular basis over populated areas. On the other hand, vice versa is not true, that the military is not spraying chemicals on a regular basis does not mean that they did not spray Agent Orange in Vietnam, or RoundUp in Columbia.

For an entire year I have unintentionally spread misinformation and sometimes bitter debate on this site and I therefore feel responsible for presenting the evidence that I (eventually) came across that led me to abandon my old conceptions of reality. I feel that whatever embarrassment I may have about making such a retraction is vastly outweighed by the importance I place upon (my growing understanding of) journalistic ethics and my personal sense of intellectual integrity. I also would like to muse a bit on what sort of reasoning brought me to the conclusion that such a seemingly ludicrous program was in place and perhaps laugh at myself, heartily.

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CORPORATE MEDIA LIES 27.05.2003 15:31
MoveOn endorses Thursday's PDX Code Pink protest at Clear Channel
I was amazed to get a letter this morning from a national director of MoveOn about a Portland event that I had not read about here on Portland's Indymedia. However, that is only because I have not been reading the calendar where it says:

"Code Pink Portland will lead a protest against Clear Channel once again! 4:30 pm in front of their offices at 4949 SW Macadam Avenue. Join us, tell Portland we don't want more media control and censorship a la Clear Channel! Global Exchange has declared May 29th a national day of protest against media monopoly"

It says us guys are welcome at the "Pink is optional" Code Pink protest against FCC move for even MORE media monopoly. Protest takes place at the local offices of Clear Channel this Thursday (05-29-03) at 4:30 pm --- 4949 SW Macadam Avenue.


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GENDER | LABELS 27.05.2003 15:28
Seeking a gender neutral pronoun
Most non-trans people haven't heard about the pronoun "ze" (mostly b/c trans people are constantly rendered invisible), but I am telling about it now, so you have no excuse. Ze is a pronoun that is non-gender specific, and is preferred by almost all of the trans people that I have met. It is not just for trannies, though. Myself and others encourage everyone to use it for everyone unless you know which pronoun someone prefers.

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MAGICAL REALISM 25.05.2003 11:42
Starhawk: Day 2 - Magic, Ritual and Activism
It is the second day of my amazing journey with Starhawk. I am spending three days learning about magic, ritual and activism. I am learning the skills to bring this knowledge back to my community. This day it is all magic. Deep in the forest I join hundreds of seekers, spiritual warriors, and magic makers. We have come to align ourselves with those who would defend the earth and all it's species.

I walk down the path into the forest. It is dark.

It is just after dusk. I look up and see the outline of the last light against the trees. The forest is alive. I hear the robin and the meadowlark calling all to come to bed. I see the nighthawk slowly swirl against the last light. There are crickets, and far off along the river I hear the frog tribes calling me. The dew of the night has saturated the air. The forest is dripping and changing - they are not tears of sadness, but tears of joy.

"Why are you so joyful tonight, dear forest?" I ask. "What is here that makes you so alive and well?"

I come into a clearing and stop. I am amazed. There are hundreds of people in the clearing, so many I cannot count at one glance. There is a bonfire and the smell of the earth. People are talking in low voices as if they were in a place of sanctity. I stop under a tree and sit quietly so that I can remember this scene. I will store this scene away to call out when I forget that once, when were in ancient times, we came to the forest, the hills and the desert - all the earth to give thanks and make sacred community. These are the days of future past. This I know. The times have shifted. The world has been turned upside down and we must reach beyond what we have been told to find a way to save the earth and all it's species.

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STOP POLICE ABUSE 24.05.2003 23:03
The Kendra James Rally: "It's not time to lighten up, it's time to tighten up."
1,400 people rallied at Alberta Park at 20th and N.E. Killingsworth on Saturday, the 24th, at noon to protest the murder of Kendra James by a Portland police officer. A speaker said: "We have gathered here because we are sick and tired of what has happened in our city. ... We want justice for everyone. We want to send a clear message; we want to change the system, our police department, and the legislature. ... We want the blessings of God to be at this rally. We are one with one voice." [ Read more... ] [ Photos of Kendra James Rally - Part I | Part II | Best signs ]


Inner NE PDX March against police violence photo essay
Hundreds of us marched today through inner NE Portland. We marched for justice for Kendra James and others local victims of police brutality. We moved west down NE Killingsworth to the NE Portland Police precinct headquarters and then turned left on MLK (Martin Luther King Blvd). As we marched down MLK we trapped dozens of cars. Horns were blaring wildly. [ Read more... ]


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MAGICAL REALISM 24.05.2003 23:00
Report-back from Starhawk Training - Part 1
Starhawk is a veteran of progressive movements and deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism. She travels internationally teaching magic, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism. Starhawk has actually been in Oregon for more than a week. She was at Lost Valley education Center teaching a hands-on workshop on integrating spiritual practice into a permaculture community and was in Portland last week teaching the community about challenging the structures that create inequality and injustice asking us to remake the world.

Friday, May 23 - I attended a daylong workshop called "Vision and Action, An Activist Trainer's Training".

The workshop was for organizers; those who have had some experience with direct action and who after attending the training would be willing to go back to their communities to teach the techniques. The workshop was designed to teach how to overcome fear, develop confidences, anticipate dangers and practice responses during an action. It also covered how to develop group cohesion and skills to protect those in your affinity group.

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CASCADIA SUMMER 23.05.2003 09:55
New Mt. Hood Tree Sit Defending Ancient Forests at Solo Timber Sale
The Cascadia Forest Alliance today announced that it has erected a new tree sit at the controversial old growth Solo timber sale in the Mt. Hood National forest southeast of Estacada. Alliance activists maintained a treesit at Solo last summer while surveying the old growth canopy for rare species. After holding off logging last summer and discovering specimens of the extremely rare 'Oldgrowth specklebelly' lichen (pseudocyphellaria rainierensis), activists left their vigil in the trees with plans to return if necessary. Logging is once again sheduled to begin June 1 and from past experiences, activists know that the Forest Service may waive their own rules in order to allow logging earlier.

"There's so little ancient forest left, we can't continue to let greedy timber companies destroy it for short term profit," said Armillaria, a tree sitter with the Alliance. "Thousands of years of unique evolution and biodiversity are carried forward in these stands of old forest, plus they protect our drinking water and keep water cold for salmon. The Forest Service is misguided or just plain corrupt if they think a giant tree farm can replace this."

Over the winter, Thomas Creek Lumber, the original purchaser of the Solo sale, backed out of the contract amid intense protest. But in their desire to clearcut the old forests at Solo and turn the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackams River into a giant tree farm (an 'aggregate plantation of uniform age trees' in Forest Service lingo), the Forest Service held a new auction. The only bidder at the new auction was Freres Lumber, once convicted of rigging bids on public lands timber sales and fined $100,000. For their illicit behavior, Freres was also banned from buying timber sales in portions of the Willamette National Forest at one time.

Previous stories about Solo timber sale and its defense: [ 18.Nov.2001: 40 hike Solo timber sale in search of rare lichens and moss | 10.Jul.2002: New Tree Sit in Controversial Old Growth Mt. Hood Timber Sale | 30.Jul.2002: 'You buy Solo, you buy us!' - Pepper spray and arrests at the Solo timber sale auction | 31.Jul.2002: Oregonian demonizes protesters... again | 09.Sep.2002: Visit to Solo timber sale exposes Forest Service plan to destroy forests for tree plantations | 13.Nov.2002: my first visit to a tree-sit | 06.Feb.2003: In unprecedented move, Forest Service to re-auction Solo timber sale on Friday; BARK demands sale cancellation; CFA calls for protest | 07.Feb.2003: AUDIO FILE: Bark Field Trip To Solo Timber Sale | 07.Feb.2003: Solo timber sale goes to Freres Lumber; Auction protested ]


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CASCADIA SUMMER 23.05.2003 00:07
As Ancient Trees Fall, Residents set up tree-sits to Protect Public Forest on Wild Klamath River Tributary
Northern California residents today set up Tree-sits in the Glassups Timber Sale in the Klamath National Forest (KNF), on the wild and scenic Salmon River. The Salmon River is the only undamed and undiverted river that feeds the Klamath River and is famous for recreation values and for being the largest Chinook Salmon tributary in the state. Tree sitters say the Glassups Timber Sale is the first of three large-scale public land timber sales that would remove much of the remaining old growth habitat for the Salmon River. Most of the remote Salmon River flows through public lands. The Knob, Meteor, and Glassups old growth Timber Sales cut within the designated Wild and Scenic River corridor and on almost every tributary of both forks of the Salmon River.

"These sales will take most of the rest of the fire resistant moist forest from around all the Salmon River towns and private properties, leaving nothing but fine fuels on steep slopes behind. If these sales all go through what will be left behind of this wild river is slash, fine fuels, landslides and dead fish. This will be at the expense of the rural tourism and fishing economies of the Salmon and Klamath Rivers, along with the wild ecosystems and rare species of the Salmon River" stated the Klamath Salmon Action Network (KSAN) spokeswoman Mary Posa.

[ Mazama Forest Defense ]


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PORTLAND POLICE STATE 23.05.2003 00:01
Food Not Bombs harassed and dispersed by police
The pigs came in and kicked everybody out of waterfront park who was enjoying food not bombs, and they arrested one person. I didn't see everything, so please add or correct information I've missed. Hopefully someone else who saw more will post. Anyway, food not bombs was served today under the Burnside Bridge at Waterfront Park, and during the course of it two mounted cops kept walking nearby (maybe 3-4 times), spying on us. A police car also drove through once. Once everyone was mostly done eating, and people were starting to get things cleaned up, but most people were still hanging around, one mounted cop and three cops on foot came in and started yelling at everyone to leave. I heard one cop yell that the park was closed. People were mostly cooperating, just some folks asking questions about why they were forcing us to leave public property. After I went and got my bike, I saw that two cops had one female person pinned to the ground with her hands behind her back.

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PORTLAND POLICE STATE 22.05.2003 23:09
Activist beat up by police
Early in the hours of May 10, an activist was assaulted by two Portland police officers as he walked home alone. He was detained without reason, cuffed, peppersprayed repeatedly and roughed up. This was only the latest incident in a pattern of abuse by police toward activists that mimics the treatment people of color have gotten for much longer.

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RIGHTS | PROPERTY 22.05.2003 14:18
Neighbors respond to someone's questions about why they tear down flyers from utility poles
Wonder why most people dislike (by informal survery) neighborhood utility pole graffitti? Basically, most folks consider a pole covered with (mostly) expired flyers, sometimes inches deep, an eyesore. In addition, since the poles are virtually all private property (utility company), and since the paper draws the preservatives out of the wood and holds moisture in, it does indeed severly damage private property, a blatant form of vandalism. Simply walk down NW 21st, NW 23rd, or Hawthorne Blvd to witness serious exapmles of this

We have received a copy of some questions posted on a utility pole near a City Bike store. Since there was no contact information on the posting, we wonder how the originator expected to be answered (or perhaps the answers were unwanted?). Since posting answers on the pole would only add to the graffitti problem, we decided against it. We hope by responding here, whomever originated the questions will get useful and constructive information.

Previous stories: [ Jan 4, 2003: Freedom of Graffiti | Oct. 1, 2002: Punk rock telephone poles. The scourge of Portland ]


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CENSORSHIP 21.05.2003 21:19
Oregon poetry anthology censored
After weeks of editing and sending out for bids from book manufacturers, we though we had found the right company, with the right price, to print RAISING OUR VOICES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF OREGON POETS AGAINST THE WAR. We sent it off early last week, and have been waiting patiently for our blueline. Instead of a draft, today we received a package with our book in it, a returned check, and a letter from the company....

"We appreciate you sending the job materials for RAISING OUR VOICES. Unfortunately we will not be able to accept the order. After reviewing the laser copy we believe that our employees may take offense to the content of the book. We would also risk offending our customers who do not share the same point of view as portrayed in the book.

We regret any inconvenience to you and trust you will understand our decision."

This kind of censorship is of particular concern to writers and tiny publishers like us. There are only a few dozen affordable, small-run (less the 2000 copies) book manufacturers in the U.S. Our options are now one less, and our publishing schedule has been set back at least two weeks.

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