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As reported on this website a few days ago, a group of us went out and hand-harvested a bunch of wheat from a field outside town. We have since processed it, which involved threshing and winnowing. This took a few days, many people, and yielded over 600 lbs. of wheat berries! Now it is being distributed through a creative scheme that rewards monetary investors and worktraders alike.
We threshed it on tarps in the driveway under a fir tree in the Hawthorne district. We winnowed it in front of electric fans, pouring from bucket to bucket. One helper found that a basket with just the right holes in it worked well to sift off the straw and big pieces before bringing it to the fan. This discovery led to cleaner berries and less time in front of the fans.
The grand total for the harvest: 636 lb.!
Under an arrangement that was hatched this winter, 40% of that will be divided among the people who spent time helping
Portlanders are protesting the bailout scheme in Portland. About 75 people showed up to the corner of the Hawthorne Bridge and MLK on Thursday, September 25 at rushhour to express their objections to the financial bailout scheme being debated in congress. Lots of honks in support. These protests will continue weekly. Code Pink sent out an email about it. But you can also probably check here at IndyMedia for news of next one.
A man who was assaulted on Belmont street as he was getting on a bus to go to work back in June 08.
He calls for the police and waits ....only to get tasered and arrested. Months latter while looking for his police report at the Central Precinct .... he is arrested again. Is this justice or a Mockery of Justice?
Follow up two video set for man that was tasered by the police when he was the victim of an assault. After being tasered, arrested and then appearing in court for the charges, Clifton found out the case was not being pursued at the time.
Prison Pipeline presented an interview between host, Ruth Kovacs and telephone guest, Hans Bennettóa Philadelphia-based independent journalist and co-founder of Journalists for Mumia. They reviewed updated information on pending appeals for Mumia Abu-Jamall and current recent stories about his case.
You can link to it here: http://kboo.fm/node/9541
And be sure to watch the Dec. 6 Today Show referenced in the interview:
The Oregon Minuteman were out in force on Monday, September 22, 2008, protesting the Portland Day Laborer Worker Center located on MLK Jr. Blvd and NE Everett. One of those protesting the Labor Center site said they had been there since 6:00 in the morning.
There were several people seeking employment on the site, both near the trailer and on the street, so I suspected that the dual protests might have taken its toll on their efforts to gain employment.
On inquiring about this possibility I was told that Monday's are usually slow and that the presence of the Minuteman may not be having much of an effect.
I was hoping to get some interviews with both sides, the Minutemen as well as those showing up to counter protest their presence at the site, but the Protesters refused to comment on camera.
Those who where there protesting the presence of the Minutemen were more forthcoming. One stated that he was there "to support the Day Laborers Center and the day laborers. I think that they are a real contribution to the Portland Community, and supporting day laborers is a way to support all American workers. It's not against American workers to have day laborer centers, it's for them; if we don't support the people at the very bottom of the work chain, then the top of the work chain isn't going to get any better either."
A few minutes earlier I heard one of the Minutemen stating that if these folks were truly looking for work they should be looking through more conventional, acceptable channels, denigrating the existence of these Day Laborer Centers. I asked one of the counter protesters his response to that point and he stated that "having a center is just a way of protecting both the employers and the employees. If they don't have a central place then people are going to take advantage of them much more. They have to have a place where they can come out of the rain, have a place to get work in a decent way. Standing on a street corner asking for work is not a dignified way to get work. We need to support the dignity of American workers, and the Day Laborer Center is doing that."
20 minute video from the Friday No War Protest in Portland Oregon - No War 9.19.08 PPRC
This was filmed in Portland Oregon on Sept 19 2008 at the Friday gathering in Pioneer Square - Organized by the Portland Peaceful Response Coalition.
(The No War Protest March through downtown starts about 1/2 way through video)
-A message from Rob about:The banking mess and the need for laws and control to prevent this lawless that this administration has been engaging in.
-A message from Will: Reminder of of Oct 10 special protest rally (meet right here!)and he talked of the Glass Eagle Act and shared good information on the banking industry looting past and present.
-A notice about the upcoming OPB Monday radio-show regarding "the right to film the police"
Listen on OPB Radio Monday morning at 9am -10am Sept 22 2008 or 9pm for replay
-A drum led protest march through downtown Portland with a couple dozen sign carrying peace activists
On Saturday, while the news was full of stories about a collapsing financial system and possible Greater Depression on the way, some of us spent the day out in a field harvesting wheat by hand. Our methodology was ad hoc and primitive; the harvest of "spikelets" -- the heads of the wheat containing the wheat berries -- was substantial. Much attention has been given over to growing vegetables and scoring fruit in the city, and many creative approaches tried out; yet those foodstuffs comprise only a small percentage of the typical human diet, which is heavy on grains augmented with proteins (the majority of it vegetarian). The less-than-an-acre plot we harvested on Saturday is part of one attempt to address this issue. Help is still needed winnowing, and wheat will be shared with those who put in time.
The latest communique from Tre Arrow, environmentalist locked up in the Federal prison system.
A Blessed Autumnal Equinox to you all!
I am being held here at the Federal Detention Center (FDC) while the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) designates me to a Federal Corrections Institution (FCI).
(I'm not sure what they are correcting...)
I am on a unit with about 180 guys. They only let half the unit out at a time. It may take another month or two until I am designated (that is, until an FCI is selected for the remainder of my sentence) and then still longer until I am actually moved. There is no guarantee I'll be going next door, to Sheridan FCI. I might be moved literally anywhere in the country.
The LNG battle on the Columbia River is heating up, to say the least. The Feds gave their approval to Bradwood this week, as expected. However, local voters turned out in droves to reject the project by voting No on a referendum over land use changes requested by Bradwood.
This morning at 8:20 local activists hung a banner over Interstate-84 in solidarity with tribes of the Klamath River, who have called for a Day of Action against Pacificorp, which has stalled the removal of its four outmoded dams, which are choking life from the waters and communities of the Klamath Watershed.
Warren Buffet, the owner and wealthiest person on the planet, has repeatedly refused to remove the damsódisregarding indefensible costs to the environment, as well as the cultural, physical, and economic wellbeing of indigenous, agricultural, and other local communities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Not only do the dams prevents salmon from spawning upriver, but they have also brought about large growths of algae toxic to fish, plants, and humans.
Indigenous nations are disproportionately targeted by fossil fuel extraction & environmental devastation and Black Mesa is no exception. At this moment Peabody Coal Co. is planning to seize tribal lands and massively expand dirty coal strip-mining operations. In 30 years of controversial operation, Peabody's Black Mesa Mine has been the source of an estimated 325 million tons of CO2 that have been discharged into the atmosphere.* If expansion plans are permitted, ... Coal from the Black Mesa mine could contribute an additional 290 million tons of CO2 to the global warming crisis!*
Institutional racism has fueled neglect and abandonment of public needs such as water, maintenance of roads, health care, and schools. Daily life for Big Mountain residents hasn't changed too much over the years, except that more of them have become elderly and now struggle with daily chores. Due to lack of local job opportunities and federal strangulation on Indian self-sufficiency, extended families are forced to live many miles away to earn incomes and have all the social amenities which include choices in mandatory American education. On behalf of their peoples, their sacred ancestral lands, and future generations, residents of Black Mesa continue their staunch resistance to the efforts of the US Government, which is acting in the interests of the Peabody Coal Company to devastate whole communities & ecosystems, and de-stabilize our planet's climate for the profit of an elite few. We are at a critical juncture and must take a stand in support of communities on the front lines of resistance now! By assisting with direct, on-land projects with the Sovereign communities of Big Mountain, Black Mesa you are helping families resist an illegal occupation and to stay on their lands, who serve as the very blockade to coal mining! Projects include chopping wood, water catchment, health care, corral, roof, & home repairs.
** There is a caravan heading out from Portland. If you want to participate, we will be having weekly organizing meetings in October
For more information, or to help, please contact the Portland Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Speak Out During the Governator's Visit to Oregon!
Picket & Rally Outside the Smith/Schwarzenegger Fundraiser
Oregon Convention Center
11:00 am * Friday, September 19th
777 NE MLK Blvd * Portland, OR
This promises to be the highest-profile GOP event in Portland since President Bush's visit in 2002. Join us in saying "Hasta
La Vista" to the Smith-Schwarzenegger-Bush agenda!
The ongoing assault on working people led by Gordon Smith, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, George Bush and John McCain has been about:
* dismantling essential public services like health care and education
* outsourcing family-wage jobs through expanded "free trade"
* short-changing public employees and busting unions
* giving tax cuts to the rich, while ignoring the needs of ordinary people
Homeland security has setup up 3 internal checkpoints on the Olympic Peninsula. These checkpoints are in addition to checkpoints at Washington Ferry docks and highway border crossings. According to the U.S. Border Patrol, it has a jurisdiction of about 100 miles from the border. This puts most of Washington state in an area where border checkpoints are authorized, including Seattle.
Olympia's Councilmember Rhenda Strub declared, "we live in a republic, not a democracy" a few weeks ago. Well, she got the republic part wrong but there was little that reflected a representative democracy tonight (9/9/08)at Olympia's City Council meeting, which quickly voted to repeal Olympia's Nuclear Free Zone Ordinance.
"... the pair of Portland Medics came across a man running backwards, wrapping a woman's cut open and bleeding hand while they both yelled for a medic. The medics took over the patient and the man disappeared into the crowd. The 20-second pause to attempt an evaluation of the patient's hand resulted in the police behind gaining ground and having a chance to deploy more chemical weapons. The medics began running again, patient in tow, one medic guiding her while the other finished the wrapping job on her hand. While doing this, the medics came upon a young man limping and yelling for help, 'I can't run! Help!'"
Filmed on August 22 2008. More than a dozen people, listened to a book review, networked, held signs, listened to speakers from the PPRC, and gathered signatures, all at Pioneer Square, at the No War 5pm Protest. This peace group and citizens of Portland meet every week at 5pm on the SW corner of the square.
Safety Issues are being totally ignored as power companies and Bush's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) push through crazy proposals for huge new (LNG) Terminals & Pipelines in Oregon,
TAKE ACTION NOW TO RESIST THESE DANGEROUS PROPOSALS!
The safety of the populace is dependent on the FERC's proper
assessment of the hazards and risks associated with Liquid Natural Gas (LGN)facilities. Therefore, you might think that the FERC would be a good source of information about the properties of LNG and whether citizens should be concerned when an energy developer targets their community to host an LNG terminal.
Unfortunately, you'd be wrong...
More Captive Mink Released in Oregon; Animal Liberationists Raid Third Fur Farm in as Many Weeks...
Scio, Oregon - According to a communique received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office this week, 100-150 captive mink were released from S and N Mink Farm in Scio, Oregon. The raid is the third in as many weeks, with thousands of captive wild animals given the chance for freedom from profit-hungry breeders.
The communique reads in full:
"Inspired by the recent liberations in Utah and British Columbia; we released between 100 and 150 mink from S&N Fur Farm (40499 Oupor Drive) in Scio, Oregon. Though thousands more mink remain imprisoned on this farm, crammed sometimes 6 and 7 at a time into filthy feces encrusted cages, at least some will have a chance at a free natural life. Also in the sheds of torture were the cages of furious foxes, yearning to be free, rattling their own cages with vengeance. This is our path through this chaotic and frustrating world. Our wisdom will appear to you long before we will. Till the last cage is empty, till all beings are free. ALF
Around 8pm on Monday, Sept. 08, Blue Hour received a foul alert of protest when an autonomous group entered into the restaurant and 16 stink bombs were set off inside, right next to the kitchen. This action was taken during dinner hours in order to disrupt business because this restaurant refuses to take the cruel and grotesque foie gras off of their menu.
As you likely know, Northern Star Natural Gas is planning to build a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on the banks of the Columbia river, at Bradwood Landing. They have launched a relentless PR campaign to convince us all that this is a good thing for the region. "Jobs." "Growth." "Clean." These are some of the words they are using right now, on every billboard, on every radio station, on television commercials, and even, apparently, at union picnics ( http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/09/379083.shtml). But it's worth looking into their claims a little closer. Indeed, it's worth taking the time to really understand what is at stake.
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