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09.12.2008 11:41
Events in Athens
A Greek radio reports : (1431 AM free radio of Thessaloniki , Greece) About the greek riots .. from a free radio Thessaloniki in Greece the condition in general, is out of control. since the early hours the police attacks the protesters who expressed no intention to fight back. all over the country, the police attacked teenagers, students and ordinary people who manifested against the police violence in peace and arrested 8 persons in athens, 1 in thessaloniki and an unconfirmed number in other cities and the numbers grow rapidly. the provoking behavior of the police with the silent agreement of the government lead to impudent use of violence from their part resulting in extended episodes all over greece

a lot of police departments have been destroyed along with a great number of banks and commercial shops. the police uninterruptedly pursue the protesters. unconfirmed information speak about the proclamation of a state of emergence in the country by the government. there is a strong possibility of annuling the asylum tonight or tomorrow morning in all universities. the prime minister asked for harsher protection measures and no tollerance toward the riots from the police. the whole country is burning. the state rules with impunity. the wholesome anger of the people about the state, the education, the economic problems and the church scandals are exhibited through the riots. the funeral of the young alexandros takes place tommorow at 3 o' clock. protests will also take place tommorow and we assume all the following days. a lot of universities are occupied.

The Greek embassy in London occupied: the Greek embasy in London occupied by protestors. seems that meanwhile police managed to get in Read More

The Greek Embassy in Berlin occupied : The Greek Embassy in Berlin occupied since 9 hours! Read More

A statement in support of Greece : To all dreamers, revolutionaries, Anarchists, Riots are lighting up Greece like a structure fire. A sixteen year old boy was murdered by the heavy handed activities of the bulldogs of capitalism: the police. Greece is responding in kind, with riots and protesters filling the streets with the fires of rage. Dreams and desires of freedom and a world without these assassins are flooding from a population who has had to deal with an oppression that sneaks its way into every facet of life. Read More

greece: !BREAKING NEWS! The riot-cops attacked the funeral of Alexis !!! Right now there are fights both in Athens and Thessaloniki. In thessaloniki thousands of protestors attacked the ministry of north greece and thrace. The city centre is closed to all traffic and the streets taken over since 11am. Small fights between people and riot-cops... big groups of 30 civil police each are walking through the centre as well. In athens there are fights in a few spots of Athens and especially in the parliament and around the polytechnic school. THE UNBELIEVABLE IS THAT THE RIOT COPS APPEARED AT THE FUNERAL OF ALEXIS! Read More


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07.12.2008 12:51
Police Athens (Greece) shoot dead 16 yr. old anarchist
A police car patroling in Exarchia, central Athens, passing through Mesologgiou cobbled street (considered an alternative place with music, bars etc and lots of youth in the streets, so we can easily assume the police car was sent there to provoke and harass the youth), was confronted by a few young people, shouting to the policemen to get lost. There are a few reports that an empty bottle or a brick was thrown to the police car. The cops went out of the car provoking the youth and one of the pigs shot against one 15-16 year old boy, right on the heart, murdering him in cold blood. The name of the boy that stood up to the cops is Alexandros Grigoropoulos. Anarchists and residents gathered, but riot police forces circled the area. There are hundreds of policemen in the streets around central Athens.
Anarchists gather in squats, universities, and central squares at Greece's largets cities to protest and fight back the police...

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06.12.2008 18:43
Portland Police Boast of Torture
On the cover of The Rap Sheet's November, 2008 edition, an article appears that was authored by the Portland Police Association (PPA) President Scott Westerman, entitled "An objective view of the Chasse incident."

In his article, Westerman claims (among other things) that the media attention of the Chasse case was "misdirected" and that the Chasse family attorney is "posturing himself for financial gain" and "attempting to cloud the issue." Westerman further attempts to direct responsibility for Chasse's death from the police to "our degrading mental health system and others in his life."

However, perhaps even greater insight is provided in another article that also appears on the same Rap Sheet's front page, "Riding with Rick." In this article, retired Portland police detective Kent Perry writes about working with his former partner, officer Richard Hegrenes, at North Precinct. Describing events that occurred during the 1970's, detective Perry seems to fondly recall, and vividly describes, incidents of violence, police brutality and torture.

The fact that the Portland Police Association printed detective Perry's 1970's stories of police torture, in 2008, and then put it right next to their article defending themselves in the James Chasse "incident," speaks volumes.

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06.12.2008 16:15
Jeffrey Free Luers interviews Grant Barnes
Jeffrey Free Luers interviews Grant Barnes:

JL: You are currently serving a long prison sentence for arsons claimed on
behalf of the Earth Liberation Front. What compelled you to take such actions?

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06.12.2008 15:55
Pit Bull Attacked and Killed by Cowardly Police
On Thanksgiving day, a beautiful little blue nose pit bull was shot to death by a Cornelius police officer, claiming that the dog had "charged" him. This dog was a very predictable victim of the hysteria and ignorance being pumped out by the likes of KPTV and other corporate "news" in the past month. It was also a victim of the officer's own cowardice, and the thoughtlessness with which humans often approach the lives of non-humans. Please see the bottom of this article for contact information for Cornelius, and please call them to demand that the officer be punished.

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03.12.2008 08:27
Climate Activists Invade DC Offices of Environmental Defense
As the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change opened today in Poznan, Poland, a group of grassroots climate activists came to the Washington DC office of Environmental Defense to voice some complaints about their role in the shaping US proposals at the negotiations. ED is one of the largest environmental organizations in the world and has been central in promoting the approach of carbon trading as a solution to climate change, a policy which has been publicly endorsed by Obama.

Dr. Rachel Smolker of Global Justice Ecology Project read a statement, which said in part, "My father was one of the founders of this organization, which sadly I am now ashamed of. So far they have utterly failed, serving only to provide huge profits to the world's most polluting industries. Instead of protecting the environment, ED now seems primarily concerned with protecting corporate bottom lines. I can hear my father rolling over in his grave."

The activists rearranged furniture in the office, illustrating how marketing carbon is "like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic." Others held signs reading "Keep the cap, ditch the trade" and "Carbon trading is an environmental offense."

 http://www.risingtidenorthamerica.org

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03.12.2008 08:09
worker coop needs support in Port Townsend
workers coop pt townsend The owner of a popular coffee house and bakery suddenly shut the doors of the business leaving a group of people without jobs. Those workers and some past employess are now trying to re-open the business as a worker-owned coop.

The workers have a plan to make this coffee house become a place that people can use for community organizing as well as offering bake goods and coffee and tea. First they need to raise the money to ask the bank and past owner to let them take over the loan. The workers need capital and they are asking the community and past customers to help them raise that money.

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29.11.2008 23:19
VIDEO: Fur Protest in Portland 11.28.08
a speech in the park
a rally outside local fur shop
police were obvious 'standing by'

This is a 7 minute [..] video of one of the south park blocks speech's
And some footage of the protesting outside the downtown fur store that was a few blocks away

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29.11.2008 23:14
Interview With Matt Rossell on the Fur Industry
nterview with Matt Rossell of In Defense of Animals on the Public Access program, "A Growing Concern." The interview took place after the Fur Free Friday March, on the day after Thanksgiving. After a few minutes of footage from the days events, Matt talks about the world wide fur industry and played under cover footage taken in a fur farm in the United States. The video also depicts the dog and cat fur industry in China. Matt says that half of the fur used in garments in the world comes from China. Fur used for garments, but also for trim and accessories. This undercover footage is extremely graphic, portraying brutal and inhumane conditions as well as anal execution, the method used to kill the animals.

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29.11.2008 23:02
Black Friday Activities in Portland
On my way back from Fur Free Friday, I dodged throngs of Christmas shoppers weaving in and out of the shops downtown. It didn't seem as crowded as last year, but there were lots and lots of people putting material consumption up on a pedestal this afternoon. Bags in hands, they bobbed blissfully through the the city, making the obligatory stop at Pioneer Square to pick up promotional wares from the corporate sponsors of tonight's tree lighting event. But then....

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28.11.2008 19:33
Fur Free Friday Report Back
There was a special, celebratory mood as the crowd paused at the corner where Schumacher Furs once stood. While Matt Roselle reflected on the history of the Schumacher campaign, including the attempt by the Schumacher family to sue activists for exercising their right of free speech... Shoe sellers came out of a shoe store while I stood on the sidewalk nearby. I heard one of the men saying to the other, "Uh oh, what do you think they think about all this leather leather?" (Since the shoe store was filled with leather.) The other man replied, "They probably don't like it, but this is really cool." Both stood outside and cheered the crowd.

For the most part, everyone I saw on the streets was in support of the demonstration. That was certainly good to see. The sad truth is, the fur trade is more entrenched than most of us realize, right here in Cascadia. Although fewer people are willing to risk their souls and social standing to wear fur these days, the number of trappers in Oregon has more than doubled in the past few years. Please keep educating people on all the reasons why fur is wrong, fur is unacceptable, and fur is dead.

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27.11.2008 19:00
Sea Lions on the Columbia: Decision FINALLY In... Mosman says to kill them.
We've all been waiting with baited breath for Mosman to make his decision public. It's been months since the oral arguments were heard in this case, and months since he said he would rule in about a week. Today, the day before Thanksgiving, when he figures the media will be away for a long holiday weekend, he finally issued his opinion: Kill the sea lions. I am expecting that this will be appealed.

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27.11.2008 18:59
Buy Nothing Day Organizers Confront the Economic Meltdown Dead On
The economy should be a part of life, not a steamroller crushing creativity and self-realization. Bailing out financial speculators while turning a blind eye to the imperatives of reducing working hours and building community centers is a bitter fruit of market fundamentalism

Hey jammers, creatives and meme warriors, Three more days to go! Check out our Buy Nothing Day action pyramid online for inspiration and ideas. Organize your own Buy Nothing Day jam (or join an existing one) by posting on our BND events wiki.

Every day feels like BND to most people right now. So this year in our press releases, interviews with reporters and communications with BND celebrants around the world, we are confronting the issue of the economic meltdown head-on. We're asking citizens, policy makers and pundits to examine the root causes of the crunch we're in and telling them that it was not caused by lack of regulation or toxic derivatives or the usual stuff that everybody is talking about. It is in fact our culture of excess and meaningless consumption - the glorified spending and borrowing of the past decade that's at the root of the economic crisis we in.

Here's the latest Adbusters BND Press Release. Circulate this widely--

Buy Nothing Day Songs


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Gentrification Scandal 24.11.2008 13:17
Mississippi Ave Lofts qualifed for Federal Low Income loan
The controversial Mississippi Ave Lofts received a federal low income loan from The Albina Community Bank. I reread it several times because I couldn't believe my eyes. I think there is something terribly wrong with a high end condo project such as MAL, with 721 sq ft studios selling just below 300,000 and housing high end retail stores like Pastaworks, qualifying for a federal loan for low income communities.

Not only are they high end, but these developers have a documented track record of trying to bend rules and being less than honest in their drive to capitalize as much as they possible even in spite of community opposition. Then after they finally get their way (city capitulates, big surprise) they hire Gray Purcell a non-union, hire anybody off the streets(literally), company.

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24.11.2008 12:57
Vegan Thanksgiving at Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary
A Turkey for Thanksgiving At this very moment, unspeakable things are happening in slaughter houses across the country: Turkeys and pigs are dying unnecessary deaths, so that Americans may give thanks for the grace of God next Thursday. They are dying because tradition can be heartless. And they are dying because humans are apparently often born incapable of empathizing with other living beings. So, far too many of us think nothing of the conversion of another's life into a frozen wad of flesh encased in plastic and put on display on freezer shelves. Lots of people buy these frozen wads of flesh, robbed of the context of their lives and deaths, and then they feed them to their families on Thanksgiving. Wouldn't it be great if we could all give thanks in a manner that doesn't require the suffering of sacrificial animals?
Hey, guess what: We can.

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24.11.2008 12:16
Police Raid Max, Guns Drawn
Rubber Bullet or Canister Shotgun At approximately 3:30pm Sunday Nov 23rd 2008 5 police officers came storming down the Hollywood Max stop with guns drawn. One police officer with what appears to be a modified shotgun possibly designed to shoot rubber bullets or gas canisters. two other officers had pistols drawn with a final gun toting officer holding an AK-47 while the last officer did not appear to have any weapons in hand and appeared to be there as backup support only.

So, in the middle of the day, in Portland Oregon the police come onto the max, with guns including an AK 47 drawn and yell for everyone to clear out of the max, this leads to a rush of people flying off the max about to trample each other, mothers with children, elderly, men, women, all fleeing from the Police.

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24.11.2008 11:36
The latest from Tre
Hello to you all!

Greetings from Herlong, CA. This place is positioned in a valley with mountains surrounding in all directions. Gorgeous sunrises and sunsets have blessed me while sitting barefoot in the grass they only recently planted. Up until about a month and half ago it was all dirt and rocks.

I've been playin' music every day since my arrival on Oct. 8th. I'm writing songs with a bro named Ryon and practicin' with a few guys who are very talented musicians. Anyone can check out a guitar and go outside and play for hours (which is exactly what I do)! The air is fresh and clean (we're high in the Sierras away from any city pollution). I'm able to be outside most of the day (at least for now; once I'm assigned a job that'll change). This is the most sun and outside exposure I've had in almost 5 years. It feels fantastic!! My skin is turnin' a deep golden brown. A yoga class is offered 5 days a week as well as Pilates and other fitness/wellness modalities. There is even a wellness library.

 http://www.trearrow.org

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23.11.2008 09:09
Portland Alliance Interview W/Weathermen Co-Founder Bill Ayers
In a stump speech delivered one month before election day, the intellectually challenged Sarah Palin said of President-elect Barack Obama; "Our opponent ... is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country. Turns out one of Barack's earliest supporters is a man who, according to the New York Times, and they are hardly ever wrong, was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that quote, launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and US Capitol."

The so-called "terrorist" in question is Bill Ayers, co-founder of the sixties radical Weather Underground, an organization the FBI labeled as a domestic terrorist group.

The sixties became a time ripe for anti-government dissent and calls for revolution among young, radical activists in the U.S. Bill Ayers was one who answered this call. In time, he would rise to national prominence as a militant leader of the New Left.

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20.11.2008 07:53
Photos: WOPR protest at State Capitol
These photos were taken at a rally on November 14th at the Oregon State Capitol. Oregonians in attendence were asking Governor Kulongoski to stop the implementation of the Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR), which would allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to increase logging of Oregon lands by 463%. Last week, Jasmine, a student from an Oregon University, sat in a tree on the State Capitol Campus to raise awareness of the issue. To mark the day of the rally, Jasmine descended from the tree.

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20.11.2008 07:49
Mayor may squelche cop retirement scandal vote
You may remember that several weeks ago the City Council voted to delay approving what seems to be a bribe to former police sgt Rocky Baluda. Many years ago, he threatened to argue his case against demotion for approving "cuff time"--police slang for taking off work early and getting paid for it--by having many witnesses swear it was common practice in the police bureau, including the top brass. For all these years, the Portland Police Disability and Retirement Board has paid Baluda thousands of dollars in disability pay and suppressing any public hearings on his claims.

The delayed Council vote on permanently preventing any hearings by a final payoff to Baluda was scheduled for Wed, Nov, 19. But Mayor Potter has attached the following unprecedented note on the Council agenda.

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