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Did I miss something? What happened? It was MAY DAY. The crowds were all there. The political will was there. People of color were there. The BLACK BLOC was there. And... no police riot. No pepper spray, no batons in my back, no stomping hooves smashing down on sandal-clad feet, not even a wave of false arrests. No "snatch and grab" teams, no Todd Wyatt pepper spraying babies. Hell, I wasn't even tailed by a sneering pod of riot pigs as I left the rally. So... what gives? Who canceled the annual police riot? [ Read More | A Few Photogs from May Day 09 | Video and Audio Selections From May Day 2009 | Our May Day Demands | Riot Hits San Francisco On May Day! | Mayday Protests in EU massive and unruly ]
Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh MY paraded through the streets of Olympia on Saturday in celebration of earth day. Dressed in bright costumes or carrying batik windsocks, roller skating or dancing to the samba beat, they delighted all who lined the streets along the parade route.
The Procession of the Species is an annual event in Olympia. Volunteers assemble in March to begin working on the event. A studio is available for people to make costumes and create floats. Others plan their dance routines and practice every week for 2 months. It is a joyous celebration of creativity.
Video from Portland on 3rd street by the federal building on 4.16.09[.] A mashup of torture photos inserted into the video report of the protest.
I get to the Thursday Portland vigil, as it is departing to a town-hall meeting on the other side of town I added some torture picture into the video, in the interest of the new discussion
regarding the CIA torture memos which are surfacing in the main stream media in the last few days[.] This group (at the vigil) "Individuals For Justice" will be meeting at high noon every Thursday at "Pioneer Courthouse" from now until further notice according to their press release
Measure 5-190 Exceeded Columbia County Jurisdiction and Violates Federal Law. April 13, 2009 -- St. Helens -- A Columbia County judge today overturned an anti-immigrant ballot measure approved last fall because it conflicts with federal immigration law and would have required the county to take enforcement actions beyond its authority.
The lone vet was ordered to two courts, yes two courts to plea to charges filled against him during the AIPAC demo, this is a fun report:
There I was all alone in the coffee shop located in the Justice Center waiting to meet with Malcolm who was going to join me for coffee before going up to see Judge Evans. Malcolm arrived about 5 minutes after I did, we shared some jokes and he told me that Grant was going to try to make it and join us in court. Grant came and the three vets walked over to the park to enjoy the sunshine and wait for 1300 to come around.
What a great day for standing up for the sea lions! With the sun shining on us, animal advocates packed the bus called Cool and headed down to Salem today. We came from all over Cascadia -- from Portland, from Eugene, from St Helens, from Colton, from Beavercreek, and from other communities across Oregon. As there was only supposed to be room for 25 on the bus, we had to squeeze together close to fit 30 on board, and others had to make their own way there in separate cars. We went down to the capital to make our voices heard on behalf of some of the most oppressed residents in all of Cascadia. We went to speak up for the sea lions of the Columbia.
We began with an hour-long demonstration at ODFW headquarters. The ODFW is the Oregon state agency responsible for killing the sea lions. They're spending more than a million Oregon taxpayer dollars on this mis-guided program, at the same time that services are being cut to senior citizens, people with disabilities, and children. (Washington State residents are spending an additional $1 million plus on their half of the killing.) They've admitted that the best they can hope for from this program is that it might, perhaps, be "marginally" helpful. More likely, it will not be effective at all. Because, as we all know, it is not the sea lions who are driving the salmon into extinction. It is us.
Pioneer Square was filled to over flowing this evening with citizens protesting taxes, the bailout, socialism, pork, and demanding, as on one sign among hundreds of others, that the government "redistribute freedom and not wealth." One sign even apologized for voting for Obama.
This was an extremely well promoted and financed event. One speaker claimed that there were 22 of these rallies in Oregon alone, starting in Medford Oregon this morning. Before I left home for downtown, I heard Corporate news sources claim that there were about 500 Tea Party's nation wide, and Laura Ingram on her Conservative talk radio program this evening claimed there were 700 of them nationwide.
This event touched a pulse in America, and it might be the beginnings of a Conservative, if not a Republican resurgence.
Though in the lead up to this nation wide protest organizers claim it to be bipartisan, there was little evidence of any Progressive or Democratic constituency. And, towards the end of the rally, when the organizers recognized the groups who worked to make the event possible, not once was the Democratic Party or any group I could recognize as "left" even mentioned.
There is much common ground here, yet I did not feel the crowd to be in sympathy with the poor, the homeless, the undocumented immigrant. The rhetoric from the speakers emphasized the many problems which brought them all to the Square, yet few if any solutions were offered. There was a general and overwhelming mood of discontent, with constant reference to the fact that "we the people" could somehow solve the problems, if government would leave us alone.
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Justice for Jason Demonstration
May 8th 4:00 pm.
Federal Court house in Portland Or.
My unarmed 17 year old son was executed by the Vancouver Police Department on Mother's Day May 8. I am organizing a demonstration against excessive force and violence.
My 17 year old son, Jason, was shot 11 times by officer Richard Torres of the Vancouver police department.
From 11:21 am, to 11: 24 am. ( 3 minutes ) ; Jason was followed, pitted, and executed.
When I received the call, stating my son had died; I flew flat to the floor, the phone flew out of my hand, NOOOO!!! I live with a pain that never goes away. Jason's sister was 16 years old; I can't begin to tell you the damage her brothers death has done to her life.
I am angrey, I'm asking for support in this journey of healing
A dedicated crowd marched on a beautiful warm, sunny Saturday this weekend. Hundreds came to march, and hundreds more saw and heard our message as we marched across Pioneer Courthouse Square and then right through the center of a bustling Saturday Market! Benji Lewis of IVAW, and Veterans for Peace led the march, while The No War Drum Corp, and several bullhorns made sure that everyone within earshot heard our chants: "They're Our Brothers, They're Our Sisters, We Support War Resisters," and "They Say Bail Out, We Say Troops Out!" All day we received an incredibly positive reaction from everyone we passed.
Although it has been over a year, some may remember that as Kucinich dropped out of the presidential election prematurely because he was afraid of losing his congressional seat, he said he and his wife Elizabeth would be starting a new site for activists called "Integrity Now". This might have impressed Kucinich volunteers at the time, however absolutely nothing has been done toward that effort and the site domain has now returned to the SiteGround Default Server page.
Last year noted bigot and repressed dick head Wayne Mayo set his sights on higher office, and decided to pave the way with the blood of immigrants. He wanted to capitalize on the redneck, anti-immigrant nature of the right-wingers he pals around with. So he parked his pompous self outside the Scappoose post office, soliciting signatures to get Measure 5-190 on the ballot. He did manage to get it on the ballot, and alas, it passed by a slim margin. But the poorly written, badly conceived piece of hate legislation will never become law. Here is why, and why it matters.
HB 2405 is a bill proposed and promoted by Verizon. It is cast as a bill intended to keep Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) from being regulated. If that's all the bill did, there would be little reason to oppose this. However, that's not all the bill does.
Today I counted 71 fishing boats on the river in the tiny span between Sand Island and the mouth of the Lewis River. And, incredibly, prowling the waters near St Helens, I found the Andy Jo, a drum boat, drooling its killer nets into the water. In just this little space... Imagine how many fishermen are out there all together. Just imagine how many lines, how many nets, how many dead salmon, just today.
Is anyone really still wondering where the last salmon have disappeared to? Why the run is late?
Eighty eight years of the day Trotsky directed the suppression of the anarchist uprising in Krondstadt, a group of bandits scaled the walls of his former house in Mexico City during the late hours at night. We broke the lock on his mausoleum and we expropriate the content inside
Bullied by Paramedics on my way home in downtown.
I'm a gay male in my late 20's, and like to go out and have a few with friends on occasion. As I walked back to my place last night (around 1:30 AM) from the China Town District back to SW Downtown (south on 2nd Ave.), I noticed an ambulance vehicle driving behind me in the same direction that I was walking, not unusual. But it was going slow with the sirens off. The two men seated i the vehicle were staring at me. I made a questioning gesture (like a "what do you want? kind of gesture). I wasn't walking funny, and I'm pretty sure that I didn't exhibit any signs of being injured. So really, what was it? At this point I crossed the street, and the guys in the ambulance changed lanes and pulled up right beside me and rolled down the windows. The driver asked "Do you have a problem?". And I responded with "What do you want?
Thanks to the monumental efforts of animal advocates, two of the six sea lions trapped last week have survived. It seems the State did not have the nerve to kill Sanctuary Sam, after advocates named him for the NOAA mascott. I guess NOAA decided that it might be bad for their image to authorize the execution of their own mascott.
Willy, another sea lion whose life was in the balance last week, has also been spared due to the willingness of sea lion advocates to fight tooth and nail for him. Willy is a sea lion whose flesh bears the scars of his branding - C657. Last week, ODFW officials mistakenly believed they had the authority to kill Willy. However, SLD bridadiers pointed out to them that C657, Willy, is not actually on their hit list, and therefore they do not have the authority to kill him. Chagrinned by the news that animal advocates are keeping a closer eye on these sea lions than they are, the ODFW refused to acknowledge the error and instead claimed that he was a completely different animal, B127.
Only a week ago, sea lion defenders named him Sanctuary Sam. ( http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2009/03/388722.shtml.) Before that, the public knew him, if they knew him at all, as just a number. C586. But some of us knew him better.
Sam has been present on the Columbia for several years, at least. I've watched him thrill tourists in Astoria with his powerful voice and his friendly manner. He routinely sits on the dock there, with his head leaned back in the classic "circus seal" pose, basking in the sun. But when people call out to him, he cocks his head to the side, opens his huge eyes, and looks at them curiously. If they continue to talk to him, he eventually opens his mouth and barks chattily back. He's always been extremely gregarious that way.
I've also seen this guy swirling through the waters near St Helens, often happily laying on his back with his flippers in the air, talking to anyone who will listen. Many of us on the river know him. He belongs out here. And he deserves to live a free and wild life, as do all of the Columbia river sea lions.
If this neighbor of ours is executed by the State, I do not think I can ever forgive the fishermen who clog the waterways and kill all the salmon, whose voices have called for this to happen.
In the next few months, the US military intends to send 17,000 new soldiers to Afghanistan. This will increase by one half the size of their hugely unpopular occupation. Vice President Joe Biden himself has gone on the record to say he expects an "uptick" in American deaths in Afghanistan. The CIA and US military have begun bombing civilians in, and even sending in ground troops into, Pakistan, to much popular opposition from the Pakistani people. The current administration is already preparing to escalate and spread military campaign further into Pakistan. In the meantime, while Obama talks about removing "combat troops" from Iraq, there is no intention to end the occupation of Iraq by dismantling the US military bases. Only approximately half of the US soldiers in Iraq will be removed under this plan, because the rest are not considered "combat troops."
We intend to SHUT DOWN the War Machine, to do everything we can to stop the surge from leaving the United States. To this end, we are calling for a day of coordinated, non-violent civil disobedience and direct action to blockade the GDLS facility in Auburn.
Please attend an information meeting in Olympia, WA, on April 5th 2009 at 1 PM to discuss this plan, our strategy, and building a strong movement to end these wars and occupations. The meeting will be at Capitol Theater Offices: 416 Washington St. (Between 4th and State, Next to the Painted Plate). Room 208 on the 2nd Floor.
End BOTH Occupations - Foreclose the War Machine - Direct Action to Stop the Surge - No administration will end these wars - We, the people, need to end them.
A Vietnam vet arrested for walking on the sidewalk at the Mittleman AIPAC demonstration by cop who obviously slept through h.s. history class when they were covering the Constitution—especially the First Amendment. And the Mittleman folks who evidently slept through that presentation also.
There I was among some good folks having fun and making a point to the people going into the AIPAC meeting. I was thinking about going home on the bus and wanted to say goodbye to some friends when I was told that I could not cross a driveway that ran on the sidewalk into the street. I told the cop that they could not do that unless I was blocking traffic. I went to go across and was pushed back by a cop and then I tried again and was arrested. The officer who arrested me was angry about something because this was the roughest I've been handled thus far. I was hooked up to little earl (oxygen bottle on wheels) and still got arrested. I was not planning this and was disappointed that I could not talk the police out of an order that was unconstitutional.
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