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Dirty anarchists queers of Portland, OR, alongside other anarchists, have spent the last two nights in the streets exploring the rupture caused by the second murder by the Portland Police in as many months. We have been engaged in direct confrontation with the force of the police state while sharing our rage at our social conditions and the organized campaign of violence enacted upon our city by the armed enforcers of the Totality.
Comrade Arrested at Last Nights Protest
One of our comrades on a bicycle last night is currently in Multnomah County Detention Center. His bicycle was partially run over by a pig last night, and shortly after being assaulted he was arrested and charged with 2 felonies and 2 misdemeanors. He needs our support and his bail has added up to $259,000.
A Clarification on "Cascadia Convergence Networks March" post on the update wire
CCN takes no ownership over the march or anyother actions or decisons of the individuals at the peoples assemblys called in response to the second murder in 2 months by the Portland Police Department. The decision to march was arrived at by the peoples assembly earlier today and not CCN. In our comunique we intened to get the word out about the peoples assembly and regret the mis-communication that we possibly had ownership of the peoples decision to march. Again this was not our march rather it was a response to the recent waves of police violence community members who participated in the assembly felt was necessary.
I-5 Banner Drop- "Police Murder Again. This Must End. Take Action!"
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There are about fifty people currently gathered (as of 9:45pm) at Colonel Summers Park on 20th and Belmont. Community members angered at ongoing murders by police will be marching to send a message--we refuse to take it anymore. Please add details to this thread as they are known.
Police murder in Portland, anarchists respond with vengeance
Many expected this march to be only symbolic. Few were prepared for anything more. But we encountered a collective force that amplifies the individual rather than smothering each one of us in the mass. The two who took the initiative to drag a dumpster into the street changed the history of this city. This small sign of sabotage spread. We all made it our own.
Cops, Pigs, Murderers! (A Cascadia Convergence Network Communiqu?)
About fifty community members angered at the ongoing murders by Portland Police gathered at the SE 47th and Burnside police precinct. On Monday March 22 at Hoyt Arboretum, yet another person was killed by the Portland police. The killing comes in wake of the recent homicide of Aaron Campbell who was shot in back multiple times at his door step by officer Ronald Frashour on January 28 2010. The enraged dissenters sent a clear message that the recent swell of police violence in the city will not be tolerated any longer. Infuriated the community members blocked traffic as they marched and tossed newspaper receptacles and dumpsters in to the streets.
Six sea lions have already died at the hands of the ODFW this year, added to the tremendous death toll from the past two years. This is the reality and the fallout from the government's War on Nature that is taking place up at Bonneville dam. Aside from the state-sanctioned murders, inside sources tell us that the death toll associated with illegal vigilante killings has skyrocketed since the lethal removal program began - apparently angry fishermen feel it's open season now that the government has given its tacit wink and nod to the killing of protected marine mammals. Sea lion defenders are tired of the killings, tired of government lies and cover-ups, and tired of excuses for negligence and cruelty. So last week, the Sea Lion Defense Brigade launched Sea Wolf One, a mobile monitoring station set up to keep an eye on the Columbia river sea lions and their would-be nemeses.
Portland Oregon Public Access program sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72.
Host Dan Shea interviews Afghanistan War veteran Tobias Shea and singer songwriter David Rovics
The program begins with a YouTube video from David Rovics
Following the video, Dan interviews Tobias and David. Total program is 48 1/2 minutes in length.
VFPForum, February 2010
Veterans for Peace Forum airs on the fourth Saturday of the month at 7:00 on channel 11. It is produced by Kellie La Bonty through the facilities of Metro East Community Media in Gresham Oregon.
According to ODFW spokesman Rick Hargrave, seven sea lions were trapped today [3/9/10]. Of those, five were allegedly on the government hit list - the list of animals who have been "observed eating at least one salmon." As a result, according to Hargrave, all five were to be put to death some time today. We were unable to confirm with him when the event took place - he said he "wouldn't know till the end of the day." At the end of the day, of course, he was unavailable. He was clear, however, that the sea lions would be killed. Rick Hargrave may be contacted by calling (503) 947-6020 or faxing (971) 673-6070. [ Read More ]
Sea Lion Advocates Confront Robert Stansell at Bonneville DamToday [3/10/10], representatives from at least three different animal advocacy organizations converged on the Bonneville Dam office of Army Corps of Engineers fisheries biologist Robert Stansell. Matt Rossell from NW In Defense of Animals, Julie Farris of the Sea Lion Defense Brigade, Justin Kay of the Portland Animal Defense League, and a contingent of members of each group wanted to speak with Mr. Stansell about the role that he, and the Army Corps of Engineers, have played in the unnecessary and tragic killing of sea lions on the Columbia river. [ Read More ]
Doris "Granny D" Haddock died peacefully today in her Dublin, New Hampshire family home at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2010. She was 100 years old. Born in 1910 in Laconia, New Hampshire, she attended Emerson College and lived through two world wars and the Great Depression. She was an activist for her community and for her country, remaining active until the return of chronic respiratory problems four days ago
In the 1960s, she and her husband, James Haddock, Sr., were instrumental in halting planned nuclear tests that would have destroyed a native fishing village and region in Alaska. A public memorial service will be held this summer.
Why is it that neoliberal banks and corporations are bailed out while students are squeezed of every last penny by predatory student loans amidst our financial feeding frenzy?
On March 4th, over 400 students, community members and professors protested on the Park Blocks of Portland State University in solidarity with a national call to defend public education. Several student groups in collaboration with student government organized the rally as a direct response to the proposed economic deregulation and restructuring of PSU.
March 4 PSU Student Protest
The speakers at the rally articulated our opposition to adopting the public corporation model for our public universities. Barbara Dudley, a PSU professor and longtime activist, told us that OHSU, after embracing the corporate model, has raised its tuition fees so much that they are now the most expensive medical school in the country. She informed us that the plan to corporatize public universities has been around for a long time, and not a recent response to the financial crisis which occurred in 2008. Ronald Reagan wanted to implement it when he was governor of California in the 1970s, so that students would become so heavily in debt that they would have no time to be "troublemakers." This is a form of "structural adjustment" that many countries face, including Haiti. Wael Elasady, Co-founder of SUPER (Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights) and PSU student activist, asked why billions of dollars are wasted by our government on wars and occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine, but when it comes to funding public education, we are told that there's not enough money. It costs about $1 million a year to deploy a soldier to Afghanistan, and $49,000 a year to incarcerate a prisoner in California. Why should students have to bear crushing debts or be denied access to higher education when the bloated military defense budget keeps getting more funding, including Obama's recent budget plans? He called for an end to wars and occupations, to the enthusiatic applause of students.
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Tonight, Lionel is dead. He was a healthy, friendly, gregarious sea lion who we were worriedly watching. We knew that he was among the animals absurdly listed by ODFW on their infamous hit list - a list of animals "observed eating at least one fish" at Bonneville dam, and therefore targeted for death. So when he showed up back in the ancient feeding grounds on the Columbia, near what was once Celilo Falls, we knew that the ODFW would be gunning for him. Today, when he hauled out of the cool water to sun himself in the warm spring air, he was trapped by ODFW and the Army Corps of Engineers. A short time later, he was injected with a lethal poison that stopped his heart, and he was killed.
If you are tired of this needless, sad killing, here are some things you can do:
Bob Williams, along with another Portland, Oregon, TriMet transit agency board member, quit this week in the face of recent protests and pickets over austerity measures by this $2.5 billion transit agency -- including gutting downtown Portland's so-called free zone, 'Fareless Square.'
Last summer, two pit bulls were seized from a known dog fighter by the name of Eduardo Jose Ribaya in Columbia County, and the case wound through the courts for 8 months. Ribaya is a well-known top organizer of large-scale dog fight rings in at least three states. He has been convicted three times in California and Washington for the crime of fighting dogs. Ribaya was caught last July with the two Columbia County dogs, dog fighting equipment, a pit cut into the brush around the property he was using, and dozens of pot plants. For some reason, the County elected not to prosecute Mr. Ribaya but instead condemned the two pit bulls to death. Thanks to Ananda Farm Sanctuary and the Olympic Animal Sanctuary, the dogs will get to live after all.
You can reach Ananda Farm Sanctuary at AnandaFAR(at)gmail(dot)com.
You can learn more about the Olympic Animal Sanctuary by visiting http://www.olympicanimalsanctuary.org/.
It has been over two years since Nicholas Ungár Furs has become the focus of animal rights protest and demonstration. The demonstrations continue with perseverance even though they have become a target of political repression. This Friday, February 19, a minimum of 10 compassionate activists voiced their outrage at Nicholas Ungár Furs about the 50 million animals killed each year for vanity and status. The protest was positive and effective. Several people welcomed the activists' presence and engaged in conversation about fur and other animal issues.
The first surprise of the day was the discovery that a trash can in the underground parking garage of the Portland Clinic has become home to a "clandestine" video camera. No, the camera was not thrown away as trash. Rather, it was installed inside of the body of the trash can and pointed directly at Nicholas Ungár Furs and the protest activity. (Photos and video follow). Interestingly, that is not where the discoveries ended. Activists also learned that the FBI has begun questioning businesses in the area about protest activity.
*for more information about the fur industry: http://www.furisdead.com or http://www.furkills.org
As part of the No 2010 Olympics Convergence, members of Katzie First Nation and supporters took part in blocking the Golden Ears Bridge spanning the Frazer River between Pitt Meadows and Langley B.C. - Coast Salish Territories. Early this morning [February 13, 2010] members of Katzie First Nations and supporters took part in blocking the Golden Ears Bridge for 10 minutes in protest of the creation of this unwanted infrastructure. Its purpose is to transport stolen resources from other sovereign native nations, to be shipped out throughout Asia, and ship in unnecessary sweatshop made merchandise for chain stores. This bridge has desecrated a traditional site that dates back over 3000 years, and negatively impacts our sacred food source, the salmon. My people have been told when to fish and how big our net can be since our book of rules (Indian act) in 1896. My family has been arrested for fishing when they were not allowed.
Portland, Oregon Tells Karl Rove To Go To Jail.
The World Affairs Council of Oregon arranged a debate between Karl Rove and Dr, Howard Dean on the 10th day of February 2010 in Portland, Oregon. Almost 100 protestors, most outside and some inside brought the message to Karl Rove that he should be before a judge and not making millions of dollars on a speaking tour with Dean. There were many who also had a message to Dr. Howard Dean, "You are enabling this man to become rich, and you must stop it now."
Outside there were representatives from Veterans for Peace, Code Pink, the Pissed Off Grannies, Individuals for Justice, and other groups. Inside there were about a half dozen members of Individuals for Justice who pooled their money to buy a $47 ticket, (each) and confront the man we call traitor. One by one we stood up and yelled from the balconies...
Video, audio and photographs from the February 12, 2010 News Conference at the Portland Justice Center regarding the death of an unarmed Portland citizen at the hands of a police sniper.
A number of people stood forward and addressed the crowd and media, including JoAnn Bowman of Oregon Action, a speaker from the Urban League, former State Senator Avel Gordly, as well as representatives from a wide variety of religions, to name just a few.
The 110 minute video as well as five out takes from the presentation on January 28 in Portland was organized and sponsored by www.PCASC.net
Jose Baqendale discusses (1)The coupe (2)The Resistance (3)The Police (4)Missing People & Womans March (5)The Front's policies
News Conference, Picket Line from Justice Center to County Courthouse Thursday, February 11, 10:00 AM
Members of the Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA), other concerned organizations, and the community at large who are outraged at the death of Aaron Campbell by a police assault rifle in late January, will gather at 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 11 at the west front steps of the Justice Center on SW 3rd Avenue in Portland to present community demands related to the case. From there, the group expects to hold a picket line around the Multnomah County Courthouse on SW 4th Avenue in support of an indictment for Officer Ronald Frashour who, in the words of Portland Police Association President Scott Westerman, "shot an unarmed black guy running away from us."
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This winter has seen a decline in active protesters outside of Portland's last fur store at the same time as an increase in seasonal shopping for fur coats. This past week however brought the spirit of resistance back to life for me as I saw many friends and comrades showing solidarity for the countless victims of animal torture.
Martin Macias Jr., an independent media reporter from Chicago travelling
to cover the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver BC, has been rejected by
Canadian border agents and held without outside contact for at least 7
hours (as of 9pm) today.
Macias arrived in Vancouver from Chicago (via Minneapolis) on a 11:30am Delta Airlines flight on Saturday, February 6, 2010. He was detained for hours by Canada Border Services agents in the Vancouver International Airport and questioned about his plans during the Olympics. Ultimately he was refused entry to Canada. He was then put on an Alaskan Airlines flight to the Seattle / Tacoma Airport (departing at 2:40pm). As of 9pm he had not been able to contact legal counsel or his travelling companion since before his rejection at the border. The information on his rejection was only made available through the US Consulate. It is routine for people rejected at the border to be interrogated by both Canadian and US border agents; he may well still be detained for questioning in the USA at this point.
This is a quick shout-out to let everyone know that the EARTH FIRST! Organizers' Conference and Winter Rendezvous is still happening next week in Santa Barbara.
All are invited, but people with skills are especially needed to come down and help make this party a reality.
PLEASE COME TO THIS PARTY! The Organizers' Conference portion will occur from Feb 11-13 and the Winter Rendezvous portion from Feb 13-15th. For details on where it is, what to bring and other valuable information, check out 2010oc.org.
thanks for reading this, and may the forest bewitch you. hope to see y'all in Santa Barbara!
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