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Portland, OR - Day three of World Week for Animals In Labs (WWAIL), organized by local grassroots animal liberation group the Animal Defense League, targeted the Staples Managing Office in Tigard and the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton.
Activists arrived at the office of the Staples Managing Office prepared for an office protest where they planned to leaflet the different cubicles inside. An hour after recon, the employees had closed up shop, doors locked, and all the lights were off. We were forced to leaflet the rest of the building and the cars outside in hopes of educating neighboring offices of Staples dirt. Staples has been a target of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) campaign for nearly three years for their involvement as a supplier to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS).
The Portland Animal Defense League would like to send a special 'Thank You' to all the folks who traveled from Seattle and Olympia to help out with the last two days of demos. Please consider joining activities for WWAIL, including leafleting at OHSU on Tuesday, April 20, 2pm.
Portland Animal Defense League
Video from a recent field trip to the proposed natural gas Palomar pipe line crossing on the Clackamas river, recently designated as a Wild and Scenic River.
The hike was led by Martin Evans of the forest advocacy group, Bark, and Dan Serres of Columbia Riverkeeper.
Besides brief background information, Evans and Serres detail upcoming events where people can voice their opposition to a proposal siting these LNG terminals in Oregon in order to facilitate natural gas delivery to California, who have refused to allow these facilities in their state.
Video From April Bark Hike
On the 27th of February 2010 three dozen Portland residents gathered to celebrate the Institute for Anarchist Studies and its primary mission of providing grants to radical writers and translators.
This was one of the first events in the Northwest for the IAS, and we were pleased to offer fine food and drink to our friends in the Portland community. All contributions collected that evening went directly to supporting radical writers and our important work. Over $1000 was raised!
Building off over a decade of experience, the IAS amplifies radical voices by providing funding so that grantees can create engaging and politically important contributions. Such grantees include Portland's own Kristian Williams (www.kristianwilliams.com), who spoke at the event, and is currently working on a book on Oscar Wilde and anarchism partially funded by the IAS. The most recent issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, a publication of the IAS, was also distributed to attendees.
This is something that's been asked a lot lately: "But wasn't the officer's use of deadly force justified? I can see why people got angry about something like the beating of Rodney King, which was obviously breaking the law. But the shooting of Jack Dale Collins, for example, was by the book, and as such justified." So why continue protesting? Aren't masked anarchists really just hooligans looking for any ridiculous excuse to cause trouble?
Well it's technically true that all of Portland's recent cases of death-by-cop have been "justified." And that's exactly the problem.
The meeting was titled "Sharing Public Sidewalks Advisory Committee
It is an open to the public meeting held monthly on the first Monday of the month, in The Portland Building. The discussion was on sharing the public sidewalks in Portland
Anarchists and other radicals in Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Olympia picked up the banner of anti-police sentiment bravely after the March 29 march in Portland received much corporate coverage as a "riot." Friends of friends of friends exist in every major city. People were talking.
Within a few days, a call-out occurred for West Coast days of solidarity on April 8th and 9th. It is unknown which city first made the call. Pre-existing relationships between anarchists of different cities were used to coordinate action, as well as independent media websites such as Portland Indymedia and Indybay.
Police are using Taser© exactly how the Industry expected-- shoot first, ask later.
Another mentally ill person was Taser©ed to death by police.
An unidentified Cornelius Public Safety officer used his Taser© to "subdue the man, who was acting erratic and violent who struggled and continued to walk east on North Irvine Street at 31st Street."
When two Forest Grove police officers were called to assist in apprehending the individual, the was used again multiple times as well as pepper spray. The man died "suddenly" a short while later-- he stopped breathing.
Commander Ed Jensen insists that Cornelius police get sufficient training in dealing with mental health crises and using Taser©s, these police officers appeared to be either unaware or unable to recognise and respond to a person clearly exhibiting behavior of a person in a mental health crisis and they were also unable to 'properly' use the Taser©. Namely, in this very situation the weapon would not produce the desired response ESPECIALLY the MORE it is used. The lack of response from the first usage is a direct result of the man being in an altered state. The cardiac arrest is a direct result of using a Taser© in such a way.
We smashed your "community corrections" center. We smashed it to send a message. Our message is that all cops are murderers and all prison is torture.
Allow us to elaborate: though the anti-police movement may use individual instances of murder with guns, tasers, and pepper spray as catalysts for revolution, we hold every cop or cop-supporter culpable. This is because on a daily basis cops are killing people slowly, with handcuffs and pens; killing them 5, 10, 20 years at a time but killing them still the same. We believe that a life in prison doesn't even come close to anything resembling a decent human life. Humans are a social animal, and forced isolation (whether that isolation is from ones peers, friends, family, or trees, grass sunlight, and the natural world) is an abominable act that must be forbidden by any society which held justice in any regard.
We believe this movement will be successful, and that the key to its success will be cooperation.
*60 people at bandstand at Pennisula Park. Enough is Enough is a protest of recent deaths by Oregon Public Safety officers.
*60 people gathered in Peninsula Park. March starts at 8:45pm to 449 NE Emerson-NE Police Precinct.
RESPONSE TO CORNELIUS MURDER: Last nights March and RallyLast night, in direct response to yet another murder of a person in crisis, around 30 people gathered for a march and rally in Peninsula Park.
The march and rally quite ease fully claimed the streets (weeks of practice are creating a more cohesive bloc) venturing south down on Albina and turning onto Killingsworth towards MLK. Though the group was fairly small, there seemed to be an air of confidence, confidence in the fact that it was there right to walk the streets with their comrades. When the precinct was reached the police had surrounded the garage with yellow caution tape and were idly waiting around, obviously confused. Folks chanted "What's the solution?! REVOLUTION! What's the direction? INSURRECTION!"
The march then trailed back onto MLK to the other side of the precinct. Many stayed on the sidewalks continuing to chant, folks in bloc held MLK and Emerson .
The march continued down MLK engaging with people on the sidewalks.There was a jovial mood as they marched onto Ainsworth returning to the gazebo at Peninsula Park
Sea lion defenders held a community building vegan faux fish fry and sea lion party in the Columbia gorge today. Mother nature smiled on the event. On the way up we could see that spring had brought new life into the world again. The trees are all leafing out in tender green again, and the salmon are churning up into the river again. With them, as always, have come the sea lions and the osprey and the eagles and all the others who awaken and return with the spring. Thanks to everyone who turned out! I will let the pictures speak louder than the words.
Pigs kill again as a 24 year old "white" "man" was murdered after being tasered and pepper sprayed multiple times this morning just 25 miles outside of Portland. It seems likely that the person was experiencing a mental health crisis as the pigs claim he was partially clothed and displaying erratic and what they are calling violent behavior. He was also doing such things in a rich neighborhood! The cornelius pigs initially on the scene responded to the person with a taser and "wrestling" him. They then called for back up and Forest Grove pigs proceeded to tase the person again also using pepper spray and cuffing the man. In this brutalized state the person stopped breathing and was soon pronounced dead in custody.
Today, Friday April 9, about 80 people came together at Seattle Central Community College to protest the police and stand in solidarity with those arrested for fighting back. Anarchists had published a call-out for West Coast days of action on April 8 and 9 in support of the struggles in Portland and the Bay Area that erupted after recent police killings, and folks in Seattle responded by organizing this protest.
In the days leading up to the protest, hundreds of posters, stickers, and flyers were put up or handed out around the center of the city, criticizing the violent role of the police in our society and urging people to come out to the march.
The protest, which included a small black bloc, a marching band, a group of homeless youth activists, and others, marched through the Central District/Capital Hill area. On the way to the police precinct, people took the streets, though after a little more than a block, bike cops and horse cops responded to shove people back onTO the sidewalk.
In an apparent labor dispute, two union workers were standing outside Fred Meyers on SE 39th & Hawthorne handing out flyers. Suddenly, two portland cops [in two patrole cars] drove up & approached them. What i wittnessed was a deliberate crack down on union laborers!
Just a short while ago (4:45pm approximately), i was leaving the Fred Meyers store on SE 39th & Hawthorne. There were two members of FMs' union handing out flyers (see photos). UFCW Local 555 is in a labor dispute with Kroger, which owns FM. The particualar dispute is regarding FM workers in Bend,OR & their ongoing attemps to gain a fair contract with Kroger. The two union members who were flyering outside FM today (they hadn't been there for more than 20 minutes) were approached by two Portland cops. They were threated with arrest if they did not leave immediately!
on the evening of april 8th, 2010, portlanders respond to a westcoast call out against police brutality, creating a temporary autonomous zone, free of police, while calling for justice for survivors and victims of the power of the police.
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21 people commented at two nights of hearings re the proposed TriMet fare hike and bus cuts to up to 60 routes. TRU urges the TriMet board to defeat both proposals from staff, come up with alternate funding, and TRU calls for the TriMet board to be elected (not appointed by Oregon's govenor, which is currently the case).
At the Wednesday austerity cuts and fare hike hearing held by TriMet, Transit Riders Union came out opposing both the five cents a ride fare hike and proposed bus and MAX cuts. 17 people talked at this hearing held at the Portland Building in downtown Portland, all opposing the cuts and fare hike. A hearing the night before at Clackamas Community College drew 4 people who made comments. A third hearing is tonight at a location that TriMet was very unclear about -- the TriMet official told us that the location is close to the 15 bus and to MAX by Mall 205, at Academy School, but he wasn't exactly sure how to get there, etc.
Today, fifty anarchists arrived at five p.m with the intention of taking and holding space at the intersection where the death of James Chasse occurred. At some point during the night, a creative and sneaky comrade had changed the street sign at the intersection to read "James Ave," a tribute to the lost community member who was killed at the hands of the Portland Police in 2006.
Immediately, individuals began to break into affinity groups and carry out the tasks they had agreed to do together. While people began stringing caution tape across the intersection, others grabbed wooden pallets and began to stack them together to create a barricade. Banners were hung across these impromptu structures. Others grabbed trash cans, cardboard and other reinforcements. Soon, a dumpster was reclaimed from a near by business and rolled into the intersection and then overturned. Another dumpster soon followed. These dumpsters soon became drum sets, and voices rose to greet them with chants of "another man is deceased, who's to blame, the police."
Portland Police officer Thomas Brennan was transferred to the property warehouse five days after going to the media with his concerns about Sergeant Kyle Nice. Brennan believed his sergeant to be under too much stress to be working the streets, and recommended that he be removed from his usual duties.
This was in response to an interaction that occurred when police received a call about two houseless men playing music outside of Huber's Restaurant. Brennan says that he had already convinced the two men to move along when Nice showed up and began yelling that they were not free to leave. Nice proceeded to yell at the two men and, from Brennan's account, use harsh language and threaten the two men with arrest.
Without Common Carrier status, predatory companies like Comcast will inevitably start demanding a take of any profitable new economic activity dependent on the Internet. They will be able to use the threat of arbitrary service disruption to make demands on independent businesses. They will also start offering "tiered" services, where access to various protocols will be dependent on paying for special "elite" or "gold" subscriber status. Running a website will be out of the question without paying an assortment of special fees, split among a consortium of business interests and justified by appealing to precedents like HDTV and "Trusted Platform Computing." There will be legal and antitrust wrangling over the matter, but how effective has that been recently against digital age would-be monopolists? (Think Microsoft.)
Read http://www.eff.org/testyourisp for a little preview of what is in store as Comcast starts rolling out new packet control techniques.
These four videos are 45 minute average length
Very little editing but some was done for various reasons
Filmed on 3.29.10 on the streets of Portland
A protest to Rise Up in public against the use of Police Violence & Force on citizens of Portland
The most amazing thing is that after the protests the corporate news reports a whole different story than what I filmed and seen as I stood "next to them" for 5 hours
See for your selves ((( i ))) and don't believe the corporate media
This is footage from the first hour and a half of the Anti Police Violence Protest
A protest that erupted in the streets for over 5 hours on 3/29 due to all the recent rise in killings by the police in Portland Oregon
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