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Four programs which aired recently on local Public Access: one on our banking system; two programs interviewing Vietnam Veterans; the third a program featuring Indigenous issues and culture.
["A Growing Concern" and VFP Forum"]
The Trans' and Womyn's Action Camp (TWAC) is a annual gathering of activists with a diversity of backgrounds, but who have a focus on radical feminism, environmentalism, challenging gender oppression, and bringing down patriarchy. TWAC is for folks who identify as any variety of womyn, transfolk, genderqueer or intersex. This will be safe(r) space camp in the woods to share skills in a supportive, empowering and encouraging environment.
We are looking for folks of all genders who want to get involved in many organizing areas such as fund-raising, booking workshops and entertainment, creating messaging and literature, childcare, accessibility, and actions. All kinds of skills are needed to bring this event together, and we would love to have your input and help!
If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again it has been a busy week; last Saturday we had our first meeting to read the new play, "Satan's Crisis." This was the first draft and many changes will happen as we meet and read the play. The next reading will be on Saturday May 22 and so it goes. If you are interested about the play e-mail me and I will let you know, the play will not be ready for general distribution for a month or so. It is an indictment of humanity, religions, and politicians as we face the end of our world. Satan's pissed because if our world ends he will not exist. He calls Earth his supermarket of souls. Then there is our City Council and the decision to kick *Houseless people to the gutter.
Statement from San Juan Copala regarding the paramilitary ambush of a caravan of human rights observers in which two were killed, calling on the national and international solidarity and human rights communities for a second caravan to break the siege of their autonomous municipality.
We send a hug to our brother Omar and reaffirm our commitment to never give up, because the future that we yearn for is near. We know and believe that the night is darkest before the dawn.
Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala
[5/13/10] Last night a few individuals tired of people being murdered, set out to break all the windows of the "community" police station at N Denver and N Killpatrick.
Yesterday the police killed another person. We don't know many details but we don't need to know more details to be seething over this (though frankly we will probably never be told the full account). We aren't going to wait to watch the police demonize another person that would still be alive if there were no cops.
Cops that killed Chasse, Campell, Colins and many others still threaten our communities with weapons and badges. Nothing changes, a new chief, another death. Write all the childrens books that you want, we still see the dead piling up.
Nothing changes, except windows in police stations.
Nine more sea lions have just been added to the growing list of animals whom the State plans to execute, should they be able to catch them. The addition to the kill list is a dire matter for these animals. Less than two months ago, Freddy (aka C00) was added to the kill list, and this week he was captured in a trap. He was put to death as a result.
A short video of May Day's Right to Survive action, including interviews explaining the event. Enjoy!
[Click the Read More link below for links to the video]
After hearing from the variety of concerned groups and citizens (Sisters of the Road, Portland Human Rights Commission, Portland Copwatch, ACLU, downtown construction workers, preachers, media activists, political activists, homeless folks and people with a home) all encouraging the city to NOT ...pass this sidewalk law... they did so anyway
And just so you know[.] Only 2 spoke in favor, and the city council reports that they are all fine with their compassionate, thoughtful concern fro the poor and homeless when they voted FOR THIS LAW. To me it seemed their minds were made up, and rather than postpone (or just scrap the whole thing)[.] It appeared to me they used the meeting to prop up their position of backing the PBA as they pat their own backs while telling the room they ..."really do care"[.] Shameful Outcome! How soon before the first lawsuit is my question?
These are videos from the Portland protest march and speeches on May Day
Over 5,000 people attended this event Non Violent - Family Friendly - No Robo Cops
[Click the READ MORE Link below for a list of videos.]
We took to the streets yet again last night (4/26). This was an anarchist police abolition march, which meant no reformist chants and no holding back. We went to the military recruitment center on 14th and Broadway, smashed every available window, and pelted the computers. This target is relevant because soldiers are the cops of the world. Just as the Portland Police commit racist hate crimes and enforce and oppressive social order, so to do soldiers abroad.
We also hit two Wells Fargo bank branches. Wells Fargo is the largest financial backer of G.E.O. group, which owns a majority of the privatized prisons in North America. G.E.O. group owns the northwest immigrant detention center in Tacoma, which every year kills immigrants through deplorable living conditions and denial of medical services.
A Bank of America branch was smashed as well. Their recklessness alongside other banks has caused a crisis of foreclosure and unemployment that is endemic of capitalism.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2010
FULL-PAGE AD COMPARING NAZI TREATMENT OF JEWS TO ARIZONA'S NEW IMMIGRATION LAW 1070 TO APPEAR THIS WEEK IN THE PHOENIX NEW TIMES NEWSPAPER; CALLS FOR A REGIME CHANGE IN ARIZONA
See R.E.M.'s "AZ1070" ad at http://www.responsibleeducationandmedia.org/az1070.html
PHOENIX, AZ: In response to the signing of Arizona Senate Bill 1070 last week, a new ad is set to run this week in Phoenix depicting Governor Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Nazi uniforms with the message, "We Need A Regime Change." The ad, placed by the nonprofit group Responsible Education and Media (R.E.M.), will appear in the Phoenix New Times beginning Thursday, April 29.
The SB 1070 is a controversial new anti-immigration law signed by Brewer on April 23, making illegal immigration a state crime and allowing law enforcement officers to inquire into the immigration status of any person within the state. Individuals found to not have valid identification are subject to arrest and may be charged with violating this new law.
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Racist Arizona: report back from Phoenix protests Friday-Sunday 4/23-25Brief notes from the protests I am from Eugene and drove to Phoenix to protest SB 1070, a law that was passed on friday which now makes it illegal to be in Arizona if you do not have papers. There are supposedly 500,000 undocumented workers, motsly from Mexico, in the state.
The rallies were large for a conservative city like Phoneix, mostly Hispanic, but with a few white people. Friday was a youth rally and youth march; mostly highschool students walked ten miles, from Glendale to the capitol. There was a twenty-four hour vigil on saturday, and huge crowds on Sunday to hear congressmen Grijalva and Guttierez speak.
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Arizona's Attack on ImmigrantsArizona's recently passed law as of Friday allows police to racially profile and sets dangerous precedent for the rest of the country. How we should respond. Arizona has opened the way for Gestapo tactics to enforce immigration laws. As of Friday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the toughest law against undocumented workers or "illegal immigration" in this country. The law once it takes affect would make it a crime to be in the state illegally and requires police to check suspects for immigration paperwork. The law will clean up everything law enforcement has not been able to do in the past few years obligating officers to determine immigration status often through racial profiling or if they have "reasonable suspicion" that someone is an "illegal immigrant". A person could be subject to an immigration check without breaking any laws and charged with state trespassing. Arizona has become the leader of anti-immigration legislation and a laboratory for anti-immigration measures that sets a dangerous precedent for the rest of the country.
Dixie Mattress Co., the bed store with the two confederate flags out front located on the 3300 block of SE Belmont, has been bought & sold. The new owners have yet to be identified, & their plans for the long shuttered store-front are as yet unknown. The Oregonian had an article about this in yesterdays' edition, Friday April 23, 2010 Metro section page B3. The article, as typical for the corperate, slowly dying paper, was extremely bias to the point of obscene. In 2008 a decent citizen took it upon him/herself to cover up the two conferderate/klan flags with decals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Many of you may recall this
Portland, OR- To finish off a week of actions, education, and entertainment the Portland Animal Defense League visited the home of Eliot Spindel very early in the morning of Saturday, April 24. Activists were armed with their voices and with candles to mourn all of the animals systematically murdered at the Oregon National Primate Research Center.
Ashanti gave one of the most inspiring talks at PSU today. For those that could not make it, BURN got permission from Ashanti to put this out there.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Portland, OR- Early morning on April 22, activists from the Portland Animal Defense League hung banners at three locations throughout the Portland area. The Portland Animal Defense League (ADL) is a grassroots organization dedicated to exposing and abolishing animal exploitation.
The action was taken as part of World Week for Animals in Labs, an annual and international event that highlights the brutal nature of vivisection and encourages people to take action against it. The banners carried messages against OHSU and the research conducted at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC). Today's banner hangs come at a time when OHSU is requesting $15 million from the National Institutes of Health for a massive expansion of their primate research facility. The facility currently contains approximately 4,200 nonhuman primates and has been cited for numerous USDA violations, the most recent series occurring in November of 2009. An inspection noted 7 violations of the Animal Welfare Act including unqualified personnel, inadequate veterinary care, and improper housing. The worst came when an unapproved drug was administered to two rhesus macaque monkeys, leaving them dead.
This latest action taken is a sign that resistance to OHSU, the ONPRC and vivisection is building.
Since last fall, we've seen the facade of legitimacy surrounding policing and the liberal establishment in Portland collapse in on itself. Since the Portland Police Association's (PPA) November 24th march in defense of officer Christopher Humphrey's violent attack on a 12 year old girl, we've seen two police murders and numerous scandals involving off duty officers.
The most recent murders and police road rage cases do not exist as aberrations, but their visibility within the public eye marks the emergence of a new political moment, one in which normally submerged contradictions have been forced to the surface.
Between the impunity and hubris of the PPA and the failure of the liberal establishment in controlling the crisis, a political opening has emerged. As but one piece of the crisis of legitimacy emerging around both the police and liberal politics in this city, the actions of the Black Block and various anarchist tendencies in organizing street protests have stood as exceptional contributions to the exacerbation of this crisis.
The distinguished and respectable panel of concerned community members were there. Portland city council hopefuls were gleaning future votes there. Your future correctional officers and enforcers of the law were there. A very visible and unwelcoming entourage of troopers filing in and out of the proceedings were there (if they were invited, they had nothing to say)... and there may have been an anar-chist or three in the midst...
Here at Ananda, we support No Kill policies. We know that we cannot take in every animal who is about to be put down in a shelter, but we do what we can and if everyone would do their part, together we could save them all. Last week, we were confronted with a difficult dilemma. We received word that the kill shelters in LA were over-flowing with dogs who were about to be killed. And with that news, came pictures and stories. This is something that Multnomah County officials would do well to consider - We know that the Multnomah County shelter is filled with healthy, adoptable, deserving animals, and we know that the Multnomah County kill rate is shamefully high. An animal going into that shelter has a higher chance of being killed there than of coming out alive. But we do not know which dogs are in danger and which are not. Because our space is so limited, and because we do not have unlimited resources, we cannot always be going in to the shelter here and pulling out animals. It is especially difficult for us to do that when we do not know which animals are about to die and which still have time left to find a home. Other shelters around the country, including the LA shelters, often have a published list, usually put out by rescuers who are given the information by shelter staff, of the animals who are about to be killed. That, my friends, is a very effective tactic - it's one thing to know that there are animals languishing in shelters, and another to see their faces and to know that it's up to you to save them.
And that is what happened to us last week.
Nine days after the shooting of anti-racist Luke Querner in downtown Portland by neo-Nazis, the house of a Canadian anti-racist organizer is targeted.
The second attack in less than two weeks on an anti-racist activist in the Pacific Northwest occurred in the early hours of Monday, April 5, in Abbotsford, B.C. A device detonated in the doorway of the home of Maitland Cassia, media liason and one of the organizers of the March 21 anti-Nazi rally at New Westminster's Braid SkyTrain Station. The "blast" woke the residents of the house around 2 AM
The State Street 29 is a group of individuals who were arrested on the
night of April 8th, 2010 and now facing charges from rioting to Felony
Assualt on an Officer. They were arrested at a march consisting of over
60 people that took place in downtown Olympia. The march was done in
solidarity with the West Coast Days of Action against State
Violence to draw attention to the fact that police everywhere are
perpetuating and fostering fear among our communities.
The April 8th march was similar to ones that took place in Portland,
Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area on the same day as well as
April 9th. These marches were formed to speak out against recent
unjustified violent actions taken by police officers in these cities
and surrounding areas.
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