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Rolling into town, the Earth First! Journal Roadshow will feature "Earth Nightly News," information about the international Earth First! ecodefense movement, the 30th Anniversary edition of the Earth First! Journal, and more!
[7/20/10 update: THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED!]
Action Alert: Forest Advocates Hang Art Installation in Mt. Hood to Raise Awareness About Liquefied Natural Gas
For Immediate Release
July 12th, 2010
Palomar Gas Transmission, a company that proposed an $800 million natural gas pipeline across the Oregon Cascades told the FERC that their project is in indefinite delay, and needs to secure "additional commercial underpinning" before it can progress. Palomar claimed it "was reviewing its project plan" in light of the bankruptcy of its biggest prospective customer -- a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal on the Columbia River that suspended its own permitting efforts in May of this year.
On Thursday, July 1 Green Scare prisoner Marie Mason was placed in solitary confinement. All supporters are encouraged to write her and keep her spirits up. Her cell is very small and windowless, and since then she has only been allowed to stand outside (in a small cage) for under an hour - in total. She cannot send email and can only make one phone call a week. She has also lost access to the vegan food she was buying from the commissary, and so she has an extremely limited diet. She has been told that she has been "re-classified", although exactly what this means is unclear. They may be preparing to transfer her. Mason can still send and receive letters. (However, she asks that supporters do not send pictures at this time.). All supporters are encouraged to write her and keep her spirits up.
Marie Mason is serving almost 22 years for two acts of environmentally-motivated property destruction in which no one was harmed. This is the longest current sentence of any of the Green Scare prisoners. (The Green Scare is the name given to the recent prosecution of eco-saboteurs and animal liberation activists, in which the government has labeled them as "terrorists" and sought huge sentences.) Mason was turned in by her then-husband, Frank Ambrose, who had secretly spied on activists for years and then filed for divorce the day she was arrested. Mason eventually plead guilty to 14 actions; 13 were claimed by the Earth Liberation Front and one by the Animal Liberation Front. At her sentencing, the judge said she had "violated the marketplace of ideas" and gave her an even longer sentence than the prosecution had asked for (15-20 years).
At 10pm protesters marched from Peninsula Park occupying the streets and demonstrating against the police as a result of the verdict given to Oakland Police Officer Johannes Mehserle who killed Oscar Grant January 1st 2009. Portland, USA. 08/07/2010
Today Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and not 2nd degree murder, or 1st degree murder as many would have desired. Portlanders mobilised at short notice to speak out against the police and the fresh verdict, marching to Martin Luther King Boulevard from the park shouting, "ACAB - All coppers are bastards" amongst other terms. The police were all over the scene, monitoring beforehand from afar as people gathered for the event. A number of windows were smashed at a Bank of America on Martin Luther King Blvd. and at Portland Community College - Cascades Campus. At all times the police urged the protesters to move on to the sidewalk or they would be arrested whilst two bike cops led the plethora of police cars.
At a Press Event at the Blue Heron Paper Mill in Oregon City, details of a new study were released which finds trade-related job loss a significant factor in Oregon's high unemployment rate.
[12 minute video] Press Event at Blue Heron Paper Mill
Spontaneously, following the Press Event, citizens walked a few blocks through downtown Oregon City to the office of Rep. Kurt Schrader, the Representative from Oregon's 5th District, who has not been forthcoming about his views on a recent piece of legislation called the H.R. 3012, Trade Act
About a month ago Schrader promised to get back to trade activists concerning his views on this Congressional bill, and had not as of that afternoon.
On Jun 17, Colorado Indymedia was contacted by Special Agent Adam Kowalski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As part of an "ongoing investigation" by Federal Protective Services, they attempted to seize the Colorado Indymedia server, believing that we kept logs (such as IP address access logs) that could identity users on our site.
Original article at: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/06/400665.shtml
5 animal rights activists lockdown a road block at OHSU's Primate Research Center. 30 protesters join in support.
Early this morning around 8:30 AM, five activists held a road block lockdown at the entrance of Oregon Health & Science University's National Primate Research Center. Thirty protesters showed up in support shortly after the lockdown. Workers at the center were delayed for well over an hour as the activists held their ground.
For more information on the animal experimentation going on at the ONPRC, please visit: http://www.ohsukillsprimates.com
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Filmed outside the Convention Center on 6.2.10 in Portland Oregon: A doctor and two activist/citizens talk with me about why this *lack of discussion inside the meeting is critical to the meeting being honest and meaningful and how it is being billed as democratic when it is not.
This video has three people explaining what is happening, which is sad to say, is actually they explain that which is not being talked about at the private funded Town Hall meeting inside. Things like Social Security, Health Care, Military Spending, Wall Street& housing bailout, Medicare and more in regards to this deficit and real honest solutions.
About 75-100 anarchists and supporters marched from the waterfront through downtown Portland. There was a moment of comic relief before the march started when an anarchist noticed a bike cop wearing "evil" socks. The intensity and the pace of the protest were not for those who value politeness and passive resistance over defiance and confrontation. The chanting went on almost non-stop; there were shouts of "Another man deceased, Who's to blame? The police," "No Justice, No Peace, Fuck the Police," "No KKK, No Fascist USA, No cops!" and "Our passion for freedom, Is stronger than your prisons." Many protestors handed out flyers and booklets "Get to know your police officers." Several also talked with curious passers-by about the issues.
We marched at a fast clip for over 2 hours, stopping briefly at NW 13th and Everett where James Chasse was killed by the cops. The anarchists attempted to march over the Morrison Bridge, but the cops quickly appeared to set up a blockade. Throughout the march, there were over 100 cops on bikes, horses and cars. It seems 3 people were arrested, for no apparent reason. After the second arrest, the riot police appeared to the jeers of the crowd. Finally, the protestors marched to the Justice Center to show solidarity with their comrades who were arrested. The march ended after 6 PM.
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Video link 2.
June 8, 2010, mark[ed] the one-year anniversary of Tre Arrow's return to Portland. A year ago (June 8, 2009) Tre Arrow greeted a small group of well-wishers at PDX's Arrival terminal, climbed onto a tandem bicycle and merged into a sunny Portland afternoon. He wasn't home free, but--after two years as a fugitive and five and a half years of incarceration--he was home.
If you had been at Arrivals that day, you may not have recognized the biblically long-haired man with the slightly stern blue eyes. After all, it's been eight years...You may not have recognized Tre, until you looked down. Tre was characteristically bare foot. It's this podiatrical peculiarity that is Tre's most attributable feature.
Related: Recent Video of Tre Arrow
Excellent Keynote Speech by Aduradha Mitall, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute presented in late February at the 2010 Environmental Land, Air and Water Conference in Eugene.
Anuradha Mittal is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights, and agriculture issues. After working as the codirector of Food First/ Institute for Food and Development Policy, Mittal established the Oakland Institute, a progressive policy think tank, in 2004.
This video is about 30 minutes in length. Anuradha Mittal: World Hunger
75 people estimated in front of city hall Friday 4 - 5 PM
The hour long protest was attended by less than 100 concerned Portland Oregon citizens Demanding that the killer cops be fired, and no closed doors for their union contact negotiation to the public. Group went to deliver letter to the mayor ...but the front doors were locked (it was after 5PM)
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While local "journalists" have consistently failed to ask any questions about the government's program of scapegoating and killing sea lions on the Columbia, the story was sucked right out from under them today by the national news. This is a story that has been meticulously covered here on Portland Indymedia for years now but, until today, the best the local corporate media could do was to either ignore the story completely or just repeat ODFW press releases verbatim, and curl up in the lap of the NW fishing industry.
It has been very frustrating to watch the truth swept aside in the corporate media all these years. So I am very happy to see this story today:
[video link] http://tinyurl.com/2c94st4
For reasons unknown, former marine, Iraq-war veteran, current police officer, James Crooker went to the Red and Black worker-owned cafe in south east Portland and ordered coffee. He was given his coffee in a to-go cup and asked to leave due to the fact that cops make many people uncomfortable. This entirely reasonable act done out of concern for the well-being of other patrons has wrinkled the noses of Portland's cop-supporter community.
The corporate media has jumped all over this not-very-exciting incident and loonies have been making anonymous threatening comments on blogs and what-not. Now is the time for all of us who have been supported by the Red and Black to show our support and solidarity as our friends and comrades come under attack.
Divided & Conquered
Red & Black in corporate media??
Video from the Memorial Day 2010 event sponsored and hosted by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72.
[Video:] Memorial Day 2010
The commemoration was held at the Koran Wall in the Memorial Coliseum complex, where two members of the Veterans for Peace,Chapter 72 gave brief comments before Taps was played to honor those who have fallen. A third commentary from another member now living in Seattle was also read.
The first speaker, Grant Remington finished his brief comments: "So while we reflect on the names on this wall, let us learn to love and remember that there is only one ambition that is good, that is to live now that none may weary of life and none may have to do the task we leave undone- and that task is to make peace."
Another member of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72, Harvey Thorstad reminds the crowd of the tragedies of war, but not just the fallen and physically maimed soldiers, or even their families, but those tens of thousands who have returned emotionally scarred by what they have witnessed and in which they have participated. Thorstad recounts examples of what happens in war, soldiers killing innocent civilians and having to live with this the remainder of their lives.
War is hell for many reasons, most of which have no relevance to one's life until those heavy circumstances arrive, often squeezing heart, mind and soul out into streams of homelessness, drug addiction, and the inability to cope with civilian life.
Today,[6/3] over 200 people of all ages, genders, races and sexualities met hate head on as they confronted the Westboro Baptist Church during their protest of Grant High School.
Around nine or ten followers of the WBC arrived at Grant High School at 7am this morning. Their website (godhatesfags.com) said that they were going to be there until 8am.
In a response to the gay bashings in the Portland area this weekend, a community forum was held tonight at the Q Center (4115 N Mississippi) by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Questioning (GLBTQQ) community to ask questions, get answers and come up with solutions.
On 5/30/10, three members of the Portland GLBTQQ community were attacked. Two of the three men attacked came to the Q Center to give their account of what happened over the weekend. Around 2am, a group left Red Cap and were walking past Living Rooms Theater including 3 drag queens and 3 queer men. They were attacked by an undetermined group of men. The men yelled, "Faggots" and advanced upon the group. One queen got hit three to four times in the face. The queer group fought back but were continually attacked, not only physically but with remarks like, "I hope you die of AIDS." One man, Birch, was completely knocked out.
With but a few hours notice, Portland Oregon citizens gather in downtown Portland to condemn the recent killing of peace activists on a humanitarian aid flotilla seeking to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza.
People gathered at Pioneer Square and later marched through downtown Portland and around the Rose Festival carnival at Waterfront Park.
Several speakers condemned this latest atrocity against both the Palestinian people and the world Peace Community. Speakers from various organizations took the bullhorn to give information about the tragedy and clarify some of the early media spin. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llJJX3AyX5I
Over a hundred activists protested on Memorial Day to voice their outrage at Israel's attack early Monday on the Freedom Flotilla about 40 miles from the coast of Gaza. The six ships were carrying 700 international activists and 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid. Israeli commandos killed 9 activists and injured dozens more.
A large gathering of citizens from Washington and Oregon sent a very strong message to the shareholders of NW Natural this afternoon, opposing Liquefied Natural Gas facilities proposed for the Oregon coast, facilities which would necessitate a 217-mile highway-width clear cut across farms, forest lands and our Mt. Hood National Forest.
At least 250 people gathered at the Oregon Convention Center to let the shareholders meeting behind closed doors that this proposal is not only bad for the environment, but bad business as well.
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