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Candlelight Vigil to remember the victim and welcome Justice, following the firing of Officer Ron Frashour for shooting an unarmed Campbell in the back last January.
[Video:] Candlelight Vigil
At 6:00 on November 17, 2010, a small group of people gathered at the North precinct of the Portland Police Department to remember Aaron Campbell and to welcome justice with the action taken Tuesday by Portland Mayor Sam Adams and Portland Police Chief Mike Reese. Re. Leroy Haynes and Rev. T. Allan Bethel of the Albina Ministerial Alliance spoke briefly, thanking God for Justice served and expressing hopes that this will lead to more positive relations between the Portland Police Department and the community.
T. Allen Bethel also expressed his respect for those officers who perform their duties in a manner respectful to the community and his hopes that the PPD will revamp their policies regarding use of lethal force.
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The monthly meeting of the Portland Human Rights Commission
This was meeting filmed at The New Columbia Community Center on 11.3.10
The main topic was three speakers who explained about the Human Trafficking here in Portland Oregon:
The video is 142 minutes long: http://www.archive.org/details/PortlandHumanRightsCommissionMeetingNov32010
I copied the meeting "agenda" below:
In court Thursday, Walter Bond pleads guilty to burning down a Denver sheepskin dealer
In court November 18th, Walter Bond pleaded guilty to one count of "using fire or explosives to damage property involved in interstate commerce and of using force, violence or threats involving animal enterprises" under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. He faces five to 30 years in federal prison. His sentencing was set for February 11th. The guilty plea comes after Bond allegedly confessed to his brother that his was responsible for three A.L.F. arsons: Sheepskin Factory in Denver ($500,000 damages), Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City ($30,000 damages), and the Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy ($10,000 damages). His brother had been working with the ATF, and the entire hotel room conversation was monitored. Bond was arrested soon after.
The Animal Liberation Front communique for the Sheepskin Factory fire stated the arson... was done in defense and retaliation for all the innocent animals that have died cruelly at the hands of human oppressors.
We just got word that the "Queen of Terror **codoleeza rice has, at the last minute, canceled her appearance at the Downtown Portland Hilton. There has been no reason given for the abrupt cancellation, but we will be there to protest her book being displayed and a DVD presentation by this war criminal. We should celebrate the fact that she is not coming to contaminate our good city. We still will meet at 0900 and maybe have signs that ask where is condi, we heard a rumor she might be hiding in cheney's bunker?
Come and celebrate the fact that she will not enter our city
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
**Will not capitalize due to disrespect and/or disgust!
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Veterans for Peace gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compi?gne in France. At 11:11am a two minute silence was held. Portland, OR, USA, 11/11/2010.
BR>On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the armistice on the Western Front came into effect, although hostilities continued in the Russian Empire and parts of the Ottoman Empire.
The veterans today spoke out against wars in general with focus particularly on Vietnam. Mike Hastie, a U.S. Army medic serving in Vietnam between 1970 and 1971 stated that, "as a veteran, I am constantly reminded that war is beyond evil, and that 58,000 American soldiers did not die for some glorious act called freedom."
Continuing to focus on the horrors he was involved in he claims that, "Vietnam's pain and suffering as a country is far beyond anything that has ever been experienced in American history. Since the end of Word War II, the U.S. has bombed 28 countries. Lying is the most powerful weapon in war. I did not serve in Vietnam for the cause of freedom, I served Big Business in America for the cause of profit."
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Organised by In Defence of Animals, protesters gathered at the Double Tree hotel in NE Portland where the the Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force met. California sea lions have been targeted for simply eating fish. Portland, OR, USA, 10/11/2010.
The Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force is reviewing data collected over the past three years in order to provide recommendations on whether to continue the program of executing the California sea lions or not.
As predicted, supported by evidence, new sea lions replace those that are killed making the program ineffective.
Matt Rossell, Northwest Director of the IDA (In Defence of Animals) explained how the sea lions are protected under section 120 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) which "prohibits the "take" (harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect, or attempt to harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect) of marine mammals in U.S. waters and by U.S. citizens on the high seas, and the importation of marine mammals and marine mammal products into the U.S."
Only a small percentage of salmon are eaten in the run below the Boneville Dam on the Colombia River to the east of Portland.
Today, November 10, 2010, Portland In Defense of Animals called for a demonstration at the Lloyd Center Double Tree to protest a meeting of the Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force, who will make a recommendation to continue, change, or end the program of killings sea lions.
[Video] Protect Salmon and Sea Lions
Matt Rossell of Portland In Defense of Animals gives the many reasons why this practice must end. He explains that the project is a failure, as more sea lions are arriving to take the place of those who are killed.
In the past three years this program has been responsible for the removal of 40 sea lions and the government's own data suggests that the program is not working to protect endangered Spring salmon runs.
According to Rossell, it's not the sea lions predation that is endangering the salmon runs, but the human predation. As one sign at the demonstrations declares, "sea lions are only 4% of the problem."
"Dozens of protesters have been injured after clashing with police while trying to prevent a consignment of nuclear waste from being transported to a storage dump in Germany."
Sarah Palin recently called on Congress to cut all funds for National Public Radio. Palin wrote that we should "defund" NPR after it fired news analyst Juan Williams for comments he made on Fox News Channel disparaging Muslims.
Palin set off a firestorm that spread from extreme right-wing blogs to Bill O'Reilly to Capitol Hill. Later today, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint plans to introduce legislation that would slash all funds to one of the last, best sources of journalism we have in America.
This is crazy. But with your help, we can stop it in its tracks.
Calling for Congress to defund NPR is nothing more than political opportunism by public figures who have built a career on such shenanigans. Regardless of what you think about Juan Williams' dismissal, calling for the defunding of NPR as a result is like asking for the death penalty in small claims court.
NPR plays a crucial role in America, providing original, in-depth journalism and educational programming. With commercial newspapers, radio and television stations cutting staff and scaling back on original reporting, the need for a robust public media system has never been greater.
People everywhere need to take a stand and tell our leaders to stop playing politics with our nation's public media system:
Take Action: Don't Let Sarah Palin Destroy Public Media
The United States already has one of the lowest levels of federal funding of public media in the developed world ? at just $1.43 per capita. Yet surveys show that the public considers NPR and PBS not just our most trusted news sources, but the most valued public institutions we have. Please take a moment and join tens of thousands of others who are defending NPR and standing up to Sarah Palin and extremists.
Sign our public letter to Congress and forward this e-mail to all of your friends.
Demonstrators gathered outside the Forest Service Building at 333 SW 1st Av to hand in a petition against the 149 acre Trapper timber sale in an area located on the McKenzie District of the Willamette National Forest. Portland, OR, 04/11/2010.
The land was auctioned off by the US Forest Service to the Seneca Jones Timber Company in 2003 and logging of old growth could now begin any day. In particular old rainforest above Blue River near Wolf Rock is threatened.
According to the USDA, "The decision to undertake the timber sale was initially made in 2003 for the upper reaches of the Blue River watershed, approximately 42 miles northeast of the Eugene/Springfield metro area. The sale covered 149 acres in five harvest units. Trees are on average 23 inches in diameter and 140 years old, with scattered larger, older trees also present."
Although environmental groups, Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild, appealed the sale in 2003 it was pushed through by the Forest Service regardless of any environmental considerations.
This is small documentary about a project called "Crude Awakening" which was about shutting down an oil refinery.
The participants succeeded in shutting it down by using flash mobs. The activists there have also created some new ideas in claiming public space, namely in using bamboo tripods. I think this is fitting given that BP is located in Britain.
Also National Geographic had an article about the oil spill in the gulf this month worth reading. It compares it to the Ixtoc oil spill in Mexico and states that they are still able to find oil tar in the region where Ixtoc happened in 1979. The information there gives no such a pretty picture about the future of the gulf region after Deep Water.
Olympia, WA - On October 25, activists from Olympia Rising Tide hung two banners at the Evergreen State College in opposition to a proposed biomass gasification facility. Olympia Rising Tide opposes biomass because it is a false solution to climate change and would lead to a massive resurgence of clear-cut logging in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.
Olympia Rising Tide opposes biomass in solidarity with residents of Shelton, Port Townsend, Port Angelos, Forks, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Tacoma, who are also facing potential biomass facilities. We say no to biomass in Washington and no to biomass anywhere!
"Cutting down and burning our forests is not a solution to climate change," says Jo Lillian of Olympia Rising Tide. "Biomass is a greenwashed false solution that distracts from the real work that needs to occur to stop climate change and curb energy consumption, namely ending war and dismantling capitalism. Natural gas isn't a viable heating fuel either, but replacing one form of pollution and eco-destruction with another isn't progress."
To get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday evening, October 24th, approximately twenty compassionate animal rights activists from Portland Animal Defense League visited the homes of two of Oregon National Primate Research Center's (ONPRC) most notorious primate vivisectors. The demos ended a successful week of action in coordination with National Primate Liberation Week
Photos of the hardy 50+ who bravely stood their ground against over 100 right-wing Tea Party or re-packaged Americans For Prosperity protestors and over 5,000 Obama supporters. Also photos of the right wingers to show how utterly confused and misled they are, in spite of their real anger/grievances. Sometimes, you don't know whether to laugh or weep! What will it take for ordinary Americans to wake up and stop being conned/manipulated by the elites and their pundits.
Well, there were over 5,000 Obama supporters, 100 right wing Tea Party/Americans for Prosperity, and 50 of us at the protest two days ago when Obama came to town to stump for Kitzhaber. But the progressive activists from Veterans for Peace, PCASC, SUPER, ISO, immigrant rights groups and others bravely stood their ground in spite of their small numbers, and did their best to get their message out. No more wars and occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and Pakistan, no more corporate giveaways and bailouts, Money for jobs and education, and no more voting for the two-party con men, Democrats and Republicans, soaking in corporate money and corruption. If we want real change, we've got to do it ourselves, not depend on politicians, leaders and cheerleaders. Look at what the French students and workers are doing right now to fight back against the cutbacks and attacks on them by the ruling elites. Strike, Blockade, Sabotage! Enough said!
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October 22nd, 2010
Portland, OR- In the early morning of October 22nd, activists hung a massive banner over the Willamette River that read, "OHSU: Stop Killing Monkeys Now!" The action was done in solidarity with National Primate Liberation Week. For more information on NPLW:
Portland Oregon Press Conference regarding police brutality and abuse of power in the September 17, 2006 killing of James Chasse. Chasse was a mentality ill person who died in custody after being severely beaten by Portland police and subsequently denied immediate medical attention.
The Police Cover Up Killed James Chasse
The Conference was called by the lawyers for the family, Thomas Steenson and Thomas Schneiger, in order to provide the public and media with evidence that it was not the beating that killed Chasse, but the immediate attempt by the police to cover up their actions, including, but not limited to, lying to the arriving medical team about his injuries and condition.
On the wall there were several large panels reproducing the documentation supplied in the media packets. This documentation provides a time line for the entire episode which culminated in the homicide of James Chasse.
The panels just behind the two attorneys for the Chasse family gave "the stories the police tell" on the left side and "the truth" on the right side.
On the left side of one of the panels, "the officers claim that Chasse runs away after Burton yells or whistles;" on the right side, "the two closest civilian eyewitnesses say Chasse does not run at all."
In a communique received today by the Animal Liberation Press Office, the Animal Liberation Front took credit for cutting fences and releasing an entire herd of deer from a farm in Molalla, Oregon. This is the second recorded deer liberation in the U.S. The first occurred in 2005, when the A.L.F. liberated an entire herd of deer from the GNK Deer Ranch in Monterey County, California.
This A.L.F. action is the first reported in Oregon since the July arson at the Ylipelto's Fur Farm, in which several pieces of equipment, a vehicle, and a building were set on fire. The full communique for this week's Oregon deer liberation is as follows:
"On the morning of October 9th, we raided a deer farm located at 32155 S Grimm Road in Molalla, OR. A large section of fencing was stripped away allowing the captive deer herd a chance to escape into the surrounding forest. The venison meat industry remains small in this country, but as long as they exploit sentient animals, they will remain a target of the ALF. For the animals enslaved, mutilated, and murdered by this society: we will be tearing down the fences to set them free. --Animal Liberation Front"
Video and report back from the Portland Rally, March and Teach on October 9, 2010, commemorating the 9th year of the war and occupation in Afghanistan.
Report Back by Peace and Justice Works
Thanks to all the hearty individuals who braved the rain and rallied in the South Park Blocks on Saturday, marching over an hour to our teach-in at PSU! I counted about 100 people in the park and between 100-150 marching down the park blocks, toward the waterfront, and back up Broadway. It was a spirited crowd who didn't let a little "Oregon sunshine" get in the way of getting out the message "Money for Jobs and Education, Not War and Occupation!"
The march went by a surprising number of pedestrians given the inclement weather. The No War Drum Corps kept a steady and upbeat pace as the "End Wars" banner made the 30-plus-block trek, stopping at the World Trade Center to denounce Wall Street's war on workers and the Oregonian building to call for "no more lies!"
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Protesters take over empty Tenderloin building, in San Francisco.
By Mike Aldax
October 11, 2010
"Protesters squatting in a vacant Tenderloin residential hotel may have set up blockades to thwart invading cops, police said.
More than a dozen police officers stormed the building at 587 Eddy St. Monday in an attempt to flush out an unknown number of homeless advocates who broke into the building Sunday and have refused to leave.
But as of noon, cops said they struggled to make contact with the protesters. Officers dealt with a number of obstacles and blockades that may have been intentionally placed inside the building, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Andraychak said. The activists occupied the building, formerly the Leslie Hotel, as part of the first World Homeless Day. A rally for World Homeless Day was held in Civic Center Sunday.
Miguel Carrera, a spokesman for the activist group, Creative Housing Liberation, said there were 18 people inside the building, and that they would remain there until police remove them.
Officers planned to go room-to-room in all six floors of the building. They hoped to boot out trespassers and also scan for any damage the activists may have caused, Andraychak said. Police shut down streets surrounding the building due to the operation. Muni had to reroute the 31-Balboa bus line due to the street closure. (And the 19 Polk). Cops have been on scene since Sunday around 5 p.m., after a citizen called 911 to report that around 50 people were blocking traffic in front of the vacant building.
The activists say it is a crime that there are more vacant housing units in San Francisco than homeless people. They claimed in a press release that there were between 6,000 and 15,000 homeless people in The City last year, and that more than 36,000 units are currently vacant.
The investor protection clause in the Korean-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) - now pending in Congress - could be the biggest boon for big business since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and could clear the way for similar agreements with Colombia and Panama. On June 26, President Barack Obama said he would take steps toward ratifying the Korean agreement, which the Bush administration negotiated in 2007. The agreement is set to increase exports and jobs in certain sectors of the US economy. At the same time, however, imports will also increase and the US trade deficit with Korea will grow.
Arthur Stamoulis from the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, hosting a panel discussion on KORUS on Oct. 7, cited estimates that the FTA could double the trade deficit and eliminate over 800,000 US jobs... Investor protection allows multinational corporations to challenge the sovereignty of states. Enacting laws to promote the livability of the planet could be beholden to profit margins....But Barbara Dudley pointed out that investor protection could go beyond environmental degradation. The General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT) has expanded to include services, including financial services. The current financial collapse is the result of deregulation of the US financial market. Now, there have been calls for oversight. FTAs, though, could give signatories excuses not to regulate, possibly leading to further financial meltdowns.
KORUS, like all other FTAs, is a horrible, potentially disastrous idea. But there has been resistance to its ratification. The Korean teachers' union has led a 10-day strike that prompted the entire cabinet, which advises the president, to offer their resignations.
Video Follow up of This Event 12.Oct.2010: A Growing Concern: the Korea Free Trade Agreement
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