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On Sunday afternoon, December 19, 2010, the local Portland community Rallied in Pioneer Square to condemn acts of violence and support the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center and the Muslim community of Corvallis, who have recent suffered acts of terrorism at their mosque.
Both Muslims and Non-Muslims were invited to attend and stand up next to each other, showing unity and solidarity against any form of violence against anyone, regardless of faith, race, nationality or gender.
Each spoke of the need for love and unity, and as emphasized by Hajji Mikal Hammad Shabazz, director of the Oregon Islamic Chaplains Organization, standing for Justice, rather than merely opposing injustice.
Speakers on hand were from the Portland City government, the Jewish and Christian Communities, the Tigard Police Department and the Japanese-American Citizens League.
Being subpeonaed by the FBI to appear before a Grand Jury for the act of visiting Israel and Palestine...Sarah Smith statement at December 6 Press Conference, Chicago:
Friday morning, December 3, I received a phone call from an FBI agent. He asked if I had about 30 minutes to sit down and speak with him so he could ask me some questions. I asked about what and he said he "was not at liberty to discuss it." I then asked if I needed a lawyer present and he said it was up to me but that I was not in any trouble and that they just had a few questions. He then said that it had to deal with the trip I took this summer. He then emphasized, "I think you know which one I'm talking about."
The trip I took last summer was to Israel and Palestine. I am Jewish and wanted to see first hand what life is like for Israelis and Palestinians.I went with 2 Palestinian-American friends. You would think Jews and Palestinians going together to visit Israel and Palestine is something the U.S. government would encourage. Instead, we are now being ordered by the FBI to go before a Grand Jury for going on that trip.
Dear friends, On Wednesday, December 8, the 9th circuit court of appeals denied Eric's request for a rehearing en banc. This was, in effect, Eric's last available option in the appeals process (other than appealing to the extremely conservative supreme court). Hope has proven to be a fleeting, evasive creature throughout this whole process. Many of us knew better than to fall for its seductive overtures. But hearts are so often blind to what our minds know to be truth - even when we knew what the outcome would be, our hearts had trouble letting go. We wanted Eric out here, with us. Free to wander in ancient forests, to play in the swirling, roaring ocean. To live outside a cage. But now, whatever traces of hope may have remained have been scattered in the wind. And so, his struggle continues.
Eric would like to send his sincerest thanks to all of you. Your letters, your songs, your donations, your words of encouragement have kept Eric and his loved ones inspired and strong. Keep it coming! Eric has a long road ahead of him, but with your love and support he will press on. He remains strong in heart and mind. And he knows that dreams can never be caged.
The 2010 Hempstead Food Share Bonanza was the largest Food Not Bombs ever and the largest vegan Thanksgiving ever! On that day over 30,000 pounds of food was shared with thousands of people, and Long Island Food Not Bombs followed this with nearly a dozen consecutive Thanksgiving events throughout the rest of the week, sharing a total of nearly 55,000 pounds of groceries in 5 days!
For more information, pictures, videos and to share your thoughts please check out Long Island Food Not Bombs
The 2010 Hempstead Food Share Bonanza was the largest Food Not Bombs ever and the largest vegan Thanksgiving ever! On that day over 30,000 pounds of food was shared with thousands of people, and Long Island Food Not Bombs followed this with nearly a dozen consecutive Thanksgiving events throughout the rest of the week, sharing a total of nearly 55,000 pounds of groceries in 5 days! It was solidarity, it was incredible and it was inspiring. So we invite you to learn more about what happened, watch videos, see photos, read thoughts, see our special thanks, check out media coverage and share your thoughts. What the 2010 Thanksgiving Bonanza Looked Like: At 1:30pm a caravan of nearly 40 vehicles overflowing with groceries, hot vegan meals, clothing, books and other goodies pulled into the Hempstead Train Station parking lot and was greeted by hundreds of excited community members.
A line of vehicles stretched across the quarter mile lot. One car at a time would pull up, hundreds of volunteers would help unload it, that car would pull away, another would pull up in its place and the unloading process would start all over again. After about 45 minutes of this we were ready to begin [cont...]
Public Access program featuring a power point presentation by Friends of Safe Drinking Water concerning the plans by City authorities to cover Portland reservoirs and add toxic chemicals.
Scott Fernandez of Friends of Safe Drinking Water, appearing on the Portland Public Access program, "A Growing Concern." Some of the points covered by the discussion:
*Cryptosporidium, the supposed reason for this massive rebuilding of our water system, is a red herring. A catastrophic sewage event in Milwaukee, Wisc. - the rationale for requiring Cryptosporidium treatment - was caused by raw sewage in the drinking water, not Cryptosporidium.
What I took away from this extremely educational Power Point presentation is that this effort to cover the reservoirs is a business decision, not a health or community service decision. The situation needs massive intervention by the public, contacting the City Commissioners, the Mayor and the Congressional delegation, particularly David Wu.
What every Portland resident needs to know about our water system
On December 14th in Tacoma, all of the windows were smashed out of the downtown police substation. This was done for all of the people currently locked up in the Pierce County Jail seven blocks up the street. We are supposed to be sad when the police lose and officer. But when the police kill the people around us we are supposed to be silent. We send our warmest greetings to the kids of London, Rome, and the inmates of Georgia prisons. Good luck on the 15th to the people of Athens.
"Wanted" Posters Distributed in Oregon City and Milwaukie
Clackamas County, Oregon - On the night of Saturday, December 11, militant anti-racists distributed over a hundred "Wanted" posters in Oregon City and downtown Milwaukie. The posters, which were stapled and pasted in both locations, ask for community members to provide information on individuals associated with Volksfront International, a major white supremacist organization. Volksfront members live and socialize in the areas where the posters were distributed. The neo-Nazis pictured in the "Wanted" poster are: Nicholas and Leah Cheshire, Richard and Crystal Arden, as well as key Volksfront leader Justin Ryan Martin. The poster is available at:
The following day, December 12, anti-fascists released another appeal for information, leaking 120 photos of Volksfront members and their gatherings to the activist website Portland Indymedia, and asking information on those pictured. The photo albums are available online at:
Volksfront International is a neo-Nazi organization that was founded in 1994 in the Oregon prison system. It has gone on to establish a presence in several North American locations as well as in Europe and Australia, although the greater Portland area remains its hotbed. Volksfront has a long history of violence--including murder--and anti-fascists felt it imperative to warn community members of the white power organizers in their midst. On the day of the anti-racist poster distribution, December 11, several Volksfront members had traveled to Whidbey Island, Washington, to commemorate Robert Jay Matthews, a white supremacist of the Silent Brotherhood / "The Order" terrorist group who died in a confrontation with federal authorities there in 1984. Volksfront is also part of the greater white supremacist movement that Rose City Antifascists believe to be responsible for the shooting of anti-racist Luke Querner in downtown Portland on March 27 of this year.
Today, November 29th, jury selection begins for the trial of Tuchone native John Graham. As many who have been following this case know, John Graham has been charged with the 1970's murder of his friend and comrade in the American Indian Movement, Anna Mae Aquash.
We understand the real intentions of this so called "investigation" to be two-fold. The first is an attempt by the State to rewrite history in order to cover up the crimes they themselves committed. The second intent is to neutralize Native American struggle for survival in the face of colonial and economic domination.
No news is objective and we are not here to pretend.
Resources for Background: Jan 08 B.C. Anarchist declaration of solidarity with indigenous warrior John Graham | Our Freedom, A news site for John Graham and Leonard Peltier | Graham Defense Free John Graham: Booklet (pdf) | Leonard Peltier Defense Committee | The Tyee: Delivering a Framed John Graham | The Case of John Graham | Transcript of Arlo Looking Cloud Trial | both sides of the story & letters from Anna Mae
Dec 10 2010 Update: John Graham convicted in death of Anna Mae Aquash
A half-dozen santas let Paxton Gate PDX (at corner of Mississippi Avenue and Mason in North Portland) know that they will be receiving lumps of coal in their stockings this christmas because they buy fox tails from fur farms. An employee confirmed today that the fox tails for sale at Paxton Gate (4204 N Mississippi) come from fur farms. An hour or so later, about half a dozen Santas ho-ho-hoed their way into the store and let the owner and employees know that they did not make Santa's "nice" list this year, due to their support of fur farms, and would be receiving no gifts on christmas. Furthermore, they have been added to the "naughty" list and will be receiving lumps of coal in their stockings.
Hope to see you all at Paxton Gate's "GRAND OPENING PARTY" on DECEMBER 15!!!
The international community is blowing up over the arrests of foreign journalists sent to cover demonstrations at the "School of the Americas" which is a military training school that has been providing "counterrevolutionary" forces to Latin America for the past 60 years.
Most people in the U.S. are not aware of the presence of "School of the Americas", but citizens and governments of other countries ARE and keep tabs on what we're doing and who we're training to send as agents of revolutionary suppression into the various countries of Latin America.
Our government had these journalists arrested to keep U.S. citizens in the dark about "School of the Americas" so this post is meant to draw attention to it and to encourage everyone to learn about S.O.A and spread the word! They can't arrest the the truth!
link to "School of the Americas watch" organization:
Organised by the Sunnyside Self-Help Employment Group, Oregonians held a press conference in Director Park to speak out against the looming cuts and the affect this will have on people in the Northwest. Portland, OR, USA, 29/11/2010.
The conference today focused on the issues surrounding the fact that just 4 days after Thanksgiving, Tuesday November 30th, Federal Unemployment Insurance Extension Benefits and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) will expire for millions of Americans. Countrywide over 20 million Americans are unemployed. If Congress does not act by the deadline over 2 million will be cut off from exiting employment benefits, with 7500 families affected in Oregon alone.
I filmed this interview while in DC last March. I intended to post this much sooner to help spread their message and voice for justice.
It was an interview I did with a group standing on the park across from the White House.
These were folks, who traveled from all over the US in representing Toga Africa, and they were trying to get a meeting with Obama regarding the Human rights violations and injustice that is going on and has been for too long. I just happened to be walking by when I noticed they had signs a message to say. I asked a few sign holders what it was about and thus is this recording from that day:
What I understand and have read is that the country has been oppressed and violently ruled by one particular family / military for around 43 years.
There is not much information on Toga when I just searched the words "Toga Africa"... But when I added the search words "human rights violations" along with "Toga Afric" lots of links popped up.
Trying to share what Im learning - please learn and share what you know about Toga' struggle for justice with others.
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This protest was filmed outside of Congressman David Wu's office in Portland on Thursday 12.2.10. A few speeches about "trickle up" and "tinkle down" economics
JWJ spokesperson commented and also a few citizen as well regarding the upcoming tax break continuing for the ultra wealthy.
The protest was to say "NO" to giving a tax break to the rich at the office of our congressman. One person was a wealthy tax payer ...and she spoke of "not wanting any break and she wanted to pay her fair tax"
In the predawn hours of December, 6th 2010, to mark the two year anniversary of the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos in Exarchia, a smoke bomb was ignited inside the Portland Metro Police Club (618 SE Alder st.)--a private bar, ballrooom, and athletic facility operated by the Portland Police Association. We did this to articulate our utter contempt towards the police, and our hatred of the state and capitalism in general.
This act of sabotage was a gesture of revolutionary solidarity with the imprisoned anarchists of the Conspiracy Cells of Fire in Greece, The Asheville 11, Christos Stratigopolous, the recently released Alfredo Bonanno and all those resisting state repression everywhere.
The United States Forest Service in the Mt. Hood National Forest has recently began remodeling the scenic and historic Bagby Hot Springs without seeking public comment. Further, they wish to Privatize this popular hot springs by handing it over to a for profit company.
[Video] Forest Service Ignores Public in Bagby Changes: Speaking to this issue during the November Bark hike to the proposed crossing of the Palomar pipe line site, hike leader Amy Harwood provides background and contact information for viewers to both weigh in on this privatization and request a public comment period.
Bark is calling for the Forest Service to hold a public meeting and comment period in the coming months before deconstruction of the remaining bathhouses occurs. Currently both group bathing areas have been rebuilt with the iconic log baths being removed and destroyed. The private baths remain, but with plans to replace those with baths rather than logs, as well. Remember that since Bagby Hot Springs is on public land, any citizen of this country can let their voice be heard on this issue.
Please contact the Forest Service and demand public input, using Bark's comment tool
Or contact Kathleen Walker at 503-622-3191, Ext. 641
Investigation into the Animal Liberation Front raid of UI labs ends with no one caught
Six years, over 200 FBI interviews, and several house raids and jail terms later, the FBI has officially closed the investigation into the 2004 Animal Liberation Front raid of the University of Iowa ? without a conviction.
To put it another way: the A.L.F. pulled off one of the largest lab raids in U.S. history ? and got away with it.
One false arrest and several house raids later?
This news from the FBI comes less than three months after they dropped charges against Scott DeMuth, the only person charged for a role in the raid. DeMuth was charged just three days before the state of limitations was to expire, despite DeMuth being just 17 at the time of the raid.
During the investigation the FBI interviewed over 200 people, subpoenaed at least three to a grand jury (jailing Scott DeMuth and Carrie Feldman for refusing to testify), raided my home in Utah, and more.
Animal Liberation Front walks free
The announcement should bring to a close the investigation into the monumental lab raid, which saw the largest rescue of animals from a lab in over 15 years. The raid closed the Spence Labs research building for over a month. It also cost the university and researchers $500,000, [...]
FBI "thwarts" it's own so-called bomb plot at Pioneer Square on Friday Nov. 26th. All major & even some [apparently liberal] news outlets pass off this bullshit as an actual event. Predictably, the dopes (e.i. general public) all fall for it, hook/line/sinker. Get ready for MORE security, MORE police, MORE surveillance, & MORE lenses watching your every move.
All these "thwarted bomb plots" are starting to become a real cliché. Some harmless 19 year old no-body with a clean record, brown skin, & two Mohamuds in his name gets fingered by the FBI informant goons in 2009. Over the next year or so, federal goons pretend to be this guy's friend, leaning on him, spoon-feeding him all sorts of phony baloney about carrying out some attack that he NEVER originally had any intention of carrying out. They give him all this material that he never would've had access to, or even the slightest clue of where to get it. They spend a year setting up & totally ENTRAPPING this guy, who in the beginning never EVER had a great sceme to carry out anything, maybe other than attending college. At one point, Mohamud Osmond Mohamud was planning to head to Alaska for a seasonal fishery job (which seems really unusual for a "hardened terrorist"). However, the fed. goons stopped him from going because how could he have carried out some fake bombing here in Portland if he was slinging fish in Alaska, right?
The "plot" was eventually "uncovered" & predictably, all the thought-less dopes swallow the LIES. Typically, all media outlets including The Oregonian, NPR/OPB, & even most of so-called "progressive" talk radio (locally at least) has been hashing out this one-sided propaganda about how Mohamud Osmond Mohamud was some eeeeeeevil jihadist & how the FBI did it's "due diligence".
Which is all total bullshit, of course. But who cares, right?
After a year of deliberation, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled to block the National Marine Fisheries Service's killing of federally protected sea lions on the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. In Defense of Animals (IDA) and the Sea Lion Defense Brigade (SLDB) have campaigned against the state-sanctioned sea lion killing for more than three years, and congratulate the prevailing plaintiffs, The Humane Society of the United States, Wild Fish Conservancy and two private citizens.
The court said the government failed to meet the requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and cannot justify killing protected pinnipeds. The sea lion predation of .04 to 4.2 percent of the spring salmon run at the Bonneville Dam could not be considered a "significant negative impact" when the same agencies allow fisherman to take up to 17 percent of the returning fish.
"This is a huge victory for sea lions and salmon. We are relieved to see an end to the unethical, politically motivated killing of native, protected sea lions," said IDA's Northwest Director Matt Rossell. "We hope these agencies will now address the human-caused threats to salmon recovery - over-fishing, introduction of non-native fish, dams and habitat destruction."
Since the lethal removal program began in 2008, IDA and the SLDB have worked to protect the sea lions in the Columbia River and hold agencies accountable to the public for this controversial program. Activists organized dozens of demonstrations, met with government officials, and rallied on the steps of the Oregon capital. IDA fought a court battle to free one sea lion named "Willy," who was misidentified by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and wrongfully removed from the river.
Over 100 anti-fur protesters led by a boisterous group of Radical Cheerleaders for animal rights attended the In Defence of Animals march through downtown Portland on Black Friday. Portland, OR, USA, 26/11/2010.
As part of an international day of action with anti-fur movements around the world, the protest began at the top of Pioneer Courthouse Square outside the Nordstrom shopping centre, monitored by an over the top police presence.
The road was eventually opened up for the march after a speech by Northwest Director of the IDA (In Defence of Animals) Matt Rossell.
Snaking its way through the downtown area, the protesters stopped at Nicholas Ungar Furs, Macy's and H&M to listen to speeches and demonstrate along with high energy performances from the Radical Cheerleaders for Animal Rights.
Originating from 1986, the day was set up by grassroots activists with the goal of abolishing the fur trade whilst putting a stop to the horrors suffered by fur-bearing animals. 'Fur-Free Friday' has since grown into one of the most widely attended annual demonstrations of the animal rights movement.
Nicholas Ungers Furs has been the site of many protests in the past. Perhaps most notable was an event that occurred just before midday on January 27th 2010. Daniel Shaull, a 26 year old, doused himself with gasoline before setting his body alight. He was heading for the inside of the shop but was stopped by a police officer who saw the events unfold. He later died in Legacy Emanuel Hospital.
According to Matt Rossell, this event was in no way connected to IDA and was 'extremely strange'. The protest today was well organised, peaceful and effective, gaining more attention than usual on a day when most are out shopping.
We're set to begin at 9:00a.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 24th, the "Mt. Hood Overpass" on Lombard St & Airport Way. People can come at any time between 9:00a.m and 1:00pm. We've come up with a new name for our group: T.A.M.E. (Travelers Against Mistreating Everyone).We need to return to a policy of freedom and civility. Who would think 20 years ago, that we'd all be talking today about our privates in the manner we do now? And who would think that our own government would force its citizens to step through machines that could possibly give us cancer?! We are angry, and want to show it. Hopefully on Wednesday, we'll get a steady stream of folks out on our overpass, with signs that condemn this TSA mistreatment of travelers. We'll be sending out a press release and opinion editorial very soon. We need comments for our press release from those who will be out there... those of you from all social and poltical spectrums. So, please send me a 1-2 sentence comment ASAP.
Also, please continue to spread the word about our demonstration. And, join our Facebook group at www.tametsa.com.
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