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24.07.2011 22:27
Video: Papa Murphy's Protest 2. - Portland Oregon pizza workers Rise Up
Filmed on July 22 2011 in Portland Oregon on NE 15th and Fremont This is the second protest that is been organized in the last month, regarding these pizza workers. Young people are standing publicly to expose the unfair treatment of workers at the pizza restaurant in their community. Demanding justice, the management ignores their demands. This is protest is number #2 outside Papa Murphy's Pizza on NE 15th and Fremont in Portland Oregon.

"Wanna Know what all the Fuss is? ... Were Standing up for Justice".

The 15 minute video of Protest #2 is on YouTube here:
Papa Murphy's Pizza Protest #2 Portland

The number of protesters grows to 5o at the height of their 4 hour protest on Friday July 22.

Over 200 hundred flyer's were handed out.

Food, chanting , speeching and community interaction.

Related links:
Protest Two announcement on PIMC
Protest One on PIMC

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19.07.2011 07:30
"Grounds For Resistance" Portland Premier
In November 2008, a group of U.S. Veterans opened Coffee Strong, a coffee shop located outside the gates of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. Inspired by the Vietnam-era G.I. coffee house movement, Coffee Strong provides a safe space where service members, military families, and Veterans can drink coffee and discuss issues, such as their experiences of war, deployment concerns, the hardships of life in the military, and veteran benefits. At the center of the film are the men and women whose experiences in the military and war compel them to commit themselves to help others who are serving or have served in the past. The film examines each one's stories from their decisions to join the military, their experiences of war, and their motivations for devoting themselves to Coffee Strong. It explores how their relationships with one another and their activists efforts to make a more peaceful and just world help them cope with their own experiences.

The film will be showing once at the Clinton Street Theater (2522 Southeast Clinton Street, Portland) on July 21st at 6pm. Following the showing of the film, the filmmaker Lisa Gilman and members of Coffee Strong will answer questions about the film.


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19.07.2011 07:26
Ban The Bag Rally and City Council Vote!
As you may know, the Oregon State Legislature recently failed to take action on SB 536, a bill to ban single use plastic bags in Oregon introduced in the 2011 session. Following up on their commitment from the rally many of you attended last year, the Portland Mayor and City Council have brought the issue back up and now the local Portland effort is heating up. We have tremendous buy-in from the city, but we need your help to push this ordinance through. We're so close to eliminating this unnecessary trash in our beautiful city and it's time to act.

July 21st - City Hall at 3:00pm

RSVP for the City Hall event to banthebagpdx@gmail.com and get a complimentary Ban the Bag t-shirt! We need your support again at Porltand City Hall on this Thursday, July 21st at 3:00 pm, it would be great to see a packed chamber like you helped us do last year, wearing your Ban the Bag t-shirts! And if you don't have one, RSVP and we'll give you one to keep! The hearing is not until 3:45 but we'll be having lots of fun outside of city hall prior and encourage early arrival!

If you haven't already done so, please act now by signing our petition!


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16.07.2011 09:25
Earth First! Dances on Governor's Table in Tar Sands Protest.
Helena, MT - On the morning of July 12th, six activists from Earth First! and Northern Rockies Rising Tide have risked arrest by occupying Governor Schweitzer's office in an act of non-violent civil disobedience. The activists have locked their arms in a mock oil pipeline made out of PVC plastic pipe. In the wake of the Silvertip spill, Governor Schweitzer has publicly chastised Exxon Mobil, while simultaneously continuing to promote the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, megaload shipments bound for the Alberta Tar Sands and other extreme fossil fuel projects throughout the state.

"If the Governor has his way, Montana will be transformed into what is essentially an energy extraction colony for Big Oil. The Silvertip spill is simply a short preview of what this would mean for the lives and livelihood of all Montanans," says Great Falls native Peter Dolan, one of the eight occupying the office. Activists wearing "lock boxes" at office of Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. Activists inside the Capitol are also demanding that Schweitzer stand up to TransCanada and other international criminal organizations by publicly opposing Alberta Tar Sands exportation.

Full Story at: PeacefulUprising.org

Check out the [U Tube] video!


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12.07.2011 08:05
Federal Court Rejects Media Consolidation in Prometheus vs. FCC
PHILADELPHIA - On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued its long-awaited verdict in Prometheus Radio Project v. the Federal Communications Commission, rejecting the FCC's attempt to further deregulate media ownership. The Court threw out FCC rules that would have allowed one company to own a newspaper and broadcast stations in the same market. The Court also upheld the FCC's other limits on local broadcast ownership, and agreed with Prometheus and other public interest groups that the FCC failed to consider the impact of its rules on women and people of color.

"We won on almost every point. This decision is a vindication of the public's right to have a diverse media environment," said Andrew Jay Schwartzman of Media Access Project, who argued the case on behalf of Prometheus. This is the second major victory this year for the Prometheus Radio Project, whose ten-year effort to pass legislation expanding community radio succeeded when President Obama signed the bipartisan Local Community Radio Act into law on January 4. The law will result in thousands of new community radio stations, and the FCC will be accepting applications for stations as early as next summer.

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11.07.2011 08:16
Interview with a Young Greek Communist
The following is an interview with Melina, a twenty-one year old member of the KOE's youth organization (KOE, pronounced "Koy" on the streets of Greece, stands for Communist Organization of Greece). Melina comes from Patras, a city with an occupied square simlar to that of Athens. Patras is also home to great polarization around the question of immigrants in Greece.

 link to thefirecollective.org

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09.07.2011 09:44
ALF / ELF Fugitive Justin Solondz Arrested
After three years in a Chinese jail, Justin Solondz is taken into US custody Justin Solondz spent years on the run before being arrested in China three years ago. This week, years in a Chinese jail, he was deported and taken into US custody at a Chicago airport. He is being charged with a role in two actions: the 2001 University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture arson (claimed by the Earth Liberation Front), and the arson and attempted animal release at the 2001 Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corral in Susanville, California (claimed by the Animal Liberation Front).

Recently, Solondz's former girlfriend, Briana Waters, entered into a plea deal in which she agreed to testify against Solondz at his upcoming trial. A search for his name on the BOP Inmate Locator did not give any results, and his current jail address is not known. With several cooperating witnesses, he faces a hard legal battle ahead. I will be posting his jail address as soon as it is available. For now, give your silent support to the three remaining fugitives from this FBI sweep dubbed the "Green Scare case". They are somewhere out there tonight, continuing to be hunted as "terrorists" by the FBI. - Peter Young

 http://www.voiceofthevoiceless.org/

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07.07.2011 13:30
Video: Portland Rising - June 30 2011 - 7 Actions with JWJ and many others
The 7 action bus tour with Job With Justice and many others in Solidarity for workers cotracts and rights.

3 buses go to seven stops
The longer version video will be coming soon

 http://youtu.be/qcYe_2sCWxI
(15 min video)

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04.07.2011 13:32
Portland Police Officer Dane Reister
Link to "Get to Know your Police Officers" page about Officer Dane Reister.
 http://g2kdanereister.tumblr.com/

On June 30, 2011, Officer Dane Reister, along with other police officers, responded to a call about a man harrassing kids at a park. The cops found a 20-year-old man some distance away. When they tried to approach him, he fled. Officer Reister fired 4 times at him with a bright-orange-colored shotgun that is supposed to be loaded with less-lethal "beanbag" rounds. Instead, live lethal rounds were loaded. As of this writing, the kid is in the hospital in critical condition and Officer Reister is on paid leave
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Officer Reister is also the cop who took a video camera away from a citizen who was observing police officers approaching two men in downtown Portland. According to the Oregonain article, "on the nine-minute video, one of the officers can be heard accusing one man of being a drug dealer and the other a drug buyer. He repeatedly asks one of the men for his ID and to allow himself to be patted down. At one point, the officer - identified by Tabor as Reister - tells the man to back away. And when the man takes a step back, Reister takes two or three steps forward and shoves the man in the chest."

Officer Reister is also named in a lawsuit (MARBET v. CITY OF PORTLAND) alleging police misconduct at an anti-Bush rally in Portland that included firing rubber bullets at a crowd of protesters.

from G2KPDX.org
 http://g2kdanereister.tumblr.com/

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04.07.2011 11:23
Seattle: Noise Demo in Solidarity with Pelican Bay Prisoners and Youth Prisoners
On the night of July 2nd, in solidarity with the hunger strikers in Pelican Bay State Prison, CA, a group of roughly 30 people equipped with a mobile sound system met in front of the King County Juvenile Detention Center in the Central District of Seattle.

On the night of July 2nd, in solidarity with the hunger strikers in Pelican Bay State Prison, CA, a group of roughly 30 people equipped with a mobile sound system met in front of the King County Juvenile Detention Center in the Central District of Seattle.

The police response to this demo was large, most likely due to the recent disturbances on Capitol Hill during the Pride weekend. Despite this, the group proceeded to blast music, bang on pots and pans, and make speeches through megaphones in front of the prison cells. At one point, every occupant in the cells along the southern end of the Detention Center was banging on the walls and windows of their cells, responding to the cheers and words from outside.

Instead of the normal oppressive routine of lights-out, the prisoners were able to spend the night acting wild, defying the terrified screws, and listening to the words of rebellion and freedom being blasted from outside. Once night had fallen, a large mortar firework was shot into the air, the green round exploding in the air over the Detention Center.

The event lasted for an hour and there were no arrests.
Towards the destruction of all prisons!
Solidarity with the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers!
Text handed out and read aloud at demo:

On July 1, 2011 prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison in California will begin an indefinite hunger strike to protest the conditions of their imprisonment. The hunger strike is being organized by prisoners in an unusual show of racial unity, their five key demands are:

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04.07.2011 11:16
Video; Papa Murphy's Workers Protest 7.1.11
Employees and friends of the workers, of Portland pizza company, protest on 15th and Fremont.

This was filmed on NE 15th and Fremont in Portland.

These workers and friends were protesting the management of the Papa Murphy's pizza company.

In frustration on trying to work any resolution to unfair labor conditions the workers are taking it to the streets.

This was their first day out telling the community how their working conditions have deteriorated.

 http://youtu.be/S-pk2B5OHt8 [6 minute video]

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30.06.2011 11:13
Lead informant in ALF / ELF Cases Sentenced to 5 Years
Infamous snitch Jacob Ferguson arrested on drug charges, sent to prison

p>From Voice of the Voiceless

Infamous snitch Jacob Ferguson arrested on drug charges, sent to prison

The man who wore a wire for the FBI and sent over a dozen people to prison for ALF / ELF actions is himself now going to prison. Jacob Ferguson was sentenced this week to 5 years for ?manufacturing, possessing and selling heroin?, according to court records.

Ferguson rose to infamy after becoming the lead informant in the ?Operation Backfire? FBI sweep. The arrests led to prison sentences for over a dozen people on arson charges for ALF / ELF actions going back almost 10 years. Three of those charged ? Joe Dibee, Josephine Sunshine Overaker, and Rebecca Rubin ? are still on the run.

His role in over a dozen arsons claimed by the Animal Liberation Front / Earth Liberation Front made him a valuable asset for the FBI. When he secretly began cooperating with the government in 2004 to send many of his former friends to prison, he accepted a plea bargain which called probation only and no prison time.

That ended this week when a recent drug bust finally led Ferguson to prison. He is also expected to receive a federal prison sentence in addition to his 5 year state sentence.

Ferguson sent people to prison for the following ALF actions (in addition to numerous other ALF / ELF actions):


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23.06.2011 17:59
Putting an end to human rights for corporations
Move to Amend had an activist training this weekend as we gear up to limit the rights of corporations. Corporations are entitled to legal rights, but not human rights.

20 people spent all day Saturday at the First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland training to help the movement to limit corporate personhood. The training was lead by David Cobb, a former practicing attorney and former 2004 Green Party presidential candidate. Cobb has been working on the corporate personhood issue for nearly a dozen years and shared a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise about both the history that brought us to this point in time and the current state of the campaign.

Because corporations have been given human rights through legal opinions and court cases, the only way for us to strip corporations of their human rights is through a constitutional amendment or, a reversal of a variety of Supreme Court decisions. Amending the constitution will likely take 10-20 years.

In the meantime, an effort is underway to get local initiatives on the ballot across the country asking voters whether they believe corporations should be given human rights as enumerated in the Bill of Rights. This is something we could accomplish in Portland over the next 2-3 years. Polling shows that this measure wins 80/20 or better across all political groups.

homepage:  http://www.MovetoAmend.org

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23.06.2011 17:45
What The Hell Is The Matter With This Council?
Sit-Lie sucks! Let's have the cop screw with everyone!
What The Hell Is The Matter With This Council?

We were outside the City Council for our weekly protest against Portland joining the Joint Terrorist Task Force, The Sit-Lie ordinance and the water rate increase when Dan from Cop-Watch told us of a woman who was going to confront the Council about being harassed by a Portland Police Officer when she sat down to rest at the 6th Ave. Max station. She had her young son in a stroller and decided to sit on the stone wall that surrounds the Federal Courthouse. There were other people sitting, so she thought it would be OK for her to rest for a time. The new Sit-Lie (Lie) ordinance makes this illegal, even if you are just going to rest for a few minutes. A police officer approached her and ordered her off the wall in a way that upset her so much that she took the time to come before the City Council to report the incident and maybe hope for an apology; what she got was BS.

Our mayor thanked her for coming in his normal dismissive way. Fish and Saltzman had the good sense to be quiet but not our Amanda. Commissioner Fritz thanked her for coming and made a statement that cause my head to hurt. She thanked the woman for reporting the incident and added that the city has been criticized for using the new ordinance against just "Houseless" persons and it was good that the police were being even handed when telling people to move. I almost threw up my breakfast. After the woman completed her story I applauded and that caused our dear mayor to tell me that applauding was not allowed. I said something about him being a dictator and did my Irish walk-out and rejoined my friend outside to continue our protest.

The thought I had when leaving the council chamber was, we now have equal harassment of our citizens by the police, "Isn't that special!" First and foremost, the police have questionable jurisdiction here because the wall in question surrounding the Federal Courthouse is federal property and it is the Federal Marshals that have jurisdiction, not the PoPo. In our tight budget times it seems the cops should just deal with their responsibilities and not go shopping for new work.

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21.06.2011 07:17
Demo for the elephants at the zoo
June 11, 2011, International Day for Elephants in Zoos sponsored by In Defense of Animals, Radical Cheerleaders for Animal Rights and Ananda Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.

In 2008 voters in Portland, OR passed a $125 million dollar bond measure, which was in part to build an offsite preserve for the elephants. Here it is 2011, and there is still no preserve, and the elephants continue to pace on their small lot and Packy, the zoo's most popular and oldest elephant, remains isolated, pacing in his cage or small suburban-size yard. Speak out for the elephants. Call your Metro Councilor to demand a timeline for these elephants to finally get the space they deserve, the space we voted for. And that does not mean the 6 acre expansion the zoo plans to build on site sometime in 2012. Six acres is still far from enough room for 7 elephants, especially when the zoo plans to breed more. metro-region.org Kim Smith, zoo director: 503-226-1561--that is the zoo's central number, just ask for her office.

Video of demo on youtube:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QV1im07Cn0

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16.06.2011 08:49
Eugene banner drop against wolf killings
On Wednesday, June 15th a banner was dropped in Eugene, OR to protest the killing of wolves in the Northwest and their proposed removal from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The killings and uncertain status of wolves under the ESA are unacceptable in that they endanger an already critically low population. Wolf populations have only recently begun to marginally improve; these current threats against wolves are dangerous steps backwards. The most recent documented plans to kill a Northwestern wolf are based on the death of a calf near Joseph, Oregon. Although livestock fatalities are used as justifications for the killing of wolves, there are alternative ways to protect livestock without exterminating an important species in the Northwest ecosystem. Until all beings are wild and free...

Ways to help: Submit comments encouraging continued protection under the ESA for these wolves and specific recovery provisions by July 5, 2011
Another place to Submit Comments

Background & Oregon Wild Press Release


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15.06.2011 13:22
Briana Waters is Cooperating with the State
Briana Waters accepted a plea bargain today, June 14th, which requires her full and complete cooperation with the state. It reads, in part, "Defendant shall cooperate completely and truthfully with law enforcement authorities in the investigation and prosecution of other individuals involved in criminal activity. Such cooperation shall include, but not be limited to, complete and truthful statements to law enforcement officers, as well as complete and truthful testimony if called as a witness before a grand jury, or at any state or federal trial, retrial, or other judicial proceedings. Defendant acknowledges that this obligation to cooperate shall continue after Defendant has entered guilty pleas and sentence has been imposed..." The plea agreement later states, "Defendant agrees that Defendant's sentencing date may be delayed based on the United States' need for Defendant's continued cooperation..."

The "Statement of Facts" in the plea agreement implicates other people in the actions to which she is pleading guilty. This includes Justin Solondz (who is currently awaiting trial), Rebecca Rubin and Joseph Dibee (who have not been captured).

Plea Agreement


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14.06.2011 13:28
Homeless Camp out at Rose Parade for right 2 survive
Right 2 Survive put out a call to pitch a tent in downtown Portland to support the rights of the homeless to survive. This peaceful direct action raised awareness that there are not enough shelters or resources for the homeless. On any given day, there are 1,500 people sleeping in the streets, with nowhere to go, but city laws forbid them to set up tents. For 1 day only before the Rose Parade, the city allows everyone to camp out. For homeless activists, it's unfair that people are allowed to camp out for fun, but not for survival.

For most people, being homeless is one of their biggest fears. Yet millions of Americans have experienced homelessness. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty reported in 2007 that about 3.5 million people have experienced being homeless, 1.5 million of them children. [...]

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04.06.2011 11:23
Video: Portland Commemorates Memorial Day 2011
veterans for peace Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72 commemorates Memorial Day 2011 with a ceremony at the Memorial Coliseum Korean War Wall and then marches to the Peace Memorial Park for a closing ceremony.

This is the sixth year that Veterans for Peace has been providing an alternative, peace oriented way to commemorate Memorial Day and honor those who have given their lives for their country.

Memorial Day 2011

http://www.vfpchapter72.org


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01.06.2011 18:20
Bill Negatively Affecting Struggle Against LNG Passes Oregon Legislature
Tuesday morning, the Oregon state Senate passed HB 2700, the bill that allows a company to apply for and receive removal/fill permits on private property without landowner knowledge or consent. This is a bad bill. The passage of this bill infringes on private property rights by allowing companies building LNG-related pipelines to begin the state permitting process without landowners having a say about proposed activities on their property. For three years, we have called this the "LNG fast-track bill." The bill already passed the House, so it now sits on Governor Kitzhaber's desk awaiting his signature.

If you are a landowner along the pipeline route and you receive notice from LNG companies or the Department of State Lands that they issued a permit for your property, please let us know immediately.

The Good News: We can still stop LNG projects in southern Oregon! Yes votes on this bill do not represent a yes vote on LNG. Many legislators believe that this bill is needed for municipalities and incorrectly believe that it does not impact LNG, that LNG is no longer a threat to Oregon or that the LNG proposals are already dead. While it is unfortunate that some of the legislators are misinformed, that does not mean they support the LNG projects....stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to weigh in on the federal level with respect to LNG pipeline impacts to public lands and rivers in southern Oregon.

 http://www.kswild.org

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