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I have been trying to unionize my workplace, Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette which is located in Portland Oregon and the surrounding areas. It will actually be my former workplace as of this morning. My decision to resign has been a long time coming. I had been one of the employees from the beginning to try to get GICW employees to join a union since last fall. That fall I approached another employee about it, Doug M., and the next day we had an anti-union meeting with two of the higher ups in the company. Obviously you just can't trust some people. You'll read about the higher ups later.
To the workers who produce the revenue for the company I say this: There are some of you here, and you know who you are, that are too good for this place. As for everyone else, you should unite in order to take some of the ridiculous amounts of revenue that GICW makes and use it to support yourselves and your families. You should unionize to support a democratic workplace. Or not. Or do nothing and enjoy continuing to earn your low paychecks while others profit off of your labor. If inaction is your decision then you've earned your poverty with your ignorance and your cowardice.
Washington State Longshore Workers Dump Scab Grain to Protect Jobs Before dawn today, 500 people broke down terminal gates, prevented security guards from interfering, and cut the train's brake lines.
[Comment:]The ILWU has had to deal with more than their fair share of abuse in the past couple weeks; This [Utube] video shows footage of August 29, 2011
This disturbing video shows an unidentified driver plowing a large vehicle through a nonviolent worker demonstration at the EGT grain facility at the Port of Longview, Washington. The car appears to speed up as it strikes two of the workers. One of the workers is pushed several feet as the car continues moving, and the driver doesn't slow down or render aid. The driver of the vehicle has not been arrested for assaulting the workers, for failing to render aid or for leaving the scene of an accident.
EGT is a joint venture of Bunge, STX Pan Ocean, and Itochu. EGT has contracted with General Construction Company, employer of Operating Engineers Local 701, to do the work that is the long-established jurisdiction of the men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 21.
BACKGROUND at: Teamsters 117 website
Today I witnessed a man jumped by undercover Portland Police for an unknown crime in Downtown. Besides the fact I was not able to obtain information about why they were arresting him, the methodology of the act was disturbingly violent. They inflicted head trauma to the man being arrested, when it didn't appear to the observer such force was necessary or warranted...
He was bleeding what looked like a minor to medium head injury. His right arm was skinned where it scraped the pavement. The officer holding him nudged the man and said, "He's fine. Tell him you're fine." The handcuffed man assented and said, "Yeah I'm fine" although he looked anything but. I held this officer's gaze for a moment not saying anything but obviously incredulous at this.
Portland Rising Tide dropped an anti-tar sands banner today from the Burnside Bridge. The group is acting in solidarity with communities, organizations and individuals resisting tar sands development across North America. Rising Tide's action comes on the heels of the 2-week Tar Sands Action campaign in Washington DC. 1,253 American's were arrested in an act of civil disobedience at the White House to send a message to President Obama, asking him to stand up to Big Oil and deny the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline permits.
The Keystone XL pipeline is required for Big Oil to profit off of the social and environmental disaster that is the Alberta tar sands. Current tar sands mining has brought increased cancer rates, polluted water, and mass die-offs of birds and fish in the largely First Nation communities of northern Alberta.
Tar Sands Action organizers have put a call out for activists to hold the date October 7th for further action. This is the final Congressional hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline. Regionally, people are encouraged to visit their local Obama 2012 headquarters and inform staffers that you will withhold your support in the upcoming presidential elections until the pipeline is stopped.
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On the night of August 29th, the Animal Liberation Front raided the Damascus Elk Farm (23255 SE Highway 212) in Clackamas, Oregon. Fencing was stripped away, giving the animals a chance at escape. According the the communique received by the Animal Liberation Press Office, the ALF were forced to make a premature departure in the middle of the raid due to a "disturbance".
This is the second deer farm raid in Oregon in the past year, and the third ever in the U.S. The previous raid took place in October 2010 at a deer farm in Molalla, Oregon. That action followed the same model: fencing was stripped away from pens, allowing the animals to escape into the surrounding countryside.
The full communique reads:
BMedia is close to finishing our 4th Variety Show and would like to release this short piece that will be in the next episode as a kind of "sneak preview".
Anti-war vet Brian Willson introduces his new book "Blood On the Tracks", a memoir of his fascinating life so far. Brian talks about his experiences in Vietnam, solidarity with the Central American revolutions in the 80s, and the meaning behind the title of his book. For info on the book tour visit www.bloodonthetracks.info.
Watch the video here.
This information was broadcast this morning on KBOO 90.7FM Portland "Press**Watch/The News You're Not Supposed to Know."
The North Anna nuclear plants 1 & 2 are facing a triple threat: a reactor trip due to the 5.8 earthquake, a loss of available coolant water in the adjoining Anna Lake, and the approaching Hurricane Irene. The water temperature in the Atlantic off Charleston, South Carolina, is at 93.7 and ranges in the mid-eighties nearby, according to the National Oceanographic data Center maintained by NOAA. This could bode poorly for the region and bring the possibility of sudden hurricane strengthening as Hurricane Irene approaches the US East Coast near South Carolina. As with any hurricane this year, the question is whether global warming will produce another monster. Current CO2 levels are at 392.39 as the hurricane approaches the region where nuclear power plants are still offline from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake earlier this week.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Early on Friday morning, August 26, over one hundred and fifty people blocked a 414,000-pound, 208-foot long tar sands processing plant module at a major Moscow, Idaho, intersection for up to 45 minutes. While a half dozen protesters sat in the Third and Washington street crosswalk in front of the massive ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil shipment, scores of community members and newly returned college students stood in the streets, angrily chanting and waving signs. Protesters who stopped the shipment also expressed solidarity with Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipeline permitting opponents in the Plains states, British Columbia, and at daily, ongoing sit-ins at the White House gates in Washington DC.
Last October, thirty-four modules up to thirty feet high had been shipped and barged to the Port of Lewiston, where they were stranded and reduced in size after a series of four lawsuits diverted movement of the locally-termed "megaloads" away from ExxonMobil's nominally preferred route, the Highway 12 wild and scenic river corridor. Last night proved one more instance of ever more meaningful and effective rallies in the Northwest that work to divest our dependence on the dirty oil derived from tar sands development.
Other news about the protest:
A ten minute video from a recent demonstration [8.2.11] at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland Oregon protesting the betrayal of the people.
Immediately after the Phony "Debt Crisis" was averted, Congress and the President having signed the legislation, a last minute impromptu protest was called to gather at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland to voice disapproval and outrage.
Thanks to Portland Jobs with Justice, word of mouth, Portland Indymedia and a quick page on Facebook, a fair amount of folks showed up, standing vocally on the east side of the Square. Numerous cars honked their support and approval for the brief hour that the gathering was scheduled to last.
I interviewed three people who demonstrated keen perception of the true underlying issues and consequences of the Legislative and Executive circus which has played out in Washington D.C. and in the Corporate media for the past few weeks.
Sacrifice the Rich
On the night of Aug 16th, we smashed-up the "community police" contact office located off of SE 47th & Hawthorne in Portland.
We don't view "community policing" programs as a positive step towards police accountability or abolition, but as a conscience effort by the state to further embed systems of social control and snitch culture into our communities. The function of police is not to "serve and protect" marginalized communities, but to "serve and protect" the institutions and social relationships which perpetuate the social inequalities that are inherent to capitalism.
This is our gesture of solidarity with the anti-police riots in the UK and the Seattle 26.
Several local peace groups have gotten together to ask City Council to
pass a resolution calling on Congress to "Bring our war $$ home." The original idea grew from grassroots movements in Maine and elsewhere, that culminated in the passage of a resolution by the US Conference of Mayors in June, which Portland's Mayor, Sam Adams, supported. (The resolution was introduced by Eugene, OR Mayor Kitty Piercy.) We launched this effort at the Hiroshima Day event on August 7 and hope to get Council to pass a resolution by early October. This is the most recent part of our ongoing Campaign to Bring the Troops Home.
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We discuss the recent statewide hunger strike initiated by prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison. The strike is put in context, alongside a statewide grassroots movement calling for cuts in prison spending to address California's budget crisis, and a recent US Supreme Court ruling that calls for the reduction of California state prisoners by at least 30,000, in response to overcrowding.
--Angola 3 News is a project of the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3. Our website is www.angola3news.com where we provide the latest news about the Angola 3. We are also creating our own media projects, which spotlight the issues central to the story of the Angola 3, like racism, repression, prisons, human rights, solitary confinement as torture, and more.
News from Portland, Oregon -- We are in the streets in Portland, Oregon. There are small demonstrations in a number of places on Fridays and Saturdays and sometimes during the week. We stand the watch for all those who can't or are too fearful to hold a sign saying something about War and Peace.
Most protest/vigils are quiet but a few are noisy, to the annoyance of the business community. One protest on the Hawthorne Bridge now has a running battle with a restaurant that complains because we ring cow bells and the management of the restaurant does not want their outside customers disturbed while drinking and eating. I wonder what these people do with their heads when they hear that we are bombing over six countries and murdering civilians at alarming rates. How do they sleep at night knowing that America is the arms dealer of the world. We sell to anyone who has the money to buy war planes, tanks or ships. Sometimes we have a special sale on Wednesdays, buy one war plane, get your choice of free bombs or rockets. Is it not special that we rank number one in killing children and 34th in successful *child births?
This is the third protest for the workers at the 15th and NE Fremont street Papa Murphy's Pizza. With management ignoring the vast majority of the requests by the workers ... the protest continue.
This was pizza workers protest #3 with no progress to speak of from management at Papa Murphy's in Portland Oregon. Around 40 young people organizing through Y.E.R. met for a few hours to alert their community of their struggle. A struggle for dignity, respect, laws and workers rights.
http://youtu.be/gnSAIeycXCs (Video 10 minutes)
(Related PIMC links)
1. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/08/409656.shtml #3 announcement
2. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/07/409471.shtml #2 protest
3. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/07/409167.shtml #1 protest
Free public events including films, an art exhibit and rally and presentation are part of Veterans for Peace National Convention being held at Portland State University Wed. Aug. 3rd- Sun. Aug. 7th.
2011 Veterans for Peace National Convention
As part of the Veterans for Peace and concurrent Iraq Veterans Against the War National Conventions being held in Portland from August 3rd through 7th, there are public events that are open to the public. Events and films listed below are free except were noted. Donations welcome.
For more information go to www.veteransforpeace.org and look under convention public events.
video coverage info at: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/08/409645.shtml
August 1, 2011 Mollala, OR- As a culmination of the annual Trans and Womyn's Action Camp, activists occupied the regional Oregon Department of Forestry office. Three members of the camp have locked themselves together inside the office using modified pipes. Currently the trio is refusing to leave until the Oregon Department of Forestry revoke their support for the 2011 Elliott State Forest Management Plan. Today is the last opportunity for citizens to comment on the plan. Activists involved in the action criticized the plan for opening up areas to logging which were previously off limits. They also criticized the plan for increasing clear cutting to boost local timber jobs while not making any decisive moves to regulate or even monitor the large timber export industry which ships logs and jobs overseas.
Meredith Cocks of Portland, OR said, "It's absolutely devastating to walk into the middle of a clearcut in the Elliott and know that after decades of fighting for forest protection this sort of logging is still accepted on public lands. This is some of our last intact coastal rainforest, a precious place that deserves our respect, not to be decimated by the ODF."
Onsite Press Contact: Maya Andrews (413)695-2249
Portland Solidarity and Action event supporting Tim DeChristopher sentenced to a two year Federal prison term for bidding on Bush Administration BLM oil and gas contracts, thereby stalling their sale until the Department of Justice found that the sale was illegal. The sale was eventually rescinded by the Obama Administration.
This action was in solidarity with other actions across the country, including Salt Lake City Utah, where the sentencing took place.
Hey Seattle, We dropped off this 18 foot banner for you before the morning commute. Hope it brightens your day. Glad you're out!
Special thanks to the SCPD for donating materials.
Solidarity with prisoners everywhere, - some santa cruz anarchists
From a media release: Early Tuesday morning a number of activists with Cascadia Forest Defenders, and Cascadia Earth First! unfolded a series of road blockades in the Elliott State Forest, located in Coos County, closing access points to timber sales along the west fork of the Millicoma River. The blockades consist of an array of Tree-sits and ground level locking devices. The activists are prepared to block logging in this sensitive eco-system for as long as necessary.
The sales are all slated for clear-cut logging, and are areas of native forest that have never before seen a chain saw. They exist on steep slopes where erosion from logging threatens to further damage Salmon habitat, as well as devastate already dwindling numbers of protected species such as the Marbled Murrelet and the Northern Spotted Owl.
"The Oregon Department of Forestry's 2011 Implementation Plan aims to increase clearcutting in the Elliot from 500 acre to 850 acres per year," says Meredith Cocks of Cascadia Forest Defenders. "The clearcutting in the Elliot is the worst in the state. They would never allow cuts like this on federal forest." ... "Some of the biggest trees in the state and some of the last native forests are on the chopping block here in the Elliot. Oregonians would be horrified if they saw the wholesale massacre that happens in this public lands year after year," says Ben Jones of Cascadia Forest Defenders.
Please see forestdefensenow.com for regular updates on this developing situation.
Report back for the demonstration that happened 7/23/11 as part of the International Day Against Repression of the Animal Rights Movement.
Yesterday in Portland, 14 activists came out to show their solidarity with the Animal Rights Activists in Spain on the International Day Against Repression of the Animal Rights Movement. Since we do not have a Spanish Consulate, we had a demonstration and did outreach in Pioneer Square, the city's centre. We handed out hundreds of fliers and talked to the public about the recent arrests and repression of the activists in Spain. Overall we had a great response.
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