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14.08.2012 17:41
VIDEO: Activists Occupy The Post Office Once Again On 8/10
The community is back for a third round to save our post offices. This time, they took it to three Post Office locations in N/NE Portland.

StreetNews Report:

Portland held its third "Occupy The Post Office" action on friday. Though numbers were low, groups of former and retired postal workers and activists managed to reach out to the community at three different north and northeast Portland locations. Laurie King, a long time Portland activist and organizer with Portland Jobs With Justice tells us how the closure of Post Offices along with cuts to workers and mail service will affect people. This is part of a broader national campaign to Save Americas Postal Service, and was organized by Portland Communities and Postal Workers United.

Video Link:

Occupy The Post Office #3 - St. Johns To Piedmont

Mobile T

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13.08.2012 09:54
Outlaw Matriarch of the Fox Mountain Pack Ordered Dead by Feds
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has ordered the killing of an alpha female Mexican gray wolf for crimes against the cattle industry. She is accused of being the ringleader of a six member pack that has killed four cows in southwestern New Mexico over the last several months.

Extirpated from the wild by the 1950s, reintroduced through captive breeding programs in 1998, Mexican grey wolves are far from recovered. The outlaw matriarch of the Fox Mountain Pack—last seen roaming the mountainous woodlands of the northwest portion of the Gila National Forest—is one of only 58 of her kind left in the U.S. Southwest. And though Mexican gray wolves are endangered and federally protected she is now on the federal government's hit list. There's no telling how long she and her pups can hold out in the cover of pinion and ponderosa pine or the conifers of the colder peaks of the range with a warrant out for her life. The ranchers who suffered the loss of cattle have already been reimbursed.

Will the Fox Mountain Matriarch outwit the cattle lobbyists and government assassins long enough for an injunction?

(505) 248-6920 Fish and Wildlife Services' Division of Endangered Species and Habitat Conservation in Albuquerque, New Mexico

(505) 842-3292 United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Southwest Region (this is the organization that will probably carry out the order to kill the wolf)

homepage:  link to earthfirstnews.wordpress.com

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13.08.2012 09:48
Video: Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge Rally
Keep nestle out of The Columbia Gorge Rally held at Terry Schrunk Plaza at the end of June protesting Nestle proposal to build a new bottling plant in the town of Cascade Locks on the Columbia River, capturing the pristine water of Oxbow Springs. Nestle would like to tap up to 100 million gallons of water a year from the Oxbow Spring. The spring is part of the Herman Creek watershed, known for its outstanding trail system. Herman Creek is also a thermal refuge for threatened steelhead.



Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge Rally

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07.08.2012 11:07
Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact more draconian than NAFTA
The Trans-Pacific Partnership's extraordinarily one-sided rules, which go beyond NAFTA in several ways, are intended to be a new floor in the ongoing effort to lock in the domination of industrialists and financiers through the multi-national corporations that they control. The negotiations among 11 countries are secret. That we know anything at all about it is due to leaks.

Imagine a world in which which labor safeguards, safety rules and environmental regulations will be struck down because a multi-national corporation's profits might be affected. A world in which measures to reign in financial speculation are illegal. A world in which the task of governments, codified in law, is to maximize corporate profits.

Haven't heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership? There is good reason. It is a proposed trade agreement being secretly negotiated that would not only codify the one-sided rules heavily favoring corporate interests exemplified in the North American Free Trade Agreement, it would go beyond them. And many of the harshest rules proposed to be included in the TPP are being pushed by the Obama administration.

To continue reading, please go to  http://wp.me/p2cpPS-2x
homepage:  http://systemicdisorder.wordpress.com/

Related Video Post by Jim Lockhart:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/08/417213.shtml#404070

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07.08.2012 06:34
Dennison Williams and Leah-Lynn Plante Resist Secret Grand Jury Investigation
After having their doors broken down by the FBI and property seized for a secret investigation, the "subpoenaed in Portland" have made it clear they will not allow themselves to be further intimidated by a broken system. They won't be appearing before a grand jury scheduled for tomorrow morning.

Statement by the subpoenaed in Portland

The two of us, Dennison Williams and Leah-Lynn Plante,were subpoenaed to the secret grand jury to begin meeting on Thursday investigating anarchists.

We are releasing this statement to make clear our intention to resist the grand jury. We will not co-operate with their investigation. If we appear before the grand jury, we will not answer any questions other than our names. If we are asked additional questions, we will invoke our First, Fourth,and Fifth Amendment rights. Under no circumstances will we talk about other people.

If you would like to join us, please visit:nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com. There you can find out how to sign on to a solidarity statement, donate money to our defense and support campaign, and write us should we be imprisoned.

More importantly, though, you can show your solidarity by refusing to co-operate with any police force and encouraging your friends and families to do the same. The police do not protect us, and do nothing to bring justice to those who have been hurt by others. If we want real safety, and real justice, we need to continue creating liberatory alternatives to the state?s institutions.

Related Reportback: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/08/417224.shtml

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03.08.2012 08:39
Video of Sister Megan Rice, Peace Activist
Sister Rice is a well known anti war and anti nuclear activist, who, with two other activists, recently penetrated the United State's most highly protected uranium enrichment/nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge Tennessee.

Video of Sister Megan Rice speaking at the April Hanford Rally in Richland Washington. Here she speaks about her passion to end war and nuclear weapons and the civil disobedience actions she and others have taken which culminated in prison time.

Local Video of Sister Megan Rice

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29.07.2012 14:48
VIDEO: Elderly Grandmother Thwarts Eviction Attempt By CitiGroup Mortgage Lender On 7/27
Annette Steele, an elderly grandmother in northeast Portland faces eviction by the county in favor of CitiBank.



StreetNews Report:

Annette Steele, an elderly 79-year old grandmother residing in northeast Portland recieved notice that her home is being forclosed upon by a lender under the CitiGroup umbrella. Steele has lived in her home for 25 years and was close to paying her home off. A multnomah county circuit court judge ruled in favor of eviction enforceable as of midnight 7/28, and dozens of community supporters and media outlets showed up to hear Annettes' story. She says she will not be moved and will remain in her home.

Video Link:

Elderly Grandmother Thwarts Eviction Attempt By CitiGroup Mortgage Lender

Mobile T

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25.07.2012 06:41
Obama protest or How I was verbally attacked by right wingnuts
President Obama appeared at the Convention Center today for a quick fundraiser, where his supporters paid $500-1,000 to hear him speak. Over 100 protestors showed up and demanded an end to the wars, killing people with drones, and environmental destruction, a ban on assault weapons, legalization of marijuana and the erosion of our civil rights, as well as other issues.

On a personal note, I was verbally attacked by a group of right wingnuts, Americans for Prosperity, as I tried to photograph them on the sidewalk. One woman asked me who I was photographing for, and when I answered, "Occupy Portland," she immediately went apeshit. She shouted in my face to "Get the hell out of here! We don't want you here, why don't you go back to where you came from!" She went on screaming about how horrible Occupy is, "All you people did was to destroy Shemanski Park and cost us thousands of dollars to clean up!" I was na?ve enough to try to reason with her by pointing out that in a real democracy, you don't throw people out just because they disagree with you, but I soon learned that they had absolutely no interest in having a reasonable dialogue. By then, several of them surrounded me, one of them was filming me with his video-camera although the screaming woman tried to block my camera the entire time. They were all shouting at me to get the hell out of there, how I started all the trouble, even though it was one [...]

1. Related article and pics by Alex Milan Tracy:
Protests as Obama holds private fundraiser in Portland

2. Related article, pics and video by Jim Lockhart:
Video: Obomba Visits Portland

3. Related article, pics and video by Mobile T:
Portland Shows Obama What Change Looks Like On 7/24

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20.07.2012 07:11
"You are killing him"
back to the house of the 5 ----s what the hell is going on with Fritz?

Wednesday, July 18 was a day that will remain in my consciousness for a very long time. Commissioner Amanda Fritz walked up to Malcolm and I and blasted us for supporting Cameron and maybe killing him, she actually used the words killing him. I replied that she was way out of line but was shaken to the bone by her words. We do not control what Cameron does. We are friends and respect each other, but neither Malcolm nor I have that kind of influence with Cameron that would allow us to tell him what or how to do something. We were hurt deeply by her words. I talked to Cameron and he was willing to go to a meeting but wanted me to contact Join and CCC and ask them to be part of the meeting. I understood he wanted people in the room who had an understanding of what was involved in dealing with the homeless/houseless--housing problem in Portland.

I went home and started by calling both CCC and Join, got through to CCC but Join put me on voice mail. Thursday CCC called me back and was willing to help if they could. Join did not call me back. I called and E-mailed Amanda Fritz and was again sent to a recording, this was after 9 in the morning. CCC to my surprise called me back and again was supportive of trying to resolve the issue of the hunger strike. Amanda Fritz's office, the key player in all of this, did not call back until late in the afternoon and said NO to the meeting, I was stunned. What the hell was going on here, the very person who told me that I was trying to kill Cameron was saying no to a meeting that could hold the key to resolving this hunger strike. I hate dealing with politicians because they lie, they point fingers but will do nothing to resolve or solve the problem that others are working on; they are just shits!

So we will go to the demo tomorrow and yell and shout and hope that someone in city hall still has a soul and will say let us meet and talk this out. I will not support Amanda Fritz in any way for re-election, because you only get to lie to me once; game over! I can't stand Mary Nolan so it looks like I will write in a name. If Amanda loses to Mary this kind of crap is why.

See ya in the streets

Joe

homepage: homepage:  http://IndividualsForJustice.com

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20.07.2012 07:05
Video: No Oak Grove Walmart Rally
Rally protesting a proposed Walmart on the site of the old G.I. Joe's on McLoughlin Blvd. in Oak Grove. About 100 people attended the event organized by the local citizens group,No Oak Gove Walmart (NOGWal) Rally

No Oak Grove Walmart Rally
Video is about 13 minutes in length.

The rally featured a few brief speakers before lining up along McLoughlin Boulevard with signs and passionate enthusiasm.
During the hour they were greeted by numerous honks from passing motorist, indicating that Walmart propaganda has possibly ran it's course.

Walmart is seeking to establish 17 new stores in the Portland/Vancouver area. The rally details the many reasons why this is a bad idea, on McLoughlin Blvd., or anywhere else.

Speakers included two members of the organizing group; a member of the UFCW Union, Local 555; Kate Lore, Social Justice Pastor from the Portland First Unitarian Church; Steve Novick, Portland City Commissioner; and Jefferson Smith, candidate for Portland mayor.


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15.07.2012 15:35
BOR Dodges Water Needed For Historic Klamath Salmon Run
Eureka, CA - The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) hasn't decided to release additional flows for Klamath salmon even though scientists sounded the alarm months ago that additional flows for a historically large run of salmon will be needed in less than a month.

In a recent letter to Humboldt County and the Hoopa Valley Tribe the BOR suggests the fishery should be fine this year because the Trinity River is having a Normal Water Year and because there has been a slight increase in minimum flows in the Klamath River since 2002, when a record 35-70,000 Klamath River salmon perished due to low flows.

The BOR also told the County and the Tribe that it would not let Humboldt County draw on the County's own water right to 50,000 acre-feet of CVP water in Trinity Lake to protect the fish this year.

 https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheKlamathTrinitySalmon

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15.07.2012 12:26
Indybay Journalist Wins Payment and UCB Agreement to Change Policies, Train Officers
Covering a 2012 Occupy Oakland Covering a 2012 Occupy Oakland "Free Chris" Rally & March
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: David Morse, a veteran independent journalist and long-time member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) has settled his lawsuit over the University of California - Berkeley Police Department's (UCBPD's) improper arrest, imprisonment, and seizure of journalistic materials during a student demonstration he was covering as a journalist. In exchange for Mr. Morse's agreement to dismiss the lawsuit, the University of California Regents have paid $162,500 and have agreed to modify UCBPD policies and procedures regarding acceptable means of seeking materials from a journalist or anyone possessing materials with an intent to disseminate to the public and have also agreed to conduct extensive training sessions for UCBPD officers regarding protections for journalists under federal and state law.

Background Information:
www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/07/09/18717220.php
homepage:  http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/07/09/18717220.php

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15.07.2012 12:21
Beyond Veganism : Food Justice (VIDEO)
Here is another workshop that we filmed this past April at the 2012 Law and Disorder conference in Portland, OR. In this video, lauren Ornelas (Food Empowerment Project) discusses social justice issue's involved in the food industry and how our choices affect them. lauren touches on slavery in the chocolate industry, produce worker rights, and environmental racism. This is a wonderful workshop to watch if you want to learn how your food choices, vegan, or not, still may be contributing to slavery on the ivory coast, or the horrible working conditions of produce workers in California.

 https://vimeo.com/45626814

We applaud lauren's efforts and her work with Food Empowerment Project. We urge you to check out their chocolate list to make sure you aren't eating chocolate from the ivory coast. We also urge you to contact Clif Bar and urge them to tell Food Empowerment Project where they get their chocolate!

 http://www.foodispower.org/chocolatelist.htm
 http://www.foodispower.org/takeaction.htm
homepage:  http://www.becausewemust.org/beyond-veganism-food-justice/

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10.07.2012 22:54
SWAT raid on organizers of Occupy Seattle & Everything For Everyone Festival
Early morning, July 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of organizers from the Occupy movement. Police kicked down the front door and threw flash-bang grenades into the house.

This action targets well known activists from Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective (part of the national Kasama network).
This apartment has been a hub for organizing the Everything 4 Everyone festival in August - to bring together West Coast forces for a cultural and political event building on the year of Occupy.

This from Everything4Everyone.org:
Early morning, July 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of organizers from the Occupy movement. The sleeping residents scrambled to put on clothes as they were confronted automatic weapons.

The neighbor Natalio Perez heard the attack from downstairs: "Suddenly we heard the bang of their grenade, and the crashing as police entered the apartment. The crashing and stomping continued for a long time as they tore the place apart."

After the raid, the residents pored over the papers handed them by a detective. One explained: "This warrant says that they were specifically looking for 'anarchist materials' — which lays out the political police state nature of this right there. In addition they were looking for specific pieces of clothing supposedly connected with a May First incident.

This action targets well known activists from Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective (part of the national Kasama network).
This apartment has been a hub for organizing the Everything 4 Everyone festival in August - to bring together West Coast forces for a cultural and political event building on the year of Occupy.

 http://kasamaproject.org/

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10.07.2012 13:38
call to action
Let's make some noise my wonderful colleagues and friends

Flags: Next Wednesday just before our 5 shits meet and call it a City Council will you join me in flying the flags of justice and peace.

I will bring the Vietnam Veterans Flag, will you bring your peace flags to let the City Council know that they our representatives and not the Business Alliance Reps. Cameron has extended his fast past the 30 days and that has me concerned. He has upped the ante and so should we. Will you join me or just stay home and do nothing? Many of you cannot take time off from work but some of you can, join us for one hour of hell raising. Pots and pans, drums, horns and mega phones are the order of the day.

I will go into the Council at 0930 and sit up front with a t-shirt that reads "RESIGN SAM, FISH." ... Time to make some noise, want to take a ride on the Justice side? Meet up at 0830 7/11/2012 in front of City Hall. ~Joe

PS can't come, call the council and tell them to house the people who are on the streets, when they tell you how much they are doing, tell them to do more!!!!

[Related Post]
Call to support Cameron

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05.07.2012 07:22
"I'm Hungry . . . for Justice."
Cameron Whitten on Month Long Hunger Strike with No End in Sight "I went out there and marched in the streets, and then I ran for office. And seeing how still there were so many people that just weren't responding, I decided I needed to make a real serious sacrifice, hoping that people will realize we are in a crisis."

Now that his hunger strike for the homeless and housing reform has reached a month on the exposed sidewalks outside Portland City Hall, 21-year-old Cameron Whitten has endured wind, rain, rats, pols, well-wishers, and verbal scorn.

"How do you feel right now?" I put to him at 11:30pm last night (June 30) in the cold dark rain huddled semi-upright under a tarp surrounded by a collection of water-logged flyers, commandeered news boxes, makeshift equipment, and scattered possessions.

"I feel like a million butterscotch," Whitten, a 3-year Portland resident and current Portland Community College-Cascade student, replied in a clear direct voice. Asked to explain, he offered, "I have no idea," followed by a genuine laugh. "I might be delirious."

Living on a month-long diet of nothing but vitamins and juice, particularly coconut water, can do that to you.

"Probably (the saddest is) seeing so many people with mental illness out here. Not getting any help. And seeing the looks of apathy. And disgruntled people who want to scream, 'Get a job!' or 'You don't look homeless.' Things like that. Just so much conflict when in fact we're all experiencing the same kind of economic oppression." [...]

Related Video Post by Mobile T:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/07/416651.shtml

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05.07.2012 07:16
Portland protests against Trans-Pacific Partnership
Portland participated in a national day of action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the three companies pushing for the secretive deal; Verizon, FedEx and Wal Mart. The TPP is currently being drafted in San Diego amid much secrecy. Portland, OR, USA, 07/02/2012.

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29.06.2012 08:23
No Nukes NW Action! "Shut Down, Not Meltdown!"
On Friday, June 22, 2012, at 3:00 p.m., I organized the No Nukes NW Action "Shut Down, Not Meltdown" at the Consulate General of Japan in Portland OR at the Wells Fargo Center. A rally and Die-In took place simultaneously on that date and time, with coordinated actions along the west coast, including Los Angeles CA, and San Francisco CA, as well as in Japan and internationally.

 http://www.nonukesnw.org

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29.06.2012 08:15
Video: Justice For Janitors - Rally, Speeches and March 6.15.12
Hundreds of Janitors, workers, union members, city leaders and citizens all joined together on 6/15 in Terry Schrunk Plaza to demand "Justice for Janitors with a Living Wages, and Health Care Benefits...
Organized by SEIU [Local 49] a rally to demand living wages, health care, and sick days for ALL janitors in PDX.

The event stated with speakers and speeches from community organizers and working janitors. It was followed by speeches by the mayor and county commissioners. Then the 300+ rally took to the streets (I mean the sidewalks) ... over 4 blocks long the line stretched with family's & janitors & community members walking in solidarity

VIDEOS:
 http://youtu.be/DskVHSBPFHw PART 1 (rally & Interview)- 3.min
 http://youtu.be/USaC9oeny14 PART 2 (speeches) - 17.min
 http://youtu.be/N1OAAPPoQcI PART 3 (march through downtown) - 12.min

"JUSTICE FOR JANITORS - JUSTICE FOR ALL"
homepage:  http://www.joeanybody.com

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29.06.2012 08:13
Fighting for the Soul of the Carpenter's Union
All working people should pay attention to the egregious assault on union democracy happening in the Carpenters Union's Pacific North West Regional Council, which covers all the Carpenter's Locals in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters has a proud history and should take immediate action to overturn a recent Regional Council decision that disciplined innocent, union-dedicated Carpenters with fines and a loss of membership privileges.

 http://www.workerscompass.org

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