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CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK 15.08.2003 22:41
Portland Police Arrest Sit-Lie Protesters in front of City Hall
The Portland Police arrested approximately six protesters in front of City Hall at approximately 8:45 PM this evening for violation of Portland's Obstructions as Nuisances Ordinance. The protesters were arrested under new enforcement guidelines that went into effect last Tuesday. The new guidelines altered certain exemptions in the previous set of guidelines. These exemption prevented enforcement of the ordinance against participant in a public event or anyone not sitting in the "through pedestrian zone of the sidewalk." Under the new guidelines the exemption for participation in an event is limited to event not lasting more than eight hours. Enforcement this evening and at a sit-in event held at noon earlier today suggests that the police are interpreting the new enforcement guidelines to mean that sitting on any portion of the sidewalk in the downtown area is now illegal. At no point during the noon time protest or this evening did protesters obstruct pedestrians attempting to pass on the sidewalk in front of City Hall. Participants in the Portland Peace Camp report that the police cited the new enforcement guidelines when they raided and broke up the camp last Wednesday morning. [ read more ]

[ They are busting at city hall | Tell the Mayor What You Think About 'Sit-Lie' ]


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THIS IS WHAT GENTRIFICATION LOOKS LIKE 15.08.2003 22:24
Sloppy rehab at Starbucks-owned building in SE endangering residents and workers
Following a lead provided by a local business owner, two indymedia activists went to the Seven Corners area of SE Portland this morning to investigate reports of a sloppy rehab job taking place at the former Ladd's meat building on SE Division at 20th Ave, which has been purchased by Starbucks. They were greeted by the acrid odor of an old building getting torn up, and bits of fiberglass rolling down the sidewalk in the wind. Clouds of dust billowed up from the parking lot of the meat building where a large piece of machinery was dumping smashed building parts into a dumptruck. Despite the bad odor, dust, and loose fiberglass, none of the workers were wearing masks. Whether or not asbestos is being released during this process -- as is likely with a building of this age -- is unknown at this time.

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PROTECTING CIVIL RIGHTS 15.08.2003 14:50
Sit-Lie In at City Hall
A Sit-In protest at City Hall that began at 12pm Friday is growing rapidly, according to a caller from the patio and sidewalk on the 4th Avenue side of the building. At 12:45 pm, over 70 people had gathered there to protest a new enforcement regime of Portland's despised 'Obstructions as Nuisance', or 'Sit-Lie', law. [ read more ]

Peace Campers, Alan Graf, Code Pink and many other people are exercising the right to assemble in front of City Hall. They have been issued a warning. Presumably that the clock has started ticking for the eight hours of protest that they are now permitted under Portland's City Code. [ read more ]

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CITY SHENANIGANS 14.08.2003 23:31
City Council Changed the Law to Get Rid of the Peace Encampment
City council changed the enforcement guidelines of the sit/lie ordinance on August 11. The changed guidelines went into effect on August 12 at midnight. 8 hours later, as soon as legally possible, the police raided the camp, arrested people and confiscated property. The newly penned enforcement guidelines would cover the restriction of pickets/demonstrations/gatherings of people for festivals (anything without a permit from the city that lasts for more than eight hours). This change was done secretly - there was no comment period and no notice given to the public. Believe it or not this is within their legal rulemaking power.

Changing laws to get rid of specific kinds of protest is unconstitutional and must be vigorously opposed. City Council and the mayor are fascists - beware.


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SUSTAINABILITY / CORPORATE DOMINANCE 13.08.2003 22:57
Sustainability vs. Capitalism in SE Portland: report-back from New Seasons meeting
About a dozen people showed up at the Red and Black Cafe to talk about the upcoming City hearing on the zoning changes being requested by the New Seasons market, which wants to open a new store in SE Portland. The hearing will be at 9:00 am on Monday, August 18, and many people in the neighborhood have expressed interest in going. A surprise (at least to me) guest there was Brian Rohter, president of New Seasons, who has been reading about the opposition to his plans on portland indymedia. He described the website as being "full of lies". While it seems that some of the information about the proposed store that has appeared on the site has been technically incorrect, Rohter offered no substantive responses to the deeper concerns that many people have. Indeed, he came off as a typical politician -- slick and disengenous. His words aimed to please, and for those people who would rather be pleased than face the reality of modern existence, I'm sure they would be very convincing. However, I and others there were able to see through his veil.

[ No New Seasons campaign ]


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POLICE STATE 13.08.2003 13:23
Peace Emcampment raided and cleared; Activists vow to continue
At about 8 a.m. Pacific Daylight saving Time (PDT) in Portland, Oregon, USA, the Peace Encampment was apparently visited by officers of the Portland Police Bureau and Federal Protection Service Officers. Supposedly arresting individuals for "obstructions as nuisances". 3 vigilers were arrested for allegely being in violation of some city sit/lie ordinance. [ Read more... ]

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ANIIMAL RIGHTS 12.08.2003 21:41
Kangaroos killed for sport shoes
Last night in Portland I saw a large truck driving downtown with a short film playing on screens on three sides. The scenes were actual footage of the brutal killings and slaughter process of kangaroos. Many of the films show children (presumably of the hunters) learning this gruesome trade "on the job", participating in tasks such as stomping an infant joey to death and beating other kid kangaroos to death by their feet. These hunters, participating in an unregulated hunting industry, are using these methods to supply the kangaroo leather to the sport shoe industry.

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THE CITY CAN 'SIT ON IT' 12.08.2003 15:48
City Turns Up Heat on Homeless, Poor, Free Speech with Aggressive Revision of Sit-Lie Law
Portland city officials annd police will unleash an aggressive new enforcement regime for the city's 'Obstructions as Nuisances' law, commonly known as the "Sit-Lie Ordinance". In an August 11 email to Marc Jolin of the Oregon Law Center, Deputy City Attorney David Woboril wrote that 'Mayor Katz has asked me to make available to you revised sidewalk obstruction guidelines which will become effective this week.' Woboril also delivered a draft copy of the revised guidelines, hatched in the corridors of city power without input from the public.

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SUSTAINABILITY / GENTRIFICATION 09.08.2003 01:13
SE Portland resident communicates with New Seasons president about proposed new store
Here's a correspondence between a resident of this neighborhood and Brian Rohter ceo of New Seasons. The person writes to him about rent hikes and concerns about gentrification resulting directly from the New Seasons store going in and he writes back(putting what's called "spin" on her message) to defend his products and talk about how wonderful they are and to make sure that she feels alone in her fight. Well she's NOT alone! Petitioners are gathering 50 signatures a day to say NO to New Seasons Corporate "health" food market! That sure beats the "dozens" he claims to have. By the way who considers coca-cola products health food anyways? This place is just a Fred Meyers in whole food's clothing.

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DRIVING THE WORKING CLASS TO A STANDSTILL 07.08.2003 23:42
Cab Abandoned at City Hall to Protest Rule Requiring Video Cameras in Portland Taxis
An unknown Portland taxi driver, angry over a likely City Council decision to double taxi license fees paid by drivers and require them to install video cameras in their taxis, abandoned his cab at the front door of City Hall overnight Wednesday. Around midnight, the man drove his cab over the curb onto the City Hall patio, left the lights and flashers on, locked the doors and walked away, stunning curious members of the Portland Peace Encampment across 4th Avenue who looked on.

About 170 of the city's 650 licensed cab drivers signed a petition against the fees and presented it to the city council during the Wednesday morning council meeting where the rule change was discussed. Four of the five council members, all except Dan Saltzman, said they would vote for the new rule following some minor changes. Commissioner Randy Leonard spearheaded the new law, inspired by a similar requirement in New York City and the recent murder of Portland cab driver Grigory Rogozhnikov.

Drivers who oppose the rule say the increased fees will be a huge economic burden in a poor economy where many drivers are already struggling to make a living. They also are worried about being watched and recorded while on duty and fear that members of the public will opt for other means of transportation to avoid being taped in cabs. Commissioner Saltzman worried that people such as drunk drivers will opt to drive when they might otherwise take a cab. [ Read More ]

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PUBLIC POWER 07.08.2003 16:17
OREGON HOUSE PASSES EMERGENCY BILL TO BAN PORTLAND FROM CONDEMNING PGE ASSETS
Today, the Oregon House of Representatives passed HB 2356, which bans the City of Portland from using its authority of condemnation in order to acquire electric utility property. Its purpose is to stop the City of Portland from acquiring PGE assets from Enron.

"Legislators will surely regret voting for this," said Bill Michtom of the Oregon Public Power Coalition (OPPC), "as it could well enable Enron to sell its PGE assets out from under Oregon rate regulation, which appears to be Enron's plan in bankruptcy court." (A detailed explanation of that plan). "The result will likely be another $300 million annual rate increase on top of the $400 million annual rate increase PGE got from the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) less than 2 years ago."


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DAMN THE MAN 07.08.2003 15:43
Lady Liberty Shot in the Foot...Again

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Another defender of freedom has been silenced. On 4 August 2003, 20-year old Sherman Austin, the founder of the Raise the Fist anarchist news/direct action/informational website was sentenced to one year in prison for providing links on the California-based website to pages that detail how to create explosives.

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SUSTAINABILITY / GENTRIFICATION 07.08.2003 10:11
New Seasons CEO Correspondence
Here's a correspondence between a resident of this neighborhood and Brian Rohter ceo of New Seasons. The person writes to him about rent hikes and concerns about gentrification resulting directly from the New Seasons store going in and he writes back(putting what's called "spin" on her message) to defend his products and talk about how wonderful they are and to make sure that she feels alone in her fight. Well she's NOT alone! Petitioners are gathering 50 signatures a day to say NO to New Seasons Corporate "health" food market! That sure beats the "dozens" he claims to have. By the way who considers coca-cola products health food anyways? This place is just a Fred Meyers in whole food's clothing.

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VOICES OF TRUTH 07.08.2003 08:17
Cynthia Mckinney Delivers Fearless Address In Harlem
But sadly, every major city in America can probably call a roll: Ousmane Zongo, Alberta Spruill, Patrick Dorismond, Amadou Diallo; and those are just the names I know.

Not too far from here, the streets of Benton Harbor, Michigan exploded because they got tired of adding names to their roll. It wasn't enough that Terrance Shurn and Arthur Patterson, young adults, were on the list, but those names only topped off 16-year old Eric McGinnis and 7-year old Trent Patterson, who had also made the list.

I read that the NAACP called for calm and dialogue. I'm sorry, but I can't be calm if my baby is going to be shot or hurt by out-of-control police. I can't be calm when I drive through sections of Atlanta that look more like Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo than America.

I cannot be calm.

Dialogue must be followed by swift and deliberate action to root out racism at its very core. From a California gas station to a Mississippi Lockheed plant; from Cincinnati, Ohio to Benton Harbor, Michigan; to New York City, New York. And in Belle Glade, Florida where a young black man was found hanging from a tree, with his hands tied behind his back and the authorities call it suicide. In the 21st Century, America's trees still bear Strange Fruit.

How much injustice can any community absorb before an eruption of extraordinary proportions occurs?

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POLICE STATE 06.08.2003 17:53
Maher Hawash pleaded guilty
A software engineer from Oregon pleaded guilty Wednesday to aiding the Taleban and now faces the likelihood of seven to 10 years in jail. The Justice Department says Maher Hawash, a naturalized American citizen of Palestinian descent, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to supply services to the Taleban following the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

In a plea agreement filed with a federal judge in Portland, Oregon, Hawash admitted that he and five other men agreed to go to Afghanistan in October of 2001, prepared to take up arms for the Taleban and die as martyrs, if necessary. As part of the plea agreement, two other charges against Hawash were dropped including one count of conspiracy to levy war against the United States.


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BUSH KNEW 05.08.2003 21:18
9-11- New Books, Videos, the Growing Movement for Truth and Accountability
I have come to the conclusion that "the definitive video" on 9-11 has yet, to be made- we still DON'T KNOW what really happened. We do know that the government/corporate press lied about what happened and are engaged in a massive cover-up. Some brilliant, outstanding, research has been done by a number of people exploring different aspects of a large, complex, "special operation" which has government finger-prints all over it, but we have yet to put together all the pieces of the puzzle. The researchers have yet to meet in one place and put their heads together and compare notes/evidence/theories.

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PORTLAND PEACE CAMP 05.08.2003 15:40
Peace Encampment Member Pleads Not Guilty to Charge of Interfering with a Police Officer
An October 27 trial date was set today for Todd Kurylowicz, a longtime Portland Peace Encampment member, who pleaded not guilty to charges of 'Interfering with a Police Officer' and 'Obstruction as Nuisance'. Kurylowicz was taken into custody on Friday, July 11 for allegedly crossing a police line that had been set up around the Encampment while several Portland police officers took campers' property from the sidewalk across from City Hall on SW 4th Avenue.

The Multnomah County District Attorney added the charge of 'Obstruction as Nuisance' just before Kurylowicz's arraignment today at Community Court in the Justice Center downtown. The DA, however, reduced both charges from misdemeanors to violations, eliminating the possibility of jail time.

Community Court Judge Jerome Cooper offered Kurylowicz the option to plead guilty and have the charges expunged from his record upon the successful completion of 32 hours of community service and a 2-page letter stating 'How I Got into Trouble and Why It Will Not Happen Again.' Kurylowicz refused, saying that he broke no laws and was arrested by Sgt. Sara Westbrook and Lt. Bill Haunsperger as a retaliatory measure for exercising his free speech rights against the American war on Iraq.

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PRISONS 05.08.2003 13:51
Correctional Officer Threatens Prisoner Organizer
At Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, guards routinely harass and disrespect prisoners. In this instance, prisoner organizer Barrilee Bannister has been singled out for harassment after receiving mental health counseling for being sexually assaulted.

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PEACE / ANTI-WAR 04.08.2003 01:53
Peace activists attacked and injured at PPRC Friday rally
There was a pretty significant attack on the PPRC peace rally and march participants Friday at Pioneer Courthouse quare. There were minor injuries (lacerations, bruises, a previous injury was opened up and bleeding pretty badly), but none serious (as far as I could tell).

What was different about today's harassment and ultimate assault was that it involved planning and organizing by several people working in concert. As we experienced last week (from a different heckler), a single person started >aggressively harassing our rally as soon as we started. Several very courageous people tried to isolate him from our group, but he aggressively pushed into our circle and was yelling insults and obscenities at us. After a few minutes, we moved out on our march. (The person who was harassing us last week was identified as being present among the crowd that was standing close by, the crowd that this week's 'counter-protestor' was a part of.)

When we returned, about eight or nine young men were standing side-by-side blocking the usual path that we take back into the square, the Southwest corner (Yamhill & Broadway). The drum corps and most of our group went around them to the right, avoiding this rather belligerent, but ultimately ineffective "Maginot Line". Some peace marchers confronted them however, and exchanged heated words. At some point shortly thereafter, the true assault began.


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POLITICAL PRISONER SUPPORT 03.08.2003 17:33
Prisoner's Statements to the Break the Chains Conference
Statement from political prisoner Free (Jeffrey Luers) to the Break the Chains Conference (Eugene, OR, Aug. 8-10):
"The USA is flexing its muscles, daring anyone to challenge its power. From without it threatens with overwhelming military power. From within it threatens with fascist laws designed as much to intimidate as punish." Read More>>

If people are looking for a ride to eugene for the BTC confrence, you should post something on the BTC rideshare board below. If you have transportation there, you should do the same.

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Statement from Anarchist Prisoner Harold Thompson
"I send warmest of anarchist greetings to all attending the Break the Chains Conference, from the belly of the beast of capitalism, this rural gulag fiefdom ruled over by prisoncrats! I stand 100% in solidarity with those of you wishing to build a strong Anarchist movement in the United States which will be a force for the monsters of the earth to reckon with in the future." Read More>>


Statement from Anarchist Prisoner Brian McCarvill
"I wish I were there with you. The camaraderie must be exhilarating, the hands-on personal interaction, the kaleidoscope of visual imagery, the realness of the revolutionary effort in practice." Read More>>

Ride shares to Eugene


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