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FOREST DEFENSE 09.10.2003 10:00
Straw Devil Update: Activists ask, “How much is a human life worth?”
Eugene, OR - Risking their lives in order to save ancient trees, forest defenders announce the use of new and unique methodology known as "octopods" - occupied platforms suspended 150 feet in the air supported by a pulley system tied-in to 8 surrounding trees. If any tree or rope in the area is cut, the platform will fall, resulting in the death of the person occupying it.

Similar technology affords the protection of up to 4-acres by an elaborate rope and pulley system attached to a platform "pod" dangling between several trees. Death of the occupant would result if any tree or rope is disturbed.

In addition, two major access roads to the sale units are now obstructed by elaborate blockades, which are connected to an occupied platform up to 150 feet above the blockade. If the blockades are disturbed, the occupants will fall to their death.

Injunction Won Until At Least Nov 7 | ONRC Press Release on Lawsuit


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ANIMAL RIGHTS 08.10.2003 22:01
Week of Action Against SHAC Grand Juries
The real terrorists have blood on their hands. Political witchhunts against activists have gotten out of hand with at least 8 known grand juries investigating animal rights activity. It seems we have another "Red Scare" on our hands.

Thankfully, activists have learned from history and are starting to fight back. SHAC activists have even traveled back to Little Rock this week to give the gang a little reminder of the animal rights movement (check it out at: http://www.shacamerica.net/lrgj/index.htm and http://www.shacamerica.net/witchhunts.htm).

Do your part protesting these attacks on the First Amendment!

  • Write Letters To The Editor: grand juries operate in secrecy and hate nothing more than exposure. So let's give it to 'em!
  • Register Your Disgust With The U.S. Attorneys In Charge Of These Political Witchhunts: they are public officials paid by us, and should answer to us!
  • Call Huntingdon (over and over again) and let them feel the heat!
    T: (732) 873 2550
    F: (732) 873 8513

The press has already covered efforts in Little Rock (read the full story.) So get writing and get calling!

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PORTLAND POLICE STATE 08.10.2003 15:41
Officer Meyers leads Portland Police in eradicating children's garden

Officer Myers: pepper-sprayed a 12 year old girl on Feb. 15, 2003; destroyed children's garden today, October 8.
As I write this, the Children's Garden on SW 13th and Alder, created by the children of a neighborhood church, is being chopped, burned, and cut to the ground by bureaucratic "progress." Across the street, the children who planted the garden will, no doubt, be in tears when they discover what has happened.

Like hundreds of other people, I walk past the Children's Garden nearly every day. It was one of those success stories. A place once blighted by neglect, now a beautiful garden full of healing herbs and flowers. Once, this corner was barren, eroded, and full of garbage. But the children from the Presbyterian church across the street reclaimed it for the community. They composted, enriched the soil, and planted it themselves, surprising everyone with a newfound eden in the midst of urban decay and dead plastic "gentrification."

This was one of those success stories you hear about; People coming together to create something beautiful for each other for no other reason than the goodness of their souls. This is what community building is all about. In a way, this kind of action threatens the capitalist model, because it enriches the spirit of the commmons. It shows that people are willing and able to give of themselves with no market motive. It was a heartfelt contribution to an underground gift economy that thrives even under the thumb of the invisible hand. I found this garden a joy and an inspiration every day.

Today, I was horrified to come upon it as workers in orange vests assaulted the nasturtiums, the rose campion, the marigolds and the asters. Their weapons were weed eaters, poison and ignorance. The devastation was everywhere. Green leaves and delicate branches lay dying where they had been torn from the ground. The smell of gasoline mingled with the scent of thyme, rosemary, and chlorophyl. The soft curves of drifts of flowers had been replaced by the flat, wasted finality of progress...

Officer Meyers speaks...
Officer Meyers accidentally answered his phone, thinking I was someone else. Lo, the buck stops with him.

"I am the person that had it done, yes." That's what he said. Why? Because it's part of a sweeping pilot program he personally designed to deforest many public areas to cut down on crime. He feels that homeless people are deficating and urinating around the city, causing "drug-related property crimes" and by God, he won't have it.


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INDIGENOUS RIGHTS STILL BEING TRAMPLED BY *DEMOCRACY* 07.10.2003 19:32
Western Shoshone Indians Sue U.S. Government

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Value of land in dispute and monies due exceeds $100 billion.

A lawsuit was filed by the WESTERN SHOSHONE INDIAN NATION against the UNITED STATES on Monday, September 29, 2003. The case was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. (Case No. 03-cv-2009 RCL, Judge Royce C. Lamberth)

Western Shoshone Defense Project


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ANIMAL RIGHTS 07.10.2003 19:19
Activists streak at World Cup game in Portland
Two animal rights activists streaked across the soccer field yesterday at the Women's World Cup soccer tournament carrying a banner stating, "Adidas kills kangaroos" and "Boycott Adidas!".

In May 2003, the California-based animal rights group Viva!USA filed a lawsuit against Adidas based on California Penal Code ? 653o, which states that the body parts or products of kangaroos cannot be imported or sold in the state.

In Defense of Animals is a national non-profit organization based California with an office in Portland.

Viva!, an international organization with its USA headquarters in Davis,CA, is organizing a global campaign against Adidas' use of kangaroo skins. For more information, including a copy of the legal complaint and video of the hunting, go to www.savethekangaroo.com. .


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CORPORATE DOMINANCE 06.10.2003 19:37
Answers to PGE's False and Misleading Statements in the Full Page Ads
In a Press Conference on Thursday, October 2, 2003, the Oregon Public Power Coalition responded to recent false statements made by PGE in their efforts to crush Public Power in Multnomah County.
  • Voting yes on Measure 26-51 to form the PUD does not have any affect at all on property taxes. Zero.
  • PGE claims that a PUD would have "less reliability" but has never offered a shred of evidence. When Columbia River PUD separated from PGE in 1984 and again separated a larger area in 2000, the number of outages went down, not up.
  • PGE contends that the result of forming the PUD would be "higher electric rates." In fact, every PUD in Oregon has lower rates than PGE
  • PGE is "not Enron:" -Yes it is. Enron owns 100% of PGE's stock. Enron's fate = PGE's fate = our fate.
MULTNOMAH COUNTY PEOPLE'S UTILITY DISTRICT OREGON PUBLIC POWER COALITION
WWW.OPPC.NET / 503-970-2069
[ http://www.100000votes.com/ | Clackamas PUD Effort ]

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FREEDOM RIDE 06.10.2003 12:55
Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride Rally a Huge Success!
As the culmination of Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, on Saturday, October 4th, tens of thousands of immigrant workers joined friends and allies for a fabulous rally in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.

You could literally feel the joy in the air and the sense of solidarity as people from many different nations joined together for a common cause: to focus attention on immigrant rights and to help force the United States government to make pivotal changed in its current immigration policies.

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SOA TRAINEES STRIKE AGAIN 06.10.2003 00:38
COKE CAN'T HIDE ITS CRIMES IN COLOMBIA
Isidro Segundo Gil, an employee at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Colombia, was killed at his workplace by paramilitary thugs. His children, now living in hiding with relatives, undersand all too well why their homeland is known as "a country where union work is like carrying a tombstone on your back."

In the lawsuit, Gil's union, Sinaltrainal, the International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) and the United Steelworkers of America assert that the Coke bottlers "contracted with or otherwise directed paramilitary security forces that utilized extreme violence and murdered, tortured, unlawfully detained or otehrwise silenced trade union leaders."

Coca-Cola bottlers "contracted with or otherwise directed paramilitary security forces that utilize extreme violence and murdered, tortured, unlawfully detained or otherwise silenced trade union leaders," the lawsuit states. It also notes that Colombian troops connected with the paramilitaries have trained at the U.S. Army's School of the Americas (SOA) at Fort Benning, Ga., where trainees were encouraged to torture and murder those who do "union organizing and recruiting;" pass out "propaganda in favor of workers;" and "sympathize with demonstrators or strikes." This was made public when the Pentagon was forced to reveal the contents of training manuals used at the school. (For more information, see www.soaw.org...
"Labor unions and human rights advocates in the United States can stop these atrocities at Coca-Cola's bottling plants."

Colombian Union activist and Coca-Cola worker to speak in Portland!!!
Vandana Shiva's ZNet Commentary on Toxic Coke


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POLICE STATE 04.10.2003 22:58
PJTTF/PATRIOT act hearings likely October 22
(This came through as a repost from copwatch)
"Luckily someone pointed out this article to me today at the PPRC rally. The Mayor's office had told us that the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force (PJTTF) would be up for renewal either next week or the week after that. It looks like they're going even two _more_ weeks later in order to try covering their political butts by passing some resolution about the PATRIOT act at the same time. (Probably not 100 percent of what the Portland Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the ACLU have been proposing.)

This means a few things, including that if we learn of ANY Portland Police participation in the PJTTF between October 1 and October 22, we should consider legal action. (The contract between the Portland Police and the FBI creating the PJTTF expires on September 30 each year)."

Portland may weigh in on Patriot Act (Oregonian 9/26 Article)

Brave Men and Women of Portland Police Bureau Beat Up 71-year-old Blind Lady -- kboo audio coverage "A 71-year-old Portland woman who is blind intends to sue police because she claims officers used excessive force."


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FREE FREE NOW! 04.10.2003 15:49
Support Anarchist prisoner Jeff 'Free'Luers
Anarchist prisoner Jeff 'Free' Luers needs your support.

Here are some places you can write letters to in defense of Free:

  1. Eugene Weekly, 1251 Lincoln, Eugene OR 97401. editor@eugeneweekly.com
  2. Register Guard, PO Box 10188, Eugene, OR 97440-2188. rgletters@guardnet.com
  3. Portland Mercury, 605 NE 21st Avenue, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97232. mercuryeditorial@portlandmercury.com
  4. Willamette Week, 822 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205. mzusman at wweek.com

Governmental Addresses:
Attorney General Hardy Myers, Attorney General-State of Oregon, 400 Justice Building Salem, Oregon 97310. Write to the Attorney General of Oregon Supporting Free's appeal [Appellate case #A115208]. Keep messages polite and view sample letters here.

Governor of Oregon Ted Kulongoski, 160 State Capitol, 900 Court Street, Salem, Oregon 97301-4047. Fax: 503.378.6827.

homepage: http://www.freefreenow.org http://www.breakthechains.net address: Free's Defense Network, POB 3, Eugene, OR 97440

Sign up to the Free Jeff Luers listserve here: its a low traffic list that focuses specifially on Free.

[ www.freefreenow.org | Photos | Who is Jeff Luers? ]


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MEDIA CRITIQUE 04.10.2003 15:29
Bush Visit to North Portland - The Local Take
From In And About: "While Republican donors sat inside the University of Portland's red dome auditorium and paid to see the President, area residents wondered out loud who was going to pick up the check for all the police overtime..." >>>

Some Comments:

I.M.Angry: My comment regards what happened after the protest,in the park annex. (Sorry,can't remember the name of the park-I'm new to PDX.) People were pretty peaceably assembled in the park-about a hundred of us,I'd say. I was standing out near the main road that divides the park from the annex .Everything was quiet- my feeling was that things were winding down and people were probably about to go home.Suddenly,out of nowhere,this cop in a riot hat (at least) comes flying through the crowd and jumps on this girl.Well, of course,all hell breaks loose.People are running around,freaking out,the cops are bugling at us to LEAVE THE PARK NOW OR FACE CHEMICAL AGENTS and basically the cops shut the annex down and threw us out of the park.When I attempted to get to the bus stop a few minutes later,I was prevented and threatened with arrest.
Why were we thrown out of the park? What law or statute did the PDX pigs use to justify their fascist actions that day?I heard later that there was a bus full of donors which was stopped by some anarchists (go,anarchists!)sitting in the street in front of it and that was supposedly the reason.This was also "reported" by the crap corporate media that night and never retracted or apologized for,that I know of.Only one problem,folks.I NEVER SAW ANY BUS. I heard the bus incident was at a completely different location.The popo were in rare form that day.
If someone was there that day and can explain to me what happened-did I miss something big or is this just more of the same?Has anyone filed suit?

Theo:
We are the "cute little protestor wanna-be" kids who were very easily controlled and ineffective. We were easily handled and caused no uproar, and gave the PPB much reason to gloat about their great preparedness. Next time we need to, oh, actually get off our asses.


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02.10.2003 15:46
After Cancún Collapse, Renewed Push for Central American Free Trade Agreement
The suicide by self-immolation of Korean farmer Lee Kyung Hae was only the most dramatic symbol of resistance to the World Trade Organization at its recent summit in Canc?n, Mexico. Despite the millions of dollars invested in the meeting and the security forces surrounding it, neoliberal corporate globalization was handed a major defeat when the WTO negotiations broke down in acrimony on September 14. The US and Europe refused to negotiate on key agricultural issues, tenaciously holding on to their farm subsidies and import tariffs while demanding that developing nations eliminate theirs, terms that would bankrupt millions of small farmers across the Global South. In defense of their own agricultural interests and food security, negotiators from the so-called G-21 group of developing nations walked out of the summit, vowing not to return to the negotiating table until the US and Europe reversed their hypocritical stance on agriculture.

One Latin American country pulled out of the G-21 group, prioritizing its privileged status as pet of the Bush administration over its population s need for food security and economic development. El Salvador was an original member of the G-21, perhaps acknowledging that the global coffee crisis brought on by neoliberal structural adjustment programs has decimated the country s own agricultural sector. Yet direct pressure from US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick forced El Salvador to retreat, and led negotiator Ricardo Reyes to dismiss Salvadoran farmers' concerns as "fear of the competition of the free market." In fact, Salvadoran producers understand that unfair competition on a market that is anything but free would flood El Salvador with low-priced US subsidized products, destroying their livelihoods. Such farmers have joined a new social-movement alliance called the Popular Social Block, which is demanding an immediate end to free trade negotiations.

Zoellick and the USTR has shifted into overdrive on CAFTA, and Zoellick himself is in Central America this week as part of an emergency visit.


Related: [ Second phase of IMC organizing for FTAA/ALCA-Miami convergence ]

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02.10.2003 13:02
Climate conference becomes a disaster - Kyoto up in smoke?
Fresh from a visit with George Bush, Putin and his government are giving indications that Russia will not be endorsing the Kyoto accord. The Canadian government was under pressure from the Bush adminsitration to not ratify Kyoto, and the Australian government has abandoned the accord. Due to the way the accord is structured, if Russia does not ratify the accord is dead in the water.

According to Putin, in a joke he made to the Climate Change Conference, global warming would be good for Russia, since they wouldn't need such heavy parkas, and they could grow more wheat. His remark drew an angry response from a delegate from Finland, who spoke about the ecological catastrophe facing the Northern regions of Europe, with polar bears being particularl;y hard hit by receding ice, which leads to a disruption in their traditional hunting practices, and thus starvation and potential extinction event. Other participants drew attention to the uncertainty surrounding the potential effects of climate change, to suggest that it could be harmful to Russian interests (in particular the melting of the Permafrost, could result in a large bog, into which would sink all of Russia's oil pipeline infrrastructure.

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THE TROUBLE WITH LIBERALS, PART XXXI 30.09.2003 22:51
Undercover cops and their unwitting liberal co-conspirators
My comrade and I believe it is of utmost importance to make as many individuals as possible question all pre-conceived notions learned subconsciously through the inevitable process of socialization - ideas which the majority, many of whom consider themselves to be enlightened critical thinkers, naively accept as the gospel truth. Therefore, as in every other day of our lives, whenever we take to the streets, we attempt to make as many people as possible question their previously un-examined reasons for acting, speaking, and believing - police and protestors alike.

As usual, we called out the cops on the lawn for what they are, who they serve and protect, their motivations for deciding to become cops, and the impact that their brutal quelling of dissent has on their own families and friends.

We yelled, "So are your parents in there, paying $2,000 a plate? Your parents rich? No - they're working class just like us, or else you wouldn't be cops!"

"To serve and protect? Who you serving and protecting? The people? We're out here - you're pointing your guns at us! You're serving and protecting the rich - the ones in there! The same people who are closing our schools, slashing our budgets, cutting our jobs - and your families are affected too! You're traitors to your own families! How does it feel? Think about that tonight!"

After just such and exchange, a typical liberal counter-revolutionary sheep piped up behind us, "This is a peaceful protest! Don't be violent!"

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ONE BIG UNION 30.09.2003 00:16
Portland Women's Crisis Line Announces Intent to Unionize
Portland Women's Crisis Line is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing advocacy and resources to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Established in 1973, PWCL works 24 hours a day to stop violence against women, children and anyone affected by interpersonal violence. "We go to the hospital when a woman is raped, and provide support whether she reports to the police or not. We are often the only voice of support to people who have been beaten, berated and isolated." said Stacie W., an employee of PWCL.

With all the time and effort the advocates at Portland Women?s Crisis Line dedicate to improving the lives of others in the community, it only makes sense that they begin to advocate for themselves. In order to start that process, the workers publicly announced last week that they joined the Industrial Workers of the World, local union 650.


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LABOR 30.09.2003 00:05
Powell's Books contract negotiations community update
If you've been at any of Portland's world renouned Powell's Bookstore locations in the past few days, you may have seen employees wearing stickers along the lines of "1% won't pay my rent" and "no way". If you'd like to know what thats all about..read on.

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29.09.2003 17:43
VIDEO FILE: More Hands Around the Reservoirs
Sunday, September 28, 2003, at noon, members of the Portland Commmunity gathered at 41st and SE Hawthorne to rally and march against City intentions to destroy and bury the historic water reservoirs located on Mt. Tabor in Southeast Portland. This is a 7 minute video of that event.

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PEOPLES' RIGHTS | PO-PO | FAUX-PO 28.09.2003 10:48
48 hour obstruction as nuisance festival raises hell
Around 2:00 am on the corner of 4th and Washington Mike D. was attacked by staff security guards of the Greek Cusina. Mike D. was handing out flyers during the 48 hour 'Obstruction as Nuisance' festival to bring attention to the criminalization of homelessness. Five to seven security guards from the club dragged Mike D and then threw him into the middle of the street while other members of the festival were handing out flyers protesting the Title 14, sit-lie ordinance that makes it illegal to sit, lie or stand on the sidewalk. The Portland Police have been using the ordinance to target the local homeless population. After being thrown Mike D was holding his hands straight in the air during the entire ordeal. The security guards had him in what looked like to be a full nelson. He did not resist the security guards or react in a physical manner. Mike D. then called 911 and at least three squad cars, a fire truck, and an ambulance rushed to the seen. It appeared that Mike's shoulder or arm was injured. He went to the hospital shortly after.

On Friday around 25 homeless and homeless advocates kicked off the Obstruction as Nuisance festival in front of the Portland Business Alliance. Around 60 people from the PPRC rally joined the festival to stand in solidarity against the Business Alliance. The Alliance has been accused of advocating for laws to criminalize the homeless, supporting out of state corporations, subcontracting out of state employers over Oregon workers and being against the anti-war resolution that failed months ago. [ Read More ]

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FOREST DEFENSE 27.09.2003 17:05
Devastating Tongass Rider Passes In Senate
Last night, during floor debate on the 2003 Interior Appropriations bill, the Senate rejected an amendment offered by Senator Boxer (D-CA) to strike a devastating anti-Tongass rider that had been attached to the bill by Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. The Steven's Tongass Judicial Review rider makes it nearly impossible for citizens to challenge road building and logging plans in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska - America's largest publicly-owned forest. The rider targets almost 40 Tongass logging projects, including at least ten sales where all or portions of the sale area are currently protected by the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

Senator Barbara Boxer's (D-CA) amendment would have eliminated the harmful Tongass language from the bill but with momentum building in favor of Senator Boxer's amendment, Senator Stevens used a procedural vote on a "motion to table" to make sure there would not be an opportunity to vote directly on the Boxer amendment. The vote to set aside the Boxer amendment passed narrowly 52 to 44, leaving the Tongass language in the final bill. This vote sends a clear message that a strong contingent in the Senate does not
support Senator Steven's back-door tactics.

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CRITICAL MASS 26.09.2003 23:17
Critical Massers Take Ross Island Bridge
"Who's Bridge?" "OUR BRIDGE!" That was our battle cry as about 15-20 Critical Massers rode in both west bound lanes of the Ross Island Bridge backing up traffic and pissing off a lot of motorists. It was all possible because of the absence of the Portland Police who decided shortly before, we took the bridge, to pack up and go home because there were to few of us left to follow around any longer. We showed them.

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