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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.
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!
The press has already covered efforts in Little Rock (read the full story.) So get writing and get calling!
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...
"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.
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)
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. .
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.
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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.
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...
(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."
Anarchist prisoner Jeff 'Free' Luers needs your support.
Here are some places you can write letters to in defense of Free:
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.
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..."
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 ]
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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 ]
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.
"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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