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After peacefull protest, girl is singled out because she had camera The march had recently ended, most of the people had gone home, and the cameras were, for the most part, off. This is when the police acted. Three police officers who had been standing on the west sidewalk of the pioneer square, (Maby fifteen feet away) who had appearantly singeld out one of the SAA members earlyer, swooped down and pulled her to the side of the small, stunned group she was with. Exclaiming "This is an arrest" the police soon had her, the activist put up no struggle... By that time it was obvious that they had taken her because, aside from clearly helping to direct the march, she had a camera, which they now had. We demanded the camera back, so they locked it in thier trunk.
It is not right for the police to single and pick off individuals who have been documenting, it is not right to refuse cooperation with the law they supposedly enforce. They did not give us the information we had a right to, and we will not tollerate this injustice. Earlyer several police men had violently draged a protester off of his bike after pushing him with thier car, we are looking into this as well. It is utterly rediculouse that people should have to be concerned with failing eductaion AND unlawfull cops!
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KKKoca-cola products (and Pepsi) effect young (and old) people by flooding their blood with refined sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup. Natural fruit sugars are not refined and take longer 4 the body to break down, resulting in a gradual insulin increase. This sudden rush of already broken down sugars causes the insulin levels to spike, causing an addictive downward spiral of highs and lows, leading to hypo/hyperglycemia and/or diabetes..
Coca-cola and the Columbian government are responsible for the assassination of eight trade union workers in Columbia. This does not include the systematic torture and oppression of union activists on a regular basis. The US School of Assassins in FT. Benning Georgia is the training camp for right wing army/paramilitary thugs who oppress the Columbian people..
Coca-cola (and Pepsi) is also infiltrating the Zapatista community in Chiapas. We are told by neo-liberal media that the Zapatistas are engaging in voluntary capitalism, yet we question whether the Zapatistas are aware of the health risks from drinking the refined sugar product. There is also the question of water rights, if Coca-cola attempts to claim ownership of their water, does this allow them into the Zapatista autonomous zone?
The 9th annual Environmental Justice Conference, organized by the Coalition Against Environmental Racism, was held in Eugene Oregon over the week end of January 23-25, 2003.
Saturday afternoon I attended a panel entitled Klamath Basin Water and Tribal Rights. This is an audio report of the two speakers from that panel.
The first speaker was Don Gentry, of the Klamath Tribe. After playing a song on his flute and saying a prayer in his language, he spoke of the history of his people and the area which they share with two other tribes, those to the south and those to the east.
He laid a little foundation for what the next speaker had to say, focusing on "the living and thriving community of Native Americans where we are at. And, despite everything that has happened to us with the loss of our reservation over time, parts of our lifestyle and culture are still there, the hunting, fishing, gathering lifestyle that allowed us to survive, even Mt. Mazama blowing and creating Crater Lake. Those parts of our culture are still alive are valued today. We are still linked to our natural resources."
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Yesterday's rally at Safeway in Oakland, CA, was a study in contrasts - the militancy and anger of the rank and file vs. the timidity and conservatism of the official leadership.
The Central Labor Council (CLC) put this one together along with the state federation of labor. The turnout was a bit larger than the previous one here - maybe up to 1000 this time.
Along with some others, we had been discussing carrying the rally into the store, but we heard that the leadership was planning some sort of civil disobedience. We heard that they didn't want us to "upstage" them. We also heard that they were negotiating with the cops, making a deal as far as how things were going to work.
We rallied first in a park about a mile away from the store. There were several strikers who spoke and told their stories. Then we were treated to listen to Ignacio de la Fuente, president of the Oakland City Council. De la Fuente stated several times that the Oakland city council was "pro business". Through some sort of twisted logic he found a way to explain that he was still on the side of the unions in this strike, though. I was standing next to a picket I know and pointed out what he was saying. "How can he be for us and pro busienss at the same time?" I asked. "Business takes its profit out of our hide."
A commenter writes: Hi, I've lived in Washington all my life. I've been watching in horror, the effects that the tech industry and Microsoft inparticular have had on the region. Great, they've brought they region a bunch of money. Wow. When I was a little kid in redmond, I lived next to a cow pasture and Redmond was quite a beautiful area. Now it looks like Beverly hills and the scums in SUV's are busy shaving the surrounding forests to the ground. There's one housing complex inparticular that I think represents what companies like Microsoft our doing up here, It's call "Redmond Heights". I had to commute through it every day for a couple of years and it was absolutely unelievable. The amount of forest they shaved down for it was incredible. It was once a deerbed, but now its a wasteland of gaudy three-car garage houses. 1000 acres, 1500 homes. I used to see dead deer along the main road of the development while waiting in rushhour traffic. One morning, while cars were at a complete standstill, stuck in this once grand forest, a big old buck stumbled into the middle of the road. He was just trotting in circles like he was drunk or had just been hit in the head with a brick. He couldn't figure out what was going on. Surrounded by cars, bulldozers and clearcut as far as the eye could see, he looked terrified. Just one small example of many.
Walking into a bookstore like Laughing Horse can be a bit daunting at times. As an activist, there are so many issues, authors, and branches of history worth investigating that it's often difficult to know where to begin. So in an effort to establish an essential list for the overwhelmed truth seeker, I am asking for your submissions to the unofficial Indymedia Best Activist Books Ever hit list. Please contribute your all time, essential, top 5 or so list of activist books below. Ooh, if you have any, you could do the same for must-see activist films too!
I frequent CNN.com. I consider it a fairly reliable mouthpiece for administration propaganda. How many times have you seen this sentence or some variation? "The cause of the blast is under investigation." Black hawk helicopters drop from the sky? Under investigation. Soldiers drive off the road in their humvee. Under investigation. Pipeline explodes. Under investigation. Do we ever see any articles on CNN.com and likeminded sites which relate to us the results of these "investigations?" Something like "Remember the pipeline blast last week? Turns out it was a bomb." If you are foolish enough to take these news articles at face value, it sounds like soldiers are flying and driving their equipment into ditches, mountains, and each other. The so-called "non-combat" related fatalities.
Last Friday January 23rd, while everyone wasn't looking, because the media's attention was purposely focused elsewhere, the president signed into law H.R. 2763. It funded several of his crony's pet projects and, in some instances, changed forever the American Way of Life. Want to see just what is changing, so that the announcements over the next few weeks by the gubment and by your employer can be compared to what is actually decreed? Then go here to read what the Department of Labor has published: "Employees meeting the foregoing requirements are excluded from the Act's minimum wage and overtime protections. Thus, they may work any number of hours in the work week and are not subject to the Federal law's overtime pay requirements."
Do you really think that Big business here in Oregon, say Intel or Nike, is going to suggest to the state that they want to continue paying their low-middle-income employees, who just barely make a livable wage overtime? From what I understand, some companies have already informed their employees to no longer count on the overtime that they have been paying for "increased productivity" instead of hiring additional workers.
Is there ANYTHING you can do between now and March 31st, when this goes into effect? Call, write, e-mail, sit-ins in offices of ALL OREGONIAN REPRESENTATIVES, to demand that they agree to follow Oregon Labor Laws and ORS regulations and not bow down to Bushit and his Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao! [ Read More ] [ White House press Announcement | Changes to section 207 | Department of Labor ]
The first No Starbucks in 7 Corners meeting brought out a strong contingent of community members opposed to Starbucks's plans for a new retail location at 21st and Division. About 70 were in attendance at the meeting last night, which was held at the nearby People's Co-op community room.
Topics discussed included talking points against *$, possible legal tactics, petition circulation, signs and flyering, outreach to elected officials, and more. [ Read more... ]
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Harry Lonsdale, speaking before a meeting of Money Is Not Democracy, a group seeking signatures for the Campaign Finance Reform Initiative, Ballot Measure 53.
Lonsdale, who, in 1992 ran as a Democrat for the Senate from Oregon three times unsuccessfully, began by stating, "I am angy, almost beyond words at George Bush and his administration for this immoral war, for which there seems to be no evidence..........I'm angry at my fellow Democrats for not calling him on it and not standing up to him.....but most of all I'm angry at the press, I'm angry at the media for not calling this guy for this immoral war."
The Alaska legislation has allowed citizens to kill wolves from aircraft in an effort to increase moose and caribou numbers for out of state hunting interests. Alaska voters REJECTED such an act TWICE (1996 & 2000), however the Governor has ignored them. The flash presentation by the Alaska Wildlife Alliance sums it all up.
Unfortunately, hunting wolves is not our only problem. The Alaska legislature ignored the voters (and 500,000 Americans) by allowing people to shoot wolves from passing aircraft. This results in wounded animals left to freezeor suffer in the snow. The wolves' tracks are followed into the open tundra of Interior Alaska, where they have no where to hide. Then they are chased to exhaustion and blasted.
In addition to this asinine practice, people are allowed to chase wolves with snowmachines (snowmobiles) until they are exhaused, and then killed. People also set whats called 'saturation snares' which is basically a very large amount of traps in a certain area, usually around bait. They can take out an entire pack of wolves, who are then left to die of starvation, shock, or the elements.
The Portland Peace Encampment was forcefully disbanded in August from the space between City Hall and the Green-Wyatt Federal Building. The Encampment had been alternately occupying the sidewalk and part of the grounds of Terry Schrunk Park on SW 4th Avenue since bombs began falling on Baghdad March 19, 2003.
On January 21, 2004, two members of the Peace Encampment visited the Mayor and City Council during the open 'Communications' period prior to the start of official council business at that day's meeting. The campers brought with them some video of police brutality on the streets of Portland, a couple of quotes in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and one or two questions for the Mayor in her role as commissioner of police. [ READ MORE... ]
Previous stories about the Peace Camp on portland indymedia (most recent first): [ Call to attend trials for Peace Camp victims of police abuse/conspiracy | Peace Camp WE MISS YOU | Portland Police Arrest Sit-Lie Protesters in front of City Hall | Peace Emcampment raided and cleared; Activists vow to continue | City Council Changed the Law to Get Rid of the Peace Encampment | Peace Encampment Rousted | Portland Peace Encampment scheduled to be terminated with-in next 14 hours. | Peace Camp News. Peace camp blues. | City Commissioners Threaten to 'Escalate' City Tactics Against Portland Peace Encampment - Violent Police Raid Predicted | Two More Arrested at Portland Peace Encampment | Portland Police and Homeland Security Raid Peace Camp | Stopped by the Portland Peace Encampment Tuesday | Portland Peace Encampment Update - I'm out!!! | Peace Camp Under Attack | Peace Encampment Busted Again Today | Monday, June 30 - Portland Peace Encampment Gets Their Stuff Back! Police Try To Clear Peace Camp | PDXPE ART 'OPENING' | Portland Peace Encampment speaks to City Council | Handicap Assault at Peace Camp | Police Send Disabled Peace Protestor to Hospital | City turns up the heat on Portland Peace Encampment | May 4th Update on peace camp | City turns up the heat on Portland Peace Encampment | Peace Camp Raid Pictures | Apr 14 Police Raid Portland Peace Encampment | Peace Encampment Needs Well Rested Volunteers | The Latest Police Tactic at Peace Camp | Friday April 11 update -- Encampment still there! | Portland Peace Encampment Given 24 hours Notice by Police | Day 22 - Peace Encampment | 24 hour eviction served (sort of) | Portland Peace Encampment needs YOU! | Portland Peace Encampment Update day 19 | Photos of Closed Terry Shrunk Park | Homeland Security Evicts Portland Peace Encampment | Peace Camp still needs support | Shots Fired Near Portland Peace Encampment | Update: Pictures and report of hit and run | Hit and run at Peace Camp | Kitchen to cook meals for peace campers | peace camp is looking for donations | Peace Park Legalities. Strong Free Speech Right U.S. / Oregon Const. Some Traps | Peace Camp Action Alert! | PEACE PARK LIVES! MAJOR VICTORY! SUPPORT NOW .... TARPS, BLANKETS, SCRABBLE | Portland Peace Encampment releases statement of purpose | Peace Encampment carries on without tents; Shelters forbidden by Homeland Security | peace camp asks for help | Peace Camp update: Still there despite Homeland Security Threats | Peace March to Terry Schrunk Plaza in Solidarity with Peace Encampment | Portland Peace Camp may be evicted ]
The state Elections Division has proposed a civil penalty of $1,100 against John Belgarde, treasurer of recallvera.com, one of two groups that last summer sought to recall Mayor Vera Katz. The penalty notices, mailed late last week, are for failure to file timely and sufficient reports of contributions and expenditures as required by state law.
The fines are the outcome of a complaint filed last July by Marvin Moore of the Recall Vera Katz Committee, the competing recall group, after recallvera.com, formerly known as the Better Portland Alliance, filed a report with its prospective recall petition on June 6 that failed to disclose contributions and expenditures. This complaint came only two weeks after the Elections Division had acted on an earlier complaint by Moore and had discontinued the BPA as a political committee because it was not properly formed under state law.
Yesterday, a crowd of about 50 rallied at the Safeway at 1100 NE Broadway in Portland to support the 70,000 workers who have been locked out of Southern California supermarkets for insisting on keeping hard-fought health benefits in the face of austerity plans being imposed by the big supermarket chains. See here for previous feature.
Supporters marched into the store, up and down the aisles, chanting "Boycott Safeway!" and demanding fairness for workers and affordable health care for all...
I grew up on a farm in the Willamette Valley. We had an apple orchard and raised beans and strawberries. Much of it we canned into the 500 canning jars my mother kept on the shelves in our pantry. In the fall we sold apple cider and dried and fresh apples. We used this money to buy school clothes for the many children in my family. My family did not use chemicals on our farm. In the 50's when the local university started pushing the "new" chemically laden farm technology, my father said it was disgraceful. He believed that a person who works the land, should be close to the land, paying attention to the wildlife and striving to be a good steward. The chemical companies and their agents did not know a thing about the throngs of honeybees that visited our orchards each spring. They could not explain how the chemicals they pushed would not kill those bees while also killing other insects and organisms. My father would have nothing to do with the new agriculture. So I learned from a master. And, I leaned to farm with love of the land and all the species that lived there.
I started out as an organic gardener trying to learn more about my craft. In the 1970's the organic grower's movement on the West Coast took off. Local communities held monthly potlucks to bring would be organic gardeners and farmers together. They teach each other how to grow food without chemicals and with sustainable farming practices. Each major area of Washington and Oregon held these monthly potlucks to try to get growers together. It was fun and interesting to meet other growers. And there was a plan to make sure that what produce or farm products farmers and gardeners had after feeding their own families, would go to a local market.
At first the prices for organic food were very reasonable. No one was "certified" organic. People just showed up at the local markets and told customers they did not use chemicals on their food. Soon there was a competitive edge added to the markets and some growers said they were "more" organic than other growers were. There was also accusations that some growers were using all sorts of chemicals on their crops. Prices for "pure" foods went up. Read More>>>
Tonite's event was well attended, with around 25 or 30 people in and out and mouthwatering homemade bread with flavors of herbs throughout... The opening performance was Sid with gritty commentary on life the universe and everything along with the mandolin player, Shakey... unusual to have a mandolin be the harmony, and the guitar providing the rhythm... nice eclectic feel to their musical harmonizing...
Misunderstanding was my personal favorite of the evening. It is a product of a protest that the videographer attended, where pro-Bush people were claiming to love God and our country, in a fevered frenzy of patriotic religious insanity. This film ties together the meaning of this videographer's take on what it means to pledge allegiance blindly to this country and ALL it stands for... the horrors of war, class war, and oppression of all peoples worldwide. And how surreal it is to see people who truly believe that God would be in favor of this evil that has been unleashed.
Solstice also was an interesting take, from a cynical videographer's viewpoint of where we are going from here, what the purpose of all the protesting is... at least I think that was what it was about... an amazing array of riot porn, superimposed on images of .... too much stuff to capture in words.
I went with some friends today and ate brunch. I am glad that theres a vegan fine dining establishment. I'm glad that Craig Rosebraugh pays his dishwashers better than the paradox. That he gives the staff benefits. I have traveled this country a few times. Every time I go to a new city I search out thier vegan restraunts. I'm not alone. Practicly every vegan I know that lives on more than a food not bombs income does this. Hell its one of the first things we talk about when we meet. I'm glad that the calendula has taken up the financially risky proposition of bieng an organic reastruant. To my knowledge there is NO other reastruant in town that has a higher comitment to the quality of thier ingredients. Just as thier is NO other VEGAN restruant in town. That Craig Rosebraugh has risked his ass financially to revitalize a historic building in this neighborhood should be commended. I have recently moved from a below poverty income to a down right middle class career as a carpenter. I work hard. I like to go out. I get tired of going to a greasy punk dive to get some inconsistant food. I want a place I'd feel proud to take my family to. I'm glad there's a restraunt i can take my friends to that says this is what a vegan can do. If Craig can do it. So can I.
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In accordance with their resolution to work for a fairer tax structure in Oregon, the Pacific Green Party voted at convention January 10 to endorse a "Yes" vote for Measure 30. "We wanted to send a clear message to the community that the Pacific Green Party values responsible government," said Jeff Cropp, co-chair of the Portland Metro Chapter of the PGP. "The people behind the 'No on 30' campaign don't really care about Oregon; they are political opportunists who want to limit government regulation of the marketplace."
"We think it is important to make a formal endorsement expressing solidarity with those who support Measure 30," said Joanne Cvar, PGP co-chair. "A 'Yes' vote on the measure upholds the surprisingly progressive bi-partisan attempt of the state legislature to balance the Oregon budget for the next biennium without making further cuts in essential public services such as education, human services, and public safety. This is a first step in the direction of a fair tax structure for Oregon, but we must continue to look for long-term solutions."
Did the community need another reason to oppose Starbucks moving into the Seven Corners? North West Resistance Against Genetic Engineering (NWRage), Organic Consumers Association and other anti GE groups around the world have had an ongoing campaign against Starbucks. Since February 2001, the anti genetic engineering activists in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and other countries have protested and leafleted outside of nearly one thousand Starbucks cafes, demanding that the company
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"To fight the Empire is to be infected by its derangement; this is a paradox; whoever defeats a segment of the Empire becomes the Empire; it proliferates like a virus, imposing its form on its enemies. Thereby it becomes its enemies." -Philip K. Dick, Valis, 1983
Breaking away from linearity I want to outline what I saw at the very last PPRC Friday rally I attended before I tell you about the first one. I went to this last rally in late August of 2003 because I was called out, emailed an invitation to show solidarity with the Friday afternoon marchers. Two weeks earlier the protest had been attacked by a group of about eight young thugs. PPRC was moved to sound the alarm by a physical assault that included one of the protesters being momentarily choked in the crook of a thug's arm.
There was a chance that the thugs were sent by the government. [ Read more... ]
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