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WAR ON THE HOMELESS 23.02.2004 10:52
Homeless barrier constructed under highway
A fence went up on Friday 2/20 under the overpass at 16th and Johnson. It serves no purpose except to block off part of the sidewalk where some people take shelter from the rain. My questions are: Who ordered this fence? How much did it cost? Are taxpayers paying for it?
Why there?

I understand that the city officials and the police want to eliminate homelessness by eliminating the homeless. But come on building a fenced off area next to a fence under a bridge. That is complete bullshit.


FOREST DEFENSE 23.02.2004 10:49
East Fork Coquille Timber Sale BLM proposes to clearcut 600 acres of mature and old-growth
BLM proposes to clearcut 600 acres of mature and old-growth forests in the Oregon Coast range. The oldest forest to be clearcut has trees over 425 years old, more than 200 years older than our nation.

This is a huge blow for the remaining old growth forests in the Coquille watershed. The sale is located west of Roseburg in the Coastal Mountain Range, near the Coos-Bay Wagon Road, between Reston and Sitkum.

The Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet populations that depend on these forests for nesting are continuing to decline. Many of the forests set aside for old-growth dependent animals ("Late Successional Reserves") were previously clearcut and have not regrown enough to help.

Hike To Coquille T.S. Sunday Feb 29th | Umqua Watersheds Detailed Info | Related Post Aug '03 | Portland Indymedia Forest Defense Pages


GENDER | RESISTANCE 23.02.2004 10:47
Women wage war on weenie-waggers
Weenie Waggers. Guys who get off on indecent exposure. As a young girl, I had many an unwanted dick thrust upon my naked eyes, and I was scared. These men chose spots that were isolated, they waited until there was no one else around, they were intimidating and scary, it was verging on rape and you could not tell if you were ABOUT to be raped if you did not get out of there fast. It definitely is more than nudity. I am fine with nakedness and nudity. This is something else. And it is not sexual either. I seriously doubt these men EVER get a reaction of "ooh, neat, can we have sex?" from the women these men assault. This is a power move by men on women. Plain and simple. And it is the kind of power move that reinforces a Patriarchy. So it must come down NOW!

[ Other stories by Kirsten Anderberg ]


CRITIQUE 23.02.2004 10:44
Is Derrick Jensen a fraud?
Got a listen to Derrick Jensen at the Synergy Conference in Olympia this weekend and he used EXACTLY the same words he used in his early January Portland apppearance, down to the seemingly spontaneous little asides, the fiddling with his papers, the cogitating about the number of pages he had completed on his next book. Most troubling, he opened his talk, as he did in Portland, by holding up a "disposable", new plastic bottle of water, opening it, taking a drink, and saying "I know there's no chance of revolution as long as they get us to buy this stuff", while an unused carafe full of water and a glass sat on the table he was using. Among the most striking features about the Evergreen venues and students was the use of nondisposable stuff, including water containers. He did his missive on hope being an opiate, his litany of the mother bear, and the second time around, done in the same voice, with the same false emotion, it felt contrived.


ALTERNATIVE MEDIA 22.02.2004 11:19
Progressive Radio Station Shut Down by Free Traders
Radio for Peace International (RFPI) the only world wide progressive short wave voice broadcasting to rural and third world communities has been evicted by the UN's University for Peace (U-Peace) in Cost Rica. If you live in a community anywhere in the world without a community radio station or internet access your only choice for progressive short wave radio coverage of world events has been RFPI. With content provided by the beginning days of indymedia in 1999 RFPI broadcast to the world the events leading up to the collapse of the WTO meetings in Seattle. RFPI has also covered the negative impacts of the IMF and the World Bank on developing countries and has been the only anti-hate voice on short wave radio.


Democratic state legislators betrayed Oregon Health Plan clients
Senate Democratic majority leader Kate Brown promised, at a public meeting in Portland last year, that she would vote against any cuts to the Oregon Health Plan. Then she, and the other Democratic state legislators, voted for a plan that cut OHP.

[ Here's some recent history ]


SELECTION 2000 REVISITED 22.02.2004 01:37
Indymedia readers smack down the Democrats over Nader
Lloyd Hart writes: Roosevelt sent two boat loads of Jews to their deaths and allowed the American elite to finance Hitler leading to 38 million more deaths. Truman committed mass genocide with the H bomb. Johnson participated in the military coup that murdered the president and then 2 million Vietminese. Carter provoked the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and backed the worst elements in Afghanistan leading to uncounted deaths. A Clinton executive order caused the UN to pull out of Rawanda causing the deaths of 500,000 people. Clinton also over saw the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children.

How many people will die because of the next democratic president?

"Repentant Nader Voter" claims: "While we do not blame you or ourselves for the Gore loss, it is irrefutable that Bush might not be in office if you had not been a candidate."

But "jimmy stewart" responds: "It is irrefutable that pigs might fly if Nader had not been a candidate, it just isn't terribly likely. It is also irrefutable that Bush might not be in office if the election hadn't been rigged, if Gore hadn't knuckled under, etc. etc. It is also irrefutable that if any of these are an issue, Ralph running is a non-issue. What Ralph does or doesn't do is also a non-issue if any such things should happen again.


DEEP POLITICS 22.02.2004 01:23
Chemtrails Over Portland
I can see them out of my window right now. I'm in SW Portland at work on Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. Where else in Portland can you see them.

"Merlin" comments: Yesterday afternoon, the chemtrials were very numerous. As a retired person with degrees in engineering, math/physics, and geography (meteorology), & having been an engineering supervisory w/USDOT/FAA (the people who manage the air space above us), I can tell you unequivocally that the government's debunking stories are pure BULLSHIT!

Like I did yesterday, and again today, one can easily use their astronomer's telescope to see for themselves that the vaporous discharge is coming from dispersal nozzles on the wings of the aircraft used, and are NOT vaporous discharge from the engines. If you set your scope carefully and use it to snap photographs, you'll usually be able to see the actually nozzles themselves...

As to exactly WHY the government is doing this, I am not entirely sure. There are a number of excellent theories that make sound sense, and some are more viable than others.


HANFORD WATCH 21.02.2004 11:53
DOE not working with public on Hanford cleanup
Over the past decade or more, we have worked diligently to build a coalition of interests in the Northwest to support the critical cleanup of nuclear contamination at the Hanford site. We have supported funding, lobbied for greater efficiencies in contracting, recommended changes in timelines and milestones, and actively participated in the public involvement process...

Unfortunately, over the past year or more, we have detected a troubling change in this previously cooperative partnership. The DOE seems increasingly unwilling to involve, engage or even inform regulators, stakeholders or the public. And even when information is forthcoming, it is becoming clear that the Department has no interest in paying any attention whatsoever to the comments received from their "partners."


MEDIA CRITICISM 21.02.2004 11:48
Obnoxious Qwest Commercials
My recent e-mail to Qwest Customer Service
If this doesn't apply to your department, please pass my comments along to your advertising agency. I find the latest Quest television commercials objectionable and deceptive. Objectionable because they infer that a letter from one's mother or a phone call from one's sister is not only less important than a call or a bill from Qwest, but actually something unpleasant to be endured (commercial with girl picking up mail and reacting only to the Qwest bill and elderly couple racing to the phone during dinner hoping that the call is from Qwest and looking disgusted when it is only the wife's sister). In the second commercial, the couple hesitates to answer the call while enjoying spareribs because "it's probably a telemarketer". But when the wife realizes "it might be Qwest!" they can't drop their dinner and get to the phone fast enough. It seems to me that a company that makes telephone solicitation calls during dinner IS a telemarketer, Qwest or not.

These commercials don't strike me as making a joke or playing for laughs . . . the people in your commercials seem seriously, deliriously happy and apparently have an unhealthy fixation with a telephone service provider.


VINDICATION 19.02.2004 22:28
March 20 charges dropped for critical mass
Photos from Critical Mass On March 20, 2003, in solidarity with the world community, Portland demonstrators took to the streets and to the highways. Many were arrested and charged with various crimes from disorderly conduct to criminal tresspassing while voicing their first ammendment rights. Charges are now being dropped.

On March 20, 2003, critical mass riders took over the I405 highway to draw attention to the invasion in Iraq. Almost an entire year later, the city is dropping all charges on the mass riders. Those who showed solidarity by not pleading guilty and accepting community service will pay no fine, serve no time and can now file suit against the city for false arrest. This should be a lesson to all; that we need to stick together on these issues and we can and will prevail.

Next time let's shut down the federal building, the court, the injustice center, or city hall or all of them...they are all in close proximity to each other and the people participating in the wicked government, that we are all forced to live under, need to understand that this country is killing the world. Pioneer Square would also be nice to shut down as cronic shoppers need to be woken up! [ READ MORE... ]

[ More Critical Mass March 20th Stories ] [ Day X Action Page ]

breaking news from march 20th: 8:25 pm: Newswire post at 7:50 pm: "Cops cornered bike riders on Morrison bridge and threw them on the ground and beat them. Cops are becoming more violent. They cornered critical mass riders coming back from the i-405 liberation and beat the crap out of several riders. The cops have the riders tied up, face down on the bridge waiting to take them away."


VIDEO RESISTANCE 18.02.2004 20:30
Videos from the Resistance Available Online
chemical times

Four videos from the resistance have been made available online for those who wish to download them. Since portland indymedia cannot offer the resources to host these videos directly, guides have been provided to facilitate downloading from peer-to-peer networks. This may not be the easiest solution but it should prove to be the most effective.

[ "A Call to Media Arms" | "A Million Dollars Later" August 21, 2003 Bush Protest | "Cops of the World" | "Li2U News" Corporate Media Expose ]


Rose City Copwatch Publicizes Scott McCollister's Return to Work
hiding his face On Monday, February 16, in response to Officer Scott McCollister's return to the Portland Police Bureau, Rose City Copwatch members and volunteers installed over 300 posters in various areas of East Precinct. The posters announce a contest: the first person to provide a photo of McCollister will receive a free bag of groceries, compliments of Rose City Copwatch.

On May 5, 2003, Officer Scott McCollister shot and killed Kendra James, an unarmed, 21-year- old, African-American mother of two in North Portland. Despite massive public outcry, including demands that McCollister be fired from the Police Bureau and held accountable for James' death, Scott McCollister was re-armed and reassigned to work in East Precinct on February 5, 2004.

[ More On Kendra James ]


Francesconi Shows True Colors: Black, Green and White
After testifying before city council about the growing lack of affordable commercial and residential property in Inner Southeast Portland, currently being exasperated by the new Starbucks development on SE 20th and Division St, it was brought to my attention that Lord francesconi had been enjoying a cup of coffee from the predatory chain the whole time.


PORTLAND POLICE STATE 18.02.2004 11:21
PJTTF: League of Women Voters asks Katz, Where's the Clearance?
Some of you may have seen a short article in the Portland Mercury two weeks ago regarding Katz's promise from October 29 to have her security clearance to review FBI-classified files being generated by Portland Police within three months. That deadline is way past and the Mercury indicated the Mayor still has not done anything.

At the same time the article came out the League of Women Voters, one of the groups which has been consistently testifying before Council for more oversight of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, was drafting this letter, which went out late last week.


COMMUNITY 18.02.2004 11:10
Community Land Trust in Southeast Portland Picks up Steam
Over 30 community members attended the DivisionVision meeting held at the Red and Black Cafe Monday night to develop a planning strategy for the Division Street business corridor. Many issues were discussed including the recent state and federal grants allocated for Division St transportation and development projects, communication building among current businesses and organizations in the area, Community land trusts and planning for the next neighborhood street fair to be held in July.

A lot of energy and discussion was put into community land trusts and local development corporations. This was largely due to the groundswell of opposition around the planned Starbucks (and possibly Subway) currently under construction at SE 20th and Division St. There was general agreement that the community needs to plan in advance of economic development so that self-serving developers cannot make economic choices counter to the will local communities.


What New Seasons Hath Wrought: An inner Southeast Portland neighborhood falls prey to corporate development
It is with no great joy that i say "I told you," but... "I told you so."

Here's two places to meet folks who are concerned about these issues:
* Wed., Feb. 18, 6pm -- "No Starbucks in 7 Corners" -- Cascadia Rising! Infoshop (1540 SE Clinton)
* Thurs., Feb. 19, 7pm -- Hosford-Abernathy Neighborhood Assn mtg, featuring a discussion of Starbucks with a Starbucks rep., and more about the new developments at 21st & Clinton -- St. Philip Neri Church
When those of us in SE Portland began organizing -- belatedly -- against the opening of a New Seasons grocery store on SE Division at 20th last Spring, one of our main arguments against the local corporation was that its presence would bring gentrification to the neighborhood. We were scoffed at by folks across the political spectrum here on indymedia, and in personal conversations. Right wingers, of course, just spouted off about the "free market" (neglecting or refusing to notice that there's nothing "free" about a fight between individuals and corporate power), and how we should just shut up already. Some liberals gushed about the allegedly "neighborly" nature of New Seasons (neglecting or refusing to notice the fact that New Seasons' friendly spin was little more than that -- spin) and how it would all be okay. Other liberals said they were looking forward to "more choices" to complement to Wild Oats (n?e Natures) and the People's Food Co-op (neglecting or refusing to notice that in most corporate vs. co-op battles, the co-op loses) and how there was nothing to worry about. Finally, some radicals pooh-poohed the whole struggle, claiming that SE is already gentrified and that we're bunch of dumb hippies who should fight "real" struggles (neglecting or refusing to notice that the New Seasons vs. People's situation is nothing less than the fight against capitalism writ local, and nothing if not "real"), and how it didn't matter.

No one ever presented a good counter-argument to our warnings of gentrification. We were simply dismissed or told to relax. Now, however, months before New Seasons is scheduled to open, the effects can already be seen.

[RELATED ARTICLES: Community Land Trust Picks up Steam | pdx indymedia launches "No Starbucks in 7 Corners" topic page | Report-back from anti-Starbucks action this lovely morn]


AUDIO FILE: Russ Redner, Speaking at the Peltier March
Redner, long time activist for Native American sovereignty and treaty rights issues, first addresses divisions within the Native Community driven by a recent trial in Rapid City S.D. Here a federal jury on convicted Arlo Looking Cloud in the 1975 execution-style slaying of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, thought by some at the time to be a government informant against the American Indian Movement.This is a long story, and here are a few links for those who are interested.
First Nations Issues of Consequence.

Black Mesa Indigenous Support
News From Indian Country
The rally took place after a 2 1/2 mile march from Portland Park to the downtown section of Tacoma. This is short video, 2 1/2 minutes, of the walk and a clip of Redner speaking to the gathering.
56K Stream


FOREST DEFENSE 16.02.2004 22:58
Solo Timber Sale Back on the Chopping Block
Last summer's "victory" at the Solo, Borg (Mt. Hood National Forest) and Straw Devil, Clark, East Devil, and Pryor (Willamette National Forest) appears to be all to short lived. Despite the best efforts of Cascadia's environmental movements (tree-sitters with the Cascadia Forest Defenders and Cascadia Forest Alliance, legal efforts of the Western Environmental Law Center and Oregon Natural Resources Council, surveys by Bark, the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team, & Cascadia Wildlands Project) Bush, the corrupt Forest $ervice beauracracy and the timber barons appear poised to have their way. Worse, with the elimination of the elimination of the Survey and Manage Protections the timber sales may actually be more severe than they were initially planned as "buffers" in the sales, removed because of the rare species that called them home, may well be eliminated. Lovers of the wild: get organized, get informed - it's going to be a long, hard summer. [ Read more... ]

9 Cities Plan for Survey and Manage Day-of-Action!
Monday February 23rd, join the Cascadia Rising Eco-Defense Network and Back to the WALL in a region wide day of resistance to species extinction and forest destruction in your backyard! In Portland protests will be held at the Region Six Forest Service Headquarters at 8 a.m. SHARP at 333 SW First Avenue. Protests are also planned in Bellingham, WA, Olympia, WA, Wenatachee, WA, Eugene, OR, Ashland, OR, Detroit, OR, and Eureka CA. Solidarity protests may also be held in San Francisco and Washington, DC.

Bush and Mark Rey (former timber industry lobbyist / Undersecretary of Agriculture in charge of the federal, public lands timber sale program) just released a final draft of a plan to eliminate "Survey and Manage" species protections. Survey and Manage was created as a result of the Spotted Owl controversy of the 80's and 90's mandates that surveys be made for rare and little known species before any timber sale in western California, Oregon, or Washington takes place - a basic "look before you log" requirement. Survey and Manage has been a lynchpin of combating timber sales under the legal system for years ? and was the basis of the Straw Devil / Solo / Clark timber sale victories last summer. [ Read more... ]


SELECTION 2004 16.02.2004 13:36
The Smirk Has Not Been Wiped From the Chimp's Face
I had written last year that the reason the Bush regime allowed the Shiite population of Baghdad to loot Baghdad and allowed Shiite lawlessness in other parts of the country immediately after the Hussain regime retreated was simply because the Bush regime wanted to give an advantage to the consolidation and growth of a Shiite political bubble that would at some point begin to interfere with the Bush regime's publicly stated plans for the reconstruction and the bringing of democracy to Iraq. I also wrote that the Bush regime would then blame Iran for the interference. With the Ayatollah Sistani emerging as the key political and spiritual leader of the Iraqi Shiite (who is leading the charge against U.S. plans to hand power in Iraq to the U.S. puppet government of Ahmed Chalabi) and being an Iranian Shiite at the same time, the bubble I wrote about last year has become increasingly pregnant and ready to give birth.

[ Other articles by Lloyd Hart ]


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