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SUSTAINABILITY 29.03.2004 20:40
Nettles, Nettles, Everywhere: Harvest wild, free herbs
Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica) grow like weeds in the woods where I live in the Pacific Northwest (Washington State, USA). Spring is the time to collect the top 6-8 inches of stinging nettles before they flower. You can dry them for later use, or make fresh oil or vinegar infusions, tinctures, hair tonics, herbal drinks, etc. Nettles have been used for centuries in medicines, cosmetics, dyes, teas, and also as an edible, calcium-rich green, like spinach.

Nettles sting with the little hairs under their jagged, heart-shaped leaves, and on their stems. They don't sting once they are boiled. They usually do not sting once dried, but be careful, as I have been stung by dried nettles. What stings is the formic acid and histamine on the hairs. Harvest the tops of nettles with scissors, gloves, and caution. You can put string up between two corners of your home and hang the nettles up to dry.


LABOR 29.03.2004 20:39
Minimum Wage: Does It Buy Work or Workers?
Minimum wage work offers the most oppressive work environments, with the highest level of paternalistic behavior, of all jobs in America. As a person who has wage slaved in minimum wage jobs this lifetime, so that someone else can take the profits from my labor, not me (which is the beauty of capitalism), I have come to realize that bosses seem to think they are renting ME for minimum wages, not my WORK. I do not see it that way.

I always thought that the employment I signed onto was for work product, not personhood, but when you look at the way most minimum wage bosses behave, apparently they think they are buying personhood, not product, in the contractual agreement. I think this seriously needs to be addressed. If the workers think they are contracting out their LABOR, but the bosses think the workers are contracting out the workers' THEMSELVES, there is a problem with interpretation of the employment contract and clarification is needed. [ Read more... ]

[ Other stories by Kirsten Anderberg ]


YOUR TAX $$ AT WORK. 29.03.2004 11:56
15 Hours Later, Po-Po Still Mute
Fifteen hours have passed since the black man was killed by a Portland cop, & nearly nothing is known about what happened & why. Fifteen hours is a long time to determine, for example, if the man had a weapon. The man was dead inside his car, & the po-po is still investigating whether he had a weapon? Must be. Or maybe it's that the Division of Creative Spin does not have a night shift. Hey, Derrick. Hey, Vera. Was the man armed? Your silence is not helpful. Perhaps you are beginning to understand that there are a few psychopaths wearing PPB blue. That would indeed be hard to explain. I don't live in Portland, but the demand for Justice recognizes no boundaries, certainly not political ones.

We're waiting, ..... for the truth! [ READ MORE... ]

from comments: "Clearly this is yet another vicious police killing of fellow citizen for minor infraction of road rules. The police are dragging this out so their union Preez can help the killer cop and his partner get their "story" straight. PEOPLE, are you going to let them get away with it?" --by COVER-UP!

PREVIOUS FEATURE: [ Portland Police Murder Unarmed Black Man ]


KUCINICH IN OREGON 29.03.2004 11:49
Dennis Kucinich speaks to, and with, SRO crowd at Lane Community College
Dennis Kucinich, still running for presidential nominee of the Democratic Party spoke to, and with, an audience of hundreds (easily more than 500) in Eugene from 1:30 to about 3:15 today (Sunday, March 28, 2204). Answering questions more than 20 members of the crowd, Dennis addressed such issues as corporate globalization and corporate control of the media and of the vote-counting apparatus, problems of the Democratic Party, Ralph Nader's candidacy as an Independent, the 9-11 investigation, supporting U.S. troops in Iraq and abuse of the word/concept of "patriotism".

Any people who have yet to hear Dennis speak in a venue small enough that you can see and connect with the man owe it to themselves to get out and hear him. It's like going back before television, maybe to the days of Abe Lincoln, when public speaking was the way that candidates made themselves known and that issues got discussed. Dennis is a great speaker. Maybe not as great as Martin Luther King, Jr., but he's more than just good. He's sincere, eloquent, impassioned and humorous. I had never heard him before and I expected a performance about like what we get from out Fourth District Congressman, Peter DeFazio, who shares with Dennis membership in the leadership of the House Progressive Caucus and takes most of the same positions on issues as Dennis does. Pete has the sincerity and is able to respond on any issue more than adequately, and I have no complaints whatsoever about how he represents the Fourth District and Oregon, but Pete just doesn't compare with Dennis as a public speaker. I say this with all due respect to our own Peter DeFazio, whose integrity and indefatigable commitment to progressive democracy cannot be over-stated. Pete is one of us. Solidarity.


Portland Police Murder Unarmed Black Man
Late breaking news has just been submitted that just an hour ago, the Portland Police murdered an unarmed Black man in North Portland. The Black man was pulled over in one of the Portland Police's excessive use of "traffic stops" that are used to harrass and intimidate the working class in the city, especially African Americans and Latinos, in the NE/N.Portland area of the city. 7240 N. Fessenden was the scene of the state crime.

The victim asked for the Probable Cause of the police officer pulling him over, and so the police officer then told the Black man to get out of the car. When the above mentioned driver undid his selt belt, the officer fired his gun into the victim, murdering him.When a family member of the victim received information of the murder, a police officer then arrested the grieving relative.

This represents another police state murder victim, almost all of them: people of color. The police officer that murdered Kendra James, a victim who was also unarmed, was simply transfered to the Southeast. The corporate news will certainly whitewash this latest police state murder. But the world needs to be informed of this daily occurrence in the United States concerning these types of legalized murder; a direct line from the days of the Lynch mob, the "White" race riot with police protection, the Slave Patrols, and the US military's use in putting down Slave rebellions. Justice has been too long denied. Will this dangerous murderer not receive the Death Penatly? How long will we sit by and watch another person murdered openly - on such a beautiful spring day? [ READ MORE... ]

OTHER PORTLAND POLICE MURDERS: [ Kendra James | Jose Mejia Poot ]


HAZMAT IN YOUR BACKYARD 28.03.2004 14:30
Hazardous Fire in Portland Takes an Interesting Twist
On March 15, 2004 there was a major fire in Southeast Portland at the Termo Fluids facility. Thermo Fluids was a waste oil and fluids processor in a facility that was under watch for code violations by the city of Portland. Many fluids ran into adjacent Johnson Creek and killed an array of fish. Toxic fumes and burned asbestos were scattered for miles around. On the TV news the following day, hazmat suited workers were shown collecting asbestos from a local park and neighborhood. Residents were told to call the city for asbestos clean-up crews to come and remove the asbestos from their yards. The city said that they would be adding crews to help with the clean up.

And so they did. They hired Rose City Contractors to get workers out on the calls for clean up duty. My sister-in-law who lives near Thermo Fluids called for a cleanup crew. They arrived, but they were not who she expected. Three Latino men showed up in a private car with leather work gloves, plastic bags and one respirator between them. Hardly the hazmat suited figures shown on the news. The respirator was still in the box because the one man who spoke English didn't know how it worked. Asbestos collected in the bags was not sealed, but twist-tied and placed both inside the private vehicle and in its trunk.

My sister-in-law had the opportunity to speak on the phone with a representative of Rose City Contractors. The Rep said that each worker had received forty hours of training. One might ask what that training consisted of, and whether the language used was anything in addition to English.


WHAT IS THE TRUTH? 27.03.2004 12:55
The 911 International Inquiry in SF
The presentations range the full spectrum, from people with vast historical knowledge talking about the Kennedy assassination, to people talking about the details of the demolitions of the towers, to people who have been lifetime activists and are sharing their knowledge, to icons like Mike Ruppert who get a lot of applause.

Mike presented last night - he focused on a very well done and focused version of Paul Thompson's 911 timeline just for the segment of the standdown, and identified the person who is initially responsible. He presented it grounds for a legal case, and referred to Phil Berg who was in the audience.

Webster Tarpley (unauthorized biogrphy of Bush I), Bruce Gagnon (Coordinator of Global Network Against Nuclear Weapons), Mark Taylor(false flag ops and Kennedy researcher), Joseph Calhoun (Bombing of WTC in '93), Grey Brechin ('Imperial SF' power and ruin), Barrie Zwickwer (The Great Deception), Nicholas Levis (Berlin 9/11 Conference) and Carol Brouillet (International Inquiry organizer) also presented yesterday. [ READ MORE... ]

International Inquiry Program | pdx imc 9-11 topic page


Peaceful Protest at Snake River Correctional Institution
The following report was mailed to me by the prisoners in Complex 2 at Snake River Correctional Facility, SRCI. On March 12th, 13th and 14th, approximately 700 inmates held a peaceful protest by refusing to eat in the prison's chow hall. The prisoners who sent this report asked to remain anonymous. I did receive several independent reports about this event, so feel this is a fairly accurate account.

The weekend of March 12 - 14, prisoners at SRCI refused to eat in the prison's chow hall. This cost the state several thousand dollars in wasted food, but inmates felt it was important to bring attention to the increasing mistreatment of the prison population on the following issues. The quality of medical care, the food, institutional operations and the overall conduct of the prison's staff in regards to the day to day treatment of the inmates. These are by no means trivial issues. Staff conduct alone has resulted on one of the hioghest rates of staff assaults in recent Oregon history.


IMPERIALISM 27.03.2004 12:50
The Gloves come off, U.S. Intervention in Latin America
Posted by Speakers from N.W. Haitian Association and Bolivarian Circle
From the Wednesday, March 24, 2004 PCASC/CBLOC Forum: "The Gloves come off, U.S. Intervention in Latin America." This is an audio file (MP3 format) of the first of three speakers Gunnar & Xiomara Gunderson of The Bolivarian Circle of Oregon speaking about Venezuela. The moderator(first voice you hear) was Alder from CBLOC.


Left Radio: revolution NOW
Never heard KBOO? It's on 90.7 FM in the Portland metro area; that's between the classical music station and the corporations-are-OK station. Two to the left of the Led Zeppelin station.

KBOO broadcasts in this (Portland) area at an incredible 25,000 watts. The main transmitter can be heard in Salem, in St. Helens, North of Vancouver, East of Sandy--and it is worldwide on the Web, and there are translator towers as well. When I get on the air for a 30-minute program, I feel an obligation to do the best job I can.

I've been broadcasting on several topics; I keep coming back to imperial war--the last program was on the Iraqi Holocaust. However, I've also covered corporate global warming, pointing out that it's hitting harder and faster than we're being told (ever heard of megacryometeors? --thermohaline circulation?)...I predicted months before the fact that the anthrax came from Ft. Detrick...I frequently address the intersection of gender politics and capitalist oppression (who does the dishes where you live?)...and that's just one program on KBOO. [ READ MORE... ]

[ KBOO SCHEDULE | portland imc web radio ]


PALESTINE 25.03.2004 23:59
Death and Birth in the Occupied Territories, by Starhawk
First, a correction. Sheikh Yassin, assassinated on Monday by the Israeli military, was only 67 years old, not 92. That's the last time I take the word of an eleven year old informant!

Regardless of how old he was, regardless of his responsibility for deaths or his culpability in suicide bombings, regardless of whether you loved or abhorred him, assassinating him was morally, politically and strategically indefensible. If you make assassination a tactic in your political program, you become something vile, something that will taint every good you claim to stand for. However dangerous you might perceive Yassin's ideas to be, you can't destroy his ideas by killing him, you can only strengthen their appeal. You can't kill hate: you can only create more of it by killing. Had Sharon and company hired a PR firm to tell them how to create the ultimate Hamas martyr, they couldn't have done a better job: an old man, in a wheelchair, murdered coming out of a mosque after praying.

In fact, assassinating Yassin was not a program of security, it was a program of deliberate provocation, aimed not at gaining peace and safety for Israel, but at undermining any serious attempts at peace, negotiation, or concessions to the Palestinians. That is his pattern: any time another step toward peace is made, he stages another assassination or a provocation, and that takes care of the threat that he might actually have to give something up or make some meaningful concession.


NEWS OF OUR BROTHER 25.03.2004 17:42
Indy reporter Travels to BC To Check on Tre Arrow
VICTORIA, BC -- The Victoria Island Regional Corrections Center does not allow it's prisoners to hug their visitors, a hugr sign in the visiting area reads "ABSOLUTELY TO PHYSICAL CONTACT OF ANY KIND" and a tall plexiglas screen dividing the table where we sit enforces the ludicrous rule. We press our hands against the glass, as if to breach the barrier and clasp, and we talk for two hours.

Tre was so grateful for outpouring of support and love, in both Canada and the US, since his arrest, and hopes to focus the attention on the rampant environmental destruction occurring in both countries, and the persecution of those who voice decent

Tre remains committed to his fast, in protest of this incarceration and solidarity for all those targeted as voices of decent. His good health, nourished by years of eating only organic vegan foods, is carrying him through during this fast. Meanwhile, supporters are mounting a letter witting campaign to lobby the jail to allow Tre vegan food options.

Tre emphasized the importance of refraining from speculation about the case. The fact there are those willing to slander Tre for a reduced sentence (read Jake Sherman) is irrelevant. The corporate media is sure to buy into these lies and print rumors and here say. As his supporters we must remain calm in the eye of this storm, maintain our unified support for Tre, and be cautions of what we say, lest it be twisted and used against him. [ Read more... ]

related: [ New Tre Arrow Contact Information and Update | Additional information for anyone wanting to visit Tre Arrow ]

previous Tre stories: [ Friend of Tre conveys his thanks to all for their support (19 Mar) | Portland lawyer shares more from Tre Arrow (18 Mar) | Seeds of Justice Plant Sale - A fundraiser for Tre's legal defense (18 Mar) | Portland lawyer: My Conversation with Tre Arrow (16 Mar) | Tre Arrow Arrested by FBI (15 Mar) ]


FOREST DEFENSE 25.03.2004 16:59
Oregonians for a Balanced Tillamook collecting signatures to place Tillamook 50/50 plan on ballot
[T]he Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) upped the cut in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests from 179 million board feet to 252 million board feet as a result of a legislative budget note. POLITICAL PRESSURE WON OVER SCIENCE AND PUBLIC DEBATE!

Now, the State is asking the legislature for permission to up the cut again by 50 million board feet to help pay for the last increase in harvest levels. Is there no end in sight? The original Forest Management Plan adopted in 2001 was scheduled to cut on average 179 million board feet from the Tillamook. Now in 2004 the State is upping the cut to 305 million board feet. This is almost double from what ODF considered reasonable almost 2 years ago. Increased logging at the expense of clean water, healthy fish and recreation use is being driven by politics and the need for fast cash. At this increase rate in harvest, the State Forests will be logged over in the next 20 years. Polling shows Oregonians don't want their State Forests managed as a tree farm and are opposed to clear cutting. The Tillamook 50/50 Plan offers voters another option.

The Supreme Court recently returned a victory for "Oregonians for a Balanced Tillamook" and certified our ballot title so that we could begin collecting signatures from registered Oregon voters.

As of March 1, we are on the streets collecting signatures for initiative petition #120 in support of the Tillamook 50/50 plan. We have until July 2 to turn in over 75,000 valid signatures to the Secretary of State so that we can qualify for the November 2004 election. Our goal is to turn in 100,000 signatures. We need your help!

[ Tillamook Rainforest Coalition ]


CIVIL RIGHTS 24.03.2004 23:43
Legacy Health System Denies Benefits to Same Sex Married Couples
I am a gay man, and I recently got married to my partner of five years (surprise). Still in newlywed bliss, I applied for health benefits for my spouse with my company (Legacy Health System). Today in the mail I rec'd notice that Legacy had denied my request to add my husband to my policy.

I have been with my company for 17 years. Legacy is one of Oregon's largest employers with over 7,000 employees and is based right here in good old Multnomah county. I might also add that several other prominent Oregon health care systems (Kaiser & OHSU) have offered domestic partner benefits for many years.


BENEFITS OF BICYCLING 24.03.2004 01:11
Bicyclist Hit By Bicycle Downtown: No Injuries
Portland, OR-- After two bicycles collided at relatively high speed on the corner of SW 4th and Harrison, neither rider suffered injuries nor did they engage in an aggressive blaming game. They walked their bicycles to the side of the road, checked themselves out, checked out their bikes, re-adjusted the minor bike damages, thanked the intersection of time and space that they were OK and that bikes do less damge than cars, and went on their ways.

I was riding east on Harrison near PSU and had the green light at 4th Av. As I proceeded through the intersection I saw a man on a bicycle heading down 4th straight for me, running the red light. I only had time to think "He is going to hit me" before he hit me right on my rear bike bucket, leading both of us to tumble off our bikes onto the street. Luckily, cars saw all this (since they had a red light) and let us gather our selves and our bikes as we walked them to the side of the road.


DEPARTMENT OF PEACE 23.03.2004 00:55
Peacemobile to cross USA from Oregon
Why is it that people so often resonate with anti- messages yet seldom in the same breath will offer viable solutions to the problems of which they so loudly complain? Strangely, H.R. 1673 was barely mentioned in the anti-war hoopla of the past week, nor even by any of the speakers at Pioneer Courthouse Square March 20 to a crowd of at least 5000 proponents of peace. One woman, Patty Annis of eastern Washington State, carried a large banner about this DoP bill and says that few people she meets, even among anti-war progressives and Democrats, seem to know of its existence or, if they heard of it, have not read it nor realize its import.

"The solution to making war is obviously peacemaking", says Annis, "and the Department of Peace bill is far more than just an idea; it is a piece of legislation sitting in a democratic congress just waiting for citizen input and lobbying to make it a reality". A former Portlander, Ms Annis has decided to embark on a 7-month mission to educate the general public throughout the country and garner more support for H.R. 1673. The bill has 50 co-signers in congress so far but needs much more support to become law.


Direct Action Shuts Down Bechtel HQ on Anniversary of Iraq Invasion
SAN FRANCISCO - March 19 - Over 500 Bay Area residents marked the anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq by taking direct action at the headquarters of the Bechtel corporation to protest their exploitation of the Iraqi people and misuse of U.S. tax dollars. Two marches converged on Bechtel's offices, one led by teachers holding a banner reading "Education Not Occupation," and one led by healthcare workers marching with banners reading "Healthcare not Warfare" and "Democracy Not Empire". While the crowd occupied the street, several dozen people engaged in civil disobedience by blocking the entrances to the building. By noon over twenty-five people had been arrested. The actions were organized by local grassroots mobilization Direct Action to Stop theWar (DASW)

Affinity groups involved with DASW also occupied an abandoned building to highlight the impacts of the escalating military budgets on Bay Area communities. "Why are we spending billions to illegally occupy Iraq when there isn't even enough affordable housing in our communities? Teachers are getting pink slips and our hospitals are under funded while more and more money is directed to Bush's policies of permanent war and empire-building," said Victoria Welle a San Francisco hospital worker.

Last year, DASW coordinated the largest and most consistently visible direct actions against the war inside the U.S. On March 20th, 2003 an estimated 20,000 people engaged in civil disobedience which shut down the San Francisco Financial District. In the following three days over 2,300 Bay area residents from all walks of life were arrested for protesting the invasion. Throughout the spring, DASW's direct action campaign continued with mass actions at the offices of war profiteering corporations like SSA,APL, Chevron-Texaco, Lockheed Martin and Bechtel.


SHARING EXPERIENCES 21.03.2004 00:13
thoughts from the march
This was such a great march, I was very impressed with everyone on all sides. The cops, freshly neuterd by the courts, seemed to take their loss of "failure to disperse" arrests in stride. Without thoughts of "heard them up, clear 'em out" running through their heads they seemed to be more focused on their actual job. I walked at the front of the line, and the police up there were working to keep traffic out of the march's way.

Just another kid comments: I saw something I never thought I would see. One of the PPRC type folk a "peaceful" marcher, fullout punched one of the black bloc kids in the ribs.

being peace comments: Today I learned that we don't need Ashcroft, Bush, and the portland police to take away our civil liberties, the PPRC will take care of that for them.


Pictures: [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 ]

Related Stories: [ AUDIO FILE: Portland Oregon March 20 Rally and March - PDX IMC Web Radio - MP3 format : Philosopher Seed - Real format | Best signs from the march | Prevent Crime Today Downtown, Watch A Police Officer! | Collect riot trash after police use weapons | inspiring photos of tonite's pre-March rally | Poem: What Price? (no One is an Accetable Loss!) ]


OREGON BUDGET CRISIS 20.03.2004 15:16
State will kick 50,000 off Oregon Health Plan
This is about the OHP "Standard" program for low-income adults who wouldn't normally qualify under federal rules. It is an expansion of Medicaid and the heart of OHP. Without that, OHP basically reverts to just plain Medicaid. And people will die. -- Lynn Porter


SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER 19.03.2004 22:15
Tre Arrow Speaks Out
VICTORIA, BC -- Tre Arrow, well known forest and animal rights activist, ledge sitter, and congressional candidate, urges the media to focus on the important issues we face, and urges those who receive this message to think about it and act upon it. On the issue of his true name, Tre says "the media is obliged to use my legal name of Tre Arrow. Check the Multnomah County Courthouse's records and you will see the government is lying to you about my name."

Tre went on to talk his supporters, the media, and the general public. " I want folks to know I am committed to a fast and I have not eaten any of the poisonous food provided to me of late, in solidarity for those suffering from the lack of justice in the U.S. Injustice system, and in protest of this incarceration.

"The government and media focus on me as an individual when they should be focussing on U.S. Corporations' pollution of and ravaging of our environment. Why can't the media give us stories on slaughterhouses, Hanford, and the continuing practice of clearcutting? [ Read more... ]

The Speaking Truth To Power Defense Fund announces its transition to the Tre Arrow Defense Fund
The Speaking Truth To Power Legal Defense Fund was established in the wake of Tre Arrow's 2002 grand jury indictment. We felt it was important that there be a defense fund in place in the event that Tre was ever arrested. For a number of logistical reasons we could not, at that time, name the fund after him. For the past two years we have worked with the Portland chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, who has held funds in trust for us, and we are eternally grateful for their assistance, as well as their tireless efforts for civil rights

After speaking with Tre Friday evening, we agreed that it is time to have the fund in his name, we are in the process of making this transition, and hope to have everything in place for our April 4th benefit. Donations made to Speaking Truth Power will be transferred to the new account Tre was concerned that unethical people might claim to be raising funds on his behalf (it would not be the first time) and wanted all his supporters to know that THIS IS HIS ONLY AUTHORIZED DEFENSE FUND, and that every cent of it goes to defending him, Period. He also wanted to reiterate his gratitude to all for their love and support, and to thank folks who cared enough to contribute even before he was in custody. [ Read more... ]

previous Tre features: [Friend of Tre conveys his thanks to all for their support Portland lawyer shares more from Tre Arrow (18 Mar) | Seeds of Justice Plant Sale - A fundraiser for Tre's legal defense (18 Mar) | Portland lawyer: My Conversation with Tre Arrow (16 Mar) | Tre Arrow Arrested by FBI (15 Mar) ]


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