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POLICE | COMMUNITY 08.05.2004 03:04
PORTLAND POLICE AMBUSHED IN NORTH PORTLAND
tonight Portland Police were ambushed and shots fired near N Ainsworth & 15th ave. an officer i spoke to remarked, "Theyre shooting at us! the people ACTUALLY hate us enough to shoot at us!"
he weilded a pump shotgun, was visibly shaken and quite jittery, guarding his post at N Jarret and 13th ave. Police had by 11:45pm quarantined a three block radius from the scene of what was being described as an ambush on a squad car during a "routine traffic stop." details at this time are meager, but local television and print media tend to blow these stories wide open (though often blow off), that are first reported to portland.indymedia.org all that is known is, officers were fired upon after pulling over a car on N Ainsworth near 15th ave. it is unknown if there are any casualties/injured police or civilians. it is also unclear if police were lured into a trap through the traffic stop. as of this time backup police are in the area with K9 units searching for suspects-- as far as we know no arrests have been made. lately in North and Northeast portland there have been numerous occurances of graffiti revealing such statements as: "KILLER COPS = COP KILLERS", "FUCK THE PIGS", and "NEXT TIME WE SHOOT BACK" leading many people in these neighborhoods to speculate that infuriated citizens are organizing against police. more information will be posted promptly as it is available. [Read or Post Comments]

FOR EVERY ACTION THERE IS A REACTION
From the open publishing, newswire: we just returned from the scene of tonight's episode...
as of 2:00 am there are no arrests made in what has become a manhunt- cops are desperately seeking two young black males who ambushed two police who were on the street conducting a traffic stop. we just returned from the scene, the neighborhood surrounding 13th& N Ainsworth, where several streets are barricaded with patrol cars. K9 units and various other police vehichles remain in the immediate area. people from the neighorhood gathered near the blocked streets, some because they werent allowed past to get to their homes.
there are no fatalities (so far) resulting from the shots fired around 11:30. its a good thing, because senseless loss of life is very sad. checks and balances, on the other hand...
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07.05.2004 14:16
Timber Pimp Rey Chased Out of Ashland
Following a private closed-door meeting with the Society of American Foresters at Southern Oregon University this morning, Undersecretary of Agriculture Mark Rey was chased out of Ashland by a boisterous crowd of protesters on hand to draw attention to the extreme environmental policies of the US Forest Service and the Bush administration.

As Rey was leaving the building, the protesters attempted to surround his vehicle and block his exit. They were violently pushed back by undercover security forces wielding clubs and mace. Many protesters were assaulted and shoved to the ground by the overly aggressive security force. One person was pepper-sprayed in the back of the head.

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FOREST DEFENSE 06.05.2004 17:22
Forest Defenders Take Action At Society of American Foresters Meeting in Ashland
Ashland Tree-Sitters Oppose Big Timber: Early this morning, students and community members set two tree-sits high in the branches of a tree near the Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University. The action serves as a symbol of opposition to the rhetoric of old-growth logging put forth at the Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting underway on campus. With a banner proclaiming "Save the Wild Siskiyou!" strung between the tree-tops, the action sends a strong message to the timber puppets arriving in Ashland this week.

In particular the tree-sitters oppose the presence of the Bush administration's chief of de-forestation Mark Rey, Oregon State University (OSU) professor John Sessions, author of a "study" advocating extreme salvage logging of the Biscuit fire, and Hal Salwasser, dean of the OSU School of Forestry. Students did not invite these apologists for extreme logging to SOU, and the tree-sit is a reminder that they are not welcome.


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06.05.2004 14:05
An IMC Interview with Paul Krassner
Paul Krassner is an emminent cultural critic, drug warrior (on the other side) and comedian. He is a one the co-founders of the Yippies, along with Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman. His publication, the Realist, was a monument to irreverence and nose-thumbing rebellion that helped spawn many of it's kind. This Saturday at 8pm, he will be performing at the Old Church at 1422 SW 11th & Clay. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. I took a few minutes of Paul's time to ask him some questions specifically for IMC at Powell's Books last night before his reading and signing of his new book, Magic Mushrooms and Other Highs: from Toad Slime to Ecstasy.

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LABOR SOLIDARITY IN CENTRAL AMERICA 06.05.2004 08:55
Salvadoran union leaders still in jail, accused of "acts of terrorism"
Today Ricardo Monge, Secretary General of the STISSS health care workers union, Javier Ayala, Secretary of Organization of the STISSS, and 35 other unionists and supporters remain jailed for their involvement in Wednesdays protest against government firings, the privatization of public health care, and the presence of Salvadoran troops in Iraq.

Attorney General Belisario Artiga, is charging Ricardo Monge with being the intellectual author of acts of terrorism, illicit associations, public disorder, damages, injuries, and resistance. Artiga has said that he plans to "set a precedent" with Monge's case. This is the first time anyone has ever been charged with intellectual authorship of public disorder in El Salvador.

In custody, Monge and Ayala have now been separated from the other detainees, and remain handcuffed to each other. Read More>>>

FEAR and FRAUD: Who Stole the Salvadoran Elections?
El Salvador reportback Thurs., May 6th @ 7pm
Three International Elections Observers from Portland report back on: the March 2004 presidential elections in El Salvador, U.S. intervention, the labor struggle, women's movement, and CAFTA (the Central America Free Trade Agreement).

THURSDAY, MAY 6th @ 7pm, 325 NE 20th Ave. Musician's Union Local 99

Related Articles: [ 4/29/04: STISSS Ends the Occupation of the Cathedral, Union Leaders Still Detained | 3/4/04 Update: 17 Days until Elections in El Salvador; Violence and Provocation Continue 3/19/04: The Gloves Come Off: The New U.S. Intervention In Latin America | 10/16/03: Anti-Gang Law Generates Fear, Not Security, In El Salvador | 6/5/03: US Government Kicks Off Dirty Campaign Against FMLN | 2/27/03: Political Violence Continues Unchecked in El Salvador as Healthcare Strikers March Against Privatization, Corruption | 2/19/03: Death Squad Kills Second FMLN Activist in El Salvador ]


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REMEMBERANCE | PAST POLICE MURDERS 06.05.2004 00:12
KENDRA JAMES MEMORIAL
About an hour ago a memorial flag was hung overlooking I-5 on the Northeast side of the Skidmore bridge in North Portland commemorating the one year anniversary of the murder of Kendra James by a Portland Police officer.

Between the etchings of KENDRA and MAY 5 are two small banners sewn to the 4'x 6' black flag. One banner a picture with the slogan OUR WAR IS HERE, the other simply the words DO NOT FORGET. To either side of the flag are lists of names, 38 in all, some I recognize, victims of the Portland Police, many I do not. Bouquets of flowers attached to the wire fencing surround the flag and candles flicker and burn out. A year has passed, the list of names is longer and room still remains on the flag for more to be added. OUR WAR IS HERE! DO NOT FORGET! [ add your comments... ]

Videos From the Resistance: Holding Up that BloodStained Banner (video available for download)


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FOREST DEFENSE 05.05.2004 23:48
Crown Pacific Timber Company Wins Bid on Toolbox Fire Sale
Logging plans inside the Toolbox Complex fire area on the Winema National Forest have received little public attention, and the Forest Service would like to keep it that way... Besides winning the bid, Crown Pacific may also get to log during the formally troublesome 45 day appeal period because regional forester Linda Goodman has granted an "emergency status exemption".

Emergency Status Exemption is part of the bag of tricks in the "Healthy Forest Restoration Act". It allows public lands managers to declare an "economic emergency" to circumvent the appeals process (normally 45 day for the sales based on fear of economic loss if the burned trees are not logged before they decay. A preliminary injunction has been filed to challenge Goodman's decision to allow immediate logging of the area. The plaintiffs are: Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC), Oregon Natural Resources Council (ONRC), and the Klamath Forest Alliance. I have not heard if there has been a decision on the injunction yet and I imagine those same groups are suing on the sale. I'll post again when I know more.


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COMMUNITY NOT CORPORATE ENTITY 05.05.2004 13:12
Starbucks in 7 Corners Vandalized
Police have taped off the New Starbucks in 7 Corners tonight after someone attempted to throw a molotov coctail through one of their windows. This is the fourth time a window has been smashed on the property since the development began. There has so far been no word from management or the owner as to whether Starbucks still plans to open tomorrow as previously announced. More info as it becomes available. [ add your comments... ]

from comments: fan of whoever did it says: As for what's wrong with starbucks, the same thing that's wrong with walmart, or mcdonalds, or taco bell. And then some. They put local businesses out of business, which means the only jobs in town become cheap, unskilled, low wage shit jobs with no benefits and no local connection to ensure moral treatment of workers. It also means that the people have no choices: Travel across the country and see how many choices you have as you move through the thousands of miles of highway lined with taco bells, walmarts, mcdonalds, and yes, starbucks. It means more space on the planet devoted to useless pursuit of shit we don't need. Consumption of more crap that's not even good for us, and comes from friggin somewhere. From places in the third world plowed under to make room for more coffee plantations to feed the mindless habit of yuppie junkies.

from comments: Non coffee drinker says: The funny thing is, there will probably be more of an uproar over the destruction of Starbucks windows, than there is to Bushs agenda or the thousands dying over in Iraq. We can firebomb children and torture prisoners, but by god, we cant destroy a Starbucks window because it is an outrageous act of terrorism. The vandalism will probably soon be called domestic terrorism in the media.Watch with me and laugh at how the mainstream media will turn this into an Atrocity....


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MAY DAY: OLYMPIA, WA 05.05.2004 11:40
May Day in Oly expression of Freedom & Liberty & No War
May Day in Oly an expression of Freedom and Liberty with resistence against war, oppression and dumb rules made by dumber 'residents' high on power. No blood oil to burn - all foot power to reclaim the streets. A day away from our chattel to say for Labour Day in Oly-Ox-Run-Free!

This May Day in Oly, was a day off in celebration of our lives and a renewal of what it may feel for us to truly be free and be at liberty to do whatever we please in our city and streets and do no harm and not comply to the belief in blood oil or the WAR. The day started with an essential late breakfast of several hundred loaves of organic hearth breads for several hundred friends of peace. Later, the hoe down band came and there was square dancing at Heritage Park. Food not Bombs fed a wonderful lunch (even with a vegan ice cream made on site) to the band on one side and drums on the other. [ read the full article... ]


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SAY NO TO STARBUCKS IN 7 CORNERS 04.05.2004 15:10
Open House at new Starbucks in 7 Corners on Wednesday, from 2-5, provides opportunity for community to express their rage and disappointment
As reported here on portland indymedia, neighbors and business owners in the 7 Corners area of Southeast Portland have been strongly opposed to the opening of a new Starbucks store at SE Division & 20th. Issues have included concerns about traffic, rising rents, the deleterious effects of out-of-state corporations on local economies, litter, and the corporate homogenization of one of a legitimate, locally-centered neighborhood. Responses have included an above-ground campaign, positive proposals, talks with the owner and developers through the neighborhood association, testifying at City Council, and broken windows and monkey-wrenched equipment at the site.

To probably no one's surprise, none of these tactics actually stopped the Starbucks from moving in. The owner, local landlord Peter Perrin, had already signed a lease with the corporate coffee behemoth before the news got out, and neither could back out of the deal without risking a lawsuit for breach of contract. So it is now up to the neighbors to Shut This Starbucks Down.

The first chance will be an open house for the community on Wednesday, May 5, from 2-5 in the afternoon.


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EUGENE HATES HATE 04.05.2004 02:51
Skinheads in Eugene
This last weekend, while a friend was making late night fliers for a punk show in town he stumbled upon an unpleasant sight. Right in front of him, in full regalia (swastikas on arms, SS, ext, boots, the whole nine yards) was a group of four neo-nazis making fliers for distribution in town.

This is the fourth instance that we have heard about through the punk scene in Eugene, and there have also been two reported instances of hate crimes committed by "Neo Nazi" white males in the thirties reported by the main stream media. This group is attempting to infiltrate our scene, and they are doing it violently. Everytime that they have come to a show, there has been a fight. They have also been actively targeting high traffic areas like malls, ext with their fliers, and have also been targeting places of worship, and the U of O campus. This is a call towards a vigilant community, and an educated community. We can not allow the violence and hate to spread it's message without resistance.


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MAY DAY 2004 03.05.2004 15:01
MAY DAY, MAY DAY: Is help on the way?
After attending the May Day march, I wonder what exactly is going on here? The history of May Day is a dispute between union members and anarchists, but at its heart, May Day is a celebration for the working class. The struggles of class war and the fight for workers rights is the spirit of May Day...and, you know, it seems Portland has lost its spirit.

I started on the march at the IWW hall, where the radical feeder march was leaving from. I got there shortly before they pushed off. Around noon-ish, someone stood on a chair and gathered peoples attention. He asked questions about how/where people would feel comfortable with this feeder march. Overwhelmingly the people gathered wanted to take the street and march across the Burnside Bridge without a permit, regardless of the police. I think only one person raised a hand for marching on the sidewalk. [ read the full article... ]

REALTED ARTICLES: Portland May Day 2004 Pictures | May Day 2004 Photos | insulted by kucinich's presence at mayday | Kucinich May Day 2004 Appearance in Portland (photos) | Vancouver Canada May Day Photos


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02.05.2004 15:42
The Weekly Best of Indymedia Worldwide
Each week I search Indymedia Websites looking for stories about people acting courageously to change the world for the best. I look for people who can teach us how to make the world better despite great obstacles and oppression. These acts are like water flowing under, around and over oppression...soon the wall of hatred, war and oppression will tumble. We can all learn if only we will- read on.

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POLICE UPDATE 30.04.2004 18:38
HOMICIDE- INQUEST JURY RETURNS VERDICT WITH-IN THE HOUR
AUDIO | RECRUITEMENT 29.04.2004 23:48
AUDIO: No Recruitment in Public Schools
Tonight, 04/29/2004, there was a panel discussion at PSU on the topic of military recruitement in Public Schools, specifically Portland public schools. Members of the panel were both old and young. Some older who have been fighting from the outside for many years and members of the Student Activist Alliance who have been figting from the inside. The panel later featured Dennis Kucinich, who dropped in to say a few words. You can stream the audio from the discussion by clicking on the following link No Recruitement in Public Schools - 04/29/2004.

Check out PDX IMC Web Radio for more audio you can stream.

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US IMPERIALISM 29.04.2004 14:48
Coup d'État Plot, Exposed, Shakes Bolivia
BOLIVIA, APRIL 17 2004: It wasn't a secret, but for a while, nobody was paying attention: there are groups plotting to destabilize the government of President Carlos Mesa, that are considering a coup d'etat in order to finalize the sale of Bolivian gas to Chile despite the outpouring of popular will against such a deal expressed in last October's insurrection.

Of course, U.S. government officials have a lot to do with it (beginning with the Viceroy David N. Greenlee, his friends in the CIA, and even officials from the gringo agency USAID). It took a counterintelligence memo, put together by confidential Bolivian and Chilean sources, specifically accusing those foreign companies and politicians - to bring this matter to light. Then Congressman Evo Morales denounced the coup attempt, and the questions began.

Yes, kind readers, the social movements also do counterintelligence work. Read More...

[ Other articles on Bolivia | Narco News ]


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LABOR | CORPORATE DOMINACE | IMPERIALISM 28.04.2004 23:11
The unexpected ending of the case against the Oakland 25
oakland anti-war picket at docks 5/12/03 The DA had been prosecuting 25 victims of the police assault which took place on April 7, 2003 in the Port of Oakland. A year later, the ordeal of these people finally ended in a strange twist.

A year ago on April 7th, police assaulted protesters, legal observers, longshoremen and newspeople with "less-lethal" munitions, injuring several dozen people, some permanently. The attack was the most violent police assault on the antiwar movement during the spring of 2003, and it was later mentioned in a report by the United Nations Human Rights Commission. So our city of Oakland is now on the same list as Indonesia, Guatemala and other human rights abusers.

The plan for our port protest on April 7, 2003 had been to peacefully picket the Oakland shipping terminals of two war profiteers, APL and SSA Marine. The goal was to shut them down for a shift by asking dockworkers not to cross our community picket line.

Traditionally, picketing a business is considered a socially acceptable and legal exercise of First Amendment rights. That's because the labor and civil rights movements have spent over a century winning and defending those rights. Now those rights are being called into question once more; had the case been successfully prosecuted, it would have set a precedent that might be used against unionized workers during strikes. After all, striking workers do "disrupt" businesses, and from the viewpoint of corporations, picket lines are a "nuisance."


Indybay.org coverage: [ Oakland 4/7/03 Compiled Stories | 5/12/03 Return to the Docks Protest | 4/26/03 Rally Against Police Brutality | 4/7/04 Remember the Shots! Return to the Docks! | ]


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LOCAL COVERAGE | CURRENT EVENTS 28.04.2004 22:02
Public Inquest Begins in Perez Murder
I went to the courthouse at about 4pm & left at about 5:30. No other protester was there. There were tons & tons of media equipment for the dumb "remotes", even tho nothing was going on. Reporters had to have their "background", tho, against which to say that nothing was going on. Duh. Cinema verit? wannabes. A three-car accident on the block shortly before 5 did happen, but of course reporters' scripts weren't written for that. The moon could've crashed into the nearby park, but the scripts weren't written for that. So ignore the moon. [ add comments ]

Synopsis of Public Inquest ,04/28/04, Part 1 | Synopsis of Public Inquest, 04/28/04, Part 2 | Synopsis of Public Inquest, 04/28/04, Part 3

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FREE SCHOOL BUILDING 28.04.2004 19:46
Village Free School Begins School Construction
It is commonly thought that a school is a building that warehouses children, teenagers and adults for a certain clock controlled period, as if it is a mandatory stage before work or between careers. However, there are others, educated on the principles of free education, and on the works of some radical philosophers in education (Illich, Ferrer, Robin, Freire and Kozol, for example); who also understand that organizers, students and teachers are human beings, and that each person has his/her particular needs and desires for an open learning environment.

Village Free School


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CASCADIA FOREST DEFENCE 28.04.2004 12:42
Forest Service Raids Straw Devil
Another Straw Devil Photo Cascadia Forest Defenders had over 500 dollars worth of climbing gear confiscated in a raid yesterday afternoon.

Forest Service Law Enforcement as well as their stash sniffing dog paid environmentalists at the Straw Devil Timber Sale an unfriendly visit yesterday afternoon.

They began their visit by pulling over a person who had been visiting the forest for not wearing a seat belt on a logging road. They blocked her in with two forest service SUV's, took all of her information and issued a ticket before speeding off to further foul deeds.

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