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In a peaceful protest to challenge the assault on U.S. public lands by the Bush administration, Greenpeace activists put their bodies on the line today in the ancient forests of Southern Oregon.
A three-ton cargo container with two people locked to the inside and one attached to the outside, was placed between chainsaws and some 236 acres of old-growth forest at the SouKow timber sale outside of Glendale, Oregon.
BREAKING NEWS FROM TODAY'S LOCKDOWN can be found at http://weblog.greenpeace.org/stopthesales/
According to a police officer who attended Tuesday night's Hosford-Abernathy neighborhood meeting to share crime stats and make nice with the locals (as part of his job -- this ain't volunteer work for him), Lt. Commander Rosie Sizer will soon switch jobs and become commander of the East Side precinct. Taking her place at the Central Precinct will be Dave Benson. According to "Portland's Deck of Infamy" -- a deck of playing cards created by local activists that features a Portland cop's face on each card along with their record of abuses -- Commander Benson (badge #17995, hire date 10/11/84) has supervised the riot-geared Rapid Response Team, which is well known for its violence against unarmed people on numerous occasions all around the city.
Sizer (badge #18161, hire date 1/3/85) is a familiar face to people who've attended protests downtown. She often acts friendly and will address activists by name. But many of us have seen her quickly switch, Jeckyl & Hyde like, and lose patience and order brutality. According to Portland Copwatch Sizer was given a written reprimand for failing to order an investigation into the beating of James Ladd by two off-duty Portland police officers in January, 2002. Sizer is also a defendant in the ongoing Marbet v. City of Portland case, which was filed after the notorious behavior of the police at the Aug. 22, 2002 Bush Protest in downtown Portland.
When a HAND board member light-heartedly suggested that "we ought to have more protests over here to make her feel at home", the officer chuckled and said, "Yeah, and you can break in the new guy downtown, too."
from PART 1
Portland is my home, although I did not grow up there. This summer, I have opted to take a sabbatical in the midwest. I am visiting family and friends in the midwest and on the east coast, hopefully I can do more regular updates as it strikes me. Currently I am in Northwest Indiana, about thirty minutes outside of Chicago, where I grew up.
I arrived here two days ago, after a two day greyhound bus trip, that wasnt very much fun. On the first day I sat next to a conservative democrat that was interested int he zines I was reading. At the time he decided to strike up conversation, I was reading a journal from APLAN (Anarchist Prisoners Legal Aid Network). He wanted to know things such as "what is an anarchist", and "do you really beleive int hat stuff?" We got to talking... [ Read more... ]
from PART 2
So I went to the shop to cut metal, because thats you do at the shop. After awhile someone showed up to pick up the metal. He talked to me a bit about a dirveby shooting that happened near the jobsite and said something like "You know, Im not racist, but these niggers need to do something else, I mean there were kids around and they should take that shit elsewhere." [ Read more... ]
It is a beautiful day today in Portland, and I just got back from the Justice for Janitors/SEIU rally and march that took place at noon. The turnout for the rally was good, although I certainly always wish that more people would represent. Jim Francesconi made a short statement at the beginning, which was good of him, even if he does have a face like a lizard. The march wound through downtown from Terry Schrunk Plaza, up to the park blocks above the Fox Tower, which was one of the two main targets of the day. Fox Tower, which is owned by big time Portland developer Bill Moyer, houses some of the most upscale retail and office space in the downtown area. Its retail cornerstones are a huge Banana Republic store, (you know how much that shit costs) and Regal Cinemas' Fox Tower theatre - an upscale art house multiplex that sells out shows every weekend. And yet this building does not want to give fair wages, and health benefits to their janitors. Keep that in mind next time you think about going to see a movie there, and if you're planning to shop at Banana Republic - DON'T, for lots of reasons...
this sunday was the ZooBomb Century Ride, 100 miles in one day, on little bikes. During the race, a hardy band of 6 bombers noticed an older woman in distress. she had just been mugged, and the thief was running away. so the group of crime fighters, including a 6'2, 190lbs salmon on a mini-bike and a man in drag, chased down the would be mugger, surrounded him, and held him until the police arrived. the woman had her purse returned, and the heroes continued the race, completing 100 miles in one day on mini-bikes.
When we think of "harvest time", we often think of Autumn, but here in Cascadia we have fruit trees already bursting with deliciousness right now. Cherries are hitting their peak at the moment, and you can find them all around Portland. A friend of mine invited me to her house where her cherry tree is producing such an abundance of fruit that they don't know what to do with it all, and are begging people to come harvest. i spent a little over an hour there, and filled my bike basket with so many cherries that steering straight on the way home was a challenge! i must've come home with over twenty pounds. In a store, that many organic cherries would cost you between $90 and $140. Urban gleaning makes a lot of financial sense, plus it feels so good to harvest food yourself.
i got right to canning them when i got home. Here are some photos of the process. i'm hoping indymedia readers will be inspired to start preserving their own food, too. Preserving food will become increasingly important, as gas prices drive up food costs, and Peak Oil keeps those prices high. And in the winter, when you're jonesin' for some fruit, you can open up a jar of your very own. You might be surprised by how fresh smelling and tasting home-canned fruit is -- like it just came off the tree sometimes!
[ previous article by Johnny Tomatoseed: The joys of urban gardening: A porch garden in Portland produces delicious bounty ]
Around 8:00am this morning I manage to drag myself out of bed, and somehow get enough coffee and advil down my throat to get out of the house and down to the MAX stop. Amazingly this proved to be worth the effort, because when the convention convened at 9:00am Dennis Kucinich took the stage - to the frenetic applause of an army of rabid Kuchies - and delivered a fiery speech that denounced the pacification of the right-wing, and extolled the virtues of leadership by principle...
After Dennis left, so did I, to go up the street for another 20oz cup of coffee. Walking out, I was joined by a number of other Kucinich supporters. For them it seems, a Democratic Party without Dennis Kucinich is a Democratic Party not worth being a part of, and I can't say that I really disagree with them. I am not a registered Democrat anyway.
The Democratic Party is a dinosaur - a gigantic old skeleton, which gets dragged out and dusted off every couple of years to be toured around the country. It does still draw crowds who come to gawk at the spectacle, but with each passing season they come out in fewer numbers, and those who come bring less of an interest and intensity than they did before.
The Event in Eugene held in solidarity with Jeff "Free" Luers was enjoyable and the speakers inspiring. Blackfire opened with a ancient healing hoop ceremony that had everone dazzled by the intricacy of the dance. Jeff's father came and said how proud he was of his son, making some of us wonder about where some of our blood relatives are at in their support of our beliefs...
An edited version of the film "Green With A Vengence" refreshed everone's memory about the spin that law enforcment and media put on Jeff's case, and fleshed out the ensuing copycat fire at the Romania car dealership, resulting in the burning of over 30 SUV's the week before Jeff's trial... supposedly done "in his name". I believe this is the fire that people are currently being subpoena'd to Grand Jury about in Eugene.
Kevin Price spoke with authority about the lies surrounding Mumia Abu Jamal's case, the fact that Mumia is not off death row at all, as the government has led the public to believe.
This is an interesting article from Mike Ruppert which details the real reasons why the CIA scumball George Tenet resigned. It more broadly suggests that many of the various scandals involving the Bush regime that have been "discovered" by the US media recently are essentially part of an effort by the America establishment (and the CIA in particular) to diuscredit and remove the Bush Regime.
The only problem is that this Coup d'etat is most likely just a case of Regime Rotation whereby they replace the Bush Regime with a regime that is fundamentally no different in policy--except that it will have a more "benevolent" mask. I.E. Kerry.
What's also interesting about this article is that it reveals the fact that the true power in the USA lies with the American oligarchy, its controlled "free press," and various police state institutions like the CIA which are the puppetmasters behind the scenes pulling the strings and orchestrating public events and of course public opinion itself.
And you thought America was a democracy? Think again.
hey, I was recently in Guadalajara Mexico for the protests of the Summit between European and Latin American heads of state as they negotiated new trade deals. (You might have seen coverage on Indymedia or if you read Mexican dailys (La Jornada) there has been a lot of coverage).
In a nutshell, I was randomly picked up hours after the protests by one of the groups of police combing the city, beaten by roughly 15 Guadalajara riot police, gun-to-the-head threats of death, thrown through a hotel window, detained in the basement of the police station (along with dozens of others, many who are still illegally jalied in Guadalajara with invented charges), sent to migration holding center and eventually deported. (If you've followed this story, you know there were 8 foreigners deported... I am one of them).
At no point did I break any law in Mexico, and the list of human rights violations, illegalities, mistreatings, beatings, etc. I have experienced or seen is long... a big reason why they wanted me out of Mexico, and quick.
I have attached a (somewhat long, sorry) testimony...
Yesterday's weekly Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) march and rally centered on Ronald Reagan and the record of abuses and crimes undertaken during his administration. There were a number of props, including 3 coffins which were labeled in ways that reminded those who saw them of the many deaths caused by his policies...
Since this is Rose Festival week, the yearly presence of Naval vessels at the waterfront proved it's usual irresistable draw. The marchers, however, arrived at Waterfront Park only to find their progress impeded by a dozen or more Portland Police officers. The officers, led by a Lt. named O'Dea, claimed that there were "too many people down there" and the march would somehow endanger them.
For some marchers, this action was deja vu all over again. A couple of years ago, the PPD had done the same thing, resulting in a lost lawsuit for the City and the Rose Festival- an expensive lost lawsuit at that.
A cool lovely Portland evening's bike ride was again interfered with by some fun-hating Portland Police. Officers Balzer and Smith offered up no less than 3 traffic citations to the bike community at the Pedalpalooza Kickoff parade Thursday night.
"Three pedestrians were jaywalking at the time I was ticketed" said the very jaunty Jane. "Of course it was safe to pass though the intersection. They were just singling me out because I was on a tall bike and had an exciting DIY cheerleader costume on. They threatened to cite me for operating an unsafe vehicle. They want to crush all the beauty in this world... I pity them."
"Still the parade was great" said Jane. "There were lots of people, about 2 blocks worth. Family's, singing ladies, road-kill sculptures, faux-surfers, and a mess of silly hats."
Yesterday evening a group of anarchists in Moscow wrote "FREE JEFF LUERS!" with huge letters on the wall of the US Embassy in Moscow. Protesting this way against imperial "justice", radical activists gave moral support to their comrade Jeffrey Luers. All participators of the action successfully escaped, so security of one of the tightest guarded buildings in Moscow was put in shame.
Tre Arrow mentioned in NPR Morning Edition article today.
"linda worthless" writes:
"typical of npr" writes:
A small victory to empower people and neighborhoods was won yesterday at the city council. The Brooklyn Neighborhood (inner SE area south of Powell) won an appeal to the city council against the building of a new Cell Phone Tower on Milwaukie Ave. The vote was unanimous - Francesconi, Leonard, Sten and Saltzman all voted in favor of the neighborhood! This appeal and battle was seen as having a potential impact in other neighborhoods across the city who also may face Cell Phone tower issues in the very near future (such as HAND). Putting the tower in or near residential areas was one of the issues raised, Brooklyn has other towers in industrial areas - but this would have been very near several houses and apartments.
The news coverage on this has given people the impression that the cuts are inevitable. This is not so. The Health Plan (OMAP) is estimating the number of people they can drop. How? By making it really difficult to comply. So, if you or anyone you know is on OHP-Standard, has been dropped for not paying premiums, or has any questions at all, call your local legal aid , or email me. I will try to help you figure it out. If you are not on the Health Plan, and think you might be eligible, you have to call the toll free enrollment number 1-800-359-9517 before June 30th and request that an application be mailed to you.
Bottom line is, the state HOPES they can screw 20,000+ people out of health care benefits, so let's make that harder for them to do. Please try to talk to neighbors, co-workers, people at the bus stop, etc. before time runs out. The state legislature and OMAP bureaucracy is counting on lack of information sharing and lack of community cooperation to pull this off. Let's show them how much we do care about each other. I am available by email, please contact me with any questions, I want to help.
We are sad to announce that the Mural at Mirador, (located at 2106 S.E. Division St. In Portland Oregon) is being partially boarded up/covered on Thursday, The 10th of June, at 2:00PM PST to meet with city code.
You are Invited to join us to make this an occasion of celebration of the beleaguered 1st Amendment. Please come down and voice your opinion, and have a wee rant and howl to honor art, and the community spirit of South East Portland (The Peoples Autonomous Republic of Portland)
We want you to know that resistance is not ending. We are pursuing several different options, including a possible legal challenge if need be. You can help!
Hi folks, this is Mike Dee in Clackamas County Jail urging you to do what you can to continue saving the forests. I will be here until my June 23rd trial because I stood up with others for the forests at the solo timber sale, and Judge Thom ordered that I remain in custody until trial, even though by that time I will have likely more than served any sentence that might be imposed.
My trial is at 9:00 am on that date in the Clackamas Cty courthouse, 807 Main Street, Oregon City, and I hope to see you then. Please don't bail me out or put money on my books. Look for CR 03-11198, State v. McMullin for the court assignment on that day.
"Wild in the Streets" took place between June 2nd to June 6th and included two movie nights, an anarchist punk show, a picnic/potluck, and an anti-police action. On the last day, three people were arrested during an anarchist march against the recent police "crackdown" on Commercial Drive, the Community Policing Centre in Grandview Park, and the "Police State" in general.
Amidst convention-goers and lines of riot police, hundreds of protesters disrupted the Biotechnology Industry Organization's (BIO) annual convention this morning in San Francisco, USA. Among the large variety of messages demonstrators brought to the conference, many demanded an end to corporate control of genetic code as "intellectual property". Protesters also held up wealth distribution, poverty and lack of access to basic medical care and nutrition as problems not being solved by Big Biotech's expensive products and R&D. Others railed against the loss of biodiversity, genetic contamination, unsafe food, and cancer-causing chemicals produced by the biotech industry, and the lack of labeling, safeguards or accountability in many sectors of the industry.
Protesters locked down in the street, formed a gauntlet outside the convention center, debated convention attendees, and in one case even darted under a bus of attendees, where the heavier-set officers were unable to extricate them. Attendees were escorted into the halls by riot cops who pushed and shoved activists out of their way. As police gave protesters free rein in the streets, demonstrators danced and chalked their messages for biotech junior executives peering down from the windowed convention hall. 32 arrests have been reported so far today, with 5 arrests in the previous days.
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