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25.06.2004 23:24
Democratic Machine Coming Down Hard on Nader
In a letter to Ralph Nader, Democrat Ron Wyden claims that Nader is attempting to defraud the citizens of Oregon by collaborating with groups supporting Bush in order to get on the ballot. Read Wydens Letter

The Nader campaign responds:
1.Does Nader have anything to do with the announcement of pro-Bush groups that they are going to try to stack his convention?

Answer: Absolutely not. The press reports that two pro-Bush groups are trying to get their supporters to come to the Nader Convention at Benson High School on June 26. The Nader Campaign has had nothing to do with this effort.

2.Does Nader seek the support of genuine conservatives?

Answer: Absolutely yes. Nader has always had a strong appeal to classical conservatives, because his values are Jeffersonian. He comes from a small town and a family business, has fought the government along with big corporations, he stands for government efficiency, ending police state legislation, ending corporate welfare, rejecting trade agreements that destroy American sovereignty, and believes our foreign policy should support ordinary people overseas, while resisting the lure of empire. Read More...

Another Poster writes: The Democrats are digging their own grave. Naders campaign is gaining momentum because it is filling some of the vacuum left by the Democrats abdication of any real dialog with the people. And if the Democrats lose, they will blame Nader again, and not look at their own failings.

Nader is running a smart campaign because he is breaking out of the conservative/liberal rut and reaching out to people based on common sense and the issues important to the majority of people, regardless of political affiliation. He is pointing out the path that reaches beyond this false dichotomy and which can unite people in common cause. The responsibility is not with Nader to drop out, or with the voters to vote democratic no matter what. The responsibility lies with the Democrats to articulate something worth voting for. Read More...

Related articles: [ Chomsky And Zinn Plan To Vote NADER | John Kerry & his reluctant followers | Nader convention bus leaves Eugene 2 p.m. Saturday | Nader's joins forces with Lars Larson | Nader doesn't help Bush? Ha... ]


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EXPOSING THE LOCAL CORPORATE MEDIA 25.06.2004 16:56
PART TWO OF A THREE PART SERIES: “The BOregonian Bamboozle: the Newhouse Clan of New York and the Corruption of Monopoly Publishing”
This furtive and sinister dynasty did not just enter the Portland journalist scene, during the early 80s, from New Yorker new money. As we will see in the second part of this expose´, their suffocating presence on American publishing started quite early. This same publishing dynasty started around the time that the Hearst and the Pulitzer dynasties began their massive conglomerations in the States. It was during this time around 1910 that the phrase, "yellow journalism," began to be used: meaning tainted journalism.

Link:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/06/290984.shtml

Part 1:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/06/290982.shtml

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25.06.2004 10:32
Greenpeace Activists Protest Old-Growth Logging in Umpqua National Forest
Umpqua National Forest, Ore - Greenpeace continued to spotlight destructive logging practices on U.S. public lands today, this time in Oregon's Umpqua National Forest, administered by the U.S. Forest Service. Four activists attached themselves to a three-ton cargo container placed in the middle of active logging operations at the site of the "Peanuts" timber sale, where felling and hauling of old-growth trees is underway by the D.R. Johnson company. Surrounded by stumps, the bright yellow container, which reads "Bush's Forest Destruction Stops Here" is the latest staging ground for Greenpeace's campaign calling for a moratorium on commercial logging of ancient forest on public lands.

For updates about today's action, see  http://weblog.greenpeace.org/stopthesales/index.html

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25.06.2004 08:46
Audio Report: FCC Commissioners Speak at Media Town Hall
This Evening, June 24, 2004, a Town Hall was held at the Portland Convention Center entitled "The Portland Town Hall On the Future of the Media".

An ambitious project, presented by Free Press, in partnership with the City Club of Portland; the Communication Workers of America, Local 7901; Jobs With Justice; the Money in Politics Research Project; the Mount Hood Cable Regulatory Commission; and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 99
This first part of the event was moderated by Jo Ann Bowman, who introduced two FCC Commissioners, Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein. This is a 20 minute file of the remarks by the two Commissioners. Many other people spoke, and later I'll hopefully be able to post more of what others had to say about the dangers faced by our Democracy due to media consolidation.

FCC Commissioners Copps and Adelstein

Previous feature: Reportback - Our Democracy, Our Airwaves Conference


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25.06.2004 08:37
North American drought worst in 500 years
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the current drought in the West of North America is the worst that has occured in the last 500 years, with water flow levels at close to half those of the drought in the dirty thirties of the previous century.

North American droughts are linked to the global climate system, linked to both oscillations in the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. When the Atlantic Ocean is cooler this typically corresponds to wetter conditions in the American west, while a warmer Atlantic corresponds to drought and decreased water flow in the West.

[ Previous articles by Brent Herbert ]


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25.06.2004 08:21
Audio Report: Statewide Initiative Petitioners File Suit Against Oregon Secretary of State
This morning, June 24, 2004, a press conference was held in downtown Portland toannounce a suit in the US Disrict Court against the Oregon Secretary of State, "to stop implementation of his entirely new and completely unjustified policies that are trashing tens of thousands of valid signatures on statewide initiative petitions for no coherent reason."

The Press Conference was intoduced by Dan Meek, who "along with Linda Evans and Lee Burger are representing campaigns which are collecting signatures for statewide ballot measures. It includes the Oregon Medical Marijuana 2 Campaign and Term Limits, and also the Oregon Taxpayers Association Campaign to repeal the Multnomah County income tax." Meek goes on to state that, "while all of us may disagree on issues of substance, we do not disagree that the Oregon Secretary of State has begun to enforce brand new and arbitrary and unnecessary rules that have the effect of throwing out 10's of thousands of perfectly valid signatures on statewide petitions that were submitted recently for early for verification....." Announcement and Suit documents


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25.06.2004 05:41
Mike D vs. Judge Dread
Mike D was not released at his release hearing today at 3pm. His bail was reduced. Still waiting to see if Mike D wants to be bailed out. Mike D. had his release hearing this afternoon at 3:00pm in the courtroom of Judge Ronald Thom aka Judge Dread. I witnessed one defendant after another chopped down by axe of Judge Thom. He barely allowed any defendants to speak. When they asked to speak, he simply said, in his authoritarian manner, "NO!" Defendants were not brought into the court room. Instead, they were viewed on monitors. Whether they were in custody or not the monitor made everyone look like a criminal. The personal aspect of the courtroom was nil.

When Mike D's case came up Judge Dread's justice was also swift. To his credit he did reduce Mike D's bail from $50,000.00 to $5,000.00. But, he would not release him on his own recognizance though his lawyer argued that he had a place to stay and based on his two weeks in jail he would definitely take his court date seriously. When Mike D asked to speak to his lawyer, Dread said "NO!" Mike D's physical reaction was to basically throw his hands up in the air. He also raised the fist to show that he was continuing the fight. [ read the full article... ]

UPDATE: Mike D. was released at about 6pm thursday. He was bailed out at his own request.


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24.06.2004 18:00
VIDEO: Ralph Nader Addresses His Reasons for Seeking the Presidency in 2004
On February 22, 2004, Nader appeared on Meet the Press to announce his candidacy and to address his reasons for seeking the nation's highest office. During his appearance, Nader answered many questions about his candidacy, such as:

- Why is he running this year, when so many Democrats have blamed him for 'throwing the 2000 election' to George W. Bush?
- Will a John Kerry presidency be much different from George W. Bush's first four years, from a foreign policy perspective?
- What would Nader do about the deepening war in Iraq if he were elected president?
- Should George W. Bush be impeached for misleading the American people into an illegal, immoral, and unnecessary war in Iraq?
- What does Nader make of a recent article in The Nation magazine urging him not to run in 2004?

Presented here is video of Nader's entire 20-minute appearance on Meet the Press, arranged in three unedited segments.

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Ralph Nader Nominating Convention - Saturday June 26th
Ralph Nader will hold a nominating convention to place his name on the Oregon ballot for President. It will occur on Saturday, June 26, 2004, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Benson High School Auditorium.

Recent articles about Nader and the Nominating Convention: [ Question About Nader Convention | THE THIRD MAN THEME: RALPH NADER INTERVIEW | Howard Zinn Endorses Nader Convention | Howard Zinn urges: "Attend the Oregon Nader Convention" | Ralph Nader To Hold Nominating Convention ]

Recent lively discussions about issues surrounding Nader: [ DemoStalinists Sue To Block Nader From Arizona Ballot | DemoThugs tear down Nader posters in Eugene | Kerry May Actually Be in Third Place, Behind Nader and Bush!!! | Nader picks Camejo | Nader Convention as a main feature? | DemoCorpse thugs tearing down Nader posters in Portland ]


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DEFENDING THE CONSTITUTION 23.06.2004 17:35
Sit Lie Ordinance Declared Unconstitutional
no stand no sit no lie Folks:

The newly formed National Lawyers Guild Northwest Constitutional Rights Center won a major victory today with the holding by Circuit Court Judge Marylin E. Litzenberger, that the "Sit-Lie" ordinance is unconstitutional.

The entire opinion is attached in Adobe format.

Thanks to Adam Arms for arguing and representing the defendants: Todd Kurlylowicz, Jayson Dunlap and Victoria Taylor. I also want to thank and take note of the Defendants' courage and conviction in challenging this ordinance that was crafted for the sole purpose of making homelessness illegal.

We have overcome.

Alan Graf

[ More stories about the sit-lie protest ]


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23.06.2004 10:23
Caravan to Cuba leaves Portland Today
Oregon's contribution to this year's fleet of buses to Cuba

This morning the Oregon contingent of the Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba leaves from Portland in its yellow school bus, one of 15 buses in North America heading toward the Mexican border at McAllen, Texas. 150 disobedient citizens are taking part in this 15th annual caravan, carrying donated supplies of all kinds to Cuba in a symbolic defiance of the 45-year old U.S. blockade of the island country, and George Bush's recent tightening of that blockade with even more restrictions on travel and trade.


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22.06.2004 14:04
Reportback - Our Democracy, Our Airwaves Conference
Saturday afternoon, June 19, 2004, a conference on media areform was held at Portland State University, sponsored by the Money in Politics Research Action Project.
This Conference was a prelude to a Future of the Media Town Hall to be held at the Oregon Conference Center, located at 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. This event will be from 5-7 pm in Room 204.

The following is taken from an e-mail alert sent out by Julie S. Omelchuck, assistant director of the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, which oversees cable television operations in Multnomah County. "Two members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are coming to a Future of Media Town Hall in Portland on June 24, 5:30 until testimony ends. Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein are interested in hearing from communities and individuals about the connection between media and the local community. The Commissioners, and local panelists, will explore how the local media are serving the public interest, addressing local needs and roviding diverse voices. A central feature of the Town Hall will be the opportunity for people to testify or comment on these issues.

The information contained in these audio files [speakers - Janice Thompson, Bruce Fife, David Olson, Rick Seifert ] will be invaluable to anyone who plans to testify before the FCC at the Town Hall meeting next Thursday. But even for those who do not attend these files give an education in the need for media reform, both locally and nationally.

Thurs. June 24th-A Town Meeting w/ FCC commissioners on the Future of Media in Portland


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22.06.2004 13:46
Free Mike D. - Update
Thirteen days of unjust incarceration has not dampened the spirits of Michael McMullin, better known to the activist community as Mike D, who maintains that he's "doing fine" despite his stark surroundings. He is currently held in Clackamas County Jail in Oregon City for an alleged Class B Misdemeanor charge related to disorderly conduct at the Solo Timber Sale Protest, July 30, 2002, with a maximum fine of $1000 and six months in jail

According to the court's records, Clackamas County Presiding Judge Selander appointed a new lawyer today, Heather Karabeika, to represent Mike. While the records show his trial date has not changed from 6/23, I expect the records to reflect very soon that a new date has been set. Some people have been saying the new date is in late July. While that date has not yet been entered into the court's record, late July seems like an appropriate new date for trial.

Please give her ( Mike D's attorney - Heather Karabeika 503-656-2637) a polite call (remember, she is not responsible for Mike's mistreatment and should be given the benefit of the doubt about serving his best interest, until proven otherwise). She will know Mike as Michael McMullin and his case number is Case # - CR0311198.

What you may want to say:
1. Ask that she schedule a release hearing ASAP.
2. Remind her that Mike is not a flight risk nor does he pose any threat to the community.
3. Also important is that he has shown responsibility to attend two hearings regarding this case and only missed one. This should be evidence of his good faith to comply with the court and show that he made a forgivable mistake.
4. This is a low level misdemeanor charge and it is a waste of county resources and a violation of Mike's civil rights to keep him in jail, now for two weeks, with one week of solitary confinement without convincing justification.


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22.06.2004 13:02
Reporters Greatly Needed For Street Roots Newspaper
Street Roots is looking for enthusiastic and inquisitive people to perform varied work involving news assignments. Work must be accurate and completed according to set deadlines. The applicant must be self-motivated to gather information and create accurate and timely stories and exercise judgment. The applicant should be able to develop basic community contacts to report on news in a timely and accurate fashion. Ability to interact with peers and editors from a variety of backgrounds to coordinate work with our bi-weekly newspapers is also a necessity. News experience in any media is preferred, but not at all necessary. People of all ages, races, disabilities, sexual orientation and political beliefs are very welcome. Volunteer position.

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cuba solidarity 22.06.2004 06:10
Bush's Cuba Blockade Breached at Blaine
The border known as Peace Arch is among the most heavily crossed in the world. During the long hot wait to enter the U.S., vehicles loaded with Cuba supplies received honks and raised fists of support from impatient drivers entering the U.S. and Canada. They were responding to banners and placards on aide vehicles reading "Goods for Cuba," "U.S. Hands Off Cuba," "Free the 5 Cuban Heroes in U.S. Jails," and "Impeach the War Criminals in Washington."

Sixty-five friends of Cuba from Olympia, Seattle and Bellingham, WA, along with supporters from Vancouver and Victoria, BC, stood fast with two pickups and a car filled with humanitarian aide for the embargoed Caribbean nation. U.S. border police and customs agents granted unusually smooth passage for the vehicles, drivers and donations after a cursory review of the contents of a half-dozen boxes.

Among the 65 blockade busters were Cubans from Canada and the U.S., Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, Chileans, students, many elders, feminists and activists from a broad spectrum of social justice and anti-war movements.

[ Fidel's letter to Bush | Pastors 4 Peace Sendoff Party tonight in Portland ]


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21.06.2004 16:35
Proud to be the beaver state - DYKE MARCH PICTURES
The Portland Lesbian Avengers hosted the 11th annual Dyke March Saturday evening. Dykes, lezzies, trans-women, trans-men & bois, and many other queer identified folk gathered in the NW Park blocks at 6pm. There were hot & scandalous outfits being shown off, crazy flirting, and at least 3 different flyers with chants for the march being circulated. The march was permitted and was to start going down NW Davis street, but Portland dykes break all the rules and instead went down NW Couch. The Dykes on Bikes took off first on their hot motorcycles. There were also tons of bicycle-riders in the march. The route lead these fabulous queers south on Broadway, east on Salmon, and north on Naito until it dispersed into the waterfront pride festival. Two vehicles were used to make the march accessible for all participants. Naked breasts were everywhere. So were other queers and allies cheering us on. There was one pathetic protester, and he was drowned out by a bunch of raging dykes. A couple stood in front of him and made out, which was deliscious. The Lesbian Avengers estimate that 400-500 people marched. The Dyke March is a 100% grassroots event - there were no corporate sponsors, all needed money was gathered at fundraisers at Holocene and the Red & Black cafe.

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20.06.2004 22:10
The Mass Arrest: Part II of Protesting Bio 2004
On the evening of June 8th, 128 activists were encircled and arrested at Market & 5th in San Francisco. We'd spent the morning protesting the BIO 2004 convention at the Moscone Center. The UN Plaza was where the evening event was to begin; it been billed as "Reclaim the Streets -- Mutant Street Party."

A website announcement for the event read: "A free renegade street party will unwelcome the Biotech Conference to San Francisco, and toast the death of the G8 meeting in Georgia." The party would be a form of street theater; it struck me as a somewhat zany but nevertheless creative way to express our protest. Humor could be an effective way of getting our message out.

I arrived a little after 5 p.m. As I approached, I could hear music playing. A couple hundred people were already there, and more kept arriving. Most were young, and a good many, perhaps the greater part, were dressed in black, indicating that they were anarchists -- the "Black Bloc." Several carried anarchist black and red flags, and, as is their custom, a good many wore bandanas over their faces.

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19.06.2004 14:58
Protesting BIO 2004
On the morning of June 8th, I awoke from frightful visions of being surrounded by grotesquely mutated demons. Some were dressed in blue and others wore pinstriped jackets and neckties. The ones in pinstripe seemed to be in charge; they had monstrously bloated heads which vaguely resembled Dick Cheney's.

Bluish early morning light oozed in through the window and dispelled the images, but feelings of apprehension lingered on as I dragged myself out of bed, got dressed, found a bite to eat, and set out for San Francisco. That's where the BIO 2004 convention was taking place, and this was the day of our protest. I was determined to be extremely careful and not get arrested, clubbed, trampled by a horse, or any of the other unpleasant things that seem to happen these days to protesters at major conferences such as this one.

Despite my fears, I was glad to be demonstrating in San Francisco, which would at least be safer than Atlanta, where the G8 summit was being held. I'd read that the governor of Georgia was going to declare martial law in order to control protests in that area. The news was disturbing. We all live in the shadow of the Miami Model. I hoped the people in Georgia would be okay. [ Read more... ]

[ Biotech IMC ]


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COMMENTARY, INDY-STYLE 19.06.2004 11:15
The Press "Dramatizes" Prisoner Abuses, Scolds Angry Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld seemed really irritated at all the questions asked of him recently, on June 17, 2004, during his press conference at the Pentagon. Not only was he agitated, but he took time out to lecture the press, as if he was a paternalistic figure qualified to give advice about integrity. It was laughable. I am sure it was very hard for the journalists present to not burst out laughing, I was laughing out loud watching it on CSPAN! Hard questions about ghost detainees got Rumsfeld flustered as he tried to change the subject by lecturing the press about "dramatizing" American torture patterns and how that lowers the morale of the troops and puts them in danger.

Rumsfeld started off the press conference reporting cheerfully that 63% of Iraqi citizens believe a new government will improve their lives in Iraq. He went on to say that the "global war on terror" had several positive side effects: 1) The Reservists were called up. Now, I could swear that was what he said, maybe I got that wrong, but I don't think so. How that is "good" is beyond me. The second benefit he said we were getting from the "global war on terror" was that the army was becoming more self-reliant and lastly, he said it had catapulted us into a new posture, as our old posturing was built around the Cold War framework, and these are new times, with new "enemies." General Peter Pace, the Vice-President of the Joint Chiefs of Staff then spoke for a brief moment, and then reporters let the questions fly. Rumsfeld's cheerful mood quickly changed to more resemble an angry father annoyed with a child who is not obeying his authority blindly.

[ Other stories by Kirsten Anderberg ]


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EXPOSING THE CORPORATE MEDIA 18.06.2004 17:51
PART ONE OF A THREE PART SERIES: “The BOregonian Bamboozle: the Newhouse Clan of New York and the Corruption of Monopoly Publishing”
Journalists and Readers of the local independent media are often puzzled by the sheer blandness, the constant and annoying right wing viewpoints, and the obsessive use of government and "official" sources by the giant corporate media; actually, the reasons for this are quite elementary. In the case of the BOregonian, the crooked and sinister story traces itself to a family of owners, true bosses in every sense of the word, called by the furtive name of Newhouse, who have nothing to do with Portland, nor Oregon for that matter, but instead reside in the New York metro area.

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17.06.2004 01:37
Old-growth currently being logged in Umpqua National Forest
Timber sale monitors are reporting active logging at the Peanuts Timber Sale in the Diamond Lake District of Umpqua National Forest. After years of controversy, The US Forest Service and D.R. Johnson Lumber are continuing forward with plans to decimate the Peanuts and Pig-out sales, in the area surrounding Toketee Hot Springs, Lemolo Lake, and Toketee Lake. These two sales were sold in 1997 and 1998, Peanuts to D.R. Johnson, Pig-out to Roseburg Forest Products, 400 acres in total-10 million board feet, approx 2000 log truck loads. Both sales contain stands of ancient trees, many 5-6' across, including Dougals Fir, Western Hemlock, and Pacific Silver Fir.

Logging personnel have attempted to prevent timber sale monitors from entering the area surrounding Peanuts in spite of no closures being on the road system leading in. Calls were placed to the Diamond Lake District bringing this to their attention and assurances were given the road system surrounding Peanuts is not closed and personnel employed by D.R. Johnson have no right to stop citizens from being in the area except the area within 1000 ft of active logging in progress.

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