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Today the Klamath Tribes, environmentalist and fishermen are in the shareholders meeting in Scotland telling Scottish Power to free the Klamath River. Please Take a moment of your day to support the communities of the Klamath and to demand justice over profit for the Klamath River. Two years ago 34,000 wild Salmon died in Klamath, the tribes and communities of the Klamath need these fish to survive. Please help us to say never again. Act now and you can help to free the river and Save the Klamath Salmon. Email ScottishPower@pelicannetwork.org. One Klamath communitiy members comments are below.
My sister is just a few years younger than I am. Tonight she will leave San Francisco and head for Boston. She is traveling with other women who will be standing together at the National Democratic Convention and the Boston Social Forum that will take place this weekend. I wanted to go with her. I cannot afford to go. So she has agreed to send me daily updates from Boston and I will share them here on Portland Indymedia.
The women she is traveling with are radical videographers. They are going to Boston for different but similar reasons. They want to witness, and they want to put pressure on the Dems to change their ways. They want the Democrats, including Kerry to start representing the people of this country and stop threatening the people of other countries. And, there are other reasons to go. But, I will let them tell you that.
about Edain: Who am I? I am 51 years old. I raised two sons, and one is still living. He is 27 and lives in Oregon. His brother was 27 when he died six years ago. I was raised in small university town in Western Oregon. Both of my parents were well educated. Even though, we were not wealthy (my father spent much of his childhood in an orphanage because his mother was ill and my mother was the oldest of 11 children). My mother died when I was ten and my father raised me and my 11 brothers and sisters by himself.
Update: Communique: Boston IMC diverse voices, diverse tactics
These are comments being posted to the "Communique from my Sister" feature as they appear on the Boston IMC web. They are interesting and important conversations between organizers, anarchists, participants. These are the beginning of the deeper conversations that we must have in every community in order to move ahead to a more just and peaceful world.
On Friday, July 16, Circuit Court Judge Janice Wilson issued a permanent injunction to remove the Willamette Electric People's Utility District vote from the November ballot. This decision was in response to a lawsuit on the PUD's consitutionality filed by Charles Hinkle of Stoel Rives, on behalf of the following plaintiffs:
Gary Coe - owner, Speed's Supertow
Mark Cooksey - PGE employee
Dave Johnson - PGE employee
Dan Yates - president of American Waterways (Portland Spirit cruise ship)
The Willamette Electric People's Utility District campaign is an attempt to establish a PUD in eight precincts which voted a majority in favor of the Multnomah County PUD in November 2003. The lawsuit contends that the Willamette Electric PUD violates the Oregon State Constitution because it would be formed from "part of a municipality" rather than an entire municipality or county. The Constitution does not explicitly say that PUDs cannot be formed from parts of municipalities. However, Judge Wilson chose to support Mr. Hinkle's interpretation of the Constitution.
Although improperly stamped "SECRET" on February 28th of last year the "Justification and Approval" for a non-competitive contract award to Haliburton's KBR division was recently declassified. Although there is no cap on the dollar value of the contract, a worst case scenario is approximated at 15.7 billion dollars.
More than 100 officers from Homeland security, the Treasury Department, Customs, Immigration and Border Patrol were on hand at the Hidalgo/Reynosa border crossing this morning, to welcome the Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan, which is challenging the travel ban against Cuba. After obsessively meticulous searches of all belongings and several items seized, the caravan was finally allowed to cross the border. Their mission, to bring supplies and good will to the people of Cuba and to defy the U.S. Government's ban on doing so, was accomplished successfully. [Read More]
[Caravan to Cuba Leaves Portland] [Bush's Cuba Blockade Breached at Blaine]
Lo Carb! Low Carb! Carb Assist!
Whatever the coy brand name, Dr. Atkins is everywhere. You can't pass a store shelf without seeing something advertised as low (or "lo") carb. Why?
It's been a bitter sweet week. The Bush Administration has reversed the Roadless Rule, putting at risk 58 million acres of pristine National Forest land. In the same week, however, Bark heard news that two of the destructive logging projects that we have been fighting on Mt. Hood National Forest have been withdrawn. This is a rare victory! Congratulations to all who put in so many hours doing field work, pouring over documents, writing letters and educating the public. Join us at our upcoming Pizza Party to celebrate!
Ancient forest in the Biscuit Burn went on sale today (friday 7/16/04) in the Medford, OR offices of the Siskiyou National Forest. The Forest Service had placed 1900 acres on the auction block, promising 42 million board-feet (mmbf) of timber. In the end, three of five proposed sales were purchased, totaling 34 mmbf from about 1160 acres. With companies now coming forward to profit from Biscuit ancient forest destruction, the action starts today.
After a long day of tension, rumors, and ocasional provocations, Bolivian polling stations have closed and the counting of votes is underway. But the results are already known. Regardless of whether the "yes" vote or the "no" vote wins, Bolivia's most valuable natural resource - natural gas - will remain in the hands of the transnationals.
Bolivia, South America's poorest country, has long had its wealth plundered by foreigners. First, it was the realization by the Spanish in the sixteenth century that a small hill in the southeast of the country was comprised almost entirely of silver. For two centuries, the wealth extracted from Cerro Rico in Potos? was, according to Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, "the primary nourishment of the capitalist development of Europe." Next it was saltpeter, desperately needed as fertilizer for exhausted European soil, and plundered by the English. Then during the second world war, Bolivia's tin was mined and sold at approximately ten times less the market price, leading to massive strikes, and massacres of the workers, who were only demanding to be paid a living wage. Now, the world wants Bolivia's gas - the second largest reserves in Latin America. But Bolivians are sick of watching the wealth of their nation stolen from underneath their feet. [ Read More ]
[ WeAreEverywhere.org ] [ Bolivia Video Screening in Portland, Tuesday July 20 ]
You will not believe this!
I was riding my bicycle home after working all day. I was riding a bicycle for the first time, which I was recently given by a friend, on the streets of Tualatin & Lake Oswego. A Lake Oswego officer who was making a left turn from oncoming traffic pulled infront and basically what happened is he demanded my ID/License and told him he was harassing me and that he had no reason to demand any ID and once I got on my bike to go (I didn't even go anywhere) he grabbed me with both hands and forced me off my bike and to the ground.
He arrested me for refusing to provide ID, which I was RIDING a bicycle!!!
You don't have to have a license to ride a bicycle... DO YOU, or does anyone at all?
So that officer arrests me, puts me in his squad car and takes me to Oregon city jail for Clackamas County... When he gave me the summons to appear in court, it said that I was charged with 3 crimes(2 misdemenors, 1 felony), with total fines of $18,500.00 ...I was like WHAT THE F#$K! $18,500!!!
At 3:35 pm today [Saturday], police were called to the corner of SE 37th and Hawthorne in response to a physical attack on Glen Owen. Owen was standing on sidewalk hoisting the foil-wrapped peace symbol that appeared on the front page of the ~Portland Tribune~ of July 2nd 2004.
A heckler, a middle aged woman, shouted, "Bush is your President!" Owen shouted back "Fuck off or go fuck yourself and your vice-president too!"
At that point a middle-aged man walking behind the heckler struck Owen in the face shouting, "You don't speak to my wife like that."
Then Owen, who is homosexual, shouted "That's a hate crime; call the police!" The middle-aged man continued shouting various kinds of neo-con invective while shielding himself behind the bodies of his wife and daughter. Owen made no attempt to respond with physical violence, merely repeating "That's a hate crime; call the police!" while police were called, apparently by the proprietress of the nearby Café Bagdad.
Klamath tribes spoke truth to power at an anti-Endangered Species Act (ESA) rally and hearing today, July 17, 2004, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The Klamath River issue has been the most contentious Western water struggle of the last ten years with rallying from right-wingers and massive fish kills of native salmon shaking the communities of Southern Oregon and Northern California.
Klamath tribes spoke truth to power at an anti-Endangered Species Act (ESA) rally and hearing today, July 17, 2004, in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Have you seen "The Truman Show" starring Jim Carrey? Carrey plays Truman, who is the unknowing star of a reality television show transmitted throughout the world. Truman is happily living his perfect life in a perfect suburb with a perfect wife until he begins to catch some clues that something just isn't right. The film is about his process of discovering his entire life, and all of his physical surroundings, are fabricated. The island he lives on is the world's largest television set, viewable from space. Everyone is in on it; Truman is monumentally deceived. His wife, mother, best friend, co-workers and thousands of townspeople are nothing but actors.
When Truman realizes what's going on, he breaks out of his home and hops into a sailboat to get away. After surviving a brutal storm induced by the show's creator, the water is calm and his boat abruptly hits the side of the dome that looks like the sky. Truman is stunned and slowly he touches the wall. As he touches it, he lets out a sigh of relief. Finally, he knows and feels reality! He is angry and beats the wall with his fists; then he collapses and cries.
While researching the subjects of this article, I felt like Truman as he touched that wall. For years I reported on HIV/AIDS for the Seattle Gay News with energy and empathy. I have done a lot of what I consider to be promotional writing to bring attention to countless AIDS events and fundraisers. I edited a minimum of five obituaries per week of young gay men who were said to die of AIDS. I never once questioned, nor did I hear anybody else question, the science behind the discovery of HIV and its connection to AIDS - it was all steadfastly assumed. "HIV/AIDS facts and figures" were fed to us at the gay press by AIDS organizations that were on the front lines of the bloody battle. They were articulate and repetitive about the sexual transmission of HIV. To question the science behind the new retrovirus HIV and its causation to AIDS would be like questioning if the sky was really blue. Or maybe our reality had been constructed, like Truman's.
Last week we learned that the US Central Intelligence Agency directed the US Embassy in Cyprus to instruct the Criminal Investigation Division of the police in Cyprus to investigate an IMCista who is politically active both in the US and in Cyprus. Petros Evdokas has been living in Portland, Oregon, USA recently and is one of the volunteers and journalists for Cyprus Indymedia
The intelligence investigation is based on an article he wrote for Cyprus Indymedia documenting some of the manipulations by US intelligence operations using the United Nations to influence the recent referendum in Cyprus on the "Annan Plan" (the UN's plan to reunite the island in an apartheid-style arrangement). The article has just been republished by IndyMedia due to renewed interest by newspapers and other political organizations. [ read the article ]
We're trying to publicise this and let people know what's going on. The investigators questioned the author's parents and wanted them to state in writing whether he constitutes a "threat to US interests". The implications of this episode go beyond mere harassment of an activist's and journalist's family. This case illustrates the US policy of interference in even the most minute internal affairs of other countries and it shows the degree to which the local authorities jump when the US says to.
On 2425 NE Alberta resides the well-known Anarchist Circus House, which has become part of the artistic and ethnic diversity of the neighborhood. This house has showcased music gigs, offered juggling and mime performances, fire dancing and graffiti art showings on its property; especially during the last Thursday art walks. This house is also notable in its displays of high-perched funky bicycles along the front part of the property, and the house's numerous children are often seen to be playing with the other neighborhood children, and this includes, chatting with the local patrons of the old neighborhood café on the corner of 24th: The Star E Rose. In fact, the Anarchist Clown House has greatly contributed to the pleasantness of the NE Alberta neighborhood.
Took the bus out to BFE Lk O yesterday, Tuesday, July 13th 2004, to raise awareness about local company Sumitomo's patronage of Huntington Life Sciences, the nasty animal testing lab that keeps getting infusions of money and power like pus to an abscess.
The State of Oregon must immediately record the marriages of the more than 3,000 same-sex couples married in Oregon, according to an Oregon Court of Appeals decision today.
The Court denied the State of Oregon's request for a stay of the portion of the circuit court decision that required the state to register those marriages.
The court had previously granted the state a temporary stay while it considered the merits of the State's request for a stay pending appeal. The temporary stay is no longer in effect.
great news! we've just learned from Tre himself that the adjudicator has deemed him admissible to Canada! this means that tre can now take the next step and apply for refugee status. Bail funds are urgently needed!!
El Alto, July 12, 2004. - El Alto, the rebellious town of highlands, the town that overthrew ex- president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, has raisen against the referendum made in accordance with the transnational companies and decreed a three day strike to prevent next Sunday's meeting and to demand the nationalization of gas and petroleum.
This is happening while at the same time, all the legal dispositions of the Electoral Court, the neoliberal govrenment of Carlos Mesa and the Constitutional Court, which has declared an obligatory attendance and has given sanctions, fines and jail for those who are against the referendum, the powerful Federation of Joint Neighborhood Groups (Fejuve) has ordered a boycott in this capital of almost 800 thousand inhabitants, in common agreement with the Central Bolivian Workers Union (COB).
(In Spanish)EL ALTO SE ALZA CONTRA EL REFERÉNDUM DE LAS PETROLERAS
El Alto, julio 12, 2004.- El Alto, el pueblo rebelde de las alturas, el pueblo que derrocó al ex presidente Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, se alzó en contra del referéndum hecho a medida de las transnacionales y decretó un paro de tres días para impedir la consulta del próximo domingo y exigir la nacionalización del gas y el petróleo..
Pasando por encima de todas las disposiciones legales de la Corte Electoral, del gobierno del neoliberal de Carlos Mesa y del Tribunal Constitucional, que han declarado obligatoria la asistencia y han definido sanciones, multas y cárcel para quienes se opongan al referéndum, la poderosa Federación de Juntas Vecinales (Fejuve) decretó el boicot en esta capital de casi 800 mil habitantes, en común acuerdo con la Central Obrera Boliviana (COB).
This weekend the tribes of the Klamath River with environmentalist and fishermen are going to Scottish Power in Scotland, and to an anti-Endangered Species Act congressional meeting in Klamath Falls to try to save the Klamath Salmon. Protests are to occur in Scotland because decisions over the dams being made be Scottish Power and the FERC will decide the fate of the Klamath Salmon, yet the public has been ignored and fish passage and dam removal are not being addressed. In Klamath Falls on Saturday moring there is a republican congressional meeting to address why the Endangered Species Act is no good for the Klamath River. Tribes will be leading a morning protest, as both the tribes and the rest of the public are not invited to address the hearing, only farm intrests.
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