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The FBI lied to you when they said protesters planning to attend the anti-DNC marches in Boston were plotting to attack the media. The DNC is now complete and not a single report of an attack against the media has surfaced. Had such an attack occurred, it is doubtless that the media would have hyped it. No such attack occurred. Here is an article instigated by the FBI concerning the alleged plot by protesters to terrorize the media: Nets warned of threat.
A large black man was tased and subdued at approximately 1:33 PM on SE 50th at Division. He had allegedly threatened a hispanic man with a knife, who reported to 911 and the police responded. Police say he was stopped on the street, asked if he had a knife, then pepper sprayed as the man reached into his pocket. He withdrew his hand holding the knife, and was tased. Several more charges were required to subdue him. He is breathing, and EMS arrived.
I saw the man eating at Gramma Lucy's cafe, on Division just above 50th. He seemed to be mentally ill or at least have a sever speech problem. He paid for his food and got some water to go and left. I at my lunch, and upon leaving saw many police rushing to the end of the block. I saw 8 police around him, and other witnesses said they heard and smelled tasers. After a struggle, they got his arms behind his back and cuffed him. An officer came over and sprayed off his face with what I'd guess was water.
Be a voice for justice! Jailed peace & environmental activist Tre Arrow is being subjected to abuse and human rights violations. We must stand together and demand justice. Tre has been moved into Segregation because fruit was found in his cell on Wednesday which is against prison rules. The Wardens Court placed him in segregation for several days as punishment. He now weighs 91 lbs. He is being subjected to verbal abuse by prison guards and is not given blankets when requested for warmth. Tre urgently needs your help in contacting those responsible to improve his circumstances. [ Please write to the following ]
other recent Tre news: [ Tre Arrow granted refugee status ]
The Willamette Electric People's Utility District campaign is proud to announce that we've retained attorney Tom Nelson to represent us in the struggle to get back on the November ballot. Because of Tom's efforts and expertise, we've been given an opportunity to present our case before Judge Wilson on Friday, August 13th. We fully expect the injunction against us to be dissolved on August 13th, and to be promptly placed back on the November ballot.
Bike Polo is a sport played on bikes with mallets where opposing teams try and score by hitting a small ball though a goal. Last Sunday Portland Parks and Recreation (PPandR) ejected those playing bicycle polo from their court in Alberta Park. You can help by watching and supporting bike polo this Sunday at Alberta Park.
"Parks and Rec. told us that bicycle polo is not allowed on public parks." Said Bill Dozer, of the Axles of Evil, a bike polo club in Portland. "They gave no specific reasons for removing us, only that they were under specific orders to remove us from the park."
"Uh basically it's fucked," said Kenichi, another regular poloist. "We have had permission to play on this court; due to upkeep it can't be used for tennis and hasn't had a net set up for as long as we have played here... over two years. I would think they would be happy someone was using it." The court in question is in Alberta Park on 21st and Killingsworth. The Axles of Evil plan to play their normal game like they have for the prior 100 plus Sunday afternoons.
"Unfortunately we expect Portland Parks to eject us from the court again," said Dozer. "We hope that people reading this will be there to witness the harassment and will tell their friends and witness what could be the last polo ever played on public parks. Maybe if there is a good turnout of spectators this Sunday Parks and Rec will see that we are a community institution worth supporting."
At the Press Conference, which followed the vote on the Resolution, Commissioner Eric Sten stated that "the Portland City Council unanimously passed a resolution in which we asked President Bush and the Administration to reconsider a plan which was recently announced."
"Under that plan, maybe as much a 1000 trucks of radioactive waste would go through the city of Portland, unmarked, on the way to Hanford." Nat Parker, Conservation Organizer for Oregon Sierra Club who provided testimony about the Administration proposal before City Council, also moderated the Press Conference. "We're gathered today at the step of City Hall to tell the Bush Administration that Portland opposes the Presidents plan to ship radioactive waste on our highways, through our communities to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington."
Some Past Articles: [ Hanford ground water cleanup criticized | Judge won't drop Hanford downwinders from lawsuit | Oregon sends ultimatum to Dept. of Energy | Radioactive Waste In Columbia Riverbed To Be Checked By Washington State Ecology | More Stories... ]
My sister has been attending meetings with democratic and progressive caucuses in Boston. It is in these groups that pressures are put on the current Democratic Party platform. Is it working? Read on. This is a report for Monday, July 26th and Tuesday, July 27th.
Note: Update early this morning (Thursday, July 29) Edain told me that all speakers to the convention are now being censored. Because of the speaking truth to power by some convention speakers - all speakers must now submit transcripts of what they will say to the DNC. The speeches are now being seriously censored...including Kucinich's strong anti-war speech last night. Jesse Jackson went ahead and gave his speech against the war anyway!
EDAIN: Day 4 - Monday, July 26th: We went to the Cathedral of St. Paul, a very progressive church and the 1st church, and saw Mimi Kennedy (actress, Darma & Greg); James Cromwell (actor, I Robot); Dr. James Zogby, www.aaiusa.org (founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a Washington, D.C.-based organization which serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community); Dennis Kucinich and Jesse Jackson, www.rainbowpush.org.
The church was absolutely packed, it must hold at least 1,000 people, and the audience and Jesse Jackson were very supportive of Dennis Kucinich (Mimi Kennedy has campaigned for him for at least the last year). Everyone's message was that the people have to mold the government. Jesse Jackson talked about the government having to be from the "bottom up" not "top down".
Day 5 - Tuesday, July 27th: I went to the Paulis Center to see Mimi Kennedy (again), Medea Benjamin (of Code Pink and Global Exchange), Tom Hayden, California State Senator (who spent time in prison as one of the Chicago Seven), formally married to Jane Fonda, and author of "Street Wars, Gangs and the Future of Violence"; Phyllis Bennis, Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies; and Dennis Kucinich. [ Read More | Read Day Three | Read Day Two | Read Day One ]
Budgets are tight in PDX: clinics close and families feel the squeeze from all sides. But, as always, there is money for more weapons systems to defend capital from any potential "bad guys" seeking equality, representation, rights, or other such absurdities.
Ossifer Felts at the Cheney protest was toting a Belgian FN303 "marker" rifle. It's powered by CO2, fires a .68 caliber "paintball" that contains very little paint, about 5% pepperspray, and the toxic heavy metal Bismuth the main ingredient.
This weapon caused damage to facial nerves when used against a union leader in Switzerland who objected verbally as the police beat down her son. Bismuth was imbedded all over the muscle and fat of her face, so close to nerves that it couldn't be safely removed by emergency room physicians. Her doctor called the police, asking what this metal was, and they denied knowledge of this weapon and responded that it must have been something thrown by a demonstrator. So here's the scoop before it happens in PDX. [ read more ]1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
July 2004 Cheney Protests
A treesit village has been constructed in defense of old-growth forest in the Mattole River Watershed. This announcement comes hot on the heels of yesterday's two roadblocks of logging roads leading to active Timber Harvest Plans where old-growth forest continues to be razed by Maxxam's Pacific Lumber.
"We can't afford to wait for legislation which takes effect after the forests are gone," one treesitter yelled down from her perch in an old-growth Douglas Fir, referring to Senate Bill 754 - The Heritage Tree Preservation Act - which, if passed, will protect some species of old-growth on non-federal lands. "We support the Heritage Tree Bill, but need to protect the old-growth that is being cut today."
Monday, Oregon Circuit Court Judge Michael Marcus ordered the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to modify the U.S. Army's permit for the Umatilla Chemical Weapons incinerators, providing additional provisions to protect workers rights to raise safety and environmental issues. In today's ruling, Judge Marcus also found there was compelling evidence that the facility may produce many tons of pollutants, including toxic indstrial chemicals, known and unknown, including dioxin, dioxin-like compounds, lead, mercury, by products of agent degradation, and particles of incomplete combustion that could increease the risks of cancer, adverse neurological conseqeunces, and other injuries to the humans, the environment, and to wildlife.
Attorney Stu Sugarman stated "This decision is nationally significant becaue it strengthens workers' rights at chemical weapons facilities specifically and hazardous waste facilities generally. Workers no longer need to fear retaliation for simply telling the truth. This decision marks the beginning of the end of the era of management by intimidation at Army chemical weapons facilities."
SPEAD THE WORD:
Word from down south is that the road blockade erected monday (see http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/07/293362.shtml) at the Indi sale in the Biscuit timber sale complex is being evicted at this very moment!
Call Forest Service Supervisor for the Siskiyou National Forest: Scott Conroy 541-858-2200
Let them know what you think about that!
Stay tuned for more details as they emerge......
Forest activist Tre Arrow was confident he would be released from maximum security at his monthly detention review hearing in Vancouver today. After more than five hours of discussion and deliberation, the adjudicator determined Tre can be released on bail - if certain conditions are met.
Lawyer Rudi Kischer, who is representing Tre at the hearing, said the authorities want to see more incentives that would compel Tre not to flee once he's released. Specifically, higher bail and a closer relationship with the person posting his bond.
A bond of $2500 Cdn is offered by a friend in Halifax, Kischer said. The adjudicator may demand four times that amount, and also require the bondsperson to be a local individual with close ties to Tre. "It's a half-hearted decision," Kischer said. "At least there's some light at the end of the tunnel."
Tre was in great spirits, calling this "the best day ever" even though he was still being detained. He was thrilled to be out of the North Fraser Pre-Trial Detention Center and enjoying organic raw vegan food for the first time since last month's hearing.
the best part of the whole affair was when one protester asked the police to ARREST Dick Cheny, having indicted him for the crimes of perjury to Congress and Manslaughter against Oregon National Guardsmen.
The demonstrator reminded the police of the numerous lies told by "that man", saying that there were no WMD, there were no Chemical weapons on 45 minute standby, there were no unmanned aerial vehicles with bio-weapons, there was no Niger yellow cake uranium, there was no aluminum tubes for ultra-centrifuges and that ther was no al-Q'aida link.
Then an organizer played over the same loudspeaker Martin Luther King's anti-Viatnam speach at the reflecting pond in Washington, D.C.
All of which caused the individual officers in the riot fitted police line all to drop their heads and begin examining their shoes. I only wish that one of them would have had the courage to upuhold the law and protect the citizes by ARRESTING Dick Cheny.1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
July 2004 Cheney Protests
My sister Edain continues to send updates. Monday there were massive solar flares which scrambles some communications between us. Edain is attending Kucinich camp meetings trying to sort out what will happen in the coming days with Kucinich's message of nowar, jobs with justice, stop NAFTA and the FTTA, reinstall social programs and safeguard social security (just to name a few). She is also attending workshops, meetings etc. from other camps trying to get an idea of who is in Boston, and what the issues are.
EDAIN: The March on Sunday: The crowds were not I large as I expected, probably about 2,000, but it didn't take many people to see how diverse the problems are that the US has or has caused. There were dozens of people from Haiti ask for the safe & quick return of their President Aristide (who the US took out in a coup d'etat) There were also people from Venezuela, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Palestine, Cuba, Iraq (of course), Korea, and many other countries being threatened or attacked and, it was mentioned that the people of these countries are hoping and praying that those of us "who live in the belly of the beast" will do what we can to help them. Those most effected are the women & children, especially when the men die, and they are not making it through their struggles for justice.
Update on the Draft: I also got an update on the proposed draft. The bill is already in the Congress & Senate. It is expected to pass in January. My understanding is that there will be no educational deferrments, the age has expanded to 18 to 34 (not the previous 25). I thought I was marching in the street for others sons and daughters. Now I am marching in the streets for my own 27 year old son! Rumor is the Canadian borders began tightening up about 2 months ago and it will be hard to get out of the country, although I spoke to someone here who is from Toronto and he said it is not tightening up. He said just go to the border on game day dressed in the team logo and say you are going to the game or say you are a tourist ready to spend lots of money for the day. Whatever it takes to get across there will be help on the other side, if it comes to that. Canadians are preparing to help people dissapear. Two soldiers have already defected to Canada and are going through the legal system. You can probably find out news on them by searching the internet. My friend told me I could hide my son in her attic (like Anne Frank). What a Country we live in! [ Read More | Read Day Two | Read Day One ]
Using an intricate web of ropes and clips, a young woman is putting her body in the way of logging ancient forests in the Biscuit burn. She is suspended on a platform 75 feet above US Forest Service road 2308-150 to stop the logging of the Indi timber sale.
The Indi timber sale area in Curry County, is a healthy ancient forest inside the Biscuit fire perimeter. The sale include 5' diameter green trees and 7' diameter snags. Many units include more green than burned trees, despite a promise by the US Forest Service that only dead trees would be salvaged. Where burned, conifer seedlings are now in their third year of natural recovery.
East Fork Lumber Company paid nearly $2 million to log this ancient forest above Indigo Creek. East Fork intends to sell half the logs to the highest bidder and mill the rest for import to Asian markets like Japan and Taiwan.
"Logging is not restoration," said Kay Pittwald from her hanging platform. "The future of this remote area is healthy salmon, clean water and a thriving tourist economy. It is not a place for an out-of-country timber grab to ship wood products to Asia."
Word was just recieved from comrades in the kansas mutual aid collective that several anarchists from the midwest have been issued subpeanas to appear in front of a federal grand jury in st. lious. This escalation of repression follows a week of two homes being raided, as well as harrasment and questioning of anarchists including visits to the home, work, family, and neighbors by the FBI. This FBI campaign has extended into three states with repression in colorado(denver), kansas (lawrence and topeka), and missouri (kansas city, kirksville and columbia). Comrades are in desperate need of legal funds for lawyers as we see a new very serious level of repression as elections near.
Portland Indymedia Web Radio will be re-streaming the audio from the events at the DNC in Boston. Here are the important links to stay informed
My sister Edain is in Boston. I am in Portland. She is attending the Boston Social Forum, the Veterans for Peace meetup, and then she will be part of the people of the US who will boycott the Democratic Party Convention because they are still Prowar and still not representing the lives of Americans.
For you who don't know what is going on in Boston, the Democratic Convenion is about to be held. There are hundreds of thousands of people in Boston organizing to boycott it. When it is over thousands will walk from Boston to New York City to boycott the Repbublican convention. I'll give an update on organizing that walk at a later date. I called my sister and asked her some questions about how many people were there and about the infamous crowd control pen built to keep the people of America away from thier elected representatives.
EDAIN: There are thousands of people here. I cannot begin to count how many people are here. Every event I attended was filled to capacity. You could barely get in the rooms. People are very helpful and very excited to be here. The crowds are very diverse in their politcal orientation. What is shameful is that there are no Kerry people here. No one one person I have seen or met is supporting Kerry. There is no information from Kerry's campaign either. He just does not care about what we think. There are contingents of Black Bloc - Anarchists, and Internation Answer, Code Pink, Women in Black and many people who represent social justice and anti-war contingents...but nothing from the Kerry Campaign. I am about ready to join the Anarchist groups. It is clear that the two dominate political parties do not represent the people. The Pen: I have not gone down to where the pen is. Everyone I have talked to are just staying away from them. Why would you want to go there. Where we are going is to mass protests and rallies set up for the people by the people. This is what one person wrote about the internment pen: "How do I describe the sense of dread that crawled under my skin as I observed that there were only two entrance/exits to this long narrow cage enclosed with two chain link fences, covered with a mesh net, topped with two rolls of razor wire" hell no we won't go ...Tommorrow, Sunday we march! [ Read More | Read Day One (The Road to Boston: Communique from my sister) ] 1, 2
Blackberries grow like weeds all over the Pacific Northwest, where I live, and the berries are finally getting ripe. Could you spend a few hours berry picking, and then processing and donating them to food banks? Berries rot on vines all over, but if you spend the time to pick them, and freeze, dry or can them, you can use that abundant wild food source for months to come. My kid laughed at me when I packed the freezer with blackberries last summer. But he was really thankful later, and said so, when we had berry smoothies, berry pies, etc. all winter long. You can pick blackberries daily, and do all kinds of things with them. Make jam, wine, tea, ink, dyes, fruit leather, medicine...
Fossil evidence shows humans have been eating blackberries since ancient times. For over 2000 years, Europeans have been using blackberries as food and medicine. In ancient times, people chewed blackberry leaves, or made tea out of boiled blackberry shoots, to relieve mouth ailments, cancer sores, and bleeding gums. It is suspected that the property that relieves the mouth ailments is probably the astringent quality of blackberry plants. Blackberry plants have been used medicinally, by American Indians to Greek doctors, most commonly to stop diarrhea and for mouth ailments. It is said blackberries used to be dried once picked, then pulverized into a powder, then stored as a medicine. The dried powder would be mixed with a little water and used to treat diarrhea when needed. Blackberries contain a high amount of Vitamin C, so they were "prescribed" for scurvy in the past. And cosmetically, blackberry leaves can be added to bath water to enliven skin. Put a handful of dried leaves in a cotton/muslin tea bag, and drop into a bath. And teas from blackberry leaves can be found in grocery stores all over America, including in Celestial Seasonings' "Sleepytime Tea."
Statement from Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective July 22, 2004
Today we received news from friends and activists in Denver, Colorado pertaining to incidents involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation and possibly local law enforcement agencies.
It was communicated to us, that two houses in Denver had been raided by the FBI and that at least two people had been arrested. Their charges and situations are not at this time known to us. We do know that they were asked questions about the upcoming election events including the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, as well as questions about "ABC"...
This comes on the heels of repeated harrasment at the hands of state agencies of activists in New York and Boston, as well as more locally in Kirksville, Missouri, where activists were questioned by FBI and local agencies about upcoming events surrounding the DNC and RNC.
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