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By Kirsten Anderberg I wanted to see what motivated people working in alternative media, as well as what they needed to help support their efforts, to ensure a healthy alternative to mainstream media for us all. In the second part of this continuing article, I continue with interviews about alternative media with some of the folks that produce it.
I interviewed Bradley Allen (Free Radio Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Independent Media Center (IMC)), Lance Scott (Co-founder of Eat the State! (ETS!)), Christa Donner (Ladyfriend and Free Advice Zines), an editor from a prisoner newsletter that goes out with prisoner book deliveries who wanted to remain anonymous, Chuck Munson (Coordinating webmaster for Infoshop.org and librarian), and via phone, Tim Walker (campaigns manager for Adbusters Magazine). [ Part I | Part II | Part III ]
Both people and animals are force medicated by the pharmaceutical corporations with psychiatric medications. Here is common ground to tell the profit driven Pharma to back off and stop putting petrochemical residue into the bodies of helpless animals and institutionalized people..
In June, unmanned spyplanes began to fly over the Tohono O'odham reservation in southern Arizona. Two thousand US Border Patrol agents have been deployed in the Tucson sector of the US-Mexico border, driving off-road vehicles through wilderness corridors, wildlife refuges and other public lands. A five-foot-high metal fence is going up in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Federal agents are breaking into O'odham houses and detaining people without cause.
I was reading this book. It has lots of articles you can either find on the web (which I have read before)--though it's quite a search to get them all, particluarly if you are unaware of what you are looking for and just starting to get worried or curious about Bones--or better yet, angry at their incessant snobby upper-class inbred involvement with destroying a government 'of the people, by the people, and for the people' in the United States. So, when I saw all these articles in one place in the book I was hardly disappointed, it was closer to a feeling of "yes! they included this one! and this one! and this one!"
This book is a great reference if you are unsure where to start. Pondering the idea of a 2004 presidential election being the first Bones vs. Bones election in the two (corporate) parties. Ponder on that as the book takes you back--to let you know how American elites and American democracy got so plutocratic and secretive. Skull and Bones, or The Order, as it is officially called, has been instrumentally involved in turning the United States into such a plutocratic aristocratic place. And they have been working on it for over 100 years.
Log Trucks Blockaded in Downtown Eureka; 3 arrested
A large demonstration for the protection of Old Growth and an end to Maxxam corporation's destructive logging practices in Humboldt County at noon today included nonviolent civil disobedience. As a truck carrying large logs approached the intersection in front of the Eureka Courthouse, activists carrying banners surged into the street, stopped and boarded it. Eureka Police and County Sheriffs responded some fifteen minutes later, by which time a large crowd had gathered, most expressing loud vocal support for the action. [ Read more... ]
BARK hike to Bear Timber Sale, This Sunday, Aug. 8
Wyden Biscuit Throw & Accountability Day, Friday, noon,
We, are concerned about the termination of Fellow Worker Tom Kappas' employment. We feel that it was an unfair termination, and ask that he be reinstated without prejudice.
We are concerned about arbitrary or confusing policies, and ask that a policy that can possibly lead to termination of employment be committed to writing.
We are all concerned about the the work environment, and have similar goals, along with management, for a functional and profitable business. We do not feel our concerns are unreasonable or detrimental to these goals, and ask that employees voicing their concerns do not experience retaliation.
I interviewed people involved with Free Radio Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz IMC, Eat the State!, Ladyfriend and Free Advice Zines, a prisoner newsletter, Infoshop.org and Adbusters Magazine to see what the alternative press needs and wants regarding its visions for our future...
Big news just in on the forest front, so good to hear in the face of everything of late!
A major lawsuit regarding Spotted Owl habitat was victorius today on appeal in the federal 9th circuit court (just below the Supreme Court). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) narrow interpretation of the Endangered Species Act's (ESA) protections for habitat critical to threatened and endangered fish and wildlife was overturned!
The judge found that that logging Spotted Owl "critical habitat" in Oregon and Washington constituted "destruction or adverse modification" of habitat, an activity prohibited by the ESA. The Forest Service and USFWS had said that only the "Late Successional Reserves" (LSRs) set up by Clinton Administration were necessary for protection for the Owl. The judge rejected this, stating that ALL recognized owl habitat must be protected.
The president's campaign media contact, Tucker Bounds, has confirmed with KATU that President Bush will be in town on the same day for a Business Summit" (Friday 8/13).
This is a repost of an article originally published to portland indymedia in March 2002, in conjunction with the Hiroshima Flame Interfaith Pilgrimage. [For voluminous coverage of that event in audio, photos, and text, see portland indymedia's special "dharmawalk" page, here.] This article, which is drawn from the book, "Hiroshima in America: Fifty Years of Denial", shows how the media and government have covered up the full story of the U.S. atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, then and since. Lessons from this historic episode are applicable to the current "war on terrorism" even more so now than when the article originally appeared. Reposted to mark Hiroshima Day: August 6. [ Read more... ]
Jim Hightower appeared at the Baghdad on August 2, 2004, stumping for his latest book, "Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush." He delivered his characteristic fare, great wit, affable but biting sarcasm, astute political observations about current administration policies, as well as sound advice about how to deal with these "Thieves in High places," the title of his last book.
This presentation skillfully mixed some of his previous material with fresh insights and information, but Hightowers message comes through loud and clear, as usual. It's up to the people themselves to protect and defend this Democracy from forces seeking to undermine it out of greed and stupidity.
[ This audio file ] is about 33 minutes in length. Well worth the listen.
related: [ Be grateful for Bush ]
First, many thanks to Yakima organizers for getting the word out and bringing so many people out to protest Cheney's visit. According to couple of independent accounts, there were over 150 people there (media reports varied from "two dozen" to "over 75"). Cops managed to break us into several smaller groups as they were "sterilizing" the area around the school. I was under impression that Yakima cops didn't themselves know when and where the VP was coming in. That resulted in a lot of confusion and some blatant abuses of our constitutional rights to assemble and voice our opinions. We were pushed around from one city block to another only to be ordered to go back where we came from. Of course, they were probably flexing their muscle as well. This was the biggest day in the life of your average Yakima cop - he was responsible for the safety and security of our entire nation (mad logic).
Today marks the seventh day three young forest defenders have spent in a Curry County, Oregon jail, picked up last week at a blockade of the road to the Indi timber sale in the Biscuit Burn. Meanwhile the Siskiyou National Forest contract to log at Indi remains unsigned by a high-bidding timber speculator with an out-of-county mill that cuts old-growth trees.
Indi was bid on by East Fork Lumber in Norway, Oregon with President Bob Sproul of Myrtle Point at the helm. Sproul admits that he risked his entire company in a bidding war to profit at Indi. The auction price went to triple the advertised rate, one of only two sales at Biscuit so far that didn't go for the minimum asking price. Sproul plans to mill half the logs at his own plant and sell the other half to the highest bidder he can find.
On the day last week that Sproul was sent the contract from the Forest Service, he traveled out to Indi, only to discover an elaborate blockade of the single road into most of the sale. Giant slash piles stopped his blue Ram 1500 pickup. But the real blockade came in the form of an elaborate series of rope loops strung across the road and holding up a 75-foot high, occupied platform suspended between two ancient trees.
The Batwings timber sale consists of 109 acres of a naturally fire created stand of forest 50-150 years of age, generally speaking. There appears to be a great range of age of trees, diversity of tree species and vascular plants, and overwhelming evidence of black bear, woodpecker foraging, deer, elk and coyote scat, and bobcat scat. The purpose and need of this timber sale, according to the forest service, states, "It has a high level of root disease and mistletoe and does not contribute to an aggregated vegetative pattern." The most interesting part i found in looking through documents is the rule regulating forest openings to 60 acres on the west side(of the Cascades)and 40 acres on the east. The forest service says it has regional approval to bypass the rule. We're talking about a government approved 109 acre clearcut....WOW!!!!!! The timber industry really has learned from the past, and proven they really care. I mean, i thought logging was done differently now, it's sustainable and low impact and blah blah we plant differently and science is on our side blah blah. Yet, in 2004, the FS still plans, sells and oversees 109 acre clearcuts!! 109 acre clearcuts surrounding underground streams and seeps with the hills around as far as the eye can see clearcut and monocropped. This is a vital watershed not only to people in the Portland metro area, but these last stands of native forest are essential corridors for overall species richness of the affected areas. The integrity of these stands are important to the survival of dependent species and the seasonal use by other species.
On Aug 3, Trinity County, California became only the second county in the nation to ban the growing of genetically engineered (GE) crops and animals. By a vote of 3-1, Trinity County Supervisors elected to ban GE crops and animals in an effort to protect Trinity's local economy and environment.
Trinity County's decision reflects a growing movement across America to defend local agriculture, biodiversity and human health. Four other California counties will vote in December to ban genetically engineered crops in their county, while dozens of counties across the country are advancing "GE Free" Zones.
There has been much confusion on the issue of Bicycle Polo in Portland Parks as of late. Many people do not seem to understand what is going on and are, understandably, jumping to conclusions. This article will hopefully shed light on the factors surrounding the issue and lead everyone to a better understanding of what's going on.
Anwar Peace, a clean-cut young man, with dark skin and an average build, wears a target sign around his neck (which is in the custody of the Seattle Police as of July 31, 2004), as he trails the Seattle Police, asking for answers. His many photo albums documenting police brutality and police breaking laws, do not endear him to local police. They were not amused, for instance, when he sat outside their precincts with a target sign around his neck, and a card table, full of educational materials for the public on the lack of police accountability in Seattle. He has been very vocal about the strange police killings of minority citizens in the NW, working with the families of John David Walker and Michael Randall Ealy, for example. Families have suffered unexplained assassinations of their loved ones by the SPD, and people like Anwar are not letting these things be forgotten. Anwar's vigilant presence is not welcome by most members of Seattle's police force, and the Police Chief has gone to odd measures to keep Anwar away from him. [ Read more... ]
My sister Edain has spent the last week in Boston to attend the Boston Social Forum and the Democratic National Convention. She has traveled with supporters of Kucinich and attended caucuses and workshops, protests and parties. This is the last report back in the series.
EDAIN: I am back home in San Francisco and have slept for about 24 hours in less than two days. We got 3-4 hours of sleep each night. We went to events all day and then sat at the computers and made notes and sent messages about what had happened that day and then laid in our beds and talked and laughed about all that had happened.
I have 12 rolls of pictures of all that went on and will soon figure out how to get them out. My friend, that I traveled with, got lots of footage on the events and will be making a documentary out of it, although she is going to Africa next week for a month so it will be awhile before she completes it, and her documentary on Africa. I never did go into the convention, although on the last day I went to the free speech cage because I heard that the Quakers were tearing it down and I wanted to see it. The most important events happened in the last days in Boston. [ Read More | Read Days Four and Five | Read Day Three | Read Day Two | Read Day One ]
On March 6, 2004 residents of Mendocino County passed a measure that bans the planting of Genetically Engineered (GE) crops -- also known as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) -- within their county. Mendocino County's Measure H is being used as a model for at least a dozen other counties in California where local residents are well on their way to passing similar measures. Organizers in Butte, Humboldt, Marin and San Luis Obispo counties have already collected enough signatures to place measures on the November ballot. Californians feel that local measures seeking to ban the cultivation of GE crops are critical steps to take in the promotion of economically and ecologically sustainable agriculture.
California farms produce more than 350 varieties of crops and export more than any state in the US. Although California is recognized as a world leader in organic food production and sustainable agriculture, the world's largest biotechnology companies are attempting to coerce GE crops onto California's farms. Genetic engineering poses a significant risk to the environment, our food supply and the economic health of farmers.
The DNC2RNC March is a 258 Mile Movement from The Boston Common to Madison Square Garden; stopping, rallying, and spreading resistance the entire way. The March left from the Common the day after the DNC ended, on July 30th. Nearly 90 people rallied at 9am, ate breakfast provided by Seeds of Peace, and held a circle chant where we all met each other by saying our names and having the group repeat it. At around ten in the morning the march was off. The police escorted and the first day had little tension.
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