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I was being very quiet about the re-bith of the Children's Garden on SW 13th and Alder. Even after the horrific assault last year by ODOT workers at the direction of officer Meyers, the garden was quietly growing back. It gave me hope.
In spite of everything, early in the spring, I watched the first tiny crocuses lift their heads above the poisoned earth. Not long after, slender daffodils began to climb out of the healing womb beneath the ravaged surface. Then, like phoenixes from the ashes, came the irises. Slowly, quietly, the garden returned to life with the spring.
...I was afraid for the garden. And I was afraid for all the people who had come to love and appreciate it. I had seen what they were up against.
I was right to be afraid. Somehow, the secret of the reawakening Eden got out. A few weeks ago, once again, it was razed to the ground. I have heard that the Portland Mercury ran a story shortly before about the garden's return, and perhaps that's what tipped him off. I do not read the Mercury, so I cannot confirm that there was such a story. Whatever the reason, the garden is gone. [ Read more... ]
previous articles about this story by CatWoman:
Following yesterday's surprise occupation of Senator Wyden's office by over 40 Oregon forest defenders, protestors turned their sights on Umpqua Bank. One protestor is currently locked to a 250 pound stump outside of Umpqua Bank's flagship store in Portland's Pearl District (1139 NW Lovejoy Street), while 20 Oregonians use banners, songs, and flyers to protest the bank's ties to the destruction of Oregon's public lands.
"Both Umpqua Bank and Senator Wyden greenwash their images while supporting commercial logging in Oregon's National Forests," said protestor Kristen Michelson. "We're exposing Senator Wyden and Umpqua Bank as two of the biggest threats to Oregon's public lands." [ Read more... ]
12:15 Update: Lock Down Over - "No Arrests"
original announcement feature: [ Forest Activists announce 2nd day of action - call for support ]
This is a statement by the IWW clarifying a strike by four servers at Calendula Cafe. It describes events in the course of the strike, issues the strikers are bringing forward, and clarifies the IWW's role in the strike.
Labor law in the United States is not a worker friendly system. Typically,when an employer has actually violated the rights of workers as they exist on paper in the United States, they have engaged in rather agregious practices. The National Labor Relations Act states that collective activity is protected activity. This means that any group of workers, union members or not, have the right to protest, strike, and organize unions without retaliation from their employer.
When the four servers currently on strike at Calendula notified the owner that they were witholding their labor, they were immediately fired.
One current Calendula worker comments: I have been employed at Calendula six months and have been treated fairly and respectfully by the owner, Craig Rosebraugh and my fellow workers. I like my job and appreciate the opportunity to provide organic, vegan meals to the people of Portland. I enjoy some flexibility with my schedule, receive praise for my work, and am allowed to work autonomously. Because the restaurant can't support itself, I can't have health insurance yet. That's dissapointing, but I accept it as a necessary tightening of the belt and firmly believe that Calendula will provide better benefits when it becomes financially sustainable.
Tuesday, August 17th, 10:30 am: Over 40 forest defenders from across Oregon are currently occupying Senator Wyden's office at 700 NE Multnomah St. With drumming, banners, and songs, the forest defenders delivered piles of sawdust to the Senator's office demanding Wyden stop selling Oregon's public lands to the timber industry. The protestors presented a slide show of threatened areas to educate the Senator and his aides about the on-the-ground destruction caused by their pro-logging policies.
"We need to shift management of Oregon's forests away from the commercial timber sale program towards genuine non-commercial restoration. Yet, from the Biscuit logging project to the so-called Healthy Forest Restoration Act, Senator Wyden aggressively promotes increased commercial logging in our National Forests," said Kristen Michelson, one of the protestors.
On Saturday, August 14, from 11am to 2pm, folks came to People's Food Co-op for a money-free barter event for home-grown, home-processed, or wildcrafted food. More people brought a greater variety of goods than last year's event, in part because the scope of the event was widened to include tinctures and fresh food. People brought all kinds of jam and preserves (incl. plum, blueberry, marionberry, blackberry, orange, strawberry, and more), pickled cucumbers, beans and carrots, canned fruit, applesauce, home-made herbal tinctures, fresh kale, dill, squash & tomatoes, home-brewed beer, and urban wildcrafted plums. Everyone seemed delighted with the trades they made at this anti-capitalist event. One woman walking by tried to buy a tincture, but was told that wouldn't happen! (Eventually, she was given the tincture for free, with contact info if she wanted to acquire more later.) [ Read more... ]
On Sunday, August 15, over 50 folks showed up for the "World without Bosses" bike tour, which was organized by the recently-formed Portland Alliance of Worker Collectives (PAWC). The event started with a delicious and energy-building vegan brunch at the City Bikes Annex (SE 8th & Ankeny) cooked by people from two PAWC cafes, Redwing (SE 6th & Market) and the Red & Black (SE 22nd & Division). Local musicians Schicky Gnarowitz and the Transparent Wings of Joy entertained the crowd at the Back to Back Cafe (6th & Burnside) with their vibrant, klezmer-infused sound. Riders got to inspect the presses at Stumptown Printers (SE 11th & Morrison), and ride through the labyrinth of Free Geek (SE 10th & Mill). The newest business on the ride was Gallery CO7 (7th & Harrison), which is an art gallery and performance space. Pictured here, the riders are enjoying lemonade and vegan cookies at the Red & Black . The riders also took 3-4 turns around Ladd's Circle. Much of the time, it felt like a Critical Mass ride. Looking behind me, i would see the street full of riders from curb to curb!
No right to legal representation? No right to free association? No right to remain silent? You've been subpoenaed to a grand jury.
A new spate of federal grand juries have been called to investigate "radical" environmentalists throughout the Pacific Northwest. In Eugene, authorities are using the highly controversial Romania fire that burned 35 SUVs in 2001 as a catalyst for gathering general information about local dissidents. Grand juries are a coercive, archaic practice that target vulnerable people and should not be welcomed in our community.
We encourage you to learn more about the current grand jury and the grand jury process by attending "Stop the Grand Jury" on August 18th and by contacting our organizational spokespeople.
STOP THE GRAND JURY: A public event and benefit
Wednesday, August 18th, 7pm at Sam Bond's Garage $5
Next Sunday, August 15th, a national referendum is scheduled to take place in Venezuela to decide whether democratically-elected revolutionary president Hugo Chavez should remain in office. However, what is happening in Venezuela, far from being an electoral process determining the destiny of a leader, is a confrontation between the popular movements of Venezuela against the Capitalist Empire. This confrontation, however, won?t be decided on the ballots, but on the streets... Read More
Also, good coverage on Narco News
I was able to attend the gatherings outside of both the Kerry campaign stop on the Waterfront, and the Bush visit to the Beaverton high school location. My main focus was gathering signatures to place Nader on the November ballot. Here are a few of my impressions and observations, as well as a look at some of the claims that the Democrats are making about the Nader campaign.
After a short pedal down to the Portland Waterfront, I arrived at the Salmon Street Fountain shortly after 10 AM. Crowds of people were streaming everywhere, and I proceeded to solicit signatures for a petition to place Ralph Nader on the Oregon ballot. I had some success with the people that were gathered in that area, but found myself mostly in conversations with people rather than collecting signatures.
In the wake of the tragic and unnecessary deaths of Kendra James, James Jahar Perez, Jose Mejia Poot, and many other people of color at the hands of the police in recent years, much outrage has been expressed by the Portland community. The police officers involved in the incidents have been exonerated of any wrongdoing, and in some cases, have been rewarded for their actions.
There has been public debate on the need for cultural sensitivity training for all officers. However, the focus has been on appeasing the public outrage surrounding racist actions by the police, and there has been little talk of the ingrained attitudes of white supremacy in much of the Portland police department, its origins, and potential resolutions.
On Saturday, August 14th, 2004, Arissa volunteers uncovered images of concern on the Portland Police Association's official website. These images are a nazi swastika, and a a Ku Klux Klan hood. Arissa demands that the Portland Police Association publicly disclose why and by whom these white supremacist images are being stored on the Portland Police Association's official website.
One commenter posted: The swastika and KKK images were used to illustrate a story called "Hate on line" in the January 2001 issue of The Rap Sheet, the Portland Police Association's newspaper. It was written by Loren Christensen, a retired bureau employee who has written numerous articles and books about white supremacists. The emphasis of the article is how dangerous white supremacists are, and about how they are using the Internet to spread their message of hate. I know this because I called Robert King and he sent me a copy of the article, which includes the images. King also said he would take the images down, which he apparently has.
Before showing up on the scene, I saw a local TV broadcast with a claim that the line to get in to see Bush goes "on and on and on and on" though the TV showed a few dozen people. Shortly afterwards I was there in person and the line was gone. Beaverton's Southridge High holds hundreds, not thousands of people.
Even with short notice in this moderate to conservative neighborhood, protests far overshadowed support on the streets. And, as usual, the local media chose camera angles with the few supporters in the foreground, protesters in the background, leaving the impression that the entire crowd was supporting Bush. [ Read More ]
Full coverage: [ bush/kerry Aug. 13 ]
Yes, I got there at 10AM and it was very crowded and very canned, and very boring except the part where the cops protect the bushites free speech...that was bad JuJU nausating! You were not allowed to carry your own sign into the area. You had to have Kerry campaign official badges, pins, bumper stickers etc, which you mostly had to buy. Except they did hand out these stickers that had the "official" slogan and pictures. Probably between 25,000 and 35,000 people when I left and they were still comin'. [ Read More ]
kerry portland event
Kerry Rally at Waterfront Park
Full coverage: [ bush/kerry Aug. 13 ]
i didn't go to this event. i was downtown lending my support to the folks protesting war-mongerin', "free trade"-lovin', Patriot Act votin' John Kerry. But at the Red & Black afterwards, i ran into someone who was at Terminal 6 and here's what she said happened.
This was a well-attended event, held at It's A Beautiful Pizza (which also hosts Videos from the Resistance showings). No one knows what's going to happen tomorrow (if anything), but the information was of a general type useful for any street protest you might attend. Some folks started planning specific places/times to protest Bush, and hopefully they'll announce something here as appropriate. Here's a quick summary of the evening....
Boy, do we have some slick talkers in high places in Seattle's city government. I am stunned at how Seattle's Mayor and Police Chief avoid really important questions, smiling their toothy grins for the public. I called in to a show called "Ask The Mayor" last night...
Why does the public not know the location of Bush's Friday the 13th appearance less than 48 hours before the event? Don't ask the local press. Though it's not surprising, this whole last-minute secret location information scenario is certainly a victory for Little Beirut, and another in a series of journalistic black eyes for the entire local media scene.
I mean, here it is, less than 48 hours until the Resident of the United States comes to Portland, and NOT ONE media outlet -- not The Waregonian, WillyWeek, Portland Tribune, or any TV or radio station -- has the interest or resources or integrity to come forward with the location of the event.
These so-called news outlets are absolutely doing Shrub and his war crimes buddies a huge favor by not asking the obvious question and not digging around for the answer. Are they honestly going to tell us with a straight face that because the campaign has not released the information that they have nothing to report?
Everything has been wrapped up just like a sitcom. The results of the meeting on Friday, 6 August were, I suppose, positive, but were no different than the results of the Meeting earlier this summer. Fortunately, this time there is something in writing. This documentation will be made public as soon as it is finalized, and we will stand by it. The agreement states that Bicycle polo is to be allowed in certain designated areas of certain Portland parks, and that PP&R will help polo-ers to find suitable and agreeable areas to play. Polo will be treated equally with all other informal (pickup) sports played in Portland parks, but in turn must agree to follow all laws and regulations governing said parks. Specifically included is city code 20.12.140 in re: alcoholic beverages in the parks. We will be allowed to host large events, but will be required to secure permits for crowd and alcohol. If, like some of our friends, you went out of town for a few weeks, you would be hard pressed to realise that anything had ever happened. At least some folks justified their salaries.
previous story: [ Bicycle Polo Banned - come out to support it this Sunday ]
Here it is, the outline of how you can throw away your entire world. I am not blaming anyone but myself for this because had I NOT done so many things I wouldnt have lost the only thing in the world that I have and means anything.
This first hand report on the revolution being fought in the Cochabamba/Brazil/revolution. It came to me via a network of activists. The war on the world continues all over the world. Take heed. Daily violence continues around the Chapare where police and soldiers with automatic weapons raid small coca farms, terrorizing families and burning down homes. In a very real way this is the front line of the war against terrorism -- poor people fighting back against the terror of our empire with rocks, road blockades, strikes, and mass demonstrations. [ Read More ]
From a letter to Democratic Party chairman, Terry McAuliffe:
"[Y]our false claims about inappropriate Republican support should not cloud the actions of your Party, its lobbyists, law firms and underlings... [W]e are very concerned about this nationwide effort to prevent voters from having a real choice. When I announced my candidacy, John Kerry said he would take my voters by taking my issues. Do you lack confidence in Senator Kerry? If you were confident in him, you would not be harassing, litigating and dirty tricking us from being on the ballot. You would not be trying to deny voters from making their own choices.
"Your letter fails to disavow these actions. Do you support these dirty tricks?"
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