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Saturday afternoon, November 20, 2004, citizens disgusted with the U.S. election system gathered in downtown Portland to voice this discontent. At Northwest Park and Jefferson, people listened to music and waited for a funeral procession to march up from downtown. When this procession arrived, with painted white faces and a somber tones, a moment of silence was announced by the ringing of a Buddhist gong, whereby the people lined up and deposited previously prepared letters to the Oregonian addressing the lack of coverage of what should be the story of the century, rampant voter fraud and voter disenfranchisement which took place in the recent 2004 national election.
After several people spoke, a few of the organizers as well as some of those who were there in support, the gathering marched down to the Oregonian offices. Here amongst chants voicing their disapproval and outrage at Corporate Media cowardice, the letters were counted before being turned over to the Oregonian. The total was 96 letters.
AUDIO FILE from event
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Maybe it's because Thanksgiving always brings on a lot of talk about turkey, which if eaten (ew) instead of allowed to live, is high in tryptophan. Or maybe it's because of the biotech book I'm reading. Whatever the reason, remember the tryptophan scare? Do you know what caused it? Chances are, you don't.
It was 1989. A mysterious outbreak of a bizarre and deadly disease began quietly enough at first. Doctors named the new disease Eosinophila Myalgia Syndrome (EMS). In some people it seemed like a bad episode of the flu, but in others it became much more severe. It caused paralysis, neurological problems, heart problems, painful muscular aches, headaches, fatigue, memory loss, cognitive defects, swollen, cracked skin, and a host of other nasty symptoms. Dozens of people actually died from it.
It made front page news when the disease was eventually traced to a popular dietary supplement, the amino acid L-Tryptophan. The FDA issued an immediate recall of all the tryptophan in the country, and instituted a ban on the importation of the supplement. Panic erupted, as millions of people had been taking Tryptophan for many years for conditions such as anxiety, depression, PMS, and insomnia. Some people worried that they, too, might get sick. Others feared that the conditions for which they had taken it would return if they could not get more.
PSU has signed a contract to change all of its student campus id cards to MasterCards. There is no opt-out, and students are mad. A boycott has been announced, and a rally is planned for this Tuesday (November 23).
"Financial aid is sacred to many of us," said student Sascha Krader, "It's not like the privatization of other campus areas such as food services. It has a profound effect on student life." The decision to sign a contract with Higher One was made without any attempt to involve students in the process, including student representatives and organizations.
Over 2,000 students at Portland State University are organized in a boycott and prepare for a walkout in protest of their new Campus ID Cards. The debit cards, emblazoned with a MasterCard logo, were mailed to students this week from the Connecticut-based "virtual bank" HigherOne. Students aim to have their university's contract with Higher One terminated.
[ Community Journal I Southern Oregon Univ. Solidarity I Associated Students of PSU I Previous Article: Portland State Outsources Financial Aid ]
What a week! Mr. Hurley agreed to take foie gras off his menu Saturday night after activists visited his restaurant every Friday and Saturday night for 3 weekends in a row, Wednesday The Heathman Restaurant agreed to take foie gras off of their menu on National Day of Action Against Force Feeding and now, the owner of Brasserie Montmartre has told me they have removed foie gras from their menu and will not be serving it any longer.
We are 4 for 4 here! This is big! But, there are 4 businesses left that we know of that still sell foie gras. Restaurants are The Blue Hour and Navarre and grocers are City Market NW and The Pasta Works. We just recently sent a video and letter to Navarre and Pasta Works so we feel we need to give them time to review the information before following up with them. We will do that early next week.
We are planning our next strategy and will be in touch very soon. We will not be having any demos this weekend. We feel energized. We are anxious to keep the campaign momentum going.
[ Eugene Restaurants Serving Foie Gras I stopforcefeeding.com I more foie gras articles I AUDIO: 'On The Air' with Matt Rossell of IDA ]
As I detailed in my last report, The International Caravan for Justice in Juarez and Chihuahua City reached Juarez on October 31, 2004 to demand justice in the cases of hundreds of murdered young women. This group of activists, teachers, students, researchers, and journalists from around the U.S. and Mexico had finally reached its destination, and we then had 5 days of activities and meetings to attend. It's hard to tell what lasting results would come from these efforts, but there are signs that some positive steps forward may finally be at hand.
previous reports from Caravan: [ Crossing Into Juarez (Nov. 7) | 12th Day of International Caravan for Justice in Juarez and Chihuahua (Oct. 29) | Caravan for Juarez Women Succeeds in Raising Awareness of 400 Murdered (Nov. 1) ]
Coverage and analysis about the US strikes on Fallujah, Iraq in the past days. A three hour news program that draws on multiple sources, including scathing critique of corporate media coverage, and highlighting of various independant media coverage that focused on the assault.
The second half of the show includes reports from domestic and international demonstrations against the strikes on Fallujah. Including a demonstration in Nablus, Palestine where citizens used fire to write "Fallujah" (in Arabic) on a nearby mountainside that could be seen throughout the city of Nablus. The show ends on a somber note, with readings from Dahr Jamail's diary.
[ LISTEN TO THE SHOW I Electronic Iraq I Dahr Jamail Diary I Fallujah Reality I radio.indymedia.org ]
Leading up to the U.S. war to conquer Iraq, there was a barage of Iraqi 'weapons of mass destruction' propaganda put out by the U.S. government and blindly parroted by the corporate media. As well as the chemical and biological weapons scares, there were the lies about nuclear weapons programs, and fake stories of attempts by Iraq to obtain nuclear materials. The U.S. government played on racist fears claiming that Iraqis just could not be trusted, that they are irrational and would never stop trying to destroy our freedoms.
Now the same thing is happening with Iran. Pressure from Europe has helped create a deal where Iran would cease certain uranium enrichment efforts, in order to avoid possible U.N. sanctions pushed by the U.S. The U.S. is cool on the deal and is setting the stage for an attack. Colin Powell claims there is intelligence that shows that Iran is actively working on a program to enable its missiles to carry nuclear warheads. In an interview published Sept 26th in the Chicago Tribune, Democratic Senator Barack Obama, in a familiar and blatantly racist statement about the inabiility of Pakistan and Iran to negotiate rationally, said he would favor missile strikes on Iran.
Two people were arrested as police in riot gear responded to about 100 anti-war protesters at the Port of Olympia on Thursday. The protesters beat drums and banged stones in rhythm against chain-link fencing separating the Port Plaza from a dock, showing their opposition to an Army shipment of equipment from the port to the Iraqi war zone. The demonstrators flashed peace signs with their fingers and chanted a variety of anti-war slogans. At one point, some of them ripped a section of chain-link fencing from posts and briefly trespassed on off- limits port property.
The protest occurred as the SS Cape Intrepid, a Navy transport ship, loaded helicopters, trucks and containers bound from Fort Lewis to the war zone. The ship had pulled into port early Thursday morning. The protesters vowed to attend Monday's port commission meeting in hopes of persuading the commission to stop accepting shipments to and from the war zone. This week's shipment is the fourth war-related shipment this year at the port, the first military shipments to pass through the Olympia port since 1987.
Another experiment in creative, yet confrontive nonviolence successfully out-manuvered thugs (and fears of violence) after an open challenge from anarchists. More than 50 people participated. A Crucial Arts expert-in-training literally "pushed da envelope" in one of Portland's 'Hoods.
PDX: The thug in all of us, in our heads and expressed in myriad ways was beautifully ju-jitsued and derailed Thursday (today) in NE Portland thanks to "key timing" and the "radicalness" of a method of nonviolent confrontation which blows traditional nonviolent "pacifism" out of the water as far as the concept of DESIRE ARMED is concerned.
"Its a form of art in process, really," said Chaz d (distant cousin of the infamous Chuck D.), "and the 'key timing' is the *suddenness* of our appearances, which have been going down all over the USA. It's a provocation, to use fancy-buttoned words. It's a way of interacting with people (instead of always 'to' or 'against' people) that allows us to escape our gripping fears and make *community* wherever and whenever we desire!"
When my daughter enlisted in the National Guard, I was proud of her for having the discipline to make it through basic training. But with the wisdom of one who has seen the effects of the Vietnam War, I said: "Baby, are you sure you should do this?" She said:" Mom, don't worry, I want to fight fires and build roads for Oregon, and there is never going to be another war."
When she called me after her unit went from Kuwait to Mosul in a convoy and told me she had gone through roads littered with depleted uranium dust and Iraqi tanks full of dead bodies, I began to feel the dread a parent feels when his or her child is facing mortal danger.
Attorneys for Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb and Libertarian Michael Badnarik have sent letters to each Ohio county election director asking them to begin preparations immediately for the recount of the presidential vote.
Although a demand for a recount is usually not made until after the vote has been certified, there are concerns that waiting that long would not allow enough time for the recount to be completed before the Ohio presidential electors meet on December 13 in Columbus.
The letters go on to say that "the lack of a meaningful recount will also violate the rights under federal and state constitutional and statutory law of all Ohio citizens who cast a ballot for President on Election Day... . Immediate action is necessary so that the recount procedures may begin as soon as possible."
Nader volunteers work on New Hampshire recountI'm here in Concord, New Hampshire with Rob Cirincione and Virginia Rodino and we're here for the New Hampshire recount of the Nader/Kerry/Bush race and it's just getting under way. There's a room full of people here. There's a lot of positive energy in the room. We've brought together more than twice the number of volunteers we need to manage the recount, to observe and make sure that the recount is done accurately. People feel very confident that we're going to make our democracy better and stronger.
We're doing basic democracy activism. We're trying to protect our democracy. This is more like an audit of the vote. We're seeking a recount in wards in New Hampshire where there have been mathematical anomalies, where people expected more votes for Kerry than Bush, and Bush got anywhere from 5 to 15% more votes than expected. When we look at those numbers it turns out that most of those anomalies occurred in wards where the vote was counted on the Diebold AccuVote Machine, in fact 78% of those unusual votes were on those machines. This is the first audit in a Presidential Election of an electronic voting count system so it's an historic moment.
related: [ Nader: Kerry Missed the Opportunity ]
more: [ Complete Exit Poll Data Confirms Suspicions: national e-vote fraud, unheard of "red shift" | UC Berkeley Research Team Sounds 'Smoke Alarm' on Florida E-voting | Ohio Hearings Show Massive GOP Vote Manipulation | MAKE CORPORATE MEDIA UNCOMFORTABLE ]
Two years ago, on Nov. 17, 2002, about 5000 people gathered in downtown Portland for a peace rally. It was the second of "the big ones" during the anti-war movement that briefly raised its shrill voice during the run-up to the March 20, 2003, re-invasion of Iraq by U.S. military forces. I remember the day's events vividly, and still feel the consequences of what happened (or rather didn't happen) that day. This was the march where the cops snatched a 17 year old kid from the crowd, physically abused him, and dragged him off to the inJustice Center, and the organizers of the march refused to stop and show solidarity, or demand his release. I remember being completely disgusted.
Recently, I was involved in a project that required a visit to every Independent Media Center in the country. I learned of an enormous movement happening across the United States that literally astounded me. There are protests and marches in every major city in the country.
I looked for articles in my local newspaper and on TV.....and there was nothing. These stories are found only on our network of IMCs, and bless them, for they are all unpaid volunteers serving the people, and trying to get the truth out - at a time when, we now know, the truth is not an issue for the Major Media. For instance, did you hear that in Chicago there were demonstrations for a solid week after the Nov. 2 Election..........NO.
What follows is an incomplete compilation of stories on citizen unrest from around the country. Most of them have fallen off the Main News Column, but can still be accessed. Check each cities' IMC to read the full story.
[ see the list... ]
Black Box Voting began to compare the special printouts given in the FOIA request with the signed polling tapes from election night. Lo and behold, some were missing. By this time, Black Box Voting investigator Andy Stephenson had joined the group at Volusia County. Some polling place tapes didn't match. In fact, in one location, precinct 215, an African-American precinct, the votes were off by hundreds, in favor of George W. Bush and other Republicans.
Hmm. Which was right? The polling tape Volusia gave to Black Box Voting, specially printed on Nov. 15, without signatures, or the ones with signatures, printed on Nov. 2, with up to 8 signatures per tape?
Well, then it became even more interesting. A Volusia employee boxed up some items from an office containing Lana Hires' desk, which appeared to contain -- you guessed it -- polling place tapes. The employee took them to the back of the building and disappeared. Then, Ellen B., a voting integrity advocate from Broward County, Florida, and Susan, from Volusia, decided now would be a good time to go through the trash at the elections office. Lo and behold, they found all kinds of memos and some polling place tapes, fresh from Volusia elections office.
Journalistic vacuity of corporate media exposed
And that's the truth the corporate media really doesn't want to talk about: The people, using the internet, are making the corporate media irrelevant. The "Be The Media" movement has been growing fast over the past few years, and with this story -- the 2004 sElection Theft -- the people have pulled into the lead. The role of an independent, watchdog press is now being filled by ordinary folks, and of course we're doing a better job -- there's more of us than them. We are a swarm of mosquitos: numerous, agile, and capable of delivering a thousand painful stings. The corporate media is old, sluggish, and irrelevant. They've got one foot in the grave and are about to step in with the other. Good riddance.
Support for Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb's demand for a recount of the Ohio presidential vote continues to grow. Ohio Congressman and former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has joined a growing list of individuals and organizations calling for a recount. On Monday, Common Cause, the National Voting Rights Institute, Demos, the Fannie Lou Hamer Project and People for the American Way Foundation issued a joint statement in support of the Cobb and Badnarik demand for an Ohio recount.
Kucinich expressed his appreciation of the growing movement demanding accountability for the 2004 election. "Thank you to the Greens and all others whose support for a recount will rescue a shred of honesty in the conduct of the 2004 Ohio election," said Kucinich.
"We need an election system and election officials we can trust. The problems in Florida in 2000 and the problems in Ohio in 2004 will repeat themselves in 2008 unless we do something about it. Our elections should be administered by an independent non-partisan commission, and not by the state chairs of the Republican presidential campaign," said David Cobb.
Petition Oregon US Legislaters at truthinvoting.orgA group of about 100 activists in Eugene Oregon have formed a focus group to assist in organizing local efforts to support investigation into US Voter Fraud. We have tentatively decided to call ourselves "truthinvoting.org" and have set up a website with an online petition at http://www.truthinvoting.org
Related Stories [ Democracy Now interview with David Cobb | Mainstream media loses all credibility in attempting to cover vote fraud | Vote Fraud and Congressional Inaction- Demand the Resignation of Nancy Pelosi | Vote Recounts in WA ]
Portland animal rights activists gathered outside the home of Dr.Martha Neuringer, one of OHSU's vivisectors, to call an end to Martha's cruel and unnecessary experiments.
It was before the first light of day when the prayers started. They came crackling through mosque speakers as tired and worn as throats weary from two intifadas worth of shouting. They permeated stone and concrete walls of camps and villages, and roused fitful dreams in the sleepy heads of the resistance, and they didn't stop. They didn't stop like the everyday morning call to prayer of Ramadan. They continued all morning, all afternoon, and into the night. "He's dead," they said when I awoke, "the old man is dead," but everyone already knew.
That day there was a demonstration in the town square in Nablus, as in every Palestinian town to memorialize Abu Amar, known to the rest of the world as Yasser Arafat. Shops, schools, and other establishments were closed for 3 days to show respect. Likenesses of the late president plastered the territories from the sides of buildings to the hoods of taxis. Crowds gathered in the streets donning their keffiyas, carrying flags, banners and guns, shooting into the air to punctuate eulogies. It was a show of pride, nationalism, unity, and defiance. It was a show of love, reverence, and grief.sami in palestine ]
Prior to elections in Afghanistan, U.S. politicians asked, "Are the people ready for democracy?" implying that life under the rule of a repressive regime had stunted their capacity for participating as free people in the running of their government. In the reverse, those of us who are dismayed by officials' and citizens' conduct during recent U.S. elections are asking, "Have the citizens of the United States decided that authoritarian rule is to be preferred over Liberty?"
A Movement and Country in DenialWith it's 11,000 lawyers and millions of dollars the democrats are doing virtually nothing about the stolen 2004 election. Instead they are once again blaming someone. This time the 'red states'. And they are already talking about strategies for 2008 as if that one will somehow magically be fair. Knowingly or unknowingly they work to prevent real dissent, and protect the status quo. This sort of thinking permeates many leftist media outlets and indymedia is not exempt. If you go to NYC Indymedia, their front page has not a single headline about vote fraud. Likewise if you read the latest NYC Indypendent, there is almost no mention of vote fraud in this post election issue which is billed as an election wrap-up.
This while hundreds of stories are accumulating from many states, and dedicated individuals nationwide work to raise the issue to national prominence and challenge the results before the Electoral College convenes on Dec. 13th. Not only do they have to struggle against the mainstream corporate media nearblackout, but against the denial of much leftist media as well. Bush is not yet (s)elected. Now is the time to ACT!
Vote Fraud Articles: [ GOP Wants to End Exit Polls | The Mother of all Vote Frauds | Patriotic CBS insider says that her corp. & others on "lock down" about Nov. 2 vote fraud! | Media launch preemptive strike on election fraud "conspiracy theories" | | 2004 COLLECTED VOTE FRAUD STORIES | ELECTION FRAUD SECTION | Ohio Vote Fraud: More Bush "Voters" Than Residents | more counting fraud updates | John Kerry sits on 51.6 million while third parties scramble for recount funds | New Hampshire approves Presidential recount for Nader | Florida county vote totals don't look right | RECOUNT IN OHIO A SURE THING! | Evidence of Electoral Fraud in the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election: A Reading List ]
On Thursday, David Cobb, the Green Party's 2004 presidential candidate, announced his intention to seek a recount of the vote in Ohio. Since the required fee for a statewide recount is $113,600, the only question was whether that money could be raised in time to meet the filing deadline. That question has been answered.
"Thanks to the thousands of people who have contributed to this effort, we can say with certainty that there will be a recount in Ohio," said Blair Bobier, Media Director for the Cobb-LaMarche campaign. "The grassroots support for the recount has been astounding. The donations have come in fast and furiously, with the vast majority in the $10-$50 range, allowing us to meet our goal for the first phase of the recount effort in only four days," said Bobier.
I like many other PDXers have noticed the flyers around town pinned to the local coffee shops bulletin boards, in the store front of local bike shops and strewn about other various places of community affiliation all gearing up for Today's "NOT MY PRESIDENT rally taking place 12:00pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square NOV 13th. S0o what happened?
'una' writes: The reason you did not see people at 12:45 is because we all talked and made a plan at 12:30 in the square, to leave in small groups and meet up again afterwards at 1pm at 2nd and Burnside. We left some people to tell latecomers the plan, but apparently that did not work out. The strategy worked pretty well and the cops did not arrive at Burrnside until about 40 minutes later when we had been blocking half of the intersection for 10 min. Pictures will hopefully appear here soon. There were about 60 0f us. I think we all agree that more planning is needed, I got a fair amount of contact info from people, hopefully everyone else is networking too. We were talking about the day after Thanksgiving (Buy Nothing Day) as a possiblity for the next large action.
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