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Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project has been fighting a really flagrant "post-fire salvage" timber sale in Eastern Oregon that is anything but. The really burned areas are just outside the boundaries of the sale, but inside the sale, well, that's what this article is about.
In the summer of 2002, a light ground fire burned through the Malheur National Forest near the Strawberry Wilderness. In small pockets the fire reached the tops of the trees and scorched their crowns. But for the most part, the fire, known as High Roberts, burned through the understory and left the old growth Ponderosa pine, Grand fir and Western larch to live on with only a little surface damage on their base.
Nonetheless, the Forest Service decided the forest needed to be managed. So they pulled a shiny arrow from their quiver of newly-minted Healthy Forest Initiative rules. The rule the Forest Service selected allows salvage logging of dead and dying trees and categorically excludes this kind of salvage project from environmental review or meaningful citizen input. The problem with the project is that the Old growth trees at High Roberts were still live and healthy two years after the fire and they were quite unlikely to die anytime soon.
George W. Bush's trip to Ottawa and Halifax in Canada was met with mass protests and creative resistance this week.
Protestors from Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and all surrounding areas converged on Ottawa on November 30th in the thousands. The rally began at noon in front of Ottawa city hall. Speakers representing Ottawa city council, unions, the Mohawk nation and many other groups set the tone for the massive march: George W. Bush is not welcome in Ottawa. By the time the march reached its final destination the crowd swelled from about 8,000 to about 15,000, blanketing the large front lawn of the parliament with anti-bush banners, placards and slogans.
In Halifax the march began at about 10:30 or so, to the sound of drumming and chanting. The march made its way towards Pier 21, along the waterfront, where Bush was delivering his warmongering message of the need for more Canadian participation in the "War on Terror" as well as the Ballistic Missile Offense system. It was recognized in advance by many of the organizers that Pier 21 was a set-up for trouble, or even a trap...
even forest activists will face trial on Dec. 6 for trespassing charges stemming from a demonstration last month protesting Steve Wills Logging and Trucking company. Demonstration blocks vital truck route. The demonstration included three separate roadblocks and took place at Fisher Road outside of Hydesville ? the site of the largest anti-logging rally ever held in the history of the environmental movement in the United States.
Of the seven activists arrested, six were charged with infraction trespassing, while protester Kim Starr received a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest in addition to a misdemeanor trespassing.
"We were ready to get arrested," said Starr. "The sheriffs always act as [Pacific Lumber's] personal goons."
Just after midnight on December 3rd, 1984 Union Carbide's pesticide factory released a dense, white cloud of poison gas into the city of Bhopal and surrounding impoverished neighborhoods. As a cruel result of the gas, people were unable to control their bowels as they ran and choking, pregnant women aborted on the spot. People directly involved in the burial and cremation of the dead estimated that 8,000 died over the course of the first three days following the disaster. Roughly a half a million people were exposed to the gas, who then flooded the hospital. Two decades later, in total, 20,000 people have had their lives transformed into agony and shortened as a direct result of gas poisoning and 120,000 suffer debilitating and chronic ailments to this day. Future generations of Bhopal residents are not free of Carbide's touch either. Cases of birth defects and mental disabilities are widespread among the children of the gas victims.
In January of 2004, I flew to Mumbai, India for the World Social Forum (WSF). I had heard about the previous WSFs held in Porto Alegre, Brazil and made up my mind to go and cover it on the Portland Independent Media Center. WSF 2004 was held in India and not Brazil, as the previous three were. I first read the story of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy on the Corporate Watch website (corpwatch.org). Since I was planning on traveling in India for several weeks after the WSF, I made up my mind that I would seek out people working on Bhopal issues at WSF and see Bhopal for myself.
Dow Statement a Hoax; "Historic aid package for Bhopal victims" a lieToday on BBC World Television, a fake Dow spokesperson announced fake plans to take full responsibility for the very real Bhopal tragedy of December 3, 1984. Dow Chemical emphatically denies this announcement. Although seemingly humanistic in nature, the fake plans were invented by irresponsible hucksters with no regard for the truth.
As Dow has repeatedly noted, Dow cannot and will not take responsibility for the accident. ("What we cannot and will not do... is accept responsibility for the Bhopal accident." - CEO Michael Parker, 2002.) The Dow position has not changed, despite public pressure.
[ DowEthics.com ]
Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb announced today that he would not pursue a recount in Nevada. Cobb and Libertarian Michael Badnarik had made the initial recount request on Monday.
"The Nevada Secretary of State's office presented us with hefty bill and a ridiculous list of tasks to be completed in an unreasonably short period of time," said Blair Bobier, Media Director for the Cobb-LaMarche campaign.
"We were asked to pay $349,000 but were not provided a detailed breakdown of the actual costs and we do not have confidence that our money will be spent wisely."
Judge rules Ohio recount will go forward in all countiesGreen Party presidential candidate David Cobb today expressed his satisfaction with a ruling by a federal judge taking jurisdiction over a Delaware County, Ohio lawsuit and denying the county's attempt to stop the recount of presidential ballots in that county.
"We are very pleased that the judge recognized our right to a recount and that the recount will go forward in each and every county in Ohio," said Cobb.
The judge also provisionally granted the motion by the Kerry-Edwards campaign to intervene in the lawsuit in defense of the position of Cobb and Libertarian Michael Badnarik.
Free Trade is the blueprint for terminal annihilation. Along with the fetishized glory of economic development, corporate invasion rides on the essential involvement of military and paramilitary forces assigned to eliminate entire societies. Those who remain become ill in the contaminated aftermath of resource exploitation of their homelands. Tho activists may be familiar with these two of many impacts of free trade, the growing plague of femicide is often overlooked or ignored as a side issue.
Humanity may well never recover from this carefully planned plunder. The Earth might do quite well in recovering without humans.
The systematic sexual brutalization of women and girls from Sierra Leone to Iraq, Pakistan to Guatemala, Dafur to Colombia, Edmonton to Juarez, The Congo to Chile, Spokane to Afghanistan, The Phillipines to China, Mumbai to San Diego has forced FEMICIDE out of the global closet of taboos. The scope and seriousness of targeting women and girls in horrific ways; rape, forced impregnation, trafficking, torture, sexual mutilation, honor killings and murder, illustrates the failure of truly integrating equality into the fabric of resistance not to mention the overall exclusion by societies and governments of women from dialog that impacts their lives.
Women who dare voice the reality they face as individuals or as communities, risk being lableled as "man haters", "divisive", "having problems with men" or being killed. This has been the case in Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico where women who speak out against the decade long unsolved serial torture murders of over 400 young women and over 4000 more missing are beaten and killed as well. Police are accused of beating and dismembering Lucha of Chimpimpin, a woman sent by her sisters who had organized against rape and violence there to Juarez to heed the call to stop and solve these heinous crimes. In Colombia, the horrific nature of torture, rapes and murders of women and girls has led the United Nations High Commission on Refugees to compare the situation to that of the similar gender specific attacks against thousands (possibly millions) of women in Sierra Leone, The Congo and Dafur. 3 women who addressed violence women are subjected to as Internally Displaced Persons in Colombia, Marta Cecilia Aguirre, Francis Giron Quilindo and Esperanza Amaris Miranda, have been murdered by armed groups.
Several Medford patrol units responded Thursday night to calls made by Victoria's Secret and the Rogue Valley Mall. An Ashland man was handcuffed and six others detained while an excited Victoria's Secret employee tried to accuse the detained of a variety of crimes. Officers released everyone without charges after about 45 minutes.
About 20 Jackson County residents had gone to Victoria's Secret to highlight endangered forest destroyed to ship more than million panty catalogs a day every day of the year. Forests in northern or boreal reaches of Canada are destroyed to make constantly the soft porn catalogs with zero recycled content, shipped nearly everywhere.
Along with the Medford protest, more than 100 actions took place today at Victoria's Secret stores around the country. Negotiations between the corporation and the San Francisco-based environmental organization ForestEthics broke down earlier this Summer. ForestEthics has promised to organize against the company until Victoria's Secret leads the catalog industry out of endangered forest destruction and into 50% postconsumer fiber within five years.
...and in Eugene...ten of us did cheers in lingerie at the mall's victoria's secret... we did some radical cheers and everyone fell down screaming "outch i'm a tree, stop cuttin on me" under the wrath of two lingerie clad protesters with fake chainsaws.
...and in PortlandThe activists, mostly high-school and college students, stormed into pioneer courhouse square chasing a lingereted "tree" in an attempt to save him from the victoria's secret "logger". Security guards, having been tipped off by a press release from the group Forest Ethics, who planned the day of action, were quick to respond with cameras and violence.
The group rushed outside to put their clothes back on and was chatted at by security guards. The group caught the MAX to Lloyd center to do the same thing. When the first group went in, however, the gates were closed and there were security guards in front. The first group tipped off the second group, who was getting coffee. The second group called Victoria's Secret's HQ to ask what store hours were for Lloyd's Victoria's Secret and they said they would be closed all day.
So, if you go to portlandonline.com, you can access the video archives of City Council meetings. Click on "Portland City Council 12-1-04 9:30AM" and you get to see, as the first item on the agenda, the Council discussing the $300k settlement for protesters injured by police during the A22 Bush Protest and March 20 Iraq War Protest.
Linda Meng, the City Attorney, is the first person to speak, and she reiterates that her office is recommending that the City settle for that amount. She also says she hopes this is the "last such case" in which protesters are able to band together and sue the City as a group. She alludes to "litigation strategies" her office has been developing to avoid this situation again, but demurs from discussing them "at this juncture", the implication seeming to be that such talk would be better behind closed doors. (That was my personal impression anyway).
Today, November 29th, 2004, at 11 am, we, Indigenous Peoples' delegates, declare a hunger strike and spiritual fast inside the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva, during this 3rd week of the 10th session of the Intersessional Working Group on the United Nations Draft Declaration for the Rights on Indigenous Peoples.
We, Indigenous peoples' delegates from different countries, undertake this action, with the support and solidarity of Indigenous Peoples and organizations from around the world, to call the world's attention to the continued attempts by some states, as well as this UN process itself, to weaken and undermine the Draft Declaration developed in the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations and adopted by the UN Subcommission for the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities in 1994.Western Shoshone protest war | Shundahai Network
Earlier this fall it was finally admitted by scientists and researchers at the university of Harvard Medical School in Cambridge Mass. that Linus Pauling was absolutely correct in his research and findings in the 1980's on the best way to combat AIDS. That way of course was to rebuild the immune system.
Pauling's credentials as a scientist are of the highest order yet when he presented his research on mega dose vitamin therapy and AIDS to the medical establishment in the United States and abroad in the 1980's the entire western health care industry went to work to discredit his findings. Creating rigged short-term studies produced in months to refute years of research the Pauling Institute carefully conducted.
Pauling and his fellow researchers had been under this onslaught from the Western medical establishment prior to their AIDS work.
To repair the Hood Canal Bridge in Washington State the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), Washington State Department of Transportation (WADOT), the Army Corp of Engineers, and other governmental agencies determined that the site of the Tse-whit-zen Village was appropriate to construct a Graving Dock project to build replacement parts for the Hood Canal Bridge.
Wildcat Community Development, a not for profit grassroots community based organization, has launched a campaign in support of the Lower Elwha Tribal Community to protect the Tse-whit-zen Village. As of this time over 250 complete human remains, 700 partial remains, six longhouses, and over 5000 artifacts have been uncovered in the preliminary construction phase. It is time to say "enough is enough" to the actions of the State and Federal governments that seek to totally destroy this village by covering it with concrete and seawater.
The first step of this campaign was to launch an online petition. This will be followed up with website additions to include contact information for agency officials and other actions that will be taken to defend this village site and burial grounds from being totally destroyed to build Hood Canal replacement parts.
Despite the cold and threatening rain, a huge crowd estimated to be as large as 450 turned out to support striking Parry Center workers last night. Chants of "Put kids first!" and "No contract, no peace" echoed down Powell Boulevard as the long picket line snaked along the sidewalk during rush hour. Spirits were high as supporters and strikers came together on this first day of the Parry Center strike.
Community support is needed on the Parry Center picket line!
3415 SE Powell Blvd.
Anytime between 5 am and 11pm is great!
The best times are: 5 am - 9 am, 1pm - 4 pm, and evenings 7pm - 11pm.
Come down and lend your energy to Parry Center workers who are standing up for living wages and for children!
[ Day 2 of the Parry Center Strike (11/30/04) | Group of Concerned Citizens Occupies Parry Center Offices (11/29/04) ]
Who's Streets? Our Streets!!!
So says the Portland Progressive Community as it takes to the streets time and time again to voice its vigorous dissent and dissatisfaction with the policies and practices of the Administration of George W. Bush--an administration that continues to torture prisoners, spit on the Bill of Rights, destroy the environment, lie to the American public, engage in an illegitimate war and exhibit a criminal disregard for the rule of law.
Despite how the police tried to portray the August 22, 2002 and March 2003 demonstrations as protestor riots, the truth has finally come out. It was the police acting in a criminal manner similar to the President they were attempting to protect. The actions of the Portland Police showed a blatant and criminal disregard for basic humanitarian principles and human rights in this town.
We won, the police state lost. Chalk a big one up for Portland's activist community.
This is the first time that we have seen any real police accountability in this town
Round two is next and we are ready.
AUDIO FILE: News Conference Concerning Protest Suit SettlementPeople took to the streets on August 22, 2002 to protest the policies of George Bush when he was briefly in Portland fund raising. And again in March of the following year, a street action, protesting the war in Iraq, met with similar heavey handed tactics by the Portland Police Department. After two years, a settlement was reached between Alan Graf, the team of activists and National Lawyer Guild attorneys and the city, which prompted the call for this news conference.
Following several questions from the audience, answered both by Alan Graf and Liz Joffee, three of those whose suffered abuse and injury at the hands of the Portland police made brief statements. These were Evelyne Moyo, Miranda May and Bill Ellis. Though present, Don Joughin and Corinna Andrew, whose infant was sprayed with mace by police during the A22 Bush protest, declined to comment.
Attorneys for Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb asked a federal court today to take jurisdiction of, and ultimately dissolve, a temporary restraining order issued by a Delaware County, Ohio judge attempting to prevent Cobb from seeking a recount of the presidential ballots cast in that county.
Cobb and Libertarian Michael Badnarik, who are jointly filing the recount demand, are named as defendants, along with their attorneys, in the restraining order sought by the Delaware County prosecuting attorney. The Delaware County judge issued the temporary restraining order without contacting or seeking any input from the candidates or their attorneys.
"This is an illegal and outrageous attempt to suppress our rights to participate in the democratic process. As a candidate, I have a right under Ohio law to demand a recount. If the Delaware County Board of Elections has a problem with that, they need to take it up with the Ohio legislature," said David Cobb.
Cobb & Badnarik file for recounts in New Mexico and NevadaDavid Cobb, the 2004 Green Party presidential candidate, today filed official requests for a recount of the presidential ballots cast in New Mexico and Nevada. As he did in Ohio, Cobb filed the requests jointly with Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik.
"The Green Party's dedication to protecting the integrity of the election process has led me to file for a recount in both New Mexico and Nevada. We want to ensure that every vote is counted and verify the accuracy of the electronic voting machines, particularly those which produce no paper trail," said David Cobb.
There was another good day on the line. Spirits are high and people are ready to see this fight through not just for the kids today, but all the kids who have to go through the Parry Center and all its mismanagement. Scabs and management are aggressively speeding into picketers and hitting people with their cars. If people could come down to the picket line and video tape these actions, it would be super super awesome. This is clearly ASSUALT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON and the people who have been hit plan want to prosecute. Food not bombs or others cooking and bringing food would be great. The line is again at 3415 se powell blvd. Lots of union members came by to express solidarity, and people are meeting with various locals throughout the week to garner support. Having activists come down too though would be great for morale and keeping numbers up to let scabs know how wretched they are.
The striker's demands: A summary of our struggleOur main demands are .45$/hr more for everyone in the bargaining unit, the language of the staff-to-kids ratio law in the contract, and an end to illegal acts on the union, union supporters, and our protected labor rights. Where do these demands come from? This raise doesn't really track cost of living increases, inflation, or a living wage. Sadly we don't expect that much from such brutal managers. Instead we sought to gain some attempt at meeting inflation, not just because many of us are extremely impoverished, have student loans, etc., but rather because it will keep better trained more experienced people around. To work as a CATS staff (the people who take care of the kids) you must have a college degree and are paid 8.86$/hr-9.25$/hr. Strangely enough Trillium pays workers doing the same jobs at other facilities about 1$ more per hour... because they are non union. The school district pays a lot more for people doing a very similar job with less intense physical contact. This has created a situation where you attract people who are extremely committed to the kids, but eventually get burnt out by the enforced poverty and disrespect from management.
previous, multi-post feature: [ Group of Concerned Citizens Occupies Parry Center Offices (11/29/04) ]
he other night i was at back to back cafe on burnside and a homeless woman came along and began to chat with us. in the discussion the topic of the weather came up and how damn cold it is out there. she was asked if she had a blanket and she said no and i thought, WHAT THE FUCK!! i am shaking as i write this just thinking about how fucking cold it is out there and what the homeless must be going through. so i decided to go on indy media to solicit some help in organizing a blanket drive. this is urgent so please dont hesitate in getting in contact with me. i am completely open to advice sudgestions and general comments. [ help co-ordinate a drive.. ]
I just received an e-mail from Portland Community Media linking to a recent article from BusinessWeek Online, concerning the future of Public Access in this country. What it gets down to is that the Baby Bells want to enter the lucrative cable t.v. market, and they don't want to have to pay local communites for the right of way.
This grandiose scheme is meeting with a roadblock in the form of local governments demanding franchise fees, like those collected from Cable franchises funding all local Public Access channels nationwide. These fees do not sit well with the Cable companies, and they have even recently, in San Jose, California sued to be released from these obligations. They lost, but as I understand it, the case will eventually go up to the Supreme Court.other stories from Jim Lockhart ]
Oregon's first publicly acknowledged contamination by a genetically engineered organism occurs in Madras area from Roundup Herbicide resistant Creeping Bentgrass destined to be used on 17,000 golf courses in the US. This is a product we do not need, it is an aggressively spread plant either through pollen or vegatatively through its rhizomes and easily crosses with many other grasses. This GE grass threatens to destroy the 3rd largest agricultural market in Oregon - our Willamette valley grass seed industry. The comment period was extended to December 2nd, this Thursday, possibly to allow the industry to catch up to the nearly 700 comments we've helped generate so far. If you are reading this, please send in your comments.
I know it's no secret that KATU, along with all the other local news outlets, deliberately dodges the real issues in favor of fluffy "news" stories with no real meaning or content, but what I watched Sunday night was perhaps one of the worse offenses. (Yes, possibly worse than women stripping in Florida to save money for college, which I saw on the FOX affiliate; or "the dangers of taking your pet's medication," which I heard advertised on the radio last year.)
My roommate and I were sitting on the couch, listening to music; the TV was turned to the local news, with the volume down. It was about 11:15 at night, and this "story" came on the air. I saw a shot of a "Wisteria Lane" street sign, a shot of a woman talking, another shot of the street sign, and another shot of the same woman, this time with her name and the description "Lives on Wisteria Lane."
"What the hell is this story about?" I asked my roommate. "Why is this street so important? Did something happen?"
Then, my other roommate chimed in with, "Oh, yeah, it's about that TV show, 'Desperate Housewives.'" "What?" I asked. I didn't understand. I've heard a few passing references to the show (being bombarded by advertising 24/7), but I still didn't make the connection. "The show takes place on Wisteria Lane," she clarified.
I have been going spending a lot of time at the Balata Center for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, doing an art project with the children. Contrary to what the name implies, its not just a center for the disabled, although that is what it was established for. It is also a community and cultural center for the community at large, particularly the children. A few friends and I have been working with a group of kids after school, mostly girls from around 3 yrs old all the way up to teenagers, although most of them were around 8. I taught them how to make wheat paste, and we made paper mache masks and then painted them, and played games. It has been particularly theraputic for me, hanging out with a bunch of young girls, and some cute little boys. I can also say that if you want to learn a language, playing games and painting with little kids is a good way to practice. I must have counted to ten in Arabic around 20 times. other Sami in Palestine stories ]
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