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The weekly Farmers' Market at People's Food Co-op was blessed with a delicious addition this last Wednesday: a bake sale of vegan goodies to raise funds for Tre Arrow's legal defense. Tre was a well known person around the Co-op back when he lived in this part of Cascadia, and support for him was strong at this event. Lots of folks stopped by to have a cookie and leave some money in the donation jar. The weather was just gorgeous (being unseasonably warm and sunny, which is maybe a little spooky -- global warming?) and organizers declared the event a resounding success.
I was out in the streets on
Today, on Jan. 22, 2005, a rally and march in support of women's reproductive freedom rights were held in downtown Seattle. Approximately 250 people showed up in the rain for the rally and march, along with maybe 50 Seattle Police, in regular uniforms, on bikes, motorcycles, and horses, and in cars and black vans. There were several speakers and performers, and signs (with their own raincoats) aplenty.
The Parry Center Rally today was great! 13 people were arrested at the office of Peter Northrup, a Parry Center board member during a lively downtown protest today. After rallying in the South Park Blocks, over 150 marchers took over the lobby of the 1000 Broadway building, singing songs and chanting for nearly an hour.
Well, they brought it out again last night. The infamous ice cream truck. After herding people (with a fucking permit no less) to the deserted backwoods of town -- across from the federal building -- they hauled out their funky truck and demanded in a creepy stepford-like politeness that everyone leave. While the truck hovered above the crowd in the background, heavily armed riot cops brandished weapons at us in the foreground.
The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area is an extremely spectacular, but fragile national treasure right in Portland's backyard. Yet Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski has stated his intention to reverse his position on the proliferation of gambling casinos in Oregon and allow a 500,000 square foot, off-reservation casino smack dab in the middle of the Gorge.
Mike Johanns, the new Secretary of Agriculture to replace Ann Veneman, is another one of Bush's pro-corporate cabinet picks who is pro-agribusiness and has ties to the biotech industry. (Veneman was on the board of directors of Calgene, the company to bring the first GE vegetable, the Flavr Savr tomato, to market.)
Last week some
Activists and community minded people of Southern Oregon have been trying for years to start up a LPFM (Low Power Frequency Modulation) community radio station. There have been few places that a radical community-minded voice could be raised. The corporate Clear Channel and NPR stations filled the air waves. Now that has changed. The FCC has granted a LPFM license to activtists...and we are getting organized.
Well, Folks, Thats it. I am back in the ol' USA. I am not sure if I can give any valuable insight at this point, I am just trying to readjust to this place, to calm the nagging voice that keeps telling me I should have stayed. Anyway, here I am, safe and sound, back where I started from. If anyone wants to arrange an event or a speaking engagement, just get a hold of me. Until then, whereever you are, keep working for justice, and take care of yourselves.
Speaking with Tre recently he asked that we send his love, and most grateful appreciation to all his supporters. He is aware that support is growing as more people become aware of his side of the story, and is very grateful to all those who have given their strength and spirit to help.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its temporary restriction on logging in Old-Growth Reserves at the
As the force if the state continues to occupy Iraq, the U.S. government continues to force our family members, friends and lovers to stay in Iraq. As it is evident the war in Iraq has been lost, and should have never been started in the first place. The only option is to bring the U.S. soldiers home, because imperialist settlers have never and will never bring democracy anywhere.
Symposium on 9/11 and Election Fraud : Saturday January 15th 2005 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Multnomah County Friends 4312 SE Stark St / Portland Oregon
To any and all whom it may concern. The Nazis have rescheduled their flyering session for Saturday January 15th at Gabriel park, so this thing ain't over yet. Everyone who was there last weekend, come back. Everyone who wasn't, bring a friend. Everyone who reads this, pass it
It was 6 months January 10, 2005 that I will have been fired from Wild Oats under what many believe to be questionable circumstances. Not only has Wild Oats ignored the unions attempt for the exact reason for my termination, they have also ignored the hundreds of Wild Oats shoppers who have demanded an answer.
New Portland Mayor Tom Potter has tentatively agreed to ride Critical Mass in January. This could herald a rebirth in Portland Critical Mass. In the email below from the Mayor's office, January Critical Mass is on the Mayor's calendar, tentatively. It's hardly an etched in stone commitment, but it's more respect than CM has gotten from the Mayor's office in we know not how long. (well, okay, we do know how long, since Vera Katz became Mayor) This bodes well that the city government is willing to work with the cycling community to end the police harassment of Critical Mass. Will the Mayor actually attend? We'll see.
"Yesterday, on January 6th, 2005, Craig "Critter" Marshall, my co-defendant walked out of prison after serving 41/2 years. I can only imagine what that felt like. Back in the day Critter was one of my closest friends, and while many are aware that he and I have had a falling out, I am truly glad his time is done and he has gone home. (My old friend if you are reading this, I wish you all the best.)
Now that Critter is out I can't help but wonder why I am still here. We were arrested at the same time, charged with the same offenses. Up until the very end he & I refused to cooperate with the state. Yet, the state in Critter's case decided that the exact same fire was only "conspiracy to commit arson" and "possession of destructive devices".
I've half a dozen theories as to why things played out the way they did. The one fact I know is not once did the state offer to treat my case as Critter's. I'm doing 17 years more for the same actions and same evidence. 22 years for actions that hurt no one and caused less than $50k in damages.
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The monthly Bark field trip for January visited the Bearknoll Timber Sale in the Mt. Hood National Forest. This sale would log 531 acres and combined with four adjacent sales would constitute a loss of 5,134 acres from this very diverse area.
Besides an education on this particular timber sale, hike leader Rolf Skar also provided information on the ecology of forests in winter. At 4000 feet in elevation, this hike was in snow, and it snowed during portions of the field trip. Forests in the winter have their own particular magnificence, and the ecology of these areas at this time of the year provide a whole new perspective on the interdependence of species, flora and fauna, in Nature. Though severely curtailed due to the cold and shortness of the day, there is still much activity in the winter forests. The drama of life and death, of feeding and being fed upon, all continue as during other times of the year, but with a flavor particular to winter.
related: [ BARK I Forest Service Releases Bearknoll Timber Sale ] [ more articles by Jim Lockhart ]
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