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Fees threaten to silence web radio
According to Save Internet Radio, "America's fledgling Internet radio industry could be effectively killed on May 21st if the U.S. Copyright Office accepts the recommendations of its recent Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel ("CARP") recommendation concerning Internet radio royalty rates and establishes its proposed record-keeping requirements for webcasters."

During the Clinton Administration, Congress passed the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), "which established that webcasters must pay 'performance rights' fees to record labels for the music they play... The CARP's recommended rates are currently more than 100% of most Webcasters' gross revenues.

"The Copyright Office is required by Congress to decide whether to accept, reject or modify the CARP's recommended rates by May 21, 2002. If they accept the CARP panel's recommendation, most observers believe that the decision will effectively kill Internet radio as an industry, as the decision could bankrupt all but the three or four largest webcasters."

This is another example of how an idea that might sound like common sense -- namely, copyright -- can be used against the interests of the public it purports to serve.


INVASION OF PALESTINE 03.04.2002 12:35
5 April - Brutality of Israeli Army continues in Palestine
Palestine Indymedia reports that "the Palestinian Red Crescent [the Muslim equivalent of the Red Cross] has announced the cessation of all its operations due the ongoing and massive Israeli assaults against its hospitals, clinics, ambulances, and medical staff in all areas targeted by the current Israeli military campaign.

News from Bethlehem:
photo: "Image of a 'shaheed', martyr, from Bethlehem. his name was Abood Issa Al Omari. he was 75 years old. He was shot and then denied access to medical care. He bled to death in his home." [ photo from Palestine Indymedia ]

April 05, 2002 12:30--"An emergency medical ambulance team delivered a Palestinian man with gunshot wounds to the emergency ward of al-Husayn Hospital after a humiliating and frightening experience. The ambulance driver and attendant were detained at gunpoint for three hours with their hands tied behind their backs and guns to their heads before being warned not try to save anyone else and allowed to retrieve the wounded man and return to the hospital."

News from Ramallah:
April 05, 2002 13:00--"American citizen Karen Wheeler and British national Dan Glazebrook were forcibly taken off a UPMRC ambulance one hour ago. They were arrested and taken to the Beit El military compound, the British embassy confirmed. Internationals began riding ambulances in an effort to get medical aid to the dying and injured. Palestinian civilians and medics incur even more danger on the ambulances because the IDF punishment is so severe therefore the international civilians have been attempting to provide medical assistance to the Palestinians under siege. The internationals are facing deportation. Buildings around the UPMRC have been destroyed and a clinic has been torn apart and all of the files stolen. Currently there are seven, brave Israeli women volunteering at the UPMRC."

For breaking news, check in frequently with Palestine Indymedia.

Eye-witness report from Palestine [portland indymedia exclusive]: "I honestly don't feel like writing, because it's so damn depressing but on the other hand I want people to know the truth of the crisis here in Ramallah... The Israelis lifted the curfew for 2 hours to let people buy supplies and just breathe fresh air. It was a madhouse. The streets were jammed and supermarkets were packed. It was mainly parents buying milk and bread for their kids.... We [went to the] Ramallah hospital, the scene of much controversy. What is happening there is that Israelis attempted numerous times to go in and take who they wanted, but hospital staff and foreigners refused to let them in."
[ Read more ]

Global outcry
Concerned citizens, friends of Paletine, national governments, and those who oppose Israel's tactics have been protesting these events worldwide. Read more about actions in: Belgium, Berkeley, California, San Francisco, Washington DC, Italy, and Dublin, among other places. Additionally, the U.S. Green Party has called for an end to the violence.

Alternate point of view
Though the present situation in Palestine can be seen in terms of a well-funded, mainstream-media-pimped campaign of Israeli terror against Palestinians, the underlying conflicts are complex and contentious. However, a single thread, almost Biblical for its tenacity and pervasiveness, links most wars: authority's tyrranical perversion of the general populace's shared values. One assertion is that Palestinian Authority religious leaders are "interpreting and teaching Islam selectively, using traditional sources to justify and even to demand uncompromising hatred of Jews and Israel."

Contacting your representatives
Activists in Boston have set up a website to help you contact your representatives. "Please write your senators, reps, and media to insure that they know about the situation in Palestine right now. Hopefully, if we can bombard them with enough e-mails, letters, and phone calls they will take the correct action and pull Israel out of Palestine."
[ Details ]

Historical background: Brief history of the Palestinian conflict


9.11 INVESTIGATION 02.04.2002 00:35
9.11 - What did the U.S. know, and when did it know it?
There is an old Persian proverb: "If you do not like the image in the mirror, do not break the mirror, break your face." It is time to pull our collective head out of the sand, take a hard look in the mirror, and then act.

Did elements of the US government have prior knowledge of, or actively participate in, the 9.11 attacks? If so, to what degree? These are questions worthy of serious investigation. Start researching "what really happened" on 9.11, and you'll find a large body of facts and questions suggesting that the story we have been told by the government and corporate media is in large part a fabrication.

This feature compiles and presents many of these suppositions and counter-evidence. Its purpose is not to draw conclusions, but to investigate the questions that are conspicuously absent in the post-September 11th media -- including, notably, the "progressive" media, both moderate and radical. The leftist intelligentsia, including people who are highly respected, and deservedly so, such as Chomsky, Zinn, Parenti, and publications such as The Nation, Zmag, The Progressive, Mother Jones and others have all avoided any inquiry into the collected evidence. In some cases, have gone so far as to actively marginalize such inquiry. [ Read more | Congresswoman Demands Inquiry ]

In part because of the remarkable lack of investigation into 9.11, and the almost total media blackout of anything other than the accepted story, many people just find it too hard to believe that elements of the government, military, CIA or other intelligence services could or would knowingly allow or instigate such an attack on the citizens of their own country.

Perhaps many people are not aware of how government deception has previously been at the heart of such matters: the burning of the Reichstag, the Gulf of Tonkin, Gulf War, Pearl Harbor, Operation Northwoods. These examples demonstrate that governments have historically been willing and able to fabricate incidents in order to start wars.[ Read more ]

The absence of coverage and investigation of 9.11 is not due to an absence of facts and questions, but rather to an avoidance and cover-up of the evidence. Once one sees this, accepts the frightening notion that elements of the government are quite capable of doing it, and also keeps alert to not getting caught in wanting to find government collusion, then one is ready to ask serious questions of the official story and examine the evidence honestly.

The events of Sept 11th: lack of scrambled jets, Bush's strange behavior, intelligence agencies say they are taken completely by surprise, yet within a few hours Osama bin Ladin is declared the perpetrator, and media response: [ Read more ]

The Official Story: the miraculous indestructible passport, suitcases and letters, fake drivers licenses, suicide notes, Korans and flight manuals, wild night on the town, FBI lists 19, er, 12 hijackers, flight schools and pilot training, Osama videos, and U.S. intelligence says it was clueless: [ Read more ]

What has been left out: financial investing, Bush/bin Ladin ties, Saudi Plane leaves U.S. on Sept 13th, US plans Afghan war in advance, Osama a CIA asset, Anthrax, removal of WTC evidence, Bush/Cheney limiting 9.11 investigation, woman dies in car crash, and other related stories: [ Read more | Cheney/Saddam connections | Global Crossing LTD investments | More on Global Crossing LTD | More on the CIA ]

What do you think about these questions and issues?
Add your voice to the debate.

WAR 30.03.2002 10:41
Israelis bomb birthplace of Jesus
2330 URGENT Update: Israeli Occupation Forces are staging a major confrontation at Manger Square in Bethlehem proper. They have bombed the sacred mosque that is found here (the birthplace of Jesus and a holy site for Muslims and Christians alike). At least 5 people are dead and at least 30 wounded so far. In addition, IDF is preventing any ambulances from arriving on the scene, allowing innocent people to bleed to death. 300 people, including families, fighters and journalists, are being held prisoners in the three churches of the square. IDF threatens to bomb them if they do not surrender.

2300 Update: The situation in Bethlehem continues to be intermittent clashes, tanks rolling by, APCs rolling by. IMC-Palestine is experiencing difficulty with communication because of the 24-hour curfew imposed by Israeli occupation forces. The situation continues to deteriorate by the minute, with IDF attacking Red Crescent and UN ambulances, religious buildings, television and communication stations and journalists. We will continue to update as possible. Please keep posting news coming out of Palestine so that we can document these days of Israeli terror.

From the portland indymedia newswire:

  • A day in the life of a Palestinian news reporter: "There are tanks all around the city including our building. They have ruined the city..I mean it is in shambles. I have no idea how it will ever be Ramallah again. They have bombed so many buildings, taken over homes, and kidnapped hundreds of men. They actually go on the loud speaker and say, "All men ages 15-30 must come with us." [ Read more ]

  • IT'S SARAH AGAIN, Palestinian Reporter: "Yesterday had to be one of the worst. Israelis have gone into all media stations and either taken over them or searched them. Well, the tanks ended up downstairs and they started breaking all the security cameras downstairs. The people across the street then called our office and told us the soldiers had entered our building. So, I get my passport out and put it in my pocket. I run into the corridor and start taping up the letters "TV" really big all over the walls and doors. Then my boss gets the bright idea to put us on the air in the office in case the Israelis come in and actually shoot us." [ Read more ]

For updates on this story, check in regularly with Indymedia Palestine and Indymedia Israel.


FOREST ACTIVISM 28.03.2002 19:04
Forest Activists Brave Snow and Cold, as Forest Campaign Heats Up
"Little did they know that once they got about a mile in that the snow-mobile track they had been walking in turned around and they were on their own. Let me tell you, the person in the lead paid for it, they switched off regularly, maybe every 50 steps. Even with snowshoes on they would sink into the snow to their knees. Then they'd have to pull their leg up and out to make the next step." "It was like climbing stairs for about 6 miles, it didn't matter if you were going up hill or down hill it was like climbing stairs."

Quoted from a newswire article about a trip up to Eagle Creek.Read More

This Weekend, March 29th-31st, Cascadia Forest Alliance (CFA) is holding a Survey Campout.

People can learn how to survey for red tree voles, rare lichens, salamanders and more. Identify the species that can stop or delay timber sales. Last time CFA had a survey training in Mt. Hood they found the second most rare lichen in the U.S. There are carpools all 3 mornings. For more info

There is also a Wilderness Forum with Congressman Earl Blumenauer on Wednesday, April 3rd, 6:00 PM

While down in Humboldt County, more tree-sits have gone up

[ Cascadia Forest Alliance | Siskiyou Regional Education Project | Indymedia Forest Activism Page ]

CORPORATE MEDIA 26.03.2002 13:36
Oregonian's bias obvious in (non-)coverage of global demonstrations; anti-Oregonian protest announced

The Oregonian revealed its pro-corporate bias again this week by ignoring an incredible gathering of 2,000,000 in Italy, where demonstrators marched for labor rights and against the Italian government. According to a newswire post, the Oregonian specifically ignores anti-corporate and pro-labor actions in Western countries, instead covering only dissent in countries such as Russia and China, with which the U.S. is competing. "They also failed to mention the protest in Vancouver, BC involving 25,000 against the loss of social services last year. At that same time they reported on a 300 person protest in a small village in China against corruption."

Another post to the newswire suggests that folks should contact the Oregonian and complain. Comments added to this suggestion by other readers, however, have opened a discussion about whether complaining is worth it since the Oregonian might very well be unsalvageable, and our time would be better spent building Indymedia instead.

Keeping an eye on the purposeful omissions and fallacious additions of corporate agents such as the Oregonian is one way of seeking truth in our propagandistic atmosphere. Everyone is encouraged to publish other examples to the newswire themselves.

[ "Coverage of the biggest labor rights march in history missing in the Oregonian" | "Biggest Labor March in History--the Oregonian doesn't care--call 'em" | "Up to 2,000,000 labor activists protest in Italy" ]

Protest at Oregonian on "Big Bad Business Day"
Citizen Works and local Green Party activists have announced an anti-Oregonian rally on April 6. Organizers plan to demand that Oregonian begin covering more important issues that it currently ignores.
[ Details ]

NATURE, POLITICS, PEACE 26.03.2002 10:48
Jane Goodall in Portland: 'Taking steps toward global peace'
Jane Goodall (image from www.janegoodall.org) A first person account of Jane Goodall's recent speech in Portland has been posted to the open publishing newswire:

Got a free ticket to see Jane Goodall at the Schnitz on Wednesday [20 March 2002], and I was not disappointed... It seems she is one in a series that started with the Barak visit that has as a "pro-globalization" focus... She took this focus in a different direction though, using as her theme, the title of one of her more recent books, "Reasons for Hope".

This is the first I have heard about the "Bush Meat crisis", which is apparently decimating the chimp population, as well as all the wild animals residing in the forests. Apparently there are complex effects of the influx of roads being built for logging/mining; Chimps are affected by diseases that humans bring, that they are susceptible to catching, as well as the snares set up to catch other animals that they also get caught by. Also, natives ride on on the logging trucks, shooting EVERYTHING, to satisfy the "taste" for wild and exotic animals within Africa and in other countries as well. The loggers' camps, even those doing "sustainable" logging, are in need of food. So 2000-3000 people in these camps pay locals to shoot animals in the area to feed them. This means that, "even if logging is sustainable, no life exists in the forest after logging companies leave."


WAR RESISTANCE 25.03.2002 09:27
War? Not with our taxes!
According to the War Resistors League (WRL), the US military machine currently consumes 46% of federal funds. As one newswire post says: "This is a military machine that fights not for peace, but, like all empires, for plunder. Those of us who have been lucky enough, despite the effectiveness of the US propaganda system, to be exposed to information that reveals the insidious character of the 'War on Terrorism', ought to feel compelled to act. And we must act, lest our hands be bloody."

The WRL advocates war tax resistance as one means, and promotes a few approaches. One can refuse to pay federal income tax, or work little enough that one has no tax liability. One can refuse to pay federal phone tax. At least two organizations, the War Resisters League and the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee both offer information about, and coordinate activities around war tax resistance.

The War Resisters League Portland Chapter, a local group that promotes war tax resistance, has several upcoming events:

  • April 12, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., at Pioneer square, they will join the weekly rally of the Portland Peace Response Coalition.
  • April 14, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., at the Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave), they will host an information session on war tax resistance.
  • April 15, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., at the Central Station post office (204 SW 5th Avenue), they will be distributing leaflets about war tax resistance.

[ More information on these events | War Resisters League | National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee ]

SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER 16.03.2002 22:14
Activist responds to Congressional query with courage, humor
On February 12 of this year, Craig Rosebraugh, former spokesperson for the underground Earth Liberation Front (ELF), appeared by subpoena before the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee Hearing on Ecoterrorism. He refused to answer all but two of the questions, relying on his Fifth Amendment rights. On March 1, Rosebraugh received an additional 54 questions and was instructed by Representative Scott McInnis (Republican from Colorado) to respond by March 15. On March 15, Rosebraugh turned in his answers to Congress. Though he refused to address many of them--again, by invoking his Constitutional rights--he expressed his personal views on many topics with courageous forthrightness and a keen sense of humor.

"I decided to answer questions asking for my opinion because I am not ashamed of my personal political beliefs," Rosebraugh commented. "As I have repeatedly stated, the United States government is the most extreme terrorist organization in planetary history. I would not be honest with myself or the public if I did not acknowledge the desperate need for massive political and social change within this country."

[ Media Release: Rosebraugh Responds to Congressional Follow-Up Questions | Rosebraugh's answers to the 54 questions | portland indymedia feature on Feb. 12 hearing & local solidarity actions ]

"Bush Subpoenaed For People's Hearing On Eco-Terrorism"
In a related story, a newswire post has announced that George W. Bush, "principal spokesperson" for the Corporate Domination Front (CDF), has been subpoenaed by the People of the United States. According to the post, the People are concerned about Bush's involvement with eco-terrorism, his ties to independent cells of the CDF, and his complicity in 9.11, and have a set of questions of their own.

[ Full story ]

WORLD WAR 3 13.03.2002 21:18
Colombia - War and Killing Widen, Debate Narrows
Colombian voters went to the polls March 11th, to elect a new Congress and strongly rejected the candidates of the ruling two-party system with smaller independent parties now having a combined majority of congressional seats. Some reports see the elections as a rejection of President Pastrana, the U.S. funded "Plan Colombia", and the current full scale war on the rebels. However, the hard line rightist presidential candidate Uribe is way ahead in polls for the upcoming presidential elections.

Though "Plan Colombia" has been presented as an effort to stop the drug trade, the result has been just the opposite. U.S. military aid to fight the war on drugs has grown by a factor of ten since the mid-1990s, coca production has doubled in the same period. The illusion of Plan Colombia also becomes evident when it is revealed that efforts to 'eradicate' coca have focussed solely on the leftist FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) held territory, even though the right-wing paramilitary groups are more heavily, and directly involved in the drug trade.

The present attempt to reframe the issue from drugs to terrorism is equally suspect. According to human rights reports, these same paramilitary groups, allied with the Colombian military which receives 80% of Plan Colombia funds, are responsible for 80% of the human rights abuses taking place in Colombia.

A spokesman for the FARC spoke on Monday March 5th to 600 delegates from 21 countries in Mexico City, where he refuted widespread U.S. press reports that blamed the FARC for the assassination of a Colombian Senator. Reports now indicate that FARC was not responsible.

There are widespread reports in Colombian media of Green Berets, US elite forces, being seen in the demilitarized zone, which would be a violation of Congressional mandate on US military involvement in Colombia. Since the bombing started, there have been well over 200 bombing raids in a region with 100,000 civilians. Paramilitary groups are reported to have entered the area to hunt down 'guerrilla sympathizers'. The paramilitaries single out community leaders, human rights defenders and development workers who, in their view, are 'subversive'.

Information is sparse as communication and power lines are down, and people are afraid to talk when contacted. It is reported that a Protestant pastor who left the zone and reported that civilians were dying because the military were preventing humanitarian relief from entering the zone was murdered on his return, presumably by paramilitaries.

Excellent new article added

[ Where is the Press? | Government/ELN Cease-fire talks | Colombian Workers Demand Kidnapped Leaders Release | Let Us Not Talk Falsely Now | FARC - English | FARC - Spanish | Colombia Report | Americas.org ]

National Mobilization in DC April 19-22
[ Colombia Mobilization | Stop The War | IMF/World Bank ]


ANTI-WAR 12.03.2002 17:34
Greens denounce Bush's nuke plans
Pacific Green Party of Oregon denounces Bush's nuke plans The classified "Nuclear Posture Review", which was leaked to the LA Times last week, "orders the Pentagon to prepare contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons" against Russia, China, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Libya. The document also recommends developing smaller scale, earth-penetrating nuclear weapons to destroy heavily fortified underground bunkers and other military targets able to resist non-nuclear attacks. If adopted, this policy would significantly lower the threshold at which the U.S. would use atomic weaponry.

The Pacific Green Party of Oregon has denounced the document, saying that it "undermines the delicate balance of international relations", "escalates already excessive levels of military spending", and "increases environmental devastation caused by the highly toxic byproducts inherent in nuclear weapons production". Sarah Charlesworth, co-chair of the Pacific Green Party, asserts that "America should adopt an international policy that emphasizes peace, sustainability, and future focus; not the shortsighted war games proposed in the Pentagon's secret report."

[ Full story | LA Times story | Pacific Green Party of Oregon | Portland Metro Chapter of the PGP ]


LABOR 11.03.2002 10:37
Oregon legislature attacks farmworkers
Oregon legislature attacks farmworkers The Oregon House and Senate have passed a bill, House Bill 4025, that would make boycotts or strikes by agricultural workers during harvest season illegal. If signed by Governor John Kitzhaber, this legislation would outlaw actions such as the PCUN-sponsored boycott against NORPAC that ended last month with an historic victory for the farmworkers. Farmworker allies are urging citizens to contact Gov. Kitzhaber and demand that he veto this bill.

HB 4025's title is "Relating to labor relations; creating new provisions; amending ORS 663.005; and declaring an emergency". An appropriate choice of words since, if passed, it truly would be an "emergency" not only for farmworkers, but for all the working people of Oregon. The bill claims to be "necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety", but in reality is yet another assault on the rights of anyone to organize and take action against injustices they face in their jobs. "When they take one of us on, they take all of us on."

According to CAUSA ("the Cause", an affiliation of about 60 organizations including PCUN), Gov. Kitzhaber is leaning towards a veto. Direct citizen involvement in the form of calls and emails could give him the push he needs to do the right thing.

POLITICS 10.03.2002 18:05
Eugene audience asks Nader, 'What about Bush?'
Consumer activist and former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader spoke on Friday night to a packed crowd of 1200 at the University of Oregon's student union as one of the keynote speakers for the 2002 E-Law Conference in Eugene. Nader spoke for over an hour to an enthusiastic audience, shifting hats at times between the consumer advocate and political candidate. He lambasted the mainstream environmental movement and the Clinton/Gore administration, but left the current administration and the "war on terror" almost unmentioned. Many audience members wore stickers welcoming the FBI to the conference. E-Law organizers claim that as many as 200 FBI agents were among the conference attendees.


Colorado billionaire supporting nationwide propaganda campaign

Foundation for a Better Life billboard

Philip Anschutz, who the BBC described as having "a reputation as one of the hungriest of US corporate vultures", is currently using his wealth and power to support a slick ad campaign appearing on 10,000 billboards, in hundreds of movie theaters, and on nearly a thousand TV stations across the country. The Foundation for a Better Life (FBL)?the non-profit entity that officially produces and distributes the ads?has no contact information on its website, forbetterlife.org, but a series of posts and comments to the portland indymedia open publishing newswire uncovered the connection between Anschutz and FBL:
[ original post | first follow-up | second follow-up ]

The ad campaign features billboards with words such as "Courage", "Unity", and "Compassion". Illustrating each value is a photograph of a person, an catchy, explanatory tagline, and the phrase, "Pass it on". The commercials, similarly themed, "are being seen on average over 2 million times per day on seven networks and over 900 TV stations... [and] are also being shown in all United Artists, Regal and Edwards movie theaters totaling over 6,000 screens across the country" according to FBL. The ~6,600 screens of those three chains account for nearly 20% of the U.S. total. The campaign was put together by Jay Schulberg (who created the "Got Milk?" ads), Nancy Fletcher, President and CEO of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) and Gary Dixon, President of FBL. Dixon courteously declined an invitation for an interview with a portland indymedia contributor, saying that FBL would prefer to emphasize "the message and not the messenger".

While some of the individual ads?for example, a Mother Teresa billboard with the phrase, "Reaching beyond yourself"?express positive messages with which few would argue, others?like the one showing emergency workers raising the American flag in the rubble of the World Trade Center with the words, "No setback will set us back"?are transparently pro-war. Though FBL's campaign was planned before the attacks on the East Coast on September 11, 2001, it was "expanded upon" after those events. The new additions are easily identifiable.

Philip Anschutz, until recently the 16th richest person in America, and still quite wealthy, has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Republican Party and various GOP candidates in at least the last two Presidential election cycles. His oil and gas company, the Anschutz Exploration Corporation, had notoriously destructive intent against a sacred Native American site in Montana. His corporate empire includes a majority holding in Qwest Communications and ownership of several sports teams and arenas. Significantly, he also owns the United Artists, Regal and Edwards movie theater chains, where the FBL commercials are being shown. Whether or not FBL is paying for these slots is unknown. According to Outdoor Advertising Association of America, $10,000,000 worth of the cost of the billboard campaign is being donated by OAAA member companies. In other words, it is possible that this advertising blitz is costing FBL and Philip Anschutz very little money out-of-pocket.

edited billboard in portland

Some of the billboards in the Portland area have been edited, clearly by those who disagree with their message. Several posts to the newswire have suggested further billboard liberation as a means of responding to the campaign. (portland indymedia does not endorse any particular political tactic other than the legal exercise of free speech.)

Only two other media outlets seem to have revealed the FBL-Anschutz connection so far (the St. Petersburg Times in Florida and Morality in Media), but neither raised concerns about the political implications. Here at portland indymedia, the story was uncovered by several different individuals who researched and posted their findings to the open publishing newswire. This collaborative process showed that?not only can anyone become the media?but that we can also do a better job than the so-called "professionals" who were asleep at the wheel once again with an important story.

Newswire posts: [ "Foundation for a Better Life?" | "Foundation for a better life: more" | "Foundation for a better life, even more" | culture-jamming artwork: "What makes us blind" ]

Websites: [ Foundation for a Better Life | Billboard Liberation Front ]


ANTI-WAR 01.03.2002 21:52
Eugene, Portland citizens protest against war in Colombia
Today, about 15 people gathered at the Federal Building in downtown Eugene to protest the war in Colombia and the U.S.'s involvement in it. (For more details, see feature below, "U.S. sponsoring war in Colombia; Venezuela next?")

Reaction from passing drivers at this busy intersection was typical of previous Friday anti-war actions at the Federal Building. Many people honked, waved or peace-signed their support, a handful yelled out derisively, and most ignored it. One of the speakers at this event talked about how such public actions should only be one tactic among many for stopping unjust U.S. policies.

What is the best way for us to resist, dissent against and --ultimately -- change or abolish the system that leads to such injustice? This is a question without an easy answer, or indeed one answer. But if any tactics are going to be effective, they will need numbers more than anything else. And how can we build those?

[ Story about Eugene action, with these questions and more ]

Portland:The weekly Friday Rally was spirited in its opposition to Plan Colombia. 65 people attended the rally, marched in the streets, blocking traffic, signing loudly and handing out literature to bystanders.

[ Story about Portland action, with Photos ]


U.S. sponsoring war in Colombia; Venezuela next?
The Colombian government, with a strong push from the U.S., has called off peace efforts with leftist rebels and seriously escalated the war.

Though the Colombian people voted overwhelmingly for peace in October 1997, and in opposition to Plan Colombia in October 2001, the U.S. continues to push the plan. Now the Bush administration is weighing a proposal to declare the destruction of leftist guerrillas in the South American country an explicit goal of U.S. policy. Some senior officials are also pushing for the administration to assert, for the first time, that the Colombian rebels are a specific target of the worldwide U.S. war on terrorism.

? March 4th and 5th, Mexico City, at the National Autonomous University (UNAM), the 2nd International Gathering of Solidarity, for Peace in Colombia and Latin America and in opposition to Plan Colombia will take place.
? April 19th-22nd Colombia Mobilization in DC

Here in Portland, this Friday's Peace Rally at 5 p.m. in Pioneer Square will focus on Colombia and speak out on the escalation of violence, Plan Colombia, and the U.S. policy in the region. In Eugene, there will be protest against the war in Colombia at the Federal Building at 4:00.

Reports from Venezuela, indicate that the U.S. is waging a campaign to oust democratically elected President Hugo Chavez and install a puppet regime. Again, as in Afghanistan, one reason is oil. Another is that President Chavez is a vocal opponent of Plan Colombia. He also strongly criticized the US bombing in Afghanistan, calling it "fighting terror with terror".

Ecuadorian military attacks OCP pipeline resistance including thousands of striking construction workers, killing 3 children

[ Colombian Workers Strike - Demand Kidnapped Leaders Release | FARC Communique | Ecuadorian Activists Receive Death Threats For Opposing Plan Colombia | Bishops Oppose Plan Colombia | Colombian Labor Monitor | CAFTA Alert:Central American Free Trade Agreement | Narco News | ZNet - Colombia | Latin America Press ]


FOREST PRESERVATION 26.02.2002 15:41
41 Timber Sales Threaten The Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Since 1984 the Gifford Pinchot Task Force (GPTF) has been working hard to protect the forests of Southwest Washington. The GPTF is gearing up for the summer as 41 Timber Sales Threaten The Gifford Pinchot National Forest (GPNF). That's 41 ancient forest timber sales that could be logged on our public land, with over 12,000 log trucks full of 300-800 year old trees. According to the Forest Service, almost 90% of the logging on the GPNF over the next 10 years will target mature and old growth stands.

The GP Task Force is currently featuring the Goose Egg timber sale. The Goose Egg Timber Sale, south of the Indian Heaven Wilderness in the Mt. Adams Ranger District, would log 211 acres of old growth forest. A total of 297 acres would be clear-cut or thinned and an astounding 11 miles of road would be built or reconstructed. The GPTF is asking people to send in their comments to both the Forest Service and LB&R Timber Co.

[ Read More on the Newswire | Gifford Pinchot Task Force Website | Cascadia Forest Alliance Website ]

Animals lead the way in avoiding GE crops
Numerous independent reports from farmers and some researchers indicate that a variety of animals including cows, hogs, deer, racoons, and mice have all avoided or refused to eat genetically engineered (GE) crops. Reports also indicate evidence of lower weight gain in animals eating GE crops, as well as a behavioral change described as 'passive' and 'distressed'.

One report describes cows ambling through a field of GE corn and knocking down a fence in order to get to non-GE corn growing on the other side. More and more Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are being indiscriminately introduced into the environment at the behest of the corporate agricultural industry, whose bottom-line interest is profit not health. Perhaps more people need to develop the good sense that these animals are displaying and say "No" to GMO.

[ Read More on the Newswire | Mice avoid GE | Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering (NW RAGE) ]


INDYMEDIA 21.02.2002 12:10
Indymedia Caravan In South America
Beginning at the World Social Forum, a group of Indymedia volunteers from North and South America have joined together for a 35-day caravan through South America. They plan to cover many of today's most important stories including the landless movement in Brazil, the popular uprising in Argentina, water privatization in Bolivia, the war on terror in Peru and anti-FTAA protests in Equador.

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH 20.02.2002 13:10
Artist Sues FCC Over 'Indecency Ban'
In May 2001, KBOO was fined $7000 for airing the song "Your Revolution" by Sarah Jones, an African American poet and singer. The FCC stated that the song was indecent, contained sexual references that did in fact, pander, and that the song should not have been aired before 10:00 pm. In July 2001 KBOO filed its appeal.

At the end of January 2002, the artist, Sarah Jones, in an unusual response, has filed suit against the FCC claiming they have violated her free speech rights. Sarah Jones, asked for a judgment in federal district court in Manhattan that the 1999 song, "Your Revolution", is not indecent as the agency found; for an injunction preventing the commission from enforcing the $7,000 fine against KBOO; and for a finding that the commission's ruling violated her free-speech rights.

Ms. Jones said she was surprised that her song was declared offensive because she wrote it as an attack on the degradation of women in mainstream hip-hop. "My name was hanging in the air with 'indecent' attached to it in this really problematic way, especially since my work is concerned with social justice and feminist issues," she said yesterday. "That it should be associated with sexual indecency and intending to shock is not something that I can just let sit there, partly in light of the fact that other material is played ad infinitum on mainstream radio airwaves that's really problematic. I'm not one for censorship, but let's not use a double standard that victimizes certain voices."

[ Read More on the Newswire | Lyrics to "Your Revolution" | More Info on KBOO | Sarah Jones Website | Your Revolution Is Banned Website


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