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For the past several days Portlanders have been holding rallies from 12 noon to 1pm in front of the federal building in downtown Portland. Groups and organizations taking part include Veterans for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Code Pink, and, of course, Gold Star Families for Peace which was founded by Cindy Sheehan. At around 1pm, when these photos were taken I counted over 40 people taking part in the rally. Spirits were high and support from passers-by whether traveling by car, bike, or foot seemed to be enthusiastically positive. I witnessed several people stopping to talk and engage with those with signs and flags and talk about Cindy and the events unfolding in Crawford as well as more general talk about the occupation, peace, and the US government.
related: Camp Casey: Day 6 | Casey's Mom for President in 2008! | Support Cindy Sheehan/Out of Iraq Now! Rally continues | Organizing Buses to Crawford | Support Cindy Sheehan! Rallies at noon at Federal Bldg | Cindy Sheehan to Be Arrested Thursday | Dear Friends and Supporters | Who is Cindy Sheehan? | Cindy Sheehan on MSNBC indicts Bush
An Akha woman activist who opposed the US War on Drugs in Thailand that saw many of her people brutally murderd and is married to Oregon Activist Matthew McDaniel of the Akha Heritage Foundation has been refused entry into the US.
She has four children. Together the six of them are on the run in South East asia. Her spousal visa was applied for in Jan of 2005, they have been married more than five years. Their four children have US passports and are residents of Oregon as American Citizens.
But without their mother they will not come to the US.
HOBSON TIMBER SALE, OR- Yesterday, August 9th, at around one o'clock, Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers, including Officer Paul Williamson, Officer Lee Fox, and Officer G.W. Ross, made a reckless but unsuccessful attempt to forcibly remove a dedicated protestor who has been living in the tree-tops. The elaborate and unusual tree sit, known as an Upper Canopy Protection Station, stretches across multiple acres and is currently blocking logging within a unit of the Hobson old-growth reserve timber sale in the Biscuit Fire Area.
A network of ropes, stretching throughout the unit slated for logging, support the platform the activist is living on. The support lines are tied into dozens of trees, preventing loggers from falling those trees as well as any trees in the area that could fall into the support lines and endanger the safety of the person living atop the platform.
related: Directions to Hobson Camp at Biscuit | save the biscuit action page | oxygen collective | rogue valley indymedia
This is an open letter to all Animal Rights Activists/home protesters, present and future, written and hand delivered by OHSU researcher Cynthia Bethea during a home demonstration at her residence, 10367 NW Alpenglow Way, Portland, Oregon 97229 on July 29,2005.
TO ALL INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN PROTESTS:
An Open Letter To All Vivisectors (a response to Cynthia's open letter):
TO ALL INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN VIVISECTION:
reports from previous home demos: [ Cursed Animal Rights Activists Ruin My Evening (27 May 2005) | Another night of OHSU researcher residential fun (2 Jun 2005) | Noisy activists disrupt our peaceful neighborhood again! (17 Jun 2005) | Animal Activists Rock Neighborhoods... Again (3 Jul 2005) ]
I spent this last weekend with Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, WA, in planned actions on the 60th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Having just returned, I am still quivering from the awesome experience.
I rode with several participants on the Bainbridge Island ferry early Sunday from Seattle. After about a half hour drive, we arrived at Ground Zero, an almost sacred land of trees and peace, located alongside the Bangor Submarine Naval Base. A tall fence separates the properties. About 100 people arrived Sunday to participate in planned actions, strategies, and a walk and vigil to the Bangor main gate.
All right, I have a lot of axes to grind at Erik Sten. He's dropped the ball as often as he's carried it. His liberal-minded flops and turn-abouts on such important issues as the PJTTF are legendary. But he did not deserve the flogging he got in the Trib today. In fact, the Trib is blatantly carrying out a mission for the PBA.
Last Thursday August 4th, I got off work with a borderline migraine and I started to ride my bike down 6th Avenue towards 1st Thursday Arts Walk. As I cruised down the EMPTY sidewalk, Office Haunsperger roles up next to me and tells me to get my bike off the sidewalk. I am not in a good mood and I must have shot him a dirty look saying, "What are you talking about," and I continue to ride. He cuts me off at the next intersection and almost causes an accident had I been going any faster. He exits his GAS powered vehicle and starts shaking me down for I.D. and personal information... I try to talk to him, but all he wants is my information or he threatens to arrest me, which later people tell me is against the law for him to do, I think. So I give it to him, meanwhile two more police cars pull up, block traffic, and continue to leave their cars running after exiting their vehicles.
I look inside the car to see Officer Haunsperger writing me a ticket and I ask him why and he says despite the fact that there are NO SIGNS stating I can't ride my bike on the sidewalk, he is citing me with a $132 ticket for unlawful bicycle operation. The irony of this situation couldn't have infuriated me more considering they were all blocking traffic.
Last night, Aug. 8th, Larry Everest spoke at Liberty Hall in North Portland. His speech was a call to action for massive protests to "drive out the bush regime" starting on the one-year anniversary of the last presidential election, November 2nd 2005.
His call to action, compiled with the driving organizations (world cant wait, not in our name), seems very similar to the idea of the anti-war "movement" prior to the start of the latest war on iraq. In his speech he referenced the anti-war "movement" a couple of times, and many more times he referenced the 1960's movements and the power they had behind them; he seemed to be drawing on the energies that existed at hose times, and this call to action is a way to reinvigorate that momentum. I am not holding my breath, but I hope it works.
His ultimate goal is revolution in the united states, he is guided by the ideas of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), and while I dont necessarily agree with all of what they say, I like the fact that he, and other RCP folks are out there seeding the ideas of revolution. I have recorded the full speech, and it is available for download HERE, the speech is prefaced and closed with songs by Anna Roland who is currently on tour and will be playing Liberty Hall this Saturday, August 13th. The question and answer session is separated from the speech, as its own file. The questions are hard to understand, but the answers are not.
related sites: The World Cant Wait | Not in Our Name | Revolutionary Communist Party | Anna Roland | indytorrents.org
A blockade has been constructed to stop ancient forest logging within the Biscuit timber sale and to honor the late Joan Norman. Atop a platform 50 feet in the air, a 17 year-old woman sits committed to halt felling within this contested old growth reserve timber sale, called Hobson... The platform is suspended from a traverse between two trees, with support lines anchored into multiple points in the road. Any interference with the ropes will cause the platform to tip, thus endangering the woman's safety.
"I'm incredibly inspired by Joan," said Leera, the young woman occupying the road blockade. "I know that the protection of the last ancient forests is up to all of us; following in Joan's footsteps, its time for my generation to lead the way."
When the 2005 Legislature adjourned Sine Die, they left behind countless Oregonians screaming for relief from the high cost of health care. Billed early on as the number one priority of the session, health care bills languished in the Republican-controlled House through the final hours of the 2005 session.
"Every day this session, we shared the faces and stories of Oregonians battling the health care crisis with legislators- those who are uninsured, paying too much for health care or unable to buy the prescription drugs they need," said Maribeth Healey, executive director of Oregonians for Health Security, "Skyrocketing health care costs are the number one concern of Oregonians-from business owners to parents. I can't understand how they can go home without substantially reducing the cost of health care."
Washington, DC - Today [August 5, 2005] the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a release announcing its new rule expanding the reach of the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The ruling is a reinterpretation of the scope of CALEA and will force Internet broadband providers and certain voice-over-IP (VoIP) providers to build backdoors into their networks that make it easier for law enforcement to wiretap them. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has argued against this expansion of CALEA in several rounds of comments to the FCC on its proposed rule.
CALEA, a law passed in the early 1990s, mandated that all telephone providers build tappability into their networks, but expressly ruled out information services like broadband. Under the new ruling from the FCC, this tappability now extends to Internet broadband providers as well.
Last Friday, August 5, 2005 at about 6 PM, I witnessed a stop and pat down of a woman and her boyfriend by three PPB officers. I was in a parking lot between SW 10th and 11th on Salmon street when I noticed three officers and two police cars surrounding a young couple at the edge of the parking lot. I decided at that point to watch carefully what was taking place (and I advise others to do the same when the police are making a stop in your vicinity). One of the officers was speaking with the couple while the other two were in the car donning blue plastic gloves. I knew that the use of the gloves was a precursor to a search. I did not see the what prompted the stop and the search but I noticed that the couple did not at all seem threatening to the police.
I then watched as the two police that were in the car get out and one of them walked over to the young woman who I estimate was about twenty five years old. She raised her arms up to her sides on command of the officer. The officer proceeded to pat her down. He felt her buttocks, he slid his hand over her frontal private parts, he put his hand in both of her front and back pockets and he slid his hand slowly down the inside of her thighs. He did not touch her breasts. He went through her pocket book. He did not find anything of interest. After this ordeal was over, the woman collapsed on her boyfriend's shoulder bawling histerically. She was noticeably traumatized after being felt up in public by this officer.
Across the Atlantic, on the Oxford University campus in England, surrounded by a high plywood barrier topped with barbed wire, looms a cement skeleton of a primate research lab. Unique is that this lab that will never be completed, at least not if the enormous crowd of 1000 angry activists rallying outside the fence on July 23rd have any say in it...
What I came home with was a sense that this landmark victory in Oxford must have implications for the anti-vivisection movement in the United States. What our European counterparts in the scientific community have accomplished is to bring the scientific question to the forefront. Experts on both sides of the fence are having public discussions about the efficacy of animal research on the BBC and in other mainstream media sources. The public in the UK is becoming educated about the fraudulent nature of using animals as a model for human disease, and the public is responding.
The biggest fear for the vivisection industry in the United States is that this exact scientific discussion is coming their way... In Defense of Animals is publicly challenging OHSU and the ASP in a public way. BoycottOHSU.com | SPEAK's Oxford campaign
The Protecting Primates Rally & March
WHEN: Saturday, August 20
Rally begins at 12 Noon
WHERE: Begin- N. Park Blocks; between W Burnside, NW Couch, NW 8th & NW Park (at the elephant statue)
Matthew McDaniel was deported from Thailand for filing a complaint about murders during the US funded drug war of Akha mountain people. The US Government cooperated in the deportation. His family was left behind, a wife and four children. He worked in Thailand to protect the human rights of the Akha for more than 13 years and opposed the US Drug War, Human Rights abuses by the Thai government, and the ruthless destruction of Akha culture by US funded missionaries.
The US Immigration Service, after being criticized in a Keizer Times, Oregon story for delaying the spousal visa for the Akha mother of four American children, (she is also an Akha Activist), came out and said that there wasn't enough proof of marriage. The Keizer Times article criticized USINS for the delays, saying that it was in retaliation for the Activists opposition to the US Drug War in Thailand.
US Immigration is claiming they are not retaliating against anyone.
related: The Akha Heritage Foundation | Looking for contacts in Activism Portland area re: Akha Situation In Thailand (11.08.04) | Akha and Indymedia Activist, from Salem, Arrested in Thailand (20.04.04) | American human rights activist from Oregon arrested in Thailand (20.04.04) | Thailand. Salem, Oregon anti-drug-war activist detained. Akha hill tribe defender. (18.04.04)
It's hard to belive that it's the 60th aniversery of the destruction of Hiroshima. The United States slaughtered 100,000 japanese civilians in a matter of two days, dropping a second bomb on the city of Nagasaki.
Physicians for Social Responsibility, Vets for Peace, and a bunch of other groups held a nice Memorial program in Terry Schrunk plaza. Speeches were made by clergy, and activists, and Japanese survivors of the attack shared thier experiences. There was also a beautiful choir and talented musicians. A few hundred people were in attendance. We were left with chalk and paper templates for the shadow project- hopefully it takes shape tommorrow.
'gk' reports: I went to the PPRC/Peace and Justice Works earlier action, a rally at Pioneer Square and march to the Japanese-American Historical Plaza at SW Front & Couch. About 30 of us marched in the hot sunny air behind the snappy No War Drum Corps.
realted: portland peace and justice resources | the international shadow project | Aurora Chorus | Hiroshima and Nagasaki--Symbolic Bombs, Authentic Deaths
Patriotic Correctness: the cover-ups of Hiroshima and NagasakiThis is a repost of an article originally published to portland indymedia in March 2002, in conjunction with the Hiroshima Flame Interfaith Pilgrimage. [For voluminous coverage of that event in audio, photos, and text, see portland indymedia's special "dharmawalk" page, here.] This article, which is drawn from the book, "Hiroshima in America: Fifty Years of Denial", shows how the media and government have covered up the full story of the U.S. atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, then and since. Lessons from this historic episode are applicable to the current "war on terrorism" even more so now than when the article originally appeared.
[This article published in: Zeit-Fragen Nr.27 7/4/2005 is translated from the German] China is the topic of conversation everywhere. The kingdom of the middle rises to a new superpower with effects all over the world. People in Europe are affected. The German journalist Wolfgang Hirn documents this in his new book. Solutions are sought for dealing with the challenge of a state that throws 900 million people on the world market in a slaveholder manner at the lowest wages as dumping-competition. How do we wrestle against countries for dignified work and economics? Hirn's book is a plea for an economic order that starts from equality and human dignity, exists everywhere in the world and is in force for all people because they are people.
The situation seems to be very serious. The supposed panacea, the wonder-cure often propagated like a prayer-wheel for poverty in the world, boundless growth and universal prosperity, economic liberalism known under the names "free market economy" or "globalization" is put in question not only by the notorious globalization opponents who are becoming ever-stronger worldwide but by an economist, a Nobel Prize winner, "one of the most renowned economists of all time." Paul Samuelson, 90-year old dean of his guild, questions the theory that persisted for 200 years: the theory of free world trade.
Pasadena residents didn't get to read about the exploits of local celebrity Dr. Robert Nelson, who, besides being a Jet Propulsion Lab photo analyst who helped present those dramatic photos of Saturn's rings and moons, also gave the lie to White House claims that the bulge seen on Bush's back during the presidential debates was "just a wrinkle."
They didn't get to read Nelson's account of how his photo analysis of Bush's jacket--a story that would have increased speculation that the president was wearing a hearing device during the debates--almost made it into the New York Times before being killed by top editor Bill Keller (Extra!, 1-2/05).
They didn't read all this in their local daily, the Pasadena Star-News because senior editors at that paper killed the story on Saturday, April 30, right before publication in the Sunday edition--apparently for political, not journalistic, reasons.
This past weekend People's Food Co-op in SE Portland made history. During a conference with tech and IT folk from co-ops around the country these uber-geeks assembled and successfully rang out items on the world's first entirely free, open-source point-of-sale system. A point-of-sale system (or POS) is the software needed to run a cash register and manage the pricing of all the items in a store.
It all started several years ago when Tak Tang, the Technology Coordinator at The Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis, MN got frustrated at his stores POS system because of his inability to get the information out of it that would really be useful to the store. Like most proprietary software POS systems have a locked core that prevents anyone from copying the source code and also prevents anyone from getting inside to mine data that the software wasn't designed to spit out. Not being able to get inside of the software means expensive service calls to vendors when something goes wrong. It also means having to wait to purchase the next version for new features and bug fixes.
Well all of this was really cheesing Mr. Tang off so he decided to go ahead and write his own POS system. And he DID! IS4C (Information Systems 4 Co-ops) was born.
Greg Liles can be reached at (541) 772-6960The Hobson timber sale, part of the Biscuit Fire salvage logging hoax, located in an old growth reserve in the rugged Siskiyou Mountains is home to many rare & sensitive creatures including mountain lions, eagles, scorpions, rubber boas, & black bears. This area is currently being logged. The sale was bought by Greg Liles Timber Company, based out of Medford, OR. The sale has already been a focal pont of blockades & other actions that are on going.
Due to the many variables involved in forest defense, including the start of active logging at the Hobson timber sale, we have had to move the location of our resistance camp once again! But don't fret, it's easy to find, and you'll want to find it to come join us "Hunkering Down at Hobson" this week and beyond.
Today's Oregonian has an article about the City of Portland settling another police misconduct case involving Officer Leo Besner. It involved Besner and another officer tackling a teenage girl for no reason, except possibly being Hispanic. This incident happened on April 8, 2003.
Officer Leo Besner cost the City of Portland at least $165,000 in three weeks of work - he was also the one who arrested Bill Ellis on the morning of March 25, 2003 for holding a sign on the sidewalk (shown in the picture on the Week of Bombing action page) . He also arrested clergyperson Brent Was on Belmont for "jaywalking" - this case was settled very quickly by the city attorney's office.
I doubt the city will do anything about him, though...but let's keep these incidents in mind. Too often, information like this falls down the memory hole - that's the beauty of Indymedia, though - so much information remains available.
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