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actions & protests | police / legal 31-Aug-2014 17:34

Labor Day of Rage

From the open publishing newswire: Monday (9/1) at Holladay Park, 1pm.

Large scale civil disobedience in solidarity with Ferguson & all who are harassed, harmed, and brutalized by the police.

As part of a series of continuing actions in solidarity with Ferguson, MO, [...]

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actions & protests | police / legal 20-Aug-2014 20:01

Video: Stop Dont Shoot. Portland Dawson Park Ferguson Solidarity 8.16.14

From the open publishing newswire: A rally in Dawson Park 1- 4pm on Saturday 8.16.14 Citizens of Portland Oregon gather in the park, out of concern for police accountability and community safety. The stood in unity and in Solidarity with the community of Ferguson Missouri in public... to demand and end to police violence and the abuse of their authority leveraged on the people they were sworn to protect and serve.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5gsvp_A-t8 [video 2hr 35min]

A rally in Dawson Park 1- 4pm on Saturday 8.16.14

Citizens of Portland Oregon gather in the park, out of concern for police accountability and community safety. The stood in unity and in Solidarity with the community of Ferguson Missouri in public... to demand and end to police violence and the abuse of their authority leveraged on the people they were sworn to protect and serve. This gathering was open to anybody who wanted to speak. The rally started slowly and eventually grew in size with over 100 people. There is a Facebook page "Stop Don't Shoot Portland" and there will be an email list anybody can join to stay in contact and to unite. [more info and links forthcoming asap]

The group intends to meet next Saturday in the same park to share food, conversations, ideas, tactics, education & facts and networking for a safer community.

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actions & protests | police / legal 16-Aug-2014 11:59

Video: Portland Solidarity w Ferguson Community - Pioneer Square 8.1.14

From the open publishing newswire: Ferguson Missouri shooting and the Portland solidarity gathering - interview / opinion

 http://youtu.be/CLr-9H3JZww [5. 1/2 minute video]

I was walking by Pioneer Square and recorded a quick interview with Teresa, who was just ending her interview w/ corporate media regarding the Ferguson Missouri police shooting, protests and police reactions to the community that is fed up with the injustice.

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imperialism & war | youth 14-Aug-2014 08:16

Back to School? Don't be a target for the Military!

From the open publishing newswire: Under the No Child Left Behind Act, schools receiving federal funding MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive funding. Students may opt-out of the military database at the beginning of the school year.
"They'll know where you live... They'll have your phone number... They'll come to your door ... if you let them. Military recruiters, by strict authority of the No Child Left Behind Act, must be given the names, addresses and phone numbers of all high school students each year. Want to keep your privacy? You can be removed from the list of names by 'opting-out.'" -- The Full Picture, San Francisco, California

WHY DOES IT MATTER?
The September, 2009 article in MOTHER JONES by David Goodman, entitled, "A Few Good Kids?," deals with the heavy military recruitment of at-risk (low-income and/or minority and/or less academic) youth and the insidious invasion of student privacy under the No Child Left Behind Act and JAMRS (consumer) database maintained by the Pentagon.


OPT-OUT FACTS [...]
HOW CAN STUDENTS OPT-OUT? [...]

ON-LINE RESOURCES FOR OPT-OUT
 http://www.themmob.org/lmca (information, including opt-out forms, on Opt-Out and No Child Left Behind Act)
 http://www.quakerhouse.org/documents/toparents.html (Sgt. Abe the Honest Recruiter speaks to parents -- in English and in Spanish!)

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actions & protests | immigration 07-Aug-2014 09:45

Video: Portland Rally to Support Immigrant Children Refugees

From the open publishing newswire: Rally in Portland Oregon supporting immigrant children refugees. Features testimonials from "dreamers" who have grown up in the United States.

Rally was held in front of the Portland Federal Building in downtown Portland, sponsored by a number of organizations, including religious groups. Prominent among these was Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
The event was moderated by Marco Mejia of Portland Jobs with Justice, who introduced the music as well as the three young people giving testimony regarding their status in this country.

These youth spoke about their experiences in this country and their desire to remain and continue being productive citizens of this country.
Video is about 19 minutes in length.

Video: Portland Rally to Support Immigrant Chidren Refugees

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actions & protests | immigration 05-Aug-2014 11:40

Video: VIGIL TO STOP DEPORTATIONS AND END THE CRISIS! - PDX 7.31.14

From the open publishing newswire: Around 75 people gathered in front of the Federal Building. The vigil participants shared music and speeches and personal stories with a common demand for the US government to end this growing deportation crisis.

Vigil at the Portland Oregon Federal Building; for Immigrations Rights and to demand that President Obama take immediate action to keep families together and STOP the humanitarian crisis at the border!

 http://youtu.be/RAB04udAMQE [Video 30 minutes]

Filmed on Thursday, July 31 2014
5:00 PM at the Portland Federal Building

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actions & protests | economic justice | labor 09-May-2014 08:32

Global fast food strike May 15th

From the open publishing newswire: Fast food strikes in 150 cities and protests in 30 countries planned for May 15

 link to www.salon.com

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actions & protests | animal rights 21-Oct-2013 23:13

Mercy for Animals Pro-Vegetarian Demo in Portland

From the open publishing newswire: Here's the [video] link
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyjSmTPn4pM

Mercy for Animals brought it's traveling demonstration that asks the question: Why Eat One and Not the Other? to downtown Portland on Thursday, Ocotber 17. A giant blow up hot dog stuffed with a puppy drew the lunch crowd over to find out what it was all about and get some information on how/why to change their diet.

Mercy for Animals has done an enormous amount of undercover video to highlight the abuse that farm animals face every day in factory farms. These "farms" routinely mutilate pigs and chickens, without anestheaia. They are stuffed into tiny cages where they are forced to live their entire lives. Dairy cows are left broken and exhausted on the ground, to be slaughtered as "downer cows." In its effort to bring awareness about the animals' plight, Mercy for Animals staged a peaceful demonstration in downtown Portland, and handed out veg guides to help people make more compassionate choices.

homepage:  http://beyond-productions.com/

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green scare | prisons & prisoners 21-Oct-2013 22:53

Move Marie! Call-in Monday, Oct. 21 and Write-in Friday, Oct. 25

From the open publishing newswire: Please call the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) on Monday, Oct 21 and write a letter on Friday, October 25 to ask that Marie Mason be moved out of the restricted unit of Carswell prison and that it be shut down. [...]

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 WRITE THE BOP DIRECTOR

Please help get Marie Mason moved out of FMC Carswell by writing a letter to the Bureau of Prisons Director. We are asking as many people as possible to write letters and organize letter writing events so that we can show the BOP just how many people recognize her position as unjust, and support the idea of her being moved into a general population unit closer to her family.

Below is the address to send all letters to, and a sample letter. Please remain firm but polite in your communications with the BOP.

Charles E. Samuels, Jr. , Director,
Federal Bureau of Prisons,
320 First St., NW,
Washington, DC 20534
USA

Dear Director Samuels:

I write on behalf of Marie Mason #04672-061, who is currently incarcerated in a special isolation unit at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.

[...]

Marie has never violated any prison rules and is obviously being targeted for her political beliefs. We demand that she be removed from this restrictive unit and transferred to a federal prison near her family and friends.

homepage:  http://www.movemarie.com

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actions & protests | prisons & prisoners 31-Aug-2013 11:40

Day 53 of California Prisoner Hunger Strike – Statement from the Mediation Team

From the open publishing newswire: Posted on August 29, 2013 by prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

50 days into a hunger strike which was announced last December, the Department of Corrections has just now issued a highly deceptive and problematic response to the prisoners' demands. The gist of the response was that the CDCR has done all that it plans to do and that the rest is non-negotiable. The reply was not directed at the prisoners themselves or the prisoners' mediation team; instead, it was issued as a press release on the CDCR's website late Monday afternoon. It is not clear if the CDCR has shared the response to the demands with the prisoners.

The CDCR's statement assures the public that it has addressed the prisoners' demands while continuing to assert that solitary confinement does not exist in California. The state's repeated denial of the problem and lack of willingness to implement necessary changes is dangerous and irresponsible.

Prisoners have used every means available to them to change the policies that result in them being confined in extreme isolation for decades including the CDCR's internal grievance system, meetings with Wardens, litigation and multiple hunger strikes. [...]

California cannot just ignore this problem, hoping that it will go away. The way to make the hunger strikes go away is to deal with the issues responsibly - meet with the reps and come to an agreement. Otherwise, the CDCR will only be repeating this cycle over and over again in an insane attempt to subdue any efforts to create necessary changes with extreme violence and repression. This cannot be tolerated any longer. It is time to break the cycle and to deal with this strike and the issue of solitary confinement responsibly and reasonably.

 http://www.freedomarchives.org | Day 44 PIMC feature:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/08/424682.shtml

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human & civil rights | prisons & prisoners 21-Aug-2013 12:16

Inside California’s Prison Hunger Strike

From the open publishing newswire:
Statement by Brutha Sitawa: "I would like to reiterate that the Agreement to End All Hostilities, August 12, 2012, is significant for all prisoners because CDCR has encouraged prisoners in their 33 prisons to not only engage in self-destructive behavior but have also helped heighten racial hostilities - the catalyst for internal warfare, racial warfare and gang warfare. all of which all has been magnified inside the prisons and throughout our communities."

"We decided to address these contradictions head on by engaging in a dialogue that was meaningful, sincere and honest with each respected entity. We realized that our responsibility was to end actions that were contrary to the growth and development of each and every prisoner..."

Sitawa Jaama has been held in the "Security Housing Unit" (SHU) of California's Pelican Bay State Prison for 29 years. Along with hundreds of other prisoners throughout the California prison system Sitawa has been on hunger strike for 43 days. Sitawa is a member of the Short Corridor Collective, an interracial group of prisoners based in the Pelican Bay SHU. The Short Corridor Collective has been influential in calling for 3 hunger strikes in the past 2 years, as well as authoring the 'Agreement to End Hostilities' document (Full PDF), a political call for prisoner unity, and an end to all violence between different groups of prisoners throughout the state, from maximum security prisons to county jails.

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Prisoner Hunger Strike: Day 44 - Outrage Over CDCR Force Feeding Plans

"CDCR justifies asking for the order to force feed by claiming that the widespread hunger strike is 'orchestrated' by gangs, that the massive participation and support for the demands is coerced and that prisoners have signed 'do not resuscitate' directives under duress," according to Claude Marks of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition. "This order violates all international laws and standards and gives the medical director of each prison authority to violate human rights laws instead of reasonably negotiating with prisoners." Thousand of prisoners have united to challenge the torture of prolonged isolation, demanding an accountable process to challenge the gang validations that have kept them in security housing for decades.

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Related Articles: Action Alert: We need a Emergency Hearing to address the Hunger Strike | My Friend Todd Ashker, Hunger Striker at Pelican Bay

Previous Features: Latest on California Prisoners' Hunger Strike | Largest Prisoner Rights Protest in California History Ongoing


environment | indigenous issues 09-Aug-2013 16:46

Third Night of Protests and Blockades in Nez Perce Country

From the open publishing newswire: Protestors with the Nez Perce as well as Wild Idaho Rising Tide and Idle No More turned out for a third night of demonstrations against the illegal megaload's passage through Nez Perce country.

Yesterday's police was the largest yet, taking the side of Omega Morgan rather than the law. According to Wild Idaho Rising Tide, the police were "more forceful this time. Using their cars and phalanx tactics they forced a way through the crowd and broke the blockade faster than on other nights. The megaload took off and fled, tail between its legs, and proceeded to break laws (AIDED by the cops!) and endanger people all the way to get itself off the Res. before stopping for the night, terrified of facing the Nimipu on yet another night."

Related article: Chaos on the Clearwater River: Second Night of Megaload Blockades

Previous Feature: Nez Perce, Idle No More, Rising Tide Blockade Highway 12 to Stop Megaloads

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Aerial Blockade Halts Enbridge's Pipeline 6B

This morning, Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI-CATS) is taking direct action in the Crane Pond State Game Area to halt expansion of Canadian corporation Enbridge Energy's tar sands pipeline 6B. Enbridge's claim that they have restored the Kalamazoo River after the 2010 spill holds no merit, nor does it justify expanding the pipeline. Tar sands cannot be cleaned up; this material is thick and heavy, it sinks in water, and clings to surfaces. Expanding the pipeline increases the risk of another disaster for all of life and future generations.

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human & civil rights | prisons & prisoners 03-Aug-2013 16:38

Latest on California Prisoners' Hunger Strike

From the open publishing newswire: Mediators working on behalf of California prison hunger strikers just concluded their meeting with CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard. Today's meeting comes on the heels of nearly 100 family members of hunger strikers visiting the Capitol Tuesday, where they presented a petition signed by over 60,000 people demanding negotiations with hunger strikers to Governor Brown's office.

The hunger strike mediators' statement included, "We gave [Secretary Beard] ideas that would help bring the prisoners' hunger strike to a just end in short order. We provided input for revisions to CDCR's Security Threat Group Policy and Step Down pilot program. Our revisions are intended to create more humane conditions and circumstances. We urged him to follow the lead from other states, such as Illinois, Colorado and Mississippi, to end harsh and long term isolation practices."

Previous Feature: Largest Prisoner Rights Protest in California History Ongoing

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