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May Day 2014 PDX
From the open publishing newswire: Rally at 3:00 PM | March from 4:00-5:30 PM
May 1 2014 - South Park Blocks PDX
"PEOPLE OVER PROFIT"
We want to encourage everyone to come out this May Day and stand united for social & economic justice. Together we can build a movement to take back our communities .
As we approach International Workers Day in 2014, we find ourselves facing unprecedented cuts to public services including education, street and park maintenance, social services, unemployment insurance and much more. As a result we are seeing a rapid increase in symptoms of poverty including houselessness and food insecurity. Along with all of this we continue to experience attacks on people of color, immigrants, working families, women, students and our right to organize.
Our response to this onslaught against humanity is to organize and FIGHT BACK!!
People Over Profit!
Video: Fast Track Is A Flop!
From the open publishing newswire: Rally at the offices of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, the new Finance Committee Chair, encouraging him to not introduce a new version of Fast Track that could sneak the job-killing Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement through Congress without meaningful debate or amendments.
Fast Track Is A Flop! [video] Fast Track is an obsolete, undemocratic process that needs to go the way of the dinosaurs!
Organized by Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, the rally was moderated by Elizabeth Swagger and featured two speakers who spoke about TPP from the perspective of small business and displaced high tech workers.
Following the rally, Elizabeth and others entered the building and sought to deliver thousands of floppy disks signed by citizens opposing both the TPP and Fast Track.
During that interval various citizens took the bull horn and addressed the crowd addressing the Trans Pacific Partnership effects on national sovereignty, jobs, the environment, cost of life saving medicines, as well as several others.
LNG Opponents Call on Kitzhaber to Protect the State’s Rivers and Ratepayers
From the open publishing newswire: Medford, OR - Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) took the long-expected step of granting a conditional export license to the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Oregon... The Jordan Cove project calls for building an export terminal at Coos Bay on the Oregon coast, which would allow liquefied natural gas to be exported overseas. The terminal would be supplied by a proposed 235-mile-long pipeline, called the Pacific Connector, which would cross privately and publicly owned lands in southern Oregon and connect to existing pipelines running north-south from British Columbia to California.
Susan Jane Brown, staff attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center, explained the context for the decision. "DOE did not attempt to address the myriad environmental issues with the project," she said. "Instead, other state and federal agencies will examine Jordan Cove's compliance with numerous laws, and ultimately, the federal courts will ensure that the project won't destroy the waters, wildlife, and public lands that Oregonians cherish. We believe it is clear that the LNG terminal and pipeline will harm our natural resources and that the projects should not proceed."
Fast Track Is A Flop: Petition Delivery to Ron Wyden's Office
From the open publishing newswire: When: Thursday March 20th, 12pm to 1pm
Where: The Federal Building Plaza at Ron Wyden's Office, 911 NE 11th Ave
We need to tell Senator Wyden that Fast Track is an obsolete, undemocratic process that needs to go the way of the dinosaurs!
Thanks to massive grassroots resistance, we have derailed the recent Fast Track bill for the Trans-Pacific Partnership! But we are not safe, yet. Senator Ron Wyden, the new Finance Committee Chair, is deciding right now whether to introduce a new version of Fast Track that could sneak the job-killing TPP through Congress without meaningful debate or amendments.
Please join us in signing floppy discs and delivering them to Senator Wyden's Portland office during the Senate Recess! We will have discs to sign on the day of the delivery. Your participation in pressuring our congresspeople to do the right thing is the only way to fight to the TPP. Thank you!
To sign the petition, click here
Video: Jan. 31 Inter-Continental Day of Action against the TPP & Corporate Globalization
From the open publishing newswire: Jan. 31 Inter-Continental Day of Action against the TPP & Corporate Globalization Protest / Rally at PSU on 1.31.14 in Portland Oregon
42 minute Video from the Portland Oregon rally
also a link for Archive dot org as well:
Date: Friday, January 31, 2014
Place: Across North America
No more NAFTA ? 20 Years is Enough!
This is a call to action for communities throughout Mexico, Canada and the United States to join together on January 31, 2014, and say "ENOUGH!" to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other corporate "trade" deals.
RELATED PIMC POST: Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a bad idea
NAFTA has shown a sure result of free trade agreements is they punish and benefit certain sectors of various societies. The Trans Pacific Partnership is a similar bad idea that will enrich the elite rich at the expense of the middle classes.
H. Ross Perot, the independent candidate for US president in 1992, said if NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, were passed you would hear a "giant sucking sound" as jobs left the US for Mexico.
Well, there was no giant sucking sound caused by an immediate job loss after Clinton won the election and NAFTA was passed in 1994; but since then NAFTA has caused the destruction of hundreds of thousands of good middle class manufacturing jobs in the US that were sent to Mexico, causing the erstwhile holders of those jobs in the US to be displaced to lower class service jobs.
The so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, as secret as it is, is apparently little more than another trade agreement among nine nations, including the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Peru and others, and most likely will produce the same results in the US as NAFTA, hollowing out even more middle class manufacturing jobs that have survived in the US.
According to capitalistic economic theory, free trade raises [...]
TPP RELATED VIDEO LINK by Jim Lockhart: http://youtu.be/p5ahTUPCxa4
KBOO Receives Grant to Investigate ALEC Ties to Oregon Legislation
From the open publishing newswire: KBOO Receives Grant to Investigate ALEC Ties to Oregon Legislation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland, OR - KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM ( http://www.kboo.fm) has been awarded a five thousand dollar grant from the Fund For Investigative Journalism (FIJ) to conduct an investigation of Oregon legislation which has been influenced or created by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
With this grant, KBOO volunteer investigative reporters will review Oregon state legislative activities to uncover ALEC influences on bills introduced in the Oregon state legislature between 2011 and 2014. KBOO investigative reporters have already, through their research, discovered direct links between three pieces of Oregon legislation, including the so-called 'Oregon GMO Protection Bill' passed as part of the special session in December 2013.
ALEC is an organization consisting of state legislators and corporate representatives, whose aim is to introduce legislation at the state level to advance the principles of free-market enterprise, limited government, and federalism.
The resulting data will be broadcast to KBOO's listenership through audio reports, a special section on the KBOO website http://www.kboo.fm, and included in a publication by the Center for Media and Democracy.
Black Friday Walmart Protest. 11:00am - respect your workers, stop paying poverty wages
From the open publishing newswire: On Black Friday in Portland Oregon, JwJ and UFCW555 are working with the "Making Change at Wal-Mart" national campaign to support wal-Mart workers in their dealings with Wal-Mart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Wal-Mart publicly commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. Meet at 11AM @ 4200 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR.
Meet in solidarity at 11AM @ 4200 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR.?
On Black Friday we will bring a strong message to WAL-MART "respect your workers, stop paying poverty wages!"
Portland Jobs with Justice is committed to supporting workers taking bold risks to demand better jobs and working conditions. That's why we bring together labor, community, faith, and student activists to support the courageous workers on strike at Wal-Mart
Walmart jobs don't allow workers to live better. Walmart pays its associates an average of just $8.81 an hour, so an employee who works Walmart's definition of full-time - 34 hours per week - makes just $15,500 per year, placing them squarely below the poverty line. And those full-time positions aren't the norm. To avoid having to pay employees benefits, the company increasingly hires part-time positions - subjecting associates to erratic schedules, limited job security, and even less opportunity to make ends meet. [...]
[Facebook] Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/236112673214899/
Previous PIMC Post on recent Wal-Mart Protest for Fair Wages in June 2013:
[includes 33 minute video]
Video: Kathleen Dean Moore-If Your House Is On Fire
From the open publishing newswire: Kathleen Dean Moore, professor of philosophy and environmental ethics, speaks on climate activism. An excellent presentation. She was the speaker at an event in Portland Oregon educating people about industry attempts to move oil, coal and gas through the northwest.
If Your House Is On Fire
Video: Portland Walmart Protest 6.7.13 Stop Corporate Greed
From the open publishing newswire: Walmart Day of Action!
Right now, Walmart workers are currently going out on strike over unfair labor practises. On June 7th hundreds of them will be carvanning from every corner of the country to Bentonville, Arkansas for Walmart's Annual Shareholders Meeting.
Walmart associates will call on Walmart board members and shareholders to address poverty wages, health care, retaliation against workers and scheduling that hurts workers, customers and the economy.
Portland Walmart Protest 6.7.13 - Workers Rights Solidarity
http://youtu.be/a_hJFDpmN8M [Video 33 minutes]
Over 100 protesters [and] supporters assembled in Portland outside of the SE Portland Walmart store for speeches and chants as they rallied for workers rights in solidarity with the UFCW local 55, as well with all [retail] laborers and their fellow workers who were currently protesting at [inside] the Walmart Board Meeting in Arkansas.
Some folks went inside the PDX store with Thank You | Information cards to hand to the workers.
From the open publishing newswire: fluoride the corrosive chemical hydrfluorosilicic acid spills and eats away concrete --Healthy Kid coalition claims this corrosive chemical if added to our pristine Portland water supply will prevent cavities --Not-- It appears this hydrofluorosilicic acid will eat the enamel right off your children's teeth [...]
Fluoride will erode the enamel off the teeth. High doses of fluoride will cause severe pitting and discoloration of the teeth. Systemic ingestion of fluoride because there is NO way to control the dose once fluoride (hydrofluorosilicic acid) is added into the water system leads to more people suffering from the symptoms of fluorosis.
It is the bright minds that brought us the mercury amalgams and those whom even once endorsed smoking as safe the AMA and ADA are endorsing fluoride like this (hydrofluorosilicic acid )is all the rage. Only drink too much of this fluoride kiddies and the ADA says this product will rob us all of our pearly whites, and weaken our bones. Fluoride is dangerous. It is even says so on the back of the tooth paste tube— poison --spit do not swallow—Adding fluoride (hydrofluorosilicic acid) to the public water system and claiming it is safe to drink, bathe, cook , and grow your vegetables in is asking our children and our animals to ingest high amounts of this acid. Acidity n high levels in our bodies' causes' cancer. Hello not to mention forcing huge populations of our children and their parent's pocketbooks to a life of cosmetic dentistry servitude or chemo therapy. Of course only if the child is lucky enough to have parents with money/ insurance who will be able to correct the cosmetic negative affects of fluoride. Everyone else will be destined to go through life with a cosmetically damaged smile,lower IQ and bone loss.
Watch the video below
Please learn about the negative health affects on Endangered salmon
Report from N3 Anti-Austerity Action in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: The report from the coalition that claims responsibility for N3 in Portland,and some photos:"Despite police confrontations, the day of action succeeded in its aims of communicating that we do not consent to coming austerity programs," said Michel Losier of Portland Action Lab. "The 1% must pay for the crisis that they created."
8 streams, what's playing now is at http://indyradio.nu:2012
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Please Attend to help Oregon's Sea Lions
From the open publishing newswire: Please attend this very important meeting--the indigenous Columbia river sea lions lives are at stake here and so are 13 runs of endangered salmon--they depend on our voice to save them from being scapegoated by a greedy fishing industry--Sea Lions are being killed for eating only 1% of the fish while human's currently kill 17% of the fish and are asking for more. Please do not let sport fishing weaken and destroy the Marine Mammal Protection Act 1972 (MMPA) more than they already have. True conservation of our iconic endangered salmon starts with lowering human predation not raising it. The very survival of marine mammals and endangered species are at stake here---Please attend and let David Hunt know that marine mammals and endangered species survival on the Willamette /Columbia rivers are important to you. A healthy ecology coupled with indigenous marine mammal and endangered salmon survival should have higher priority than killing for sport.
Please bring the family, make signs if you like,
carpooling can be arranged--please share this message
Town hall on sea lions is Nov. 8
Oregon Rep. Dave Hunt (D-Clackamas) will be holding a town hall about California sea lion/fish conflicts on Nov. 8 in Oregon City.
The free meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Banquet Room, Rivershore Hotel, 1900 Clackamette Drive.
Occupy Anniversary and Colombian GM Workers Solidarity Rallies
From the open publishing newswire: monday afternoon on september 17, 2012, a portland crowd numbering in the hundreds turned out for the one year anniversary of occupy wall street, which they marked by rallying for justice for colombian general motors workers who were hurt on the job and then kicked to the curb by the us-based, and to a considerable extent us government owned multinational corporation.
(report back from event organizers)
occupy portland marks anniversary in solidarity with global 99%
rally supports injured colombian gm workers seeking justice
the colombians have maintained a continuous peaceful occupation in front of the us embassy in bogotá for over 400 days. ten of the colombian workers including colombian worker leader jorge parra are entering their third week on hunger strike. mr. parra is currently in detroit where supporters rallied in front of gm world headquarters as part of an international day of action for the workers and their families.
"the fact that general motors is firing workers for injuries they developed on the job is bad enough, the company's refusal to sit down and talk - the willingness they are demonstrating to turn a blind eye to the worker's hunger strike is incomprehensible" said paige shell-spurling, a member of the portland central america solidarity committee. " general motors is showing an utter disregard for human life and specifically for the lives of the workers on whose backs gm's profits are made."
the portland rally delivered petitions demanding justice for the colombian workers with over 4,000 signers to wentworth chevrolet. a manager at wentworth agreed to forward the petitions to the gm corporate offices.
according to marco mejia of portland jobs with justice, "the issue of exploitation of the colombian gm workers is emblematic of the kind of global corporate corruption that the occupy movement is fighting against. occupy and the progressive movement in general is continuing to build capacity for change through education, agitation and mobilization."