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A peace & media delegation with Central America is having a celebration & fundraiser video and speakers and music event. August 15 at 4 pm - Everyone is invited. The featured video by Joe Anybody covers topics about recent anti war activism and human rights issues in the Cascadia region. The event is a fundraiser to send a Peace & Media Delegation on Venezuela on September 3. It is open to the public and is free to all with donations greatly appreciated but not necessary. It is being held at the Portland Art Museums in the Mark Building, in the Miller Gallery off to the right from the Lobby. Stop in to help show support for Portland's Independent Media grassroots efforts and to build solidarity in the peace & justice movement.
While filming under the bridge, the police attempt to block my view
(PS I was also informed a police sweep would be happening on Saturday night)
I went to see if the homeless people under the Burnside Bridge in Portland Oregon were getting hassled for being "homeless" I seen a man getting arrested so I started filming from 50 yards away. As I filmed one officer in a car started shining his spot light to block me from filming. What I don't like is I just won a tort claim against the city police for taking my camera and for ticketing me for "filming them" ... I won my case http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/12/383132.shtml ... I can film... anyone can film the police in public[.] I also won 100 bucks ... a small fee that I attached to say I want policy change not money. One month latter the police are trying to block me again. I don't like this nor think it is appropriate. In good faith I didn't sue them for big dollars ...and yet they still play their "cover up games" ... This begs the question just what "Are the Portland Police Trying to Hide?" This was filmed on 1.9.09. I was informed by people under the bridge that the police that arrested the man, said they would be back tomorrow 1.10.09 to "sweep the homeless" from under the bridge...
<a href=" http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2009/01/384752.shtml"> See the video </a>
The recent shrill cry from the corporate media for Somali blood has moved me to put a few points of reason into writing. I am referring to the recent condemnations of the so-called "Somali Pirates" that have been appearing in the press.
The first important point to consider is that the "ransom"* money that the Somali Pirates are collecting is supporting impoverished Somali communities and feeding malnourished children. For these impoverished people, their government and the international community has allowed them to go starving, but the "pirates" provide for their needs by redistributing some of the wealth from those who have too much to those who have too little and no time to wait.
While I am grateful to have the local community newspapers because they have devoted more than just a few words to this issue as the Boregonian did, I must again take exception to the tone and lack of meaningful substance these articles nonetheless show.
A "voluminous," 500+ page report from the Clackamas County sheriff was released last Friday (October 17th) detailing "the sexual habits of a 14-year seasoned deputy who served the Mt. Hood Corridor communities." This is the report on the probe that led to Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Claggett resigning.
One article, the one I will critique here, states that the "report on that probe answered the questions that local residents have been asking..."
Sorry, but I beg to differ.
The report may indeed have answered the questions we've been asking, but I'm sorry, this article on the report does not.
[Tonight], OPB is going to air an episode of Rick Steve's Europe, in which Rick "visits a goose farm" and eats foie gras. Now, it does not surprise me that a classist ass like Rick Steves would support horrific animal cruelty, but it does surprise me that OPB would support such a thing. I am horrified.
Please contact OPB to let them know what happens to geese whose bellies are force fed until their livers explode. Tell them how cruel this practice is, and how unbelievable it is that OPB would support such a thing. And if you are an OPB member, please cancel your membership and tell them why. Cascadia does not support cruelty against animals.
Here is the email I just sent Fred Meyer: You heavily advertise in the Oregonian, a Portland daily paper. On 9-28-08, the publisher of the Oregonian distributed with the paper a DVD titled 'Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West.' This DVD is generally regarded to be a bigoted and untruthful piece of hate-mongering, designed to inflame public opinion against Muslims world-wide. Less that a week after this disk was distributed in Dayton, Ohio, unknown persons attacked an Islamic community center by releasing noxious vapors, burning to the eyes and nose, into the child care room.
Oct 27th @ PSU Food For Thought Cafe 4pm: As a special treat, Indymedia and Glass Bead Media folks are working serious overtime under intensely oppressive conditions in St Paul right now to bring you a documentary about the recent RNC protests. Hopefully we will have Alex Lilly and others to present their experiences along with this video.
If you or someone you know have submissions for Videos From The Resistance you can email victory(at)riseup.net for requirements and other details or come to the next Portland Indymedia General Meeting Saturdays 5pm(check website http://portland.indymedia.org for location details).
The Portland Grassroots Media Camp is a weekend of hands-on skill shares, media workshops, presentations, discussions and gatherings aimed to empower people with tools and skills to express themselves. The camp is open to anyone, emphasizing the inclusion of those who are traditionally excluded from media representation, creation and production.
As of tonight, dozens of journalists have been arrested while observing street action this week in downtown St. Paul, host city of the RNC. Some were arrested pre-emptively and still sit in jail. Along with the most showcased arrests, that of Amy Goodman and two DN! producers, are those of reporters with community news sites and independent media of all stripes.
New journalists must not only be the eyes and ears for the public, sometimes they must also protect the public, as was the situation over and over again in St. Paul.
Here's just one example: [...]
Portland Independent Media will be having an open general meeting at It's a Beautiful Pizza (3342 SE Belmont) on Saturday August 2nd at 5pm. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend. This meeting is for people with general concerns or ideas regarding the website, print, radio, television, video or other.
Indymedia strives to be all-inclusive so please be mindful and respectful of other people's age, race, gender, sexual orientation, class and abilities. Thank you.
Don't hate the media.
Become the media!
As sad as this is for Oregon Oregonian doesn't have much reputation for integrity or much else for that matter. Fish wrapper some call it.
Here is an example de jour, this time on what they consider acceptable speech.
There was a minor domestic dispute in Hillsboro last Friday, that, as is the habit of many police departments in this country was turned in major blood bath by the local cops. The whole sorry affair was dutifully reported by the Oregonian..