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Global resistance is rising. In response, the global corporate media have done everything in their power to downplay the size, scale, number, and importance of protests, marches, actions, organizing, and other forms of resistance. In the United States, the peace and social justice movements in other countries are rarely mentioned. You only have to look at the coverage of peace marches in European countries, the U.S. backed coup in Venezuela, the growing movements in Latin America and South America, and countless others to begin to see the pattern. Likewise, news about organizing, tactics, and actions occurring within the U.S. are often concealed from the global community These pages represent a testament to the variety of ways that people are learning to come together to resist the various forces of oppression they face in their daily lives. These pages will not be silent to the large numbers of people from every conceivable background who are waking up from the long nightmare that is our civilization and starting to act to bring about change. Another world is possible and it is worth fighting for.
Global resistance is rising. In response, the global corporate media have done everything in their power to downplay the size, scale, number, and importance of protests, marches, actions, organizing, and other forms of resistance. In the United States, the peace and social justice movements in other countries are rarely mentioned. You only have to look at the coverage of peace marches in European countries, the U.S. backed coup in Venezuela, the growing movements in Latin America and South America, and countless others to begin to see the pattern. Likewise, news about organizing, tactics, and actions occurring within the U.S. are often concealed from the global community
These pages represent a testament to the variety of ways that people are learning to come together to resist the various forces of oppression they face in their daily lives. These pages will not be silent to the large numbers of people from every conceivable background who are waking up from the long nightmare that is our civilization and starting to act to bring about change. Another world is possible and it is worth fighting for.
Video: Hands Up Don't Shoot - Portland Solidarity w/ Ferguson - Traffic Stopped 8.1.14
From the open publishing newswire: Hands Up Don't Shoot - Portland Solidarity w/ Ferguson Protest.
Labor Day Solidarity Traffic Shutdown Protest at 2:30 pm.
Around 100 people gathered in Holladay Park for the protest march: Hands Up Don't Shoot"
The PDX march went across the street (in the street), then through the biggest indoor mall on the West coast (Lloyd Center) and then back into the streets, (NE Broadway) blocking the entire street with no police in sight (thus no violence!!) the 100 people walked toward the Broadway bridge, at 2:30 pm in solidarity w/ the request fro those in Ferguson the group stopped and blocked traffic. Although talk was to 'head to the bridge' a quick change in plan resulted in the "freeway on-ramp going north to I-5 was shut down by a "Sit-In" for about 10 minutes".
http://youtu.be/McuPnI18TiM (58 minute video)
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, [...]
Video: Free Nestora Salgado. One year later - Portland Protest 8.21.14
From the open publishing newswire: A protest rally in front of the Mexican Consulate in Portland Ore.
A demand to free Nestora Salgado after being held for over one year in solitary, in a Maximum-Security Prison in Mexico.
A small group gathered in Portland Oregon around noon on August 21 2014 in front of the Mexican Consulate office in downtown Portland.
This was an hour protest in front of the Mexican Consulate; asking the (Mexican) State authorities, who are holding a US citizen in prison to release her.
http://youtu.be/bnsL9jP8Adc (25 minute video)
The previous protest in Portland was in December 2013 and it was recorded, you can watch it here:
http://youtu.be/XVKrmvw_Wn8 (34 minute video)
Nestora Salgado is an indigenous leader, a naturalized U.S. citizen and political prisoner in Mexico. She was seized without an arrest warrant by Mexican federal soldiers last August and as a result of her leadership role in community policing against organized crime, which has swept through the indigenous communities of the state of Guerrero over the last several years.
Nestora was held incommunicado and transferred to a maximum security prison far away from her home community of Olinalá. For weeks, she was denied access to her attorney and visits from her family. She is being denied pain medication and physical activity she requires due to her rehabilitation from a severe auto accident.
Please sign the petition to free Nestora at --> www.tinyurl.com/nestora
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.
Video: Portland Rally in Solidarity With the People of Ferguson
From the open publishing newswire: Portland action on a national day of solidarity with the people of Ferguson Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was recently gunned down by the local police.
Solidarity Rally with Ferguson
This excerpt from the speakers at the Portland event is from the remarks by Jo Ann Hardesty, long time activist for human rights and opposing abuse of power by Portland Police.
Jo Ann exhorts the crowd not to be confused by the outcry against the militarization of the police. Though this is a tangential issue, the bottom line is in reality the open season on people of color everywhere in this country. "This isn't about what weapons they have; this is about a mind set. This is about a mind set that devalues black life... .when did it become okay for police in the U.S. to just willy nilly say, 'I was scared and shoot someone 28 times.'"
And further, i don't want you to get confused, because I understand they are asking the Federal government to investigate the latest killing, Michael Brown... ..who do you think gave those military weapons to the police department? Don't get confused. This about whether or not you stand for justice This is about whether or not you value every black, brown, white red, yellow life on this planet."
Hardesty eloquently continues to address the wider issue of injustice in the United States of America and what the citizens are going to have to do to shift the current to justice and respect for human life.
Link to full video from rally: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/08/427933.shtml
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.
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
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
VIDEO: A die in protest in front of Sen Wyden's office - PDX 7.21.14
From the open publishing newswire: A large group of people gathered outside of Sen. Wyden's office on Monday in Portland to protest the US involvement and support of Israel. After a couple speeches many folks laid down on the sidewalk (Die In) to simulate all those being killed in Gaza with US taxpayers money.
A die in protest in front of Sen Wyden's office in NE Portland Oregon on Monday at 1:30 in the afternoon.
This protest was to demand and end to US aiding Israel in attacking the people of Palestine.
Sen. Wyden and 100 other Senators approved a bill to help fiancé the recent attack on the Palestinian people with US taxpayers money.
http://youtu.be/5y0GlRA7Luw [video 17 min]
Video - No Immigration Amnesty is protested at Portland Ore. Mexican Consulate, July 18
From the open publishing newswire: A protest by March for America attracted a couple proponents in front of the Mexican Consulate on July 18 2014 in Portland Oregon. Only a couple people were there to protest the No Amnesty idea. The couple dozen other people who were at the Consulate were anti-protesters who were there in solidarity of immigrants rights and human rights and to stand united against the rise of unjust immigration laws.
NO MORE U.S. BOMBS ON IRAQ! Rally this Saturday
From the open publishing newswire: On Saturday, July 26, there will be a rally for peace at Terry Schrunk Plaza (S.W. Third and Madison/Jefferson) in downtown Portland. The rally will start at noon and is coordinated by Peace and Justice Works - Iraq Affinity Group.
As of July 9, President Obama had sent at least 800 U.S. troops, ostensibly "advisors," to Iraq. Although it is claimed they will not engage in combat, there has already been talk of using drones, cruise missiles and Apache attack helicopters piloted by some of these "advisors." The potential for the situation to engulf a much broader conflict is heightened by the fact that Syria, Iran and Russia already have actively engaged militarily in Iraq on the same side the U.S. wishes to support, even though the U.S. position on those countries' stance in next-door Syria's civil war is completely opposite.
Video: Portland Stop Bombing Gaza Rally
From the open publishing newswire: July 12, 2014, Portland Oregon rally in support of the people of Gaza. Rally at Pioneer Square featuring four speakers and music by David Rovics.
Sweepless Nights, Know Your Rights! - Pitch a Tent with Right 2 Survive
From the open publishing newswire: Right 2 Survive supporters will pitch tents along the
Rose Festival Parade route starting Friday morning
Protest/Celebration message: 'Sweepless Nights, Know Your Rights!'
What: Fourth Annual Pitch a Tent for the Right 2 Survive
When: 10am Friday, June 6th until 12pm Saturday, June 7th
Where: SW 4th and Washington, Portland Oregon
PORTLAND, OREGON - June 2, 2013 -The fourth annual public camp-out designed to raise awareness about the criminalization of homelessness in Portland and across the nation, begins at 10:00am Friday, June 6 and will continue through mid-day Saturday. Participants in 'Pitch A Tent for the Right 2 Survive' will set up tents in downtown Portland along the Rose Festival's parade route. Organizers expect hundreds of people to join them in the event that is both a protest and a celebration.
The City of Portland, Oregon permits the public to pitch tents along the Grand Floral Parade route and other parade venues. Every other day of the year camping in the city is outlawed, causing houseless people to seek shelter in doorways, under bridges and in bushes, while simply trying to get some sleep without shelter. Their sleep is often interrupted by police and security guards, who perform routine sweeps. Organizers chose "Sweepless Nights, Know Your Rights" as the theme for this year's Pitch A Tent event, highlighting everyone's need for a peaceful night's rest and the need for houseless people to stand up for their human rights. Organizers want to highlight the Oregon Homeless Bill of Rights, a legislative campaign for a comprehensive law addressing the human rights of houseless people.
"The city allows people to pitch up tents for pleasure, but they won't allow people to pitch a tent to survive. This is wrong." said Leo Rhodes. "Homeless people are just doing human things like sleeping, getting out of the rain and resting." Event organizers want to demonstrate that creative solutions that benefit the entire city can be implemented immediately to address this human rights crisis, including lifting the camping ban and promoting more solutions like Right 2 Dream Too. R2DToo has been so successful that other cities are replicating the model. The rest area has sheltered hundreds of people, allowing many to get a good night's rest and a place to make a fresh start. Over one hundred people who have stayed at R2DToo have been housed and at least 99 have gotten jobs. The non-profit operates with no government funding. [...]