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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.
An Open Letter To Mayor Charlie Hales
From the open publishing newswire: An Open Letter To Portland Mayor Charlie Hales:
Last week you released a statement addressing the Ferguson protests in Portland. Of the several concerns you have for future demonstrations you seem fixated on demonstrators blocking streets, intersections and highways. You add that blocking highways is "foolish and dangerous." There seems to be some confusion on your end in this regard. Blocking traffic is a sign of civil disobedience. It is illegal and it can also be dangerous but the reason demonstrators are doing it, and have been since the struggle for civil rights, is because it brings attention to your everyday, perhaps apathetic, citizens. It inconveniences them and therefore gets their attention. Many people standing on a highway making it clear they will not be moved easily could be seen as dangerous because motorists could decide to run them over or hit them with their vehicles. But which is more dangerous, standing with many citizens on a highway making a statement or allowing citizens to continue to live a country where police kill without reason or impunity? Is it more dangerous to jaywalk or be charged at by bicycles, motorcycles and horses for standing on a sidewalk?
I think you're relinquishing, yet again, your responsibility for keeping your citizens safe. When thousands of Portlanders are taking to the streets and highways without laying a finger on police or personal property, the statement is clear: You will see to it that demonstrations will be violently suppressed by police outfitted in military wear and equipment. You will see to it that "those who do not disperse immediately will be subject to [internationally banned] chemical or less lethal weapons." [...]
One of the other concerns expressed in your statement is about vandalism. Where is this coming from? What property has been damaged during the Ferguson protests? The answer again seems clear: You are vilifying those engaged in civil disobedience to serve your own agenda. Your reasons for doing so are publicly evident. The citizens of Portland have known you are more concerned with rampant commercial development then protecting the people.
Here's the evidence: [...]
Jesse is live streaming the Garner demo [12.4.14]
From the open publishing newswire: Live at 7:16...Pioneer square
Rally tonight @ 6:00 @ the justice ctr. [12.4.14]
All are welcome to join in the Portland response to the Eric Garner killing non-indictment
blazer game ending 9:02 PM (chanting) "I Cant Breath"
police are there (inside and out) - protesters move closer to doors
A busy Fur-Free Black Friday, March Against Gresham Police, & Opsafewinter! (11/28)
From the open publishing newswire: We also encourage peeps to join the multiple events going on tomorrow, including the Black Friday rally demanding justice for walmart workers (10am), the Fur Free Friday march (10:30am), the Evolve PDX Opsafewinter event (4pm), and the Gresham March Against the Police in Solidarity with Ferguson (6pm).
* For the Black Friday rally we demand $15 and full-time hours for Walmart workers! Join us at the SE 82nd St. Walmart from 10am until 12pm to stand in solidarity with community members and workers ready to strike!
* The plan for this Opsafewinter event is to meet at Elephant Park at 4pm, hand out sack lunches to the homeless and hungry in downtown, then we will all walk to Pioneer Square for the tree lighting. "We will demonstrate against corporate entities and educate the public about how they can help their neighbors in need right here in Portland."
* The March Against Police will Rally at Plaza Del Sol in Gresham at 6pm. We will march to the new police station located at 675 NE 181st Ave. Plaza Del Sol is a park straight ahead of you on 187th after getting off the MAX at the Rockwood/188th MAX Station.
Join the Fur Free Friday march, Friday November 28th
From the open publishing newswire: Fur Free Friday is the most widely attended annual demonstration in the history of the animal protection movement and the largest animal related free speech event in Portland. Don't miss this opportunity to join with thousands of other activists worldwide for this international day of action.
When: Friday, November 28, 10:30am - 12:00pm (march starts at 11:00am sharp)
Where: South Park Blocks near SW Salmon St. and SW Park Ave
Signs and literature will be provided, but folks are encouraged to make and bring their own, too. Dress for the weather and come rain or shine to speak up for the animals.
The City of Portland requires us to have at least 200 participants to march in the street, so mark your calendars, and please share this event and help spread the word.
Come celebrate Fur Free Friday with us! [...]
VIDEO: Ferguson Solidarity: Not Guilty 11.25.14. out-take. 2 Arrested in Portland Oregon -
From the open publishing newswire: After a long march through NE SW and NW PDX in the streets (The 2nd) Ferguson Solidarity march (Not the AMA march) was in front of PGE park on the sidewalks and spilling into the street when this video was taken.
Portland Cops arrest 2 protesters at Ferguson Solidarity march on Tuesday night. Not sure why these 2 people were "snatched" or singled out. The bike police casually sneak along the side to bum rush the crowd. The protesters apparently had ended their march and were standing around for about 20 minutes.
Around 8:30 PM a gang of Cops On Bikes slide in from north side and snatch / attack the protesters - 2 arrested.
http://youtu.be/M7s1HRqELkI (OUT-Take video 4:33 minutes)
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Armistice Day, November 11
From the open publishing newswire: Gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square between 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Short ceremony, including the ringing of bells at 11:11
(Bring a bell if you wish.)
Armistice Day, November 11 2014 (this coming Tuesday)
Ring out War; ring in Peace!
Gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square between 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Short ceremony, including the ringing of bells at 11:11
(Bring a bell if you wish.)
More commonly known as "Veterans Day" in the United States and as "Remembrance Day" in Great Britain, many in the world peace movement prefer to remember November 11 as "Armistice Day," a day that was to commemorate the end of war.
The day marks the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiegne, France, calling for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect on the eleventh day and on the eleventh month in 1918. The World War I Christmas Truce, which centenary Veterans for Peace plans to celebrate this December, happened in the first year of the War.
RELATED VIDEO POST FROM THIS EVENT: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/11/428509.shtml#437282
My Daughter and I Were Arrested Today By Military Police Guarding Worlds Most Hated Weapon
From the open publishing newswire: A California family puts their bodies on the line, forcing the arrest of a father and daughter who can no longer tolerate US murdering of innocent people with Drone terrorism. [...] I was there with My daughter Mahai'a, not quite 18, and we were the new faces on the line. We are no strangers to protest- my daughter' s conciencious objector file goes back to her crib and stroller.
Soon, after light chat, we all said our good nights and a handful of us retreated to a makeshift campsite just yards away in the shadows of the desert vegetation.
Barry Binks, a Veterans For Peace foot soldier, has been religiously showing up here at Beale Air Force base, east of Sacramento, month after month. With him is an incredible affinity group of mostly Elder citizens, who have been setting up information outlets, banners, signage and even blockading the entrance to the base, triggering their arrest by the MPs. The dedicated dozen seasoned peace activists there with us this morning, I learned later, collectively had many arrests from Washington DC to California.
The primary issue that brings them and us together is drone assassinations but all the activists make no bones about the war machine in general. Beale is the site where Global Hawk reconnaissance drones are piloted from. The drone itself is near it's target, most notably the Mid East through Pakistan where hundreds of well publicized strikes have blown to pieces children and entire families. We recognized these drone pilots by their black eagle patches displayed on their shoulders as they pass through the gate of the base. [...]
Video: Protesting the 13 years of USA occupation in Afghanistan 10.7.14 in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: Portland anti war folks gathered on Oct 7th on the east end of the Burnside bridge to bring awareness to the 13 years of Occupation in Afghanistan. Hundreds of flyers were handed out and rush time traffic had a reminder and a chance to reflect on this 13 years failed war in Afghanistan.
Over a dozen Portland folks gather on 10.7.14 to hold signs and hand out information on the 13 years of USA occupation in Afghanistan.
The protest was on the east end of the Burnside bridge in Portland Oregon, it was organized by the Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group
The video from the protest is online here: http://youtu.be/vqh6JPC9jxg (20 minute video)
To this day over 10,000 troops still remain in Afghanistan.
To this day the Oregon National Guard still has enlisted folks there as well.
Video and Photographs: Portland People's Climate Rally
From the open publishing newswire: Native American elder speaks at the beginning of the Portland People's Climate Rally [and] addresses the crowd accompanied by Steve Lane on flute. Following her remarks she sings a song for Mother Earth.
Wolf Patrol enters Yellowstone backcountry to document and protest Montana wolf hunt
From the open publishing newswire: Americans outraged with the killing of wolves from Yellowstone
National Park (YNP) have organized the YELLOWSTONE WOLF PATROL, whose members have entered the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness to monitor and document Montana's wolf hunt which begins September 15th.
Nine members of the Wolf Patrol are currently trailing hunters, who in the last two years, have killed wolves belonging to packs originating from YNP where hunting is prohibited. Wolf Patrol members are opposed to the sport hunting of wolves in Wolf Management Units (WMU) 313 & 316, and are asking Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) to immediately stop the hunt before more wolves are killed.
Peace and Justice Fair in Vancouver
From the open publishing newswire: The 11th annual Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair on Saturday Sept 13, 2014 at Esther Short Park will showcase the hard work and creative spirit of individuals, social justice groups, peace organizations, faith communities, performers, artists, businesses, and environmental activists who are making the world a better place.
Admission is free! Bring the family! During the day, there will be many activities going on at the same time. At the stage, there will be a series of events including music, dance and poetry. Around the park, groups will have exhibit spaces for tables. Children's activities will be happening throughout the day.
Ester Short Park is a great venue in downtown Vancover with a stage and bandshell. The park is well-shaded and beside the farmer's market.
Picket line diary from Block the Boat
From the open publishing newswire: a day by day account from the picket lines in the Port of Oakland, blockading the Israeli ship ZIM Piraeus for 4 days in August, finally chasing it back to see only partially unloaded. Most of the goods bound for Oakland wound up in Asia.
BLOCKING THE BOAT DIARY - Aug 16 to Aug 20, 2014
by Daniel Borgström
Our one-day protest became a four-day blockade of an Israeli cargo ship in the Port of Oakland. This was during the Israeli assault on Gaza, in which over 2,000 Palestinians were slaughtered. We were responding to Israel's war crimes, taking this action to very graphically show the world that Israeli ships and goods are not welcome here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was one of the many people who walked the picket lines at the docks; this is my day-to-day account of events from the 16th to the 20th of August, 2014.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2014
We were going to march into the Port of Oakland this morning at 5 a.m. and "Block the Boat." That is, we'd set up picket lines, asking the dockworkers not to cross, not to go and unload the Israeli ship ZIM Piraeus. However, the ship changed its arrival time, presumably to avoid the picketing, so the demonstration was rescheduled for 3 p.m. This was the second time this event was rescheduled, and that was annoying. Nevertheless, I really hate getting up in the morning and so do a lot of people. It's hard to get a large number of people -- critical mass -- to come down to the port at such an hour, and in the pre-dawn darkness. There'd be a lot more people in the afternoon.
The gathering place was at the West Oakland BART Station.
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)