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Corporate media lies. Mainstream media is owned by large, multi-national corporations who, by definition, must always be looking out for their bottom line. This directly contradicts their mandate by the FCC to always act "In the public interest." You own the airwaves. The government lets TV and radio stations use these airwaves for a fee, and in return they are supposed to play news and other programming that benefits us. Of course, it doesn't always work this way. With increasing consolidation in the media industry, fewer corporations own more and more of the airwaves. Media companies are no longer working "in the public interest," but as tools for their parent corporations to make money. Currently, 5 companies control most of what you see on TV - AOL/Time Warner; Disney; FOX; Viacom; and General Electric. But that doesn't mean you have to be a slave to the corporate media! You can choose to not purchase cable TV; to not buy that Gannett Newspaper; to not use AOL Internet service. You can let multi-national corporate media companies know you won't let them lie to you by choosing alternative media.
Currently, 5 companies control most of what you see on TV - AOL/Time Warner; Disney; FOX; Viacom; and General Electric. But that doesn't mean you have to be a slave to the corporate media! You can choose to not purchase cable TV; to not buy that Gannett Newspaper; to not use AOL Internet service. You can let multi-national corporate media companies know you won't let them lie to you by choosing alternative media.
A Day of Tears: Report from the "sHell No!" Action in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: A report from Thursday's "sHell No!" actions at Cathedral Park, with analysis.
As has been well-documented, Royal Dutch Shell has plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, despite their knowledge that such extraction will exacerbate Climate Change [...] President Obama has given these plans his blessing, as could be expected of a politician beholden to the extraction industries. In order to commit such an ecocidal act, Shell has to transport many different resources to the area by ship, and activists have attempted to slow the process by blocking, if only temporarily, a couple of these key transports. In Seattle, kayakers delayed the departure of a Shell oil rig in June.
In Portland, the Fennica, a Shell ship carrying a key piece that is required on site beforeÂ drilling can legally begin, docked for repairs about ten days ago, giving local activists some time to put together a response. Another kayak blockade was quickly planned, and to the surprise of most locals, Greenpeace pulled a surprise action a little after 3:00 a.m., early on the morning of July 29th. Thirteen people with climbing equipment lowered themselves off the St. John's Bridge, downriver from the Fennica, and positioned themselves in harnesses about a third of the way down, with ropes strung between themselves. This simple, even elegant, set-up made passage of the Fennica impossible without injuring the climbers. They were provisioned with enough food and water to stay there for days.
This bold action quickly caught the attention of the media, as Greenpeace actions are designed to do [...]
The Shortwave Report 7/31/15 Listen Globally!
From the open publishing newswire: A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Spanish National Radio, NHK World Radio Japan, Sputnik Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.
The latest Shortwave Report (July 31) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms [...]
NEW ARTICLE about the Shortwave Report in the Boulder Weekly by Gavin Dahl-
The Portland Radicle is Looking for Contributors
From the open publishing newswire: The Portland Radicle is look for contributors.
The Portland Radicle* is looking for community members who would like to join other clever and talented ass-kickers in our project of collective liberation.
The Radicle is an anarchist print project that kicked off in 2012. We once had a good rhythm for solicitation and publication, as well as a robust editorial collective. At present, we're down to four people, and we've struggled to publish consistently. While the paper is in no danger of being discontinued, we believe that we would be stronger with more participation and more ideas. [...]
*"Radicle" means the embryonic root growth of a plant from a seed. It is from the Latin word "radix," meaning "root" or "origin". Radix is the word that "radical," one who seeks fundamental change, is also derived from.
If you are interested in applying your talents to destroy that which harms us and build a world which sustains us, we would love to have you. We will work with contributors at any level; no previous experience in media is necessary.
To learn more about our project, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Growing Concern: No New Animal Labs
From the open publishing newswire: Recent Public Access program, "A Growing Concern," interviewing a member of the No New Animal Lab Campaign.
No New Animal Lab is a new pressure campaign to stop the University of Washington from building a proposed underground Animal Research and Care Facility, which would expand the number of animals that the UW can torture and kill by thousands. The No New Animal Lab campaign's primary target is Skanska, a multi-billion dollar international construction firm and the general contractor of the project.
A Growing Concern: No New Animal Labs
[...] Skanska is one of the biggest construction firms in the world; it operates internationally with billions in revenue from its projects. The construction budget for the lab is $90 million, which makes it a comparatively minor project. This is small change to them.
Skanska is also not new to controversy. They have a track record of terminating contracts and canceling projects when their image is on the line. Their long-term branding matters more to them than short-term small cash flows. They know that this lab does not fit their desired image. They even neglected to issue press releases about it, despite a tradition of boasting about their projects to the media.
The No New Animal Lab campaign revealed their dirty secret. Consistency will make them fold. It all hinges on our commitment to animal liberation. The lab will not be built if we sustain enough pressure. So what are you going to do\\\\\\\?
(A-Radio) Interview with Radical Theory and Practice about its Emma Goldman project
From the open publishing newswire: The Anarchist Radio Berlin made an interview with the Russian-speaking anarchist publishing cooperative Radical Theory and Practice (RTP) about the cooperative, its recent project of translating Emma Goldman's memoires into Russian and a lot more.
You'll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes) here: link to aradio.blogsport.de
Length: 29:35 min
You can find other English and Spanish language audios here.
[ http://aradio.blogsport.de/englishcastellano/ ]
Local Translations by marc
From the open publishing newswire:
Local Portland activist and indymedia supporter [marc] recent posts to Portland Indymedia Center [PIMC] newswire are featured below. These nine links are to articles from around the world. Many of the articles were translated and then reposted here on PIMC newswire by marc.
His website is: http://www.freembtranslations.net
Featured below you will find his most current work on PIMC.
1.10.15. Uncover (428927)
1.8.15. Piketty Puts Capitalism in the Crosshairs and Angry Yoga (428890)
1.5.15. How Economists Change the World (428878)
1.4.15. Global Shale Gas and the Anti-Fracking Movement (428858)
12.31.14. Thomas Piketty and the Growing Inequality in Capitalism (428842)
12.29.14. Ways out of Capitalism (428818)
12.23. Unconditional Basic Income and Solidarity Economics (428787)
12.22.14. When Robots pay Taxes (428778)
12.20.14. Free Internet Book: After Neoliberalism: The Kilburn Manifesto (428767)
(A-Radio) Art and Anarchism
From the open publishing newswire:
Updated Post: 1.10.15.
As Anarchist Radio Berlin we made an interview on Art and Anarchism. This little exchange of ideas with a local comrade was made in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana in September 2013 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the autonomous, cultural and political center Metelkova.
Length: 10:32 min You'll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes) here: http://aradio.blogsport.de/2014/12/19/a-radio-in-english-art-and-anarchism/
PROJECT VIEWFINDER SCREENING - 12/10/14 - Wednesday 5pm
From the open publishing newswire: 2014 PROJECT VIEWFINDER SCREENING PORTLAND
Wed, Dec 10, 2014
5:30 PM -- FREE
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Homelessness is, and is not, what you think. This series of poignant short films, created by local young adults transitioning from struggle to hope and self-sufficiency, uses personal experience to reveal some of the causes and possible solutions to this important problem in our community. The youth are participants in the School of Film's Project Viewfinder, now in its second year, which partners with area community organizations to teach the tools of filmmaking to disadvantaged populations. Join us for this uplifting testimony to the power of filmmaking to change young lives, and for film to spark a collective sense of community compassion. Thanks to New Avenues for Youth, Outside In, p:ear, SMYRC, BCCTV and the Wheeler Foundation for helping to make this project possible. (100 mins.) [...]
"Project Viewfinder gives youth a chance to draw out their individual talents. They are motivated to believe in themselves after so many others have given up on them."
- Sue Hays, New Avenues for Youth
Final schedule for the Cascade Media Convergence
From the open publishing newswire: Final schedule announced for the Cascade Media Convergence, a regional gathering of community based media organizations, journalists and artists taking place September 19th-21st at the University of Oregon, Turnbull Center in Portland, OR. The CMC will be a series of workshops, facilitated strategy sessions, and public events aimed at bringing together alternative and community media makers to network, share knowledge and skills, and discuss ways to continue collaboration and build toward a regional media coalition.
Cascade Media Convergence Preliminary Workshop Schedule
From the open publishing newswire: The Cascade Media Convergence is a regional media gathering taking place here in Portland September 19th-21st. We are proud to announce the preliminary schedule of workshops that will be held during the conference. There are still various ways for individuals and organizations to get involved, either by endorsing, tabling or attending.
Check out the growing list of organizations signing on by clicking http://cascademedia.cc/wp/partners/
and consider endorsing yourself http://cascademedia.cc/wp/get-involved/endorse/
We will have limited space for organizations to table during the conference, follow this link to reserve one.
Give us an idea of how many people will be attending, and consider supporting us financially if you are able to do so. Registration is by donation with no one turned away for lack of funds.
Cascade Media Convergence September 19th-21st
From the open publishing newswire: Invitation to be part of the Cascade Media Convergence, a weekend of workshops, networking sessions and for community based media makers and artists taking place September 19th-21st. Events will primarily take place at the University of Oregon, Turnbull Center at 70 NW Couch in Portland's Old Town.
The Cascade Media Convergence will be an experiment in the power of democratic community based media. Along with sharing our skills and examples of awesome media based organizing, we will look to find ways to better integrate the work we are doing as media makers and artists on a regional level and begin the discussion of how we can build a media movement. Consider this an open invitation to initiate a process, we're not looking to be the final word on alternative media organizing in the Pacific Northwest, but we want to create a space to explore the possibilities of closer collaboration.
New Infoshop in Eugene, Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: Infoshop in Eugene being built with literature sections on ecology/environmentalism, race/racism, how-to/reference/DIY, food politics, prisons/prisoners, radical socio-political, anarchist, gender/LGBT/queer studies, and more. Magazine and Zine collection for the reading room aspect of the Infoshop.
The Bad Egg Books Infoshop (aka Eugene Infoshop) is based out of the Boreal, a volunteer-run, all-ages music venue in Eugene, Oregon. The Boreal started in January 2014 and since late May/early June, Bad Egg Books Infoshop has been a work-in-progress. We still have work to do, but we figured at this point it would be great to inform the wider community about this project.
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.