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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.
Out & About
From the open publishing newswire: Out & About With The Troublemakers! 3/13/2015
Going backwards is always my way. We attended the County Meeting on 3/12/2015 and offered the position of Individuals For Justice, (IFJ) on the problem of cell phones for the homeless. When your phone goes dead or you need a jump for it to continue working you plug it into your computer or outlet and you are good to go. What do you do if you live on the streets\? Street Roots did a wonderful job reminding us that JosÃ© Serrica, a member in good standing, spoke of these a few months ago. So we used our 3 minutes of communication time to tell the Commissioners that it costs less than a penny to charge a cell phone from dead to let's make some calls. They seem to know what we were talking about, maybe because we sent them the article and gave them a heads up that we would be pressing them on this. We also sent copies to the 5 sh-ts at city hall and did receive a note back from our favorite of the 5, Comm. Amanda Fritz, who says they are working or talking about working or thinking of doing something to help. She is one of the few who try and in most cases answers her messages, we like that. "Trust what a politician says and you will get screwed, praise them only when they actually do something." (Joe Walsh 1971) Here is the video of our testimony/communication with the good county commissioners:
This day only two of us spoke and I am about 4 minutes in, the woman who talked before me is worth listening to because she also is talking about the homeless/houseless. We will keep the pressure on but you can call the chair of the commissioners here and just ask how they are doing with offering a safe place to allow citizens to charge their cell phone. Thank you Street Roots again for reminding us of this important issue. Chair of County Commissioners Kafoury's number: 503- 988-3308 City Commissioner Fritz's number: 503-823-3008
We went to the City Council Gathering of the 5 sh-ts on 3/11/2015 and had a time; they are so weird! The morning session was kind of boring, except for the wonderful kids who came from Harrison Park Elementary school to talk about leadership and the arts, we enjoyed their presence. We also did speak on item 258 concerning the Park Ranger Program. We like the rangers in general and ask that they act as ambassadors and not as cops, we objected to them excluding people from the parks for 30-60-90 days, somebody else should make that decision and not them. There are only 7 permanent rangers for over 200+ parks, we thought that was shameful, we need more rangers, less cops. On to the afternoon session which surprised me with the large number of people coming out to express their views on item 266 commonly called "Remove the Box" [...]
two snatched by Portland police at rally Tuesday 3/10 for Africa, recent victim of LAPD
From the open publishing newswire: Two people were arrested by police at the end of tuesday evenings solidarity rally and march downtown in honor of Africa, shot and killed by the LAPD.
In the longer ustream video the two people targeted were standing calmly nearby, without provocation the police arrest both, they say for disorderly conduct. Earlier an officer attempts to coerce someone's identity by threatening to give a citation for being in the street. Seems to me they were targeted for concealing their identity. What do you think\\\?
Clip of arrest: http://youtu.be/2zNQYQN\\\_UeI
Better context: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/59762313
Relate pimc video post: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/03/429362.shtml#441796
Here's a better quality shot of the arrests yesterday https://youtu.be/pgWdHLL5hD0 , thanks for being there videographers.
Anything for 3/11\?
From the open publishing newswire: Know of anything planned to celebrate 4 full years of Fukushima\?
NO NUKES - meet @ Pioneer Square @ Noon
Earth Lover: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/03/429330.shtml#441769
3.11.15 @ 12-noon
"Meet at Pioneer Square at Noon to remember all who have died from Fukushima's ongoing radiation releases, from the people of Japan to the ocean animals and plant life, to the people across the world to those of us here on the West Coast who are being sickened and killed by radiation from Fukushima.
People should bring poster size photos and puppetry of ocean and river friends. Please bring the kids. Drummers welcome! To those who have gas masks, bring those. [...]
Related Video Post from the event: Video: Remembering Fukushima
out and about
From the open publishing newswire: My new t-shirt says:
Front---Individuals For Justice
Endorses Back---Anyone but Hales, novick.
I will be wearing it a lot for the next two years.
I am reminded of the saying,* "Beware of the Ides of March" as I look back to last week, which for me started by watching a foreign leader tell our congress of these United States that we are fools, and he did it to standing ovations, a lot of standing ovations by our representatives and senators; it was shameful. My sincere hope is that bibi natanyahu goes home to Israel, gets defeated, and goes the way of g.w. bush. The 15th of March is only a few days away, maybe a week depending on when you read this and I fully expect Caesar, AKA char-lie the hales, will announce he will become emperor of Rome. I know he is raising lots of money to screw over us for four more years, yes "Beware of the Ides of March" my friends. [...]
The second event was the city council meeting on the 5th seemed like a boring meeting unless you were hoping that the plan for the West Quadrant would be to your liking, on Thursday one of my friends asked me to join him and then did not show up, but I did learn some stuff. I learned that four of the five sh-ts were in the pockets of the big developers; deep in those pockets. The only person standing with the people, who testified, about 30 of them, was once again Commissioner Amanda Fritz. It was fascinating to watch, [...]
Next Thursday we will be going after the lack of opportunities for the homeless to charge their cell phones. There was a good article in Street Roots about this last week and we will be yelling about it to the commissioners who have a hand in this nonsense. Here is the street Roots article. http://news.streetroots.org/2015/03/06/homeless-phone-charging-thief-wanted-security
Video: Health Care for All Oregon Salem Rally 2.11.15
From the open publishing newswire: Filmed in Salem Oregon on 2.11.15 on the steps of the State Capital
Health Care For All Oregon
This video is the complete rally and speeches
There was a gathering a few blocks away prior to the rally for organizing and workshop.
The video starts with a group from the workshop heading to the rally
The event had music provided by The Raging Grannies, Norman Sylvester, David Rovics, Dr. Atomic, Peter Bergel, Bob Wickline, Bajo Salario/Collective. and others
The video is 2 hours and 35 minutes: http://youtu.be/wenyi216uDQ
The speeches start around 59:54 in the video.
Around 1:45:49 Sen Demral announce the new bill SB 631 for "Single Payer"
GLOBAL DIVESTMENT DAY ACTION! Friday, February 13th, 12-1pm
From the open publishing newswire: Start the Valentine weekend off right and show our mayor how much we "heart" him. Let's ask our mayor Charlie Hales to return the love by honoring his pledge of a fossil free future for Portland.
We'll remind him that on June 5, 2013, World Environment Day, he declared, "The City must urge the Oregon State Treasurer, the Local Government Investment Pool, and the Oregon Investment Council to divest of all state holdings in fossil fuel."
When: Friday, February 13th, 12-1pm Where: In front of Portland City Hall 1221 SW 4th Ave Who: Everyone who loves Portland!
RELATED VIDEO POST: Video from the PDX event at City Hall on 2/13 is here: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/02/429143.shtml#441176
From the open publishing newswire: "Just Say No"
We all knew it would be a long night; there were almost 30 people who signed up to go on the record concerning whether Portland, Oregon should join the JTTF. Our status with the Feds now seems to be, on call or as needed and the US Attorney wanted us in or out. We had to listen to the US Attorney go on forever, (30 minutes +) about how the JTTF would save our city from all invasions from ISIS and the Martians. You must look up and get the video of the hearing because you will have your mouth open most of the time Amanda Marshall was speaking, she is a very sick person, in my opinion, and should be removed as our US Attorney.
After Marshall finished, even Commissioner Fish looked worn out by her bizarre testimony and Commissioner Saltzman would have been bored to tears if he was there, but he was AWOL. We only had four people present at 5:00 PM to listen to the community tell them do not rejoin, join or even get near the FBI because our police are having their own problems and do not need this action. All but one person spoke against joining the JTTF. I was very proud of those who testified, including a very young girl who read a message she and her mom wrote about the 14th Amendment to the ACLU who gave a wonderful presentation that made me wonder what to say. All the groups were stunning; they spoke with a wonderful intelligence that made the walls move. They spoke of freedoms, they spoke of dignity, and they pointed out the terrible history both far and near of the FBI. One could see the effect it was having on the three Commissioners and the Mayor and at the end I was proven wrong, the city government seems to be heavily learning towards saying no to JTTF. Wow, it was a wonderful night for this activist; I just love to be proven wrong. We now have two weeks and a vote will happen, so if you went and offered your opinion, thank you so much, if you could not get there you can e-mail or make a phone call because the record will remain open for most of the two weeks. You do not have to live in Portland to offer your opinion and as one of our leaders said last night, "The rest of the country is watching what we do."
To contact the mayor's office go here:
Stop these fucking sweeps hales
From the open publishing newswire: what you can do
Individuals For Justice has been fighting with city hall, county and the state of Oregon for only a few years yet has shed enough tears to fill Mt. Tabor Reservoirs.
Homelessness/Houselessness touches all of us, adults with jobs, children who are thrown away or run away, veterans, wives, husbands, sons, and daughters. We are still the richest country in the world and yet we still have this terrible plague with us in 2015. When oh when will you yell with us about this injustice\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\? Please stop to say hello in front of city hall each and every Wednesday, as we stand & protest for the people on the streets. We will be there about 0800, we will always go into the building and let our feelings be known. We ask/demand that the sweeps end immediately, we ask that the city council stop talking and do something like creating storage areas, and how about safe places where people can put their head down at night without being arrested by our police for being poor. Join us or call the mayor's office and ask that the sweeps be stopped now!
homepage: homepage: http://IndividualsForJustice.com
Video: 15 Now! rally and march in Salem 1.24.15
From the open publishing newswire: A rally with speeches and songs on the Capital steps. A skit with 2 clowns: Wallie Walmart & Ronnie Mac D. A march to nearby McDonald's for a protest call for 15 Hour, fair wages for the workers Then into the streets for an unpermitted march to a nearby meeting / lunch area
The organizers, 15 Now Portland, protest income inequality and say they are dedicated to making Oregon the first state to enact a $15 minimum wage. Rally on the Capital steps Jan 24 at noon. 15 Now Portland is fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in the City of Portland. We are also helping to lead a coalition of almost 50 other 15 Now chapters, labor unions, and community organizations across the state that are dedicated to making Oregon the first state to enact a $15 minimum wage.
https://www.youtube.com/ [1 hour 15 min]
Oregon Needs a Raise! Rally at the Capitol Building
Saturday, Jan. 24, NoonÂ—1 pm in Salem, OR
Bills for a $15 minimum wage are being introduced in the State House and Senate for the 2015 session. Low-wage workers, union members, faith and community allies Â— ALL OUT for $15 !
-video out take-
15 Now! Salem Capital Rally with Ronnie and Wallie https://www.youtube.com
Video: Hands Up - Dont Shoot Portland - MLK 2015 March 1.18.15
From the open publishing newswire: Hands Up PDX march on Jan 18 2015
Hundred + show up in the rain to bring awareness to the police shooting people of color ...and to make the public aware that we citizens say; Black Lives Matters, and we do care about these concerns.
Tiny URL link to the YouTube video: http://tinyurl.com/py57zdy (1 hour 34 min video)
Hands Up (Don't Shoot) PDX held a march on the day before Martin Luther King's Birthday. The march was in unity with "Black Lives Matter, and police accountability, it was in Solidarity with struggles in Ferguson, NY, Portland and around the US. The march was a unified voice of the community to end racism and violence. And to gather in the streets on Dr Martin Luther Kings birthday in memory of his fight for justice as we still face the current struggles today in our own communities. [...]
Martin Luther King Celebrations in Portland 2015
From the open publishing newswire: Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr's campaign against poverty with this day of action and celebration!
Homeless Bill of Rights & MLK Action
1/18 @ 1:00PM - VFP ch 72 march w Hands Up Don't Shoot PDX
MLK DAY: The Skanner Breakfast 8:30 AM
Highland Church - Martin Luther King Day - Keep the dream alive (12 noon)
What to do On Jan 21st - MLK Jr. Holiday
[Lots More] [...]
Video: GITMO 13 Years - Protest and March at Pioneer Square 1 9 15
From the open publishing newswire: Every Friday at 5:00 PM a rally & march happens near pioneer Square in Portland. This video was filmed on 1.9.15 on the 13th year of GITMO operating in Cuba. This weekly gathering is organized by PPRC every Friday 5:00 PM.
The 5:00 PM peace and justice rally and march by Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) [ http://www.pprc-news.org ]
GITMO 13 years Pioneer Square 1 9 15
http://tinyurl.com/nra9exj (tiny URL to YouTube video)
[7:35 min video]
Dan Handelman from Peace and Justice Works (PJW) [ http://www.pjw.info ] spoke about the importance of closing GITMO and some information on what is happening with that shut down process and the National Defense Authorization Act which prohibits the president from using money for changing anything at GITMO (including closing it)!
After the speech the group headed north on Broadway caring signs to "SHUT down GITMO, Stop the wars, US out of everywhere, US out of Afghanistan".
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: [...]