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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.
Portlands Solidarity w/ Guantanamo Hunger Strike/Vigil Begins May 16th
From the open publishing newswire: Guantanamo Hunger Strike/Vigil
Begins May 16th at 3:00 PM in front of Portland City Hall
(Look for a large colorful banner and people wearing prison-style orange jumpsuits.)
Seventy-one-year-old S. Brian Willson, a Viet Nam veteran member of Veterans For Peace, Portland Chapter 72, beginning Sunday, May 12 reduced his food intake by more than 85 percent, fasting on 300 calories a day in solidarity with the 130 uncharged Guantanamo prisoner hunger strikers now in deteriorating health, many of whom are being force-fed. Willson, a trained lawyer and criminologist, anti-war activist and author, lives by the mantra: "We are not worth more; They are not worth less." He joins 65-year-old grandmother Diane Wilson, a fifth-generation Texas shrimper, anti-war activist and author, who began an open-ended, water-only fast on May 1 outside the White House, and intends to fast until the prisoners are freed. There are more than 1,200 people around the country participating in a rolling hunger strike to bring attention to the plight of the fasting prisoners at Guantanamo, who have been illegally detained for over ten years with little recourse. May 16 is the 100th day of the hunger strike. The hunger strike/fast demands President Obama take immediate action to close the prison and release the prisoners. [...]
A total 166 prisoners from 25 countries remain housed in the U.S.-constructed and operated gulag (2002) at Guantanamo, located on Cuban soil without Cuba's permission. [...]
Remember Kendra James - Sunday May 5, 5 pm, 932 N Skidmore
From the open publishing newswire: Kendra James was murdered by police officer Scott McCollister 10 years ago Sunday. There will be a memorial meeting outside the Baptist Church at 931 N Skidmore on May 5, the anniversary of her death.
"5 p.m. Sunday outside the Greater Faith Baptist Church, at 931 N. Skidmore"
Video: Save Salem Mail Protest - 5 Citizens Arrested 4.17.13
From the open publishing newswire: With the Salem Mail processing plant slated to close a protest ensured out front with speeches and chants and then the group of around 50 weaved its way to the public loading dock. This video is from that protest.
Five people were arrested for going inside with 2 banners, one banner read: Save Salem Mail.
http://youtu.be/Ah_8JTTBp-s [42 minute video]
The announcement "before" the event is posted below:
Information about the event that was posted AFTER the event --> is below the double lines
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"Occupation" of Salem mail facility
What: Rally, March and Civil Disobedience
When: Wednesday, April 17th, Noon - 1pm
Where: Salem Main Post Office, 1050 25th St. SE (n. of Mission)
MAY DAY 2013 - Portland Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: May Day!!
No Human Being Is Illegal!! People Over Profit!!
International Workers Day!! - May 01, 2013
2:00 PM Gather || 3:00 PM Rally || 4:00 PM March
O'Bryant Square - SW Washington Street, Portland Oregon
2013 Theme: "May Day - International Day for Working Families; People Over Profit!"
2:00 PM Gather || 3:00 PM Rally || 4:00 PM March
The annual May Day march and rally in Portland has a long tradition of being an inspiring celebration of international worker's day.
Now, we find ourselves facing unprecedented cuts to public services, increasing poverty, homelessness, and ongoing attacks against people of color, immigrants, women, and working families and our right to organize. Our response to this onslaught against humanity is to organize and fight back!
This year's May Day promises to be an exciting call to action. Our theme is: "May Day - International Day for Working Families; People Over Profit!" Our goal is: "Encourage Everyone to Join an Organization Working for Justice!!"
Olympia Anarchist Convergence April 20/21st
From the open publishing newswire: http://olympiaanarchy.noblogs.org/
Lectures, books, and conversation.
Saturday [4.20](Workshops): http://olympiaanarchy.noblogs.org/156-2/
Sunday [4.21](Workshops): http://olympiaanarchy.noblogs.org/158-2/
Video: No Fluoride Rally- Hawthorne Bridge 3.15.13 in Portland Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: no fluoride rally on the Hawthorne bridge
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFbFCKDNxfY [video 38 min]
Friday in Portland Oregon
Rally to Stop Coal Exports in Oregon on March 13!
From the open publishing newswire: On April 1, the state of Oregon will decide whether or not to approve the Morrow Pacific coal export project. If approved, it would be the first of five proposed coal export facilities to get a green light in the Northwest and open the flood gates for others, creating a climate nightmare. With the health, safety, and economy of dozens of communities from Montana to Oregon at stake, we are sounding the alarm to stop coal exports in the Northwest.
NO ON COAL EXPORTS RALLIES
Salem - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13
Front steps of the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE, Salem, OR>
Hood River - Noon to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 13
Riverside Community church, 4th and State, Hood River, OR
Transportation to Salem: PORTLAND: Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Sierra Club office at 1821 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR. [Map]
VANCOUVER: Meet at 9:15 a.m. at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Office, 1007 E Mill Plain, Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA.
Questions: Contact Laura Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Salem Rally Opposing Coal
Recent Salem Rally Opposing Coal [Video posted by Jim Lockhart on 4-8-13]
One Billion Rising PDX photos
From the open publishing newswire: Photos of One Billion Rising Portland March and Rally
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Related Video Post from Joe Anybody:
Why Organized Labor Must Stand Against the Keystone XL Pipeline
From the open publishing newswire: Spurred by real urgency over the corporate driven ruin of the environment, a growing social movement is taking shape that will be on display this Sunday, February 17, when tens of thousands descend on the streets of Washington, D.C. in a show of power titled "Forward On Climate."
What is the target galvanizing these forces? The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, to be built by TransCanada, which would carry crude oil extracted from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, some 2,000 miles south to the Gulf of Mexico for export.
What is the outcome hoped for by those who will attend? That President Obama reject the project, finally and definitively, when it comes up for his approval this winter.
Protests, blockades, arrests and disruptions of the pipeline's construction have been ongoing by activists and landowners in East Texas since last summer. Now, the "Forward On Climate" rally marks a huge step forward to enlarge the movement. This is not your typical environmental protest in defense of a limited ecosystem.
Rather, the potential consequences of the XL Pipeline's operations are global and catastrophic because of climate change. And that's why organized labor needs to stand up now in an alliance that has the power to defeat it.
Getting Perspective [...] | How will the operations of the Keystone XL Pipeline affect this trend? [...] | Where Does Labor Stand? [...]
@3pm 2.14 One Billion Rising -Global Call to Action to End Violence Again Women and Girls
From the open publishing newswire: Rally 2/14/13 @3PM - Directors Park - Downtown Portland Oregon
One Billion Rising is a Global Call to Action to end violence against women and girls by coming together, taking a stand, and dancing in solidarity! According to the UN, one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That's one billion women. One billion women violated is an atrocity. Through this movement and day of action our community is voicing its commitment to end violence against women and girls. Globally, there are more than 5000 actions organized from 160 countries! [...]
When: Thursday, February 14, 2013 (F14). We Rally @ 3:00pm and we march @ 3:30pm
Where: Gather at Directors Park, 815 SW Park Ave. for a rally, dance and march through downtown Portland.
After rally and march event: The march will lead to the The First Unitarian Church (1211 SW Main st.) for food, dancing, speakers, workshops, tabling, breakout sessions, and more! [...]
Follow the march at https://twitter.com/1BillionRisePDX
Workers at Yaw's in NE Portland - Unite and Demand Justice
From the open publishing newswire: Whose Restaurant?
"A People Power - Worker Power - Rise Up For Justice" story that ends on a good note. "Each worker involved demanded a different amount which was owed to them due to unpaid but mandatory meetings, trainings, and "soft opening" shifts. Yaw's also charged some workers uniform laundry fees which resulted in less than the required minimum wage."
Yaw's Worker Victory
On January 18th, a group of workers from Yaw's Top Notch Restaurant took a stand. Leading the delegation into the restaurant, the group of 10 workers were accompanied by 30 community members from We Are Oregon and the Industrial Workers of the World. To the shock of bosses and customers (and to the smiles of kitchen staff) a worker publicly read a letter addressed to the owners and management demanding over $1,200 in back wages that Yaw's has refused to pay. Less than a week later, with signed checks in hand, these same 10 individuals celebrated victory won through solidarity.
Yaw's Top Notch Restaurant was an East Portland staple for over 50 years. Three decades after they closed their doors, Yaw's is now back and wants you to believe that it's still the landmark it once was; a place where you can experience what it was like in the "good old days" when customers and employees were treated like members of the family. [...]
The workers were supported by members of Food & Retail Workers United (FRWU), an IWW coalition of the union's food, retail and distribution workers committed to workplace democracy and global solidarity. They received additional support from We Are Oregon (a project of SEIU locals 49 and 503), which organizes against wage theft in the Portland metro area. The Yaw's workers, who took the lead in coordinating the campaign, made a commitment to each other to not give up until all 10 workers demands were met. [...]
VIDEO: Portland "Scrooge Of The Year" Award Presented To Metro On 1/23
From the open publishing newswire:
On Wednesday A Metro board meeting was interrupted by the ghost of employers' past.
JoeAnybody.Com Newswire Report-Back
Portland Jobs With Justice made a surprise appearance at a Metro board meeting, and pronounced them "Scrooge Of The Year" under careful consideration from a list of 10 qualified candidates. Jamie Partridge proudly presented the award to them dressed as Scrooge under the watchful eyes of dozens of community members and Union reps.
Scrooge Of The Year Awarded To Metro By Portland Jobs With Justice
Rally to Save Schools in the Jefferson Cluster
From the open publishing newswire: Last week, the Portland Public Schools announced its plans to close another school in Jefferson Cluster in North and Northeast Portland. Jefferson cluster has been systematically undermined by the district by the transfer policy, and constant school-closures, re-configuration, and lack of support. Last year, two schools (Tubman and Humbolt) were closed suddenly, without any discussion or community process. While the district justifies these closures by under-enrollment, it allows half the students who live in the cluster to transfer elsewhere. While most of the families who live in Jefferson Cluster are white, the vast majority of the students in our schools are of color. The district's transfer policy has created a segregated school system, and its plans for "balancing" the cluster will only intensify this problem.
The students and families of Jefferson cluster have been underserved by our school district for decades, and it is time for this to stop. https://www.facebook.com/events/571009122928362/
Please come to rally for Jefferson Cluster Schools!
Saturday, January 26, 12:00pm
Jefferson High School,
N Killingsworth and Kerby
Bring signs, make noise! Tell your friends!
UPDATE:[Related video report-back]