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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.
MAY DAY 2015
From the open publishing newswire:
Don't Shoot PDX has an event planned at 2pm outside PSU Smith Memorial Ctr
South Park Blocks Map: Google Map
Post your pictures, first hand stories and videos on indymedia!
MAY DAY 2015
From the open publishing newswire: [T]he current info for May Day this year in Portland is to gather [in the South Park Blocks] at 2pm, rally at 3pm, and march at 4:30pm from the South Park Blocks for social & economic justice.
via FB event:
links to flyers b&w:
Don't Shoot PDX has an event planned at 2pm outside PSU Smith Memorial Ctr. in solidarity with "protestors around the globe fighting back against excessive force by Americas trained Law Enforcement". Bring the noise! Wear red and black or only black or red to signify the bloodshed of Americas black women, men, and children.
Info via FB again:
Video: Keaton Otis Vigil on 4.12.15 in Portland Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: Keaton Otis Vigil on 4.12.15 in Portland Oregon.
This vigil is at the exact place where Keaton was shot 23 times by the Portland Police in 2010.
https://youtu.be/LGa0OnhYXr0 (Vigil video: 47 minutes)
This monthly vigil is on the 12th in NE Portland and its held at 6:00 PM on NE 6th and Halsey.
In May (next month) there is yearly memorial for Keaton "We Remember"... more info on where and when will be posted here on Indymedia.
The 2010 cellphone video of the murder is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch
There is archived information on this sad tragic death on Portland Copwatch (PCW) here: http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/PPR51/shootingsportland51.html
March on University of Washington
From the open publishing newswire: No New Animal Lab: March on the University of Washington!
When: Saturday, April 25, 2pm
Where: Meet in Red Square, University of Washington - Seattle campus
*CARPOOLS WILL BE ORGANIZED FROM PORTLAND
No New Animal Lab: March on the University of Washington!
The University of Washington and construction company Skanska are planning to build a new underground Animal Research and Care Facility. As they attempt to move forward with plans to bury the torture of thousands of animals underground, the No New Animal Lab campaign is organizing international opposition and calling on our movement to make sure this lab is never built. We have the power to stop this lab and save more animals from suffering and death at the UW.
On April 25th, join hundreds of people for a March on the University of Washington. Be a part of making history and showing the University of Washington that people from all over the country will converge on its campus to show opposition to animal research and dedication to stopping the new animal lab from being built.
The clock is ticking. The University of Washington and Skanska will continue to move forward with lab construction unless we stop them. The future of thousands of animals depends on us. The time is now to take to the streets and stop the lab.
For more information about the No New Animal Lab campaign, visit: NoNewAnimalLab.com
Rally protest TPP outside Wyden and Blumenauer's office Wed.
From the open publishing newswire: WHAT: Portland Rallies Against Fast-Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (worse than WTO and NAFTA)
WHEN: Wednesday, April 8 at 12:15 p.m.
WHERE: Courtyard outside the offices of Sen. Wyden and Rep. Blumenauer
911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland (map)
Questions: Contact Morgan Gratz-Weiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together, we'll call on Senator Wyden and Congressman Blumenauer to stand with Oregonians to ensure trade agreements protect the environment. We must keep the pressure on our representatives to reject fast track legislation that seeks to rush the TPP and similar trade deals through Congress.
We'll have great speakers and some fun chants, and will deliver letters to the members. Please feel free to write a personal letter to the representatives telling them specifically why you are opposed to fast track. If you'd like, ride your bike (or bring it!) to show our representatives we're committed to a clean, green future!
4/9 Salem Rally Information: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/04/429566.shtml#442335
From the open publishing newswire: Wednesday 4/1/2015
Today was a kind of fun day one rarely enjoys; most of the time others seem to have all the fun. It started by meeting with Jose, Lightning, and Steve to go over some things and plan out strategy for the future. Yes, believe it not Mr. fish, we do have a strategy to rid ourselves of this city council. Off to the council chambers and there seemed to be more suits than normal, the Ukrainians were waiting to go into the hall of sulfur. It was like being in a foreign country there were so many, maybe 20 people who came to listen and thank our mayor, (or yours, I don't want him) for supporting their cause, but what cause\? They even had a magazine with a smiling hale on its cover [...]
We can't get the mayor to sit down with citizens who have major problems with police accountability and yet there he is taking sides on an issue that is guaranteed to blow up in our faces. I do not understand why he does the things that he does and I continue to be amazed by the lack of shame of this council. We need to throw all of them out as they come up for re-election. And this my friends was just Communications, it gets worse. Moving to item *333, this looked innocent but then we read the supporting documentation and found out that the city was going to go after a grant of $200,000.00 for the cops to expand the capacity of the Portland Police Bureau Behavioral Health Unit. [...]
Bottom line we do not want the Portland Police anywhere near a person who is experiencing a mental breakdown, we want the County to respond to a call for help, not the cops. This grant will keep the PPD responding to people who need help and they will send some aggressive ass that will kill you if you don't shape up and act normal. If you call 911 you will get a cop, if you call the County Emergency number you will get a professional medical person to respond. Here is that number 503-988-4888. [...]
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."
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