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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.
VIDEO: No Prisons Protest 9 9 16 Portland Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: On Friday, September 9th, people in Portland and Northwest converged in Downtown Portland in solidarity with the US wide prison work strike against prison slavery and white supremacy. The goal was a mass showing of support with the growing prison rebellion in the US and to also march on the corporations in the Downtown area that make massive profits off of prisoner enslavement.
Video of the Protest in Portland on 9/9/16 - Prison Strike Solidarity
https://youtu.be/8pnnc9w_NrM [2 hour 30 minutes video]
PDX March to End Prison Slavery & White Supremacy: Sept. 9
From the open publishing newswire: 2PM: Teach-in at Chapman Square
3PM: March to Prison Profiteers
6PM: Reconvene at Chapman for a Noise Demo @ the Justice Center (across the street from Chapman Square)
The strike, which starts officially on September 9th, the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising, is historic. The strike is being led by groups such as the Free Alabama Movement, Free Texas Movement, Free Ohio Movement, Free Virginia Movement, Free Mississippi Movement, and many more. Prisoners have asked that supporters hold noise demonstrations outside jails and prisons, protest, disrupt, and demonstrate outside of corporations that profit from prison labor, and also support the strike that is happening across the US.
#DontshootPDX organizers children's march, briefly blocks intersections
From the open publishing newswire: Around 200 people marched in the streets of North/Northeast Portland to demand police accountability
Around 200 people met at North Portland's Dawson Park to take part in a march organized by Don't Shoot Portland. The march briefly, blocking intersections along the way, traveled east to NE MLK Jr. Blvd and then back to Dawson Park via N. Vancouver Ave. Don't Shoot Portland organizer Teressa Raiford said before the march that police in riot gear were spotted nearby, though they did not appear during the march.
Some tweets of the event.
U.S. flags burned in downtown Portland during Fourth of July firework display
From the open publishing newswire: Here are a few pics of last night's Waterfront fight for the flag. Several flags were captured before a flag was eventually burned. One of the people trying to stop the flag burning apparently got clubbed with a flashlight, resulting in a bloody mess on his face. Multiple people were pepper-sprayed by the flag burners. I was hit by the pepper-spray but not directly (thank goodness! Although my eyes were burning bad for awhile).
Twitter and YouTube links:
Report from premier screening of Paying the Price for Peace
From the open publishing newswire: Report from premier screening at Clinton Street Theater July 3rd, 2016: Paying the Price for Peace, overview of film and event.
Tonight a documentary biopic of Anti-war activist and veteran, and Portlander, Bill Wilson filled the Clinton Street Theater in SE Portland. This new film covers the context and history of direct action that lead up to Bill Wilson's brutal and meaningful assault by train that amputated his legs while protesting the movement of arms to the Contras in Nicaragua from Concord military base, in California in 1988. Well-produced and thoughtful, with lots of archival footage and information, at times harrowing, the film covers many moments and situations along Wilson's path working as veteran against War, including testimonies from various anti-war activists, many of them veterans active in revealing the lies surrounding war and the real devastation it produces.
Highlights include a biographical overview of Wilson's war experience, his return home as a veteran against the war, his campaign in DC fasting with other vets to remove funding to Contras, several vets of all eras sharing their stories of becoming peace activists, a tour of solidarity in Nicaragua at the height of the conflict, interview footage with Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega about Wilson's work, his assault, footage of the amazing call to action the assault against him produced and more.
The film was followed by an at-first reluctant Q and A with Wilson, the director Bo Boudart and associate producer Frank Dorrel.
Video: Janitors Rally in Portland for Good Pay, Health Care and Good Jobs 6 15 16
From the open publishing newswire: Janitors Rally in Portland at Terry Shrunk park for 15$ Now...Health Care and Good Jobs... then they march through downtown with their message. SEIU Local 49 drove 2 school buses full of workers to the rally. #Raise America. Portland Mayor and a a member of city council was at the rally as well as a few Oregon Congress members.
200 or more Janitors and supporters held a rally for good jobs and health care for portland Janitors
https://youtu.be/X6BbN95YjtM (video 50 minutes)
Earth First! Northwest Rendezvous June 10-13
From the open publishing newswire: We Want to Spend the End of the World with You
Cascadia Forest Defenders and the League of Extra-Ornery Cascadians are
pleased to announce the Earth First! Northwest Rendezvous, from June
10-13, 2016, in the heart of the southern Cascades. [...]
So, you wanna get up in the old-growth, trying to halt a roadless area
timber sale, or get acquainted with the kayak mob and the oil
blockaders? Come out to the woods and check us out. Stick around Monday
for a kick-ass action(s). Heck, why not just make a summer of it?
For more information, check out the Cascadia Forest Defenders at
Rally to protest the slaughter of cormorants!
From the open publishing newswire: This week, Federal Courts confirmed that the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers have failed once again to address the primary cause of salmon decline on the Columbia and Snake River system, which is the operation of the hydroelectric dam system.
Join us to rally and demand that the Corp, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S.D.A.'s Wildlife Services stop scapegoating cormorants to address salmon decline.
Already this year 1,494 cormorants have been killed, adding to the 2,346 adult cormorants and over 5,000 nests that were slaughtered last year. Help us stop the unnecessary slaughter now!
Sponsored by Audubon Society of Portland
Tuesday, May 17th, 12:00pm
MAYDAY PDX 2016
From the open publishing newswire:
WHEN OUR HUMAN FAMILIES ARE UNDER ATTACK,
WHAT DO WE DO?
RISE UP! FIGHT BACK!
PORTLAND MAY DAY RALLY 2016
SHEMANSKI PARK, DOWNTOWN PORTLAND
12:00 - 2:00 PM : ASSEMBLY
2:00 - 4:00 PM : RALLY
From the Philippines to Libya to the streets of the U.S., people are rising up against injustice. In response to this, the forces of global capitalism and imperialism are working overtime to pit the masses of people on the planet against one another. Racist police murders continue while the victims are painted as criminals and thugs. Families are deported daily and immigrants are dehumanized and labeled as terrorists. Working families find it increasingly impossible to make ends meet in the U.S., while workers around the world are struggling to stay alive. Meanwhile, corporate profits are setting records. [...]
Solidarity March with Texas Prison Strikers
From the open publishing newswire: Prisoners affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union have announced plans to enact major work stoppages in Texas on Monday April 4th if their demands are not met.
[4/9] We will be meeting at Chapman Square at 6pm where organizers with the Portland Anarchist Black Cross, IWOC and Portland General Defense Committee will share on recent organizing against Prison Slavery and the Prison Industrial Complex happening nationally and in Oregon, followed by a march. We will then reconvene back at the Justice Center for a noise demo in solidarity with prisoners incarcerated at the jail.
Prisoners affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union have announced plans to enact major work stoppages in Texas on Monday April 4th if their demands are not met. [...]
http://pdxabc.org | https://www.facebook.com/events/478604362332781/
Citizens Crime Commission Supports Violent Police Tactics for Fundraiser in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: As the DOJ is looking at the Portland Police and their use of "force" and as local communities join together to bring police accountability issues to the front of the table for real change, transparency and justice the ex police chief of Portland is ratcheting up his new job promoting "police tools" at an invitation only firearms and tactical show in Portland on April Fools Day.
In the shadow of the US Department of Justice Agreement with the City of Portland to reduce unnecessary use of force, this seems an ill-advised means to attract donors who wish to support law enforcement and reduce crime. It looks more like an ad for a "Lethal Weapon" sequel.
Portland Copwatch calls upon the CCC to cancel or re-focus the event on real ways the Portland Police can help make the community safer without glamorizing the violence which we are told is only used in a fraction of all police contacts.
For more information contact Portland Copwatch:
(503) 236-3065 (office) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated article about protesting this event on April 1st:
Updated video posted from this event:
Weekly Anti-TPP Gathering
From the open publishing newswire: This is an ad hoc group with diverse attendees and supporters that has been meeting on a weekly basis for quite some time. Just across the river off I-5 and Mill Plain, the Evergreen overpass is within easy walking distance from the Senators' offices. Extra signs are likely available, as are handouts for those driving by (on the overpass, not beneath it.)
The campaign in Vancouver against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal (TPP) continues. We will meet in front of Murray and Cantwell's office, 1313 Officer's Row on Thursday March 3rd @ 2 PM. AT 3 PM we will move over to the Evergreen I-5 overpass for banner waving. Hope to see you there.
Oregon SOS | Fight High Rents and Low Wages Photo Essay
From the open publishing newswire: Photo Story Essay Participants and organizations from all over Oregon came together in unison on February 18, 2016, for the Oregon SOS - Fight High Rents and Low Wages rally demonstration, outside and inside the State Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon.
Their messages ranged from raising minimum wage, local control of rent costs and stopping Oregon Department of Transportation sweeps of the houseless.
Oregon SOS | Fight High Rents and Low Wages |Â Photo Essay by Mary Anne Funk
As economically repressed people we must unite in solidarity to address the laws that perpetuate and maintain this economic repression. ~ Kelsey Schomberger, Oregon SOS participant and disabled activist in Portland, Oregon.