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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: [...]
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
Jesse is live streaming the Garner demo [12.4.14]
From the open publishing newswire: Live at 7:16...Pioneer square
Rally tonight @ 6:00 @ the justice ctr. [12.4.14]
All are welcome to join in the Portland response to the Eric Garner killing non-indictment
blazer game ending 9:02 PM (chanting) "I Cant Breath"
police are there (inside and out) - protesters move closer to doors
The Shortwave Report 12/05/14 Listen Globally!
From the open publishing newswire:
Updated Posts: 12.12.14 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.
The latest Shortwave Report (December 5) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59)
This week's show features stories fromRadio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Sputnik, NHK World Radio Japan, and Radio Havana Cuba.
From GERMANY- 3 short reports about the Ebola crisis with opinions from the WHO, Doctors without Borders, and one of the scientists who first identified the virus. In Switzerland a referendum to create a cap on immigration was soundly defeated. Israeli PM Netanyahu has called elections 2 years ahead of schedule, saying that he would not tolerate any opposition in his government. At a NATO conference in Brussels more support for the Ukraine military was granted and a new fast reaction force was created with Russia in mind.
From RUSSIA- An Egyptian court sentenced 185 citizens to death for an attack on a police station. Egypt will make it illegal to "insult" the coup that placed General Sisi in power. Russia will build a new pipeline across the Black Sea to Turkey and abandon the plans for the south stream pipeline. The ruble is plummeting in exchange rates with the US dollar because of oil prices. Russia says that the election in Moldova was corrupt. Then an interview with an American professor Kim Cobb on the UN conference on Climate Change going on in Lima Peru.
From JAPAN- More details on the report that this year saw the highest global temperature in recorded history, underscoring the urgency of discussions on measures to fight global warming. Ukraine has formed a new pro-Western cabinet, including 3 non-Ukrainians granted citizenship by Presidential decree. The Occupy protests in Hong Kong became quite violent over the weekend, with many protestors injured- public support is said to be declining and founders of the movement are seeking new approaches. China warned Britain's lawmakers to stay out of the Hong Kong conflict. Marine Le Pen was reelected as leader of the right wing National Front Party- many observers see her as the leading candidate in the next Presidential election.
From CUBA- French lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of recognizing Palestine as an independent state. The UN general assembly has adopted an Arab backed resolution urging Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty- the US and Canada opposed the resolution that would have Israeli nuclear facilities subject to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Demonstrations in Mexico over the 43 missing students continued across the country, with demands for an end to government repression of protests. The founder of Argentinian human rights group Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo met with the parents of the missing 43 students in Mexico City. The Syrian government and several foreign-backed opposition groups have agreed to resume peace talks mediated by Russia.
There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line - http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves
A busy Fur-Free Black Friday, March Against Gresham Police, & Opsafewinter! (11/28)
From the open publishing newswire: We also encourage peeps to join the multiple events going on tomorrow, including the Black Friday rally demanding justice for walmart workers (10am), the Fur Free Friday march (10:30am), the Evolve PDX Opsafewinter event (4pm), and the Gresham March Against the Police in Solidarity with Ferguson (6pm).
* For the Black Friday rally we demand $15 and full-time hours for Walmart workers! Join us at the SE 82nd St. Walmart from 10am until 12pm to stand in solidarity with community members and workers ready to strike!
* The plan for this Opsafewinter event is to meet at Elephant Park at 4pm, hand out sack lunches to the homeless and hungry in downtown, then we will all walk to Pioneer Square for the tree lighting. "We will demonstrate against corporate entities and educate the public about how they can help their neighbors in need right here in Portland."
* The March Against Police will Rally at Plaza Del Sol in Gresham at 6pm. We will march to the new police station located at 675 NE 181st Ave. Plaza Del Sol is a park straight ahead of you on 187th after getting off the MAX at the Rockwood/188th MAX Station.
Join the Fur Free Friday march, Friday November 28th
From the open publishing newswire: Fur Free Friday is the most widely attended annual demonstration in the history of the animal protection movement and the largest animal related free speech event in Portland. Don't miss this opportunity to join with thousands of other activists worldwide for this international day of action.
When: Friday, November 28, 10:30am - 12:00pm (march starts at 11:00am sharp)
Where: South Park Blocks near SW Salmon St. and SW Park Ave
Signs and literature will be provided, but folks are encouraged to make and bring their own, too. Dress for the weather and come rain or shine to speak up for the animals.
The City of Portland requires us to have at least 200 participants to march in the street, so mark your calendars, and please share this event and help spread the word.
Come celebrate Fur Free Friday with us! [...]
VIDEO: Ferguson Solidarity: Not Guilty 11.25.14. out-take. 2 Arrested in Portland Oregon -
From the open publishing newswire: After a long march through NE SW and NW PDX in the streets (The 2nd) Ferguson Solidarity march (Not the AMA march) was in front of PGE park on the sidewalks and spilling into the street when this video was taken.
Portland Cops arrest 2 protesters at Ferguson Solidarity march on Tuesday night. Not sure why these 2 people were "snatched" or singled out. The bike police casually sneak along the side to bum rush the crowd. The protesters apparently had ended their march and were standing around for about 20 minutes.
Around 8:30 PM a gang of Cops On Bikes slide in from north side and snatch / attack the protesters - 2 arrested.
http://youtu.be/M7s1HRqELkI (OUT-Take video 4:33 minutes)
RECENT PIMC FERGUSON RELATED POSTS:
*Is The Michael Brown Tragedy Actually A Psyop? | *12 things white people can do NOW re. Ferguson & Portland | *Breaking News 11.25.14 | *Where & when is the protest against police oppression in Ferguson ? | *Rally, march and resistance in solidarity with the people of Ferguson | *Portland Ferguson Protests
RECENT PIMC FERGUSON RELATED VIDEO POSTS:
Video: PDX Ferguson Solidarity Protest Open Carry Man w Rifle Detained | Video: Ferguson Solidarity Arriving at Justice Center Rally in Portland 11.25.14 | VIDEO: Ferguson Solidarity AMA Speeches at Justice Center Rally in Portland. | VIDEO: Ferguson Solidarity AMA March in Portland 11.25.14 | Video: Ferguson Solidarity 2nd March in Portland 11.25.14 - Not Guilty
Armistice Day, November 11
From the open publishing newswire: Gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square between 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Short ceremony, including the ringing of bells at 11:11
(Bring a bell if you wish.)
Armistice Day, November 11 2014 (this coming Tuesday)
Ring out War; ring in Peace!
Gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square between 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Short ceremony, including the ringing of bells at 11:11
(Bring a bell if you wish.)
More commonly known as "Veterans Day" in the United States and as "Remembrance Day" in Great Britain, many in the world peace movement prefer to remember November 11 as "Armistice Day," a day that was to commemorate the end of war.
The day marks the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiegne, France, calling for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect on the eleventh day and on the eleventh month in 1918. The World War I Christmas Truce, which centenary Veterans for Peace plans to celebrate this December, happened in the first year of the War.
RELATED VIDEO POST FROM THIS EVENT: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/11/428509.shtml#437282
The Shortwave Report 11/7/14 Listen Globally!
From the open publishing newswire:
Updated Posts: 11.14.14 | 11.21.14 | 11.28.14
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.
The latest Shortwave Report (November 7) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59)
This week's show features stories from Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, NHK World Radio Japan, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.
From CUBA- The UN Climate Panel issued its most urgent appeal to date on the need to stop global warming. Mexican police captured the fugitive former mayor wanted for his role in the abduction of 43 missing students. French police fought with people protesting police brutality in several cities, following the death of a 21 year old environmental activist. This week saw new targeted assassinations by US drones in Yemen. According to the New York Times, in 2003 the Bush administration concealed the discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq that had been developed with US support in the 1980s, and then denied medical care to the wounded American soldiers involved.
From RUSSIA- In the UK, the Green party has been gaining popularity along with the new UKIP political party. A discussion on the shift in political parties while the Greens are still excluded from televised debates.
From JAPAN- The lower house of Parliament in Japan passed a bill governing the storage of radioactive waste in Fukushima- it will remain there for 30 years. 44 countries are holding military exercises in the Persian Gulf led by the US Navy, which is also training 100 sea lions to find suspicious persons at sea. Doctors Without Borders reported that there is a rapid increase in Ebola in Sierra Leone. Russia has criticized Japan for joining Western countries in imposing sanctions on Russia in connection with the situation in Ukraine.
From GERMANY- 3 reports on the situation in Ukraine- elections were held in eastern Ukraine which the West will not recognize. Britain threatened to leave the EU over the freedom of movement policy, Germany said the EU would be fine without them, and Britain is now trying to calm tensions. The Canadian military began dropping bombs on Islamic State positions in Iraq. Two suspected Palestinian drivers killed pedestrians in Jerusalem and the West Bank after Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. In Burkina Faso, western Africa, an agreement was reached Wednesday to stabilize the country following a military coup.
My Daughter and I Were Arrested Today By Military Police Guarding Worlds Most Hated Weapon
From the open publishing newswire: A California family puts their bodies on the line, forcing the arrest of a father and daughter who can no longer tolerate US murdering of innocent people with Drone terrorism. [...] I was there with My daughter Mahai'a, not quite 18, and we were the new faces on the line. We are no strangers to protest- my daughter' s conciencious objector file goes back to her crib and stroller.
Soon, after light chat, we all said our good nights and a handful of us retreated to a makeshift campsite just yards away in the shadows of the desert vegetation.
Barry Binks, a Veterans For Peace foot soldier, has been religiously showing up here at Beale Air Force base, east of Sacramento, month after month. With him is an incredible affinity group of mostly Elder citizens, who have been setting up information outlets, banners, signage and even blockading the entrance to the base, triggering their arrest by the MPs. The dedicated dozen seasoned peace activists there with us this morning, I learned later, collectively had many arrests from Washington DC to California.
The primary issue that brings them and us together is drone assassinations but all the activists make no bones about the war machine in general. Beale is the site where Global Hawk reconnaissance drones are piloted from. The drone itself is near it's target, most notably the Mid East through Pakistan where hundreds of well publicized strikes have blown to pieces children and entire families. We recognized these drone pilots by their black eagle patches displayed on their shoulders as they pass through the gate of the base. [...]
Video: Protesting the 13 years of USA occupation in Afghanistan 10.7.14 in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: Portland anti war folks gathered on Oct 7th on the east end of the Burnside bridge to bring awareness to the 13 years of Occupation in Afghanistan. Hundreds of flyers were handed out and rush time traffic had a reminder and a chance to reflect on this 13 years failed war in Afghanistan.
Over a dozen Portland folks gather on 10.7.14 to hold signs and hand out information on the 13 years of USA occupation in Afghanistan.
The protest was on the east end of the Burnside bridge in Portland Oregon, it was organized by the Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group
The video from the protest is online here: http://youtu.be/vqh6JPC9jxg (20 minute video)
To this day over 10,000 troops still remain in Afghanistan.
To this day the Oregon National Guard still has enlisted folks there as well.
URGENT: Olympic Nat'l Forest at risk from USN "Electronic Warfare Range" PLEASE COMMENT as
From the open publishing newswire: The Olympic National Forest (and even greater areas of eastern Washington) are slated to be converted to be used as the "Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range" by the US Navy. The deadline to do something to save this precious fragile place is Oct. 10th. This is a big, permanent, expanding, military project that will change the Peninsula forever. The Forest Service can still say No.
Please go to the link (US Forest Service) in the forwarded message below from nbeety and send a comment objecting. People were not informed the way they should have been, and most locals are still unaware of this. We should demand a much longer comment period and public forums for local inhabitants of the areas, including Native American reservations.
The "emitters" the Navy wants to deploy, some mobile and some permanent, surround the Quinalt Indian reservation and impinge on other Native American land.
In order to find inspiration for comment writing, I went through all the public comments that had been posted as of 10/5 at the Forest Service site (see links below) . This is very laborious and time-consuming, so in order to save others that trouble, I put a collection of them into one text file that you can see at
DEMAND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENSION! At least 30 more days. People in eastern Washington received zero notice, and those on the Peninsula had a piece of paper stuck on the post office window for a week or two.
To ask for extension, write to Greg Wahl at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 956-2375.
Always mention negative effect on TOURISM!
--Navy did its own Environmental Assessment, how sound is that? [...]
Video: Tiny Houses for the Homeless
From the open publishing newswire: Housing should be a human right and yet is often subverted by the right to speculation. This video of Opportunity Village in Eugene Oregon shows what citizens like Pastor Bryant of the First Christian Church can do. Arnold Kunzli is an emeritus Swiss professor and author of Housing as a Human Right
The cost comes down to three dollars a night per person, and one of those three dollars is paid by the villagers themselves. They all pay thirty dollars a month for their utilities, for the water, and electricity and Internet service even. So we are running this facility for two bucks a head a night.
link to www.pbs.org
A presentation on a "small house community" in Portland was given to the Portland Human Rights Commission in April 2014 by Michael Withey.
The presentation was recorded and is viewable on YouTube here:
http://youtu.be/pawRPWfW-f4 (31 minute video)