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Last Thursday protest art openings

This Last Thursday before Halloween ... this Last Thursday before the election, don't lose hope or fear. THE KNOW presents art from the protests at the NYC GOP convention. Show opens at 5 pm. Presentation begins at 8 pm. this October 28th at THE KNOW - 2026 ne Alberta. Just two blocks east at the Alberta Street Arts Pavillion there will be a separate anti-war art show.
Halloween and the anti-war movement meet on Last Thursday
Halloween and the anti-war movement meet on Last Thursday
O31 - day of action in NYC
O31 - day of action in NYC
O29 - the Mouse Bloc on Broadway
O29 - the Mouse Bloc on Broadway
Vote community and topple Bush
Vote community and topple Bush
portrait of Amelia, founder of Team Cascadia
portrait of Amelia, founder of Team Cascadia
In THE KNOW theatre Bill Ellis will be previewing a new RNC protest video and in the main gallery there will be an exhibition of photos from the RNC protests by Bette Lee (black & white images) and Brian Thomas (color images). Bette is the Portland Alliance's staff photographer and Brian Thomas uploaded to Portland Indymedia photo essays on all the big anti-war protests. Brian will also briefly highlight the new edition of "If Monks had Macs," his landmark working man's guide to Western Civilization (see  http://rivertext.com/ for details).

Presentation at 8 pm on Oct. 28
Photography on display starting at 5 pm
at The Know 2026 ne Alberta

A portion of the sales from the Alberta Street KNOW show will go to NYC legal defense fund. There will be a separate multimedia anti-war art show at the Alberta Arts pavillion with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Northwest Veterans for Peace.

Bette Lee's no RNC in NYC protest photos will be on display at THE KNOW and the best of the rest of the anti-war protest photography she has done while on assignment for the Portland Alliance will be on display just two blocks up the street at the Alberta Street Arts Pavilion.

Last Thursday before Halloween is always a lot of fun. Around this Last Thursday will swirl all the fear, hope and loathing that folks here feel about next week's election. NE Alberta Street will be the place to be this Thursday night. However, for those of you who can't make it this Thursday to 2026 ne Alberta -- all of Brian's pictures from THE KNOW show are on display in a virtual gallery at this address:


homepage: homepage: http://theknow.info/
address: address: between 20th and 21st on NE Alberta - 2026 NE Alberta

GREAT 27.Oct.2004 18:13

a note of hope

Thanks for doing this.

Just wondering 29.Oct.2004 11:27


Where will the proceeds for "if monks had masks" go?

if monks had macs proceeds 29.Oct.2004 11:56


The same percentage (20%) from sales of If Monks as from the photos went along with the other money Team Cascadia has raised to the NYC legal defense fund. For previous benefits all the money raised went to the legal defense fund.

From the first discussions of this show at the Team Cascadia meetings last summer we had agreed that people would be able to sell their art at this event to try to off-set the costs of going to NYC. I tried, not very effectively, to talk a couple of members of Team Cascadia into agreeing that we should cancel the show because I couldn't produce the film that I had planned on making because of problems with getting the sound and I realized that making the prints was going to cost me a lot of money that I didn't have -- and it did.

Nonetheless, we had a terrific turn-out. Bill Ellis really put himself out to put together a film at the last minute which everybody appreciated. And I was pleased to give the first film I made since my time in the Indymedia video collective -- 3 Moms -- a public showing.

By the way, "3 Moms" talked about the Iraq war casualty figures as of March 20, 2004. Everyone knows that the number of American soldiers killed has doubled since then. I just saw a figure in the New York Times that was described as the best estimate we are likely to get of the Iraqi casualties -- 100,000 -- ten times the figure in the film.

Here is the article:

Study Puts Iraqi Deaths of Civilians at 100,000
International Herald Tribune

ARIS, Oct. 28 - An estimated 100,000 civilians have died in Iraq as a direct or indirect consequence of the March 2003 United States-led invasion, according to a new study by a research team at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Coming just five days before the presidential election the finding is certain to generate intense controversy, since it is far higher than previous mortality estimates for the Iraq conflict.

Editors of The Lancet, the London-based medical publication, where an article describing the study is scheduled to appear, decided not to wait for the normal publication date next week, but to place the research online Friday, apparently so it could circulate before the election.

The Bush administration has not estimated civilian casualties from the conflict, and independent groups have put the number at most in the tens of thousands.

In the study, teams of researchers led by Dr. Les Roberts fanned out across Iraq in mid-September to interview nearly 1,000 families in 33 locations. Families were interviewed about births and deaths in the household before and after the invasion.

Although the authors acknowledge that data collection was difficult in what is effectively still a war zone, the data they managed to collect is extensive. Using what they described as the best sampling methods that could be applied under the circumstances, they found that Iraqis were 2.5 times more likely to die in the 17 months following the invasion than in the 14 months before it.

Before the invasion, the most common causes of death in Iraq were heart attacks, strokes and chronic diseases. Afterward, violent death was far ahead of all other causes.

"We were shocked at the magnitude but we're quite sure that the estimate of 100,000 is a conservative estimate," said Dr. Gilbert Burnham of the Johns Hopkins team. Dr. Burnham said the team excluded data about deaths in Falluja in making their estimate, because that city was the site of unusually intense violence.

In 15 of the 33 communities visited, residents reported violent deaths in their families since the conflict started. They attributed many of those deaths to attacks by American-led forces, mostly airstrikes, and most of those killed were women and children. The risk of violent death was 58 times higher than before the war, the researchers reported.

The team included researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for International Emergency, Disaster and Refugee Studies and included doctors from Al Mustansiriya University Medical School in Baghdad.

There is bound to be skepticism about the estimate of 100,000 excess deaths, since that translates into an average of 166 deaths a day since the invasion. But some people were not surprised. "I am emotionally shocked but I have no trouble in believing that this many people have been killed," said Scott Lipscomb, an associate professor at Northwestern University, who works on the www.iraqbodycount.net project.

That project, which collates only deaths reported in the news media, currently put the maximum civilian death toll at just under 17,000. "We've always maintained that the actual count must be much higher," Mr. Lipscomb said.

The researchers said they were highly technical in their selection of interview sites and data analysis, although interview locations were limited by the decision to cut down on driving time when possible in order to reduce the risk to the interviewers. Each team included an Iraqi health worker, generally a physician.

Although the teams relied primarily on interviews with local residents, they also requested to see at least two death certificates at the end of interviews in each area, to try to ensure that people had remembered and responded honestly. The research team decided that asking for death certificates in each case, during the interviews, might cause hostility and could put the research team in danger.

Some of those killed may have been insurgents, not civilians, the authors noted. Also, the rise in deaths included a rise in murders and some deaths were caused by the decline of medical care. "But the majority of excess mortality is clearly due to violence," Dr. Burnham said.

The study is scientific, reserving judgment on the politics of the Iraq conflict. But Dr. Roberts and his colleagues are critical of the Bush administration and the Army for not releasing estimates of civilian deaths.

"This study shows that with moderate funds, four weeks and seven Iraqi team members willing to risk their lives, a useful measure of civilian deaths could be obtained," the authors wrote.