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Oregonians now have two Indymedia centers for coverage of local issues. On Saturday, 20 April, Eugene Indymedia had its "grand opening". Unlike many other Indymedia center websites, including portland indymedia's, Eugene's does not have a center column feature section. To quote the grand opening announcement: "Eugene Indymedia has sidestepped ideological battles between Anarchists and the Rest of the Left by skipping the usual Indymedia Features Section (fraught with editorial battles) and instead put up 'buttons' tended by collectives focusing on a variety of subjects. So far there's a Radical Feminist Button, an Anarchist Button, a Forest Defense Button, and a Prisoner Support Button. More on the way soon!" As might have been expected by some who know Eugene, the launch of an Indymedia center there was not without controversy, and one critic has called the site "bogus". A counter-argument has been posted to Eugene Indymedia. Active discussions are underway at both posts.
Since its birth in Seattle during the WTO protests, Indymedia has grown from one site to a global network of over 80. This phenomenal success has been the product of Indymedia's loose, open, transparent structure, which is non-hierarchical, anti-authoritarian, and decentralized. This experiment in anarchist methodology has thrived on very little money but has been fueled with the creative energy of hundreds of volunteers.
Check out Eugene Indymedia at eugene.indymedia.org!
Sunday, April 21, Ricardo Monge, Salvadoran labor leader, will visit Portland to speak about how unions, women, campesinos, youth, and other community groups are coming together to resist privatization and the corporate "free trade" agenda in El Salvador and internationally. The talk will be at 5 pm at 3536 SE 25th, SEIU Local 49 union hall, at 5:00 pm, to be followed at 6:00 by a Latin American dinner, dancing, and Pe?a Cultural.
Ricardo Monge will speak about building international resistance to the proposed "free trade" Fast Track legislation and CAFTA (Central America Free Trade Agreement) as well as privatization, both in El Salvador and here in Portland. He will address the harsh attacks that labor and unions are facing in El Salvador as part of the government's plan to pave the way for "free trade." full newswire story
Laughing Horse Books celebrated its grand re-opening Saturday, March 16th. Though there were rumours of its shuttering or moving, Laughing Horse Books was only closed for the month for building repairs and renovations, and remains at the same location, 3652 SE Division.
Laughing Horse is asking people to lend their support and spirits to this non-profit resource center.
NW Rage and the GE Free Markets Coalition are launching a national campaign demanding that Safeway remove genetically engineered ingredients from its more than 6,000 Safeway branded products. Last November, amidst a growing national and international concern regarding genetically engineered foods and their long term health and environmental effects, NW Rage and the GE Free Markets Coalition convinced Trader Joe's to stop using GE ingredients in their store brand products. Now it is Safeway's turn.
Claims of higher yields and lower pesticide use for GE crops have turned out to be misleading, and a significant number of farmers are resisting switching to GE crops, or are returning to non-GE seeds. The international market for GE crops is tight as many countries resist or outright refuse to import GE products. GE opponents say it is important for U.S. citizens to send a clear message, by attending protests, and/or writing and informing Safeway that they do not want to eat genetically engineered foods.
A project called Progressive Voices aims to build a directory of progressive / activist organizations, particularly for the purpose of helping those in rural areas, where networking with such groups is far more difficult than in cities. The project is asking all such organizations to send contact information and a brief description. The compilation will be available in a searchable web database.
NW RAGE is joining the Organic Consumers Association along with other Fair Trade, Environmental, and food safety activists for a worldwide campaign focused on Starbucks.
They have organized an action this Saturday, March 2, 11am-1pm at the Pioneer Square Starbucks to encourage Starbucks to guarantee that their products are free of genetically engineered ingredients, and to start following through with promises to improve the wages and working conditions of the growers of coffee beans.
Sunday, the 20th of Jan, was a sombre but inspiring day of rememberance in the city of Genoa. On the city streets more than 20,000 people remembered Carlo Giuliani and the brutal attacks by police on hundreds of people in a touching passionate and peaceful demonstration.
This Wednesday, Portland indymedia will be hosting its monthly video showing. Along with the monthly Indyreal, the excellent 30 minute video produced by the global indymedia network, Portland indymedia will also be showing a video made from footage shot on the streets of Genoa during the G8 protests.
Additionally, there will be local videos from the visit by resident bush, and of the nurses' strike.
The showing is at It's A Beautiful Pizza at 7pm this Wednesday the 30th.
PictSweet, the mushroom plant in Salem, laid off 160 workers in late November. The out-of-state ownership closed the plant rather than talk to workers about their demands for union recognition.
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Oregon's farmworker union, has helped to organize a holiday season toy drive as a way of supporting these workers and their families. PCUN is collecting new unwrapped toys, books, arts supplies, and sports equipment for children ages 12 and under, as well as wrapping paper and tape. The deadline is December 19th.
If you live in the Portland, Salem, or Eugene areas, PCUN has drop-off sites available.
Volunteers will be fanning out across Portland in a city-wide canvas next weekend for a push to get a citizen's police review board on the ballot in next year's elections. Contact Police Accountability Campaign 2002 at 503.287.2255 for information on the gathering times for the door-to-door canvas. Dress warmly and bring an umbrella.
Buy Nothing Day or Steal Something Day?
The Day after Thanksgiving, the busiest shopping day of the year, is also known to many as 'Buy Nothing Day.' Nine years ago the campaign started to promote consumer awareness and Adbusters promotes the campaign with tv commercials as well as other forms of media. This year Adbusters ran a tv commercial on CNN.
September 24 was a regional old growth day of action with actions in Eugene, Olympia, Portland, Ashland and Roseburg. Here in Portland, activists gathered at Waterfront Park for a rally and then a march to the Forest Service Building to present a letter of demands to the Forest Service. The rally was kicked off by music. Though the weather was rainy, the spirits were bright and enthusiastic. There were 75 people along with some colourful costumes and signs. Police presence seemed heavy for such a peaceful action (about 20 officers), but there was no trouble. Security at the Forest Service kept the building locked up tight, and carefully orchestrated the delivery of the activists' letter.
This weekend, September 1st & 2nd, there will be a Teach-in & Camp-Out for Forest Protection at the Slinky Timber Sale in Mt. Hood National Forest. The Slinky Timber sale proposes to log 195 acres of mature and ancient forest with 190 acres of that being clear-cut. This is one of over 40 timber sales being planned in the Mt. Hood National Forest alone. Carpools will meet at 10 am at the Daily Grind on SE Hawthorne and 41st in Portland on Saturday, September 1st.
The Teach-In and Camp-Out will include hikes of some beautiful but threatened mature and old growth forests, an introduction to Forest Issues in the Pacific Northwest, and workshops on a variety of tactics that can be used to protect public forests. There will be music Saturday night by Danny Dolinger.
http://nomorebases.tripod.com. This protest is being held in a gesture of solidarity with a demonstration that is planned in Okinawa on the same date. Hundreds of Okinawans are expected to participate in a human chain and red ribbon tying protest surrounding Camp Kinser, a USMC intelligence and communications facility located in Naha, Okinawa. More
4 August 2001
Don't hate the media -- become the media!
The scientists and corporations responsible for dangerous field trials of genetically engineered trees are gathering at Skamania Lodge in the Columbia River Gorge (near Stevenson, WA) on July 22-27. [ Conference Website ] The groups below have planned a teach-in Saturday, July 21st, from 6:30 to 8:30PM. It will be held at Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 71. The following day, July 22nd, a demonstration will be held at the entrance to Skamania Lodge at 4PM.
In response to the most recent crime committed by a US serviceman in Okinawa -- the brutal rape of a 20 year old woman -- actions are planned in Okinawa and around the world on Friday, July 13th, to raise awareness of what have become epidemic levels of crimes committed by US military personnel in Okinawa.
In Portland, an unpermitted rally and protest is slated for 4:15 p.m. at the Navy and Marine Corps Center, followed by a march through downtown to the Japanese Stones.
Noam Stampfer died on June 26th of injuries from a bicycle accident. As a Jewish moderate, Stampfer was well known in the Portland community and in Israel for his outspoken views on the need for peace with Palestine. He was one of the first people in this country to be recognized for advocating Palestinian independence.
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Field trials of genetically engineered trees are currently contaminating the environment. Some of these trees contain a gene from a bacteria that produces a toxin harmful to many insects, including Monarch butterflies. The scientists and corporations responsible are gathering at Skamania Lodge in the Columbia River Gorge (near Stevenson, WA) on July 22-26. The Global Alliance Against Genetically Engineered Trees, Native Forest Network, and local group Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering are organizing a teach in for Saturday, July 21st, followed by a protest at 4 PM on Sunday July 22, at the entrance to the lodge.
On Saturday, June 16, activists protested an Oregon Senate bill that would allocate $200 million for animal experimentation at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. The activists deem such experimentation to be cruel, inhumane, and ineffective. The money would come from the 1998 Tobacco Settlement.
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