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Black History Month Events at Reed College
From the open publishing newswire:
Events include lectures, readings, and an art exhibition

Reed College will celebrate Black History Month in February with four notable visitors: Randall Robinson, internationally respected advocate for human rights and democracy; renowned sociologist Orlando Patterson; poet, playwright, and activist Sonia Sanchez; and noted Portland artist Isaka Shamsud-Din. Events include lectures, readings, and an art exhibition. All events are free and open to the public; for information see http://web.reed.edu/publicevents or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.
[ Schedule of Events ]

POLICE STATE 03.02.2003 20:22
A call to Action in Seattle, June 2 to 6th
From the open publishing newswire: We, the committee to form a Northwest Federation of Anarchist Communists, call for a convergence in Seattle, Washington, home of the WTO protests, to strike at the heart of the forces whose goals are to undermine all human rights, criminalize dissent, jail, harass and torture activists, and even commit legal murder of people of color and dissidents alike, in the name of "Homeland Security", "Fighting Terrorism" and "Criminal Intelligence". We call for all that have been victimized, or feel that they will become victimized, by this unprecedented consolidation of police power to join in solidarity and return to Seattle.

The Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit is holding its annual conference in Seattle, on June 2,3,4,5 and 6th. The organizers of this conference have invited Attorney General John Ashcroft, Director of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge (who conspired to imprison and murder journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal), Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force member John Cooney; FBI Assistant Director John Pistole, New York City Police Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence, and Former CIA agent David Cohen will attend. The purpose of this conference is for law enforcement, from local police to the FBI to the CIA and military, to further consolidate their power and organization, and to improve "the current state of intelligence sharing/processing among local and federal law enforcement agencies; and [to discuss] specifics as to what local law enforcement can do to better support the war on terrorism". We all know that the war on terrorism is a pretext for the war of the State against the population: people of color, immigrants, and political activists inside as well as outside the United States.

We call for this to be the first action of many to dismantle the institution of Police Terrorism, disguised as Homeland Security and its regional manifestations of FBI/law enforcement partnerships. We must expose this legal crime network to the people of this country, and destroy any and all legitimacy they may have.
[ Read More... ]

Clownabilly Rocks for Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty campaign
From the open publishing newswire: Pepto Dizmal, Clownabilly extraordinaire, along with Vivian Section, Jesse London, Stizzy and two spectacular firedancing members of Cirkus Pandemonium rocked the Red & Black on the 29th to raise funds for the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty campaign [SHAC]. The campaign to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) is fast becoming one of the most significant in animal rights movement's history. The speed, methodology, and determination with which one of the world's biggest animal testing laboratories is being brought to it's knees, almost entirely by the efforts of volunteer grassroots activists, denotes the endless possibilities of what what a small community of passionate campaigners can do.

SHAC pdx thanks wholeheartedly those that came out to support the cause and to make a donation to end the atrocities at HLS. [ Read More... ]

[ SHAC | Pepto Dizmal ]

COMMUNITY BUILDING 29.01.2003 16:17
Knitting Towards Our Revolution: one womans' thoughts
From the open publishing newswire: I have always wondered of ways that I could directly remove myself from the consumer trap. Every time I would head to any type of store I would cringe at the thought of putting money back into a system that is out to destroy the human spirit. That system I talk of is Capitalism. This system breeds racism, sexism and class oppression. I was determined to shut it out. I began sewing my own clothes, baking my own bread, salvaging food, clothes whatever I could find. So when I heard of an Anarchists Knitting Collective forming here in Portland, I was ecstatic. [ Read More... ]

The Anarchist Knitting Collective meets every Friday at 7pm at the CFA office on 16th and Clinton in SE Portland

FOREST DEFENSE 28.01.2003 21:16
SOLO timber sale to be RE-auctioned! Protest Planned!
From the open publishing newswire: Thomas Creek Lumber - the company which purchased the rights to log Solo at an auction last July 30th -did not finalize the contract. While the Forest Service will not reveal why this unprecedented failure to award the contract occurred, we believe Thomas Creek and other companies backed out because of the controversy around the sale CFA helped create. Another victory! Tarzan is being re-auctioned because there were no bidders at its first auction. Come participate in a peaceful rally Feb. 7th at the Mt. Hood Forest Supervisors Headquarters, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy OR 97055. Carpools at CFA office leave at 7am, breakfast starting at 6:30. Call us in advance for a wake up call that morning. Let us know if you can help drive.
[ More Solo Info. ]

BENEFIT | FOREST ACTIVISM | FUN 28.01.2003 13:49
BARKfest this Saturday - upcoming BARK events
Have you been looking for a way to help protect Oregon's beautiful forests and have fun doing it? YOU CAN HELP make it happen, simply by listening to music, drinking beer, munching on homemade tamales and socializing! Plus there'll be a great silent auction! Friends won't let friends miss this kick ass event! [ Details ] [ www.bark-out.org ]

Sat, Feb 1
7:30 pm - Midnight
Disjecta, 116 NE Russell St.

RADICAL POLITICS 28.01.2003 00:44
Pam Africa to speak on Reparations at Portland State University
From the open publishing newswire: In celebration of Black History Month, The Black Cultural Affairs Board (BCAB) at Portland State University would like to invite you all to come out and hear Pam Africa speak about the most controversial topic of "Reparation for Enslavement and Colonization."

Pam Africa, known to be most Revolutionary and a writer of the MOVE 9, will present and discuss what most people avoid to talk about.

The event is free and open to the public. [ Read More... ]

Related: [ Pam Africa Interview (AWOL Magazine) | 'No More Time to Bide': Regional conference on Reparations to be held in Portland (portland indymedia) | NW Regional Reparations Conference (upcoming: Feb. 28-March 2) ]

ACTION ALERT 27.01.2003 14:15
2nd Hearing!!! Mt. Hood-Cooper Spur Mega-Ski Resort Development


From the open publishing newswire: This is the 2nd Public Hearing to be held about Mount Hood Meadows plan to build a 450-unit destination resort with a mega ski facility and golf course at Cooper Spur on the North Side of Mount Hood. This resort for the rich would destroy the last wild and free areas of Mount Hood. This is the Community's 2nd chance to say loud and clear - NO!

What: Critical Hearing before the Hood River Planning Commission to determine whether to allow a destination resort at Cooper Spur or not.

When: Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003 @ 7:30 PM. Sign in for testimony will be at 6:30 PM. Folks should plan on arriving early. Driving time from Portland varies with traffic. Plan on 1 1/2 hours.

Where: In Hood River at the Hood River Middle School. The school is just west of 13th Street on May Street. From Portland take I-84 to Hood River exit # 62 (US 30) toward West Hood River. Turn right on Cascade Ave. (1 mile). Continue on Oak Ave. (2/10ths mile). Turn right on 13th St.(3/10ths mile). Turn right on May St.(1/10th mile). Continue on May St to Hood River Middle School (1/10th mile).
CARPOOLING: We will use the same locations for carpooling. The first is in the parking lot opposite the Phu Hoa asian market on the NW corner of SE 38th and Belmont. The second is in the Parking lot of ONRC at 5825 N Greeley. Last time, folks also set-upother carpooling sites which was great.

How: We will have material on hand to help you organize your thoughts for testimony. Each witness will be allowed three minutes to testify. Speak from your heart.

Together we can save the mountain, bioregional agriculture, some of the best water anywhere and valley life.

This is a call for all Hands on Deck. We need a terrific showing at this hearing. PLEASE COME & SEE YOU THERE!

AUDIO FILE: Public Comment Concerning Cooper Spur Resort Development
Excerpts from public testimony before the Hood River Planning Commission last Wednesday evening, January 22, 2003, concerning a Destination Resort at Cooper Spur on Mt. Hood that would include over 400 condominiums and a golf course.
[ Original newswire post ]

[ ~15 minute streaming audio ]

SOA 23.01.2003 20:33
Human Rights Activists On Trial for Action at SOA
From the open publishing newswire: Forty-three human rights advocates will begin trial on Monday, January 27, in Columbus, Georgia for civil disobedience at the School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHISC). The defendants were among 10,000 who gathered in November to expose a double standard in the war on terrorism, and to call for the closure of the SOA/WHISC, a combat training school for Latin American soldiers. The defendants peacefully crossed onto Ft. Benning, site of the school. They are charged with trespass and face up to six months in federal prison and $5,000 in fines.
[ http://utah.indymedia.org/news/2003/01/3718.php ]

Free Trade on Trial: A Teach-In on CAFTA, FTAA, and Corporate Globalization
From the open publishing newswire: Come be a part of an afternoon of testimonies and workshops as we put our senator 'Ron Wyden' on trial for consistently misrepresenting our voices as Oregonians against free trade and globalization. As our Senator he is guilty of promoting 'free' trade by voting yes on both NAFTA and Fast Track. By having individuals give testimony we will prove Wyden's guilt. The testimonies (as well as workshops) will give people at the Teach-In an opportunity to learn about how these policies are affecting people on a local level, as well as how they affect entire communities and countries. We intend to have the testimonies being presented to come from people with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds.

The Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN) is sponsoring workers from Guatemala and Mexico to speak at the Teach-In. Luis Alberto Lara Ballina is the Secretary General of the National Union of Public Health workers of Guatemala, he is also one of the signers of the AFL-CIO and Central American Union joint declaration against CAFTA. Teresita de Jesus Polo Ramos is an organizer with the Border Worker's Committee (CFO) in Laredo on the U.S.-Mexico border. She is an ex maquiladora worker who worked in factories for over ten years and was laid off when she demanded severance pay. We are also inviting a number of people from local community organizations to collaborate with us in sharing their experiences and ideas for this ever growing anti-globalization movement. [ Read More... ]

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2003
Location: First Unitarian Church 1011 SW 12th Ave., Main St. Sanctuary
Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Cost: $10-20 sliding scale (nobody will be turned away for lack of funds)

INDY RADIO 23.01.2003 12:47
Portland IndyMedia Internet Radio
From the open publishing newswire: Come to the Laurelhurst Theatre (right around 27th and E Burnside) at 8PM on Thursday night (tonight) to meet with other folks interested in getting the Portland IndyMedia Internet Radio project going.
[ The summary says it all! ]

PEACE / ANTI-WAR 22.01.2003 11:33
Student Strike planned for the day war officially resumes in Iraq
From the open publishing newswire: The Northwest Campus Peace Coalition announces today that it is organizing a student walk-out on the day U.S. forces resume official hostilities against Iraq. The walk-out will take place at 2:00 p.m. on the day bombing begins, or the next day if bombing begins after 4:00 p.m. If military strikes begin on the weekend the walk-out will take place the next business day. Students will leave their classes and join the city-wide demonstration at Terry Shrunk Plaza.

"We are sending the message that it will not be business as usual if our government attacks Iraq. We value our education, but we must show resistance to an unjust and immoral war." Says Tom Mooney, an NWCPC organizer at Portland State University.
[ Read More... ]

'Nurse-in for Peace' announced for March 8
From the open publishing newswire: Portland Oregon's own Nurse-In for peace, to be held at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Saturday March 8th, starting at 10am. We're hoping to beat the world record set in Berkeley set last year (1,128), but this time for peace. Why a nurse-in? Because world peace begins at home, nurturing children is the first step in creating a peaceful world, and what better way to nurture our young than to breastfed them!
[ Read More... ]

Global anti-war actions called for Feb.
ANSWER (The J18 DC march organizers) is planning a week of anti-war demonstrations beginning February 15. (Presidents day is the 17 of Feb.) The group is calling for actions supporting marches in Europe on February 15, and for protests -- including walk-outs by U.S. college and high school students -- February 21 to coincide with the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. With 20 thousand plus marching downtown Portland this last weekend - what actions are being planned so we can take it up a notch while building on the momentum created? Post 'em if you got 'em!

Portland Peaceful Response Coalition sponsoring Friday rallies, Tuesday meetings
We have sponsored a rally and march through downtown Portland every Friday since PPRC was formed to safeguard affected minorities from abuse in wake of the September 11th tragedy. We also underwrite and share leadership for broader peace and justice initiatives in the Portland area. We are committed to the use of peaceful means to curtail carnage abroad, corporate looting and political witch hunts at home, and devastation of our planet and people everywhere.
[ Read More... ]

ENVIRONMENT 20.01.2003 16:43
Cooper Spur/Mt. Hood Wild and Free HEARING Alert!!!
From the open publishing newswire: What: Critical Hearing before the Hood River Planning Commission to determine whether to allow a destination resort at Cooper Spur or not.

When: Wednesday, Jan 22, 2003 @ 7:30 PM. Folks should plan on arriving early and visit our Cooper Spur orientation Room in the Inn. Driving time from Portland varies with traffic. Plan on 1 ? hours.

Where: In Hood River at the Hood River Inn in the Gorge Room. To get to the Inn take the third Hood River Exit (Highway 35) and take a left as if you were going over the bridge to Washington. Just before the bridge the Inn is on the right. The Gorge room is a separate building directly in front of Registration entrance. There is plenty of parking.

IMPORTANT Carpooling Info: We have 2 sites for folks to gather for carpooling. Folks need to be at one of the sites below by 5p.m. or earlier because of rush hour traffic. 1) 38th & Belmont: Parking is opposite the Phu Hoa asian market on the NW corner of the street. OR: 2) ONRC: 5825 N. Greeley Carpools should plan to leave their areas by 5:00PM which will get folks to Hood River by 6:30PM. This will give folks time to visit our orientation room to get briefed about talking points, etc.
[ Read More... ]

SCHOOL OF AMERICA WATCH 20.01.2003 13:09
SOA Watch Founder Speaking at 7pm at U of P
Rev. Roy Bourgeois, M.M., an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy in Central America over the past 15 years, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 in the Buckley Center Auditorium on the University of Portland campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. His talk is free and open to the public.

For more than a decade, Bourgeois has opposed the U.S. Army School of the Americas, a training school for Latin American soldiers. He founded the School of the Americas Watch in 1990 to educate people about the human rights abuses of the school's graduates and to encourage its closure.

Bourgeois became a Catholic priest after a four-year career in the U.S. Navy, where he received the Purple Heart. As a Maryknoll, he worked with poor of Bolivia for five years before being arrested and forced to leave the country for his defense of the poor. He has been imprisoned numerous times for non-violently protesting U.S. policy in Central America. [ Full Story ]

ANARCHISM 20.01.2003 12:41
Free Class on Anarchism, 2pm Today in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: 2pm today @ Reed College's Eliott Hall Rm 314, 3203 se woodstock blvd in Portland there will be a class covering arguments contra-hierarchy and in favor of anarchism as the best society. The class will also cover possible conceptions of the form and function of an anarchic society, brief history, and the possibility and practice of working towards anarchism today!
[ Read More... ]

queer for peace - one nation united
Representing a global family of social activists and active socialists formed to resist racism and sexism wherever they are found. Come out against the war! Queer activists discuss our involvement in the anti-war movement and the relationship of this work to radical queer politics. [ Full Story ]

Meeting - Sunday, January 19th - 7pm
In Other Words bookstore
3734 SE Hawthorne

Masquerade Ball/Art Show - Benefit for Black Thorn
From the open publishing newswire: Black Thorn is hosting a Masquerade Ball and Art show to raise funds for the third issue of Black Thorn(which we still need submissions for), on the 1st of February at the I.W.W. Hall(located at 7th and Burnside). Admission is $4.00 with a mask(and hopefully a costume) and $10.00 without a mask(but still hopefully a costume). The art show starts at 8:00pm with music by the Inquisition(experimental/ambient type stuff) followed by dancing and fun into the evening with record spinning by the Phantom Hillbilly. The art show will feature original and unprinted art from featured artists in the Black Thorn as well as some lino cuts, layout sheets and other related stuff. Some art will be for sale in the hall and pints of pabst will be for sale for $1.00 in the cafe.
[ Read More... ]

PEACE / ANTI-WAR 18.01.2003 10:13
January 18: Get downtown and protest the war!
From the open publishing newswire: all over the country today people will be protesting the war. of course, if enough people lived their lives anti-war (not driving, not over-consuming, not knuckling under to authority) then we wouldn't need these big efforts, but these events are important in the meantime. (although "meantime" is probably not too long, considering the imminent collapse of the biosphere.) anyway, get out on the street today and make some noise.
Announced Details:
A regional coalition of mainstream peace and justice organizations and churches have announced a 12:30 start time in the South Park Blocks. [ DETAILS | FLYERS ] At the same time, a radical feeder march will gather for action in the North Park Blocks [ DETAILS | FLYERS ] and will be joined by a very special Critical Mass! [ DETAILS ] First aid providers will be in attendance. [ DETAILS ] Free community child care for the day is available. [ DETAILS ] Mass mobilizations will be occuring in S.F. and D.C. that same day. [ DETAILS ]
[ Newswire post ]

From the J18 Alliance for Peace:
15,000 Peace Activists Expected to Amass in Portland
Burgeoning Anti-War Movement Draws from Dr. King's Vision for Social Justice


The birthday of the nation's most famous peacemaker, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be celebrated by many thousands of people today in the South Park Blocks in downtown Portland during a march that has been organized under the theme "Take Action for Peace and Justice; Stop the War at Home and Abroad." March organizers expect a record breaking turnout at today's event and, at last count, 139 organizations have convened to sponsor the historic action. The incredibly diverse group of organizers - with people representing a wide range of faith traditions (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Quaker, and Scientologist, to name a few) social backgrounds, professions, and political affiliations - represents a living continuation of Dr. King's call for an end to war. [ Read More... ]

[ LIVE coverage from SF and other cities ]

COMMUNITY BUILDING 17.01.2003 16:44
Scary Anarchists - Cookin' up a spicy revolution
From the open publishing newswire: The Anarchist Cookin and Baking meeting tonight was out of this world! We met at m2's haus in ne Portland- We talked a bit and decided that we'd make tostada stuff to go with the spanish rice another collective member (who's name I won't dare to butcher with my wackt spellin) had promised to bring.
We then posed the question: "What really goes in a whupp ass tostada?" ...
I asked "Should it have tofu or tempe?" Robin responded "It don't need none of that stuff- beans and rice've got enough protien."
I said "Yeah, and I don't want none of them folks at work talkin about my vegan stank." -------- "It's bad enough that they're always talkin to me like-WHAT YOU NEED IS SOME MEAT- A BIG FAT STEAK!--- "I'm like no way!"
so soy was out...
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