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PEACE 30.03.2003 23:37
Minor Confrontation on Hillsdale Peace Walk

These aggressors are so typical of what I've seen at rallies and marches. Today at the Hollywood vigil we were greeted with 99% honks and waves and peace signs. And almost, to a person, the ones who raised the middle digit were young white males in SUVs or big pickups.
From the open publishing newswire: A couple of young men seemed to have a problem with our peaceful march today. They followed us for a while, making semi-intelligible pro-war comments through their vehicle's PA system. At one point they got out of their vehicle to confront the Peace Walkers, but had second thoughts. This was due in part to having their pictures taken by multiple photographers (see below).

Their vehicle is a late model, clean & shiny Ford Explorer. It has University of Oregon vanity plates CBGN. There's an external cell antenna and "O" decal in the rear window.

The driver was the kid in the Mariners sweatshirt. Both appeared to be of college age.

[ Here are tactical defense suggestions for peaceful demonstrators ]

Police invade Mt. Tabor neighborhood during neighborhood peace march
I was at Mt Tabor yesterday and so were SO many cops. I have never felt that strong of an out of place police presence and it didnt make me feel safer...more like invaded. I would say to every 1 person there was at least 1-2 cops. And there were probably 100-150 people there just hangin out with their dogs...this was later in the day after the initial walk I would think, but it seemed as though they were waiting for something to happen, like people speaking their minds or something. Motorcycle cops, cops in cop cars and in cop Camaros. Not only were they on the hill itself, but they were "embedded" in local driveways pulling over alot of people that were driving away from the hill.

[ Can we say "gestapo"? ]


GENETIC ENGINEERING 30.03.2003 22:32
Bill to outlaw GE labeling in Oregon - hearing this Tuesday
From the open publishing newswire: State Representative Jeff Kropf (R-Halsey), the Chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, has introduced legislation that would prohibit state or local labeling of Genetically Engineered food.

HB 2957 states: "A state or local governmental unit may not impose a labeling requirement for a food product unless the governmental unit determines: (1) That the reason for the labeling requirement is recognized and endorsed by the federal Food and Drug Administration; (2) The labeling requirement provides health and nutritional information that will benefit consumers; and (3) The labeling requirement is the most cost-effective method of educating consumers regarding the subject of the requirement." In other words, until the FDA decides that GE foods are unsafe, the state cannot take any measures to tell its own citizens what's in their food.

There will be a public hearing on House Bill 2957 this Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the HR D Room at the Capitol in Salem. Please try to attend and voice your protest over this blatant attack on your consumer rights. If you can't attend, please write, call or email Jeff Kropf and let him know how you feel.
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INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM | POLITICAL CORRUPTION 30.03.2003 11:16
Greg Palast Coming. Air your gripes. Ask your questions. Come on down.
Award-winning BBC investigative reporter and author, Greg Palast, is stopping in Portland on [Saturday] April 5, 2003 on a multi-city national book tour in promotion of the U.S. Edition of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. The book, a compilation of Palast's articles for the BBC and London Observer, was released February 2003 by Plume Penguin in paperback. This new special edition is tougher, deeper, and bigger with over 100 pages of new investigative material. Topics such as who is ringing the cash register on the Orwellian USA Patriot Act, why the Bush administration is silent about Saudi support for terrorism, the real story of Iraq's nuclear program, as well as an update on Venezuela including Palast's interview with President Hugo Chavez have been added. IMC is going to have an opportunity to interview Mr. Palast and would like to include your questions. Among the contentions and questions posted thus far on this site:
  • [Palast]is a disingenuous muckraker and will list all the companies connected to the Bush Regime...[but] Ultimately, it is the Anglo-American Imperialist nations--America, England, Australia, and Canada--who will profit from and profiteer off of this war crime.
  • More important is the fact that this war is being fought for FUNDAMENTAL GEO-POLITICAL REASONS and not merely for war profiteering purposes. The invasion of Iraq has much more fundamental motivations behind it--namely, an attempt to impose a Pax Americana (or should I say an American Reich) on the planet... regardless of who is selected to the Presidency, there will be no fundamental change in policy.
  • See if Palast talks about the Project for a New American Century in any comprehensive fashion, for example.
  • Or the American desire to prevent the emergence of the Euro as an alternative currency for Oil.
  • The problem with Palast like most muckrackers and so-called investigative journalists is that they like to focus on individual scapegoats, personalities, or issues and refuse to question the American Empire or the capitalist system itself.
  • According to Wired News in February 2003, the Senate passed a bill by voice vote authored by Sen. Wyden (OR) defunding the Total Information Awareness agency... Why couldn't the Senate by voice vote pass a bill impeaching Junior for high crimes and misdemeanors?
  • Can you tell us about Voter News Service and VNS' executive director Ted Savaglio?
  • Do you know about ... 1992 book "Votescam: The Stealing of America" by James M. and Kenneth F. Collier. In 1970, Ken Collier was challenging long-time U.S. Representative from Florida Claude Pepper for the house seat and exposed an election fraud that's more mysterious and stranger than fiction. ( http://www.votescam.com/frame.html )
[ Read More about Palast's Visit ] Contribute questions for IMC interview | www.gregpalast.com | Palast in Eugene too!

ACTIVIST THEATRE 30.03.2003 09:51
Billionaires for War
Billionaires for BushFrom the open publishing newswire: Join Billionaires for War and help educate people about Bush's corporate agenda. Be the CEO of Halliburton or Clear Channel for a day! It'll be fun, theatrical, and you'll get to confuse the pro-war camp. Depending on how many people reply we'll try to debut at the PPRC rally on either 4/4 or 4/7. Email billionaires4warpdx@yahoo.com for more details. [ Read More... ]

ANTI-WAR 30.03.2003 01:27
Eugene: 150 March for More War; 20 Anti-War Volunteers Take Command
From the open publishing newswire: A pro-war rally in Eugene Saturday was greated by counter-demonstrators. The confrontation lasted from 1PM to 4PM Saturday. A handfull of Eugene Anti-War demonstrators had the good corners staked out when the right-wing march arrived. But Eugene Peace Coalition went AWOL, or perhaps sunbathing. KLCC radio would not air appeal for Anti-War presense. Makes KBOO look political...

Much to the chagrin of the imported KKK type speakers and organizers, and the canon-fodder "middle-America" trucked in from Oakridge, Veneta, and Springfield, a 30 foot banner Peace Banner had gotten to the plaza early and throughout the war rally blocked the main avenue's view of things. The black banner read, "Rachel Corrie: Courage For Peace." [ Full story ]


COMMUNITY BUILDING 30.03.2003 01:19
Anarchist Brew Bloc forming
From the open publishing newswire: Brew Bloc is the Anarchist brewing collective that has been starting up over the past couple weeks. We're a group of people who choose to remove ourselves from the capitalist system DIY style by brewing our own beer. We plan to be producing all of our ingrediants eventually. We plan to supply some beer at the revolutionary art conference/soccer. We can be contacted pdxbrewblock@lists.riseup.net [ Read More... ]

GENOA | MOVIE | BENEFIT 27.03.2003 12:11
Tonight: Clinton St.: The G8 footage they didn't want you to see.
BENEFIT MOVIE SHOWING FOR PORTLAND INDYMEDIA TECH PROJECT Tired of pesky "no story to tell errors"? Wish you could post your news on the first try? Come see "Berlusconi's Mousetrap," a full-length feature documentary about the G8 Summit protests in Genoa, Italy in July 2001.

THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 27TH - 8 PM - $6
CLINTON STREET THEATRE, SE 26TH & CLINTON


"Berlusconi's Mousetrap" is compelling footage from Ireland, Global, and Italian Indymedia activists, combined with on the spot interviews, voiceover commentary and analysis from websites, that provides an in-depth, "blow by blow" retelling of the three days and poses the question - Was it all a setup?
[ Details ] PLUS FOOTAGE FROM ANTI-WAR PROTESTS AROUND PORTLAND! | Filmmaker's take on Portland

PEACE ACTION 27.03.2003 12:09
Peace Vigil
From the open publishing newswire: There is a peace vigil held every day in Corvallis. It takes place in front of the Courthouse on 4th St. in "downtown" Corvallis from 5:00 to 6:00PM. This has been a daily event since Oct. 2001. We average at least 50 every day, and many times as many as 100 gather. The protesters are a very diverse group young and old, OSU students, Corvallis High School students, veterans, activists, concerned citizens and more.[ Read More... ]

CIVIL RESISTANCE 27.03.2003 10:08
Workshop on civil disobedience, civil resistance, and direct action
From the open publishing newswire:

An empowering workshop on non-violent civil disobedience, civil resistance, and direct action will be held this Sunday. Topics covered in the workshop include media skills, the legal process, how to form affinity groups, and much more. We are in the process of confirming a lawyer to answer your legal questions.

[ Full Story... ]


BENEFIT | INVESTIGATING POLITICAL CORRUPTION 26.03.2003 11:36
Greg Palast is coming to PSU Sat. Apr. 5th! (6-9pm)
Award-winning BBC investigative reporter and author, Greg Palast, is stopping in Portland on April 5, 2003 on a multi-city national book tour in promotion of the U.S. Edition of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. The book, a compilation of Palast's articles for the BBC and London Observer, was released February 2003 by Plume Penguin in paperback. This new special edition is tougher, deeper, and bigger with over 100 pages of new investigative material. Topics such as who is ringing the cash register on the Orwellian USA Patriot Act, why the Bush administration is silent about Saudi support for terrorism, the real story of Iraq's nuclear program, as well as an update on Venezuela including Palast's interview with President Hugo Chavez have been added. IMC is going to have an opportunity to interview Mr. Palast and would like to include your questions. So fire away! [ Read More about Palast's Visit ] Contribute questions for IMC interview | www.gregpalast.com

ANTI-WAR ACTION 26.03.2003 11:27
Die-in on Saturday
From the open publishing newswire: Saturday - 3/29; 12:00 - 1:00pm in Pioneer Square Anyone interested in doing another "Die-in" this weekend? I'm proposing an hour before the rally in the square, so we can just join that at the end. I'm going to make a load of toe-tags (although you can wear them anywhere) based on the information here: http://www.iraqbodycount.net/bodycount.htm[ Read More... ]

COMMENTARY, IDEAS, RESOURCES 26.03.2003 10:42

NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZING 24.03.2003 22:23
Montavilla Protests
From the open publishing newswire:
Does anyone else in Montavilla want to publicly oppose the war?

I propose that we do some actions near the freeway, Stark, and/or Burnside. Ideas include die-in's at the freeway entrance/exits around 92nd and Stark, signs over the freeway ('Bring our troups home alive' comes to mind), and candlelight vigils on the sidewalks.
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SOLIDARITY 24.03.2003 06:51
Monday March 24th Benefit For Blackthorn issue #3!
From the open publishing newswire: Monday March 24th at 7Pm we are having a benefit at 1339 NE Roselawn (between Alberts and Killingsworth) with bands: Remains of the Day, Squirrel Meat, Mustapha Mond, and Lords of Light. we have issue 3 complet but are short of funds, please come out and help us. We will have T-shirts and baked goods for sale too.
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ANTI-WAR STUDENT ACTIVISM 23.03.2003 03:08
Students to stage 1-hour anti-war Die-in in South Park Blocks, Sunday at 3:00
From the open publishing newswire: This Sunday, we will be meeting downtown at the Park blocks (between Main & Park Avenues, near the Portland Art Museum) at 3:00 for an hour of silence to protest the war in Iraq. We will play dead during this time - this means it will be a peaceful protest, not a riot that may get out of hand. We don't expect any police involvement, although the cops may show up to snoop around.
[ Details ]

Day of Action: March 25
8:00am: Two marches, one leaving from the North Park Blocks. The other march from the South Park Blocks and Salmon.
12:00pm: Rally at Pioneer Square.
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ANTI-WAR 23.03.2003 00:16
New and On-Going Portland Actions
Nightly peace vigils @ Bagdad on Hawthorne
Nightly vigils are going on outside the Bagdad theatre. The time is 7pm - 8pm. Bring candles and dress for the weather. Go represent for peace! Dozens of people have been gathering outside the Bagdad theatre with candles everynight since heavy bombing. As long as we are committing our troops to war and killing - vigils will be held.
[ Come! ]

Protest on Belmont
From the open publishing newswire: We have all been doing a great job! Now, who is interested in beginning a weekly protest on Belmont Street? I suggest that we begin next week, I will initially propose it for Thursday at 4PM, meeting in front of Stumptown Cafe. That's Thursday the 27th @ 4PM. As for what we can do, I suggest either a die in right there at the intersection, or just a March up or down Belmont Street. I think this will be sucessful because we will pick up many protesters from the Belmont area. I will not plan on being there unless I receive a large enough number of e mails, or comments. In any case, if anyone can bring a bullhorn, or instruments, or drums, please state that in the comments or emails. Kindly waiting a response.
[ Respond ]


EVENTS 22.03.2003 12:00
Protests & Actions Against War
Saturday 2pm Organizational Meeting From the open publishing newswire: MEETING 2PM AT PSU IN THE SMITH MEMORIAL UNION, THIRD FLOOR.
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Saturday 2pm Waterfront Park Protest
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4pm Saturday Pioneer Square Protest
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Sunday 3-4pm Play Dead Protest From the open publishing newswire: Participate in an hour of perfect silence in protest of the war in Iraq. Meet at the SW Park blocks between Main and Park Avenues. Musicians and non-musicians alike are encouraged to bring instruments to play at 4:00.
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Every Sunday 4pm Hollywood district protest From the open publishing newswire: Every Sunday and 4pm, Hollywood neighbors and and anyone else who is intereseted gather at the intersection of NE 42nd and Sandy Blvd. (near the Burger Bar) to protest the war.
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7 to 8 p.m. at 37th & Hawthorne, Candlelight Vigil From the open publishing newswire: Small group invites Bagdad Cafe/Hawthorne neighbors and friends to join ongoing sidewalk candlelight vigil. As we meet from 7 to 8 p.m. at 37th & Hawthorne, we echo Sunday night's (3/16) global vigil for peace and hope, keeping the light of reason burning. Nightly vigils will be held until further notice. Contact susipsych@yourjourneys.net for more info.
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DAY OF DIRECT ACTION 20.03.2003 01:04
M20: QUEERS - OPERATION: ZAP HALLIBURTON
From the open publishing newswire: +++CALLING ALL QUEERS CALLING ALL QUEERS CALLING ALL QUEERS+++ MARCH 20, 2003 - National call to action for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community to oppose the war on Iraq. Today, March 20, 2003, queer antiwar activists call on our community to resist George Bush's war for oil and to apply pressure to the greedy corporations that built him up. The corporation who deserves most of our contempt is oil giant Halliburton, whose board Dick Cheney was a member of and who really calls the shots in Washington DC. Halliburton, through their subsidiary Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR), stand to make a KILLING off of the war. WE SAY STOP THE DRILLING, STOP THE KILLING!!! QUEERS SAY NO BUSINESS AS USUAL. Call, fax, and email. Think about the lives that will be lost in Iraq. Think about the dismantling of democracy here at home. Then call, fax, and email again.

Fax: 202-223-2385
Phone: 202-223-0820
email: chuck.dominy@halliburton.com [ Read More... ]

LOCAL RESISTANCE 19.03.2003 16:57
Direct Action Training
From the open publishing newswire: Interested in discussing civil resistance?

Join us for a training about civil resistance and direct action.

WHEN: Saturday 22 March, 12:00 - 4:00 (bring a sack lunch)

WHERE: Augustana Lutheran Church (NE 15th Ave at Knott Street)

For more information or to let us know that you plan to attend call
503-740-8561 or email rawc@ziplip.com
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ACTION!!! 17.03.2003 22:17
Tuesday Morning: Radical Action against the War
From the open publishing newswire: There is very little time left to do much of anything. Something must be done soon! On Tuesday, March 18 at 8:45 AM, meet at Pioneer Square. By 9 AM we will leave to march to X and disrupt normal activities. ('X' denotes unnamed corporate or government building or street which the police will find out about when we get there).
We will be non-violent and intend to have some fun; if there is violence it will be from the police, but we should intend to protect ourselves against it and to remain disruptive to normal society as long as possible.
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