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This Saturday in Portland, the recently formed Palestine Action Group will present the third in a series of forums on Palestine. The forum will take place at 6:00 PM at Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th (at Thurman).
The forum features two speakers: Bishara Costandi, originally from Jaffa and founder of Arabs Building Community, and William Seaman, a member of Jews for Global Justice and Oregon Friends of the Middle East.
Costandi will discuss what can be learned from the creation of Israel, and the parallels between 1948 and now: "We are still living in a colonial time and it's as if history is repeating itself. There is a repetition of how Israel took Palestine. The true measure of how Israel and Zionism think is coming out in this." READ MORE
The title of Seaman's talk is "Why the US Supports Israel: The Impact of Competing Views for Organizing Against the Occupation." He will discuss two theories: "The first; is that there is a powerful pro-Israel lobby that has had tremendous success in persuading both the public and the government of the U.S. to support Israel. The second; holds that the reason for U.S. support for Israel lies in the role that Israel plays in U.S. planning and strategy directed towards controlling the resources of the Middle East: oil and the capital generated by that oil." READ MORE
Also this Saturday, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, Women In Black will present People's Aid to Palestine, featuring speakers from Palestine and North Americans who have just returned from the region, as well as live music. Attendees are encouraged to bring everyday items to donate to Palestinians. READ MORE
On Wednesday, May 15th, 7pm Pacific time, "What's the Verdict?" with Wendell Harper and Amanda Elliott will feature Delmart "Mike" Vreeland, the former U.S. Navy Lieutenant who tried to warn American and Canadian officials of an impending attack. One of his attorneys, Rocco Gallati, renowned refugee status and human rights lawyer, will also be present to discuss court records in Vreeland's case.
Vreeland now has temporary refugee status in Canada, after all the charges there were dropped and is fighting extradition to the U.S, where he believes he will be assassinated.
Media critic Norman Solomon, who has branded Vreeland's warning note "an ambiguous mish-mash" will be given an opportunity to confront Vreeland who will be on the phone from Canada. Solomon has also criticized Mike Ruppert, and engaged in an effort to discredit efforts to uncover the truth. While there are various speculations on what really occurred on Sept. 11th and who might have known beforehand, there is no doubt that the official story is full of falsehood and contradiction. Regardless of how much Vreeland knew or not, the unwillingness of supposed progressives, like Solomon, to turn their critical eye on the official story as well, raise questions as to their motives and dedication to the truth.
[ Vreeland in Safe House, All Canadian Charges Dropped, Temporary Refugee Status Granted | U.S. And Canadian Government's Position Crumbling In The Case Of A U.S. Intelligence Officer With Foreknowledge Of 9/11 Attacks | The Case for Bush Administration Advance Knowledge of 9-11 Attacks | Questions, Questions Website ]
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What's Portland or Eugene got on Corvallis? Nuthin'! Check out all the activity in "the community that values diversity":
EVERYDAY: Alternatives to War sponsors a daily peace vigil at the Benton County Courthouse from 5-6pm. Candles and signs are displayed, and all are welcome. This event is the longest-running continuous anti-war action of its kind in the state, having started last fall.
WEDNESDAYS: Every Wednesday, Women in Black holds a silent vigil against global violence against women in front of the MU main lounge at OSU from 11am-1pm. All women are welcome to participate. For more information about Women in Black, visit womeninblack.net.
MONDAYS: Wrench meets on Mondays from 5-6:30pm in the Memorial Union Council Room at OSU. If you've never been to a meeting before, come at 4:45pm for an introduction. Wrench is an OSU student organization seeking to promote equality, freedom, community, democracy, and an end to all forms of exploitation and oppression. "We support nonviolent, creative, and democratic paths toward the realization of these goals. We hope to join with others to find socially just alternatives to capitalism and an end to corporate domination, the growing gap between the rich and the poor, the exploitation of labor, environmental degradation, gender and racial oppression, and others forms of social violence. Staff, faculty, and community members are also welcome to participate. Please join us."
Week of May 12: Queer Pride Week at OSU. Activities throughout the week will include public forums, music, discussions of religious and political issues, and "rainbow jello wrestling". The week will conclude with a Queer Pride Celebration March and a free Drag Show and Dance on Friday, the 17th.
These are only a few of the events happening in Corvallis regularly, and in the month of May. [ More events: Corvallis area radical and progressive events and actions ]
The Red and Black Cafe is currently showcasing the work of Matty Darcy, a life-long Portland resident. Darcy describes the show this way: "This exhibit is created in tribute to the many influential Anarchists who have graced the Earth's soil. Still obscure in mainstream politics and education, the people depicted here have, in the artist's opinion, been bright lights in the struggle for equality along all lines of exploitation and division. Issues such as the class struggle, promoting feminism, combating racism, and the deconstruction of illegitimate forms of coercion and authority have been their life's work; and in the case of Sacco and Vanzetti, their life's downfall.
"While not everyone included might be labeled Anarchist (Angela Davis and Randolph Bourne in particular), their belief in peace and egalitarianism compelled me to include them. As well, this is obviously an incomplete exhibit when one takes into account the many other prominent Anarchists and freedom fighters not included. Also, the millions of people who have struggled--and continue to--whose names we will never know are visually missing, but not emotionally forgotten. These are but a few of the people who have contributed to making a better world for every human being. The Anarchist spirit is un-resting, ever evolving, and truly dedicated to equality for everyone in all aspects of life. Based on the concepts of free-association, economic and social egalitarianism, and self-determination, Anarchism is the idea of true, total freedom."
If you have ever wanted to participate in radical, ecologically sound, and inexpensive building projects, now is your chance. Join in FREE daily workshops taught by natural building experts from around the continent. Get hands-on experience using cob (a hand-formed mixture of earth, sand, straw, and water) and other environmentally friendly technologies while building sculptural, community-designed public places in the Sunnyside and Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhoods. The five completed projects will showcase the aesthetic, environmental, and economic benefits of building with natural and reused materials. All ages welcome! Please register to reserve your space.
Or, register to work along with natural builders coming to Portland to build larger cob, strawbale, and traditional pole structures at private locations. A registration fee is required, and includes access to these worksites, daytime presentations, lunch, dinner, and housing if needed.
In addition to the daytime workshops, nightly presentations will take place at several locations in inner Portland. Visionary guests will share their knowledge of natural and green building, public art, permaculture, sustainable urban living, alternative transportation, and other topics. All evening events with the exception of May 20 will be free of charge to participants in the daytime workshops. Sliding scale donation requested from all others.
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Friday May 10th at 11:30am there will be a huge rally at Pioneer Square, with speakers and music. Join Cascadia Forest Alliance, BARK, Oregon Sierra Club, NW Rage, Coalition to Abolish Animal Testing, Rainforest Action Network, Cascadia Forest Defenders and others in a celebration of the cancellation of the Eagle Creek timber sale and a call for an end to commercial logging on public lands. After music and speakers from the environmental, labor, and religious communities, everyone will march to the Forest Service building to demonstrate the powerful community support behind the end commercial logging campaign." (Read More)
Friday Morning on KBOO
To help educate people on forest issues and bring people out for the Rally, KBOO radio will have Cascadia Forest Alliance Folks on air from 7:45-9:45AM to talk about ending commercial logging on public lands, about the 100 timber sales in Mt. Hood and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Victory at Eagle Creek, and a special guest with updates from the historic justice for Judi Bari case: Earth First! vs. the FBI (Read More)
Mt Hood Action Camp May 11-12th
Continue the weekend with veteran forest activists out on Mt. Hood for an action camp to learn about current campaigns and practice forest protection skills. There will be Tree Climbing Training, Blockading Workshop, Commercial Timber Sale Program, Groundtruthing Timber Sales Hike, Endangered Species Identification/Survey and Manage Program Overview: Lichen, Moss, Red Tree Vole, & Fungus Field ID Trainings, Wilderness 1st Aid Training, Orienteering/Map and Compass Workshop, Native Plants and Trees Identification Hike, and much more. (Read More)
Following the wishes of Sen. Jesse Helms and the National Association for Biomedical Research, a congressional committee has moved to exclude birds, rats and mice from the protection of the Animal Welfare Act -- the only U.S. law on the books that requires humane treatment for animals used in research. By attaching a rider to the Farm Bill (HR2646), they have negated any debate on the issue, even though a majority of scientists and many scientific organizations support AWA coverage for birds, rats, and mice.
Rats and mice, along with birds, make up 95% of the animals used in testing, so by excluding them, the Biomedical Research Industry is almost entirely bypassing the Animal Welfare Act.
Animal Rights activists are asking people to call their Senators and demand they say no to animal cruelty. The Senate vote is imminent. (Read More)
The In Other Words bookstore and Solidarity are presenting an event entitled, "Women and the Fight for Global Justice" on Thursday night. The event will include a panel and discussion and will give people the opportunity to hear about women's international struggles against sexism, poverty and corporate globalization. Featured panelists are Edith T. Mirante, activist and author of Burmese Looking Glass: A human rights adventure and a jungle revolution and Portland State University sociologist Veronica Dujon.
In an interview posted to the newswire, Mirante says, "The nice implication of 'globalization' might be, people in Kansas paying attention to what's happening to the Palestinians because they see it on cable news; or people in Oregon listening to music recorded by people of the New Guinea rainforest. Unfortunately, 'globalization' turns out to be just a code-word for the international dominance of concentrated corporate interests... In Burma, multinational companies like Unocal and Total have strengthened the military regime financially, and set up security zones for their gas pipelines -- which are anything but secure for women, as these zones are staffed by the regime's troops which use rape as a strategy to terrorize 'security risk' ethnic groups, and punish suspected rebel sympathizers or family members with torture and executions.
"...[T]he choice is often between genuine slave labor -- being taken out of her village (which is burned down), raped, made to carry or build things for the army -- and fleeing to a neighboring country where the "choice" is prostitution with certain HIV exposure, or some menial work where sexual abuse is prevalent as well. Some women make the choice of underground organizing, and that's possibly the most dangerous of the options."
The forum will be held at the In Other Words bookstore at 3734 SE Hawthorne, at 7:00 p.m.
Merriam Webster's defines "hegemony" as "preponderant influence or authority over others: DOMINATION". The word is often used to describe the position of the U.S. relative to the rest of the world, militarily, economically, and culturally (this last word used loosely). For long the exclusive domain of academic types, the word has now apparently penetrated the mainstream enough to be fashionably abbreviated, as in the case of "CounterHeg.org", the name of a new politically-oriented website.
The creator of CounterHeg, Dan Lesh, explains that the word is "hipster lingo for Counter Hegemony" and is the best descriptor for the type of news he collects at this new site. Steadfastly non-traditional in more ways than merely lexically, Lesh goes on to visualize the project thus: "It is not the whole picture, it does not claim to be an objective picture, but it is a challenging picture. This is not The Truth, but it is not The Lie either. It embraces its subjectivity, its constraints, and uses every tool available to tell a different story."
Lesh hopes that the site will attract a wide readership and expand to include "discussion forums, tip-sheets for the 'everyday struggle' (eco-living, recipricol relationships, informing without arrogance, things like that), original artwork, essays, regional events, car/food/language learning cooperative databases, etc." Lesh has put out the call for interested parties to visit the site and contact him by email.
Portland's Black Cross Health Collective will be training people to provide First Aid at demonstrations, rallies, actions and police riots. Unfortunately, as the WTO protests in Seattle, the infamous June 1, 1997 police attacks in Eugene, and too many other events have shown, an increasingly militarized police force is being used more and more frequently by corporate-owned government institutions to squash dissent, even when the method of dissent is legal or non-violent. (Of course, if you are poor or a minority in the U.S., you don't need to attend a protest to become a victim of police brutality.)
It has become standard operating procedure to have medics within the activist ranks at demonstrations whenever possible for dealing with injures. Volunteers are always needed. The Black Cross Health Collective is one group that offers First Aid training for these circumstances, and their next session in Portland will be on Saturday, May 18, at the Liberty Hall (311 North Ivy) from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Participants will learn how to do basic assessments, transport victims and deal with chemical weapons exposure (pepper spray and tear gas), as well as how to work in teams and other necessary skills. Organizers are asking people to bring "an open mind, comfortable clothes and shoes you can run in". Despite the similarity in names, the Black Cross Health Collective is not affiliated with the Anarchist Black Cross. "Some of us are anarchists, some are not. Fight the Power, Do No Harm."
The training is free but donations may be solicited for use of Liberty Hall.
According to a post on the newswire, the U.S. Forest Service came to the Fall Creek tree-sit on April 30 and cleared the roads, obstensibly for "public safety". Activists in the tree-sits are guarding the Clark timber sale, which is in the Willamette National Forest, 45 miles outside Eugene. The Forest Service is expected to return soon to mark the new boundaries of the sale. The sale was originally 96 acres, but was reduced to 29 due to wildlife buffers created for the protection of the Red Tree Vole.
The timber company holding the contract on the sale, Zip-o-logs of Eugene, is expected to look at the remaining acreage and make a decision on a modified contract in the next week or so. Activists will guard the forest until the sale is completely cancelled.
A forest-activist organizer states that, "Now is a good time to support the Fall Creek campaign either by coming to the woods and defending the forest or by making a donation of time, food, gear, or money. Call Cascadia Forest Defenders at 541-684-8977 or donate online at www.tree-sit.org."
The organizer described the Clark timber sale as "too nice to cut down, and it's too valuable as a public recreation area that's easy to access. It's also a rare low elevation old-growth forest that is relativly flat. The watershed is too cut over already."
Other Forest Related News:
Friday, May 10th Major Rally to End Commercial Logging - "Celebrate the saving of Eagle Creek and let our officials know it won't stop there. With over 100 timber sales in the planning process for Mt. Hood and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest (nearly half of which could be logged this summer) come out and demand an end to the commercial timber sale program on public lands." 11:30AM at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Cascadia Forest Alliance Events
Perhaps better known for the means, or perhaps failures, in achieving its goals rather than the ends desired, anarchist philosophy nonetheless lies at the heart of numerous activist organizations and causes (left and right) worldwide and has shaped our popular and political culture in countless ways. Today, both in terms of internal structure and external goals, much is indebted to the anarchist imagination. Yet for a broader public, the spectrum of anarchist ideals remains outside the confines of common understanding, ignored as outmoded, equated with failed Marxism/Communism, thought to be the dangerous (terrorist) passion of the underclass or simply the nihilism of the young."
This Saturday, at the Taco Bell at NE Broadway and 8th, there will be a picket in solidarity with the Florida tomato pickers' boycott that is calling for a one-cent per pound raise. After a rest from his defeat on May Day, the infamous "Mr. Taco Hell" and his teethed-tacos will take to the sidewalks again as we march to demand that Taco Bell management to sit down with farmworkers and respect their demands for decent working conditions. The Coalition of Immokalee workers in Florida has called on national and international support in their struggle for a raise from the same piece rate ($50 for picking and carrying two tons of tomatoes) that they've been payed since 1978. In Portland, activists have been picketing outside Taco Bells around the city for the last four months, each first and third Saturday of the month. At the last two pickets - on N. Interstate and on W. Burnside - the consumer support was so strong that the Taco Bells were nearly empty for the whole time people were picketing outside.
May 1st is International Workers' Day, and is officially celebrated in every country but the United States and Canada. In 2000, May Day was marked by police violence in Portland, but the last two years, Vera's boys in blue have behaved themselves better. Around 1500 people gathered in the North Park Blocks in Portland and marched through the city today, making stops at the INS building and Taco Bell, among other places. A major theme of the event was immigrant rights. One arrest has been reported so far.
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David Barsamian, prominent critic and author of the recent book, 'The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting,' headlines a program sponsored by Friends of Public Boroadcasting to get Oregonians involved in shaping the future of public broadcasting in their communities. The program is being co-sponsored by local action groups in four Oregon cities this month -
Portland on Tuesday, April 30th at the First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Main
Eugene on Thursday, May 2nd at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street
Bend on Friday, May 3 at the Pilot Butte Middle School, 1501 NE Neff St.
Doors open at 7:00PM with the main program at 7:30PM. Admission is on a sliding scale from $ 5 -15.
"Public Broadcasting increasingly reflects the mentality of corporate America," says David Barsamian, journalist and producer of the public radio series, Alternative Radio, "Political interference and corporate money have undermined the original mission."
"If the public doesn't act to reclaim this important democratic resource, we will lose it altogether," adds Loren Sears, spokesman for Friends of Public Broadcasting (FOPB), a statewide public advocacy group. Read More
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or Wobblies) are opening their new union hall on Mayday, Wednesday, May 1st. The hall is located at 616 E. Burnside in Portland. There will be an open house/benefit starting at 7 PM. A short music set of IWW songs by local wobbly band the 'Joe Hillbillies' will happen around 8PM.
The IWW is a member run labor union founded in 1905. The IWW has a long history in Portland, organizing Saw mills, Longshore and cannery workers in the past; grocery, restaurant and social workers more recently. In 1916 the IWW hall was described as "The center of Portland culture" by Portland Journalist, John Reed (7 days that shook the world).
From the Cascadia Media Collective in Eugene: "War Time News #7, our biggest and best issue yet is now ready to be downloaded in either pdf or Word doc format! This issue covers Israel's incursion into Palestine, the war in Colombia, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's call for an investigation into the White House's foreknowledge of 9-11, the Verichip microchip implant given FDA approval for human use earlier this month, the US Senate Bill to privatize our water supplies and a whole lot more! The back page is all good news from protests around the world. We've distributed several hundred around Eugene and through the mail, but we're sure you'll want to print one out, make a few copies yourself and get them to people hungry for real news about what's going on. WTN is guaranteed to make people both angry at those in power and hopeful about rising up from below.
"Also up today in the POSTERS section is our pamphlet about the Verichip implant, "Are You Ready To Get Chipped?" The pamphlet covers background, context and implications of this creepy new product for social control from Florida based Applied Digital Solutions. Great for passing out to right-wing folks you'd like to make friends with and lefties who think that state power is good! Just go to POSTERS from the front page.
"All our print materials glean info from corporate news sources (so you can trust them?!?)...we just look in the dark corners and put it all together."
The Portland Freeskool is an alternative educational project that believes education should be open to all people regardless of class and monetary position; that allows teachers to teach regardless of official state or corporate education qualifications; that understands that good teachers are also good students. What is required is knowledge in a certain area, the enthusiasm to teach it, and a respect for the students that have willingly joined the class. The Freeskool, like other Freeskools in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Eugene, Olympia and Seattle, also believes that real education is a path to resistance, organizing and liberation.
This month the Freeskool will continue with Mathematics, Spanish, Ancient and Medieval African History, Poetry Performance and Silkscreening. This month will also feature: Meditation and Rituals for Healing, Taoism and I Ching, and Tree Climbing Safety and more. Read More
There will be a RALLY FOR JUSTICE FOR BYRON HAMMICK Saturday, April 27, 1pm in Laurelhurst Park. There is also a call for people to write letters to defend Black community leaders who are being targeted in the media for speaking out on the Hammick case.
Concerned people and Community Leaders will be joining the Hammick family in marching to the SE Precinct, and demanding an independent investigation into what went on the night Byron was shot, and an end to the Portland Police's "fire at will" policy against African-Americans.
All too often, lethal force is used by the police, and the questions are there: Why are the police unable to find ways to subdue people without killing them? If Bryon Hammick was white, would he be alive now?
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