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Every Saturday at the Red and Black at 5pm indymedia volunteers get together to talk about the cool projects they are working on and to meet new people. If you are interested in being involved in media activism, come on by. Whether it is video, audio, writing articles, helping with center column features or outreach that interests you, your skills and/or enthusiasm are needed and welcome. There are many effective, creative and satisfying projects, both existing and envisioned that people can work on. Indymedia needs more volunteers! Women are particularly encouraged to get involved.
Portland Indymedia is a loose collective of media focused activists. Meetings are enjoyable and open, with work and laughter mixed together. Within the guiding principles, people act autonomously from their own creative impulse. People who like doing audio, work together and do audio. Portland indymedia is a creative and dynamic cauldron within which to develop ones skills, and do effective work in the world.
Are you tired of marching in the street begging the politicians to transform the world? Do you feel protests have lost there effectiveness? Do believe that getting arrested for social justice really doesn't change anything and just ends up being an expensive visit to jail?
Let's face it the negative approach of protest and lobbing has outlived its usefulness. Panhandlers are more effective at getting what they want then protestors and non-profs. What progressives need is a new approach, a positive step towards change, one where we stop begging the corrupt system to change itself. We need to take things into our own hands. We must build an alternative system that's sustainable and socially just. We need positive action rather than negative reaction in order to change the world's direction. OrganicVolunteers.com, the brainchild of an Idahoan, is one such organization that attempts to put the tools of positive action into your hands.
Join The Anarchist Gardening & Gleaning Collective for a winter gardening workshop!!!
Do you like Gardening and Bike rides? Does the thought of winter make you want to carve your heart out with a spoon? Then join AGG this friday the fifth for a winter gardening workshop at an organic farm outside of the city! Folks will be leaving portland at 2pm for an awesome 25 mile bike ride out to Oregon City. The workshop happens at 5:30, there will be a sleepover at the farm, and the group will return to portland the next day. Bring a sleeping bag and some food. [read more]
Anarchist Gardening and Gleaning Community Mtg Monday, September 8 @ 7pm
The Anarchist Gardening and Gleaning Community will be meeting Monday, September 8 @ 7pm in the cafeteria of the Smith Memorial Union at PSU (corner of SW Broadway & Montgomery). The cafeteria is the NW corner of the ground floor of the building. [Some items to be discussed:]
Peace Forum & Performance on 9/6
Free Benefit at PSU Smith Memorial Center Room # 298 this Saturday, September 6 at 2-5PM. Discussion Forum with 8 Speakers, Performances of Multicultural Music by Professional & Semi-Professional Musicians, Dance Presentation, & Art Displays. [Participants include]
9/11: Where Are We Now @ Clinton Street Theater
In the Shadow of Bin Laden - a documentary filmed entirely on location near the famous and historic Khyber Pass on the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Wednesday September 3rd, one of the four people charged with "Interference with an agricultural operation" at the Borg timber sale, Matthew Ritzinger, will begin his trial.
Matthew will be having a trial by jury at Clackamas county courthouse (807 Main St., Oregon City) at 9:00 am. It has been over a year since the initial charges were first made during the road blockades at the Borg timber sale in Mt. Hood NF. Folk will be meeting at the CFA office (1540 SE Clinton) at 8:00 am to carpool to Oregon City.
Matthew is looking at up to 18 months in county jail for the "Interference" charge and a "Disorderly Conduct" charge. For those who support or participate in direct action forest defense, it is urgent that you come to Oregon City to be there for our friend who has put his freedom and life on the line to protect the ancient forest. It is equally vital for ALL of us who resist injustice and exploitation to be in Oregon City to demonstrate, in action, that we stand together as a community and that we are there for our comrades no matter what the cost.
There seems to be a lot of support for the idea of us lefty activist types stealing the next sheriff election. We have about a year to get someone in office, and need 80,000 Multnomah county votes to do it. Just think how much better things would be if we RAN a policing agency here, rather than having some powerless "citizen oversight board" or other neutered group of people. The problem? We have to chose a candidate! So line up the nominations.
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Trek for Trees is a benefit ride out of Eugene. Eugene is about 110 miles away. The benefit ride is about 40 miles each way. Do you like to ride bikes a lot? Join us on a ride down to Eugene, out to the cancelled Winberry Creek timber sale where we'd camp out with Eugene forest activists and supporters, ride back to Eugene, and back up to Portland. We'd also camp somewhere halfway between Portland and Eugene. A novel experiment in connecting activist communities by bike, staying close to the Willamette River which connects these two cites. The ride should average 50 miles a day, which most people should be able to handle. Trek for Trees is a fundraiser for Eugene forest defense, and it works through the pledge system. Get a pledge form, find some sponsors, and do the ride. Cascadia Forest Defense then asks the pledgee for the donation to support their awesome forest defense campaign. If enough Portlanders go on this ride, they could probably patch some proceeds back to the local Cascadia Forest Alliance office. I'll put pledge forms in the CFA office at 16th and Clinton, or get them from me in North Portland. With such a long trip, we want plenty of bike repairing skill, and food donations would be welcome. Please contact me if you're interested or want to help. Anyone who lives between should feel free to join us partway.
The 5th annual Trek for Trees pledge bike ride is now scheduled for September 13 & 14 (saturday/sunday) leaving at 9:00am. This years ride is called the "Winberry Victory Ride" in honor of the recent success at Winberry following a 4+ year tree-sit and public outreach campaign! We are now focused on defending Straw Devil where we are maintaining multiple tree-sits, as well as Pryor, East Devil, and the Upper North/Warm Springs timber sales.
The Youth of today [are] our leaders for tomorow, when the monsters of today Kill our planet, someone is going to have to stand up and get up and get organized!
Its up to us.
CALL OUT TO HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS INTERESTED.
FOR MORE INFO
COME TO POTLUCK AT EMS (enviormentle Middle School) THURSDAY THE 28th at 5 pm.
VIDEOS FROM THE RESISTANCE
Portlanders plan to protest pResident Bush on Aug. 21 when he visits town for a fundraiser at the University of Portland. This website has been abuzz with plans, ideas, flyers, and more. For details, go to http://portland.indymedia.org/en/action/a22round2.
Resources: pdx indymedia a21 action page | a21 flyers | pdx indymedia flyer | protest text message service | bike/bus transportation | carpool information | maps of the area | bush visit schedule | child care | police scanner url | stopbushseattle.com | A22 Portland Bush Protest Archive Page
STATEWIDE BILL OF RIGHTS DEFENSE RALLY
Be in Salem on Wednesday, August 20 at NOON for the Bill of Rights Defense Rally at the State Capitol!
900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301
We are so close in many ways to passing Senate Joint Memorial 7, a resolution supporting the Bill of Rights by opposing parts of the UPA (U.S.A.P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act) and other post 9/11 federal orders.
We have support in the Senate. We have bi-partisan support, and a Republican sponsor. We must show our legislators that we, the people want the legislature to act on this issue before adjourning .
We also need for you to send testimony to the legislature.The bill number is SJM 7. To read the
From the international "gag rule" on family planning agencies to the current attempt to pass the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act" , President Bush and his right wing cronies are waging a full assault on women's reproductive rights. In these pivotal times, it is essential to stand up in defense of a woman's right to choose.
<br>Saturday, August 23rd , 2:00pm Holladay Park, NE Holladay St. & 11th Ave.
Community Action Forum:
"Eyewitness report: US Occupation of Iraq"
6pm: Award winning video on the Venezuelan Coup
7pm Zaher Wahab, PhD-update on Afghanistan
7:30pm Medea Benjamin, international human rights activist and founding director of Global Exchange. She's just returned from Iraq and will also update us on the upcoming WTO summit in Cancun and FTAA meeting in Miami.
Smith Center Ballroom-Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway
$5-10 requested donation (no one turned away) Cosponsored by PSU Progressive Student Union, PCASC, CBLOC, and dozens of other groups.
Every night this week films will be flickering at The Know, from political poop to optical ammo to dazzle your retinas....come and support the undependant cinema!
You may know that in May of this year I wrote and asked my state congresswoman, Mary Nolan, if she would sponsor a state resolution opposing The "USA Patriot Act". Locally and nationally many regional and city municipalities have passed this type of resolution and three other states have done so, Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont, other states have action pending. After receiving my letter Mary Nolan called me and said , "yes" she was interested and would try to get the resolution heard and passed by the legislature during the current session. Now, with bi-partisan support and the the magnificent efforts of the Lane County Bill Of Right Defense Committee the Anti USA Patriot resolution has been written and may soon be submitted to the legislative assembly. For this to happen and to see the resolution is passed we could use your help!
Please find time to go to Salem to help as needed to get this resolution passed. The groundwork has been done and now we must show STRONG PUBLIC INTEREST. Yes, the day to go to Salem to be part of this may be the same day as the BUSH protest in Portland. Please read the message below and join me in seeing to it that Oregon becomes the forth state to Pass a resolution opposing the USA Patriot Act. Please contact people listed below and be part of this national referendum opposing the USA Patriot Act
Please Check out these events Tues, Weds, Thurs Please Come to 1, 2 or all 3 of these Events!
TUES August 19th 10:30 am - 12:30pm
WED August 20th 11:45 am - 2pm
THURS 10am - ???? August 21st - JOIN PORTLAND IN SAYING: "NO TO BUSH!" Meet at 10am at Columbia Park on North Lombard Avenue University of Portland, Corner of Portsmouth and Willamette
Portland Anti Capitalist Action, Queer Revolution and the Portland General Organizing Group of the Federation of Northwest Anarchist Communists (FNAC) endorses, supports and calls on everyone to attend the demonstrations coming up the 21st of this month to protest George W. Bush. We feel that this demonstration is crucial towards illustrating the resistance to his regime, but also to draw attention to the bigger picture of what the system Bush is upholding is all about.
Hardly the brightest bulb you never did see George Dubya Bush is coming back to Portland on August 21 almost a year to the day that he came to Portland last time. As he looks forward to his warm reception this time you can, now for the first time on cable TV, see what the welcome wagon looked like last year on the Video Collective's A22 protest video. Portland cable access will be showing the A22 and Day X protest video six times between 08/16/2003 and 08/31/2003. Be sure to set your VCR (or a friend's) so you can tape it.
The anarchist gardening and gleaning collective is looking for urban fruit and nut trees! No more apples rotting on the ground! No more walnuts derailing you on your bike! No more mushy rotten fig mess on the sidewalk! If you've got information on where to find trees in public spaces that aren't being picked, send us the information so we can compile a handy map for summer fruit gorging! pie! pie! pie! The anarchist gardening and gleaning collective wants to feed YOU!
The General Defense Committee of Industrial Workers of the World and local civil rights activists are preparing for the upcoming visit by President Bush to the University of Portland on August 21, 2003. Motivated by last year's outrageous police behavior towards peaceful, legal demonstrators, we are hosting the following events:
Civil Disobedience Workshop:
This event is open to all ages and the general public. Our goal is to promote awareness of resources and skills available to effectively exercise our freedom of assembly and speech.
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