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On October 12th, folks went with BARK to visit the Juncrock Timber Sale in the Mt. Hood National Forest. We went to see first hand what healthy stands of forest the Barlow Ranger District wants to log in the name of eradicating Indian Paint fungus and other natural diseases. It is critical that the Forest Service hear from as many of us as possible that we don't want this splendid eastside forest logged. When the comment period is over, the Forest Service will render a final decision, so now is your chance to make a difference!
COMMENT DEADLINE: MONDAY, OCT. 27!
Your calls are urgently needed into the Senate as the deal on HR 1904, the so-called "Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003" is soon to be brought to the Senate floor (Call in script below). This call-in day is perfectly timed, and we hope that everyone can make calls. It is critical that every Senator be educated on the issue and hears from us! We need to keep the pressure on our Senators so that they continue to oppose Bush's HR 1904, or to change their minds if they are currently a supporter of Bush's plan. The Senators are listening, and even starting to question the new version of the bad bill.
Let your Senator know that the negotiated Senate deal would still implement the Bush Administration's "Healthy Forests Initiative" and is strikingly similar to the House passed version of HR 1904. Although the language in parts of the Senate version has been changed, there are many loopholes in the deal that render the negotiated changes hollow.
You can call your Senator toll-free to DC at: 1-800-648-3516 OR 1-800-839-5276 OR (202) 224-3121
Dear activist community,
There is not currently money, and more importantly, collective energy to maintain the CFA office. There is not a committed group of people willing to be responsible for maintaining the space, and there is only enough money to pay rent for a short period longer.
If there are people who want to see CFA have an office this winter, and who are willing to be apart of making that happen, now is the time to come forward. Otherwise, CFA will close its door on December 1st, 2003. CFA's phone, email, and website will be maintained, but the rest of CFA's physical infrastructure will shut down.
There will be an open house to clarify and discuss the issues for the community at large on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7pm at CFA's office (corner of 16th and Clinton). If you have input, and especially if you are serious about committing to the current office or a new CFA office, please attend, or contact the office at 503-241-4879 ASAP. No final decisions will be made at this meeting - it is only for clarifying the issues and to allow for further community assessment.
On October 22, 2003, a diverse group of individuals will join together in the streets of Portland to say not here, not now, not ever! We will be rising up to let every police officer everywhere know that we have had enough! As one local activist, Zazabelle, put it, "We will state, loud and clear, that the phrase 'To serve and protect,' doesn't mean a thing so long as it's worn behind a badge of deception, hatred, and brutality! I want to see this violent power trip end every day of my life, not just October 22, but this is a good chance for the community to get out there en mass, and say it loud and clear so that no officer can say they didn't hear us."
We are asking for individuals to come out for this event. There will be a vegan (no meat or dairy products) potluck, speakers, and a march through downtown Portland. Feel free to bring vegan food for the potluck, signs, and anyone you know. The speakers will include Craig Rosebraugh, Stu Albert, Dan Handleman, and more. It is also asked that you wear all black as a symbol of solidarity and mourning, but this is up to each person individually. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come. No matter what your race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, age, or religion, we are all open targets for violent police misconduct. People who associate themselves with minority groups are especially encouraged to attend, because we recognize the threat of police profiling is aimed most commonly at racial minorities, sexual minorities, transgendered and gender variant individuals, and young adults.
Many people associated with Indymedia are preparing to cover the FTAA/ALCA Ministerial meeting in Miami this coming November. Several work groups have been formed to coordinate different aspects of our effort. Since Indymedia is an all volunteer collective, to cover this historic moment in history, we are in need of funds to pay for the costs of computer, video and web radio hardware, Internet access and a public convergence space.
Please help us out by making a tax-deductible online donation of any amount, using your Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Bank debit card. You have two options:
Browse to the new FTAA Indymedia site
Go Directly to Donate Site
Report from Chicago FTAA Consulta
Logging began wednesday in Unit 7 of the Blodgett Timber Sale in Umpqua National Forest. The Logging was prevented for one day by Forest Defenders, but began again yesterday after a blockade was removed by the Forest Service. This area consists of gorgeous rocky meadows as well as madrones, hemlocks, sugar pines, doug firs, yew trees, and more. It is also home to numerous wildlife including at least one cougar.
The rights to log this area were given to Roseburg Forest products / Scott Timber as replacement volume under the controversial Salvage rider program. Both companies are owned by Allyn Ford of Roseburg, OR. Mr.Ford is also the Chairman and 3rd largest shareholder in Umpqua Bank behind the Herbert Family and Richard Williams; all of which are huge player in the logging industry.
Lock down at Medford BLM sale
Speaker: Juan Carlos Galvis is Vice President of SINALTRAINAL, the Colombian national food & beverage workers union, and President of the CUT, the Colombian national trade union confederation, in the town of Barrancabermeja, and worker at the local Coca-Cola bottling plant. He is also a human rights advocate and leader of the local coalition "Space for Human Rights Workers of Magdalena Medio." Barrancabermeja is one of the areas in Colombia with the highest amounts of paramilitary violence, and as a result of this, Juan Carlos has survived numerous death threats and actual assassination attempts against his life, the most recent occurring on August 22, 2003. Juan Carlos is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Coca-Cola filed in US Federal Courts evidence linking the Coca-Cola with the paramilitary groups that have threatened him because of his outspoken commitment to labor and human rights.
Friday, Oct. 17 @ 7pm
Bark has an unusually large amount of tasks we really need help with in the upcoming weeks and months. Please check out the list below and let us know if you can help!
Some of this stuff can even be done from home. Everything is no experience neccessary!
1. Phone banking (this is desperately needed in the next week - you can do it from home!)
2. Flyering around town for Bark's next hike on November 9th.
3. Tabling for Bark around Town or at "Fall Fest" a benefit on Saturday October 25th. (You'll get in this $10 event FREE: bands, puppet show, belly-dancing, and fire-dancing).
4. Watching Bark TV videos and writing a brief description of their contents (a great way to learn about Bark)
5. Odd jobs around the office: filing, data-entry, errand running, etc. (we could definitely use help in the coming week here at the office.)
6. Calling our volunteers to ask for help (yes, we need it that bad!)
Remember folks: Bark is built on the strength of its volunteers - we only have 1Ĺ employees to monitor the whole Mt. Hood - we need your help! Students - you can intern with us! Call us anytime!
Infoshop.org is calling for a boycott of companies that advertise on the Fox News Channel. Fox News is the main purveyor of the right wing agenda in America, which has had a deleterious effect on American politics. Fox News presents itself falsely as a bastion of " fair and balanced" journalism and as an alternative to the "liberal media."
Infoshop.org is calling for people to boycott products and services associated with companies that do business with this right wing cable channel. We seek the removal of Fox News from cable services.
The Portland City Council will be hearing a resolution criticizing the most egregious portions of the USA PATRIOT Act. Portland would join close to 200 local jurisdictions across the country to take a stand against the USA PATRIOT Act.
We need you to take immediate action. We understand that Portland City Council will be taking the resolution under consideration on Wednesday, October 29. Before that time, they need to hear from all of us in urging them to support the Anti-Patriot Resolution. Apparently Lars Larson has been urging listeners of his radio show to oppose it and City Council is only hearing from opponents.
Please call the Commissioners today and urge them to SUPPORT A STRONG VERSION OF THE ANTI-PATRIOT RESOLUTION.
Mayor Vera Katz
Come out and join us for two days of Anti-Columbus/ Indigenous Solidarity activities, including debut footage from WTO Cancun protests.
Monday, Oct. 13th, 7 p.m.
Service Employees International Union Hall
3536 SE 26th (south of Powell)
"When the elected government tramples over democratic values and the chances for a just peace in the region, we have no choice but to obey our conscience and refuse to take part in the attack on the Palestinian people. As youth about to be called to serve in the military we pledge to do all that we seefit so as not to serve the occupation."
Reportback from WTO Ministerial Meetings in Cancun, Mexico!
Sunday, October 12th, 6:00pm
616 E. Burnside (CBLOC office/IWW Hall)
Come hear first hand accounts from those who were able to go down to Cancun and be a part of the resistance to the WTO ministerial meetings. This will also be a sendoff event for those planning on going to the FTAA meetings in Miami (November 19-22).
For those planning on going to Miami, we are having a planning meeting Thursday, October 23 @ 6:00pm, 616 E. Burnside. This meeting will be an opportunity for people to coordinate, discuss plans for how to bring the experiences from Miami back to the community, and to share knowledge of what will be happening in Miami, along with some other details.
Coca-Cola: Stop the Killings & Protect Human Rights
Juan Carlos Galvis, Vice President of SINALTRAINAL (the Columbian food and beverage workers union) and worker in the local Coca-Cola plant to speak in Portland! Juan has survived many death threats, and actual assassination attempts on his life. He is also one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Coca-Cola filed in the US Federal Courts, which has evidence linking Coca-Cola with the paramilitary groups that have threatened him because of his commitment to labor and human rights.
Kidnapping. Torture. Murder.
Take action at: http://www.caja.org/coke/index.htm
News Update from PCUN, Oregon's Farmworker Union PCUN members and supporters are invited to join us at this upcoming celebration. With the completion of the Cipriano Ferrel Education Center, the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation has reached a milestone in the history of Woodburn and its farmworker community.
Grand opening of Cipriano Ferrel Education Center:
This call is from the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. Where will you be on October 22, 2003? What will you be doing? Will you join with thousands of others across the country to expose and oppose the nationwide epidemic of Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation?
They tell us the repressive practices they are enacting today, like expanding racial profiling and giving the police more power over the people, are being done to keep us safe. Roundups and deportations of thousands of immigrants are widely practiced. Laws and policies which are being enacted today, like the USA PATRIOT ACT and Homeland Security, raise the specter of a police state. But there ain't no safety in a police state!
This stepped-up clampdown has already met with resistance in many areas... On October 22, 2003, the 8th Annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, we have an opportunity to make a powerful and visible manifestation in the streets and in other ways to oppose this repressive clampdown and break through the wall of silence the authorities have tried to maintain around these outrages. We can drag their crimes out into the light of day so that others may join us in opposing them. Our actions on October 22nd will give strength and courage to people who are resisting and let them know that they have allies.
Ready for an antidote for mainstream media bias?
Learn how to deconstruct, work with or even become the media at the 3rd Annual Peace, Justice and Media Conference. All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.
The membership of the Portland IWW retail/general distribution workers Industrial Organizing Committee (IOC 660) stands in complete solidarity with the workers represented by ILWU Local #5 of Powell's Bookstores, Inc. Our Committee, comprised of workers from several facets of the retail world, recognizes a common struggle with our fellow workers from Powell's against worker exploitation. IOC 660 has noted how Powell's management has continually proceeded in a pattern of employee intimidation against union activists, and how it has often times unfairly punished Powell's workers under the pretense that "well, the union's rules make us have to do it."
The IWW IOC 660 would like to extend our greatest feelings of solidarity to Powell's rank and file workers. We recognize that standing up to the boss and demanding more, especially in this time of supposed economic recession, requires great courage and love for everyone who you work with. In our own workplaces, IWW members struggle with this reality everyday, so we know how hard it can be to pull people together.
Our hope is that Powell's workers realize that they are not alone, and that IWW members are ready and willing to support them. [ Read more... ]
Informational picket at Powell's, Sun. Oct. 12, 1 PM to 4 PM
With the injunction ending tomorrow, Straw Devil needs your help!
Cascadia Forest Defenders invites anyone and everyone who wants to save the last of our ancient, native forests to come out to the Straw Devil timber sale now! The temporary restraining order against the logging of this magnificent forest expires tomorrow, and we could see logging of the sale (as well as East Devil, Pryor, and Solo sales) as soon as tomorrow, October 8th.
Anyone who can come out to the forest to stay for a day, a week, a month, forever is encouraged to come. Even if you cannot make it out to physically resist these ecocidal maniacs, those who are in the forest would greatly benefit from any donations of winter clothing (ie, wool, capilene, goretex), rain gear, camping gear, climbing gear, or money
If you want to join us, or just help out from afar, now is the time! Please contact us!
phone: (541) 684-8977
address: Office: 454 Willamette Ste 205, Eugene
Mail: PO Box 11122, Eugene, OR 97440
Mount Ashland, the highest peak in southern Oregon's Siskiyou Mountains is threatened by a proposed ski area expansion that would log 450 truck fulls of pristine old-growth forest, intrude into a roadless area, threaten rare plant & animal habitat, and threaten the purity of Ashland's only water supply. Please visit this website and send an email in opposition to the expansion: www.mountashland.com
Rogue IMC Coverage with Video .
Volunteers are needed for a Jim Hightower talk benefitting The Portland Alliance, Alliance for Democracy and KBOO. The event will take place on October 8th at 7pm at PSUs Smith Ballroom (1825 SW Broadway). Tickets are $10-$20 sliding scale and all proceeds benefit The Portland Alliance, Alliance for Democracy and KBOO.
Jim Hightower, (author of "There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos : A Work of Political Subversion" and "If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote, They'd Have Given Us Candidates") will be in Portland October 10th talking about his new book, "Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country--And Its Time to Take It Back".
Volunteers get in FREE and are still needed for both the talk and the reception. To get tickets or volunteer contact The Portland Alliance by phone at 503-239-4991or by email at email@example.com
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