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16.05.2004 15:09
Bolivia In Crisis

Bolivian BlockaderComputers For Bolivia Project Film Screening and Fundraiser
Saturday May 22nd @ 7 pm
First Unitarian Church, Salmon Street Sanctuary
1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR
$5-$20 donation requested


Bolivia is in the midst of the most severe political and economic crisis since the country's return to democracy in 1982. Social movements have mobilized to demand a voice in how Bolivia' strategic resources are administered and to demand a voice in the government, seeking a retraction of privatization policies, a livable wage and employment.

In the case with natural gas and oil they wish for Bolivia to be able to share in the beefits of these resources. It is estimated that Bolivia's oil and gas reserves total more than those of any other South American country, including those of Venezuela. The roots of the situation go back in the historic memory, from the days of Spanish colonialism with uninterrupted looting of the country's resources - silver, tin, oil and now gas - by foreign captialism, combined with the brutal oppression of the miners, peasants, and other working people.

Recent privatization has also been a leading factor in a reduction in the standard of living and the exaggeration in the gap between rich and poor. Approximately two thirds of the population is indigenous and they earn substantially less than non-Indians - poor farmers earn roughly 15 cents a day. Learn more about the Bolivian situation at this special event which will include videos as well as 3 speakers: Bolivian radiojournalist Jatun Runay; Steev Hise, videoactivist and recent visitor to Bolivia; and Kim Alphandary, freelance journalist specializing in Latin America. [ Read More ] [ NarcoNews Bulletin ]

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16.05.2004 08:34
2 Books To Prisoners Benefit Shows this week!
Portland Books to Prisoners is holding a benefit concert on Thursday, May 20th at the Rabbit Hole (203 SE Grand). Local musicians John Weinland, BoneSet, and The Summer Lawns will be performing beginning at 8 PM. Admission will be $3-5 or donated books.

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14.05.2004 13:50
Call to Action: Help bring about a P.U.D.!!!
PGE is ENRON!!! CALL TO ACTION...

We, at the Clackamas County PUD campaign, are looking for people to help with campaign visibility! Folks of all abilities are welcome and invited. The other day, we had a very abled-bodied individual in a wheel chair volunteer with us on a street corner... HIS SERVICES WERE ABSOLUTELY VALUABLE. ALSO!!! We are tAbLiNg An EvEnT in Oregon City and need volunteers to help throughout the weekend.


ATTENTION: RADICAL CHEERLEADERS!!! I do not know how I would get in touch with you in such short notice, but... if you are out there... and you get this message... WE COULD USE YOUR SUPPORT! Lets make some noise and get the mainstream corporate media to cover this.
Fighting the good fight has its pleasures. Of course! Sure! Certainly! But... Don't we need a win?!? Don't we deserve a win?!?

THIS IS OUR LAST WEEKEND for this before election day. Let's make some noise!


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13.05.2004 19:35
ACTION and ORGANIZING 101
forest defenders June 5-6 Portland Actions and Organizing Workshops!
Meet 10:30-11am at S.E. 39th and Ankeny
Laurelhurst Park, 11am-5pm (each day)
Self-serve lunch and snacks will be provided.


ACTION and ORGANIZING 101 Longstanding action oriented groups like the Cascadia Forest Alliance and others are no longer active in Portland - please come and join others interested in revitalizing Portland's tradition of active, radical, grassroots resistance! Beyond letter writing and changing our consumer habits there is a world of grassroots organizing and resistance--from meeting bulldozers in the forests to CEOs in their boardrooms. Come learn basic skills for creating successful actions to help save the little that remains of ancient forests. Meet others that share concerns about the corporate domination of public lands. Turn your concerns into ACTION. Topics will include: group building, know your rights, strategy, tactics, nonviolence, consensus, media, outreach, anti-oppression & the environmental movement, the Northwest Forest Plan, Mt. Hood timber sales, First Aid and more... [M]any of these workshops would be useful to a variety of groups and situations and we welcome all levels of experience. Read More

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13.05.2004 19:17
Queer Mutiny Not Consumer Unity!!!
queer prideCome to the open planning meeting for the Anti-Capitalist Queer Pride March. All GLBTQ and allies welcome. Bring ideas to People's Co-op 3029 SE 21st Ave @ 7pm on Tues. May 18th! As the queer community enters into a nascent consumer status, so too Pride becomes a celebration of this newly acquired market power. Pride is transformed into a vehicle for capitalist appropriation and identity consolidation, rather than serving the important function of promoting the continuing struggles of Queer people and their historical role in challenging power.

We demand a new queer activism. We are not interested in "brand loyalty" to those "brave" corporations who first bid to divest us of our money. We will not drink a Bud Light, Absolut or Gay Fuel beverage to support the commercial assimilation of our community. We deny a government who within the last year has "legitimized" our right to sex or offered us a tentative grasp on the dubious contract of marriage. In place of a festival of new consumerism we will celebrate a community historically maintained by mutual aid and the veritable need to resist. We will interrogate an increasingly homogenized, commodified, bourgeois disinterested queer identity, and uplift our communities with manifestations of queer fabulousless. Read More

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13.05.2004 11:36
The War Is Over.

When you put a sign on the freeway
people will read it
until someone takes it down.

Depending on its size, content and placement
it can be seen by hundreds of thousands of people.


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12.05.2004 22:07
Close HLS: Keep the Pressure on NorthWest Toxicology
The real terrorists have blood on their hands. Activists in Utah have done several demonstration against NorthWest Toxicology, located in Salt Lake City. NorthWest Toxicology, has shown some interest in making a public statement saying that they will no longer do business with HLS. We ask our supporters to contact NorthWest Toxicology's parent company LabOne, located in Kansas.

[And, remember:] The terrorists are the ones with blood on their hands.

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11.05.2004 02:18
Housing Advocacy Calendar for May
A listing of meetings, hearings, and trainings, etc. related to housing advocacy issues in the Metro area. Affordable housing may not be as sexy as some issues but everybody needs a roof over their heads! The high cost of housing hurts many in our communities, particularly low income families, seniors and the disabled. Lack of affordable housing pushes people into hunger and homelessness, and has negative impacts on the environment, the economy and the educational system. People throughout the region are getting active around this basic need. Here's a partial list of upcoming ways to get involved & show support.

Portland's proposed budget for 2004-05


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10.05.2004 23:30
Visibility for and with Dennis Kucinich and Sean Penn, tomorrow May 11
KucinichPlease join other Kucinich supporters tomorrow, Tuesday May 11 at the old office (now the Majority Visibility Project office), 1420 SE 37th Ave, Portland. We will be meeting at 4:40 pm to do visibility up and down Hawthorne.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDIA 08.05.2004 08:25
Amy Goodman's Exception to the Rulers 70-City Tour Hits Portland
70-City SRO Tour Hits Portland & Eugene May 8th

PORTLAND EVENT:
WHEN: SATURDAY MAY 8, 12:30pm
WHERE: Baghdad Theater (across from Powells)
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland
TICKETS: Free Event
For more information:  http://www.powells.com

EUGENE EVENT:
WHEN: SATURDAY MAY 8, 7:00pm—Eugene, OR
WHERE: 150 Columbia Hall, Univ. of Oregon
TICKETS: Benefit for KWVA and CTV
Students $6, Community members $10
Overflow room $3/$5
See  http://www.democracynow.org/book

WHAT: with Amy Goodman, acclaimed host of Pacifica Network's Democracy Now!, will speak, sign her best-selling new book: 'The Exception to the Rulers' and screen, 'Independent Media in a Time of War,' a scathing indictment of the "mainstream media's" coverage of the war in Iraq.

Goodman, who has criticized 'mainstream media' for excluding anti-war voices in the weeks leading to the war in Iraq, is broadcasting Democracy Now!, her daily national radio/TV show from the road. Democracy Now! is the largest public media collaboration in North America, broadcasting on over 220 radio and television stations nationwide.

Democracy Now! can be seen and heard on the following Eugene and Portland TV and Radio stations:

VISIT:  http://democracynow.org/book for more information.

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ANTI RACISM : COMMUNITY BUILDING 07.05.2004 11:44
Anti-Racism and Community Development Event
Reknowned educator Charlie Kreiner will faclilitate a conversation about how racism functions to create fear and isolation in communities and how people can find strength and common ground to build liberation in their own neighborhoods. This is a part of a series of dialogues in support of the Village Building convergence.

Charlie Kreiner has been independently educating on social justice issues for over 30 years. This event is at the Pine st Theater 215 SE 9th from 6-9pm on May 11th, the cost is $5.00-30.00 sliding scale, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

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BioDEVESTATION : San Francisco 07.05.2004 00:22
Reclaim the Commons
reclaim the commons Thousands of activists and organizers around the Western US will converge on San Francisco from June 3-9 to shut down the corporate takeover of basic life needs. While Savannah, Georgia will be the focus of G8 protests on East Coast, the West Coast G8 demonstrations will target the biotech industry's largest meeting of lobbyists and executives happening concurrently in San Francisco. However, this mobilization is much bigger than biotech.

Organizers have put out a call to not only target the meetings, but to reclaim the city of San Francisco from the corporate oligarchs and return it to the people. They plan actions that will create free local food sources and community gathering spaces, as well as actions that will bring together groups working for global, environmental and racial justice. [ read the full article... ]

reclaimthecommons.net | BioDEVESTATION 2004 ACTION PAGE


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HEALTH | COMMUNITY BUILDING 04.05.2004 05:22
West Coast Street Medics Gathering
Protest Medic Patch from Left Bank Books, Seattle, Wa. USA
Calling all Street and Forest Medics to convene at the West Coast Medics Gathering in Portland, OR May 28-30. Hurry, registration ends May 10.

Join us for a weekend conference for medics living and working on the West Coast to create a sense of connection and define who we are. We hope to share skills, experiences & resources, and address issues unique to medicing in the West.

Questions? Email: info@blackcrosscollective.org


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03.05.2004 12:12
Bark's Annual Community Forum on Mt. Hood National Forest: Be There MAY 4th
Surveying logging plans at Juncrock timber sale Logging has already begun on at least 3 timber sales on Mt. Hood National Forest. A Community Forum on Mt. Hood issues, organized by Bark, will be taking place on Tuesday, May 4th at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
2421 SE Orange, at 12th and Division at the Environmental Middle School.

There will be a Slide Show, Bake Sale, Presentations, Break-out Sessions, and Music!


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FOREST DEFENSE 01.05.2004 15:06
Two Events: Mark Rey in Oregon / Eastern Oregon Forest Camp
Bush's timber czar returns to Oregon!

Ashland, Oregon May 5-7

Undersecretary of Agriculture / Head of the Federal Timber Sale Program / Arch-timber lobbyist Mark Rey, will be coming to Ashland May 7 to present at the annual Society of American Foresters meeting. Expect Protests!!

Most major U.S. Forest Service and the timber industry officials will be in attendence. This is a tremendous opportunity to influence how the public will react to Bush's old-growth logging program and the Biscuit logging project-the latter being the largest proposed timber sale in the modern history of the national forest system.

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Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project Field Checking Blitz

May 11th-16th: Take a couple days for Eastern Oregon's remote old-growth forests!

Blue Mountains is sponsoring a survey blitz of public land timber sales the week of May 11th through the 16th (Tuesday - Sunday). Blue Mountains is a special effort, taking folks from around Cascadia and the country to learn timber sale monitoring skills in some of Oregon's most remote and unprotected forests. Blue Mountains uses legal processes to stop illigitimate timber sales with a high rate of success, but they are volunteer-driven and need help to gather evidence to use in lawsuits.

Rides available, more drivers needed! Contact the Cascadia Rising EcoDefense Network.

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Cascadia RiSiNG! EcoDefense Network | Blue Mountains | Rogue IMC | pdx indy forest activism page


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RECLAIM THE COMMONS 01.05.2004 06:28
West Coast G8 Regional Mobilization in San Francisco Call to Action
shut down the g8 banner
West Coast G8 Regional Convergence Call to Action
San Francisco, California : June 3 - June 10, 2004
www.westcoastg8.net


Call for a West Coast mass mobilization and direct action from June 3rd-9th of 2004 in San Francisco in solidarity with the mobilization against the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Sea Island, Georgia:

This summer, June 8 - 10, the 8 leaders (plus the European Commission president) who represent the world's richest countries will meet at Sea Island, Georgia -- an exclusive resort in the middle of the ocean. We don't need to rub in the fact that this location was selected because it keeps away the one thing that always ruins the G8 meetings: people.

This year, a clear message needs to be sent to the G8. More than that, we in the United States urgently need to send a message of solidarity to everyone resisting the ruling class's adventures around the world. Part of the message is that moving summits to obscure locations will not stop us from using the occasion as a chance to be in the streets and show opposition to what the summit represents.

[ Free Radio Santa Cruz Audio File | Contact Info | Reclaim the Commons ]


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CELEBRATING MAY DAY 30.04.2004 15:49
Childcare for Mayday to be provided at IWW Hall
Portland IWW Mayday Planning Committee to provide childcare at our union hall.

Where: IWW Hall, 616 East Burnside St., Portland, OR
When: 12:00-4:00p

[ Contact Info... ]

Mayday is a day long event this year!

With the themes of Health Care, Jobs/Overtime, & The Right to Organize,
the days events are as follows:

8:30am Labor Breakfast with Congressman and Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich
12:00pm Rally at North Park Blocks @ NW. Park Ave. and W. Burnside St. with Music, Entertainment and Speakers
2 pm March - Approximately 2 miles with stops and speaches
4 pm Speeches by Political Candidates @ the North Park Blocks

After the March party at the IWW hall at SE 6th and Burnside

6 pm 7th Annual Labor Appreciation Night @ Westmoreland Union Manor, 6404 SE. 23rd Ave.
7 pm May Day Celebration @ Bread and Roses Center 819 N Killingsworth


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POLICE/LEGAL 26.04.2004 14:43
Arissa Asks D.A. Schrunk to Specify Who Comprised the Grand Jury That Refused to Indict
The Portland chapter of the Arissa organization today asked Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk to specify what the racial and socio-economic make-up was of the grand jury that refused to indict Portland Police Officer Jason Sery for the murder of James Jahar Perez.

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SOLIDARITY | CREATIVE 24.04.2004 23:17
Peg Millet In Concert Tuesday
Peg Millett At Laughing Horse Tuesday 4/27 at 7-pm for Tre Arrow Fundraiser An evening of songs, stories and truth telling with Peg Millett at Laughing Horse Books [3652 SE Division] benefiting Tre Arrow's Legal Defense Fund

Known for her sweet voice and her unfailing commitment to preserving what little remains of our wild places. Peg Millett has dedicated her life to acting against the destruction of this blue-green planet we call home.

$5-$10 suggested donation or more if you can afford it!

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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION 22.04.2004 23:54
Act for the Earth: a bioregional ecology conference and skills training
April 30 - May 2, 2004
Southern Oregon University Ashland, Oregon

Peace House, OSPIRG and the Ecology Center of the Siskiyous (ECOS) are collaborating to host a weekend of workshops, panels and trainings on the campus of Southern Oregon University. With a focus on applied skills and trainings, the weekend will offer participants the opportunity to take a variety of actions on behalf of the earth and all life.

Act for the Earth is a community effort to draw connections between diverse struggles that can easily be seen as one. Consciously blending "issues" from social justice to eco-defense in order to share our experiences and learn from each other, this Conference aims to build inspiration and longevity in our actions. Join us for an exciting weekend in the shadow of the Siskiyou Mountains in beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

Rogue Valley IMC


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