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A truly, truly horrific legislative "rider" has been attached to the US Senate's appropriation bill (the money they use to fund the government bureaucracy). The bill would immediately invalidate all lawsuits that have thus far stopped Southern Oregon's Biscuit timber sale (the largest logging project in the history of US public lands, see http://o2collective.org/ for more info), including the lawsuits on the 12.5 SQUARE MILES of pristine, untouched roadless areas. In essence it would make the complete logging of all of the Biscuit timber sale the law and 100% unstopable by legal means.
Furthermore it would reverse the major environmental victory of this year, the court ruling that found that the Forest Service had failed to protect Spotted Owls by frequently allowing logging in owl's "critical habitat" (see http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/08/294184.shtml)
Lastly, it would legislate the so called "no surprises" rule, which essentially offers a warranty to property owners who take part in the conservation plans, guaranteeing that once they commit to a plan, no new scientific data can affect their ability to build (see http://forests.org/articles/reader.asp?linkid=27771).
If you're the Senator calling type please do so ASAP!
San Antonio, TX - Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a reply brief in a federal court in Texas supporting its motion to unseal a secret court order. That order had led to the seizure of two servers hosting several websites and radio feeds belonging to Indymedia, a global collective of Independent Media Centers (IMCs) and thousands of journalists.
EFF filed its reply after the United States Attorney's Office in San Antonio, Texas, filed an opposition brief urging the federal court to refuse EFF's request to unseal. The opposition brief argued that secrecy was required to protect "an ongoing criminal terrorist investigation" and that the confidentiality provisions of a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) trumped the rights of Indymedia in this case.
This marks the first time that the federal government has formally admitted to the secret order's existence. In its reply brief, EFF reminded the government that treaties are limited by the Bill of Rights, including the First Amendment right of access to court proceedings.
Yes, the "election" was a cruel joke, the forests continue to fall, fascism is rising, and imperialist war rages in our own streets and those of the middle east. But enough despair. Time to shake off the dust of apathy and get back to work. Come to the Backspace this Wednesday night - 7p.m. - to see what's happening in the resistance, and get inspired to act.
General Alexander Haig said: "Let them march all they want - as long as they pay their taxes." If you are uncomfortable with the disconnect between your efforts towards justice and peace, and the use to which your federal taxes are put, this introductory workshop may be for you. We'll touch on the many ways and levels of war tax redirection, as well as the supportive community of war tax resisters.
Sunday, November 14th at 7pm there will be a meeting at the Back2Back Cafe on 6th and E Burnside to begin planning for getting out to D.C. for the inauguration on January 20th.
We filled the streets the day after the election, and we need to keep the momentum going. On January 20th Bush will begin his second term in the city where he received only 9% of the vote. On that day we will be there with all the rage and frustration we displayed on November 3rd; but this time we will be more prepared.
We will not be silent and watch this happen.
This film documents the protests and police state built up in Miami around the Nov. 2003 FTAA Ministerial. Many Cascadians headed down there to be in the streets, and they met up with thousands of folks from around the hemisphere to all be part of the catastrophe that has constantly encircled this free trade agreement.
This film is simultaneously gut-wrenching and uplifting, there is amazing resistance and equally amazing repression. The fight against the FTAA is ongoing, but we are winning.
When/Where: Sat. Dec. 4, 2pm @ the Clinton Street Theater. This screening is a benefit for the portland indymedia tech collective, the folks who keep this site up and running. Cost: $5+ (sliding scale).
A critical analysis of the topic of gay marriage needs to take place. On November 2nd, the gays and lesbians were told by a straight people through a straight government that their relationships didn't fall into their category of normalcy and they wouldn't be validated. Queers can either accept this and go back to the way life was before marriage and think 'well, it was worth a shot,' or we can move on to the next step.
Alan Graf, head of The National Lawyers Guild chapter here in Portland Oregon, and The Northwest Constitutional Rights Center is sending a call out for video and photos documenting police using pepper spray to disperse protesters on November 3rd.
"If you have photographs and or videos of police using pepper spray to disperse protestors, Please contact me. I want to see them. We can use these photos and videotapes against the police in litigation. Good videos along with witness names and phone numbers WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE."
"I am also interested in talking with witnesses and people who were sprayed and/or injured by pepper spraying or police brutality from yesterday's protest."
To contact Alan Graf, information is below:
1020 SW Taylor St., Ste. 230
Portland, Oregon 97205
In the coming months we will use this website to organize resistance to the bush corporate war machine. Do not Despair, Organize.
In the coming months we will post actions to help people stop collaborating with the corporate takeover of the world.
Here are just a few of the events that we are discussing and organizing now.
A brainstorm on protest & action strategyMany people have written expressing their frustration with the Nov. 3 (and other recent) protests, namely the extreme control the police have over the crowd. They wield this control with ease, despite our often vastly superior numbers and (hopefully!) superior intellect.
This is an attempt to start a dialogue to address this problem.
If the police have a plan and we don't we're clearly fucked, unless we're all in a remarkably good and clear head space. Unless we are content being corralled on the sidewalk, split into 6 groups, and eventually semi-dispersing due to mass confusion we must come more prepared to deal with the police behavior. It's so sad to here the chants, "this is what democracy looks like" and "whose streets? our streets" when the reality is so clearly the opposite!
Being prepared for the police involves several components, which I detail below:
What if on the day after the presidential election people from all walks of life across America mobilized in their communities to go beyond voting and demonstrate our visions for a truy democratic society? Because the crisis of our democracy did not start with Bush and won't end with Kerry, the Beyond Voting campaign is calling for our election year debate to expand beyond Democrats versus Republicas to the larger issue of whether the U.S. will be a Democracy or an Empire. No matter who wins, we will be uniting to open up a new political space to define democracy as grassroots and participatory. [ Read More ]
Today is World Vegan Day. Vegans world-wide are celebrating around the globe their special habit, life style choice, and mission to recruit more vegans.. This week is "NATIONAL VEGAN WEEK 2004" which kick started on the 30th of October with 'Make A Difference Day' and the Vegan Society AGM and then runs until the 7th of November. Today marks the 60th Birthday of "World Vegan Day."
Paul Richmond will be talking with Per Fargren on KBOO today, Friday October 29 at 9:00 a.m. PST about Mayoral Candidate Tom Potter's past record, and current campaign. Paul was here in Portland during Potter's reign of terror, and knows the intimate details of how the current militarization of the PPD under Potter's reign, began. He may also share some of the other things he discovered while digging into Portland's inner workings, and exposing them on Cable Access as well as in the publications In Xcess (sp??) and The Portlandian.
Krzysztof Krol, anarchist activist from the city of Poznan, will speak about current situation of the anarchist movement (and resistance in general) in Poland, followed by movies. Also discussion about how the anarchist movement publishes books and newspapers in Poland. Followed by exhibition of 30 color photos of anarchist activity in the country.
Event is at Laughing Horse Books, 3652 SE Division (at 37th), 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday 30 October, phone 503-236-2893.
In THE KNOW theatre Bill Ellis will be previewing a new RNC protest video and in the main gallery there will be an exhibition of photos from the RNC protests by Bette Lee (black & white images) and Brian Thomas (color images). Bette is the Portland Alliance's staff photographer and Brian Thomas uploaded to Portland Indymedia photo essays on all the big anti-war protests. Brian will also briefly highlight the new edition of "If Monks had Macs," his landmark working man's guide to Western Civilization.
A portion of the sales from the Alberta Street KNOW show will go to NYC legal defense fund. There will be a separate multimedia anti-war art show at the Alberta Arts pavillion with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Northwest Veterans for Peace.
Photography on display starting at 5 pm
at The Know 2026 ne Alberta
Monsanto and Scotts have engineered a grass that is resistant to Round Up. They planted a test plot in Oregon and pollen then escaped into the wild. The GE grass is now under review. We need your comments by today at 5pm - and its easy!
Click here to visit the center for food safety's website and submit your comments.
I know privacy is an issue. You do have to give a name, but don't let that stop you. You do not need to list an address or anything. The only other requirements are an email and a state.
Liberty Hall presents a Free Palestine Film Night Thursday Oct. 21st at 7pm. Featuring the acclaimed documentary Gaza Strip plus short works by Palestinian filmmaker Jackie Salloum. Guest speakers Aaron Kuller and Phil Donofrio will talk about their recent activism in the West Bank with the International Solidarity Movement. Donations will be accepted to benefit a local activist going to Palestine to work with the International Solidarity Movement. 7pm at Liberty Hall 311 N Ivy. 1 block south of Fremont, 2 blocks west of N. Vancouver Ave.
Protesters stormed the Victoria Secret around 12:30 pm Wednesday, virtually shutting down business operations for more than an hour.
The activists upon entering the store stripped down to lingerie and night gowns announcing their presence with a bull horn and informing the bemused shoppers of VS's tremendous contribution to forest destuction.
Not only are VS's catalogs non-recycled, they are primarily sourced from Northern Canada's boreal wilderness, the largest intact wildlands in North America. Amongst grizzly bears and herds of caribou, hundreds of rare migratory birds make the Boreal their home. Many of them pass through Chicago on their way to the tropics for the winter. With over 395 million catalogs published annually, VS is one of the leading contributors to forest destruction in the world.
Months in the works, Portland Books to Prisoners is now publicly announcing our newest fundraising project, a raffle. We have received a large number of donations from mostly local businesses. The drawing will be held at a yet-to-be-decided Portland Books to Prisoners sponsored event the first week of November. Tickets are available for purchase online and at upcoming Portland Books to Prisoners sponsored events.
For those who haven't yet heard about Portland Books To Prisoners, we are an all-volunteer project dedicated to assisting in the education and literacy of people who are incarcerated. We are one of over a dozen not-for-profit groups around the country focused on this form of prisoner support.
All books that we mail are donated. All funding for packaging materials and postage come from donations and fundraisers. We feel that the prison industrial complex is a flawed system, which needs to be changed. One thing we can do to remediate its negative effects is to reach out in a human way to people being held prisoner in this system by providing resources they can use to educate themselves.
The following is a list of prizes that you can win in our raffle:
NW RAGE's GE Creeping Bentgrass Comment Campaign
Right here in Oregon, experimental Round Up Ready Franken-Grass is being tested for release into the marketplace. Although an 11,000 acre buffer zone was established around this experiment, it escaped. Pollen from Monsanto's bentgrass was found up to 14 miles from the designated site, well outside of the protected area.
A recent study released by the EPA found GE bentgrass up to 14 miles from the test site, far outside of the buffer zones set by the Department of Agriculture. Contamination followed wind patterns and included both plants set specifically to be tests for cross-pollination and wild species that just happened to be in the neighborhood. Overall, the study found a significant number of new Round-Up Ready plants outside of the buffer zone. It also called for future studies to see if the ambitious, law-breaking grass will persist in the wild.
Mike D (Michael McMullin), an Animal Rights and Forest Activist, is being charged with Disorderly Conduct, Menacing, and Failure To Appear, stemming from the Solo Timber Sale Protest July 30, 2002. His Jury Trial will be on Oct.20th, 9:00am at the Clackamas County Courthouse where 3 USFS officials and 2 policeman will be testifying against him.
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