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The Siskiyou Summer push is on! Logging companies are gearing up to punch into several Biscuit old-growth sales as we type. Logging is imminent; we need your help! Come join us at our community mobilization & education camp dedicated to protection of our public lands. Located right in the heart of what's at stake, forest defenders, community activists, and all who love wilderness are coming together again to organize. At the camp we will be going on hikes, teaching each other skills in areas such as: direct action, community organizing, climbing, and local ecology. Everyone is invited - come out for the day, a few days, or a week or more to help protect our endangered forests.
For those who have been involved in this movement already, it is important at this point to remember that there is MUCH left to save. We are still waiting for rulings on lawsuits that affect many of the impending timber sales. Stall time right now is really valuable - come help, have fun, and defend our forests!
Another forest defense call-to-action: [ McKenzie river ranger district (just east of Eugene) ]
The Traveling Wobbly Show will be on display in Portland June 2 and
June 4 at the IWW Hall, 616 E Burnside. The exhibit consists of
original artists' cartoons from the new book WOBBLIES! A GRAPHIC
HISTORY OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD, edited by Paul Buhle and Nicole Schulman. Distinguished illustrators participating in the
show include Trina Robbins, Seth Tobocman, Carlos Cortez, Spain
Rodriguez, Harvey Pekar and Jay Kinney.
On June 2, the First Thursday program will be accompanied by musical performances and brief talks on women and the Wobblies and IWW cultural contributions. The Saturday evening program will focus on
history and politics, on what can be learned from the early Wobblies
and on recent and current organizing efforts.
Reportback from the Vernon Allen memorial event at the Waterfront
So me and a couple other people were riding our bikes across the bridge to the Waterfront park to the dead cop memorial and were followed by a gang of about 16 bike cops and 2 patrol cars. When we got there it looked like the event was coming to an end and folks were just standing around talking. There was only about 15 or so people left and a disproportionate amount of cops. The cops seemed bored as hell and were throwing out assinine threats at people they deemed to be old enough to be "leaders" and trying to intimidate and polk fun at the youth. Someone brought out some chalk and the cops flipped their shit. They started to become more aggressive and called for extra backup.
Then, it happened, a 3 yr old girl brandished a PIECE OF GUM folks! Yes, this criminal young girl took that PIECE OF GUM and DROPPED it on the ground of the dead cop memorial. Yes, folks, I know, it's terrible but that's what she did. So naturally the cops called in even more reenforcements. They evacuated the memorial and roped it off with crime scene tape. Then the horse cops rushed to the scene with more cops and patrol cars. Yes it was a very tense and serious situation. A 3 yr old had DROPPED GUM. Then more empassioned, youthful people began to draw chalk outlines of themselves on the ground and wrote the names of people that had been murdered by cops. This distracted the cops long enough for the 3 yr old suspect to make her escape.
The Olympia Workers Association's mission is to assist working people in Olympia who want to improve their working conditions. Workers in all different types of employment deal with the same issues - job insecurity, health, safety, and childcare issues, bad pay, and the general lack of respect for wage workers. The Olympia Workers Association believes all people deserve workplace dignity, a living wage, safe working conditions and workplace democracy.
Olympia Workers Association BARBEQUE
Born In Flames is a 3-day conference addressing Sexual Assault from a radical perspective. It will be June 24 to 26 at PSU and have evening events from the 23 to 25 at Liberty Hall.
In May 2004, 7 animal rights activists were arrested on charges of "animal enterprise terrorism." Specifically, they are charged with operating websites for the SHAC campaign which exposes HLS, the notorious animal lab in NJ & England. For this they face 23 years in jail each and upwards of $1,250,000 in fines. By levying these charges, the US government is trying to set a precedent. They are saying that attempting to close down a business that abuses animals is a federal offense, that advocating animal liberation is illegal and that we don't have the right to END such animal abusing institutions, just reform them. We cannot allow our right to speak for the animals be taken away!
The trial date for the SHAC 7 is just around the corner. This is a monumental case in the history of the animal rights and free speech movements. It is up to every one of us to do whatever is in our power to support these 7 and see to it that the government cannot label animal rights advocates as terrorists. Please attend this important event!!
Forest activists...come join us this weekend to climb, hike, learn, plan, discuss, eat delicious food, make music and be merry!
This Thursday May 19th, the us government will vote on whether Oregon's wild horses can be slaughtered using federal tax dollars. You could make a difference.
Leave a short, simple message, something like this: "Please tell Congressman Walden to vote to protect Oregon's horses from slaughter on Thursday." You can personalize the message with information like that you love horses, consider horses to be a symbol of freedom, whatever.
Call before Thursday May 19!
previous related: [ The Slaughtering of Wild Horses ]
May 12, 2005, Sandy, Oregon - The U.S. Forest Service has announced the cancellation of the 865 acre Polallie-Cooper timber sales near Cooper Spur on Mt. Hood. The announcement is a key victory for conservation groups working to protect the watersheds, wildlife and backcountry recreation that Cooper Spur offers.
A unique and diverse coalition of conservation and recreation groups challenged the Polallie-Cooper timber sales in federal court in Portland, Oregon. "These sales just didn't make any sense. We don't need to clear cut Mt. Hood to improve the forest," said Sandi Scheinberg, Executive Director for Bark. Bark, a forest watch group based in Portland, Oregon, is the lead plaintiff in the litigation. "Logging in the Crystal Spring watershed threatens the public water supply, and cutting large old-growth trees only increases fire risk. This project lacked common sense and scientific support." Other plaintiffs included Oregon Natural Resources Council, the Mazamas, Friends of Mt. Hood, Oregon Wildlife Federation, Friends of Tilly Jane, Hood River Valley Residents Committee and the Sierra Club.
Wednesday May 4 at 6 pm in the Jefferson High School Auditorium (5210 N. Kerby Ave.), representatives of the Metropolitan Public Defender's Office, the District Attorney's Office, and the Multnomah County District Court will participate in a symposium on the Grand Jury System.
They will discuss (and answer audience questions about) why we have grand juries, how they work, and whether the grand jury system should be changed. The symposium is part of Community Law Week, an event sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of the Multnomah County Bar Association.
For more information about other Community Law Week events, please visit www.mbabar.org
As progressive rural Oregonians, the Rural Organizing Project, has worked for years to advance justice, democracy, human rights, and human dignity for all people. We have a vision of our communities united in beloved communities across the lines of race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. Now we realize that a great obstacle has been placed on our road. 9/11, the "war on terror," and especially the invasion of Iraq present a profoundly different vision of the future. These are not distinct, isolated events or issues of "foreign policy." Instead they represent a counter-vision, one that uses war and fear to isolate communities.
The Walk for Truth, Justice and Community in June 2005 will be our chance to create a common response to the "war program", to unite in action, declare our resistance, and celebrate our vision for the world that we want. In the name of truth, justice, and community, we will share our stories and declare our witness and continued presence in the struggle to build a better world. We will join together across the divisions and fragmentation of our world to create a community where everyone is included and treated not as objects but as fully human. We will connect with each other and with our passion for a better world and a better way.
Heartcheck is a 40 page zine with new, unpublished writings and artwork by political prisoners Jeff 'Free' Luers and Robert 'Los Ricos' Thaxton. The zine is printed on recycled paper by 1984 Printing in Oakland, California and has a 4 color cover.
Many people are familiar with the Star of David being used in the Nazi's persecution of the Jewish population during World War II. Jews were forced to wear the Star of David on their sleeve to label them as Jews. There were other symbols used as well. A purple triangle meant Jehovah's Witness. Red triangle were used for political prisoners and green triangles were used for criminals. The pink triangles were used by the Nazi's to label homosexuals.
One can find the pink triangle used in various queer references today, from LGBTQ activist buttons to beer ads. But for those who remember, the pink triangle means so much more. "We who wore the pink triangle were prioritised for medical experiments, and these generally ended in death," said Heinz Heger, holocaust survivor.
In an attempt to recall where we're coming from and to allow us to foresee where we could be headed, Queer Revolution is hosting a video showing of "Paragraph 175" Sunday, April 17th at 7pm at Laughing Horse Books, 3652 SE Division. A sliding scale donation of $2-3 will be accepted but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Come join us in learning and remembering a crucial time in our history.
By popular demand, the Biscuit forest defense skill share has been extended thru this weekend!! Contact action--at--cascadiarising.org / 503.493.7495 for Portland rideshare info or contact Wild Siskiyou Action at siskiyou--at--cascadiarising.org / (541) 659-2682!
LEARN HOW TO SAVE THE WILD SISKIYOU AT THE BISCUIT BURN SKILLSHARE CAMP running from April 1st to 10th, come for all or part, or stay and never leave!
Portland, Oregon Independent Producer seeking Iraq War (and previous war) Veterans who oppose the war for short independent documentary project... showing potential recruits the realities of the war in Iraq. Your participation in this project will help give potential recruits a better view of the realities of military service. Veterans of color, female veterans, sexual minorities, and disabled veterans are especially encouraged to apply. [ Read More ] [ Veterans Against the Iraq War | Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. ]
The mayor and city council will be holding a public meeting tonight to vote on the proposal recently offered by Commissioner Leonard and Mayor Potter, which would recind city cooperation with the PJTTF unless there
are some significant changes in civilian oversight.
related: A fresh breeze blowing through City Hall; Potter and Leonard's resolution challenging the PJTTF (3/25/05) | JTTF News Conferences and Story | Audio of FBI Press Conference Regarding PJTTF (3/25/05)
Developers have applied for a conditional land use permit to develop a "Scottish" championship golf course in a spectacularly undeveloped stretch of the Northern Oregon Coast.
The area is home to threatened and endangered species and Sand Lake is one of only two major estuaries designated as a "natural" estuary by the State of Oregon. The Sand Lake Estuary and Dunes is situated near Whalen Island, Cape Kiwanda and Cape Lookout State Parks and Siuslaw National Forest lands.
The Conditional Use Application for the proposed golf course project has been filed with Tillamook County. We will post comment period dates and hearing dates when they have been set by Tillamook County. The developers have applied for their third extension (now until May 1st, 2005) to turn in additional reports required by Tillamook County.
Hike the threatened Sand Lake Estuary and Dunes on Saturday, March 19th, 11:00 AM.
For this edition, we decided on the theme of "Indigenous Resistance to Civilization", and while the issue doesn't exclusively focus on this critical theme, it is highly present and deeply informs the pages. We got all sorts of great contributions on this, and other topics, much of which we were simply unable to use due to space (and financial) limitations. We sifted through it all, and the succeeding pages are filled with some of our favorites. It is always more pleasurable (but also difficult) as editors to have too much stuff rather than not enough - the time has long passed for filler! While we are not putting forth a "green anarchist position" or "expert opinion" on the ongoing and inevitable conflict between indigenous people/life-ways and civilization, we do feel there are some potent ideas contained here, ones which can be built upon (and challenged) as anti-civilization critiques become deeper and more intertwined.
related: [ Captialism Has Failed Planet Earth ]
[ Green Anarchy ]
Portland Indymedia volunteers have been contacted recently by an public Venezuelan television station (Venezolana de Televisi?n) interested in trading videos. Inspired by the strong resistance of the people of Venezuela to corporate domination, along with the role that independent media plays in combatting the propaganda of the corporate Venezuelan media, Portland Indymedia volunteers are scrambling to assemble videos to send to Venezuela.
Scripts to the videos would speed up the delivery to Venezuelans, so we're asking for volunteers to view the following videos and transcribe the narrative, along with time and visual queues at approximately 2-minute intervals, or shorter if appropriate. If any of you can translate to Spanish as well, all the better. The idea is to make PDX IMC and Venezuelan videos more available to both our English and Spanish speaking populations via subtitles.
related: [ Venezolana de Televisi?n I Videos From the Resistance (downloads) I portland indymedia video collective I indytorrents.org ]
February Critical Mass is this Friday, 25 February. Meet 5:30PM at the North Park Blocks
A destination event has identified...details to be revealed later.
Portland Critical Mass is every last Friday of the month at 5:30PM, and always meets at the North Park Blocks (NW Park & Couch, near the big elephant).
Ride daily, party monthly.
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