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Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 will be observing Armistice Day this November 11th instead of the traditional Veterans Day hoopla. Please join us as we "... reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace... "
Armistice Day Observance
Wage peace, war is obsolete
Portland, OR: the following fundraisers are sponsored by psu mecha and psu students for unity with en lucha. After serving nearly eight years in Oregon prisons, anarchist political prisoner Rob "los Ricos" Thaxton is due to be released in June of 2006.
Fri Nov 11 & Sat Nov 12 6:30-9 pm PSU Multicultural Center 1825 SW Broadway SMSU 228 Portland State University $5-$15 Sliding Scale--SLIDE HIGH, Y'ALL
As one true to his convictions, Rob went into prison "owning" very little. He will be released with even less. Please join us at Portland State University in Portland, OR, on November 11 & 12 to learn about Rob, the documentary about his experience as an anarchist of color and political prisoner and his Fall/Winter 2006 speaking tour. Let our brother know that he has not been forgotten. [Event Details ]
For more on Rob's case and other national Raise @ Ruckus events, go to www.roblosricos.net
Sisters of the Road Cafe which serves Portland's destitute through barter trade for meals will close at 1pm Friday Nov. 11 to prepare for the celebration and will re-open for an anniversary party 5-9pm which will include music and refreshments.
At Sister of the Road, poor people trade their labor washing dishes and serving food, among other tasks, at a rate of $6.00 per hour for hot meals that sell for $1.25 per plate. Their ability to accept EBT food stamps for hot meals is unprecedented in Oregon state which adheres to the draconian Federal standard which allows EBT food stamps users to buy only uncooked and unprepared foods.
Sisters of the Road Cafe is no ordinary soup kitchen. Their menu is both hearty and healthy. Perhaps their most unique aspect is their expessed intention to build positive social relations between the poor whom they serve and the service provider. Their motto is: "In here there are no strangers...just friends we've never met."
The only kitchen serving fresh, nutritious meals to the people of New Orleans east of Canal St. is being threatened with closure by city officials. The loose-knit coalition of groups known as 'the Rainbow Family of Living Light', best known for their yearly 4th of July Rainbow Gatherings at rotating locations throughout the country, have been instrumental in the relief effort following Hurricane Katrina. The mobile kitchen they founded in Waveland, Mississippi, the area hardest hit by the storm, has been consistently serving 2,000 people a day since its inception in early September.
The "Welcome Home Kitchen", as the Rainbow Family's Kitchen is known, has been serving well over 700 people each day for three meals a day, as well as providing free medical care, a distribution center of clothing and supplies, a community bulletin board and information table, and a sense of camaraderie that has brought smiles and hugs from people in the most desperate of circumstances.
But now the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of the New Orleans Emergency Operations Center, Ms. Cynthia Lear, has declared that the city will unilaterally shut the kitchen down on Wednesday, providing no alternative and no resources for the underserved in New Orleans. Ms. Lear has stated that there is no appeals process for this decision, even though community members at the Fauberg-Marigny neighborhood council meeting on Monday gave virtually unanimous support to the ongoing work of the kitchen.
Please call ms. cynthia sylvan lear, the deputy chief administrative officer of the new orleans emergency operations center at 504-658-2180 and Mayor Nagin at (504) 658-4924, Fax: (504) 658-4938 to express your dismay that such a resource would be unilaterally dismantled by the government while it is providing such an important resource for the community.
Related: www.remarelief.net/ | The Forming of the New Waveland Cafe | Ongoing reports from Waveland | After The Flood, There Were Rainbows | Pics of the Cafe in NOLA | /a> | Rising From Ruinscompilation of onsite reports from both kitchens
Animal Liberation Prisoner Peter Young will have his last court date on November 8th and will appear for sentencing in Madison Wisconsin. Altogether, Peter's involvement led to the release of approximately 10,000 mink who would have otherwise been brutally murdered for their fur. Several fur farmers will be present at this court date to tell the judge how Peter ruined their livelyhood by liberating the mink on their farms. Show your support for Peter and the countless number of animals being brutally slaughtered for their fur.
Portland OR, Tues. Nov. 8th @ NOON
Meet at Schumacher Fur Store at 811 SW Morrison, Portland OR (corner of 9th and Morrison). We will then be going to other Fur Stores AND Fur Farms in Support of Peter.
Before being apprehended in California earlier this year, Peter Young spent seven years on the run. Since his imprisonment Young has received support from animal and earth liberation supporters across the world.
"As bad as it could get, it will never be as bad as it was for those mink, I would do it all over again."
Come and support your local Independent Media Center by stopping by FREE GEEK on Saturday, November 5th starting at 8:30 P.M. It's $5 at the door. There will be beer, dvd's, t-shirts for a donation, live bands, give-away's and of course much, much more.
All donations will be going to the Portland Indymedia Tech Working group to help them get new servers for your website, Portland Indymedia. Volnteers are hoping to reach a goal of $1,500 so don't miss out! Be a part of the media revolution that is happening world wide! Don't hate the media, become the media. Come and support this truely amazing community outlet, and the people who help keep it going. See you there!
FreeGeek is on SE 10th between Market and Mill (that's 3 blocks south of Hawthorne).
On November 2nd, in over 60 cities across the country including high schools and colleges in many of these cities, The World Can't Wait Drive Out the Bush Regime launches the first national movement in American history dedicated to driving a sitting president out of office. Our call is to leave work, leave school, and make history, to participate in a national series of events, demonstrations, direct action, to begin a mass movement that will have, as its eventual goal, to drive Bush out of power and out of out lives.
Don't stand on the sidelines; don't stay in school. Join this movement, the stronger we are on the 2nd, the stronger the movement will be after the 2nd. Send this email to your friends, your lists, and everyone you know that wants to change the direction this country is being led. The future of the planet depends on our action now. [ read more ]
November Second last minute info
Hello everyone, I would just like to give you a to do list on what to bring and what to expect and the schedule of November 2nd.
First off, highschools if you are not in the downtown district meaning everyone besides NWA, Lincoln, Saint Mary's, and PSU, leave early. SE schools should leave at about 11:30. SW schools leave about 11:20. Estimate the amount of time it will take for you to get to pioneer square. If ANY of you have problems with principals, teachers or anything like that, you can contact me or call the legal aid number.
This is an unpermited march, so I would highly advise bringing a bandana and goggles. Make sure you bring one part malox one part water to wash away any pepperspray. Also bring a sharpie for the jail support number. [ read more ]
On Wednesday, November 2nd, the Forest Service will auction large swaths of forest in the Fall Creek area. This is the latest action that will result in the "salvage" logging of fire-burned old-growth trees that are ecologically integral to the life of the forest. The estimate quantity on this sale is 4.422 million board feet, or roughly 500 logging trucks full of timber.
Gather @ 8 am outside of the Eugene Grower's Market, 454 Willamette. We will carpool to the auction site in the Middle Fork Ranger District (46375 Highway 58, Westfir, OR). Bring musical instruments, costumes, food, and creative ideas for resistance.
If you seek justice, please stand and voice oppostion to this unconstitutional Drug Free Zone (DFZ). At last months Boise neighbourhood association meeting, the attendees voted overwhelmiongly to oppose the DFZ. This is a community that is 100% inside a DFZ, and also an historically minorty and low income community. It is a truly radical stance to say NO! to this practice and at least defend justice. (Just as a side note, the Boise neighbourhood is where Kendra James was murdered a few years ago by racist police).
Currently a police officer has the power to stop a person for suspicion, and if any drug paraphenilia is found, that officer alone has the power to ban a person from the area for 90 days. There is no review or fighting it, even if you live within the area, you are restricted for 90 days (if you live in the area you are permitted to go to and from your house, but not anywhere else, unless with a written court order). This is supremely racist and classist, as many of us know the tools of law are hardest to obtain for those that need it most. So effectively the people that are punished under the DFZ are guilty no matter what. It is a bad cycle.
"The city's location of the zone and the enforcement of the zone is based on race," O'Connor said. "It's almost as if an officer could see that certain people didn't belong in certain parts of the city. It is my opinion that this is a race-based system."
As community members, and justice seekers we have a chance to strike down this "law". We can stand in opposition to it. At the upcoming community meeting Tuesday November 1st from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Emmanuel Temple (1032 N. Sumner). Please, wherever you live, come to this meeting and voice your opposition the the DFZ!
related: The Boise Voice | A Community in Flux
High-level Government Officials visited downtown Portland this afternoon to thank the American people for accepting their lies so easily. They will be visiting the Hawthorne District on Tuesday evening to reach out to SE residents as well.
Many important people visited our fair city today! Vice-President Satan was here, Donald Rumsfailed - Grim Reaper. Tom DeLay came straight from his booking in prison stripes. And they all helped kill the "Ghost of Democracy." Lovely Laura Bush, the Witch, helped stir the cauldron of LIES that were freely distributed to the fine people of Portland!
Murals, corporate control, politics, and freedom. We talk about it all, from Venezuela to Portland and back. [ Audio Link]
Here is the link to listen to Tuesday night's audio interview with Nelson Santana, mural artist activist from Venezuela and Alex Taylor from Metro Murals, a Portland based grassroots mural advocacy group. Nelson is visiting us from Venezuela until Nov 3rd, giving talks, skill sharing in our public schools and working on murals at Reed College and the PCASC office. Here is a complete list of his activities during his stay in Portland.
Alex from Metro Murals talk about Clear Channel and the lawsuit they have filed against the City of Portland. We also talk about the mural situation in Portland. Here is the website which also has photos and locations of murals all around Portland.
If you are interested in art, politics, Venezuela and Portland...if you want to hear us trashtalk clear channel and corporate control, this is the show for you!
Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuela's ambassador to the United States, will be speaking at Portland State University this Saturday, October 29, on alternatives to "free trade" in Latin America, the political changes that have taken place under Hugo Chavez, and Venezuela's relations with the United States.
Since Hugo Chavez took power in 1998, his government has faced consistent hostility from the United States, which culminated in a US-sponsored coup attempt in 2002. Chavez, who identifies as a socialist, has been the most outspoken critic of "free trade" of any leader in the Western Hemisphere, except perhaps Fidel Castro. This, and Venezuela's oil wealth, make him a serious threat to US dominance in the Americas.
So what is in store for this ride you may ask ... along with educating Portland motorist that these things called bicycles legally share the road with them ... we plan to ride to a party where there will be costume making material for those who forgot ... plus the Phermons ( female biker Ramones cover band ) will play a set. After about an hour we will ride for across town in the traditional critical mass fashion as a costume party on wheels to ... are you kids ready for this ...
The end destination is a larger party that will be protected from the rain, DJ Jasun and Sean will be playing kick ass 80's dance music for you to get your groove on, another local favorite band called 'The Bugs of Lightening' will play a set, a huge Halloween scary garden is set up for you to get lost in, cauldrons of food (though if you wanna bring something that is way cool), fun ... you know the things that make Portland the great city we create! [ read more ]
Bike Event Friday Morning on the Hawthorne Bridge Hawthorne Bridge Event Encourages Drivers to Share the Road Friday, October 28th, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Hawthorne Bridge, north sidewalk. Auto, pedestrian and bicycle commuters on the Hawthorne Bridge Friday morning will be greeted with handmade signs educating motorists on state traffic laws that require motorists to share the road with cyclists and encouraging them to give cycling a try. [ read more ]
Friday Super Hero Breakfast on the Bridges Want a Super way to start your Hallowe'ekend? Get your Super Hero on, and come on down to the Bridges! Friday morning (7'ish til 9'ish) on the Broadway and Hawthorne Bridges. Coffee and pastries to nourish you for feats of incredible bike strength. Wear a costume, get a hand-colored, one-of-a-kind Breakfast on the Bridges Super Hero Trading Card. 15 designs, each made unique by the work of anonymous artists. [ read more ]
The rally taking place on Wednesday, November 2nd will be a turning point for the direction the Bush administration is taking us. This will be the day where people around the nation will take off work, walk out of classes, and take to the streets to relay this message: "NO, THIS ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT REPRESENT US AND WE WILL NOT STAND BY ANY LONGER
NOVEMBER 2ND - NOON - PIONEER SQUARE - BE THERE (www.worldcantwait.org | What You Should Know About the World Can't Wait |On Vanguard Parties that Trash Talk You and then Piggyback Off Your Organizing Efforts )
fantastic blog by Indymedia journalist on the ground in Iraq. aliveinbaghdad.org
There is a great website run by an unembedded Indymedia reporter, Brain Conley AKA Sharpie, Aliveinbaghdad.org which has articles, photos and video clips Brian has been compliling while in Amman and now in Iraq. He has only been in Iraq a few days and has already witnessed several bombings. He had a in depth interview with Hanna Ibrahim, director of the association "Women's Will" which supports refugees and advocates for women's rights in Iraq. Check out his website and if you can make any contribution for the uncensored telling of truth as told by those expereincing it on the ground please donate any funds you can directly on his website.
Sharpie is not subsidised by any corporate funders and is willing to keep all is work creative commons. We have a courageous indymedia reporter on the front-lines lets do our part to support him.
Just returned from my allotted 30 minute visit with Mike D. He seems to be doing okay despite the fact he is facing possibly 20 days in the hole for the offense of refusing to strip down during the clothing exchange and wrap himself in a blanket. Does anyone have any firsthand knowledge of this practice? He is only allowed out of his cell for 30 minutes a day but can still receive mail and two half hour visits per week with up to 3 visitors per session. I put some money on his account so he could buy stamps and envelopes to reply to those who write him. Please - if you cannot go out and visit him then send your support through letters - read the list of rules/regulations for sending mail that was posted earlier.
We are looking for anyone who was present at the circus protest that witnessed his arrest - especially if you have photos or video tape of the incident. If you can provide any info please contact me at 503 775-5777 or get in touch with his court appointed attorney - Alan Norris. It has also been requested that letters be sent to the Sheriffs Department/Bernie Guisto - probably not the correct spelling - Mayor Tom Potter and both the City and County Commissioners to express your outrage that our tax dollars are being wasted on housing Mike D - a peaceful protester and activist - on these bogus charges while other more dangerous inmates are being released due to a "lack of jail beds." [ Read More ]
Bette Lee is a longtime activist photographer. When Cindy Sheehan set up Camp Casey outside George Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, Lee decided to take a trip down there to see things for herself and to support the anti-war direct action that Cindy Sheehan started. Inspired by what she saw, she then followed the story to the giant antiwar demonstration of September 24th in Washington, D.C. She will be giving a reportback on what she witnessed and show us what she caught on film. The presentation will be followed by a discussion about the anti-war/peace movement: what issues need to be addressed, what its goals are, what will happen after the war ends or the troops are brought home?
Please join Bette Lee and the IWW this Saturday night, October 22nd, at 7pm at the IWW Hall at 616 E. Burnside for an interesting and informative presentation with plenty of discussion afterwards.
Before it was M.L.K. it was union ave and the city of portland had a bad ass black panther party chapter. 3619 ne union ave to be exact, and on the international day of protesting police brutality it seems only fitting to have the people's servant and former minister of information of the B.P.P Floyd Cruse come and rap with y'all. If that is not enough we will also show the buried film STREET FIGHTER IN THE COURTROOM, which is an amazing documentary about black panther lawyer Charles R. Garry.
PCASC is proud to announce the visit of Venezuelan muralist Nelson Santana to Portland from October 21-November 3. During his stay, he will paint murals with PCASC and several other community organizations. Please take the opportunity to join us at these events where you can meet Nelson and learn about his participation in Venezuela's Bolivarian Social Movement and his work as an artist [ Read More ]
Venezuela Solidarity Day Dec 2 | U.S. "private military contractors" Already in Venezuela | Caracas Alternative Social Forum Jan 2006
Presentation of the Project -Cultural Exchange La Piedrita / Portland The landslide victory of president Hugo Chavez Frias in December of 1998 spawned and consolidated a host of national and international movements in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution. The Venezuelan people, after five decades of struggle against oligarchic and neoliberal governments, finally took the reins of their own destiny; the world celebrated this democratic victory. The movements in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution have been key in communicating the ideology, victories and battles, of the Venezuelan government - a government founded on a constitution that establishes a participatory democracy, in which people are protagonists. This informational effort has been particularly important in view of the aggressive media, economic and military campaign, waged by national and global capitalist elites against the Bolivarian Revolution. The labor of solidarity movements is thus commendable, and the continuation of their support for a Latin American project of social justice, necessary. [ Read More ] [ Presentation of the Artist- Nelson Santana and the Work Group La Piedrita | PCASC ]
[ En Espanol: PRESENTACION DEL PROYECTO - INTERCAMBIO CULTURAL LA PIEDRITA / PORTLAND | PRESENTACION DEL ARTISTA - NELSON SANTANA y El GRUPO DE TRABAJO LA PIEDRITA | NELSON SANTANA, MURALISTA POLITICO VENEZOLANO, GIRA EN PORTLAND DEL 21 DE ]
Beginning today, the Senate finance committee is expected to discuss budget reconciliation and relief packages for Hurricane Katrina victims. According to various press reports, some committees already are considering deeper cuts behind the scenes, including the Senate Finance Committee. There have been reports that the Finance Committee is considering net cuts of as much as $12 to $17 billion in Medicaid and Medicare, even though the target in the budget resolution was $10 billion. Votes in the Finance Committee could come as early as Wednesday. Our senators, Smith in particular, are under intense pressure to support additional cuts at a level that would harm beneficiaries including increased cost sharing and decreases in coverage for vulnerable people. Your URGENT Action is Needed. Join us in a national call in day today and tomorrow. Call 1-800-828-0498. Urge Senators Smith and Wyden to reject any budget reconciliation that includes Medicaid cuts that harm beneficiaries including additional cost sharing.
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