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War criminals are coming to Tacoma to plan future imperialist wars. Tacoma also has a detention center where a number of detainees are now being held.
Saturday, March 11, 2006Join us as we call for an end to discriminatory immigration and deportation policies that target people of color and Muslims in particular. We will start at the Northwest Detention Center on the Tacoma Tideflats and then march to the Tacoma Sheraton, location of the Pacific Northwest National Security Forum, which is bringing together military commanders to chart the course of US foreign aggression "beyond Iraq and Afghanistan". We will connect the dots between unjust domestic practices and the wars being waged against the countries of the Mideast. We will call for an end to war and the planning of war, and for the inalienable rights of all members of the human family to be recognized and respected.
Carpools will be meeting up in Olympia at 9:45 in front of Rainy Day Records, at the corner of Harrison and Division. This is a permitted event and the organizers are working with the Tacoma police and volunteer peacekeepers to ensure everyone's safety.
Speakers and Musicians:
Olympia's CodePink Says No to WarOn March 8, 2006, forty people of all ages stood with CodePink in Olympia Washington to say no to the war in Iraq. Despite the bitterly cold wind and some rain, more than forty people stood at Percival Landing to join CodePink's International Woomen Say No to War demonstration. Holding a wide array of signs, including a teddy bear who could no longer bear the war, the high school women stood with the white-haired elders. Members from Women in Black also were there, a solomn reminder of the violence across all the mideast. Spirits were high despite the seemingly impossible task of ending this war.
The group waved to the people in cars who were going home from work. Most waved, honked their horns, or shouted their support. You could not predict based on the cars who would support the anti-war message; people in old cars, new cars, trucks and SUVS all supported the anti-war message. Bus drivers, plumbing guys, and a few men in military uniform flashed the peace sign as they drove by. I especially enjoyed seeing the young children traveling with their parents who all waved and smiled in support.
Now, I have been on Percival Landing many times over the past three years standing for peace and I think the responses from the drivers are a barometer. I can report that only one person made a rude gesture; in the past, there have been more including a few young men who would shout obscenities. Expressions of anger toward those speaking out against the war appears to have lessened. A small thing but these days, I take hope wherever I can find it. As we begin the start of year 4 of this war, I hope that everyone finds a way to express their opposition. Whether you join the planned vigils or marches or create local ones with your neighbors, whether you flood your elected officials with demands to end the war or demands to bring the national guard home, whether you decorate your homes, neighborhoods, schools, and places of worship with signs of peace--do something. It may not feel that it makes a difference but who knows which of our actions will be the tipping point? The only thing that we know for sure is that doing nothing maintains things as they are. [ read more ]
South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signed a ban into law this week that criminalizes abortion in the state of South Dakota! This ban is part of a larger strategy by anti-choice extremists to eliminate the right to abortion in the United States.
Oregonians are nothing less than outraged by this severe attack on women's health and safety.
Planned Parenthood will fight the ban in court to protect women but we need you to join us in our efforts.
This Friday, March 10th, Planned Parenthood activists will hold an Hour of Solidarity. We will be gathering at the Federal Courthouse on the corner of 7th and Pearl at 11:45AM for a demonstration to convey the message that: "We Stand With the Women Of South Dakota!" All signs and materials will be provided [ read more ]
An Abortion ManualIn the 1960s and early 1970s, when abortions were illegal in many places and expensive to get, an organization called Jane stepped up to the plate in the Chicago area. Jane initially hired an abortion doctor, but later they did the abortions themselves. They lost only one patient in 13,000 -- a lower death rate than that of giving live birth. The biggest obstacle they had, though, was the fact that until years into the operation, they thought of abortion as something only a doctor could do, something only the most trained specialist could perform without endangering the life of the woman.
They were deceived -- much like you have probably been deceived. An abortion, especially for an early pregnancy, is a relatively easy procedure to perform. [ read more ]
The forests that the BLM is proposing to clearcut, leaving as little as 6 trees per acre, are some of the oldest and most beautiful forests available to the public in the Winston and Olalla residential areas for hiking, bird watching, and having fun in. In fact, the public has made a trail in unit A that the BLM neglected to mention in their environmental documents. This 250 year-old forest has both massive Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine trees and a diversity of other trees.
These forests are in the northern most reaches of the Klamath Mountain Province, supporting a wide array of tree and plant species such as pacific madrone, golden chinquapin, myrtle wood, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, canyon live oak, black oak, incense cedar and more. Rare plants have been documented nearby, such as Kincaid's lupine, the primary food for the endangered Fender's blue butterfly. Turning this unique and diverse place into an even age, virtual monoculture, is an irreplaceable loss. [ read more ]
Elliott State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs your comments to help them write the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Elliott State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan.
The 93,200 acre Elliott State Forest, near Reedsport, contains native forests over 140 years old, a haven for murrelets who need mature forests near the Pacific Ocean to raise their young. Old forests are rare on the central Oregon coast. [ read more ]
On Tuesday, February 14, 2006, Craig Rosebraugh received a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury currently convened in Eugene, Oregon investigating a series of actions committed by the Earth Liberation Front. The grand jury subpoena - the eighth Rosebraugh has received in the last nine years - commands him to appear in Eugene to testify at 9:00am on March 16, 2006 in connection with ELF activity throughout the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. Rosebraugh served as an unofficial spokesperson for the ELF from 1997 through 2001.
Witnesses refusing to answer any question under the scope of the immunity usually are jailed for contempt and held for up to eighteen months or the remaining length of the grand jury. For the last nine years, Rosebraugh has consistently asserted his rights and resisted the grand jury inquisitions. JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS AND ALLIES FROM THE REGION IN PROTESTING THE GRAND JURY AND IN SUPPORT OF CRAIG! MEET AT THE FEDERAL BLDG.
211 E. 7TH Ave. Eugene Oregon @
8 am, March 16th
FOR INFO ON CARPOOLS, OR TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CARAVAN FOR JUSTICE... EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org . THE JUCTICE CARAVAN WILL MEET AT 5:30 PM (to leave at 6pm) ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT [March 15] @ PEOPLE'S FOOD CO-OP : 3029 SE. 21st Ave, Portland, Oregon.
Q&A From Legal Update On Greenscare Indictments
A welcoming committee is forming to prepare for continued Biscuit logging protests this summer in response to the Forest Service announcing two new logging sales. Mikes Gulch and Blackberry would log the third and largest roadless area in Oregon, in the South and North Kalmiopsis Roadless Areas. Mikes Gulch would connect with the completed Fiddler logging sale and would be visable from Redwood Hwy and the National Wild and Scenic Illinois River. The sales could be sold in a matter of several weeks. MIkes Gulch is right above the green bridge where actions had taken place last summer. There is a campout on the green bridge already scheduled for March 13th.
Three well-known inspirational Black Panthers will be speaking this thursday, March 2nd at Portland State University. This event is sponsored by Students for Unity, a radical activist organization at PSU, dedicated to anti-oppression work.
The Black Panther Party was a black revolutionary group that created positive social change in the 1970s. The Panthers practiced militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community based programs. The party was one of the first organizations in U.S. history to militantly struggle for ethnic minority and working class emancipation — a party whose agenda was the revolutionary establishment of real economic, social, and political equality across gender and color lines.
This project will collaborate on developing alternative media via radio, web-based site, blog, video, streaming archiving of radio and video project. We will also emphasis the building of cooperative relationships and links between Willamette Valley communities. We hope to establish physical locations for a center in each community. We may at first share resources and create virtual space only. We hope to share the stories, visions, and just causes with other communities. We wish to document efforts to create sustainable and just communities located in the Willamette Valley of Cascadia.
The first meeting of a proposed Alternative Media project for the Willamette Valley of Cascadia will be held on Saturday, March 4th at 10:30 AM at Westminister House. (Corner of 23rd and Monroe across from OSU) 101 NW 23rd Street, Corvallis, Oregon.
Have you been wondering, "Why are people getting arrested for chalk drawings and spitting on the sidewalk when bands of activists are allowed to run amuck, buck naked, with only g strings and anti-fur stickers on their nipples?!" Well, even if you haven't, this free workshop is open to anyone wondering what rights they still might have as an activist, how to best protect em, and what to do if you wind up in the clink anyway. The event is being hosted by In Defense of Animals and you know what that means? Homemade vegan treats!
When: This Sunday, February 26th @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm (Doors at 4pm, speakers at 4:30 pm)
Where: Free Geek: 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, OR (503-232-9350)
[ Related Articles: Resisting Repression- Black Panthers and Animal Defenders Unite to fight back ]
Portland City Council meets tonight at 6 p.m. at the Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave., to consider new regulations on high-interest payday loans.
Proposed legislation includes a requirement that 25 percent of the principal of a loan be paid before it can be rolled over, a 24-hour window for a borrower to cancel the loan, requirements for payment plans to be set up, and a $1,500 annual fee for payday loan outlets.
>>Monday, February 13, 2006
The SHAC 7 trial kicked off February 6th, with a strong protest of about 80-100 people, despite attempts by Homeland Security to prevent the demonstration from happening.
The first week of trial is now over and the case is moving along quite fast. Jury selection started Monday and the full jury was picked by Tuesday afternoon.
The prosecutor, Charles McKenna, opened with a dramatic, yet dull statement, that dragged on for 30 minutes. Each of the defense attorneys had time to make opening statements, calling attention to the gross misrepresentations in the governments opening, as well as the fact that these defendants are on trial for nothing more than reporting on the actions of others.
The week saw approximately 15 witnesses for the government, including the Huntingdon Life Sciences' Managing Director Brian Cass and other HLS employees. Despite allegations by the government that the SHAC USA site was "causing" people to take direct action against these employee's homes, most testified that either nothing illegal had happened at their homes or that their home addresses had not been posted on the SHAC USA website prior to any direct action. Of course, none could say that any of the defendants had done anything illegal to them.
These studies would be laughable if the consequences weren't so grim for us as well as the monkeys. We have paid millions of tax dollars for Cameron's experiments, which at best duplicate what we already know from human observation. Lab monkeys are not even good models for normal monkeys because of the stressful and unnatural conditions of a lab. Common sense tells us that they cannot teach us about complex human social and psychological phenomena. Cameron has even planned to learn about human divorce by creating fake nuclear monkey families and removing the father to see the effects.
While OHSU's primate center gets more and more tax dollars, programs that actually help people are disappearing because of budget cuts. From 2000 through 2003, Cameron received $8,792,889 in National Institutes of Health grants, as well as portions of the OHSU primate center's base grants. The primate center is in the process of a massive expansion.
Cameron explains in her own words what is wrong with her experiments, commenting on the surrogate parent study: "The results are intriguing because they match observations on humans who lose their parents... Another experiment suggested a way to ease the stress: adoption. ... This probably translates to humans"
When: Tuesday, February 14, 2006; 7-9 p.m.
Where: It's a Beautiful Pizza; 3342 SE Belmont Ave., Portland
Details: Long-time Portland activist Joe Keating has dedicated his life to making Portland and Oregon a better place. On Feb. 8 a fire broke out in Joe's home, taking the life of a friend staying with Joe at the time and seriously damaging Joe's house. The house, unfortunately, was not insured and while repairable, will cost far more than Joe has.
Now is the time to pay back a little of what Joe has given for us over all these years. We are holding a community benefit for Joe Keating at It's a Beautiful Pizza 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. There will be music and stories from Joe's many friends. Our goal is to raise as much as we can to put towards the cost of repairing Joe's home and helping him through this difficult time.
I know Joe from way back. Joe never rests when it comes to the Ancient Forests. Joe is one of the best organizers I know and has always had the most positive of attitudes when it comes to division in the ranks. Joe got a bus together called "Cool."
Show your love this Valentine's Day by taking out a few hours to help someone who has helped so many - and don't forget to bring your check book! CONTACT: DAVE MAZZA (503-239-4991)
Sunday, February 12, 5:30pm at Talking Drum Books/Reflections Coffeehouse: 446 NE Killingsworth St. at MLK, next to Blockbuster Video.
Join us for an evening with Malik Rahim (founder of Common Ground Relief in New Orleans, former Black Panther, long-time community organizer) and Kerul Dyer (organizer with Common Ground, Oxygen Collective)
Food and drink will be available for purchase. Please support our kind host! [ read more ]
Gentrification in New Orleans
A friend sent this to me and said a bureaucrat on the phone yesterday advised her to "worry about more important things" (than losing privacy rights as a US citizen) so here comes one more "unimportant" thing: losing your housing to a storm and then your home to the developers. Please help. This is one more heartbreaking episode in the on-going genocide wreaked by the privileged white. It isn't that we didn't know it was coming.... [ read more ]
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" (NPRM) on telecommunications franchising. This is a very important issue for supporters of Community Access TV (Public Access, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) TV). At the moment it is local "franchises" negotiated between local communities/municipalities and the Cable TV companies which allocate the resources and channel space used by Community Access TV. However in recent months a variety of legislation has been introduced in Washington that would dismantle these local franchises and could, in the process, destroy Community Access TV. A strong ruling in support of local franchising by the FCC could play an important role in swaying Washington legislation towards supporting local franchising and supporting Community Access TV. Send your comments to the FCC NOW! (Deadline 13th Feb)
On September 8, 2005, Fouad Kaady, a citizen of Sandy, Oregon, Was somehow tragically involved in "multiple automobile accidents." It is unknown for certain what happened to him, whether there was a mechanical malfunction, or some other problem leading to the first impact. From that point on, it is pretty certain that he, and the car he was driving, were engulfed in flames. He continued travelling, probably in an advanced state of panic (who would not be?), striking a couple of other cars, before crashing into some trees. He bailed from the burning, totally wrecked car, probably in shock, and burned and bleeding. He was only wearing shorts, which were also on fire, and he stripped them off. What happened next is unbelievable: [ read more | Rides to the Fouad Kaady Rally Tomorrow - Peoples Co-op 10:30a ]
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The Cornelius City Council will decide Monday night whether or not to allow Walmart in town. People interested in stopping this Walmart are encouraged to come to this council meeting, Monday, February 6th, 7PM at the Public Service building, 1310 N. Adair St, Cornelius.
The City of Cornelius Planning Commission has already approved Walmart's design application for an 193,000 sq. ft. Supercenter next to Adair Street (TV Hwy); the only thing left now is whether the City Council will approve a ~3 acre zone change from residential to commercial. A 'no' vote on the zone change will stop Walmart's current plan. Your presence and especially your testamonies can help stop Cornelius stop Walmart.
The reasons to oppose Walmart are varied. To many, they are obvious.
A former state senator will present a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney to the Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee February 9.
The resolution passed the Committee's agenda subcomittee last month.
It charges that Bush and Cheney's (1) unprovoked and misrepresented invasion of Iraq violated the UN charter, (2) their actions contrary to acts of Congress volated their oaths of office and (3) their unlawful detention and torture of prisoners violated the US Constitution, acts of Congress and the Geneva Conventions.
On Tuesday the 31st of January there will be a public protestation of discontent over the "State of the Union." Citizens from Portland and across the nation will be voicing their concerns over President Bush's actions at home and abroad. In addition, they will be offering solutions to many of the very real problems that the President is unlikely to address in his speech to the nation.
The World Can't Wait campaign here in Portland will rally at Pioneer Square at 4:00pm on January 31st. Those in attendance will demonstrate to the citizens of Portland that our Nation is in a "state of Emergency." They will also demand that "BUSH STEP DOWN." [ read more ]
J31 Protest To-Do List
Hey all you drones, tomorrow is your time to actually make something of your life. You all need to stand the fuck up. Don't be intimidated and don't take no for an answer. Tomorrow there will be a BIG protest at the square at 4 o clock. Here is something you should keep in mind before going to the protest.
Contacts to keep in mind: The legal support number is 503 295 6400. Do not be afraid to call them, they are there for you. If you see someone get arrested, if you see the police being violent, and if you just want to know your rights, call them. To connect with the Indymedia radio, who will be there all protest, call 503-715-0994. They are good for information, and they will be more than happy to hear your story. Remember, make a lot of noise, get the message out, and be safe! [ read more ]
Join a special live one-hour broadcast with Green Party Nominee Candidates Ed Winslow and Joe Keating on Wednesday Feb. 1 starting at 3:45pm.
We will be taking your phone calls and AOL Instant Messages [PORTLANDIMCRADIO] on a wide range of topics from running a third party campaign to protecting Oregon's natural resources and personal freedoms. After the interview, Ed and Joe will be appearing at a Green Party Town Hall meeting at Multnomah Co. Central Library in Portland starting at 6pm. [ read more ]
Pacific Green Party candidate forum this Wednesday
Pacific Green Party candidates for governor Joe Keating and Ed Winslow will face off in a town hall forum this Wednesday February 1st at 6pm in downtown Portland at the Central Library in the US bank room. Both candidates will take questions from the audience about their candidacy for governor.
This is a great opportuntity for people to learn more about the two excellent Pacific Green party candidates for governor. For the first time in the history of the PGP, we have a contested nomination. [ read more ]
No Cover as always, because capitalism is gross.
Expect an exciting show tonite at IBP. Lots of great videos to show. [ read the schedule ]
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