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If you're for impeaching Bush & Cheney, there are 2 local actions Wednesday.
In the morning at 9:30, it's at City Hall (5th & Madison) to show support for Randall Davis who'll urge the City Council to pass
the resolution to impeach Bush and Cheney.
Wednesday evening (7-9), it's the National Impeachment Teach-In at the lst Unitarian Church (SW 12th between Main & Salmon) downstairs in Fuller Hall.
The DFA True Brew Coffee House meetup group impeachment flash Monday, July 17, will be at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Lombard. We will be waving "Impeach" signs to get the message out. If you want to do something to end the neocon nightmare, here is an opportunity!
Drinking water and sign materials provided. Please take hot weather precautions: hat, comfortable clothing, etc. Persons with hot weather health problems should be certain about weather conditions before attending.
The United Sates Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting public comments regarding the commercial approval of a Genetically Engineered (GE) plum variety, known as "C5." Not only would the approval of C5 be the first commercially released GE tree variety in the United States, but also the first GE fruit approved for human consumption. Approval of C5 will pave the way for more GE food and tree varieties, as well as guarantee the widespread genetic contamination of conventional and organic stone fruit varieties, including plums, peaches, cherries, and apricots.
Since commercial approvals of GE soy, corn, cotton, and canola almost a decade ago, grassroots activists have effectively stopped new approvals of GE crops. Genetically Engineered crops have contaminated organic varieties, have not been adequately safety tested, and have contributed to the the corporate takeover of the seed supply.
Please contact the USDA today and call for strict health, safety and environmental testing for all GE crops, as well as increased funding for ecological and integrated pest management alternatives for the plum pox virus.
7pm, July 8 at St. Francis Church, 330 SE 11th Ave. in Portland, Oregon
(58 minutes, 2006, in Spanish and English with English and Spanish subtitles)
$3 dollar donation requested. no one turned away for lack of funds
At St. Francis Church Saturday, July 8, a new film, "On The Edge," will have its first public screening in Portland. On The Edge is a documentary covering the brutal murders of hundreds of poor young women in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, murders that have been repeatedly ignored and unresolved by police and governments since 1993, despite the continued and persistent efforts of family members and activists to obtain justice for the victims. Rather than provide an easy, murder-mystery style solution to the crimes, the film sets out to explain the social, cultural, and economic factors that have created this situation where the killings can continue, and continue to go unpunished. Filmmaker Steev Hise, and guest speaker from PCASC will be in attendance.
[ Read More ] [ More Info: On the Edge | mujeresdejuarez.org | Mexico Solidarity Network Amigas de las Mujeres de Juareez | Justicia para nuestras hijas | Amnesty International ]
CALL TO ACTION! Save the South Central Farm & Support Small Farms Worldwide!
South Central Farm International Solidarity Days July 7-10
"You are never strong enough that you don't need help." - Cesar Chavez
Call to Action: Join the South Central Farm International Solidarity Days to defend the rights of small farmers so they may continue to live and farm with dignity while producing a healthier, safer community for all! We will be raising awareness for the small farming movement and its critical place in the green/environmental landscape with special attention paid to urban farms, family farms, global environmental justice, food security, and green development.
The Struggle Continues! Although 350 family farmers were evicted from the 14 acre South Central Farm on June 13 the movement to protect this community grows each day. We are now gearing up for a July 12 court date that will set the wheels of justice in motion and challenge the legality of the sale of the farm. We are raising global awareness for our cause - and for the cause of social justice worldwide. Join the international social network committed to justice for people and the planet.
Host a Solidarity Event in Your Community!
Portland, OR.-July 2, 2006-The Lents community is leveraging its diversity to establish the first ever international farmers' market in Portland. Vendors will represent a variety of ethnic foods including Hmong, Hispanic, Turkish, and Mien. Besides farm fresh produce, there will be live music, an eating area to enjoy freshly prepared gyros and tamales, chef demonstrations in international cooking, and kids' activities.
Three markets will be held this summer on July 23, August 27, and September 24th next to Crossroads Plaza on SE 92nd Ave and SE Foster Rd, from 9am to 2pm. Free parking will be provided by Lents Masonic Lodge, next door to the market at 5811 SE 92nd Ave. WIC and senior coupons are very welcome. Translators will be on hand to provide interpretation to Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, and Vietnamese-speakers.
These markets are brought to you by the Lents Food Group, a volunteer-fed organization nurtured by a partnership of Zenger Farm, Healthy Eating By Design, The Oregon Food Bank, The Portland/Multnomah Food Policy Council, the Lents Neighborhood Association, and Pilgrim Lutheran Church. To get involved, contact Hilary DuBose at 919-812-6877 or e-mail her at LentsFarmersMarket@gmail.com. You can learn more about upcoming planning meetings at http://www.quantumneighborhood.com/lentsfoodgroup.
Portland's first ever Housing Fair specifically for Native Americans is just a few weeks away:
WHAT: Native American Housing to Homeownership Fair
WHEN: Saturday, July 29th, 10am-3pm
WHERE: PCC SE Center, 2305 SE 82nd Ave, Mount Tabor Hall, Portland OR
The fair is offered in response to community need and as part of NAYA Family Center's goal of increasing economic and housing stability in the American Indian/Alaska Native Community. The fair will provide a wide range of resources for the whole community: from renters to potential home owners. In comparison to populations of similar size, only 17% of Portland's 38,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives own their home (Northwest Area Foundation).
Participants will meet housing resource professionals, lenders and may be eligible to enter to win $1,500 in down payment assistance. Classes, homebuyer assistance information, and housing resources for renters with home ownership goals will be offered. Features include Native American dance performances, a guest drum, food, a Kids' Corner, and raffle prizes.
The self described 'one hit wonder anarchist rock star' Rob 'Los Ricos' Thaxton wasn't always a rebellious 'rock star', or an anarcho-activist, or a "punk" political prisoner. There was a time, not that long ago, when he was just another chavo chicano growing up in some forgotten field town called Pampa, Texas, Watching rebels, reformists, rioters, racketeers, and real rock stars tap dance across his tv screen. But while changing channels, culture, capitalism, corporatization, and the clarion call of chaos came crashing down in the form of the radicalizing revelations of the terroristic Tet Offensive; the political proclamation 'No Vietnamese ever called me nigger' of black (power) boxing champ Muhammad Ali; and finally, the seditious inspiration of the women fighters of the radical Weather underground who seized his catholic grade school for two years when he was a child. By the righteous (r)age of twelve, Rob began to work with various revolutionary organizations, and eventually left Pampa for the streets of Dallas, Texas, where he joined CISPES (the Committee in solidarity with the People of El Salvador), worked with ACT UP, and KNON-FM, a peoples (Pirate) radio station, where he served as program director.
Community to rally against NAZi presence in town, with aims of building movement for racial, economic, and social justice Olympia, WA -- On Monday, July 3rd 2006 in Olympia, concerned community members from the surrounding Puget Sound region will be rallying to oppose the presence of a neo-Nazi group called the National Socialist Movement in our community. The rally will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Tivoli Fountain on the capitol campus, with plans to conclude at sometime after 4:00 p.m.?the NSM has a permit to occupy the steps of the capitol from 2-4 p.m.
The Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace has played a central role in spearheading the organizing necessary for conducting the rally and we strongly urge other organizations to join us in seizing this opportunity to demonstrate, with a fundamental goal of building a sustainable movement working for racial, economic, and social justice. The direction and objectives of our demonstrations are intended to affirm and celebrate diversity. We seek to use this unfortunate occurrence, the rallying of a neo-Nazi hate group in our town, to create a celebratory afternoon of community solidarity, drowning out the negative message promoted by the NSM, forming an atmosphere of unity and compassion.
Come Join Us! Olympia responds to Nazis
The neo-Nazi group, National Socialist Movement, (NSM) is planning a major rally where they are inviting white supremacists from many States to Olympia. Their announced rally of hatred is planned for this coming Monday, July 3rd from 2 to 4 P.M. at the steps of the Legislative Bldg at the State Capitol. We hope to surround them on Monday afternoon and turn our backs on them and turn their rally into one for racial, economic and social justice, and to non-violently make it clear that Nazis are not welcome in Olympia or anywhere. Many of us will be dressed as clowns.
This coming weekend - Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2 - will feature several events in Portland, Ore. relating to state repression and opposition to it. Each of these events was organized independently of the others, yet the scheduled events compliment one another well.
In combination, they form a curriculum of sorts for those attempting to understand government repression?from prisons in this country to the infamous torture at Abu Ghraib, from the current "Green Scare" prosecution to enduring institutional violence against communities of color. These events will also be an ideal starting point for those who would like to discuss what to do next, in order for a freer way of life to replace chains, coercion and complacency.
Portland Anti-Imperialists, Students for Unity, and friends are organizing a weekend of resistance skills workshops- Everyone striving for social and environmental justice is invited...Let's network, learn, and build our movements! Why: As sure as I am that we all have our own answers to that question, we also have common reasons why we organize and fight injustice. One reason is our hopes for future generations. Another is a love of the land; our desire for survival. Still another reason is our connections to what has happened in the past and the lessons to be learned. We are stronger together. As the government esclates repression against the environmental, human rights, and community movements, and targets immigrants, muslims, acitivists, and people of color as scapegoats for a flailing economy, we can't let ourselves be cowed into submission. Work remains to be done to determine the course of our society. For these reasons and more, we are doing what we can to build venues for our community to organize. Hope to see you there!
Daniel Strauss and Shanti Sellz, two Samaritans of the Tucson Arizona No More Deaths Coalition, were arrested by the US Border Patrol in July 2005 for trying to medically evacuate three critically ill immigrants from the 105 degree heat of the Sonoran Desert to a clinic in Tucson, after consulting a doctor about the three men's symptoms. Daniel and Shanti are being charged with felonies in federal court, and could face up to fifteen (15) years in prison. Shanti and Daniel speak 7 pm, Saturday. St. Andrew's Church, 806 NE Alberta Ave. Portland, OR
Zachary Jenson, Lauren Weiner and Eric McDavid were arrested on January 13, 2006 in Auburn, California as part of the ongoing nationwide Green Scare. They are accused of conspiring to damage or destroy by means of explosive or fire public or private property. Lauren was released on bail and has recently plead guilty; taking a deal that requires her to testify against her co-defendants and assist investigators in every way possible, and we therefore consider her to be a government informant. Eric and Zach have maintained their innocence since they were arrested. They are both pleading not guilty and are still being held in the Sacramento County Main Jail awaiting trial.
Zachary Jenson had his second bail hearing on Wednesday, June 21. He was denied bail yet again; this time by Judge Drodz. After hearing oral arguments, the judge took a five minute recess and returned with his decision.
Eric was moved to a different floor over the weekend and his address has changed. Please continue sending Zach and Eric letters of support. They have both been in total isolation ("T-Sep"), since their arrest, and have little to no real human contact. Spending all but 5 hours per week in a single cell is extremely difficult, and both Eric and Zach absolutely cherish every letter they receive.
Harold H. Thompson, an anarchist prisoner in Tennessee, USA, has requested that supporters send letters to the Tennessee Department of Corrections registering complaint with the current ban on type-writers from prisoners' authorized property list.
Without access to type-writers, Harold and others must struggle to complete work on legal cases and maintain correspondence with friends and family, among other writing tasks. Please see the letter below for more information.
Please consider sending the following form letter, or one similar to it, to the address below.
Anti-Imperialists, Students for Unity and friends are proud to present two days of workshops, discussion, brainstorming, and more. On June 24th and 25th, from 11 am to 6pm, we will be at PSU Smith Center, Rooms 204 and 209 and the adjoining area, to support one another and teach one another skills for our common struggles for justice and community power.
Scheduled workshops include:
Street tactics, screen printing and stenciling, uncovering buried history, confronting heterosexism, understanding and confronting racism, action planning, how to organize against corporations, guerilla media, organizing your workplace, and MUCH MORE! A schedule of workshops and events, as well as information on the planned saturday evening benefit event will be coming soon.
Saturday, June 17th 9:00 AM - Outside the Rose Garden Arena
While Congress debates the fate of millions of families in the USA, PSU has invited Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio to be the keynote speaker for this years graduating class. Peter DeFazio voted in support of the anti-immigrant HR 4437 which threatens millions of families and adds fuel to the increasingly reactionary debate on immigration.
Together, as students and as members of the greater-Portland community, we will demand that Immigrant Rights will be respected. We will continue the struggle for immigrant rights while celebrating the accomplishments of ALL PSU graduates.
Come, Join the immigrant rights movement and demand that Peter DeFazio
Last summer an intense campaign of civil disobedience, lawsuits, and media focused on stopping massive clearcuting of old-growth reserves burned by the 500,000 acre Biscuit fire of 2002 in Southern Oregon. This year the North and South Kalmiopsis Roadless Areas have been targeted for clearcuting as the Bush administration continues it's full frontal assault on the nation's forests while promising to let states decide whether to log or not to log in roadless areas.
The DVD is a tribute to those who gave it their all to defend the Wild Siskiyou in 2005 and why folks should come to defend the Siskiyou roadless areas in the weeks and months to come. John West owner of Silver Creek logging company, who recently purchased the Mikes Gulch roadless area logging sale, is called to task in this 89 minute documentary made on a zero budget.
June 9th-11th, 43 cities worldwide will participate in the International Weekend of Resistance Against the Green Scare in order to show solidarity and support for those facing charges and harassment in what has come to be known as the Green Scare. June 11th is also marks the 6th year Jeff Free Luers has been in prison. [ read more ]
Solidarity Statement from IRSN for Weekend of ResistanceComrades: A year ago I travelled to Oregon to speak out in support of Jeffrey "Free" Luers. At that time, I reflected on my almost quarter century as an activist with the Irish Republican Socialist Movement and drawing upon that experience spoke of the importance of recognizing that Luers was a prisoner of war, because he, like comrades of the Irish National Liberation Army I'd known, was compelled to take illegal action in order to resist a system which called forth opposition and understood only the language of force.
Since that time, a host of other environmental activists have been incarcerated. One is now dead, allegedly having committed suicide following his arrest. Lives have be disrupted, some have been ruined. We believe all of those arrested in recent months to be innocent of the actions with which they are charged. The US government would have us believe that the more than a dozen environmental activists they've now indicted are "terrorists." "Terrorist," of course, being what the US government calls anyone it seeks to crush. "Terrorists" is what they call the heroic opposition to the US and British invasion and occupation of Iraq, with the resulting destruction of that country and the slaughter of tens of thousands of innocent civilians. "Terrorist" is what they call the Venezuelan government, which survived a CIA-backed coup attempt and is now using the nation's petroleum wealth to not only provide literacy programs, medical clinics, and a host of other projects aimed at improving the lives of the destitute masses of that country, but are using their wealth to assist other struggling nations in the developing world, and have even used it to supply cheap heating oil to the working poor in the north-east part of the US. "Terrorist" is what they call the children of the Palestinian intifada, who combat heavily armed soldiers and tanks with nothing more than stones, rather than be forced out of their homeland by an invasion which provided a European surrogate in the heart of the Middle East.
The environmental activists indicted, even the activists who actually carried out the actions for which these people have been charged, are not terrorists. The term is absurd when spoken from the lips of a government so despotic, so stained in innocent blood, so contemptuous of human rights and human liberty, so callous to the plight of animals, forests, the seas, the land, the skies, as the one we have at present. It is the US government and their allies in Iraq, the British government; it is the US government and their allies in Haiti, the French state, who are the terrorists in the world today.
The US government, on behalf of the capitalist class, has unleashed upon this earth an assault from which, if left unchecked, it cannot recover. Such policies must be opposed. Such policies must be opposed in whatever way is necessary to defeat them. End the "green scare" and free these activists. The comrades of the International Republican Socialist Network, here in the US and abroad, extend our solidarity to you in this struggle. Your victory, is our own!
At all times we must speak up and support one another in our resistance to global oppression. As we tirelessly work for a better world we would like to keep our priorities in order and take time for Multicultural Community Solidarity Announcements. So please take the time to learn about the following important community events which will feature indigenous women speakers.
6/12: Eugene, OR:
6/13: Ashland,OR: First Methodist Church 175 N. Main St. 7pm $5---
hey folks, laughing horse books is having a benefit this SATURDAY, JUNE 10TH to cover expenses for our MOVE TO 12 NE 10th Ave! the event takes place at the parliament, 305 SE 3rd Ave, and gets started about 7 PM.
special guest: Captured by Porches!!!!
admission is $5-10 sliding scale, with all proceeds going to the bookstore. come support a valuable community resource, and get all the rock you could possibly need in one weekend ALL AT ONCE!
that is all. continue with your daily lives, but REMEMBER.
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