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Civil liberties groups argue provision does not apply to nonviolent actions:
Eugene, OR -- On May 15 defense attorneys representing environmental activists accused of arson and property destruction will argue to U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken that the "terrorism enhancement" provision of the federal sentencing guidelines - which would add an extra 20 years of prison time to each defendant's sentence - should not be applied to their clients.
MEDIA ADVISORY: A press conference will be held outside the courthouse at noon. Speakers will include defense attorneys for Daniel McGowan, along with representatives from the Civil Liberties Defense Center and the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center. The two organizations have opposed the prosecutors' attempt to label the actions by the defendants as acts of "terrorism," because their acts did not cause, nor were intended to cause, any harm to human or animal life. "When everyone is a terrorist, no one is."
WHAT: Federal Terrorism Enhancement Hearings for all Oregon Green Scare defendants
Copies of a press packet with current related articles, background information, historical examples of sabotage in the U.S., and a history of F.B.I. repression of political activism will be available at the event.
Don't miss this event! C.i.r.c.a Boredom Patrols traveling Circus is coming to Portland tomorrow, May 5th, with workshops and performances at the Watershed in SE at 5040 SE Milwaukee St from 5pm till 10pm. A major theme of the workshop/performance is immigration and gathering of support for the upcoming NoBorder Camp in 2007.
Come down for the "Subvert Everthing Workshop" which is a clowning skillshare from 5pm to 8pm and learn some fundamentals about clowing... Release your inner clown!
Hurry, hurry, hurry COME! for the Circus Performance from 9pm to 10pm.... you'll see Lion Taming, Tightrope walking, the Theater of the Oppressed and Subversion! All donations will go to the No Borders Camp which will be the second week of November 2007. More info: NO BORDER Camp - Nov. 2007 | Article 2 | Article 1
May Day Jail Support Number is 503.233.3194
Immigrant Rights Now! May Day Action Let's march for immigrant and Workers' rights! We demand just and comprehensive Immigration Reform Legalization NOW! Come and join us! When: May 1st 2007, 4:00pm. Where: SW park blocks and SW Salmon St., Portland What to Bring: food, water, and white, red or blue T-shirt and all of your friends! [read more]
Sin Fronteras Portland Mayday events! 4PM March and Rally with the Immigrant Rights Coalition. Meet down town at SW park blocks and SW Salmon St. Look for L@S Macheter@s de Justicia and the Sin Fronteras banner! Later MAY 1ST: SIN FRONTERAS AND THE WATERSHED MAYDAY CELEBRATION! 8PM @ the Watershed [read more]
Activists, be safe tomorrow and always, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Tonight, 6:00 at Liberty Hall (311 N Ivy) come and listen to lawyers from the NWCRC speak about what your rights are on the street. Do you have to leave when police say, do you have to give police your name, where can you be, what can you carry, have your questions answered. [read more]
Immigrants and Allies to Rally for Comprehensive Immigration Reform What: Mass rally and march for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and access to Oregon driver's licenses. When: Tuesday, May 1, 2006. Gather at 11 am, rally at 12 noon with march and lobbying to follow. Where: Oregon state capitol building, 900 Court St NE, Salem, Oregon. [read more]
related: [ Fire the Bosses! A Call for a Mayday Black Bloc | PREPARE for Mayday! | What's going on May Day? | March on May Day! | May Day 2007 - Requests for Documentary Contributions on May 1 | Help from Food Not Bombs on MAYDAY? | Mayday Flier ]
Last Wednesday, Williams Sonoma (which owns Pottery Barn) agreed to meet with Rainforest Relief's executive director, Tim Keating, to discuss our demand that the company stop selling outdoor furniture made with nyatoh wood from Indonesia's highly endangered rainforests. The company also said they are looking for alternatives to this furniture, so we decided to postpone our protests planned for Saturday and Sunday.
We decided to switch to our backup target, Restoration Hardware, which sells similar items through its catalog. To our suprise, the company's senior vice president and chief marketing officer called us late this afternoon. According to Tim, the company offered to work directly with us and really sounded like they wanted to act responsibly on this important issue, so we are also calling off our protests against Restoration. (Interestingly, the company seemed particularly concerned about the potential Portland protests - we've no idea why, but way to go, Portland!) Without having to hand out a single flyer, we made real progress this week on
The 7th anniversary of Jeff's imprisonment is fast arriving, and to mark this date we are encouraging everyone once again to participate in a Day of Solidarity. This year we are asking people to hold demonstrations to demand change, not just for Jeff's case but for the world. Please plan an event in your community and inform us of the details so we can help you publicize it.
Below is an announcement that can be circulated and reposted.
Donations are still needed to help with Jeff's legal costs.
Thank you all again for your support! We don't have any updated information about Jeff's resentencing as of yet, but we will certainly keep you posted! ~Friends of Jeffrey Free Luers
Next week I have a meeting with the Mayor's office as an average citizen discussing some of my experiences with the Portland Police. This stems from an officer detaining me and using the threat of arrest for a law that did not exist.
Anyhow, as part of my meeting I would like to leave the Mayor's office with a stack of printed out letters from other citizens that have had experiences where they felt that the PPB over stepped their legal bounds.
The Seriously Pissed Off Grannies will get off their rockers and onto their bikes with the rallying cry: No Blood for Oil. Join us!
On Friday, April 20th, the Surge Protection Brigade will stage a protest at the military recruiting center on NE Broadway at 13th beginning at 10:30 a.m. This week the theme, No Blood for Oil, will be underscored by the presence of a bicycle brigade from the Portland cycling community joining the grannies to protest the link between US military action and the country's dependence on oil. Bicyclists will form a moving picket line in front of the recruiting office.
The Surge Protection Brigade is committed to escalating nonviolent civil resistance if our elected officials are not responsive to the majority of American voters who want the Iraq occupation to end. Their have been 21 arrests at their actions at the Recruiting office.
Concepcion Nunez Miranda will be speaking Fri. April 20th, at Liberty Hall. She has been highly involved in the Oaxacan social movement and will be discussing the role of women, as well as media within the movement. Please come and see this amazing speaker.
A part of the women's takeover of radio and TV stations, and a leader in the fight for indigenous women's rights in the prison system in Oaxaca, Concepcion will speak on the dynamic role of women in the social movement in Oaxaca, with an emphasis on their use of the media. Concepcion speaks from extensive and passionate experience as a teacher, APPO member and writer, who's interviews with Indigeous women prisoners have been incorporated into two films resulting in the release of some of those prisoners.
Friday, April 20th at Liberty Hall (311 N Ivy St). Dinner and Oaxacan Music will begin at 5:30PM. Concepcion will speak at 6:30 PM.
World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL) is April 22nd thru April 28th. Animals used in research desperately need our voices, as they suffer day in and day out. The labs that make these animals' lives a living hell routinely ignore the laws that exist to offer minimal protection from cruelty. Rather than trying to fix these problems, many would rather spend their energies and resources trying to hide them from the public.
NW IDA will be having events all week including a march to the OHSU campus beginning at the South Park Blocks on Sunday, April 22nd. A full listing of events is at the end of this article in the 'What You Can Do' section.
http://www.vivisectioninfo.org | http://www.boycottohsu.com | http://www.whitecoatwelfare.org | http://www.navs.org | http://www.pcrm.org | http://www.idausa.org
Oregon Right to Life [pro-lifers. boooo!] conference is being held this Saturday from 9am-5pm in Wilsonville, OR at the Holiday Inn.
We would be crazy not to protest at this fine opportunity of dissent. Women deserve the right to choose - it's our bodies!!! That said.... Students for Unity has reserved 2 vans [that can fit up to 24 people] to leave Saturday [April 21] afternoon at 12pm - the vans will be parked in-front of or in-between smith and cramer. We will be back by 4 at latest, maybe even by 3pm. RSVP is preferred but not mandatory and you can bring yer own car if you'd like to follow us.
PLEASE come to this protest, and bring any protest signs, chants, guerilla theatre you can come up with.
Over 150 sustainable organizations and businesses, 3 stages of entertainment, bike rides from 18 starting points around Portland and so much more! An all volunteer-organized event, Earth Day 2007: Planting Seeds of Community will start setting up at Woodlawn Park this Thursday for the event on Saturday, April 21. Please come volunteer and have some fun!
Earth Day 2007: Planting Seeds of Community
Benefit Event for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society featuring Captain Paul Watson's harrowing tales, dinner and live music. At the Pirate's Tavern on Wednesday, April 18 at 8:00pm at the Pirate's Tavern (all vegan restaurant)
Captain Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd has been defending ocean life from illegal pillage and plunder by rogue whalers and marine murderers for over 20 years. Come to the Pirate's Tavern to hear of his adventures on the high seas!
Help us make it through the bad months. Attention concerned citizens of Portland. This is a call for solidarity from our community. Laughing Horse Book Collective needs your support. We are a volunteer run radical bookstore and resource for peacemakers, truth seekers, revolutionaries, and all people concerned with the icky state of the world. We've been providing information and meeting space to activists of all kinds for over 20 years.
In order to better serve our community and make it through the slow months, we are asking for you to come buy a book, or 5. :) Give a donation if you can. Small or large, it all goes back into the bookstore, and helps keep us open. We are located at 12 NE 10th Ave, just off Burnside. Keep fighting the good fight and read the good books! Love, Laughing Horse
phone: (503) 236-2893
[On Saturday] April 14, 2007 10 am to 1 pm, The Community Exchange Cycle Touring Club and Bike School will lead off the day of events with a bicycle ride 3029 SE 21 Ave (People's Co-op)starting at Peoples Co-op in SE Portland at 10:00 am and ending at the BIG RALLY downtown Portland.
Saturday's ride will [begin at] Peoples Food Co-op, (3029 SE 21 Ave), a passive solar residence in Northeast Portland, the Ecotrust Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center and the Step It Up rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza. The Community Exchange Cycle Touring Club and Bike School will be leading a bike tour to promote low or zero carbon solutions as part of our mission to promote peace and ecological respect, said Aaron Tarfman, volunteer leader of the ride on Saturday.
The event is part of the Step it Up 2007 campaign which will culminate at a rally downtown from 1:00-3:00 pm. The idea behind the Step It Up bike ride was to visit locations that showcase sustainable ideas in Portland from residential to commercial.
3029 SE 21 Ave (People's Co-op) Directions: Ride your bike to Peoples Co-op and then we'll ride around town!
Karl Rove is scheduled to speak at the King County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner 2007, at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel in Seatac at 6:30 PM. Private reception begins at 5:30 PM.
World Can't Wait and others will be meeting at the corner of Highway 99 and S 176th St at 5:00 PM.
We will be serving an "ARREST WARRANT" on Karl Rove charging him for aiding and
abetting WAR CRIMES, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY and more!
Please bring your own signs with your own "special" message for Karl Rove!
Ever wanted to show your friends after an event what really happened? Maybe you like to interview people and want to learn what kind of questions to ask. How about always wanting to do something with your video after and action? Even better, you want to start learning how to take and make video. Well here is your chance! On Thursday, 4/5/07 at 4:30 P.M. at PSU in Smith Memorial Union room 296 there will be an Indymedia street video training for those of you who are interested in this tactic. Everything from what kind of camera's are best for you, to how to shoot, to labeling tapes (a fine art a few of us are still trying to master to this day!) to what you can do with your footage after everything is said and done. Bring you questions, friends, and idea's to a workshop you don't want to miss! All part of a month of workshops going on all over Portland here in April.
Then on Friday 4/6/07 there will be a basic video editing workshop at Reed Rollege Student Activist Office (SAO) in the Gray Campus Room #034 at 4:30 P.M for those of you who would like to take what you have got of the street and show it to the world. The workshop will cover things such as how to import video onto your computer from a camera to exporting you video into a file you can stick onto the internet to show anyone who wants to see it!
The city of Tacoma has a Citizen Review Panel created for oversight of the Tacoma Police Department. Come to the meeting on Monday April [2nd @ 5:30pm] and you can file complaints about police brutality, illegal acts, and other issues you observed at the Port of Tacoma protests.
Let's continue to pressure Tacoma to refuse to allow the military to use our port to export immoral and illegal war and occupation. We have various avenues to express dissent and outrage; let's use them all!
In addition, you can file a citizen complaint against Tacoma at this website: http://www.ci.tacoma.wa.us/cotcomplaints/
Directions to Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St):
We'll be here until they're gone. Every Saturday, 1:15p-5:30p 811 SW Morrison, downtown Portland
Come pass out fliers (much appreciated), hold a sign, let Portland fur hags know that animal abuse is not acceptable here. Schumacher Furs says they're closing shop (we're waiting...) because of protests; we say they're closing shop because people are finally realizing that brutalizing animals for their fur is cruel and don't want to support it (and for those holdouts who buy fur despite the cruelty, social pressure is making the Cruella DeVille look less desirable).
And if protesting fur is not your preference, join the circus protest this weekend! Elephants, tigers and other wild animals are forced to spend their lives traveling the country in cramped boxcars and trucks, and made to perform tricks using forceful, painful, and fear-producing training methods (ever heard of the bullhook?). In the wild, elephants roam 50 miles per day with their herd, and suffer great depression and frustration with the confinement and forced separation that circuses impose. See www.circuses.com to watch video and learn more about the circus industry.
Whatever you do, please help make Portland a cruelty-free city. Stand up for animals and be a voice for the voiceless.
Please Oppose Hocus Pocus in the Legislature! Speak out for Oregon cougars now! Please attend legislative hearing at the Oregon State Capitol [Tuesday April 10th]. Consider testifying against proposed slaughter of cougars.
In 1994, Oregon voters approved Measure 18 which prohibited the cruel and unsportsmanlike practice of hound hunting of cougars & bears and baiting of bears. In April 2006, the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission rolled back this voter approved-initiative by adopting a plan that allows government agents to kill cougars statewide over the next few years to reach an arbitrary cougar population level. Now, cougars are in more danger than ever before. The Oregon Legislature is considering H.B. 2971, which would permit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to deputize sport hunters as their "agents" to do the killing under the Cougar Management Plan, which would involve chasing cougars with hounds, essentially rolling back the voter approved ban.
TAKE ACTION: Please grab a friend and attend the HB 2971 Hearing! You don't even have to speak. In all honesty, we just need bodies at the hearing, wearing a "Voters Have Spoken" button, which will be provided. Your presence is every bit as important as testifying, so please consider making the special trip to Salem to make a silent (but powerful) statement... for the cougars.
Please call or email your Oregon state representative and urge him or her to oppose H.B. 2971 when it comes up for consideration. To identify your state representative, please visit: www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/
Circus in town this weekend. Let's get on it.
Hello friendlies, We just found out about some jerky types coming to town next weekend and we're trying (along with Herbivore and IDA) to get as many folks as we can together to help with an outreach event. The circus is coming to town and most otherwise compassionate and caring folks don't know about the abuses going on. Basically, we want to let people know that those lions and elephants don't want to jump through flaming hoops and aren't being treated well. We'd like to get a ton of you folks out there with us to hand out information to circus-goers. This is going to be a family friendly educational outreach event, not one of your more marchy, chanty, sign hoisting type affairs. Bring the kids! We want to show that Portland doesn't want cruelty as entertainment and the more of us that show up to demonstrate that, the less likely the circus will be back next year.
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