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This multi-media workshop/presentation is intended to introduce the audience to neolibearlism through the eyes of a popular resistance in Oaxaca, Mexico. The workshop will include scene selections from three films: "El Enemigo Comun" (2005), "El Machete" (2007) and "Paz Sin Justicia" (2008) in order to illustrate neoliberal atrocities and community based resistance to them. The first film documents some paramilitary activity in Oaxaca from , leading up to the arrival of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, Oaxaca's current governor. The second film has been filmed and edited by indigenous women and youth from communities in Oaxaca, during the winter of 2007, and documents a more profound look at the day to day struggles for land, water, transportation, culture, dignity, justice, liberty, and peace.
"Paz Sin Justicia," a 41 minute film by the Committee in Defense of the Rights of the People - CODEP, examines what Oaxaca looks like today, and what it really means for Oaxaca to return to normal after the 2006 uprising. Corruption, institutionalized repression, and economic slavery are the standard through which, a weak government attempts to hold itself together, and stay in power.
All the while the Oaxacan People's Popular Assembly APPO, along with Oaxacans in general, wait for the next moment to practice what they have already begun: self-determination, autonomy, popular power, and the dignity that comes with rising up from below.
a film about murdered indymedia journalist brad will
Brazilian filmmaker and media activist Miguel will be on hand
to discuss his documentary tribute to a fallen friend.
(film in portuguese and spanish with english subtitles)
Monday March 24th 7 pm
311 N. Ivy St.
check out: "Beyond the Mirage: The Face of the Occupation"
Tuesday 3/25/2008, 7:00 PM, Channel 23
Thursday 3/27/2008, 6:00 PM, Channel 23
Stay tuned for more programs on Portland Community Media reframing the Israel-Palestine conflict
Federal and state government agencies, along with private interests, are waging an all out war on wildlife. In Oregon, for example, each year wildlife officials snare and shoot entire families of bears simply because the animals peel the bark off trees on corporate timberland. The state also plans to kill up to 2,000 cougars across Oregon and are gearing up to slaughter sea lions along the Columbia. But you can help stop this madness.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Big Wildlife, a non-profit wildlife protection organization formed in 2006, is leading the charge to save mid and top-level carnivores such as wolves, cougars, wolverine, and coyotes. We are dedicated to halting these inhumane and horrific lethal "control" programs and invite Indymedia readers to join us in our efforts. To learn more about what you can do, be sure to attend our "War on Carnivores" lecture at Lewis and Clark Law School [noon - Room 5, 10015 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR] on April 2.
See details about the Lewis and Clark event below:
Learn about how to organize against fascist, sexist, racist, homophobic, ableist and other forms of white male U.S. capitalist imperailism. Bill X is a former panther, revolutionary, activist and archivist. He is coming from Cali to rap with you all about how to get off your ASS before it's NAILED to the ground. He will have films, photos, and so on. Please use this kind resource.
Where: Smith Center Multi Cultural Room 228
When: Friday, March 21 from 6 to whenever you're done asking questions
Why: Cause IT'S ABOUT TIME!
Over the past 5 years, the student movement has been growing in Portland. The youth of America are the ones who will feel the true scorns of the war, as we are the ones expected to pay off this debt, our education is being cut, and we are the ones fighting this war. On March 20th, at 11 AM hundreds of students city wide, and thousands nation wide will be walking out of school, directly resisting our planned day to day events. By walking out, students not only take a stand against the war, but also assert our own power as a community determined to enact change. Students are willing to disrupt our education for one day to take a stand against five years of mounting death tolls.
We as students also believe that anti-war efforts have been too moderate and passive to make a difference. This protest (starting at 1 PM by the elephant in the North Park Blocks) has not been registered by the city of Portland, as we do not wish to host a parade. We wish to start a movement that is no longer about feeling good about yourself, but making a change in the world. Patting yourselves on the back after marching in a permitted area is not likely to directly affect war profiteers or anything for that matter. This is why we feel it necessary to make this stride.
It's almost time for Funk the War! Meet at 12:30 tomorrow at Terry-Shrunk Park (SW 3rd and Madison) to say no to war and disrupt business as usual for local war profiteers (the specific local war profiteer will be announced at the park). No more profiteering in Portland! No more funding of war in our community!
Join local groups this Wednesday, March 19, at 5:30 PM, to protest the former head of Latin American Coca Cola and ex-president of Mexico Vicente Fox's lecture at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Fox is known for his hand in creating the exploitative Plan Puebla Panama, his support of FTAA and NAFTA, and his readiness to answer grassroots resistance with violent repression in Texacoco, Atenco, Chiapas, and Oaxaca. Fox will be speaking on "Border Crossings: Immigration, Free Trade, and Security". Let's show him the door, in solidarity with those he has oppressed.
Camp Withycombe is an Oregon Army National Guard camp in SE Portland, just south of Clackamas, and it is so close to where we live, there is no excuse not to blockade it right NOW! You can even ride the BUS there. So we're GOING to blockade it. Read on... Yeah, it's short notice. So what? Everyone's been itching for more action and now they're gonna get it.
After the "Funk the War" event in downtown Portland this Wednesday, everybody is invited to join an action to blockade the gates of the Oregon Army National Guard's Camp Withycombe just south of Clackamas Town Center. This is presuming the dance-actions at the offices of local war profiteers are going to be over too quick and be far too symbolic to satisfy many of us. By all means we should keep those actions going as long as we can, but if they run out of steam there's a surefire way to liven things back up: we can square off against the military ITSELF.
PDX Trans/Genderqueer performers needed for a Camp Trans benefit April 12th!!!!
We're calling on the queer and trans community to come together for a day of action, critical analysis and fun focused on fighting patriarchy and questioning transphobia and misogyny in our communities.
We want to call attention to particular double binds that transwomen and transfeminine folks end up in caught between heteronormative
gender roles and transphobic vitriol from the queer women's community. We want to celebrate transwomen's participation in women's spaces, and their contributions to our communities and the world at large. We want to get a bunch of awesome people together to show solidarity with transwomen in the feminist community, and to celebrate gender deviancy of all kinds.
Stop the War,
Bring the Troops Home Now!
South Park Blocks, Portland
March 15th, 2008
PDX Peace coalition is hosting an all-day event with an action camp, march and rally, and more opportunities for Portland to explore what we can do to end this war and prevent the next one. Can you help build a World Without War? Spread the word! New posters, flyers, handbills, stickers and buttons are now available! Download flyers or find pick-up location.
Speakers at the 2:00 PM rally include:
*Zahra Sultan, Iraqi Social Worker, director of Saverefugees.org
* Sean Lewis, First Gulf War Veteran, member of Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace Chapter 72
* Bob Watada, father of Lt. Ehren Watada, the first Commissioned Officer to refuse deployment to Iraq
* Andrea Cano, Executive Director, Oregon Farm Worker Ministry
* Youth organizers Terell Wilson, freshman at Madison H.S. and Lizo Wallace, United Voices Youth Program
* Barbara Dudley, Professor in the Hatfield School of Government, former Executive Director of Greenpeace USA
* Tom Chamberlain, President of Oregon AFL-CIO
There are a bunch of meetings coming up and we thought all y'all radical folks out there might be interested.
**Fossil Fool's Day Organizing Meeting: Tuesday, March 11th, Red & Black Cafe, 6-8p
**Climate Convergence Organizing Meeting, Sunday, March 16th,
Lucky Lab, 2-4p www.luckylab.com/html/directions.html#brewpub
**General Cascadia Rising Tide Organizing Meetings, Tuesday, March 18th, Red & Black Cafe,
You're Invited to the Collective Organizing Meeting
Wednesday, March 12th
Red & Black Cafe
SE 12th and Oak
You are invited to the PDX-ADL weekly collective organizing meeting where we will be discussing current and future campaigns on behalf of animals, as well as trainings and upcoming events.
The agenda is packed, but still bring your ideas. Please join us!
Save the Date! On Good Friday, March 21, the Seriously Pissed Off Grannies and Friends will hold the second annual vigil at the Army/Marine Recruiting Office at 1317 NE Broadway in Portland. Come show your support for bringing our soldiers home. Join the Grannies on March 21st at 11:00 at the NE Broadway Recruiting office.
In 2006 the Grannies were arrested for placing red tempera pint handprints on the windows of the recruiting office. They were charged with a misdemeanor and a violation. A jury found them innocent of the misdemeanor charge, but a judge fined them $100 each, calling their political speech "graffiti." That decision is under appeal.
Taking Place at the U of O Law School in Eugene, the four-day Conference includes over 125 panels, workshops, and multi-media presentations addressing a broad spectrum of environmental law and advocacy. Topics include: forest protection and ecological restoration, grazing and mining reform, labor and human rights, air and water pollution, Native American treaty rights, globalization and "free" trade, environmental justice, corporate responsibility, marine wilderness, international environmental law, water rights and dam removal, oil and gas litigation, genetic engineering, and urban growth.
EARLY AFTERNOON PANELS FRIDAY • 2:15 - 3:30 P.M.
Indigenous Sacred Estates: Protecting the Climate at Home
Land Use, Energy Depletion, and Climate Change: Opportunities for Action.
Solving the Energy Crisis: Are We Making the Right Policy Decisions?
Pacific Northwest Old Growth Protection and Forest Restoration Legislation
Bends in the River: New Developments in Clean Water Act Policy and Litigation
The Iraq Body Count Exhibit will be displayed at Portland State University from March 9th until March 20th. Using 120,000 surveyor flags, the Exhibit represents American and Iraqi deaths caused as a result of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
"Passer byes are awe-struck when they see how large the Exhibit is and how many people have died in this war. It is much different from reading a number in a newspaper" said Rudy Dietz, an organizer of the Exhibit. The numbers used by Iraq Body Count Exhibit are based on The Lancet Medical Journal's 2006 study that interviewed over 1800 Iraqi households, using widely accepted statistical methods (1). More recent surveys by British research firm ORB have cited numbers as high as 1.2 million (2).
The Students for Unity at PSU are sponsoring the Exhibit, and are helping to recruit the over 200 volunteers required to set up on the 9th. Volunteers are welcome to help out for an hour, or the entire day. Those who are interested in volunteering can meet at PSU in front of the Millar Library (1875 SW Park) at 9:00 am on Sunday March 9th.
Stand in Solidarity with the Professor's Union tomorrow at 11AM.
As the struggle continues between the professors and administration, your support of the faculty is critical. The Oregon University System (OUS) is holding a Board Meeting tomorrow. The union will be making a statement. Show that you care about quality higher education!
Date: Friday, March 7
Time: 11:00 a.m. (the meeting is 8:30-1:00, but the union is planning on making a statement)
Place: PSU, Smith Memorial Student Union rm. 328
On the morning March 5th, 2008, five individuals were arrested by the Thurston County Sheriffs office on charges related to the incident following the Dead Prez show at the Evergreen State College. After much media hype about the events that occurred in the morning of February 15th, the police are finally taking action to ensure the blame be put on the community they attacked. Video taken after the concert clearly shows that police officers attacked a peaceful crowd of people without issuing an order to disperse or giving any warning. The so-called riot that ensued was a direct result of police violence, and an indirect result of racism on the part of the police. Both the incident itself and the response demonstrate a systematic abuse of police power, as officers from Washington State, Thurston County, Evergreen, Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater were all involved and have yet to be held accountable.
The Valentines Day incident began when an unmarked 'security' person pointed out an individual who he accused of starting a fight with him over smoking a joint. At this time Evergreen police arrested Kaylen Williams, who maintains that he only tried to break up a fight that security started with another person in the crowd. Protests to free Williams after the concert were entirely non-violent until the Olympia Police Department responded to the scene. When OPD arrived they began clubbing and pepper spraying the crowd. Many of the concertgoers suffered chemical burns and one young man was hospitalized with internal bleeding.
In a major step for the U.S. labor movement, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has announced that it will shut down West Coast ports on May 1, to demand an immediate end to the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Middle East. This is the first time in decades that an American union has decided to undertake industrial action against a U.S. war. The action announced by the powerful West Coast dock workers union, to stop work to stop the war, should be taken up by unions and labor organizations throughout the United States and internationally. And the purpose of such actions should be not to beg the bourgeois politicians whose hands are covered with blood, having voted for every war budget for six and a half years, but a show of strength of the working people who make this country run, and who can shut it down!
On 5 October 2006, 10 responsible citizens were arrested in the World Can't Wait protest. That day they protested against the war and against Bush in a world that soon would no longer be dominated by republicans. In December '06, Ryan Dunn won his jury trial with Leah Greenwald providing the legal heroics. Civil disobedience protesters often win their jury trials in this county because the community does not support police behavior, and DA prosecution, of civil disobedience protesters.
Today was the first day of trial for most of the remaining group of 9 arrestees. The state told the court it had enough witnesses for this trial to last 3 WEEKS! But this morning, Spencer Hahn argued on behalf of all arrestees that the court and the State of Oregon had denied all defendants their Speedy Trial rights. Judge Philbrook heard all argument from the DA against the motion, heard arguments from other defense lawyers supporting it, and carefully considered all evidence relevant to the speedy trial motion. After carefully considering all the evidence, J. Philbrook ruled that the cases against the defendants should be dismissed!!!!
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