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INDYMEDIA 24.12.2002 13:10
IndyBENEFIT for New, Improved IndyMedia! - Friday 27th
What do we want? Faster and More Accessible FREE SPEECH! YAY! If you participate, believe in and/or actively defend y/our right to freedom of expression come help IndyMedia fund a tech upgrade so it can better serve our community.

An evening of totally diverse entertainment to raise funds for hardware needed to help IndyMedia run more efficiently, and help *you* avoid pesky error and "no story..." messages, among other annoying technical roadblocks.

Come to the RED & BLACK CAFE, December 27th, at 6:30 pm and see Rexella, Stizzy, and more tba. We're hoping for some spoken word, y'all. Hint to all the Poetry Movement posters, yo. If anyone is interested, please email me! [ Read More... ]

ANIMAL RIGHTS 22.12.2002 22:29
Protest at the Primate Center TOMORROW!
From the open publishing newswire: Since ORPRC opened its doors in 1962, there have been no significant benefits to human health produced by this facility. Yet nearly forty years have passed, billions of public tax dollars have been spent, and countless lives have been lost. Now the OHSU-run facility is under a twenty year expansion which will greatly increase the amount of non-human animal based experimentation occurring on-site in Beaverton, Oregon. The Oregon Primate Center needs not to expand, but, in recognition of the lack of any substantial benefits to humans, it needs to be shut down.

While the animals are being tortured, dissected, and killed in the primate center, the researchers are going to go home and spend a nice cozy holiday with the family. Let's make sure they remember what they are leaving behind. There will be a protest at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center on 505 N.W. 185th Avenue Beaverton, OR 97006-3499 tomorrow (Monday), December 23rd at 3:00pm.
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NUCLEAR WASTE 19.12.2002 22:19
Protest plutonium shipments along I-5 and I-84
From the open publishing newswire: Wednesday the US Department of Energy began trucking High-Level Nuclear waste from California to the already grossly contaminated Hanford site along the Columbia River. A shipment will come through Portland around Friday. In spite of the Bush administration's warnings about dirty bombs, they are willing to ship them on our highways now putting all citizens at risk.

Protesters will urge Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Office of Energy to file a Temporary Restraining Order in federal court to block the shipments of plutonium-contaminated waste (TRU -- transuranic waste). The shipments are illegal, being made without due process (EIS not yet finished), dangerous and at high risk as terrorist targets. Bring signs and cardboard boxes marked Nuke Waste. [ Details ]

WHEN: 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2002

[ Hanford Watch ]

COMMUNITY BUILDING 19.12.2002 22:07
Anarchist Knitting Collective to meet Friday night
From the open publishing newswire: [On Friday] the newly formed Anarchist Knitting Collective will be having its third meeting. We will be meeting between 6:00-7:00 at the Red and Black off Division and 22nd. Come and learn how to knit or crotche. This is an excellent community based project, where individuals share their skills and build autonomy in an anti-capitalist fashion. i.e. do it yourself, don't depend on machines. If you would like to join us please do. You do not need any prior experience. If you would like to come teach that would also be wonderful. Yarn donations are likewise greatly appreciated:)
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Another poster writes: What's going on with the anarchist cooking collective?

CIVIL LIBERTIES 19.12.2002 10:17
Friday Rally to protest mass round-ups of Muslims by INS in Los Angeles
From the open publishing newswire: [T]he PPRC will renew their protest of the targeting of immigrants by the Bush Administration's "Homeland Security" policies. "In Los Angeles and San Diego alone, as many as 1000 people have been arrested when they tried to comply with new INS rules requiring them to re-register with immigration authorities," explained Mikel Clayhold of the PPRC. "We must all speak out against this unjust and immoral attack on our Islamic and immigrant brothers and sisters whose lives have been brutalized by the INS."

Hundreds have shown up at a demonstration outside an INS office in Los Angeles to protest the arrests. The Southern California chapter of the ACLU has compared the arrests to the internment of Japanese Americans during the second world war. The jails are reportedly overcrowded with the recently arrested immigrants. One young man whose father was being held claimed that "They've been treating him like an animal... [putting] him in a room with, like, 50 other people and no bed or anything."

"We must all recognize our obligation to protect the rights of all individuals, whether or not they are citizens of this country," said Clayhold. "Will naturalized citizens be the next to be targeted, or the children of immigrants?" The PPRC considers the new policies to be a form of ethnic and religious profiling and condemns the selective enforcement of INS rules and regulations. [ Read More... ]

First-hand account from LA protests against the round-ups
im across the street right now, this protest was put together very quickly through Iranian radio and TV by all types of different people. It's so sad what is going on, i have talked to lots of different families today who have a brother, cousin, dad someone get detained by the INS in the last few weeks. They say they are being kept in horrible conditinos and being treated very unfairly and some are facing deportation.

A lot of people are out here and it looks awesome.. im amazed that this was put together without any activist groups.. in some ways that makes it even better.. but i am truly surprised that no activist organizations are even out here.. no ANSWER no NOT IN OUR NAME, no Peace coalitions, no people tabling.. it's mostly Iranian people.. it's kind of weird cuz ususally when i come to protests out here mostly those groups have organized it and lots of white people and weekend activsits come out to them.. but for such an important event like this.. none of those groups are even present.. maybe they only go to events that they organize.. and events like this are just not important enough.. who knows

either way this today has shown me that peopel can come together w/ out any leaders of big old groups telling them where to go and this and that.. they didn't even have a permit (so i've heard from a few speakers) this is truly awesome [ Read More at LA Indymedia... ]

[ PHOTOS from LA Protest ]

[ Mass arrests of Muslims in LA (BBC) ]

FREE STUFF / ARTS 17.12.2002 12:26
FREE! Local PDX films @ Hollywood Theatre Wed 12/18/02 7:30pm
Tomorrow nite at the Historic Hollywood Theatre you are invited to come enjoy local filmmakers films for FREE (including my piece "Here and Ever After" which deals with post 911 - pre armageddon paranoia. It's a Mini-Fest at the Hollywood Theatre! To all: this is a free event and open to the public. The theater seats about 160 people, so invite as you please. Tell the ticket takers at the Hollywood"We're here for the Indie Meeting." [ Details ]

Local PDX films for FREE!
Wednesday, Dec. 18 - 7:30 pm
Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Phone:(503) 281-4215
Note: this meeting will NOT be a potluck, and no food or drink will be available except through the Concession stand in the lobby.

PRISONER SUPPORT 15.12.2002 23:56
Political Prisoner Letter Writing Party 6:30pm Tonight!
This is the time to get off your ass and write a letter to the people who are sitting in jail/prison for doing political actions. You may say to yourself "I don't need to show up at Laughing Horse Books at 6:30pm on Monday to write a letter. That is something I can do at home." But you won't end up doing it! You will put it off! Plus you can learn about all the poitical prisoners and why they are in jail/prison. This is fun and informative! [ Full Story ] [ prisons and prisoner's rights: an overview ] [ Anarchist Black Cross Prisoner Support Programs ]

Political Prisoner Letter Writing Party
Monday 6:30 pm
at Laughing Horse Books
3652 SE Division St

FOREST ACTIVISM 15.12.2002 12:30
In light of the all out war being currently waged on our public forests and environmental protections by George W. Bush and the timber industry, forest defenders throughout the mountains of Oregon, Northern California and Southern Washington are organizing a campaign during the upcoming summer of 2003. We are issuing a call to action to all concerned individuals and organizations to request their aid during the upcoming summer months. The Cascadia Summer campaign is made-up of a diverse group of local conservationists fighting to protect forests, streams, and wildlife. We recognize and value strength in diversity of tactics. During Cascadia Summer, activists will be engaging in a wide-range of tactics from civil disobedience, tree-sits, public outreach in urban and rural areas, lawsuits, political pressure, and popular education. Trainings in direct action, non-violence, blockading, legal issues, and much much more will be provided. We really need YOU!!
  • Come out and join us this summer for a few days, a week, or three months to protect Native Forests, Old Growth trees, Salmon, Owls, and Rivers.
  • HELP!! Help us get the word out. Help us do outreach in your community: Make announcements, Distribute flyers, Host a traveling roadshow and/or a Cascadia Summer speaker, GET IN CONTACT WITH US!
  • FUNDS!! Local groups are already strapped. Please donate funds for Cascadia Summer organizing, and/or the Legal Defense Fund. Put on local benefits in your own community.
[ Full Story ] [ www.cascadiasummer.org ]

ANTI-CONSUMERISM 14.12.2002 00:38
Art Not Ads Fights Consumerist Holidays This Sunday
From the open publishing newswire: This sunday at noon at the lloyd center, art not ads will be hosting a small and autonomous gift giveaway to allow people the opportunity to be gifted, and not purchase, their presents for others.

We will be giving away radical holiday cards [made on actively recylced paper] en masse and other items such as artwork and handicrafts in an attempt to advocate the gift economy and reduce holiday spending.
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ANIMAL RIGHTS 13.12.2002 19:05
In Defense of Animals: Upcoming Holiday Events
From the open publishing newswire: Below are some holiday events to help animals that you won't want to miss!

Mindful Gifts Bazaar
Come and support IDA and IDA Africa and do your holiday shopping at the same time!

IDA [In Defense of Animals] and IDA Africa will have a table at the Mindful Gifts Bazaar a unique eventhosted by Bridgeport UCC.This Saturday! December 14th, in an effort to create an alternative approach to gifting friends, family and co-workers. We're tired of the rampant consumerism of the holiday season & we're betting that a lot of other folks are, too.

Mall Walk Against Puppy Mills & Scamps Pet Store
Their soft and fuzzy faces tug at our heartstrings, compelling us to stop and buy that one lonely puppy. But beyond that innocent face in the pet store window lies a callous industry -- fraught with deception and cruelty Puppy mill puppies are sold in unscrupulous pet stores like Scamps, at the Lloyd Center Mall. Please join IDA for a Mall Walk Against Puppy Mills and Scamps Pet Store. We will be mall walking for exercise, of course, but all participants will have identical t-shirts with a message about why shoppers should boycott Scamps.
When: Saturday December 21, 2002, 11:30 am

[ Details ]

[ In Defense of Animals | portland indymedia Animal Rights coverage ]

PALESTINE 13.12.2002 13:02
Forum on Palestine 12/14/02 - 6pm
The Palestine Action Group will present the fifteenth in a series of forums on Palestine, 6 PM Saturday, December 14, 2002 at Koinonia House, 633 SW Montgomery Street at Broadway. Waddah Sofan will speak about his experiences as a Palestinian under Israeli Occupation. Mr. Sofan was arrested three times by the Israeli military and finally shot by Israeli forces in September 1989. He will try to give the audience a closer view of the Palestinian daily struggle and their dream of freedom. He will also discuss his concerns and views of the peace process. Mr. Sofan currently works as a computer specialist and network administrator in the Portland area. Peter Miller will present a slide show entitled "Palestine: Human Rights Crisis." Mr. Miller is a member of Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, a Portland based group. [ Full Story ] [ AUPHR - Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights ] [ Maps ]

"Under Occupation: Experiences of a Palestinian"
Saturday, December 14, 2002 6:00 PM
Koinonia House, 633 SW Montgomery

PEACE RALLY 13.12.2002 11:30
PPRC Friday Rally: It's up to the peace movement to stop this war ...
The PPRC weekly rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square this Friday, at 5:00 p.m., focuses once again on the Bush Administration's determination to launch a war on Iraq. "At every step in the international effort to find peaceful means to assure that Iraq is disarmed, the US government has been pushing for war," said Chris Roehm of the PPRC. "The Bush administration will go to war regardless of whether the UN inspectors find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq ..." [ Details ] [ The War against Crisis ]

PEACE EDUCATION 07.12.2002 18:27
Peace Camp; Resistance on the Oregon Coast
From the open publishing newswire: The following is a list of peace vigils, non-violent resistance training and speakers to be held in the next two months in communities on the Oregon Coast. It's happening everywhere!

(Central Oregon Coast)

Local Contact: Dorothy Mack dmack@centurytel.net

DECEMBER 2002 NEWS BULLETIN Saturday Peace Vigils:
1. Newport - Hwy 101 & 20 - Noon-1pm
2. Waldport - Hwy 101 & 34 - 11am-2pm
3. Yachats - Hwy 101 - 9:30-10:30am

Peace Potlucks & Study Groups: (2003)
[ UPCOMING EVENTS (Click Here!) ]

PAC Benefit - Callout to Musicians and Performance Artists!
Police Accountability Campaign(PAC) is looking for musicians who are willing to help us with fundraisers by playing for FREE. We are an organization calling for accountability of our local P.D. and a CITIZEN review board. Interested bands should send us 2 ways to get into contact with them (i.e. an email and phone number, two different members phone #'s, etc) Demo's are not necessary (we'll take them) but we would like a description of the music you play. Sexist, racist, homophobes need not apply...

If you have an idea for a venue, want to perform, or want to help with the benefit, call 503-287-2255 or email volunteer@policeaccountabilitycampaign.org [ Newswire article ]

FOREST ACTIVISM (EVENT) 04.12.2002 23:36
Road Rip Extravaganza (Thursday, Dec. 5, 6:30pm)
From the open publishing newswire:


The REAL Forest Health Problem: Roads!

  • What: The Bark Road Rip extravaganza
  • When: 6:30 PM, Thursday, December 5th
  • Where: The Southeast Multicultural Center, 4610 SE Belmont, Portland - 1st Floor, #15 bus line, parking available in back.

While Congress is negotiating plans to increase logging under the guise of fuels reduction, Bark is pointing out the real forest health problem on the forests: roads.
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ANTI-WAR ACTIVISM 04.12.2002 22:28
Author Ursula K. LeGuin to lead march and deliver petition
Author Ursula K. LeGuin will lead a march from Pioneer Square to Representative David Wu's office this Friday, December 6th, at 5pm, and will deliver a petition against war on Iraq. The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) is hosting the demonstration as a part of their regular weekly rally and march. The PPRC has been holding weekly rallies against war since the US bombing of Afghanistan in October of 2001.

Over 200 Writers from around the world have signed the "Writers and Artists petition against War on Iraq." In the United States and England, respected and well known science fiction and fantasy authors such as Ursula K. LeGuin, Terry Bisson, Jeffrey Ford, James Patrick Kelly, Ellen Datlow, Karen Joy Fowler, Michael Moorcock, John Kessel, Lisa Goldstein, Kelly Link and many others have signed in protest. The petition is available online at: http://www.douglaslain.com/aawii.html

The petition states that writers and artists have a special responsibility to combat deceit and distortion, and suggests that the public is not being told the truth about the heavy civilian and military casualties a conflict with Iraq would cause. "There is a strong possibility that a war on Iraq would benefit the very terrorists the US is supposed to be opposing," Douglas Lain said. [ Full Story ]

MENSTRUAL ACTIVISM 30.11.2002 19:36
Menstrual pad making workshop on Sunday
From the open publishing newswire: The Women's Health Collective will be holding a menstrual pad making workshop on Sunday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Back to Back cafe (616 E. Burnside). "Come and learn all the different options women have besides tampons and how to make your own resuable pads. Any extra thread, needles or scraps of flannel you can bring would help."

Why should women make their own pads rather than buying commercial products? Women who use them cite comfort, lower cost over time, safety, fewer cramps and yeast infections, and less garbage. Making this choice is also a way to "work against the corporate and cultural constructions of menstruation", as the Blood Sisters Project puts it. They note that the health, environmental and social impacts of the $1.7 billion feminine hygiene industry and its products include toxic chemicals and processes and massive waste. In response, the Sisters encourage menstrual activism.
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Links: [ Cloth What? Alternative What? Going with the Flow | Blood Sisters Project | "Eight Myths About Washable Menstrual Pads Dispelled" | Make Your Own Cloth Menstrual Pads | Many Moons Alternatives: How to Make your own Washable Cotton Pads | Menstrual Products and Health | The Shocking Truth About Feminine Hygiene Products -- What Are Your Options? | The Hidden Price of Feminine Hygiene Products ]

ANTI-CAPITALISM 28.11.2002 21:56
Happy Un-Holiday: Buy Nothing Day 2002
From the global indymedia website, as posted to the open publishing newswire: As shoppers gear up for the holidays, people around the world are questioning the corporate insistence that we can buy comfort, love, companionship, happiness and community with money.

Friday, November 29 will mark the eleventh year of the anti-consumption holiday, Buy Nothing Day. The "un-holiday" has become increasingly popular over the years, with upwards of thirty different countries participating. This year, a variety of thought-provoking events will take place locally and internationally with the ultimate aims of encouraging consumer education and awareness, and curbing consumption overall.

Traditionally, the last Friday of November is the busiest shopping day of the year, particularly in North America. In the U.S., this follows the national Thanksgiving holiday, which kicks off a nearly month-long shopping spree before the Christmas holiday, and serves as an indicator of the health of the retail industry - whether shops will be 'in the black' - for the year.

People in more than thirty countries have made a pact with themselvesas a personal experiment and public statement, and plan to step out of the consumer stream for 24 hours. The ways in which people have marked the event worldwide have been as diverse as the participants themselves.
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COMMUNITY BUILDING 23.11.2002 18:25
Radical Movie Night - Benefit for Portland's Native American Youth Association
From the open publishing newswire: RADICAL MOVIE NIGHT! Benefitting Portland's Native American Youth Association November 27th 7PM at the Empty Shell (24th and Alberta-behind the Star E Rose)

Directed by Michael Apted, this film documents the repression of American Indian Movement members and primarily the court case of Leonard Peltier.

The film paints a picture of a tense, jumpy community in the months after the occupation of Wounded Knee (1973), the scene of an 1890 US Calvary massacre of Indians. There was tension between traditional and activist Indian groups, many shootings and much violence, and then, in June, 1975, two FBI agents were shot dead at an Indian village near Oglala, SD.
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Share biodiversity at the First Annual NWRAGE Seed, Plant, and Herb Swap
From the open publishing newswire: Since agriculture began farmers have saved and swapped their seeds with other farmers increasing the varieties they grow and preserving and increasing biodiversity by mixing seeds grown in different locales. To this day over a billion farmers continue to save their own seed and swap it with others. This cooperation is under direct threat from the Biotechnology industry as they try to homogenize, and control world agriculture through Terminator technology (sterile seeds) and making the saving of seeds illegal. Come join local gardeners, farmers, herbalists, and others as we continue this ancient practice and trade seeds and plants we have grown and collected, swap stories, watch a movie and eat wonderful GE-free food.

What to bring: open pollinated seeds, plants - herbs or vegies or flowers, GE-Free potluck dish and your own utensils, empty seed packets or envelopes - we will make envelopes at the swap as well. Bring your friends. You do not have to have seeds to share to participate. Information will be provided on: seed saving, organic open pollinated seed sources (including the federal governments free seeds from the national germplasm system), doing your own breeding and what you can do to preserve biodiversity and prevent the intrusion of genetic engineering into our lives and ecosystems.

When: Sunday December 1st from 2-6pm. [ Read More... ]

[ Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering (NWRAGE) ]

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