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PAX AMERICANA? 23.08.2003 15:01
The Bush Empire, or the Dean Empire. How to Decide?
I get the feeling that the Dean bloggers are turning their attention to this site in expectation of his arrival. The comments being made in support of Dean are shallow and often flat out untrue. In my opinion, comments on this site have more depth than the foaming-at-the-mouth pro-Dean postings I've seen in the past couple of days. And other postings about Dean in recent weeks haven't gotten nearly as much attention. In the past, James has been the main, if not virtually the only person, defending Dean. Q - Is resistance futile?


FREEDOM 23.08.2003 10:04
The courtroom scene [Friday] was fairly positive. In courtroom 1 the crowd clapped when Neil's release was announced, and the judge took a bow. The arraignment for our comrades abducted yesterday by the State's police force was this afternoon. Many if not all [were] be released within the next few hours; IWW reports that they [were] suppsed to be out between 8 and 10 p.m, and they [had] folks down there to give them rides. [ Read More ] [ $29,000 Bail! Support Our Comrades in Court Today! ]

New info on police abuse

Police used ethyl alcohol to erase legal resource phone numbers from protesters. Several released protesters have reported having their jail support hotline numbers erased from their arms by the police. After being handcuffed, police allegedly used rubbing alcohol to remove the sharpie-drawn jail support numbers the protesters had drawn on their forearms because they knew the police would not let them have the yellow pages, call 411 or let them keep a piece of paper with the numbers written on them. This effectively denied them their right to contact a lawyer (problem #1), was a use of force that exceeded their authority (problem #2) and is not an accepted police tactic (problem #3). [ Read More ]


ANIMALS MIA 23.08.2003 10:00
Two dogs kill cat in Southeast - Questions posed about increase in lost pet fliers
On the night of August 21, 2003... two large dark-colored dogs killed a cat. Between SE 26th and 27th, in a corner of a parking lot between Ash & Ankeny. It happened in seconds. The dogs had collars, paid no attention to a neighbor's screams, killed the cat, and left quickly. One witness feels they may have been called, though no human voice was heard. The larger of the two dogs had a square nose and was wearing what looked like a rolled up gray kerchief, with a metal tag attached to it. The smaller one had a pointier nose and was less aggressive.

This may not be an isolated incident. These dogs are probably still in the neighborhood. Based on their behavior, their human companion may not be much nicer. There seems to be a large increase in the number of lost animal fliers appearing around town since mid-July, especially the SE. Mostly cats. Some small dogs. What could it be? Dog fighting? OHSU stocking up for more cat and dog research? We don't know, but we'd like to find out. [ Read More ] [ Multnomah County Animal Services | Lost & Found | Oregon Humane Society | PPD Non-Emergency Contact | Dog fighting: Snips | Last Chance for Animals | Animal Research at OHSU: Coalition to Abolish Animal Testing ]


ASTRO-TURFING 23.08.2003 09:52
SUV Owners of America
Excerpt of SUV Owners of America Statement in Response to Earth Liberation Front's (ELF) Torching of SUVs: This assault is precisely the reason SUVOA is demanding other anti-SUV extremists to cease and desist their activities. With their misguided efforts and often times fact-challenged statements, people like Arianna Huffington of the Detroit Project, Rev. Jim Ball of the Evangelical Environmental Network and Robert Kennedy Jr., of the Natural Resources Defense Council, are doing nothing more than encouraging the dangerous and criminal antics of out-of- control zealots, like the Earth Liberation Front ... SUVOA was formed to give voice to the 24 million SUV owners whose rights are being trampled by special interest and activist groups, as well as to provide consumers with practical information about their SUVs.

COMMENTS: Lying Media Bastards Took me a couple of minutes, but after googling the SUVOA's mailing address, I found the info I was looking for. The SUVOA office was shared by several other front-group-sounding orgs: the American Highway Users Alliance, the Heartland Institute, the Global Environmental Management Initiative, and completely coincidently, PR firm Stratacomm Inc... And if we had any lingering doubts, we could look at the list of Stratacomm's client list: DaimlerChrysler, American Automobile Manufacturers Association, Ford Motor Company. straybulletins Rollover stats mislead The overal death/paralyis rate for SUV drivers is actually slightly higher than for cars. They have a 3-4 times higher rollover rate than cars which increases with the greater the payload in the SUV which is why you hear of so many SUVs loaded with people rolling on the freeways. The SUVs are also worse in single vehicle collisions like hitting a tree or bridge abutment because they are built on truck frames which have no shock absorbing crumple zone like car hoods do. Their roofs also crush much easier in rollovers. SUVs are also much more likely to roll after a collision as well. Side impacts of SUVs from even a very small car is enough to roll a large SUV which has caused many fatalities. Rollover law is the newest fastest- growing specialty of law. Rollover News [ Read More ] [ http://www.suvoa.com | Astro-turfing | Astroturfing - Fake Grassroots Media Outreach ]


Cascadia unwelcomes Bush to Portland
At least 2500 people turned out to protest pResident Bush, dictator of the Corporate United States of America, in Portland. Popos made seven arrests and peppersprayed unarmed, peaceful citizens. Throughout the day, people called in with breaking news from the streets, which was broadcast on web radio and was posted to the website. For a full accounting of the events from witnesses and participants who are posting their stories and photos, see:

We were there today, and it made a difference. Not necessarily because Bush likely saw a few Sieg Heil salutes and bunch of middle fingers. And I doubt that we made a dent into the brainless pockets of patriotic sheep who clustered at a few intersections and front yards. Those of us who gathered made a difference with our solidarity, with our efforts to build a new community. The medics with water and Malox, the legal observers with their watchful eyes, the independent journalists with their cameras, and the anarchists who blocked the busses of rich fucks -- together we wove a web that over time will not be broken. [ Read more... ]

Dissent: Mission Accomplished
The Portland Spitune, aka "Tribune", ran the headline "Bush: Mission Accomplished" this morning. This counts as probably one of their most laughable wastes of ink ever, not to mention gross rationalizations and naked example of wishful thinking. If you call having a pResident being forced to not announce their presence to the local community, setup deceptive motorcade routes, require thousands of dollars of police protection, sneak in and sneak out of political speeches in their own country a successful mission, then I would have to agree with the Spitune. Otherwise, I would say what happened yesterday is the reaffirmation of what the administration learned the last time they were here. That is, people are aware of the miserable person and policy maker that pResident W. is and he should always expect to have to hide his face in shame. [ Read more... ]
[ More Media Criticism: Mad About Bias Rally Coverage ]

US Govt has No Legitimate Authority
Actual armored assault vehicles from Vancouver and from Salem graced the streets of the quiet residential neighborhood that Bush "visited" yesterday. If we really live in a democracy, as we have been told since grade school, then why was this necessary? Why did it take assault vehicles, tanks, military style weapons, and sneakiness to get "president" bush into our city? And why did he even come at all, if not to meet or to communicate in any way with the people who actually live here? This wasn't a visit, it was an occupation. [ Read more... ]

$29,000 Bail! Support Our Comrades in Court Today!
The arraignment for our 7 comrades abducted yesterday by the State's police force is Today, the 22 of August 2003, at 2:00 PM! Downtown Portland, Justice Center, Courtroom #4. It is at 1120 SW 3rd. One comrade is being held with $29,000 dollars bail! Go to this, support these individuals! The protest IS not over. Witness to our comrades in trial is our and their constitutional right! Civil disobediance is our BIRTHRIGHT! [ Read more... ]

Photos: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 ]


Alert: Rachel Corrie Peace Center in East Jerusalem to be Demolished !!!
The Rachel Corrie Peace Center in East Jerusalem is faced with the same fate that befell its namesake ‹to be crushed under the wheels of a bulldozer . You can help.


SOLIDARITY | CANCUN WTO 21.08.2003 21:24
URGENT - Donations Needed for Cancun IMC
The Cancun Anti-WTO Coordinating Committee and the Cancun Indymedia Collective are in desperate need of donations to rent a media center space and obtain internet connectivity.

This is an URGENT call out to Indymedia supporters worldwide to donate online to support the efforts of the Cancun Indymedia Collective to establish a temporary independent media center and cover the upcoming WTO Ministerial in Cancun, Mexico from September 1st - 15th. Activists from Chiapas and Mexico City have been working non-stop for months to pull this all together and they urgently need your help.

Also view a statement about this on Indymedia Global's home page: http://www.indymedia.org/

Cancun Chaos Pagan Event


Sandy mayor wants to oust planning commissioner because of his advocacy for healthy town
Preserving the countryside in Clackamas County is crucial to restoring and preserving the health, safety, and livability of Portlanders. Yet the Sandy City Council continues to approve massive developments within minutes to the Mt. Hood National Forest and the Sandy and Clackamas River Watersheds. In 2002 they allowed all kinds of environmental zoning variances to allow a 135,000 sf Fred Meyer, then earlier this summer they approved a clear-cut and development for 126 single-family houses on 12 acres, on the outskirts of town, right along Tickle Creek on a road that was illegally built. The next development that they unanimously approved is for another clearcut, road-building and dense development on 225+ acres in the rural countryside outside the town. Steel's "no" vote to all of these projects plus his enthusiastic advocacy for a small, walkable Sandy supporting local business and sustainable industry has so deeply angered Sandy mayor Linda Malone that she has taken to bullying the councilors to remove him from his volunteer position as planning commissioner.


ART AND REVOLUTION 20.08.2003 16:05
"Children" in SE send message to New Seasons market
the artwork Early this morning, a piece of artwork from "the children" appeared on the SE Division St. side of the building where the New Seasons market wants to put a new store. The art takes the form of an old door with a message painted on it: "dear New Seasons: STOP eating our homes and feeding us GMOs. from, the Children". The building has been empty for some months, but once housed a Red Apple grocery store and the Washboard laundromat (now sorely missed!). Many residents of SE Portland are opposed to a New Seasons store in the spot, saying it will raise rents in the surrounding area, increase car traffic, and endanger the People's Food Co-op, which is six blocks away. New Seasons is intending to remove or demolish a house next to this property to have a bigger store than would currently fit -- hence the reference to "eating our homes" on the artwork. The for-profit grocery chain also sells many "conventional" (that is, corporate and non-organic products) that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).


Videos from the Resistance

This Month's Video Showings Featuring: Kendra James Rally, Corporate Media Expose, Sacramento Rough Cut, Code Pink Action, SF Police Family Values, + more... Monday, August 25th @ 6:30pm Central Library (SW 10th & Yamhill), US Bank Rm.


EVENTS AND RESOURCES 20.08.2003 00:00
The People vs. Bush - Aug. 21
Portlanders plan to protest pResident Bush on Aug. 21 when he visits town for a fundraiser at the University of Portland. This website has been abuzz with plans, ideas, flyers, and more. For details, go to http://portland.indymedia.org/en/action/a22round2.

JAIL SUPPORT: 503.234.4518
INDYMEDIA WEB RADIO: portland stream, ashland stream

Mon. 6:00pm Central Library U.S. Bank Room - Organizing Meeting
Mon. 7:00pm It's a Beautiful Pizza - Videos from the Resistance
Mon. 9:00pm Outside Central Library - Sign Making Party
Tue. 10:30am University of Portland - United Against Bush Rally and Press Conference
Tue. 5:00pm Laurlhurst Park (next to the duck pond) - Publicity Meeting
Tue. 5:00pm PSU Koinonia House - PPRC general meeting
Tue. 6:00pm PSU Smith Center Ballroom - Medea Benjamin / Community Action Forum
Tue. 7:00pm The Know - (P)Resident Evil: The Night Before Bush Video Showing
Wed. 11:45am SW Oak and Front Street - Bush Wanted for Forest Crimes Protest
Thu. 10:00am Aug. 21 protest at 3rd and Salmon Downtown (for those that can't make it to UP)
Wed. 8:00pm Peace Camp - Sign Making for Bush Visit
Wed. 10:30pm Portland Cable Access Channel 22 - A22 and Day X videos
Thu. 8:00am Peace Camp - "Bring- a- Dish" Breakfast
Thu. 9:30am biking meetups at various locations
Thu. 10:00am Aug. 21 protest at Columbia Park in North Portland
Thu. 5 pm protest at SW Park and Salmon Downtown (for those that can't make it to UP)
Thu. 2:30pm Aug. 21 protest in Redmond at Deschutes County Fairgrounds
A22 in Seattle

Resources: pdx indymedia a21 action page | a21 flyers | pdx indymedia flyer | protest text message service | bike/bus transportation | carpool information | maps of the area | bush visit schedule | child care | police scanner url | stopbushseattle.com | A22 Portland Bush Protest Archive Page


Anti USA PATRIOT Act resolution to be voted upon Wednesday, August 20

Be in Salem on Wednesday, August 20 at NOON for the Bill of Rights Defense Rally at the State Capitol!
900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301

We are so close in many ways to passing Senate Joint Memorial 7, a resolution supporting the Bill of Rights by opposing parts of the UPA (U.S.A.P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act) and other post 9/11 federal orders.

We have support in the Senate. We have bi-partisan support, and a Republican sponsor. We must show our legislators that we, the people want the legislature to act on this issue before adjourning .

We also need for you to send testimony to the legislature.The bill number is SJM 7. To read the
resolution:  http://www.lanerights.org/stateresolution.htm


BUSH PROTEST... AND SO IT BEGINS 19.08.2003 16:45
Surprise Treesit; Five arrested at University of Portland anti-Bush press conference
Today at the University Of Portland myself, some corporate media, and a few other indymedia journalists went out to cover the event. Before the press conference could start though the director of security for the University of Portland ordered that the lawn everyone was standing on were to move so it could be mowed. An interesting tactic if I do say so which bothered the hell out of the corporate media because after that they all had to cram onto the sidewalk, battling for space among themselves.

Five wonderful speeches were given to denounce George W. Bush and his visit to Oregon to promote his "healthy forest initiative." Among Them were CFA, PPRC, Code Pink, and the Portland Alliance to name a few. To our surprise, the Portland Police, and the University of Portland Security patrolling the area, a tree-sit was well underway. After the press conference a banner drop was held from a tree one block south of the main entrance to the University of Portland on N Portsmouth.

Police (ten officers in all including U of P security) began to tape off the area with crime scene tape to block off any pedestrian traffic from entering the immediate area around the tree-sit. Slowly but surely after it was announce the tree-sitters began to lower their belongings, bag after water bottle. Police then took their things and put them into their police cars. [ Read more... ]

update: Two of Tuesday's U of P arrestees released

Transcript of CFA speech
The stated goal of George Bush's visit here in Portland is to tout his so-called Healthy Forest Initiative. Taking advantage of a national tragedy, President Bush unveiled the so-called "Healthy Forest Initiative (HFI), at the peak of the 2002 wildfires in Southern Oregon. The HFI uses fire, or more accurately the threat of fire, as a smokescreen to give the logging industry increased access to our national forests. The initiative removes environmental protections provided by NFMA, NEPA and the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, as well as state and regional conservation plans. In the name of fire prevention, the HFI prevents citizens from challenging logging and other destructive projects on land managed by both the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The HFI represents one of the greatest threats to our national Forests since the infamous 1995 Salvage Rider that opened millions of acres of national forestland to logging.

The scandal of the HFI is that the Forest Service authorizes logging in remote, in tact forests in one area to pay for the thinning of fire prone forests in other areas. In short, the Forest Service is cutting, intact, naturally fire resistant forests that have long been coveted by the timber industry to pay for "fuel reduction" near fire prone communities. [ Read more... ]

[ photos ]


REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS 19.08.2003 15:04
Rally for Reproductive Rights, Saturday, August 23rd 2pm
From the international "gag rule" on family planning agencies to the current attempt to pass the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act" , President Bush and his right wing cronies are waging a full assault on women's reproductive rights. In these pivotal times, it is essential to stand up in defense of a woman's right to choose.
<br>Saturday, August 23rd , 2:00pm Holladay Park, NE Holladay St. & 11th Ave.


HUMAN RIGHTS 19.08.2003 07:23
Medea Benjamin and others at Community Action Forum at PSU Ballroom 6 pm TONITE!
Community Action Forum:
"Eyewitness report: US Occupation of Iraq"

6pm: Award winning video on the Venezuelan Coup
7pm Zaher Wahab, PhD-update on Afghanistan
7:30pm Medea Benjamin, international human rights activist and founding director of Global Exchange. She's just returned from Iraq and will also update us on the upcoming WTO summit in Cancun and FTAA meeting in Miami.

Smith Center Ballroom-Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway

$5-10 requested donation (no one turned away) Cosponsored by PSU Progressive Student Union, PCASC, CBLOC, and dozens of other groups.


INDEPENDENT CINEMA 19.08.2003 07:20
Videos at the KNOW
Every night this week films will be flickering at The Know, from political poop to optical ammo to dazzle your retinas....come and support the undependant cinema!


Report back from city Land Use Review hearing on New Seasons
Opponents and supporters alike of the proposed New Seasons Market in SE Portland attended a Land Use Review hearing this morning downtown and made their respective cases. The hearing officer made no decision; a continuance of seven more days to recieve public comments was granted at the request of one of the activists attending. New Seasons president Brian Rohter put on a slick show that was mostly devoid of relevancy; people opposing the changes, however, expressed themselves with a careful attention to detail. The city staff recommended that the hearing officer approve the application with no changes.

Previous related stories: [ Southeast Portland residents launch campaign to keep New Seasons out of their neighborhood | Globalization, sustainability, and cob benches at People's Co-op | What do People's Co-op customers think of New Seasons' plan for a new store? A report. | SE Portland resident communicates with New Seasons president about proposed new store | Sustainability vs. Capitalism in SE Portland: report-back from New Seasons meeting | 71 people sign letter to city criticizing the New Seasons plan for SE Portland ]


You may know that in May of this year I wrote and asked my state congresswoman, Mary Nolan, if she would sponsor a state resolution opposing The "USA Patriot Act". Locally and nationally many regional and city municipalities have passed this type of resolution and three other states have done so, Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont, other states have action pending. After receiving my letter Mary Nolan called me and said , "yes" she was interested and would try to get the resolution heard and passed by the legislature during the current session. Now, with bi-partisan support and the the magnificent efforts of the Lane County Bill Of Right Defense Committee the Anti USA Patriot resolution has been written and may soon be submitted to the legislative assembly. For this to happen and to see the resolution is passed we could use your help!

Please find time to go to Salem to help as needed to get this resolution passed. The groundwork has been done and now we must show STRONG PUBLIC INTEREST. Yes, the day to go to Salem to be part of this may be the same day as the BUSH protest in Portland. Please read the message below and join me in seeing to it that Oregon becomes the forth state to Pass a resolution opposing the USA Patriot Act. Please contact people listed below and be part of this national referendum opposing the USA Patriot Act


ART FOR PEACE 18.08.2003 18:42
AUDIO FEATURE: Report on the Dove In
Sunday afternoon, August 17, 2003, members of the community gathered at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland Oregon to listen to inspirational words and music, and, as a finale, to form the outline of a dove holding a rose in its beak.

Music guests included Sky in the Road, Shantala and Sweetjuice. Peter Bergel spoke for Oregon Peace Works and Kim Antieau for Columbia River Fellowship for Peace, both sponsors of the event.
This is a two minute excerpt from those remarks:
Peter Bergel
Dan Dancer who organized the event, talked a litle about the concept and vision behind forming these large works of art.

GrannyD began by speaking about the need for Campaign Finance Reform, the issue which prompted her to walk across the country to Washington D.C. in 2000, when she was 90 years old. She mentioned that, for the third time, Oregonians are circulating Oregon Campaign Fincance Reform Initiatives. GrannyD then went on to a scathing analysis of the current administration, one to which no written commentary could do justice. So, here is a 19 minute audio file of her remarks.

Philosopher Seed Website


THINK HIGH SCHOOL WAS BAD? 18.08.2003 18:32
Trying to Make Friends in the Anarchist scene
I have been running into the problem of being an outsider here in Portland. There are lots of cool folks in the anarchist scene who I enjoy hanging out with and who seem to enjoy hanging out with me. But when I try to set up a time to hang out, things get difficult. I will call people, email them, leave them messages on their door, but get no reply, no call back. It is hard to feel like anyone in the scene likes me when my efforts to hang out with people are fruitless, even if they encouraged me to get in contact with them about hanging out. I have spent a good two months in Portland feeling like I've got no friends. I'm the loner.


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