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sittin here with my laptop in pioneer square (guess starbucks is good for somethin... free wireless net access) and i just saw two police officers grab a black man who was just getting off the max. he looked clean cut to me.. business casual.. he looked very surprised. they bent his arm back.. looked extremely painful. then they slammed his face down against their car (parked.. illegally?.. on the same street as the max) several times. a girl sitting next to me said she heard the cop say "nigger". anybody else see this? more details after i talk to some people down here.. departing max train blocked my view at one point.
I first became aware of comfrey when a housemate in Santa Cruz, Ca. pointed to a plant with huge leaves in the yard and said that American Indians used the leaves as pouches to carry things in. I wondered how that worked, so I picked one of the big leaves and put some rosemary leaves in it, and rolled it up. The tissues of the leaf actually held it in place, like a weak Velcro, and as it dried, it dried in the shape of the pouch, similar to a fried eggroll, but more fragile. After that experience, I have since used comfrey in lotions and oils, skin poultices and compresses, hair tonics, as pouches, and more. Comfrey (symphytum officinale) has been cultivated since approximately 400 BC, is used medicinally and cosmetically, as well as in glue, leather tanning, soap making, fabric dying, fertilizer, etc. It is native to Europe and Asia, and grows in temperate climates. It is used in England, America, Germany, the USSR, Kenya, China, Angora, Haiti, Spain, Turkey...
Because of its healing properties and the Velcro-like hairs, you can use a comfrey leaf just like a bandaid. If you want to sterilize it, dip it in boiling water, then let it cool and apply to minor wound. Comfrey is known for its healing qualities. It was referred to as "Knitbone" traditionally, as it is known for knitting together tissues and promoting cell growth. It was also referred to as "Bruisewort" as it is known to reduce swelling and bruising when applied to injuries as a poultice or compress. Leaves in poultices and compresses have been applied to varicose veins and arthritic joints, as well as diaper rash. Warm, smashed or bruised leaves applied to an inflamed injury are said to help reduce swelling and bruising, as well as reduce scarring.
They say that Oregon is for dreamers. One dream I have is to see Democracy work. According to a recent AP story, "Rep. Darlene Hooley doesn't plan to comment on the (5th District Democratic Primary) campaign until after the primary election, said spokeswoman Joan Mooney." In my dream democracy, even incumbant candidates would take the time to debate challengers. Otherwise, we end up with the situation we have now - incumbants-for-life.
The incumbency re-elect rate in 2000 was 99% on House races, and around 95% in 2002. It's never been lower than 85% in the last 20 years.
We are seeing some movement on election reform so that in parts of the country at least, challengers are on somewhat equal playing fields financially. But in our state when a good candidate like Andrew Kaza comes along, he faces an uphill battle - especially if his opponent refuses to engage in a debate of the issues.
Biotech, bioweapons and pharmaceutical corporations are all in favor of less restriction on animal testing to experiment with their genetically engineered products. These same corporations will be in SF 4 the BIOtech 2004 conference June 3-9th, no doubt attempting to force their chemically altered products on animals and people..
Why are these corporations becoming so powerful, besides US gov subsidies?
Biotech scientific establishment has a hold on the youth from an early age, some of the intro biology textbooks published by Peter Raven may hold clues why biotech is accepted by so many people. The Raven biology textbook contains info on how to genetically engineer life forms by inserting a viral/bacterial plasmid into the DNA of another living organism. This presents the genetic engineering method as acceptable and students are encouraged to pursue research in that field. ("Biotech's where the money is" said my biology teacher at community college) Raven is also head of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, heavily subsidized by Monsanto. Raven called out to the scientific community to document all the living plant species on the plant and record their taxonomy info. This is a form of biopatenting, claiming intellectual property rights of the genetic sequence of plant DNA/RNA. Medicinal plants are sought after the most, pharmaceutical products come from derived plant chemical compounds. By claiming ownership of the plant's DNA, it becomes easier for the corporations to manipulate the molecular biochemistry of the plant itself... [ READ MORE... ]
Every day I ride to work I pass an automobile in Hillsboro with the vanity license plate "ORION2"...Every day I am forced to remember the murder of Orion Satushek. For a few months last summer I went out of my way so that I would not have to be reminded, so that my eyes would not cloud with tears and reduce my ability to see and be safe. Gradually I found that I could once again ride my usual paths and was able to bear the pain easier. Every day I find my eyes drawn to that plate and every day I say a prayer for Orion.
Two days ago, out of the blue, I found myself saying a prayer for Lindsey Llaneza. I hoped that, condemned to live the rest of his life with the guilt of killing 2 people and maiming a third he would someday be able to find peace. I realized that my buddhist compassion had finally overcome my anger and sadness. I found that I had finally gotten to a space that I was able to forgive him for murder.
When I called the D.A.'s office today, thinking I was going to be able to find out what sentence had been handed down to Lindsey Llaneza, where he was incarcerated, as I was thinking of approaching some of my fellow bicyclist in order to try to do something for him as the system had failed him and he IS PART OF OUR COMMUNITY...who would have thought I would find out what's going on? There has not been a trial. The new D.A. assigned to his case, Rod Underhill, has agreed to a plea-bargain hearing Monday, April 12th in the office of Judge Kimberly Frankle.
Should police have the power to seize the cameras and tapes of people who are recording police misconduct? It seems clear that they should not. But since they do, a word of caution. Last year, a friend accidentally stumbled upon a police officer hasseling a young man in the street. Since she had a camera with her, she stopped to bear witness, and to record what transpired. I wasn't there, so I can't really comment on what the cop was doing other than to say my friend was obviously concerned about his conduct.
The officer asked her to step back, which she did. But as soon as the officer was finished with the business of harassing (and, I believe, arresting) the young man, he lunged at my friend, arrested her, and confiscated her camera. That was more than a year ago. Although no charges were ultimately brought against her, she hasn't seen her camera or the tape inside it since. Apparently, the officer has kept it in his personal locker all this time.
Why is this important? Because bearing witness to the actions of the police is one of the only (legal) means we have to enforce their accountability. The reason we know, for example, that officers proceeded to taze Jahar Perez' body for three solid minutes after shooting him point blank in the chest as he was strapped in his seatbelt, is that someone had the presence of mind to carry a tape recorder with him for just such an occasion.
State ups the anty again - Trying to turn the Tillamook into an Industrial Tree Farm
Is there no end in sight? The original Forest Management Plan adopted in 2001 was scheduled to cut on average 179 million board feet from the Tillamook. Now in 2004 the State is upping the cut to 305 million board feet. This is almost double from what ODF considered reasonable almost 2 years ago. Increased logging at the expense of clean water, healthy fish and recreation use is being driven by politics and the need for fast cash. At this increase rate in harvest, the State Forests will be logged over in the next 20 years. Polling shows Oregonians don't want their State Forests managed as a tree farm and are opposed to clear cutting. The Tillamook 50/50 Plan offers voters another option.
Joe Bean Keller started a website to get out the truth about what happened to his son, Deonte. Deonte Keller was gunned down by the Portland police in 1996. It wasn't enough to murder Deonte, now the PPB is harassing the Keller family by spamming the website devoted to telling the truth about that crime.
At the rally for Jahar Perez on Sunday, Joe "Bean" Keller spoke eloquently on behalf of his own family, and the families of many others who have been touched by the violence of the Portland police bureau. In the course of his speech, he mentioned a website, www.ppbcomplaint.com, devoted to the story of Deonte and the continuing violence of the police state.
I checked the site, and found that, indeed, he makes a good case that police lied and covered up important facts relative to Deonte's murder. I refer readers to the site to learn more. This is a story that is both sad and outrageous, as are so many acts of violence committed by the police.
While searching the site, however, I discovered something else that is quite alarming. The site is being attacked, and it appears to be police officers who are doing the attacking. Spammers are railroading discussions into silence, the way they once did here before the compost bin.
The Womyn and Trans Action Camp from March 30th - April 4rth was an all around success! The camp was held in a beautiful area within the Willamette National Forest. Three Hundred year old Douglas firs lay less than a quarter mile from where the majority of discussions and workshops took place.
The camp was made up of about sixty people coming in and out throughout the week. There were a lot of opportunities for people to get to know each other more closely, and I feel like people did an excellent job being aware of 'clickishness' that can sometimes be troublesome at large gatherings.
The atmosphere of the camp was very relaxed, despite some very intense discussions and workshops. These included discussions about sexual assault, the state of destruction in the national forest and racism in the movement. Workshops on yoga, acrobatics and dancing helped to keep people energized and focused during the long days. [ Read more... ]
Cascadia Forest Defenders Needs People
There is also an alarming amount of work to be done on the town end of the campaign, anyone that is interested in helping with that, particularly people living in the Eugene area are urged to call and find out how you can help. Any amount of time is useful, please don't feel like you have to be on board full time to be helpful. [ Read more... ]
URGENT ALERT TO PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA AND OREGON RE: JEFFERSON PUBLIC RADIO - THE CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS OF PUBLIC RADIO
You may be aware of increasing instances where NPR affiliates, acting more like Clear Channel Communications, are swooping in on unsuspecting communities and stealthily purchasing existing local radio stations and their FCC licenses in order to build their (non-profit) empires. We in northern Humboldt County, CA are the latest victims
No fourth amendment for students: Instead of being treated like any other community group, it seems EPD's policy regarding students thus far has been "guilty until proven innocent," along with the infamous "sorry, the Fourth Amendment doesn't apply to you."
Consider: Roger Eugene Magana -- a former EPD officer who has been indicted on 51 charges ranging from rape to kidnapping to official misconduct in separate incidents -- joined officer Melvin Thompson to investigate a noise complaint at a students' residence.
The two officers arrived at the apartment of Phillip Piper and Julie Dickenson on Nov. 6, 2002, knocked on the door and obscured the peephole when Piper came to answer it, according to an official complaint. When the officers finally identified themselves, Piper became suspicious of their actions and refused to open the door without a warrant or visual identification. The officers then contacted a maintenance person, and demanded a key to Piper and Dickenson's apartment. Back at the scene of the "crime," the officers entered the apartment, ordered the people inside to sit on the couch and ransacked the rooms for more than an hour.
Fast forward to February, this time under Lehner's watch. Undercover EPD officers, disguised as party-goers, infiltrated a gathering in the West University neighborhood in hopes of witnessing the unlawful sale of alcohol. The basis of their suspicions? A keg, obtained legally, was registered to the address. Their reasoning? To prevent a riot.
Attention activists and visionaries of the Cascadia bioregion! It's the season for...
The Village Building Convergence!
People coming together in the name of permaculture, natural building, voluntary cooperation, and the actionary re-claiming of our commons. That's right! Ten days of community action, ten nights of presentations and celebration... Intersection Repair, ecological living, cob building, the T-Horse, Radical bicycle cartoonist Andy Singer, local superstars, and a chance to make history on May 30th with the world record number of simultaneous block parties to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Portland's neighborhood associations!
The Village Building Convergence-- It's time to reclaim the Commons.
There's a benefit coming up on april 18 for the vbc in cunjunction with the farm project. I'll be fun, food, music and spirits with a raffle, silent auction, and cakewalk, not to mention really good bands. 10-100$ donations, NO ONE TURNED AWAY. At Liberty Hall 311 n. Ivy st from 7-11 pm
Listen Mark Lakeman talk about the upcoming VBC on PDX IMC Web Radio: CLICK HERE
I headed on over to the coop for a chance to hear Dennis Kucinich in an intimate environment. I'm from California and I already decided to register under the Democratic Party and I already voted for him in the CA primary. However, the primaries are coming up soon in Oregon and Kucinich is here in Portland to build up support for his campaign.
I had the chance to ask Kucinich his feelings about the roles of nonviolence and armed resistance.
My questions were if he considered breaking a window 'non-violent' and what his suggestions were for resistance to both US Imperialism abroad as well as repression here in the US.
My questions seemed to catch Kucinich a bit by surprise. I appreciated him saying that I was asking good questions that need to be discussed more in other forums, however I found his answers to be quite contradictory.
So okay, I admit this is second-hand info -- that is, I wasn't there, but I got a report from this event right afterward from a certain pink-haired rabble-rouser who was there.
Story is, in Oregon, if you can get 1000 people together in one physical location, you can nominate someone to the ballot in Oregon. So the plan to get Nader on the ballot this way. Personally, I was all for it. Anything to piss off those whiny Democrats, especially the ones still passing on the fallacy that Nader "lost the election" for Gore. (Hello! Something like 15% of the voting Democrats in Florida chose Bush! That would be Gore's problem, thank you very much! To say nothing of the tens of thousands of people of color illegally kicked off the rolls, and all the shenanigans at voting stations where people were turned away. Just go read gregpalast.com, crybabies.)
Anyway, only 600 people showed up (I was gardening until late and spaced that it was that day), so the plan failed. My pink-haired friend started heckling Ralph, though, and also aimed his sites at Portland lawyer, Greg Kaffoury, the spotlight-coveting Naderite well known for defending Tre Arrow (he gets points for that) and holding a prominent place in Nader's 2000 campaign. I guess he really laid into both of them. [ Read more... ]
AUDIO FILE: Ralph Nader at the Roseland
Nader gave his usual rousing speech, exposing government corruption and corporate greed, and drawing a clear connection between the two. I've heard him speak on at least three occasions over the passt half dozen years or so, -once for about 2 1/2 hours, and this evening he packed much of that material in about a 50 minute presentation. He began, of course, by refering to the failure to reach the necessary 1000 head count of registered voters to get him on the Oregon ballot as a presidential candidate.
"It's really amazing when you go around the country, the completely arbitrary laws keeping third party independcent candidates off the ballot. For instance, in Tennessee, you need 300 signatures and you're on. In Alabama you need 1000. In North Carolina you need 98,000. One thing we're trying to do is highlight all this and go for one Federal standard for all Federal elections. And where we can'at wait for that we want to file lawsuits in a number of states." He states further that they've got the Two Party Debate Commission in Federal Court, again. [ Read more... ]
[ This audio file ] is about 46 minutes in length, but moves along rapidly, and is full of good information and perspective.
The Oxygen Collective is on the road! The Forest and Fire Roadshow is now in full swing. We all miss the beauty and love of the Siskiyou mountains and valleys, but it has been an inspiring four days on the road for the forest.
We have already given three presentations in Oregon and California, performed hours and hours of outreach on stilts and travelled hundreds of miles on board the biodiesel bus. And we are just getting started.
Picture nine people living on a bus. Four cell phones, five wireless laptops, two video and four still cameras, four pairs of stilts and one fifteen foot metal tripod. It is a sunrise to midnight odyssey.
Our energy remains high and our trip bird list is already over 60 so we could hardly imagine a better project to be part of. Continue on here for updates from each stop and check back every couple days for more updates.
Dennis Kucinich came to Eugene and spoke to an 800+ crowd. Even though the Democratic race is over and Kerry has it cinched, Dennis is the only other candidate who is still in the race. Why? Because, as he puts it, the race has ended but the fight for the Democratic Party continues on. Thus, he is pushing ahead and calling for votes in his favor so that the Democratic Party will address the issues he is addressing.
Dennis made it clear he had no illusions about the shortcomings of the Democratic Party. He spoke of the many Democratic elected officials that are actually 'Republicrats', or Republicans in sheep's clothing, and how they've taken over most of the Party. He spoke of the need for true Democrats to reclaim the Party and also of his dedication to remaining in the Party.
At another appearance, I heard from his road manager. She said that right now Dennis has nothing to lose or to gain, and by Kerry already winning, he has the opportunity to really take off the gloves and speak the truth about a number of things. With the current stranglehold on mainstream media this is an opportunity for the truth to be told about a number of issues.
Keiko Gibson's poem My Beautiful Hiroshima Teacher From HOW DO YOU LIKE AMERICA? AND OTHER POEMS.
I love adbusters! WHOSE ORDERED THE KICKING PHIL KNIGHTS ASS SHOES? Come on folks! Start getting everyone you know to make the comittment to anti sweatshop shoes. If you work at an INDY store make a committment to sell them! We as a people must take responsibility for the direction of our society/sweatshops.
hey if you really want to write write a letter to our political prisoners... if you want inspiration watch the movie "the Hurricane" about Canadians freeing an american political prisoner who was a victim of our lynchmob injustice system.. every day is a good day for culture jamming... glue a quarter to the sidewalk in front of Niketown and one next to the employee entrance.. then video tape the employees tring to pick up quarters....brilliant....
rising up means getting off our knees prostrate for corporate dominance! Rise up my good kittens and take the streets back. It's time to lick bush.... The next day broadcast the video of financial oppression. Every employee who spots that quater will go after it ... that's right ...cable access....culture jammin is an every day activity...
In an interview posted April 5, Jeff Alworth of Oregon Blog (www.webfeet.blogspot.com) asks Randy Leonard how the city can have "anchor companies" who will protect it from economic downturns.
Leonard responds this way:
"Last year, I was asked by the Portland Development Commission and the Portland Business Alliance to go to the International Retailers Convention in Las Vegas. (the largest convention in the world). I sat in a stuffy booth for two days talking with major anchor chains about the "new Portland" way of doing business...i.e., we haven't changed our standards, but we have changed our attitude. As a result of those contacts the PDC and I are currently negotiating with some of those large businesses to locate in Portland."
Does this sound familiar? Recently it came out that PDC was negotiating with Home Depot regarding Depot locating in a new multi-story building at E. Burnside and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Is Home Depot one of the "major anchor chains" that Leonard talked to? Is Leonard part of the PDC negotiations?
This begs the question: Why does the Central Eastside need a "major anchor chain"? Is the C.E.I.D. a mall that needs an "anchor"?
Sunday afternoon, April 4, 2003, the Portland community gathered at Terry Schrunk Plaza to voice both their grief and their outrage over the death of James Jahar Perez at the hands of the Portland Police Department. Perez was unarmed and his death has ignited Portland, as this was the most recent death of an unarmed person of color at the hands of the PPD.
I arrived about an hour late and managed to record about the last hour of the speakers. The crowd was large and vocal, and loudly protested this latest unnecessary death of a loved one from their midst. The speakers demanded justice, they demanded that the officer involved be punished, they acknowledged that, though Perez was an African American, this issue was one for all colors, and that only by reacting as a unified community could the institutionalized violence in the PPD, and other city police departments be nuetralized. [ Read more... | Streaming audio ]
This afternoons rally...
I was especially moved (to tears) by the black religious leaders, calling for people to remain calm and non-violent. These community leaders do have great power due to earning the respect and love of thier community. The crowd was not a violent, or a vengeful group anyways, though, and my opinion is that the same religious leaders should say the same words to the police department, Maybe they are. [ Read more... ]
Educational Material handed out at Rally
Today's plant sale to benefit the Tre Arrow Legal Defense Fund was a great success. It was a lovely sunny afternoon in the courtyard in front of People's Co-op where we set up. Lots of folks came by and bought flower and vegetable starts for their gardens. Several people also brought by starts to donate to the sale. The level of support in the community for Tre is really encouraging, and shows that gov't and media disinformation tactics have not stolen love from everyone's hearts yet.
The corporate media was also there briefly, and acted as expected...
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