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When GMO corporate crops are pushed on people as the only solution to world hunger, we are neglecting the many wild food plants that can sustain people without continuing the cycle of corporate dependency started by spray herbicide/pesticides and continued into GMO patented crops. Wild native food plants can sustain people's health without corporate control. [ read the full article... ]
Since his arrest this March, the Tre Arrow Legal Defense Fund has been hard at work raising funds to mount an agreesive defense against charges brought against the Cascadian expatriot. With the stakes hight, and the case heating up, I sat down with fund founder Westwind to find out more about TALDF. [ read the full interview... ]
root: how's he holding up?
The US Conference of Democratic Workplaces being held this week in Minneapolis, Minnesota is the first of it's kind in the United States. The Federation will strive to unite, strengthen and increase the number of Co-Ops and worker collectives across the US. Laurie Burge Of People's Food Co-Op was elected today as the board member representing the Western United States.
The days have been overcast and rainy here in Minneapolis, it seems the large contingent of Portlanders present at the Conference of Democratic Workplaces brought it's own weather along with them. However, the mood inside the conference, held on the University of Minnesota campus in downtown Minneapolis, has been up-beat and determined. We are creating history here in the Great North, creating something that has already been in existence in Canada, South America and Europe for many years: A federation composed of and benefiting worker owned and/or run workplaces. We are strenthening the idea that Co-ops and collectives are the only just way to do bussiness. The idea that worker ownership is the only way to achieve social, environmental, and economic fairness. [ Read More ] [ U.S. Federation of Democratic Workplaces ]
A bit of history occurred the end of April and early May. Three national transgender or gender-diverse civil rights organizations lobbied Capitol Hill simultaneously and, for the first time, all lobbied for the same issues. In addition, yet another rejuvenated national group conducted its first organized protest in years, and still another organization conducted a march to the Viet Nam Veterans' Memorial, and conducted a historic wreath laying ceremony.
Last week I signed up with my 5th temp agency in about 2 1/2 years. This time it was different though. I believe I reached a new low, or I discovered a new low point in the realm of labor. This time I was not just humbled or embarrassed by the routine silliness. This time it was outright humiliation.
First came the paperwork. There's even a new INS paper that must be filled out for national security reasons. I don't think the INS even exists anymore, but this paper clearly said INS. It is actually a branch of Homeland Security now. But there were the usual papers that everyone signs--writing down the same info over and over again. One of them was a personality test kind of thing, with questions like "What is your favorite kind of work?" and "What kind of work are you seeking?" and "What do you consider repetitive work?" Some of them are tricky questions.
Some reflection on what was ACAN! This is a reflection from one person involved, and is definately open to interpretation. First off, I want to let people know what prompts this, since ACAN! didnt necessarily die gracefully. Not long ago I was out socializing with people and the topic of ACAN! came up. This was socializing with people that werent involved and did not know that I had been involved, so it was a pretty good go around.
Veterans applying to become cops get priority. What can we expect when these "American" soldiers return and leave the military and join "police" forces across this country. These combat soldiers acting as cops in Iraq will bring their violence to our streets.
Get ready to be searched without warrants, raped if your female, raped if your a male, shot if your a child, robbed if your rich, robbed if your poor, beaten if your old, did I mention raped?. American soldiers 140,000 of them are currently in Iraq acting as police raiding homes and business and controlling the civilian population of Iraq at their whim and will.
On Sunday, May 23rd, Liberty Hall hosted a benefit show for Food Not Bombs, to help them buy a new vehicle. There was a long list of acts, and I know very few of their names, so I am just going to give some descriptions that hopefully entice people to support local musicians/performers/fnb groups more!
When I arrived at Liberty Hall (311 N. Ivy) there were a bunch of people outside, lots of clowns, and tons of bicycles, which I found to be very cool. I hung around outside a bit and then went inside. The first performer (that I saw, apparently I missed a puppet show) was Pepto Dizmal. This was a pared down act for the kids there. And there were a bunch of kids! I always love seeing kids at these types of events. But, the band was very, uh, tame. And it was painfully funny.
Then, one of my favorite moments of the night, this girl Miriam played. She is amazing. The plays acoustic guitar, sings in spanish and english, and just has a wonderful voice. It is very powerful. I am pretty sure she is local and people should check out her shows if they are ever advertised anywhere.
At the Yum Brands annual shareholders meeting this past Thursday, May 20th -- as workers from Immokalee led an animated protest outside and more than 1,600 people fasted across the country in solidarity with the workers' protest -- Yum CEO David Novak told CIW members inside the meeting, "We're ready to end this boycott if you are." He then proceeded to lay out the terms of what Yum called their "offer": Yum demanded that the Coalition of Immokalee Workers end the Taco Bell boycott immediately in exchange for Yum's expressed willingness to work toward an industry-wide surcharge of 1 penny per pound to be paid by all buyers of Florida tomatoes, and Yum's willingness to work with the CIW to lobby the Florida legislature for better agricultural working conditions.
Yum made the statement not just to the CIW representatives, but to the press gathered at the shareholders meeting that morning, and, later that day, to anyone else who would listen -- faxing news of their announcement to key boycott allies across the country, as well as the media. The following two paragraphs are the CIW's formal response to Yum's announcement. Following the formal response, we have provided a bit of the analysis behind our response:
Stew Albert read from his new memoir "Who the Hell is Stew Albert" Saturday night at Laughing Horse Books. While the event was rather sparsely attended,it was fascinating to hear Albert answer questions about the state of the 'movement' today as compared to his heyday. Also in the audience was former SDS leader and Weatherman, Jeff Jones. It was somewhat mind-blowing to chat with Jones for awhile after the reading was over.
Albert, not surprisingly, was quite whimsical. He joked about being followed by the F.B.I. through New York City in the early 70s and for vegans to forgive his fondness for "good pastrami". He was dead-serious, however, in his condemnation of the "near facist" regime of BushCo. His memoir is a nice first hand account of one of the iconic figure of the 60s counter-culture.
Starbucks Coffee is engaging in multiple and repeated violations of Portland's sign code, causing safety hazards and inconvenience for the disabled.
The first two pictures were taken in front of the Starbucks Coffee at 2328 W. Burnside Suite 2. Note the narrow sidewalk along one of the busiest streets in the city. This placement of the sign isn't as bad as I've seen it: sometimes most of the sidewalk has been blocked. Note also that the sign is unlicensed -- there's no city license sticker on either side of it. [ read the full article... ]
Q: Does money=votes? If so, what [in your opinion] can be done to change that?
Clearly the outcome of this race showed that money doesn't equal votes. The two highest spenders in the race didn't even take 2 out of 5 votes. Between Potter, Posey and myself, we didn't spend more than $100,000, yet managed to pull in more than half of the votes combined.
Considering that one of Potter's most publicized parts of his platform was his $25 cap, I think that people voted for Potter because they saw him as representing limits on money in campaigns.
A notorious Portland Slumlord by the name of Theodore "Ted" Robertson, of 212 NE 166 Ave., has recently evicted and thrown out a disabled man, who happens to be a notary, on the street. This is not the first time that this devout Mormon, who routinely harrasses tenants in conversion ploys, has done this. He is one of worst offenders in the NE Alberta area.
My friend Jim Draper died May 9th in Corvallis. He was 89 years old. He lived a long and interesting life. He was clear about his intent to live a life in which he did not use his privilege and comfort to damage others. I attended his memorial and I have some thoughts about his life.
During the memorial I listened intently as friends and families told stories of a man who although somewhat privileged, gave up his comfort so that others could have a place in the world that was safe, just and equitable.
I remember thinking while listening that his story during the memorial service, that this story should be told more widely. We all need to hear these stories of a life worth living. Instead we are plastered with lives lived in greed, despair and general laziness. We are cut off from our elders who having lived through two world wars and a great economic depression could share with us how one lives in such darkness and finds hope and bravery. [ read the full article... ]
Websites of interest: Obituary for Jim Draper | The Lynching of Rubin Stacy July 19, 1935 in Florida | Other Articles by "Z"
Cascadia is the northwest coastal region of Turtle Island (North America), including the area surrounding the Cascade mountain range extending from northern California (around Arcata) to the Alaskan panhandle, and covers much of what is temporarily known as Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, Canada.
A narrower definition of Cascadia refers to the area influenced by the Cascade mountain range and the 100 miles of coastal lands between it and the Pacific Ocean. Cascadia is a Pac-Rim nation-state concept and is becoming the basis for regional autonomy, as plans are made to secede from the respective countries that envelop the Cascadia bio-region. For many residents of the Pacific Northwest, Cascadia is a state of mind fostered by the lifestyle of this unique biosphere and has become a geographical identity spoken of with pride. [ add a comment... ]
It is now a phenomenon. CopWatch organizations are being set up all over America, by ordinary citizens, driven to police the police, in grassroots community efforts. Portland (portlandcopwatch.org, rosecitycopwatch.org), Austin (geocities.com/austincopwatch), NYC (mediafilter.org/MFF/CopWatch.html), Santa Cruz (santacruzcopwatch.org), Cincinnati, Phoenix (phoenixcopwatch.org), Berkeley (berkeleycopwatch.org), Tucson (tucsoncopwatch.com), Denver (denvercopwatch.org), and more, have CopWatch organizations in their cities. And CopWatch groups are networking and training each other.
Some of the CopWatch organizers are mothers whose sons were brutally murdered by police, and have been given no justifiable reason for their son's death. Their sons' deaths haunt them daily, hourly. There sons' shadows follow their every step. And I have to admit, when I heard their cumulative stories at the October 22 Coalition National Convention (october22.org) in 2003, I cried hard, as mother after mother told the same story, with the same ending, "Where is my son?" There but by the grace of God go I. [ read the full article... ]
OSU is moving to stop grads from communicating and organizing around their pay and working conditions as well as threatening to fire grads who, when excercising free speech, they deem to be "interfering with university operations". OSU grads need your help to fight back.
Thousands of workers marched in all the large cities of Colombia tuesday during the national strike, called by the Comando Unitario de Trabajadores (CUT).
In Cartagena 15,000 demonstrators where violently repressed by the forces of order. On the other side of the country near the Ecuadorian border, in Pasto, thousansds were attacked by the police but resisted against those in uniform. In Bucaramandga, Cali, PopayĂˇn and many other countries the workers began a 24 hour strike and left their places of work to take to the streets. More that seven million students attending public schools were left with out class when 300,000 teachers joined the strike.
The common call was: "NO TO THE FTA - NO TO THE FTAA!"
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Interested in a newly forming peer-run health collective for trans-folks? Come meet and brainstorm at the Red & Black Sunday the 23rd at 10:30 am. Afterwards a group will be heading up to Seattle to sit in on the Transform Health Project planning meeting. Everyone in the trans/genderqueer spectrum and their allies are welcome! [ add a comment... ]
Robert King leader of the portland police association began his reign in november of 2001. Through the following years he has activly stood in the way of any progressive policy change in the Portland Police Department and refused to punish cops that murder. In order to confront his evil behavior we need your help! [ read more... ]
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