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Leaders of the a national effort to get Native Americans to vote report that recent changes in election legislation is going to keep thousands of Native Americans from voting. American Indian leaders are working to get 1 million new Indian voters to the polls in November, a significant increase from a historically neglected minority that by chance and geography could decide which party controls the Senate.
The changes in voter registration would require all voters to have a street address, a drivers license or file a legal affidavit for identification. Many of the nations Native Americans live in rural areas where there are no street address and refuse to get drivers licenses because they do not recognize the license as needed under tribal sovereignty. For many filing a legal affidavit would require money they do not have. Many local area voter committees have been stacked with white conservative voter registrars who do not know many of the local Native Americans. Native leaders are trying to get the media to take notice of these election changes, but are having a hard time finding a voice.
Another day, another Urban Growth Boundary expansion. What's the point of having boundaries if they're always going to be expanded? We keep protesting public lands forest destruction while forest and farm land destruction continues unabated right here in our Columbia-Willamette Watershed. When will it end? When will the so-called environmental elected officials stop giving all away to developers and big business?
About a "stop growth" action alert button on Portland Indy Media?
The Christian fundies are at it again. Here's your chance to share your view of their efforts to strip gays and lesbians of their rights to civil marriages by way of a citizen's initiative (on their dime!). Call 877-203-9595 today!
From June 8-10, the Group of 8 (G8) Summit will bring together leaders of the worldÃ¢Â€Â™s richest nations. Behind closed doors, eight men will decide political, economic and social issues affecting more than 6 billion people. As they gather on opulent Sea Island, Georgia, the contrast to the harsh realities of environmental injustice and high unemployment in nearby Brunswick could not be more stark. Meanwhile, civil liberties in South Georgia are being undermined by the Georgia Governor's "state of emergency" and excessive police and military build up in the area.
Running opposite the G8 Summit are several days packed with alternative events aimed at demonstrating what a sustainable world looks like, and how we get there from here. Both Brunswick and Savannah are the setting for an anti-G8 Georgia convergence that brings together anti-war activists, environmental groups, pagans, anarchists and other global justice activists for the first time since last November's FTAA Ministerial in Miami.
Toronto, May 25-31. Authors, researchers, activists, journalists, and people from around the world converged to participate in The International Citizens Inquiry into 9-11, Phase Two ( http://www.911inquiry.org). The flaws in the official story, as well as evidence that the U.S. officials have lied about the events of September 11th, destroyed key evidence, have actively engaged in a cover-up, and appear to be the prime benefactors of the crime, has prompted the participants to alert the public that the criminals behind 9-11 are planning worse attacks.
Financial analyst Robert McHugh noted in his May 30th forecast ( http://www.safehaven.com/article-1597.htm)-
"the Federal Reserve has confirmed our Stock Market Crash forecast by raising the Money Supply (M-3) by crisis proportions, up another 46.8 billion this past week. What awful calamity do they see? Something is up. This is unprecedented, unheard-of pre-catastrophe M-3 expansion. M-3 is up an amount that we've never seen before without a crisis ... The amazing thing is, the Fed's actions mean they know what is about to happen. They are aware of a terrible, horrific imminent event. What could it be?"
There were many financial indicators that "insiders" profited from their foreknowledge of the 9-11 attacks. The 9/11 Truth Movement raises the questions- Who benefited? Who had the ability to commit, carry out, and cover-up the crimes? Organizer of the Toronto Inquiry Director Barrie Zwicker stated-
"If we want to learn the truth about 9/11, we will have to find it for ourselves."
Carol Brouillet, U.S. citizen, adds "Our best hope of preventing another attack is by exposing the truth about 9/11 and holding those responsible accountable; it is up to us to rein in a criminal government."
There's something for everyone in this year's Rose Festival. If you're into a dose of sexist objectification of women, you probably checked out the Fred Meyer® queen's coronation last night. Missed it? Not your thing? Fear not, there's more. Tonite, you will be treated to the STARsm ATM/Debit® Fireworks Spectacular. If you like to run, you can participate in the Key Bank® Starlight Run this weekend. Saturday night, the Portland General Electric® starlight parade will wind down the streets, and on June 12th, the Southwest Airlines® Grand Floral Parade will do the same.
Any day of the week, head on down to the Pepsi® waterfront village, and check out the Wells Fargo® Western Trail, the Fred Meyer® Kid's Kingdom, or take one of a number of exciting tours. You can experience the Nivia® Skin Inspiration tour, to learn about the exciting new skincare products brought to you by Nivia®, and the Allavert Allergy® "wherever you are" tour where you can win prizes and learn tips for coping with indoor and outdoor allergies.
Do you get the feeling you're being sold out? That's because you are. This is not community, it's consumerism. The civic spirit left events like this long ago. You're no longer a human being going to the fair to socialize with other human beings. Now you're a commodity. A "Consumer." A "prospect." The city is selling you to one corporate sponsor after another after another.
I took alot of heat on an action med list recently because I said I would not, as a lay street medic, treat an injured cop. The following article is the summary of what followed, with many medics chiming in on this controversial, yet important, topic....
For updates from the streets, check [ Bay Area Indymedia | BREAKING NEWS FROM TODAY ] or [ Enemy Combatant Radio | TUNE IN NOW!!! | call 415-864-1006 to report live on ECR ] or [ Portland IMC Web Radio | TUNE IN NOW!!!]
For in-depth coverage and analysis, check [ Biotech IMC | Impressions from inside the BIO2004 Conference centre ]
Come support the roots!
Show starts Saturday Night at 8:30 p.m. at the Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont, Portland, Or.
In 2001 Portland media activists began showing videos throughout the city of Portland to raise awareness of local issues and events. In 2004 some of these videos began to appear online, available to the world for download. Since this began videos have been downloaded in dozens of different countries (more than 40 at least) tens of thousands of times. The demand and appreciation has been so great that more videos have subsequently been released online. The most recent set of 10 videos covers a wide variety of subject matter from genetic engineering and forest defense to religion and dumpster diving, as well as the more common protest coverage and media criticism.
This release includes the popular "A22 Bush Protest" video that has been distributed widely on vhs and its companion piece about the "A30 Critical Mass" following the protest, the new "Fuck the Corporate Media" video which highlights how the corporate media distorts and outright lies in their coverage of protests, both parts of the DIY Dumpstering series, "The FrankenWedding" video about genetic engineering, which is pertinent to the Reclaim the Commons events currently underway, The "Killer-Coke: Corporate Crimes in Colombia" video, short forest defense pieces on Tre Arrow and Cascadia Summer, and the more experimental "Misunderstandings" which explores the conflation of religion and nationalism.
BOSTON- 5/26/04- A group of people got together to do an action at the Tremont St Armed Forces Career Center (AFCC) in Boston. JP and CW met NF and JM at the location. (11:00 am) JP donned a black hood, a loosing fitting black shawl, sandals and two black cords hanging from his hands. He was standing on top of a plastic milk crate. (11:25 am)
This was a visual approximation of the infamous torture photos from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.
Since October 2003, 74 workers at the Co-Op mine in Huntington, Utah have been on an unfair labor practice strike. The workers were illegally fired from their jobs after they protested the suspension of a coworker for union activity and for protesting unsafe job conditions. Co-Op workers, mostly Mexican immigrants, are paid only $5.25-$7/hour . Other miners working in the same canyon earn $18. The miners have no health insurance and work in dangerous conditions which have led to many injuries and three deaths since 1996.
The mine is owned by the wealthy and powerful Kingston clan (also known as "The Order"). The Kingstons, own about 160 businesses throughout Utah, including pawn shops, payday loan outfits, food markets, and a garbage company. [ read the full article... ]
Two striking miners will be visiting Portland, Wednesday June 9th. We encourage you to attend an public meeting at the IWW hall, 616 E. Burnside, between 2 and 4 PM. A collection for Strike Support will be taken, so please pool money from your union, workplace or organization.
Politically motivated sabotage (direct action) works. It worked for the sons of liberty as they raided british tea merchants ships in opposition to british colonialisms unjust taxation. It worked for civil war supporters of the north who attacked confederate supply trains as armed bandits. I'm sure your blanket generalization that all politicly motivated sabotage is unpatriotic "terrorism" wouldn't include patriots acts of terrorism. This seems to reflect nationalists practice of creating a double standard for acts in opposition to national policy. Now what does an American, born on this soil do when thier governments policy supports terrorism? Now before you go lying and telling me that the CIA didn't give binladen inc. airplane hyjack training, satalite phones, and counter insurgency training- or perhaps that america's defence contractor Bechtel didn't make the chemecal weapons Saddam Hussien used on the ethnic kurds- why don't you quitely aknowledge that your government fits your own definition of terrorist quite nicely. Now am I proud of this? NO! Am I at all smug about it? NO. Do I in any way like that US soldiers, and 1000 dallor a day corperate warriors are getting payed out of my pocket to pile iraqis up in shit covered pyramids of orgiatic death to shame THEM into submission, or ship them off to egypt to torture them? NO. Do I like the fact that this reflects a history of similar imperialist acts by the people of this country? NO. Am I frothing at the mouth angry that any "educated" person would try to deny this? Am I determined to act against this? and support others that do? Yes.
Portland has been very much in the news these past two years, associated with the word 'terror.' A Google search on the terms 'portland Oregon terror' produces 56,100 matches, including a reactionary site that has half of the Mayfield story,--guess which half-- and comments like 'we're cleaning out the rats,' along with lots of anti-Islamic innuendo and law-enforcement-style backslapping.
It's time to look at Oregon's and Portland's role as a target in the Bush Administration's weird little anti-civil-rights movement. We've had the Portland Seven case here, in which a group of Portlanders was put away for years after it had been determined that none of them had so much as thrown a rock in anger on US soil. One commenter noted that the young men and women were being locked up essentially for angry drunk talk. Yet the nation remembers the case as a near thing, in which terrorists were caught at the last minute and our vulnerable society was saved.
That's exactly how this sort of case is supposed to work, by the way. Portland is an exception because of KBOO, but in most cities in the US, if you can get someone to remember Judy Bari and Earth First at all, that someone will recall that Judy was blown up by her own bomb. That was the lie promulgated by the FBI and the enthusiastically compliant corporate-owned press, and it was disproven in court; the FBI was forced to pay restitution to Judi Bari's survivors. But that was in the back pages, if it was covered at all. So as propaganda, the FBI got a great victory by bombing Judy. [ read the full article... ]
CAAT (Coalition to Abolish Animal Testing) needs your help. In order to keep spreading the truth about bogus, wasteful animal research going on at OHSU while education and social services are being severely cut, we are having a fund-raising garage sale Saturday and Sunday, June 12th & 13th
Donations of stuff needed for a fund raising garage sale!
One little known Memorial Day event took place at Waterfront Park in Portland on Monday. Forty or fifty people gathered at the Salmon Street Fountain for the Code Pink Memorial Ribbon Walk, including members of Northwest Veterans for Peace and members of women's peace groups "Code Pink" and "Women in Black."
Organizers unfurled a fifty-foot pink ribbon bearing the names of the more than 800 U.S. military who have died in Iraq since March 2003. Participants took their places along the ribbon to help carry it along the riverfront. A few participants also carried signs honoring the Iraqi civilians and military killed in the Iraqi invasion and occupation.
Unfortunately, this moving and respectful event was marred by an intrustion...
A few days ago I rode my bike down Lake Rd. which is up above Lacamas Lake. If you travel southeast from the Prune Hill area, it's a long downhill ride through second growth forest. On the side of the road there's a sign put up as a public announcement, concerning a "proposed" subdivision bordering Prune Hill. The sign is easy to miss if you're on a bike, much less in a car, and I would guess almost no one walks up or down this hill, so in effect the sign is useless. It's about 20 ft. from the road, in among the trees and fern.
The proposed development is quite large, and apparently has already begun, as I saw somewhere on the web that contractors have asked the city of Camas for access to the site. Actual groundbreaking may not have begun though. From looking at the map on the sign, the actual development will be 40-50 acres, with surrounding "open space tracts."
I would imagine the forest here is an important part of the Lacamas Creek watershed, which flows into the Washougal River, and then into the Columbia. Across the Lacamas Creek valley is Round Lake Park, and some areas of that park are so ecologically sensitive that they're off-limits to everything except foot traffic.
Next week: June 10th-14th eco-folks from across the west coast will gather in the Biscuit burn area, site of the largest timber sale in modern history to revel and issue in another summer of resistance! The EF! rendezvous is the biggest radical environmental gathering in of the year in the NW. Tons of workshops, ways to get involved, games, camping, discussion, etc. Read more for carpool info and directions!
Tre Arrow may be returning to Portland if Canada won't allow him to stay. His hunger strike is over, but Tre's lost even more weight because BC Corrections is literally starving him. Tre Arrow began presenting his case to a Canadian immigration panel yesterday in Vancouver. The imprisoned forest activist also had his first decent meal since his arrest March 13. Hands cuffed behind his back, wearing a red prison shirt, Tre called out to supporters as he was led into the closed hearing room: "Thank you so much for the food! My belly hasn't felt this full in months. I love you, I love you so much!" Tre's friends and allies clapped and cheered as guards hustled him away down the hall. After six weeks on a hunger strike, Tre is once again eating vegan raw food. But BC Corrections won't provide him with an adequate diet. He survives on a few salads and apples each week. Tre now weighs just 109 pounds, 40 pounds less than ten weeks ago. His wrists look like sticks, and the bones of his face stand out clearly in the glare of the fluorescent lights. Supporters in BC pooled their resources to lay out an organic raw food smorgasbord for Tre this week, including homemade guacamole, kiwis, dates, and coconut milk. On hearing days, when he's taken from Port Coquitlam to downtown Vancouver, Tre is allowed to have outside food. Otherwise, officials at the maximum-security detention centre refuse to allow his supporters to bring him what he needs. His devastating weight loss is caused by a lack of fat and protein in his diet. Tre's hearing for admissibility to Canada continues tomorrow (June 2), and a decision is expected in the afternoon. [ Read More ] [ Tre Update for 6/1 ]
To everyone who buys starbucks: YOU are the one who is stealing the money directly from the hands of third world country families who desperately need that money for food, medicine and basic survival! Starbucks is known as Starcrooks because they steal from those suffering most!
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