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28.08.2004 10:32
5000+ riders hit the streets for anti-RNC Critical Mass in NYC
NYC Indymedia reports: The first wave of posts on tonight's Critical Mass have come in. The ride was New York's largest critical mass, with well over 5,000 bikes.

Gathering at Union Square in the middle of Manhattan at 7 p.m. and departing at 7:30, oil-free transportation stretched across all horizons around Union Square. First pedaling south down Broadway and then rerouting north on Madison and Sixth avenues, Critical Mass consisted of a 45 block long brigade of cyclists, skaters and pedestrians. The ride lasted about 2 hours, performed its traditional occupation of Times Square and rode past Madison Square Garden (MSG), site of the RNC.


NEWS FROM OUR BROTHER 28.08.2004 00:58
Results of Tre Arrow's Hearing
tre arrow the results of today's hearing are mixed, but definately not all bad.

tre was not released today. his lawyer tim russel put forward a plan for bail and release conditions to the supreme court justice. this was primarily surety in the amount of $10,000 - $20,000, plus a proposed house arrest situation, in addition to reporting conditions that could be several times a day of tre reporting in, plus electronic monitoring, etc.

this plan was rejected by justice dohm, who instead proposed an alternative: surety in the amount of $200,000 - $300,000, or, someone with property, plus house arrest conditions which would have tre in the presence of another person 24 hours a day. the person with property must be a resident of bc.

justice dohm made it clear: he was not granting bail, but, he was not denying bail either.


27.08.2004 21:09
PETCO Protest on August 28th
Animal abuse is the result of corporate dominance. At least that's the case with PETCO. As the demand for animals and animal products has increased, the quality of life for animals at PETCO has decreased. These animals don't recieve even the minimal of what is required by law. Petco simply does not have enough staff, and what little staff they have are poorly trained. PETCO has been profiting off of animal cruelty for too long.


Mattole Activists Assaulted, Arrested After Serving Subpoena for Pepper Spray Trial
chilean rainforest Shortly after the subpoena was served, activists were met by a truck from Columbia Helicopters, who are contracted by PL to stack logs from clear-cuts. Activists reported the truck driver was aggressive with his driving, and pushing into activists' bodies to get through them. When another truck appeared on the scene, this one a personal red pick-up truck, the driver jumped out and assaulted the woman with the camera, which was held around her neck by a strap. After he wrestled with the woman, reportedly throwing her to the ground, he began choking her with the strap as he attempted the take the camera from her. She tried to protect the camera by wrapping her body around it, but he was determined to take it from her. He pulled out a knife and eventually cut the strap, but not without cutting the woman in the process.

The sheriffs arrived sometime thereafter, but refused to take reports from activists. They did, however, take notes on the report offered by Carl Anderson. The activists attempted to notify the deputies that they had been assaulted, to which Anderson reportedly joked to the Officer Carla Bolton, "What are you going to do, arrest me?" Given the number of times activists have witnessed Anderson giving orders to the sheriffs', opening the doors to their trucks and helping himself to their vehicle phones and equipment, the answer wasn't hard to guess. Five activists were arrested, and the videotape and mangled camera confiscated along with the proof of service of the subpoena.


ANIMAL RIGHTS 27.08.2004 17:45
Animal Rights Activist Gina Lynn Exercises Constitutional Rights; Jailed By Grand Jury
On the 7th of May 2000 a group in America calling itself "Revenge of the Trees" carried out an arson attack on a timber company called Holbrook Inc. On the same day the Animal Liberation Front raided Dai-Zen Egg Farm and rescued 228 chickens which were then all rehomed.

On the 25th of August 2004, American animal rights activist & former animal rights prisoner, Gina Lynn, was summoned before a Grand Jury which is investigating these two actions. Gina refused to answer any of the questions put to her and cited the 5th amendment. If a witness is granted partial immunity from prosecution they automatically have their constitutional right to silence taken away from them. If they then fail to answer any questions they can be jailed for contempt of court. Gina was given partial immunity from prosecution and because she failed to answer any questions she has been jailed.

From another article: States Gina, "It has never been my intention to cooperate with this political witch hunt, and I remain firm in my principled resistance to these secretive probes. Their aim is to disrupt and destroy political movements such as ours. I will not be a willing participant." Since being jailed for exercising her constitutionally-protected rights, Gina has been refusing food in protest. Please join her in taking a stand for civil liberties.

Related articles: [ Snitch Alert; Geoff Kerns speaks to Seattle Grand jury | Animal Rights Activist Gina Lynn Rebuffs Federal Grand Jury ]


27.08.2004 13:34
Hurricane Charlie Update: Modern Body Snatchers Discovered
But of course there's no conspiracy. There are only 25 or so official deaths throughout the entire State as a result of Hurricane Charley. If you believe that, I have some swamp land in Florida you might be interested in buying.


27.08.2004 10:38
The Death of Sgt. Van Dale Todd
Back in 1972, near the end of the War in Vietnam, I was living in San Francisco, and my close friend, ex-Sgt. Van Dale Todd, a combat veteran of the 101st Airborne, lived in another apartment of the same building. It was an old Victorian house out on 29th Street. Sometimes Van would take a notion to hit the wall which separated our apartments with his fist and shout, "Who the fuck would join the Marine Corps?" I'd yell back, "Airborne sucks!" "The Marine Corps sucks!" Van'd shout. "Only two things come out of the sky," I'd yell back again, "Bird shit and fools!" That was how we said good morning to each other. It was our ritualized greeting.

We didn't set out to live next door to each other, that just happened to be the way it turned out. One day I discovered that I had a new neighbor; someone had moved into the adjacent apartment and had pasted a peace sign on his door.

It was a day or two later that I encountered him on the landing at the top of the stairs. He was a tall, powerful-looking guy about 22 years old, with shoulder-length hair and wearing a combat fatigue jacket, similar to the one I had on. He introduced himself as "Van." In the course of the conversation we found that we were both ex-GIs and had both attended some of the same antiwar marches and rallies. We were also, coincidentally, members of the same veterans antiwar organization.


26.08.2004 18:36
Wake Gathering for Sarah Bishop
Picture of Sarah Bishop

Sarah Bishop's body was found today on Mt. Hood. All friends, fellow Workers and comrades welcome to share greiving at IWW hall tonight.

Thursday, 6 PM.
616 E Burnside
The IWW is inviting friends, family and comrades of Sarah Bishop to come down to the IWW for wake and gathering. The Hall is open, bring food, drinks, memories, etc.

Sarah was an active IWW, an organizer in Social Services, was organizing a voter registration campaign, had helped get the Red and Black together, and was active in other areas...

She was a wonderful fellow worker is will be sorely missed.

[ Sarah Bishop's Body Found in Mt. Hood Area ]


26.08.2004 11:14
RNC - Hotel Banner Hang
A Banner was hung from the Plaza Hotel in midtown manhattan at 59th and 5th this morning at 9:45 a.m. (eastern time) by rock climber artist-activists who had repelled from the roof. The banner had two one-way signs with "Bush" in an arrow pointing one way and "Truth" in an arrow pointing in another. People watching from below applauded once the banner was fully revealed. It looked like vice-city as countless police vans and trucks pulled up below. Two officers went to up to balconies and tried to detain the activists, and were eventually succesful. NYC IMC story
Nude Protest outside Madison Square Garden
At approximately 12:15 EDT a group about a dozen nude protesters from ACT UP were arrested outside Madison Square Garden for blockading the intersection at 33st. and 8th Ave. Local cable news station NY1 carried the arrest, but the message of the protest was largely lost in the sensationalism surrounding the nudity. ACT UP was protesting the Bush administration AIDS policies, and also requesting debt cancellation for third-world countries.
NYC IMC stories- 1 | 2

Other RNC articles of interest: [ RNC Update 4 Action Bardo--What is an anarchist? | Statement from UFPJ on Aug. 29 March Plans & Central Park | RNC Video ~ Paula Revere's Ride


26.08.2004 10:24
VIDEO FILE: SaveCCU: The Untold Story of Columbia Credit Union
On November 3, 2003, the board of directors of Vancouver, Washington's Columbia Credit Union held a meeting to tally membership votes on a plan to convert the 52-year old financial institution into a mutual bank. During the meeting, several members of the credit union voiced deep concerns about the fairness of the election and the reasons given for such a radical change from the founding principles of the organization. Their pleas were ignored.

After the votes were counted and the conversion plan narrowly passed, several Columbia members filed complaints with the National Credit Union Administration and the Washington Department of Financial Institutions. While the state and federal regulators opened investigations into the propriety of the vote, these members formed a group called 'Save CCU' and began a grass-roots drive to return their credit union to a democratic, member-focused organization.

Video: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3


FOREST DEFENSE 26.08.2004 09:58
Mt Hood: Horrific Juncrock Timber Sale Back on the Chopping Block
Juncrock Timber Sale Comments on the renewed logging plans for this terrible timber sale are due by Thursday, September 30th.

Earlier this summer, Bark learned that the Forest Service withdrew their decision on the Juncrock Timber Sale in response to the legal appeals submitted by Bark and ONRC. The Forest Service has now announced they will be releasing a revised version on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Juncrock Timber Sale this fall. The Forest Service has not changed their proposed action, despite receiving over 500 letters opposing the sale. They still plan to log over 550 acres of mature and old growth forest off of Highway 26 in the White River Watershed, Mt. Hood National Forest. One again, we must raise our voices against this sale. We have until September 30th to submit "scoping" comments. As early as October, the Environmental Impact Statement will be re-released. At that point we will need to mobilize to gather hundreds of comments in a brief amount of time. We need your help both to comment now and to prepare for the up-coming EIS comment period.


WHO'S SORRY NOW 25.08.2004 23:52
NY Cops Discover the Other Side of Oppression
The police in NYC are engaged in a heated labor dispute with the mayor and other city officials over what they perceive to be unfair wages. Aside from the obvious logistical implications for the upcoming RNC, this is having some other interesting side effects.

As I listened to several NYC cops complaining about the intimidating and unconstitutional strongarm tactics being used to prevent them from effectively protesting unfair labor conditions, my first impulse was just to laugh. "Look at them," groused one cop. "They're blocking the whole street off, not letting us go by. What's next...protest pens?"

Could he be serious? Where has he been for the past few years? Protest pens are not "next," they're yesterday's news. He should know. He and his fellow officers have been standing guard at their gates. Another cop complained vigorously that the "tech" squad was blatantly intimidating him and his brothers-in-arms by videotaping their protest. Several others were equally outraged that American citizens engaged in a lawful assembly in the streets of their city were being videotaped and harassed by other officers and by NYC internal affairs.

[ also by CatWoman ]


25.08.2004 21:39
I am the Enemy; a battlecry
Countless civilians in third world countries are victims of American imperialism every damn day. Families live in fear of brute 'good ole boys,' strutting down the streets with the arrogance and superiority that comes with having assault rifles in hands. People are starving, desperate and dying in the name of the US of A. Children are used and abused, emotionally, physically and sexually at the whim of the footmen of American dominance, while their mothers and fathers are forced to watch. And I lay accountable for this suffering.


25.08.2004 18:05
Winkler Development making splinters of a 125,000 square foot wood structure rather than opting to recycle
Five years in the making, what once stood as the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge in Southwest Portland, is being demolished by the same company which plans to rebuild 100 units of mixed housing, namely Winkler Development Co.*, owned by Jim Winkler. The 'teardown and dump the massive wood structure into the landfill' decision, rather than recycling the valuable wood products, creating more jobs and less harvesting of oldgrowth timber from Federally owned forests, appearantly would have cost too many dollars for Jim and friends.

Quotes byJim Winkler such as: "We have an opportunity to make a big difference, we are making the environment and the environmental potential the focus of the project." And: "...the project['s] reality will depend a great deal upon obtaining several grants that would support the funding of the project," has helped him convince the City of Portland to contribute their good name and over $60,000 in grant money to the aptly named, Headwaters at Tryon Creek.

Response from Rob Bennett on the Winkler Headwater's project demo

Rob Bennet is the director of the green building program with the city of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development, and has probably done more for the cause of green building than any other individual in Portland. Here is his reponse regarding the Headwater's project demo.

[ Other articles by M. Scott Jones ]


F*** THE CORPORATE MEDIA 25.08.2004 18:04
Indymedia poster seeking "embedded reporters" to report on RNC to The Oregonian; Is it worth it?
I wrote a letter to the Oregonian and asked them to cover RNC protests from the point of view of the protesters. They asked me for names and contacts. If you are interested, please contact me. This is a great chance to get the other side of the story told. They specifically want people from Oregon, preferably the Portland metro area.

"reader" comments:
Why would anyone want to help the Oregonian? Anyone who wants to tell their side of the story will do so through indymedia. Who needs a corporate filter on the telling of one's experiences? Why would anyone want their story to be edited in a way that will ensure the sale of more papers? People who want to know what is really happening will learn that the corporate press will not help them.

"Shrex" responds:
Perhaps with information coming from the other side of the fences (literally) the Oregonian could balance the spin a little. I hope someone who is going will take you up on this and I hope they will represent the protesters views with dignity, not hatred and bashing of all who disagree.

"reader" retorts:
The only way to move forward is to realize that the corporate media is not on your side. They are on the side of profit, not truth. This will not change. Anyone who things that media corporations care about anything besides their bottom line is not paying attention.


25.08.2004 18:01
IWW Attempts to Close Calendula Putting 18 People Out of Work
On August 3, 2004 Pete Beaman. representing the IWW Local 640, filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board against Calendula Cafe, a natural foods restaurant located on Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland. The charge alleges that Calendula and its representative, Craig Rosebraugh, engaged in unfair labor practices by discharging four employees "in retaliation for their engaging in a protected, concerted strike." Since the incidents in question began, Calendula and in particular its owner, Craig Rosebraugh, have been the target of a growing number of derogatory myths, verbal and physical threats, and defamatory attacks - primarily from Portland area progressives. As Craig has been targeted numerous times in the past due to his political work, he has declined to comment publicly on the matter until now. The following statement aims to assist the local community in understanding the truth behind these labor allegations.

There is absolutely no truth to the IWW's allegations. In fact, I am confident that the legal component of this claim will easily be proven unfounded. But by the time that I prevail on the legal issues, the IWW's unfounded accusations will have fulfilled their primary goal and ruined my business. The damage to my reputation should not and can not go unanswered.

I realize that I am a controversial figure here in the Portland community. Owing to my fourteen-year political history as an anti-war activist, animal advocate, environmentalist, human rights supporter and revolutionary, I have been repeatedly targeted by the U.S. government, right wing organizations and media, and even irate liberals and progressives who find I don't fit into their image of a social change proponent.


25.08.2004 10:15
Peak Oil is Here
Remember the movie 'Independence Day'? How the alien ships arrived over major cities around the world and a countdown began towards apocalypse? Well that's kind of where we are today except the mainstream media and world governments are hiding the threat from view while the US regime under Bush 2 is running rampant across the globe to secure as much as it can before the news breaks worldwide. Apparently we've run out of cheap oil. From a comment: AUDIO FILE: ARITHMETIC, ENERGY AND POPULATION-Effects on the Future of Humanity.
Presentation given on 8/13/02 by Professor Albert Bartlett, nuclear physicist, and Emiterus Professor of Physics, University of Colorado. Sponsored by Alternatives to Growth Oregon


25.08.2004 00:09
Portland Police Officer Jason Sery Resigns
we just learned something that we had not heard previously. If it was reported, we missed it. But it seems that Officer Jason Sery -- the officers responsible for the shooting death of James Jahar Perez -- has resigned from the Portland Police Bureau. We learned of this through a statement from Chief Derrick Foxworth that just went out to the media via email.

[ view resignation letter | pdx indy posts about Sery ]


24.08.2004 23:40
EF! ACTION Rendezvous THIS WEEKEND Aug. 27-30
EarthFirst Pic

Cascadia's forest defenders are converging in the Siskiyou National Forest in Southern Oregon again this weekend to launch a renewed campaign in defense of the massive Biscuit timber sale. The Biscuit timber sale has been the subject of massive public outry and protests. This weekend's Earth First! "Action Rendezvous" will take place near the endangered Indi timber sale, which was the site of a road blockade last month that was forcefully evicted by Forest Service law enforcement.

The weekend event will feature trainings and action planning - activists have been invited and encouraged to plan for a longer stay to help in defending the Biscuit! Food and camping spots will be available for all. Directions to the camp are now available, and Cascadia RiSiNG! EcoDefense is coordinating carpools from Portland.

BACKGROUND: Portland Forest Page | Cascadia RiSiNG! EcoDefense | O2 Collective | KS Wild | Siskiyou Project


24.08.2004 13:36
Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX): "We have far more to fear from an unaccountable government at home than from any foreign terrorist"
"what is the TRUTH?" graphics From Ron Paul's Weekly Column, "Texas Straight Talk": "The 9-11 Commission report, released late last month, has disrupted the normally quiet Washington August. Various congressional committees are holding hearings on the report this week, even though Congress is not in session, in an attempt to show the government is 'doing something' about terrorism in an election year. The Commission recommendations themselves have been accepted reverently and without question, as if handed down from on high.

"But what exactly is going on here? These hearings amount to nothing more than current government officials meeting with former government officials, many of whom now lobby government officials, and agreeing that we need more government! The current and past architects of the very bureaucracy that failed Americans so badly on Sept. 11 three years ago are now meeting to recommend more bureaucracy. Why on earth do we assume that former government officials, some of whom are self-interested government lobbyists, suddenly become wise, benevolent, and politically neutral when they retire? Why do we look to former bureaucrats to address a bureaucratic failure?"


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