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29.09.2004 12:43
Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED; Equipment Siezed - Citizens Protest!
free radio image At 8:20 AM armed US Marshalls and FCC Agents raied the house where Free Radio Santa Cruz broadcasts. A warrent was not servered to the residents of the house, but the warrent was shown to the residents. All the residents, some wearing only their bathrobes and PJ's, were herded to the sidewalk in front of their house.

Free Radio Santa Cruz was airing Democracy Now! as the FCC Agents and US Marshalls worked to get into the studio. FRSC 101.1 FM, was airing a pre-programed interview with Howard Zinn when the listeners of FRSC heard the sound static due to the first ever FCC raid on station in almost 10 years of broadcasting for the Santa Cruz community and listeners around the world via online streaming. FRSC has received strong support from members of the community, including the Santa Cruz City Council.

Freak Radio Santa Cruz Operations Interrupted by FCC
From the open publishing newswire: The agents proceeded to read a prewritten statement explaining what they were doing, the words of which have been forgotten due to the traumatic events of the day. Next, they confiscated all of the electronic equipment in the studio...

150-200 Santa Cruz residents showed up in short order to protest the actions of the FCC, most of them listeners, and many of whom had taken the time to scrawl a brief message of their own on a sign that they brandished in the face of this atrocity. Among them was city Mayor Christopher Krohn, who made a statement that reaffirmed the City Council's 2002 resolution that recognized and supported FRSC's existence and status as an asset to the community, and that also chastised the FCC for yet again stifling freedom of speech in such trying times as these.

Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED Wednesday Morning! (original article) | Please Donate to STOP THE FCC and Stop Powell censorship | Free Radio Santa Cruz (freakradio.org) | santa cruz indymedia (santacruz.indymedia.org)


29.09.2004 01:53
i am so grateful for the women in my life
i don't often see stuff this personal on indymedia, but i feel like it belongs here. "The personal is political", as they say, and the subject -- how women and men are different when it comes to emotional issues, is one that needs tons of attention if we're going to build a better world with healthier communities together. This is not an intellectual treastise or a call-to-arms; it is a personal reflection of my own experiences, of my own reality. i don't want to start an argument, and i'm not saying women=good, men=bad. i'm writing it to say thank you to the women i know, and to suggest that those of us who are men got a lot to learn from them.


29.09.2004 00:52
Recall Secretary of State Bill Bradbury!
This man's actions against Ralph Nader's ballot campaign, as described in gory detail by Dan Meek recently on Counterpunch, demonstrate a profound contempt for democratic values, regardless of the political motivations that inspired them. Bradbury should be recalled, NOW!


28.09.2004 17:23
PDX Protests - Q&A with Noam Chomsky
During the height of the Anti-War Protests in PDX, I wrote a letter to Noam Chomsky asking for his opinion on the dilemmas we had been facing locally. The following article is comprised of these letters, beginning with my own so that his appears in context.


27.09.2004 17:24
Green Party VP Candidate Patricia LaMarche To Stay At Dignity Village
pgp logo On Friday, October 1st, Pat LaMarche, the Green Party's vice presidential candidate, is coming to Portland on her Left Out Tour, a two week, fourteen city journey across America. She has been sleeping in homeless shelters and on the streets to draw attention to those living on the edge of society. On the evening of October 1st, she will be staying at Dignity Village.

At 4:00pm, on Friday, October 1st, we are meeting in Pioneer Courthouse Square to conduct a voter registration drive in honor of National Homeless and Low Income Voter Registration Week. Join Pat, Teresa Keane, our fabulous U.S. Senate candidate, and our fantastic candidates for the Oregon House of Representatives, Chuck Fall, Steve Geiger, and Curt Sommer! Homeless activists from Dignity Village have volunteered to help. Pat would be thrilled to see you helping too!

Green Party wins American Muslim Alliance's Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Malcolm X Award
The award was given for "showing courage of conviction in upholding American ideals, for demonstrating total honesty and integrity in dealing with fellow American of all religions, colors and creeds and for doing the right thing at the right time and for the right reason," and was presented at the American Muslim Alliance's annual national convention, September 25, in Orlando, Florida.

"Since September 11, 2001, the Bush administration and their Democratic co-conspirators have waged war on Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and right here in the United States. They seem to think that 'liberating' people overseas means killing them and they think we are safer at home if we ignore or subvert our Constitutional guarantees of due process. It's time to wage peace overseas and repeal the 'Patriot' Act here in the U.S. By ending the occupation of Iraq and upholding the Constitution, we'll make the world and ourselves safer and more secure," said Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb.



27.09.2004 16:48
Did PGE Shareholders violate Oregon election laws?
PGE shareholders have violated Oregon election laws by paying for and mailing poltical campaign pamphlets against Washington County Public Utility Measures 34-95, 34-96, and the candidates for the Directors for the PUD, using addresses obtained illegally from Oregon Election office, use restricted to candidates and poltical organizations.

related: [ Washington County Public Utility District | WHY IS WASHINGTON COUNTY PUD IN EVERYONE'S BEST INTEREST? ]


27.09.2004 16:18
Monday's Update On Mike D.
Mike D, an animal rights and forest activist, is being charged with Disorderly Conduct, Menacing, and Failure To Appear, stemming from the Solo Timber Sale Protest July 30, 2002 (except the failure to appear). His case number for the Menacing and Disorderly Conduct Charge is #0311198. For the Failure to Apppear charge is #0413219.

He has a release hearing tomorrow at 3pm, but he will probably not actually be in court but on T.V. and it will probably only take 5 min. I was told that last friday when he appeared in court, he was asked to sign a paper that was a notice of his next court date which he refused to do. The Judge (Eve Miller) did not like that, and that is why I was told he is in jail right now, but that is not for sure. His bail is at $50,000 but probably will be reduced at his court hearing tomorrow.

Mike's Jury Trial will be on Oct.20th, 9:00am, at the Clackamas County Courthouse, but that is always subject to change. 5 cops will be testifying against Mike. 3 are with the USFS and the other two are policeman. I also found out that two people who had been charged from the Solo Timber Sale Protest had already plead guilty and made a plea bargain to do community service. Mike was offered the same deal if he plead guilty, which he refused to do.

[ past feature ]


SELECTION 2004 27.09.2004 10:27
Local linguist offers 45 newly translated articles as "antidotes to the phraseology and vagueness" of the pResidential Campaign
45 new translated articles are now available at www.mbtranslations.com. These articles are antidotes to the phraseology and vagueness that often empty public discussions and presidential debates.

Don't hate the media, become the media. Marcos and the Zapatistas speak of one world where many worlds fit, a world where everyone has a place. Can we learn from the global south, from the poor of Chiapas, from the struggling people of Brazil and Venezuela, from the social market economy and the Canadian mosaic? Humility, self-criticism and interconnectedness open up a new world that is completely repressed by those captive to the system and its TINA (There is no alternative) mythology.

May we finally put the horse before the cart and mend our own pockets before reducing countries to parking lots! May we face the contradictions and injustices in the market economy and not only decry the dangers of the planned economy! May hope and memory, fantasy and festivity, be welcome in a future-friendly world of peace and justice, not marginalized as troublemakers or "disturbers of the peace"! There are many and realistic alternatives that promote equality and justice where workers are more than cost-factors and nature is more than a free good, external or sink.

[ www.mbtranslations.com ]


DON'T MESS WITH NATURE 27.09.2004 01:17
Natural disasters are often man-made
In Haiti, tropical storm Jeanne, aka Hurricane Jeanne, has caused the deaths of possibly 2,000 people, and that number may rise. The devastation that has befallen Haiti is largely man-made--that is, due to the deforestation that began in the 1600's, the ground cannot handle so much rain, so mudslides and flash floods wipe out villages and the people in them. The intense poverty in the country also contributes to deaths from natural disasters.

Likewise in Jamaica, Grenada, Cuba, and Florida, the devastation from one hurricane after another is mostly man-made. That is, building towns and cities at such a low sea-level, and in tropical conditions, is just inviting a hurricane to take your house or trailer away, and leave you with the bill. Hurrican Ivan taught the entire East Coast a valuable lesson: don't mess with nature. [ Read More ]

[ more articles by JR ]


26.09.2004 23:51
Got Rape™ ? Got War Crimes™? Got Rumsfeld™? Got Halliburton™?
soldiers in dress uniform In San Diego today there was a very impressive lecture on war crimes and the commitment of the penatgon to continuing abuse within the military.

The two stars of the lecture series were former Army journalist Dennis Stout and Dorothy Mackey, Executive Director: Survivors Take Action Against Abuse by Military Personnel. Ms. Mackey served as a captain commander in the USAF between 83-92.

Ms Mackey spoke about her career with the USAF between 1983-1992. During the five years that got her promoted to captain commander she was raped no less than three times and twice by doctors in the military.

Though she reported the abuse she was denied help three times by the justice department. It was escalated all the way up to the Cincinnati court of appeals who did refuse to hear the case. Because to hear it would cause security problems. Through her experiences of intimidation, death threats, assault, and harassment Dorothy Mackey decided to do something she didn't have when she was in the military, she decided to become an ear to voices in the military calling out for help. Founding an organization called STAMP which currently has over 4,600 cases documented of sexual assault, battering, and abuse of military soldiers by their own military she has many chilling stories indeed.


TO WHAT END? 26.09.2004 18:30
Calendula, Portland's only vegan restaurant, closes down
Just received an email from the Calendula maling list: "Owing to financial difficulties, Calendula Cafe has closed. We wish to sincerely thank all of our customers for providing us with exceptional support."

It's such a shame, despite all the difficulties there recently. I don't know who to believe with regards to the labor issues -- Craig Rosebraugh, or the service people who made complaints and left/were fired (depending on who's telling the story). Whatever "really" happened, Portland has lost a wonderful restaurant. I ate there twice, and both times were two of the best meals I've had in Portland. I appreciated the care and attention to detail, and I'm sorry to see a good vegan restautrant close.

related: [ For what it's worth - Calendula is closed (24 Sept. '04) | previous articles about Calendula ]


26.09.2004 18:23
Treesits on Gypsy Mountain raided; Ancient Redwood "Aradia" Cut
The Aradia treesit, 2002. Eureka, CA - Treesitters were forcibly removed yesterday from their perches high above the forest floor, and two activists on the ground were arrested in attempts to stop the cutting of old-growth redwoods above Grizzly Creek in the Van Duzen watershed. One of the trees cut, Aradia, has been the site of on-going protests and treesits since before the death of activist David "Gypsy" Chain, who was killed there by a tree felled by a Pacific Lumber logger in September 1998.

The treesitters were reportedly removed by Eric Schatz Tree Service, who forcibly extracted more than a dozen activists from trees in the Freshwater area in March and April 2003. Schatz and four other extractors are facing civil lawsuits stemming from those incidents. Pacific Lumber, the company that hired the extractors, is also named in the suit.

Activists reported few police on the scene, but said the area dubbed "Gypsy Mountain" was crawling with loggers and workers from the Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters. One activist said he was tackled by a Pacific Lumber forester, who was dressed in camouflage and hiding in the bushes.

related: [www.northcoastearthfirst.org/ | Columbia Helicopters Harass, Endanger Activists on Gypsy Mountain | Aradia is Gone...... ]


26.09.2004 18:17
Hiking in the Mt. St. Helens foothills: Good for the Body & Soul
mt. st. helens As a break from constant political actions, try hiking or another sport for your soul.

Under sunny blue skys and a few fluffy white clouds, 8 outdoor lovers hiked all day today in the Mt. St. Helens foothills. Destination, the LooWitt Waterfall. We did 8.8 miles. We drove in from Woodland, up the Lewis River past Cougar, for a 3-hr. trip to the parking area from where we set off.

My day pack was filled with an apple, orange, raisins and vitamin water, but I had it finished within several hours, and borrowed water from another on the hike back. The area is like a moonscape, filled with bolders, rocks, young plants/flowers scantily interspersed, and lots of blowdown.


FOREST DEFENSE 25.09.2004 23:56
Be A Part Of History! Make Ancient Forest Logging History!
Big trees at the Biscuit timber sale are already being logged. Be a Part of History!
Make Ancient Forest Logging History

Siskiyou Wild Rivers, Oregon
Monday, October 4th

HUNDREDS will gather for a peaceful protest rally to stop the Biscuit Logging Project. The specifics of the event will be posted at  http://www.forestadvocate.org, and on the rally hotline (541) 482-2640.


THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION has placed the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area of southwestern Oregon on the chopping block with the largest logging project in U.S. history! The so-called Biscuit Post-Fire Recovery Project would cut down 19,000 acres of ancient forest reserves and roadless wildlands in one of the most biologically diverse forests in the world! Click here for more information on the  http://www.siskiyou.org Biscuit timbersale.


MONDAY, October 4th
Meet 7am (sharp) at the Selma Community Center in Selma, Oregon (Take Hwy 199 south of Grants Pass about 15 miles to the community of Selma). We will brief the group on the specifics of the event then head to the location of the rally.


2 WHEELS GOOD, 4 WHEELS BAD 25.09.2004 02:58
Critical Mass report-back: Portland Police enforce non-existant law to push cyclists onto sidewalk; WTF?
This month's big lie by the Portland Police resulted in about 100 of us being forced to walk on the sidewalk. When it got dark several of the Portland police told us that those of us that did not have red LIGHTS visible to the rear could not ride our bikes in the street...

Nowhere can I find a state, county or city statue, law or ordinance giving athority to a law enforcement officer to insist that a bicycle have more lighting than is required... As usual, the PPD made fools of themselves, with several 23rd st dining and shopping people asking them why we weren't being allowed to ride in the street.


24.09.2004 14:53
Mike D. in jail again
Mike D had court today at 9am at the Clackamas County Court House for charges stemming from the Solo Timber Sale Protest July 30, 2002. Nobody has seen him since. I called the jail and yes he was thrown in jail again.

Despite the fact that eight other activist's arrest warrants from this old growth direct action have long ago been dropped; Mike D is being singled out from the Solo Timber Sale Protest. He will be in the Clackamas County Jail until Oct.20th, where he will have a court hearing or trial. Bail is set for $55,000. If you have more info please post here.

[ pdx indy forest activism page | pdx indy articles written by mike d | other mike d articles ]


CITIZENS OUTRAGED 24.09.2004 11:28
-When Mae Williams' son Lavel Lindsey was murdered by Jason Ferguson in a night club stabbing Vancouver's "Columbian" newspaper interviewed her. Mae whose family has faced numerous accounts of police harassment, soon found to her dismay, that her home address had been printed on the front page of their paper. When questioned by a citizen regarding the murder, the killer Jason Ferguson stated clearly "Yeah, I killed that nigger!"
Clark county Sheriff Sgt. Dave Trimble denies that the murder had any racially or gang related motive. He claims that the murder revolved around a disagreement between them and some friends that dated back to their middle school years. Yet Sgt. Trimble doesn't doesn't know what schools the men attended or what the disagreement was about.

Ferguson's bail was initially set at $150,000. However due to public outcry and a protests from both inside and outside the bail hearing, his bail was raised to $300,000. Even this number pales in comparison to the bail recently set for Joseph Vallejo for the charge of robbing two white drug dealers. His bail was set at $1,000,000. This discrepancy clearly demonstrates a racial bias against people of color in the Vancouver court system.

LOCATION FOR RALLY: Public Service Center 1300 Franklin Street
DATE: September 25th, 2004
DAY & TIME: Saturday, 2:00 p.m. thru 5:00 p.m.


SELECTION 2004 24.09.2004 01:40
Nader campaign appeals to U.S. Supreme Court to be returned to Oregon ballot
[On Sept. 22], the Oregon Supreme Court issued a decision removing Ralph Nader from the Oregon ballot. The Nader Campaign is taking steps to appeal the Oregon Supreme Court decision to the US Supreme Court.

In reaction to the decision Ralph Nader said: "This is a sad day for democracy in America. It is evident that our independent presidential campaign has greatly stressed a corrupt exclusionary system, and that the Democratic Party will stop at nothing to deny voters the opportunity to vote for our candidacy. They would rather limit voters' choices—in an attempt to force them to vote for a candidate they do not believe in and do not support or stay at home in disgust. The anti-democratic approach of the Democratic Party is weakening a democracy already rendered anemic."

The Nader campaign will be arguing to the US Supreme Court that the Secretary of State's actions violated the rights of voters and circulators under the United States Constitution.

Background: [ High court disqualifies Nader from ballot (9/22/04) | Democracy 1, Secretary of State 0: Nader restored to Oregon ballot; Judge rejects Bradbury's partisan interference (9/9/04) | Oregon Democrats sabotage nader...Again [re. OR Sec. of State keeping Nader off ballot] (9/3/04) | Nader Campaign Calls on Secretary of State to Respect Each Signature (8/24/04) | Nader Announces: We have the Signatures! (8/22/04) ]

Big picture: [ Democrats Support Bush, Attack Nader; Show Where Their Loyalties Lie ]


F*CK THE CORPORATE MEDIA 23.09.2004 21:53
Oregonian candidate endorsement process a sham
Several Members of the Pacific Green Party, as well as members of the Constitution party, the Socialist party, and the Libertarian party were all snubbed by the Oregonian during their annual candidate endorsements recently. It's not that most third party candidates expected to be endorsed by the corporate media, but certainly they expected to "at least" be interviewed for their positions on the issues. The Oregonian doesn't even bother to pretend that they are fair and complete in their endorsement process.

This is an outrage and should anger all Oregonians regardless of their personal political affiliations or lack of one.


23.09.2004 21:50
Today's KBOO presswatch: Life under Fatherland Security
I was in a Third World country yesterday. I was up at four-thirty in the morning, bicycling down a quiet street, enjoying the quiet and the stars between the clouds. I passed workers sleeping in a doorway—it's a particularly coveted doorway, that of a little boutique that closes every day at five PM, and the would-be night occupiers are careful to put their little pile of dirty belongings there as soon as the business closes its doors for the day. There were three people sleeping there yesterday morning, which was possible because it was not raining. When it rains, the awning only offers shelter for one—if you call that shelter. Sometimes I see the dry space expanded with a tarp...

This is life in a fascist police state, life during imperial war, life under Fatherland Security. The question I want to bring up is: how did we get here?

This society is shot through with a mean-spiritedness, a spite, a sort of sadism, that we direct toward others and toward ourselves. I do not mean to deny that there are many good-natured person, nor that we are generally civil to each other; but no analysis of American society can be complete without understanding that we have been inculcated with a vast capacity for sadistic thought and action.

[ Other articles by theresa mitchell ]


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