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There I was in a friendly discussion with a table of Larouche supporters on the sidewalk (always curious why that nut draws a small cultlike following of young people) When I heard the distinctive sounds of handcuffs being fastened.
I looked up expecting to see some cops detaining a druggie, or at least those rent-a-cop portland business allience "green gaurds" tormenting some poor homeless guy. Instead I see a few rather runty looking 30-something adults (I think two women and two men) clustered around a juvenile female. They were dressed in "normal" casual clothing, Nothing seemed to indicate that they were police, security, or the like. They left on foot up the sidewalk with the handcuffed girl- and left me with a feeling of concern.
While accompanying Jean Charles Moise ousted mayor of Milot in the week leading up the December 16 demonstration, I had the privilege of visiting a handful of the schools that Moise founded during his tenure as mayor. We visited 9 community schools built during the last decade to serve poor families that are unable to afford the few state run public schools that exist in the area.
All of the schools that we visited received some financial support from the national government during Aristide's administration and all have had their funding cut under the unelected Latortue regime. This fact is particularly striking given that Aristide was forced to work under an international aid embargo imposed by the US shortly after the Haiti's May 2000 parlimentary elections, while the unelected interim government has been promised a 1.8 billion aid package to "reconstruct the country", a move that many predict will only force Haiti deeper into debt. Given the disparity in resources and international support between the democratically elected government and the US installed interim government one must wonder where is the new aid money going if not to support schools? Isn't education the backbone of any solid development policy?
most recent report from Haiti from Sasha Kramer: [ Peaceful Demonstration in Cap Haitien a Success despite Ongoing Repression / Beloved Mayor Continues to Serve his Community from Hiding (12/21/04) ]
previous reports to portland indymedia about Haiti by Zoe Moskovitz and Sasha Kramer: [ The Politics of Injustice in Haiti: The Cases of Auguste and Chamblain (2004.09.01) | Hard hit Municipalities:The Attempt to Destroy Lavalas and the Consolidation of the Coup (2004.08.21) | The Dismantling of Popular Education Under the new U.S-backed Regime in Haiti (2004.08.21) | Reportback form Haiti: Resistance and Repression Six Months After the Coup (2004.08.21) ]
More info: [ HaitiAction.net ]
Last night it was revealed that two young Americans have been arrested for allegedly planning to blow up trucks and equipment belonging to a construction company they believe is polluting a stream in Hillsboro OR. According to media reports, Charles Arthur Jordan IV, 20, and Stephen Philip Marshall, 19, have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to damage or attempt to damage equipment used in interstate commerce. The alleged target was quarry company Morse Bros.
The people of Columbia City have been fighting Morse Bros for years and years. No one out there can hang out their laundry, because when they do, it gets covered with rock dust. Some days, people can hardly breathe due to the dust. But the city councilors out there sold out the people to the mining company. If anyone should be in jail, it's the board members of Morse bros.
Support ALF Prisoner Joshua DemmittOn October 1, 2004 18-year old Joshua Demmitt of Provo, Utah plead guilty to arson in conjunction with an A.L.F.-claimed action targeting animal testing facilities at Brigham Young University (BYU). Josh fell under investigation after his name and other information was provided to authorities by Harrison David Burrows. In exchange for fully cooperating with authorities, Burrows received a plea bargain of five years. After being identified by Burrows, Josh felt he had limited options and so accepted a pre-trial plea bargain. He is expected to be sentenced on January 18, 2005 and is facing five to 25 years in prison.
Nazi skinheads plan to vandalize the city with fliers dedicated to their cause in the "Flier Outreach Contest" at Gabriel Park, SW 45 & Vermont, Portland Oregon, Jan 8, 2005 at 1:00PM. Please join us to stop the hate. A bunch of musical bands and some other random people such as myself and a group of my friends will be there to protest their actions, rip off their fliers, and hand out anarchist pamphlets in response to this horrible event.
previous: [ Area skinheads announce racist flyer outreach contest (12/7/04) ]
The decision to call George W. Bush "Person of the Year" is so despicable and unutterably shameful that I have canceled my subscription to TIME Magazine. I strongly urge you to do the same!
On December 16, 2004 over 10,000 people flooded the streets of Cap Haitien chanting and dancing for over four hours as they risked their lives to peacefully commemorate Jean Bertrand Aristide's 1990 electoral victory in Haiti's first democratic elections. Organizers stated that their two primary demands of the demonstrators were the return of the constitutional government of Haiti and the release of all political prisoners.
Current reports estimate that there are approximately 700 political prisoners in Haiti's overcrowded prisons, none of whom have been convicted of a crime and many who have never come before a judge. Many powerful Lavalas organizers and leaders, including Prime Minister Yvon Neptune and popular singer Annette Auguste "So Anne", have been imprisoned making it difficult for the country's most popular political party to continue to organize or to carry out many of the community education and development projects that were an integral part of the Lavalas platform.
While heavily armed Chilean UN forces and the Haitian National Police were highly visible throughout the march, there was no violence reported.
Beloved Mayor Continues to Serve his Community from HidingJean Charles Moise grew up in Milot, a rural town on the outskirts of Cap Haitien. He was elected mayor in 1995 at the age of 27 by an overwhelming 85% of the vote and was re-elected for a second term in 2000. He served as mayor until he was thrown out of office following the coup on February 29, 2004.
During his tenure as mayor Moise redistributed state landholdings to many landless peasants in the area, earning him great respect among the poor and powerful enemies among the elite who had previously controlled the land. Under the Duvalier dictatorships much of the land in near Milot was owned by the state and leased to absentee landlords. These landlords would then re-lease the land to peasants at exorbitant rates up to 10 times those of the state. There is an area just below the palace of San Souci in Milot that is named Moise in honor of the man who helped the many families that now inhabit that hillside to reclaim the land that rightfully belonged to them, as dictated by Article 74 of the Haitian Constitution.
The community of Milot has changed significantly under the Lavalas government of the past decade.
previous reports to portland indymedia re. Haiti by Zoe Moskovitz and Sasha Kramer: [ The Politics of Injustice in Haiti: The Cases of Auguste and Chamblain (2004.09.01) | Hard hit Municipalities:The Attempt to Destroy Lavalas and the Consolidation of the Coup (2004.08.21) | The Dismantling of Popular Education Under the new U.S-backed Regime in Haiti (2004.08.21) | Reportback form Haiti: Resistance and Repression Six Months After the Coup (2004.08.21) ]
More info: [ HaitiAction.net ]
I believe God is a woman
that would explain alot.
'a human being' responds:
'Jim Lockhart' conjectures:
In The Worldwide Ruling Class - Worker Bee Model, Still Going Strong In The 21st Century, 'Clint Clark' writes: "Old Testament religions are setup to preserve the Ruling Class - Worker Bee model, which began about 8,500 years ago. Old Testament religions are about legitimizing land ownership, taxes, the exploitation of natural resources, social stratification, and wealth generation; not about spirituality. Civilization is the domestication of humans by other humans."
it is also absurd to suggest that the universe had a beginning, which leaves us to wonder what existed in the endless eternity before this beginning, which would be nothing one must suppose, and then somehow something came from nothing, which is also absurd, just as it is incomprehensible to imagine either God or the universe being eternal with no beginning or no end
In Vancouver this year, we had our fair share of election year jitters. The pre-election tension was palpable: people found it hard to contain themselves oftentimes, whether their leanings are secular and progressive, or other-worldly and oil-driven. But make no mistake--this is a conservative enclave. Clark Co. as a whole voted down the line for everything conservative on Nov. 2, not just Bush, but many of the local elections, and in the senate race it was about dead-even between Patty Murray and republican George Nethercutt. Nethercutt's entire campaign was based upon a comment Murray made about Osama bin-Laden, which apparently endeared him to many voters up here.
This is no rural backwater either, at least parts of Vancouver. Some of the neighborhoods are of well-placed folks with a big stake in the nation's regression. In east Vancouver, (where the author lives), just a brief review of the volume and nature of the auto traffic on Mill Plain Blvd. betrays the impressive wealth of the residents. The road supports a shining, glittering flotilla of brand new cars, as well as the delivery trucks that carry their goods, and dump trucks that lay the foundations of their new homes.
How well do I know these people? I know them a little bit, and I can guess about the rest.
I noticed recently that the activism world of Portland has been getting pretty cool lately. Protests against Bush are getting organized, community building has been great over the last year with all sorts of inspiringly sustainable projects in food production, alternative fuels implementation, reused wood and earth constructions - Liberty Hall seems to be getting a face-lift, Food Not Bombs fare has been great on the nights when it's available... Not that everything's so amazing great, every victory has numerous corresponding losses these days, but they seem pretty good for the end times of empire...
But I realized also that it's been a while since I've heard anyone talking about verbal consent, or the instances of sexual assault that were tearing up the activist community in Portland and Eugene just a year and a half ago. It's great that I haven't been hearing of any further assaults in that time, although that doesn't mean they haven't happened - I maybe haven't heard or others are maybe keeping silent. Certainly sexual assault continues in society at large, but it could be considered a small blessing that it hasn't been afflicting the activist community.
[ Consent Workshop January 6th ]
Ruppert [whom i have enormous respect for] has made a very compelling case that webb's death was indeed a suicide. i didn't want to believe it, but there is little doubt left in my mind. read ruppert's notes from the above link yourself, and you decide. ruppert makes some very valid points about alex jones and john hankey, and the "high standards" that we should hold ourselves to when trying to understand "the truth". ruppert writes:
"This is a time for all of us who are activists, professional investigator and journalists on the internet to distinguish and separate ourselves from those who do not employ professional standards for their investigation and reporting. These standards are used to make what is consumed by a sometimes too-trusting readership trustworthy and useful. It is a matter of love and honor for those who read what we write.
Just as the dishonest mainstream media distances itself from those of us who use this powerful medium out of fear, it is time for those of us who care about getting it right to draw an unmistakable line between ourselves and the internet "trailer trash" who detract from the very, very difficult job that Gary Webb gave his life for: Telling the truth, getting it right and proving it in a way that can be trusted... No matter what the cost.
This is what Gary Webb taught us."
indeed webb's most important lesson might be the one brought on by his death itself: that we need to always question our assumptions, always seek the truth no matter what we "wish" were so, and use our courage to guide us.
previous: [ Gary Webb, exposer of CIA complicity in cocaine trade, found dead at home (Dec. 13, 2004) ]
AUDIO: Gary Webb in Eugene, January 6, 1999 -- Webb discusses "how the collapse of a brutal pro American dictatorship in Latin America combined with a decision by corrupt CIA agents to raise money for a resistance movement by any means necessary led to the formation of the nations first major crack market in south central Los Angelus, which led to the arming and the empowering of L.A. street gangs, which led to... [ hear it ]
VIDEO: In honor of Webb's legacy of "authentic journalism," GNN [Guerrilla News Network] presents this exclusive interview, in which Webb discusses Dark Alliance, the media maelstrom, and the story's historical importance. The video was produced by a team of GNN's video students at the School of Authentic Journalism 2002 seminar in Merida, Mexico. [ watch it ]
As I was coming home tonight I spotted a cart in front of Key Bank. I pulled into the parking lot; I could see a mist of warm steam rising up and meeting the cold night air. It's damn chilly out there tonight. The thermometer across the street from where the homeless person and his dog lay sleeping in the cart read 35 degrees.
What a telling juxtaposition; a homeless person occupying the sidewalk on the property of a financial institution, a very appropriate symbol for where the U.S. economy is going.
Really, I felt bad just taking a couple of photos and then leaving. I am never sure what to do. I give to Food for Lane County when I can and participate in local food drives. Rarely do I hand out money on the street though. I know that it is not my place to judge where the money goes, but I've never felt good about supporting an alcohol or drug habit. I worked in the field of addiction for several years and have seen the ravages of that.
EUGENE HOMELESSNESS: [ City of Eugene on Homelessness I Food For Lane County I White Bird Clinic I Eugene Homeless Shelters I What Homeless Problem? (2002) I Eugene Homeless Community Organizer Brutalized!!! (2002) ]
PORTLAND HOMELESSNESS: [ Sisters of the Road Cafe I Street Roots I Dignity Village I Outside IN I Portland Homeless Shelters I Homeless Crisis in Portland Briefly Invades Live Television During Storm Coverage (1/04) I Jody's guide to homelessness (2002) ]
At the Kaiser Center for Health Research although reported racist behavior of supervisors and decision-makers have been acknowledged by its direction, the organization readily expends unlimited finances to maintain a virtually all white professional level staff.
The author of this article has been inbroiled in a longstanding (albeit loosing) battle with this corporate giant who, rather than confront the reported perceptions of minority employees who havereported concerns of racist attitudes, actions and behaviors of its managers and supervisors, by even its Direction, it elects to spend countless thousands of dollars, hours and energy defending them - and in turn their racism.
Today, curious to find out anything new about the recent PJTTF hearing happening on the 22nd (this Wednesday!) I decided to go check out the city councils website at http://www.portlandonline and look at their agenda. As it turns out in a PDF file (... agenda item 1483) the hearing has been CANCELED!
Here is what is posted on their site: "1483 TIME CERTAIN: 10:30 AM - CANCELED. THIS ITEM WILL BE RESCHEDULED, DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED. Authorize Memorandum of Understanding and Reimbursement Agreement with the Portland Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to participate in the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force (Ordinance introduced by Mayor Katz")
I called Sue Parsons the Asst. Council Clerk at City Hall (e-mail: email@example.com phone: 503 823-4085) to make sure the agenda had in fact been changed and was correct. As it turns out Sue says that the hearing was just canceled today (the 20th of December) and will most likely be put off until sometime in late January, but couldn't give me a date or time.
related articles: [ Something to Ponder in the Days Leading Up To Dec. 22nd I New PJTTF date and time (2004.11.02) I PJTTF Hearing Delayed Again by the FBI I PJTTF HEARING POSTPONED! (2004.10.28) I OPPOSE THE PJTTF- Nov. 3 I City Council to consider Joint Terrorism Task Force renewal, Wed. 11/3, 9:40 am I more articles ]
Due to the large turnout at the last one, and ongoing requests we are going to do the consent workshop again. This time it will be in NE and will be a benefit for The Born In Flames Conference, no one will turned away for lack of funds, but bring what you can to help the confernece. The Born In Flames conference will be a 3-day conference about sexual assualt. It will be at PSU June 24-26, for more info you can e-mail them.
this workshop will cover what is consent and what it is NOT, ways to understand people's sign's for consent and ways to ask for consent, as well as figuring out ways to reach the ultimate in safe and healthy sex.
Whether willing or not, the American people have become captives to whatever information is or is not aired by the corporate media. We are unable, for example, to hear any information or news on the debacle in Iraq, with its ceaseless war crimes and mass murders, or on the devastation of both land and man of radioactive depleted uranium, or on the dire threat of global warming, or on the balanced view of the Israeli-Palestinian issue or on dissident points of debate prevalent in this country and, of course, on the ever-widening scandal that is the fraud-riddled election of 2004. We remain, unfortunately, at the mercy of the corporate media, itself in bed with the Amerikan Nazis, unable to inform ourselves of anything detrimental to both government and big business. The sphere of reality, for those who have yet to discover the liberating energy of the Internet, is as limited as those in control of television wish it to be.
If you care what people think : Poll results from Cornell UniversityYesterday, the communications department at Cornell University released a poll exploring some of the pertinent topics of our times. They studied the effects of "religiosity" against attention to corporate media (which means TV news) and how these factors affect personal opinon of such things as civil liberties and treatment of Muslims.
One point that surprises me is that about half of all those surveyed think it's OK for the gov't to lie to the media. They apparently don't mind being lied to. This surprises me because I strongly dislike being lied to. Especially be the media, and even more so by the government.
Folks Don't Get It: African-American voter disenfranchisement in the 2004 electionI have noticed something. Since the election all the threads which have raised the issue of Black disenfranchisement -- whether in the context of Ohio this year, Florida in 2000, or generally -- as a form of electoral fraud have ended up devolving into ignorance and/or dying as threads. Specifically, whenever this issue comes up, whether in a diary of its own or in connection with someone else's Onio thread, there appear to be three primary reactions:
In the tradition of Oakland's Books to Prisoners group, a hand-full of portland books to prisoners members gathered in front of the post office(by PSU) and asked people to mail book packages along with their other mailing items. The response was quite impressive, we managed to get about 25 packages sent this way in 3 hours, and with donation money, we payed for the last 13 packages we needed to ship. If you helped us out today, we thank you very much.
We will inform you of the next time we gather to send more packages.
CONTACT: [ BTP Portland I BTP Olympia ]
Main stream media, for the most part, is refusing to report on the Ohio recount and the emerging reports of voter fraud, disenfranchisement, and suppression. It is an extremely disgusting situation, with literally thousands of people volunteering to count every vote and those brave and wonderfull people protesting in the bitter cold about what happened...
The main press is keeping an eye on the situation, you can be sure of that. They know that you people are out there looking for the truth. And you are getting very close to blowing it wide open.....an eye wittness to e-vote manipulation, and a whistle blower of e-vote flip programs.
You are being relied upon to bring the truth out, and you are doing a fantastic job. My sickness caused by the Nov. 2 election is gone because of all of the couragous people taking a stand and working to find the truth.
Around 12:15 p.m. today I was attending a pot-luck in my office at the ODS bldg. As we sat down to eat, there was a loud drumming sound that rounded the building. Two of the ladies get up, "Is that a X-Mas Band?" Listening closer, I told them, nah, that's a little too militant for Deck the Halls, actually, that sounds like a protest.
Apparently Curt Gleaves, who works at Foster Pepper Tooze, which is on the 19th floor of ODS, is on the Board of Directors of Trillium Family Services---the parent company of Parry Center. He refuses to deal with the SEIU and supports union busting activities.
They sat on the sidewalk drumming for over 1/2 hour, which freaked out the whole building and the building management and ruined the lunch hour X-Mas tunes on the baby grand in the lobby...sigh.PHOTOS | PHOTOS + VIDEO | VIDEO | AUDIO ]
I setup a WiFi access point at laughing horse. Please come and browse the bookstore, and use their internet service. The store is located at 37th & Division. The WiFi point should be available from east and west of the store on division, and inside the store. Someone please try it out with your laptop and reply to this article, to let me know it's working. I don't own a computer.
Cascadia Ascendant is a new PDX zine containing relavent critiques of the current global resistance, with an emphasis on practical, anti-authoritarian methods of building a new society.
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