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We are developing a vision for a protest, a peaceful protest, a loving protest, and a protest rich in resistance. We have a route, we are working on permits, for a march that will take us through the city and allow us to speak and witness those institutions which are most threatening to the good life that we would all like to live. We are looking for speakers, ones who can speak from the heart on issues they care about, at stops along the way.
On November 29, 2004, approximately 60 mental health workers in Portland, OR. went on strike against the Parry Center, a subsidiary of Trillium Inc. While Trillium is bent on destroying the union, the workers are striking for quality care and therapy for the Parry Center's approximately 38 severely emotionally disturbed children. The Parry Center is a long-term residential treatment facility.
I spent last Saturday night on the picket line, where about 60 mental health care workers are striking the Parry Center, allegedly an inpatient treatment center for about 36 pretty mentally disturbed kids, ages eight through 14 years old. I use the word "allegedly" quite specifically, because whether the Parry Center is a treatment center, as its managers allege or is something else, is exactly what this strike is about.
I got hooked into doing some picket duty through the familiar route. The union on strike is SEIU Local 503, my old union, and home of most of my friends. So a friend asked me what I was doing on Saturday night, and could I help picket? I said, "Sure!" (the American Saturday night party scene is vastly over-rated anyway.)
previous feature stories: [ Parry Center protest at ODS building downtown (12/17/04) | Update on the Parry Center Strike, Day 11 (12/11/04) | Call for Support for Parry Center Strike; Photos from Monday's actions (12/1/04) | Day 2 of the Parry Center Strike (11/30/04) | Group of Concerned Citizens Occupies Parry Center Offices (11/29/04) ]
Thanks once again for all the letters of support and encouragement. I think about you all quite frequently. This is just a short communique to address the concern or should I say rather the assumption that many of you have expressed that I must be finding it very difficult to be happy given the horrifying political climate of my surroundings. Let me please begin by assuring you that I am doing quite well. If I am depressed at all it is because I have to leave this land in less than 12 days.
Yes, the occupation fills me with a heart-wrenching guttural rage that makes my face twist up involuntarily if I think about it too much. Yes, sometimes I feel like an angst-ridden adolescent, crushed under the weight of the helplessness that I feel towards this madness, this sadistic arbitrary cruelty that I am powerless to stop, wanting to scream until I am hoarse and skin is stained red with hot tears, wanting beat my fists against the wall until they bleed. Yep, the occupation sucks, and it gives you sick, drowning feeling if you let it, but so does everything, if you let it, because I have known that feeling for years. Certainly, I find the political climate inside the United States no less horrifying, and no less aggravating. My palms have known the crescent-shaped fingernail imprints of exasperation for a long time, but you just can't walk around that way forever. The Palestinians don't(and certainly the soldiers don't, they let their tasteless Israeli techno ring loud and clear from every mountainside). You still have to live life.
[ Sami in Palestine: All Updates ]
It's New Year's Eve. Thousands of motorists are preparing to operate heavy machinery under the influence of alcohol. Portland Police are busy harassing cyclists. Due to heavy rains, blowing winds, and cold temperatures, Critical Mass turnout for December Critical Mass was even smaller than years of police harassment have made it. Despite only 5 riders meeting at North Park blocks, PoPo had a large presence.
At 5:55PM, there were 5 officers on bicycles; 2 officers on motorcycles; 1 cruiser with 1 officer; 2 undercover cars, one with 1 officer, one with 2. So a total of 11 officers, and 5 expensive automobiles "guarding" the public from 5 sodden but spirited cyclists preparing for "Critical" Mass. The Camaro Cruiser followed the mass for two blocks and then turned off to pursue other matters (perhaps even public safety, but no prior evidence suggests this).
A few blocks later the mass informed a taxi that it was driving without lights on, then continued for a merry and unpoliced ride of downtown and then onto the eastside, with shouts of "We're not blocking traffic, We are traffic!" and "If you love you're car, Set it free!", picking up 2 more riders early on for a grand size of 7(!).
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[ Past Critical Mass Stories, aka 'The Good Ole Days' ]
This article is an announcement of a need from the community in regards to affordable, reliable, safe, accountable, political chilcare with a suggestion for a solution.
Unfortunately, for many radicals children are not in their everyday consciousness. But for many people in and out side of radical circles children are both an everyday joy and burden. Many parents are expected to raise their children alone without help from any community, unless they wish to join a church. For families that must work to survive, childcare is a major source of frustration. Childcare can and often does dictate a family's budget and ability to hold a job. Affordable, reliable, and safe childcare is almost nonexistent and if you want a radical spin on their environment forget it.
Talluza is a little village of about 1000 families situated on top of a rocky mountain overlooking stone terraced olive groves and smoky blue horizons, where the mosque speaker sends ghostly amplified praises echoing through villages nestled in red clay valleys. Talluza is a village where the sun shines on moss covered caves in decaying labyrinths of ancient cobblestone, where terra cotta flower boxes hang from wrought iron windows in sunlit alleys.
Where dirty green eyed boys walk like men in the streets and stooped old women with henna-red hair fill the doorways, and there is a donkey and a paint chipped bicycle tied to every post.
Talluza is also a village that has consistently suffered 24hr curfew and constant harassment at the hands of Israeli soldiers dispatched from a nearby military base. Where humvees race through the streets before dawn, where young girls are young girls are threatened at gunpoint, and young men disappear. Where schoolchildren are detained, and bread trucks are turned away. Talluza is a village occupied, and the villagers want to know why.
[ Sami in Palestine: All Updates ]
Yesterday I received a letter from Sen. Gordon H. Smith-----he is that there Fed from the State of Oregon. The letter is dated Nov 19, 2004, must have come by way of the old "Phony Express," but anyway, the letter says some tragic things about how these murderers, these criminals who call themselves Americans think.
Now the first lie is in the first paragraph, says thanks for writing------this was my fiftieth or sixtieth letter to this warmonger about why the hell we are killing the people who we tell other people we are trying to free----makes no sense, but the Senator says he is glad I keep writing to him.
Now in the second paragraph the Senator outdoes himself----and I do quote, "June 28th marked a proud moment for the members of the coalition that fought to free Iraq. As President Bush has stated, 'We pledged to end a dangerous regime, to free the oppressed, and to restore sovereignty. We have kept our word." Well, well, well does this man have a head on his shoulders or just a hunk of shit that is only good for combing in the mornings?
An ad-hoc coalition of feminist, civil rights, Jewish, labor, anti-racist, sexual minority, left and immigrant rights activists and organizations are calling for a counter-demonstration of the Tualatin Valley Skins (TVS) on Saturday, January 8 at 12 noon in Gabriel Park because "neo-Nazis threaten the rights and safety of people throughout the Northwest" says Marian Rhys, a coalition organizer. The mass protest will oppose the planned racist leafleting activity of the TVS, which is affiliated with the neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations. They promote the ideology of white supremacy that targets Jews, people of color, feminists, immigrants, sexual minorities and communists.
"The absence of visible opposition allows Nazism to grow," says Jordana Sardo. Gabriel Park is located between 37th Ave. and 45th Ave. along SW Vermont St. and is accessible by Tri-Met bus #1.
related articles: [ Call Out For Anti-Racist Groups/People!!!! ACTION NEEDED!!!! I Januray 8th DIRECT action against facism I Nazi Skinheads in Portland I Aryan Nation Coming to Town ]
On December 26 an underwater earthquake, later measured at 9.0 on the Moment Magnitude scale, occurred off the coast of Aceh on the island of Sumatra, in the Indonesian Archipelago. The resulting tsunamis have killed tens of thousands, with many more people missing, feared to be washed out to sea and drowned. The final death toll, taking into account missing persons, is likely to exceed 100,000 with up to two million people displaced and made homeless. [ read the global imc story... ]
posters to portland indymedia respondThoughts on the Power of Water: The sky out my kitchen window appeared different this morning with its magnificent marbled white and blue mixture. It seemed colored with hints of the full moon earthquake/tsunami energy that claimed untold lives yesterday. This morning's sky looked to be telling a story of renewal. It held an imagery of innocence which is difficult to put into words. [ read more... ]
Natural Disaster, Unnatural Response: Word that the U.S. government is offering a paltry $15 million in aid to those countries whose coasts were devastated by tidal waves from the largest earthquake in 40 years should be a national embarrassment. That a nation which can talk casually about $400-$500 billion annual deficits, and about spending upwards of $100 billion a year in sowing destruction in Iraq can't come up with more than pocket change for disaster relief in an event that has displaced over a million people and rocked the earth in its orbit is mind-boggling. [ read more... ]
It's a sad day for Indymedia when... A call to potential reporters. I log on and there are articles about chemtrails and terror alerts, but no substantial coverage of the huge disaster unfolding in Asia. Doesn't anyone have relatives in any of the countries affected by the massive earthquake, and subsequent tsunamis? Can anyone post first-hand accounts, if they have them? Where's the empathy? The compassion? Please, someone step up and report on this! [ read more... ]
related articles: [ Was the tsunami caused by a bomb? I 35 million for the victims of the tsunamis I Anyone know how I could volunteer? I Whats worse? Tsunami or US Foriegn Policy I An Act of God or Government? ]
Former Oregon National Guardsman Emiliano Santiago learned earlier this year that the government might seek to extend his service in the Guard past his contract, which was due to expire in June. Now the government says it wants to deploy him to Afghanistan involuntarily. Santiago is suing in Federal Court, arguing that the government is violating its contract with him and imposing a great hardship on himself and his family.
The judge ruled against Santiago, holding that the government would face a "hardship" if it were forced to honor the contract. Members of the public attempting to witness the legal proceedings were turned away by federal marshalls and not allowed to enter the courthouse building.
'Marian' adds: The case started promptly at 1:30 p.m. It was one of the most intense 63 minutes I have ever spent. From 1:15 when the courtroom doors opened on the 12th floor, until about 2:40, when the crowded elevator arrived back on the ground floor, not a word was spoken by the people in the courtroom, other than those engaged in the court proceedings.
It was as silent as a tomb.
previous: [ "Stop Loss" case of Oregon National Guardsman to be heard, 12/28 1:30pm at Fed. Courthouse (12/21/04) ]
The Motion filed by Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb last week, asking a Federal Court to preserve a wide range of evidence to ensure the integrity of the Ohio recount, was officially supported by the Kerry-Edwards campaign today.
"We welcome Senator Kerry's belated interest in ensuring the integrity of the Ohio recount. This effort, initiated by the Green and Libertarian presidential candidates, has been focusing on the integrity of the election process and not on the outcome. In order to trust the election results, we have to trust the process. All presidential candidates, including George W. Bush, who are committed to an open and accountable voting system should demand an investigation into an election clouded by serious allegations of fraud and suppression," said [Blair] Bobier [Media Director for the Cobb-LaMarche campaign].
New Mexico recount goes back to courtAttorneys for Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb will file a Notice of Appeal on Tuesday from a District Court decision which rejected Cobb's request to start the New Mexico recount without paying the entire cost of it in advance. Last week the New Mexico Supreme Court declined to hear the case. Since the Supreme Court did not rule on the merits of the case, it can be heard by the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
The Notice will be filed on behalf of Cobb and Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik who are both seeking a recount of New Mexico's presidential vote. The candidates paid the state a deposit of over $100,000, and say that New Mexico law does not require that the entire amount of the recount be paid in advance.
"We believe the law is on our side and look forward to a full recount of the presidential vote. There are still many unanswered questions about provisional ballots, missing votes and the integrity of voting machines which don't produce a paper trail. The people of New Mexico deserve to know that their votes will be counted fairly and accurately," said Cobb.
PDX (by unanimous vote of the city council) is going to ask the state to restrict sales of single bottles of beer. In North Portland. Only. This is just my opinion, if you want facts there is a link to a recent Oregonian article. As usual, my typing and spelling sucks, get over it. Take this however you want, I personally think this smacks of racism along the lines of "we can't let them there colored people buy 40's because they is just gonna roll with the gangs and do drivebys and get all uppity."
Public drinking, let me throw my two cents in there. Have you ever noticed that in most of the country (not really in NoPo though), most anti-beer efforts are done by fundy churches that staunchly oppose gun control? Theye say "shooting people is already illegal, so we don't need extra laws that ban the guns, because guns can be used legally and you can not discriminate against the legal gun owners." Fine. Turnabout is fair fucking play, you should not be able to ban the sale of beer (even if just the singles) based on the suspicion that it might at some point be drunk illegally. Public drinking is ALREADY illegal, so making an extra law that will effect legal drinkers and infringe upon their 21st ammendment rights is wrong.
Especially if it appears that you are only doing it to black neighborhoods.
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I had a dream a few weeks back where I was telling someone that I wanted to do car sharing. When I told a friend the idea she said that it would not work for her because it is too cumbersome to figure out who gets to have the car when since that would cut out her ability to go on a whim. That reminds me of something my father once said, 'that someone may just as well kill him if he could no longer drive'. We equate owning a vehicle and driving with freedom, so in essence, the military really is in Iraq fighting for our freedom.
In conversation with another friend I was telling her that it sickens me that Iraqi children are being murdered so that I can drive. She tried to soften my loathing by saying that she feels bad too but that she must also remind herself that it is "their karma".
O.K., I'm sorry, but that line of thinking, regardless of how eastern or new age or whatever it may be, does not work for me. The "karma" of cause and effect is very real, action and reaction, blowback. But how can we say that the past life actions of a child in Iraq poise them at the end of the barrel of a soldiers rifle? Just because some holy man once declared this idea with regard to past life actions and karma we are now suppose to believe its veracity? I personally think that we use it as a way to assuage ourselves. If we can simply toss such horrific situations (as with what is happening in Iraq) into the karmic heap, we can go about our daily business as if it does not bother or concern us.
Don't give up hope yet that Bush's coronation is inevitable, Folks!!! To update you on what's happening about overturning Ohio's Electors' vote on Jan. 6 in Congress, a Portland group that's part of the Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee--CleanVote--has been working on what happens next should members of the House and Senate agree that voting irregularities in that state are so prevalent that its 20 votes will not count. Without them, Bush hasn't won the election. In the 2000 presidential election, several House members contested the votes, but not one senator was willing to do the same--a scene familiar to anyone who has seen the film Fahrenheit 9/11. Senators told producer Michael Moore that "nobody asked them." That's not true this time! And you can join the barrage of letters being sent to Wyden/Smith or to senators such as Kerry, Edwards, Byrd, Kennedy, Boxer, et al.
Presidential Election 2004: Mock the VoteOhio's Republican Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell and New Mexico's Democratic Governor Bill Richardson are two elected officials who seem to care little for the laws governing elections or the people who put them in office. Both Ohio and New Mexico had more than their share of problems on Election Day┬Śproblems with electronic voting machines, problems with provisional and absentee ballots and, in Ohio, numerous allegations of racially-based voter suppression and intimidation. That's why Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb has demanded a recount in these two states.
You'd think that public servants┬Śresponsible for administering elections and sworn to uphold the law┬Śwould want to get to the bottom of these allegations.
You'd be wrong.
Kerry Preparing Grounds to Unconcede?If you haven't been following John Kerry closely, get ready to hear of surprising developments. The vote-defrauded, potential president-in-waiting has just indicated through his lawyer that the validity of George Bush's reelection is no longer a given.
On 23 December, 2004 Kerry's lawyer confirmed to MSNBC's 'Countdown' that John Kerry will be seeking (likely on Monday 27 Dec.) to expedite court proceedings and secure evidence in an ongoing recount suit by the Green and Libertarian parties.
We are a collective of radical musicians seeking to make folk a threat again. We are doing a tour on the NW to help benefit rad groups in the area and spread messages of resistance, inspiration, and hope. Come participate and spread the word! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for info or to book a show.
shows in portland:
related: [ 70 Ryan Harvey songs (mp3) available through BitTorrent I riotfolk.org ]
We need a lot more meaning and freedom in our lives. More connection, more intrigue, and more adventure. Adventure Club is part of our effort to create more joy and more resistance. Adventure Club may not change the world, but for those who commit to try, it will make their world more interesting, exciting, and engaged.
Think of Adventure Club as radical skill-share. It can range from rather tame to semi-hardcore direct action. Anything from extreme hide and seek to urban squatting to billboard liberation to more clandestine activism.
We are building new traditions and rituals. Adventure Club is fundamentally meaningful, giving people intellectual and emotional tools they need to survive in the world. AC actions always have a training element, are always physical, and are completed in a single night (or day). AC is not merely fun and pranks, but that's often part of it.
What the heck, an indy news service can use a laugh from time to time. Enjoy, this took me all morning to write.
So yeah, there was this guy. His name was Josh, and he was born in the summer according to most theologians, but theologians also have supported such concepts as the divine right of king and papal infallibility, so we should take nothing they say too seriously. So let's pretend he was born in midwinter, say around the end of December on the Roman calendar.
So yeah, this guy. He was a bit of a nut, but generally a decent chap. He walked around basically being nice to people and having a good time. He danced. He drank. He was smashingly good at party tricks...
He also thought violence was a bad thing, but lost it one day and beat the shit out of a bunch of guys in a temple one day over buying and selling stuff in the temple.
Dorothee Soelle was born in 1929. She lived, loved and worked with Fulbert Steffensky, a former Benedictine monk. With him, she developed the political night prayer at the end of the 1960s in Koln, a model for the Munich political Saturday prayer. She was a political theologian and a devout mystic. She was a penetrating thinker and a tender poetess, a feminist who loved and challenged men and women as people. She showed the way from the humble attitude of neediness for redemption for redemption and burdening sin with which we catholic children must still pray today. Lord, I am not worthy to stand under your roof... She showed the way out telling us: God needs us for his creation just as we need God. God waits on you and rejoices in your contribution in the world!
Charity was a political, public theme of building on the reciprocity of giving and taking, more than a private love program. Charity is not a caritive focus on a world to come but love for the living, for what we can experience in grace, joy, cooperation and mutual enrichment if we are not structurally encouraged to greed and fear because greed and anxiety are best suited to capitalism.
During the week leading up to December 16, 2004 Lavalas supporters from all over the north of Haiti began to filter into Cap Haitien and the surrounding towns in preparation for a demonstration calling for the return of the elected government and an end to the ongoing repression and detention of Lavalas activists.
December 16 is an important date in Haitian history, as it marks Jean Bertrand Arisitide's electoral victory in 1990 in Haiti's first ever democratic elections. Many of the people who came to Milot were elected Lavalas officials and supporters who have been forced into hiding since the coup.
Our group met with Jean-Claude Debel, organizer for the Lavalas party in the central plateau and regional coordinator of the literacy program (alphabetization) in Hinche, and Garcon Rosemaire, ex mayor of Hinche. Both men were forced to leave their families and go into hiding following the overthrow of the elected government, as have approximately 4000 other people from Hinche according to the former mayor. The two men report that the situation in the Central Plateau is highly repressive.
most recent reports from Haiti from Sasha Kramer: [ Community Schools in Northern Haiti: A plea to the international community | 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 ]
The Daily Mirror, in Great Britain, issued a famous post-election cover page that asked the question: how can fifty-nine million people be so dumb?
I think it's an excellent question, and even though it is clear to me that the dictator stole the election again, it is also clear that there are millions of people, mostly voting against their own class interests, who voted for George W. Bush. I have encountered plenty of bewilderment on this phenomenon right here at home┬Śno need to go to England. What were people thinking?
The people who can best answer that question are the Republican strategists. They understand that they can manipulate much of the population to the point of delusion, using the loyal corporate-owned media, and they intend to keep on doing it. They have created a mental landscape for those fifty-nine million people, in which shadowy figures shift terrible weapons through Iraq, through Syria, to the Wal-Mart nearest you. In this fantasy world, homeless grandmas are rightly punished by the cold and rain on their donated blankets. Lovers who joyously take marriage vows after years of life as a couple are satanic perverts who would rape your children if given a chance. Dedicated activists who put their bodies on the line in an heroic effort to stop war and ecological destruction are actually dangerous terrorists with Middle East connections who bomb themselves in their manic frenzy of hatred. And it's all a sign that Jesus is coming.
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