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In Washington County, a young man has been shot and killed by police. Apparently Lukus Glen came home from a party at 3 a.m. and was drunk. He and his father began to argue, according to corp news, and the father called police. Lukus got ahold of a knife and the officers "felt their lives threatened", so tried to stop him with bean bag shots. That did not work, so they shot Lukus. This is very sketchy right now, but I was watching corp news and saw interviews of neighbors who were in shock.
They said that they had watched Lukus grow up and could bot believe that he had been shot. This very is similar to what happened to Fouad Kaady, except, of course, that Fouad was not drunk or armed. Still, on the surface, I have to wonder about the way each of these young men died. Once again someone called for help and that call ended in death.
Fair and Balanced ? What about Fouad Kaady's story?Being older and perhaps having spent more of my life in the "mainstream," many of my acquaintances often ask me why I spend time, here, on IndyMedia. "don't you think that most of the articles are slanted toward the radical left?"
My response is that the so called mainstream media does a swell job of covering the "news" according to the corporate leaders' view. It is fair and balanced, as long as you do not ask any questions, and as long as you believe that the government-any government, is always right. Was it fair, was it balanced, when two murderous thugs in uniform tortured, then murdered, Fouad Kaady?
Three SHAC7 Defendants Sentenced More to Follow
Daniel McGowan is off house arrest
Gresham officer involved in deadly crash resigns
Military training at Portland Public Schools
5 Years Later: U.S. Government Complicity on 9/11
In Memory of Fouad Kaady
Bicycle rider hit at 34th and Belmont at about 6:45
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You are probably all aware that Code Pink had a hugely successful "Bring the Troops Home Fast" campaign in DC where many people fasted to bring the troops home "FAST". They were noticed by the Iraqi government officials visiting Washington, DC and even invited to Iraq to propose ideas on how to do just that!
August 6th of course, saw a plethora of demonstrations around the world as it is the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing: Lockhead Martin, Bechtel, Raytheon, Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, "events taking place in over 70 cities in 27 states, culminating on August 9th, the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing, under the banner, "From Hiroshima to Yucca Mountain to the Middle East: No Nukes! No Wars! End War Profiteering! Support Indigenous Rights!" A major focus of the demonstrations was Bechtel Corporation, one of the largest beneficiaries of both the Iraq war and all things nuclear."
I am writing this article and sending it to all people concerned with our industry, hopefully l will reach the ones who really care. The article started as a single page commentary, it's bigger now.
I've been working in the business for about 28 years as an auto technician, and I finally decided it was time to write about this business of ours after experiencing a lot of different events in my professional life.
It's true. It's weird. It's nuts. The Department of Homeland Security, after a five-year hunt for Osama, has finally brought charges against ... Greg Palast. I kid you not. Send your cakes with files to the Air America wing at Guantanamo. Though not just yet. Fatherland Security has informed me that television producer Matt Pascarella and I have been charged with unauthorized filming of a "critical national security structure" in Louisiana.
UPDATE --> on Sept 14 2006: from Greg Pallast website (( http://www.gregpalast.com/ )) (quote) Forget the orange suit. Exxon Mobil Corporation, which admits it was behind the criminal complaint brought by Homeland Security against me and television producer Matt Pascarella, has informed me that the oil company will no longer push charges that Pascarella and I threatened "critical infrastructure." [ Read More ] [ Palast Charged with Journalism in the First Degree | http://www.gregpalast.com/ | http://www.joe-anybody.com ]
The California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation is conducting a survey to determine how many inmates would be interested in transferring to facilities outside of California. My son is serving a 25 to life prison term in Delano, CA. He just sent me the notice of the survey and has askied me to check out some of the other prisons and see what they have to offer... He has been in prison for 4 years now and but I still don't understand the way they are run.
Vietnam veteran Mike Hastie, former vice president of Portland's Veterans for Peace organization and VfP activist, urged the Portland City Council to pass an impeachment resolution at the public portion of Wednesday morning's council meeting. The national VfP organization has twice (2003, 2005) voted to impeach Bush and Cheney, et al., , most recently for violations of the military portions of the Sixth Amendment.
Hastie's testimony cited the consequences of the Iraq war from parallels to the Vietnam war. The VfP's national position is that the Iraq war is illegal. In the allotted three minutes, he used experiences as a medic in Vietnam and statements by Iraq returnees to support his statements about the negative impact on the military in both conflicts in terms of tactical, physical, and mental results.
You have seen them. The ads for drugs targeting depression, anxiety, herpes, arthritis, and all the others where you are made to believe that your illness is inconveniencing others. How dare you continue to suffer from this, and subject others to it, when all you need is this very expensive drug full of disconcerting side effects? "Who does depression hurt," we are asked. Then we are shown a sobering array of dark, suffering individuals who are paying for your sin, the sin of depression. Everyone from your spouse to your children to yes, even your dog. "Haven't you thought about THEM" reads the unspoken subtext. "You might not think you need medication, but how could you be so inconsiderate toward THEM?"
Ok. So, it's bad, but not as bad as it could be. Today, 3 of the defendants were sentenced. Jake got 48 months. Lauren got 52 months. Kevin got 72 months. That's a long time to spend in jail for speaking, but at least it wasn't as much time as our piece of crap government was trying to get out of them. Josh should be sentenced tomorrow, with Andy and Darius to follow sometime next week. Everybody keep your fingers crossed.
Josh Harper Gets 36 Months Josh Harper has not been charged with any crimes in connection with any direct action. Every one of the charges against Josh and the rest of the SHAC 7 defendants had to do with things they said, or things they wrote. This is wrong. This is a battle that all of us must rise to fight. We must not allow this verdict to frighten us into submission, as it was intended to do. We must continue to speak out against the kinds of injustices that Josh has been fighting for many years. And we must close ranks around him now that he needs us. In the name of solidarity and mutual aid, we must keep him company through this with letters, and we must make the committment to find out what he needs and how we can help. Some day, it may be us in there.
dissident comments: "This is designed to put a chill into us. Because these people never committed a crime, and we all know this. All they did was speak. None of the charges had to do with any crime. They all had to do with speaking. This is supposed to scare us all into silence. It will NOT. SPEAK.
I will not be silent. We will keep struggling for what is right in the world, for what we believe in, and we will NOT cower in corners. May they be broken out of jail even as the unjust walls come tumbling down and the oppressor shatters."
Great news! Today (9/11/06) Daniel's lawyers received word that Judge Aiken signed off on the motion which allowed Daniel's electronic monitoring device to be removed. Other restrictions still apply, but he is allowed to be out of the apartment and enjoy the crisp autumn weather coming our way.
Support Daniel by organizing your community!So far Daniels supporters (and that includes you!) have done an excellent job of organizing ourselves to support him in these difficult times. We have been drawing on Daniel's connections to the community to build support for his freedom. It is also important that we map out our relationships (political, social, cultural, etc.) so that we can expand the scope of our work. We plan to reach a broader population of potential supporters who do not share an immediate or obvious connection with Daniel McGowan himself by utilizing all of the connections to broader communities that exist within our networks.
The Gresham police officer who ran a red light and hit a mini van has resigned. Officer Joshua Linstrom, who ran a red light, hitting a mini van and killing Marino Sanchez-Sanches, has resigned. A 'Grand Jury" cleared Linstrom after an investigation, but on September 11th, the officer decided to leave the force. I did not hear his reason.
A Parently contributes: It appears that someone in the Gresham Police department command has a firmer grasp on what is right or wrong than the DA or the "grand" freakin jury. He was given the ultimatum-resign or be fired. More sense than Sandy or Clackamas County, at least.
I just wanted to report that me and two other people did what we could on 9/11/06. We live out in the Gresham/Troutdale area, so the three of us walked up and down 257th near Start St with signs. Every protest that I have ever been to has been downtown so I was not sure what kind of reaction we would get out here in suburbia. We had our share of people yelling at us and middle fingers being thrown our way but overall we got way more honks and cheers. For the most part though, most people tried to act like they didn't notice us.
for more recent 9/11 coverage, visit the 9/11 investigation page
About 5 months ago, I decided that I'd had enough of the charade I felt we all were living abiding the corruption of the Bush Administration!! I had grown tired of feeling voiceless in the face of the GOP scandals surfacing weekly, the threat of nuclear war with Iran looming, the undermining of the integrity of our elections, our government's moral bankruptcy on the various human rights issues facing the world, and the utter dismantling of the civil rights guaranteed to Americans through the Constitution. I felt the need to try to stimulate more political consciousness, and more ACTION, among fellow progressives, and even conservatives, who believe that NOW is the time to ACT.
I decided to carry a sign wherever I go in Portland, essentially becoming, as one passerby dubbed me, a "one man parade." My aim is to try to make people think... "Wow, if this guy is so committed and so passionate that the Bush Administration (hereafter BushCo) is destroying the USA, he is daily carrying a sign and connecting with hundreds/thousands of people on the way to and from work, maybe I should be doing more, or at least something... I, too, am disgusted with what is happening to this country, under the leadership of a cadre of politicians that doesn't believe in any role for Government beyond making war and enriching the wealthy!"
Heads up everyone! My daughter, age 10, brought home a flyer from school saying that they were to have "educational training" in science, math, etc. at the Jackson Armory and Portland Air Base. Personally I think its the beginning of military indoctrination and sorting out children at an early age to be coroprate soldiers. To quote the flyer:
"STARBASE is a partnership between Portland Public Schools, and the Oregon National Guard. Congressional appropriations were avaliable through the Secretary of Defense for this innovative program as part of the National Guard's commitment. The Oregon National Guard is providing facilities at the Jackson Armory, Portland Air Base and volunteer Oregon National Guard personel to serve as guests speakers during five days of field experiences."
Personally I see Donald Rumsfeld funding soldiers to talk to my child as a red flag. How about you?
Public health officials have confirmed today that two dead birds found in Multnomah County have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Both birds were from the corvid family. Looks like it might be a good idea to take some mosquito precautions.
This is not the deadly bird flu that has been making its way across the world in migrating bird populations. West Nile is a much less virulent disease, and cannot be spread to people by either birds or other humans. It is spread by mosquitoes, through their bites. There is no need to panic, as most people with West Nile experience either no symptoms, or very mild, flu-like symptoms. Fewer than 1% of people who get the disease will ever go on to develop the much more serious complications that have made headlines in the past.
Ninety-eight senators last week voted more tens of billions for war, while not one senator has signed Declaration of Peace or related bills. (Two senators did not vote: Chaffee & Lieberman.) The senate has no problem with continuing to fund war, yet has infinite trouble even voting on Department of Peace, let alone passing it, as another example.
In the PacNW, Cantwell, Murray, Smith, Wyden, all united to sign onto more war. None has signed Declaration of Peace, & the deadline is September 21. I think there'll be some visits to congressional offices nationwide.
Today marks 5 years since September 11th 2001 and the infamous events of that day. Though the U.S. government quickly imposed its story of what happened upon the people of this nation and the world, a trickle of voices asked questions and had doubts. That trickle became a stream and is now a river moving with a power that can no longer be shut up. A significant percentage of the people of the country believe or suspect that the US government had a hand in 9/11. Dr. Robert Bowman, former air force pilot, stated before a large conference audience that at the very least top levels of the U.S. government allowed 9/11 to happen and that is high treason and conspiracy to commit murder and they should be removed from office and incarcerated.
Blogging Overpasses on 9-11 - I will be holding giant signs over the 205 on Monday 9-11-06. BUSH LIES is one. Another is 9-11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB. 9-11 will be a great day to remind folks that Bush is a liar and needs to be removed from office. Lets give people something to talk about at work Monday morning. I will be over the 205 with a 20 foot wide 5 foot tall sign during rush hour traffic. [ read more ]
Community gathering for peace: Sunday and Monday - Code Pink Portland will join with People of Faith for Peace and other peace and justice organizations for a public fast on September 10th and 11th. Our mission is to unite clergy, lay leaders, peace groups and individuals from all persuasions and to bring attention to the urgency for peacemaking and provide opportunities for personal commitment, education and discussion - a reflective, supportive, joyous event. [ read more ]
Impeachment flash mob tomorrow - Impeachment flash mob tomoroow, 9/11/06. 4:30 to 6;30 PM. Eastbound side of Morrison Bridge. Impeachent signs with "www.911truth.org" included welcome! Call city council members and persuade them to impeach the Bush Administration! [ read more ]
Words are difficult to find when trying to describe the memorial service for Fouad Kaady. Held at St. George Antiochian Church in Portland, it was beautiful and inspiring. Though we are not members, we were welcomed gladly by those who attended. I watched the young altar boys during the communion and thought about Fouad, who had been just where they were not that long ago. The woman sitting next to me, knowing that we were there to honor Fouad, told me that they miss him very much and that he was a wonderful boy. In the year since his death, I have heard that often.
Den Mark adds: It was an honor to remember Fouad with his family & friends. Their grief is wrenching & painful, but their warmth & dignity are amazing. I know this family only thru sharing the street with them at the courthouse vigil last year, but i love them. I simply love them. May they know Peace.
LN adds: It was grand to see so many that we recognized from Indy, showing up to support these fine folks. I know that the family felt our strength. They wanted that we should convey their gratitude for Indy keeping the incident before the public eye.
"Of COURSE the U.S. will supply Israel with weapons" say the jolly hand-shaking yes-men in the senate - that's not even a question - no one in any position of power in the U.S. would dare to question that decades-old policy. It doesn't matter what Israel does with the weapons! It doesn't matter how many human rights reports, condemnations from the United Nations, and investigations show that Israel is using the U.S.- supplied weapons to attack civilians time and time again. It doesn't matter! Israel should be allowed and encouraged to attack whoever they want. If they want to kill babies by the thousand, increasing resentment against them (and in turn the U.S.) in the region - that's their business! Who are we to tell them what to do with the weapons we keep giving them!
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