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Thousands of acres of ancient forest in western Oregon are on the chopping block. As terrible as these existing timber sales are, if the BLM gets way with it's current plans of throwing out key provisions of the Northwest Forest Plan, for instance NWFP riparian reserves, this will be just the tip of the iceberg. These good ol boys and their Oregon timber baron masters must be stopped.
The following two BLM timber sales are just a sample of upwards of 30 timber sale projects in the works. South Myrtle Creek Regeneration Harvest-
A murder has occurred in the municipality of Calicate, in Oaxaca City, Mexico today, leaving New York City Indymedia journalist Bradley Will dead after being shot in the chest. He died before reaching the hospital, according to La Jornada. A photographer from the newspaper millenio diario, who was at Wills side, was shot in the foot and reported injured, his status unknown.
more updates: previous pdx imc feature | follow updates at nyc-imc | follow updates at indymedia.org (multi language) | oaxaca imc page (es) | centro medios libres (es) | live updates Radio APPO (es) | some english translation of Radio APPO updates
Solidarity: This is where solidarity matters. One of our imcista comrades is dead. The people of Oaxaca are under seige. They are pleading for reinforcements to help them. We cannot sit up here in the North and just watch blankly as they are slaughtered. Please at least call the Mexican Consulate and all of your representatives to demand an end to the violence. The people of Oaxaca are fighting a very important battle, and we must stand with them now. They have set an inspiring example of courage and strength and ingenuity. Now, we must be brave and creative too, and not let them be sacrificed to global indifference. read the full call for solidarity...
Some Personal Reflections of Brad WillI Knew Brad: I knew Brad, but not well, I met him over at the Walker street studio where Lenny Charles sheltered the NYC Indymedia Video collective when the growing pains at NYC Indymedia created factional fighting. Brad wasn't in it for the politics as we have discovered so many to be. Brad was in it for the sense of liberation that exposing truth brings to a story. read more...
Memories of B: I met B in 1998 at the treesit at Fall Creek. A bunch of us had decided to make a stand defending a rare stand of low-elevation old-growth forest just southeast of Eugene. The first treesit was named Happy, and my friend Free was the first treesitter there. (Free is now serving a 23-year sentence at Oregon State Penitentiary). The second treesit to go up was Comfrey, a helicopter cargo net dangling 200 feet up in the canopy of the giant Doug firs and hemlocks in Unit 26. B was the next semi-permanent resident, nestled into that big hammock in the sky. read more...
Indymedia: Brad Will, Bravery and Our Common StruggleI think we should all take a look at what is so important about indymedia work and why it is so important and what it means to each one of us. I hope that we draw courage of conviction from Brad's example and that we stand together throughout the indymedia network and as individuals to redouble our efforts. I think you all know that it could have been any one of us. But, it is so much easier for them to take us one at a time. We stand much more strongly together in what we can all be proud of. Our brave common struggle. Indymedia.
Over the past few days, most of us have witnessed the fact that the MSM, usually very mute when it comes to questions of Officer Liability, has actually been exposing these thugs to treatment usually reserved for the more helpless among us. Today, the big kahuna actually ADMITTED that it was action from a "blog" that called attention to Officer Humphreys' violent history.
"After Portland police identified Humphreys as one of the officers involved in Chasse's death last month, an attorney who represented Miller posted a note on a local blog reporting Humphreys was involved in this prior excessive force complaint. Travis Eiva, said he did so because the allegations in the Miller case -- "officers standing over a man and beating him" -- were similar to the Chasse case."
Way to go, Indy reporters! Keep the facts out there, keep hammering them home, and sooner or later, even the fishwrappers will be forced to pay attention.
After a lifetime of never owning a car, I recently got a job that is 30 mi. from home and not served by public transit. I brought my car this weekend when I came to visit your lovely city and I just wanted to apologize for driving though it.
I arrived on Sunday, just before sunset. Portland has always been something of a mind-fuck for me, an awesome city that reminds me so much of Minneapolis, a city I love. This week, I had some work-related business to take care of in Portland, and so I came early to check it out.
Every last Friday of the month, Critical Mass rides through the streets of Olympia. Today folks got together to ride, leaving the Evergreen State College at 5:00 and reaching downtown about a half an hour later. In costumes and good spirits, waving and ringing bells, the ride started off on a positive note. In fact, it was the biggest ride ever, with rider-numbers at their highest ever. The ride, around 80 strong, reached downtown to be greeted by a number of police cars and four bike cops.
Most rides go over smoothly, but this time police were anticipating the ride. The police watched for any reason to harass riders, ticketing several riders throughout the ride for "unlawful" behavior. In response to the police harassment of the ride, one rider allegedly slashed the tires of a police officer's bike. As the man rode away, a cop ran after him, tackling and strangling him. He was put under arrest, and when another rider went to ask if he was okay, that rider was arrested as well.
According to reports from Radio APPO, La Jornada and Centro de Medios Libre, the Mexican federal police (PFP) and trucks loaded with paramilitaries have begun an assault on the city which has been held by the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) for over 5 months. It has been confirmed that New York City Indymedia reporter Brad Will has been shot in the chest and killed, while Oswaldo RamÃrez, photographer for Milenio Diario, has also been shot and is injured.
According to a post at CML at 23:06 local time the murderer of Brad Will has been identified as Pedro Carmona, a paramilitary who was the mayor of neighboorhood of Felipe Carrillo Puerto de Santa LucÃa del Camino.
Update: The APPO has confirmed that schoolteacher Emilio Alfonso FabiÃ¡n has died from three bullet wounds after an attack by shooters for Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.
Al Giordano, a friend of Brad Will, wrote on Narco News: Tonight, from the Oaxaca City Morgue, Brad Will shouts "Ya Basta!" - Enough Already! - to the death and suffering imposed by an economic system, the capitalist system. His death will be avenged when that system is destroyed. And Brad Will's ultimate sacrifice exposes the Mexican regime for the brutal authoritarian violence that the Commercial Media hides from the world, and thus speeds the day that justice will come from below and sweep out the regimes of pain and repression that system requires. Brad gave his life tonight so that you and I could know the truth. We owe him to act upon it, and to share the risks that he took.
I just saw Chief Sizer on Katu. She stated that the home addresses of her officers have been published on line, and implied that the lives of her officers have been threatened. Katu showed the Portland Indy Media Center as one of those web pages and they stated that it was UNTRUE. That the residential addresses of the officers have not been posted here. Katu questioned her on this and she had to clarify her statement saying that she thought it might escalate to that but that it hasn't happened yet.
Anti police posters "offensive"-Rosie the ripperSeems the chief of police is less than pleased that someone has been putting up posters decrying the killing of citizens by cops. Tough shit, Rosie!
Rosie Sizer is all vexed and annoyed that folks are getting sick and tired of her hired killers kicking our citizens to death. She seems to think that it is unreasonable to post pictures and descriptions of the coppers who kill on several poles around town. Rosie, we think it unreasonable for you to try to tell us that these fuckers are "devastated," when at least one of them was seen partying it up at lunch the other day, and none of them is man enough to admit that they went overboard when they kicked a sick man to death.
Rosie Sizer and Hitting Close to HomeToday, Chief Sizer called it "offensive" that people have posted fliers across the city denouncing the officers who beat James Chasse to death on a downtown street. "Offensive." She says that she's "tired of the finger pointing," and that we need to "focus on the bigger picture."
Chief Sizer, at long last, we are most assuredly focused on the bigger picture. And we are not liking what we see there. It is a picture of rampant police violence and a system that fails to protect us from that violence. It's a picture of secret grand juries and foregone conclusions and corporate media apologists.
related: Chief Sizer says Trust Us about Chasse Death | Chasse Public Memorial | Portland IMC Newsletter for Oct. 22, 2006 James Chasse Issue | Chasse Killer's Lies Exposed | James Chasse: Beaten and Murdered by Police
In two more weeks, it will happen again: vote-suppression tactics and uncounted "provisional ballots." Five to 11 point leads (i.e. in Georgia in '04) will vanish in a flurry of e-aberrations. If the House and Senate are up for grabs, the formula will simply be moderated. Instead of a four-seat lead for Bush's e-regime, it will go down to a modest two, plus an eleven-seat lead in the House.
It isn't a partisan issue. The US is being prevented from evolving.
Rarely, do we get a real choice in judicial elections- Mark KramerBut we do now, with Mark Kramer running for an open Circuit Court position in Multnomah County (#28). We have a wonderful opportunity to put a strong, smart, progressive lawyer on the bench. Mark is a strong advocate for access to justice issues.
Paul Loney Green candidate for state representative District 46Paul says... "I am an attorney and activist. I am seeking to connect the voters in my district with the platform and positions of the Pacific Green Party. I believe that voters are seeking a better way for our government to operate. Our state government can do a better job of finding sustainable solutions to the problems previous state legislatures have ignored. I have been involved with Neighborhood Associations in and around this district since 1992. I believe in the power of citizen activists."
related: Potter's police pension "reform" a costly (to you) sham | Time for spreading the word for a Revolution, Cascadians | Portland Greens take positions on upcoming Ballot Measures | 2006 Oregon Elections page at pdx indymedia
Portland, Ore Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), a member of the House International Relations Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations, released the following statement on the human rights situation in Ethiopia:
I am particularly troubled by the release of the Commission of Inquiry's report into the killing of nearly 200 protesters by Ethiopian security forces last year, the continued detention of political prisoners, and the silencing of voices from civil society. The United States should stand on the side of the Ethiopian people and ensure that those responsible for these killings are brought to justice and that political differences are worked out through democratic processes, not repressive actions. When Congress reconvenes, I urge the Speaker of the House to schedule a vote on H.R.5680, the bipartisan Ethiopia Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights Advancement Act, which passed the House International Relations Committee by voice vote.
Tonight at the Oregon Convention Center, over fifty elected officials from the region gathered to start discussing a "new look at regional choices."
Outside, however, was a different scene. Nearly fifty municipal employees and their supporters gathered to confront the Metro Regional Council. The employees, mostly from the Oregon Zoo, wanted Metro to sit down and adequately negotiate a new union contract.
"One of the problems is that Metro never said they can't afford this," said Laborers' Local 483 field agent Rob Wheaton, "they dont want to afford this. Metro wants to have layoffs, cut staff, and maintain expansion."
Fire at the Alberta Co-op tonight - when we arrived just before 10, four engine companies were on scene and smoke was pouring out of the east wall in the front.
Firefighters chopped through some of the siding and Tyvek sheathing on the northeast side of the building and doused the fire with water, then ripped off more siding and sheathing to vent the smoke. Several firefighters climbed to the roof with a chain saw, ostensibly to vent more smoke and heat through the roof.
Speculation is that it was an electrical fire, and the Co-op is fortunate that it was detected during business hours so the fire apartment was alerted earlier. No estimates on damage or how long the co-op will be closed.
On Thursday 26th of October I will be at the WTC building, THAT IS WHERE OUR "Centaur" Smith does hide. I will be handing out copies of the Bill of Rights. I will be calling for Mr. Smith or one of his staff to come out to talk about why he gave bush the right to arrest and disappear any citizen of this great nation called America. Come and join me, this is the end of Mr. Smith as a senator from the state of Oregon. Mr. Smith is a traitor and should be called out---want to take a ride, want to make the man who acts like cheney, (does have more hair) uncomfortable? Bring copies of the Bill of Rights and your soul. Well, that's all folks!
11:45 AM Mr. Smith's office----ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER---121 SW SALMON ST.
30 year-old Northeast Portland resident Fabian Mills used to manage the Starbucks store on 102nd and Halsey near the Gateway Transit Center.
Back in August he rode his bike to a district meeting and got a surprising reaction from his new district manager, Frances Ericson. Here's how it went down according to Mills:
Four days after this conversation took place Ericson transferred Mills to a new store in Troutdale at 257th and Stark. Mills was unhappy with the decision because the transfer would add 16 miles to his daily bike commute.
When Mills expressed his disappointment with the move, Ericson allegedly said, "you should just get over riding your bike."
We've got a few things to share with you, but first we just wanted to again express our thanks to all of you who have put time and energy into supporting Jeff whether it's sharing his story with others, writing a letter, donating money, or purchasing the "22/8" documentary DVD about Jeff and sharing it with friends or screening it at your local café to help spread the word about Jeff and the repression that activists face. There are still DVD's available, and although we have sold out of the Heartcheck zines, we are now selling photocopies at a reduced rate. Contact us for details on ordering the DVD or zine.
Thank you! Your support means so much to us and to Jeff.
" With a few weeks left until election day .. I'm about to travel throughout the Valley to set the record straight. Ted Kulongoski is a weak and vacillating politician who has attempted to woe the progressive community with empty words about the war in Iraq, the environment, good government, and ... . energy independence. These are empty political words ... he has made a mockery of these vital issues. I doubt if any voter believes Kulongoski, if reelected, will follow through on ... political promises... it is important for a leader to be truthful ... . Oregonians deserve better." ----- Joe Keating Green Party candidate for governor.
Joe Keating will be touring the state to give major policy speeches, addressing issues with the intelligence and warmth Oregonians deserve. Instead of finding the lowest common denominator to be elected, Keating has lead with his commitment to the people and state he will serve as governor. Click the "Read More>>" link for tour schedule and information.
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Oregon Health and Science University is about to reach into their bag of dirty tricks and pull off yet another public fraud. Regrettably, the scam will effect everyone if we do not stand up and fight back.
As reported by local media on Wednesday, OHSU is one of 11 medical centers throughout the United States and Canada taking part in an experimental study using a new type of saline solution, administered intravenously by paramedics on severly injured accident victims. The trial research will replace the use of traditional blood. Hypertonic saline, the experimental fluid, contains more salt than the conventional saline solution or blood.
The study raised ethical questions, since most trauma patients are either unconscious or in shock, they are unable to give the traditional patient-informed consent to be a willing participant in a medical research experiment. The federal Food and Drug Administration allows an exception to the rule "if the medical center adequately notifies the community and gains approval from independent panels of scientists."
If you've turned on the TV at all in the last few weeks, you can't have missed our new taxpayer supported, "non-partisan," media star - Sheriff Roberts - stumping for Darlene Hooley. He's also on air pitching Measure 3-246, the so-called "Jail" levy, ominously warning us that "the only real deterrent to crime is a waiting jail bed." [Despite the fact that statistics and history prove otherwise.]
As if that wasn't enough, it seems the law-and-order types have co-opted the local print media as well. I've ranted here a time or two before about my hometown rag, The Sandy Post (now brought to us by the Pamplin Media Group), but the Post this week is really over the top. It's nothing but a big ol' cop commercial, a regular law enforcement love fest. It's the "All Cop, All Drug, All Fear" issue. And it's brought to us just in time to scare the living shit out of the general populace so they will vote to approve Roberts' proposed levy. But don't be fooled. Careful reading of these articles reveals the distortions and spin.
Portland, OR-Around fifty people gathered at the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland today to protest police brutality and the recent death of James Chasse who died in police custody. The event was held in conjunction with similar events around the country to highlight police abuses, but was organized autonomously of the national coalition. Most participants dressed in black to show support for the families of people killed by police.
The parade ended in Pioneer Square where people unrelated to protest held signs reading "free hugs." Many people accepted the free hugs. People soon gathered again to talk about police abuse and why they were there. The names of people killed by the police in the Portland area were announced over the megaphone. One man spoke in detail about how his cousin Fouad Kaady was murdered by police. These speeches attracted more people from the square who were curious what was going on. [ Read More ] [ Pictures from Police Brutality Action | more photos from the rally today ]
Protest Police Brutality Oct. 22 at 2pm on the North Park Blocks. This is an autonomous event. Wear black in support of the families of people killed by the police in the Portland area.
Idea for signs, names of each of the victims of police brutality in Portland: http://portlandcopwatch.org/listofshootings.html
If you're new to town or just don't know, the "North Park Blocks" refers to the area at NW Park & Couch in Portland.
jail support oct 22nd 503-233-3194
carry the number with you. call in reports to us, and let us know what is happening on the street. folks can call us collect from jail if they are arrested.
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ct adds: I've noticed that several local blogs have linked to the "Does anyone know James Chasse?" article. If anyone hasn't read it, or hasn't read it since it was first published (as many comments came in later), they really should. They linked to it because numerous people who knew James Chasse took the time to express their feelings about his murder. Anyway I'm glad to see that a page of the newsletter was given to a couple of those who shared their personal stories. I'll be printing some out and placing them wherever I find myself; I encourage others to do the same.
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