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What is the Swap Box Project? Why do the streets need communal space, and what can you do to take back your right to define the public sphere.
Well, I've written about why the Swap Box Project exists several times, so I figured I want to follow that up with step-by-step instructions on how to build your very own Swap Box. After all, the Swap Box project needs to go beyond Ottawa. Here's how you do it >>
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An Akha woman who was a victim of trafficking, entered Singapore and was arrested because there was a ban against her. She was sentenced to one year in Changi prison for illegally re-entering the country.
Ms. Meitinee Wongsa (Changi Prisoner number S12369) is an Akha woman who was trafficked from Chiangrai Thailand to the south of the country when she was 18. She was unable to read or write and could barely speak Thai. She was delivered to a brothel in Hatyai. The owner of the brothel made a fake passport for her and took her to Singapore where she was going to put her in a brothel where she would have to sleep with 30-40 men a day. But the police refused her a "permit" and sent her back to Hatyai. (In Singapore the police allow these visitors, for this use, but it is not completely official and not completely illegal.
After a six-hour siege on the Benito Juarez Autonomous University, which is the home Radio Universidad, voice of the APPO, the Federal Preventative Police (PFP) was forced to retreat just moments ago.
As helicopters, tanks, and scores of armed federal police approached the University campus, "la doctora," the now famous host of radio APPO, urged the citizens of Oaxaca to rush to the scene to aid in the defense of the campus and particularly, of the radio station.
Scores of neighbors and students reportedly surround the PFP troops. Simultaneously, APPO supporters in Mexico City marched from the hunger strikers' encampment near the Senate to the offices of the PFP to demand a retreat from the campus.
A World AwayAs I write this, a woman screams across the crackling wires. A faceless cry of anguish from a world away. I stare out through the grey, impassive, Oregon rain, squinting through the fog, trying to see her, trying to imagine what it's like down there. Trying mutely to offer solidarity. Reaching out across the ether to someone I have never seen, but whose voice I recognize as a comrade. I'm listening to the voice of Oaxaca.
During the whole morning, Radio Universidad, has been under attack from the Federal Police PFP. Barricades has been falling one after another by this repressive force. Many have been injured and others have been detained...
Thousands of police corps are closing in. Helicopters have been removing people detained by police... Incoming calls to the station are from desperate people reporting from the front lines... Many of these reports have been confirmed by Indy reporters on the site. Right now gas is falling on the radio station thrown from helicopters.
transcribed updates from Oaxaca11:32 The PFP is shooting tear-gas from their helicopters at unarmed peaceful protester. Just like in Atenco, there have been many shots that have been taken with tear-gas guns- shooting to kill.
Five aye's for emergency extenision of the Hotel/motel Voucher program to Provide immediate shelter for women displaced from the Closing of the Salvation Army's Harbour Lights Shelter passed thru Portland,Oregon City Counsel on Wednesday 10/1/06
I did testify to counsel on this Matter not to negate the need for all homeless to be properly sheltered, but to Point out Concerns handed to me by Homeless Person standing in line At Sisters of the Road Cafe, (whom could not miss getting their only hot meal of the day to come testify).
As far back as a year ago,Concerning That the Salvation Army owns an operates Thrift store's in the greater Portland Area,and why aren't they evenly spreading the profits/funding through out all their programs raised at those stores ?
This part of Santa Lucia is enemy territory. It is near Barricade Three, the PrÃista attack of last Friday, and the site of Brad Will's murder. It's also where the CIPO house is located. When the PrÃistas first set up their barricades, some were directly in front of the CIPO house, one using materials that had been propped up against the outside wall. Now, less than a week after Brad Will's murder, some of the same PrÃistas have agreed to "dislodge" CIPO from the neighborhood. If history, recent and distant, teaches us anything, their method will be violence. It is important that they know that acts of violence will not go unseen, even in this small neighborhood that they control. Please contact some or all of those listed below; tell them that if CIPO is attacked, that the Mexican state is responsible. And please also keep this in mind as solidarity actions are planned and carried out.
APPO refusing to back down, teachers still on strike
I've been intending on sending this email for several days but finding a place to use internet has not been easy (nor has getting out of my house). As each hour goes by it seems there is a whole new update to add to my email, so for now, here is something. I hope to find the time and access to information a little quicker in the coming days. I just tried to open the email I wrote at home and it will not open, so, I will attempt to email it later today. I'll try to write up a brief summary for you now, just so you know a little about what's going on down here.
I am fine, living amidst an amazing time in the history of Oaxaca. There are moments when I just want to stay at home and watch from atop the hill next to my house as smoke billows up from the center from busses going up in smoke, and there are other moments when I want to be at the center of the action to find out with my own eyes what is going on. It's a tough call as every moment is so unpredictable, people may be being shot or there may be a peaceful march through the center. It's hard to know, the unknown can be excruciating.
related: [ Supplies Needed for Mexican Consulate Video Showing | Oaxaca Solidarity Demos in the US on Nov. 2nd | Audio: Interview from Oaxaca Solidarity Camp | Mexican Tourism Hotline: Oaxaca Disinfo | On the Streets of Oaxaca, the People Remember Brad Will ]
My purse was stolen yesterday. A far to common occurrence for sure but what followed is really much worse. The details of the thief are not actually so important but what happened as the day went on today is almost unbelievable, at least it is to me.
Today I learned that the cops in Salem and Keizer, Oregon are much more like the doughnut eating stereotype than the police on CSI.
This morning around 9:30 I get a call from you credit card company letting me know that there was suspicious activity on my credit card. A charge at Office Depot, one at Walmart (I NEVER shop there). Also a hearty breakfast (I would not eat in this place) and a tank of gas (not from my usually station).
A Maryland court has ruled a woman can't withdraw her consent to sex after initial penetration has occured.
In other words, once sex starts, you forfeit control over your own body. Changed your mind? Too bad. Feel coerced? Tough shit. Even if you say "stop," or "no," or "that hurts"—even if you yell and struggle and beg—your partner can do whatever he wants, as long as it's already in. His right to come trumps your right to control your own body (by "withdrawing consent" to sex) every time.
The complainant, an 18-year-old-girl, told the court that the defendent "got on top of me and he tried to put it in and it hurt. So I said stop and that's when he kept pushing it in and I was pushing his knees to get off me."
Pretty clear-cut, right?
As previously posted here ("Shitty treatment of former employee betrays change at People's Food Co-op"), People's Food Co-op is contesting my eligibility to collect unemployment, after firing me in April of this year. This is a very small story of little importance in the world, especially when compared to current events in Oaxaca, but I wanted to fill people in on the latest, since the Co-op is a well-known institution locally and some people round these parts have concern for its actions and my fate. Today, October 30, Judge Nicoletti presided over an administrative hearing on the matter and I was surprised by what happened.
Like many unemployment cases, the hearing was held over telephone conference call. In attendance: me -- Kollibri terre Sonnenblume, known as "sparkle" when I worked at the Co-op; four people from the Co-op: Lori Burge, Development Manager; Eli Rosenblatt, former Operations Manager; Jason Burt, co-manager and bookkeeper; and Ashley Albies, legal counsel; and Nancy Marshall, from the 'State of Oregon' Department of Employment. At issue in this hearing was not my employment eligibility; rather, this was a hearing to see if there would be such a hearing.
Wednesday, Nov 1st
Once again teachers, journalists, mothers and fathers, students, concerned global citizens Let us join together at the Mexican Consulate 1234 SW Morrison St.
We will again have an altar to honor those who have died since the governor of Oaxaca and president Vicente Fox use repression to attempt to silence a popular people's movement.
When: Wednesday, November 1, 2pm.
Oaxacan solidarity activists Nikki Thanos and Mateo Berneal locked themselves to the door of the Mexican Consulate in Portland yesterday, and were arrested and charged with first degree criminal michief. Their arraignment is today, please show up in solidarity. After the arraignment, there will be a march to the Mexican Consulate (1234 SW Morrison St) where we will begin a vigil from 4-6pm in observance and protest of the state repression in Oaxaca City, Mexico. Evening vigils will take place until Wednesday-Friday of this week from 4-6pm at the Mexican Consulate.
I arrived at the Mexican Consulate in SW Portland at 4:00 and quickly found out that earlier in the day two people were arrested. A fairly large crowd gathered over the next 15 minutes or so, and during that time I interviewed Dan Denvir, of Portland South America Solidarity Committee (PSASC).
Dan gave a brief synopsis of the situation in Oaxaca Mexico, as well as some commentary on the conditions leading up to the present invasion by Federal troops. At least three have died, including an American reporter working with Indymedia New York.
Soon after this interview, Chris Ferlazo, also, I believe, with PCASC, described the lockdown earlier in the afternoon which led to the two arrests. Chris has recently been down to Oaxaca, and spoke briefly from his perspective about the events as they are unfolding in that area.
Oaxaca Report Back
About 70 activists braved the cold and whipping wind at the PDX Mexican Consulate this afternoon to support and stand in solidarity with the people of Oaxaca.
What began as a protest by striking teachers in Oaxaca continues months later as the crackdown on dissent claims the lives of those engaged in the struggle for justice.
An altar outside the Consulate began to grow as more people arrived at today's action. Homage was given to those who have lost their lives in the Oaxacan struggle as candles (that wouldn't stay lit!!), food, photos of Oaxacan street fighting, symbols of global solidairty and placards of the names of the deceased piled heavily at the altar.
related articles: [ More Photos from Oaxaca Protest | Image: Banner hung at Mexican Consulate | Protest at the Mexican Consulate in support of Oaxaca People's Movement | Audio: Oaxaca Solidarity Action, Portland | PLDN: 2 arrests downtown | URGENT ALERT: consulate occupation right now at mexican consulate | OAXACA: NAMES OF THOSE KILLED ]
Around a dozen people demonstrated in solidarity with the people of Oaxaca in front of the Mexican Consulate in downtown Portland today. Bigger protests are planned for tomorrow.
Dj Questionmark interviews one of the demonstrators about the situation in Oaxaca, the death of Indymedia journalist Brad Will, continuing the "campaign of pressure" on the Mexican Government and looking at the Oaxacan commune for local organizing strategies.
I arrived about 11:00 AM for my debate with Gordon Smith at his den on Salmon---Gordon did not show. I was met by his security people who were very professional and cool, it was obvious that the centaur was a no show and I would be debating from the outside of his den. Not to worry---I had a great time talking to other people and was joined by Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 and a student from one of the high schools. My sign had two sides to it, the main side said:
The other side showed the difference between war and peace and had to be looked at up close. We stayed until about 1:00 PM and had some fun at Gordon's expense. We did pass out copies of the Bill of Rights to people who looked interested in the sign.
Here's your chance to let the city know just what you think of this endlessly expensive boondoggle.
This evening's news trumpeted more news about the multi-million dollar, expensive city boondoggle known as the OHSU tram . . . a project that benefits a minority of the population . . . far out of proportion to its cost.
May I suggest "Boon" and "Doggle"? The possibilities are endless. Suggestions?
One commenter added: The "Name the Tram Cars" contest information is on Commissioner Sam Adams's blog at: http://www.commissionersam.com
Where: Mexican Consulate
1234 SW Morrison St, Portland
Tuesday 4-6 PM
Call the consulate all week at (503) 274-1442. Demand:
Related Articles: Electronic Blockade against Mexican Embassy and Consulate Websites
The Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) reports that two civilians died in confrontations today with the Federal Preventive Police (PFP): Social Security Institute worker Roberto LÃ³pez HernÃ¡ndez and nurse and APPO safety commission member Jorge Alberto BeltrÃ¡n.
Around 6 p.m. this evening, the signal of Radio Universidad, the main medium of communication for the APPO in these days of chaos, was cut. It remains off the air. This happened just as the Federal Preventive Police entered the campus of the Oaxaca state university, where the station's facilities are located. read more...
Oaxaca Burns: PFP invasion right nowAccording to Radio Universidad, (reporting live over the internet) PFP have advanced to the Oaxaca City center and PFP elements wearing balaclavas over their faces are invading private houses and arresting protest leaders.
Oaxacans are calling people who can make it to come to Oaxaca, a march is organized in Mexico City, and people around the world are called to protest in front of Mexican Embassies and Consulates at 6:00 PM on Monday, October 30. Zapatistas have also issued a call urging solidarity with the movement in Oaxaca. read more...
Related Articles: Actions and march in Mexico city aginst Repression in Oaxaca.
Many environmental and public health activists will be "greeting" the new EPA Region 10 administrator - former Arysta CEO and former Dow Chemical exec Elin Miller - on her first day of work Monday.....
Where: Outside of the US Environmental Protection Agency's Region 10 Office
Subject: EPA Region 10 plans to dismantle its Office of Civil Rights and Environmental Justice, and appointment of former pesticide industry executive, Elin Miller, as the new Regional Administrator.
Some anonymous friends of mine are not able to speak out. There is no longer a public safety net in Portland for women, youth or eldery people who need emergency service. The plan seems to be that if you don't provide service, the problem will go away. There is tons of talk about "true" solutions like housing but there is very little action for those who wind up costing us more in emergency rooms.
Please add to this article with facts, articles and first hand stories.
Commissioner Leonard commented: I filed an emergency ordinance today -that is also co sponsored by Commissioner Sten and Mayor Potter- that will provide the funding needed to immediately open the Women's Emergency Shelter operated by the Salvation Army.
Last week upon arriving home from a sweltering day of sun bathing on my yacht and skinny dipping diving in the Willamette for three headed fish (two headed fish are so early 90's) I entered the courtyard of my palatial estate where two people were going about in a hurried form with yellow plastic bags hanging from their hands. I acknowledged their presence with a simple "hello", nod, and adieu. Receiving no audible response I thought "surely this is due to their focus and intent with the task at hand." That task, that sinister series of events which I became more familiar with over the following quarter of a fortnight was that they, or they and their kind, had littered about forty four identical 06-07 Yellow Pages upon mine and my seven neighbors doorsteps. Desiring none of the three identical copies on my doorstep I contacted this scourge, this Yellow Pages, to come remove the eighteen pound mess. The voices on the other end were receptive and understanding.
When people began standing for Peace at Mcloughlin and Oak Grove Blvd. in Milwaukie early this year, they were coming to the street on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Gradually the group grew and enthusiasm from citizens made it seem right to be out there every Saturday. Today there were 20 to 25 people with signs, waving and flashing the Peace sign to motorists who for the most part honked and offered support. Jan Samoge and Greg Flynn brought their guitars and harmonica and sang. Though we stand for Peace in all seriousness, the added gift of the music lightened our spirits greatly. I noticed a lot more positive support today than when I was last at this vigil, though we still got a few (very few) thumbs down and other not so supportive gestures. We are not daunted. We will stand there with our message until this war is over.
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