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December 4th is the date that the chicago police along with the f.b.i. murdered chicago black panther party chairman FRED HAMPTON while he slept in his bed.
It is also the birthday of STEW ALBERT longtime revolutionary activist who died in portland this year.Stew passed away in his home from cancer on feb 1 this year.
Stew was a POWERFULL force in our and any community he lived in. He was well loved and will be missed by so many. He spoke at red and black cafe in 2001 and the tape of that awesome speech will be played, as well as a reading from his book Who the hell is Stew Albert. In the speech Stew tells his story of working with the black panther party the yippies S.D.S the weatherunderground and how we can learn from the lessons of buried revolutionary history.
You can't go anywhere in Caracas, these days, with out seeing banners reading, "Chavez No Se Va!!" Elections are only 2 days away on Sunday, December 3rd. As of Thursday the schools of Venezuela have been closed and have been taken over by election officials in order to make sure elections will run smoothly. However, many Venezuelans believe that the elections will run no where near to smooth.
I'm based out of a one of the most established community radio station titled, "Radio Negro Premiro." This station, along with many others, is currently hard at work planning electoral coverage.
photos from pro Chavez rally in Caracas
One week before the Venezuelan presidential elections 2 million Venezuelan citizens from all over the country came to show there support for Hugo Chavez. Apart from the mains stage where Hugo Chavez gave his three hour speech there were over 5 other stages with music and speakers saying Chavez No Se Va.
My Thursday brunch with the Gorgon went well. I noticed people are getting a little tense. I was confronted by a guy dressed in a very expensive looking suit, about 35 years old, who yelled, "Do you think Bin Laden had anything to do with the war?" I answered, "Did we get him?" He responded, "Catching Bin Laden has nothing to do with war in Iraq." I said, "You got that right, Bin Laden has nothing to do with the occupation of Iraq." "I agree with you, stay and talk to me."---he left muttering something I could not understand.
Other people smiled at my sign...
I will continue my protest at the World Trade Center each Thursday at 11:45 AM until about 1:00 PM, I want someone to challenge this NeoCon who hides as a Republican Moderate.
Last weekends Schumacher demonstration really made use of one of our usual chants.
1, 2, 3, 4, this is a fur war. We have a big new sign, and Linda came out and stood in front of it with their 50% off sale banner. This led to a debate, and after a while she went back inside. Later, she came back out along with another employee and went across the street with the security guards. This time they had two signs. The funny thing is that we couldn't read them from across the street. They could take sign making lessons from us.
Our two sides spent about 45 minutes debating back and fourth across the street. During most of this time, our side chanted our usual chants while Linda screamed at Matt. Most of her rants were false accusations and trying to find any weakness in our information.
On November 6, 2006, a lone man in a "V" mask and clothing visited security checkpoints at the White House, the main Treasury Building, the Department of Justice and the Capitol, to deliver a letter and the Petitions for Redress. A short videotape of the encounters has made its way around the Internet, including links from sites such as MySpace.com.
The letter informed the leaders of the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government that up to 100 people in "V" masks and clothing would gather in silent vigil at those locations on November 14th to await a response to the Petitions for Redress.
The term Green Scare refers to the Red Scares of the early twentieth century, made famous by the McCarthy hearings and the House Un-American Activities Committee. The Green Scare demonstrates a similar systematic criminalization of dissent as the U.S. government is using all its tactics (e.g., grand juries, specialized legislation, paid agents provocateurs) to target the radical environmental and animal rights movements, those who publicly support them, and others who struggle for a healthy, diverse eco-system and the rights of animals. On December 7th, 2005, the FBI made their first arrests of "Operation Backfire," a multi-state sweep targeting alleged Earth Liberation and Animal Liberation Front activists with charges of conspiracy and arson threatening them with life in prison. Elsewhere, the government has convicted organizers of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) campaign - a campaign that ultimately kept Huntingdon off the stock market and can take credit for the divestment of hundreds of their clients and investors. The SHAC 7 are currently serving up to 6 years for violating the "Animal Enterprise Protection Act" by operating a website. In Sacramento, Eric McDavid, waiting in solitary confinement for trial, faces up to 20 years for alleged thought crime. In 2001, Jeff "Free" Luers was convicted of damaging 3 Sports Utility Vehicles that were later restored and sold. He is currently serving his 6th year of a 22 year sentence. This year, on December 7, people all over the world will be organizing and participating in events to raise awareness about the Green Scare and show solidarity with those targeted by it.
NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL! STAND UP TO THE MINUTEMEN TOMMORROW!
The minutemen are coming.. This Saturday the 2nd of December, members of "Oregonians For Immigration Reform," and "Oregon Minutemen" will be harassing immigrant day laborers. They'll be at 6th and E. Burnside from 7am till noon.
Along with their usual message of racist fear mongering, they've latched onto the public report back that the PCASC, CBLOC delegation is doing at Carpenters hall Local 247 next Tuesday
and are asking their members to attend. In their statement they cry,"How many American Home builders are struggling because of this Criminal?" Their efforts to capitalize on recent INS charges against a local Labor organizer come across loud and clear. With the same breath that they criminalize and vilify immigrant workers these groups will work to smash our solidarity with labor struggles across the world, and pit our union members against each other.
The FBI has just settled on the lawsuit filed by Brandon Mayfield for $2 million. A couple of years ago, you may recall, Mr. Mayfield was topping the FBI's list of "terror" suspects in the wake of the 2004 Madrid bombings...even after Spanish authorities told FBI agents they had the wrong man. Using such shabby "evidence" as a homework assignment written by one of Mr. Mayfield's children, which they acquired via sneak and peek raids of his home, the FBI and the US Government harassed, hounded, and illegally imprisoned Mr. Mayfield. Today, they had to pay.
In filing his lawsuit against the FBI and the US Government, Mayfield decried the secret searches of his home, the tapping of his telephones, and the gross violations of his and his family's privacy that were carried out by FBI agents. Today, the government was forced to apologize for allowing such a bald and unconstitutional abuse of power to go on. The government released a terse, guarded statement that was apparently part of the settlement deal...
Friday, December 1st, is an important day. Not only is it a day of international protest against the inauguration of Felipe Calderon, who stole the election in Mexico, it is also a day to raise consciousness about the continuing massacre and human rights violations against the 'Oaxaca Commune' -- a autonomous government in the Mexican state of Oaxaca of real democracy that the corporate-dominated national government cannot allow to live.
In Portland, a city-wide day of pamphleteering has been organized. To participate is simple: download a pamphlet, make some copies (at home or at Kinkos), and stand outside your local grocery, video, or beer store (anywhere is good)-- or simply drop off some copies at a cafe or restaurant. To help make this action successful, all that is required is a half-hour of your time.
AUDIO INTERVIEW: The Pacific Northwest Labor Delegation, consisting of 9 representatives from various unions from Portland and across Cascadia touched down in Caracas, Venezuela on the 10th of November. Their two week mission is to meet with other unionists in Venezuela and Colombia and share ideas and stories and build bridges.
Nada, who is one of the delegates, took a few minutes out of the busy schedule to do an interview with PDX IMC Radio to share experiences with those back home in Portland. It's a very lively and informative interview where Nada tries to bring some of the very real Caracas and Bogota of today to life.
OAXACA: Portrait of a Barricade
Street Confrontations at Melbourne G20 Protest
A Tale Of Colonial Thanks-Taking
Eugene Grand Jury Resister Freed after Six Months
On Thursday, November 30, the Portland City Council will hear a resolution filed by Commissioner Randy Leonard to bring the troops home from Iraq and fund local human needs. The resolution will be heard at 2:00 pm in council chambers.
Speakers in favor of the resolution will include Tom Chamberlain, President of Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon State Representatives Chip Shields and Diane Rosenbaum, local advocates for health care, education and housing as well as veterans and military families.
Attend City Council Meeting to Urge Withdrawal from Iraq!!!
I cannot think of a more important issue to this nation than the abomination that is the Iraq war. This war has rightly been called 'a sucking chestwound to our nation,' and a 'burning tire around our necks.' This is a chance for you to make a stand someplace where it matters. (Sure, there will be other chances, and I say go for those times as well.) Anyway, I encourage anyone who can get away from work or home a few hours Thurs. to show up in person and express support for the resolution. If you can't come, then call City Council or write. But please come, and please encourage your friends.
Last night, an agreement between police, University authorities forced Radio Universidad programmers to abandon the station about 6pm last night. So far, there has not been repression against the announcers. They are in the custody of university officials who will likely protect them from police and the paramilitaries who are raining terror on the people of Oaxaca. This interview is in honor of those who broadcasted on and listened to RU.
Dame Dieng is 21 and has been arrested without any valid explanation, the Senegalese police invented the same old insult and threat known for centuries stuff when they invaded the political opponent, Idrissa Seck, headquarters where Dame Dieng happened to be, he had been recruited by this contradictor to the authoritarian Wade regime after having worked for a newspaper's website and proved there his incredible gifts for computer matters. Some people try to understand why young Senegalese try to escape from their country on unsafe wooden boats putting their life in danger on a 6 to 8 day trip to Canaries which are part of Spain and the first step to Europe. Dame Dieng unlucky story can help to find the explanation or part of it.
I consider each extra minute or hour this young man spends in prison as a crime against the future of Senegal and Africa. So if anybody can help to get him out that would be fantastic, you know the ways in the states to contact the media or organizations dealing with human rights in your country better than I do, I am presently in France and contacting here all the media and friends that can help, it does help to pass the information around, the more the case is known the less they can keep him in without any legal motive.
WORKERS' RIGHTS, REVOLUTION, U.S INTERVENTION: A Report Back from the NW Labor Delegation to Venezuela and Colombia Nine PCASC delegates from seven different Portland area unions just returned from Venezuela and Colombia. On Dec. 5th the delegates will present their findings and experiences. The delegation included leadership and members of 7 unions, including the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 4 and 8, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 88, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 503, the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers (AWPPW), the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 1065 and the Oregon Education Association (OEA).
Does Hugo Chavez promote progressive social change and independent labor unions, or is the labor movement just an arm of the government? Is the United States government implicated in the brutal killing of labor leaders in Colombia or is it trying to use its influence to protect human rights?
Tuesday December 5th - Doors open/Food at 6:30 PM, Event at 7pm
Hugo Chavez Holds Commanding Lead Eight Days Before ElectionHugo Chavez holds an insurmountable lead in two late November polls - one by Ipsos Venezuela/the AP-Ipsos Poll and the other by Zogby International-University of Miami. Both were released on November 24 and are the most current and reliable data available and are consistent with most independent poll results for months. This is in stark contrast to several fraudulent US National Endowment of Democracy (NED)-financed oligarch-run ones published to create a false perception of public sentiment in preparation for cries of fraud once the election results are in. Rosales has no chance whatever of even coming close to winning on December 3, and the Venezuelan people know it. They'll never tolerate a result made in Washington that's contrary to the way they'll vote that's pretty obvious from some "real" polling data. Here's what the oligarchs, corporate media and Washington suppress - and for good reason because it's so lopsided in favor of Hugo Chavez.
Government Launches New Aggression Against the Popular Assembly Movement: Yesterday, [Nov 28] repression against members and sympathizers of the APPO continued as the PFP began implementing arrest warrants against the movement, which are said to number more than 300. Federal forces together with local and state police raided houses and detained at least 60 more people, in addition to the continued attacks by assassins and paramilitaries against members of the movement and 'suspicious people'. These attacks by people dressed as civilians are responding to calls by Radio Mapache, the illegally installed radio station of the PRI, which has been asking that its listeners pass along the addresses of houses where it is said that APPO activists are hiding, as well as any other suspicious people or internationals. Unlike Radio Mapache, Radio Universidad is legally installed yet its transmission continues to be interfered by another signal that is overriding the movements pirmary means of communication with a repeating clip of Celtic Rock music.
Injustice for Political Prisoners in OaxacaDenounce the Mexican government for detaining political prisoners in Oaxaca. The events of Saturday, November 25th in Oaxaca City have left many people in the movement fearing for their safety. The APPO and striking teachers are no longer visible in the streets of Oaxaca. Since Nov. 25th, the state and federal police along with groups of men in dressed in civilian cloths have been conducting street sweeps. Cars filled with PFP armed with automatic weapons cruse the streets. Men in civilian clothes have been seen midday rounding people up. Numbers of those detained or disappeared are reported between 100-400 persons. There are now arrest warrants for those with official positions in the APPO. According to local human rights organizations, such as Limeddh, majority of the arrested are tortured. The Government of Oaxaca and the Mexican government are doing everything possible to extinguish the flame of revolution. Denounce the legal and illegal detentions of political prisoners from Oaxaca. Demand that the Mexican Government revoke the arrest warrants for political activity in Oaxaca. Demand that the Mexican Government treat these detainees humanely. This is not justice.
Gregg Schumacher, of Schumacher's Furs, announced today that he will be folding up his fur operation in downtown Portland. His announcement came almost a year since animal rights activists began holding vigils every Saturday in front of the store that has been a fixture in the Portland area since 1865.
Schumacher stated on the Lars Larson Show that he will be running a 50% off sale and then move in a few months to a new undisclosed location. When pressed by Larson about the new location, Gregg Schumacher said he can't disclose it due to "legal" reasons.
Schumacher Furs protest report (Linda Schumacher has a counter-protest), November 25
Saturday November 25 was an eventful day at our weekly Schumacher Furs protest. Coming just a day after an extremely successful Fur Free Friday, many protesters returned to continue to let Portland know about the cruelty of the fur industry.
We held up our anti-fur banners and signs, leafleted, showed video of how animals are used in the fur industry, chanted, watched the radical cheerleaders, and ate vegan treats (including left-over Schumacher protest anniversary cake!) One protester made and wore a huge papier mache head (representing a voracious fur dealer) with a mink dangling from his mouth, and tuxedo tails. It was a good-natured, educational, creative, even theatrical event. And then... Linda Schumacher herself (wearing fur of course) came out with her entourage of employees and security guards and joined us with her own homemade sign that said, "Shop at Schumacher - protest sale! up to 50% off." "Out of control" might be a good way to describe her behavior...
Every "news" broadcast in every city in the nation has been running non-stop feature stories today about something dubbed "Cyber Monday." Newspapers, radio broadcasts, and even podcasts are talking it up. Cyber Monday, Cyber Monday, Cyber Monday, Buy Buy Buy Buy.
Where did this come from? Did anyone ever hear of "cyber monday" before today? Why is it breaking over everyone's lips so suddenly...as if by plan? Perhaps because it was a plan.
Clackamas county citizens have officially voted in Democrat Lynn Peterson, thus ending the political career of Larry Sowa. Ms. Peterson won by 1,278 votes. Sowa was quoted as saying he would not challenge the vote. "The thing's over with. I'm retiring." And so it goes.
My hope is that Ms. Peterson will be a little more connected when citizens come to the board with their concerns. The day we sat before Mr. Sowa and spoke about Fouad Kaady, I was struck by his appalling lack of interest. He let us fill our time, but I did not see that anything we said went past his desk. We, of course, knew that nothing dramatic would come from our meeting, but common courtesy would dictate that he at least acknowledge our concerns.
The new book by O.J. Simpson is in such bad taste that I will not even mention its name here. What I am grateful for is that Annie Bloom's books will not be stocking it. The owner of the store decided not to put it on his shelves and I applaud his decision. Powell's is going to have it in stock, but has pledged to give all proceeds from the sales of the book to charity. Barnes & Nobel will be selling it and has not said that it will donate any proceeds to anyone. I will be shopping at Annie Blooms a bit more often.
Update: I have just learned that two more Portland book stores are not going to carry this book. They are The Spirit of the Northwest and Looking Glass Books. Also, I said it was Powell's that was going to donate proceeds to charity but it is Borders. Sorry for the error. I don't know where Powell's stands on this issue.
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