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On Dec 1, 2000, close to 600 people were arrested during the WTO protests in Seattle at several different times and different locations. Originally we tried to construct class action lawsuits for everyone negatively affected by police action during that time but that was too broad. Next we put all arrestees together in a lawsuit and stuck with that for a while. Ultimately, however, several sort of separate suits emerged. This one is the last unresolved case (that I know about.)
This case is for all those arrested in the morning at Westlake Park. Several other cases have been settled: the ACLU got a pretty good outcome and people arrested later in the day at First & Broad settled as well. The city paid protesters significant damages! Some arrestees (the largest group being arrested first thing in the am at 8th & Lenora, soon after departing from Denny Park) ultimately didn't fall into any of the lawsuits, even though I think their rights were tromped as well. !Arrest is NOT an acceptable crowd control method, right!?!
Just saw a video, taken from surveilance cameras, at the Fairfield Apartments, in SW Portland-SCARY!
I will try to capture a copy of the vid, but for now, it can be seen on channel (ugh)2's web site (KATU). It shows a tenant, Terry DeGeorge, who by his own account, needlessly verbally harassed some Portland Fire Fighters who had entered the lobby. An altercation broke out, in which a fire fighter threw the first (and as far as could be seen, ONLY) blow, the others then ganged onto the victim (verbal abuse is a felony in Portland, right?), and took him to the ground, where a bald headed Lt. Robert Bedgood (sp?) kicked him three times. All on video.
We are here, in the mud. It is not warm here...nor dry.....however, you should stand with us....in support of a man who stands up against the military mahine and a nation of millions who don't have the foggiest notion that our troops do not want to serve in this war. Lt. Watada is speaking for thousands of enlisted soldiers like Darrell Anderson and myself, a fifteen year veteran of the Army. Watada is a true leader.....leading and doing....he knows he should never ask enlisted soldiers to do things he would never do....that is part of the requirement. NEVER ask nor order your troops to do things that you wouldn't do. There are more violators of this rule in the military now, than ever (or at least in my 15 years.) Lt. Watada is not one of them...and with that, the soldiers, who have always followed good leaders....will follow Lt. Watada.. Mike, Damon, Ethan and I, slept on the rig last night...it was night one of Camp RESISTANCE!!!
tonight i attended a peak oil meeting where we talked about the message. as it happened, the bitter cold (my fingers are still quite numb as i type) had prompted our hosting church to shelter the homeless for a while. This is important for two reasons, 1. the nature of the discussion, end of cheap energy will have a direct impact on homelessness and how we as a collective society will choose to take care of every living thing on the planet in equal proportioning of resources with rights to survive. In the past, animals were slaughtered in ritualistic fashion and many praises were laid upon the lifeforce of the kill which sustains the lifeforce of the gardenkeepers, who in turn, manage carefully the natural systems that keep the whole planet in balance. holy shit, right?
A large crowd braved the cold and showed up at Pioneer Courthouse Square to protest Bush's announced escalation of the Iraq war this evening. The crowd marched to the Oregonian newspaper's office, chanting and taking over the street for a short time. In spite of delays, motorists showed great support to the protestors by honking and waving. This has not been the typical reaction of Portland drivers to such delays in the past. Perhaps this is reflective of a poll conducted showing that 89% of Americans oppose sending more troops to Iraq.
It was also unusual to have no noticeable police presence at the event this evening; no storm troopers, no smell of pepper spray in the air, no violation of free speech rights. The demonstrators marched back to PCS, where singing, chanting, percussion music and general camaraderie took place.
AUDIO FILE:Portland Rally In Response To Troop Escalation In IraqAbout 500 people gathered at Pioneer Square this evening, January 11, 2007, to protest the imminent escalation of the U.S. Occupation in Iraq, as announced by George W. Bush in a speech to the nation the day before.
Over 150 people assembled at 5th and Hall this evening to protest Chimpy's call for another 20,000 soldiers and an additional carrier battle group to the middle east.The majority of Americans want our soldiers home now.Yet, the cabal that runs the White House does not "get it".Dems plan to block funding, but they MUST know that they have your support. Call toll-free: 800-614-2803.And GOP senators who are up for reelection in 2008 are, by in large, now breaking with Bush. Let them know you support them on ending the war
Olympia Opposes the EscalationA surprisingly large number of people turned out on this too freezing cold night in Olympia to register their outrage at this latest Bush insanity. The word went out over email today and close to 100 people stood on the corner of Division and Harrison in Olympia's Westside. Some with signs, some without but all committed to ending this insane war.
Protesters outside White House demand troop pullout from Iraq
Anti-war protesters demonstrate in front of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, as President Bush was making his address to the nation about his new policy dealing with the Iraq war. Bush said he will send 21,500 additional U.S. troops to Iraq to quell its near-anarchy and for the first time acknowledged he had erred by failing to order a military buildup last year.
After six years of trying to get OHSU to respond to IDA's and the public's concerns about inhumane animal care in its research laboratories, we have an unprecedented opportunity to see positive changes for the animals! But your help is urgently needed!
In a meeting on December 21, 2006, before the OHSU Animal Care SubCommittee, IDA presented two intense hours of non-stop video footage documenting the poor and neglectful conditions for the animals at the Primate Center.
At the end of the meeting IDA proposed a solution to this tragic situation by asking OHSU to begin to reduce its use of animals by five percent annually, replacing them with scientific protocols that do not use animals. In considering IDA's proposal, the Committee has asked for the public's feedback on this issue.
Letters from Oregon residents the Committee are especially needed. Please write a polite letter to the Animal Care SubCommittee by Wednesday, January 17 stating your support for the Five Percent Initiative. Feel free to use any of the points outlined below, and remember that your letter need not be long and detailed.
In an apparent attempt at counter protest, the military recruiters brought out an effigy of the inflated military budget.
The recruiting tool, most likely designed to capture the attention of elementary school aged children, was seen bobbing along with a makeshift cardboard sign stating, "Support our troops." The peace demonstrators were well equipped with complementary signs including, "Support the troops - bring 'em home!", "Killing is Wrong", and "Money for jobs and schools, not war".
My flash did not work tonight, so sorry for the quality. About 45 people gathered tonight at 5th and Hall in Beaverton tonight. The November elections showed that the country wanted out of Iraq. Tonight, Chimpy announced more soldiers are being put into Iraq and an additional carrier strike force is being sent into the area. My son is part of that carrier group. Please send your elected representative a note, fax or e-mail to oppose this escalation. Chimpy's policy has failed. Hold everyone accountable for this debacle. It is imperative to cut off the funding of this illegal occupation. Please join us every wednesday evening and support any public demonstration against this administration and any politician who supports it.
Remember when St. Johns and North Portland used to be considered the poor cousin? It was good enough for blue collar workers, industry, the stockyards, etc.; considered too "inconvenient" to downtown to consider an ideal homesite. Well folks, we should have seen it coming as gentrification first swallowed other affordable neighborhoods, condo development is eating old northwest apartments and industrial areas alive, and Mississippi and Albina became "trendy". I never thought I'd see the day when there were $345,000 homes in North Portlaand outside of the University district along Willamette Blvd. but that day is here.
The Oregon chapter of Jubilee USA will be traveling to Kenya and Zambia from January 18-31 with other members of the Jubilee USA Network to witness firsthand the life-saving impacts of debt cancellation on the people of Africa. This delegation will travel to clinics, schools, and meet with community groups. The delegation will make its first stop in Nairobi, Kenya for the World Social Forum which convenes for the first time in Africa this year.
"Our generation will be remembered by how we acted when faced with the devastation of AIDS, poverty and unjust debt in Africa. There is a crisis of tsunami proportion every year in Africa. The fact that Americans are not aware of how two thirds of the world lives, and do not act to change it, that is our crisis. The World Social Forum is an opportunity to join with 150,000 people from civil society groups from around the world to create the vision for true change, because Another World Is Possible," said Nancy Yuill, co-chair of Jubilee Oregon.
After 8 months of pressuring and working with the city of Portland and the police bureau, the NW Constitutional Rights Center, Oregon Action and other community organizations are excited to announce that the Portland City Council will vote tomorrow to appoint a Racial Profiling Committee. The Committee will be co-chaired by Portland Police Bureau Chief Rosie Sizer and Oregon Action's (and NWCRC board member) Jo Ann Bowman. The Committee will be composed of community leaders, police representatives, and other city and state officials and institutions. Its charge will be to to monitor data collection, review internal policies, and work with community input to eliminate racial profiling.
For those of you in Portland, we urge you to come to the City Council hearing Wednesday, January 10th for the 9:30 am vote.
Attended by about 150 people, the Die-In at Pioneer Square on Saturday, January 6, 2007 honored the 3000 U.S. soldiers and 650,000 Iraqis who have died in Iraq.
After a few brief words about the reason for the gathering, the moderator said that, though these symbolic events are necessary, people must do more than this to exert their will. There were people present with the names of our Congressional delegation pined to their shirts who were handing out postcards addressed to each individual Senator or Representative. The Moderator urged everyone present to follow through and contact their representative and let them know their feelings about this Occupation.
Audio: Jan6 Die-In Report Back
At no point since the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, has humanity been closer to the unthinkable, a nuclear holocaust which could potentially spread, in terms of radioactive fallout, over a large part of the Middle East.
All the safeguards of the Cold War era, which categorized the nuclear bomb as "a weapon of last resort" have been scrapped. "Offensive" military actions using nuclear warheads are now described as acts of "self-defense".
The distinction between tactical nuclear weapons and the conventional battlefield arsenal has been blurred. America's new nuclear doctrine is based on "a mix of strike capabilities". The latter, which specifically applies to the Pentagon's planned aerial bombing of Iran, envisages the use of nukes in combination with conventional weapons. [more]
The invasion and occupation of Iraq is nearing the four year mark. There is no end in sight to the violence. Experts have stated repeatedly that there is "no military solution," yet the Idiot Bush is suggesting a "surge" of troops. (This actually includes re-re-re-using some of the same troops who are there already.)
Come take a stand with others in protest at the military recruiting office at 1317 N.E. Broadway on Tuesday evening from 5-ish to 6:30-ish. This demonstration has been ongoing for 18 months, in spite of dark, cold, wet, and illness of some of the regular attendees.
Here in Portland, Oregon several lawyers are defending Guantanamo detainees, including Adel Hamad. Since the passage of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 in September, with the elimination of the writ of habeas corpus, these lawyers hands are tied and the detainees have no legal recourse. Three of us, a physician, a teacher and a web developer have been working with these public defenders, who have provided us with all the unclassified materials on Adel Hamad's case. These lawyers have gone to the extraordinary length of traveling to Afghanistan and Pakistan to verify his story and film video testimony. We have developed a website with many ways you can become involved and engaged around this issue. Please visit http://www.projecthamad.org to meet Adel Hamad and learn more. Also go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5E3w7ME6Fs to see the compelling video the lawyers compiled on Adel Hamad's behalf.
January 6, 2007 -- Over 1000 people gathered in Nancy Pelosi's district, on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, to spell out the message "IMPEACH!" "America is a great country," said event organizer Brad Newsham, a local cab driver and author. "But President Bush has betrayed our faith. He mislead us into a disastrous war, and is trampling on our Constitution. He has to go. Now. I hope Nancy Pelosi is listening today."
A majority of Americans share Newsham's sentiments. A 2006 Zogby poll found that 52% of Americans agreed with the statement: "If President Bush wiretapped American citizens without the approval of a judge, do you agree or disagree that Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment?"
Three Common Ground volunteers were arrested Friday evening by two New Orleans police officers. The three had spent the day at the Woodlands apartment complex in Algiers helping residents who were being evicted move out of their homes. One of the officers was previously involved in another controversial incident at the Woodlands.
"Common Ground is concerned that this incident represents a new trend in police harassment of Common Ground volunteers. The fact that the same police officer, Officer Lusk was involved in both events is troubling and an unlikely coincidence," says Sakura Kone' of Common Ground Relief.
There are creative ways to use technology to bring the war home to the USA. Because corporate media refuses to show people what their tax money is doing to a country, a city, a people and a child, we have a responsibility to act creatively.
Technology has come a long way. In fact you could argue that we have not even caught up with the technology from 50 years ago. New technology is being employed in creative ways to bring the war home in a visceral and inexpensive manner. I'll list two examples I've seen. I bet you can create some of your own.
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