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About 400 people gathered each day to hear testimony before the Citizen's Hearing on the legality of the U.S. actions in Iraq. It is important to note that only one national TV station showed up to cover this event, and that station was from Japan. The mainstream media ignored this event.
This Tribunal was necessary because Lt. Ehren Watada has refused to deploy to Iraq. "It is my duty as a commissioned officer in the United States army to speak out against grave injustices," he stated. "My moral and legal obligation is to the constitution. Not to those who issue unlawful orders. I stand before you today because it is my job to serve and protect American soldiers and innocent Iraqis who have no voice. It is my conclusion that the war in Iraq is not only morally wrong, but also a breach of American law."
You know, about 9 years ago the US govt mandated that all grain foods in the US be fortified with the B vitamin folic acid. Their reasons seemed sound enough: it had been learned that a shortage of folic acid around the time of conception can damage fetuses. Specifically, babies were more likely to be born with open neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. But I remember at the time being concerned about the wisdom of supplementing an entire population in order to address a problem that, although devastating, affects such a tiny fraction of the population. (Even prior to the supplementation, the risk of spina bifida was less than 1 percent.) It seems that my concerns have been born out, especially for those of us who do not eat meat.
I went to see Diva Dog and Off the Chain last night. It was a free show, presented by the rescue organization Positively Pitbull. Actually, I intended to just see Diva Dog, and was assured by one of the presenters of this event that it would play
first. I had been warned that Off the Chain was brutally graphic, and I did not want to subject myself to the images I knew it would contain. So I kind of resent the fact that, despite assurances to the contrary, they showed Off the Chain first, and I was forced to sit through it. ("Everyone should see this," I was told by a presenter. However, given the setting -- a room full of people who love dogs and animal rights activists who are already in the struggle against dog fighting -- I am not sure that it was necessary to subject us all to that. It was roughly akin to going to a gathering of radical vegans, and forcing them to sit through slaughter house videos... I mean, we know that already, that's why we're here.)
"Mission Accomplished for today," says the Surge Protection Brigade, as their planned protest at the military recruitment center on NE Broadway and 13th apparently caused the center to shut down for the day. The group gathered at the center this morning at 11:45 and stayed until 1:30. One recruiter came to the center toward the end of the protest, saying he had paperwork to do. He refused to let them in and locked the door as a couple of the protesters tried to force their way in.
A group of grandmothers from the Brigade visited the office Thursday and attempted to dialogue with the recruiters. Many of the women's questions about the health and safety of recruits went unanswered, and the recruiters admitted that they did not offer any information to potential recruits about depleted uranium exposure or the risks involved in a tour of duty in Iraq.
About 25 people assembled this evening to remind people that Chimpy's performance on 60 Minutes is just not acceptable. Continue to call your representatives and let them know to stop the funding and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
Dear Rep. Blumenauer,
I am deeply disappointed by your poor excuses for not performing your duty and impeaching Bush and Cheney for their many heinous crimes.
The decision to impeach or not is not meant to be one of political strategy but of justice. Remember that Nixon was nearing the end of his term when he was about to be impeached, and he resigned rather than be subjected to the process, even though his crimes pale in comparison to Bush and Cheney's.
From 4th to 7th of June 2007 the G8-Summit in Heiligendamm, in the proximity of Rostock, in Germany takes place. Also the mobilization of the Left wing against the G8-Summit already runs on full speed. Different alliances are founded,several nationwide meetings did take place, also with international participation and an approximate plan of action for the protests is already fixed. Already now there are numerous actions, which mobilize to the events of protest against the G8-summit. Because of the 100.000 expected demonstrators at the Main Manifestation in the Rostock City at 2nd of June 2007 the police forces are preparing since some time their operation and security plan for the whole region and
G8 police raids in Munichin Munich different places were raided by the police. Named as a reason was the call to blockade the airport Rostock-Laage published in several brochures and in the call for protests against the so called security-conference [a privately organized sub-summit where politicians, weapons industrials and NATO-generals harmonize
ItÂ´s not the Berlin Wall - It is 12 miles fence around the G8!!!The fence consisting of 4,600 dark green steel segments weighing 75 kg (165.3 lb) will be 2.5 meters (8 ft 2.4 in) high and 2.45 meters wide. The segments are attached to cement pillars weighing 900 kg each and topped with razor wire - to prevent anyone from tunneling beneath the fence, 50-cm long steel grating is also being sunk into
Many residents of Tigard were alarmed this week after receiving anonymous survey calls designed to test attitudes about retail choice in the area, and to question their support for a new 24-hour "super store". For most participants, there was no doubt who was behind the calls.
To combat pressure from neighbors, Wal-Mart often keeps projects a secret as long as possible, limiting neighbors' time to organize opposition. Once a project is announced, the company works hard to find supporters. In Cedar Mill, Wal-Mart sent thousands of postcards asking neighbors to testify in support of the new store, or send written comments to local leaders.
A phone poll may be the newest way for Wal-Mart to identify local supporters, and this week's survey has neighbors worried that an official proposal could be coming soon.
National marches were organized by many student associations in Athens and Thessaloniki, where more than 270 faculties are occupied by students, protesting against the revision of the constitutional article 16, introducing the establishment of private universities. Mainly however, is undertaken the subordination of academic stupidity to the enterprising and economic plannings, as well as the intensification of student subjugation through more demanding schedules, imposition of maximum time of studies, additional academic expenses etc.
The course in Athens, began around 14:00, with attendance of more than 15.000 demonstrators. A bit earlier there was an attack with Molotov cocktails against riot-policemen who blockaded some streets around the technical university, while in the morning a CCTV camera was set on fire outside the technical university. Reaching to the march's ending some groups of demonstrators, burned 5 government and diplomatic vehicles, 2 CCTV cameras, and clashed with the police. Later the afternoon, many demonstrators went to the technical university, which is occupied by anarchist groups in solidarity to the 3 detainees of May 6th (2 of them are on a hunger strike). Cops tried to attack the occupied building but were forced to recede.
For the last several years I have been writing about the causes and signs of global warming. I scour newspapers and science journals for the latest studies. It's no real surprise that the guy in prison for trying to call attention to global warming is writing about it. When I first came to prison global warming was a myth. I had to argue the facts in numerous interviews. Some journalists were convinced by my passion and knowledge and others dismissed me as crazy.
Now more and more attention is being given to climate change and its inherent dangers. Major media outlets are reporting on climate change on a regular basis. Just the other day the Register Guard reported that a 41 square mile chunk of Canada's arctic ice shelf had broken off due to climate change. Reporting that the remaining ice shelves are 90% smaller than when they were discovered in 1906 ('Ice shelf break blamed on climate change' 12-30-06).
Even the US government has now acknowledged the plight of polar bears that are threatened by climate change. However, I was shocked when the Oregon Department of Corrections recently put an article in the prison bulletin about the dangers of global warming!
Klamath Riverkeeper sent a 60 day notice of intent to file a lawsuit today against Warren Buffett's PacifiCorp for polluting one of the nation's most important and controversial salmon rivers, the Klamath. Klamath Riverkeeper's lawsuit asserts that operation of the Iron Gate Dam hatchery has resulted in repeated violations of the Clean Water Act and is just one of the ways that PacifiCorp, as the owner of the four dams along the Klamath River, is destroying the River, its salmon runs, and the coastal fishing economies of the California and Oregon Coastline.
On Friday, January 5, 2007, I was honored to attend an event featuring former US servicemen who have the Courage To Resist the Occupation of Iraq. Dennis Kyne, a veteran of the first Gulf War, spoke for about 6 minutes, first a little about his own experiences and then setting the stage for Darrell Anderson, the feature speaker of the evening and a member of the organization Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Darrell speaks for 30 minutes about how he came to join the service, his experiences in Iraq and what led him to refuse redeployment and oppose the Occupation. "In January '03 I decided to join the military because, I was broke. I was tired of dealing drugs on the streets and I was tired of living with my grandparents and I was tired of not going to school and I was tired of being an American without healthcare." In his own words, he figured he could get "join the military. They'll give me 50 G's for college; they'll straighten me out."
Though his mom freaked out, telling him that he'll go to war, Darrel responded, "I want to go to war, I've been waiting my whole life to go to combat, to do something crazy like that. I don't have much to live for, what's me being dead going to matter? I'll be remembered as a great person, instead of that dude who worked at the grocery store."
This issue of Raccoon Radio was first broadcast on Free Radio Olympia from 1pm to 2pm on Monday (1.15.07). Featured in this issue are:
Raccoon Radio 1-15-07
Skyrocketing entrance fees in National Parks, widespread recreation site closures by the Forest Service AND WIDESPREAD IMPLEMENTATION OF FEES are attracting bipartisan opposition in Congress. The change from Republican to Democratic control and the subsequent shakeup of Committees and their Chairmen has opened a window of opportunity for a top-to-bottom review of national recreation policy. It's up to us, the American People, to take advantage of that opportunity and ACT NOW to persuade Congress to put the "public" back in public lands.
Martin Luther King Jr., a hero of the Civil Rights Movement, was assassinated in Memphis, TN, on April 4, 1968. His impressive legacy, however, lives on. For the last 25 years, the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore has honored his memory with a commemorative lecture. On Jan. 13, 2007, Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook filled that role with distinction. She called on her audience to do their part, "to make a difference," and to be "strengthened by our struggle."
Government Found Guilty of Martin Luther King Murder in Federal Court - 12/8/99
Undisclosed conspirators for the governments of the United States, the State of Tennessee, and the City of Memphis were found liable for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. on December 8, 1999, in a federal circuit court. The federal government never appealed the decision. The mainstream media in the U.S. never covered the assassination conspiracy verdict, even though the implications of the story were greater than Watergate. The family requested a subsequent independent investigation to be set up by President Bill Clinton (who has since established office in Harlem), but he refused the request.
I have stopped my protest outside Gordon Smith's office, I demanded he come out and say something about the war in Iraq and he has done that a few weeks ago. I do not trust the man but he did use strong language and that is enough for me to stop my brunch with the Gorgon.
I will visit his office as part of other actions and will risk arrest trying to get him to stop the funding of the occupation of Iraq. I will also start a new vigil in front of Sen. Wyden's office on 3rd Ave, in Portland. I believe that Smith is now irrelevant and the Dems must act now. I want the Dems to start the investigations but go much further than they wish to travel.
Looking to start a FNB day in Columbia park and hoping to find people who are interested and dedicated to the task. Wouldn't it be great to see every corner of the city brought together by the sharing of good food (or veggie slop)? 1st meeting will be Thursday the 25th @ 5:30pm at Proper Eats Cafe in St. Johns. The address is 8638 N. Lombard St. Send me an email if you have any questions before then.
Food Not Bombs Wednesday needs help!
Food Not Bombs Wednesday is looking to move to Liberty Hall/IWW Hall kitchen and is in need of cookware + other support. We're looking to keep some food staples. We have flyers that need distributing. They have every day FNB feeds, where, + bus info.
I was at a local bar today grabbing some snacks to go. While I was waiting for my food I was shocked to see an army recruiting poster on the wall. The bartender lady saw me tear it down and said "I didn't see that. I've been wanting to do that for weeks."
Text message updates for busy progressives?
I am on dialysis which means I'm stuck in a @#$in' chair for 12 hours a week with nothing to do so I'm trying to think of a way I can make the world better. When I was working full time I missed alot of actions because I didn't find out about them until afterwards. I was thinking I could offer a free service where I text message quick messages to people letting them know whats coming up?
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