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Trans-bashing is in the news again. A woman in Palm Beach was beaten so savagely that her teeth were knocked out, and a lifeguard testified in the subsequent trial that his viewing stand reverberated with the blows, as her head was knocked against it. She was revived, covered in blood, at a local hospital. The basher got 4 months probation. His dad is seeking prosecution of the transwoman, as their consensual tryst was conducted while basher-boy was 17, and the woman was 39.
The responses to this news on gay.com are truly clueless. So it's time to explain again. Time to once again point out that I and my ilk are not monsters.
We are brought together with the common goal of preventing old-growth logging, clear cutting, the use of herbicides and non-sustainable forestry in all areas of the region, the nation and the planet.
To volunteer time and skill, or to help support this opportunity TO inspire and guide future generations of activists, please call or email. The location will be announced the day before of Action Camp. Carpools are forming from Arcata and Eureka.
My boyfriend was recently driving through Scappose when he noticed at least a dozen signs saying "no garbege factory here" and "biodiesel can explode." The signs were all professionally made in a sign shop. I called a friend who used to work in a sign shop, it musta costed at least $400 for all those signs, just the ones he saw running through town.
We've been using biodiesel99 for years with no problems sofar, and are even working on our own appleseed processor in the backyard.
Who is funding this anti biodiesel fervor?
Somebody feel threatened?
In a statement released recently, over 600 professionals are urging Congress to stop water fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted. They cite new scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks.
Parks Commissioner Dan Salzman has given the go-ahead for the Department of Homeland Security to replace an outmoded communication tower (should be torn down, it is a PARK after all) at Council Crest Park with a new one that they will use for "public safety"
Since when should our park lands be subjugated for use by Homeland Security?
Please read this link and pass on to all interested observers.
The notice of public hearing on August 28th was not widely advertised. All concerned citizens should request another public hearing.
Yesterday [August 29] in Chile people gathered in most all the major cities of the country to recall the 100th anniversary of the Massacre of the School of Santa Maria of Iquique and to protest current labor practices and economic conditions stemming from the application of the free trade model to their country.
In 1907 during a strike against the deplorable working conditions of saltpeter mines in northern Chile local government authorized the elimination of the strikers and their families who were occupying a school in the city of Iquique. As a result more than 360 miners and their families were killed.
Today the massacre is seen as a symbol, a turning point, from which the government was forced to take action to improve labor laws and social programs. For this reason the Unitary Center for workers (Centro Unitario de Trabajadores, CUT) chose to remember the incident in their protests yesterday demanding an increase in the minimum wage, quality education,"pensions with dignity," and solutions to a variety of other economic and labor issues in the country.
Funds still needed for legal fees... Eric's trial is less than two weeks away and we want to make sure you are up to date on everything that is happening....Opening arguments will start either the 11th or 12th.
After a quick surge of incoming funds, we were able to meet the newest matching funds in less than 24 hours! Thanks to everyone who helped make that happen. However, things seem to have leveled off again and we now only have two weeks to raise the remaining $1300 to meet our goal of $15,000. This is necessary to ensure that all of Eric's legal fees are paid. Again, if everyone receiving this alert would donate just $20 we could easily reach our goal. Please donate today. Time is running short!
Finally, please keep writing Eric! Your words of support and encouragement are needed now more than ever. Thanks to all of you. Your support and love has been invaluable over these last 19 1/2 months.
On Tuesday night 8/28/07 several people went to meet the Portland arrival of Ringling Brothers - Barnum & Bailey Circus and to document the treatment of animals on their walk through the streets from the railcars to the Rose Garden arena.
Eight asian elephants were forced to walk one mile single-file on gravel and potholed pavement, over railroad tracks, by the MAX train, and up Interstate avenue to the arena. The animals were prodded with bullhooks under their chins and behind their legs to hold onto the tail of the one before him or her (they would never hold tails with their trunks in the wild) and keep up with the group...
Did you get to go to college? If you did, most likely someone helped you figure out your goals, helped you fill out all the confusing forms, and listened to your hopes and fears about this new and exciting change. Saddening as it is, many groups of people are underrepresented in college, and they are unable to benefit from it, not because they don't want to go, but because they are considered too poor, too unintelligent, or otherwise unable to make it.
ASPIRE helps ensure that all high school students can go to college regardless of their socio-economic class, race, gender, background, or other characteristics. Volunteers are needed, and orientations are coming up soon.
You can help make sure that these young people can go to college, get job training, or whatever other education they might want after high school, no matter who they are. ASPIRE at Marshall Campus is seeking volunteers to do this important work. No experience is needed, just a desire to help youth and share your unique skills.
There are many different ways you can help:
Kempthorne has helped cause forest fires and desertification through mountain decapitation mining, controlled burns which become quickly uncontrolled, through allowing lumbermen in to raze woods, and turning over public lands to cattle, sheep, bison and buffalo ranchers.
I found out today that Daniel is no longer at MDC Brooklyn.
I feel relieved that he is FINALLY moving on but it's also bittersweet, as today was visiting day and his niece was going to visit for the first time. Such is life, I suppose....He's at FCI Terre Haute in Indiana, but there's no way to know for how long. If you'd like to write, his new address is:
FCI TERRE HAUTE
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 33
TERRE HAUTE, IN 47808
Again, we have absolutely NO idea how long he will be here or where he'll end up next so if you'd like to write a letter it's up to you if you want to send it I'm sure he'll appreciate it if he ends up stuck there for a week or two. Thanks for your support!
U.S. and state government officials refused to allow water or food relief into New Orleans. This was a brazen attempt to "starve people out" - a "war crime" under the Geneva Conventions. Hundreds of people died unnecessarily of thirst. And yet, there was no shortage of water or food being sent.
I spoke daily with Les Evenchick, a Green who lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans. I was also in touch with New Orleans residents Malik Rahim and Mike Howell; the areas in which they live were dry and they were holding out as long as they could. The story they tell is shocking: U.S. and local government officials ordered the local drinking water turned off and refused to allow water or food relief into New Orleans. Hundreds of people died unnecessarily as a result.
On Monday, August 27th, members of Anarchist Sanitation Saboteurs (ASS) sabotaged over 50 bathrooms in and around the Bellevue mall. This was done while Bush was in town and people were outside protesting him. This was done under the eyes of the Secret Service, the police and mall security.
The mall is a revolting symbol of capitalist ignorance and stupidity. ASS merely chose a day when one of the leaders of world capitalism was in town to flood Starbucks bathrooms (with love directed towards the IWW), glue stall doors shut, remove sensitive items from toilets and leave our mark on wall after wall.
Flood the bathrooms of every corporate store!
-Anarchist Sanitation Saboteurs (ASS)
The main action at the East Coast Convergence for Climate action ended with arrests of 5 non-violent protesters against Bank of America.
Bank of America and its subsidiaries make up one of the largest corporations in the world and they are funding new coal fired plants and coal mining projects including mountain top removal coal mining in the Appalachian Mountains.
There is a nation-wide call to action to protest Bank of America!
We will be at the Hawthorne Blvd Location at 3757 SE Hawthorne Blvd (at the corner of SE 38th Ave.) Bring signs, bikes, scissors, and bank cards!
Support green scare defendant Briana Waters by coming to see WATCH, the inspiring documentary of the first successful tree sit in America which was produced by Briana Waters.
[Friday] August 31st 2007
A Spokane anarchist named Travis Riehl is being brought before a grand jury because of his alleged involvement in the tagging of a military recruiting station.
The public comment hearing in Coquille on 8/28 was well attended by the public, the overwhelming majority 95% opposed to the LNG facility proposed by Jordan Cove Energy Project (Fort Chicago) for the North Spit of Coos Bay. Many people addressed significant concerns that there was a risk to the community's safety and the estuary ecosystem of Coos Bay if said LNG terminal is constructed.. At 3pm protesters lined the street on 115 N. Birch and waved signs, "NO LNG" and "Coos Bay Deserves Better" indicating overwhelming public disapproval of the LNG siting..
The book mentioned below (found at Coquille public library) is an
excellent reference guide for the resulting subsidence (sinking) of the land, (the edge of the north american plate) in the event of a Cascadian subduction quake. Combine the subsidence of land with the tsunami's wall of water and you'll get the idea, the tankers and the LNG facility will most likely become partially or even totally submerged.. in the event of a Cascaidan subduction quake (estimated 1 in 10 chance in the next 50 years). We cannot gamble the future of this ecosystem and the surrounding Coos Bay community on temporary profits by some severly delusional corporate "scientists" who are in the employ of JCEP (Fort Chicago). Again, we're better off leaving the magic tricks to our cinematic friend Harry Potter and sticking with evidence based scientific research..
People in CA and throughout OR can also express their views to the Coos County council. Public comment by writing has also been extended to Sept. 11th by Coos County.. CA and OR residents could send written comments opposing LNG to
When Representative Blumenauer arrived about 4:15 pm, he had to go past us and wait for the elevator. We sang our songs, (very much off key) and the protest was a success. The idea was to let him know that his campaigning in the coming months was going to be shadowed by protestors who want him to act boldly and not as a pawn of Polosi. I think he got the idea loud and clear.
Friends of Earl put on the event, fundraising seemed to be the goal, but they had much to think about after passing us with their heads down. The invited guests did not seem to care that other democrats were protesting their get-together. One of my favorite people wondered aloud why they did not smile or say something to encourage us as they went in to eat cake. I don't have an answer to that question but maybe because they do not know what it is to be a democrat?
It is time to let the folks in DC know our views on war and impeachment.Bush will be in Bellevue on Monday, August 27th. Come make some noise. see info below. George Bush will be in town as the main attraction for Doublespead-Dave Riechert's fundraiser. The intersection of NE 8th and Bellevue Way is likely to be blocked. We can line the streets all along downtown Bellevue. Let's make it the mother of all Protest Bush events. Bring your outrage, signs, puppets, theatrics, noisemakers and friends. Declare yourself, wear Guantanamo Orange. Protesters will stage a die- in," document speeches on video, bang pots and pans, and let the world know we will not tolerate the war criminal in chief here in Washington State. Meet at the Bradford Center, 12:30 p.m.
Wavy Gravy made his first appearance at the Oregon Country Fair in 38 years this summer. Self described "flower geezer," Wavy Gravy the Clown has been delighting and enlightening generations of us since his days as icon of the 1960s counterculture (and later honorary ice cream flavor!) This was recorded at Wavy's appearance at The Front Porch stage of the Oregon Country Fair on July 15.
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