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04.07.2011 11:23
Seattle: Noise Demo in Solidarity with Pelican Bay Prisoners and Youth Prisoners
On the night of July 2nd, in solidarity with the hunger strikers in Pelican Bay State Prison, CA, a group of roughly 30 people equipped with a mobile sound system met in front of the King County Juvenile Detention Center in the Central District of Seattle.

On the night of July 2nd, in solidarity with the hunger strikers in Pelican Bay State Prison, CA, a group of roughly 30 people equipped with a mobile sound system met in front of the King County Juvenile Detention Center in the Central District of Seattle.

The police response to this demo was large, most likely due to the recent disturbances on Capitol Hill during the Pride weekend. Despite this, the group proceeded to blast music, bang on pots and pans, and make speeches through megaphones in front of the prison cells. At one point, every occupant in the cells along the southern end of the Detention Center was banging on the walls and windows of their cells, responding to the cheers and words from outside.

Instead of the normal oppressive routine of lights-out, the prisoners were able to spend the night acting wild, defying the terrified screws, and listening to the words of rebellion and freedom being blasted from outside. Once night had fallen, a large mortar firework was shot into the air, the green round exploding in the air over the Detention Center.

The event lasted for an hour and there were no arrests.
Towards the destruction of all prisons!
Solidarity with the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers!
Text handed out and read aloud at demo:

On July 1, 2011 prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison in California will begin an indefinite hunger strike to protest the conditions of their imprisonment. The hunger strike is being organized by prisoners in an unusual show of racial unity, their five key demands are:


04.07.2011 11:16
Video; Papa Murphy's Workers Protest 7.1.11
Employees and friends of the workers, of Portland pizza company, protest on 15th and Fremont.

This was filmed on NE 15th and Fremont in Portland.

These workers and friends were protesting the management of the Papa Murphy's pizza company.

In frustration on trying to work any resolution to unfair labor conditions the workers are taking it to the streets.

This was their first day out telling the community how their working conditions have deteriorated.

 http://youtu.be/S-pk2B5OHt8 [6 minute video]


30.06.2011 11:13
Lead informant in ALF / ELF Cases Sentenced to 5 Years
Infamous snitch Jacob Ferguson arrested on drug charges, sent to prison

p>From Voice of the Voiceless

Infamous snitch Jacob Ferguson arrested on drug charges, sent to prison

The man who wore a wire for the FBI and sent over a dozen people to prison for ALF / ELF actions is himself now going to prison. Jacob Ferguson was sentenced this week to 5 years for ?manufacturing, possessing and selling heroin?, according to court records.

Ferguson rose to infamy after becoming the lead informant in the ?Operation Backfire? FBI sweep. The arrests led to prison sentences for over a dozen people on arson charges for ALF / ELF actions going back almost 10 years. Three of those charged ? Joe Dibee, Josephine Sunshine Overaker, and Rebecca Rubin ? are still on the run.

His role in over a dozen arsons claimed by the Animal Liberation Front / Earth Liberation Front made him a valuable asset for the FBI. When he secretly began cooperating with the government in 2004 to send many of his former friends to prison, he accepted a plea bargain which called probation only and no prison time.

That ended this week when a recent drug bust finally led Ferguson to prison. He is also expected to receive a federal prison sentence in addition to his 5 year state sentence.

Ferguson sent people to prison for the following ALF actions (in addition to numerous other ALF / ELF actions):


29.06.2011 16:07
SEIU Rally June 30 at Portland State Office Building
BREAKING: Big Business Lobbyists Trying to Pass Last-Minute Corporate Tax Break in Salem Oregon Senate Bill 817 gives 78 million to corporations and balances the budget on the middle class working folks. We have just learned the Oregon Senate might vote TODAY on the creation of a new tax credit being pushed by an out-of-state venture capital firm. It could cost the state a whopping $78 million over five years. It would be FAR better to invest those millions on schools and healthcare!

Sisters & brothers: Save the Date! Join us for a rally, visit from Portland Rising, and an informational picket* Governor is asking us to take 10% to 20% pay cuts SEIU 503 --sublocal OHA 219 --AFSCME and other unions are invited to let the state know we are united

Portland State Office Building Rally for a Fair Contract
June 30 (contract expiration date)
Noon - 1 PM, PSOB main entrance
800 NE Oregon Street (near Lloyd Center off max)


25.06.2011 12:51
Support the hunger strike at Pelican Bay prison, starting July 1st.
Dear Friends and Comrades,

On July 1st, 50-100 prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison in Northern California will begin an indefinite hunger strike to protest the tortuous and inhumane conditions of their imprisonment. Pelican Bay is notorious for it's repressive methods of solitary confinement (like the SHU, i.e. Security Housing Unit). The CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation prides itself on Pelican Bay being "the end of the line," and is part of a continuation since the 1960's of prisons using solitary confinement as a main tactic to crush rebellion and resistance.

As anti-authoritarians and anarchists, this is a crucial moment to show our solidarity with those on the inside who are ready to die in their fight for dignity and the most basic necessities of life that the state continues to deny. This will be the third major hunger strike in a US prison in the past year and those of us fighting on the outside need to make a visible show of support for this wave of prisoner-led organizing.

"The passion for freedom is stronger than any prison"


23.06.2011 17:59
Putting an end to human rights for corporations
Move to Amend had an activist training this weekend as we gear up to limit the rights of corporations. Corporations are entitled to legal rights, but not human rights.

20 people spent all day Saturday at the First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland training to help the movement to limit corporate personhood. The training was lead by David Cobb, a former practicing attorney and former 2004 Green Party presidential candidate. Cobb has been working on the corporate personhood issue for nearly a dozen years and shared a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise about both the history that brought us to this point in time and the current state of the campaign.

Because corporations have been given human rights through legal opinions and court cases, the only way for us to strip corporations of their human rights is through a constitutional amendment or, a reversal of a variety of Supreme Court decisions. Amending the constitution will likely take 10-20 years.

In the meantime, an effort is underway to get local initiatives on the ballot across the country asking voters whether they believe corporations should be given human rights as enumerated in the Bill of Rights. This is something we could accomplish in Portland over the next 2-3 years. Polling shows that this measure wins 80/20 or better across all political groups.

homepage:  http://www.MovetoAmend.org


23.06.2011 17:45
What The Hell Is The Matter With This Council?
Sit-Lie sucks! Let's have the cop screw with everyone!
What The Hell Is The Matter With This Council?

We were outside the City Council for our weekly protest against Portland joining the Joint Terrorist Task Force, The Sit-Lie ordinance and the water rate increase when Dan from Cop-Watch told us of a woman who was going to confront the Council about being harassed by a Portland Police Officer when she sat down to rest at the 6th Ave. Max station. She had her young son in a stroller and decided to sit on the stone wall that surrounds the Federal Courthouse. There were other people sitting, so she thought it would be OK for her to rest for a time. The new Sit-Lie (Lie) ordinance makes this illegal, even if you are just going to rest for a few minutes. A police officer approached her and ordered her off the wall in a way that upset her so much that she took the time to come before the City Council to report the incident and maybe hope for an apology; what she got was BS.

Our mayor thanked her for coming in his normal dismissive way. Fish and Saltzman had the good sense to be quiet but not our Amanda. Commissioner Fritz thanked her for coming and made a statement that cause my head to hurt. She thanked the woman for reporting the incident and added that the city has been criticized for using the new ordinance against just "Houseless" persons and it was good that the police were being even handed when telling people to move. I almost threw up my breakfast. After the woman completed her story I applauded and that caused our dear mayor to tell me that applauding was not allowed. I said something about him being a dictator and did my Irish walk-out and rejoined my friend outside to continue our protest.

The thought I had when leaving the council chamber was, we now have equal harassment of our citizens by the police, "Isn't that special!" First and foremost, the police have questionable jurisdiction here because the wall in question surrounding the Federal Courthouse is federal property and it is the Federal Marshals that have jurisdiction, not the PoPo. In our tight budget times it seems the cops should just deal with their responsibilities and not go shopping for new work.


21.06.2011 07:26
Brian Willson "Blood on the Tracks"
Blood on the Tracks is Brian Wilson's new book.
He is starting his New Book Tour in Portland and the date is June 24 at 7pm

The next morning he is leaving PDX on his hand powered bike.

In 2009 I video taped Brian, the video clips are here.
Brian's book tour blog and more info can be found here:

Come on out and help peace activist Brian Willson launch his new book, published by PM Press:

7:00 pm Friday, June 24, 2011
 link to www.archive.org


21.06.2011 07:17
Demo for the elephants at the zoo
June 11, 2011, International Day for Elephants in Zoos sponsored by In Defense of Animals, Radical Cheerleaders for Animal Rights and Ananda Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.

In 2008 voters in Portland, OR passed a $125 million dollar bond measure, which was in part to build an offsite preserve for the elephants. Here it is 2011, and there is still no preserve, and the elephants continue to pace on their small lot and Packy, the zoo's most popular and oldest elephant, remains isolated, pacing in his cage or small suburban-size yard. Speak out for the elephants. Call your Metro Councilor to demand a timeline for these elephants to finally get the space they deserve, the space we voted for. And that does not mean the 6 acre expansion the zoo plans to build on site sometime in 2012. Six acres is still far from enough room for 7 elephants, especially when the zoo plans to breed more. metro-region.org Kim Smith, zoo director: 503-226-1561--that is the zoo's central number, just ask for her office.

Video of demo on youtube:


16.06.2011 08:49
Eugene banner drop against wolf killings
On Wednesday, June 15th a banner was dropped in Eugene, OR to protest the killing of wolves in the Northwest and their proposed removal from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The killings and uncertain status of wolves under the ESA are unacceptable in that they endanger an already critically low population. Wolf populations have only recently begun to marginally improve; these current threats against wolves are dangerous steps backwards. The most recent documented plans to kill a Northwestern wolf are based on the death of a calf near Joseph, Oregon. Although livestock fatalities are used as justifications for the killing of wolves, there are alternative ways to protect livestock without exterminating an important species in the Northwest ecosystem. Until all beings are wild and free...

Ways to help: Submit comments encouraging continued protection under the ESA for these wolves and specific recovery provisions by July 5, 2011
Another place to Submit Comments

Background & Oregon Wild Press Release


16.06.2011 08:48
Better This World @ Clinton Street Theater ~ June 17-23
"better this world" documentary puts focus on government use of informants post-9/11; award-winning film has its portland premiere at the clinton st. theater. The premiere comes just after Congress passed an extension of the Patriot Act on May 26.

Synopsis: The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. Better This World follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under a revolutionary activist. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and an entrapment defense hinging on a controversial FBI informant. The film goes to the heart of the war on terror and political dissent in post-9/11 America.

Screening times:
June 17 - 24th
7 & 9 PM

Tickets:  http://www.clintonsttheater.com/
trailer:  http://www.betterthisworld.com


15.06.2011 13:22
Briana Waters is Cooperating with the State
Briana Waters accepted a plea bargain today, June 14th, which requires her full and complete cooperation with the state. It reads, in part, "Defendant shall cooperate completely and truthfully with law enforcement authorities in the investigation and prosecution of other individuals involved in criminal activity. Such cooperation shall include, but not be limited to, complete and truthful statements to law enforcement officers, as well as complete and truthful testimony if called as a witness before a grand jury, or at any state or federal trial, retrial, or other judicial proceedings. Defendant acknowledges that this obligation to cooperate shall continue after Defendant has entered guilty pleas and sentence has been imposed..." The plea agreement later states, "Defendant agrees that Defendant's sentencing date may be delayed based on the United States' need for Defendant's continued cooperation..."

The "Statement of Facts" in the plea agreement implicates other people in the actions to which she is pleading guilty. This includes Justin Solondz (who is currently awaiting trial), Rebecca Rubin and Joseph Dibee (who have not been captured).

Plea Agreement


14.06.2011 13:28
Homeless Camp out at Rose Parade for right 2 survive
Right 2 Survive put out a call to pitch a tent in downtown Portland to support the rights of the homeless to survive. This peaceful direct action raised awareness that there are not enough shelters or resources for the homeless. On any given day, there are 1,500 people sleeping in the streets, with nowhere to go, but city laws forbid them to set up tents. For 1 day only before the Rose Parade, the city allows everyone to camp out. For homeless activists, it's unfair that people are allowed to camp out for fun, but not for survival.

For most people, being homeless is one of their biggest fears. Yet millions of Americans have experienced homelessness. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty reported in 2007 that about 3.5 million people have experienced being homeless, 1.5 million of them children. [...]


11.06.2011 12:59
Field Day in the Jazz Timber Sale
Help us groundtruth every inch of the 2,000 acre Jazz Timber Sale proposed in the sensitive Collawash Watershed.

Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 am Meet us in the parking lot of the Ripplebrook Ranger Station between 11am-1pm to get maps and materials. Then head into the forest to visit units of the Jazz Timber Sale and take note of what you find there.

Find out more about the nature and importance of groundtruthing

Contact Olivia at olivia@bark-out.org to RSVP and get additional information about our Field Day in the Jazz Timber Sale.


08.06.2011 09:31
THIS THURSDAY: Rising Tide premiers SPOIL @ the Hollywood Theater! 7:30pm
In honor of International Stop the Tar Sands day, Portland Rising Tide and The National Wildlife Federation' s Tar Free Future campaign will host the Oregon premier of SPOIL, a documentary telling the story of the Great Bear Rainforest and the threat it faces form a proposed oil pipeline.

SPOIL: Documentary Film Premiere
Hollywood Theater
4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR
This Thursday, June 9th, 2011
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The showing is a benefit for Rising Tide - no one will be turned away, but please pitch in. We're asking everyone to please bring your checkbook if you can afford it. Sponsored by Portland Rising Tide, the National Wildlife Federation' s Tar Free Future campaign, KBOO Radio and Columbia Riverkeeper.
You can also join the Pedalpalooza Bike Ride to the film! This Pedalpalooza ride will meet near the swings around 5pm, wheels rolling at 5:30 @ Sunnyside Environmental School Park
3421 SE Salmon St.
Portland, Oregon

Film trailer:  http://www.vimeo.com/17374726
Facebook Event:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=207249162638832


07.06.2011 09:45
Film Screening: The People Speak
ONE NIGHT ONLY Wednesday, June 8th at 7pm. Hollywood Theater, NE 42nd and Sandy. $5 Suggest Donation, $10 Solidarity

Democracy is not a spectator sport. Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, THE PEOPLE SPEAK gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history, forging a nation from the bottom up with their insistence on equality and justice. Narrated by Howard Zinn and based on his best-selling books, A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People's History of the United States, THE PEOPLE SPEAK illustrates the relevance of these passionate historical moments to our society today and reminds us never to take liberty for granted.

This is a fundraiser for the International Socialist Organization- Portland District, to help us get to the Socialism 2011 in Chicago!  link to www.socialismconference.org


05.06.2011 12:56
Communique from the Communal Autonomous Council of San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, Mexico
June 2nd: To the indigenous peoples and peoples of the world. To the struggles built from below and whose origin is to the left, committed to the emblematic changes to which we are all dedicated and are a fundamental part of changing the world. To the women and men of this country who carry the world on their backs, the weight of a history plagued by injustice imposed by power. To those who dream of a great homeland, free and without any more blood, with which the poorest always pay, we who have decided to march to liberate our peoples at the cost of our lives, so that tomorrow our history has a future.

Our land, as in all of our continent called America, has been filled with innocent blood... Today, as they force us to mobilize in a caravan and they want to impose on us a destiny that is not ours, we have decided to renounce this path of death, we built the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala and we reassert it in order to give our families and people an alternative way of life...Therefore, today our intention to recover our community, the MARCH OF THE COLOR OF BLOOD is the cry of our peoples... JUSTICE FOR ALL OUR DEAD! JUSTICE FOR OUR PEOPLES! Jail Antonio Cruz Garcia and his paramilitaries!

For the autonomy of the Triqui people!


email: cdefensayjusticiamasjc-at-gmail.com


04.06.2011 12:26
"We the corporations" - MOVE to AMEND Oregon Tour
One of the prime movers of a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the court decision that gives corporations the rights of Human Beings will be on the road in Oregon during the month of June, offering training sessions.

MOVE TO AMEND ORGANIZER TRAINING -coming to a city near you:

CORVALLIS, OR: June 11, 2011 - 9:30am
EUGENE, OR: June 12, 2011 - 5:00pm
ROSEBURG, OR: June 13, 2011 - 9:00pm

 http://movetoamend.org for a complete schedule. Also, please help us keep the White House switchboard lit up between now and the Fourth of July. Hundreds more have been invited. Please invite all your Facebook friends. The correct link for the Facebook event (published with a typo previously) is:  https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113772435378497

MOVE TO AMEND has a very simple agenda, very similar to a handful of other groups that offer slightly different language:



04.06.2011 11:31
Are we living in a Post-Legal America?
It appears the law no longer applies to those who deem themselves above it ... Tom Engelhart makes a good case that we are currently living in a country where questions of legality are no longer relevant to the power elite in his article "Dumb Question of the Twenty-first Century: Is It Legal?"

I recently came across the best explanation I've seen about how law gets corrupted: "Politics is the art of telling people what they want to hear and then doing what's expedient, according to the dictates of power and money. Eventually, the law no longer operates according to its tenets and the only place it applies is to the living conditions of those too poor to afford lawyers, at the whim of those who can." -- Source: Les Visible

We all know we have a two-tiered system of law here in the United States: one for people with money and one for people that don't. But now there seems to be a third category: the "Shadow Government" that's really running the show. The law, it seems, doesn't apply to them at all. But they've forgotten something. Something we the people better not forget because it protects us all:



04.06.2011 11:23
Video: Portland Commemorates Memorial Day 2011
veterans for peace Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72 commemorates Memorial Day 2011 with a ceremony at the Memorial Coliseum Korean War Wall and then marches to the Peace Memorial Park for a closing ceremony.

This is the sixth year that Veterans for Peace has been providing an alternative, peace oriented way to commemorate Memorial Day and honor those who have given their lives for their country.

Memorial Day 2011



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