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Troy Davis was denied clemency. Nazi USA, led by the twin parties of the death penalty, war and fascism, the Democrat-Republicans, continues to promote the death penalty. We have a black president and black attorney general, supporters of the death penalty, who could easily get a federal injunction on the basis of civil rights violations but have done nothing.
Amnesty International is asking everyone to sign their latest petition to the Georgia District Attorney, who could stop the Sept 21, 2011, 7 p.m. execution of an innocent man, another lynching in the backward USA that is now among a minority of nations that still has the death penalty.
takeaction.amnestyusa.org [ PIMC: update post: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/09/410619.shtml ]
NYC-based George Mann brings a new concert program, "200 Years of Struggle in Song," to The Red and Black Cafe with special guests Jay Russo from "General Strike" and Rose Darke on Fiddle!
Sunday, September 25 at the RED and BLACK Cafe
400 SE 12th Avenue
With special appearances by Rose Darke and Jay Russo
George created and produced the "Hail to the Thief!" anti-Bush CD series, which featured such folk legends as Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips, Billy Bragg and Magpie, and his work with veterans, unions and anti-war groups has kept him on the front lines for 20 years. He produced a new compilation CD, "Until You Come Home: Songs for Veterans and their Kin" and his latest solo CD, "Songs for Jules and Bruce," was released last year. George will present a program of song and narrative, "200 Years of Struggle in Song," in the first hour, and sing many songs from the catalogue of folk and labor music in this concert. Come on down!
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I have been trying to unionize my workplace, Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette which is located in Portland Oregon and the surrounding areas. It will actually be my former workplace as of this morning. My decision to resign has been a long time coming. I had been one of the employees from the beginning to try to get GICW employees to join a union since last fall. That fall I approached another employee about it, Doug M., and the next day we had an anti-union meeting with two of the higher ups in the company. Obviously you just can't trust some people. You'll read about the higher ups later.
To the workers who produce the revenue for the company I say this: There are some of you here, and you know who you are, that are too good for this place. As for everyone else, you should unite in order to take some of the ridiculous amounts of revenue that GICW makes and use it to support yourselves and your families. You should unionize to support a democratic workplace. Or not. Or do nothing and enjoy continuing to earn your low paychecks while others profit off of your labor. If inaction is your decision then you've earned your poverty with your ignorance and your cowardice.
US Day of Rage - in coordination with the occupation of Wall Street - Saturday September 17th. Pioneer Courthouse Square. Taking back our lives one square at a time...
Facebook event page - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=257426814290207
Follow @USDayofRageOR on Twitter
Here is the mapped route for the day: http://g.co/maps/e6pd4
At 11:00AM to 3pm on Saturday, September 17th people will gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square - 701 Southwest 6th Avenue in Portland, Oregon 97204.
We will rally in the Square until 12:00PM while telling passersby about our message, waving signs, handing out information, performing simple skits and making a lot of noise. At 12:00PM we will exit Pioneer Square onto SW Broadway heading southwest towards SW Main St. We will turn left onto SW Main St. and march east toward SW 5th Avenue. We will turn left onto SW 5th Avenue and stop at the Bank of America at 1001 Southwest 5th Avenue. We will cluster in front of the building and begin protesting peacefully but powerfully, as thoughtful citizens do.
If we are forced to move, we will loop back around the block by heading north on SW 5th Avenue, turning left onto SW Salmon St., left onto SW 6th Avenue, left onto SW Main St. and left again onto SW 5th Avenue. We will repeat this loop as many times as necessary.
As an expression of democracy in action, people are encouraged to also act spontaneously with a diversity of tactics. Come with your friends and a plan!
Resources & Idea - Bring signs (ie No War But Class War, Eat the Rich, Demand Everything)- Bring noisemakers including pots and pans, air horns, conch shells, trumpets, whatever you see fit. These are all legal and encouraged. - Bring monopoly money
Time Friday, September 16 ˇ 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location Pioneer Courthouse Square Broadway & Morrison
An International Day of Solidarity for Troy Dravis has been called by Amnesty International for Friday, September 16.
In Portland we will gather in solidarity, for Troy & against the death penalty everywhere.
Campaign to End the Death Penalty:
Portland facebook event page
On Wednesday, Oct 19th, Former Secretary of State (during the Bush reign) will be giving a keynote speech at PSU. You may recall that this is a lady who had an oil tanker named after her, and who was involved in the Iraq WMD scandal and approving torture by the US Military.
For reservations contact Debbie Hutchins, 503-725-8135 / firstname.lastname@example.org. More info on the awards dinner or keynote speech.
We can only hope they are serving Yellow Cake for dessert.
Washington State Longshore Workers Dump Scab Grain to Protect Jobs Before dawn today, 500 people broke down terminal gates, prevented security guards from interfering, and cut the train's brake lines.
[Comment:]The ILWU has had to deal with more than their fair share of abuse in the past couple weeks; This [Utube] video shows footage of August 29, 2011
This disturbing video shows an unidentified driver plowing a large vehicle through a nonviolent worker demonstration at the EGT grain facility at the Port of Longview, Washington. The car appears to speed up as it strikes two of the workers. One of the workers is pushed several feet as the car continues moving, and the driver doesn't slow down or render aid. The driver of the vehicle has not been arrested for assaulting the workers, for failing to render aid or for leaving the scene of an accident.
EGT is a joint venture of Bunge, STX Pan Ocean, and Itochu. EGT has contracted with General Construction Company, employer of Operating Engineers Local 701, to do the work that is the long-established jurisdiction of the men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 21.
BACKGROUND at: Teamsters 117 website
Today I witnessed a man jumped by undercover Portland Police for an unknown crime in Downtown. Besides the fact I was not able to obtain information about why they were arresting him, the methodology of the act was disturbingly violent. They inflicted head trauma to the man being arrested, when it didn't appear to the observer such force was necessary or warranted...
He was bleeding what looked like a minor to medium head injury. His right arm was skinned where it scraped the pavement. The officer holding him nudged the man and said, "He's fine. Tell him you're fine." The handcuffed man assented and said, "Yeah I'm fine" although he looked anything but. I held this officer's gaze for a moment not saying anything but obviously incredulous at this.
Join us this month for a hike near Timberline Lodge to discuss Bark's concerns with the proposed mountain bike trail and skills park. We will hike part of a proposed trail, discuss the process of building, maintaining, and regulating trails, as well as the impacts on this fragile alpine area. Perhaps we'll enjoy a treat at the lodge too!
Sunday, September 11th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Carpools meet at the Hollywood Trader Joe's, 4121 NE Halsey in Portland at 9am sharp. It is across the street from the Hollywood Transit Center, near the I-84 exit 2. If you are able to drive, we greatly appreciate your contribution to helping make a successful hike. If you are looking for a ride, please come prepared to reimburse your driver.
Portland Rising Tide dropped an anti-tar sands banner today from the Burnside Bridge. The group is acting in solidarity with communities, organizations and individuals resisting tar sands development across North America. Rising Tide's action comes on the heels of the 2-week Tar Sands Action campaign in Washington DC. 1,253 American's were arrested in an act of civil disobedience at the White House to send a message to President Obama, asking him to stand up to Big Oil and deny the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline permits.
The Keystone XL pipeline is required for Big Oil to profit off of the social and environmental disaster that is the Alberta tar sands. Current tar sands mining has brought increased cancer rates, polluted water, and mass die-offs of birds and fish in the largely First Nation communities of northern Alberta.
Tar Sands Action organizers have put a call out for activists to hold the date October 7th for further action. This is the final Congressional hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline. Regionally, people are encouraged to visit their local Obama 2012 headquarters and inform staffers that you will withhold your support in the upcoming presidential elections until the pipeline is stopped.
For more information:
On the night of August 29th, the Animal Liberation Front raided the Damascus Elk Farm (23255 SE Highway 212) in Clackamas, Oregon. Fencing was stripped away, giving the animals a chance at escape. According the the communique received by the Animal Liberation Press Office, the ALF were forced to make a premature departure in the middle of the raid due to a "disturbance".
This is the second deer farm raid in Oregon in the past year, and the third ever in the U.S. The previous raid took place in October 2010 at a deer farm in Molalla, Oregon. That action followed the same model: fencing was stripped away from pens, allowing the animals to escape into the surrounding countryside.
The full communique reads:
BMedia is close to finishing our 4th Variety Show and would like to release this short piece that will be in the next episode as a kind of "sneak preview".
Anti-war vet Brian Willson introduces his new book "Blood On the Tracks", a memoir of his fascinating life so far. Brian talks about his experiences in Vietnam, solidarity with the Central American revolutions in the 80s, and the meaning behind the title of his book. For info on the book tour visit www.bloodonthetracks.info.
Watch the video here.
CLDC's 2nd Annual Local Harvest Feast and auction at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum near Eugene
Mt. Pisgah Arboretum 5:30-9:30 pm on September 1, 2011.
Join us for a locally grown, yummy, four-course dinner prepared by C. Ashley Hawkins including music, socializing, appetizers, luscious drinks, followed by dinner, more music and a silent and live auction.
Featured Speaker: George A. Kimbrell, Senior Attorney, Center for Food Safety; Music by Sol de los Andes
All proceeds go to benefit the work of CLDC!
RSVP @ 541-687-9180 or www.cldc.org
The Alberta Tar Sands Project has devastated a vast swath of North America, and its proposed extension, the Keystone XL Pipeline, would further crisscross the entire continent, transporting oil to refineries in Texas to then be Canadian tar oil project distributed beyond.
An environmental nightmare that has permanently destroyed an expanse of Canada's boreal forests the size of England, the Alberta Tar Sands project is a staggering expression of the industrial growth consciousness that values profit over life itself. The Keystone XL pipeline would exponentially compound this destruction and greatly hasten the rate of climate change.
Please take action on Thursday Sept. 1 in Portland, in solidarity with Tar Sands Activists from across the country.
TAR SANDS ACTION: Thurs. Sept. 1 in Portland
This information was broadcast this morning on KBOO 90.7FM Portland "Press**Watch/The News You're Not Supposed to Know."
The North Anna nuclear plants 1 & 2 are facing a triple threat: a reactor trip due to the 5.8 earthquake, a loss of available coolant water in the adjoining Anna Lake, and the approaching Hurricane Irene. The water temperature in the Atlantic off Charleston, South Carolina, is at 93.7 and ranges in the mid-eighties nearby, according to the National Oceanographic data Center maintained by NOAA. This could bode poorly for the region and bring the possibility of sudden hurricane strengthening as Hurricane Irene approaches the US East Coast near South Carolina. As with any hurricane this year, the question is whether global warming will produce another monster. Current CO2 levels are at 392.39 as the hurricane approaches the region where nuclear power plants are still offline from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake earlier this week.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Early on Friday morning, August 26, over one hundred and fifty people blocked a 414,000-pound, 208-foot long tar sands processing plant module at a major Moscow, Idaho, intersection for up to 45 minutes. While a half dozen protesters sat in the Third and Washington street crosswalk in front of the massive ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil shipment, scores of community members and newly returned college students stood in the streets, angrily chanting and waving signs. Protesters who stopped the shipment also expressed solidarity with Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipeline permitting opponents in the Plains states, British Columbia, and at daily, ongoing sit-ins at the White House gates in Washington DC.
Last October, thirty-four modules up to thirty feet high had been shipped and barged to the Port of Lewiston, where they were stranded and reduced in size after a series of four lawsuits diverted movement of the locally-termed "megaloads" away from ExxonMobil's nominally preferred route, the Highway 12 wild and scenic river corridor. Last night proved one more instance of ever more meaningful and effective rallies in the Northwest that work to divest our dependence on the dirty oil derived from tar sands development.
Other news about the protest:
Michael Ruppert, author of "Crossing the Rubicon", "Confronting Collapse" and the subject of the documentary "Truth and Lies of 9-11" will be in Portland, OR on September 11th. This will be a benefit for KBOO Community Radio. Michael's lecture is titled "No Time to Focus on the Past, We Must Focus on the Crisis of Industrial Civilization and the Emergence of Post-Petroleum Human"
When: 9/11/2011 @ 7PM, doors at 6PM
When disaster strikes, government response is often slow leaving victims without help for days. Preparing community members to coordinate a decentralized and plant-based response and recovery is vital. This is an introductory workshop that will provide learning and preparedness resources and suggestions for further education. We will share important stories from our trip to Haiti.
Visit our website to learn about our work in Haiti after the earthquake: serpentine-project.org
Sept. 10-11 --- 10AM - 5PM
Friday, July 29th - Today, about 20 compassionate Portland activists joined the SHAC Global Day of Action against customers of HLS in solidarity with other AR activists across the world. For us here in the City of Roses, all eyes were on shareholders of Huntingdon's most hated customer, Astrazeneca (AZ). Today marked the second time this month AZ shareholders were targeted in the area.
A note to Invesco, AXA, and any shareholders of HLS customers in the US (and the World): You can throw us in jail, you can try to scare us with ridiculous legal threats and you can pay for all the security you think will halt the protests, but our drive to Close Down HLS will NEVER stop until the murder of innocent animals HLS comes to an end.
CUT YOUR TIES WITH HLS, OR DEAL WITH US!
- Portland Animal Defense League & Anti-HLS PDX
A ten minute video from a recent demonstration [8.2.11] at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland Oregon protesting the betrayal of the people.
Immediately after the Phony "Debt Crisis" was averted, Congress and the President having signed the legislation, a last minute impromptu protest was called to gather at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland to voice disapproval and outrage.
Thanks to Portland Jobs with Justice, word of mouth, Portland Indymedia and a quick page on Facebook, a fair amount of folks showed up, standing vocally on the east side of the Square. Numerous cars honked their support and approval for the brief hour that the gathering was scheduled to last.
I interviewed three people who demonstrated keen perception of the true underlying issues and consequences of the Legislative and Executive circus which has played out in Washington D.C. and in the Corporate media for the past few weeks.
Sacrifice the Rich
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