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Here is a 15 minute audio piece and a few photos from the Oct. 17th Student Rally at 5th and Main. About 75 people gathered. One person had a megaphone and people took turns describing their own experience. People described their search for jobs, how much money they owe, how the level of debt is going up even as they make some payment and the general sentiment that they were unlikely to ever be able to pay off their student loans. The point was also made that unlike other loans, student loans are not included in a bankruptcy filing.
Recruiter Watch PDX wants to thank Military & Draft Counseling Project - War Resisters League (Portland), and its coordinator John Grueschow, for diligently pursuing the "equal access" concern for at least the last five years. As many of you may already be aware, the "equal access for counter-recruiters" (NOT anti-war protesters in general, as originally portrayed in THE OREGONIAN article) successfully passed last evening with a unanimous 7-0 vote! Congratulations, Military & Draft Counseling Project! It was a pleasure collaborating with you on this issue.
There have been a number of articles in corporate media and a plethora of comments to said articles. For the reality, please refer to the actual text of the Equal Access Resolution which can be found at:
These are a bunch of photos from Oct 6th. They are mostly signs. I am posting these to counter the corporate media lies about people having no message.
The corporate media is owned by the 1% and does their bidding. This means they are always attacking any democratic movement. For a long time, the super rich have managed to keep people focused on each other - side to side. This has kept people divided. Now the Occupy movement is looking up at the super rich. The real issue is up and down, not side to side.
One of the ways that Occupiers everywhere have been attacked by the super rich through their media mouthpiece is by saying that people have no real message, they don't know why they are there. This is not true so these are a bunch of photos from the rally and march on Portland Oct 6th. I believe they show quite clearly that people know why they are there and who their enemy is.
Viv Miley, a participant in Occupy Sydney, told *Green Left Weekly* the police moved in and told people they had to move immediately or would be arrested. He said groups of occupiers linked arms and began chanting, before police began violently dragging people off... A rally had already been called in Martin Place for next Saturday, October 29 in support of the call for global rallies by the Occupy movement in support of a Robin Hood tax on global financial institutions. Miley said: "The occupation showed there is a lot of hope and inspiration by the Occupy Wall Street movement and the movement in Spain. It has captured people's imagination.
[According to The World Socialist Website:] A violent operation, involving hundreds of riot and mounted police, the Critical Incident Response Unit, the dog squad and plainclothes officers, was launched yesterday against the Occupy Melbourne protest camp. At least 95 people were arrested, many after being brutally assaulted by multiple police officers. Demonstrators were kicked, punched and blinded with capsicum spray. One was hospitalised after two police pinned him to the ground while another kicked him in the groin... http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49176
This evening, October 21, 2011, the local Public Access program, "A Growing Concern," will feature a discussion regarding the recent Occupy Wall Street Movement.
Live at 7:00 on channel 11.
Program will feature video footage from the recent Portland "End the War in Afghanistan, Bring the Money Home," rally and march. Powerful speakers took to the stage expressing their disgust with endless wars and why citizens are taking to the streets and Occupying their cities.
Also appearing for a discussion of the local, national and international Movement will be a Social Media liaison with Occupy Portland.
On Sunday October 16th, a group of 20-30 antifascists and allies gathered at SE 32nd Avenue and Taylor Street to oppose the opening of Mars Hill's Portland branch. Demonstrators carried banners with statements of support for the LGBTQ community and maintained a presence in front of the church throughout the service. As church attendees exited the building, demonstrators held a dance party with the aid of a portable sound system and chanted, "Homophobes get out of here! Pro-Choice! Pro-Queer!"
Mars Hill is a misogynistic, homophobic, evangelical megachurch founded by Mark Driscoll in Seattle, Washington. His tiny flock first met in his living room in 1996 and swelled to a membership of 1,000 by 2003. It now boasts 12 branches in four states. The original Seattle branch alone was reported to have an attendance of 3,500 people per week in 2006, and numbers have grown since then. There are congregations of Mars Hill specifically devoted to "converting" queer people, encouraging them to suppress their sexuality and live a straight lifestyle. The newest church outpost here in Portland aims to change the sinful ways of the Rose City: namely the city's Left-wing, feminist, and pro-queer culture.
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Protesters from Occupy Portland and Portland Rising Tide confront Bank of America with a dance off in the lobby of their corporate office tower in downtown Portland. Thirty five protesters entered the building and kicked off a rowdy dance party in the lobby, playing on bucket drums and rhythm sticks. The Bank of America branch immediately locked its doors, preventing protesters from bringing the dance party inside. As this debauchery disrupted business as usual in the tower lobby and the bank branch and mortgage center, a small group of individuals took the elevator to the seventeenth floor to deliver letters to corporate employees demanding that Bank of America cease and desist its funding of coal mining across the country and coal export projects in the northwest.
Climate activists have been targeting Bank of America branches over the past year in Portland and beyond for the company's financing of coal. Proposed coal export terminals threaten the Northwest in Longview and Bellingham, Wahington, as well as St. Helens and Coos Bay, Oregon. These terminals seek to export up to 80 million tons of domestic coal annually to growing Asian markets, in stark contrast to the recent achievements Oregonians have made in moving away from dirty coal fired power plants. While Bank of America gets the profits off of their investment in the world's most dirty energy source, the rest of the world gets the devastating side effects such as natural disasters fueled by climate change, health problems from living near coal plants, rail-lines or export facilities, and forced removal from our homes and land to allow for coal mining.
A Music Video and Art-Collage-News piece about Occupy Eugene, Occupy Eureka, Occupy Ashland, Occupy Medford and Occupy Humboldt. Love&Peace.
http://bit.ly/occupylovenews5 - Solidarity with Occupy Portland, Occupy Together, Occupy Wall Street and All movements for peace, love and social justice.
Environmental, peace and community activist Malik Rahim to speak at the First Unitarian Church Oct. 18th from 7 to 9 p.m.
I hope you recognize the name because Malik Rahim is a noted peace activist, community organizer, and a moving speaker on environmental issues. In 2008, Rahim was honored as a recipient of the Thomas Merton Award. There are a number of videos on the Internet which feature Malik - I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch one. Here's a link to one:
In 2006, Rahim announced plans to run for mayor of New Orleans, but did not appear on the ballot. In July 2008, Rahim filed to run for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district seat of the U.S. House of Representatives as a Green Party candidate. He ran against Democratic incumbent William J. Jefferson, Republican candidate Joseph Cao, and Libertarian Party candidate Gregory Kahn. Cao won; Rahim finished third in the four candidate field receiving 2.8% of the vote
Around 100 people gathered to protest outside the US Bankruptcy Court on SW 5th Ave and SW Salmon in Downtown Portland to demand full dischargability of all student loans in bankruptcy. Portland, OR, USA, 17/10/11.
According to a press release from the organizers;
"We demand that all student loans be fully dischargeable in bankruptcy court. Because the wealthy have their business and personal debts canceled when they declare bankruptcy. Because when the poor seek to have their debts canceled, they're told that student loan debt is non-dischargeable for life. We seek the total abolition of bankruptcy discrimination against the poor and working classes.
Students have no credit history when they enter college and seek to finance their education with student loans. No one will lend money on such a risky venture. This is the argument for a federal guarantee of student loans. It brings lenders to the table. But because there is no credit history on which the loans are made, student loans are not part of the credit markets. They are part of a modern system of indentured servitude.
We demand an end to the student loan industry. We demand a 100% grant-based system for funding education instead. We demand that all debts be treated equally in bankruptcy courts. We demand bankruptcy discharge of all debts for rich and poor alike. [...]
At last night's General Assembly there was nearly unanimous support for endorsing the Discharge the Debt Rally organized by Student Loan Justice Portland.
The protest will occur on Monday, October 17th, at 12 noon in front of the US Bankruptcy Court located at the corner of SW 5th Ave and SW Salmon.
Over 5,000 people marched through downtown Portland in a protest calling for an end to wars. After meeting at Shemansky Park the march headed to the 'Occupy' rally in Chapman Park, later meeting up again in Pioneer Square. Portland, Oregon, USA, 15/10/2011.
Last month Mars Hill--an evangelical megachurch with nine branches in Washington and one in New Mexico--postponed its first public meeting after a dance-in and kiss-in was organized by LGBTQ folks in Portland to protest the church's hateful message equating homosexuality with cancer. Mars Hill claimed the postponement was a result of parking concerns due to the Belmont Street Fair scheduled to take place the same day.
Let's show them they won't have a free pass to spread bigotry and hatred here in Portland! Spread the word!
Occupy Eugene had a great General Assembly planning meeting Thursday night in downtown Eugene. More than 200 activists and gung-ho occupiers of all ages, a real cross section of the 99 percent, maybe even a few undercover but still unionized officers. The assembly heard about a dozen committee reports and gave consent approval to most of the planning including media, sanitation, food, etc.
A march is slated to start Saturday morning October 15 at 9AM. Final site and time of the occupation will be announced during the march.
For more information see Occupy Eugene official website.
R2DToo is a new Oregon non-profit organization supported by members of Right 2 Survive. Today a space was opened up on N.W. 4th and Burnside in downtown to provide a safe place for those that need it. Portland, OR, USA, 10/10/2011.
Ibrahim Mubarak, co-founder of Right 2 Survive, Dignity Village and Board Member of R2DToo, says "This is a direct result of the government's failure to admit that we have a housing problem in this country - not only has the government failed to admit it, it has failed to act on it." The housing crisis that has come to national attention since 2008 has deeper roots in the refusal of the Federal government to recognize housing as a human right. As long as this remains the case, homelessness will not end and we must explore alternative, cost-effective pathways for those who lack housing or who current programs, for a variety of reasons, do not serve. R2DToo hopes its space and the programs it develops will serve as a model for addressing the unmet needs of thousands of Portlanders and will inspire others in possession of empty lots or buildings to consider creating similar spaces."
An advocate for wolves in Oregon expressed relief Thursday that the Oregon Court of Appeals temporarily stopped plans to kill two male wolves of the Imnaha pack. The number of known gray wolves in Oregon has dropped from 21 to 14, said Oregon Wild conservation director Steve Pedery.
"If they carry out the kill order, that's down to 12," he said Thursday.
State Appellate Commissioner James Mass, after reviewing an emergency petition from three conservation groups Wednesday, at 4:59 p.m. stopped state plans to kill the alpha male and a yearling male of the pack that inhabits Wallowa County. The pack is deemed responsible for killing as may as 14 cattle since 2010. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department decided to kill the two males after determining they killed a calf Sept. 22 near Joseph.
This article appeared earlier today on Blueoregon.com. I deeply appreciate their help getting out the word. And huge props to Mary Rose Lenore Eng and Joe Walsh, The Lone Vet, who are doing so much to raise awareness on this sorry episode in the annals of Portland State University & Oregon Health & Science University.
How can OHSU operate a renowned torture treatment center on one hand, and sponsor a local event featuring a former high government official who reportedly authorized torture on the other?
Carlos Alberto Torres was one of the longest held Puerto Rican Political Prisoners in the history of Puerto Rico. He is also scheduled to appear in Olympia and Vancouver WA.
The NW Jericho Movement Presents: Puerto Rico's Past and Presence: Conversations with Former Political Prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres... Arrested April 4, 1980, Carlos Alberto Torres was convicted of seditious conspiracy and related charges, along with ten others, and sentenced to 78 years in prison. Through out his imprisonment he experienced both physical and mental torture at the hands of the United States prison system. Carlos Alberto Torres was one of the longest held Puerto Rican Political Prisoners in the history of Puerto Rico. Imprisoned for his belief in Puerto Rican Independence, he was paroled July 26, 2010, after serving more than 30 years in prison.
Friday October 14th 2011 12:30-3:30
Washington State University MMC Room 214,
14202 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98686
Friday October 14th 2011 7-9pm
Portland State University Smith Memorial Building Room 294
Saturday October 15th 2011 2:00-4:00 PM
The Evergreen State College Room SEM 2 E-1105
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW Olympia, Washington 98505
These events are free, open to the public and disability affirmative!
In one of the largest mass arrests in recent Boston history, the Boston Police Department cleared a park of activists with the 99 Percent Movement in the early hours of Tuesday morning, dismantling and destroying tents that had been set up on Monday. Startling [U-Tube] footage shot by an onlooker shows members of Veterans for Peace, an organization of U.S. military veterans who oppose war, being arrested by members of the Boston Police Department, their flags - including the American flag - being thrown to the ground:
Before the arrests and clearing of the park, the police surrounded it, lining up over a dozen paddy wagons along one side. They told members of the media to leave and not to film proceedings. After a five-minute warning to disperse, police moved in, first arresting the peacefully protesting veterans - who included a female veteran of the Iraq War, according to the Boston Phoenix - and then other Occupy Boston activists. According to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, about 100 arrests were made.
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