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Monday, Nov. 4th 8 PM
WOW Hall (8th and Lincoln)
From the open publishing newswire: The Guerrilla Video Primer is a behind-the-scenes look at "what it takes to get the shot" in the forests of the Northwest and on the streets of Eugene, Seattle, D.C., NYC, Quebec City and Palestine. (The Palestine footage, shot by a member of the New York Independent Media Center, is especially incredible.) [ Full Story ] [ Cascadia Media Collective ]
Del sala de noticias: Desde el 30 al 1 de noviembre de 2002 se reunirán en Quito, capital del Ecuador, cerca de 1000 empresarios que revisarán y harán propuestas el segundo borrador del Área del Libre Comercio de las Américas - ALCA e inmediatamente después se realizará la Séptima Reunión de Ministros de las Américas (pagina web oficial | programa) del 31 al 3 de noviembre en la que se analizarán las propuestas de los "únicos que tienen voz" para decidir el futuro de las Américas, los poderosos y sus cómplices- los actuales gobiernos de turno, menos el gobierno de Cuba.
Los movimientos sociales: organizaciones indígenas y campesinas, de mujeres, de pobladores, estudiantes de todo el continente han organizado las Jornadas de Movilización ANTI-ALCA que tendrán su gran epicentro en Quito pero que se multiplicarán en cada unos de los países del Continente Americano.
The FTAA Protests in Ecuador
The Social Movements: campesino and indigenous organizations, women, people from poor neighborhoods, students, people from all over the Continent have organized the anti/FTAA protests, which will have as their major epicenter Quito, but these actions will also be multiplied throughout the American Continent.
Radical Street Festival On Halloween in Portland
Come join us in the festive spirit of resistance to how the global elite would have us live. Represent with us the sense of liberation and equality that we envision for the western hemisphere and the rest of the world. Another America Is Possible.
From the open publishing newswire: I am happy to discover that there's a great group of people riding in Ashland every last Friday of the month, coinciding with CM's around the world. Friday was the Halloween ride (about 30 people showed up), and my first group ride since moving down here. Word didn't get out early enough that it was a Halloween ride so there were only a handful in some semblance of costume, but the mood was celebratory! Two cop cars eventually halted the ride after following us for several minutes and cited three people, including myself, for failure to use the bike lane. Despite this absurdity, I noticed that there seems to be a lot of support for riders here from people on the sidewalks, drivers, and even one shopkeeper who came out to yell support for us.
From the open publishing newswire: Are you feeling down about the 6 million dollars spent to cloud the initiative to label genetically engineered foods? Upset that "no on 27" ads run about every 15 minutes during prime time tv? Why not take that out to the street?
I spent two hours today with a HONK! sign and was re-energized with the response. People really don't want this franken-crap. Standing on the corner encouraging them to vote yes helps remind them of this. It also helps short-circuit the evil-doers "no on 27" PR campaign. Wanna try? Here's how...
National Week of Action against GMO Foods Includes Freaky Franken-Wedding
Dust off your formal wear, bring a gues, and join us! Come help us protest Safeway's use of genetically engineered foods. Tell them you refuse to be their guinea pig! Proper wedding attire is appreciated but not required. Light refreshments will be served. See you at the wedding! Wednesday, Oct. 30, 11 am - 1 pm, Lloyd Center Safeway.
[ NW RAGE ]
From the open publishing newswire: There will be a memorial/candlelight vigil for Senator Paul Wellstone tomorrow night, Monday, October 28 at 7:00 PM. Come to Shemanski Park (SW Park and Salmon) to pay tribute to Senator Wellstone. Please bring a candle (or two) if you can.
From a previous story about Wellstone: Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota was reported dead in a plane crash on Friday morning. He was a member of the state's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and was described on the Twin Cities IMC site as "one of the very few Representatives who had the courage and conviction to speak for those that are so often ignored". Wellstone was among the 23 Senators who voted against a bill granting war powers to Bush. From a progressive point of view, Wellstone's record was not spotless -- he voted in favor of bombing Iraq in 1998, the anti-gay "Defense of Marriage Act", and the xenophobic Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2001 -- but he was generally seen as one of the least of evils on Capitol Hill. From a radical point of view, he fell quite short of any respectable ideal, and showed the pointlessness of electoral politics.
[ more on Wellstone: Twin Cities IMC ]
From the open publishing newswire:Allyn Ford is a very very bad man that has a fetish with the last of our old-growth forests. He also has no regard for human life. Allyn Ford's company, Roseburg Forest Products and its subsidiary Scott Timber are currently logging our public lands to death. Recently, forest advocates at the Peak timber sale have been subjected to life threatening circumstances at the hands of Mr. Ford and his cohorts. This is not the first time that profits have been put before human life in Allyn's world. It's time that Mr. Ford's actions are dealt with. He needs to hear loud and clear that the public will not stand by and watch him destroy our forests just so he can get another hot-tub or another SUV.
From the open publishing newswire: Mike-D. (Michael McMullin), a local portland activist is facing probation violation charges tommorow,October 28th in the Justice Center(Multnomah County 1120 SW 3rd) Rm.2 at 9:00am. Mike-D. has just been FREED from jail last Monday where he was serving 60 days in Washington County for not obtaining his G.E.D and for not calling his probation officer everyday to tell her where he will be staying that night. If they find him guilty of violating his probation he could be serving more time locked up for not doing his community service. All Mike-D. does everyday is community service! Show SOLIDARITY by supporting Mike-D. at his hearing.
From the open publishing newswire:the PPS Student Activist Alliance is meeting Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Red and Black cafe at 5:00. All high school student activists and members of the press are welcome to attend.
The PPS Student Activist Alliance is a coalition of high school activist clubs and affinity groups dedicated to educating the student population on school issues such as military recruiters and idea censorship, national issues such as the USA PATRIOT ACT, and global issues such as the FTAA and war. Its secondary goal is to involve students in the world of activism and getting them to act on these issues.
From the open publishing newswire: A press conference announcing the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, the mayor, chief of police and up to 50 unnamed police officers for their violent actions against peaceful demonstrators on August 22 was held Friday at lunchtime in front of Portland City Hall. Among the 9 plaintiffs in the federal civil rights lawsuit are Don Joughin and Corrina Andrews and their young children Sophie, Kiernan, and Daschle. All of them, including the youngest, 10 months old at the time, were pepper gassed by Portland police officers while standing peacefully at 2nd Avenue and Alder Street on August 22, after being blocked in by the police. [ Read More... ]
AUDIO: The Press Conference, including questions and answers was a little under 20 minutes. This is the entire Conference, unedited. Though at about a half dozen occasions the audio stutters and skips a bit, it is clear and intelligible. [ Streaming audio | Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: On Saturday October 26 an activist working ground support at the Peak Timber Sale was arrested while attempting to contact one of the tree-sits. He was arrested for breaking a closure, which makes it illegal for people to be on public lands. The activist is refusing to provide his legal name to the police in protest against his arrest. Similar arrests in the past have been found unconstitutional and illegal when taken to court. The activist may also be on hunger strike. Witnesses report that he MAY have been assaulted by police during the arrest. [ Read More... ] Mazama Forest Defenders
From the open publishing newswire: Yesterday, unable to make the Noon gathering at Pioneer Courthouse Square, but still wanting to do something on my own, I decided how to take advantage of a "fake ticket" that I had been e-mailed on Friday before leaving for Critical Mass. Using a whistle, on my bike, I pulled in front of 6 large SUV's, successfully got them to stop, laid my bike down in front of them and then walked back to the driver. "Do you know why I stopped you? I am going to have to give you a ticket for contributing to the destruction of the environment, the health of the inhabitants of the planet and also as an addict to middle-east oil." Because what I did was SO ABSURD, I only received one negative response. 5 of the 6 drivers accepted the "ticket" and 1 even told me that she works in downtown and only uses her car to shop and recreate, the rest of the time using bike and public transit and was going to make copies of the "ticket" and give to others. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Today's anti-war march was a pleasant change. While only a few hundred people at it's peak, today's anti-war march was loud, noisy and fun! Starting at Pioneer Square, people marched to the Federal Building, then back towards the Pioneer Place Mall. On the way, someone scaled a tree a hung a large "No Oil War" banner. When the crowd got to the mall, security guards locked it up tight, but someone found a side entrance. Several dozen protestors chanting "While you're shopping, bombs are dropping" did a few laps through the mall before trying to exit. They found the door still locked (isn't that some kind of fire hazard?). Eventually, one door was opened and folks continued on their way.
"Not my pResident, Not my war" Next stop Saturday market - hundreds of shoppers gawked as the rowdy crowd marched through the market. One of the street performers took up the chant and added a nice beat (where were the Portland drummers today?). Then most of the crowd hopped on the Max!! and headed over to Lloyd Center. The train was full of friendly faces, and folks shouted a loud chant before exiting. After gathering a few stragglers and having a little romp in the park's leaves, the crowd headed to the Army Recruiting station on Broadway. But they took a shortcut right through the Lloyd Center mall! It was pretty crazy, lots of folks out for a regular Saturday feast of consumption had to stop for a second, lean over the balconies and check out all the racket. Chanting, whistling, and the horde of Lloyd Center security guards ensured that everyone got the message.
After the mall, the crowd took back to the street for the short walk over to the Recruiting Station. Surprisingly, they were open for business, and folks headed in. The literature was rearranged a little, and some military posters were redecorated with anti-war messages. Protestors occupied the office for at least 20 minutes before heading back the park and disbanding.
Cops grab Indymedia reporter
From Washington DC
"As the Bush Administration angles for the power to maintain control in the Middle East, including the option for unilateral war, people across the United States are organizing and acting out in opposition. This Saturday, Oct. 26, tens of thousands of people are expected to converge on the east and west coasts -- in Washington, DC and San Francisco -- for anti-war demonstrations to stop the drive toward war with Iraq. The demonstration in DC is being organized by the International ANSWER coalition, while the actions in San Francisco are being coordinated by the United For Peace coalition."
Latest update from DC:
From the open publishing newswire: A hearing on September 30th, 2002 in U.S. District Court in Portland was heard regarding a preliminary injunction filed by STARBUCKS to prohibit Sambuck's Coffeehouse to use her business name in the interim (between now and the trial). The judge denied STARBUCKS injunction. The judge said "proceed with trial". No trial date has been set. The first court VICTORY for Sambuck's Coffeehouse.
[ Astoria Coffee War (original post, with 100+ comments) | Sam Buck has been served a summons by Starbucks | Starbucks protest this Friday to support Astoria's Samantha Buck | Tell STARBUCKS and their PORTLAND LAWYERS to leave Samantha Buck alone!! ]
From the open publishing newswire: So I was really pumped about this month. I felt empowered and was riding my bike in circles in anticipation of this months ride. I always dig that when I am riding down to under the bridge I always meet someone along the way if not tons. The march finally gets under way after what was too damn long and bikes kept changing positions north south go go. I think I started in the middle but the next thing you know i'm by my self in the front. Alone all alone is a key theme for the evening. sure there were cops but the core riders agree that you need to keep together and that means running the reds. The laws that keep them up keep us down and since we don't have these big old economy supporting war sanctioning road machines We are not in the capitalists good graces and we must be stoped by any means.
Over 1000 bikes, but no Critical Mass
The evening makes me wonder about what were the arrangements between 'organizers' and the police. It seemed that there was an aggressive effort by 'peace police' to keep people under control and following the city's dictates. Well, not knowing what went on in meetings and in minds, I'll refrain from being overly critical of those efforts until I hear more. I'll just add that if this evening is what people are envisioning for Critical Mass to be in Portland, I want nothing to do with it.
Critical Mass: Know when to choose your battles
more: [ What happens if you don't show ID? | A Butcher-Knife Is Being Held To The Throat Of Critical Mass | Critical Mass, Wasn't All Bad | STOP THIS BULLSHIT! | November Mass, Critical | Critical Mass Clergy | Critical Farce | Bicyclist Struck by Hit and Run | bike riders stopped, possibly cited this evening by a hoard of police | August & September Critical Mass rides | Portland Critical Mass website ]
From the open publishing newswire: We can enact positive change only if people's brains are functioning fully. The food we eat enhances or detracts from our brain's ability to function. Allergies are more common today than ever. Many companies that play the biotech game are related to producing drugs that relieve the symptoms of allergies. Connect the dots and support Measure 27.
A few years back, Carol Simontacchi chronicled the way in which American's screw up their mental health by eating a nutrient-poor foods. Her research led her to the conclusion that the combination of artificial ingredients and lack of minerals were linked to many problems, including allergies and ADHD. As I've read this book to an at-risk population, namely my 5th grade class, I've had a revelation: We'll never get our country moving towards positive change until more are feeding their brains. Measure 27 may be the best way to start that process.
The biggest point Carol seems to make is that kid's, as well as adult's, brains, are functioning poorly because of their diets.
From the open publishing newswire: As we speak forest defenders are risking their lives to defend 660 acres of native forest threatened by the Peak timber sale. Roseburg Forest Products has been logging there since late September. On Thursday morning, Oct. 24, Columbia Helicopters began removing trees at great risk to the forest defenders lives. To bring more attention to this deadly situation, activists gathered at the Forest Service offices in downtown portland to protest the negligence of Columbia Helicopters and the U.S. Forest Service.
[ More on this story with pictures... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota was reported dead in a plane crash on Friday morning. He was a member of the state's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and was described on the Twin Cities IMC site as "one of the very few Representatives who had the courage and conviction to speak for those that are so often ignored". Wellstone was among the 23 Senators who voted against a bill granting war powers to Bush. From a progressive point of view, Wellstone's record was not spotless -- he voted in favor of bombing Iraq in 1998, the anti-gay "Defense of Marriage Act", and the xenophobic Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2001 -- but he was generally seen as one of the least of evils on Capitol Hill. From a radical point of view, he fell quite short of any respectable ideal, and showed the pointlessness of electoral politics.
Shortly after the news was announced, speculation broke out on Indymedia that his death was no accident. On a post to the Twin Cities site, the question is asked, "If Bush had died in a plane crash, would there not be immediate open speculation about the possibility of assassination? Wellstone held the balance in the Senate for the Democrats; he was as opposed to Bush policies as any Senator could be, in issues of war, health policy, and labor issues. His death has great political and social significance." So far, corporate media has not raised the possibility of assassination and is pointing to bad weather conditions as the cause of the crash. There is much doubt about this story, though.
Twin Cities IMC stories: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ]
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