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Portland Public Access program, "A Growing Concern," featuring an interview with John Walsh, local member of Witness for Peace. John speaks at length about the workers at the GM plant in Colombia who were fired for injuries sustained on the assembly line.
Interview Regarding Colombian GM Workers
Walsh discusses the workers situation, but also speaks about labor and political conditions in the country in general. Also discussed are Free Trade Agreements and how they create conditions which allow multi national corporations to ignore human and environmental regulations.
At various points during the program, short videos are introduced, all taken from the Asotrecol Workers Youtube Page
These videos explain the reasons for the hunger strike and detail the suffering these families are going through due to assembly line injuries. One video features interviews with the wife and daughter of one of the workers.
ASOTRECOL - GM Workers Website
Protesters gathered in St. Johns at the railroad cut under Lombard to oppose plans for 157 million tons of coal to be exported yearly from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to China via ports in Portland and Vancouver. Portland, OR, USA, 08/18/2012.
On 8/16, a well planned action took place at several army/military recruiting offices in Portland. At the end of the days actions, all groups of protesters met up at the Lloyd Center Recruiting Office for a mass protest. They marched from there across town to an Obama Campaign Training Facility where they Occupied the building and 6 persons went into the office and refused to leave.
Upon closing time of the office, the protesters would not budge and were locked in the facility by management. Portland Police were called and around a dozen cops showed up. They were advised by a liason that the protesters intended to stay until PFC Bradley Manning was released and the police stated that "that is an unreal demand". They asked if the protesters intended to be arrested (which they did) and proceeded to bring in the wagon, enter the building, and arrest 5 protesters in a peaceable manner. Prior to doing so, they made an over the mic announcement that everyone was being recorded by cameras in patrol cars.
Remaining supporters marched to the downtown Justice Center in solidarity and the people were released within two hours of being arrested. This is part of a national solidarity effort and day of action to free Private Bradley Manning.
Free Bradley Manning Protest - 5 Arrested Inside Obama Campaign Facility (Short)
RELATED BRADLEY MANNING POSTS:
VIDEO: Panel on Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks
Video: Stand With Bradley Manning
Bradley Manning treatment in 'flagrant violation' of military code - lawyer
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is asking for your input on what impacts to consider when exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to Asia. The Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector proposal would include the impacts of building a 235-mile pipeline through southern Oregon, cutting through nearly 400 streams, likely using eminent domain, clear-cutting through 80 miles of public forests, decreasing national energy supplies and increasing domestic prices by exporting U.S. natural gas from a terminal in Coos Bay. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is expected to be released this winter, but now, within the next 30 days, FERC wants to hear from the public on what issues to include in the DEIS.
30 days is not near enough time. Federal regulators should give the American public a reasonable amount of time to provide input on this precedent-setting proposal. More time is needed for this complicated and wide-reaching project that includes impacts to endangered fish and wildlife, clean water, public forests, climate change, family farms, domestic gas prices for homes, businesses and manufacturers as well as the cumulative impacts of fracking more gas in the Rockies.
TAKE ACTION: Tell FERC that 30 days is not enough time for the public to provide comments on this proposal.
Please click here to send a quick email to Paul Friedman, the FERC representative for this project, and ask him to convey to the FERC commissioners that they should extend the comment time to at least 60 days.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like talking points.
Today 8.15.12 is a national day of action to stand with the Colombian General Motors plant workers who have been in a hunger strike for weeks now and have sewn their mouths shut. Community members here in Portland aim to hold a solidarity flash mob in Pioneer Square at 11:30am.
Portland, Oregon - Wednesday, August 15th, an emergency demonstration will take place in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square, in response to General Motors' failure to resolve the situation of fired workers injured at their Bogota, Colombia assembly plant, who are entering their third week of a hunger strike. This local action is part of a national Day of Action called for by Witness for Peace.
Come for this quick action downtown... 11:30 to noon. Signs, art and music provided. Just show up, bring a friend to double the fun. Let General Motors feel the pressure- from Portland, Oregon to GM's corporate headquarters in Detroit, to McLean, Virginia (home of GM CEO Daniel Akerson), and all points in between.
REPORT BACK VIDEOS, FROM PORTLAND ACTION on 8.15.12
Jim Lockhart: Video: Portland Solidarity with GM Workers in Colombia
Joe Anybody & Mobile T: VIDEOS: Solidarity With Colombian General Motors Workers Action In Portland 8.15.12
On July 31, as promised, Rose City Antifascists delivered a message to white supremacist organizers our state. We tracked down leading Volksfront International activists Casey and Alaina Joy Banyas of Albany, OR at their residence, and also located Volksfront leader Nick Cheshire at his workplace, Morgan Distributing in Portland. In addition, our organization also asked for information from those living near the last known address for Nick Cheshire and wife, Leah Cheshire (nee Crandall), in Oregon City. We mailed flyers to about 250 to the neighbors of these neo-Nazi thugs, and also contacted Nick Cheshire's employers at Morgan Distributing about the presence of a neo-Nazi activist within their company.
phone: (971) 533 7832
Why Volksfront is a Threat to Communities and Workplaces:
Thirteen foxes liberated from a fur farm in northern Virginia
Thirteen foxes liberated from a fur farm in northern Virginia
On Saturday night, the ALF emptied a small fur farm approximately two hours from Washington DC. All 13 foxes on the farm were released. According to the communique posted by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, the ALF also damaged equipment at the farm. The farm bordered Shenandoah National Park, where the foxes returned to their natural habitat.
The fox farm raided appears to be:
D & S Fox Farm
The full communique reads:
"On the night of August 5, the Animal Liberation Front visited the only known fur farm in the state of Virginia, Scott Dean's D&S Fox Farm in Elkton. We opened every one of the few cages at D&S, giving thirteen beautiful foxes a chance at new lives in the nearby Shenandoah National Park. As we watched a few of them immediately scurry off to freedom, we damaged the machinery that allows Dean to continue his day-to-day operation confining and torturing these sensitive creatures. Dean, it appears that this is a hobby providing you only supplementary income - it is our commitment to free your prisoners and cost you more than you make until you shut down. To those nationwide who also seek justice for the innocent, your nearest fur farm is at most a state away. Take action for animals. -ALF"
The community is back for a third round to save our post offices. This time, they took it to three Post Office locations in N/NE Portland.
Portland held its third "Occupy The Post Office" action on friday. Though numbers were low, groups of former and retired postal workers and activists managed to reach out to the community at three different north and northeast Portland locations. Laurie King, a long time Portland activist and organizer with Portland Jobs With Justice tells us how the closure of Post Offices along with cuts to workers and mail service will affect people. This is part of a broader national campaign to Save Americas Postal Service, and was organized by Portland Communities and Postal Workers United.
Occupy The Post Office #3 - St. Johns To Piedmont
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has ordered the killing of an alpha female Mexican gray wolf for crimes against the cattle industry. She is accused of being the ringleader of a six member pack that has killed four cows in southwestern New Mexico over the last several months.
Extirpated from the wild by the 1950s, reintroduced through captive breeding programs in 1998, Mexican grey wolves are far from recovered. The outlaw matriarch of the Fox Mountain Pack—last seen roaming the mountainous woodlands of the northwest portion of the Gila National Forest—is one of only 58 of her kind left in the U.S. Southwest. And though Mexican gray wolves are endangered and federally protected she is now on the federal government's hit list. There's no telling how long she and her pups can hold out in the cover of pinion and ponderosa pine or the conifers of the colder peaks of the range with a warrant out for her life. The ranchers who suffered the loss of cattle have already been reimbursed.
Will the Fox Mountain Matriarch outwit the cattle lobbyists and government assassins long enough for an injunction?
(505) 248-6920 Fish and Wildlife Services' Division of Endangered Species and Habitat Conservation in Albuquerque, New Mexico
(505) 842-3292 United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Southwest Region (this is the organization that will probably carry out the order to kill the wolf)
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Rally held at Terry Schrunk Plaza at the end of June protesting Nestle proposal to build a new bottling plant in the town of Cascade Locks on the Columbia River, capturing the pristine water of Oxbow Springs. Nestle would like to tap up to 100 million gallons of water a year from the Oxbow Spring. The spring is part of the Herman Creek watershed, known for its outstanding trail system. Herman Creek is also a thermal refuge for threatened steelhead.
Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge Rally
The Trans-Pacific Partnership's extraordinarily one-sided rules, which go beyond NAFTA in several ways, are intended to be a new floor in the ongoing effort to lock in the domination of industrialists and financiers through the multi-national corporations that they control. The negotiations among 11 countries are secret. That we know anything at all about it is due to leaks.
Imagine a world in which which labor safeguards, safety rules and environmental regulations will be struck down because a multi-national corporation's profits might be affected. A world in which measures to reign in financial speculation are illegal. A world in which the task of governments, codified in law, is to maximize corporate profits.
Haven't heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership? There is good reason. It is a proposed trade agreement being secretly negotiated that would not only codify the one-sided rules heavily favoring corporate interests exemplified in the North American Free Trade Agreement, it would go beyond them. And many of the harshest rules proposed to be included in the TPP are being pushed by the Obama administration.
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Related Video Post by Jim Lockhart: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/08/417213.shtml#404070
After having their doors broken down by the FBI and property seized for a secret investigation, the "subpoenaed in Portland" have made it clear they will not allow themselves to be further intimidated by a broken system. They won't be appearing before a grand jury scheduled for tomorrow morning.
Statement by the subpoenaed in Portland
The two of us, Dennison Williams and Leah-Lynn Plante,were subpoenaed to the secret grand jury to begin meeting on Thursday investigating anarchists.
We are releasing this statement to make clear our intention to resist the grand jury. We will not co-operate with their investigation. If we appear before the grand jury, we will not answer any questions other than our names. If we are asked additional questions, we will invoke our First, Fourth,and Fifth Amendment rights. Under no circumstances will we talk about other people.
If you would like to join us, please visit:nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com. There you can find out how to sign on to a solidarity statement, donate money to our defense and support campaign, and write us should we be imprisoned.
More importantly, though, you can show your solidarity by refusing to co-operate with any police force and encouraging your friends and families to do the same. The police do not protect us, and do nothing to bring justice to those who have been hurt by others. If we want real safety, and real justice, we need to continue creating liberatory alternatives to the state?s institutions.Related Reportback: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/08/417224.shtml
Last friday, community members held a rally at the north Portland precinct in protest of police misconduct and in solidarity against Anaheim police violence. This friday, they aim to take it to Gresham.
The trailer for the coming second "Stand With The People Of Anaheim" rally to follow the one in north Portland in which over 100 community members assembled, rallyed, marched, and gathered at the north precinct to protest police misconduct in Portland and Anaheim.
Anaheim Solidarity Rally - Rockwood Police Precinct
Event page link
Related Video Posts on Police Accountability:
Video: Anti Police violence rally and march in Portland - Solidarity with Anaheim Ca!
Video: Copwatching M.O.M.S. and the Police - 7.23.12 Portland Oregon
"Into The Fucking Streets!"
"We like to think of the drone war as something far away, fought in the deserts of Yemen or the mountains of Afghanistan. But we now know it's closer than we thought. There are 64 drone bases on American soil. That includes 12 locations housing Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, which can be armed."
We will protest this on the Hawthorne Bridge at 1st and Madison on the west-side at 3:30 PM on Fridays until we pass some regulations against the use of drones. Obama joking about the use of drones is not funny to the 60 children who have been torn apart by our drone action since he took office.
We will join the Police Protest at 6:00 PM 187th and Start.
PS Both actions are non-violent.
At 2:30PM on Monday, August 6th, join volunteers from the Portland Solidarity Network at N. Fremont St. and N. Albina Ave. to deliver a letter demanding that a greedy landlord return a stolen deposit!
We will be marching to the offices of a local landlord who is unfairly refusing to return a former resident's deposit. The delivery of a demand letter is the first step in a new campaign being undertaken in solidarity with a fellow tenant. The more people that come out and show their support, the stronger the message we send! Previous demand letter deliveries have attracted upwards of forty people. Check out a video of two of the Seattle Solidarity Network's previous demand deliveries at link to www.youtube.com . Spread the word!
Sister Rice is a well known anti war and anti nuclear activist, who, with two other activists, recently penetrated the United State's most highly protected uranium enrichment/nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge Tennessee.
Video of Sister Megan Rice speaking at the April Hanford Rally in Richland Washington. Here she speaks about her passion to end war and nuclear weapons and the civil disobedience actions she and others have taken which culminated in prison time.
Local Video of Sister Megan Rice
Annette Steele, an elderly grandmother in northeast Portland faces eviction by the county in favor of CitiBank.
Annette Steele, an elderly 79-year old grandmother residing in northeast Portland recieved notice that her home is being forclosed upon by a lender under the CitiGroup umbrella. Steele has lived in her home for 25 years and was close to paying her home off. A multnomah county circuit court judge ruled in favor of eviction enforceable as of midnight 7/28, and dozens of community supporters and media outlets showed up to hear Annettes' story. She says she will not be moved and will remain in her home.
Elderly Grandmother Thwarts Eviction Attempt By CitiGroup Mortgage Lender
Deep Green Resistance is organizing a tour of the west coast to promote the upcoming Unis'tot'en Action Camp in British Columbia. The Unis'tot'en and Wetsu'wet'in First Nations have blockaded the pathway of a proposed pipeline from the Tar Sands out to the BC coast, and have asked for activists to attend an action camp in early August to support the blockade.
We will be in Portland on the following dates:
Friday, July 27th between 7pm and 8pm at Couch Park.
Sunday, July 29th between 9am and 10:30am at Mt. Tabor Park.
Please bring DONATIONS: tents, rope, white gas fuel, climbing gear, tarps, dried/canned food, coffee, money, and anything else useful in a backcountry camp. Also, bring any statements of solidarity for delivery to the action camp. We will be hanging around to chat with anyone who is interested in DGR or the action camp, and to accept donations.
President Obama appeared at the Convention Center today for a quick fundraiser, where his supporters paid $500-1,000 to hear him speak. Over 100 protestors showed up and demanded an end to the wars, killing people with drones, and environmental destruction, a ban on assault weapons, legalization of marijuana and the erosion of our civil rights, as well as other issues.
On a personal note, I was verbally attacked by a group of right wingnuts, Americans for Prosperity, as I tried to photograph them on the sidewalk. One woman asked me who I was photographing for, and when I answered, "Occupy Portland," she immediately went apeshit. She shouted in my face to "Get the hell out of here! We don't want you here, why don't you go back to where you came from!" She went on screaming about how horrible Occupy is, "All you people did was to destroy Shemanski Park and cost us thousands of dollars to clean up!" I was naÃ¯ve enough to try to reason with her by pointing out that in a real democracy, you don't throw people out just because they disagree with you, but I soon learned that they had absolutely no interest in having a reasonable dialogue. By then, several of them surrounded me, one of them was filming me with his video-camera although the screaming woman tried to block my camera the entire time. They were all shouting at me to get the hell out of there, how I started all the trouble, even though it was one [...]
1. Related article and pics by Alex Milan Tracy:
Protests as Obama holds private fundraiser in Portland
2. Related article, pics and video by Jim Lockhart:
Video: Obomba Visits Portland
3. Related article, pics and video by Mobile T:
Portland Shows Obama What Change Looks Like On 7/24
what the hell is going on with Fritz?
Wednesday, July 18 was a day that will remain in my consciousness for a very long time. Commissioner Amanda Fritz walked up to Malcolm and I and blasted us for supporting Cameron and maybe killing him, she actually used the words killing him. I replied that she was way out of line but was shaken to the bone by her words. We do not control what Cameron does. We are friends and respect each other, but neither Malcolm nor I have that kind of influence with Cameron that would allow us to tell him what or how to do something. We were hurt deeply by her words. I talked to Cameron and he was willing to go to a meeting but wanted me to contact Join and CCC and ask them to be part of the meeting. I understood he wanted people in the room who had an understanding of what was involved in dealing with the homeless/houseless--housing problem in Portland.
I went home and started by calling both CCC and Join, got through to CCC but Join put me on voice mail. Thursday CCC called me back and was willing to help if they could. Join did not call me back. I called and E-mailed Amanda Fritz and was again sent to a recording, this was after 9 in the morning. CCC to my surprise called me back and again was supportive of trying to resolve the issue of the hunger strike. Amanda Fritz's office, the key player in all of this, did not call back until late in the afternoon and said NO to the meeting, I was stunned. What the hell was going on here, the very person who told me that I was trying to kill Cameron was saying no to a meeting that could hold the key to resolving this hunger strike. I hate dealing with politicians because they lie, they point fingers but will do nothing to resolve or solve the problem that others are working on; they are just shits!
So we will go to the demo tomorrow and yell and shout and hope that someone in city hall still has a soul and will say let us meet and talk this out. I will not support Amanda Fritz in any way for re-election, because you only get to lie to me once; game over! I can't stand Mary Nolan so it looks like I will write in a name. If Amanda loses to Mary this kind of crap is why.
See ya in the streets
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