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Mexican military preparing to forcibly remove indigenous Mayans from an area of Zapatista support in eastern Chiapas
From the open publishing newswire: According to the December 15 Mexican newspaper La Jornada, the Mexican military is preparing to forcibly remove indigenous Mayans from an area of Zapatista support in eastern Chiapas. The government may begin the eviction campaign by land, air and water in the coming days. This displacement campaign of eight indigenous communities, five of which are bases of Zapatista support, is within the Montes Azules Biological Reserve. This area has been a focus of attention for government officials, transnational corporations, environmental groups, and of course the indigenous Maya.

The rich Lacandon forest of eastern Chiapas is under direct assault by the Plan Puebla Panama. PPP is a gargantuan development project which would open up the region stretching from Puebla, Mexico to Panama to facilitate international business, including maquiladoras, oil extraction, genetic prospecting (Mexico has 10% of plant species in the world, half of which reside in Chiapas), logging, land conversion to plantations and ecotourism for rich foreigners.

The Zapatista communities directly oppose this free trade infrastructure project and threaten its implementation. The removal of communities in resistance to the neo-liberal agenda will obviously help push through the PPP in Central America.
[ Read More... ]

[ Centro de Medios Independientes, Chiapas | Plan Puebla Panama (Corpwatch) | Recent communiques from Zapatista Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos ]

COMMUNITY BUILDING 17.12.2002 16:43
Anarchist Patchwork Quilt Collective
From the open publishing newswire:
a warm blanket on a wintery night,
made by loving hands,
weaves a bit of magick into our sleep

and so with this idea in mind you are invited to share in the creation of some patchwork quilts

the quilts can be used as fundraisers or gifted somewhere - possible idea is Dignity Village

if you have extra needles, felt, used cloth and/or old sleeping bag or comforter feel FREE to bring them beginner sewing people totally welcome

in case your schedule is overwhelming you can also come for supplies to make your patches and drop them off when you're done


[ Read More... ]

FREE STUFF / ARTS 17.12.2002 12:26
FREE! Local PDX films @ Hollywood Theatre Wed 12/18/02 7:30pm
Tomorrow nite at the Historic Hollywood Theatre you are invited to come enjoy local filmmakers films for FREE (including my piece "Here and Ever After" which deals with post 911 - pre armageddon paranoia. It's a Mini-Fest at the Hollywood Theatre! To all: this is a free event and open to the public. The theater seats about 160 people, so invite as you please. Tell the ticket takers at the Hollywood "We're here for the Indie Meeting." [ Details ]

Local PDX films for FREE!
Wednesday, Dec. 18 - 7:30 pm
Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Phone:(503) 281-4215
Note: this meeting will NOT be a potluck, and no food or drink will be available except through the Concession stand in the lobby.

POETRY 16.12.2002 22:45
Who's the Devil?
From the open publishing newswire:
I'm quoting Castro saying, "Capitalism turns production on its head"
I'm mouthing the devil who wants to reward us with cigars
raining a song of fire upon the heads of 80's elementary education

Who's the devil now?
Who the devil now
in the big white house?
Who the devil now
in the big sand palace?
Who the devil now, boy?
Who the devil now little, elementary school girl?

Every find yourself forgetting the history?
Your own history? Better read that story...better rewrite that story Better burn that elementary history book before your 80

I'm quoting Castro

"Capitalism turns production on its head"

[ Hear the Audio... ] [ bastardrecords.com ]

September 11 - Theories 16.12.2002 22:39
What We Need Is A New Pearl Harbor
From the open publishing newswire: On the morning of 12 September 2001, without any evidence of who the hijackers were, Rumsfeld demanded that the US attack Iraq. According to Woodward, Rumsfeld told a cabinet meeting that Iraq should be "a principal target of the first round in the war against terrorism" . . . temporarily spared only because Colin Powell, the secretary of state, persuaded Bush that "public opinion has to be prepared before a move against Iraq is possible". Afghanistan was chosen as the softer option.
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People's Food Co-op vote against meat; Deadline Dec. 19
From a News and Action Alert from In Defense of Animals, as posted to the open publishing newswire: People's Food Co-op hosts a farmer's market on its property every Wednesday for most of the year. Like the store itself, the People's Farmer's Market has long been vegetarian. Last year, one of the farmers inquired whether he might sell bird and fish meat. This was put to a vote last winter. So far, so wonderful? We are pro-democracy after all. Or are we? Out of approximately 1,200 members, only 17% voted. 17%! Of a progressive co-op. About 37% of the nation voted in the recent critical mid-term election. 17% is appalling (as is 37%, of course) to many of us, but we're told by those who know these things that such is actually a high turnout by national co-op standards. Pretty depressing. What's more, the pro-meat measure passed by only 22 votes. With such a paltry turnout and insignificant margin, many of us are still wondering ? What is the will of the co-op?

We can do better than 17% turnout. We're a progressive co-op, not a pretentious price club. In any case, meat is now allowed at the People's Farmer's Market. But as luck would have it no farmer was prepared to sell meat this year, so the Farmer's Market has remained vegetarian in practice. We now have a second chance to keep the Farmer's Market vegetarian. In light of last winter's 17% turnout and mere 22-vote difference, and the fact that many of us joined a vegetarian co-op with a vegetarian farmer's market and see great value in maintaining this core compassionate and ecologically sound identity as we grow and diversify, some People's members exercised their right to a referendum by petitioning to offer an initiative that is essentially a re-vote along with the current board of directors election.

If you are a People's Food Co-op Member please vote! The ballots are due to the co-op in their envelopes by Thursday DECEMBER 19th 6:00 p.m.

[ Other news from the IDA's News & Action Alert ]

COMMUNITY BUILDING 16.12.2002 11:51
Newsletter for anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist radical left in Portland to be launched
From the open publishing newswire: Little Beirut is to be a regular organizational newsletter intent on promoting solidarity and mutual aid, and better networking within the anti-authoritarian anti-capitalist radical left in Portland, of interest and accessible to anyone and all. We want to print listings of Free Boxes in public spaces/businesses/parks/peoples porches/etc... As well as listings of places people can go to get a good meal for free with out any dogma attached. We also are looking for information and wish lists for radical anti-capitalist/authoritarian groups, and events to list on our calendar of interest. If you have any information please let us know.

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9.11 INVESTIGATION 16.12.2002 11:48
Important details of Congressional 9.11 investigation won't be made public for '20 or 30 years'
From the open publishing newswire: So, the Senate Intelligence Committee finishes its report on December 11, and its chairman Senator Bob Graham gives an interview where he states his surprise that "foreign governments" were involved in the September 11 attacks, and not only financially. Graham goes on to assert that the details on what foreign countries these are, will not be made public untill after 20, maybe 30 years.

I wonder what countries these are, that Senator Graham now knows about, and how he is supposed to keep his mouth shut for so long about this. And I wonder if the findings of Graham's commission may in some way have triggered the resignation of both Chairman Kissinger and Vice-Chairman Mitchell. What countries do these men do business with? [ Read More... ]

Conspiracy Theories and 9-11
There are so many discrepancies in the official story about 9-11 and so many advantages to the reactionary agenda of President George W. Bush that does one really have to be a "conspiracy theorist" to have serious doubts about what really happened?

Those who deny the possibility of a conspiracy occurring involving the US government, often claim that there is little likelihood of the US government being complicit in the deaths of its own citizens. Even some leftists make this claim, believing that although the United States has done atrocious, despicable things to Third World people, that they would never do the same to American citizens. One has to conveniently forget a lot of history to come to this conclusion. [ Read More... ]

Other recent newswire items on 9.11 cover-up: [ all 9.11 Airports serviced by *one* Israeli security company | recap: stock "puts" mean 9/11 foreknowledge ]

[ portland indymedia 9.11 Investigation stories ]

PRISONER SUPPORT 15.12.2002 23:56
Political Prisoner Letter Writing Party 6:30pm Tonight!
This is the time to get off your ass and write a letter to the people who are sitting in jail/prison for doing political actions. You may say to yourself "I don't need to show up at Laughing Horse Books at 6:30pm on Monday to write a letter. That is something I can do at home." But you won't end up doing it! You will put it off! Plus you can learn about all the poitical prisoners and why they are in jail/prison. This is fun and informative! [ Full Story ] [ prisons and prisoner's rights: an overview ] [ Anarchist Black Cross Prisoner Support Programs ]

Political Prisoner Letter Writing Party
Monday 6:30 pm
at Laughing Horse Books
3652 SE Division St

FOREST ACTIVISM 15.12.2002 12:30
In light of the all out war being currently waged on our public forests and environmental protections by George W. Bush and the timber industry, forest defenders throughout the mountains of Oregon, Northern California and Southern Washington are organizing a campaign during the upcoming summer of 2003. We are issuing a call to action to all concerned individuals and organizations to request their aid during the upcoming summer months. The Cascadia Summer campaign is made-up of a diverse group of local conservationists fighting to protect forests, streams, and wildlife. We recognize and value strength in diversity of tactics. During Cascadia Summer, activists will be engaging in a wide-range of tactics from civil disobedience, tree-sits, public outreach in urban and rural areas, lawsuits, political pressure, and popular education. Trainings in direct action, non-violence, blockading, legal issues, and much much more will be provided. We really need YOU!!
  • Come out and join us this summer for a few days, a week, or three months to protect Native Forests, Old Growth trees, Salmon, Owls, and Rivers.
  • HELP!! Help us get the word out. Help us do outreach in your community: Make announcements, Distribute flyers, Host a traveling roadshow and/or a Cascadia Summer speaker, GET IN CONTACT WITH US!
  • FUNDS!! Local groups are already strapped. Please donate funds for Cascadia Summer organizing, and/or the Legal Defense Fund. Put on local benefits in your own community.
[ Full Story ] [ www.cascadiasummer.org ]

WAR ON IRAQ 15.12.2002 12:18
War in Iraq: Why Now and at What Cost? (AUDIO)
Saturday, December 7, 2002, a Teach-In Conference was held at Shattuck Hall at the PSU campus in Portland Oregon. The event, called "War in Iraq: Why Now and at What Cost?" was sponsored by the PSU Middle East Studies Center, the Peace and Justice Works-Iraq Affinity Group and PSU's Catholic, Lutheran and Episcopal and Covenant 5 Campus Ministries. This was an all day affair, beginning with a panel discussion in the early afternoon, followed by a series of break out sessions through the day. An incredible amount of information and education was presented, about the past and the present of Iraq, as well as the possible future of the Iraqi people if the United States escalates the war it has been waging since January of 1991. [ Full Story ] [ www.PhilosopherSeed.org/audio.htm ]

'No More Time to Bide': Regional conference on Reparations to be held in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: The legacy of racism against African Americans in the United States is deep and persistent. Brought here as slaves starting in the 17th Century, African Americans have been subjected to oppression, violence, and discrimination from day one. The long, steady struggle for social, economic, and legal equality has brought improvements, but has yet to result in true parity in any meaningful sense. For example, 135 years after the Civil War ended, some African Americans are still denied their Constitutional right to vote in this country, as happened in Florida during the 2000 Presidential election. Anyone who believes that the problem of racism was solved by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, affirmative action, or the appointment of African Americans to high government positions is not seeing the world as it is.

O. B. Hill, an organizer for the Northwest Regional Reparations Campaign (NRRC) here in Portland, characterizes this legacy by saying that "America has some unfinished business". Many issues have never been resolved and "as a consequence, there will never be peace within the continental United States in terms of race and economic conditions" until they are. One part of such a resolution could be the paying of reparations to African Americans who are descendants of enslaved Africans. The topic has raised hackles among right-wing talk show hosts, but the level of denial in this country about racism is high across the political spectrum and reparations have yet to enjoy a thorough, honest, public discussion in the United States. The discussion has already begun globally: reparations were on the agenda at the United Nations Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, in Sept. 2001.

In order to bring the subject to light, the NRRC is presenting "No More Time To Bide: Restitution, Resolution, Reparations!", a conference on reparations, from February 28 - March 2, 2003. [ Read More... ]

More information/related stories: [ Chronology on the History of Slavery and Racism | The legal basis of the claim for Reparations | White Woman Embraces Black Reparations | In-depth Global Indymedia coverage: UN's World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa (Sept. 1, 2001) | From DC IMC: Thousands Rally for Black Reparations (Aug. 17, 2002) ]

ON-LINE LEARNING 14.12.2002 23:39
Student seeking 'good, solid arguments against the war'; Indymedia readers respond
From the open publishing newswire: I would like to write a paper about the possibly upcoming war with Iraq. I would /like/ to conclude that the war is unwarranted and unjust, so what I need is a number of good, solid arguments against the war. Ideally, the paper will be written in such a way that it will be make clear its conclusions even to "mainstream" people. Unfortunatly, searching the 'Net for the proof I seeked only raised more questions and uncertainties... and so, I need your help.

Here are the arguments /for/ war I could think of when starting (arguments given by mainstream media and the government): 1) Iraq is supporting international terrorists, including the al Qaeda network. 2) Iraq posses weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) which can be used to attack the U.S. or Iraq's middle eastern neighbors. These WMDs include being close to having nuclear weapons, according to one Bush speech. 3) The Husayn regime has committed horrible atrocities against his people.

Please post in your comments your reasons /against/ war with Iraq. If you state facts, sources would be greatly appreciated! [ Read More... ]

SEEKING REDRESS 14.12.2002 23:25
Letter to President Bush about Venezuela from Congress and You
From the open publishing newswire: Dear President George W. Bush,
Given the high level of political tension in Venezuela, and recognizing that part of the leadership of the opposition is determined to depose President Hugo Chávez by any means, we, the undersigned organizations and persons, urge you to declare unequivocally that the government of the United States is opposed to any unconstitutional or coup attempt against the democratically elected government of Venezuela. Also, the White House should affirm that the United States will not recognize diplomatic relations with a government installed by means of a coup.

We believe that the silence of the White House after the April 11th coup d'etat, which the Administration appeared to congratulate, is generally seen as a support for a coup. We are concerned by the fact that this perception diminishes the incentives for the opposition and the Chávez government to seek dialogue or a peaceful solution to the current crisis.

We are also concerned that, while the top officials of the White House have remained silent, Otto Reich, the Special Envoy for the Western Hemisphere of the State Department, recently denounced the Venezuelan government, saying that, "the existence of elections is not enough to say that a country is democratic." [ Read More... ]

Previous stories: [ USA intelligence agencies revealed in plot to oust Venezuela's President (Dec. 12) | Struggles Continue Amid Coup Plotting in Venezuela - an Indymedia report (Dec. 11) | The Venezuelan Revolution in Danger (Dec. 7) | More information emerging about U.S. involvement in Venezuelan coup-attempt (May 6, 2002) | Coup in Venezuela fails; Chavez returns to power (April 15, 2002) | U.S. sponsoring war in Colombia; Venezuela next? (Feb. 28, 2002) ]

ART 14.12.2002 18:32
The artists of Indymedia
From the open publishing newswire:
Order. Pollution.
I can't see
I can't breathe
I can't think
Of a solution

Nights are bright
And hardly quiet
No sacred sleep
No sacred silence
When stars are meek
In human science

Who took away my stars?

Over Pollution
In my eyes
In my nose
In my ears
In my mouth

My toxic brain
Bleeds toxic strains
Of poisonous thought
My world is pain
When wrong is right
And day is night

Will I avenge my scars?
[ Read More... ]

COMMUNITY BUILDING 14.12.2002 02:26
Volunteers working day and night to get People's Co-op ready for Dec. 18 opening

Neither rain nor wind nor even darkness can stop these dedicated volunteers, who worked all day Friday on getting the 21st Ave. sidewalk put in.
From the open publishing newswire: The People's Co-op has been in the midst of renovating and expanding its building for almost a year now. This labor of love has been a real community effort, with all sorts of people contributing their time, energy, skills, and resources. Since the Spring, the store has been doing business out of the new half of the building while the old half gets fixed up. The full store -- which will be double the size of the old one -- is scheduled to open on Wednesday, December 18. For the past few weeks the level of activity has ratcheted up as staff and community members strive to complete all the tasks necessary to open the doors: inside and outside construction work; ordering, cleaning and installing of new store fixtures; finishing the cob walls. The number of details to a project like this is mind-boggling, but Wednesday will be the day.

Volunteers are still needed to help with all sorts of projects: construction, sidewalk-building, cob-work, stocking new merchandise, and more. Stop by the store (on SE 21st at Tibbets, 1 block north of Powell) or call if you would like to help. Hours worked by members count toward their monthly totals. [ Read More... ]

Previous stories about People's: [ People's Co-op seeking volunteers to help with the big move (Dec. 6, 2002) | Peoples Co-op renovation update (Aug. 7, 2002) | People's Co-op Expansion going strong (April 29, 2002) | People' s Food Co-op Cultivates New Ground: Expansion Benefit This Weekend (Sept. 10, 2001) ]

ANTI-CONSUMERISM 14.12.2002 00:38
Art Not Ads Fights Consumerist Holidays This Sunday
From the open publishing newswire: This sunday at noon at the lloyd center, art not ads will be hosting a small and autonomous gift giveaway to allow people the opportunity to be gifted, and not purchase, their presents for others.

We will be giving away radical holiday cards [made on actively recylced paper] en masse and other items such as artwork and handicrafts in an attempt to advocate the gift economy and reduce holiday spending.
[ Read More... ]

ANTI-PATRIOT ACT(IONS) 13.12.2002 23:36
Status Update - Civil Liberties/PATRIOT Act Resolution
Status (As Of 12/13/02) We have close to 1,500 individual signatories to the proposed resolution, as well as thirteen organizational endorsements. Inquiries from the public, the press, and potential organizers in other cities are all on a recent increase -- mostly due to the passage of Eugene's resolution, and the recent pair of local articles about our campaign. Next week will bring meetings with staffers from at least two more City Council members. This is the next critical step towards the new phase of the campaign, which in many ways is one of education and persuasion and is intended to go forward whether or not any City Council member decides to "champion" the proposed resolution and place it on the Council agenda.

In the meantime, although we have not yet called for a concerted effort to contact the members of the City Council, or write letters to the editor, in support of this campaign, we have heard that people are beginning to do so on their own initiative. Until the conclusion of all our initial meetings with City Council staffers, we have no official tips for those of you pressing forward in these ways. But we will say this: Sunday, December 15, is 'Bill of Rights Day' -- a good rhetorical hook for you to use if there ever was one. As ever, more information will be forthcoming. [ Full Story ] [ Ursula K. Le Guin Endorses Civil Liberties Resolution ] [ Portland Bill of Rights Defense Committee ] [ Email: PDX Bill of Rights Defense Committee ]

POLICE VIOLENCE 13.12.2002 23:23
Portland Police use pepperspray, taser guns, handcuffs against man at Powell's Bookstore
From the open publishing newswire: Portland - Friday: A man in his forties was forceably removed from Powel's downtown bookstore today by the Portland Police and Powel's security. In spite of pepper spray and three uniformed Police pinning the man to the ground, he managed to escape, losing his shirt in the process. Bare-chested, he was tackeled minutes later by about seven police, pepper sprayed again and then tazered. The man appeared to be intoxicated.

Powel's shoppers flocked to the scene, but remained silent. The mood was tense and appeared critical of the force used so publically to restrain just one person. The altercation resulted in puddles of blood spilled across the cement floor.

Outside, five squad cars, an SUV and a fire truck stationed themselves nearby to make sure the man made it to... detox? Probably just a cell. [ Read More... ]

ANIMAL RIGHTS 13.12.2002 19:05
In Defense of Animals: Upcoming Holiday Events
From the open publishing newswire: Below are some holiday events to help animals that you won't want to miss!

Mindful Gifts Bazaar
Come and support IDA and IDA Africa and do your holiday shopping at the same time!

IDA [In Defense of Animals] and IDA Africa will have a table at the Mindful Gifts Bazaar a unique event hosted by Bridgeport UCC.This Saturday! December 14th, in an effort to create an alternative approach to gifting friends, family and co-workers. We're tired of the rampant consumerism of the holiday season & we're betting that a lot of other folks are, too.

Mall Walk Against Puppy Mills & Scamps Pet Store
Their soft and fuzzy faces tug at our heartstrings, compelling us to stop and buy that one lonely puppy. But beyond that innocent face in the pet store window lies a callous industry -- fraught with deception and cruelty Puppy mill puppies are sold in unscrupulous pet stores like Scamps, at the Lloyd Center Mall. Please join IDA for a Mall Walk Against Puppy Mills and Scamps Pet Store. We will be mall walking for exercise, of course, but all participants will have identical t-shirts with a message about why shoppers should boycott Scamps.
When: Saturday December 21, 2002, 11:30 am

[ Details ]

[ In Defense of Animals | portland indymedia Animal Rights coverage ]

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