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From the open publishing newswire: This Thursday, Jan. 9 at 3735 SE Raymond St. (about 5 blocks south of Holgate), the Anarchist Cooking and Baking Collective will be meeting to make food for the all-day NO RACIST ROUND-UPS demo in front of the INS building downtown. Come help with the choppin', learn some kitchen skills, share your own, and make new friends. Also that night, at the same location, come make SIGNS and BANNERS for the demo! [ Full Story ]
Thursday, Jan 9th @ 7pm
Cascadia Forest Alliance
Come learn the ins and outs of how logging on public lands happens. Cascadia Forest Alliance will be giving a workshop on how timber sales are chosen and how you can stop them! Bring yourself and something to take notes with. [ Read More... ] [ Cascadia Forest Alliance ]
Northwest Regional Anarchist Bookfair
Tentative date: April 25th-27th MARK YOUR CALENDERS!! Portland Anti Capitalist Action is organizing a weekends worth of activities, workshops, films, soccer, food, discussions, solidarity actions, speakers, and trainings this spring. We are looking for groups and collectives who are anti-authoritarian / anti-capitalist to table the event. This is a regional fair so only those from the North West should contact us. We want to include revolutionaries from Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Olympia, Portland and Eugene (and all places in between!). We hope by brining these groups together it will facilitate better communication and info sharing throughout the North West in hopes of thinking of ourselves in the context of a real movement for social change, rather than isolated pockets of resistance. [ Details ]
From the open publishing newswire: Marking a year of Taco Bell protests in Portland, people gathered again at the 21st and Burnside NW Taco Bell, to protest the poor pay for tomato pickers who pick tomatos for use by Taco Bell. People began arriving at 12:30 and soon after there were about 20 people there, carrying signs, chanting and handing out flyers to passersby, and to autos stopped at red lights.
Though it was pouring rain at times, everyone stayed and enthusiastically protested There were representatives from Oregon Farmworker Ministries, and PCUN, the Farmworker Union. There were a wide variety of people attending, carrying signs in both Spanish and English A number of people handed out flyers to interested people in passing cars.
The police were there a number of times, and were pushy and hassling people with flyers saying they would be arrested for Disorderly Conduct because it was illegal to step into the street to hand a flyer to someone in the car asking for a flyer. Undeterred by a belligerent officer and cohorts, everyone vigorously marched one last time around Taco Bell before heading home.
Meet at Noon at the North Park Blocks -- NW 9th and Burnside. We'll take off shortly thereafter. This feeder march will not be seeking permission from city authorities, since we believe we already have the right to assemble and the right to free speech.
Free childcare on January 18th
Please contact us by January 15th, with questions, and to register with us. We aim to have children dropped off with us no earlier than 11:30 am and picked up around 5 or 6 pm. Lets face it, it will be cold and rainy and a long day out. We need everyone out there to lend our voices and numbers against this war. If you feel you need childcare the 18th so you can be there, you got it.
Peace / Anti-war events in the region: [ pdx indy STOP WAR page ]
The decision to bury the reservoirs was hidden in the city budget process. There was no attempt to engage the public in a serious dialogue about the further of the reservoirs. Little consideration has been given to the integrity of the park, the tranquility of the waterscapes, and the connection of Portlanders to this historic, beautiful, public space.
The water bureau has begun a public process, but it is placing narrow limts on what can be discussed. Those who voluteer to participate are being instructed that they can only talk about "what goes on top" of the buried tanks. This is an insult to citizens and a travesty of public participation.
The gathering was sponsored by Friends of Reservoirs and at 12:45, with much cheering and comraderie, everyone present joined hands and completely encircled the Lower Reservoir.
While walking around the site, I happened upon an interview being conducted with a teacher of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, a Mr. Heying. That interview is the content of this audio file, which has a lot of background talking, but is intelligible and gives a good idea of some of the issues involved in this controversial decision.
From the open publishing newswire: The forum began with a brief statement from Reverend Luchs of the First United Methodist Church. He expressed his gratitude that the sanctuary was filled beyond capacity by the concerned citizens that had shown up for the event. He then expressed his regrets that it had to be under circumstances of the rush toward war.
Gretchen Kafoury was the first of the panel members to speak. She made the point that, while money is not the most important issue, the war effort is creating an impact on local budgets. She pointed out that the state of Oregon has not done well by its' poor working class citizens. The citizens of Oregon were more than willing to spend their kicker checks, but unwilling to make a sacrifice for those in need in hard times. In addition to general cuts to the Oregon Health Plan, she noted that at the end of January, 900 persons who suffer from Mental Health issues are scheduled to have support funding cut off, and were at risk of becoming homeless. She contrasted this with the estimated TwoHundred Billion dollar cost of a war in Iraq, and the misguided policies of tax cuts to the rich.
Peace / Anti-war events in the region: [ pdx indy STOP WAR page ]
From the open publishing newswire: On February 24, 2003, farmworkers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the CIW's student, religious, and labor allies will begin a historic hunger strike. The action -- a hunger strike outside one of the world's largest fast-food corporations -- is a powerful contradiction that will dramatically highlight the injustice of fast-food profits derived, in significant part, from farmworker poverty. The strike, which comes after a year of silence from Taco Bell executives, will culminate in a national convergence at Taco Bell headquarters on Friday, February 28.
"The tomatoes Taco Bell buys for its tacos and Chalupas are produced in what can only be described as sweatshop conditions," said Lucas Benitez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. "Twenty years of picking at sub-poverty wages, no right to overtime pay, no right to organize or join a union, no health insurance, no sick leave, no paid holidays or vacation and no pension is a national disgrace."
While the hunger strikers stand vigil at Taco Bell headquarters, a caravan of workers and allies will head south from Sacramento, California, stopping at college campuses and communities along the way and spreading word of the hunger strike through teach-ins and protests at local Taco Bell restaurants. And throughout the week, solidarity fasts and protests will take place in communities throughout the country.
Decrying the "brutal demands to force workers to work as many as seven days per week and 16 hours per day" at the Graphic Packaging Corporation (GPC) plant in Kalamazoo, MI and the "anti-worker, union-busting" practices of the Coors Family, PACE International Union (PACE) was joined today by the AFL-CIO in announcing a nationwide boycott against GPC and consumer products for whom GPC provides packaging. Included among manufacturers whose products are contained in GPC packaging are Coors Brewing Company, General Mills, Quaker Products and Kraft Foods.
GPC, headquartered in Golden, CO, is the largest folding carton manufacturer in the United States, with one mill and 17 plants throughout the country. The corporation is publicly traded and owned and controlled by the Coors Family through family trusts.
More information: [ Coors vs. Human Rights ]
From the open publishing newswire: Last night [Friday, the 3rd] the Anarchist Cooking and Baking Collective had thier first meeting. We ate some hearty winter soup and ate home made sour dough wheat bread. We learned about some differences between a sourdough culture and a quick rise bread. We then made a quick rise dough with flour- water-yeast maple surup-oil- and salt- we kneaded it- then let it rest- then we made a whole wheat pizza with it. We talked about the coming collapse of the us economy- we talked about self sufficiency as a revolutionary act. We agreed that in addition to bieng a place to learn and teach cooking in a non hierarchical way- we'd be a kind of supplemental Food Not Bombs.
We'll be MEETING NEXT THURSDAY AT 6pm to make a propane fired cauldron of soup, and some home cut pasta, maybee bread?- for the anti-racist I.N.S. protest going on all day next friday.
From the open publishing newswire: Come and join The Friends of the Reservoirs and protest the plans to spend over $76 million dollars to replace the open storage reservoirs at Mt Tabor with buried concrete tanks which will change the park forever!
Bring your family, friends and neighbors: 1000 people are needed to circle Reservoir #6 and hold hands for 15 minutes in defense of our Park & Reservoirs. Take your place around one of Portland's oldest historic landmarks, clasp your neighbor's hands, and for one hour let the City Council and Mayor of Portland know that they must withdraw their support for the Mt Tabor Open Reservoir Replacement Project & begin a new and open public process - where keeping the reservoirs is an option!
From the open publishing newswire: MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The 12th Annual Forest Conference -- this January 24th, 25th and 26th at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. This year's is co-hosted by Headwaters and the Ecology Center of the Siskiyous. Now in its twelth year, the Forest Conference is a vital gathering for people (like you) who care about the forests and want to help protect them. People travel from all across the northwest to join with local citizens who want to work together to ensure healthy forests, clean water, and abundant biodiversity.
The Forest Conference gives you a chance to share your ideas about protecting the forests, gain a new perspective, and learn more about emerging issues. In this time of continued attacks on our environmental protections, the theme of the 2003 Forest Conference stands true: "We're All in This Together." No matter whether you are a policy wonk, student, veteran protester, mother, father, community organizer, tree-sitter or even a curious bystander, you have gifts to share that will help protect places of beauty for future generations. We welcome you and your family to come to the 2003 Forest Conference to discover how much fun caring about the earth can be.
From the open publishing newswire: In the most numerous concentration of the bases of support of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), more than 20 thousand indigenas and farmers tonight literally took the city of San Cristobal. They came from all the regions of the state. For more than three hours they passed by as we stood-by on Avenue Insurgentes, until they completely filled the central plaza of the city. They carried machetes in their hands as they walked by; Tzotziles, Tzeltales, Choles, Tojolabales and Zoques, all the native peoples of Chiapas, in a procession that seemed unending.
The demonstration concluded with a rally presided over by the command of the Zapatista movement. Comandantes Esther, David, Tacho, Fidelia, Omar, Mister, and Bruce Lee spoke to the multitude with seven speeches that completely broke the silence that the EZLN had held for the past two years. Comandanta Esther directed "a few words" to [Mexican President] Vicente Fox: "To you I can only say that the people are not fooled by your lies".
From the open publishing newswire: The Oregon coast has many activities going on or about to happen to resist war and work toward regaining peace and civil rights. Here's a list from the PASSIONATE PATRIOTS FOR PEACE:
ONGOING EVENTS: Central Coast Saturday Peace Vigils:
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:
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From the open publishing newswire: John Reese has been in Palestine for seven months working with the International Solidarity Movement (www.palsolidarity.org) and the Palestinian Hydrology Group (www.phg.org). He was one of the coordinators for ISM actions and organized and coordinated the ISM Olive Harvest Campaign. He also collected information on the environmental effects of the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine and collected data for and was one of the authors and editors of the first report on the Israeli Apartheid Wall put together by the Palestinian Environmental NGO's Network (www.pengon.org).
WHEN: Monday January 6, 2003 at 7 pm
John will show slides and tell stories about people living under occupation - and about the Palestinian and international nonviolent resistance movement that is growing in the West Bank and Gaza. A peace activist and a hydrogeologist, John also will talk about new evidence of environmental impacts of war and occupation on the earth and Palestinian communities. Water is contaminated and groundwater tapped out. Israeli and Palestinian waste pollutes villages, streams and Palestinian farmlands. Ancient olive trees are ripped from the ground and this is all in addition to the destruction wreaked by war and its industries - from uranium poisoning by the use of depleted uranium shells to land and property laid waste by fire, bombings and the machines of war.
From the open publishing newswire: The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition kicks off 2003 with the first of this year's weekly rallies against war at Pioneer Courthouse Square this Friday, at 5:00 p.m.. The rally will be promoting the next large-scale rally and march for peace set for Saturday, January 18th. The theme for the January 18th rally and march will be "Take Action for Peace and Justice: Stop the War at Home and Abroad." As with the last two peace marches of October 5th and November 17th, the more than fifty organizations expected to be involved will each bring a unique perspective and focus for other concerns to be highlighted at the event.
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More information on peace & anti-war events & groups around Oregon can be found on the portland indymedia STOP WAR page.
From the open publishing newswire: Some arguments that I have been milling over that have been presented or mostly presented in most of the war threads. example. Violent resistance / Non-Violent resistance? Non violent resistance / Caged Resistance (permit, absolute acceptance of police everything, etc.)? Mass Media attention / Grass roots attention? Working with Yuppies / Working with Self? Working within the system / working against or outside the system?
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These are 7 notions for the new year...I encourage you to add your own notion..for positive social change. each person must defeat the polluter within (oneself and within one's family and community and nation), and then see how to change the rest of the world righteously. Ideas for a livable tomorrow - 7 notions for new year.
by Jan Lundberg
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From the open publishing newswire: Within Westernized countries, particularly the United States, there has been a near universal acceptance of the notion that nonviolent action has been the foundation on which the success of social and political justice movements has been built. Yet, contrary to popular beliefs held by many in the United States, political violence has played a crucial role in advancing historical justice struggles. This lecture will examine the historical role that both nonviolence and political violence has played in social and political movements both within the United States and internationally.
When: Friday, January 10, 2003, 7:00 p.m.
Originally from the Portland area, Craig Rosebraugh became thrust into the international spotlight during the past few years due to his role of spokesperson for the North American Earth Liberation Front (E.L.F.) After resigning the spokesperson position in September 2001, Rosebraugh became focused on an intense study of political violence and its role in historical justice movements. Rosebraugh will share highlights of his findings at the January 10, 2003 lecture.
From the open publishing newswire: The next large-scale Portland-area mobilization against war has been set for the weekend celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday, Saturday, January 18th, at 1:00 p.m., at the South Park Blocks in downtown Portland. All are invited to begin gathering at noon for music, literature tables and community networking and to get to know the many organizations involved.
The theme for the rally and march will be "Take Action for Peace and Justice: Stop the War at Home and Abroad." As with the last two peace marches of October 5 and November 17th, the more than fifty organizations expected to be involved will each bring a unique perspective and focus for other concerns to be highlighted at the event. The loose alliance of organizations planning the January 18th rally and march have identified themes including:
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From the open publishing newswire: Many concerned community members arrived in cars to deliver a Grinch of the Year award to Tom Dunlop (CEO of Williams Controls) this morning as the plant in Tigard was about to open for production. Others arrived on foot, with a drum corps to talk to scabs in their cars as they drove up the long driveway to the gate of the plant. By 4:45am, a traffic jam was in full swing, though police were unsure of who's cars were who's, and some engine problems were reported. The temporary labor being used to bust the union were lined up in their cars for nearly two hours unwilling to enter the building without secure parking behind the gates. Some did enter on foot, most sat in their cars, and many left and did not work.
[C]oncerned citizens attempted to sway the scabs from going into the plant by occupying the main drive and talking to them in their cars. Many are sent by temp agencies such as StaffMark, and often not aware that there is a labor dispute going on, or what the issues are. The Tigard police came, including a captain who told people they were going to be arrested, though he was not in uniform and did not identify himself until later as police. Tom Dunlop did arrive eventually, told people to leave, but would not say his name (though some strikers recognized him coming throught the picket line). He did not accept the Grinch of the year award.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and Portland City Commissioner Erik Sten's office will be sponsoring a community forum on January 5th on the Local Impact of an Iraq War. The event will be held this Sunday from 2 to 4pm at First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson. This event is also sponsored by Congressman Earl Blumenauer, the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, MerciCorps, and Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Again, the meeting is:
Sunday, January 5
2 to 4pm
First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson
For more information immediately, Chris Hogness at (503) 235-7643.
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