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From the open publishing newswire: apparently the recruitment center by the lloyd center was targeted as the protests downtown were winding down. The center was closed and locked today but the walls were chalked with No War and the circle A, and the windows were broken in protest to the actions taken today and everyday by American imperialism.
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From the open publishing newswire: Did I hear it correctly? Someone announcing from the stage that we should not march, becasue the police weren't ready?
Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I just thought those words came blasting out of the PA. Yes, it's nice to have everything go so smoothly, but we don't need anyone's permission to do this. We should not have to pay for free speech. We should not always do what they tell us to do. Let's hope folks do more than politely march when the bombs start dropping.
From the open publishing newswire: I joined the march from Ashland to Medford late, but organizers are touting 430 people walked the 12 miles from Ashland to the rally in Medford. From what I saw that sounds right on. We got a lot of support from passing motorists, and even a surprising bit of applause and shouds of approval from a group of 5 salesman at a car dealership was passed on Highway 99.
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From the open publishing newswire: Vancouver WA had a rare peace march today. Activists here usually just hook up with Portland, which we again did today. Our march was in the morning, from Clark College to downtown & back. We attracted about 400 peaceful people of wide demographic! That's a lot for us, & this was planned less than two weeks ago. Made us happy. The peace wave is growing, sisters & brothers. Let us make it bigger & bigger, to sweep across the entire planet. [ Newswire item ]
J18 protest pictures by Stumptown
Pictures from the home front! Huge crowds! Great vibe! Check it out!
NO WAR PORTLAND 01-18-2003 by Eugene Keam
Peace Pix from PDX 1/18 by David Lyles [ Click here ]
J-18 Portland protest photos by S
choice photos from j18 big anti-Iraq march by Brian Thomas
People and Pets march side by side against Bush's war by shanda and jason
From the open publishing newswire: A spirited group of bikers splintered off from the radical feeder march to ride a critical mass ride through downtown Portland urging everyone to reduce the dependency on oil and the excuse for war. The group gathered in the north park blocks and rode along with the feeder march before splitting off in from of Pioneer Square. From there, we rode around downtown to the delight of marchers who supported our messages of "Bikes not Bombs" and "No blood for oil". We also were able to recruit other cyclists who were taking part in the march. The ride had no cop presence and was trouble free, lasting about an hour and a half.
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January 18 Peace Protest Critical Mass Ride
J18 Critical Mass Ride Analysis
We followed along with the march for a few blocks, bikes filtering to the front and riding circles at the head. When we arrived at Yamhill, where the march turned left, we did a bike lift in order to squeeze any stragglers from the crowd and began our ride in earnest. The route which we took for the next three hours circled and weaved around the perimeter of the 20,000+ permitted march occasionally peeling new riders off or losing riders to the crowd. While the number of riders never reached more than about 50 at any given time, I'd guess that close to 150 different people participated at some point. [ Highlights ]
Updates called in from the streets by activists with cell-phones:
3:30 The last of the march is arriving at the Park Blocks. Another rough estimate of 15,000 is given by one who stood on 3rd and Jefferson throughout the hour long procession.
From the open publishing newswire: all over the country today people will be protesting the war. of course, if enough people lived their lives anti-war (not driving, not over-consuming, not knuckling under to authority) then we wouldn't need these big efforts, but these events are important in the meantime. (although "meantime" is probably not too long, considering the imminent collapse of the biosphere.) anyway, get out on the street today and make some noise.
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From the open publishing newswire: City Commissioner Erik Sten has introduced a Resolution to be heard by City Council Wednesday, January 22nd at 2:00 pm. The resolution will be sent to our congressional delegation, the President and the United Nations. It asserts that "war should only be the last resort, after exhausting all diplomatic and political means, and that war is not to be undertaken unilaterally or preemptively by the United States." Read the text of the proposed resolution at www.pdxpeace.org. Over 40 cities have already passed similar resolutions as part of the Cities for Peace campaign.
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From the open publishing newswire: Cascadia Forest Defenders has been occupying the trees at the Winberry timber sale since January 17, 1999. Roseburg Forest Products has the contract for the sale. The forest at North Winberry will NEVER be logged. We're fighting for the last scraps of ancient forests and there is no more room for compromise. Allyn Ford needs to get out of the old-growth business and OUT of Cascadia!!
The Cascadia Forest Defenders and friends first built a platform in a tree named "Glisten" on January 17, 1999 at the North Winberry timber sale in the Willamette National Forest. Eventually, a tree-village was built with platforms in three different trees connected by traverse lines. Four years later, they're still there and are enduring another long, cold winter in order to bring attention to the plight of this amazing place. The tree-sit village is among some of the largest, oldest ancient trees in Oregon.
From the open publishing newswire: Want to make a banner or sign for the January 18th ANTI WAR rally? Need some materials or work space? Hop on your bike, get out your walking shoes or climb onto a #4 Fesseden bus and get over to SCRAP - the School and Community Reuse Action Project In 2001, SCRAP helped Portland keep over 29 tons of material out of the landfill. Did you hear that!!! 29 TONS or 58 THOUSAND POUNDS.
I needed some materials yesterday for a banner and found my way over to SCRAP located at 3625-B N. Mississippi Avenue. A few friends had told me about this unique place and how much they enjoyed their visits. I spent a long time filling my bag of scrap materials and added 25 zippers at the end. There were several large barrels of zippers.
I was intrigued by the sign, 5 cents per zipper or 25 for a buck, all brand new and in a wide assortment of colors. The zippers looked familiar. Turned out, they were the same ones from which the Zipperist Party was created months ago.
From the open publishing newswire: The Anarchist Cookin and Baking meeting tonight was out of this world! We met at m2's haus in ne Portland- We talked a bit and decided that we'd make tostada stuff to go with the spanish rice another collective member (who's name I won't dare to butcher with my wackt spellin) had promised to bring.
We then posed the question: "What really goes in a whupp ass tostada?" ...
I asked "Should it have tofu or tempe?" Robin responded "It don't need none of that stuff- beans and rice've got enough protien."
I said "Yeah, and I don't want none of them folks at work talkin about my vegan stank." -------- "It's bad enough that they're always talkin to me like-WHAT YOU NEED IS SOME MEAT- A BIG FAT STEAK!--- "I'm like no way!"
so soy was out...
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From the open publishing newswire: Tents in the hallways, sleeping bags in classrooms, a rock band in the gym, piles of food donated by Food Not Bombs and other members of the community, and a whole bunch of kids running around. This was the scene Thursday evening at Lincoln High School, where at least 200 students had gathered for an all-night "sleep-in" to protest State budget cuts to the public school system. The action was planned and organized by the Portland Public Schools Student Activist Alliance, but was attended by a lot of "normal" students. Interest in this issue is broad within the student body.
"We are not lazy or drug addicts or violent," said Erin Jones, a Student Activist Alliance organizer. "We are about supporting our education. That's what high school students care about."
From the open publishing newswire: Portland, OR, January 16, 2003 Ã The ASPSU Student Senate passed a resolution against the looming war in Iraq on Wednesday January 15. Discussion amongst student Senators included issues about the state of the economy and the increase of the military budget by the Bush administration, as well as, support for the Peace rally on January 18.
"A few months ago we had a $30 million cut in our educational system. People lost their jobs. One missile costs $1 million. If the military would just cut back by 30 missiles, our state could have education funded" one Senator claimed.
"I know some of you are in the military, but I don't want to see any of you go off and die for this or any other war," another Senator said.
Although some Senators felt the issue had nothing to do with Portland State University, many Senators felt otherwise.
The rainy Cascadian nights are upon us. And what a better way to spend them? The Cascadia Wildlands Project and the University of Oregon's Survival Center are excited to present a nine-week environmental film series titled "Eco-Videos: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!" The film series will be held in room 100 Willamette at the University of Oregon on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 from January 8-March 5. This Wednesday, January 8, kicks off the series. The event is free and open to the public. Popcorn will be provided at the showings. Please spread the word and let folx know. Warning: Most of these videos are inappropriate or really boring for younger children. Many may offend a normal person's sensibilities. [ Full Story ]
From the open publishing newswire: On January 8, 2003, the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) and the Center for Food Safety sued USDA arguing that creeping bentgrass and Kentucky bluegrass, both of which are being engineered to resist Roundup (glyphosate), are already serious problems in some natural areas and would become "super weeds" if herbicide resistance was built in. Monsanto, maker of Roundup, and Scotts Company, a home garden and pesticide products company, have asked for USDA approval to commercialize a genetically engineered (GE) variety of creeping bentgrass popular for golf course greens and commercial and residential lawns.
Once released into the environment, the herbicide tolerant grasses could proliferate at will... Turfgrasses are ubiquitous in and near almost every type of habitat in which the U.S. populace lives, works and plays, including an estimated 40,000,000 residential lawns and parks, at least 40,000 athletic facilities, more than 17,000 golf courses, and countless other landscapes where they have been planted or invaded on their own.
January 13, 2003, Crescent Valley, NV In order to involve the new players, late last week Interior let loose its latest public relations blitz which describes an impending confiscation as a "rescue" of unclaimed horses. Interior's new position is disturbing: only a few short weeks ago, it was accusing the Danns of "overgrazing" and "trespass". Now, the U.S. claims the horses for which they have been compounding trespass fees are "estrays" - unclaimed horses - within the State of Nevada's jurisdiction. The State's position has changed as well. Less than a month ago, Nevada State Dept. of Agriculture, Jim Connelly, recommended meat packing houses to the Danns as potential buyers of the horses. "If the state was concerned about the well being of these horses, why did they give us the names of meat packers and why are they planning this massive roundup in the middle of winter with snow and ice on the ground? It doesn't make any sense,states Carrie Dann. The Danns position however has not changed. They continue to assert Western Shoshone title to the lands where their animals graze and they continue to ask the U.S. for evidence of any land cession or in the alternative to sit across the table from the Western Shoshone and talk about remedies.
The truth is there is no emergency situation for the horses besides the threatened roundup by the United States. "These horses are pretty horses, healthy and running strong in the valleys and mountains where they have always lived." states Mary Dann.
We believe the BLM roundup will begin this weekend. That is a problem with many people attending Peace marches on the 18th. Hopefully, they will wait. If you can help, please contact the Western Shoshone Defense Project or Shundahai Network. Feel free to send this to others who may be interested. [ Full Story ]
Riva Enteen is the program director for the San Francisco chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. She spoke with KPFA's Guns and Butter radio team for a show that aired today, January 15, 2003. Topics covered include the rise of police state powers, and the fact that restrictions serve interests other than so-called security, that in fact were the government interested in long-term security radically different measures would need to be taken. She discusses how elements of the USA Patriot Act and 30 executive orders (as of August, 2002) directly violate the Constitution to such an extent that they are grounds for impeachment. She speaks about the local communities passing resolutions to protest and limit the USA Patriot Act's power, but cautions that with the executive orders and the passage of the Homeland Security Act, the threats we face are coming from multiple fronts.
Some media commentators have attempted to spin the issue about legislators not reading the so-called USA Patriot Act before passing it. Riva Enteen researched what happened, and notes that we were not just dealing with lazy legislators, but an actual and explicit political decision to ram the legislation through without review. She notes:
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Here is the text for the 9:30 AM broadcast on KBOO 90.7FM/kboo.fm. Compassion ~ History ~ Truth ~ Desire ~ Creativity.
In 73 BCE, the Roman Empire was heavily dependent on slave labor to work the fields. The Romans, like Americans, didn't like to get out there and pull up the cabbages so they discovered that they could militarily, economically and socially force other people to do it. Central to the success of this idea was the utilization of mind control, that is, telling people from the day they were born that they didn't deserve any better. However, the survival and reproduction rate of the slave class wasn't very good, so they had to be constantly replaced with new slaves, generally brought in from newly conquered territories. One such slave was a Thracian named Spartacus, who like some was taken not to the fields but to the entertainment industry where the Romans gathered to see the spectacle that reinforced the idea of their supremacy, the gladiator's fights in the arena. It was their version of Dirty Harry, Rocky 99, Predator, buddy cop movies, and Saving Private Ryan. [ Full Story ] [ KBOO ]
From the open publishing newswire: January 15 marks the end of a 10 day hunger strike by 16 campesinos (Mexican farmers and peasants). The Mexican countryside is in an emergency state with the January 1, 2003 ending of Mexican tariffs on imports of nearly 80 U.S. agricultural goods. The lifting of agricultural tariffs is part of the 1994 NAFTA agreements which have already devastated the Mexican countryside and this devastation will only increase with these latest free trade policies.
Protests and mobilizations have been frequent throughout Mexico's cities and rural areas since the New Year. On Jan. 1 NAFTA provisions that ended Mexican tariffs on nearly 80 U.S. agricultural goods went into effect. (Tariffs will remain on corn, beans, and powdered milk until 2008.)
A solidarity organization compiled of 12 smaller campesino(peasant or farmer) groups will meet today, January 15 to discuss the state of emergency in the Mexican countryside with the latest NAFTA provisions. They have begun a coalition called "El campo no aguanta mas" or "the countryside cannot take it anymore".The meeting today marks the end of a ten day hunger strike by 16 campesinos who are camped out in front of the Angel Statue on Avenida de Reforma, one of Mexico City's busiest streets. See photos of hunger strike with this article.
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