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WAR TAX RESISTANCE 15.04.2003 12:53
Portlanders Protest War Tax
From the open publishing newswire: today at 9:30 AM a portland man stood in front of the employment center downtown handing out $550 in $10 increments to show his opposition to paying WAR TAX. the $550 is the amount that he would have otherwise paid to the IRS. (that is, if taxes went to something other than ruthlessly murdering people across the globe)

...so i arrived at the employment center just at 9:30. i was very excited about the action that this man was taking and wanted to come down in support. he had envelopes filled with ten dollar bills and a letter explaining why he was doing what he was doing. (see end of post for a copy of his letter) the main point was that he did not support the government using tax money to pay for killing people.

at first we all went inside and he approached those who were sitting down at the work stations. some seemed a bit confused at first, but everyone took an envelope.

there was also a person there who was handing out 1040WAR forms. the form looked very similar to a 1040 or 1040EZ at first glance, but this one had a few special features. the heading along the top of the form read "Your Tax Contribution to Death, Misery and Destruction".[ Read More... | Photos ]

1040WAR Tax Day Action

April 15 Tax Day Action - Stop U.S. Tax-Funded Aid to Israel Now Please join us! Please forward widely!

All day, any time, April 15
Hand out the 1040WAR form. Download 1040WAR mock tax form:
http://www.sustaincampaign.org/tax_day_flier.pdf [ Read More... ]

PEACE / POLICE STATE 15.04.2003 07:15
Vera shows her true colors (pro-war and anti-civil liberties): Police raid Portland Peace Encampment in middle of night
From the open publishing newswire: A force of approximately 7 or 8 Portland Police Bureau officers headed by Lt. Bill Haunsperger raided the Portland Peace Encampment at 11:45pm Monday, April 14th, 2003. The police confiscated several bins of food and equipment, bags of clothes and all the remaining protest signs. No arrests or citations were made. The Peace Camp was given a Property/Evidence Receipt listing the confiscated equipment and bags, but not the protest signs. The Property Receipt lists the "Type of Incident" as "Abandon Property," yet the property is listed as being taken from Russell Nelson, one of the demonstrators. The last few minutes of the raid were videotaped by a freelance cameraman for several local TV Stations.

Notes taken by the demonstrators indicated that "The cops seemed like they were having a good time. Apparently Mayor Katz wanted it done at night so no one would notice. One freelance cameramen came out and said it was blacked out on the radio as well." The cameraman later confirmed that he had been called by several local TV stations to cover the event. Two of the TV stations confirmed to him that no police call was sent out on the radio or received on the stations police scanners, which is highly unusual. Police returned at approximately 1am and demanded that the demonstrators remove all remaining chairs and equipment. This equipment was loaded into a demonstrator's truck.

The only protest sign not confiscated by the police was the Bill of Rights. This is a bit of a shame, because the police obviously need a copy. [ Read More... ]

Previous stories about the Peace Camp (most recent first): [ Peace Encampment Needs Well Rested Volunteers | The Latest Police Tactic at Peace Camp | Friday April 11 update -- Encampment still there! | Portland Peace Encampment Given 24 hours Notice by Police | Day 22 - Peace Encampment | 24 hour eviction served (sort of) | Portland Peace Encampment needs YOU! | Portland Peace Encampment Update day 19 | Photos of Closed Terry Shrunk Park | Homeland Security Evicts Portland Peace Encampment | Peace Camp still needs support | Shots Fired Near Portland Peace Encampment | Update: Pictures and report of hit and run | Hit and run at Peace Camp | Kitchen to cook meals for peace campers | peace camp is looking for donations | Peace Park Legalities. Strong Free Speech Right U.S. / Oregon Const. Some Traps | Peace Camp Action Alert! | PEACE PARK LIVES! MAJOR VICTORY! SUPPORT NOW .... TARPS, BLANKETS, SCRABBLE | Portland Peace Encampment releases statement of purpose | Peace Encampment carries on without tents; Shelters forbidden by Homeland Security | peace camp asks for help | Peace Camp update: Still there despite Homeland Security Threats | Portland Peace Camp may be evicted ]

Portland Panel shares protest experience with Belorussian Visitors
From the open publishing newswire: On Friday April 11th at 3pm, a panel composed of Portland Peaceful Response Coalition leadership and Portland Indymedia representatives met with six distinguished visitors from Belorussia whose USA information gathering tour is sponsored by the World Affairs Council. Through two interpreters provided by WAC, Portland Panel discussed organization structures, development and results of Peace Actions Oct 5th - Mar 15th as well as use of media including Indymedia/s to promote and coordinate protest actions. [ Read More... ]

Protesters arrested at School Board Meeting
Someone asked on the open publishing newswire: just got word about some people getting arrested at a schoolboard meeting tonight. The arredsted were apparently questioning the recruiting policies of the armed forces in our achools. If anyone has info please post here. Someone close to me was arrested I would like to what happened.

Someone responded: I was there for a good deal of it. They waited outside for a while then walke in with signs explaining their point, that recruiters should not have access to student info without parent permission. The people their got really nervous. They told the people that if they didn't leave they would call the police. The people said what they were doing was legal. Then the security type people started calling the fire marshal and the police. I think they either called 911 of were debating calling 911. They stood there for at least 15 minutes before the police came. Once they were there they each told to leave or be arrested. About half were arrested. The News did an interview. ect. Other people had cameras and might post pictures/ more detailed stories than I have provided. The people doing this were awesome and everyone I came with were really proud of them. Props to all of you. [ Read More... ]

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA 14.04.2003 22:43
KBOO news to be available on-demand on the web
Someone asked on the open publishing newswire: Glen Owen will record and provide mp3 audio file of KBOO newscasts several times a week. KBOO does not provide this Audio On Demand service at this time. This will allow those interested to receive a sample of local COMMUNITY radio news coverage to compare with National Public Radio archives for same date and time. [ Read More... ]

[ Downloadable MP3 ]

PATRIOT ACT 14.04.2003 15:40
Hear Lynne Stewart: Talks about Partiot Act
From the open publishing newswire: Lynne Stewart, well known NYC attorney, was indicted under the Patriot Act for helping "terrorists." Targeted for her outspoken defense of the poor and political prisoners (she was the lawyer for Sheik Abdel Rahman), Lynne was indicted last year under the Patriot Act and faces 40 years in prison. She will be speaking about her case and the attack on our civil rights by the Bush regime this Friday, April 18th, at 7:30 PM at PSU, Smith Center cafeteria. [ Read More... ]

FOREST DEFENSE 14.04.2003 13:19
Forest Management is Capitalist Ecocide, a three part photo essay

From the open publishing newswire: I went to the forest action camp outside Eugene in early March, the one that ended up being cancelled because of the death of Sparrow. Though things didn't turn out like I expected, it was still good to spend some time in the forest. Here are some photos I took out there, and some thoughts and observations that go along with them.

[ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 ]

Reports from April 12 actions

From the open publishing newswire: This protest took place a few days after America's military conquest of Baghdad. Portland's march began with a funeral procession carrying symbolic caskets and mournful placards. The huge signs each held a single word seemingly carved out of granite -- "MOURN". "GRIEVE" or "LAMENT."

The march ended with a giant skeleton puppet master that controlled a network of TV talking heads. This trailing bit of irreverent street theatre was put togther by folks from Tillamook, Oregon. They brought several extra TV helmets. [ Read More... ]


MUTUAL AID | TRAINING 13.04.2003 23:46
The Black Cross Health Collective First Aid Training In Olympia April 19.
From the open publishing newswire: First Aid Training by The Black Cross Health Collective April 19th, Saturday, Olympia, Washington 8-hour workshop as part of The Activist's Toolkit: Skills-building workshops for Activists to build a stronger grassroots movement. You must register for this workshop ahead of time with our hosts. When you register, you will be given time and location information. Register on-line at www.freeskoolco-op.org, call toll-free 877-296-4981, or email freeskool@ureach.com

THE 8-HOUR WORKSHOP CURRICULUM Our standard 8-hour workshop is an introduction to protest first aid and aftercare. It will prepare the student to act as an affinity group-level medic. Although we will drill you intensively, there will be time for lunch and a few breaks built into the 8 hours. Students who already have advanced first aid training will want to take this course as we cover many things that are specific to protest health care. People with no first aid training will learn valuable first aid skills they can use anywhere, not just at protests. We will also talk to students about how they can continue their training. Expect to have a lot of fun. [ Read More... ]

www.freeskoolco-op.org www.blackcrosscollective.org | www.mediaisland.org

GENETIC ENGINEERING 13.04.2003 21:12
Anti-Food Labeling Bill Passes Oregon House
From the open publishing newswire: HB 2957, a bill that would limit food labeling - including GE foods - in Oregon, passed the House on Friday by a 45-8 margin. The bill will now be sent to a Senate committee for further discussion. It was thought that the bill would be referred to the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, whose Chair, Frank Shields, is highly opposed to the bill. However, its supporters are asking that it be referred to the Business and Labor Committee, which is chaired by Senate Majority Leader David Nelson (R-Pendleton). You can check committee agendas here for an update.

Although HB 2957 seems like a blatant effort to outlaw labeling of Genetically Engineered food, anti-GE activists need not be down and out just yet. Greg Chaimov, state legal counsel, sent out a memo Monday to legislators saying: "HB 2957 proposes a statute, WHICH ANY LATER STATUTE MAY OVERRIDE. Therefore, all any future initiative (or legislative measure for that matter) has to say is 'Notwithstanding HB 2957 . . .' and the initiative or law can impose a labeling requirement." Therefore, according to Rick North of the group GE Free Oregon, even if this becomes law, it can't stop another labeling law such as last year's Measure 27; it isn't even necessary to pass another law rescinding this one first. While this is some good news, anti-GE activists should be alarmed at this attempt by Jeff Kropf (the author of the bill) to take away our rights as consumers to know what's in our food.
[ Read More... ]

PEACE 13.04.2003 15:36
Peace Camp Moves to the Hatfield US Courthouse
From the open publishing newswire: Peace Camp is moving its 24 hour Vigil from in front of Portland City Hall to in front of the Mark O. Hatfield US Courthouse at SW Salmon and 3rd. We will be calling for Peace in Iraq and Justice at Home at the US Courthouse. We will continue to mount day and evening protests in front of City Hall calling for fair treatment for everyone in Portland, including the homeless.

Portland City Officials are right, Peace Camp is a moral nuisance to them. Yet, in most ways, City Hall has little to do with the War in Iraq. The proximate cause of Peace Camp setting up at City Hall was the City's refusal to pass an anti-war resolution before the war. Yet complaining to Vera Katz about the War is complaining to someone who can't make a difference. So we are moving to the Mark O. Hatfield US Courthouse to direct our main demonstration to the Federal Government. [ Read More... ]

FOREST DEFENSE 13.04.2003 15:35
Portland Ride Board to Women's Action Camp
From the open publishing newswire: Please Contact us [ Cascadia Forest Alliance. at 503.241.4879] if you are driving or need a ride to the women's action camp. Leave a message with this info if there is no one there.
Your Name
Need a ride or Offering?
Number needing ride or how much room.
Your Phone number (Very Important!)
Date your leaving or when you are free to leave.
[ Details ]

About the Womyn's Action Camp
Mazama Forest Defense recognizes the connection between all oppression and violence against the Earth and its inhabitants, including the marginalization of women. To address patriarchy inside and outside of the movement, MFD is organizing a women's action camp on the gorgeous and wild Salmon River.

The action camp will be in the Knob timber sale and will focus on substantially increasing women's forest defense skills and knowledge as well as provide a forum and safe space for us to discuss and take action against patriarchy. All women interested in forest defense, feminism or any other social justice issues are welcome. [Read More...]

WISDOM 13.04.2003 15:32
Message from the Hopi Elders
From the open publishing newswire: We have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered. Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in the right relation? Where is your water? Know your garden. It is time to speak your truth Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader. [ Read More... ]

Letter to a Young Activist During Troubled Times
Do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world right now ... Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is - we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plane of engagement... [ Read More... ]

ANTI-WAR - D.C. 13.04.2003 00:58
A Portlander With A Report From DC: 25,000 Take To The Streets!!
Despite what the corporate news media would have us believe, opposition to the "liberation" of Iraq, the death march of U.S. imperialism, and the diabolical administration behind it all is still very much alive, kicking, (and being kicked) here in the belly of the beast!!! 25,000 turn out to say "NO!"

The event was planned to address the latest round of IMF/World Trade meetings in DC this weekend, as well as show support for the Latin American Solidarity Conference taking place here as well. A number of feeder marches organized by such groups as DAWN (DC Anti-War Network), Veterans Against the War, and an unpermitted anti-capitalist segment joined with the largest group of demonstrators around noon. Altogether, this "National March to Stop the War on Iraq" was ogranized rather brilliantly by International ANSWER (www.internationalanswer.org)
[ Read More... ]

www.dc.indymedia.org | Halliburton/Cheney connections | www.commondreams.org

ASHLAND ANTI-WAR REPORT 12.04.2003 23:49
Peaceful Protest :Trumped-Up Charges, Arrests
From the open publishing newswire: A peaceful feeder march ending on the plaza was marred by arrests of two flag burners. The protesters were exercising their freedom of expression, burning the flag in denouncement of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. Police swooped in, stomped on the flames, and arrested the protesters on trumped-up charges of Reckless Burning and Disorderly Conduct.

Other protesters, acting in solidarity with the arrestees, followed the arresting officers onto Main Street shouting, "This is what democracy looks like!" and "Police State!" as the flag burners were hauled into squad cars.

Many of those remaining were shaken and angered by the unreasonable arrest. A group of protesters continued the action, placing simulated tombstones of Iraqi civilians, flower petals and a sign bearing the Howard Zinn quote, "THERE IS NO FLAG LARGE ENOUGH TO COVER THE SHAME OF KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE" onto the ashes of the burned flag.

Later, APD officer Bon Stewart began dismantling the makeshift memorial. A few women asked him what he was doing and stated that they wished to keep the tombstone signs. Stewart stated that he needed to photograph evidence and shoved one of the women as she stooped to pick up her sign.

Peace activist Paul Copeland stated that the Ashland police made a serious misstep and that "This is an excellent opportunity for public education."

The two individuals arrested in Ashland are being detained in Jackson County jail. Charged with Disorderly Conduct and Reckless Burning, they are being held on $7000 bail.[ Read More... | Rogue IMC ]

WOMEN'S RIGHTS 12.04.2003 22:00
Pro-Choice Rally in Salem Thursday (recap)
From the open publishing newswire: A pro-choice rally and lobbying effort happened in Salem on Thursday, April 20th, and this is one version of how it went.

This is not an official press release from Oregon NARAL or any of the other members of the Pro-Chice Coalition of Oregon, which organized the event. It was written by a NARAL volunteer who attended this event.

There was a protest at the capitol steps in Salem today. This small town on the edge of Portland doesn't see too many of those, really. Certainly such affairs have none of the flair and drama of a Portland peace march, but then, I am not sure the peace marchers have quite come to realise either the extent of their power or the proper direction to focus it.

On this occasion, while a dutiful one-woman peace-camp on the north steps went through the changing of the guards (the replacement was a bedraggled, but duly resigned, man,) a body of about 150 pro-choice protesters took up their chants.

Loud cheers mingled with shouts of "Legislators, hear our call: Women's rights protect us all!" and "Not the church, not the state - women must decide their fate!" Not coincidently, the governor responded to the call. In a short speech, he renewed his vow to protect the women of Oregon in their right to make their own medical decisions. He further pledged to take up the offensive in the pro-choice cause, in the form of Senate Bill 236, which will require all Oregon health insurance plans that cover prescription drugs, to cover prescription contraceptive drugs and devices.

Myself, I consider it to be absurd and unfair, that men's viagra is covered, while the pill is not. That a birth-control patch that can save at least $11,000 in unplanned birth costs is not covered while the smoking patch is. That a woman spends over $500 a year in birth control, on average, which is a clear and necessary health expense, which her health-care plan can omit to pay.

Anyhow, the rally continued on through intermitent drizzle, while past and current members of the Oregon legislature came forth to urge their collegues to accept right and reason in the cause of the Pro-Choice movement.

After only half-an-hour, the rally proceded inside the capitol building [ Read More... ]

Today's Protest At the Library
From the open publishing newswire: Today's protest went well, we had somewhere around 200 people turn up, and the energy seemed good. Does anybody have any pictures from the event they could put up on Indy?

I'd say the highpoint was when we got to the library and a hundred or so of us streamed in to subvert any investigation the FBI might be running at the library. We checked out a hundred suspicious books, including How to Build a Nuclear Bomb, Understanding Islam, and Teach Yourself French.[ Read More... ]

[ More on the Patriot Act and our Libraries (Douglas Lain's website) | The One True b!x's PORTLAND COMMUNIQUE- MORE PHOTOS! | April 12 Rally pix ]

ANTI-WAR | ACTION 12.04.2003 13:32
please join the rally today
From the open publishing newswire:
3:30 PM - MARCH
5:00 PM - RALLY

I just want to make a final plea to everyone to come to the march and rally today. I spoke to a woman yesterday who had mixed feelings about coming to the rallies now (because she doesn't want the US to pull out now with unfinished cleanup). I think it's really important to stay vocal. We all have a lot of concerns about the war, the aftermath, future issues, foreign policy, government spending, etc. Let's keep the momentum! We have to continue to raise our voices about these issues at every chance we get.

Let's keep evolving these rallies and marches and use them as our megaphone. Tens of thousands of people are still marching around the globe. We have to join them. [ Read More... ] Reasons to stay vocal about 'the war': VA cuts no surprise to this VET | Books not Bombs | Pentagon Lies | The Truth

WEEKLY CRITICAL MASS 12.04.2003 13:32
Critical Mass Kicked Ass!!
From the open publishing newswire: I think we finally had a good Critical Mass tonight. We started out in the north park blocks, and instead of directly taking Burnside, went a slightly different route. The cops were mighty confused about that, and we only had light police presence. (note, taking different routes=good) Then we decided to swing up to the PPRC protest at the Art Museum. PPRC was there protesting the posh dinner and exhibit on American Propaganda, oops, I mean "Americana", as the supposed art form is called. This dinner was hosted by such noteworthy fascists as Commandant Katz, and Reich Marshal Gordon Smith. It was a happy moment when CM met up with PPRC, kind of like the cavalry joining the infantry. We rallied there for a bit, then decided to circle around the area. We met up a few more times with the rally, and then decided to take Burnside to 23rd. went around 23rd, then to 21st, then to PGE park where there was a baseball game going on. After getting all the sports fans attention, we took off back downtown, and the ride ended nicely with the remnants of the PPRC protest. [ Read More... ]

POWER TO THE PEOPLE 12.04.2003 12:12
AUDIO FILE: Twelve Advantages of a Public Utility District
From the open publishing newswire: Monday evening, Apil 7, 2003, a hearing was held before a representative of the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) to gather information concerning the Citizens Initiative on the September ballot to make a Public Utility District from Portland General Electric in Multnomah County. This is about a half hour audio file of Dan Meeks presentation, which essentially discussed twelve advantages of a Public Utility District. [ Read More... ]

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