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Climate Change Impacts Lake Tahoe Basin

San Francisco Bay Area, 22.08.2013 06:01

Long-term trends show that climate change is impacting the Lake Tahoe Basin with drier years, less precipitation, higher lake temperatures and projected lower lake levels. These conclusions are found within the 2013 Tahoe State of the Lake Report released on August 7 by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center at the University of California, Davis.



Ferraris and Other Luxury Cars Serve as Backdrop for Boycott Rally at La Playa Carmel

San Francisco Bay Area, 22.08.2013 06:01

On August 16, community members returned to La Playa Carmel for a boycott rally in support of the workers who lost their jobs when the hotel shutdown and re-opened in the summer of 2012 after a change of ownership. The Friday labor rally coincided with the final events in a series of "elite" automobile shows occurring throughout the Monterey Peninsula, and protesters marched for justice for the former workers next to Ferraris and other high end vehicles parked in front of La Playa.



Crucial KBOO Election Ballots are Out

Portland, 22.08.2013 05:40

KBOO Ballots are Out Now--Vote Now. Ballots taken to the Meeting are due by 2:40 PM deadline!

The Keep KBOO as KBOO Committee/Friends of KBOO recommend the following five candidates: Michael Wells, Adin Rogovin, Jennifer Davis, Robin Ryan and Joe Uris.

This is a crucial election. We need to get our excellent and dedicated people on the Board, to avoid any further dalliance with the corporate capitulationism that has so far cost the KBOO radio community the proceeds of a Winter Membership Drive, and a great deal of stress and division. The slate listed above will promote the visibility of the Station, adding listeners, members, and financial strength. They are dedicated to a truly accessible and transparent process. Please choose your candidates and get your ballot in by mail, at the station, or in person at the Annual Meeting:

Annual Meeting Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, 1-4 PM. Matt Dishman Community Center 77 NE Knott St. Portland, OR.



A Big Victory For Oregon’s Biggest Union

Portland, 22.08.2013 05:40

After years of painful backsliding, the state workers of Oregon's largest union, SEIU 503, recently stood firm and scored a big win in their contract negotiations against the state's anti-union Democratic governor, John Kitzhaber.

After again demanding many anti-union concessions, Oregon's Democratic governor backed down when the union proved organized and ready to wage a statewide strike, which would have shut down many state-run agencies, including highway repair, Department of Motor Vehicles, Parks and Recreation, food stamps, the Employment Department, Child Welfare, Department of Revenue, and others.

SEIU 503 is a union of 50,000 plus members, the core of which consists of Oregon public employees. On paper the union looked impressive after having expanded its membership in mostly non-public areas, including private home-health care.



Actions to Fight Pipelines and Fracking Taking Place All over US. . . Including Portland!

Portland, 22.08.2013 05:40

On Thursday August 22, 2013, from 6:30-8:30 pm, Portland Rising Tide is hosting an orientation at Laughing Horse Book and Film Collective at 12 NE 10th Ave, Portland, Oregon for people to learn more about the group's work and how they can get involved. There will be a discussion of the onslaught of fossil fuel export terminals proposed in the Cascadia region. Presenters will also talk about the work of Rising Tide to oppose these terminals; climate justice and direct action; and how people can plug-in as organizers and participants. - Portland Rising Tide Orientation event page

On Saturday August 24, 2013, from 10:00-3:00 pm, Hella 503 Collective, the Parasol Climate Collective, and Portland Rising Tide are organizing at the NE corner of Northgate Park in Portland, near the intersection of N. Clarendon Ave. and N. Fessenden St., to go door-to-door to talk to St. John's residents about climate change. Canvassers will be provided with a script and a short training, and will specifically be talking to residents about the fossil fuel export terminals that are already impacting St. John's. - Portland Rising Tide Climate Canvass event page

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Earth First! Nationwide Call-Outs for Activists to Stop Fracking and Tar Sands Pipelines

From last year's Earth First! Rendezvous, the idea of the Full Time Direct Action (FTDA) Pledge sprang. The result was a list of people who expressed the desire to be contacted when crucial campaigns were in need of support at critical times. The call-outs featured in this article are modified from an email sent out to EF! activists nationwide regarding organizing efforts currently ongoing. If you can plug into these campaigns in Pennsylvania and Indiana over the next few weeks with skills, supplies, time, energy, funds, etc, it could be pivotal for the growth of these movements.

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Related Articles: East Texas Activists Trying to Stop KXL Pipeline Cherry-Picked from Trees and Arrested | Beyond Keystone XL: Three Controversial Pipelines You Probably Haven't Heard Of | Obama Administration Rushes To Expand Fracking On Public Lands | Dramatic rise in methane levels since end July 2013



Ride ODOT to Barbur to OHSU 6:00PM - 8/21

Portland, 22.08.2013 05:40

Tell ODOT not to leave us for dead on Barbur Blvd. Enough is enough.

Friends of Barbur, a grassroots group working to make SW Barbur Blvd a safer place to drive, bike, and live, is doing what it can to support Henry Schmidt, the 20-year-old Lewis and Clark College student was hit and left for dead while walking his bike on Barbur early Friday morning.


Friends of Barbur has also announced a bike ride to visit Henry Schmidt in the hospital. He was left for dead Friday after being hit by car on Barbur Blvd.

The ride will meet tomorrow (Wednesday, 8/21) in front of the Oregon Department of Transportation Region 1 headquarters (123 NW Flanders) at 6:00 pm, and will ride on Barbur to OHSU. Friends of Barbur volunteer Kiel Johnson is leading the ride. You can follow him via Twitter @go_by_bike for the location of the ride and/or to join the group en route to the hospital.

homepage:  link to bikeportland.org



Inside California’s Prison Hunger Strike

Portland, 22.08.2013 05:40


Statement by Brutha Sitawa: "I would like to reiterate that the Agreement to End All Hostilities, August 12, 2012, is significant for all prisoners because CDCR has encouraged prisoners in their 33 prisons to not only engage in self-destructive behavior but have also helped heighten racial hostilities - the catalyst for internal warfare, racial warfare and gang warfare. all of which all has been magnified inside the prisons and throughout our communities."

"We decided to address these contradictions head on by engaging in a dialogue that was meaningful, sincere and honest with each respected entity. We realized that our responsibility was to end actions that were contrary to the growth and development of each and every prisoner..."

Sitawa Jaama has been held in the "Security Housing Unit" (SHU) of California's Pelican Bay State Prison for 29 years. Along with hundreds of other prisoners throughout the California prison system Sitawa has been on hunger strike for 43 days. Sitawa is a member of the Short Corridor Collective, an interracial group of prisoners based in the Pelican Bay SHU. The Short Corridor Collective has been influential in calling for 3 hunger strikes in the past 2 years, as well as authoring the 'Agreement to End Hostilities' document (Full PDF), a political call for prisoner unity, and an end to all violence between different groups of prisoners throughout the state, from maximum security prisons to county jails.

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Prisoner Hunger Strike: Day 44 - Outrage Over CDCR Force Feeding Plans

"CDCR justifies asking for the order to force feed by claiming that the widespread hunger strike is 'orchestrated' by gangs, that the massive participation and support for the demands is coerced and that prisoners have signed 'do not resuscitate' directives under duress," according to Claude Marks of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition. "This order violates all international laws and standards and gives the medical director of each prison authority to violate human rights laws instead of reasonably negotiating with prisoners." Thousand of prisoners have united to challenge the torture of prolonged isolation, demanding an accountable process to challenge the gang validations that have kept them in security housing for decades.

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Previous Features: Latest on California Prisoners' Hunger Strike | Largest Prisoner Rights Protest in California History Ongoing



Café Batucada. Também quero decidir!

CMI Brasil, 20.08.2013 20:43

CULTURA



Minimanual da Arte Guerrilha Urbana

CMI Brasil, 20.08.2013 20:43

MEMÓRIA, JUSTIÇA E VERDADE



Undercover cop at DC protests outed

DC, 18.08.2013 18:03

An undercover cop who infiltrated protests by United Students Against Sweatshop (USAS) has been caught, or "outed" in an article by Mike Elk, of InTheseTimes, who interviewed DC area activists. United Students Against Sweatshops has filed for an injunction to stop police from spying on their group. This same undercover, "Missy", has also been present at many other protests in DC, including a recent protest against HLS or Huntingdon Life Sciences that led to an unusual arrest under suspcious circumstances. Many thanks to Lacy for her months of detective work to catch this undercover! Lacy's own report on otherwords.org Activists Identify DC Cop Who Infiltrated Bangladesh Sweatshop Protests DC Media Group Archives video reveals Missy at protests



Are these Police Infiltrators?

DC, 18.08.2013 18:03

Two bicyclists, handing out flyers in supposed support of a School of the Americans Watch die-in, seem to know little about the reason for the die-in or SOA issues, but did know about police related drug cartels in Latin America. In the end one of the bicyclists is seen joking around with a police observer parked in a no parking zone just in front of the National Republican Club on Capitol Hill. The United States Capitol Police have a formidable but little-known intelligence unit. According to former US Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer they "… have plainclothes officers who go out and do counterintelligence work. We're always trying to figure out what the bad guys are trying to figure out in watching us or observing what we do." (Spies on the Hill: Former Capitol Police Chief Gainer Dishes About Secret Intel Unit, By Jeff Stein, in Congressional Quarterly, Jun 08 2006 Accessed 8/9/2013 http://lists.jammed.com/ISN/2006/06/0032.html) Video



Over 100 sit in at State Dept against Keystone XL, no arrests

DC, 18.08.2013 18:03

On Monday, the 12th of August, over 100 people opposing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline staged a sit-in at the Department of State. Multiple entrances were blocked at various times as protesters sought to force arrests. Eric Schwartz's Youtube video of the action



Code Pink protests, disrupts AUVSI drone convention

DC, 18.08.2013 18:03

On the 13th of August, Code Pink both protested and disrupted the AUVSI or Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International convention. This convention is for the makers of the armed killing drones used by the US military, so Code Pink had a few things to say. Video of the protest and the inside disruption



Bethesda community meeting discusses fracking and TPP trade deal

DC, 18.08.2013 18:03

On the 14th of August, the Sierra Club, CCAN, Public Citizen, and other groups held another community forum on the ugly coming together ot the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fracking, and planned export of fracked gas. (video highlights sometime tomorrow)



De Guayama a Santiago de Cuba

Puerto Rico, 18.08.2013 18:03

De Guayama a Santiago de Cuba



Convocan Encuentro Internacional por la Liberación de Los Cinco: &quot;15 años, Basta!&quot;Convocan Encuentro Internacional por la Liberación de Los Cinco: &quot;15 años, Basta!&quot;

Puerto Rico, 18.08.2013 18:03

Convocan Encuentro Internacional por la Liberación de Los Cinco: "15 años, Basta!"



La limpieza y descontaminación que queremos en Vieques

Puerto Rico, 18.08.2013 18:03

La limpieza y descontaminación que queremos en Vieques



JUJUY: SE REALIZÓ CONCENTRACIÓN EN DEFENSA DE LA DEMOCRACIA SINDICAL

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Multitudinario respaldo al "Perro" Santillán



Extractivismo petrolero en Neuquén

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

El avance del fracking: crónica desde el territorio del lof Campo Maripe



JUJUY: SE REALIZÓ CONCENTRACIÓN EN DEFENSA DE LA DEMOCRACIA SINDICAL

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Multitudinario respaldo al “Perro” Santillán



Campesinos del Valle del Conlara ante la expansión del actual modelo agrario

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Monsanto: mentiras peligrosas en San Luis



Informativo de la RNMA Nº 5

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

PANORAMA informativo



Marcharon en Córdoba

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

El reclamo campesino



Rechazo a la Comisión Nacional de Acreditación y Evaluación

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

El Consejo Superior de la UNC está tomado



TERMINARON LAS TAREAS DE RESCATE

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Fin de la búsqueda: 21 fallecidos



ROSARIO: TERMINARON LAS TAREAS DE RESCATE

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Fin de la búsqueda: 21 fallecidos



Análisis de la Salud Colectiva Ambiental

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Planta de Bioetanol enferma a todo un barrio



Radio abierta contra el código de faltas

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Voces contra la represión



Malvinas Argentinas le dice NO a Monsanto

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Exigen la consulta popular



MOVILIZACIÓN DOCENTE EN LA PLATA

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Contra el vaciamiento de IOMA, por el pago de los salarios adeudados



MASACRE DE POMPEYA: SIN ABSOLUCIÓN PARA FERNANDO CARRERA, INJUSTAMENTE CONDENADO

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Rati Horror Show II



MOVILIZACIÓN DOCENTE EN LA PLATA

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Contra el vaciamiento de IOMA, por el pago de los salarios adeudados



MASACRE DE POMPEYA: SIN ABSOLUCIÓN PARA FERNANDO CARRERA, INJUSTAMENTE CONDENADO

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Rati Horror Show II



Radio abierta antirrepresiva

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

El FOCCOF toma en micrófono



Rusia: Manifestaciones contra ley que sanciona a la comunidad LGTB y contra los ataques neonazis

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Respeto. Libertad. Diversidad



Rusia: Manifestaciones contra ley que sanciona a la comunidad LGTB y contra los ataques neonazis

Argentina, 18.08.2013 17:50

Respeto. Libertad. Diversidad



Federal Agency Launches Review of Fracking Risk on California Public Lands

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.08.2013 17:48

The federal government announced on August 2 the start of two new analyses of fracking risks to California public lands. The Bureau of Land Management will begin developing a new "environmental impact statement" for fracking in Central California, along with a statewide independent scientific assessment of the dangerous oil extraction process. Completion of the environmental impact statement and scientific review are likely to take more than a year.



Supporting California and Santa Cruz Prison Hunger Strikers at 'Hunger for Justice'

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.08.2013 17:48

On July 31, community members in Santa Cruz marched to the county jail as part of "Hunger for Justice," an international day of protests and events held in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike in state detention facilities across California since July 8. According to the organization Sin Barras, 37 prisoners in the Santa Cruz County Jail have also joined the hunger strike.



California Legislators Call for Offshore Oil Fracking Investigation

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.08.2013 17:48

Assembly member Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) and eight other California lawmakers are calling on the Department of Interior and Environmental Protection Agency to investigate reports of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) beneath the seabed floor off the California Coast.



San Jose Justice for Trayvon Martin Demos Continue, More Actions Planned

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.08.2013 17:48

On August 6, San Jose Justice for Trayvon Martin held a rally at San Jose City Hall, followed by a march downtown where the group circled the federal building. San Jose Justice for Trayvon Martin is "a local mass multi-issue campaign made up of San Jose and larger Silicon Valley community members acting in support of the larger Movement of Justice for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander."



Third Night of Protests and Blockades in Nez Perce Country

Portland, 18.08.2013 17:27

Protestors with the Nez Perce as well as Wild Idaho Rising Tide and Idle No More turned out for a third night of demonstrations against the illegal megaload's passage through Nez Perce country.

Yesterday's police was the largest yet, taking the side of Omega Morgan rather than the law. According to Wild Idaho Rising Tide, the police were "more forceful this time. Using their cars and phalanx tactics they forced a way through the crowd and broke the blockade faster than on other nights. The megaload took off and fled, tail between its legs, and proceeded to break laws (AIDED by the cops!) and endanger people all the way to get itself off the Res. before stopping for the night, terrified of facing the Nimipu on yet another night."

Related article: Chaos on the Clearwater River: Second Night of Megaload Blockades

Previous Feature: Nez Perce, Idle No More, Rising Tide Blockade Highway 12 to Stop Megaloads

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Aerial Blockade Halts Enbridge's Pipeline 6B

This morning, Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI-CATS) is taking direct action in the Crane Pond State Game Area to halt expansion of Canadian corporation Enbridge Energy's tar sands pipeline 6B. Enbridge's claim that they have restored the Kalamazoo River after the 2010 spill holds no merit, nor does it justify expanding the pipeline. Tar sands cannot be cleaned up; this material is thick and heavy, it sinks in water, and clings to surfaces. Expanding the pipeline increases the risk of another disaster for all of life and future generations.

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report from this old vet

Portland, 18.08.2013 17:27

This was a busy week with the politicians, we attended a Policy Board for Oregon Health on August 6th to blast them about not granting the variance the city and Commissioner Novick had requested. This was a long meeting, about 3 hrs. of process, I knew I was at the wrong station. This group had nothing to do with the covering of the reservoirs. They were dealing with things like, "Coordinated Care Model Alignment workgroup" but what the hell since I was there, and spent a few hours listening to them why not move to plan "B." Near the end about 3:45 they had public testimony and I talked about the homeless, the deaths on our streets and the lack of programs that would help the most vulnerable among us. They wanted to talk process, I talked about real life. It was good, and by the expressions on the doctor's faces they are not used to being told things, they are used to telling each other how wonderful they are and how wonderful it was going to be someday! These are good people but we need much more action and less process.........

Today we will be back on the Hawthorne Bridge, Westside at 1st and Madison. We will have signs talking about the covering of the reservoirs and the rate increases etc. We should be there about 4:00 PM until about 5:15 PM, this wimp wears out fast on the bridge, but we make some noise and try to have fun. All are welcome and the only rule is be proud of what you put on your sign; no other rules.



Cascadia Calling!

Portland, 18.08.2013 17:27

Comrades, Allies, Friends! For almost three months, Cascadia Forest Defenders have been tree sitting and blockading the White Castle Timber sale - against the destruction of the remaining old forests and for the right of all living things to exist. We intend to stay until is White Castle is once more a forest and no longer a timber sale and will continue to maintain our blockades while pressuring the powers that be to back off.

We are calling out for more blockaders, tree sitters, dreamers, the malcontent, all folks of a diversity of skill sets and abilities to come join us.

As the rain begins to fall to quench the fires, we are asking you to help us do the opposite. Come out and join us. New to this whole thing? We will train you up. An old hand? Love to get your input and benefit from your experience. Whether you can only stay for a week or until the last mill is shut down, all are welcome.

This is a front in the battle for all living things!

Cascadia Forest Defenders



Save Portlands Open Reservoirs - Friday Vigils Start

Portland, 18.08.2013 17:27

Friday Vigils to Save Portland Open reservoirs starts on the Hawthorne Bridge every Friday at 4:00 PM

"Today [Friday] we will be back on the Hawthorne Bridge, Westside at 1st and Madison. We will have signs talking about the covering of the reservoirs and the rate increases etc. We should be there about 4:00 PM until about 5:15 PM, this wimp wears out fast on the bridge, but we make some noise and try to have fun. All are welcome and the only rule is be proud of what you put on your sign; no other rules. If you get a chance stop and say hello to a person who is living on the street, they are having a tough time and could use some cheer; just say Hi."

Video: Vigil Announcement | Individuals For Justce

Related Feature: report from this old vet



Back To School? Don't Be A Target For The Military!

Portland, 18.08.2013 17:27

Under No Child Left Behind, schools receiving federal funding MUST release students' personal information to military recruiters if they are to continue to receive funding. Students may "opt-out" of this military database at the beginning of the school year.

"They'll know where you live.... They'll have your phone number.... They'll come to your door ... if you let them. Military recruiters, by strict authority of the No Child Left Behind Act, must be given the names, addresses and phone numbers of all high school students each year. Want to keep your privacy? You can be removed from the list of names by 'opting-out.'" -- The Full Picture, San Francisco, California

OPT-OUT FACTS:
* Students must opt-out EVERY YEAR.
* Traditionally, the deadline for opting-out for the year is October 1.
* Students do NOT need parental or guardian consent to opt-out.
* Depending upon the School District, potentially every high school students' personal information is being released to military recruiters -- not just that of juniors or seniors.
* Girls are NOT exempt from this provision.

Opt Out! Form



2013-2014 Outreach &amp; Communications Internship with Portland Fruit Tree Project

Portland, 18.08.2013 17:27

The Outreach and Communications Intern will assist with outreach to spread the word about PFTP and bring diverse participants into our programs. The intern will also help to create and distribute informational and promotional materials aimed at engaging diverse community members in supporting the work of PFTP as volunteers, partners, and donors. This will be an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a vibrant nonprofit organization, while making a difference for PFTP and the communities we serve.
Time commitment: 12-20 hours per week, for 6 months (schedule is somewhat flexible, 312 total hours minimum). Start Date: Oct 1st, 2013. End Date: March 31, 2014.
Location: You would be working primarily out of PFTP headquarters in NE Portland.
This internship is unpaid, but the rewards are many - including a great learning experience and the unique opportunity to be a part of a vibrant and growing organization.

Preferred Qualifications: (not required)
Experience with community outreach
Interest in community involvement / volunteer engagement
Passion for urban agriculture, community food security and/or sustainable food systems
Experience with diverse communities, particularly low income populations
Proficiency in Spanish, or other language common to Portland


To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to Katy Kolker at:  katy@portlandfruit.org
Application deadline is September 6th.



Benton County Community Rights Coalition: Asserting Local Control of Food System

Portland, 18.08.2013 17:27

Benton County Community Rights Coalition (BCCRC) is a non-profit in Oregon formed to educate citizens about their legal rights to local community governance. The group is currently aiming to gather the needed signatures to qualify its Sustainable Food System Ordinance for the May 2014 ballot.

It's been over a year now since a small group of organic and conventional farmers, along with food advocates, came together to confront the issue of GMOs in their county. During that time, the BCCRC has built a coalition of supporters, hosted numerous public presentations as well as a community rights workshop taught by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Democracy School, and co-sponsored the Willamette Valley Farm and Food Rights Summit. [...]

The Sustainable Food System Ordinance of Benton County establishes citizens' rights to: a sustainable food system; seed heritage; and clean air, water, and soil for sustainable agriculture in Benton County. The ordinance also prohibits unsustainable practices - like the planting of GMO's - that would violate those rights.

The BCCRC believes that as free citizens, we must elevate our community's rights above the corporate "rights" and state preemptions that currently usurp our ability to decide the face of agriculture in our own community. The Coalition not only asserts its community's rights to a sustainable food system, but also asserts the inalienable rights of nature to exist, persist and flourish.



MLK 50th anniversary events press conference: The Mayor, Wal-Mart, voter ID, and the Zimmerman verdict

DC, 09.08.2013 06:15

On the 7th of August, Mayor Gray and city officials joined with the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Commemorative Committee for a press conference to announce planned upcoming events. An organizer of the MLK +50 commemoration condemns voter ID/voter suppression, Zimmerman verdict



NCM Boletín Estatus

Puerto Rico, 09.08.2013 06:15

Gobernador hace advertencia sobre situación política de Puerto Rico



Aniversario Batalla de Asomante

Puerto Rico, 09.08.2013 06:15

Aibonito Conmemora 115 Años de la Batalla del Asomante




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