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Over 50 protest Hate Radio in OKC

Oklahoma, 12.08.2005 04:37

protest of The Mo Radio Show's anti-gay, anti-women, anti-African comments Here are some pictures I took of yesterday's demonstration. (for more info see earlier OKIMC story: http://okimc.org/newswire.php?story_id=920 Here are some pictures I took of yesterday's demonstration. (for more info see earlier OKIMC story: http://okimc.org/attachments/jul2005/1.jpg http://okimc.org/attachments/jul2005/2.jpg http://okimc.org/attachments/jul2005/3.jpg http://okimc.org/attachments/jul2005/4.jpg http://okimc.org/attachments/jul2005/5.jpg http://okimc.org/attachments/jul2005/6.jpg http://okimc.org/attachments/jul2005/7.jpg http://okimc.org/attachments/jul2005/8.jpg



Green Party to hold national meeting in Tulsa

Oklahoma, 12.08.2005 04:37

July 21-24 TULSA, OK -- The Green Party will hold its 2005 Annual National Meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 21-24. The event will be held on the campus of the University of Tulsa and is hosted by the Green Country Greens and the Green Party of Oklahoma. TULSA, OK -- The Green Party will hold its 2005 Annual National Meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 21-24. The event will be held on the campus of the University of Tulsa and is hosted by the Green Country Greens and the Green Party of Oklahoma.GREEN PARTY OF OKLAHOMA www.okgreens.org For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 13, 2005 Contacts: Joni LeViness, Green County Greens Member, 918 906 0828 myths16@cox.net Rachel Jackson, National Meeting Coordiantor, 405-205-6048, rconstance808@yahoo.com GREEN PARTY TO HOLD NATIONAL MEETING IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA, JULY 21-24 TULSA, OK -- The Green Party will hold its 2005 Annual National Meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 21-24. The event will be held on the campus of the University of Tulsa and is hosted by the Green Country Greens and the Green Party of Oklahoma. At the event, delegates from state Green parties will gather to decide national party direction and priorities for the coming year. There will also be numerous training and committee sessions in which delegates can learn skills and engage with party members from other locales. The keynote speaker for the Annual Meeting will be Maine State Representative and Green Party member, John Eder. Oklahoma Green Party members are excited to be hosting an event of this magnitude. "Our hope is that this meeting will help to legitimize the potential for alternative party politics in Oklahoma. Oklahoma needs more than two political choices." said Joni LeViness (Tulsa), one of the Oklahoma delegates to the annual meeting. The Green Party of Oklahoma will also be holding a fundraising dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22nd, at Woodward Park in Tulsa. The dinner will feature a BBQ buffet meal of primarily Oklahoma-grown food. (Vegatarian meal options will be available) Admission to this event is $10/person and the public is invited. Proceeds will be used to fund state and local Green Party work in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Green Party is dedicated to the principles of grassroots democracy, social and economic justice, ecological wisdom and nonviolence. The party has local chapters in Oklahoma County, Cleveland County, Green Country, as well as a Rural Greens chapter and a student chapter at Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City. FOR MORE INFORMATION: General information about registration, lodging, and the location: http://www.gp.org/meeting2005 Schedule of Events: http://www.gp.org/meeting2005/agenda.shtml Media Credentialing: http://www.gp.org/forms/media/ (on-site registration is also available) Green Party of Oklahoma - www.okgreens.org PO Box 52901, Oklahoma City, OK 73152 Email: info(at)okgreens(dot)org ~ END ~ http://okimc.org/attachments/jul2005/gpok_lo_res_sm.jpg



Local Libertarians elect officers, oppose fuel tax hike

Oklahoma, 12.08.2005 04:37

The Central Oklahoma LP elects Larry Brittain to be Chairman, comes out in opposition to SQ 723. The Central Oklahoma LP elects Larry Brittain to be Chairman, comes out in opposition to SQ 723. Members of the Central Oklahoma Libertarian Party convened Tuesday evening to elect officers as well as to take a position opposing a statewide ballot measure to increase fuel taxes. A resolution to urge the public to vote no on State Question 723 was passed unanimously. Voters will go to the polls on Sept. 13th to decide the issue, which would increase fuel taxes by about $500 million. Also passed was a resolution to support efforts to have the State Legislature perform an interim study on medical marijuana. New officers for the organization are Chairman Larry Brittain of Guthrie, Vice-Chairman David Splinter of Oklahoma City, and Secretary Chris Powell of Bethany. Treasurer Paula Brittain was re-elected to another term. The Central Oklahoma LP thanked outgoing Chairman Tom Laurent for his service to the party. Laurent is a founding member of the state LP. The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971 and currently has about 600 members in public office across the country. Citizens in every state except Oklahoma were able to vote for the party's presidential candidate in 2004. The Oklahoma LP is currently challenging the state's ballot access law, recognized as the most restrictive in the nation, in state court. For more information about the Libertarian Party in Oklahoma, visit www.oklp.org.  



Urge House leader to approve medical marijuana interim study

Oklahoma, 12.08.2005 04:37

URGENT: ACT THIS MONDAY, JULY 18 This Monday, July 18, Speaker of the House Todd Hiett (R-Kellyville) will issue his decision to approve or reject an interim study to investigate the benefits of medical marijuana in Oklahoma. The fate of Interim Study 58 -- submitted by Rep. Bill Nations (D-Norman) -- now rests in the hands of Speaker Hiett, so please make sure he hears from you before he acts. This Monday, July 18, Speaker of the House Todd Hiett (R-Kellyville) will issue his decision to approve or reject an interim study to investigate the benefits of medical marijuana in Oklahoma. The fate of Interim Study 58 -- submitted by Rep. Bill Nations (D-Norman) -- now rests in the hands of Speaker Hiett, so please make sure he hears from you before he acts. Please click here to e-mail Speaker Hiett and urge him to approve Interim Study 58. With just a few clicks, our automated system will allow you to send a pre-written letter to the speaker. Feel free to edit the message to your liking. It takes just minutes, but it can make a world of difference. Please act now. After you've e-mailed Speaker Hiett, please follow up by calling his office at 405-557-7353 and politely saying the following: "I recently learned that Representative Bill Nations has submitted a request for an interim study on medical marijuana. Please approve Interim Study 58, and allow the House to investigate the benefits of medical marijuana. Thank you for your time." If he commissions the study, Hiett will have the option of assigning it to a currently standing committee or creating a special committee. Rep. Nations' interim study offers legislators a tremendous opportunity to evaluate the efficacy of medical marijuana in Oklahoma. This is the next step toward passing legislation that will protect seriously ill Oklahomans from arrest and prison, so we cannot afford to pass up this chance. It is also possible for the Senate to launch a medical marijuana interim study, so please click here to e-mail Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan (D-Stillwater) and tell him that you would support the Senate conducting a similar study. Then, please follow up by calling Sen. Morgan at 405-521-5565 and politely saying the following: "I recently learned that the House of Representatives is considering an interim study on medical marijuana, and I want you to know that I would support a similar study in the Senate. Please do whatever you can to allow the Senate to investigate the medical benefits of marijuana. Thank you." After you've taken action, please pass this message along to your friends and family around the state, so that even more voices for reform can be heard. With your help, we can succeed in protecting Oklahoma's medical marijuana patients from criminal penalties. Thank you for supporting the Marijuana Policy Project.



Campaign School at Green Party Annual Meeting

Oklahoma, 12.08.2005 04:37

Tulsa, July 22, 23 On Friday and Saturday of the Annual Meeting, the GPUS Coordinated Campaign Committee will be holding a 3 hour campaign school for anyone interested in learning about running for office, or for those who are interested in building their campaigning skills. Workshops will include: Intro to campaigns Campaign Manager Training Volunteer Coordination Fundraising Campaign Outreach Panel Media Relations Candidate's Role in a Campaign KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JOHN EDER Currently the highest elected Green in the nation. He will be speaking about his experience as not just a candidate, but as a Green candidate who was re-elected against overwhelming odds. The campaign school will run from 9-12 on Friday with a repeat of the workshops on Saturday from 9-12. A campaign workshop is being offered during the Annual Meeting of the Green Party of the United States in Tulsa on July 22-23. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in running for office as a progressive in Oklahoma.On Friday and Saturday of the Annual Meeting, the GPUS Coordinated Campaign Committee will be holding a 3 hour campaign school for anyone interested in learning about running for office, or for those who are interested in building their campaigning skills. Workshops will include: Intro to campaigns Campaign Manager Training Volunteer Coordination Fundraising Campaign Outreach Panel Media Relations Candidate's Role in a Campaign KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JOHN EDER Currently the highest elected Green in the nation. He will be speaking about his experience as not just a candidate, but as a Green candidate who was re-elected against overwhelming odds. The campaign school will run from 9-12 on Friday with a repeat of the workshops on Saturday from 9-12.



OKC to mark Hiroshima day with protest and visit by Camilo Mejia

Oklahoma, 12.08.2005 04:37

8/6/1945 to 8/6/2005 Hiroshima to Iraq - 60 Years of Uranium Weapons This announcement was sent out by the Oklahoma City Peacemakers organizing group.... This announcement was sent out by the Oklahoma City Peacemakers organizing group....please help forward and distributePEACE Events in Oklahoma City August 6th, 1945 - to - August 6th, 2005 Hiroshima to Iraq - 60 Years of Uranium Weapons ***************** BASIC INFORMATION: ***************** PEACE Walk // PEACE Video // PEACE Speaker PEACE Walk: 10 am, Saturday, August 6th. Civic Center Park, 201 N. Walker. Gather for centering, signing petitions, introductory words. Silent walk will encircle the Murrah Nat’l Memorial. PEACE Video: 11:15 am, Saturday, August 6th. In the Downtown Public Library, 300 W. Park Ave. 30-minute video documentary and discussion: "Poison Dust" about uranium weapons. Information and petitions available. Free & open to public. PEACE Speaker: 6:30 pm, Monday, August 8th At Mayflower Congregational Church, 3901 NW 63rd Street. Following a 6:30 shared potluck supper, conscientious objector Camilo Mejia will present his story at 7 pm: "A soldier’s journey through military prison to peace." Mejia led his US Army squad five months in Iraq, then chose prison rather than return. A free-will offering to be collected at this otherwise free event.. Events sponsored by: The Peace House, Spiritual Walk for Peace, Episcopal Peace & Justice Commission, Mayflower Congregational Church, Social Justice Committee First Unitarian Church, Church of the Open Arms UCC, OKC Friends Meeting, Joy Mennonite Church, others.. -----------------  



McAlester Family Pride Picnic 9/24

Oklahoma, 12.08.2005 04:37

'McPride' event first for area Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and allies are invited to "historic event." Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and allies are invited to "historic event." Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and allies are invited to "historic event." July 8, 2005 McPride P.O. Box 1515 McAlester, OK 74502 RE: McPride Family Picnic: “UNITE WITH PRIDE: MCPRIDE UNITING FAMILIES WITH LOVE AND INTEGRITY” Dear Friends, McPride is hosting the first “Unite with Pride” family picnic, Saturday, September 24th at Chadick Park, McAlester, OK for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally (GLBTA) people and we want to extend an invitation to our friends to join us for this historic event. If you support GLBTA people, we are asking you to attend the picnic festivities and to display an informational table for your organization and/or church. If you live out of town, we need your help too. Come to McAlester and let people in McAlester see what organizations and faith groups in other communities are doing to help GLBTA people. McPride, founded in 2004, is a nonprofit organization based in McAlester, Oklahoma dedicated to serving the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally people within a fifty mile radius of the city. There is no other GLBTA resource in the area. We have only been established a little over a year and need support from other groups. The First McPride Family Picnic entitled “Unite with Pride: McPride Uniting Families with Love and Integrity” will feature speakers, singers, games, booths of information and fun for all people – gay and straight alike. Bring your own picnic lunch and non-alcoholic drinks and come out for an afternoon of fun and heart warming experiences. (Alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed in Chadick Park.) The “UNITE WITH PRIDE” PICNIC is Saturday, September 24th beginning at 12 noon until 5 pm at Chadick Park (6th and Delaware), McAlester, OK. Living up to our mission of promoting understanding and respect for diversity and a society free of oppression and discrimination, we believe it is important to create an opportunity for GLBTA people to be visible and to share our pride in who we are, express the love and acceptance of our families, create an opportunity for others to meet and get to know us, and to live openly with integrity. You have an opportunity to be involved on many levels in this great event. You can plan to attend, be a sponsoring organization/church, a supporter, an entertainer, or a volunteer. We need you to help make this picnic a success! * * IF YOU ARE AN ENTERTAINER, OR HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT * * We are currently seeking singers, dancers, jugglers, musical groups, entertainers, and other talented individuals to take part in this event. All volunteers offer their talents free of charge. If you are interested in being considered, please email Info@McPride.org * * IF YOU ARE A WELCOMING CHURCH, PRO-GLBTA NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, STUDENT GROUP, OR OTHERS WORKING FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND EQUALITY – CONSIDER SPONSORSHIP * * Sponsorship means you will have a table space to display organizational information, have your church or organizational name read throughout the day, display your banner at the McPride Family Picnic, and be mentioned in all future publicity, press, and promotional literature. Table space must be reserved in advance. Please see the enclosed flyer for more information or email Karen@McPride.org or call 918-452-3184. * * JOIN US AT THE “UNITE WITH PRIDE” MCPRIDE FAMILY PICNIC” * * We are sure that the 2005 “UNITE WITH PRIDE” MCPRIDE FAMILY PICNIC” will be a wonderful opportunity to help unite all people in McAlester and to allow GLBTA people the opportunity to be out with integrity. We hope you will consider joining us. Make plans to attend the picnic and make plans to have a display table for your church and/or organization. We look forward to seeing you in McAlester! (As always, if you can not join us, but want to help financially, please go to www.mcpride.org or send a check to: McPride, P.O. Box 1515, McAlester, OK 74502. THANK YOU for your support! Sincerely, Paul Prichard Karen Weldin McPride President McPride Vice President



Green Party grassroots introduce sites for web-based political organizing

Oklahoma, 12.08.2005 04:37

Green Commons -- A community forum for the community-minded The project, spearheaded by Oklahoma Green Serena Blaiz, includes web sites www.greencommons.org and www.greenbloggers.org. Each will play a role in developing and enhancing the reach of Green voices on the Web. The project, spearheaded by Oklahoma Green Serena Blaiz, includes web sites www.greencommons.org and www.greenbloggers.org. Each will play a role in developing and enhancing the reach of Green voices on the Web. The project, spearheaded by Oklahoma Green Serena Blaiz, includes web sites www.greencommons.org and www.greenbloggers.org. Each will play a role in developing and enhancing the reach of Green voices on the Web. A new participatory web site designed to inform and inspire members of the Green Party, debuted in August. Designed by and for the grassroots of the growing third party, Green Commons (www.greencommons.org) provides anyone who creates an account the ability to publish their own news- or opinion-based content and to participate in an online conversation with other registered members through community-moderated comments. An additional mission of Green Commons will be to specifically promote Green candidates, their platforms and highlight their accomplishments at all levels of government. The site was conceived and established by Oklahoma Green Serena Blaiz, and grew out of discussions on Ken Sain's blog (www.kensain.com), currently the best known and most popular of all Green news sites on the Internet. "After the recent Green Party Annual Meeting in Tulsa, several of us where disgruntled about being increasingly sidelined at partisan Democratic sites and lacking an acceptable alternative to fully explore our own concerns and points of view," Blaiz said. "Green Commons was created in order to enhance the visibility of Greens on the Internet, provide a forum to increase the number of Green voices and better prioritize party perspectives." Green Commons joins a growing movement, based primarily on the Internet, for citizen-based news gathering and distribution, as well as editorializing about current news stories on sites known as "blogs." Blaiz points to opinion polls that indicate the stature and influence of what she calls "mainstream media's old-school, elite pundit class" is decreasing. "The cyber media, with its ability to empower those traditionally without power in this society, is still in its infancy, but it is growing up fast; the Greens will now be an integral part of that information revolution." Blaiz thinks that the site will also play a positive role within the internal dynamics of the Green Party. "We've already had members suggest that Greens in positions of leadership, both within the party itself as well as in elected offices, can use the site to maintain more direct contact with the grassroots movement that constitutes the party's foundation. This is the type of participation, interaction and activism Green Commons will be actively striving to promote in its daily operations." In conjunction with Green Commons, Blaiz started a web ring called Green Bloggers (www.greenbloggers.org) where Greens with personal blogs can link to and promote each other's sites. Blaiz envisions the two sites as part of the same mission of outreach and publicity for Greens on the Web. "Essentially, once we have accomplished our initial goals and are actively contributing to the growth of the Green Party and support for its agenda, we will feel quite satisfied with our work." Where it goes beyond that, she says can be "as far-reaching as the vision of its participants, which, knowing Greens, will be far indeed."



OKIMC SPECIAL COVERAGE: Coverage of Okie participation in &quot;Meet Cindy&quot; protests in Crawford,

Oklahoma, 12.08.2005 04:37

Coverage from the scene provided by Serena Blaiz OKIMC is providing coverage from a variety of sources about the ongoing protest actions in Crawford, TX, mostly by way of Serena Blaiz (member of our editorial collective, reporter, and tech guru for this operation) who has been providing coverage from the protests by phone and also by photographs. Here's the news as it unfolds... OKIMC is providing coverage from a variety of sources about the ongoing protest actions in Crawford, TX, mostly by way of Serena Blaiz (member of our editorial collective, reporter, and tech guru for this operation) who has been providing coverage from the protests by phone and also by photographs. Here's the news as it unfolds... OKIMC is providing coverage from a variety of sources about the ongoing protest actions in Crawford, TX, mostly by way of Serena Blaiz (member of our editorial collective, reporter, and tech guru for this operation) who has been providing coverage from the protests by phone and also by photographs. Here's the news as it unfolds... From Wednesday, August 10: * JMBzine.com: Report from Crawford #1 http://www.jmbzine.com/PostNuke/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=806&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0 (report from a phone conversation with Serena Blaiz who just arrived in Crawford) * OKCPeaceHouse: Press Release on Okies in Crawford http://www.jmbzine.com/PostNuke/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=807&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0 * JMBzine.com: Report from Crawford #2 http://www.jmbzine.com/PostNuke/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=808&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0 Phone report by Rena on the rainy conditions at the protest site and challenges with the local police From Thursday, August 11: OKIMC.org: Photos from Camp Casey (taken by Serena Blaiz) http://okimc.org/photos/thumbnails.php?album=4 STAY TUNED... More coming soon)



Developments from Organic Growers in Maritimes

Maritimes, 12.08.2005 04:09

Focus on Organic Agriculture Developments in Maritimes



City pesticides and city politics: Squashing more than just bugs?

Chicago, 12.08.2005 02:07

sprayOn Monday night community members (photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5) from the Lincoln Square neighborhood congregated outside the Streets and Sanitation building located on Lawrence Ave. in an attempt to stop the spraying of Anvil in their neighborhood.

Anvil is a toxic pesticide that kills adult mosquitoes on contact. It also poses health risks to children, seniors, pregnant women and asthmatics. If inhaled it can cause a multiplicity of symptoms and has suspected links to breast cancer.

A press release issued by the public health department said that city traps infected with West Nile Virus jumped 33 percent last week. Dr. William Paul, acting public health commissioner, is quoted as saying, "Spraying to kill adult mosquitoes is a sensible and effective component of an integrated pest management program." Currently there are four confirmed cases of West Nile in Illinois, one being in Chicago.

Paul arrived at the scene around 7:30 p.m. to speak with the corporate media. After 50 to 75 trucks (photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4), sporting the Clarke Mosquito Control logo escorted by city trucks, had left to spray the North Side neighborhoods, Paul agreed to see 5 community members to discuss their concerns.

In the meeting, Paul stated that the automated phone calls were ineffective in notifying the public of the spraying, and according to Julie Peterson, teacher and community member, "Paul expressed regret that notification of the second spraying was not disseminated at all." Finally, Paul agreed he would "commit to public meetings" regarding future spraying.

Many community members felt that Paul's presence was more of a political smokescreen than an actual concern for public health. Is mass spraying effective? Even Paul, according to community member Marty Glass, "was unsure of the level of effectiveness."

If citizens would like to get involved or help organize a public meeting, please go to the Beyond Today website or e-mail at BeyondToday@BeyondToday.com for more information.

Chicago Indymedia Coverage: Emergency Meeting about Pesticide Spraying Tonight | The city blankets the people with pesticides without debate, without notice.
Map of Spray Areas on North and South Sides: .pdf file
Alternatives to Spraying: NoSpray.org | Safer Pest Control Project | Safe2Use.com | Beyond Pesticides
City Resources: Chicago Department of Public Health | CDC's West Nile Virus Homepage
Additional Information: The Great Spray Debate - Spring 2003 | Only Bidder on New York's 3-year pesticide spraying campaign under investigation | Six Applicators Sick After Spraying Anvil for Mosquito Control | Pyrethroid pesticides are health hazards | Overkill: Why Pesticide Spraying for West Nile Virus May Cause More Harm Than Good



Mey &amp; Floyd, August 5th 2005

Madison, 12.08.2005 00:08

Hi minions! I had to record M & F from work today, so the first 10 minutes is missing... On today's show: how not to break-up with your spouse and more.



Activists Will Likely Go Back to Jail Friday

San Diego, 11.08.2005 22:38

Two activists, David Agranoff and Danae Kelley will likely go back to jail on Friday morning for continuing to resist grand jury harassment. Their hearing is scheduled for August 12 at 10 a.m. They expect to be jailed again following the denial for appeal by the 9th Circuit Court. The hearing will follow a rally outside the Federal Courthouse at 9 a.m.



Riotfolk GASFAST Tour: Pedalling to Portland this Saturday

Portland, 11.08.2005 22:38

Gas fast summer 2005 is a 1,000 mile bike ride and folk music tour of the northwest featuring radical singer-songwriters Thistle and Anna Roland (of riotfolk). The tour began July 19th in

Bellingham Washington at the the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center, and will wind up in Arcata, CA on September 13th at the Redwood Peace and Justice Center.

Currently they are heading towards Portland, for two shows this weekend. The first show is on Saturday August 13th at Liberty Hall (311 North Ivy). It starts at 7:30pm sharp and has a $5.00 suggested donation. Proceeds go to benefit Liberty Hall and the Blackrose Collective Bookstore and Community Freecycling Center. Thistle and Anna will play at the Bookstore (4038 N. Mississippi) during the day for the Mississippi Street Fair.

Anna and Thistle will be joined by "the banjo kid," a local musician that plays banjo on Mississippi Ave. and other local bands "Mondo Hollywood" and "Shakey Hands." It will be a great way to spend Saturday night! The second show is at the IWW hall (616 E Burnside) on Monday the 15th, 8:30 pm. To find more dates after portland, refer to their show calendar.

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EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on &quot;eco-building&quot; in St.Anns

United Kingdom, 11.08.2005 22:08

We are building an "eco-building" at ECOWORKS, a community garden project on the Hungerhill allotments in St. Ann's. Volunteers have been working on this exciting project since October, and it's time to put the walls up now! Straw bales are a low-impact, highly insulating and user-friendly building material. The construction process is highly inclusive, satisfying and fun.



Akha activist married to Oregonian with four American children prevented from entering US

Portland, 11.08.2005 16:38

An Akha woman activist who opposed the US War on Drugs in Thailand that saw many of her people brutally murderd and is married to Oregon Activist Matthew McDaniel of the Akha Heritage Foundation has been refused entry into the US.

She has four children. Together the six of them are on the run in South East asia. Her spousal visa was applied for in Jan of 2005, they have been married more than five years. Their four children have US passports and are residents of Oregon as American Citizens.

But without their mother they will not come to the US.

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Cyclists: Bike Portland wants your close-call reports

Portland, 11.08.2005 16:38

We as cyclists risk our lives every day on the streets of Portland. Many of us have had near-misses and other altercations that left us rattled, angry, and feeling vulnerable. Yet the only people that ever hear about these incidents are our friends, families and riding buddies. The media, the police and our elected officials usually don't take notice until someone is killed. This needs to change.

If our elected officials and city leaders realized how dangerous our daily rides and commutes were, they would begin to take the needs of the bike community more seriously. Now is your time to speak out. If you have had a near-miss incident, or other dangerous interaction with a vehicle while riding your bike in or around Portland, please share your story...

how to report >>

[ Bike Portland close-call reporting form ]



Judge Difanis Excludes Champaign County Board From Jail Issues Team, Board to Hold Series of Study Sessions Instead

Urbana-Champaign, 11.08.2005 12:09

Champaign County has two jails and some officials would like just one. These officials suggest closing the jail built in downtown Urbana in 1980 and expanding the size of the satellite jail built in 1996 to expand the total available jail space. Talk of a possible jail expansion has sparked the creation of two official but separate jail fact finding teams while raising fears among some citizen activists that as physical jail size increases, so will the number of people incarcerated, particularly black males.



My Son Saw His First Lynching Today

DC, 11.08.2005 06:09

Graphic poster-size photographs of African- Americans being Lynched, Beaten and Burned Alive are being displayed in the District on Thursday, August 11.



journey of consciousness

Houston, 11.08.2005 05:37

lakbay ng pagkaalam ("journey of consciousness"), a series of films by independent Filipino filmmakers.



Vigilando a los Minutemen

Houston, 11.08.2005 05:07

Vigilando las acciones de los Minutemen en Texas



Free Music Festival in Opposition to Iraq War

DC, 11.08.2005 03:08

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today organizers of Operation Ceasefire, a new coalition of concerned musicians, held a press conference to announce a day long music festival and rally calling for an end to the Iraq War. The massive free anti-war concert/rally will be held at the Washington Monument on September 24th and will be a showpiece of what is expected to be 4 days of enormous protests in the nation’s capital in support of a full withdrawal of U.S. forces from the quagmire in Iraq. WWW.OPCEASEFIRE.ORG



Protests Grow in San Jose Against KFC

San Francisco Bay Area, 11.08.2005 03:07

San Jose animal rights activists numbers protesting KFC continue to grow, due mainly to "our increased cross-posting on several websites and helpful email blasts from Peta", says a report from the activists. Organizers report that that the location in San Jose is their "favorite because this location's store manager always stresses out and calls the police on us - meaning that we are REALLY getting to them!" The lastest protest was no exception, as about halfway through the protest a police cruiser showed up and the officer spoke to a few in the group, then remained to watch the duration of the protest. The group handed out leaflets, did street theater, and recieved a large number of supportive honks from drivers-by. Full report here.



Interrupt the Forum! Stop the MinuteMen

San Diego, 11.08.2005 00:09

A message from Gente Unida and the o.r.g.a.n.i.c. collective

Please mobilize...this is a critical event in stopping the momentum of the Minutemen and the growing anti-immigration movement.

PLEASE BE THERE BY 6pm. Traffic will be awful, so plan accordingly (see Coaster information below). Bring noise makers, signs, banners, cameras and creative strategies for challenging these racists!

EVENT DATE: Thursday, August 11, 2005

TIME: 7-9 pm LOCATION: Carlsbad Community Cultural Arts Center
3557 Monroe St., Carlsbad 92008

Event details:
The Defense of Our Nation Begins at Our Borders
SENATOR BILL MORROW invites you to a Public Forum

For a frank discussion on how Illegal Immigration affects Health Care, Homeland Security, Education, Economy & the Environment with:

*CONGRESSMAN TOM TANCREDO Chairman, Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus *James W. Gilchrist Founder, MinuteMan Project *Dr. Madeleine Cosman, Esq. Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Medical Lawyer & Health Care Expert *Pete Nunez Former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, U.S. Attorney * Roger Hedgecock, Emcee

Background on this Forum: Originally, it was called for by State Senator Bill Morrow as a safe, public space for republicans, neo-cons and community members to get out their fears of the 'other' by scapegoating migrants. But with all the bad press the Minutemen have been getting and the violence associated with them, the Carlsbad school chief canceled it. The neo-cons and closet racists got mad, pressuring Bill Morrow not to back down. So he sued the school superintendant!. And now, the klan meeting, err, I mean, Town Meeting is back on

God Bless Freedom. See you there



Forest Service Endangers Lives of Forest Activists

Portland, 10.08.2005 23:38

HOBSON TIMBER SALE, OR- Yesterday, August 9th, at around one o'clock, Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers, including Officer Paul Williamson, Officer Lee Fox, and Officer G.W. Ross, made a reckless but unsuccessful attempt to forcibly remove a dedicated protestor who has been living in the tree-tops. The elaborate and unusual tree sit, known as an Upper Canopy Protection Station, stretches across multiple acres and is currently blocking logging within a unit of the Hobson old-growth reserve timber sale in the Biscuit Fire Area.

A network of ropes, stretching throughout the unit slated for logging, support the platform the activist is living on. The support lines are tied into dozens of trees, preventing loggers from falling those trees as well as any trees in the area that could fall into the support lines and endanger the safety of the person living atop the platform.

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related: Directions to Hobson Camp at Biscuit | save the biscuit action page | oxygen collective | rogue valley indymedia



Iraqi War Policy Underscores the Failure of Republican Leadership

Tennessee, 10.08.2005 22:10

Withdrawal of the Troops From Iraq is the Right Thing to Do The Bush Administration is now planning to "draw down" or bring back some of our soldiers from Iraq by mid 2006.Is this "cut and run" or setting a timetable for withdrawal? [Of course not!] There are good reasons for this strategy. First, all polls show that most Americans want us out of Iraq. Second, mid 2006 is a critical time in the US election process and this will help Republican candidates. Third, many analysts and growing numbers of generals are telling our Leaders that this war cannot be won.



Protesters Gather at TDEC to Raise Awareness of Mountain Top Removal Mining

Tennessee, 10.08.2005 22:10

NASHVILLE, TN- On Thursday, August 10, 2005 people who reside throughout the Appalachian Mountain Region and Tennessee came together to assure that the employees of TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation) are aware of the environmental laws that their department refuses to enforce. The assemblage convened at Legislative Plaza and marched to the L & C Building where the TDEC offices are located.



'Cuban Five' Ruling Reversed, New Trial Scheduled

Santa Cruz, CA, 10.08.2005 21:09

On August 9, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals located in southern Florida reversed a trial court ruling against “the Cuban five” and ordered a new trial with a mandated change of venue for the five Cuban agents arrested in 1998 for conspiring to commit espionage. Fernando González, 41; Rene González (no relation to Fernando), 49; Antonio Guerrero, 46; Gerardo Hernández, 39; and Ramon Labañino, 41, were convicted in Miami before a trial judge and jury whose anti-Castro bona fides was so palpable that it poisoned any resemblance to a fair trial. Since then, indignant civic leaders, both here and abroad, have been pushing for a re-trial in a less biased region of the country.



Seventeen year old halts old-growth logging in the Biscuit

Santa Cruz, CA, 10.08.2005 21:09

A blockade has been constructed to stop ancient forest logging within the Biscuit timber sale and to honor the late Joan Norman. Atop a platform 50 feet in the air, a 17 year-old woman sits committed to halt felling within this contested old growth reserve timber sale, called Hobson. Ancient forest logging began at the Hobson old-growth reserve timber sale last week. The sale has been the site of numerous acts of civil disobedience. In the wake of a court decision in favor of the timber industry's further exploitation and destruction of the very last ancient forests on public land, large numbers of citizens continue to come out of the woodwork to defend the Wild Siskiyous. The media is invited to visit the Joan Norman Memorial Road Blockade today.



California Minutemen pack up; Xenophobes' plans ruined by popular resistance

Richmond, 10.08.2005 20:09

A report from Jen Lawhorne, RVA IMCista, and Onto, San Diego IMCista: The Minutemen leave California left California as a failure, drawing few people to their project while encountering strong resistance from a broad coalition of opposition. Down and out, unsuccessful and ultimately ineffective, the California Minutemen packed up on Friday from their base camp, leaving two days earlier than planned, rudely missing the “Good Riddance Going Away Party” that the Gente Unida coalition planned for Saturday.



Cindy Sheehan News..... Help Wanted /Sen Allen Weighs In

Richmond, 10.08.2005 20:09

Here is an update from Veterans For Peace member Dick Underhill regarding Cindy Sheehan in Crawford, including a list of needs. Cindy Sheehan, mother of Casey Sheehan who was killed while serving in Iraq last year, is still outside Bush Ranch in Crawford waiting for Bush to come out and face up to her..and thereby face up to the truth about what he has done to this nation and the world. "I think the president ought to meet with this mother," said Sen. George Allen, a Virginia Republican." The Crawford Peace House, Code Pink, Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Vietnam Vets Against War (VVAW), VFP and a host of other organizations are working together to support Cindy...Many thanks to Cindy and the Volunteers.



Anti-Police Brutality Activist Undergoes Tasing to Understand the Experience

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.08.2005 19:07

Mesha Monge-Irizarry, who is the Director of the Idriss Stelley Foundation and the mother of Idriss Stelley, who was killed by San Francisco police, reports about her experience with a taser:

"Last year, I received a call from Arizona company 'Taser International,' seemingly referred through (an) unknown source to do a 'demo at ISF (Idriss Stelley Foundation).' Although it gave me a good laugh, since SF was looking into making a $1.2 million purchase for its PD department, I invited them, as well as Malaika Parker from Bay Area Police Watch.

"The 'Men in Black' as they call(ed) themselves... proceeded to a full demonstration. I told Sandra-Juanita Cooper (former CO-director of ISF) and Malaika that one of us should be tased to know exactly what we would be talking about when reporting back to the community. Neither one of them was willing to be subjected to it, so I volunteered.

"... Imagine 54,000 (volts) going through your body. Although 2 of their legitimized thugs were holding me, when a 3rd one tased me throughout the right thigh, I collapsed in unbelievable pain that truly "shocked" me...and collapsed on the floor unable to move. The pain disappeared after about 10 seconds, and muscle control was then regained... (However,) my right leg kept twitching off and on for a couple of days, slight bleeding and bruising, and a substantial increase of my diabetic peripheral neuropathy in the right leg, (which) has not improved ever since. These idiots told me 'You have balls for a woman,' as they left...I was at the time thinking of the victims repeatedly tased to unconsciousness or death. Fortunately the Taser budget was not approved in SF, until next time." Read more of Mesha's report

Through her work with the Idriss Stelley Foundation, Mesha Monge-Irizarry continues to organize for justice for family members of people who have died at the hands of law enforcement. She is working on the cases of Everardo "Lalo" Torres, Gustavus Rugley, Samuel Martinez, and Julio Ayala. Last year she attended the Citizens' Police Academy training.



Madera Demands Justice for Everardo Torres

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.08.2005 15:07

A march and rally was held in Madera California (about 20 miles North of Fresno) demanding justice in the murder of Everardo Torres. Torres was killed while handcuffed in the back of a police car. Madera police officer Marcy Noriega shot him through the heart at point blank range. On the night of October 27, 2002, Everardo Torres was arrested, handcuffed, and put into the back of a Madera police car. A short time later, police officer Marcy Noriega came over to the car that Torres was in, pulled her service revolver and shot him to death. Noriega says it was all a big mistake, she thought she was using her Taser gun. Torres’s family and others claim otherwise, and say that Everardo was murdered by the police, and they want justice. Everardo’s parents led the march to the Madera police station. As the march participants arrived in front of the police station, which is next to City Hall, both buildings were locked down and barricades were put up to prevent cars from driving into the parking lot. When asked about the lockdown, during normal business hours, a spokesperson said "no comment."
Read More | More News From The Central Valley



What does August 15th mean for Gaza?

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.08.2005 15:07

On August 15th, Israel will start removing settlers from the Gaza Strip. "After 38 years of ugly occupation, they are leaving and they will never come back," Qureia said to the some 10,000 Palestinians gathered at a mass rally in the Parliament building in Gaza City in celebration Israel's upcoming withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. While this is often presented as a complete Israeli withdraw, the Palestinians in Gaza will likely still be under indirect Israeli rule with no control over their own borders. Some Palestinians see the "withdraw" as merely a smokescreen that is being used to prevent the world from questioning the expansion of settlements in the West Bank and the wall Israel is building within the 1948 borders, dividing Palestinian communities and likely resulting in expulsions.
Read More On Indybay's Palestine News Page



Mehmet'e ceza

Istanbul, 10.08.2005 14:40

Mehmet Tarhan'a tarihi ceza



benefit show

Houston, 10.08.2005 13:07

Houston Indymedia Throws Rent Party



European Solidarity with Chiapas is rising

United Kingdom, 10.08.2005 12:08

From 22nd to 24th of July a european-wide gathering of Zapatista Solidarity Groups was convened in Barcelona. More than 120 delegates of 36 organisations from Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium have gathered to discuss the new initiative of the Zapatista Army for Liberation EZLN to build up broad non-parliamentary left alliances.
The Initative to build broad non-parliamentary left alliances was published in the “Sixth Declaration from the Lacadonian Jungle” [1|2|3] start of July.

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Vacaville Resident Cindy Sheehan Camps in Crawford

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.08.2005 08:25

Last week, Vacaville resident Cindy Sheehan decided that she would pay a visit to George Bush while he is on vacation at his ranch in Crawford. Sheehan's son Casey was killed in action in Iraq on April 4th, 2004. She last met with Bush two months after her son died, before war supporters found out that the Bush administration had lied about its reason for going to war. Cindy Sheehan arrived in Crawford on August 6th and plans to camp out until he “tells me why my son died in Iraq. I’ve got the whole month of August off, and so does he.”

Cindy Sheehan has been joined in Crawford by other anti-war activists. Bush has sent national security adviser Steve Hadley and deputy White House chief of staff Joe Hagin out to talk with her. At last week's Veterans for Peace convention, she said, "We’re not freer here, thanks to your PATRIOT Act. Iraq is not free. You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you’ll stop the terrorism." On the Meet with Cindy website, Ms. Sheehan is asking for people to sign a petition demanding that President Bush meet with her. Sheehan has been informed that on Thursday, she and her companions will be arrested if they are still camping out in Crawford. They would reportedly be considered a "national security threat," since Rice and Rumsfeld plan to visit the ranch on Friday.

Cindy Sheehan's blog on the Daily Kos | MFSO Invitation to Crawford | US Indymedia Coverage of Cindy Sheehan | Crawford Peace House is fundraising to support Cindy Sheehan | More supporters: Counterpunch article | Gold Star Families for Peace | Military Families Speak Out | Veterans for Peace | Code Pink



Vacaville Resident Cindy Sheehan Camps in Crawford

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.08.2005 08:25

Last week, Vacaville resident Cindy Sheehan decided that she would pay a visit to George Bush while he is on vacation at his ranch in Crawford. Sheehan's son Casey was killed in action in Iraq on April 4th, 2004. Ms. Sheehan arrived in Crawford on August 6th and plans to camp out until he “tells me why my son died in Iraq. I’ve got the whole month of August off, and so does he.”

Cindy Sheehan has been joined in Crawford by other anti-war protesters. Bush has sent national security adviser Steve Hadley and deputy White House chief of staff Joe Hagin out to talk with her. On the Meet with Cindy website, Ms. Sheehan is asking for people to sign a petition demanding that President Bush meet with her. Sheehan has been informed that on Thursday, she and her companions will be arrested if they are still camping out in Crawford. They would reportedly be considered a "national security threat," since Rice and Rumsfeld plan to visit the ranch on Friday.

Read more on Indybay's Anti-War News Page



Trib, Jim Redden, smear Erik Sten in characteristic hatchet-job

Portland, 10.08.2005 06:38

All right, I have a lot of axes to grind at Erik Sten. He's dropped the ball as often as he's carried it. His liberal-minded flops and turn-abouts on such important issues as the PJTTF are legendary. But he did not deserve the flogging he got in the Trib today. In fact, the Trib is blatantly carrying out a mission for the PBA.



A Personal Account of Ground Zero Actions: August 6-8

Portland, 10.08.2005 06:38

I spent this last weekend with Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, WA, in planned actions on the 60th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Having just returned, I am still quivering from the awesome experience.

I rode with several participants on the Bainbridge Island ferry early Sunday from Seattle. After about a half hour drive, we arrived at Ground Zero, an almost sacred land of trees and peace, located alongside the Bangor Submarine Naval Base. A tall fence separates the properties. About 100 people arrived Sunday to participate in planned actions, strategies, and a walk and vigil to the Bangor main gate.



Home Demonstrations: Effective Action to Initiate Dialogue

Portland, 10.08.2005 06:38

This is an open letter to all Animal Rights Activists/home protesters, present and future, written and hand delivered by OHSU researcher Cynthia Bethea during a home demonstration at her residence, 10367 NW Alpenglow Way, Portland, Oregon 97229 on July 29,2005. TO ALL INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN PROTESTS:
You do not have my or my family's permission to be on my property at any time. Whether or not you are actually on my property, you do not have my or my family's permission to operate any noise-amplification devices on or near my propertyat any time, or scream, yell or shout on or near my property at any time.read the full letter...

An Open Letter To All Vivisectors (a response to Cynthia's open letter):

TO ALL INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN VIVISECTION:
You do not have my or any other Animal Rights Activists' permission to use animals for medical research inside OHSU's labs or properties at any time.

Whether or not you are actually conducting animal experiments yourself, or merely instructing others to act on your behalf, you do not have my or any other Animal Rights Activists' permission to, at any time, force animals to live outside their natural environment, to be housed in substandard wire cages, to be subjected to foreign instruments, to have a variety of drugs forced into their systems, to be part of any psychological study, to be denied both proper diet and exercise, to be disallowed a natural family structure or to be deprived of natural stimulation of all senses, all of which creates extreme emotional and physical stress to the captive animals at OHSU.

read the full response...

related: [ OHSU primate 'researchers' visited at home by protesters | Cynthia Bethea, who performs invasive experiments on intellegent primates at OHSU ]

reports from previous home demos: [ Cursed Animal Rights Activists Ruin My Evening (27 May 2005) | Another night of OHSU researcher residential fun (2 Jun 2005) | Noisy activists disrupt our peaceful neighborhood again! (17 Jun 2005) | Animal Activists Rock Neighborhoods... Again (3 Jul 2005) ]



Raging Grannies Organize Huge Street Theater Event for Union Square

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.08.2005 06:37

"The biggest political street theater ever west of the Mississippi" is scheduled to take place in Union Square at 2:30pm on Saturday August 13th. Raging Grannies from throughout California and the US will be joined by the recently released Tuscon Raging Grannies, the Ronald Reagan Home for the Criminally Insane, and others for street theater and more to say "No More Torture!" There will be a sing along, free home-made cookies, and more. The Tuscon Raging Grannies were arrested for trying to enlist at their local military recruiting station. The Peninsula Raging Grannies, with assistance from Ronald Reagan Home for the Criminally Insane, plan to spoof the California National Guard and Governor Schwarzenegger for spying on the Grannies, Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, and others. This street theater event is being held in solidarity with Amnesty International's campaign against torture. Read more

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom | Peninsula Raging Grannies | Tucson Raging Grannies | Amnesty International Chapter 19 | Bay Area Code Pink | Ronald Reagan Home for the Criminally Insane



Despues de 13 años

santiago, 10.08.2005 05:10

PRISIONEROS POLITICOS A LA CALLE



Critical Mass – Still We Ride

LA, 10.08.2005 05:08

Critical Mass – Still We Ride



Office Haunsperger's Bicyclist Rampage

Portland, 10.08.2005 04:38

Last Thursday August 4th, I got off work with a borderline migraine and I started to ride my bike down 6th Avenue towards 1st Thursday Arts Walk. As I cruised down the EMPTY sidewalk, Office Haunsperger roles up next to me and tells me to get my bike off the sidewalk. I am not in a good mood and I must have shot him a dirty look saying, "What are you talking about," and I continue to ride. He cuts me off at the next intersection and almost causes an accident had I been going any faster. He exits his GAS powered vehicle and starts shaking me down for I.D. and personal information... I try to talk to him, but all he wants is my information or he threatens to arrest me, which later people tell me is against the law for him to do, I think. So I give it to him, meanwhile two more police cars pull up, block traffic, and continue to leave their cars running after exiting their vehicles.

I look inside the car to see Officer Haunsperger writing me a ticket and I ask him why and he says despite the fact that there are NO SIGNS stating I can't ride my bike on the sidewalk, he is citing me with a $132 ticket for unlawful bicycle operation. The irony of this situation couldn't have infuriated me more considering they were all blocking traffic.



Violence Grows As Afghan Parliamentary Elections Approach

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.08.2005 04:37

Parliamentary election in Afghanistan are scheduled to take place on September 18th, 2005. There are many concerns about fraud and threats to women running for office. With warlords controlling most parts of the country and little centralized control, international monitoring is likely to focus solely on Kabul with almost no real of chance of free and fair voting in the rest of the country. NATO is planning on boosting troop levels ahead of the polls as is the US military.

While largely forgotten by the world's media as the US went into Iraq, the war in Afghanistan has been getting more violent. Even with fewer US troops in the country than in previous years, US casualties in the first six months of 2005 were greater than the total during any previous year of the war. Tactics such as Roadside bombs and even sectarian suicide attacks against mosques show that Afghan fighters are learning from the conflict in Iraq.

Hundreds of soldiers have deserted the Afghan National Army complaining of poor conditions and fierce resistance. There are signs that the Taleban is again gaining strength and violence against women is on the rise. On June 18th, the main government building in Mian Nishin was taken by the Taliban after a night-time attack; during the attack 18 police were taken hostage. On June 28th, the Taleban have shot down a US Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan's eastern province of Konar killing 16 US soliders. On July 16th, Malik Agha, a supporter of President Hamid Karzai, was abducted by the Taleban and found hanged shortly later.
Manufacturing Afghan nationalism | Many killed in Afghan fighting



Activists Confront Rumsfeld at Speech

LA, 10.08.2005 04:08

Activists Confront Rumsfeld at Speech



Madera Demands Justice for Everardo Torres

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.08.2005 03:37

A march and rally was held in Madera California (about 20 miles North of Fresno) demanding justice in the murder of Everardo Torres. Torres was killed while handcuffed in the back of a police car. Madera police officer Marcy Noriega shot him through the heart at point blank range. On the night of October 27, 2002, Everardo Torres was arrested, handcuffed, and put into the back of a Madera police car. A short time later, police officer Marcy Noriega came over to the car that Torres was in, pulled her service revolver and shot him to death. Noriega says it was all a big mistake, she thought she was using her Taser gun. Torres’s family and others claim otherwise, and say that Everardo was murdered by the police, and they want justice. Everardo’s parents led the march to the Madera police station. As the march participants arrived in front of the police station, which is next to City Hall, both buildings were locked down and barricades were put up to prevent cars from driving into the parking lot. When asked about the lockdown, during normal business hours, a spokesperson said "no comment." For a full report go here. For more info on the case, please go here.




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