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Bush seeks to extend Guantánamo procedures to American citizens

Portland, 02.08.2006 00:38

In draft legislation prepared in response to last month's Supreme Court decision against the use of military tribunals for US prisoners at Guant?namo Bay, the Bush administration proposes to extend the practice of indefinite detention and summary trial by military commissions to include American citizens.

According to press accounts Friday, based on leaks from those with access to the draft, the bill would essentially legalize the military tribunals in the form decreed by Bush in 2001, with only minor changes, while for the first time making US citizens as well as foreign nationals subject to such summary proceedings.

Proposed Law Would Allow Gov't to Indefinitely Detain U.S. Citizens



A note to Portland from Josh Harper

Portland, 02.08.2006 00:38

To all my Portland friends and supporters,

I've been trying to find a way to thank all of you for your hard work on my behalf, but after two months all my efforts have come up short. I don't know what I could ever say that would properly express my gratitude so I hope you forgive this inadequate attempt.

For those of you who have not heard, my lawyer's fee has now been paid in full. This was no easy task, and it would not have happened without you friendly PDX folks. Seriously, no other community worked harder to help me out and I'll never forget it. All of the time you spent on organizing and attending benefits for me is amazing. I want you to know that those bake sales, rummage sales, spaghetti dinners, eBay auctions, movie nights, and other events really kept me going through a depressing time and that the money earned is giving me a fighting chance to beat this conviction on appeal. I guess now is as good of a time to announce this as any other. The outpouring of assistance and moral support from you PDXers has made me decide that I'll be moving to Portland upon my release from prison.

 http://www.shac7.com



Third Death Procession Successful

Boston, 02.08.2006 00:08

On Monday, July 31, six Boston-area locals helped spread the word to other community members (and tourists) about the biolab and the dangers it poses to residents and visitors to our city. Unlike previous awareness-raising events by Operation: Over, this time participants also held a banner reading "Oppose the BU Biolab" at busy intersections (below). The event began at 4pm at the Park Street T Stop, proceeded down Tremont, stopped on the corner with Boylston (displaying the banner), continued to Copley where the banner was brought out again. By 7pm people had gone their separate ways, though one participant continued flyering back to Park Street.



Young Jews Stage Die In to Denounce Israeli Attacks on Civilians

Boston, 02.08.2006 00:08

Boston, Mass. – A group of young American Jews staged a "Die In" on Tuesday August 1, 2006 at South Station in downtown Boston to demonstrate their opposition to recent actions by the Israeli government in Lebanon and Gaza.



1500 + at White House Mourn Deaths in Qana

DC, 01.08.2006 23:09

On the night of July 31, in 90 degree heat, more than 1500 people wearing black, burned candles, sang Lebanese songs and mourned the deaths of civilians in Qana, Lebanon. More than half the crowd was women, and they brought with them many children.



Video: American Scholars Symposium on 911 in Los Angeles

Miami, 01.08.2006 20:37

Video: American Scholars Symposium on 911 in Los Angeles



March and Rally for Peace In Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA, 01.08.2006 19:39

In response to recent gun shots and assaults in Santa Cruz, a march and rally took place on July 29th as a way for various communities to unite against violence and call for peace in the streets. Three seperate marches, Live Oak/East Side, Beach Flats and West Side, converged at Louden Nelson Park. White Hawk Aztec Dancers led moms, dads, kids, musicians, students, workers, people living in rehabilitation homes, folklóricos and others through the streets of Santa Cruz. The rally in the park consisted of young speakers, dancers, musicians and Santa Cruz politicos. Read more and view photos



Send e-letter to Dade Govt for EMERGENCY MEETING to fight housing corruption

Miami, 01.08.2006 16:37

Send e-letter to Dade Govt for EMERGENCY MEETING to fight housing corruption



The Oregonian Gazes Into the Blood on its Own Hands

Portland, 01.08.2006 13:08

I walked past a news stand this morning, to see that the front page of the Oregonian is smattered with the innocent blood being poured out over Lebanon. In the photograph, a man is walking through rubble, an expression of intense despair on his face, and a dead child in his arms. A child.

And on the radio, I heard a horror story from the front lines over there. I heard an eye witness describe all the little children lovingly laid out upon the ground. All dead. She described one little baby, whom she said still had a pacifier pinned to his dusty little shirt. Oh my God.

Oh my God.

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Does anyone else feel overwhelmed?

Have you ever heard the sound of an approaching avalanche? Well, I don't suppose you have, or chances are you wouldn't be reading this right now, and I haven't either -- at least not literally. But in a metaphorical sense I can hear one right now. In fact, I started hearing the first few rocks tumble down the mountain about a decade ago. I shrugged it off though (most people didn't even pay attention).

Yeah, that Waco and Ruby Ridge were some dirty business. Yeah, it sure looks like Vince Foster and Ron Brown were murdered. Well, politics gets dirty sometimes. It's always been that way, hasn't it?

Hmmm ... the protests in Seattle were really getting somewhere and then *boom* -- there was a media blackout. The only way I could find out they were shooting rubber bullets at people was by checking out this new website called Indymedia. And there it was -- a cop aiming a rifle into the crowd.

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4. August 2006 - Internationaler Aktionstag - Solidarität mit den 4F Gefangenen in Karcelona

Austria, 01.08.2006 11:37

[ english ] Am 4. August 2006 ist es genau sechs Monate her, seit die Polizei am 4. Februar 2006 mit Gewalt in der Straße Sant Pere Mes Baix in Barcelona (Spanien) gegen zahlreiche Leute vorging. Ein halbes Jahr in dem Stadtregierung, Gerichte, Polizei und Medien lediglich mit Repression auf die Forderung nach der Freilassung von Álex, Rodrigo und Juan reagierten.

Nach fast einem Monat Hungerstreik von 19. Juni bis 17. Juli 2006 ist der Kampf und die Solidarität nicht zu Ende. Der 4. August 2006 wird als dezentraler, internationaler Aktionstag ausgerufen. Alle Gruppen und Personen sind aufgerufen, ihre Solidarität mit Kreativität zu Ausdruck bringen, um zu zeigen dass die jungen gefangenen Leute nicht alleine sind.

barcelona.indymedia.org | www.karcelona.revolt.org | no-racism.net (politische Gefangene)



Eugene Food Not Bombs Needs Help!

Portland, 01.08.2006 10:38

Eugene Food Not Bombs, aka Food Not White Supremecist Capitalist Imperialist Patriarchy, is currently looking for new people and houses to cook food. Since September 2005, the same collective has been providing free vegan meals every Sunday from 3-5 pm next to the Deer Mural in the Washington Jefferson Park. FNB usually feeds about 30-50 people each week, and we don't want this to stop! However, many of the people who have been bottom lining the project are now in the process of moving, or leaving Eugene altogether. The current collective will soon no longer has the infrastructure nor energy to keep cooking, so we're looking for folks to take on responsibility for the project.

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related: how to help FNB in Corvallis



A note to Portland from Josh Harper

Portland, 01.08.2006 10:38

To all my Portland friends and supporters,

I've been trying to find a way to thank all of you for your hard work on my behalf, but after two months all my efforts have come up short. I don't know what I could ever say that would properly express my gratitude so I hope you forgive this inadequate attempt.

For those of you who have not heard, my lawyer's fee has now been paid in full. This was no easy task, and it would not have happened without you friendly PDX folks. Seriously, no other community worked harder to help me out and I'll never forget it. All of the time you spent on organizing and attending benefits for me is amazing. I want you to know that those bake sales, rummage sales, spaghetti dinners, eBay auctions, movie nights, and other events really kept me going through a depressing time and that the money earned is giving me a fighting chance to beat this conviction on appeal.



Trojan Down: Implosion of a Failed Concept

Portland, 01.08.2006 10:38

This is the link to a 10-minute video called Trojan Down, about the controlled demolition of the cooling tower of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant near Portland, Oregon on May 21, 2006. The video was shot, edited and produced by Portland paralegal and freelance journalist Jayson Dunlap

The plant was shut down by PGE in 1993 following years of crisis and a large and growing citizen backlash.



GMO Disease Epidemics

Portland, 01.08.2006 10:38

Tryptophan -- A food supplement called Tryptophan had been produced for many years by various companies, including Showa Denko of Japan. These companies had been producing Tryptophan with the usual ingredients without ill effects.Then, Showa Denko, to increase profits, gene-spliced (genetically engineered) a bacterium into the previously harmless product. Result: 37 dead and 1,535 crippled. Another estimated 5,000-10,000 were afflicted with a blood disorder due to this new, strange and incurable disease (now called Eosinophilia Myalgia Syndrome, EMS). The corporation paid out two billion dollars to people who threatened to sue. [ read more ]

Hepatitis B Vaccine -- The Hepatitus B vaccine was genetically engineered. On account of this vaccine, during the 1990s there were, in the USA alone, more than 17,000 cases of hospitalisations, injuries and deaths, including the deaths of 72 children, reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) of the U.S. government. [Dr. Philip Incao's testimony to the Health Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives, 1 March 1999] Note: a former FDA (U.S. government Food and Drug Administration) Commissioner wrote in 1993 in the prestigious medical journal, JAMA, that a study showed "only about 1 percent of serious events attributable to drug reactions are reported to the FDA". [ read more ]

Aspartame artificial sweetener -- This artificial sweetener bears no resemblance to 'saccharin' and 'sucaryl'. A well-known carcinogenic neurotoxin, Aspartame has been linked to cancer, paralysis, blindness, diabetes, cardiac arrest, not to mention death. In the United States, where the New Mexico legislature is currently discussing a proposal to ban Aspartame, the neurotoxin is found in 6,000 products consumed by 70% of Americans. A bill to ban aspartame is currently in the British Parliament also, sponsored by Roger Williams MP. [ read more ]



JAM74 filmshow at the GFT, 5th August

Scotland, 01.08.2006 09:40

Jam74, the campaign against the M74 Extension, invite you to a film-show and discussion at the Glasgow Film Theatre.



Critical Mass or Critical Mob -- July Report

San Diego, 01.08.2006 09:08

A group of people calling themselves San Diego Critical Mass rode through the streets of San Diego on Friday, July 28. The ride was characterized by self-focused jubilation, sexism, racism, danger, agression, hostile confrontations, and a police crackdown.

Although this ride resembles Critical Mass, I believe that ultimately it has little in common with the original concept of Critical Mass. The route is dictated by the same few, loud, controlling individuals, who also take every opportunity to spread out thinly and block motorized traffic, create violent confrontations with motorists, and invite crackdown from the police. The rides have nearly no outreach activity.

I can see that many cyclists enjoy themselves on the ride, and there is a palpable buzz among the cyclists. But the energy is one of self-focused aggression. Aggression for the sake of aggression. In other words, it's a mob. Its political philosophy mirrors that of the dominant US culture: Us-vs.-them, You're-either-with-us-or-against-us, Might-makes-right. There is no sense of outreach, sympathy, advocacy or democracy; little concern for safety; nor respect for all human beings. The ride is a Critical Mob, not a Critical Mass.

But I don't think it has to be that way.



Teatro Guerrilla

Puerto Rico, 01.08.2006 07:39

Puerto Rico Primero ¡si aja!



Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: “Yes!” to Caring Civil Society

San Francisco Bay Area, 01.08.2006 07:38

A number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and allied activists, scholars, educators, and other community members have written down a new vision for securing governmental and private institutional recognition of diverse kinds of partnerships, households, kinship relationships, and families. They hope to move beyond the narrow confines of marriage politics as they exist in the United States today. They have written a statement, in which they outline the principles that they believe should influence strategies, and they want more people to sign on to show their endorsement of the statement.



Anti-war Actions: A Full week of Protests Planned.

LA, 01.08.2006 07:38

Anti-war Actions: A Full Week of Protests Planned.



Borf March reclaims DC streets

DC, 01.08.2006 06:40

Saturday night, about 200 people marched in the streets to celebrate the spirit of graffiti artist Borf, in an event that looked like something straight out of Fight Club and was the most spirited anarchist march in years in DC.



Bigots Bash Queers Outside SD Pride Festival

San Diego, 01.08.2006 06:39

Three bigots attacked five queers with a baseball bat and knife following the corporate pride festival in balboa park saturday evening. Three queers were hospitalized, one with a fractured skull. Asshole in chief of san diego, jerry sanders, stated that the attack was "an isolated incident and clearly not the attitude of our citizenry." An easy statement for a white straight male lapdog of the elite jerk with a bodyguard to make. Any visible queer knows that the "citizenry" has little toleration for those who refuse to publicly assimilate to the heterosexual norm, except as oddball freaks for their occasional amusement.

It's time for us queers to stop paying assimilationist protection money to the corporate-controlled mobsters, who will allow the bigots to do just enough damage to scare us into submission, and instead take responsibility for our community's own protection.



MINUTEMAN FUNDRAISER DRAWS NEWPORT BEACH CITY COUNCILMAN

LA, 01.08.2006 06:38

MINUTEMAN FUNDRAISER DRAWS NEWPORT BEACH CITY COUNCILMAN



Activists Confront Theocracy and Fascism in Bakersfield

LA, 01.08.2006 06:38

Activists Confront Theocracy and Fascism in Bakersfield



Taksimde Lübnan Yürüyüşüne Polis Müdahalesi

Istanbul, 01.08.2006 00:39

İsrail'in katliamlarına tepki yürüyüşüne polis gazı: çok sayıda gözaltı var



Bristol Protests Against Israeli Action Intensify

Bristol, 31.07.2006 23:38

400 March to Demand Immediate Cease Fire 400 March to Demand Immediate Cease Fire As the bombing of Qana shocks global opinion, protest in the region against the bombing intensifies. Bristol Stop the War writes: Last Friday, 400 people marched to the Centre from the Easton mosques. We call on all our supporters to make a special effort to join the peace vigil every Friday while the attacks on Lebanon & Gaza continue. Meet between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on the Centre opposite the Hippodrome to show support for the Palestinian and Lebanese people....The Stop The War Coalition has called an emergency national demonstration in London on Saturday 5th August. We are organising coaches from Bristol...Image from the conflict, right; Israeli children writing on artillery shells bound for targets in Lebanon.| Vigil For Lebanon & Palestine | Stop The War National Demonstration - Saturday August 5th | Local MPs: ALL targeting of civilians in Mid-East is "unacceptable, immoral and illegal" | Bristol contacts for Lebanon bomb-makers | How to Report Israel to the International Court - plus a piece on Hezbullah | National Stop The War Demonstration - Manchester - 23/9/2006 | Bristol Indymedia Film Premiere: Our Sufferings in this Land | Yo Bliar!...A Word from Lebanon |Contribute An Article



&quot;Ê meu pai quilombo, eu também sou quilombola, a luta é minha, a luta é nossa&quot;

Brasil, 31.07.2006 23:10

QUILOMBOLAS-ES



July 31, 2006 Show

Cleveland, 31.07.2006 23:08

Blackout News, July 31 2006



West Papua: The Hidden Pacific Conflict

Aotearoa, 31.07.2006 22:39

#media_7430;left# Seminar on West Papua: The Hidden Pacific Conflict An Indonesian Human Rights Committee (IHRC) organised seminar is being held at AUT University between 18 and 19 August 2006. West Papua, New Zealand's Pacific neighbour, has been under Indonesian rule since 1963. At least 100,000 people have died in the ongoing resistance struggle. In Australia, West Papua is on the agenda because 43 West Papuan Asylum seekers became the focus of a diplomatic row between Jakarta and Canberra but the issues remain largely unknown in New Zealand. Wantok Pacific, Papua Merdeka! Pacific Unity and West Papua | Conference Website | PMA resources on West Papua | Indonesian Human Rights Campaign "The crimes committed against the people of West Papua are some of the most shameful of the past years. The Western powers have much to answer for, and at the very least should use their ample means to bring about the withdrawal of the occupying Indonesian army and termination of the shameful exploitation of resources and destruction of the environment and the lives and societies of the people of West Papua, who have suffered far too much." Noam Chomsky



Cuba Comes in from the Cold

Miami, 31.07.2006 22:07

Cuba Comes in from the Cold



spekulado (eo)

Barcelona, 31.07.2006 21:09

Por digna loĝejo

Spekulado pri nemoveblaĵoj, senhonte altaj lu-prezoj, eternaj hipotekoj, urbanisma sieĝado, forpelado de luantoj... Spekulado per loĝejoj estas profitega negoco por entreprenoj kaj politikistoj, kiu malebligas al la plimulto de la socio la atingon de baza rajto.

[2an de julio] Placo Catalunya: je la 17a: ĝis super la oreloj pri la ĉiutaga spekulado + 19a: manifestacio por digna loĝejo

[28an de junio ĝis 2an de julio] Can Pasqual, Labortagoj Preokupació Rural 06 (pri kampara okupado)

oni vakigis La Fera, en la kvartalo Gràcia

Rilataj novaĵoj: Kompleto por la manifestontoj por la loĝejo ::: Cement-mafio en Valencilando ::: Videoj pri la sid-protestoj por digna loĝejo ::: Ĉu vi ĝisorele enuas, ke oni ridindigu vin? ::: La nemoveblaĵa sapveziko uzata kiel socia kontrolilo ::: Mono, bankoj kaj koruptado: kion vi devus scii ::: Marinaleda: po 15 € monate por unu loĝejo ::: Kampado-protestoj de kvartalanoj por postuli dignan loĝejon ::: Arbo-plantado en El Forat de la Vergonya (Barcelono) ::: La incidentoj en la kvartalo Gràcia

Ligoj: Sid-protestoj por digna loĝejo ::: www.viviendadigna.es ::: www.viviendadigna.org ::: www.bcnviu.org ::: www.de-rapada.com

Pliaj informoj ĉe spekulado kaj okupado



Areas in Davis sprayed with pesticide with no timely, advanced warning

San Francisco Bay Area, 31.07.2006 19:39

Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District (SYMVCD) sprayed portions of Davis with the pesticide 'Suspend SC' without timely warning to residents in area, including Arroyo Park, West Area, Drainage, and the cemetery this past week.

According to Stop West Nile Spraying Now (SWNSN), the effectiveness of adulticide spraying to prevent West Nile disease questionable at best. The group is also concerned about the harmful effects on people and animals. In the press release put forth by SWNSN on July 25th, the group stated"... there are known risks to humans from the pesticides being sprayed, and people with asthma and immune-compromised systems are especially at risk..." Additionally, the group is concerned about the lack of warning to residents of Davis.

SYMVCD held a press conference today to announce the results from the first spraying, and its future plans to exterminate all mosquitos in the Yolo/Sacramento county area



enmigrado (eo)

Barcelona, 31.07.2006 19:09

Nek internaj, nek eksteraj limoj

"...Tamen la limo ne ekzistas jam nur ĉe Sebto. La limo jam ne estas nur geografia loko, unu linio disiganta du landojn. Pli precize: ne plu estas geografia limo, sed kontrola meĥanismo determinanta, kiuj havas rajtojn kaj kiuj ne, kontraŭ kiu prezo kaj en kiuj okazoj..."

Por la restada rajto, por la fermado de la internigejoj, por la senkondiĉa reguligo de ĉiuj enmigrintoj en Eŭropon:

Lastaj novaĵoj: pli ol 50 arestitoj en paca agado de La Karavano kontraŭ la nova Fremdula Internigejo + La juĝisto akceptas la "rajton je juĝo" deklaritaj de la arestitoj kontraŭ la Fremdula Internigejo + Hodiaŭ oni ne liberigos la 60 homojn: amasiĝo dum la tuta tago en La Verneda + Itala deklaro denuncanta la arestadojn + [26an de junio]Oni liberigos la unuajn kvin arestitojn, oni daŭrigas la amasiĝon antaŭ la juĝejoj ĝis la liberigo de ĉiuj arestitoj + La liberigitaj arestitoj denuncas policajn mistraktojn

+infoj:: >>>enmigrado + imc-estrecho + fadaiat +Karavano



Cana: forças militares israelitas assassinam 55 civis

Portugal, 31.07.2006 18:09

Cana: forças militares israelitas assassinam 55 civis



Mexico Rising: Follow the Yellow Brick Road

NYC, 31.07.2006 17:38

Two Million people rally for free elections in Mexico. Candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador calls for public occupation of center of city.



Murray Bookchin, visionary social theorist, dies at 85

NYC, 31.07.2006 17:38

Murray Bookchin, the visionary social theorist and activist, died during the early morning of Sunday, July 30th in his home in Burlington, Vermont. During a prolific career of writing, teaching and political activism that spanned half a century, Bookchin forged a new anti-authoritarian outlook rooted in ecology, dialectical philosophy and left libertarianism.



Conflicto en la planta de Pompeya

Argentina, 31.07.2006 17:08

Coca-Cola prohibe la actividad sindical



Conflicto en la planta de Pompeya

Argentina, 31.07.2006 17:08

Coca-Cola prohibe la actividad sindical



Documents Show Mayor Blocked RNC Rally in Central Park for Political Reasons

NYC, 31.07.2006 16:38

The Times articles has more clips from emails documenting the planning between the Parks Department and the Mayor. The Sun apparently also had clips from some of these emails last week. So surprise surprise the Mayor was very calculating in not allowing protests on the oh so precious grass of Central Park. [Read More from OnNYTurf]



Civilians Massacred in Qana as UN and Israel Refuse To Stop Attacks

San Francisco Bay Area, 31.07.2006 14:39

Israeli war planes scored a direct hit on a building in the Shiite village of Qana where destitute farming folk, including old people, women and children, had taken refuge in the basement from Israeli bombing raids. At least 54 died, as bodies are pulled from the rubble. 19 children are confirmed dead and another 11 are thought still to be in the basement. The Israelis say they had pamphleted the region demanding that all civilians leave, and high Israeli officials have openly said that anyone who remains is fair game.



Lebanese Bloggers React to Qana Massacre; Emergency Demo in NYC Monday

NYC, 31.07.2006 14:39

Mononoke: "Our children are being slaughtered every day."

Arch.memory: "My mother said, / They still looked beautiful / while they were picking them up / in pieces, / the children."

Bashir"When mothers think of children, they think of baby bottles filled with milk. When mother Rice thinks of giving birth to a new middle east she thinks of smart bombs for our babies. Then she plays the piano as our country burns."

Firas: "Having a democratic society, a western-friendly image, and massive superiority in the ability to apply organized violence does not make this act by the state of Israel any less barbaric."

Lazarus: "Several months ago, 10 years after The Massacre of Qana I, I had posted the list of names of those brutally killed. That was supposed to be the last list coming from Qana. And now, an extra 60 names will be added. An extra 60 murders will be documented. And for what?"

Hilal || Jamal

Ahmad: "I cannot do much but pray for the souls of those innocent civilians who were massacred by the Indiscriminate Destructive Forces. And I decided to make my blog template black as my way of mourning for the victims."

In Arabic: Eve || Linalone || Rat || Hashem



NUEVO GOBIERNO

Colombia, 31.07.2006 14:08

LOS PROXIMOS 4 AÑOS DE URIBE



PDX Impeachment Actions for Week of July 30

Portland, 31.07.2006 10:08

We've been bannering, posting fliers, petitioning, and putting the impeachment resolution before City and County Commissioners. Plus lobbying Oregon's Congressional delegation to join David Wu and 36 other co-sponsors of the House bill that will start impeachment proceedings immediately: Rep. John Conyers' HR 635. And all these deeds just earned "ink" earlier this week from the national impeachment movement (  http://www.impeachbush.tv/impeach/state_or.html).

One action—now—is to bring your homemade impeach sign to Monday's evening rush hour and join our bannering/flash-mobbing crew staging this week's rally at 13th and SW Clay Streets from 4:30-6 p.m. The din of all those horns/cheers and seeing all those thumbs-up/waves says most of the Portland area is for impeachment—and will lift your spirits immensely as you show the folks that impeachment's really possible.



Torino Ribelle

Italy, 31.07.2006 09:40

Una nuova rassegna: Torino RIbelle



boomspotten

Oost-Vlaanderen, 31.07.2006 09:37

boomspotters tegen bomenkap in Borsbeek



libanon

Oost-Vlaanderen, 31.07.2006 09:07

libanon kreunt onder israelische aanval



Queer Pride Events in San Diego

San Diego, 31.07.2006 07:38

San Diego held its 37th annual LGBT [Queer] Pride celebration July 28-30, and while most of the speeches, parade floats and festival booths were assimilationist, parts of the celebration did hearken back to the radical, liberationist roots of Queer pride. Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, dominated the July 28 rally, though his sermon-like speech which opened the July 28 pride rally was nearly equaled by the heartfelt poem read by San Francisco-based Queer African-American rapper Juba Kalamba as a memorial to his friend, AIDS activist Rocky Williams, who committed suicide July 24 after he became homeless when he could no longer afford San Francisco's astronomical rents.



palestine journal 30 july - songs of sorrow

Portland, 31.07.2006 07:38

the tragic songs are already available for those preparing reports about lebanon......no new writing needs to be done, the old lyrics continue to apply. just pick up a record of lebanese singer fairouz from 20 years ago, put it on the phonograph, and you will hear the words describing, in sorrowful, tragic tones, what is happening again today. even the towns and villages where the massacres occurred back then as israeli forces invaded, led by the 'fearless' general ariel sharon, who had no problem wiping out villages full of civilians for the sake of the 'security of israel'......are the same villages being wiped out today, over and over and over and over again.

piles of bodies.....children, parents, grandparents.......the images are not new, for the people of lebanon......1978, 1982, 1996, 2000....and now, 2006......

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more: previous palestine journal articles



Stop the Killing in Lebanon, Palestine and Israel

Portland, 31.07.2006 07:38

Here today Pioneer Square heard a different story than it heard Wednesday when a pro Israel rally was held. Yet, strong similarites exist. Both sides lament their dead, both sides voice their grievances, both sides are human beings reacting with pain, agony and horror at the loss of innocent life.

And this is the kernal of truth in this raw and seemingly never ending odyssy of tears, death and ongoing promises of revenge. While a few soldiers are dying, the people are dying in much larger numbers; sons, daughters, fathers mothers lay hemmoraging and dismembered in the rubble of bombs and missiles lauched from a safe distance. And those who survive are left to dig through that rubble for their loved ones, for pieces of their lives, and struggle to master their rising fear, hatred and despair. [ read more ]

AUDIO FILE: Speakers From the Peace in the Middle East Rally

About 500 people gathered to condemn the actions of Israel whose military incursions have killed a large number of civilians in their efforts to root out Hezbollah from Southern Lebanon. The Square was packed with signs calling for an end to the bombing in Gaza and Lebanon, descrying the lethargic response of the U.S. and much of the world community, and demanding an immediate cease fire and a genuine effort to support peaceful solutions.

All speakers brought their personal fire and a sense of justice to the podium. Each spoke passionately for the innocent Lebanese people suffering and dying at the hands of the Israeli army and air force, all supplied with American weapons. This file is about 40 minutes in length, each speaker speaking briefly and powerfully. [ read more ]

related: [ Great Turnout Today ! | Rally now at Pioneer square for Lebanon | Round up of events for Lebanon - weekend July 28-30th 2006 ]



Oregon Zoo Lies, &amp; So Does KGW

Portland, 31.07.2006 06:38

Pet, the elephant that Oregon Zoo is about to put down, is about 51. KGW blandly reported that elephants usually live to be about 44, lazily spreading the Zoo's calculated lie. Elephants may average around 44 in zoos, but it would've taken the reporter twenty seconds to learn on the 'net that Asian elephants normally live to be 80 in the wild & in sanctuaries. I hate the way this "culture" treats animals. I also hate liars. I also hate bogus reporters. So here's yet another example of how corrupt everything is.



Poop Scoop Clackamas County Dog Control

Portland, 31.07.2006 06:38

Cody - a healthy 14 month old Golden Retriever - frightened by fireworks - ran away from his home and his people around 10 p.m. on July 22. Unfortunately for Cody he was not wearing any identification when he was found by a West Linn cop - transported to Clackamas County Dog Control (CCDC) and placed in an inside kennel around 11 p.m. the same night.

According to Dow Hokoana - a field supervisor for CCDC - two shelter employees found Cody at 9:30 the following morning "surrounded by an abundance of diarrhea." Did they immediately seek medical attention for Cody who was obviously in a crisis situation at this point? Of course not ..... remember this is Clackamas County Dog Control! Instead they waited another hour and a half and then moved him to an outside exercise area where the temperatures were around 90 degrees. They left him there while they returned inside to clean kennels and care for other dogs.

When Cody's guardians arrived at the shelter an hour later he was still outside .... UNCONSCIOUS - the temperature had risen to 92 and the young Golden Retriever was dying.




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