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A war implies some equality in combat.
What is happening in Gaza is a massacre by one of the world’s
most powerful armies, abetted by the silence of western nations.
Fortunately people are beginning to speak out worldwide.
But as we speak out, let us do so without condemning a people
in whose name a government may act.
We must distinguish between governments and the people who are governed.
We must reconnect with each other’s humanity.
The plight of the Palestinian people is ultimately the plight of the entire world, locked into endless conflicts
which make no sense, which could be avoided, which constitute an enormous abuse of power and which bring
the slaughter of innocents.
Let our hearts be moved by the desire to end war once and for aDennis Kucinich On Gaza Massacrell. ~ Dennis Kucinich
"One can say many things about a military operation that results in more than 75 percent of the dead being civilians, many of them children, aimed at a population trapped in a tiny area with no escape. The claim that there is no intent to kill civilians but rather an intent to protect them is most assuredly not among them. Even stalwart Israel supporter Thomas Friedman has previously acknowledged that Israeli assaults on Lebanon, and possibly in Gaza, are intended ”to inflict substantial property damage and collateral casualties” because “the only long-term source of deterrence was to exact enough pain on the civilians” (which, to the extent it exists, is the classic definition of “terrorism”). The most generous claim one can make about what Israel is now doing in Gaza is that it is driven by complete recklessness toward the civilian population.
By Glenn Greenwald
Ongoing wars: Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen, Nigeria, Gaza & more!
Stop the Slaughter in GAZA!
"Gazans have no army, navy, or air force with which to defend. Israel, as any nation, has a right to defend itself, but it confuses offense with defense. It is on the offensive in Gaza…Israel, with its overwhelming military strength, is attacking and invading Gaza in violation of international and U.S. law. Its construction of settlements violates the Oslo agreement. Its Central Bank dries up the Gaza economy and blocks payments to Gazan civil servants. Its total control brings the Palestinians to utter subjection and total despair.
There will be no peace, for now, as Gaza is turned into an abattoir, to collectively punish Gazans for supporting Hamas. Israel, in its attempt to divide Hamas from the Gazans, will actually multiply Hamas' strength in Gaza and elsewhere…Israel can kill, injure, and humiliate Palestinians at will, with impunity, which is exactly what gave rise to Hamas and strengthens Hamas' hold in Gaza, even as the IDF advances." Dennis Kucinich.
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Portland Rising Tide responds to the Global Call for 10 days of Action from Earth Day to May Day by joining other groups who together represent the public’s interest in opposing polluting fossil fuel export terminals in the Pacific Northwest.
About 70 people occupied the lobby of the DEQ and called out local toxic polluters, including ESCO and Precision Castparts (which was recently named the #1 toxic air polluter in the country).
As Governer Kitzhaber recently said in his speech on April 19th to the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, “The time has come to end all coal exports in the Pacific Northwest” to stop “the very real consequences of climate change”, as we are “the last generation that can do something about it.”
Rising Tiders say we need to stop much more than coal, and are concerned about the 15 coal, oil, and gas terminals being proposed in the Pacific Northwest that would harm our coast, the Columbia River, local communities, and the global climate.
Some handed out notices that the DEQ was being dissolved, and offering guaranteed employment with the People’s Agency, where their job would be to enforce a moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure by denying all permits for coal, oil, and gas export proposals.
...There is majority public opposition to exporting global climate crisis and suffering the local health and ecological consequences of fossil fuel terminals. Portland Rising Tide illustrated this tension with a crowd representing the People’s Agency, participating in a tug of war with the Department of Destruction, in the DEQ’s downtown lobby.
Portland Rising Tide’s skepticism of state regulatory agencies protecting us from fossil fuel devastation is fueled by the DSL allowing Ambre Energy 7 extensions to their deadline despite what even Kitzhaber calls ‘repeated failures’ to supply information regarding their project’s legality.
“This process shows that the permitting process is essentially one of approval – with illegal and destructive projects delayed, but never denied,” said Karen Coulter.
Furthermore, ODOT recently issued illegal permits for Omega Morgan’s hauling of tar sands megaloads through the ceded lands of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, despite substantial public and Umatilla opposition.
More recently, ODOT officials were caught lying about the volume of oil trains rolling through Oregon with their tacit consent. In the ensuing public scandal, they announced their refusal to give the public *any *further information on oil trains.
“We’re here today to show that the public can’t trust the regulatory agencies to protect our ecosystems and future. We have to show each other what it looks when the people take charge, and confront the root causes of climate change,” said Wes Kempfer, a participant in the political theater.
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Eyes Wide Shut! by Yugen Fardan Rashad
Colombia Nationwide Strike Against 'Free Trade,' Privatization, Poverty
Ignored by English-language media, rural uprisings spread across industries as hundreds of thousands protest US-backed govt
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Has Atlanta Georgia Changed in the last 50 years?
What happened to Martin's Dream?
Shamus Cooke http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/cooke
The rats are jumping ship. Obama’s strongest allies can’t stomach the stench of lies that are the foundation of the war effort against Syria. Even England, whose entire foreign policy is reduced to asking “how high?” when the U.S. says “jump,” opted to stay grounded for Obama’s war...
Photo by David E. Delk
Local Action Details at http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/AMAPortal
No Justice, No Peace!
Time to March, Rally, Organize
George Zimmerman ignored the dispatcher's instruction to leave Trayvon alone. He then tracked down the 17 year-old kid because he was black. Trayvon was unarmed and just walking home. George accosted the young man and after a scuffle pulled a gun on him.
Instead of ending the fight, George shot Trayvon, because he knew he could get away with it. George was found not guilty of any crime, but a 17 year old child is dead. He was guilty of walking while black. We are all Trayvon and cannot let this injustice stand. Time to stand up, March, Speak Out, and Demand Justice.
Trayvon Martin Portal at The Portland Alliance
Colonel Summers Park
by Lindsey Walker
There was an article in the local paper on May 24, 2013, entitled “At Colonel Summers Park," neighbors and the city are working to stem drug use and underage drinking.” Because I prefer to avoid subjecting myself to the corporate media I was not aware of this article. The article cites a meeting that occurred with the local community association where neighbors and city officials, likely Parks and Recreation and possibly the police, indicated that “the park has also become a popular haven for drug users, underage drinkers and vandals nearly every night of the week,” and the chairperson was quoted as saying “It’s a great park, but somehow it’s taken on a darker edge.”see whole article at:
Special Report on
Colonel Summers Park
PDX Naked Bike Ride
Picture by Jan Watson
Viva La Revolution! The Peace Portal
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An American Awakening to the Addiction of War
by Erin NiemelaRead the Whole Story: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/peace
The Dalai Lama http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/dalailama
Spirituality and the Environment
by Larry Cwik
On May 9, 2013, the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, revered by Tibetan Buddhists the world over, visited Portland and spoke on Spirituality and the Environment. He spoke to a capacity crowd of almost 5,000 people at the University of Portland’s Chiles Center and captivated the audience.
Anchorwoman Laural Porter of Portland’s KGW television moderated a panel which included the Dalai Lama, representatives of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religions, and a practitioner of Native American spirituality.
Obama's Social Security Cut Proposal Sparks Backlash,
Reaction is not good when Obama betrays his base....Again!
How to Legally Resist an Illegal, Unconstitutional, Checkpoint...
When stopped by officers and asked to produce id:
I have the right to travel. It is my right to film you. I refuse to exit the vehicle. No thank you. Respectfully, I choose not to answer any more questions. I do not have to answer you. No thank you, I intend to proceed. I have the freedom to travel unmolested. I want to freely travel down the road. I have every right to travel. I have every right to film you. You are not getting in this vehicle without a warrant. I plead the fifth amendment. No.
Do I have to get out of the car? What is the purpose of this stop? What is your probable cause? What is your reasonable suspicion? What is your name? Am I being detained? Do you have probable cause? What is the purpose for my being stopped?
"Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir"
by Don DuPay
Retired officer tells truth, names names, and holds fellow officersCheckout a book review in the Alliance!
accountable, find out how times have changed...
Hugo Chávez is dead:
The fight for socialism lives!