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Sunday, 28 August 2011

I stole this from my noble friend and real activist, this is a very good article and should be read several times by would be activist.

Drowning Government in a Hurricane (Why Wait for a Bathtub?)

By davidswanson - Posted on 27 August 2011

 

 

 

 

 "Shrinking government" in American political discourse has, for decades now, meant the following. We enlarge the government's budget through taxation and penalties on working people and through borrowing and printing money. We not only tax the wealthy and corporations less, but we massively subsidize them with public funds. We move away from taxes and fees meant to limit the damage greed can do to the world, and we defund regulation of and law enforcement against the oligarchy. We transfer an ever greater share of the budget to the military. We expand the domestic and international surveillance-police states while merging the two. This, again, we call "shrinking government."

"Shrinking government" means a larger and more oppressive but less representative and less useful government. The military gets the money and gets privatized (employs non-competitive corporations working exclusively for the government). Education and public services get slashed and get privatized. Vote counting gets privatized. The privatized money gets to flow into election campaigns. The districts are re-gerrymandered with the latest modern technology. The media conglomerates get a monopoly and the monopoly limits electoral possibilities. "Shrinking government" means shrinking popular influence on government while government grows. But it grows in its ability to wage wars, occupy territories, and subsidize coal, oil, nuclear, and gas. It shrinks in its ability to give people anything in return for their taxes and fees. If this process continues it must result in ever greater repression or in revolt.

More:

http://davidswanson.org/node/3373

 


Posted by individuals4justice at 8:20 AM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 28 August 2011 8:31 AM PDT
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Wednesday, 24 August 2011
J Street--The Activist--The Congressman
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Smoke and Mirrors
Topic: Justice

I received a strange e-mail inviting me to a personal meeting with Congressman *earl blumenauer and **J Street (founded in 2008) members at the congressman’s office in Portland, Oregon. There were two reasons I laughed at the invitation, the last time I saw the congressman face to face, he ran away. I was a volunteer at ***Fish on Hawthorne Street and the congressman was scheduled to come and thank the volunteers for their work. I was at the desk that faced the rear of the building when earl came into the main room, took one look at me and departed without saying anything to the volunteers, it was a strange moment. This invitation was weird but not just on that level, there was another reason that it was curious to me; I don’t support J Street. I sent in my RSVP and told my friends in the protest community that I would go. I was not going to protest, I was going to listen and watch the interaction between powerful lobbyists and the earlman. The meeting was fascinating for me; the expression on blumenauer’s face when he saw me in this group was worth the trip there. Willie Smith, a senior staff member, was gracious but seemed nervous that I was there. Our group of Individuals For Justice had protested in front of earl’s den for over two years every Thursday during the noon hour to get him to call for the impeachment of cheney the dick and george the bush. blumenauer never even requested an investigation into why we went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. We stopped our protest the day obama took over as our president. There was great hope that he would have his Justice department investigate war crimes by the criminals who held the White House for eight long years, it never happened. I was ten feet away from this man who tells all who will listen he is a progressive. I kept my word to Willie, I did not embarrass the gathering by yelling out questions or take my shirt off to reveal a message underneath to the earlman or J Street. I just wanted to observe this group of lobbyists at work and the congressman’s reaction. It was fascinating.

In one conversation the possibility of “my” congressman going to Israel came up. Through a staffer I was congratulating blumenauer for not going with the 81 members of the House who are going this summer on AIPAC’s dime when I heard there was a possibility that he would go under J Street’s dime. I was red in the face but what the hell, to make a scene would be foolish because this group of groupies were falling all over the earlman. I was given a political button that said “ Pro-Israel, Pro Peace” which was confusing for me because if one stands for peace in the Middle East it seemed to me the message must read “Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine, Pro-Peace.” I asked why the Palestinians were not included on the button. The answer I got was so convoluted that I almost laughed. It seems that if J Street made such a comment they would be totally rejected by the Jewish community. Wow, they cannot even mention the other side of the conflict! blumenauer was surrounded by signs with the same message on them. The staffer I was talking to during the picture taking, (I was not invited to be in the picture) seemed to be convinced that J Street are the good guys, not like AIPAC. I did not laugh at this because I felt sick to my stomach.

The history of AIPAC comes out of another group that was called, American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs, things got so hot for this group that Israel had to create a new gang called American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The question for me is J Street just another change in image because AIPAC is in so much heat? J Street’s image seems to show a better side of Israel than AIPAC, it is almost good cop bad cop except the good cop here is masked and just as corrupt as the bad cop.

The American Jewish community is against the occupation of Gaza, the slaughter of Palestinians and says it wants a two state solution, sounds good? When I asked them how they feel about the leadership of the Palestinians going to the UN and asking to be recognized as a member of the UN, their answer was they take no position on that question. I pointed out that if you are calling for a two state solution and one combatant is a recognized state, it is logical to believe if the other side is asking to be recognized as a nation you would cheer--no! Can’t touch that one. So what is the difference in AIPAC and J Street? Smoke and Mirrors come to mind. J Street allows good people to join and support an organization that sounds like they support peace in the Middle East but make the conditions so difficult that it will never happen. There needs to be one country and all must be treated equally. I did point out that it seemed to me that what J Street is saying to the Palestinians is “Stop whining, we know you want to be up front on the bus, but we do let you on the bus, so be quiet, after all we don’t make you walk.” This organization is full of good people who are being scammed again by the Israeli government and they don’t even know it; so sad! I could like these people and some I recognized from other actions, but like the T-baggers they are being manipulated by their leadership and don’t want to know the truth. There is a true story told by a long ago friend that went something like this:

“One day my mother came into my room and saw a prescription for birth control on my dresser”

“Who owns this medicine?” asked her mother,

Carol, (not her real name) told her mother that the medicine was hers.

“Don’t tell me you have a prescription for birth control.”

“Mom, my name is on the prescription.”

“Don’t tell me that.”

“OK, they are not mine.”

“Good, let us never speak of this again.”

J Street does not want to talk about being “Pro-Israel, Pro Palestine, Pro-Peace; they want peace on Israeli terms and that will never happen. The back of the bus remains over crowded, the front has lots of seats.

*will not cap due to disrespect and/or disgust

** http://mondoweiss.net/2011/07/j-street-official-takes-care-not-to-mention-occupation-till-after-the-speech.html

http://alexbkane.wordpress.com/tag/j-street/

*** Fish, an emergency food outlet who helps people in Portland.

 


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Sunday, 21 August 2011

There is something going on in Washington DC that makes me smile; people are risking arrest for the environment, and after that another gathering in October to say “Enough” to wars, cuts, and 15 other demands. People are waking up and you should be part of it. Those who can go should go, those who cannot must support in every other way possible. Financially supporting another person who can go to DC but for the lack of money is a wonderful way to join in, I cannot go but will put up $100 to help others make the trip. Friends of mine also are putting up money, some are going for the October 2011 mass arrest. Thousands have signed up to sit down at Freedom Plaza and not leave. The question for you, will you stay as a spectator or join in one of these mass protests---it is time. I will be writing about these protests and try to keep you updated, will you support these actions with more than words?

 

 

Read the article that follows and smile our Tahrir Square, (Egypt) is happening and you can be part of if. See ya in the streets here in Portland, it is happening and that is a good thing.

 

“Massive Protest at White House Against Alberta Tar Sands Pipeline

By Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian UK

20 August 11

 

Campaigners say the two-week protest will be the biggest green civil disobedience in a generation.

 

Protest at the White House against a pipeline from the Alberta tar sands is emerging as the biggest green civil disobedience campaign in a generation, organisers said.

Approximately 1,500 people signed up to court arrest during the two-week action outside the White House, which begins on Saturday morning.

The campaign is seen as a last chance to persuade Barack Obama to stop a planned 1,600-mile pipeline that will carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta across rich American farmland to the Gulf of Mexico.

The State Department is expect to produce its final environmental analysis of the pipeline by the end of the month. Obama will then have 90 days to decide whether going ahead with the project would be in the national interest.

The Keystone XL project has been a major focus of environmental protests. Greenhouse gas emissions of tar sands crude are 40% higher than conventional oil, and the open-pit mining has devastated Alberta's boreal forest.”

More:

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/7113-massive-protest-at-white-house-against-alberta-tar-sands-pipeline

 


Posted by individuals4justice at 10:36 AM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 21 August 2011 10:42 AM PDT
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Tuesday, 16 August 2011
The Gathering in DC in October
Mood:  cool
Topic: Justice

Just talked to my money lady Patty, I cannot go to DC for the October 6th gathering because of health reasons, but can help another go. I will have $100 set aside by September 15th to assist with transportation for a person who wants to go but cannot afford the trip. Will you join me in trying to get people there who can go but don’t have enough money? I cannot afford more but it may help; will you? You can e-mail me and let’s talk. I have volunteered to be the Oregon representative to get people to DC. The reason I volunteered is there was nobody listed for all of Oregon and I think I can put the time and effort in; I do believe, “It Is Time.” In a conference call yesterday it was clear that they want people in DC and support protest around the country are secondary, there will be mass arrest and they also need people to act as support people for food, bail etc. etc. I will be on the Hawthorne Bridge this Friday at 4:00 PM and if you want to talk that is a good place to do it. Please help in anyway you can, this seems like a big deal. You can go to http://October2011.org for more info.

 

 


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Friday, 12 August 2011
We Must Support This Event In Every Way
Mood:  hungry
Now Playing: We must help
Topic: ACTIONS !

 

 

October 6th in Washington DC will be a time for all activists to stand up and say ENOUGH! David Swanson, Veterans For Peace, Code Pink, Ray McGovern, Chris Hedges, Ann Wright, and so many other heroes will take a stand for Justice and Peace by gathering in Freedom Square and not leaving until our government agrees to their demands--it will be a time!

We who cannot go must support them in every way possible, one way that will be important is getting the word out about this event. We must pressure all TV and radio stations in Portland who say they are Progressive to do a show or, at the very least, a portion of their show on this event and have representatives appear on their shows.

How many of you would be willing to throw a picket line around a TV show or radio show that refuses to get the word out about this event? We must start this now as Oct 6 is approaching at an alarming rate. We need people to contact KBOO, KPOJ, TV stations 2,6,8 and our local newspapers to first request their participation and then picket them if necessary. For more info on the event in DC go to:

http://october2011.org/welcome

Here is a good video by two wonderful people Joe-Anybody and Malcolm from Veterans For Peace talking about October 6---enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqwN-Fj9onc

 


What do you think?

Joe Walsh-Lone Vet

After posting on Indi Media about the Oct 6 Event, the question of nonviolence came up and this was my response:

Individuals For Justice will request all who take part in any protest here in Portland, Oregon to practice nonviolence because the main event in DC is calling for nonviolence and it is a tactic that works. I am not a pacifist but do practice nonviolence and will this time because to do otherwise would make a mockery of what we say we are supporting. There will be no permits, no peace monitors, no preaching of how to behave. That is the best I can do given what we will try to accomplish. We will mimic what they do in Washington, DC in the sense by going to Pioneer Square holding a gathering with music and no speeches. We will sit down and stay as long as we can. We will be told that we must leave the square and that is the point that you have to decide at what level of protest you will engage in. Some will leave and act as support from that moment on, others will stay and know that they may be arrested. Those who are arrested when released will decide if they will return to a meeting place and sit again. Some of us will stay as long as the people in DC stay, and will need others to bring water and food. All of these are things that I see as being in support of the main event in DC, they are subject to voting by the group. Each group will determine what they want to do and contribute, you must be comfortable in your decision because you are risking a great deal. Those are my thoughts and are subject to change as each group decides what they will do. My vision is that there should be many levels of commitment and each will play a very important role. The thing you should think about is going to DC---but if you cannot, what are you willing to do to support it? I am on the Hawthorne Bridge every Friday from about 4:00 PM till about 5:30 PM protesting the wars, and in front of City Hall every Wednesday at 0900 to call for the replacement of all three people up for reelection in 2012. Come and talk, you don’t want to miss this action, it may be the beginning of our standing up as a people and saying, ENOUGH!!! I hate going to meetings and will talk to anyone who is interested in supporting what will happen in our capital.

As far as the radio and TV stations we should put pressure on them now. First notification and requesting info on what they will do to cover the event and then you will decide how to react, there are no rules for the confrontation with the MSM. KBOO and KPOJ I would suspect they would be friendly but the others may take a bit of convincing.

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/08/409769.shtml

 


Posted by individuals4justice at 6:46 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 14 August 2011 9:31 AM PDT
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Tuesday, 9 August 2011
News from Portland, Oregon
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: City Hall with a smile
Topic: STOP THE WARS PROTEST

 

 

 

 

We are in the streets in Portland, Oregon. There are small demonstrations in a number of places on Fridays and Saturdays and sometimes during the week. We stand the watch for all those who can’t or are too fearful to hold a sign saying something about War and Peace. Most protest/vigils are quiet but a few are noisy, to the annoyance of the business community. One protest on the Hawthorne Bridge now has a running battle with a restaurant that complains because we ring cow bells and the management of the restaurant does not want their outside customers disturbed while drinking and eating. I wonder what these people do with their heads when they hear that we are bombing over six countries and murdering civilians at alarming rates. How do they sleep at night knowing that America is the arms dealer of the world. We sell to anyone who has the money to buy war planes, tanks or ships. Sometimes we have a special sale on Wednesdays, buy one war plane, get your choice of free bombs or rockets. Is it not special that we rank number one in killing children and 34th in successful *child births? As we stand on our bridge each Friday and watch people drive by in their gas guzzling machines, mostly alone, we wonder what it will take to get them to join us, just stop for a few moments and hold a sign that says something like, “Stop these F-Wars.” I know that some are offended by me using F-Wars, you tell me it turns people off; we must be polite. I don’t agree, I think it is now time to be angry. The world is on fire and you worry about offending people, sorry but we are way past being nice. President Obama is nice, Pelosi is nice, Reid is nice and all three should be run out of office. I don’t want to be nice. There is a story about a guy Roberto and I saw on the Hawthorne Bridge who was standing alone in the middle of the bridge with a sign that said something like “Fuck Your Wars.” We first saw him as we were driving across the bridge one Friday and I smiled, “Roberto, did you see that guy with a small sign that said “Fuck Your Wars?” We were impressed because I preach to all who will listen, get off your asses and do something. Don’t wait for someone to invite you to a march, protest, vigil or gathering, just do it yourself and here was a guy doing just that--I was happy.

A week or so later he came near where we were but kept a respectable distance from our position, he was not with us but seemed to support what we were saying, I went over and said hello. He seemed shy to me so I just thanked him for having the guts to hold a sign and said he was welcome to stand with us if he wanted to. He seemed nervous but was happy that I acknowledged his presence on the bridge. Well, not all are accepting in the peace movement, what happened next is an indictment to our cause. One of our occasional protestors who was annoyed with my sign that says F-Wars was outraged with a sign that said “Fuck Your Wars.” He had the audacity to come down on the guy for his sign and that is a big no/no with me; if you want to judge, please do it someplace else and not during a demonstration that I called. I told the person who was upset by the language that we only ask people to be proud of what they write on their signs and do not criticize what others end up writing. I was not happy. So please, if you are offended by what people put on their signs just leave. I am so tired of people who will come to a protest and want to be nice, just go away! I don’t want to argue the point, just go away. There are lots and lots of protests where you will be among nice people, one that I call is not one of those. I have gotten into arguments over this issue a number of times, but now just tell people if you are offended by direct action or yelling back at people who call us terrible names, or by someone who has a sign that you don’t like--go, we will miss you, but go! I once told Commissioner Fritz that when I come into a hearing to testify I don’t want people to say, there is the Lone Vet, I am so glad he made it; I want them to say, “OH Shit!”

We/I will be on the bridge again this Friday, don’t come for me or anyone else; come because you are pissed and want these Fucking Wars to end! We will be celebrating the October Event in DC which will be the most important event to take place in years. There will be mass arrests and many will put their lives on the line one more time and not just parade around on a Saturday and go home; it will be a time!

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_infant_mortality_rate

We/I will continue my vigil at City Hall to replace all three members of the council. We have been there for months each and every Wednesday just before the Council meets and so we have two down and one to go, Commissioner Fritz is the only remaining member who has not announced a sudden urge to spend more time with their family. I would not lose any sleep if she was reelected but you have an opportunity to send a strong message to Commissar Salzman and the Fish by voting out Amanda. We call our vigil, “Run the Rascals Out” and that is exactly what we mean, all five should eventually be defeat because they collectively are not worth spit. We intend to be in front of City Hall until the election in 2012 and about the city with our signs. Join us if you can, wish us well if you see us, or just sit on your ass and do nothing--lots of choices!

Some of you have asked why we stopped our protest in front of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; the reason is simple, we can’t win. For the War Criminal Judge Jay Bybee to be impeached it must start in the House of Representatives and with this group of bandits in the House that will never happen. We will return anytime we hear Judge Bybee is coming to our city, or there is another reason to protest. We spent over two years in front of the 9th and let lots of people know that we have a War Criminal on the court. There is some news on the anti-torture front, read here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14453895 (Thanks Joe R)

That’s all Folks!

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by individuals4justice at 8:18 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 9 August 2011 8:23 AM PDT
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Sunday, 7 August 2011
Video: "We are all Connected"
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Brian Wilson and Rose Mary
Topic: Peacemakers

A video from Joe Anybody


Brian Wilson and Rose Mary (montage) video:



"We Are All Connected"
http://youtu.be/wcOspd2VGKc
(3:27 min video)

More Video stuff from VFP (Veterans For Peace) here:

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/08/409645.shtml

 


Posted by individuals4justice at 7:20 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 8 August 2011 10:38 PM PDT
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City Hall Protest
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: Ringing of the Bells
Topic: City Hall

 

 Reminder

 

 This Wednesday I will return to City Hall to let them know that we want a new council come November of 2012.  Randy not running, Sam not running and Amanda is running against Mary Nolan.  We told the City Council not to vote for the JTTF, they did.  We told the City Council not to vote for the Sit-Lie (lie) ordinance, they did.  We told them not to cave in on the covering of the reservoirs, they did.  Two out of the three up for reelection are not running because they know they would lose, only Commissioner Fritz remains to defeat.  We have a great opportunity to vote in 3 new people, a majority of the council and we should do that to send a message that if you go against your constituents, you are gone--finished--out of there--can you hear me yet Commissioners Salzman and Fish.  We honored ourselves by protesting against these measures but got busy with other stuff, rejoin the fight----we are winning this one.

We should ask all candidates if they will recind these terrible ordinances and actions by this group of "Dropes!" 

City Hall
0900 out front on 4th

I be the old guy in the red shirt, laughing most of the time.  Yelling some of the time but always hopeful for people to get into the streets!

Joe Walsh---Lone Vet   


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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Code Pink confronts Howard Berman on boycott (and makes Hava Nagila anti-Zionist)

by annie on August 5, 2011

 

 

 

 

http://mondoweiss.net/2011/08/code-pink-sings-for-bds-in-howard-bermans-office.html

 

 Just one of the comments:

CigarGod August 6, 2011 at 10:02 am

Code Pink gives me the best return I have ever gotten from a small donation.

 

 


Posted by individuals4justice at 8:08 AM PDT
Updated: Saturday, 6 August 2011 8:30 AM PDT
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Friday, 5 August 2011
Where Do We Go Now
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Justice

 I had a dream and in that dream I asked the question:

It seems to me the only thing left to do is form a government in exile.  It would not have a lot of legal basis but would embarrass the hell out of this administration.  First a people's congress then a government in exile.  Anyone ready to go back to Philadelphia? 

Joe


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