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http://www.filterfreeradio.net - FFR Episode #117 - Outlawing Revolution & Portland's Walmart Divestment! Jacob Dean and Skeptical Scott broadcast live and talk about Cecily McMillian's sentencing today, the corporate state's crushing of dissent and resistance, Chris Hedges's article They Can't Outlaw The Revolution plus Portland, Oregon is the first US city to divest funds from Walmart (and we covered this back in November 2013 with City Commissioner Steve Novick at the Walmart Black Friday Protest!) Recorded live on 5/19/2014 in Portland, Oregon.
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- Published on Monday, 19 May 2014 19:31
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News making headlines this week from YES! Magazine - On Thursday, May 15, the city of Portland got rid of $9 million, or 25 percent, of its investments in Walmart. This marks the beginning of a divestment program that will purge Portland's investment portfolio of $36 million in Walmart bonds by 2016, according to a press release. The divestment plan is part of the city's responsible investment initiative, introduced by City Commissioner Steve Novick, and adopted in October 2013. The initiative also prohibits the city from purchasing Walmart bonds in the future.
Portland is not only discontinuing its investments in Walmart, but has set up a committee to advise it on making socially responsible investments in the future. The committee will address issues like abusive labor practices, corruption, and health concerns, among other things.
As you may recall, Filter Free Radio's Jacob Dean attended the Black Friday Walmart Protests here in Portland (2012 & 2013) where in November 2013 Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick spoke about Portland divesting from Walmart.
Here is the video recorded live by Jacob Dean 11/29/2013 at Walmart in S.E. Portland, Oregon.
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- Published on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 21:34
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- Published on Monday, 02 December 2013 01:32
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Jacob Dean attends his local Black Friday Walmart protest in SE Portland, OR for a second year in a row! About 100 protesters, marchers, singers and sign-holders braved the cold to make their voices heard. A march led the protesters all around the parking lot while security and police enforced no-trespassing on Walmart property. Several speakers gave crowd-energizing and inspiring speeches including Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick, CWA Local 7901 President Madelyn Elder, Diana Wu of Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Reverend Eugene Ross of United Church of Christ, and many more! Thank you to everyone who participated in the resistance today! Keep up the good fight and we'll see you again next year! Recorded live on scene by Jacob Dean November 29, 2013.
(00:00) - Who's street? Our street.
(00:50) - Protest Chants
(04:20) - We March
(04:30) - Solidarity Forever Pt 1
(05:45) - Police cause more problems than protesters!
(09:15) - Why are we here? (Madelyn Elder interviewed by KGW tv)
(09:48) - Solidarity Forever Pt 2
(11:36) - A voice for Walmart workers
(12:00) - Speeches Begin
(12:55) - Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick speaks
(15:55) - Diana Wu of APAN speaks
(18:15) - Reverend Eugene Ross of United Church of Christ speaks
(24:55) - Organizer Dennis Gravy speaks
(28:25) - Protesters sneak inside Walmart to deliver special message!
(29:13) - CWA Local 7901 President Madelyn Elder speaks
(33:40) - We'll be back...
(33:55) - We're gonna roll right over them....
- Category: Jacob's Blog
- Published on Saturday, 24 November 2012 04:27
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http://www.filterfreeradio.com - Jacob Dean attends the Wal-mart Solidarity Occupy Black Friday Protest at his local Wal-mart on 82nd Ave in Portland, OR November 23, 2012. There is one picture from a friend who works at a near by restaurant from when the protest began around 10am with many more folks on the street than when I got there after 1pm. Local NBC news affiliate KGW Channel 8 was on the scene, that's encouraging. Thanks to the fellow in the interview again for the great sign and a minute of your time! We'll be airing this video during FFR #57 Monday 11/26/12 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT!
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- Published on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 08:29
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This is What Hope Looks Like
Hope will not come in trusting in the ultimate goodness of Barack Obama, who, like Herod of old, sold out his people. It will not be realized by chanting packaged campaign slogans or attempting to influence the democratic party. It will not come through our bankrupt liberal institutions-- from the press, to the withered stump that is the labor movement.
Hope will only come now when we physically defy the violence of the state. All who resist, all who are here today, keep hope alive. All who succumb to fear, despair and apathy become an enemy of hope. They become, in their passivity, agents of injustice.
If the enemies of hope are finally victorious in this nation, the poison of violence will become not only the language of power but the language of opposition. And those who resist with nonviolence are the last thin line of defense between a civil society and its disintegration.
Hope has a cost. Hope is not comfortable or easy. Hope requires personal risk. It is not about the right attitude. Hope is not about peace of mind. Hope is action. Hope is doing something. The more futile, the more useless, the more irrelevant and incomprehensible an act of rebellion is, the vaster and more potent hope becomes.
Hope never makes sense. Hope is weak, unorganized and absurd. Hope, which is always nonviolent, exposes in its powerlessness, the lies, fraud and coercion employed by the state. Hope knows that an injustice visited on our neighbor is an injustice visited on all of us. Hope posits that people are drawn to the good by the good. This is the secret of hope's power. Hope demands for others what we demand for ourselves. Hope does not separate us from them. Hope sees in our enemy our own face.
Hope is not for the practical and the sophisticated, the cynics and the complacent, the defeated and the fearful. Hope is what the corporate state, which saturates our airwaves with lies, seeks to obliterate. Hope is what this corporate state is determined to crush. Be afraid, they tell us. Surrender your liberties to us so we can make the world safe from terror. Don't resist. Embrace the alienation of our cheerful conformity. Buy our products. Without them you are worthless. Become our brands. Do not look up from your electronic hallucinations. No. Above all do not think. Obey.
The powerful do not understand hope. Hope is not part of their vocabulary. They speak in the cold, dead words of national security, global markets, electoral strategy, staying on message, image and money. The powerful protect their own. They divide the world into the damned and the blessed, the patriots and the enemy, the privileged and the weak. They insist that extinguishing lives in foreign wars, or in our prison complexes, is a form of human progress.
They cannot see that the suffering of a child in Kandehar or a child in the blighted urban pocket of our nation's capitol diminishes and impoverishes us all. They are deaf, dumb and blind to hope. Those addicted to power, enthralled by self-exaltation, cannot decipher the words of hope any more than most of us can decipher hieroglyphics.
Hope to Wall Street bankers and politicians, to the masters of war and commerce, is not practical. It is gibberish. It means nothing. And this is because they kneel before the idols of greed and money.
If we resist and carry out acts, no matter how small, of open defiance, hope will not be extinguished. If all we accomplish today is to assure a grieving mother in Baghdad or Afghanistan, a young man or woman crippled physically and emotionally by the hammer blows of war, that he or she is not alone, our act will be successful. But hope cannot be sustained if it cannot be seen.
Any act of rebellion, any physical defiance of those who make war, of those who perpetuate corporate greed and are responsible for state crimes, anything that seeks to draw the good to the good, nourishes our souls and holds out the possibility that we can touch and transform the souls of others.
Hope affirms that which we must affirm. And every act that imparts hope is a victory in itself.
(from W. H. Auden) Defenseless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame.
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- Published on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 07:40
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http://www.filterfreeradio.com Filter Free Radio Episode #57 - Filter Free Radio - Wal-mart & Fossil Fuel vs. We The People! Jacob Dean and Skeptical Scott broadcast live from Portland, OR and Washington DC! Who is responsible for the lives lost in the garment factory fire? Wal-mart? Plus what happened on the Black Friday Wal-mart protesting nationwide and how did Wal-mart's Communications VP spin the truth on FOX? Finally do we have a choice about climate activism? (No, we don't.) Why it's time to get active and directly target the fossil fuel industry with Bill McKibben from Democracy Now and much much more! Recorded live on 11/26/2012 in Portland, OR.
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- Published on Thursday, 22 November 2012 17:31
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http://www.filterfreeradio.com Filter Free Radio Episode #56 - Filter Free Radio - The Next Big Movement: Strikes! Jacob Dean and Skeptical Scott broadcast live from Portland, OR and Washington DC, talking about Walmart workers walking off the job and why it's a great way to help Occupy Black Friday, shop at local-owned businesses only! Finally we end on the bigger economics picture with professor Richard Wolff and much much more! Recorded live on 11/21/2012 in Portland, OR. Comment anytime 1-202-697-9FFR that's 1-202-697-9337. Make YOUR voice heard on real independent media for We The People and listen for comments on air!