Browsing all posts from April, 2009.


OREGON: First Probable Case of H1N1 “Swine” Flu Detected

OREGON'S FIRST PROBABLE CASE OF H1N1 FLU was identified late Wednesday following testing by the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory. The probable case was in a Multnomah County adult female who consulted her physician after experiencing flu-like symptoms.


Weekly Immigration Wire: Swine Flu Infecting Immigration Debate

AT PLAY TODAY in our immigration debate are warring philosophies of who a "people" are and what we owe each other for simply belonging to the same human family. On one side, frothing, fearful punditry stoke division and hostility. On the other, fearless activists champion for our better natures.


Aliens Declare Humanness in New Shepard Fairey Art

HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW WORK by Shepard Fairey? You know, he's the cat what did the famous and iconic Obama HOPE poster. I guess the high of being Everyone's Favorite Poster Guy has worn off and someone's looking for another hit....


Presenting ¡PRESENTE!

OUR VOICES have yet to be utilized and enjoined in a way that can efficiently organize around the issues that affect our communities. We will not always agree, nor should we. But we should have a way to centralize and engage the politics that affect us on so many levels.


Virus Brings Swine-Hearted Lobby Into Foreground

THE MOMENT that the news of the "Swine Flu" hit the wires, it was easy to predict what the anti-immigrant faction would have to say about it. This particular cadre of caustic and crazed voices are so locked into their views that their contributions are unnecessary in a dialogue that preferences truth.


Oregon Swine Flu Media Briefing

OREGON: Public Health officials from the state of Oregon, Portland held a news briefing yesterday to discuss the latest information on the swine flu outbreak, local readiness to respond should the situation elevate and what people can do to keep themselves and others safe.


Union Square May Day March

MAY DAY MARCH in NYC: Trillions for bank bailouts just gives money to the same bankers whose policies are gutting the economy. WE need to control the financial system, not leave it in the hands of a pack of billionaires.


Department of Health Declares Public Health Emergency

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES has declared a Public Health Emergency. They repeatedly urge us not to panic and lay out their plans of what comes next. They also offer the possibility that things may begin to "ramp up" in areas and advise you to think about what that would mean in your local community.


The Story of a CAFO Survivor

WILL THE SWINE FLU SERVE AS A WAKE UP CALL for the agricultural industry, finally? That a different system is needed? That our current output and mass production rates are an illusion built on dangerous processes? A Wall Street Meltdown of the food supply that teaches us we cannot sustain ourselves with a structure that lacks integrity and tries to compensate with excellent marketing?


The Danger of Becoming a Conservative Liberal

IT IS AS LARGE A FEAT for Liberals to be liberal in their thinking as it is for Conservatives. However, it is not a failing of Conservatism to refuse this challenge. On the other hand, it is a failing of Liberalism if a Liberal becomes too wed to their thoughts, the arrangement of same, and their approach to changing that arrangement.


A Candle for Angie

THIS IS TOO OFTEN, AN UNIMAGINATIVE AND CRUEL WORLD. Not that world which creation brings forth on her own (though we know not all things Natural are kind), but that which we fashion with the often half-benumbed hands of US culture.


Mexico to Style Legal System After US

MEXICO WILL BREAK with much of its long-standing legal traditions, instead to institute a process that emulates US law in many positive ways.


Made in L.A. (Hecho en Los Angeles)

MADE IN L.A. IS AN EMMY-WINNING DOCUMENTARY about three Latina immigrant mujeres who organize and fight for labor protections in the US. I've reviewed the film and provided information here to help you spread the word about the May Day screenings, if you care to.


An Odd Call for an Odd Boycott…

A COALITION OF VOICES claiming to be acting in the interest of the undocumented are suggesting that they not be counted by the Census. This idea is so wrongheaded that it is a kindness to call it only an honest mistake.


Mysterious Viruses, Pt. 4. Swine Flu

A 'STARTLING,' 'RARE', 'MYSTERIOUS' flu with components from bird flu and human flu and swine flu is turning up in the South West US and México. No one is sure yet why or how this is happening.