Saturday, February 12, 2011

Americas Roundtable: African Diasporas in the Americas

An event which offers a profound examination of systems of oppression. 'Rethinking African Diaspora Studies' is a valuable and necessary discussion, these are the roots of modern oppression and it especially behooves all administration, students, faculty and staff to attend.

February 18, 2011, 10am-3pm, EMU Fir Room, University of Oregon

10am - The Black Anti-Integration Movement in Topeka, KS, 1941-1955 (Charise Cheney, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon)

11am - Á Brasileira: Notes Towards a Racial Critique of Desire (Denise Ferreira da Silva, Professor of Ethics, Queen Mary University of London)

1:30pm - Domesticating Labor and the Labor of Domesticity (Priya Kandaswamy, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, Mills College)


Melissa Stuckey, Assistant Professor of History, University of Oregon Irmary Reyes-Santos, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon

Our goal is to foster hemispheric thinking on these important issues. This Friday will bring diverse work together to consider hemispheric blackness across various contexts and time periods. Also, the event will be connected to some undergraduate courses such as Latino Roots and African-American History.

You can also find more information by contacting:

The Student Insurgent stands in solidarity with the critical examination of oppression and all efforts to empower diversity and multiculturalism.

Blood tests reveal chemical poisoning linked to BP Disaster

By Ada McMahon and Liana Lopez
"Alarming levels of toxic chemicals from the BP disaster have entered the blood of some Gulf Coast citizens, who are showing symptoms like internal bleeding, kidney infection, muscle atrophy, pain, headaches, and bleeding from the ears. 

At a community forum last Saturday in New Orleans, Dr. Wilma Subra presented these results and more based on months of testing from the Louisiana Environmental Action Network.

Several Gulf Coast residents from the study discussed their symptoms, and expressed their fear, sadness, and outrage at the lack of health care and attention the health crisis has received.

Did BP cause this man’s seizures?

Paul Doomm, a 22 year-old from coastal Navarre Beach, Florida, was one of those to speak out. He has not yet received his blood test results, but has become wheelchair-bound since swimming in the Gulf and eating seafood this summer. He attributes his ailments, which include chronic seizures, constant headaches and pain, vertigo and partial paralysis, to the BP disaster. He says that none of the 93 doctors he’s seen in the past months have found a definitive cause. [Read more about Paul from Bridge The Gulf contributor Rocky Kistner].

Just minutes after telling his story to the crowd of roughly 100 at the First Unitarian Church in New Orleans, Paul’s eyes began to dart around in his head and the right side of his body began to seize and shake. Several men rushed to his side to help his mother carry Paul and his wheelchair off the stage. 

Panelist Cherri Foytlin broke the stunned silence. “Can we get some prayers?,” she called out, then led the room in prayer. 

For several minutes Paul embodied the health crisis facing most in the audience, and an estimated 4-5 million others across the Gulf Coast."-Houston IndyMedia

The tragedy of the Gulf Oil spill cannot be measured in gallons or billions in cleanup and containment issues. The real cost is in the plant and animal species, the livelihood of many industries and now the lives of humans. How many must become sick, die? The Insurgent Stands in solidarity with efforts of resistance to the fossil fuel industry.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Local IWW chapter hosts:Free Speech soapbox event

Defend Free Speech and show solidarity with a movement.

Today when free speech is a major issue as seen in Egypt throughout the world. It's imperative to take the time to honor the Wobblies who jeopardized their lives to continue honoring free speech for everyone. This event will include sharing of poetry, songs or speeches on a soapbox platform. Local artist Ellen Gabehart will be debuting her painting "free speech" at the train station. The event will take place as the 2:45 pm Amtrak arrives.

At the Eugene Train Station/4th and Willamette, Wed, February 16th/2:45 pm

"Commemorating the 1911 Wobbly Walk Through the Siskiyous, honoring the IWW free speech fighters and keeping free speech alive today". The Lane branch of the Industrial Workers of the World and the Civil Liberties Defense Center

Multicultural Dance Event

Announcing a wonderful event next Friday night Feb 25th, 7:30 - 9:30 PM! Wesley Center ~ 1236 Kincaid St.
Come, Come, whoever you are!

"Don’t go back to sleep! — Rumi

We invite you to take a break from
studying and join us for an evening of
joyful dance, song and stories with
Murshida Mariam Baker.

She is a senior teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International and
in the Mevlevi Order of America (sometimes called “Whirling
Dervishes”). This is about experience rather than beliefs. Keep
your beliefs, no new ones required. Come and dance with us for
a heart opening experience."

Circle Dances, with sacred chants from around the world, honoring indigenous people and all spiritual traditions, with Murshida Mariam Baker, a senior Sufi Teacher and Wise Woman.

Take hands with us in the circle, for peace and harmony in the world, affirming our unity and heart connection. Simple dances, no experience necessary. Friday night at the Wesley center on campus next to the Duck Store. Everyone welcome, from any spiritual tradition or none, and all races and sexual orientation welcome.

Only $5.00 for students (no one turned away for lack of funds!) one for Friday night and one for a dance and possible hike, weather permitting, on Saturday.

Hope to see you there!

Friday night Feb 25th, 7:30 - 9:30 PM! Wesley Center ~ 1236 Kincaid St.
This event is being coordinated by a Graduate Student in Special Education.

The Insurgent stands in solidarity with efforts to Celebrate Multiculturalism.

Fascists, Neo-Nazis In Eugene Get Out

The disbanded 'Pacifica Forum' have begun reorienting themselves with other hate activities and there are rumors of a Volksfront chapter starting.

The latest information is below:
Jimmy Marr: Member, National Socialist Movement (NSM- formerly American Nazi Party). Seen frequenting the Wandering Goat Cafe.

Four Neo-Nazis reported driving a pickup through the Whiteaker, in brown uniforms with swastikas and shouting racist slogans.

Barry Sommers: trying to host an 'Islam 101' course at the University of Oregon- a deeply racist and mis-informative course Sommers is not teaching as a faculty member, he is trying to reserve rooms and make open lectures. He made an earlier attempt at Lane Community College and was rejected.

Billy Rojas: hosting a 'information table' with Sommers, their literature is full of bigotry and thir premise is that all of Islam is a violent religion. This table was at the saturday market, during the on-season.

Other reports:
Released from prison, a Volksfront member is allegedly trying to form a chapter in Springfield, OR.

The Insurgent stands in solidarity with efforts to defend a community and drive out White Supremacists/Neo-Nazis. We don't need bigotry, we need solidarity.

To report white supremacist activity in the region of Lane County- email:

EGYPT: Mubarak Resigns

President Mubarak has resigned!!! Power is with the people and government administration in the hands of military. The people are in the streets celebrating. This is a victory of the and a non-violent movement.

We all watch to see if the military will act in a just way and return power to the people.

The Insurgent stands in solidarity with the people pf Egypt in efforts towards self determination!

Eugene: CLDC and Cultural forum shows END:CIV

Eugene's Civil Liberties Defense Center and the student Cultural Forum sponsored a showing of END:CIV a SubMedia Production.

The movie, leaning heavily on Anarcho-Primitivist ideology and ethics is a must see. Featuring several premises of Derrik Jensen, noted author of the 'End Game' books. The Movie follows four of Jensen's premises. This is the most profound critique of civilization to date.

The movie was followed by a panel discussion with John Zerzan- local primitivist & radio host. Jeff Leurs- recently freed political prisoner and Frank Lopez- host of the 'Stimula7or' and a member of the SubMedia collective who produced END:CIV.

What follows is answers to questions from the panel:

"There are projects involved in restoring clearcuts, as if we know what we're doing, but they are dependent on the government, which changes".-Leurs

"We normalize the idea to waif for heros, we must be the heros"

"We Don't have the power to destroy civilization, civilization is destroying us"

"How do we build a movement and a system that will sustain us? We need more localized communities."-Lopez

"We are living off the backs of the third world"-

"We let destruction happen- just to watch our TV"-Lopez

"We aren't able to feed ourselves. Yet we have our forgone conclusion of having energy, this situation we are in is astoundingly crazy, we need to 're-skill' ourselves"-Zerzan

"We can view this in a privileged way, but the industrial world will die"

Egypt: Protests shoe-ing the way & Military set to make pronouncement

In Egypt, the protests with hundreds of thousands is a movement of the people. The military of Egypt is unclear, stating that they will not fire on protesters, but they are not necessarily supporting them either. The military announced they will make a statement Friday, meanwhile it has begun working on a 'communiqué #1' and announced a state of permanent alert, this may signal a coup or the beginning of the military about to put down the protesters. The people remain unswayed in their call to unseat Mubarak.

"Protesters, streaming into Cairo's central Tahrir Square on Friday, have stepped up calls for the army to intervene against Mubarak, a former air force commander and one of its own.

The role of the military is seen as key in the outcome of the crisis.

An Egyptian army officer who has joined the protesters said 15 other middle-ranking officers had also gone over to the demonstrators.

"The armed forces' solidarity movement with the people has begun," Major Ahmed Ali Shouman told Reuters news agency on Friday. "Our goals and the people's are one."

Shouman said the officers would address the crowd after Friday midday prayers.

The army, sent onto the streets after police withdrew following their failure to crush protesters on January 28, has promised not to fire on demonstrators."- AlJazeera

"History may later decide that the army's lack of faith in Mubarak effectively lost his presidency after three decades of dictatorship, secret police torture and government corruption. Confronted by even greater demonstrations on the streets of Egypt today, even the army could not guarantee the safety of the nation. Yet for Mubarak's opponents, today will not be a day of joy and rejoicing and victory but a potential bloodbath."-FPIF

"Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down Thursday, saying in a nationally televised speech that he would hand authority to his vice president in a move that enraged and bewildered hundreds of thousands of protesters packed into Cairo's Tahrir Square."-LA Times

"To the horror of Egyptians and the world, President Hosni Mubarak – haggard and apparently disoriented – appeared on state television last night to refuse every demand of his opponents by staying in power for at least another five months. The Egyptian army, which had already initiated a virtual coup d'état, was nonplussed by the President's speech which had been widely advertised – by both his friends and his enemies – as a farewell address after 30 years of dictatorship. The vast crowds in Tahrir Square were almost insane with anger and resentment.

Even as Mubarak was still speaking, the millions in Tahrir Square roared their anger and fury and disbelief. Of course, the millions of courageous Egyptians who fought the whole apparatus of state security run by Mubarak should have been the victors. But as yesterday afternoon's events proved all too clearly, it was the senior generals – who enjoy the luxury of hotel chains, shopping malls, real estate and banking concessions from the same corrupt regime – who permitted Mubarak to survive. At an ominous meeting of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Defence Minister Mohamed Tantawi – one of Mubarak's closest friends – agreed to meet the demands of the millions of democracy protesters, without stating that the regime would itself be dissolved. Mubarak himself, commander-in-chief of the army, was not permitted to attend."-FPIF

Many movement members are showing the bottoms of their shoes to Mubarak, a sign of disrespect. The Student Insurgent wonders wow long before Mubarak falls? In Solidarity with the Egyptian People.

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Buffalo Bans Fracking in Groundbreaking Vote

In a definitive vote, the Buffalo City Council voted to ban fracking- a move which will then not pollute local drinking water. It is odd that not doing something horrible, seems like a great victory.

"Citizens and clean water advocates heralded the Buffalo Common Council’s move to become the first city in New York State—and the second major city nationwide—to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The Common Council passed “Buffalo's Community Protection from Natural Gas Extraction Ordinance” today by a 9-0 vote, following months of citizen lobbying by Frack Action Buffalo, a local grassroots group."-US IndyMedia

"(BUFFALO, NY)—Citizens and clean water advocates heralded the Buffalo Common Council’s move to become the first city in New York State—and the second major city nationwide—to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The Common Council passed “Buffalo's Community Protection from Natural Gas Extraction Ordinance” today by a 9-0 vote, following months of citizen lobbying by Frack Action Buffalo, a local grassroots group.

At a a press conference following the vote, victims of fracking in New York joined Buffalo Common Coucilmembers and former New York State Senator Antoine Thompson in praising the ban. Thompson was the sponsor of the statewide moratorium on fracking passed in August.
Buffalo, which sits atop areas of the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations, follows in the footsteps of Pittsburgh, PA, which passed a similar ban in November 2010. The Buffalo law prohibits drillers from fracking for gas in Buffalo, and bars the disposal of drilling wastewater or other production wastes within city limits.

The inclusion of drilling wastes sets the Buffalo legislation apart from Pittsburgh's, and zeroes in on what has proved a contentious issue for the gas industry in Pennsylvania: what to do with the millions of gallons of wastewater generated by the process, which can contain carcinogens, volatile organic compounds, and even radioactive material. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection came under fire last month when the Associated Press reported that the DEP authorized the discharge of at least 3.6 million barrels of fracking wastewater into rivers and streams across the state with minimal to no treatment. According to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation documents, wastewater from vertical fracking wells in New York has already been accepted by Buffalo water treatment facilities.

The Buffalo ordinance was drafted by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, with additional aid from the Community Environmental Defense Council. Frack Action Buffalo gathered 1,650 signatures in support of the ordinance over several months.

The bill's sponsor, Buffalo Common Councilmember Joseph Golombek (D) told the Buffalo News, "When it comes to the safety of our residents and protecting our environment, we do have a responsibility."

“Buffalo is leading the way,” said Rita Yelda, a student at Buffalo State and Organizer with Frack Action Buffalo. “And we urge other cities and towns to pass similar bans. We want to tell Albany: we will stand up in defense of our communities if you will not."

“The gas industry has shown us again and again that fracking cannot be done safely, and that there is no good answer for what to do with the massive quantities of highly-toxic wastewater created in the process. In passing this ban, the City of Buffalo sent a message to cities and towns across New York that the threat posed by fracking is real, and that nothing short of a ban will protect us,” said Claire Sandberg, Campaign Director of Frack Action.

In December, former Governor David Paterson signed an Executive Order imposing a timeout on high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing until June. Executive Order #41 bars new horizontal drilling in New York and called for a revised draft of the heavily-critized draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS). The Executive Order followed two landslide bipartisan votes by the Senate and Assembly in support a moratorium. Environmental groups praised Paterson for imposing the nation's first statewide moratorium on fracking, but criticized the Order for failing to include vertical gas wells, which are already in use in Western NY. A revised dSGEIS will be released on or around on or around June 1, 2011, and be followed by a new round of public comment.

Fracking is unregulated at the federal due to exemptions in federal environmental laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, and Clean Air Act."-Frack Off SN

The Student Insurgent stands in Solidarity with the people of Buffalo, NY who have protected an incredible resource.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Communique:Banner Drop in Solidarity with the Egyptian Revolution

There is an ad on the wall of a bus in Dublin it reads: Egypt- Where
it all begins.
Yesterday, Eugene’s Black Tea Society dropped a banner, in a token
gesture of support for the Egyptian Revolution , and in Solidarity
with our Comrades in the Mankato Area Activist Collective (to see
their action go to: ).
We unequivocally support the Egyptian People’s right to self-determination.
We defy all attempts to demonize their revolution, and we denounce any
attempts to suppress it.
We are all holding our breath. Will the rebel spark which ignites a
great American conflagration come from the land of the Pharaohs? Only
time will tell.

Black Tea Society

The Insurgent Stands in Solidarity the BTS and with all of Egypt's protests (that's why we have so many stories on them). Self determination for all.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

university of Oregon: Future of Food Conference

Food, being one the most essential inputs for our bodies, should concern us all. This is a conference worth attending!

Food Justice explores the history and future of our food system with a focus on three themes: community, equity and sustainability.


FRIDAY,February 18, 2011
(Pre-Conference Events)1:00-4:00 pm
Gerlinger LoungeGraduate Student Symposium

5:00-6:30 pm
Many Nations Longhouse
Staged Reading: Salmon is Everything
Composed by Professor Theresa J. May in collaboration with The Klamath Theater Project

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Opening Plenary: Frederick L. Kirschenmann
4:00-6:00 pm, Knight Law Center, Room 175

Overflow Room:
Knight Law Center, Room 110

Sunday, February 20, 20119:00 am-3:00 pm
LaVerne Krause GalleryFOOD: An Art Exhibition

9:00-10:30 am
Knight Law Center,
Room 175Keynote Dialogue: Food System Futures
Timothy S. Griffin, Associate Professor & Director of Agriculture, Food & the Environment, Tufts University
Amy Bentley, Associate Professor of Food Studies, New York University
Moderator: Lindsay Naylor, University of Oregon
10:45 am-12:15 pm
Knight Law Center,
Room 175 Session A: Food Justice in Theory & Practice (part one)
Christopher Bacon, "Food sovereignty, fair trade & food justice"
Megan Carney, "Food empowerment: Latin citizenship & the lack of food sovereignty in Santa Barbara"
David Goldstein, "Eating right in the age of relation"
Moderator: Alexander B. Murphy, University of Oregon
Respondent: Jessica Chanay, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
10:45 am-12:15 pm
Knight Law Center,
Room 110 Session B: Local Agriculture / Food Community
Patricia Allen, “Locating justice: The role of localization in sustainable food systems”
Gail Feenstra, “Farm to school: Connecting local agriculture to community food security”
Janet Fiskio, “The new agrarianism: Rethinking place, migration and citizenship”
Moderator: Dalton Hobbs, Oregon Department of Agriculture
Respondent: Geraldine Moreno, University of Oregon & Oregon Research Institute
12:30-2:00 pm
Lunch Break

2:00-3:30 pm
Knight Law Center,
Room 175 Session C: Food Justice in Theory & Practice (part two)
Sarah Cantril, Jorge Navarro & Margarito Palacios,"The justice of eating" (Translator: Analisa Taylor, University of Oregon)
Stephen Wooten & Emily Smith, “Gardening for one and all: From Mali to Idaho to Oregon"
Moderator: Ted Toadvine, University of Oregon
Respondent: Tom Lively, Organically Grown Company
2:00-3:30 pm
Knight Law Center,
Room 110 Session D: GMOs—Perspectives from Law & Literature
Keith Aoki, “Pastures of peonage, or paying for poor people’s knowledge?”
Anne-Lise François, “ 'Had we world enough, and time' ”: Diurnal rhythms, off-beats & terminator genes"
Louise Westling, “Two visions of food security & justice in Octavia Butler’s fiction”
Moderator: Mary Jaeger, University of Oregon
Respondent: Debra Lippoldt, Growing Gardens
4:00-5:30 pm
Knight Law Center,
Room 175

Overflow Room:
Knight Law Center, Room 110
Keynote Panel: Sustainable Agriculture & Emerging Research in Plant Genetics
Charles Benbrook, "True progress and false promises: Separating the wheat from the biotech chaff" Ignacio Chapela, “Genetic engineering’s new clothes: Can we coexist with ‘synthetic biology’?” Stephen S. Jones, "Kicking the commodity habit: The re-decentralization of grain growing" David Cleveland, "Transgenic crop varieties: Eliminating hunger...or eliminating farmers?" Moderator: Alan Dickman, University of Oregon

Monday, February 21, 20119:00 am-3:00 pm
EMU, 1st Floor Lobby Food Fair & Conference Exhibition Hall

9:00 am-3:00 pm
LaVerne Krause GalleryFOOD: An Art Exhibition

9:00-10:00 am
EMU, Ballroom Keynote Discussion: Gastronomica at Ten Years
Darra Goldstein, Founding Editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food & Culture and Professor of Russian, Williams College
Moderator: Amy L. Tigner, University of Texas, Arlington
10:15–11:45 am
EMU, BallroomKeynote Roundtable: Food Justice & Farm Advocacy in the U.S.
Rachel Bristol, Chief Executive Officer, Oregon Food Bank
Deb Johnson-Shelton, President, Lane County Food Policy Council
Young Kim, Executive Director, Fondy Food Center, Milwaukee
Tammy Morales, Principal,Urban Food Link
Chris Schreiner, Executive Director, Oregon Tilth
Cynthia Torres, Director, Colorado Farmers Market Association
Moderator: Naomi Starkman, Co-Founder & Editor,
12:00-1:00 pmLunch Break
1:15-2:45 pm
EMU, Fir RoomSession E: First Foods & Tribal Fisheries
Judy BlueHorse Skelton, "Re-indigenizing the urban landscape"
Les Brown & Jon Matthews, "Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit, or ‘Spirit of the salmon’"
Teara Farrow-Ferman, "First foods"
Moderator: Theresa J. May, University of Oregon
1:15-2:45 pm
EMU, Gumwood Room
Session F: New Media & Food Activism
Leslie Hatfield & Naomi Starkman, "Digitally cultivating food justice"
Megan Ferhman, "The role of social networking and online tools in statewide organizing"
Moderator: Michelle Branch, University of California, Berkeley
1:15-2:45 pm
EMU, Ben Linder RoomSession G: Cultivating Oregon's Agriculture
Harry MacCormack, Lynne Fessenden & Dan Armstrong, “Ten Rivers Foodweb and the Southern Willamette Valley Bean & Grain Project”
Anthony Boutard, "Reintegrating grain, legume & sugar production into the market farm"
Will Newman II, “Rebuilding agriculture from the ground up: Sustainable agriculture in theory & practice”
Moderator: Jennifer Burns Levin, University of Oregon
Respondent: Joe Softich, Catholic Community Services of Lane County
3:00-4:30 pm
EMU, Ben Linder RoomSession H: Urban Farms, Micro-Ranches & Greenhorns
Sarah Brown & Conner Voss, “Working to farm: Our path of enriching resistance”
Mary Wood, "Micro-livestock and the urban homestead: Bringing meat and dairy to the neighborhood."
Severine von Tscharner Fleming, “Greenhorns”
Moderator: Galen Martin, University of Oregon
Respondent: Jennifer Burns Levin, University of Oregon
3:00-4:30 pm
EMU, Gumwood Room Session I: Global Food Routes—Past & Present
Amy L. Tigner, “From cacao to chocolate: History, culture, & ethics”
Susan Stonich & Sara E. Alexander, “Maya, buccaneers & tourists: Challenges to food security & food sovereignty in Belize"
Daniel Buck, "Rising China: Restructuring Asian and Global Foodways"
Moderator: Claire Bowen, Dickinson College
3:00-4:30 pm
EMU, Fir RoomSession J: Eugene's Food & Agriculture Future
Bob Parker (UO Community Service Center), Mike McKenzie-Bahr (Lane County), Ethan Nelson (City of Eugene), Nancy Toth (EWEB) “Scoping Eugene’s Food Security”
Kara Smith, FOOD for Lane County, "Addressing Food Access"
Moderator: Beth Naylor, Lane County Community College
Respondent: Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy
5:30-7:00 pm
(Doors open at 5 pm)
EMU, Ballroom

Closing Plenary: Vandana Shiva
Free tickets have been distributed; The plenary will be simulcast in the EMU Fir Room and Lawrence Hall, Room 177.
Dr. Vandana Shiva,"Food & seed sovereignty: Creating a people’s food system"
Introduction: University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere
Respondent: Andy Fisher, Community Food Security Coalition

Conference welcome
Allison Carruth & Margaret Hallock, Conference Conveners
Rob Handy, Lane County Commissioner
Pete Sorenson, Lane County Commissioner
Plenary address
Frederick L. Kirschenmann, “Food security in a changing world: Expanding the vision of sustainable agriculture”
Introduction: Ed King, CEO & Founder, King Estate Winery
Respondent: Anita Azarenko, Head of Horticulture Department, OSU

Speakers Include:

Vandana Shiva
Frederick L. Kirschenmann

Darra Goldstein
Charles Benbrook
Amy Bentley
Ignacio Chapela
David Cleveland
Timothy Griffin
Natalie Jeremijenko
Stephen Jones

Panelists & Respondents
Sara Alexander
Patricia Allen
Keith Aoki
Dan Armstrong
Anita Azarenko
Christopher Bacon
Judy BlueHorse Skelton
Anthony Boutard
Claire Bowen
Michelle Branch
Les Brown
Sarah Brown
Rachel Bristol
Daniel Buck
Sarah Cantril
Megan Carney
Allison Carruth
Gail Feenstra
Megan Fehrman
Lynne Fessenden
Andy Fisher
Janet Fiskio
Anne-Lise François
David Goldstein
Rob Handy
Leslie Hatfield

Deb Johnson-Shelton
Young Kim
Jennifer Burns Levin
Tom Lively
Harry MacCormack
Jon Matthews
Theresa May
Mike McKenzie-Bahr
Tammy Morales
Geraldine Moreno
Jorge Navarro
Ethan Nelson
Will Newman
Kitty Piercy
Eric Quaempts
Chris Schreiner
Emily Smith
Kara Smith
Naomi Starkman
Susan Stonich
Amy L. Tigner
Severine von Tscharner Fleming
Cynthia Torres
Nancy Toth
Conner Voss
Louise Westling
Mary Wood
Stephen Wooten

The Insurgent supports the search of knowledge to empower one to have a healthy body and a sustained earth, so that our generations of descendants will have the nourishment we share today.

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Campus Event: The Anatomy of Hate - a Dialogue for Hope

Please try to attend the session that works for you. The film is presented by Cultural Forum and Sponsored by the division of Student Affairs.

Please pass information about showings

all screenings free:

A. staff only
* Thursday Feb. 17th 7 pm to 10 pm EMU Fir Room followed by discussion and Q&A with director Mike Ramsdell
* Friday Feb. 18th 1 pm to 4 pm EMU Ballroom followed by discussion and Q&A with director Mike Ramsdell

B. students only
* Friday Feb. 18th 6 pm to 9 pm PLC 180
followed by discussion and Q&A with director Mike Ramsdell

C. everyone
* Saturday Feb. 19th 2 pm to 5 pm Lawerence 115 followed by discussion and Q&A with director Mike Ramsdell on how to make 8 documentary

Presented by Cultural Forum
Sponsored by the division of Student Affairs

This event is likely to be a reformist message, but may have some valuable insights.

Meeting to Stop the Korea FTA

A meeting to oppose the Korean Free Trade Agreement- which will hurt both Korea and the United States, allowing the export of relatively ethical jobs from the US and transformed to oppressive non-market competitive employment situations in Korea. This purposal mirrors NAFTA and CAFTA, both of which destroy stable US jobs and disrupt international markets, expanding only the modes of exploitation.

When: 5:30pm, Thur, Feb. 10 - THIS IS A WEEKLY MEETING TIME
Where: AFSCME Bldg. at 7th & Charnelton
Anyone with the intention of helping to stop the Korea FTA is welcome. This meeting is not sponsored or organized by any particular group, but rather initiated by concerned individuals gathering to plan next steps as this 'free trade' agreement (FTA). Folks in Portland and elsewhere are also gathering to plan stuff there.

Agenda will consist of picking up where we left off last meeting, and there has been progress made. Anyone is welcome to propose a new agenda item, with the consent of the rest of the group in attendance.

News: Wyden's office - his labor advisor in Portland is coming to Eugene to meet with folks.

To stop the Korea FTA and other bad trade deals.

Because of the failure of NAFTA and CAFTA, the Student Insurgent stands in solidarity will all resistance movements to oppose this economic injustice.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cominique from: Physicians for a National Health Program

Physicians for a National Health Program are coming to Eugene-Springfield.
When: Monday February 14th 6-8 pm (March to event starts 5 pm meet 7th & Pearl)
Where: University of Oregon, 177 Lawrence Hall
Why: Universal healthcare.

Doctors and nurses across the nation have joined the movement for a national health program. In September 2009 five of them from Oregon and Washington caravanned across the United States as the MadAsHellDoctors, generating 40 rallies in 26 cities including Washington DC. In September 2010 they toured the length of California and took part in 26 rallies. The doctors met with thousands of Americans at these rallies who clearly expressed their sorrow and anger about our healthcare system and expressed approval for a publicly managed, privately delivered national health program, sometimes called Medicare for All or single payer plan. Now they’ve begun their Oregon tour.

Sponsors: U of O Psychology Honor Society, Physicians for National Health Program- Oregon Chapter, Health Care for All- Oregon, Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network, Lane branch- Industrial Workers of the World

5-6 pm: March to campus from Old Federal Building at 7th & Pearl, music
6-8 pm: Open with Music by Scott Fife, “American Single Payer Blues”
Testimonies of physicians, Short videos, Audience participation, Question and Answer, More music

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Student Insurgent believes that all freedom are predicated on being alive, defending one's health is a necessary project. The Student Insurgent therefore Stands in solidarity with efforts to provide medical treatment for all people.

US Forest Service to sell off public campgrounds in Oregon

"The Forest Service has proposed to privatize management of Bagby Hot Springs and 27 campgrounds in Mt. Hood National Forest. These 27 remote and beautiful campgrounds represent the last remaining publicly managed campgrounds in Mt. Hood National Forest. Babgy Hot Springs is the only free hot spring in the area and is one of our region's gems. Under this proposal, for-profit companies will manage and profit from our favorite places to relax.

Let the Forest Service know what you think about private, for-profit management of these sites! A complete list of the sites is below. If you have ever camped at any of these campgrounds and don't want to see them run by for profit companies, tell the Forest Service what is special about that campground and why it should not be privitized." -Portland IndyMedia

The Student Insurgent renounces these sell-offs of private land, which will follow with exploitation as they will ensure surrounding forests will go unobserved. The Student Insurgent values natural areas and believes in protection of wild areas, therefore we encourage comment and commitment to action in defense of our wild areas.

Comments can be bade here:

Badger Lake Campground
Bagby Campground
Bagby Hot Springs
Barlow Creek Campground
Barlow Crossing Campground
Big Eddy Day-Use Area
Black Lake Campground
Bonney Crossing Campground
Bonney Meadows Campground
Camp Cody Cabins
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The latest of the Egypt uprising

Egypt official reports 77 deaths from government murders, the Human Right's Watch reports over 297 deaths. The protests are not limited to Egypt, solidarity protests are popping up all over the middle east and even cities across the United State. Sparked by successes in Tunisia, uprisings seem to be even spreading, meanwhile independently other resistance movements are gathering as far away as Nepal. These movements are expressions of human rights and notable in Egypt is the women's contribution- not mere support roles, women are in some places leading the protests. Far and wide the world is challenging itself. many governments are clamping down on these uprisings, trembling with the notion that fear may not crush their populations in submissiveness.

"Egyptian Organization for Human Rights activist Ghada Shahbandar estimates that the crowd in downtown Cairo is up to 20 percent female. Others have put the number much higher, at 50 percent... In another part of the square, a young Egyptian woman in a bright pink headscarf put Nancy Sinatra to shame as she led a call and response that boomed, “What does Mubarak want anyways? All Egyptians to kiss his feet? No Mubarak! We will not! Tomorrow we’ll trample you with our shoes!” And although “the bravest girl in Egypt,” according to the title of the YouTube video of her action, stands out with her brightly colored ensemble and resounding voice, she is not the only girl in Egypt taking a stand against a paternalistic regime in a patriarchal society."-FPIF

But some fear the possibility of meaningful democratic reform has passed "democratic window has probably already closed," writes Joshua Stacher.

"If those guiding the transition choose to direct it toward a democratic end, then it will have to include forces that are currently banned in the country, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, and individuals who have been tortured or imprisoned, such as Ayman Nour. It will have to include the youth elements from the street organizing committees as well as the irrelevant figures that head the country's existing opposition parties. Managing such a transition from dictatorship to democracy is a massive challenge even in the best of times. The leader of the transition will therefore determine whether it results in a genuine democracy or continuous authoritarian rule. If that person is General Omar Suleiman, who was sworn in as vice president on January 30, the prospects for democracy are grim...

The protesters have been given an ambiguous choice about this transition. Go home and -- perhaps -- be invited to the negotiating table later, or continue protesting and be excluded from Suleiman's negotiations. Some independent figures, such as Amr Moussa and Nabil Fahmy, have broken ranks with the protesters and met with Suleiman. Given that many of these individuals held previous appointments in Mubarak's Egypt, protesters will likely be skeptical of their intentions as agents of change."-Philip Weiss

While the situation looks bleak, the Egyptian government did release the captured Google exec and he gave speeches in Tahrir, which is notable only as a encouraging footnote in a increasingly bleak government crackdown.

"The crowd swelled as the 15th day of protests progressed. A second front sprouted as several hundred protesters filled the city block where Egypt's parliament building stands.
Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who was seized January 28 and released Monday, may be emerging as a face for Egypt's uprising. After a television interview that inspired protesters, Ghonim spoke from a makeshift stage Tuesday in Tahrir Square."-CNN

The heroism belongs to the protesters, the success in all forms tangible, structural or symbolic belong to the people who's movement has made the situation what it is today. Those who have died, suffered, been beaten and harassed- these are the heros. The amazing story of protest is what is scaring the governments in the region.

"Governments in the Arab world have violently dispersed demonstrations apparently inspired by or in solidarity with Egypt's democracy protesters and have detained some of the organizers, Human Rights Watch said today.

The security forces' clampdown is part and parcel of regular prohibitions on public gatherings in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, the West Bank, and Yemen. These governments curtail free expression and assembly despite the fact that almost all of the region's countries have signed international agreements protecting both rights, Human Rights Watch said.

Mentioned earlier was the gendered element of struggle, which is important and the justification of other global protests. "Although some might write off their efforts as the exception or else aestheticize them beyond any real import, Egyptian women have decided to take back their streets. They have proven that they are as much a part of the protests as the men who once made them wary to step into public."- FPIF

This transition causes fear among governments and this fact alone should inspire people everywhere. Yet governments will not step aside, for power will not hand itself over, it must wrested from the unyielding hands who hold it now.

"There is no doubt that the post-Mubarak era is afoot, but it is not necessarily a democratic one. The Egyptian military leaders that are governing the country seem content to leave Mubarak in his place so Suleiman can act as the sitting president. Indeed, even leading government officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have begun to direct their concerns to Suleiman's office. Hence, as the protesters in Tahrir Square -- and the non-protesters facing empty refrigerators and wallets at home -- have begun to feel the state's squeeze, the regime has so far maintained its ability to control how the conflict is unfolding.

When the uprising began in Egypt, many linked the events in Tunis and Cairo and declared that 2011 might be the Arab world's 1989. Instead, 2011 is showing just how durable and adaptable the authoritarian regimes of the Arab world truly are. Faced with real challenges and moments of potential breakdown, Egypt's military did not hesitate or even break a sweat"-Weiss.

"Images of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have mesmerized the Arab public but have terrified their rulers," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "They have responded with their usual mix of repression and intimidation to nip the buds of any wider democratic blossoming."-HRW

Meanwhile in other corners of the globe a different human right's struggle is ocurring-

"Nepal is a small land-locked country where communist revolution is changing everything. People are rising up against kings, castes and imperialism. Women are rising to lead. The revolution is related to the revolution unfolding in India.

In the first half of 2010, two revolutionary journalists, Eric Ribellarsi and Jed Brandt of the Kasama Project traveled to Nepal to report on these events. Their presentation will tell the story of this revolution, the current situation in Nepal, and feature video and photography from their journey."- Portland IndyMedia

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The uprisings, resistance and growing movements are a sign that the Panopticon is merely a glass window of fear, one we can shatter. The real question is is we have the guts to walk through the open window? The Students Insurgent stands in solidarity with the resistance movements of the world, in taking the steps which will lead to freedom and human rights.


Philip Weiss, Feb 07, 2011, 'Window of democracy has likely already shut (and Hillary knocks at Suleiman’s door)'

News from Egypt: A rough position. Students begin Discussion.

"Last night they sang 'We Shall Overcome' in the square at Tahrir" reports one Egyptian movement member. The hope of negotiations by the Mubarak regime are tainted by the reports of government violence, but movement remains dedicated. Meanwhile the Students at Arab Student Union are hosting a discussion at the University of Oregon.

THe Discussion's information is here:

This week the Arab Student Union is hosting a panel discussion led by UO Faculty and Grad students about the current uprisings and revolutions in parts of the Arab World, and we wanted to know if you could forward this announcement to your students/constituents. It will be held in 125 McKenzie Hall at 6pm, this Thursday, February 10th. Countries discussed will include Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt. Come with questions. [Attached is the flier for the event] Thank you.

Mohamed Jemmali - Tunisia
Arabic Instructor

Amel Benhassine-Miller - Algeria
Graduate Student Romance Languages

Hanan Ahmad - Egypt
Arabic Professor

Michael Allan - Egypt
Professor of Comparative Literature

The situation in Egypt remains unstable and the government seems to be heading towards a crackdown. There exists a serious potential for the government to retain power and return with even greater repression if the people do not seize power completely.

"The Egyptian military has rounded up scores of human rights activists, protest organizers and journalists in recent days without formal charges, according to watchdog groups and accounts by the detainees. While most arrests have been brief — lasting fewer than 24 hours — experts say they're a sign that the regime's notorious tradition of extrajudicial detentions is continuing even as Mubarak appears to be on his way out of power.

Arbitrary arrests by police forces are among Egyptians' bitterest and longest running complaints against their government, which gives security services sweeping powers under a state of emergency that's been in place almost nonstop since 1967.

The perpetrators of the latest arrests, however, are Egyptian army soldiers, deployed on the streets for the first time in more than two decades after the police all but disappeared following clashes with protesters on Jan. 25. The man most likely to lead the transition to a post-Mubarak era, Vice President Omar Suleiman, is Mubarak's longtime intelligence chief."-McClatchy

There are signs that the movement will not give in before accomplishing gains. "The protesters in Tahrir Square say they won't let up until Mubarak leaves...Tahrir Square wants Mubarak to go as soon as possible, but it also wants the dismantling of his regime," actor Khalid Abdalla, the star of the 2007 film "The Kite Runner," said Monday. "It wants the dismantling of the police state. It wants the dismantling of the emergency law. It wants the dissolution of the parliament, which was corruptly elected"- CNN.

These protests seem on the verge of simultaneous realities gains from a capitulated Mubarak regime and the brutal oppression of a full-fledged US backed dictatorship. The Insurgent Stands in solidarity the Egyptian people in demanding better conditions of life and self-determination.

These words seem as vital toady as a half century ago: "We will be able rise from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope... we will be the participants in making it so"-Rev.Dr.MLK.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

New Orleans Squat Fire

A memorial march in New Orleans for the victims of the Squat fire, which cost eight human lives and two dogs. One one frozen night. The Freeze caused the group to seek shelter inside a warehouse and they started a trash barrel fire. The barrel's bottom gave out and the whole structure became ablaze- the victims were dead from carbon monoxide poisoning before the flames took them. The Building was an abandoned New Orleans 9th ward warehouse, which had not been repaired after the storm in '06.

One of the eight, Liam O'Riely, had lived in Eugene for a year and a half and was well known to several to our editors. We will miss him dearly, there was a memorial celebration for his life.

The names of the eight:
Samuel Thompson
Melissa Martinez
Katie Simianer
Jonathan Guerrero
Jeffrey Geerts
Nicole Pack
Justin W. Lutz
Liam O'Reilly
and 2 dogs

The Student Insurgent mourns with all the families, friends and communities hurting after this disaster and hope you can find comfort.

Here is a video of a New Orleans commemorative march to honor the victims.

To read some comments from the traveling community:

The Insurgent feels this tragedy and remains appalled that shelter, is not provided everywhere to every person. The Insurgent recognized the necessity of individuals to seek shelter, especially during inclement weather and is further appalled by the abandoned buildings that are withheld from everyday people, as a basic shelter- which would practically serve the needs of every community. The student Insurgent therefore supports squatting and land seizure and stands in solidarity with the traveling community who feels this loss.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

End Civilization: A symposium

The Civil Liberties Defense Center in conjunction with noted radicals is hosting the event 'END CIV'. Which probably means this will be a meaningful and critical analysis of civilization. DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT:

Thursday, February 10 at 6:30 in the evenin'
PLC (Prince Lucien Campbell Hall), University of Oregon, Room 180

Featuring Film presentation by:
Tim Lewis

The event includes several local and historically radical speakers:
Jeff Luers- recently released, environmental/social-justice political prisoner and activist.

Frank Lopez- National radical journalist and social critic. Noted for work in 'the Stimula7or'

John Zerzan- radio host, Primitivist and radical environmental commentator.

The Student Insurgent stands in Solidarity with environmental action in defense of the earth and all critical thought leading to that point. The Insurgent STRONGLY recommends the attendance of this event.

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Thursday, February 10 at 6:30pm
PLC 180, University of Oregon

Military Recruiters attempt to bribe U of O Multicultural Center Students

Military Recruiters came in the Multicultural Center offering 'big rewards' to students of color- if they only sign up for the military. The recruiters entered a safe space offering military service. Steve Morizumi, Director of the Multicultural Center said he was surprised "They came in here offering this"!

To any who are considering military service, please read below.

A Navy officer had this to say about recruiters "Don't give them your information, if you do they will crawl up your butt and die. If you want to know about service and what you are really signing up for- go talk to a service member. You will only hear what you want to hear from a recruiter".

One Marine service member reported this (he declined to give a name in fear of retribution) "They will tell you anything you want. I was promised thousands of dollars, non-combat roles, local stationing and all those good things. They even wrote it down on the contract, in ink, right before my eyes. I didn't get any of that! The gave me base pay, sent me to Afghanistan, and threatened me with continual reassignment into 'hot combat regions. I went to them on leave and demanded what I was promised- they said look closely at the contract. There was a box and if what was promised was not in the box, it didn't count. The recruiters are a pack of liars."

The machinations of war are well funded and will do anything to perpetuate their own existence.

Service is brutal, pushing one's body to the breaking point and sometimes actually breaking. The stress one has to live with in combat roles and the pressure of deciding where people will be fighting and dying is no lite matter. The mental casualties far outweigh the actual death toll- the wounded coming home and experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to say nothing of the suicides which follow every war owing to the haunting from the atrocities of war. The suffering of the soldiers is terrible, meanwhile the civilians in a war zone face all of this and worse, making their unprepared subjection to the violence especially cruel and horrendous tolls.

The military service is a dangerous business, you may die, be ordered to kill others and is a bureaucratic nightmare. If you want to defend the freedoms of others, then you must recognize that the most basic freedom is that of life, upon which all other lesser freedoms are applied. To join the military is to validate and support the system which is the most fundamental denial of freedom- life. One may say that in an abstract, the military is defending our general freedom, but if that process is by denying other's freedom, is that really ideologically sound? If one wishes to defend freedom, oughtn't that defense be an affirmation of freedom? Shouldn't instead, the freedom be fostered by an education process which espouses the universal human rights, the understanding of cultural differences, the process that creates an understanding of the world around us. For is our solution is shoot and cause harm, that narrows the scope of information to one's immediate surroundings and makes growth extremely difficult.

To challenge this system, one need only begin at the start. Hold information which promotes truth in recruiting. Demanding that the youth of our societies are given all the information and possibilities and alternatives to military service. Colleges and High Schools are especially subject to the military recruitment. To dampen this presence, tabling in company of the military is a one small way to spread the truth. Once one understands the situation, the only way to oppose the situation is the cast it off entirely. Read a military contract, highlight all the sections that give the military permission to change the contract, terms and conditions of service and limitations of all manner of self improvements. One can only reach the conclusion that the military is a sham institution of exploitation. To follow out this logical path, simply display this truth and replace their lies with a Truth in Recruiting. Assemble a local committee to counter military recruiting and move forward to expel these violent elements from your campus, make them ineffective and challenge the assertions of their propaganda.

Service is a commendable thing, but one needs to serve a just cause and defend an actual ideological freedom, for all people. The military is not the institution for such a commitment. The Insurgent stands in solidarity, as an ally to all planetary pacifists, deserters, conscience objectors and war resistors who seek to end the violence denial of fundamental freedoms.