Friday, May 13, 2011

Corporate Ownership Of Human Life?

The Student Insurgent condemns the mainstream media. A recent story in Time Magazine was defending fracking- that process of pumping unknown chemicals into the ground to force natural gas up. The leftover sludge invariably leaks into local ground water and food. With news stories like that, the discourse is all wrong.

Being forced to defend clean drinking water is like arguing for your life with someone who has a knife to your throat. The discourse then is about justifying your life, while you are already disadvantaged and if you lose, it's your life on the line. That is not the premis for an rational discussion. Since human life requires food, water and sleep, threatening the source of water is like threatening one's life. To lose the debate on fracking is to lose a long debate that requires one to justify their own life. Such a premis is not the basis of a valid discussion, for to lose in courts, politics or elsewhere is to give up the health of human life.

Essentially we must ask ourselves, are we willing to sacrifice people and land, to meet the needs of a privileged, wealthy communities that use the fossil fuels?

If we cannot have control over our water, food or lands. If all that exists can be held by patent, where does this break down?

In a dystopian future of being owned, it will not require guns, whips of chains. It will be in control of our very blood, genes and ownership of our very makeup. I sure wouldn't want to be the supreme court justice that defends the private ownership of human life because 'all the legal precedent was leading that way'.

Monsanto's ownership and patenting of genes is likewise concerning. How long before human life is patented and owned? In a terrible experiment, one has to ask, if we continue to advance in prosthetics and nanotechnology. A doctor's obligation to save lives will require the deployment of this technology on a patient who cannot pay. When the treatment is administered, the company will demand their patented product back and the person will say "No" and the court will find that technology, which cannot be returned will require payment. After a pause, the horror will sink in for the patient, not yet recovered from near-death, a horror that their life just entered indentured servitude. As time goes on the technology will advance and the tech will be administered at birth, as a vaccination and later the population will be enslaved, not with a whip or chain, but by the mere threat that their technology will shut down. At which point we must ask, how much do we value human life.

If we continue to allow the ownership of genes, the clock is ticking until human life become the property of corporations.

The alternative is to respect the collective ownership of land, of the human body, of the necessities of nutritious food, clean water, clean air and shelter to sleep. So in summary, Why corporate media, do you not examine the extension of your argument- that the sacrifice of our wild areas is the sacrifice of our lives. Oh yeah, because you're sellouts. We cannot own others, we cannot own what we share with others, our ideas, our spaces and all the things necessary for our very survival.

The Insurgent stands in solidarity with resistance to the privatization of public goods. Solidarity Forever!

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Well, this site was down for a few days while the blogger website was doing internal repairs, or something. Meanwhile two of our last posts were deleted. Go Ducks!

Sorry for any problems or frustrations this may cause.

UPDATE:
The stories magically reappeared this afternoon. Great!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A strong Israeli Lobby.

Dear Mr. DeFazio:

As a veteran I am appalled by the long history of lawless, deceptively justified violence visited by our country both covertly and overtly upon other peoples, and visited by Israel upon the Palestinian people with our military aid and diplomatic protection. The US remains the only obstacle to justice for the robbed and brutalized, almost entirely helpless Palestinians of both the West Bank and Gaza.

I am national vice chair of the Veterans for Peace working group on Israel/Palestine, and we have drafted the following notice for distribution to our chapters nationwide to urge actions in their own communities against HR 1501, an outrageous resolution. I ask that you oppose HR 1501 vigorously.

Jack Dresser, Ph.D.
Eugene, Oregon
Behavioral Research Scientist
Political & Prevention Psychology
National Vice Chair, Israel/Palestine Working Group, Veterans for Peace
Co-director, The Al-Nakba Awareness Project

House Resolution 1501 would Provide Israel Impunity for Gaza Crimes http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=2961
In a brazen display of the political power of the Israel Lobby over US Middle East foreign policy, legislation has passed the Senate and is now pending in the House to withhold US dues to the UN indefinitely contingent on UN retraction of their Goldstone Mission report. More information is available at the above link. This is a clear effort at extortion to cover up a crime, a felony in any jurisdiction in the developed world. This represents a disgraceful capitulation by our elected leaders to the efforts of a foreign government to evade international law. Congress will be in recess next week and our representatives will be home and accessible to personal visits, demonstrations and other forms of direct communication by constituents. We urge VFP members in districts represented by House members who voted to reject the Goldstone Report to remind them that:
1. Judge Goldstone suggested that further evidence might revise only one of 36 probable war crimes documented in the report.
2. All other members of the commission stand by the report in its entirety, without qualification of any kind.
3. The UN’s McGowan-Davis follow-up committee reports no credible self-investigation by Israel.
4. The US Foreign Assistance Act prohibits foreign aid to any country with a repeated pattern of human rights abuses.
5. Israel’s inhumane blockade of Gaza includes multiple human rights abuses over four years documented by the UN and other international organizations.
6. The US Arms Export Control Act prohibits use of US-supplied weapons except for legitimate self-defense.
7. Many US weapons were used in Operation Cast Lead.
8. The cease-fire was broken by Israel on our election day in 2008, killing six Palestinians, and the retaliatory Qassam rockets launched from Gaza without explosive warheads or directional controls injured no one in Israel.
9. Israel’s subsequent attack indiscriminately killed over 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza including over 300 children and deliberately targeted the civilian police force.
10. The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits collective punishment, abuse of an occupied population, and use of disproportionate force.
11. General Petraeus has reported that unconditional US support of Israel infuriates the Muslim world and endangers our troops in the CENTCOM theater of operation.
12. This action would constitute extortion to cover up a crime.
A summary of the Goldstone Mission findings is attached in MS Word and PDF formats.
A list of US representatives rejecting the report can be found at http://blog.unwatch.org/?p=511.

Monday, May 9, 2011

May is Forest Action Month

Starting May 12th, the Survival Center is bringing you non-stop awesome, amazing, in-your-face events! You could learn how to climb trees, how to save wolves, how to organize and how to make guerrilla films! If you come to one of the benefit concerts, we will even teach you how to party!

The goal of Forest Action Month is to remind all of us that Oregon has a long proud history of it's citizens advocating for protection of it's wild places, often in opposition to the law or the powers that be. It is important for this history to be passed down, the skills relearned - Oregon's forests are still for sale and the wildlife is still under attack. Now, more than ever, we must be prepared to defend the forest and the wild places by any means necessary.

We also have started doing Food Not Bombs again! Planning meetings are every Tuesday at 2:30 in the Survival Center. We cook Fridays at noon at the Lorax Manner, 1648 Alder Street. Lunch is served at 2:00 PM in Kesey Square. If you are interested in joining us, come to a meeting or email us at survival@uoregon.edu. What is Food Not Bombs you ask? We invite you to follow this link - (http://www.foodnotbombs.net/)

Itinerary for Forest Action Month

May 12th - 30 Year History of Earth First! Blue Mountain Biodiversity Project - 6-8 pm - Ben Linder Room - Karen Coulter will be presenting on the history of one of the most effective and radical groups ever to work to protect the Earth. Learn the history of this ragtag band of earth warriors with an experienced activist. For more info about the Blue Mountain Biodiversity Project (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dDZ2_ZnrVA)

May 13-14th - Camping Trip to Mc Creedy Hot Springs! - N.E.S.T - all day - Want to take a camping trip out to McCredie Hot Springs with Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team! We will be camping, learning how to climb trees and explore the site of one the most intense forest defense campaigns in Oregon's history: Strawdevil. Please RSVP to survival@uoregon.edu - space is limited. We will provide transportation and some food, further details available to those who request. For more info on NEST (https://nestcascadia.wordpress.com/)

May 14th - Pirate Themed Party for the FOREST! Cascadia Forest Defense Fundraiser - Lorax Manner 1648 Alder Street - Starting at 8:00 PM - Fundraiser for Cascadia Forest Defense! Akbar, Ataghost, Cowboy and Idiots and Special Guests! $5 to get in, $3 if you call Seneca Jones at the party entrance and tell them to drop Trapper! For more info about the fight to save this beautiful forest - http://www.forestdefensenow.com/

May 18th - Role of Radicals in Social Movements - Portland Rising Tide - 6:30 - River Rooms - The workshop will look at the use of narrative and story by social movements for social change. Different types of narratives will be presented as will how to use story effectively and strategically in campaigns. Participants will also learn narrative power analysis and narrative approaches to social change.. For more info about Rising Tide North America (http://www.risingtidenorthamerica.org/)

May 19th - Remixing Political Videos - B Media - 6:30 - PLC 180 -
Learn about Fair Use, how to rip movies off the Internet, why to do it, and what sort of messages you can re-message once you do. Participants will come out of the workshop with knowledge of guerrilla filmmaking and how powerful of a tool it can be. For more info on the B Media Collective (http://bmediacollective.org/)

May 20th – Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team Benefit Concert with Aeon Now! + Guests – Free Skool Warehouse on 299 Garfield - $5 (ish). Celebrate earth defenders and support continued survey efforts this summer! Music, drinks, starry nights, utilitarian architecture and fire dancing!

May 24th - Wolf Wars! - Big Wildlife and Cascadia Wildlands - 6:30 - Ben Linder. We will be watching the film Lords of Nature. Following the film we will have a panel discussion with Cascadia Wildands and Big Wildlife, two activist groups that are involved in the struggle to protect these beautiful and misunderstood animals. For more info on Big Wildlife (http://www.bigwildlife.org/) or Cascadia Wildlands
(http://www.cascwild.org/)

May 25th - The Elliot State Forest - Cascadia Forest Defense and Cascadia Wildlands - 6:30 - 115 Lawrence. The Elliott State Forest is a 93,000 acre temperate rain forest near the Oregon Coast. In Summer 2009, Cascadia Forest Defense put up blockades to try to defend the forest from logging. The result was 27 people were arrested and the slaughter continues. Join Cascadia Forest Defense and Cascadia Wildlands as they discuss what is currently happening in the forest and what tactics can be used to save it. For more info on Cascadia Forest Defenders
(http://www.forestdefensenow.com/)

May 31st - Rural Organizing Workshop - 6:30 - Walnut Room - This workshop will focus on building relationships and alliances with a diverse coalition, especially between urban and rural communities. We will look at examples of campaigns in rural Oregon, successes, challenges, and failures. The workshop will encompass forest defense, but will be applicable to a broad range of issues. For more info about the Rural Organizing Project - (http://www.rop.org/)

The Survival Center is an umbrella organization for social and environmental change. We empower activists on campus and in the community to create radical change.

Forest Action Month is cosponsored by the Climate Justice League, Students Against Empire, the Multicultural Center, Bad Egg Books, The Student Insurgent, International Socialist Organization (Eugene Branch) and the Student Sustainability Center.

If you would like to contact us, whether for media concerns, questions or to RSVP for the NEST camping trip, please contact survival@uoregon.edu.

If you made it through this entire email maybe you really love the Survival Center. Did you know that we are currently hiring co-directors for next year? That's right, you could be setting up amazing events, be an even more awesome organizer and get paid an insultingly small amount for all of the work you are going to do. Applications are available in our office, located in EMU Suite 1 (the bottom floor of the EMU, in between the Craft Center and the Non-Traditional Student Union) Hope to see you all soon!

Love,
The Survival Center

The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders. - Edward Abbey

Omar Offendum to speak on Arabic Poetry at UO

Omar Offendum, Hip-Hop Artist will speak at the University of Oregon.

"Born in the KSA, raised in the USA, harassed by the TSA"

Offendum is a rising star and a political artist. His background is as a bilingual performer, rapping and reciting poetry in English and Arabic. His songs are engaging, drawing on themes of empowerment and historical struggle. Calling on his audiences to "learn from a rich history", of poetry, language and art.

Monday, May 8th, 2011, in the Ben Linder room.

The presentation will be on the influence of Arabic poetry on Offedum's songs.

The Student Insurgent strongly encourages attendance at this event, both to show solidarity with political artists and to learn about our own influences. His work is acclaimed, but kept underground, because no record label to will take his name- it is up to each of us to support real efforts towards a more conscious future.