Archive for July, 2009

Joe Anybody trailer for “Videos from the Front-Lines” on 8.15

July 30, 2009

I finished the trailer for my video on August 15 at The Portland Art Museum (miller galery)

The trailer is about 3 minutes long and is on YouTube here:

Cascadia to Caracas – Joe Anybody video’s from the front-lines

July 28, 2009


pdxVenezuela Delegation is …. a local group of 10 people, of which two are Veterans. All are part of a delegation which will be partaking in a planned “Winter Soldier” event in Caracas Venezuela.

The Portland delegation will all be at this event to meet everyone, and introduce them selves.

This fundraiser (EVENT) is at The Portland Art Museum and we will be showing a 70 minute video of local anti war protests, Iraq Body count flag display, military resisting, Impeachment vigils, Code Pink & Grannies’ protesting, as well as citizens speaking to power in public.

Our peace and media delegation is working under Portland’s PCASC umbrella and this event is a “fundraiser”

Join us on August 15 at (the exact time is still being discussed) at the Portland Art Museum Mark Building at 1119 SW Park avenue. (Miller Gallery)

The fundraiser will have speakers from the Evergreen College Venezuela Delegation. This event will be a showing of Joe Anybody’s videos from the front-lines.

Joe (who is also a delegate) is an independent media videographer from Portland who has been documenting the anti-war, peace and justice movement in the Cascadia region for the last few years.

The video (clips) in this event are, inspiring, documenting, showcasing war resisting, protesting, and even some footage of Joe filming the police who seem to always meet the activists on the front-lines of the protest movements. These are exciting and emotional clips.

The peace and media delegation “pdxVenezuela” will be traveling to Venezuela on September 3rd for 10 days. We are looking to the community to help support our delegation how ever they can, and we are inviting them to our event to celebrate.

This event is a “donations accepted”
No one will be turned away – everyone welcome
(RSVP will help us gage the attendance an the room setup)

This is our last get together before the delegation leaves in September…

Portland Central American Solidarity Committee Present Brian Willson Vietnam Vet and Peace Activist

July 25, 2009

Introduction to PCASC with Megan Hise, mobilizer extraordonaire, followed by Benji Lewis, Iraq Veteran war resisting marine, and Daniel Shea, Vietnam Vet — MC.

Brian Willson, Vietnam Vet, talks of the awakening of his conscience in the midst of slaughter in Vietnam.

Tonight at 7Pm = Brian Willson Speaks

July 23, 2009

Tonights event is located at the First Unitarian Church

(1211 SW Main St. Portland)
       Main Street Sanctuary

This is a fundraiser $ 10 – 20 suggested price 

(no one turned away for lack of funds)

Venezuelan National Assembly Discusses Limits to Concentration of Media Ownership

July 14, 2009

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July 10th 2009, by James Suggett

“Minister Diosdado Cabello in the National Assembly on Thursday” (ABN)

Mérida, July 10th 2009 ( — In a presentation before the National Assembly on Thursday, Venezuelan Public Works and Housing Minister Diosdado Cabello proposed reforms to the Telecommunications Law that would limit the concentration of private radio and television ownership and bring more cable providers under the jurisdiction of the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) and the Law on Social Responsibility in Radio and Television.

“You can be certain that we will democratize the radio-electric spectrum and bring an end to large media estates in radio and television,” said Cabello, comparing Venezuela’s media magnates to Venezuela’s elite class of large landowners.

According to Cabello, 27 families control more than 32% of the radio and television waves, with as many as 48 stations grouped under a single owner.

The long-time friend and ally of President Hugo Chávez proposed a limit of three stations for any private owner, and a limit of one half hour per day of uniform broadcasting on those three stations. Such a rule would favor Venezuela’s small-scale independent producers, said the minister.

He also specified that broadcasting concessions are not inheritable property, so concession holders should not be allowed to pass on their broadcasting rights to family or colleagues in the event of their death.

With regard to cable television, Cabello proposed an administrative provision that would define any company whose programming is 70% produced in Venezuela as Venezuelan. This would require the company to register with CONATEL and abide by the Law on Social Responsibility in Radio and Television. Many cable stations have registered as international companies even though they are actually Venezuelan, to avoid government regulation, said Cabello.

“They’ll all be in the same sack, that is to say, they’ll all be national audiovisual producers if 70% of their production is considered to be Venezuelan,” said Cabello, whose proposals will be open for public discussion for a month before the National Assembly proceeds toward a vote.

The minister presented statistics on the breakdown of radio ownership in Venezuela. Of the country’s FM stations, 472 are privately owned, while 243 are local community-based operations and 79 are public. And, private owners control 184 AM stations, while the state controls 26 AM stations, according to the minister. In television, more than 60% of broadcasting concessions (65 stations) are in private hands, while just under 35% (37) are community-based and six are controlled by the national government. He did not specify the geographic range of the different signals.

To increase the state’s share of the media, Cabello said the state will take over the 154 FM stations and 86 AM stations that did not register and pay fees to CONATEL by the July 2nd deadline, as requested by CONATEL a month earlier. “That which is not up to date with CONATEL will not have its concession renewed and the state will recuperate new radio spaces where the people are able to access information,” said Cabello.

This measure has provoked opposition from Venezuela’s Chamber of Radio Broadcasters, which called it “a direct attack against freedom of expression.” In an official statement, the Chamber said the measure announced by Cabello “lacks basis” because all its members had “fulfilled all the procedures required by CONATEL since the year 2000.”

Cabello responded that he would not negotiate with the Chamber, but he would be willing to negotiate with community-based and state-owned radio stations, and that a similar proposal for television stations is in the works.

The minister’s proposals come amidst a media climate in which news outlets are highly politicized and openly engaged in a “media war” either for or against the administration of President Chávez. The private media has broadcast threats to assassinate the president and participated a coup d’etat against Chavez in 2002.

Recently, CONATEL has received complaints that some cable companies interfered with the signals of the Caracas-based Latin American news network Telesur and the Venezuelan state channel VTV during the coup d’etat in Honduras.

In addition, CONATEL opened an investigation earlier this week into a series of advertisements broadcast on several prominent private radio and television stations. The ads assert that the state plans to confiscate private property and young and adolescent children for indoctrination, and feature false quotes from fictitious laws and politicians. CONATEL’s press release accuses the sponsor of the ads, a right-wing think tank near Caracas called CEDICE, of inciting violence and public disorder.

Chavez transferred the administration of CONATEL from the Ministry of Communications and Information to the Cabello’s Public Works and Housing Ministry earlier this year with the intention of driving forward media reforms. Cabello is the former vice president of Venezuela and the former governor of Miranda state.

August 15th Film

July 12, 2009

Peace, Justice, and Independent Media

 – A Video by

I have been putting together a video of the highlights from over 8oo videos I have compiled over the past few years. I am going to cover topics of: Independent media, police and activist interactions, 911 truth activist, And over a dozen different peace marches, Veterans for Peace Vigils, Iraq body Count Flag exhibits, Impeachment Protesting, The Sit-Lie Law Protesting at City Hall, Code Pink, and a Seriously Pissed Off Grannies anti war tribute.

I am also planning to edit-in the “Mothers Day Silent Vigil” and the short video of when the “Police Take My Camera” for the final film.

There is so much really good footage to sift through that its hard to pick one video and then not pick another.  There are so many great causes and actions that I have filmed and I would like to share but this time slot is limited.

I am trying to work the final video down to 45 minutes. But I have a feeling its gonna run a tiny bit longer.

Just sent out an email request in regards to having “Loose Change” play at the event.  They are a great Rock n Roll band that play in Portland and it would be fun to have them there.  ( I have filmed them in the past)  They play a 60-70’s anti war style of music. (correct me if I’m wrong)

The event is going to open with a few conversations with the Evergreen College Delegaton that just returned from Venezuela and have some interesting things to share with us all. In solidarity and in the spirit of Cascadia and our ties with our intrest with South America we are excited to have these speakers at our event.

This event will be in a average sized meeting room but if the crowd size is big we can move to the larger ball room which would be nice … an RSVP to will help us get a head count to organize and plan on what room we will be using. There will be plenty of room for all our friends and fellow activist groups to have a table at this Cascadia to Caracas Event and to share their information … so if your interested in tabling we welcome you!

Making plans

July 3, 2009

Things are shaping up …..

The news is that we have a marvelous hostel to stay in that is large
and comfortable (Caracas standards) and has WiFi!!! and meeting rooms
and hot showers in nice bathrooms and plenty of space for us

AND…  the hostel raising funds for a community project.


(reposted email: from megan reporting live from Carrizal, Los Teques)