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Sun May 10, 2015 at 09:51 AM PDT

Mother's Day of Peace

by Damnit Janet

Whatever you do, please take some action on Mother's Day to commemorate the original meaning of this day, we must put an to end the insanity of sacrificing our children to war!

Honor the world's mothers by devoting time during the year to actions against war.

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My daughter stood up against war long before she knew how to do long division.  

She still has to stand up against war as she enters college.

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Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 02:44 PM PDT

My son's graduation speech

by Damnit Janet

Yesterday my son graduated from a Community Transition Program which is a post-High School program for students with developmental disabilities.  

Some of you may know of Wes due to my diaries:
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Yesterday I sat in a room full of heroes.  My son was just one of many.

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Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 08:51 AM PST

Autism, Hockey and Goals

by Damnit Janet

We need a happy story about our disabled loved ones.  So today I will share with you my son's story.  February 2nd was a big night in his life.  One he will never forget.  His story, dreams and goal was shared on Fox Sports after the Super Bowl.  We are very proud of him.

My son is 20 and autistic.  He is in a program for young adults with neurological disabilities.  Part of this is Work Experience.  The first year, he completed every job available so the many agencies got together to think outside the box.  For the past two years, Wesley has been working as a volunteer with the Portland Winterhawks as part of his Work Experience.  This summer, the work experience portion was gutted.  

Wesley is a bit of a "hockey savant".  He loves the game.  He loves his class.  So he decided to do something about it.  He asked the Portland Winterhawks if they could do a benefit game for his class.  They agreed.  

$5 from every ticket sold via the special web link on the hockey site was given to Community Transition Program out of Beaverton, Oregon.  He raised over $600.  

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Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM PDT

My son's voice. My son's vote.

by Damnit Janet

My son asked me to share the below video with you all.  So that maybe you can hear the many voices who will be voting and so that maybe you can help another's voice be heard this election.

My son, like his sister, takes voting very seriously.  Just the act of voting itself is hard for him.  Holding a pen is not the easiest thing to do.  He fretted last election about his signature on the envelope.  He worried and agonized over every dot that he filled in.  Every measure was met with the same concern of not misunderstanding.  The wording in the measures can be very confusing and misleading.  He didn't want to be "tricked".  We attempted to drop the ballots off at the Washington County Election Office but it's right next to the Sheriff's office, their lights going and lots of police activity which spooked him so we dropped our votes off elsewhere.  

We talk about GOTV, voting and all the bullying that is going on.  We can not forget just what this voting means...

Our voice being heard.  Even if that voice is hard to hear.  And those are the voices we need to hear the most.  

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Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 12:15 PM PDT

Portland Moment of Zen

by Damnit Janet

Rapepublicans, rich angry men yelling at empty chairs got you down?  Just ease on down your local river. It's medicinal!

Yes, you CAN get two 12 ft Old Town kayaks on top of a Honda Civic 2 door.
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Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 08:48 AM PDT

Two Days at OccupyPortland

by Damnit Janet

My daughter and I visited the OccupyPortland Camp on Saturday.  

On Sunday, me and my husband marched with BOHICA and Veterans for Peace with the Mayor's Office, the Policemen, the Portland Marathon Officials and The 99%. Imagine!

Here's my favorite sign:

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My Daughter being recorded for an #OWS montage:  "Hello, my name is Danni, I'm a high school student in Portland, Oregon and I AM THE 99%!"

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Portland State University is happy to have Ms. Rice speak more lies and is providing her a venue to do so.  I'm sure they will have "Free Speech Zones" outside for all of us who are irate about a war criminal being paid to sell her book where students go to be educated.  

People will be paying $250 to $500 to hear her bloody, filthy lies.  

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Reception 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and Program 7:00 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center,
Portland Ballroom

We chased her out of Portland last time before she even landed in "Little Beirut".

Here's our letter to PSU:  

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"My decision to join the army is one that I will never regret because my choice to reject unlawful and immoral orders in spite of the consequences, has taught me the true meaning of sacrifice, democracy, and freedom. I hope that my example shows other soldiers that they too have the power to choose right over wrong and that freedom is something that can never be taken away." -Lt. Ehren Watada


(Lt. Watada with his family at a unspecified location and time due meeting with friends and supporters. Photo taken by me.)  

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Thu Jun 15, 2006 at 11:07 AM PDT

CodePink Action: Troops Home Fast

by Damnit Janet

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Thu May 11, 2006 at 03:37 PM PDT

Sweats needed for Disabled Vets

by Damnit Janet

The below is from a dear hockey friend.
Two Tragic Americas Dept.

America #1: Fatcat chickenhawks making billions in war profiteering while speechifying about our great military heroes and our glorious victories in Iraq.

America #2: Santa Cruz fire depts. this month will have a barrel out front. I know most you don't live near there. But these barrels are for sweatpants. The program is called Sweats for Vets started by a Nice Lady.

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Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 09:08 AM PDT

Action Alert & No War Drum Journal

by Damnit Janet

Criss-Crossed here and there.

CodePink ACTION ALERT - Peace in Iraq Call-In Day, Monday, April 24,
800-620-4394
Tell the Senate -
Not one penny more for the War!
No permanent U.S. bases in Iraq!

On Tuesday, April 25, the Senate will take up the supplemental spending bill for 2006. The current proposal includes $67 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afganistan.

Also, later this month me and another CodePinker will be going into a Senator's office and asking that he stop sending tax dollars to these illegal occupations and possibly for a refund. More details on that to follow later.

It'd really help us all out if others would stand up and speak out. If everyone spoke out - the risk wouldn't be on just a few.

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Duct tape? No we're not "getting prepared" for the "End Times", we're making "rocket launchers", "bombs" and "missiles" for an upcoming CodePink Portland demonstration.

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