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Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
11:16 am - Rally for Local Living-Wage Jobs and Worker-Affordable Housing
Rally for Local Living-Wage Jobs and Worker-Affordable Housing
tell Rick Talbert & Tacoma City Council to Support Sustainable Growth
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 5:15pm
37th Street and South D St., Tacoma (Pierce County Health Dept)
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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
11:46 pm - RIP Washoe (an amazing chimp)
RIP Washoe (an amazing chimp)

Washoe, born in 1965 in the rainforest of Africa, was the first nonhuman to acquire a human language (American Sign Language). She also passed this language on to her adopted son.

Washoe has been at the Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute in Ellensburg, Washington with Dr. Roger Fouts (an awesome vegan primate rights activist).

She died Tuesday October 30 2007 at 42 years old. She was the matriarch of the chimpanzee family at CHCI. You can visit the remaining chimps Loulis, Tatu, and Dar and see if they'll sign with you. You can also learn about chimpanzee communication and the issues they face as a species and how to help them.

I recommend a visit to CHCI (http://www.cwu[dot]edu/~cwuchci/visitor_information.html)

Washoe was an amazing being and she'll be missed. I'm glad I got to meet her a few times.

RIP Washoe

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Saturday, October 27th, 2007
12:20 am - Tacoma Anarchist Bookfair Nov 3-4
Tacoma Anarchist Bookfair Nov 3-4

The bookfair is taking place the weekend of November 3-4 at Pitchpipe Infoshop 617 S 17th St (at G St) Tacoma, WA 98405

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Monday, May 28th, 2007
2:22 am - Protest War Contractors in Tacoma June 4-6! Call to NW activists!
Protest War Contractors in Tacoma June 4-6! Call to NW activists!

This is a call to NW activists to mobilize in Tacoma for a war contractor exhibit that will be visiting our city within the next two weeks. details hereCollapse )

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Friday, May 4th, 2007
6:10 pm - Aberdeen port militarization protests
Aberdeen port militarization protests

     Two months after the military came through the port of Tacoma, the
military is at it again, this time using the small port of Aberdeen,
Washington.  We've pushed them away from Olympia and Tacoma and if we
get it together we can make them never want to use the port of
Aberdeen again.  In every town the military has entered, hundreds of
people have been radicalized after seeing the response of the police.
 This is an extremely valuable opportunity to spread our ideas, our
energy and our dreams to a small, economically depressed lumber town.
    Today, Strykers were seen entering the port.  As of now there are two
rows of six vehicles.  Apache helicopters also landed in the port to
be shipped out.  We have no word as to when the boat will be in, but
using the Port of Tacoma shipment as a reference, they will most
likely be arriving during the next few days, waiting there and then
being loaded onto the boat.  So we basically have a week, perhaps a
week and a half.
   So far, the plan is this:

   Meet at the corner of 28th and John Stevens Way (directions below) this
Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm (until whenever).  From there we can figure
out what to do and those with plans can relate them to others.  The
cops have nicely set up a free speech zone for us which we should all
kindly ignore.  We are in a much better location than in Tacoma.  The
port is pressed up against neighborhoods (exactly on block away) and we
are not trapped in a wire cage, giving us a lot more to work with.

   Please bring every one you know.  If you HAVE to pick one of the days
to come, then come on SUNDAY!  Things will be continuing after Sunday,
but this will be our first burst of energy.  More details will be sent
out when they arrive.  Hope you all can come down.


>From I-5 take exit 104 into Highway 101.

Follow 101 until it merges with Highway 8 (there should be signs for
Aberdeen near the split)

Follow until you reach Aberdeen.

After you enter the city, continue down main road through downtown.  101
suddenly appears downtown in the form of the main road (just look for 101
signs).  Follow it until you reach 28th.

Take left on 28th and follow until you hit the water.

We will be meeting at the end of 28th.  There is an observation tower
there and a public boat launch.  We will gather there and decide what to

Drive carefully.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
4:33 pm - Military using Port of Aberdeen right now - tear it down!
Military using Port of Aberdeen right now - tear it down!

The Army is sending helicopters through the Port of Aberdeen right now, and it may continue. Hundreds of activists and community members came out to the Port of Tacoma this March to resist the military's use of our public ports to export war and occupation. Hundreds of people resisted the military machine at the Port of Tacoma in May 2006.

It may be time to take our struggle to the next port: Aberdeen. The next military shipment could go through other ports in Washington, and it could be coming to your town.

People are meeting Wednesday (May 2) at 7pm in Olympia to discuss strategies, tactics, campaigns, and what to do.

I encourge people to attend the meeting if they can make it, and if not, keep informed of the situation, as protests and resistance may form at the Port of Aberdeen very soon. Stay informed, tell your friends and family, and see where you can plug in.

Wednesday meeting about Port of Aberdeen:
Wed, 5/2 @ 7pm
Traditions Cafe (5th & Water St)
Olympia, WA

Updates will probably be posted on,, and

Together we can resist the war machine and shut down whatever cities the military thinks they can use to export immoral, illegal war and occupation.

tear it down!

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Sunday, March 4th, 2007
2:16 am - URGENT: Port of Tacoma Action Sun 3/5 @ 9pm
URGENT: Port of Tacoma Action Sun 3/5 @ 9pm

Saturday night, 30-40 regional activists observed multiple convoys from Ft Lewis coming through the Port of Tacoma to be shipped to Iraq. Riot cops had a big presence, probably 30 or so. Activists had a presence there to show that we do not want the military using our port. We need more people!

Another action is planned Sunday night @ 9pm for the next expected set of convoys. The more people that come, the more of an effect we can have. If we have enough people, we can possibly take direct action and stop or slow down the militarization of our port.

There is a teach-in about the Iraq war during the day in Tacoma, including a discussion about the port militarization, with a free Riot Folk! show afterwards. So come down to Tacoma for the day, and we can find you a place to stay if you need to spend the night. In addition, there are actions planned for the whole week. For more details about the teach-in and this week, see

It's not only possible but quite probabale we can delay or even stop the shipments from coming through Tacoma. All we need is a large presence. That was perhaps the most frustrating thing last year during the Port of Olympia protests: people were not there when we needed them the most. All we needed at one point was 100 people total to take non-violent direct action to stop the military convoys. We should really take advantage of the privilege we have - if this were Iraq, we'd got shot from being even a mile away from a large US military presence. If the weapons ship out, PEOPLE WILL DIE...

(There should be a lot of folks there tonight. Bring instruments, warm clothes and blankets, cameras... for good times.)

Also, bring still cameras and video cameras.

To get to Port of Tacoma:

I-5 to exit 136 B (Port of Tacoma)
Follow to Port of Tacoma Rd
Take Port of Tacoma Rd until E 11th.
Left on E 11th
Follow until Milwaukee. Find our people and park there.

If you can't come at 9:00pm, come later. We'll still need you. Come later this week.

-tear it down-

See for important upcoming events this week in Tacoma and Olympia.

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Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
8:41 pm - Upcoming Events to oppose Tacoma Port Militarization
Upcoming Events to oppose Tacoma Port Militarization


Saturday, March 3, 2007

Last year the military exported war and occupation through the Port of Olympia in broad daylight. The Olympia community responded with strong resistance. Fort Lewis was scared enough to avoid Olympia this year and has decided to export war through Tacoma instead, under the cover of darkness. Army Stryker vehicles began moving to the Port of Tacoma late Friday night, early Saturday morning and are not yet finished.

Tacoma Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) is working with Olympia PMR to protest and stop the shipment of more military vehicles (and consequently, more troops) to Iraq.

OUR ACTIONS ARE NOT AGAINST THE TROOPS. They are directed at the approximately 300 Stryker vehicles that are being shipped to Iraq from the Port of Tacoma in advance of the deployment of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis. The 4th Brigade is being deployed earlier than planned, as part of George Bush's suicidal "surge." They are being deployed so quickly that they are forced to skip their final desert training in California.

THE WORST THING that will endanger the troops is to ship them over to Iraq. Our actions are being conducted out of concern for the lives of US soldiers and, equally, the lives of Iraqi people.

We expect the Strykers to be loaded onto a military ship bound for the Persian Gulf on Friday. That gives us less than a week to act.


Here are the actions planned so far. More to come.

Party at 9:30 PM at the Port of Tacoma. We'll keep ourselves warm and entertained as we wait for more Stryker vehicles to arrive. DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 136B off I-5. Go down Port of Olympia Rd. Turn Left on E 11th. Follow until you reach Milwaukee.

IN OLYMPIA: Nonviolent Direct Action/Civil Resistance training. Learn to empower yourself with these basic tools of democracy. 10 am to 6 pm, at Evergreen, Seminar II, E3105. (cosponsored by SDS Olympia and EPIC student groups)

Following the training at 6:15, there will be a meeting of Olympia PMR (at the same place) to discuss plans for the week.

IN TACOMA: Iraq War teach-in. University of Puget Sound, Wyatt 109, 4 pm. At 5:30 there will be a discussion on the actions at the Port of Tacoma. Sponsored by SDS Tacoma.

Vigil at Pacific and I-5 in Tacoma, from 4 to 6 PM. Bring signs to oppose war being exported from the Port of Tacoma.

Noon: Rally at the Federal Courthouse on Pacific, in Tacoma.
2:30: Following the rally, there will be a meeting at University of Puget Sound to plan for the rest of the week. Go to the Main Student Center.

Second Nonviolent Direct Action/Civil Resistance training in Olympia. If you couldn't make the Sunday training, here's an additional workshop split into two evenings, both from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Thursday at United Methodist Church (1224 Legion Way SE). Friday at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2200 East End St NW. These dates, particularly the Friday one, is subject to change due to actions at the Port of Tacoma.

Ship begins loading Stryker vehicles?

Check the Tacoma SDS website (,, and for action updates throughout the week.

For more information, including sleeping accomodations in Tacoma for the week, email

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8:31 pm - Action at Port of Tacoma 9:30 tonight (SAT) !!!
Action at Port of Tacoma 9:30 tonight (SAT) !!!

Meet at the Port of Tacoma 9:30 tonight!!!

It was decided at the meeting held today in Tacoma that people should meet at the Port of Tacoma at 9:30 tonight to disrupt the war machine.

It's not only possible but quite probabale we can delay or even stop the shipments from coming through Tacoma. All we need is a large presence. That was perhaps the most frustrating thing last year during the Port of Olympia protests: people were not there when we needed them the most. All we needed at one point was 100 people total to take non-violent direct action to stop the military convoys. We should really take advantage of the privaledge we have - if this were Iraq, we'd got shot from being even a mile away from a large US military presence. If the weapons ship out, PEOPLE WILL DIE...

(There should be a lot of folks there tonight. Bring instruments, warm clothes and blankets, cameras... for good times.)

Also, bring still cameras and video cameras. Stay tuned for more actions this week.

If you would like to participate in any of these activities, keep your eyes open for news in your Inbox. If you want to be kept up on the latest information, I’m told that are good bets.

To get to Port of Tacoma:

I-5 to exit 136 B (Port of Tacoma)
Follow to Port of Tacoma Rd
Take Port of Tacoma Rd until E 11th.
Left on E 11th
Follow until Milwaukee. Find our people and park there.

-tear it down-

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Military vehicles are coming through the Port of Tacoma en route to Iraq. The military's decision to send convoys in the middle of the night on Friday is an obvious response to the militant resistance they encountered May 2006 at the Port of Olympia, which was met with pepperspray and other methods of assault as well as 22 arrests of civil disobedience activists, and a reaction to the recent organizing in preparation for resistance to the next military shipment.

50+ military vehicles were observed Friday night, including 22+ Stryker vehicles, in addition to the other hummers, trucks, soldiers, and vehicles with missiles. Up to 300 vehicles may be expected in total this weekend. The war machine is in our backyard.

Be present and take action now. We anticipate activists from throughout the Northwest.

Port of Tacoma resistance meetup
Sat 3/3 at 12 noon
inside Port of Tacoma at E 11th & Port of Tacoma Rd, near terminal 4

To get to Port of Tacoma:
I-5 to exit 136 B (Port of Tacoma)
Follow to Port of Tacoma Rd
Take Port of Tacoma Rd until E 11th.
Left on E 11th
Follow until Milwaukee. Find our people and park there.

If you can't come to the meeting, come to the port as soon as possible.

The military knows they're not welcome in Olympia, and they need to know that Tacoma will not be complicit in their plans for war. Regardless of the tactics we choose, we must do something.

They are counting on your absence.

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
10:19 pm - US Soldiers Caught Torturing a Dog in Iraq - Send a Letter!

Dear Friend,

An alarming video allegedly taken from a CD found in Baghdad's Green Zone shows what appear to be American soldiers who are flinging rocks at a crippled dog and then laughing as the dog yelps in pain and staggers away on two legs.

Please help ensure that this sort of horrific abuse is not tolerated by the U.S. military by clicking on the link below to send an e-mail to the secretary of defense and demand that the Department of Defense investigate this matter and hold responsible any soldier found to be involved in this incident.

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Thursday, December 28th, 2006
8:40 pm - Suzanne Swift Support Rally
Suzanne Swift Support Rally
Freed from the brig at Bangor, confined in the military until 2009.
Wednesday, Jan. 3rd
11:30 am
Bangor Naval Base
Ground Zero
16159 Clear Creek Rd
Poulsbo, Washington
Directions are available at

Specialist Suzanne Swift, after suffering sexual assault while deployed in
Iraq, went AWOL to escape the commanding officers who exploited her.
Currently, she is being held at the brig at Bangor Naval Base serving 30
days for going AWOL, while her perpetrators are free. For more information

We welcome Spec. Swift's scheduled release on Wednesday, Januray 3rd and
join the call for an immediate medical discharge with full benefits. We will
gather at Ground Zero near the main gates of Bangor Naval Base and then line
the streets with signs supporting Spec. Swift and other women soldiers as
they face double danger in the military. Please remember that our message on
January 3rd is about sexual assault in the military and support of Spec.
Swift, not about the war.

This event is being organized by South Sound Project for Military Resistance
and Justice. Please contact us at or call

Lacey - 10:00am at Martin Way Park and Ride, one block from the movie
Olympia - 10:30 am at Harrison & Division at the Grocery Outlet parking lot

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

November 19th @ 1pm
Sylvester Park, Olympia Washington
Speaker: representatie of the Comite Oaxaquena-Seattle
Musical preformance: Politcal Hip-Hop Group from Seattle

1. An instant withdraw of federal forces in Oaxaca
2. Ulises Ruiz to step down as Governor in Oaxaca state
3.Immediate and unconditional liberation of all political prisoners

We will march on Washington's capitol to demand that the people of Oaxaca are heard. Meeting at 1pm, Sylvester Park (Capital & Legion).

Hip-hop from local artist, Xperience (XP), and speeches from representatives of the Seattle Oaxaca Committee.

We will then march to the capitol to hold a press conference, and deliver demands.

Our demands include:
the immediate withdrawal of federal forces (PFP) from anywhere in Oaxaca with an APPO presence;
an immediate investigation of any and all officers involved in the shootings and any case where excessive force was used in Oaxaca;
the immediate release of all political prisoners in Oaxaca and Chiappas;
and finally the immediate resignation of Ulises Ruiz, govenor of Oaxaca State.

Endorsing groups include: Oaxaquena Comite - Seattle, Olympia chapters of MEChA, CISPES, and SDS; OMJP, Leonard Peltier Support Group, Tacoma IWW, and FnB. I hope you can all stand in solidarity with the People of Oaxaca, because if we don't who will? Please post widel

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Friday, November 3rd, 2006
7:35 pm - Protest at NW Detention Center, Tacoma Sat. 11/11
Protest at NW Detention Center, Tacoma Sat. 11/11

Melt I.C.E.!

Peaceful Protest and Vigil for Human Rights

4-6pm, Sat. Nov 11th

Northwest Detention Center

1623 E. J Street - Tacoma, WA

(360)752-3344 -


Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents continue to terrorize immigrant communities in Washington State and across the country with increasingly militaristic raids, armed arrests, covert detentions and deportations. We ask that you join us in protest of these aggressive
enforcement tactics and violations of our neighbors' civil and human rights. Many of our friends and neighbors are being held in the privately-run Northwest Detention Center, we want to show them and our community that we do not condone I.C.E.'s terrorist actions against hard working immigrants.

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Saturday, September 9th, 2006
12:47 am - Bremerton gallery hosts sitar concert
Bremerton gallery hosts sitar concert

Some arts communities host monthly art walks. Collective Visions, an artist-owned and operated gallery in downtown Bremerton, hosts concerts on the third Friday of each month. Coming up Sept. 15, 7-9 p.m., is a program of classical Indian sitar music. Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee will be accompanied by Vishal Nagar on tabla. Advance tickets are $22, at the door $25. For information, call 360-377-8327 or see

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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
11:09 pm - Brian's photos from Malaysia/India are online!
Brian's photos are finally online!

Out of 1400(!) photos taken on the trip, I selected just under 300 to put online and print. I also put online about 20 photos taken by our friend Kris in India. Most are pictures of Bharatanjali (Gandhian village in India we visited) that I didn't get to take myself. So thank you to Kris for his photography skills and sending me copies of the pictures!

You can view them at

You have to create an account with snapfish to see them, but it's easy and free.

You can also view Michelle's photos at

This should be our last post on this travel blog, so thank you for reading! We hope to see some of you in person to show pictures (and some videos).


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Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Simple Measures for Email Security

1. Practice secure behavior!
2. Use secure connections!
1. What are secure connections?
2. How do I use secure connections?
3. The limits of secure connections
3. Use secure email providers
1. What is StartTLS?
2. Which email providers use StartTLS?
3. What are the advantages of StartTLS?
4. What the limitations of StartTLS?
4. Use public-key encryption

Practice secure behavior!
These pages include a lot of fancy talk about encryption. Ultimately, however, all this wizbang cryto-alchemy will be totally useless if you have insecure behavior. A few simple practices will go a long way toward securing your communications:

1. Logout: make sure that you always logout when using web-mail. This is very important, and very easy to do. This is particular important when using a public computer.
2. Avoid public computers: this can be difficult. If you do use a public computer, consider changing your password often or using the virtual keyboard link (if you use for your web-mail).
3. Use good password practice: you should change your password periodically and use a password which is at least 6 characters and contains a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols. It is better to use a complicated password and write it down then to use a simple password and keep it only in your memory. Studies show that most people use passwords which are easy to guess or to crack, especially if you have some information about the interests of the person. You should never pick a password which is found in the dictionary (the same goes for "love" as well as "10v3" and other common ways of replacing letters with numbers).
4. Be a privacy freak: don't tell other people your password. Also, newer operating systems allow you to create multiple logins which keep user settings separate. You should enable this feature, and logout or "lock" the computer when not in use.

Use secure connections!
What are secure connections?
When you check your mail from the server, you can use an encrypted connection, which adds a high level of security to all traffic between your computer and Secure connections are enabled for web-mail and for IMAP or POP mail clients.

This method is useful for protecting your password and login. If you don't use a secure connection, then your login and password are sent over the internet in a 'cleartext' form which can be easily intercepted. It is obvious why you might not want your password made public, but it may also be important to keep your login private in cases where you do not want your real identity tied to a particular email account.

How do I use secure connections?
In the web browser, if the location starts with https:// then you have a secure connection. Your web browser should also display a little padlock icon either in the location bar or in the bottom corner of the window.

In order to make best use of secure connections to, you need to install the CACert root certificate: otherwise, someone could pretend to be and you would be none the wiser. Also, installing the root certificate eliminates any annoying error messages when using secure connections with

For POP and IMAP, your mail client will have the option of enabling SSL or TLS. For sending mail (SMTP), both SSL and TLS will work, but some ISPs will block TLS, so you might need to use SSL. For more information, see our mail client tutorials and SMTP FAQ.

The limits of secure connections
The problem with email is that takes a long and perilous journey. When you send a message, it first travels from your computer to the mail server and then is delivered to the recipient's mail server. Finally, the recipient logs on to check their email and the message is delivered to their computer.

Using secure connections only protects your data as it travels from your computer to the the servers (and vice versa). It does not make your email any more secure as it travels around the internet from mail server to mail server. To do this, see below.

Use secure email providers
What is StartTLS?
There are many governments and corporations which are sniffing general traffic on the internet. Even if you use a secure connection to check and send your email, the communication between mail servers is almost always insecure and out in the open.

Fortunately, there is a solution! StartTLS is a fancy name for a very important idea: StartTLS allows mail servers to talk to each other in a secure way.

If you and your friends use only email providers which use StartTLS, then all the mail traffic among you will be encrypted while in transport. If both sender and recipient also use secure connections while talking to the mail servers, then your communications are likely secure over its entire lifetime.

We will repeat that because it is important: to gain any benefit from StartTLS, both sender and recipient must be using StartTLS enabled email providers. For mailing lists, the list provider and each and every list subscriber must use StartTLS.

Which email providers use StartTLS?
Currently, these tech collectives are known to use StartTLS:


We recommend that you and all your friends get email accounts with these tech collectives!

Additionally, these email providers often have StartTLS enabled:

* universities:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
* organizations:,
* companies:,,,,,,,,,

What are the advantages of StartTLS?
This combination of secure email providers and secure connections has many advantages:

* It is very easy to use! No special software is needed. No special behavior is needed, other than to make sure you are using secure connections.
* It prevents anyone from creating a map of whom you are communicating with and who is communicating with you (so long as both parties use StartTLS).
* It ensures that your communication is pretty well protected.
* It promotes the alternative mail providers which use StartTLS. The goal is to create a healthy ecology of activist providers--which can only happen if people show these providers strong support. Many of these alternative providers also also incorporate many other important security measures such as limited logging and encrypted storage.

What the limitations of StartTLS?
However, there are some notable limitations:

* Your computer is a weak link: your computer can be stolen, hacked into, have keylogging software or hardware installed.
* It is difficult to verify: for a particular message to be secure, both the origin and destination mail providers must use StartTLS (and both the sender and recipient must use encrypted connections). Unfortunately, it is difficult to confirm that all of this happened. For this, you need public key encryption (see below).

Use public-key encryption
If you wish to keep the contents of your email private, and confirm the identity of people who send you email, you should download and install public-key encryption software. This option is only available if you have your own computer.

Public-key encryption uses a combination of a private key and a public key. The private key is known only by you, while the public key is distributed far and wide. To send an encrypted message to someone, you encrypt the message with their public key. Only their private key will be able to decrypt your message and read it.

The universal standard for public-key encryption is Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and GNU Privacy Guard (GPG). GPG is Free Software, while PGP is a proprietary product (although there are many freeware versions available). Both work interchangeably and are available as convenient add-ons to mail clients for Linux, Mac, and Windows.

For information configuring your mail client to use public key encryption, see our mail client tutorial pages. In particular, see the tutorials for Apple Mail and Thunderbird. Otherwise, you should refer the to documentation which comes with your particular mail client.

Although it provides the highest level of security, public-key encryption is still an adventure to use. To make your journey less scary, we suggest you keep these things in mind:

* Be in it for the long haul: using public-key encryption takes a commitment to learning a lot of new skills and jargon. The widespread adoption of GPG is a long way off, so it may seem like a lot of work for not much benefit. However, we need early adopters who can help build a critical mass of GPG users.
* Develop GPG buddies: although most your traffic might not be encrypted, if you find someone else who uses GPG try to make a practice of communicating using only GPG with that person.
* Look for advocates: people who use GPG usually love to evangelize about it and help others to use it to. Find someone like this who can answer your questions and help you along.

Although you can hide the contents of email with public-key encryption, it does not hide who you are sending mail to and receiving mail from. This means that even with public key encryption there is a lot of personal information which is not secure.

Why? Imagine that someone knew nothing of the content of your mail correspondence, but they knew who you sent mail to and received mail from and they knew how often and what the subject line was. This information can provide a picture of your associations, habits, contacts, interests and activities.

The only way to keep your list of associations private is to to use an email provider which will establish a secure connection with other email providers. See Use secure email providers, above.


PS If you haven't learned about Anarchy lately, check out this awesome FAQ!

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Thursday, May 25th, 2006
8:08 pm - travel journal and postcards
Hey everyone,

This is Brian. As some of you know, Michelle and I are travelling to Malaysia, Singapore, and India for about 6 weeks in June and July. We leave in just a few days!

We set up an online travel journal that you will be able to visit and see where we've been and what we've been doing. We hope to contribute to this semi-regularly, and hope to add pictures.

If you would like to see the travel journal, go to and check it periodically.

And if you would like a postcard, send your address to
Thanks and take care!
Brian & Michelle

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Monday, March 27th, 2006
4:19 pm - Autonomous space in Tacoma forming right now! Join us!
Autonomous space in Tacoma forming right now! Join us!

An activist and his 85 year old mother have chained themselves to the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tacoma in protest of war and its effects on children. They've been there since Friday. The son has been fasting since March 1st. Other activists and community members have been hanging out, visiting, and spending the night with them.

Let's use this opportunity to reclaim public space, create an autonomous zone, set up a tent city. Come now or as soon as you can.

The activists may be arrested tonight (Monday) or tomorrow morning (Tuesday), but we can make it harder for the cops to arrest them, and we can keep going and maintain our public space. This is our chance!

Bring musical instruments, skills to share, signs, banners, sleeping bags, tents, whatever you want! Let's take back what is ours.

Federal Courthouse
1717 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA.
Parking across the street and at the free parking garage on 24th & E. Take free Link lightrail to Courthouse. for directions

In Solidarity,

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Friday, February 3rd, 2006
7:33 pm - THIS SAT 2/4: 13th Annual NW Leonard Peltier March
P.O. BOX 5464
TACOMA, WA 98415-0464 or

As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all together we make a
mighty fist.
--Sitting Bull-

"I have no doubt whatsoever that the real motivation behind both Wounded
Knee II and the Oglala firefight, and much of the turmoil throughout Indian
Country since the early 1970s, was-and is-the mining companies' desire to
muffle AIM and all traditional Indian people, who sought-and still seek-to
protect the land, water, and air from their thefts and depredations. In this
sad and tragic age we live in, to come to the defense of Mother Earth is to
be branded a criminal."
-- Leonard Peltier, Prison Writings --

I'M STILL HERE. I am all at once saddened, exhilarated, angry, proud,
defiant, and puzzled by that fact. Here in prison, after 28 years (30 years
now) of unjust incarceration, I am a living example of the injustice,
racism, fear, and inequity that still exists in some parts of the United
States of America. This is particularly true when it comes to America's
views and actions towards Indian people. Residing in the best hopes of all
of us is the dream that America has moved away from the days of hostility
towards the Indigenous people of this land. And yet, we are shown with daily
regularity, a reality that defies this dream. A reality that American
Indians are incarcerated at a disproportionately high rate. A reality that
American Indians are denied decent health care, housing, and education. A
reality so dire, that the United States Civil Rights Commission has had to
address it, calling it "A Quiet Crisis."
Leonard Peltier


Portland Ave. Park (on Portland Ave. between E. 35th and E. Fairbanks Ave.
Take Portland Ave. exit off I-5 and head east)

U.S. Federal Court House, 1717 Pacific Ave.

Around 4:00 pm. At the First United Methodist Church, 423 Martin Luther
King Jr Way. From the rally go south up the hill to Martin Luther King Jr
Way and turn right. The church is right next to a large hospital. The meal
and gathering is hosted in support of Leonard by the local Tacoma group
People for Peace, Justice and Healing. We will be providing a Spaghetti
dinner as previously. We welcome salad, desserts and traditional foods, or
other foods that people would like to contribute to the dinner. Please
contact Sol Riou at or 253-377-6078. if you plan
to bring food for the meal and for other information on how you can help.
SALMON MUST BE COOKED. We will have three places that you may bring the
food, our preference is that you bring it to the beginning of the March, by
11:30 am if possible. However, we will have a pickup location at the
Courthouse, by 12:30 pm if possible, with the exact corner to be announced
later. We will accept donations at the Church also.

Harold Belmont: Coastal Native Elder, Native People's Alliance With Friends
and Allies
Pete Sanchez; Ktunaxa (Kutenai)

Spiritual Opening and Closing Words:
Dorothy Ackerman; Lakota Elder


Performances by:
The Aztec Dancers
United Nations: Native Rap Activists


Shelly Vendiola: Indigenous Women's Network.

Carter Camp; Wounded Knee II Vet, Oklahoma AIM
Matilaja: Yu'Pik/Yakama
Wolverine: Shuswap Elder
Arthur J. Miller, Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
Kerwin Hemlock: Longtime Native Activist
Vic Camp: Owe Aku, Pine Ridge
Juan Jose Bocanegra: Every Worker's Movement
Donna Denina: Coordinator for the Gabriela Network Seattle Chapter
Zoltan Grossman: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, Faculty Evergreen's
Native American Studies
Fr. Bill Bichsel: Catholic Worker, JWJ, IWW, SOAW
Josh Reisberg: Spoken Word Artist
Gifted Grizzly


Steve Hapy: MC, Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
Poj Camp; Pine Ridge
B.J. Gleason: Turtle Mountain Anishinabe
Billie Pierre: Vancouver Native Youth Movement
Performance by:
United Nations: Native Rap Activists
Closing words:
Dorothy Ackerman; Lakota Elder.


SEATTLE: Meet at the Red Apple parking lot at 23rd and Jackson. Will be
leaving at 10:00 am.

OLYMPIA: There will be a carpool leaving from the parking lot at Harrison
and Division at 10:30.

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