Saturday, December 7, come by and visit us at the bookfair. IMC will be sharing a presentation slot with The Black Flag Newsletter by the Free Association of Anarchists, at 11:45 in the CeCe McDonald Room
At the tables, we'll have some info about the latest drama and gossip going on with IMC. Bring your own gossip to share. Learn how to post to the site, and learn what kinds of help we need, and share your project ideas. We don't have anything to vend.
At least one of us will also be hanging out on the 8th at Macarthur Park, but that day is really about R.A.C.
Schedule: Friday, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM at Cielo Galleries - Cafe, Film Night, Music - Chicano Son, Money Mark Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM at Cielo Galleries - Bookfair, Workshops, Speakers Sunday Noon - 5:00 PM at MacArthur Park - Skill Sharing, Community Outreach with RAC
On the 3rd of December, activists delivered 4,000 signed petitions against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the offices of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). When they arrived, Homeland Security was there to meet them-but the petitions were accepted.
On the 5th of December, the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC faced a broad spectrum of protesters as they held some sort of event in DC. Everyone from labor to environmental activsts was there, in a reprise of the "Teamsters and Turtles" of the Seattle WTO protests of 1999
The Coalfield Xpress is a proposed highway in the mountains of Virginia that is planned to be built by strip-mining mountains for coal, then building the road over razed mountains. On the 5th of December, outraged residents of surrounding areas showed up in front of the Federal Highway Administration demanding the permit be blocked. Video of the Coalfield Xpress protest
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio.
This week's show features stories from NHK World Radio Japan, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio. From JAPAN- Japan is enacting a state secret protection bill, which has been met with outrage from many citizens and civic groups- here is a story about protests then an Insight into the bill. US VP Biden went to China and was said to tell them that the new air defense identification zone in the East China Sea was unacceptable. Greenpeace issued a study on air pollution in China and said the government is not doing enough to rectify the problem. From RUSSIA- British PM Cameron made a business oriented visit to China and avoided any criticism of the country's human rights policy, leading to statements that he kowtowed to China. From CUBA- Venezuelan President Madura accused opposition forces of creating power blackouts that have been occurring recently. Latin America has made more progress in reducing hunger than any other region in the world. The US government is continuing assassinations by drone in several areas of Afghanistan. Pakistani protests against the drone was have halted US military routes into Afghanistan. An editor at the Guardian UK was called before Parliament to answer questions about publishing NSA secrets from Edward Snowden. From SPAIN- The Spanish government has approved a controversial new law imposing heavy fines against street protestors. Meanwhile in Thailand protests against the Prime Minister flared for a week but calmed for the king's birthday. Protests and a general strike in Ukraine continue in an attempt to oust the President. Hundreds of Palestinian youth activists have sailed off to protest Israeli restrictions on fishing off the seas of Palestine.
The latest Shortwave Report (December 6) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]
On the 3ed of December, Wal-Mart held a "Grand Opening Preview" for invited VIP's at their 99 H st NE location. There were more protesters outside the store than VIPs waiting to be admitted. Short video of the protest
On the second of December, Cheaspeake Earth First! stormed the building housing "America's Natural Gas Alliance," which SouthWest Energy uses for all their Federal lobbying. A banner was hung above the door while protesters were inside. A security guard attempted to lock protesters inside, but was not sucessful. Video of building entry and banner hang
Imagine NAFTA on steroids and affecting multiple continents (North and Central America, Australia as well as parts of South America and Asia) and Pacific island nations (e.g., Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and New Zealand). Although this partnership has been negotiated in secret, "leaked text reveals that the TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] would empower corporations to directly sue governments in private and non-transparent trade tribunals over laws and policies that corporations allege reduce their profits." (350 Campaigns)
TPP would affect nearly every aspect of Americans' lives. If passed, it will undermine state, local and federal laws, including those governing food safety, environmental protection, internet freedom, worker rights, democratic sovereignty, healthcare and drug prices, and banking and finance regulation.
On November 25th, Barack Obama came to Beverly Hills for a high dollar fundraiser. 250 protesters were there to greet Obama and tell him to flush the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Here's how the day and night went in pictures.
HOLIDAY DRIVE FOR HOUSELESS CHILDREN AND CHILDREN FROM FINANCIALLY-STRESSED FAMILIES Sponsored by Sisters of the Road Cafe
Between the cuts to Housing Assistance and SNAP (food stamp) benefits, many, many families are struggling right now just to make ends meet and the holidays will be financially-stressful and bleak for their children. Sisters of the Road will be hosting a Family Community/Kids' Day on Wednesday, December 18. They would appreciate help in providing toys and children's outerwear at this event.
Items Sought: UNWRAPPED NEW toys and stocking stuffers; GENTLY-USED OR NEW children's outerwear donations (ages 2 - 12) -- gloves, hats, scarves, jackets, wool socks, etc. Ages: Suitable for ages 2 - 12
Time Period for Acceptance of Donations: Tuesday, December 3, through the afternoon of Tuesday, December 17
Drop-Off Locations: Between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Sisters of the Road Cafe, 133 N.W. Sixth Avenue (corner of N.W. Sixth and Davis). Ask for Catherine. If Catherine is unavailable, other staff can assist or Between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. -- Sisters of the Road Administrative Office, 518 N.W. Davis (between Davis and Broadway)
The donations are being collected for distribution at a Family Community/Kids' Day Party to be held at Sisters of the Road Cafe on Wednesday, December 18, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.