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Supporters Mobilize as Mumia Abu-Jamal Appeals for New Trial

20.07.2008 11:36

Last week, death row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal filed an appeal of a March 27 US Third Circuit Court ruling that rejected his bid for a new guilt-phase trial.

On the 4th of July in Philadelphia, over 75 supporters of Abu-Jamal gathered at the Liberty Bell, including NYC rappers Rebel Diaz (pictured), former Ossining NAACP President Sundiata Sadiq, Theresa Shoatz, and Pam Africa. [View Photos and Video Here] Issue #3 of Abu-Jamal-News was released, spotlighting Freedom Archives, this fall's CR10 conference in Oakland, CA, organizing to abolish the prison industrial complex, the NYC Jerchico March to the United Nations demanding freedom for all political prisoners and POWs, and updates on the cases of political prisoners Ruchell Magee, Hugo Pinell, Leonard Peltier, the San Francisco Eight, Kansas City Five, and Omaha Two. [View PDF Here.]

RELATED: 4th of July report by Betsey Piette; photos by Joe Piette | | New articles on The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal by Carolina Saldaña, Linn Washington Jr., Dissident Voice and radio shows Law and Disorder, Jazz and Justice, and KOWA | | Philadelphia events for Mumia and the MOVE 9 on Aug. 8 & 9 | | Online Video Series | | FreeMumia.com



4th Anniversary to Hague Ruling: Repression and Resistance Intensify

13.07.2008 08:14

Four years after the International Court of Justice published an advisory ruling against Israel's Apartheid Wall, without a change on the ground, the Palestinian popular resistance intensifies in actions, courtrooms, and prisons.

In Bilin, Ramallah area, Israeli settlers and army expand illegal settlement on Bilin's land, in contempt of a ruling by Israel's High Court from more than a year ago, leaving Bilin residents to commence legal proceedings against profiting Canadian companies. Like other areas, Bilin has also seen an upsurge in army violence during weekly demonstrations aimed at the fence, a month ago Ibrahim Burnat was shot by three live bullets in the thigh, and is still in hospital.

Nilin village, neighboring Bilin, has been holding nearly daily demonstrations for several weeks and this week faced a full on siege (video) by Israel's army. Curfew and closure were imposed Friday to Tuesday by Israeli soldiers in an attempt to stop protests against annexation of the village's lands under the illegal excuse of needing to wall off a settler-only apartheid road that runs through the village deep in the West Bank. On Monday (video) and Tuesday (video) demonstrators broke the siege, then continued with demonstrations marking 4 years to the Hague ICJ ruling Wednesday and Thursday (video). Demonstrations are also being held in several other villages and towns, including: Dier Al Ghson in Tulkarem, Azzoun Atmeh and Jayyus in Qalqiliya, Beit Hanina in Jerusalem, Beit Iba in Nablus, and Al-Masara, Umm Salamuna, and Al-Khader in Bethlehem.

Among those spending these days in prison for participation in resistance is a Palestinian organizer from Beit Omar, Mousa Abu Maria, in administrative detention since April 11th. Demonstrations will continue tomorrow as well.



J12: International call for solidarity actions against G8 repression

11.07.2008 14:35

Free the arrestees! Protest against police state and capitalist summit! Take simultaneous actions on Saturday 12th July (en) (日本語)

Three of our friends were unjustly arrested at the demonstration against the G8 summit on 5th July 2008. One of the arrested (vid,ja) is an indymedia activist who is organizing sound actions and a member of the G8 Media Network. The police used overwhelming violence. For instance, they stopped the sound truck forcefully, three [1] [2] [3] policemen broke the truck window with their clubs, (vid,ja) and they viciously dragged out the driver. This situation was exposed as Japanese police brutality once again, reported by independent media.

While most of the Japanese media coverage focussed on the summit, a homeless activist in Osaka was quietly, unfairly arrested on the 4th. Allegedly, his mobile phone ownership and user had different names. Even though his group from Osaka had planned to come and join the poverty and labour unit of the counter G8 Action Network, they cannot because they must rescue him, just after the liberation of another activist who was also arrested for a tiny bureaucratic mistake last month. All of these bureaucratic errors are unreasonably trivial things. This is obviously suppression of dissent.

We denounce the repression at the 5th July sound demonstration and of the homeless activists (ja) by the police, and demand immediate release of all. On 12th July, simultaneous protest actions will be taken at 3pm (GMT+9) in Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka, etc. against police capitalism. We appeal for international solidarity! Take action simultaneously! Protest against unjust arrests, police violence and the capitalist summit.

July5th Relief Association for Sapporo Sound Demonstration (ja) (j5solidarity (at) riseup.net), in solidarity with Indymedia Japan.

VIDEO: cameraman arrested [file] | policemen smash window [file] | Indymedia activist arrested/Declare Independence
STATEMENTS: international activists | Lawyers (WATCH) | No Vox   G8 LINKS
G8 MEDIA: G8 Media Network [video] | No-G8 | Alt-G8 | IMC Japan | Teiko (ru) | J5 Solidarity (ja)



The Real Operation to &quot;Rescue&quot; Ingrid Betancourt and US Mercenaries

Colômbia, 08.07.2008 15:59

features about betancourt In order to understand the "rescue operation" of Ingrid Betancourt and the Northrop Grumman Corporation mercenaries who were released with her, it is necessary to piece together articles published in the media, filter the content and out of this is formed a true understanding of the facts of what happened here.

  1. On June 3rd, Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba revealed that she possessed information that the government of Colombia was negotiating a deal with FARC to trade money for the release of Betancourt and the mercenaries. The official policy of the United States is that they don't "negotiate with terrorists," even as many leaders of Latin American countries accuse President Uribe of supporting the AUC paramilitary death squads and accuse the United States of providing safe harbor to known terrorists such as Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles.

  2. Careful observers began to question the strange circumstances under which the "dramatic rescue" of Ingrid Betancourt happened. Some guys with Che Guevara t-shirts simply showed up and redirected them into another helicopter? If it were that easy, why didn't they do that years ago? The French media also found strange the fact that Betancourt didn't resemble the gaunt and hungry images we have been seeing in the media -- she seemed well-fed and healthy, as if she were being prepared for release.



Resistance action against police in Kamagasaki

29.06.2008 15:09

On 12th June 2008, just in the afternoon before the G8 Finance Ministers' Meeting had began in Osaka with many guards and excessive security, one of the daily labourers in Kamagasaki was tortured by the police. From the next day 13th, many of the daily labourers and neighbourhood youth began to resist against the police repression and violence. Most Japanese mainstream media just copied the official announcements by the police and reported this as a "riot" for the first time after 18 years since the last one in 1990.

10pm, 17th June: 5th nights from the beginning, reporters told us that dozens of labourers and youth were arrested. 4am, 18th June: Are they "suppressed"?

19th June: Over the past week and a half, an unprecedented political crackdown has been enacted in advance of a series of economic summits around the country. Despite this, the brave workers of Kamagasaki stood up against the stiff security environment in riots against the brutal beating of a day laborer over the past five days. The twin situations of repression and revolt deserve to be examined in more detail.

VIDEO: [1 (it)] | PHOTOS: [13 June] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [14]

G8 LINKS: background | schedule | online media | local media centers | camp site | music | events | communications

G8 MEDIA: G8 Media Network | No-G8 | Alt-G8 | IMC Japan | Teiko (ru)



New and brutal aggression to Rosary Indymedia of camarógrafo

1planet1people, 27.06.2008 17:14

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Rosary Indymedia denounces a new and brutal aggression to the Gustavo correspondent, Goatherd and condemns the violation to the right of freedom of expression and to the social access to the information. Friday, the 23rd of May at approximately 1:00am, Gustavo Goatherd was covering the conflict in the Faculty of Humanities and Arts and was attacked and seriously hurt in its left eye. Our companion is responsible for the coverage of the of election of director and the events of the National University of Rosary for June of 2007. The presence of groups of fanatical individuals that usually act with violence at decisive moments of the university political life, acting like gangs inside the University, the persecution to students and intimidation to the independent press, was the previous frame of this aggression.



Repression against animal rights activists - 'touch one, touch all'

10.06.2008 09:30

Repression in Austria At around 7:00 am on May 21, 2008, members of the Austrian elite police force (WEGA) stormed several apartments across the country. Some of the residents were woken up in their beds at gunpoint. A total of twenty-three (23) apartments, houses and offices were searches in Vienna, Lower Austria, Styria and Tirol. In many of the apartments the WEGA kicked in the doors. The officers stormed the apartments like in bad Hollywood movies. Only after the residents had been intimidated, "secured" on the wall and/or put in handcuffs did the police start the searches.

All the arrestees are active in the animal rights movement in Austria. The offices of at least 4 animal rights group were search by police. The 10 people, a few of which are currently on hunger strike, are still in custody. On a bail hearing on June 6th, the judge decided to keep them in jail for at least 4 weeks further.

There have been solidarity demonstrations in Austria and around the world to demand the immediate release of the activists and for the authorities to drop the charges (see list of protests below).

English texts: Legal Support Update (June 5, 2008) | Call for Global Solidarity Action Day on 4th of June 2008 | Legal Support Update (May 28, 2008) | Austrian Activists in Prison (uk indymedia) | Solidarity Photos | Legal Support Information (May 24, 2008)) | Legal Support Information (May 21, 2008)

Links: Anti-repression/ Solidarity Website | tierbefreier.de English solidarity website | at.indymedia.org



Utah Phillips has left the stage

26.05.2008 06:20

Folksinger, Storyteller, Railroad Tramp Utah Phillips Dead at 73

Utah Phillips, a seminal figure in American folk music who performed extensively and tirelessly for audiences on two continents for 38 years, died Friday, May 23rd, 2008, of congestive heart failure in Nevada City, California a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountains where he lived for the last 21 years with his wife, Joanna Robinson, a freelance editor.

Born Bruce Duncan Phillips on May 15, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of labor organizers. Whether through this early influence or an early life that was not always tranquil or easy, by his twenties Phillips demonstrated a lifelong concern with the living conditions of working people. He was a proud member of the Industrial Workers of the World, popularly known as "the Wobblies," an organizational artifact of early twentieth-century labor struggles that has seen renewed interest and growth in membership in the last decade, not in small part due to his efforts to popularize it.

Phillips died at home, in bed, in his sleep, next to his wife. Read More

see also: U. Utah Phillips Has Passed Away | A Note From Utah | A short jog through a long memory (UtahPhillips.org) | Utah Phillips Blog || Utah Phillips Live 2004 Performance FRSC Raid Benifit || Amy Goodman interviews Utah Phillips || Utah Phillips at the Fiddle Down the FBI Rally, May 2002 || Utah testifies at Judi Bari's trial || Family requests memorial donations to Hospitality House



Indymedia Journalists Targeted in Ecuador, Five Arrested

09.05.2008 01:50

Ecuadorian police detained five journalists associated with Ecuador Indymedia late Tuesday night, May 6th. Four of the five were released from custody on Wednesday afternoon. The government says that the four activists were detained because of their relationship with the fifth detainee, Ecuadorian resident and Colombian national Antonio Alcívar.

The government at first refused to issue a statement on the matter or inform the detainees of the reason for their arrests. The Regional Foundation for Assistance in Human Rights (INREDH) noted that this was a violation of the detainees' constitutional right to be clearly informed of the reason for their detention along with the identities of those who ordered and carried out the arrests.

CMI Ecuador: Comunicadores de Indymedia Ecuador víctimas de arresto arbitrario || URGENTE: SOLIDARIDAD CON COMUNICADORES INDEPE || Comunicado detención comunicadores de Indymedia Ecuador víctimas de arresto arbitrario || Periodistas populares fueron liberados (más información) || CMI Brasil: Comunicadores independentes são vítimas de prisão arbitrária || Upside Down World



May Day 2008 Parades

06.05.2008 20:27

mayday parade 08 Since 2001, Euro May Day Parades on the 1st of May have spread all around Europe.

The May Day Parade is a transnational march which expresses the common will to fight the precarity of work and the criminalization of migrants, to make the daily struggles of the precarious visible. Every year hundred thousands of people protest against the precarity of work and life in a context where worktime can be expanded with no limits, and where migrant workers are the most precarious of all workers. This year, the EuroMayDay network called for a joined parade in Aachen, where, on the same day, French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German chancellor Angela Merkel received the Charlemagne prize. Referring to Charlemagne as the founder of Western culture, it honours people for their contribution to European unificaton. In Hamburg, one thousand nazis tried to recuperate the MayDay, ten thousands antifa met there and cancelled the nazi demo in the most violent riots in Hamburg since 80's. In Milano, there was 100.000 people in the euromayday parade [ video ].

In US, tens of thousands marched and held demonstrations on Thursday 1st of may, calling for an end to war and dignity for immigrants and workers. Dockworkers on the west coast defied their union bosses and staged a one day strike against the war, effectively shutting down all port activity [ pics ]. High school and university students staged walkouts in Venice and San Francisco. Protesters also called out unjust military recruiting and defended public housing.

In New-Zealand, near Blenheim, ploughshares penetrate Waihopai base and deflate satellite dome.

MayDay Parades and Immigrant marches were held all around the world:



Triqui community radio announcers murdered in Oaxaca

Toby Bartels, 19.04.2008 04:07

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Bulletin of the Center for Community Support Working Together (Centro de Apoyo Comunitario Trabajando Unidos “CACTUS”)

Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala, Oaxaca--Around the community of Llano Juárez in the Triqui zone, two announcers for the Community Radio of the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala "The voice that breaks the silence" were ambushed and murdered. In the attack, four other persons were hurt, among them two minors by age.

RELATED: Two announcers killed | Interview with Radio Bemba

strong>IN ENGLISH: Indybay: Community Radio Producers Murdered in Mexico | Boston Indymedia: Two Radio Reporters Murdered in Oaxaca | Indymedia.UK: Murder, Corruption and Illegal Logging in Oaxaca | | | Background from Cleveland IMC: Triqui Peoples in Oaxaca Take Over and Narco News The Triquis Inaugurate Their New Autonomous Municipality



Decentralized Days of Action for Squats and Autonomous Spaces

11.04.2008 21:55

Activists across Europe and beyond have dubbed Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April 2008 as days of action for squats and autonomous spaces. Following a meeting in the autonomous space 'Les Tanneries' in Dijon last year, there was a call out for two days of decentralised actions in defence of free spaces and for an anti-capitalist popular culture.

The aim of the days of action is to develop interconnections and solidarity between squats and autonomous spaces and help create more visibility for them as a european/global political movement. Public actions are planned in the Austria, Belarusia, Czech Republic, Danmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden and other places.

In Copenhagen things have already kicked off with an advance action in support of creating a new Ungdomshuset 'Youth House' took place with 5000 people taking part in a demo followed by a massive street party. In the UK, new squats have already been opened in Leeds City Centre, Nottingham, and London. Further advaned actions took place in Amsterdam (nl) (pl) (en), Hamburg (de) and Innsbruck (de). One goal for the weekend of action is to "inspire and empower people" who have previously been unfamiliar with squatting. Discussing campaigns and sharing knowledge and skills we can support one another and be empowered ourselves, as well as drawing in new people by creating a vibrant and exciting place to be.

Throughout the weekend there will be independent media coverage of actions, video and radio reports from around Europe.

Links: April2008 website (multilingual) | Agenda | wiki | Indymedia UK feature | at.indymedia.org feature | Indymedia.nl feature | Indymedia Danmark features

Audio streams Open-Radio (multilingual) | Radiojukebox (de/en) | Radio Bronka (ca/es) | more radio (playlist)



Violent Repression At NATO Summit in Romania

10.04.2008 22:12

At approximately 12:30pm on 2nd April hundreds of Romanian police violently raided a convergence center in Bucharest, the country's capital. The convergence space was set up to facilitate an anti-NATO gathering and was legally rented. It is reported that during the raid at least two protesters were hospitalized. Various reports state people are badly beaten while in custody and even while taken to hospital. Numerous people are reported to be seriously injured and some have been refused medical assistance while in custody.

It is estimated that 46 people have been arrested. No demonstration or action had happened before the raid and all the arrests were made inside the convergence center. Police officers were masked and reportedly very aggressive towards journalists trying to access the scene. The convergence center is located near the center of Bucharest, which is hosting a NATO summit that just got underway today. It is estimated that up to 27,000 police officers, military, snipers and secret police are 'guarding' the city. The security alert code yellow has been announced, meaning that all demonstrations are forbidden in the whole city amongst other restrictive laws.

Indymedia articles: Riot police storms convergence centre at Bucharest anti- NATO protests | Massive Repression during the NATO Summit in Romania | Anti-NATO Convergence Centre in Bucharest attacked by Anti-Terror Police | Breaking News: Mass Arrests during NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania | Mass Arrest of demonstrators in Bucharest | Anti NATO activists faced police brutality

Other media: Massive Repression during the NATO Summit in Romania | Videos of the raid on the convergence centre | Photos of mass arrests | Info for anyone going to Romania | Solidarity demo in Berlin | Protests at police stations | Bucharest Declaration | Solidarity from Vienna, Bern, Berlin, Skopje, Kopenhagen



Sacred Shrine of shamans threatened by real estate speculation in Brasilia, Brazil

03.04.2008 23:06

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In Brasília the local administration wants to build a luxurious neighborhood, called Northwest, in a place where indigenous groups of different ethnicities, like Fulni-ô/Thapuwia, Tuxá, Cariri-Xocó, had live for more than 30 years. The place is also the last area of Cerrado in the city, a native vegetation from the central part of Brasil. It´s a environmental sanctuary of great importance for the regional rivers and at the same time is also a place where indigenous from diferent parts of the country can stay while travelling trough Brasilia.

The financial interests are huge and defended by those who were supposed to take care of a healty environmental and for cultural diversity, instead of being spokesman of the private interests that wants to destroy the Shamans Sanctuary, the indigenous and the environment. The governor José Roberto Arruda was involved in scandals in the Congress a few years ago and the vice governor Paulo Octávio, a senator, owner of the biggest land company, owner of a TV station and also owner of the Brasilia newspaper (Citizen Kaine), wants to destroy this history, using state propaganda that the Northwest Sector will be an ecological neighborhood, a model of modernity and progress when in fact it's a prove of the intolerance, prejudice and racism of the capitalist development that destroy the nature and victimizes native and black people, and all those who opposes this mega project.

According to the governor Arruda: "There some people who believe we should not built the Northeast Sector so the indigenous could live there. Of course that is not my opnion". This neighborhood is destinated to the upper class, it's expected to be the most expensive area in Brazil and one of the most in the world. Each meter is going to cost 6 thousand reais (around 2.500 dollars). The area will shelter around 100 thousand people, and 150 thousand cars, which will demage even more a city that sofers with the heat season. Also the water sources from the Parana Basin and the Amazonica Basin can be contaminated in the process. There is no reason to go ahead with this project, according with IBGE (Geography and Statistic Institute) there is more than 53 thousand dwelling that are not occupied in the city. The supposed demand of habitation of the upper class is in fact a demand of capital flow, that is proved by the strong real state especulation of coorporations and government in the federal capital of Brasil.

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Images:: Local Pictures | Protests in BNDES (Development Bank)1 and 2 | Protest in IBAMA (Environmental Agency) 1 - 2 - 3

Video:: Toré - Celebration and Resistance in the Central Highlands

For more information check out Indymedia Brasil and Shamans Sanctuary



Fossil Fools Take On Fossil Fuels

03.04.2008 21:41

Fossil Fools

Rising Tide called for a day of action against the fossil fuel industry on April 1st. People responded by targetting various aspects of the fossil fuel industry. In the UK, offices were targetted, banners dropped and protests held. In Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, protesters halted work at one of the biggest open-cast coal mines in Europe, with the intention to remain on the site for several days. Read reports: [1] [2]. Activists also blockaded the UK's largest off shore gas terminal at Bacton in Norfolk and prevented construction workers from entering the site. Read reports: [1] [2]. On 3rd April activists succesfully blockaded Aberthaw power station in Wales, causing huge traffic tailbacks. Read reports: [1] [2]. In Scotland the tyres of 4x4's were deflated and foolish action took place in Edinburgh and Glasgow. In Nottingham, an office of energy giant E.ON was successfully blockaded. Two people were arrested and their homes raided and searched by police. Read report + audio. Read full reports: UK Indymedia, Notts Indymedia and Scotland Indymedia.

In the US, activists stopped bulldozers at the contruction site of Cliffside coal-fired power plant, Charlotte, North Carolina. Shortly after locking themselves to construction equipment, police arrived on the scene and used pain compliance holds and tazers to force them to unlock themselves. Read report. In Boston, Massachusetts, four activists locked themselves to the front entrance of a Bank of America branch and were arrested. They were protesting the bank's funding of coal and energy companies. Read report. Two people were arrested in New York City after locking themselves to the front door of Citibank's headquarters, protesting at the companies' "socially irresponsible investment strategy, which includes funding environmentally damaging industries". See report and photos. Other protests were reported in Houston, Denver, Berkeley, Portland, Maine and Worcester. Read full reports: US Indymedia.

In Aotearoa (New Zealand), 3 people were arrested at a Fossil Fools Day protest in Otautahi/Christchurch. One report speak of "blatant police harassment, prosecution of activists, with no possible justification for arrests and brutality." A group of climate change activists also presented Air New Zealand with New Zealand's first ever 'Fossil Fool' award. The company was chosen for the award because of their recent eco-branding program which "attempts to give their customers the impression that damage to the climate due to air travel can can be offset". Read report. Read full reports: Aotearoa Indymedia.

Other action roundups: Fossil Fools Day website | Rising Tide UK action roundup

Links: Climate IMC | Camp for Climate Action | Rising Tide Australia | Rising Tide North America | Rising Tide UK



Brutal detentions of sleeping activists in Słupsk after anti-missile shield protests

31.03.2008 00:17

Early morning, Sunday 30 March 2008, the day after protests against the US anti-missile missiles (en) (pl) to be placed in Słupsk, Poland, about 23-25 activists were detained (pl) (en) in Słupsk, mainly from Toruń but also from Szczecin and Poznań. It appears that the police raided a private home while people were sleeping and that the human rights activists were brutally treated and beaten. Police used tear gas and one person has a broken hand. Please telephone to the police station in Słupsk at 3 maja Street +48 59 848 0545 and to the police command +48 59 848 0100. The police allege that the intervention was due to disturbance of the peace at night. There are also charges of assaulting a police officer.



1000 activists close down NATO

24.03.2008 16:54

About 1,000 people from 17 European countries went to the NATO headquarters in Brussels on the 23rd of March to take part in the international non-violent action NATO GAME OVER. 5 years after the start of the Iraq war and 10 days before the Bucharest NATO summit, peace activists from all over Europe demonstrate that preventing war starts in Europe.

TIMELINE: | Photos 1, 2, 3, 4 | Video 1, 2

NEXT ACTIONS: March 29-30: Stop the Shield! | Słupsk, Poland [1] [2] [3] [4] | Czech
April 2-4: Anti-NATO Bucharest | Romania



Five Years Too Many!! the US anti-war movement steps it up

23.03.2008 11:05

On the 5th anniversary of the Iraq invasion, anti-war protesters across the United States stepped up actions of civil disobedience to make their voices heard. From Washington, DC to San Francisco to Boston, hundreds of people were arrested while blockading streets; targeting federal buildings, corporate headquarters and military recruitment stations; and participating in walkouts. Thousands more participated in vigils and support demonstrations. See Below for Roundup of Actions.

These actions followed what is probably most significant and underreported anti-war action in the last 5-years — the Iraq Veterans Against the War's "Winter Soldier" hearings. For four days in Washington, DC, former US military who were in Iraq and Afghanistan testified about US war crimes in the two wars and dramatically condemned the Bush administration and Pentagon for starting the wars. "Winter Soldier" hearings were first held in 1971 in DC by the Vietnam Veterans Against The War and were pivotal in bringing the Vietnam War to an end. This year's hearings were broadcast live on the internet and they were seen by the public at many locations organized by anti-war activists in multiple states; however, the IVAW Winter Soldier was largely ignored by most corporate media. Coverage from Washington DC | NYC | Boston | Rustbelt Radio | Indybay | Baltimore

The last few weeks also saw scattered nationwide protests against the war on International Women's Day. These mass actions follow a year of innovation in the anti-war movement, including the successful targeting of military recruitment centers, corporations and war shipment operations in port cities; as well as the continual gathering of thousands of weekly and monthly peace vigils nationwide (see Eagle Rock, CA, Washington County, OR).

The latest poll in March showed that 65% of Americans are opposed to the war in Iraq, yet coverage of the anti-war movement by corporate media has continued to decline. Organizers and independent media workers are working to counter that silence. A statement released by students in Portland, OR, reads: "We as students also believe that anti-war efforts have been too moderate and passive to make a difference." Related: The Warmongers Fear US: PR and 5 Years Too Many in Iraq | Iraq Winter Soldier Hearings: Victory for Independent Media | The Indypendent's Anti-War Issue



Stop the murders and threates against the organisers of the 6th March march!

Toby Bartels, 19.03.2008 00:59

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On the 6 of March last, hundreds of thousands of people were mobilized in 24 parts of the country for a day of shared solidarity summoned by the Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE). The same day, acts of solidarity were carried out in 74 cities of the world. Since the moment at which the proposal for the day became public, stigmatisation and signals, coming at bottom from the high Government and other sectors of the extreme right, have generated a climate of polarisation whose consequences have not been hopeful. Through several means of communication since the 10th of February, presidential advisor José Obdulio Gaviria accused the march of the 6th of March of being "summoned by the FARC". On the 12 of February, pamphlets threatening the organizers of the march were spread by electronic mail. Soon a wave of murders were let loose.



International Day of Action Marks Four Years Since the Coup Against Aristide

16.03.2008 12:04

“[P]eople in Haiti tell us that all of this stuff has an impact. The more people are doing in other counties, even small events like this one, have an impact because the word is starting to get out to people. So any small thing that you can do really helps.” – Margaret Prescod of "Sojourner Truth" Radio

On Saturday, March 1st, as part of the International Day of Action in Solidarity with the People of Haiti, the www.globalwomenstrike.net hosted a showing of the films Haiti: Harvest of Hope (see the trailer here) and What’s Going on in Haiti? at the Eastside Café in Los Angeles. Margaret Prescod of Pacifica Radio and Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike, moderated the event. "The Reports that I’ve gotten are is that things are going very well, there were events in about 36 cities around the world,” she said. “There were four major events in Haiti yesterday, including in Port au Prince, that were quite large, including a contingent of people who were also demanding the safe return of Lovinsky Pierre-Antione, one of our comrades who’s been missing in Haiti” (see: http://la.indymedia.org/news/2007/11/210199.php). Full Report & Pictures Haiti Event Marks Four Years Since the Coup Against Aristide by Weak from Fasting | | | Video: MARINES OUT! Solidarity with the Haitian People! by Bill Carpenter | | | List of Participating Cities




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