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Lakota Sioux Indians Declare Sovereign Nation Status

22.12.2007 05:16

Lakota Sioux Indian representatives declared sovereign nation status on Wednesday, December 19th in Washington D.C. following Monday’s withdrawal from all previously signed treaties with the United States Government. The withdrawal, hand delivered to Daniel Turner, Deputy Director of Public Liaison at the State Department, immediately and irrevocably ends all agreements between the Lakota Sioux Nation of Indians and the United States Government outlined in the 1851 and 1868 Treaties at Fort Laramie, Wyoming.

“This is an historic day for our Lakota people,” declared Russell Means, Itacan of Lakota. “United States colonial rule is at its end!”

“Today is a historic day and our forefathers speak through us. Our Forefathers made the treaties in good faith with the sacred Canupa and with the knowledge of the Great Spirit,” shared Garry Rowland from Wounded Knee. “They never honored the treaties, that’s the reason we are here today.”

Lakota Freedom Delegation | Lakota Withdrawal Letter, December 17, 2007 | Declaration of Continuing Independence (June, 1974)

Bishop's hunger strike against river diversion enters day 20

Josh B, 19.12.2007 02:33

Beginning the 27th of November, Bishop Dom Luiz Cappio, of the city of Barra, in Bahia, Brazil, is conducting a hunger strike. This is in protest of the diversion (“transposition”) of the San Francisco River. The project, headed by the Brazilian government, intends to divert some output of the San Francisco River. This water will irrigate areas of the semi-arid northeast, as well as sustain the larger cities in the region.

The Brazilian government initiated the project a few weeks ago, with the assistance of the federal army. Troops were sent to Cabrobó and Alta Floresta, cities in western Pernambuco, to guarantee that the project would begin without ‘incident.’ This project of diverting the river was studied and considered by previous administrations, but only now is being put into practice. Currently, the cost of the project(s) are estimated at R$4,5 billion (currently, ~$2.5 US, or ₤1.25 UK). Geographically, constructing two canals will extend about 700 kilometers (435 miles).

Those in the government who oppose the proposition confirm that the diversion, as it is being implemented, will not serve to resolve the age-old problem of drought in the northeast. Rather, the course of the canals – and the regions that will primarily benefit from this irrigation – are areas important to agribusiness. The interest of the government is guaranteeing infrastructure for foreign capital; this leaves in secondary consideration the needs of the local population and the river itself, which will unquestionably be affected with the change in the river’s basin. Beyond this, there is a lack of consensus amongst published studies on the impacts of the project on the environment, and ecosystem of the watershed in its entirety.

Read More: Government breaks accord on Rio São Francisco and Bishop returns to hunger strike | For the life of Dom Cappio, for the life of the São Francisco | Site defending the São Francisco | CMI Brasil

Plan México moves forward

Josh B, 16.12.2007 10:13

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Soon after Felipe Calderón pointed out that in México ‘there is no dirty war,’ the plenary of the Chamber of Deputies met to approve generally the Reforma Judicial. This was done in the name of ‘combating delinquency,’ and will serve to legalize a police state – elements of which have already been imposed. Included in the Reforma are provisions for the legal execution of breaking and entering houses, arbitrary detention, access to confidential data of the accused, and holding defendants without the ability to communicate, among other things. The importance of this is not only the annulling of important guaranteed individual rights, but also that it is a path towards a type of repression where human rights and justice, bit by bit, slide further away from the already dispossessed.

Plan México, or the Mérida Initiative, continues to advance by way of the discourse concerning national security; its implementation is borne of a politics of fear. In spite of the fact that some see it as a ‘win,’ in theory, that social movements would not be considered ‘organized delinquency,’ recent experiences (in which the State criminalizes protest and social inconformity) indicate the contrary. It is enough to mention the response of the police-military front against popular movements: in Atenco, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Guerrero, and Chiapas. As is the aggression against defenders of human rights, so is the forced disappearance of people with connections to armed organizations.

Plan México | Indymedia México

NATO not quite stopped

Imc Scotland &amp; Indymedia UK, 15.12.2007 14:35

NATO protest,December 2007, Edinburgh

About fourty activists protested against the NATO summit at the Craigiehall Army Barracks near Edinburgh in Scotland. The demonstrators blocked the main road to the meeting, which was attended by defence ministers from eight NATO countries and other senior political and military officials to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan.
Reports of protests on Indymedia Scotland and IMC UK:
[ report of early morning actions | report and pics | leaflets in NATO hotel | Indymedia Scotland feature | details of protest | announcing article ]
Background links:
[ The Senlis Council | RAWA on US worsening human rights situation | Taliban control more than half of Afghanistan: IMC Germany | Womankind: Taking Stock | Canadian Peace Alliance | Imc Germany: There is no end to Afghanistan | Le Monde Diplomatique french/german/english | icasualties | Why are we in Afghanistan? | Just Foreign Policy ]

Indigenous Peoples Locked Out From Climate Negotiations

Arizona IMC, 15.12.2007 02:39

Navajo and Mohawk representatives of the Indigenous Environmental Network are now in Bali at the 13th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Jihan Gearon, Dine’ Navajo Nation, IEN energy & climate campaign organizer and Benjamin Powless, Mohawk, Six Nations, Ontario, Canada, IEN youth representative, are gathered with other Indigenous Peoples and taking on the world's super powers and carbon scams.

On December 9 a delegation of indigenous peoples was forcibly barred from entering the meeting between UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and civil society representatives, despite the fact that the indigenous delegation was invited to attend. This act is representative of the systematic exclusion of indigenous peoples in the UNFCCC process.

Gearon, writing from Bali, said, "What I am saying is that Indigenous People need a much bigger and better seat at the table. Our communities and livelihoods are the first affected by climate change. We are also the most affected by the unsustainable solutions being proposed to solve climate change – nuclear power, clean coal, carbon sequestration, reforestation, carbon trading, etc, etc, etc. "The Indigenous Peoples here in Bali are asking the U.N... to listen to us, and to stop with the false solutions that devastate our lands, threaten our ways of life, and deny our human rights... read more >>

The subtle difference

14.12.2007 23:35

The trial of 25 people accused of devastation and sacking at Genoa G8 in 2001, has ended. The latest decision of prosecutors to propose 225 years in jail and a hundred thousand euros fine for hurting the reputation of Genoa, brought to a final sentence which is not that far away: 110 years of jail. This is the price we have to pay for being in the street and protesting in thousands against governments.

The sentence makes differences between "good" and "bad" ways to express dissent. There are tolerable ways to protest and ways that should be punished as if it was a war crime. The 10 "bad ones" got from 6 to 11 years (1 person with 11 years). The 14 "good ones" got from 5 months to 2.5 years. One person was discharged .

One month ago, on 17 November thousands of people were protesting again in Genova against a reinterpretation of Genoa G8 history and a clean and one-sided version of the events: Police acted correctly and protesters are still overestimating the abuses.

Meanwhile, the court cases against police officers for the tortures in Bolzaneto and for the raid in the Diaz school move slowly forward (one will be ending by the end of the year and the other around summer 2008) towards meek convictions and statute of limitations after the first court sentence. More on: Supporto Legale | press release | Comunicado de prensa

US Corporate Broadcaster Airs New Mumia Abu-Jamal Crime Scene Photos, Breaking Mainstream Media Blackout

11.12.2007 15:06

Following a weeks-long media-activist campaign (including a Dec. 4 press conference covered by Reuters, Black Commentator, and Media Channel) the Dec. 6 broadcast of NBC's Today Show prominently featured the new crime scene photos that were recently discovered by German author Michael Schiffmann, breaking the mainstream media blackout of the photos, which had only been published by The SF Bay View. A large demonstration of Mumia supporters outside the NBC studio in New York City was featured on The Today Show, as well as The NY Post, NY Times, and NBC10. Today Show guests Michael Smerconish and Maureen Faulkner (authors of "Murdered By Mumia"), were reportedly outraged by the show, which entailed several challenging questions from co-host Matt Lauer. Journalists for Mumia responded to Faulkner and Smerconish's statements regarding the new photos.

The Dec.8 Free Mumia rally in Philadelphia featured a presentation of the new photos, where Pam Africa and others urged supporters to thank The Today Show (today at msnbc.com) for their fair and balanced report. Read More>> || View the show's overview and video online.

Related Stories: Dec. 8 demonstration in Bern, Switzerland || Veronica Jones' letter to The Today Show || Ed Herman on The Philadelphia Inquirer || The Mumia case: What is true justice? || Dec. 6 WBAI show featuring Suzanne Ross, Orie Lumumba, Hans Bennett, Linn Washington Jr., and Pam Africa || UPRISING RADIO: Journalists Decry Racism in Media Coverage of Mumia || Opio's Podcast || Dave Lindorff's letter to The Philadelphia Inquirer

Indian court orders 'arrest without bail' of Dutch activists

imc-uk features list, 09.12.2007 06:24

A court in Bangalore has issued an order for the 'arrest without the possibility of bail' of seven campaigners over their websites postings about labour conditions of an Indian supplier of fashion label G-Star. The activists are from the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN); the director of their Netherlands based ISP, Antenna, is included.

The case could have implications for activists posting anything on the web, with the court using the Convention on Cyber Crime to call for extradition. It all happens with the backdrop of the continuing campaign about labour conditions and particularly the huge number of child workers in India coming up against the religion of 'free trade'.

The case has been running for some time now. As the legal threats get worse the campaign are asking for solidarity. As G-Star is the only remaining buyer from the jeans manufacturer at which the CCC and ICN have highlighted the labour rights violations they are asking people to make demands of them listing things you can do [cleanclothes.org]. In the UK No Sweat! have called a picket of G-star [nosweat.org] focusing on their Covent Garden store. There are lots of outlets around on their store locator [g-star.com].

Crackdown of Migrant Organizers in South Korea

03.12.2007 03:03

On November 27th, three officers from the Migrant Trade Union were arrested outside of their homes and work. As part of an overall intensification of the government's crackdown on undocumented migrants in Korea, the MTU leadership has been vigorously targeted. Since August of 2007, over twenty members and officers have been seized by authorities. Around one million foreigners reside in South Korea, with a reported 230,000 of them undocumented laborers. Lured by the prospects of realizing their "Korean Dream", the number of migrant workers in Korea continues to grow. As the government's migrant policy has proven unable to provide legal solutions, it has resorted to brutal arrests and deportations.

On the morning of November 27th, MTU President Kajiman and Vice President Raju, both Nepalese, and General Secretary Masum from Bangladesh, were separately ambushed by immigration agents outside their respective homes and workplace. After initially protesting, they were arrested by force. They had reportedly been under thorough surveillance for a period of time, to the extent that agents knew the kind of medication Masum took. Soon after all three men were sent to a detention center in Cheongju, Northern Choongjeong Provence, south of the capital Seoul.

The current conditions faced by labor in general in korea is restrictive and oppressive, but especially so for migrant workers who have no rights as citizens and face huge obstacles for organizing. This latest arrest succeeded in eliminating the union's entire executive leadership. Despite international criticism of its migrant worker policy, the Korean government seems determined to protect industry's ability to exploit migrant labor by denying migrant's the ability to organize for basic rights. The new migrant labor policy Employment Permit System (EPS), enacted in 2004, encourages illegality and results in a virtual slave system. According to the new law, migrant workers can work in South Korea for only three years and for only one employer. Unable to change their work place, the employer has complete control over the wages and working conditions. Workers who wish to avoid a dangerous or exploitative workplace find themselves criminalized.

solidarity letter campaign | two koreas blog | Migrant Workers TV | seoulidarity | Migrant Trade Union

Repression during anti-militarist action in Lugano, Switzerland

Indymedia svizzera, 01.12.2007 22:35

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Sunday 25 November, in the margin of the military parade, the police repressed violently anti-militarist activists. They protested in a peaceful and ironic way their dissent with the military fair which transformed Lugano in a true war zone![ 1].

The police intervened a first time during the military parade, where they stopped 11 people from the Clown Army. The clowns infiltrated into the parade only armed with irony.

The police responded with, unjustified, violent charges against the demonstrators. At the peaceful sit-in, that spontaneously started to protest against the arrest of the clowns, were also children and aged people.
Without any warning, the police used their nightsticks and pepper spray. They arrested 5 people and wounded a dozen people, one media activist got a broken arm.

This was a horrible showcase of intolerance and violence against the freedom of expression. That day, when the army celebrated its efficiency, the state demonstrated her institutional brutality.

Genoa 6 years later: We are the history

25.11.2007 23:19

50 thousand people returned to the streets of Genoa on November 17th to protest the recent charges against 25 people accused of devastation and sacking. The peaceful demonstration was a protest against the Italian government decision to not create a special facts commission on the G8 in Genoa in 2001 and against the latest decision of prosecutors to propose 225 years in jail and a hundred thousand euros fine for hurting the reputation of Genoa. Meanwhile, the court cases against police officers for the tortures in Bolzaneto and for the raid in the Diaz school move slowly forward (one will be ending by the end of the year and the other around summer 2008) towards meek convictions and statute of limitations after the first court sentence. People were protesting against a reinterpretation of Genoa G8 history and a clean and one-sided version of the events: Police acted correctly and protesters are still overestimating the abuses.

Chronology of the day | supportolegale.org | Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

student movement against the LRU law (privatization of the university)

Charles, 22.11.2007 01:56

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In France, a new law has been voted this summer when the university community was in vacation. This law, in relation to freedoms and responsibilities of universities is in fact a way to privatize them, to change their functioning and therefore disengaged the state..

Since few weeks already, general assemblies for informing and mobilizing students have been formed, gathering more than 2000 students sometime. Strikes, freeze and occupations are present in around 30 universities (~40% of French universities).

National coordinations have gathered several dozens of students coming from all over France. (Toulouse 27-28 of October, Rennes 10-11 of November and Tours, November 7-18). These national coordinations appeal to cancel the law, to defend pensions and to amnesty convicts from the past social movements.

This actual social movement is a test for the new president (Sarkozy) recently elected. If he wins, France will fast become a leader in the wild capitalist system; BUT if ground people resist and win, France will go on with its tradition of social movements and ground resistance.

If the convergence of struggles (pensions, students, lawyers, state employed people) is created that can lead to calling into question the entire system!

More information on local web (in French, sorry; but you can still watch pictures and movies): [ Lille | Nantes | Paris | Grenoble | Auvergne | Toulouse | Marseille | Lyon | Rennes ] and Accueil

Cananea Mine Workers' Strike Enters 5th Month

17.11.2007 09:50

Report Finds "A Serious Lack of Preventive Maintenance, Failure to Repair Equipment and Correct Visible Safety Hazards, and a Conspicuous Lack of Basic Housekeeping" on the Part of Grupo Mexico, S.A.

For more than four months 1,200 workers have been on strike at the Cananea Copper Mine in Cananea, Sonora – the largest copper mine in Mexico and one of the largest mines in the world. Mexico’s Mining and Metal Workers Union, which represents the workers, has been demanding that health and safety conditions be addressed at the mine. Cananea, located about 30 miles south of Sierra Vista, Arizona, has a long history of workplace action, including a 1906 strike that helped ignite the Mexican revolution and a bitter 1999 strike that ended in workers’ defeat. Most of the copper mined at Cananea is exported to the United States for use in electronics equipment.

Between October 6-8 a binational delegation of occupational health professionals, organized by the United Steelworkers' Union (U.S.) and the Maquiladora Health Safety and Support Network, toured the site at the invitation of the Cananea workers. A report, released November 12, found serious occupational hazards and deliberate neglect of safety precautions on the part of Grupo Mexico, SA, the owners of the mine. The Cananea strike follows a February 2006 explosion at a Grupo Mexico mine that killed 65 miners.

See United Steelworkers News for more coverage of the strike and cross-border solidarity.

Border Patrol Attacks Demonstrators as No Borders Camp Closes

14.11.2007 22:52

Hundreds Gather in Calexico / Mexicali to Advocate a World Without Borders

On the evening of November 11th, participants in the first No Borders Camp on the US-Mexico border dismantled the camp and marched west on either side of what has become a 15 foot wall dividing Mexicali (Mexico) and Calexico (United States), converging on the port of entry to protest the militarized border. The demonstration was peaceful until the US Border Patrol, without giving an order to disperse or other warning, brutally attacked those on the US side with point-blank rounds of pepper-spray pellets, batons, and swarm tactics, leaving several badly injured. This event was the final action of the No Borders Camp, and came after a week of peaceful confrontation and resistance to the border system.

The Border Patrol made three arrests: Steve Murphy, Erik Wackernagel and Juan Ruiz. Murphy and Wackernagel have been released and Ruiz is being held in the Imperial County Jail in El Centro, California. Ruiz is being charged with two counts of assaulting a federal officer and will have his second appearance before the magistrate on November 15th in El Centro. If you would like to donate to the legal fund, use this donate link and specify "No Borders Camp Legal Fund." Further support and solidarity information will be available soon.

More than 500 people participated in the No Borders Camp during the week of November 7-11. Actions during the camp included a rally and march on November 9 at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in El Centro, CA and a memorial service on November 10 at a cemetery in Holtville, CA where the remains of about 600 migrants who have died crossing the border are buried. All activities during the camp were peaceful and intended to build connections across borders.

Text: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 || Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 || Audio: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 || Video: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 || Informational Poster

more info / más info: San Diego Indymedia | No Borders Camp | Centro de Medios Libres | Regeneracion Radio

More Coverage of November 5th - 11th and Solidarity Actions

150,000 March for Climate Action

13.11.2007 16:17

Thousands Walk Against Warming Up to 150,000 people marched on November 11 around Australia against the lack of action on climate change by Australian political leaders, according to Walk Against Warming. Melbourne saw a crowd of 50,000 people (photos) bringing the city to a standstill, with 30,000 in Sydney, 9,000 in Canberra, and thousands more in Perth and 60 events across Australia.

Like the USA, Australia has refused to sign the Kyoto protocol and has the second highest emissions on a per capita basis behind Luxembourg. Australia exceeded the United States for the average highest emitter per capita in the developed world between 1996 and 2005. Action on Climate change has become the most important issue in the Australian Federal Election with voting on November 24. The climate policies of both major Australian parties allow Australia’s emissions to continue to rise, despite scientific projections and warnings that Catastrophic Climate Change may be Inevitible unless Drastic Steps are Taken with Arctic Sea Ice already Heading for Rapid Disintegration and predictions of Disastrous Sea Level Rise.

Photos: Melbourne 1, 2 | Perth 1 2 | Goldcoast | Sydney | Adelaide 1 2 | Cairns | Brisbane | Canberra
Video: Thousands march in Melbourne
Sydney IMC | Perth IMC | Climate IMC

First North America No Borders Camp Begins on Both Sides of US/Mex Border

08.11.2007 17:42

During the week of November 7-11th, the first No Borders Camp will take place on the US-Mexico border. The camp will take place during the 18th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, will happen simultaneously with the Indigenous Border Summit of the Americas in San Xavier on the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Week of Action Against the Apartheid Wall in Palestine / Israel.

Participants who want to see "a world without borders, where no one is illegal" will meet on both sides of the border in Mexicali (MX) and Calexico (US) and march on Wednesday, Nov. 7th to take the camp. Following the establishment of the camp there will be different days of action against capitalism, immigrant detentions and the separation wall. On Friday, November 9th, there will be rally and march against the Border Patrol and ICE in El Centro, CA, site of one of the largest federally run detention centers in the United States. Solidarity events will also be happening across North America, including in Tacoma, WA at the biggest Homeland Security Detention Center in the North West.

More Info: Promo Videos: 1 | 2 | Schedule of Camp | Ways to Plug-in to the Camp | deleteTheBorder | San Diego Indymedia | Arizona Indymedia | Tijuana Indymedia

Protests and a Strike Precede Barrick Gold’s 3rd quarter shareholders meeting

06.11.2007 11:45

While Barrick shareholders met to discuss third quarter earnings, over one thousand Chileans took to the streets in protest of Barrick’s multi-billion dollar Pascua Lama mining project. At the same time, in Tanzania, thousands of miners went on strike over salaries, healthcare and working conditions at Barrick's controversial Bulyanhulu mine.

In Chile, mine opponents include the Diaguita Huascoaltinos Indigenous group and local political leaders. They fear that the mine will disturb the area's sensitive ecosystem – already a UNESCO biosphere reserve – which provides water for the agriculture-rich Huasco Valley. Despite company assurances, Barrick's explorations activities have already been linked to a 56 to 70 percent depletion in three glaciers near the mine site.

In Tanzania, Barrick fired every worker on strike as they sought to improve pay, working conditions and benefits. Read More>>

Past Coverage: Aug2: Barrick hides opposition from shareholders | Apr24: Anti-Gold Mining Conflicts Spreading Throughout the Americas | Apr7: The Occupation of Barrick in Australia | Feb27: Mining in Papua New Guinea | 2001: Barrick Sues Greg Palast

en español En Santiago de Chile y en Tanzania: Protestas y huelga preceden a reunión de Barrick Gold Marcha contra la precarización de la vida en Argentina | Sentencia a Barrick Gold en Juicio popular en Chilecito La Rioja Argentina | Repudio ciudadano en III Reunión Bi-Nacional de Ecología | Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales

Related Links: protestbarrick.net | minesandcommunities.org (bilingüe) | corpwatch.org | Latin American Observatory of Mining Conflicts | noalamina.org (Argentina) | noalapascualama.org (Chile) | Save Lake Cowal campaign

Turkish Voices Speak Out Against Invasion of Iraq by Turkey

Cyprus, 02.11.2007 05:50

Turks and Turkish Cypriots from many and varied political tendencies are taking initiatives to oppose the war fever that has gripped Turkish society. Military and political preparations for the invasion are well underway, including daily bombings of Kurdish villages inside Iraq by jet aircraft and shelling by heavy artillery of the Armed Forces of Turkey. There are reports that more than 100.000 troups have been amassed at the border, waiting for orders to move forward.

Inside Turkey and in northern Cyprus - which is occupied by the Armed Forces of Turkey - a nationalist war frenzy is being whipped up in order to create a climate favourable to war. Mobs of nationalist pro-war demonstrators have been attacking the offices of Leftist organizations and newspapers, vilifying them as "traitors" and "supporters of the enemy", who in this case is the Kurdish people's' Liberation movement and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Related links: Turkish Voices Speak Out Against Invasion of Iraq by Turkey | IMC-Cyprus (English language)
In the hellenic (greek) language: Τουρκικές Φωνές Μιλούν Ενάντια στην Εισβολή της Τουρκίας στο Ιράκ | Turko - Hellenic Bicommunal Dialogue group | gelecege dogru bakmak | Istanbul Indymedia

17 activists arrested, denied bail. 300+ Police raid houses across Aotearoa / New Zealand

Aotearoa IMC, 16.10.2007 17:23

In a wave of massive state repression, 300+ Police, in many cases armed, raided houses around the country (Aotearoa / New Zealand) on October 15, making 17 arrests. Search warrants were carried out in Auckland, Whakatane, Ruatoki, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch. Police are also seeking up to 60 people for questioning. The arrestees are all activists in the Tino Rangatiratanga, peace and environmental movements.

Prominent Tino Rangatiratanga activist Tame Iti was among the first arrested at his home at 4am Monday morning. At 6am raids were carried out at A Space Inside anarchist social centre in Auckland [ Search Warrant ] and the 128 activist Community Centre in Wellington [ Video of police raid ]. In Tuhoe Country, the town of Ruatoki was blockaded by armed police for several hours, with no cars allowed in and many searched, including a school bus full of children.

14 of the arrestees appeared in court hearings in Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington the same afternoon and were all refused bail. All but two received name suppression. They have all been charged under the Arms Act with various offenses relating to alleged possession of various firearms and ammunition.

Stand In Solidarity!

  • Everywhere: Any letters emailed to lettersforprisoners[at]riseup[dot]net will be printed out and distributed to arrestees. Obviously don't write anything that could negatively impact on you or anyone else!
  • Auckland: A solidarity group has been formed, and will meet next on Thursday. Details to come.
  • Wellington: A meeting to "constructively discuss a reaction" will be held on Tuesday at 7:30pm at 128 Abel Smith St and a solidarity demonstration will be held at Wellington District Court at 2pm Wednesday.
  • Christchurch: A solidarity protest will be held in Cathedral Square on Tuesday at 5pm. There will also be another demonstration in Cathedral Square at 12noon on Saturday.
  • Melbourne, Australia: Demonstration in support of the arrestees Tuesday, 11am at the Consulate-General of New Zealand, Suite 2, North Level 3 350 Collins Street.

Links: Video interview with Annette Sykes, lawyer for Tame Iti | TV3 News video | Please remember security culture

See Aotearoa Indymedia for the latest updates

TAKE ACTION! Big Media Must Not Ignore New Mumia Abu-Jamal Crime Scene Photos

14.10.2007 13:48

As the world waits on a decision from Mumia Abu-Jamal's May 17 hearing before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, new questions are being raised as to whether the original jurors had access to all available information. On October 6, Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal (EMAJ) issued a press-release stating that recently disclosed photos taken by press photographer Pedro Polakoff amount to "more evidence that basic investigative protocol was violated by police from the earliest moments of the killing."

Pictured: Rap artist Immortal Technique holds a poster depicting several of Polakoff's photos. From the SF BayView's report on the May 17 hearing.

Dr. Michael Schiffmann of the University of Heidelberg unveiled these 26 photos in May at a press conference in Philadelphia. (View four of the photos here). The story was picked up by independent media, but no mainstream media outlet has acknowledged it. Readers are encouraged to contact the media directly, and have prepared a list of media contacts and a sample letter.

In anticipation of the Third Circuit Court's ruling, supporters in Philadelphia, the SF Bay Area and around the world are preparing for emergency "day after" actions. They continue to highlight the connections between Mumia's struggle and other political prisoners -- such as Leonard Peltier, the Cuban Five, the SF 8, and the MOVE 9. Meanwhile, Mumia continues his prolific journalism production from death row, with two new stories on the housing crisis in the US, as well as stories on Jena, Blackwater, and many more (see below).

Related Coverage: Listen to May 17 courtroom audio ||| "In Prison My Whole Life" Premieres October 25 (view trailer) ||| Pacifica Radio's Margaret Prescod Interviews Mumia ||| Uprising Radio's Sonali Kolhatkar Interviews Mumia ||| Mumia Abu-Jamal: On the Road to Freedom? ||| The Trial of Billy Cook ||| Attention MOVE: This is America! ||| "Wettlauf gegen den Tod" Mumia Abu-Jamal

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