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Activists in Santa Cruz are moving in to their 13th week of sleep protests held at city hall organized to protest the criminalization of people experiencing homelessness, and to work toward the repeal of the local camping and sleeping bans. Dozens of "Freedom Sleepers", as many of them call themselves, have held their ground and stayed the night at city hall despite regular visits by officers with the Santa Cruz police department, as well as First Alarm security guards hired by the city, who have made arrests and issued protesters dozens of citations.
Join Maine Veterans For Peace, Code Pink, Boston Smedley Butler Brigade, VFP and many others sponsoring organizations for a walk from October 9 to October 24 Along Route One in Maine protesting the militarization of the seas.
As anyone with experience of them knows, prisons are abusive places used to control and threaten people, particularly those of us who are working class, people of colour, or disobedient. We need justice processes based on strong, vibrant communities, not more prisons and cops harming our communities.
The new prison would be the biggest in the UK, and the second biggest in Europe. It aims to open in 2017 and would give the State enough cages to lock up an extra 2100 people.
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. The latest Shortwave Report (September 4) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms.
This week's show features stories:
From JAPAN- The restarted Sendai nuclear power plant has been raised to full capacity as testing continues. In a new report he IAEA says a major factor in the Fukushima disaster was a widespread belief that nuclear power plants are safe. Japanese Self-Defense forces are engaged with US military in war games along the coast of California. China held a parade commemorating the end of WWII but the US, Canada, Britain, and Japan refused to attend. From CHINA- Reports on the Chinese victory parade, including the reduction in Chinese military forces. 120,000 people demonstrated in Tokyo against the new Security bill which would allow Japanese military to be an offensive force. The Chinese government is calling for better treatment of vagrants and beggars. From RUSSIA- In light of the escalating migrant crisis, UK PM Cameron has called for peace in Syria. What is the difference between a refugee and a migrant\\\? From GERMANY- German Chancellor Merkel says the flow of migrants is testing the EU core ideals. Turkish police detained 2 British journalists and raided media houses. The 3 year jail sentences for al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt have been condemned. There were major riots in Kiev after the Ukrainian Parliament voted to give some autonomy to the pro-Russian eastern regions. From CUBA- Argentina received a favorable ruling in the case of vulture funds in a US court. Tensions between Colombia and Venezuela continue, and former Brazilian President Lula deSilva announced he will run in the next election. Police brutally repressed anti-corruption demonstrators in Honduras, while police in Turkey beat down citizens protesting the war on the Kurdish political party. The US military has deployed more drones in eastern Europe. Saudi bombing raids continue to kill scores of Yemeni civilians. From SPAIN- On September 27 Catalonia will have elections which may result in a move to become independent of Spain. The federal government is attempting to amend the constitution to make any such move a punishable crime
A Christian denomination founded on the right to own slaves steals property from a historically African-American church in North Portland; then sells it to a predominantly Caucasian church in Gresham for a $200,000 profit. All while leaving the founding pastor's elderly wife penniless.
Why are we hearing about this almost a decade later from an outfit in New Jersey and not our local press\? PORTLAND, OREGON — There are ways to sell a church property legally, procedures dictated by state law and church bylaws. Typically, they require a formal vote by the congregation. [...]
The following is my poetic description of the reality of homelessness.
.Wicked renters of capitalism! .Raising rents, increasing mortgage rates .Forcing families, elders, women and children in the cold on the street in tents! .Working 9-5, surviving 24/7, feverishly, fiercely, tiressly, endlessly! .Carrying houses on our backs. Sidewalks beneath our feet is how we sleep. Sidewalks our shelter! COMING HOME TO CONCRETE! [...]
August Race Talks program consisted of a film screening of one portion of a seven-part documentary series exploring racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health and a presentation by guest speaker Leslie Gregory. This is a free monthly event at Kennedy School on the 2nd Tuesday evening of every month. A screening and discussion of Unnatural Causes ... "is inequality making us sick\?"
This August Race Talks presentation was by guest speaker Leslie Gregory. Leslie is a Physician Assistant and Executive Director of Right to Health. This race talks program consisted of a film screening of one portion of a seven-part documentary series exploring racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health.
What: March on University of Washington When: October 2nd, 2pm Where: Red Square, UW Campus
On April 25, the grassroots animal liberation movement came together for a March on UW of 500 people. People from Seattle and across the country, people who are new to the movement and people who are movement veterans, people who answered the call to show the University of Washington that there is mass public opposition to the plans to build a new underground animal lab.
On October 2, the grassroots animal liberation movement must come together once again for a second March on UW. This second march must take the passion and energy of the first march and push it further. At the first march, we rallied under the chant of "If you build it, we will come!" We have shown that we will come to office protests, we will come to home demonstrations, we will come to the site of the lab and shut it down. And so now the chant that we rally under is "We will stop this lab!"
Be there on October 2. Show the University of Washington and Skanska USA that mass public opposition means opposition that they can't stop. Show them that we will not sit by and watch as they dig an underground grave for animals, but that we will take over the streets and we will stop the lab.
The Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair at Esther Short Park will showcase the hard work and creative spirit of individuals, social justice groups, peace organizations, faith communities, performers, artists, businesses, and environmental activists who are making the world a better place. If you're around , or might wish with some thought that you might like to be around, and a little bit of time, or all day, Vancouver for Peace gathers together people in Esther Short Park tomorrow, 9 AM through 4 PM. It's a great venue for such a thing, and a little something for almost everyone, including the kids.
There's no admission.
Just over the I-5 bridge, located at W. 8th & Columbia in Vancouver, and adjacent to the Farmers' Market.
BFC's Campaign Coordinator Mike Mease is on the road to Washington, Oregon and California to share music, stories, video and activism inspired by the Yellowstone bison. He's joined by musicians Goodshield and Mignon Geli. Donations accepted at the door.
Old Nick's is at 211 Washington in Eugene.
Check out www.buffalofieldcampaign.org for more information about the campaign.
At 9:30am at the Clackamas County Development Services Building Auditorium. located at: 150 Beavercreek Rd Oregon City 97045
This is the big one- the public hearing regarding the proposal from Lennar to change the zoning from R-10 to R-8. Lennar has stated that if they don't get the zone change, they will not purchase the property. Let's pack that place and show the county and the hearings officer that we DO NOT want this!
Lennar Corp wants to build a 72 home development on the site of an Old historic Church Campgrounds in the heart of Jennings Lodge, Oregon. This would require the cutting of at least 326 BIG Douglas fir trees [...]
On Monday morning around 8:00 AM I stopped by the camp on Greeley Bike path. I met w/ FTP Bob and we looked around the camp, we were shown around by two of the homeless activists who have been living there for the past couple months.
We interviewed Vahid Brownwho went into downtown that morning, he was discussing this camp and the threats of sweeps with the mayor, he gives his report to Bob and I in the video you can hear it around 17:40.
On September 17, the first move-in day for Fall quarter at UC Santa Cruz, students and community members at the main entrance of campus displayed signs opposing Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 (SCR 35), which was introduced this year in the California Senate. On its surface SCR 35 is legislation that addresses anti-Semitism on the University of California campuses, but critics caution the measure has the potential to limit the free speech activities of those seeking justice for Palestine.
Despite widespread objections, Junipero Serra was canonized on September 23 at the National Shrine in Washington DC by Pope Francis during his US visit. On September 27, as a parish celebration of the sainthood of Junipero Serra was scheduled to take place at the Carmel Mission Basilica, a statue of Serra was toppled over and paint was smeared on two grave sites, as well as on signs with the name of Serra, and on the doors of the mission. One mission artifact was inscribed with the statement, "Saint of Genocide".