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Exigen a la Policía revisión de nueva orden sobre uso de la fuerza

Puerto Rico, 04.02.2012 02:21

Exigen a la Policía revisión de nueva orden sobre uso de la fuerza

Banner Hung to Protest Highway 1 Widening in Santa Cruz

San Francisco Bay Area, 04.02.2012 02:20

In the pre-dawn hours of Monday, January 30, a small group of activists hung a banner from the La Fonda HWY 1 overpass by Harbor High. The banner read "WIDENING WASTE$". The approximately one-mile widening project will cost almost $20 million, to be funded by the State Transportation Bond and State Transportation Improvement Program funds. There are a number of other projects competing for those millions of dollars that may now not be funded because of the high cost of the widening project.

Video: Pancartada por la libertad de los Presos Políticos

Puerto Rico, 04.02.2012 01:39

Video: Pancartada por la libertad de los Presos Políticos

GEMA vs. autonome Szene

Germany, 03.02.2012 20:51

Da die GEMA mit ihren Forderungen und ihrer Praxis unkommerzielle Kultureinrichtungen nachhaltig bedroht und schädigt, haben die Autonomen Zentren Alhambra, KTS und Raum2 Ende letzten Jahres den Verband zur Förderung und zum Schutz unkommerzieller Kunst und Kultur gegründet. Ziel des Verbandes ist, einen für unkommerzielle Kultureinrichtungen akzeptablen Gesamtvertrag mit der GEMA auszuhandeln.

A resurgence in activism over Afghanistan?

United Kingdom, 03.02.2012 18:50

As the Taliban prepares to open a political office in Qatar, the US stalls on releasing Taliban prisoners and a leaked US military report alleges that "the Taliban's strength and morale are largely intact despite the Nato military surge, and that significant numbers of Afghan government soldiers are defecting to them", the UK is witnessing a small upswing in anti-war activism over the raging conflict.

Last month peace activist Maya Evans returned from a month-long delegation to the country with US activists from Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and she is now embarking on a speaking tour around the UK. Whilst in Afghanistan she helped deliver over £2,000 worth of aid, raised by NUJ members at the Financial Times and the readers of Peace News, to internally displaced Afghans in the capital. She is believed to be the first British peace activist to visit the country since 2001.

Meanwhile, photojournalist Guy Smallman - himself recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan - will be speaking alongside ex-soldier Ben Griffin at an event in London on 9 February, and activists are preparing to re-establish a peace camp outside RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire in anticipation of the UK starting to use the base to pilot its Reaper drones in Afghanistan later this year. In September last year, the RAF announced its 200th drone strike in Afghanistan. British drones are currently piloted by RAF pilots based in the US.

Thoughtful observers have long pondered the question why, given the undoubted horrors of the war in Afghanistan as well as its deep unpopularity with the general public, there continues to be so little UK activism focused on the war. Indeed, for many years the only UK-based protests marking the anniversary of the 2001 invasion involved a tiny handful of people [ 1 | 2 | 3 ]. Similar actions took place on the tenth anniversary last October [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ], as well as a Stop the War rally but even the latter was a relatively small affair compared to earlier 'national' Stop the War demos.

Whether recent events herald a change on this front remains to be seen.

On the newswire: Maya Evans speaking tour | Afghanistan Behind the Headlines | Peace News Winter Appeal

Links: From Hastings to Kabul | Drone Wars UK | Justice Not Vengeance | Voices for Creative Nonviolence | Peace News

Encuentro, Marcha y Festival por la Tierra y el Agua 

Argentina, 03.02.2012 18:50

El grito en defensa de la vida se hizo sentir en Cosquin

Resumen de noticias del pasado mes

Argentina, 03.02.2012 18:06

Enero Denso

Encuentro, Marcha y Festival por la Tierra y el Agua 

Argentina, 03.02.2012 18:06

El grito en defensa de la vida se hizo sentir en Cosquin

(PR) Ameaça de despejo na 2a (06/02) no Guarituba

Brasil, 03.02.2012 15:54

Ocupação/Exposição Rádio Arte: Memórias e Resistências em Fortaleza-CE

Brasil, 03.02.2012 12:44

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse - Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier

Ireland, 03.02.2012 11:31

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Dallas Thundershield ...

[Curitiba] Possível despejo no Guarituba

CMI Brasil, 03.02.2012 02:26


Experimento Convite Ocupação Rádio-arte

CMI Brasil, 03.02.2012 01:52

Os Aparecidos Políticos


Athens, 03.02.2012 00:28

Αλληλεγγύη στους διωκόμενους αγωνιστές!

Tribe Thanks Secretary Salazar; Repricussions on Land Dispute

LA, 02.02.2012 19:59

"The Kawaiisu Tribe of Tejon thanks Secretary Ken Salazar for 'Reaffirming' the Tribe to the list of Federally Recognized Tribes in the United States. 'Reaffirming of Recognition,' means that Congress and the President of the United States recognize the Tribe through the Treaty, because the Treaty represents prior Federal Recognition. The United States now is back in compliance with the Treaty, except for the Tejon Reservation and Graves issues. . . . They have been fighting a legal case for two years in California Federal Court, docket number 1:09-cv-01977, to stop development on their Indian Reservation at the Tejon Ranch near Los Angeles, that gives the corporation permission to unearth the burial remains and spiritual burial objects of thousands of their ancestors that died on the reservation. The timing of regaining recognition, while awaiting a ruling on the Federal Case is an unexpected gift that the Tribe embraces with gratitude. . . ."

More: Tribe Thanks Secretary Salazar For Righting Wrongs Of The Past by David Laughing Horse Robinson

Video: The Kawaiisu people and legal history of land by Kernvillekate | | More Information and videos: Kawaiisu Tribe of the Tejon (Blogspot)

Building Bridges Radio: STOPPING the NYPD's Stop and Frisk

NYC, 02.02.2012 18:44

More than 700,000, according to NYPD documentation predominantly African-Americans and Latinos have been profiled for stops and frisks, as a result of what is now referred to as the “new” Jim Crow policies of policing and inflicting state terror on communities of color. But, in response to the increasing criminalization of communities of color is a burgeoning movement prepared to, STOP Stop and Frisk as they say no to the new Jim Crow.

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NYC Events for February 1

NYC, 02.02.2012 18:44

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Homeland Security Caught Monitoring Occupy Atlanta Protests

United States, 02.02.2012 16:41

Over the past month protesters have noticed strange men hovering around Occupy Atlanta related protests and filming the events. It's not unusual for lots of cameras to be present at these events, but these people stood out. It was very obvious that they were with law enforcement.

One officer in particular had initially refused to identify himself, but after a nod from white-shirt APD officer C.W. Moss he eventually identified himself as James Hodge (see photo).

Almost There -- Marriage Equality In Wa State

Portland, 02.02.2012 16:17

Next: The House
It's almost too good to be true.

Tonight [Feb 1, 2012] the Washington Senate, on a bipartisan 28-21 vote, passed a marriage equality bill -- the first time in Washington history that an equality bill has passed in either chamber of the legislature.

Our efforts are working, creating real changes in Washington's marriage policy -- and it's all due to you, and thousands of other Washingtonians who care deeply about equality. We're hearing that all the calls and emails to the Capitol are changing minds. But, while this is a historic victory, it's far from the end of the road. The next step toward getting equality signed into law is a vote on the House floor, which may come as early as next week. And it's tempting to celebrate after such an important victory, but we just don't have the luxury. If marriage equality is going to be a reality in Washington, we're going to need to keep pushing, and keep speaking out.

We can't let up. Not yet.

Washington United for Marriage


Athens, 01.02.2012 22:24

Εκκενώθηκε άγρια κατάληψη αστέγων

Liebig 14 - Never rest in peace !

Germany, 01.02.2012 17:09

Am Donnerstag, den 2. Februar 2012, jährt sich die rechtswidrige Räumung des alternativen Wohn- und Kulturprojekts Liebig14. Allein die Polizeikosten der Räumung und der darauf folgenden Protestwelle überstiegen den Preis eines geforderten Ersatzobjektes bei weitem. Die Miete im Haus ist nach der Sanierung um das vier- bis fünffache gestiegen. Bei der Neuvermietung wurden Berliner Interessent_innen bewusst ignoriert. Die Hausnummer Liebigstrasse 14 wurde von den Eigentümern Suitbert Beulker und Edwin Thöne ausgelöscht und der ehemalige Zugang verschlossen. Die neuen Bewohner_innen können das Gebäude nur über einen Nebenzugang in der Rigaerstraße 96 betreten. Die Liebig 14 ist zum Symbol des Widerstands gegen steigende Mieten geworden. Zum Jahrestag sind verschiedene Veranstaltungen geplant.

Informationen: Liebig14 Blog | Pressemitteilungen der L14 | L14 in der Presse | Solidaritäts Blog | Termine
Indyartikel 2012: 1 | 2 | 3
Vorankündigungen zur Mahnwache (Do 02.02.2012) & Demo (Sa 04.02.2012): Liebig14 Blog | Indy | dapd | Jungle World | TAZ | Tagesspiegel | Berliner Zeitung | Morgenpost | Berliner Kurier | Junge Welt
Videoobservation der Dächer: TAZ: 1 2 3 | Tagesspiegel: 1 2 3 | L14 | Berliner Zeitung | BZ | berlinonline | neues Deutschland | Morgenpost | blog |
Indyartikel vor der Räumung 2011: Mittelspalte | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23
Indyartikel nach der Räumung 2011: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Indy-linksunten 2012: 1 | 2 | 2011:1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Solidaritätsaktionen 2011: Hildesheim | Bremen (2. Sponti) | Aue | Giessen | Konstanz | Kiel | Hannover | Halberstadt | Jena | Itzehoe | Hamburg (2. und 3. Demo 1, 2)| Freiburg | Saarbrücken | Köln | Osnabrück | Düsseldorf (2) | Rostock | Hamburg | Göttingen | Frankfurt | Oslo | Cottbus | Glachau | Rendsburg | Weilheim | Erfurt | Salzwedel | Thüringen | Köln | Arnstadt | Tübingen | Dortmund (02.02.) | Frankfurter Allee | im Netz | Kreuzberg
internationale Solidaritätsaktionen 2011: Kopenhagen (02.02.), deutsch | Kopenhagen (04.02.) | Chişinău, Moldawien (28.01.) | Edingburgh - Protest vor deutscher Botschaft (18.01.) | Quito, Ecuador (30.01.) | London - Protest vor Botschaft (14.01.) | Bristol (11.01.) | St.Louis (09.02.) | Peru, Iquitos (2011)
Bilder der Räumung: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | Videos der Räumung: 1
Mieterorganisationen: allgemein: Mietenstopp Bündnis | Berliner Mietergemeinschaft | Berlinappell | Initiative Stadt neudenken | Gentrification Blog | | | im Kiez: Friedrichshain | Kreuzberg | Kreuzberg | Kreuzberg | Cafe Reiche | Graefe-Kiez | Camisso-Kiez | Neukölln | Rixdorf | Fuldaweichsel-Kiez | Treptow | Marthashof | Barbarossastr. 59 | Mieterladen Tempelhof | Tempelhof für alle | Hamburg: Mietenwahnsinn | Recht auf Stadt

'People Power' Pries Abu-Jamal from Punitive Administrative Custody

United States, 01.02.2012 14:15

From This Can't Be Happening He’s out! Credit ‘people power’ for getting internationally known inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal sprung from his apparently punitive, seven-week placement in ‘The Hole.’ For the first time since receiving a controversial death sentence in 1982 for killing a Philadelphia policeman, the widely acclaimed author-activist finds himself in general population, a prison housing status far less restrictive than the solitary confinement of death row.

Pictured: Public pressure to release Mumia Abu-Jamal from the "Hole" trumped the pressure from those trying to keep torturing him (photo by Linn Washington)

More Coverage: Mumia Abu-Jamal Transferred to General Population, Following Global Campaign | Breaking: Mumia out of Solitary


Athens, 01.02.2012 12:36

Athens: Gathering-Demonstration, February 4th

Latest Prison Action News Released

Boston, 01.02.2012 06:20

Boston Anarchist Black Cross is pleased to announce the release of Prison Action News Volume 5 Issue 1.

Occupy The Courts, Occupy Wall St. West Target Money in Politics on January 20th

United States, 01.02.2012 02:18

On Friday, January 20th, thousands of people participated in a national day of decentralized actions aimed at highlighting the cancerous problem of money in politics. The event was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the January 20, 2010, Supreme Court ruling in favor of Citizens United, which effectively granted corporations and the rich the ability to buy elections.

In Washington, DC, youth and elders of all races gathered at the marble steps of the Supreme Court and displayed a massive banner with text from a proposed constitutional amendment put forward by Move to Amend: "28th Amendment: Corporations are not people, nor are they protected under the Constitution; Money is property, not free speech" [Read More]

In San Francisco, thousands of people participated in direct actions, bank blockades, flashmobs, cultural interventions, picketlines, office takeovers, a foreclosure auction disruption and a building takeover to Occupy Wall St. West -- the San Francisco Financial District. [Read More]

More Reports: Portland, OR | San Diego, CA | | Call to Action from Move to Ammend

Video: Interview with Member of Occupy Portland EGT Working Group

Portland, 31.01.2012 22:40

The main issue of discussion is the Union struggle against the business practices of EGT at the port at Longview Washington. After acquiring port facilities at this location, this multinational corporation, a subsidary of Bungee, broke contracts with the union specifying that they would continue hiring local union labor.
Interview with Occupy Portland EGT Working Group [Video 57 Minutes]

The main issue of discussion is the Union struggle against the business practices of EGT at Longview Washington. After acquiring port facilities at this location, this multinational corporation, a subsidary of Bungee, broke contracts with the union which specified that they would continue hiring local union labor.[...]

Besides this discussion, other topics include recent moves by the coal industry to bring coal to Oregon ports for export to Asia. Recently, Port of St. Helens Commissioners approved agreements with two companies wanting to export coal.

Related Posts: ALERT: " tentative settlement " with Longshore workers & EGT
Last minute settlement averts clash at Washington's Port of Longview

ILWU, EGT reach tentative deal in Longview labor dispute
Bullshit "Tentative Settlement" in Longview

Michelle Alexander on Mass Incarceration and The New Jim Crow

DC, 31.01.2012 20:12

“If he had been raised in the hood, the odds are high he would’ve been stopped, he would’ve been frisked, he would’ve been caught,” Michelle Alexander said of Barack Obama, who has admitted using drugs in his youth. Far from being president of the United States, he might not even have the right to vote. He might be cycling in and out of our criminal justice system along with the rest of us,” Alexander said in a lecture at Howard University on Thursday. Alexander’s 2010 book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, has received widespread acclaim for pulling back the curtain on America’s prison system, which is unique in the world. “The United States imprisons a larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid,” writes Alexander. “In Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital, it is estimated that three out of four young black men (and nearly all those in the poorest neighborhoods) can expect to serve time in prison.” More || Audio What’s more, upon release ex-offenders or returning citizens face serious obstacles which frequently prevent them from obtaining housing, a job, or even food stamps, notes Alexander.

Occupy DC, Near End or Maybe Not

DC, 31.01.2012 20:12

As the noon deadline from the U.S. Park Police drew near, McPherson Square filled with Occupiers, supporters, reporters and bystanders for what was supposed to be a near final confrontation between police and occupiers over the enforcement of the no camping in the park regulation. But the police never showed, instead the demonstrators draped the statue of General James Birdseye McPherson, the only commander of a Union army to die in the field, with a huge blue tarp from the neck down, like a giant skirt attached at the bottom to the wrought Iron perimeter fence. Inside there was enough space to hold scores of smaller tents and open space where Occupiers celebrated. Bystanders, mostly from the surrounding downtown Washington office buildings, strolled through on their lunch break, and most expressing some degree of support. Video Luke's Video featuring setup of Tent of Dreams and eviction of FOX News Tent of Dreams rises over McPherson as police deadline expires

Juiz decide por retirada de 170 Guarani Kaiowá da terra indígena Laranjeira Nhanderu

CMI Brasil, 31.01.2012 10:23

cmi e cimi


Athens, 31.01.2012 09:35

Καπιταλισμός ή Επανάσταση!

Dispatch from China: Immigrant Rights Activist Joins Lunar New Year, Builds Solidarity

LA, 31.01.2012 01:09

Spring Festival, also known as Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year, is beyond a massive holiday; it impacts everyone in China. Nearly a billion people will travel back to home during the so-called 40-day Chunyun (春è¿) travel period, the world's largest human migration movement.This year's Chunyun will be expected to make up around 3.16 billion passenger trips means around a round-trip for every people in China (population approx.13.3 billion).

While middle classes can afford to take airplanes for the holiday, for average Chinese migrant workers and students, the less expensive railroad trip could be their only chance in a few years to return their home for the holidays. Train tickets are always very difficult to buy during the holiday seasons, and the trip could be very long. Some people could take up-to10-days trip from far nothen China to far southern China to meet their family.

Holidays also mean the need to bring year-long savings from work to families; however, not everyone is so lucky. Many workers also need to fight for their back-wages as well, right before the new year many company bosses also could cheating their worker's wages, they need to fight to get their money back.

The author also comments on the impact of international politics in China, including the steady rise of China's right wing pro-US/anti-communist neo-con/neo-liberal forces.

From the newswire: Journey to My Home--Happy Spring Festival (AKA Chinese New Year)! by Lee Siu Hin

El brete del intendente Diaz

Argentina, 30.01.2012 22:44

Patoteada a periodista que denunció al jefe comunal por cobrar doble sueldo

Exijen renuncia del Secretario del DRNA Daniel Galán Kercadó

Puerto Rico, 30.01.2012 22:13

Exijen renuncia del Secretario del DRNA Daniel Galán Kercadó

NCM: ojeda

Puerto Rico, 30.01.2012 22:13

Filiberto Ojeda tocaba la trompeta cuando el FBI lo mató

International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier

Portland, 30.01.2012 18:50

"Background: Native American activist Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in connection with the deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The evidence shows that the FBI was the aggressor in the firefight that occurred on June 26, 1975. From 1973 to 1976, Indigenous People on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota were victims of beatings, drive-by shootings, and stabbings carried out by local vigilantes who collaborated with the FBI... Indeed, Mr. Peltier's co-defendants, tried separately, were acquitted on grounds of self-defense."

As a result of my experience as an fbi agent and my battle with the fbi assassins over the past few decades, I can confirm that the following report is based upon valid premises and that in all likelihood Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted as set forh below; further, he is in my opinion a hero who stood as man against the fbi psychopaths and serial killers who were sent to kill him. Also, I seved in the fbi during the time of the violence at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Today, the fbi continues gross violations of constitutional rights against political dissidents. I believe that Leonard Peltier was such a dissident and he is a defender of liberty against the murderous fbi agents who ran amuk at the reservation .

Full Report

Saturday Feb 4 Leonard Peltier Clemency March in Tacoma - carpool info from Portland

Things get rough as Occupy DC besieges ultra-rich Alfalfa Club at Hilton

DC, 30.01.2012 18:26

On the 28th of January, roads around 16th and K sts were barricaded by the cops to secure the "Alfalfa Club" a hard-drinking party for the ultra rich. The party is named for the crop's heavy water consumption. Attendees included most of the Bush family, and yet Obama also attended in spite of that. Occupy DC marched on the barricades, making it difficult for the wealthy to pass if they picked the wrong entry checkpoint. Vidio of the protest featuring more of the high points and some of the police violence,Clips from two other videographers used in the police violence sections as well as my own

Repressão dos protestos contra o aumento das passagens em Recife. Eduardo Campos (PSB), em qual grande político o senhor se inspira: Médici ou Mussolini?

CMI Brasil, 30.01.2012 17:54



NYC, 30.01.2012 12:50

the National Park Service under heavy pressure from the attacks of Congressman Issa has issued yellow notices onto the tents of McPherson & Freedom Plaza Occupiers. When Bloomberg called for the first eviction of Liberty Plaza, New Yorkers came out in a mass outpouring to protect the liberated park. We need the same kind of outpouring at D.C.

Gay Refugees in the U.S.: Becley Aigbuza risk deportation

NYC, 30.01.2012 12:50

EveryOne Group is appealing to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and the Governor of California, Edmund Brown Jr. Becley Aigbuza (in the photo), a 28-year-old homosexual man from Benin (Nigeria), moved to America in 1994, when he was eleven years old. He now risks deportation from San Diego (California) back to Nigeria.

Stratfor Intelligence Leaked by Anonymous Reveals Spying on Occupy Movement and DGR

United States, 30.01.2012 12:39

Internet group Anonymous has leaked information from October and November 2011 suggesting that private intelligence firm STRATFOR has been working with Texas law enforcement to infiltrate the Occupy movement and spy on the Deep Green Resistance movement.

In December 2011, Anonymous attacked the STRATFOR website, allegedly stealing 200 gigabytes of data and shutting the site down for weeks. This isn’t the first time Anonymous has gone after such corporations. In early 2011, Anonymous went after internet security firm HBGary, releasing private documents that included secret plans by HBGary and others to attack and discredit Wikileaks on behalf of big banks.

The information released by Anonymous is a partial “teaser” of the information taken from STRATFOR. It consists of emails in which STRATFOR employees discuss Occupy Austin and Deep Green Resistance. STRATFOR “Watch Officer” Marc Lanthemann writes about receiving information on Occupy Austin and DGR from a “Texas DPS agent.” The Texas Department of Public Safety is a statewide law enforcement agency that includes the Texas Rangers, Highway Patrol, and an Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division.

read more | View documents released by Anonymous here: HERE

Соглашение ACTA может быть ратифицировано

Belarus, 30.01.2012 12:36

Пока весь мир в едином порыве протестовал против принятия Конгрессом США законодательных инициатив SOPA (англ.) и PIPA (англ.), подписание соглашения ACTA вошло в завершающую стадию. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (торговое соглашение по борьбе с контрафакцией) при более детальном рассмотрении является куда более жесткой инициативой, чем «триумфально побеждённые» Интернет-сообществом SOPA/PIPA. Стоит сказать, что переговоры по ACTA проводятся в режиме повышенной секретности и детали раскрываются буквально по капле.

Boletín: La Agricultura y la Soberanía Alimentaria

Puerto Rico, 29.01.2012 19:53

Boletín: La Agricultura y la Soberanía Alimentaria

Foto-reportaje: Estudiantes protestan Plan de Seguridad en UPR-RP

Puerto Rico, 29.01.2012 19:53

Estudiantes protestan Plan de Seguridad en UPR-RP

Foto-reportaje: Maestros se movilizan para exigir justicia salarial

Puerto Rico, 29.01.2012 19:53

Maestros se movilizan para exigir justicia salarial

Protesta en Santa Isabel

Puerto Rico, 29.01.2012 19:14

Siguen las protestas en Santa Isabel

Dresden: Proteste im Februar 2012

Germany, 29.01.2012 18:41

Alle Informationen zum Naziaufmarsch am 13.Februar in Dresden und den geplanten Protesten am 18.Februar in Dresden.

Die Mobilisierung auf Seiten der Nazigegnerinnen und Nazigegner zeigt erste Erfolge. Neben Veranstaltungen des rechten "Aktionsbündnisses gegen das Vergessen" mit Bezug auf den 13. Februar, wird es als Ergebnis aus den erfolgreichen antifaschistischen Mobilisierungen in den letzten Jahren womöglich nur noch eine große Demonstration der Nazis im Februar geben.

Aufrufe: No Pasarán! | Bündnis antisächsischer Extrem_ist_innen | Dresden Nazifrei | Anarchistische Gruppen | Venceremos

King Day on Auburn Ave.

United States, 29.01.2012 18:24

;January 16th, 2011 was Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day in Atlanta and around the country. Atlanta had it's usual parade and speakers, all of which was very nice. But Atlanta Indy Media was interested in what the people had on their mind. What is the current satus of the African American community, is King's Dream still alive, what are the problems African American's are dealing with, and what are their victories? Is life improving for African American's in the age of Obama? This film is a series of interviews with people on Auburn Ave and asks is life getting better for African American's since Obama came into office, what needs to improve and who are the new leaders on the horizon. It runs 45 minutes. VIDEO

Activists join together to fight ConDem attacks on the disabled.

United Kingdom, 29.01.2012 07:28

Activists protesting against the Welfare Reform Bill and cuts to disability benefits and services blockaded Oxford Street on 28th January 2012. Activists from UK Uncut and Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC), The Black Triangle Campaign and other disability rights groups stopped traffic on Regents Street North after a number of wheelchair users chained themselves together at around midday. A while later they were joined by people who had responded to the callout issued earlier this week.

One campaigner vividly described the effects of the state and corporate media propaganda campaign about benefit claiments in an interview:

I’m here because I want to protest against the cruel cuts that are hitting the disabled horrendously in this country, that and the horrible horrible propaganda that’s been coming out from our government trying to villainise genuinely disabled people as being scroungers as being parasites, and a 75% rise in hate crimes that’s come along with that, that I experience daily. Just going out shopping people come up to me and they ask me “Do you really need to be in that wheelchair? or are you, you know, just doing it for the benefits?” Like no, no, I don’t know why anybody would want to in this day and age, even the pavements aren’t accessible half of the time in the UK.

UK Cut explained the day before the action:

Recent reports have shown that as a result of the bill 500,000 families stand to lose their homes while others will become ‘imprisoned in them’. Nearly half a million people would lose their Disability Living Allowance, including disabled children. People with terminal illnesses would be forced into work, and 3.2 million will be put through demanding tests that have already pushed some to take their own lives. According to their own research, the government’s flagship reform will push 100,000 children into poverty.

Earlier this month, disability rights campaigners released the Spartacus Report, which found that the government's consultation on DLA reforms was flawed and failed to meet the state's own code of practice for consultations. furthermore, 74% of respondents in the consultation were opposed to the plans.

On arrival, the police seemed at a loss for what to do, and formed lines in front of their vans whilst busses were backed up along Regent Street. Generally those present described the coalition between anti-cuts campaigners and disability rights activists as welcome and encouraging, and calls were issued for more such actions to take place across the country. After two hours the activists decided to leave together, describing the action as an 'amazing success'

From the newswires: stop the welfare reforms - civil disobedience | 'Spartacus' Report | callout for action | Protest Outside the Disabled Rights UK Conference | ATOS macht Frei | National Day of Action against ATOS: Oxford | Nottingham

Links: DPAC | UK Uncut | Black Triangle Campaign | The Broken Of Britain | Anti ATOS Alliance

Our response to the January 25 Portland Police Bureau shooting

Portland, 28.01.2012 17:33

Prior to today's shooting, it had been over a year since a Portland police officer killed a civilian. That this is notable at all highlights a serious problem in the way Portland police interact with citizens, especially those citizens with active mental illness and/or untreated addiction.

Early this morning, January 25, 2012, Portland Police officers shot and killed a man in downtown Portland. Prior to today's shooting, it had been over a year since a Portland police officer killed a civilian. That this is notable at all highlights a serious problem in the way Portland police interact with citizens, especially those citizens with active mental illness and/or untreated addiction. The Mental Health Association of Portland has collected the names and known history of over 220 persons shot and/or killed by Portland area police officers since 1970. The list is not comprehensive, but it clearly shows a correlation between active mental illness or addiction and the chances of being killed or wounded by police officers.

The year-plus from Thomas Higginbotham's death on Jan. 2, 2011 until today may be the longest duration without a police-caused death in Portland's history. Higginbotham, age 67, was described by friends as a late stage alcoholic. His shooting death was described by police through the media as having occurred as he advanced toward two officers holding a "large knife." It is unknown if the Multnomah County District Attorney convened a grand jury to inquire about the death of Higginbotham, or what parts of the county's use-of-force plan were followed.

Police 2 AM terror raid seaches Occupy DC for anyone with a warrant

DC, 28.01.2012 16:29

At 2 AM on the 27th of January, US Park Police searched almost every tent at Occupy DC, claiming they were looking for anyone with an outstanding arrest warrant. Two people were arrested for "disorderly conduct" in the wake of this terror raid.

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