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A resolution in support of all eleven defendants who were charged in relation to the occupation of 75 River Street in Fall of 2011 was adopted by Occupy Santa Cruz at their general assembly held on April 29. Steve Pleich facilitated the general assembly, held on the steps of the Santa Cruz Post Office, and read the resolution before Occupy Santa Cruz adopted it. The resolution by Occupy Santa Cruz "calls for the immediate dismissal of all charges presently lodged against the River Street defendants.
The Portland Liberation Organizing Council (PLOC) held a press conference outside a foreclosed home on N Fargo and N Vancouver ahead of a planned protest on May Day from 9am at Woodlawn Park NE Dekum. May 1st will see the organization launch a campaign to support and partner with local communities to reclaim essential resources. Portland, OR, 26/04/2012.
ASHLAND, OREGON Celebrate May Day, International Workers Day and show support for workers at the Co-op that support a union to foster democracy in the workplace. Help us kick off the month of May as “Wear your union colors when you shop the Co-op!” Call for management neutrality and a truly free and fair election.
The protest will take place outside the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway in Hillsdale, beginning at 4 p.m. on April 29. Demonstrators are committed to nonviolence and oppose all forms of racism, including racism against Jews. They are asking Oregon residents and political leaders to say No to war on Iran, No to funding Israeli apartheid, and No to AIPAC and the lobbies of the 1%.
Join a coalition of peace, human rights, and Palestine solidarity organizations for a demonstration outside the annual Oregon fund-raising dinner of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Sunday, April 29.
The demonstration will protest AIPAC's role in promoting a military attack on Iran's nuclear energy facilities. The protest is also calling for an end to U.S. military aid to the Israeli apartheid government which refuses to halt the construction of illegal settlements and routinely violates the human rights of Palestinians living under Occupation.
Israel controls the lives of more than 4 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip but denies them the right to vote or to exercise their right to self-determination. We will be demonstrating at the start of the event and at the end when the politicians leave stuffed full of food and AIPAC talking points.
Some Oregon political leaders have regularly attended AIPAC's annual fundraiser in past years. This year the protesters are asking Oregon's leaders to represent their constituencies' opposition to another unjust war in the Middle East by boycotting AIPAC's gala. Among the groups protesting are Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights (AUPHR), Friends of Sabeel - North America (FOSNA), Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland (JVP), Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land (LJHL), Occupy Portland, Palestine Action Group--Corvallis Oregon, Peace and Justice Works - Iraq Affinity Group, and Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER).
On April 18th, in one of the largest rallies in SEIU 1021's history, 23 members were arrested in front of Bank of America Wednesday for taking a stand against mega banks and corporations who have been cheating San Francisco residents for over a decade. More than 1,300 people were chanting "Let the People Go, Arrest the CEO's," as 23 protesters were handcuffed and put into the back of SFPD vans. On the front and back of each protester were large stickers that read "It's time to draw the line: downtown greed or the city we need."
Thousands of angry homeowners, immigrants, union members, Occupiers and community groups converged on the annual shareholders meeting of Wells Fargo Bank on April 24th. In a carefully choreographed protest, simultaneous marches left Justin Herman Plaza on the city's waterfront, site of the Occupy San Francisco encampment last fall. Demonstrators walked up parallel streets into the financial district, where they encircled the block in which the meeting was set to take place, in the Julia Morgan ballroom of the Merchant's Exchange Building.
Austin, Texas - Saturday March 31, 2012: In order to celebrate and recognize the role of Cesar E. Chavez as a civil rights, farm worker & labor leader, a diversity of organizations and community members participated in the 11th Annual "Si Se Puede" Unity March. The Unity March also commemorated the 50th anniversary of the United Farm Workers Union. The event was organized by PODER - People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources.
This video by Rene Renteria Photography highlights speaker excerpts from: * Honorable Gonzalo Barrientos * Mike Martinez - Austin City Councilman * Margaret Gomez - Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 4 * Anita Quintanilla - Organizer for Cesar Chavez
Copwatcher reports: Oakland Police claim that they have retrained all their officers in crowd control tactics for the upcoming May 1st general strike. While much is unclear about what will be different, there are things that are sure to be the same. Officers that make up most of Oakland's Police Shootings will continue to be deployed as Tango and QRF (Quick Response Force). OPD Chief Howard Jordan has suggested that he may send specialized units into the crowd for the purpose of making surgical arrests, rather than use lethal force through the deployment of chemical and less then lethal rounds indiscriminately.
An assembly of UC Santa Cruz students, workers and community members have planned a day of action in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street's call for a worldwide general strike and the historical significance of May 1st, International Workers Day. This day of events will include rallies, poetry, performance, art, and education around the struggle of the 99% and our collective potential for social transformation. The action will begin with a kick-off rally at the Quarry Plaza on UCSC campus at 11:30 AM which will culminate in a late afternoon march to the downtown post office.
Viewpoint Discrimination and Selective Prosecution at Work in Charges Against Independent Journalists
SANTA CRUZ, CA:
March 20, 2011 — Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee has charged eleven people with multiple felonies and misdemeanors after the occupation of a vacant bank building on November 30th, 2011. Included in this group are four regular contributors to the independent news website Indybay.org. An Indybay release called this a "full frontal assault against independent media in Santa Cruz. [...] District Attorney Lee apparently believes it is his duty to dictate how events such as the occupation of the vacant bank at 75 River Street should be reported on by the media, and if he does not approve of the coverage, then journalists risk the DA bringing charges against them." Read More | Full Press Release from Indybay | En Español
Pictured: Bradley Stuart Allen and Alex Darocy are Indybay photojournalists and Indybay editors who were reporting on the occupation.
April 24, 2012 — Santa Cruz Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Condemns Law Enforcement; Issues Statement Supporting Eleven Charged in Occupation of Vacant Bank... READ MOREApril 26, 2012 — Judge Burdick Dismisses Charges Against Four of the Santa Cruz Eleven; DA Says She'll Refile; Seven Defendants Still Face Felony and Misdemeanor Charges... READ MORE
A new special issue of The Internationalist newspaper will be hitting the streets on May Day, International Workers Day. Articles in this issue include "Trotskyism vs. Social Democracy and Anarcho-Liberalism: The Left, Labor and Occupy", "Why Labor Solidarity Matters: Lessons from Portland's D12 Port Blockade (by the Portland Trotskyist Study Group)", and more. To get a copy, ask an Internationalist supporter or send $0.25 to Mundial Publications, Box 3321 Church Street Station, New York, NY 10008.
On April 22nd, Patricia Jackson wrote: "If you rambled down to Civic Center Sunday, you might have thought the crowd and the booths could just be another average day event. Then you saw a Whiskey Dome Cycle, a seal made out of all that garbage that gets thrown in the ocean, and the Luvevolution Bus. There was Green Peace and Earth Island Institute — and that was your clue. Earth Day San Francisco, 2012."
Anarchist Assembly Saturday April 28th Food For Thought at PSU Smith Memorial Student Union 1825 SW Broadway 5pm-8pm
This a call to the anarchist and broader anti-authoritarian community to reconvene in assembly and continue to develop ourselves as members of a larger network here in Portland. In doing this we hope to establish new ties of solidarity and affinity as well as to further cement those that already exist. Consider those relevant topics and ideas that you might want to discuss with wide spectrum of anti-authoritarians.
If you are new to anarchism or anarchist organizing this will be a great place to get plugged in and meet like-minded radicals. If you've been around for a while come share what you're working on!
Disclaimer: This is a public call to an open meeting, expect to discuss topics which can be discussed without need of security, as this will not be a secure space.
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I'm with Code Pink Portland and We Are Oregon. I was asked to speak at the demo on April 23 in front of Wells Fargo in San Francisco. Below is an expanded and updated version of my remarks.
I was asked to speak here on how Wells Fargo's policies affect women in particular. Before I address that issue, I should say that for the last quarter century I've been working with people who became disabled through motor vehicle accidents, on-the-job accidents, or serious illnesses. First they lost their health, then their jobs and health insurance. After they depleted their life savings, they lost their homes. Seeing one person or family go through this is pretty upsetting. Hearing the same stories for 25 years, in the so-called "richest country in the world," is enough to make my head explode.
This brings me to the issue of Wells Fargo's crimes against women. I'm sure you've heard that Wells specifically targeted black and Hispanic communities with subprime loans. Women got the same treatment. According to the Consumer Federation of America, although women and men have roughly the same credit scores, women were 32% more likely to receive subprime loans than men. This was true across the board—within every income and ethnic group. According to Maria Poblet, executive director of Causa Justa (Just Cause), the majority of foreclosures have been on female-headed households.
With all these lucrative investments, 2011 was a banner year for Wells Fargo. Yesterday, April 24, they voted to give CEO John Stumpf an annual salary of $13 million, plus additional compensation worth $7 million.
An action organized by Portland Jobs With Justice, Union leaders, and city workers as an attempt to sell cupcakes to raise money for the citys coming budget cuts which are in the millions. Unsold cakes/cupcakes were offered to city officials for a pledge to cover the amount of these cuts.
A mock fundraiser organized by Portland Jobs With Justice, Union leaders/members, and city workers. Cupcakes were sold for $2 to the attendees to help raise money to cover the city's budget shortfall in the millions which is threatening to cut public service programs. Delegations of five people went in to City Hall with press and cameras and upstairs into council members' offices. Members of the group gave their statements to staff along with remaining cakes for council members to buy at prices representing the amount of the cuts.
Santa Cruz, CA — District Attorney Bob Lee's prosecution (some say "witchhunt") of eleven activists and alternative media journalists came to a crashing halt on April 25th, as Judge Paul Burdick stopped the preliminary hearing after hearing only two prosecution witnesses. After listening to Officer William Winston of the SCPD and Det. David Gunter's testimony, Burdick challenged Assistant DA Rebekah Young by saying "Ms. Young, you agree that none of these four defendants committed any act of vandalism."
In downtown Santa Cruz on April 20, LGBQT community members from the Diversity Center's Youth Program and their family members and allies held a "Breaking the Silence" rally in front of the Del Mar Theatre before a showing of the film "Bully". People held signs and shared stories. There was a group shout out, and many involved with the youth program wore tape x'd over their mouths to both symbolize the silencing effect of bullying on the LGBQT youth community, as well as to be an expression of solidarity with those who could not attend the rally in person for many different reasons of privacy.
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Come down to the Red & Black Cafe this Friday, 4/27, at 7:00pm for a great presentation by Santiago Paz of the CEPICAFE coffee growers co-op of Peru. CEPICAFE ( http://www.equalexchange.coop/profile-of-cepicafe-in-peru) supplies the coffee that you enjoy everyday at the Red & Black Cafe through our fellow co-op coffee roaster, Equal Exchange.
Santiago will provide a brief presentation on the issues facing the legitimacy of the "fair trade" coffee label, including how small farmer co-ops are joining together to reinforce social democracy for this certification. If you've been hearing about how big corporate chains are compromising fair trade, and want to separate the facts from the fiction, this event is for you.
The Red & Black Cafe is located at 400 SE 12th Ave., in Portland, OR. We are a worker-owned and operated business, and an IWW union shop
Free Trade Agreement negotiations over seven years in the making. In 2003, then Colombian President Alvaro Uribe requests the agreement from George W. Bush Jr. The following year negotiations begin in Cartagena, Colombia and end in 2006. 2 Years later, however, the United States Congress freezes FTA negotiations. It isn't until September 8, 2011 that amidst a speech by current US President, Barack Obama, about Economic Recovery and Job Creation the FTA is once again proposed, and goes to the US Congress. One month later it is approved. It is yet to be fully executed. Among the factors stalling the agreement's full implementation is compliance with the Labor Action Plan. Please listen to The Latino Media Collective Wednesdays from 7:00pm-8:00pm WPFW 89.3 FM
On April 18th, U.S. Federal authorities removed a server from a colocation facility shared by Riseup Networks and May First/People Link (MFPL) in New York City. The seized server was operated by the European Counter Network (ECN), the oldest independent internet service provider in Europe, who, among many other things, provided an anonymous remailer service, Mixmaster, that was the target of an FBI investigation into a series of bomb threats against the University of Pittsburgh.
Tech staff have assured users that no riseup user or MFPL member data or security codes were compromised in the seizure. The server itself was fully encrypted.
Hundreds of ECN users, email lists and websites were disrupted in this seizure, including academics, artists, historians, feminist groups, gay rights groups, community centers, documentation and software archives and free speech groups. None are alleged to be involved in the anonymous bomb threats. ECN is the oldest independent service provider in Europe. Before sites like Youtube and Vimeo existed, ECN created a platform called NGV where people could upload and share independent video of human rights violations. Nowadays ECN works primarily with anti-fascist and anti-Nazi movements in all of Europe, providing space and resources to political and social centers.
“The server seizure is not only an attack against us, but an attack against all users of the Internet who depend on anonymous communication," said MFPL director Jamie McClelland. "The pointlessness of this seizure suggests an inclination toward extrajudicial punishment and an attempted crackdown on the very possibility of anonymous speech online." Dispatch from Mayfirst/PeopleLink | Joint Press Release | ecn.org
Friends and supporters of the late Farouk Abdel-Muhti are meeting in Lower Manhattan the evening of April 26 to remember the New York-based Palestinian activist on the tenth anniversary of his arrest by U.S. immigration authorities. Abdel-Muhti remained in detention for almost two years despite an intense campaign for his release. He died of a heart attack just three months after he was finally set free.
WILPF-Santa Cruz Branch writes, The Santa Cruz Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) condemns the action of local law enforcement in attempting to prosecute eleven local activists who are alleged to have occupied the long-deserted bank building at Water and River Streets last fall. Four of the defendants are journalists, who were present to report to the community on the protests. The First Amendment is clear on the rights of journalists to observe and print their findings; the charges against them should be dropped immediately.
RWE betreibt mit dem Rheinischen Braunkohlerevier Europas größte CO2-Quelle – und das Ganze lange Zeit fernab jeder öffentlichen Wahrnehmung. Seit den 70er Jahren wird dort mit den größten Baggern der Welt Braunkohle im offenen Tagebau gefördert und noch bis mindestens 2045 sollen die Gruben das Weltklima zerstören. Seit der Streuobstwiesenbesetzung 2008 beim Tagebau Garzweiler II und den Klimacamps 2010 und 2011 bringen einige Initiativen frischen Wind in den Widerstand dagegen. Mit einer Frühjahresoffensive 2012 soll die Auseinandersetzung um die Tagebaue Hambach, Garzweiler und Inden in den Fokus der deutschsprachigen Umweltbewegung gebracht werden. Ein breites Bündnis aus Anwohner_innen und Umweltaktivist_innen ruft für den 14. April zu einem großen Kulturfest im Hambacher Forst auf. Dieser wird Jahr für Jahr ein Stückchen mehr durch den Tagebau zerstört, bis er in 10 Jahren vollständig abgeholzt sein wird. Zum Schutz des Waldes sollen bei dem Fest Baumpatenschaften verliehen werden. Vom 18. bis zum 19. April soll die RWE-Jahreshauptkonferenz blockiert werden. Dafür wird es ein zweitägiges Camp vor der Grugahalle in Essen geben. Im Sommer wird bereits das dritte Klimacamp in der Region gegen das Rheinische Braunkohlerevier statt finden, diesesmal organisiert von der neu gegründeten Kampagne "ausgeCO2hlt".