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Rogue Residents Against Walmart urges Walmart to Respect Workers

Rogue Valley, 02.05.2013 20:11

RRAW, Rogue Residents Against Walmart is in the process of possibly changing our name to RRAWWR - Rogue Residents Against Walmart Worker Retaliation.

RRAWWR asserts that most of the workers get so few hours that they qualify for food stamps, get no health or pension benefits until they have been with the corporation so many years, and that the Walton family has accumulated as much wealth as nearly half the US population by depriving their workers of a living.

KEEP READING TO SEE THE LETTER PRESENTED TO THE SOUTH MEDFORD WALMART GENERAL MANAGER



David Rovics Human Rights Concert at SOU Dec. 4th

Rogue Valley, 02.05.2013 20:11

DEAR DAVID ROVICS FANS / and / HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES:

Health Care for All Oregon will be the focus on Dec. 4, 5pm at Southern Oregon University when we have David Rovics join us for "Songs of International Solidarity"... The campus host is the Student United Nations Club. Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice is a co-sponsor and other community organizations are asked to join the sponsorship.

Come hear David Rovics and support a great cause.

December 4th, 5PM
at "Diversions", downstairs in the Stevenson Union
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR
Suggested donation: $5. for students, $10. for public
- - - No one turned away - - -

Health Care is a Human Right!



I Ain't Getting Squat for Christmas

Rogue Valley, 02.05.2013 20:11

Published on Dec 1, 2012
Happy Holler Days from Broadway Phil & the Shouters! This is our newest single from the upcoming Shouter album, "Home." It's the blues, Baby!

"I Ain't Getting Squat for Christmas"
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGxSwilroeI



KSKQ Audience to Expand

Rogue Valley, 02.05.2013 20:11

Ashland’s community radio station is about to get much louder. On October 31, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an application to increase the strength of the broadcast signal for KSKQ 89.5 FM. The upgrade to 560 watts will allow KSKQ to reach much of the Rogue Valley, including Medford, Talent, Phoenix, Central Point, White City, and Jacksonville.



Southern Oregonians Mobilize to Salem for Healthcare Reform

Rogue Valley, 02.05.2013 20:11

Sign Up to Rally for Universal Health Care in Salem on Feb. 4, 2013

Get on the bus in Ashland, Medford or Grants Pass!
Rally for Universal Health Care in Oregon
Monday, February 4 – State Capitol

Kick off the 1st day of the legislative session and the push for universal health care for everyone in Oregon. Representative Michael Dembrow has re-introduced the Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Act. It is time to get behind the bill and push for passage. This is a tremendous job and to do it, we need to create a massive grassroots movement that is impossible to ignore.



Oregon Public Employees Under Attack, still...

Rogue Valley, 02.05.2013 20:11

Today the Oregonian ran yet another flawed, misinformed story this time flagging that Oregon PERS members benefits are more generous than those of neighboring states and making a stink that Oregon public workers don't contribute to their retirement based on a flawed study released by the Center for Public Policy at PSU.

Oregon PERS retirees net better benefits than in neighboring states, PSU study finds
 http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2013/02/oregon_pers_retirees_net_bette.html

In response to today’s divisive and misinformed editorial about PERS, SEIU Local 503 Executive Director Heather Conroy issued the following statement:



9th Annual Independent Media Week - 4/14-4/20

Rogue Valley, 02.05.2013 20:11

Ashland Oregon will celebrate the 9th annual Independent Media Week this April 14-20, 2013.



CP&amp;J's 10th Anniversary PEACE RALLY &amp; PROGRAM

Rogue Valley, 02.05.2013 20:11

Citizens for Peace and Justice invites you to attend our 10th Anniversary PEACE RALLY & PROGRAM
Saturday, April 6, 2013 — Starts at Noon!
Vogel Plaza in Downtown Medford



THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE *FREE* DURING INDEPENDENT MEDIA WEEK

Rogue Valley, 02.05.2013 20:11

"THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE" IS FEATURED IN SOUTHERN OREGON DURING INDEPENDENT MEDIA WEEK-2013. * * ALL SCREENINGS ARE FREE! * *

* * * SCREENINGS HELD AT SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY — ASHLAND, OREGON * * *
SUNDAY APRIL 14 2:30PM- (doors open at 2, program starts at 2:15) MEESE ROOM IN THE HANNON LIBRARY
TUESDAY APRIL 16 3:00PM- (video screenings start at 2) ROOM SU330 IN THE STEVENSON UNION

"A very powerful and moving documentary that everyone in Oregon and the country needs to see."--Mark S. Kellenbeck



New Orleans and Baton Rouge screenings of HARD TIME, about Robert King and the Angola 3

New Orleans, 02.05.2013 20:11

New Orleans and Baton Rouge screenings of HARD TIME, about Robert King and the Angola 3



Mid-City Police Shootings: An Inevitable Result of the Apartheid Police State

New Orleans, 02.05.2013 20:11

Mid-City Police Shootings: An Inevitable Result of the Apartheid Police State



Immigrants Fight to Remain in N.O. with 24

New Orleans, 02.05.2013 20:11

Immigrants Fight to Remain in N.O. with 24



Pretrial Services Examined

New Orleans, 02.05.2013 20:11

Pretrial Services Examined



David Waggoner and the Dutch Dialogues

New Orleans, 02.05.2013 20:11

David Waggoner and the Dutch Dialogues



A 10 años de sacar la Marina de Vieques

Puerto Rico, 02.05.2013 20:11

Anuncian jornada conmemorativa de los 10 años del cierre del polígono de tiro en Vieques



NCM entrevista a viuda de Filiberto Ojeda

Puerto Rico, 02.05.2013 20:11

La mirada a Venezuela de la viuda de Filiberto Ojeda



Convenio PBS

Puerto Rico, 02.05.2013 20:11

Ratifican convenio por cinco años trabajadores de PBS



Federación de Maestros denuncia Pruebas de Aprovechamiento Académico

Puerto Rico, 02.05.2013 20:11

Federación de Maestros denuncia Pruebas de Aprovechamiento Académico



La HEEND se expresa sobre la crisis del Sistema de Retiro

Puerto Rico, 02.05.2013 20:11

La HEEND se expresa sobre la crisis del Sistema de Retiro



Monsanto en Salón de Fama de Agricultura

Puerto Rico, 02.05.2013 20:11

Monsanto al Salón de la Infamia



Homenaje de Intifada a Chávez

Puerto Rico, 02.05.2013 20:11

Baquiné pal Comandante



Protesta el 16 de abril

Puerto Rico, 02.05.2013 20:11

Exigen más contribuciones a los ricos



Fallece soldado Wilbert Alexander Robles Santana

Puerto Rico, 02.05.2013 20:11

Fallece otro soldado boricua en Afganistán



Nicolás Maduro le responde a Willie Colón

Puerto Rico, 02.05.2013 20:11

Nicolás Maduro le responde a Willie Colón con Eddie Palmieri



Park Police arrest protesters at 4-20 Pot legalization rally

DC, 02.05.2013 20:10

Since "420" is an old shorthand for pot, marijuana legalization activists staged a protest in Lafayette park on the 20th of April (4-20) calling for legalization. Park Police arrested several people in the park. Video of police harassing and arresting pot legalization protesters



Thousands protest as IMF meets

DC, 02.05.2013 20:10

On the 20th of April, the IMF met as thousands protested against the agenda of the Big Banks and the IMF. This was the largest of three days of action against the G20, the IMF, and the World Bank. Fri 4-19:Delegates heckled at checkpoints after attempt to storm Mayflower Sat April 20: Thousands march and rally as the IMF meets on 4-20 Sat April 20: Breakaway march skirmishes with police, heckles IMF delegates for second day Sat Night April 20: Hilton, St Regis stormed as protesters hit IMF delegate hotels Sun April 21: 3-headed IMF/World Bank/G20 dragon "slain" outside World Bank meeting



Pentagon Loses Court Case over Refusal to Release Names of SOA/ WHINSEC Graduates

DC, 02.05.2013 20:10

BREAKING NEWS: SOA Watch scored a MAJOR VICTORY this week when we won our court case against the Pentagon! The judge ruled that the Pentagon has no grounds for its refusal to disclose the names of graduates and instructors of the SOA/WHINSEC.

This is another setback for the Pentagon, following the withdrawal announcemnents by Nicaragua and Ecuador. We are moving forward and we are winning!

The Department of Justice, which represented the Pentagon in the lawsuit, did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment on Wednesday. The Obama administration has 90 days to appeal the judge's order to release the names of SOA/ WHINSEC graduates and instructors to SOA Watch.



Community activists deliver thousands of petitions against Aspen Hill Wal-Mart to Montgomery County Council

DC, 02.05.2013 20:10

On April 30th, the UFCW, Respect DC, and others showed up at the Montgomery County Council's headquarters in Rockville, MD. They were there to to demand that a proposed rezoning to permit Wal-Mart to open in Aspen Hill be rejected. Three council members told the protesters up front that they would vote NO on this rezoning.



Grand Jury resisters speak at Georgetown Law

DC, 02.05.2013 20:10

Matthew Duran and Kteeo Olejnik are two of our "silent heroes" who endured months in jail and 60 days in solitary confinement for refusing to snitch to a grand jury investigating anarchists and Occupy activists in and around Seattle. On the 30th of April they spoke at Georgetown Law about what they endured to protect their community. Video:The Silent Heroes Speak



Poznań: Eksmisja skłotu &quot;Warsztat&quot;

Poland, 02.05.2013 20:09

Wczoraj, 29 sierpnia policja dokonała brutalnej eksmisji poznańskiego skłotu Warsztat. Broniło go kilku mieszkańców i dziesiątki sympatyków. Zatrzymano jedną osobę.



Strajk Głodowy w ośrodkach dla uchodźców

Poland, 02.05.2013 20:09

Od 16 października trwa strajk głodowy ponad 70 uchodźców osadzonych w Strzeżonych Ośrodkach dla Cudzoziemców w Białymstoku, Białej Podlaskiej, Przemyślu i Lesznowoli (w Białymstoku zakończono protest 22.10). Protestujący próbują zwrócić w ten sposób uwagę na problem przemocy, braku informacji w zrozumiałym języku, braku kontaktu ze światem zewnętrznym, kłopotów z dostępem do opieki medycznej, łamaniem praw dziecka (więzienie, niedopuszczanie do edukacji). Reakcją władz na protest było nasilenie przemocy - głodujących bito, zamykano w izolatkach, przy próbie samobójczej - nie odsyłano do szpitala. Fundacji Helsińskiej dopiero 22.10 pozwolono na wizytację jednego z ośrodków, pozostałe pozwolono odwiedzić dopiero w kolejnym miesiącu.



Demonstracja antyfaszystowska - relacja na żywo

Poland, 02.05.2013 20:09

Od lat środowiska ultraprawicowe wykorzystują dzień 11 listopada w celach propagandowych, spotykając się ze zdecydowanym sprzeciwem środowisk antyfaszystowskich. Antyfaszystowska koalicja Porozumienie 11 listopada, obejmująca szerokie spectrum NGOsów i grup nieformalnych z całego kraju, po raz kolejny organizuje antyfaszystowski protest. W tym roku przyjmie on formę manifestacji.

Poniżej relacja na żywo:

Zdjęcia i video: [1] , [2] , [3] , [4] , [5]



Zawiadomienie do prokuratury w sprawie wpisu prezesa NOP

Poland, 02.05.2013 20:09

Helsińska Fundacja Praw Człowieka złożyła zawiadomienie o popełnieniu przestępstwa, w związku z komentarzem przezesa NOPu po napaści na Wagenburg.



Yes on Prop 37 March in Santa Cruz to Label Genetically Engineered Foods

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

On August 24, supporters of GMO-Free Santa Cruz and Proposition 37 on the California ballot, marched and sang along Pacific Avenue to raise awareness about the proposition, and encourage people to vote in favor of it. Throughout the United States, people currently eat genetically engineered food, but they generally are not aware of it. The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, Prop 37 on the November ballot, would simply require food sold in retail outlets in California, such as grocery stores, to be labeled if it is produced with genetic engineering.



The City of Santa Cruz Wages Campaign Attacking Homeless Camps

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

Brent Adams writes: "The City of Santa Cruz has been using the Santa Cruz Police Department and the City Parks Department to attack homeless camps. We are in the 7th week of this campaign that has seen more than 300 citations given, more than 100 camps destroyed, personal belongings trashed, and more than 150 arrests. While the Homeless Services Center has closed the Paul Lee Loft Shelter, the City has offered no other solutions to people who are survival camping in the woods, river levee, and downtown."



Judge Gallagher Orders Gary Johnson to Jail for Sleeping

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

On Friday, August 24th, Gary Johnson was ordered by Judge John Gallagher to report to the Santa Cruz County Jail at 3 p.m. The jail refused to accept Johnson, ordering him to return on Monday at 8 a.m. Johnson was frustrated with this and returned to the Santa Cruz Courthouse. Upon entering the Courthouse, Johnson was immediately arrested by a sheriff's deputy.



Disabled Woman Robbed Following Exclusion from Homeless Services Center

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

John E. Colby reports: "On July 30, the Homeless Services Center (HSC) in Santa Cruz threw Megan Andrea Morgan - a severely disabled woman who suffers from anemia and other disabilities which cause her severe fatigue and exhaustion - onto the street, denying her access to the HSC campus where she was receiving shelter at the Paul Lee Loft. Ms. Morgan has trouble standing without her walker - she is five feet one inch tall.



10-Year Anniversary of the WAMM Raid

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

Valerie Leveroni Corral writes: "10 years ago at the break of dawn, awakened by the stomp of heavy booted agents, WAMM was raided by 30 DEA agents. Mike and I were taken into custody; chainsaw wielding agents cut the entire garden down, WAMM members blocked the gate, locking agents behind, and WAMM members and supporters bargaining for our release. What followed changed the course of medical marijuana, circumventing the government's strategy to eliminate patient service organizations, legal under California state law. Santa Cruz City and County enjoined WAMM members in a lawsuit that resulted in a settlement, allowing WAMM to continue our service as the only collective sanctioned by the federal government."



SCPD Officer Travis Ahlers Harasses Photojournalist for Documenting Police

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

Bradley Stuart Allen writes: "On Wednesday, September 12, at approximately 7:45 p.m., Santa Cruz Police officers Travis Ahlers (Badge # 144) and Brian Warren (Badge # 154) parked the police car they were using on Soquel Avenue at Pacific Avenue. The officers recognized a homeless man who was on the Pacific Avenue sidewalk in front of New Leaf Market, while other people performed music. The man appeared to be walking south on the sidewalk when officer Warren called out "Frank" and told him to stop."



Criminalization of Sleep is Focus at Candlelight &quot;Tent&quot; Vigil

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

Over the last ten weeks, a series of raids targeting the homeless has been conducted as part of a coordinated effort by the Santa Cruz Police Department and the city's departments of Parks and Recreation and Public Works. In response, community members who are hoping to form a new coalition with the intention of ending the criminalization of homelessness and sleep in Santa Cruz, held a candlelight "tent" vigil on September 9th.



Peace and Unity March 2012 in Watsonville

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

Over 350 people marched in the annual Peace and Unity March on the unusually hot Sunday afternoon of September 30, 2012 in downtown Watsonville, CA. This year's march was held to protest gang and domestic violence in the community of Watsonville, and was organized by the Watsonville Peace & Unity Coalition, which was initiated by the Watsonville Brown Berets. The turnout was significantly larger than previous years, due to recent violence, a larger coalition including the City of Watsonville, and well-organized outreach throughout Watsonville.



La Playa Carmel Labor Demonstrations Receive Boost from Quail Lodge Contract Victory

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

After more than a dozen labor demonstrations at La Playa Carmel this summer which followed the announcement of a boycott of the hotel, community members had new answers to the question, "Is this working?" At a rally at the hotel held on September 28, Mark Weller of UNITE HERE Local 483, the hospitality union that represents workers in the Monterey Bay area, cited the recent contract approval negotiated for workers at Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley as a victory for La Playa workers also.



Stop Pamela Comstock, Take Back Santa Cruz, for City Council

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

Surf City Locals write: "Pamela Comstock is one of the only candidates to not accept voluntary campaign spending limits. She has raised more money than anyone in this city council race. Her money has paid for nice-looking glossy fliers, but they only tell half the story. Pamela Comstock is one of the founding members of Take Back Santa Cruz, a group that claims to advocate for public safety, but what has their role in the community really been?"



Stay Calm: Some Tips for Keeping Safe in Times of State Repression

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

BayOfRage writes: "The spectre of state repression has been growing over Bay Area radical milieus. Grand juries in the Pacific Northwest and in Santa Cruz, threats by police of using gang enhancements against activists, the recent string of mass arrests, the profusion of political divisions and threats, abundant conspiracy theories, surveillance of our social spaces, FOIA paperwork that references a confidential informer--The list goes on and on and on. Even though everything we hear cannot be entirely proven or disproven, recent events underscore the importance of preparing for a possible crackdown."



Desal Task Force: Current Cost Estimate for Proposed Plant in Santa Cruz is '$114 Million'

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

Program managers delivered a $114 million cost estimate for construction of the proposed desal plant to the members of the Desalination Task Force at their October 17 meeting in Santa Cruz. The $114 million figure is to be considered a range, representing a possible cost of between $97 million and $143 million for the plant, and it does not include the millions spent already during the early phase of planning and promotion of the proposed water project.



LAFCO to Meet for Fourth Hearing Regarding UCSC Upper Campus Expansion

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

On Wednesday, December 5th, the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) will reconvene for what may be the final hearing concerning the request by UC Santa Cruz to extend the water service needed to develop 240 acres of Upper Campus natural habitat, which would require over 250 million additional gallons of water per year from the Santa Cruz water supply.



Monterey, Fresno and San Benito Counties Slated for Hydraulic Fracking

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

On December 12th, dozens of protesters rallied outside a federal auction in Sacramento against plans to lease more than 17,000 acres of California public land to oil companies for drilling and fracking. Demonstrators fear that opening up thousands of acres of public land to oil and gas exploration would directly undercut the state's commitment to clean and renewable energy and endanger an already threatened water supply. Land spanning Monterey, San Benito and Fresno counties lies on what is known as the Monterey Shale, a formation of underground minerals. Oil and gas companies are targeting this expanse for hydraulic drilling.



Labor Gives Management Bag of Coal at La Playa Carmel Holiday Workers Rally

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

As the holiday season hit full force at the shopping/vacation destination of Carmel by the Sea, former La Playa Hotel workers continued to remain hopeful that some of those in attendance at a labor rally at the hotel on December 20th would receive back the jobs that they lost over a year ago. Since the hotel re-opened over the summer, only three of the former 113 workers have been re-hired.



Santa Cruz Eleven Down to Four

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

At a preliminary hearing on January 8, all charges against Desiree Foster, Robert Norse, and Becky Johnson in association with the occupation of a vacant bank building in 2011 were dismissed by Santa Cruz Judge Paul P. Burdick. Charges still remain in effect for four defendants, though Burdick removed conspiracy from the counts they face. Additionally, the judge sanctioned District Attorney Rebekah Young with a $500 fine for the violation of a discovery order, saying that he had never imposed a sanction like this on the District Attorney's office before.



Convicted of &quot;Unlawful Lodging,&quot; Homeless Advocate Linda Lemaster Hopes to Abolish 647(e)

Santa Cruz, CA, 02.05.2013 19:57

On December 6, a jury found Linda Lemaster guilty of "unlawful lodging" during Peacecamp 2010 in Santa Cruz, and she was sentenced to community service and probation. Lemaster believes now, even more than when she left the trial, that her being cited for lodging was about breaking up a political protest that relied on a law enforcement strategy that is anti-homeless and has a homeland security agenda.




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