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On the evening of the 3rd of July, many Egyptians gathered at the White House to celebrate the overthrow of Morsi, even if by a military coup. Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood attempted to spoil the party. Video hosted on yfrog/Twitter
Protesting an abrupt holiday programming change that eliminates alternative views on “Independence Day” and world affairs, Concerned Members and Supporters of WPFW (CMS) is issuing a statement and demonstrating today, Friday, July 5, beginning at 12:30 p.m. outside the temporary radio station studios at 1819 L St., N.W. in Washington, D.C. These actions are in response to the decision by station manager John Hughes to pre-empt vital news and public affairs programming in favor of playing all music on July 4 and July 5. Friday’s protestors will rally in support of Jay Winter Nightwolf, veteran Native American programmer, who plans to broadcast Friday in defiance of the unannounced pre-emption.
US Supreme Court decisions making gay marriage legal in California and striking down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act came just days before Pride weekend in San Francisco. On June 28th, anarchists participating in the annual Trans March hoisted a banner with the slogan "No Pride in Assimilation/No Future in Capitalism". Two days later a Bradley Manning contingent marched at Pride Sunday then encircled a National Guard booth in protest of military recruiting.
Five protestors, calling themselves "postal protectors", were arrested today in an occupation of a private air cargo facility slated to handle and process US mail.
"Postal mail handlers and mail processing clerks are losing their jobs to profiteering, private corporations," declared Jamie Partridge, a retired letter carrier who joined the civil disobedience action at the Matheson Flight Extenders facility, just next door to the US Postal Service's Portland Air Cargo Center. "We protest the privatization of the public postal service. We oppose the destruction of family wage, union jobs and the delay of the people's mail. We intend to disrupt this attack on our communities."
Protest organizers, Portland Communities and Postal Workers United, are demanding that Matheson management pull out of negotiations for the subcontracting of postal jobs. PCPWU is also targeting postal operations manager, Lisa Shear ( Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org 503-294-2206 ) demanding that she put a halt to the privatization.
PCPWU has been fighting cuts and closures to the postal service for the past year. In May of 2012, ten activists were arrested occupying Portland's University Station post office, which has since been closed. In April of this year, five protesters went to jail for a civil disobedience action at the Salem mail plant, which is now being dismantled with mail processing machines moving to Portland. In June, the Portland-area USPS District had the slowest mail delivery in the nation -- 83% overnight first class compared to the 98% goal.
Postal mail handlers and processing clerks are losing their jobs in Salem as the work is being subcontracted to the low-wage, non-postal, non-union Matheson corporation in Portland.
Protests in Turkey began May 28 at Istanbul's Taksim Gezi Park, against plans to turn the loved and historic city park into a shopping mall. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan brutally attacked the peaceful demonstrators. As daily anti-government protests rocked Istanbul, demonstrators in the Bay Area showed solidarity against Turkish state repression with protests in Berkeley, Palo Alto, and Oakland, in addition to the establishment of Gezi Gardens in San Francisco. Solidarity actions continue, with the 'Rally for Rights' planned in Santa Cruz for July 6.
On Sunday, June 2, thousands of people lined Pacific Avenue for the 39th annual Santa Cruz Pride parade and festival presented by The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz. A wide range of organizations participated in the parade, including a contingent raising awareness and support for political prisoner Bradley Manning. Manning is openly gay and has participated in Pride marches and campaigned against the "Don't ask, don't tell" restrictions on gay military personnel.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit on June 19 against the California Department of Parks and Recreation for its failure to protect an endangered seabird, the Marbled Murrelet, under the new management plan for Big Basin Redwoods State Park in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. The suit, filed in California Superior Court in Santa Cruz county, challenges the department's plans to expand visitor facilities in or near essential nesting habitat.
On the 29th of June, antiwar protesters returned to the entrance to CIA headquarters on Dolly Madison Blvd. This time around, they arrived in the afternoon and some of them attempted to march directly into the "George W Bush Center for Intelligence." At least five were arrested. (video tomorrow)
In Egypt, massive protests are taking place as people resist the hijacking of their revolution by Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood cronies. Here in DC, a solidarity rally began at 1:30PM on the 30th of June. LIVE Ustream video during event
Right now, Walmart workers are currently going out on strike over unfair labor practises. On June 7th hundreds of them will be carvanning from every corner of the country to Bentonville, Arkansas for Walmart's Annual Shareholders Meeting.
Walmart associates will call on Walmart board members and shareholders to address poverty wages, health care, retaliation against workers and scheduling that hurts workers, customers and the economy.
Portland Walmart Protest 6.7.13 - Workers Rights Solidarity
Over 100 protesters [and] supporters assembled in Portland outside of the SE Portland Walmart store for speeches and chants as they rallied for workers rights in solidarity with the UFCW local 55, as well with all [retail] laborers and their fellow workers who were currently protesting at [inside] the Walmart Board Meeting in Arkansas.
Some folks went inside the PDX store with Thank You | Information cards to hand to the workers.
On June 20, Oregon's Portland City Council unanimously voted to approve a budget that had been one of the most grassroots-contested examples of austerity in recent memory.
Weeks earlier, in a vote to approve the framework of this budget on May 29, the City Council's long-maintained show of consensus was broken when Commissioner Amanda Fritz voted "No." (More on her vote later). However, by the final budget vote last Thursday she had been compelled to change her mind.
How has the 2013 budget developed? When the Portland Budget process began several months ago, newly elected Mayor Charlie Hales announced a $25 million deficit in the city's General Fund. Each bureau was told to submit budgets with 10 percent cuts, signaling Hales's determination to oversee mass lay-offs and the slashing or elimination of essential programs that many Portlanders have come to rely on.
So what worked in Portland to move things towards a better outcome? For starters, Mayor Hales and the City Council's pursuit of austerity was met with a public outpouring of opposition at public budget hearings. The resistance culminated on April 11 when over 400 protesting participants surprised the City Council and overwhelmed their staff. Attending were members of the Metropolitan Youth Commission, Laborers International Local 483, Portland Community College, Friends of Trees, Portland Safety Net, SUN Schools, Eastside Action Plan, Elders in Action, AFSCME Local 189, and numerous others. They stunned the City Council with emotional and at times confrontational testimony. Many dressed in red to show solidarity and carried an array of signs in defense of threatened social programs.
TD Bank owns about 600 million shares of Transcanada, builder of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. For this they are known as "Tar Dollar Bank." On the 29th of June a small crew of Climate First activists managed to enter not one but two branches and demand inside that they divest from TransCanada. Video of protests inside both TD Bank branches
On the 29th of June, the same GAP store that was stormed on Mayday got yet another protest of their complicity in the deaths of over 1,100 workers in the Bangladesh factory collapse. This time around protesters staged a die-in to re-enact the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex.
In June, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers have been joined by other transit workers and supporters across the Bay Area to protest the attacks on their wages and health care and pension benefits forced on them by management after previous concessions, which already included a five year wage freeze.