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The Million Mask March of Anonymous and Occupy activists was estimated by a Capitol Police radio all as 400 strong-after hours in the streets. A long list of targets was visited, and the Park Police were made to regret arresting one person outside the White House. (video tonight or tomorrow)
In den letzten Wochen sind in Hamburg die Themen: Flucht, Migration und Rassismus in besonderer Art und weise öffentliches Diskussionsthema geworden. Angefangen hat alles am 21.5 mit dem Versuch von Geflüchteten ein Camp zu errichten. Beim bisherigen Höhepunkt der Proteste zog eine Großdemonstration mit 15.000-20.000 Menschen durch die Hamburger Innenstadt und forderte ein Bleiberecht für Alle.
Thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez was reportedly killed by sheriff's deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22. Deputies claimed they only learned afterward that Andy Lopez was holding a toy gun. On October 28, friends and family of Andy Lopez held a Rosario where he was killed. On October 29, hundreds of community members marched to the Sonoma County sheriff's department, and on October 30 hundreds marched again. On November 5, a "Jailhouse for Gelhaus" march will make itself heard at the District Attorney's office: "We demand Erick Gelhaus be immediately fired, arrested, and Indicted for the Murder of Andy Lopez."
Senator Wyden is proposing to dramatically increase logging on 2.6 million acres of Oregon's BLM O & C lands across Western Oregon. One local group is exposing this scheme to Oregonians via a commercial billboard on Interstate 5 in Eugene, Oregon. Please consider sending this image to Senator Wyden's offices once a week, once a month, or whenever you have a few moments to spare.
U.S. Senator Wyden in an attempt to appease the wealthy timber barons of Oregon and big timber dependent local governments in Lane, Douglas, Jackson, and other O & C counties, is publicly proposing to introduce legislation that would dramatically increase native forest and clear-cut logging by adopting the "Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin Pilot Projects" as his preferred BLM management regime across 2.6 million acres of publicly owned BLM O & C forest lands.
The "Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin Pilot Projects" are regeneration harvests or a clear-cut. Their Orwellian term used to describe these clear-cuts is "variable retention harvest" or "VRH". Several Norm and Jerry Show Projects have already been auctioned and awarded to Oregon timber barons. To View pictures of a logged Norm and Jerry Pilot Project "Buck Rising" from May 2013 go to https://picasaweb.google.com/112037980213765028264/BuckRisingUnits1And2Cut#5920273007004695746
There are several more "Norm and Jerry Projects" in the works for the Eugene and Salem BLM Districts.
SodaStream, manufactured in an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank, is a popular home seltzer maker. The company markets its product as a green, clean alternative to buying soda in plastic bottles. But Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!) and others counter that stealing Palestinian land is not green or clean. As costume shoppers flocked to Cliff's Variety in the Castro on the Saturday before Halloween, Frankenstein and a gaggle of witches were on hand to educate customers about the impact of settlement industries on Palestinian life and alternatives to SodaStream.
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan, the Voice of Russia, Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.
From JAPAN- The former Prime Minister of Japan and the current leader of the opposition party are working together to eliminate nuclear power in the country. A cabinet member wants the government to bear part of the massive cost of cleaning up the Fukushima area, since they promoted the use of nuclear energy. Scientists say that most of the radioactive particles that fell on the forest still remain there. Honda is building a wind farm in Brazil where it will manufacture cars. Der Spiegel published a list of 80 US diplomatic missions around the world that the NSA uses for spying. From RUSSIA- The NSA spying scandal has been growing and intensifying each day around the world. Here are excerpts from 3 stories aired on the Voice of Russia. From SPAIN- As news of the NSA's extensive spying on Spanish citizens came to light, the government prosecutors launched an investigation into possible criminal charges. Ecuadoran President Correa is visiting Russian President Putin. Iran and the IAEA had very productive talks about settling disputes over nuclear power development. Brazil erupted in violent protests after the police killed of a 17 year old demonstrator. From CUBA- Spanish students have taken to the streets to protest government cutbacks in education. At the UN Cuba rejected the US justifications for continuing its economic blockade against the island. In a controversial move, Israel freed the second of 4 batches of Palestinian prisoners. From GERMANY- Germany sent intelligence investigators to Washington following US spying on the German people and Chancellor Merkel. In the UK the trial began for the news reporters who hacked into phone messages of celebrities and politicians. 3 Egyptian judges resigned while presiding over trials of Muslim Brotherhood members, while more Brotherhood leaders have been arrested. A German court is hearing a civil suit brought by relatives of Afghans killed by a NATO airstrike.
San Francisco bus and transit workers rallied to demand the rehiring of the five Boston USW Local 8751 union leaders and an end to union busting by Veolia. They picketed the San Francisco office of Veolia and also attacked Veolia for trying to bust the BART workers during their struggle for a contract.
Am 12. November wird das Landgericht Frankfurt (Main) nach über einem Jahr das Urteil gegen Sonja Suder verkünden. (Prozessberichte) Wir wollen an diesem Tag unsere Solidarität zeigen und rufen auf: Bildet revolutionäre Fahrgemeinschaften! (Aufruf) Kommt nach Frankfurt!
Outraged by the United States, massive privacy violation, caused by the mass warehousing by the NSA of just about the entire world's communications as it passes through the Internet, inspired thousands to protest in Washington, DC. Interviews with Government and corporate whistleblowers, activists, and victims, and even people who identify with the Tea Party. Video61 Things We've Learned About the NSA
On Friday October 26, The George Washington University’s Students for Justice in Palestine hosted the acclaimed journalist and author Max Blumenthal to discuss his new book, “Goliath; Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” as one of the first stops on his book tour. “Goliath” is a product of nearly five years of research and investigation of Israeli society, shifting policy and public opinion, both inside and outside of the Green Line between the periods of 2009 and 2013. The talk centered around the increasing presence of xenophobia and racism in Israel, directed towards not just its Palestinian population, but also the immigrant African population that have recently begun to move to Israel in hopes of asylum.
On the 26th of October, thousands or people of all political stripes marched on the US Capitol demanding the NSA and over spy agencies cease and desist their mass data collection and spying on the general public. Video highlights of the march
Professor Zaher Wahab spoke to a small group in Portland Oregon in August 2013.
He shared how he was leaving the US, in a couple days, with a team of teachers and study material he collected and translated to teach in Afghanistan. He talks about the huge corruption problems, and the difficulties in trying to cope in his now war torn country, and how he himself in spite of the danger in taking on this project, and how he is dedicated to bringing education, knowledge and hope to those who are still there in dire need.
A conversation with Professor Zaher Wahab "Afghanistan: Our Ethical Responsibility"
An insightful conversation on with Zaher on what is going on in Afghanistan currently and a scope of the massive corruption and first hand information on what this war and foreign influence has done to the country where he grew up in. He tells of the huge piles of garbage every few block, like never seen before.
He speaks of the agreement with the US of keeping 9 major bases ... Right now there is 110,000 troops from 48 countries (and 120,000 contractors)
Professor Zaher, left the US for Afghanistan (to teach) a few days after this conversation in Portland. The last hour in the video is the question and answer part of the conversation.
Reposted from workers.org Boston, Oct. 23 — In an impressive display of strength and unity in the face of a state attack against a militant union, hundreds of Boston bus drivers, bus monitors and community supporters came out tonight in support of the School Bus Union 5: Andre Francois, Steven Gillis, Stevan Kirschbaum, Richard Lynch and Garry Murchison. Today’s events put the Veolia transnational corporation on the defensive, thwarting its hell-bent plan to break the union by attempting to unlawfully fire these long-time, respected members of Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union.
On the 21st of October, the Washington Post reported that the US Park Police had again stolen all materials used in the Lafayette Park antinuclear vigil after the volunteer staffing (and guarding) it walked away.
Dear Movement, We think it’s time for us to have a conversation: a conversation that can help us address the work we need to do in order to build the true grassroots power than can dismantle the oppressive system that tar sands companies and people in power have worked so hard to profit from. For the past four years we’ve heard “leaders” like Bill McKibben call on us to take action to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, and we’ve responded, dutifully travelling to DC to march and protest as a group. We’ve also watched as decision makers have continuously stalled and appeased this movement by refusing to approve the full pipeline, while still consenting to the production, transportation, and refinement of this toxic substance in more and more places across the continent. It is time for us to do more than submit public comments to a system incentivized to ignore us, or chain ourselves to symbols that will look good for the media. The Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands is writing this open letter to call for a dialogue and action around developing an anti-tar sands movement that focuses on the root causes of this issue and unites communities and groups in a common goal to stop tar sands in its entirety.
Oakland Port Truckers have formed the Port of Oakland Truckers Association (POTA) to organize for better conditions and compensation. On October 21, hundreds of independent truckers and over a hundred supporters turned out at 5am at the Port of Oakland in protest of escalating costs for truckers and deteriorating work conditions at the Port. The two largest terminals were shut down, and multiple smaller terminals were disrupted or shut down. Alameda County Sheriff's Deputies attacked picket lines, injuring at least two, and forced many picketers onto the sidewalk. Longshoremen refused to cross the picket line and went home for the day, despite losing pay after an unfavorable ruling from labor arbitrators. Port Truckers returned to the Port at 5:30pm to shut down the evening shift, and they continue to ask the public for support.
Please call the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) on Monday, Oct 21 and write a letter on Friday, October 25 to ask that Marie Mason be moved out of the restricted unit of Carswell prison and that it be shut down. [...]
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 WRITE THE BOP DIRECTOR
Please help get Marie Mason moved out of FMC Carswell by writing a letter to the Bureau of Prisons Director. We are asking as many people as possible to write letters and organize letter writing events so that we can show the BOP just how many people recognize her position as unjust, and support the idea of her being moved into a general population unit closer to her family.
Below is the address to send all letters to, and a sample letter. Please remain firm but polite in your communications with the BOP.
Charles E. Samuels, Jr. , Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons, 320 First St., NW, Washington, DC 20534 USA
Dear Director Samuels:
I write on behalf of Marie Mason #04672-061, who is currently incarcerated in a special isolation unit at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.
Marie has never violated any prison rules and is obviously being targeted for her political beliefs. We demand that she be removed from this restrictive unit and transferred to a federal prison near her family and friends.
Mercy for Animals brought it's traveling demonstration that asks the question: Why Eat One and Not the Other? to downtown Portland on Thursday, Ocotber 17. A giant blow up hot dog stuffed with a puppy drew the lunch crowd over to find out what it was all about and get some information on how/why to change their diet.
Mercy for Animals has done an enormous amount of undercover video to highlight the abuse that farm animals face every day in factory farms. These "farms" routinely mutilate pigs and chickens, without anestheaia. They are stuffed into tiny cages where they are forced to live their entire lives. Dairy cows are left broken and exhausted on the ground, to be slaughtered as "downer cows." In its effort to bring awareness about the animals' plight, Mercy for Animals staged a peaceful demonstration in downtown Portland, and handed out veg guides to help people make more compassionate choices.