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International Human Rights Day

San Francisco Bay Area, 11.12.2004 04:47

12/9/2004: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed on December 10th, 1948, and its anniversary is observed every year on or about that date. A perusal of Kofi Annan's most recent press briefing indicates that the world is far from accomplishing many of the goals set out in the Declaration, as territorial, resource, gender/sexuality and other political wars continue worldwide.



Quando a morte é lei, a revolta é legítima

Portugal, 11.12.2004 04:34

Quando a morte é lei, a revolta é legítima



Salta: Urgente amenaza de represión

Argentina, 11.12.2004 03:19

Martes 7 de Diciembre 2004 | RECLAMO EN CAMPO DURÁN
Salta: Urgente amenaza de represión



Warming Center Sit-In Participants Arrested

Madison, 11.12.2004 01:52

Around 7:00 pm this evening (Fri. 12/10 - International Human Rights Day) between 17-18 people were arrested for "criminal trespass" while occupying the hallway outside the office of Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. The mayor was not there, nor did he ever have a conversation with those who had come to raise the issue at his office.



Human Rights

Manila, 11.12.2004 00:21

Human Rights Day



Mel &amp; Floyd, December 10, 2004

Madison, 10.12.2004 22:07

Another edition of Mel & Floyd for your ears... Haven't heard it yet, but I'm determined to post the audio here, so check for a more thorough synopsis later. For now, enjoy Mel & Mr. Pants in their latest prolonged rant. Cheers!



A Democracy Now! Xmas Carol

Rogue Valley, 10.12.2004 20:56

Aaah, the Holidays-a time for friends and family, eggnog by a roaring fire, cherub-cheeked toddlers grasping for sparkling gewgaws in storefront windows, and of course who could forget a crowd of boisterous carolers pressuring Jefferson Public Radio to air Democracy Now! at the annual wine and cheese fundraiser. In a scene straight out of Charles Dickens, some thirty Jefferson State residents gathered outside the Ashland Springs hotel to announce in song the rebirth of a campaign that has been going on since 1997.

JPR Supporters get an earful of holiday Democracy Now! at their posh holiday fundraising bash -D9'04

Video produced by Rogue Indymedia volunteers. Check out a video clip or click on a photo for a larger view



MOVIMENTO GLTTB

Brasil, 10.12.2004 19:40

Dia internacional dos direitos humanos em SP: protestos do movimento GLTTB



DIVERSIDADE SEXUAL

Brasil, 10.12.2004 19:05

Projeto de "cura" de homossexuais é rejeitado no Rio



Kids' Fesival of Lights For Rights

Portland, 10.12.2004 18:37

  • WHAT: International Human Rights Day
  • WHEN: Friday, Dec. 10th 5-6:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: 3415 SE Powell Blvd.
The workers at the Parry Center for Children have been on strike since Monday, Nov. 29. Parry Center workers provide 24-hour residential care to some of Oregon's most troubled children. We're fighting for worker rights, and for better quality of care for the children we serve and care about. We're taking a stand and working hard to improve our community. Come join them in support on Friday, Dec. 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Kids' Festival of Lights for Rights, in honor of International Human Rights Day. read on...

previous stories: [ Community support is needed on the Parry Center picket line! I Parry Center Strike I Call Kim Scott and Demand Binding Arbitration to End This Strike I Call for Support for Parry Center Strike, Pics, and Report on Parry Center Rally I Parry Center, the striker's demands I Day 2 of the Parry Center Strike I Pictures from Parry Center Strike and Supporters' Building Occupation I Report from the Parry Center Strike I Breaking News: Group of Concerned Citizens Occupies Parry Center Offices I Portland Social Workers Go On Strike For Children ]

related links: [ SEIU Local 503 I Jobs With justice ]



I Pledge Allegiance To No One

Portland, 10.12.2004 17:57

Every morning Elizabeth joined her classmates in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. She never thought about what it meant, she just followed through with the other students repeating the words which came out like one very long run-on sentence. It was a mechanical exercise.

Today was different. A new girl, Amy, had transferred to her school from a school in another city. When the time came for the Pledge of Allegiance, she remained sitting, drawing on her notebook. No one ever gave much thought to the process before, until that day, but it was as if someone had scraped their fingernails on the chalkboard. Everyone felt very uncomfortable and they knew it was because one student was not reciting the pledge but they did not know why this bothered them.

The students began scanning each other, looking out the corners of their eyes, with an expression of incredulity. Never, in all their years, had they seen someone sit down and draw during the pledge. Amy seemed completely unaware of the tension and happily drew upon her notebook.

read the full story...
Other Childrens Stories: [ Why Do Old People Frown? I Should I Trust The Police? I Mommy, What is Government? ] [ Stephen DeVoy ]



Aberdeen activists protest outside Starbucks

Scotland, 10.12.2004 16:12

Activists in Aberdeen picketed Starbucks on the Saturday 4th of December. Fresh and completely free fair trade coffee was distributed, outside the notorious corporate café near Marks & Spencer and Gap in the Aberdeen City Centre.



laboral(eo)

Barcelona, 10.12.2004 16:02

Ili ne malfirmigu niajn vivojn

Malfirmeco estas plurvizaĝa, kaj ni ĉiuj iagrade spertas ĝin, kaj virinoj, kaj enmigrintoj, kaj studentoj, kaj laboristoj... Ni ĉiuj spertas malfirmecon, do ni decidas ribeli. La fermado de firmaoj pro ilia mallokigado estas konstatebla realaĵo. Inter pluraj aliaj aferoj, firmaoj celas la plej grandan produktadon per minimumaj elspezoj. Aldone, se la mallokigado estas unu el la kaŭzoj de la malfirmigo de niaj vivoj, eĉ la sindikatestroj helpas malfirmigi ilin, kvankam ofte ili ne povas kontraŭstari okazaĵojn, kiel tiun de Phillips aŭ tiun de la laboristoj de parkoj kaj ĝardenoj.

Tial, la reto kontraŭ la fermado de firmaoj kaj malfirmeco pretigis labortagojn kun pluraj agoj kaj aktivaĵoj inter la 2a kaj la 12a de decembro:

:::Malcentrigitaj aktivaĵoj:::

[1an dec] Striko de la provizoraj instruistoj de Katalunio==>[filmeto], [sekvado de la striko] [2an dec] Sant Andreu ::: Sants kaj Gràcia ::: Clot-Poblenou ::: Elx kaj Elda ::: Granollers ::: UAB:::Vilanova i la Geltrú [3an dec] Ribes [En aliaj tagoj] Tarragona ::: Cornellà

:::Venontaj aktivaĵoj::: [9an dec]:::[10an kaj 11an dec]:::[12an dec]

+informoj ::nova ttt-paĝo "reto kontraŭ fermado" + >>>laboro



Fallujah meets all criteria - added to list

DC, 10.12.2004 12:34

The Bush Administration's plans for Fallujah place it squarely in history's hall of infamy.



St. Paul HRA funding of MPR acquisition of WCAL denied

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 10.12.2004 08:51

HRA reverses their preliminary decision regarding MPR's use of conduit revenue bonds to purchase WCAL/KMSE.



You Stole My Vote!

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 10.12.2004 08:51

Call to Action "You Stole My Vote!" Protest in St. Paul December 12, 2004 at Noon At the State Capital Minnesota is one of at least 26 states organizing protests as part of the 51 Capital March Time: Noon -1:30 p.m. Place: Upper level mall of the State Capitol steps



Warming Center Campaign occupies Mayor's office!

Madison, 10.12.2004 08:35

On Thursday December 9, the Madison Warming Center Campaign rallied downtown demanding immediate emergency shelter relief for the homeless. They chanted and held signs in honor of the three homeless people who froze to death last winter, as well as the more than 2,000 people homeless each day here in Madison.



Ciudad Bolivar

Colombia, 10.12.2004 05:34

Movilización contra el terror paramilitar en Ciudad Bolívar



Sharing is bad for the economy

Melbourne, 10.12.2004 04:58

Liberal and Labour unite to attack internet freedoms



Indigenous Rights

Perth, 10.12.2004 03:45

Open Letter to the PM for Referendum on All Aboriginal Issues



Police suppress media at Anti-Bypass march

Aotearoa, 10.12.2004 03:34

Over 100 protesters marched through busy Wellington streets at Midday to challenge the construction of the Te Aro 'Bypass'. The mood of the protest was buoyant and defiant. As the march approached Tonks Ave, it became louder as police rapidly moved to obstruct protesters from walking through to Tonks Ave. As pushing escalated between police and protesters, the police quickly arrested the media who were closest to action.

A TV3 cameraman and a photographer for the Wellingtonian newspaper were violently arrested as they recorded the stand-off. The TV3 cameraman was later charged with Assaulting a Police Officer - who was attempting to confiscate his camera, while the photographer has been charged with Obstruction. There were repeated demands made by the police to "stop taking photographs".

[ Police Arrest Media at Anti-Bypass Protest | Creative obstruction to Bypass destruction | Protest route ]



Free Self Defense Workshop

Santa Cruz, CA, 10.12.2004 03:14

(re)Claim your power! Learn martial arts-based self defense this Saturday, December 11th. A free workshop offered from 1-4 PM will include basic escapes, strikes, and exercises to increase awareness of your own body and your abilities to defend it.



Stockton IWW Truckers Strike Again

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.12.2004 02:33

Since early July of 2004, 210 Stockton owner-operator truckers working out on the rails and ports in Stockton have unionized with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and won several victories. Today, 20 workers for the Kach Trucking Company went on strike as well. Harjit, a IWW organizer from the bay area, commented that, "One worker estimated that they are losing over $1,000 a month", and that's $1,000 that is going straight into the company's pockets. Workers are being swindled out of over time pay, being forced into making extra trips that are not paid for, and also having to cover tire, fuel, and other costs themselves. Read more on Indybay's Labor Page.



Stockton IWW Truckers Strike Again

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.12.2004 02:16

Since early July of 2004, 210 Stockton owner-operator truckers working out on the rails and ports in Stockton have unionized with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and won several victories. Today, 20 workers for the Kach Trucking Company went on strike as well. Harjit, a IWW organizer from the bay area, commented that, "One worker estimated that they are losing over $1,000 a month", and that's $1,000 that is going straight into the company's pockets. Workers are being swindled out of over time pay, being forced into making extra trips that are not paid for, and also having to cover tire, fuel, and other costs themselves. Read full report here.



Multnomah County Commission passes anti-PATRIOT ACT resolution, 4-1

Portland, 10.12.2004 02:11

I just got back from the Multnomah County Commissioners board meeting and would like to say that the board passed the resoltion against the Patriot Act four to one. It was pretty interesting from my standpoint. Lots of great speakers (shy of twenty) spoke talking about civil rights, harassment from the government, discrimination under the Patriot Act, etc. No corporate media in sight were to be seen, only Portland Indymedia and KBOO yay!

All the board members excpet for Lonnie Roberts voted against the Patriot Act. I wasn't suprised or anything, but it just reminded me how afriad some people are to speak up, whatever their intent. Good work everyone who spent those lonely hours at night and long meetings working hard to get this passed.



Stockton IWW Workers Strike Again

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.12.2004 01:29

Since early July of 2004, 210 Stockton owner-operator truckers working out on the rails and ports in Stockton have unionized with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and won several victories. Today, 20 workers for the Kach Trucking Company went on strike as well. Harjit, a IWW organizer from the bay area, commented that, "One worker estimated that they are losing over $1,000 a month", and that's $1,000 that is going straight into the companies pockets. Workers are being swindled out of over time pay, being forced into making extra trips that are not paid for, and also having to cover tire, fuel, and other costs themselves. Read full report here.



ENTREVISTA

Brasil, 10.12.2004 00:00

Cansado de Decepção - Entrevista com Dom Tomás Balduíno



¿ecológica?

Colombia, 09.12.2004 20:04

Darién: ¿A quién beneficiará la Panamericana?



impuestos

Colombia, 09.12.2004 19:21

Fracasó la reforma tributaria,
represalias contra la inversión social



Madison Campaign for Free Speech on Cable Television

Madison, 09.12.2004 17:41

Free Speech TV is the first progressive national television network. Currently, Citizens in Madison are organizing to add FSTV to local cable's full-time offerings through Charter Communications. For more information on the "Madison Campaign for Free Speech on Cable Television" and how you can help bring FSTV to Madison, contact FSTV's Madison Coordinator Jill Hopke at 608-225-6567 or via email at: jhopke@freespeech.org.



ATO NO MARANHÃO

Brasil, 09.12.2004 17:28

População de São Luis exige Conquista de volta



The Christmas Resistance Movement

Portland, 09.12.2004 17:20

You know holiday shopping is offensive and wasteful. You know Christmas "wish lists" and "gift exchanges" degrade the concept of giving. You know Christmas marketing is a scam, benefiting manufacturers, stores, and huge corporations, while driving individuals into debt. You know this annual consumer frenzy wreaks havoc on the environment, filling landfills with useless packaging and discarded gifts.

Yet, every year, you cave in and go shopping.

The relentless onslaught of advertising exerts constant pressure. So do the unified bleatings of herds of shoppers, who call you "Scrooge" if you fail to enthusiastically join their ritual orgy of consumption. Friends and family needle you with gift requests, store windows beckon with shiny colorful packages, the same "classic" holiday jingles are piped constantly through every speaker in town.

How can you resist?read on...
[ Christmas Resistance ]



Murgas

Argentina, 09.12.2004 14:25

Lunes 6 de diciembre de 2004 | LA PLATA: FERIADO DE CARNAVAL
Por panzas llenas y corazones contentos



Casa devoluta é okupada em Lisboa

Portugal, 09.12.2004 09:53

Casa devoluta é okupada em Lisboa



Los pueblos luchan contra el cambio climático

Argentina, 09.12.2004 06:28

Jueves 9 de Diciembre 2004 | CUMBRE SOBRE CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO
Los pueblos luchan contra el cambio climático



Los pueblos luchan contra el cambio climático

Argentina, 09.12.2004 06:20

Jueves 9 de Diciembre de 2004
Los pueblos luchan contra el cambio climático



National Public Radio: Voice of White Power

Portland, 09.12.2004 05:50

On Dec. 3rd N.P.R. (National Public Radio) ran a show called "On the Media". They did a piece, which was titled "All you need is Hate"; they spoke to a group called "Panzerfaust". Panzerfaust is a White Power music distribution company that is running a program called Project School yard. In this program they are distributing thousands of copies of racist music to schoolchildren. They described the project like this "This fall, Panzerfaust Records embarked on a venture called Project Schoolyard. It's basically a distribution effort for hate music. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Panzerfaust is, according to Newsweek magazine, "one of the top 'white power' record labels in the country." Through methods as simple as direct mail and handing out CDs to kids filing off the school bus, Project Schoolyard aims to hand out 100,000 CDs to kids who may not even realize what they're being handed".

N.P.R. not only didn't criticize what Panzerfaust was doing, they actually played their songs and had only one person say anything in rebuttal to the blatant hate being spouted by the Panzerfaust rep.

read more >>

related: [ Area skinheads announce racist flyer outreach contest | Organizing Below The Radar | Withstanding Fascism & Brutality ]



Derrick Jensen THURSDAY in St. Paul

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 09.12.2004 05:15

Endgame: The End of Civilization and the Rebirth of Community a lecture by Derrick Jensen Thursday, Dec. 9, 8pm Macalester College Carnegie Hall 006 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul



Civil Union bill passes

Aotearoa, 09.12.2004 04:51

The Civil Unions Bill was passed by parliament today by 65 votes to 55.

Supporters of the bill gathered in Parliament grounds today for a celebratory picnic and to stand in opposition to a last ditch anti-civil union protest. Opponents and supporters of the bill filled parliament grounds - the picnic colourful and loud while the 'say no' protest was largely silent.

[ images ]



fight for press freedom

QC, 09.12.2004 04:44

Everybody's fight



From the Newswire

Perth, 09.12.2004 04:42

CRISIS in West Papua - Immediate Action Required



From the Newswire

Perth, 09.12.2004 04:42

CRISIS in West Papua - Immediate Action Required



Ohio recount effort continues amidst media blackout

Michigan, 09.12.2004 04:06

Today, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and other Representatives, along with 2004 Presidential candidate David Cobb, held a public forum on voting "irregularities". The forum was the first held in Washington, DC on the massive voter irregularities (more) that occurred on November 2, where potential voters were thwarted across the country by illegal poll challenges, faulty voting machines, and widespread voter fraud.

Residents of Ohio have continued organizing in resistance of Ohio's stolen election [1 | 2]. Following the storming of the Ohio State House on November 5, protests have continued there. A December 4 protest brought over 400 to Columbus, Ohio's capital.

The effort to force a recount in Ohio has been led by the Green Party, which has raised $150,000 in 4 days. Ohio Secretary of State Kennneth Blackwell announced the formal certification of the recount on Monday, November 6. The Ohio Democratic Party has also joined the recount effort, albeit more quietly.

Regular updates can be found at: VoteCobb.org

Photos (at bottom of post).



The Start of the Battle over &quot;Burnside Bridgehead&quot;

Portland, 09.12.2004 02:24

The latest gentrification zone in Portland will be in the area around the east end of the Burnside Bridge. But what gets done there by developers is still an open debate. Are you ready for the struggle?

Y'all have certainly noticed changes in lower East Burnside. It is officially a PDC urban renewal area (mostly a good thing, though that could be argued long and hard).

Part of the project is creating an "anchor" complex at the end of the bridge. The PDC is entertaining three proposals - two of which would involve bringing "big box" retail stores (a Home Depot or a Lowe's) into the heart of Portland. The third proposal would house all local businesses (including a "chef's cooperative"). An article about the issue can be found here.

read more and comment...
[ Public presentation of the Burnside Bridgehead development proposals: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2004, 4 PM, State of Oregon Bldg 800 NE Oregon, Rm 140 ] [ Discussion/workshop of the Burnside Bridgehead proposals: MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2004, 5 PM, State of Oregon Bldg 800 NE Oregon, Rm 140 ] [ Portland Development Commission ]



C. M. Porto . Maioria Opõe-se à Reavaliação dos Despejos

Portugal, 09.12.2004 01:47

C. M. Porto . Maioria Opõe-se à Reavaliação dos Despejos



pResidential sElection still contested; Rallies called nationally and locally to protest electoral college vote

Portland, 08.12.2004 23:18

As reported here on portland indymedia and throughout the alternative press, the 2004 pResidential sElection was not "free and fair". Across the nation, voters were illegally disenfranchised before sElection Day, intimidated at the polls, had their registrations lost, or dealt with long lines and faulty equipment. Additionally, evidence has been piling up that hundreds of thousands if not millions of votes were discarded, miscounted, or electronically manipulated. People of color were disproportionally targeted. "Third party" candidates Ralph Nader (independent), David Cobb (Green), and Michael Badnarik (Libertarian) have been pursuing legal means to demand recounts in various states, while independent researchers like Bev Harris of Black Box Voting have continued to uncover criminal shenanigans by election officials. Despite this critical mass of energy working toward justice, John Kerry has been nearly silent despite the resources allegedly collected for this very eventuality; either he and the Democratic Party leadership have no backbone (true in any case), or don't intend to win anyway.

Meanwhile, activists have been taking matters into their own hands, staging demonstrations both locally and elsewhere, and plan to rally on and before Dec. 13, when electors will sit to certify their states' results.

LOCAL EVENTS:
Two events at State Capitol Building, Salem:
Sun., Dec. 12, Noon - Protest & Rally
Mon., Dec. 13, 11am-2pm - Protest while Oregon's electors vote
more info: [ newswire post | TruthInVoting.org ]

Capitol Building in Olympia:
Sat., Dec. 11, Noon-2pm - 'Let Every Vote Count' Rally
details: [ newswire post ]

NATIONALLY: [ 51CapitalMarch.com ]

recent local efforts: [ ActionSpeaks meeting notes | Report-back from Democracy Is Dying gathering ]

related: [ A STOLEN ELECTION - THE VIEW FROM MY BLACK HELICOPTER | Columbus, Ohio: Protesters hand deliver letter to Blackwell | Conyers Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud Coverage/Portland Indy | truthout reports from D.C. hearing on Ohio votefraud ]



Genocide in West Papua

Melbourne, 08.12.2004 23:04

West Papua: thousands face genocide by Indonesian military



Intel’s forgotten past: Wayne D. Pickette, African American father of the microprocessor

Urbana-Champaign, 08.12.2004 21:50



Fur Free Friday: Willamette Week's coverage snotty as usual

Portland, 08.12.2004 21:04

I was disgusted with the columnist known as "The Nose" and his take on the anti-fur rally last week in Portland. I wrote a letter to the editor saying that others who disagree with him should have some space to voice their views. Of course, they didn't print it.

The Willamette Week hires snotty, writers with snotty attitudes. They have a chance to make a difference but instead simply spout snotty reactions and judgements with regards to the protesters.

Anyone out there who is an animal lover should let the WW know that that paper sucks and that any newspaper with any merit would not have to sell escort services to support themselves.

read more >>

[ Fur Free Friday report-back on pdx indymedia ]

some previous smack-downs of the WW:



Unfounded Assumptions, Elections and Propaganda

Portland, 08.12.2004 19:53

Another unfounded assumption by the corporate media is that American soldiers are in Iraq to help the Iraq people by compassionate activities like giving candy to children, building schools and other projects, protecting them from "terrorists" (actually their own fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers) and helping them hold free and fair elections. Considering the devastation that has been visited upon Iraq and its people by the US military and the poisoning of their land for 4.5 billion years with radioactive uranium, I would say this was similar to a mugger assaulting much weaker people, stealing their possessions and then handing them a lollipop as compensation. The fact that most Americans do not laugh out loud at such ridiculous assumptions is a tribute to decades of brainwashing about the benevolent intentions of US foreign policy.




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