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The Shortwave Report 01/20/17 Listen Globally!

Portland, 28.02.2017 22:29

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. Spanish National Radio, Sputnik Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK World Radio Japan. [...]

The latest Shortwave Report (January 20) is up at the website  http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml



March for Justice and Equality - Portland Oregon Jan 28th

Portland, 28.02.2017 22:29

ACTION: Saturday January 28, 2017 - Portland Oregon
March for Justice and Equality
"Advancing Justice and Equality for All Through the Strength to Love"

On Saturday, January 28, 2017 the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform will hold a March for Justice and Equality to bring together people from North, Northeast and Southeast Portland and elsewhere.

Gather at 10:00 AM at the Martin Luther King Jr
statue at to 1000 block of NE MLK Blvd (at Holladay St), followed by a march to Maranatha Church. At 11:45 AM join a rally at the church (4222 NE 12th). [...]



Video: J20 Protest in Portland Oregon 3 to 6 PM

Portland, 28.02.2017 22:29

J20 Protest in Portland Oregon 3 to 6 PM
Pioneer Square and marching to Waterfront

This is video footage from the J20 protest in PDX Portland, Ore.
 https://youtu.be/14cva-lJAwk (53 min video)

The protest started on Jan 20th in Pioneer Square.
I followed it up until around 6:00 PM (The protest continued for a few more hours) The Burnside bridge pepperspray footage is in the last 1/4 of the video



Photos From Portland's Women's March

Portland, 28.02.2017 22:29

Just a handful of photos I managed to take from Saturday's massive march.

PDX Women's March/Anti-Trump rally. Was honestly impressed by such a turnout. Imagine had the weather been NICE. Wish I had seen MORE People of Color, and LESS Hillary supporters taking selfies with cops. Still, nice march in the rain.



Two Rallies This Weekend

Portland, 28.02.2017 22:29

There will be two marches/rallies this Saturday January 28th. Show resistance against Trump. Show resistance against police terrorism. Show solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the water protectors of Standing Rock!

Sat. 1/28/2017: MARCH FOR JUSTICE -  http://www.portlandmercury.com/events/18742873/march-for-justice

Sat. 1/28/2017: RALLY FOR STANDING ROCK -  http://www.portlandmercury.com/events/18813880/in-the-spirit-of-standing-rock-rally



VIDEO: Tar Sands Valve-Turners - Five Climate Activists Speak in Portland Oregon 11.16.16

Portland, 28.02.2017 22:29

Five activists, three supporters and one documentary filmmaker are being prosecuted for taking direct action to avert climate cataclysm on October 11, 2016 by (safely) closing safety valves on the 5 pipelines carrying tar sands crude oil into the United States (charges against the filmmaker were dropped)

Tar Sands Valve-Turners spoke in Portland Oregon
Here is the video recording from 11.16.16 - filmed in Portland
 https://youtu.be/u3jSglGtnZ4 (1 hour 32 min video)



Climate Activist Ken Ward's Trial started today January 30, 2017-He needs our support!

Portland, 28.02.2017 22:29

Ken Ward's trial began today January 30, 2017 in Skagit County WA.
Mr. Ward is at the front lines of courageous action to stop these pipelines. Please consider supporting him in any way you can.
Links on site to trial support, legal donations, food, interfaith
supports, and spread the word.  http://www.shutitdown.today/pr_jan302016

On October 11, 2016, five brave climate activists, determined to act commensurately with the truth of unfolding climate cataclysm in the face of the failure of adequate policy, closed safety valves on the 5 pipelines carrying tar sands crude oil into the United States.

This act of climate disobedience shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day - a display of the sorts of shifts that are necessary to avoid complete cataclysm. In this light, the five valve-turners are standing by their actions, saying that they are not only necessary, but morally and legally justified to avoid the catastrophic harm caused to humanity by unprecedented climactic disruption.



The Murder of Quanice Hayes

Portland, 28.02.2017 22:29

Hayes was gunned down by officer Andrew Hearst, gang member of the Portland Police Gestapo, (PPG) on Thursday morning February 9th 2017. Hayes was 17 years old and Black. Hearst is White. This racial police murder took place near NE 82nd Ave. and Handcock. More than a week after Hayes' murder, details remain sketchy. With no apparent video recordings and no [known] witnesses, the only account from that day has come from the Portland Police regime. Hayes was shot by Hearst at least three times. On the Sunday following Hayes' murder, about 100 people gathered for a vigil in the teen's honor. Mourners included his mother Venus Hayes, who spoke on her son's behave. On Thursday February 16th, one week after Hayes' murder, hundreds of people held a rally and march demanding justice for Hayes and his killer to be brought to justice. The rally began in the South Park blocks then marchers made their way through down town Portland. Because the march had been "unpermitted" (i.e. you don't need permission from the city to protest injustice), cops in riot gear armed with war weapons harassed the marchers for several hours. One person was reportedly arrested.



Why No Apologies From The Oregonian &amp; Portland City Hall for Internment Actions ?

Portland, 28.02.2017 22:29

Apologies are still needed from Portland City Hall and The Oregonian for the wretched racist internment campaigns waged on behalf on the white majority at the time. The decades that have passed since these horrors started in 1942 have in no way diminished the need for real atonement, especially since many of the people on the wrong end of these life shattering nightmares are still alive. Portland's current status as a proud Sanctuary City will continue to ring hollow in the extreme if official apologies, at the very least, are not forthcoming. [...]

So apologies are still needed from Portland City Hall and The Oregonian for the wretched racist internment campaigns waged on behalf on the white majority at the time. The decades that have passed since these horrors started in 1942 have in no way diminished the need for real atonement, especially since many of the people on the wrong end of these life shattering nightmares are still alive.



Portland Riot Cops Clash w/ Citizens in &quot;Not My President's Day&quot; Actions

Portland, 28.02.2017 22:29

Anti-Trump actions quickly turned violent as units of heavily armed and armored riot gestapo shot "crowd control" weapons at citizens. The police assaults happened during President's Day actions held in downtown - today February 20th. Between 100-300 activists took part in a rally and march beginning around noon. Organized by Don't Shoot Portland, the "Not My President's Day" street action was meant to voice opposition to Trump's fascist advances, as well as repeat demands of justice for Quanice D. Hayes. Hayes was a 17 year old Black teen gunned down by Portland cop Andrew Hearst back on Feb. 9th 2017.

Riot cops fired "less-than-lethal" projectiles at the marchers. They also tackled and arrested several people. Citizen-captured video shows one woman standing off against a wall of riot cops while on the sidewalk, then being apprehended. Police thugs were also captured on video pepper-spraying and roughing up marchers... even as people remained on the sidewalk. [...]



Tax Breaks for Commercial Property Will Fuel Bubble

Ireland, 28.02.2017 22:29

Original article by Stephen Donnelly TD We are rep ...



Injunction Sought to Stop Caltrans from Destroying Personal Property

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

A lawsuit filed on December 13 by civil rights groups charges the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) with violating the constitutional rights of homeless people by confiscating and destroying their property in ongoing sweeps. Plaintiffs have lost cherished and necessary items, including family heirlooms, photographs of loved ones, tents, sleeping bags, warm weather clothing, tools, food, camp stoves, bicycles, and personal documents. "Caltrans has been a major obstacle to getting my life together," said plaintiff James Leone. "Twice in six years, I've been left with only the clothes on my back. Twice I've lost everything I own in the world."



Israeli Forces Violently Subdue Holiday Santa Claus March

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

On December 23, Israeli forces suppressed Bethlehem's "Santa Claus March," shooting tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at participants, with many suffering from tear gas inhalation. A number of demonstrators participated in a march near Israeli checkpoint 300 which separates Bethlehem residents from Jerusalem. The march, which included participants dressed up as Santa Claus, close to the Christian holiday of Christmas, was launched under the banner "Terrorism and Occupation are Two Sides of the Same Coin," and demanded the opening of Israeli checkpoints for Christian tourists to celebrate the holiday in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ.



Thirty-Five Years Is Too Long - Call to Free Mumia Now

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

A recent US Supreme Court decision, "Williams vs. Pennsylvania," could open the door for Mumia Abu-Jamal's freedom. The decision ruled that a prosecutor cannot later sit as judge over the same defendant's appeal. This is exactly what happened in Mumia's case. On December 8, marking the 35th anniversary of imprisonment for American political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and to protest the refusal by prison authorities to provide necessary medication, a coalition of supporters in Philadelphia, Toronto, Wellington, and Oakland demonstrated.



Fruitvale District Has Highest Levels of Lead Poisoning in California

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

Toxic lead levels are dangerously high in Oakland's Fruitvale district, which has the highest level of contamination in California and are worse than in Flint, Michigan, according to a national report. Unlike Flint's contaminated water crisis, which caught national attention in 2015, Oakland's lead is not in the water system but is coming from old buildings and chipping paint that is getting into the dirt and being tossed up in the wind. The result is that 7.57 percent of children under the age of seven who were tested have high levels of lead in their blood.



Speakeasies and Artists Warehouses: A Tale of Two Oaklands

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

Dozens of reporters, videographers and photographers thronged around the yellow tape surrounding the block containing the Ghost Ship warehouse the morning after the tragic fire that killed 36 people in the center of Fruitvale. Voices in Fruitvale, a neighborhood where almost half the children live in poverty, weren't heard for days at all. In this sensational story that garnered nation-wide attention, it was weeks before journalists evinced the slightest interest in the neighborhood where the fire occurred.



Reclaiming King's Legacy in the Age of Trump

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

For the third year in a row, actions will be held across the Bay Area to "Reclaim King's Radical Legacy." In previous years, protests and rallies culminated with a large march in Oakland on Martin Luther King Day. This year, with Trump set to be inaugurated as the President of the United States on the Friday after MLK Day, protests will be held over five days, from MLK Day on January 16 through to the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20. A diverse coalition will engage in 120 hours of direct action, coalition building, and campaign launching against white supremacy.



Oakland Land Reclaimed for Housing by Homeless Residents and Activists

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

On the morning of Saturday, January 21, a network of Oakland community members took over Marcus Garvey Park, a public plot of land at 36th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, moving in small homes, a hot shower, a healing clinic, and other services - declaring it a people's encampment for those who need housing and basic needs and services. The group which includes folks living on Oakland streets, activists from Feed the People and Asians for Black Lives said that the move-in demonstrates their ability to provide what the City of Oakland cannot to its most vulnerable residents.



Police Warrant Heightens Concerns Over In-Home Microphones

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

A warrant from police in Arkansas seeking audio records of a man's Amazon Echo has sparked an overdue conversation about the privacy implications of "always-on" recording devices. The story serves as a wakeup call about the potential surveillance devices that many people are starting to allow into their own homes. The Amazon echo is not the only such device; others include personal assistants like Google Home, Google Now, Apple's Siri, Windows Cortana, as well as other devices. Digital assistants and other IoT devices create a triple threat to privacy: from government, corporations, and hackers.



Anti-Abortionists Countered in San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

On January 21, religious extremists once again held their annual anti-abortion Walk For Life march in San Francisco. They believe holding these events in liberal San Francisco packs a bigger punch because San Franciscans by and large believe that no laws or religion should govern decisions about their bodies, health, and welfare. Every year they are confronted by pro-choice protesters, even though this year there were dueling events in San Francisco. A larger anti-choice event was held in Washington D.C. on January 27.



Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines Back on Table

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

President Trump signed executive orders on January 24 to push ahead with the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Both projects sparked widespread opposition and protests, especially because of their risks to water, wildlife, climate and people. On January 27, attorneys representing the first ten water protectors arrested in actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline in early August 2016 renewed their motion for a change of venue, on grounds that the state did not adequately respond to their motion and is not taking basic steps to assess bias among jurors.



End Domestic Violence, Boycott Driscoll's, and Ban Fracking

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

A diverse array of Sacramento community groups participated in ChangeFest, a climate mobilization rally at the state capitol on January 21 as part of a week of anti-Trump street protests in Sacramento centered around the Presidential Inauguration. Speakers and musicians covered issues ranging from violence against women, to the Driscoll's boycott in support of indigenous farmworkers in Mexico, to successful campaigns to ban fracking in San Benito and Monterey Counties, to the No DAPL struggle at Standing Rock. ChangeFest took place concurrently with the 20,000-strong Women's March in the Capitol.



Trump's Muslim Ban Protested Nationwide

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

On Friday, January 27, Donald Trump issued an executive order banning refugees and other visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The following day, thousands of people began to gather at airports across the United States to protest. At San Francisco International Airport, over four thousand protesters showed up in support of migrants and against the Muslim ban, virtually shutting down the airport. On Monday, courts across the nation began to weigh in, halting parts of the ban in differing regions. On February 3, a US District Court judge in Seattle ordered a nationwide stay on Trump's entire executive order.



Victory in Civil Rights Lawsuit Over Police Violence at Berkeley Protest

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

Protesters and journalists have reached a tentative settlement with the City of Berkeley in a National Lawyers Guild federal civil rights lawsuit over police brutality at a December 6, 2014, racial justice protest. The plaintiffs alleged that they were clubbed and tear gassed for no reason and forcibly herded more than a mile down Telegraph Avenue, from the south campus area into Oakland. The settlement, which is expected to be approved at the February 14, 2017, Berkeley City Council meeting, includes policy changes intended to prevent a recurrence of the police misconduct, and $125,000 for seven plaintiffs.



Oakland Deploys an Army of Police and DPW to Destroy Homeless Sanctuary

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

At 8:30am on the morning of February 2, at least 80 Oakland Police raided the village. Structures were then bulldozed by the Department of Public Works (DPW). The inhumane action went against the wishes of hundreds of Oakland residents who contributed to building up the sanctuary for two weeks. Sixteen residents, half of them elderly, were displaced. An additional four guests who were seeking sanctuary for the night were also rudely awakened. Two of the evening guests who slept in The Promised Land open air living room, sought refuge because Caltrans had destroyed their encampments down the street.



A Public Bank for Oakland

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

Emily Wheeler of the Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland writes: A thriving local economy is something we all want to see-no controversy there. But we've been too quick to accept the prevailing notion that there is a trade-off between that and providing ourselves with adequate housing, health care, or education programs. It's time to align our fiscal practices with our social ideals. It's time for the Public Bank of Oakland. On February 9, the City of Oakland hosted a public forum on the potential of the Public Bank of Oakland.



Militant, Anti-Capitalist Feminists Call for International General Strike

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

Together, Linda Martín Alcoff, Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, Nancy Fraser, Barbara Ransby, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, and Angela Davis write: In our view, it is not enough to oppose Trump and his aggressively misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist policies. We also need to target the ongoing neoliberal attack on social provision and labor rights. Let us use the occasion of this international day of action to build a feminism for the 99%, a grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism - a feminism in solidarity with working women, their families and their allies throughout the world. Let us join together on 8 March to strike, walk out, march and demonstrate.



Lake Oroville Surges Over Emergency Spillway for First Time in History

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

Water from Lake Oroville flowed over the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam for the first time in the reservoir's 48-year history after the water level exceeded 901 feet in elevation on February 11. The water slowly began to flow over the concrete weir of the auxiliary spillway, down a hillside and into the Feather River. After saying the situation was stable and public safety was not threatened, state officials reversed course and issued evacuation orders late in the afternoon of February 12. On February 13, state officials would give no timeline on when the 188,000 evacuees can return to their homes.



Marchers in Palo Alto Demand Banks Defund DAPL

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

Hundreds of demonstrators took their Rolling March and Rally through downtown Palo Alto on February 11. They hit up eight banks that are responsible for helping to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. Things got started in front of City Hall with a rally featuring indigenous speakers Dr. Maria Michael, Hartman Deetz, and Delphine Red Shirt amongst others. Marchers then made their way to Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Comerica, Bank of America, Union Bank, HSBC, Wells Fargo, and Chase banks. To the end demonstrators cried out "Mni Wiconi - Water is Life!"



Fordham University Doubles Down on Students for Justice in Palestine Ban

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

On January 26, Fordham University reaffirmed its ban on Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). In a letter to civil rights groups, Fordham stated its decision to ban SJP was made because the group had a "singular focus of which is the political agenda of one nation," "is more akin to a lobbying organization," and that SJPs on other campuses were "disruptive." Palestine Legal and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) wrote Fordham, stating the university "misconstrues the facts, misunderstands the law, and ignores Fordham's contractual obligations to respect students' freedom of expression."



Berkeley Chased Milo Out of Town, Shining National Spotlight on &quot;Alt-Right&quot; Hero

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

White nationalist Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley on the first day of Black history month in a building named after Martin Luther King, Jr. The event on February 1 was cancelled after a large protest erupted outside the Student Union where he was set to speak. Within weeks, a video surfaced in which Yiannopoulos spoke favorably of men having sex with boys and against the concept of consent. Now, Yiannopoulos is facing widespread backlash, leading to the cancellation of upcoming speaking gigs and the publication of his book. Yiannopoulos also resigned his position as an editor at Breitbart News.



Sanctuary for All March In Fresno

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

About 500 people participated in the Sanctuary for All march in downtown Fresno on February 18. In their call out for the march, organizers wrote: This is the first of many responses to our Mayor's press conference. Our undocumented community is telling us that they DO NOT feel safe after the press conference. Our county Sheriff continues a close partnership with ICE. We are committed to a Fresno culture that emphasizes the dignity and safety of every Fresnan. We will show that Fresno is a sanctuary community, and communicate to our elected officials that we expect policies and structures that represent our values!



Call to Boycott and Divest from HP for Profiteering from Human Rights Abuses

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.02.2017 22:29

A coalition of social justice activists demonstrated with signs, banners, and flyers outside the annual RSA cyber-security conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco on February 14 and 15, educating attendees and the public about how Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) enables and profits from Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, and from racist immigration and incarceration policies in the United States. HPE is a platinum sponsor and participant in the annual RSA Conference. The protests followed last month's Global Day of Action against HP, with over 150 demonstrations in over 60 countries around the world



Jane Fonda Divests From Wells Fargo

LA, 28.02.2017 22:29

The actress-activist celebrated her birthday by joining #BankExit. Fonda's plan was to divest publicly, but Wells Fargo locked its doors. She pointed out the role divestment made against Apartheid South Africa. Also present was Lily Tomlin, who'd already divested; Frances Fisher; Catherine Keener; Mike Farrell; Dolores Huerta; and a crowd estimated to be in the hundreds.

At one point a round dance took place in the busy intersection of Sunset & Vine, paralyzing traffic for several minutes.

Story and photos: Jane Fonda Divests From Wells Fargo by Ross Plesset

Also: Jane Fonda, Dolores Huerta, Tokota Iron Eyes, et al interviewed on American Indian Airwaves (SoundCloud)



Anti-Mall '16

LA, 28.02.2017 22:29

The winter 2016 Anti-Mall was in solidarity with Stop the Dakota Pipeline and Buy Back the Farm! (and there were multiple ways for guests to support them). Clemency for Leonard Peltier was also promoted. And as always, the Anti-Mall was a chance for shoppers to put their money into the activist-artist community and practice sustainable living (e.g., repairing more and throwing away less).

Story and photos: Anti-Mall '16: Buy Back the Farm! / Stop DAPL / Free Peltier by Ross Plesset



Nurses Storm The Boulevard To Pressure Trump On the ACA

LA, 28.02.2017 22:28

Hollywood Boulevard is a busy street here in Los Angeles. The courtyard in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre is perpetually crowded with tourists, film aficionados, and a panoply of folks dressed up like characters from various hit flicks screened at this esteemed venue. The joyful, frivolous vibe suits the visitors filtering through, nonstop. On January 15th, the mood changed. In fierce opposition to Republican lawmakers' attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (or ACA), California nurses and other concerned citizens took to the streets in protest.

Coverage: STORY and PHOTOSET 1 PHOTOSET 2 by Robert Stuart Lowden



Los Angeles Braves Extended Downpour to Tell Trump Hell No

LA, 28.02.2017 22:28

The heavy rain started in downtown los angeles on inauguration morning at about 3 am and did not let up until that afternoon. A series of marches had been planned to meet on Broadway and Olympic at 11 am and proceed to City Hall. At the starting time Donald trump had already been president for two hours.

Coverage: STORY and PHOTOSET 1 PHOTOSET 2 by Robert Stuart Lowden

Meanwhile in Riverside: University of California Riverside Students Walkout by Mercedes Figueroa Solidarity Collective



Los Angeles Braves Extended Downpour to Tell Trump Hell No

LA, 28.02.2017 22:28

The heavy rain started in downtown los angeles on inauguration morning at about 3 am and did not let up until that afternoon. A series of marches had been planned to meet on Broadway and Olympic at 11 am and proceed to City Hall. At the starting time Donald trump had already been president for two hours.



http://la.indymedia.org/news/2017/01/294555.php

LA, 28.02.2017 22:28

The heavy rain started in downtown los angeles on inauguration morning at about 3 am and did not let up until that afternoon. A series of marches had been planned to meet on Broadway and Olympic at 11 am and proceed to City Hall. At the starting time Donald trump had already been president for two hours.



Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go

LA, 28.02.2017 22:28

Saturday, January 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES-Across the United States and throughout the globe women rallied and marched in opposition to now president Donald Trumps threats, lies, federal appointments and anachronistic notions of a lost cultural empire. Women and men of all pronouns rose up and met publicly worldwide with numbers reaching 750,00 people in downtown Los Angeles or one million in Washington D.C. to denounce the coming administration's policies. They met to organize, they met for the fellowship that comes from consoling and affirming one another. They met to state openly that they were alarmed , alarmed for the survival of 250 years of American civil progress.

Story and photos: Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go by Robert Stuart Lowden

More: Indigenous, Sacred Lands Disrespected at L.A. Women's March posted by Ross Plesset

Additional photos and observations: Staggering Turnout for Women's March L.A. by Ross Plesset



San Gabriel Valley Anti-Repression Committee Action

LA, 28.02.2017 22:28

On January 20th, 2017, ANTIFA member, Bridgetown supports, and community collectives gathered at the corner of Valinda and Maplegrove to respond to a recent fascist threat against the Bridgetown Collective. Around 30-40 individuals gathered and took the streets; they marched down Valinda into Hacienda Boulevard blocking traffic. The sheriffs were present, but were not sure how to respond to the action. The sheriffs blocked traffic as the people marched down the street. The community members were generally supportive of the action and some even joined the march. The march lasted over an hour and eventually made it back to Bridgetown.

Full story: San Gabriel Valley Anti-Repression Committee Action by Mercedes Figueroa Solidarity Collective



Nah Fair 2017 (Feb. 24 &amp; 25)

LA, 28.02.2017 22:28

As a counterpoint to the LA Art Book Fair, Nah Fair is an annual book fair that prioritizes ideas and work produced by artists and small presses; with a focus on experiences of people of color, queer projects, political concepts active in the city and other peripheral expressions

This year’s Nah Fair is being hosted one block away from the LA Art Book Fair at 374 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Spanning two days, includes over 50 participating vendors and projects; highlighting POC projects, Queer projects, Los Angeles-rooted projects, and other politically-active projects from various parts of the United States as well as Japan, UK, Canada and several projects from Mexico.

More here



Activists Mark 150 Years Since Chimney Rock Massacre

LA, 28.02.2017 22:28

Sunday, February 12, 2017

LUCERNE VALLEY - Nearly one hundred-fifty years after the tragedy, a group of activists gathered at the site of what was likely the largest massacre in the recorded history of Southern California:

. . . Although the entire continent had been affected by the plagues that spread from nation to nation after the arrival of European pirates in 1492, until 1813, encroachment inland had been relatively minimal. But that year, Yuhaviatam (aka Serrano) supported Tongva relations in a raid on the San Gabriel Mission and were thereafter pursued into the mountains, where Spanish soldiers killed several warriors and took some prisoners.

. . . The next few years brought a rapid succession of changes that would greatly impact the region: Mexico won its independence from Spain and the land, while legitimately Indian, was nominally transferred from the possession of the Kings of Aragon and Castille to the government of Mexico. Meanwhile, those rapacious white settlers who had long ago thrown off the yoke of the British kings who sought to limit their domination of the North American continent, had begun to explore California to see what natural resources they might exploit there...

Full story: Activists Mark 150 Years Since Chimney Rock Massacre by Rockero, photos by M.A. Cruz



Monterey Becomes California's First Major Oil-Producing County to Ban Fracking

Santa Cruz, CA, 28.02.2017 22:28

Voters in Monterey County, California's fourth-largest oil-producing county, passed Measure Z to ban fracking and other dangerous extraction techniques. The measure won with more than fifty-five percent of the vote, despite supporters being outspent thirty to one by oil companies, including Chevron and Aera Energy. Measure Z also phases out toxic wastewater injection and prohibits new oil wells in the county. "David beat Goliath in Monterey County's stunning victory against oil industry pollution," said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity.



Free Radio Santa Cruz Seeks New Transmitter Site

Santa Cruz, CA, 28.02.2017 22:28

On November 11, the transmitter for Free Radio Santa Cruz went silent following the eviction of their host. The radio collective is actively looking for a new site for their transmitter and antenna. Meanwhile they continue streaming through their website. Free Radio Santa Cruz is the only local, independent community radio station remaining in Santa Cruz.



We've Got a Bigger Problem Now

Santa Cruz, CA, 28.02.2017 22:28

The first anti-Trump protests began almost immediately, shortly after election results were announced. By the evening of November 9, protesters poured into the streets across the country. The Northern California cities of Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Palo Alto, San José, Santa Cruz, Salinas, Hollister, Santa Rosa, and Fresno have stood up against Trump, the rallying cries being "Not My President" and "Fuck Trump!" Demonstrations continue on a daily or near-daily basis all over. There is no end in sight. Calls have gone out to disrupt inaugural events on January 20 and for a Women's March on Washington on January 21.



Santa Cruz Stands with Standing Rock

Santa Cruz, CA, 28.02.2017 22:28

Dozens of local supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe gathered at the Town Clock on the evening of November 15 for a loud, raucous and joyous celebration of the NoDAPL Day of Action. Allegra David, an organizer of the demonstration, led the group on short walk to full throated chants of "Water is Life" and "You Can't Drink Oil." The group's spirits were uplifted by the report that the Army Corps of Engineers dealt a blow to the progress of the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying in a letter that more analysis and discussion with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe is needed before construction can take place under the Missouri River.



Santa Cruz Cop Wes Hansen Makes False Accusation on Facebook

Santa Cruz, CA, 28.02.2017 22:28

Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC) is targeting community members again on social media, which is being aided by the false identification of a "suspect" by Officer Wes Hansen of the Santa Cruz Police. On November 16, TBSC published a photo of two "suspects" of a crime on their public Facebook page. The post has been shared over 300 times. In the comments section on the TBSC post, a witch-hunt style attack on the men ensues, containing the false accusation from SCPD Officer Wes Hansen.



Santa Cruz Sheriffs Shoot and Kill 15-Year-Old Aptos High Student

Santa Cruz, CA, 28.02.2017 22:28

Luke Smith, a 15-year-old Aptos High School sophomore, was shot and killed by deputies with the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office on November 19. Students identified Luke as the victim at a gathering that took place outside of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office on the afternoon of the killing. The report quotes a friend of Luke, who stated at the gathering, "He was active. He was a skate aficionado. He was brilliant. Just tragic." Many of the friends and loved ones who have donated to Luke's fund included personal messages online.



Standing Rock Solidarity in Northern California

Santa Cruz, CA, 28.02.2017 22:28

The Standing Rock Sioux Nation called for indigenous nations and others to stand in solidarity as they fight to prevent continued construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in their ancestral lands, especially near the Missouri River. Since federal agencies blocked construction under the Missouri River in early September, police have greatly increased the violence unleashed against the Water Protectors. Hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested and injured by police weaponry. Now, federal authorities are threatening to close the NoDAPL camp by December 5, but protesters promise continued resistance.




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