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Michigan, 01.01.2005 03:39

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donate

Houston, 01.01.2005 02:48

Donate Now to Disaster Relief Efforts in Asia



VOTE FRAUD

LA, 01.01.2005 02:10

ACCUSATIONS OF VOTE FRAUD CONTINUE



Critical Mass Radio Network Today - Year in Review

San Diego, 01.01.2005 00:55

Welcome to the Critical Mass Radio Network! December 31st, 2004 will mark our fifth coordinated broadcast with many more to come. Tune in for commentary and analysis from your peers and neighbors, outside of the corporate stenographers to power, the filters, and the sellers of decaying ideas. Call into any of the stations as they broadcast from this decentralized network.

The broadcast is taking place this month in San Diego, Santa Cruz, Portland, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and we've just added Radio Volta in Philly!

Please join our mailing list to keep up on future broadcasts.
 http://www.criticalmassradio.net/mailman/listinfo/cmrn-listeners/

Listen online at  http://radioActiveradio.org or at  http://criticalMassRadio.net



&quot;Top&quot; Ten Michigan IMC Stories of 2004

Michigan, 01.01.2005 00:07

As 2004 winds down and we reflect on the events of this past year, it might be interesting to look back at some of the articles featured on the Michigan IMC over the course of 2004. Thus we present: The "Top" Ten Michigan IMC Stories of 2004!

There's really no good method to use in pulling this list together so we'll just go ahead and use a bad method. This top ten is based upon the number of comments each feature received. So this list has nothing to do with the overall impact and relevance of the issues covered in the selected articles. It is merely a reflection of how much discussion, heated and otherwise, that these "top" articles provoked.



January 19th Execution Set for Donald Beardslee

San Francisco Bay Area, 31.12.2004 23:52

Donald Beardslee is being held on Death Row at California's San Quentin Prison. The State of California has set an execution date of January 19th as punishment for the 1981 murder of Patty Geddling in San Mateo County. This week Beardslee's attorneys attempted to argue before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that errors in the penalty trial had affected the jury's verdict- the Court ruled that this was not the case. It is expected that the Board of Prison Terms will hold a requested clemency hearing on or about January 12. More recent articles about Beardslee's Case. An Emergency Meeting of the Bay Area Anti-Death Penalty Coalition will be held on January 4th at 6:30pm. At this meeting plans will be made for a speak out and protest for Tuesday, Jan. 11.



January 19th Execution Set for Donald Beardslee

San Francisco Bay Area, 31.12.2004 23:40

Donald Beardslee is being held on Death Row at California's San Quentin Prison. The State of California has set an execution date of January 19th as punishment for the 1981 murder of Patty Geddling in San Mateo County. This week Beardslee's attorneys attempted to argue before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that errors in the penalty trial had affected the jury's verdict- the Court ruled that this was not the case. It is expected that the Board of Prison Terms will hold a requested clemency hearing on or about January 12. More recent articles about Beardslee's Case. An Emergency Meeting of the Bay Area Anti-Death Penalty Coalition will be held on January 4th at 6:30pm. At this meeting plans will be made for a speak out and protest for Tuesday, Jan. 11.



8 People Dead at Hands of Modesto Police Since 2000

San Francisco Bay Area, 31.12.2004 20:05

Since 2000, 8 people have died at the hands of the Modesto Police Department. The majority have been people of color, (police have only been hurt in one incident with a jewel theif, and sustained only small injuries), and have all taken part in Modesto's poorer areas. The most recent victim of the Modesto Police Department has been Sammy Galvan, who was shot to death in August 2004. Police responded to a domestic disturbance call in which Sammy and his girlfriend had been fighting, and Sammy according to police came out with a small Swiss Army knife. According to the two police officers, he attacked them, (although no officers were hurt), and Sammy was then shot in the chest, and then died. But neighbors tell a very different story, according to a Modesto Bee article in August 26th, 2004. "They came out of the car. They saw him there. He just sat there, and all of a sudden they shoot him," Tony Martinez said. Galvan was holding a small Buck pocketknife, Martinez said, but made no threatening moves at all: "This guy was standing there in one spot." According to Tony, about 15-10 people watched the event happen, although police claim there were hardly any onlookers. A community protest has been planned for January 15th in Modesto. More info here.



Call Senator Mark Dayton on Ohio Election

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 31.12.2004 19:43

A letter to Senator Mark Dayton asking him to stand up in front of Congress on January 6 and protest the certification of the Ohio electoral colelge votes



Impunidad en la masacre del 19 y 20 de Rosario

Argentina, 31.12.2004 19:33

Viernes 31 de Diciembre 2004 | EN LA CAUSA POR LA REPRESIÓN DE DICIEMBRE DE 2001
Se consagró la impunidad en Santa Fe



Impunidad en la masacre del 19 y 20 de Rosario

Argentina, 31.12.2004 19:26

Viernes 31 de Diciembre 2004 | EN LA CAUSA POR LA REPRESIÓN DE DICIEMBRE DE 2001
Se consagró la impunidad en Santa Fe



Counter-Inaugural Trainings Calendar: Connect with fellow activist and learn valuable skills

DC, 31.12.2004 18:06

COUNTER-INAUGURAL TRAININGS The Mobilization for Global Justice is organizing a series of trainings in preparation for the Counter-Inaugural Protest on January 20, 2005 in Washington DC. Come join us in learning valuable skills and connecting with fellow activists. Whether you are a new comer or a seasoned activist; trainings are great for improving or creating your “activist tool box”. Trainings are also important for your and others safety. We will need to know how many people are coming to each training. PLEASE SING UP FOR THE TRAININGS YOU WISH TO ATTEND (see below).



The Year in Revolt

NYC, 31.12.2004 16:33

Venezuela
Rejects Chavez Recall

Chavez supporters turned back a U.S.-supported military coup in April 2002, and helped defeat a general strike by the elite months later. While his opponents collected enough signatures to force a recall election in August, the referendum was soundly defeated.

New York
Resists Republicans

From Aug. 27 to Sept. 2, the Republican National Convention elicited a huge, well-organized and energetic protest. Citizens, protesters, anarchists, anti-war folk and veterans came out into the streets to make their voice heard. Midway through the week, Queer Fist, a gay and lesbian direct-action group, staged a kiss-in on the steps of the New York Public Library. The group then marched west towards Times Square, where participants smooched and embraced, causing police jaws to drop. Here, two men exercise their right to kiss. Later, at least one of them (left) ended up on the wrong side of the police’s orange netting.

To join or contact the NYC IMC Photo Team, email imc-nyc-photo (nospam) indymedia.org.

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Tragedia del rock

Argentina, 31.12.2004 14:16

Viernes 31 de Diciembre 2004 | Más de 175 muertes, cientos de heridos y el patrón prófugo
Tragedia del rock



PASSE LIVRE

Brasil, 31.12.2004 14:12

Estudantes vão às ruas em Maceió



Grassroots Anarchist Activism

Manila, 31.12.2004 12:58

To the daring belongs to the future : the recent FNB Activity in Metro Manila : the last in 2004



Tsunami

Perth, 31.12.2004 11:23

Reports on Tsunami tragedy



A Look at U.S. Generosity: The Earthquake Disaster

Michigan, 31.12.2004 07:43

Waiting more than 72 hours before making his first public comment on the Asian earthquake disaster, President Bush announced the U.S. would send $35 billion in initial aid. Unfortunately for the disaster victims, Bush misspoke (a disturbingly common occurrence) and meant to say $35 million. The 30 richest nations in the world have pledged about $250 million, the most generous being Spain which is giving $60 million to the relief effort. The World Bank has estimated as much as $15 billion will eventually be needed.



TRAGEDIA EN BS.AS. 169 muertos y más de 380 heridos por incendio en recital de rock

Argentina, 31.12.2004 06:18

Viernes 31 de Diciembre 2004 | TRAGEDIA EN BS.AS.
169 muertos y más de 380 heridos por incendio en recital de rock



Repressão à dissidência na Argentina

Portugal, 31.12.2004 06:12

Repressão à dissidência na Argentina



Sheila sets the record straight

Hamilton, 31.12.2004 05:12

Over $370.000 for less than four months work. That’s how much it cost the city of Hamilton to hire consultant Christine Silverberg for negotiating with the first nations people in the Red Hill Valley last summer. This information came out during the meeting of Hamilton City council November 24th.when the city’s lawyer David Estrin announced his new idea of suing several members of the Federal government, including Ms. Sheila Copps, being sued by Hamilton Some of the councillors were distressed by this action, and started to question paying more legal fees with taxpayer dollars to recoup court costs which would also be funded by the taxpayer. There was already deep concerns over the high fees paid to Ms. Christine Silverberg. When the news started to circulate and citizens started to complain, the mayor went on the local television station and put the blame of Ms Silverberg’s fees squarely on the shoulders of Councillor Dave Braden.



Response to a letter from Senator Gordon H. Smith

Portland, 31.12.2004 04:08

Yesterday I received a letter from Sen. Gordon H. Smith-----he is that there Fed from the State of Oregon. The letter is dated Nov 19, 2004, must have come by way of the old "Phony Express," but anyway, the letter says some tragic things about how these murderers, these criminals who call themselves Americans think.

Now the first lie is in the first paragraph, says thanks for writing------this was my fiftieth or sixtieth letter to this warmonger about why the hell we are killing the people who we tell other people we are trying to free----makes no sense, but the Senator says he is glad I keep writing to him.

Now in the second paragraph the Senator outdoes himself----and I do quote, "June 28th marked a proud moment for the members of the coalition that fought to free Iraq. As President Bush has stated, 'We pledged to end a dangerous regime, to free the oppressed, and to restore sovereignty. We have kept our word." Well, well, well does this man have a head on his shoulders or just a hunk of shit that is only good for combing in the mornings?



CMI-PR: Año 2005

Puerto Rico, 31.12.2004 00:25

Compromiso: Un año nuevo más feliz que el 2004



imagina que no hay religiones

Argentina, 31.12.2004 00:24

Miércoles 22 de Diciembre 2004 | LA INTROMICIÓN DE LA IGLESIA CATÓLICA EN NUESTRAS VIDAS
Imagina que no hay religiones



Coalition Plans Mass Protest of Skinheads in SW Portland

Portland, 30.12.2004 22:17

An ad-hoc coalition of feminist, civil rights, Jewish, labor, anti-racist, sexual minority, left and immigrant rights activists and organizations are calling for a counter-demonstration of the Tualatin Valley Skins (TVS) on Saturday, January 8 at 12 noon in Gabriel Park because "neo-Nazis threaten the rights and safety of people throughout the Northwest" says Marian Rhys, a coalition organizer. The mass protest will oppose the planned racist leafleting activity of the TVS, which is affiliated with the neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations. They promote the ideology of white supremacy that targets Jews, people of color, feminists, immigrants, sexual minorities and communists.

"The absence of visible opposition allows Nazism to grow," says Jordana Sardo. Gabriel Park is located between 37th Ave. and 45th Ave. along SW Vermont St. and is accessible by Tri-Met bus #1.

for more information, read more...
related articles: [ Call Out For Anti-Racist Groups/People!!!! ACTION NEEDED!!!! I Januray 8th DIRECT action against facism I Nazi Skinheads in Portland I Aryan Nation Coming to Town ]



banner

Argentina, 30.12.2004 21:10



imagina que no hay religiones

Argentina, 30.12.2004 20:20

Jueves 30 de Diciembre de 2004
Imagina que no hay Religiones



Take Action- Help protect the Wild Rogue

Rogue Valley, 30.12.2004 20:00

Please comment on jetboat special use permits for the Wild and Scenic Lower Rogue River!

Public comments are currently being accepted for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding the special use permits for outfitter and guide operations on the Lower Rogue and Lower Illinois Rivers. This DEIS will influence activities on 34 miles of the Lower Rogue and 3.8 miles of the Lower Illinois.



its hanging like a chad right now!

Rogue Valley, 30.12.2004 19:24

On January 6, 2005, Congress will meet in joint session to certify the 2004 presidential election. On that day, if one member of the House and one member of the Senate object to the certification of the vote, then all members of Congress will finally discuss these issues. On January 6, 2001, not a single Senator would join with the Representatives who demanded an inquiry into the Florida recount. This year, let's make our Senators take a stand!

"The very future of democratic elections in the United States of America is hanging like a chad right now!"

We need Senators to stand up with some backbone and call to question this election. Send an email to Senator Wyden now. It only takes a couple minutes to do it.

Go here to send an email to Senator Ron Wyden. There is a form, its a piece of cake  http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/

Look below for the email, that I sent... (steal this email if you want to, or use it for an idea)



Disaster in South Asia

Melbourne, 30.12.2004 17:42

Tsunami Tragedy: Supporting Grassroots Disaster Relief



Opportunity to Contribute to Tsunami Victims

Urbana-Champaign, 30.12.2004 15:58

The destruction from this past week’s Tsunami has been devastating throughout Southeast Asia, but particularly in Sri Lanka. As some of you know, I have been working for the past few years with an international collective of small-scale fishers. I have been in contact with Thomas Kocherry, the leader of India’s National Fishworker’s Forum. Though India has been hard hit, Thomas has asked that we send donations directly to the National Fisheries Solidarity of Sri Lanka to help with immediate needs of food, water and shelter.



Critical Mass: Victory Lap and Coat Drop-Off

NYC, 30.12.2004 14:55

Hundreds of cyclists will gather Friday for their monthly Critical Mass ride to celebrate last week's federal court decision, in which Judge William H. Pauley III ruled that the cyclists' did not need a parade permit to continue their beloved ride. Friday also marks the first ever Winter Coat-Drive Critical Mass, which will help collect unneeded coats and jackets (no sweaters, please!) brought to the ride by cyclists and deliver them to coat dropoff centers at local NYPD precincts.



Natural disaster

darwin, 30.12.2004 11:34

Deaths rise in Earthquake and Tsunami Tragedy



despidos a trabajadores/as

Argentina, 30.12.2004 04:17

Despidieron a tres becarios del CUCAIBA
actualización en las secciones "Trabajadora/es" y "La Plata"



despedidos del hospital san martin

Argentina, 30.12.2004 04:03

Miércoles 29 de diciembre de 2004 | Fue en La Plata en el Hospital Policlínico San Martín
Despidieron a tres becarios del CUCAIBA



trabajadores despedidos del San Martin

Argentina, 30.12.2004 03:52

Miércoles 29 de diciembre de 2004 | Fue en La Plata en el Hospital Policlínico San Martín
Despidieron a tres becarios del CUCAIBA



Pierce Elevated

Houston, 30.12.2004 03:40

Homeless Protest Impending Dislocation



A Violência do Indico

Portugal, 30.12.2004 03:28

A Violência do Indico



Natural Disaster

Manila, 30.12.2004 02:22

Deaths rise in Earthquake and Tsunami Tragedy



Berlin: 21C3 &quot;richtig gut gelaufen&quot;

Germany, 30.12.2004 00:00

Montag bis Mittwoch fand unter dem Motto "The Usual Suspects" der 21. Chaos Communication Congress (21C3) statt, der seit 1984 jedes Jahr vom Chaos Computer Club veranstaltet wird. Der Ansturm dieses Jahr war �berw�ltigend. Die Zahl der Hacktivisten, Nerds, Programmierer, Netzaktivisten oder einfach nur Interessierten aus ganz Europa d�rfte sich im Vergleich zum Vorjahr mehr als verdoppelt haben.
In mehr als 100 Vortr�gen, Podiumsdiskussionen und zahlreichen Workshops und Pr�sentationen ging es um die Details technischer Entwicklungen, ihren gesellschaftlichen Folgen und Visionen.
Das umfangreiche Programm zum Kongress findet sich hier: Congress Fahrplan. Zus�tzlich gibts ein Weblog, ein Wiki und die offizielle Kongresseite.

Im Feature: Ein Bericht �ber drei Vortr�ge, die Andre M. besucht hat: "Suchmaschinenpolitik", "Video�berwachung im europ�ischen Vergleich" und "Biometrie in Ausweisdokumenten".

Weitere Artikel:
- DataMining the NSA - Vorlesung
- CCC-Kongress: "The Usual Suspects" hat begonnen
- Zusammenfassung Fnord-Jahresr�ckblick
- Webseiten-Hacks (zun�chst waren mehr als 30 Webseiten betroffen, darunter auch 2 Nazishops sind gehackt. Weiterhin sorgt ein Massen"hack" f�r Aufregung - tats�chlich sah es auf den Seiten so aus: screenshot)
- (K)ein Anschluss unter dieser Nummer
- Closing Event
- weiterer Bericht vom 21c3
- 2 Indymedia-Printausgaben zum 21C3 (Dienstag und Mittwoch)



Pescadores de Río Grande se oponen a destrucción flora y fauna marina

Puerto Rico, 29.12.2004 23:24

Hotel Paradisus de Río Grande, un mal vecino



Pescadores de Río Grande se oponen a destrucción flora y fauna marina

Puerto Rico, 29.12.2004 23:23

Hotel Paradisus de Río Grande, un mal vecino



Tsunami compounds problems in Acheh

Aotearoa, 29.12.2004 23:18

The recent earthquake and massive tsunamis that have swept through South and South East Asia has killed thousands and left many more homeless.

Countries that are particularly affected are Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

NGOs around the world are preparing for a huge effort to help the people of these areas to recover and to prevent the situation from dramatically worsening through the spread of diseases in particular malaria, and diarrhoea.

One of the closest areas to the epicentre of the earthquake was war-torn Indonesian province Aceh in Northern Sumatra. The estimated death toll is rising rapidly and is currently believed to be at 5,000. Buildings including a major hotel the Kuala Tripa Hotel have collapsed. Roads and bridges have similarly been damaged.

The Acheh Support Group commented, "The massive damage caused by these natural disasters is very likely to be unnecessarily compounded by the Indonesian government's banning of media and humanitarian organisations in Acheh. These bans are in place to hide the state's systematic abuse of the Achehnese people since the latest all-out offensive began in 2003."



desalojo comunidad mapuche

Argentina, 29.12.2004 22:21

Miércoles 29 de Diciembre 2004 | A 20 KMS DE CULTRA CÓ, NEUQUÉN
Desalojo violento de comunidad mapuche Lonko Puran



Tens of Thousands Killed by Tsunami in S. Asia

Portland, 29.12.2004 21:29

On December 26 an underwater earthquake, later measured at 9.0 on the Moment Magnitude scale, occurred off the coast of Aceh on the island of Sumatra, in the Indonesian Archipelago. The resulting tsunamis have killed tens of thousands, with many more people missing, feared to be washed out to sea and drowned. The final death toll, taking into account missing persons, is likely to exceed 100,000 with up to two million people displaced and made homeless. [ read the global imc story... ] posters to portland indymedia respondThoughts on the Power of Water: The sky out my kitchen window appeared different this morning with its magnificent marbled white and blue mixture. It seemed colored with hints of the full moon earthquake/tsunami energy that claimed untold lives yesterday. This morning's sky looked to be telling a story of renewal. It held an imagery of innocence which is difficult to put into words. [ read more... ]

Natural Disaster, Unnatural Response: Word that the U.S. government is offering a paltry $15 million in aid to those countries whose coasts were devastated by tidal waves from the largest earthquake in 40 years should be a national embarrassment. That a nation which can talk casually about $400-$500 billion annual deficits, and about spending upwards of $100 billion a year in sowing destruction in Iraq can't come up with more than pocket change for disaster relief in an event that has displaced over a million people and rocked the earth in its orbit is mind-boggling. [ read more... ]

It's a sad day for Indymedia when... A call to potential reporters. I log on and there are articles about chemtrails and terror alerts, but no substantial coverage of the huge disaster unfolding in Asia. Doesn't anyone have relatives in any of the countries affected by the massive earthquake, and subsequent tsunamis? Can anyone post first-hand accounts, if they have them? Where's the empathy? The compassion? Please, someone step up and report on this! [ read more... ]

related articles: [ Was the tsunami caused by a bomb? I 35 million for the victims of the tsunamis I Anyone know how I could volunteer? I Whats worse? Tsunami or US Foriegn Policy I An Act of God or Government? ]



SE Asia

Victoria, 29.12.2004 20:38

Relief Donations Needed NOW



Tsunami Relief as a Subterfuge? The Pentagon Scrambles to Reenter its Old Thai Air Base

DC, 29.12.2004 20:14

Is the tsunami aftermath a “window of opportunity” for bolstering the Pentagon’s presence in Southeast Asia? The Thai people reject the proposed build-up of the American military at Utapao air base and in the Gulf of Thailand. The tragedy of the natural catastrophe in the Indian Ocean should not serve as a pretext for strengthening the U.S. military presence on land, sea and in the air in the region.



LOCAL GROUP ADVOCATES FOR CHANGES IN RESPONSE TO JAIL SUICIDES

Urbana-Champaign, 29.12.2004 20:12

A group of local citizens is joining together to encourage the Champaign County Sheriff and Champaign County Board to make adjustments to the local jail system on the heels of three suicides in the county jail in the last six months. According to CU Citizens for Peace and Justice, two specific areas of present policy that must change to reduce this troubling trend in suicide at the jail are the extortionate rates charged inmates for phone calls to their families and the limited visitation oppportunities at the jail. Changes are needed in present policy so that those in the jail can maintain ties to their emotional support system in the community. Questions have previously been raised by members of the county board about the justice of raising nearly $350,000 a year for the budget from the families of some of the county's poorest residents by means of the county's lucrative jail phone contract with Evercom of Irving, Texas. The Champaign County Board is due to vote soon on renewing its jail phone service contract and can press for an improved visitation policy.



DC City Council Votes to Protect First Amendment Protest Rights

DC, 29.12.2004 19:54

While most of the District’s attention in recent weeks has been focused on the DC Council’s battle over the new baseball stadium, the Council also took the time last Tuesday to affirm the rights of protesters in the District of Columbia. By a 12-1 vote, the Council passed B15-0968: the "First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004." The bill was introduced in July 2004 after a DC Council investigation into the Metropolitan Police Department’s handling of the 2000 and 2002 anti-corporate globalization and anti-war protests, where hundreds of demonstrators were arrested. The investigation, led by DC Council Judiciary Committee Chair Kathy Patterson (D-Ward 3), found the MPD violated the liberty and First Amendment rights of hundreds of demonstrators, and also has been involved in surveillance activities of political organizations in the District. The bill focuses on many of the inappropriate police practices found by the Council’s investigation. In addition, the bill also addresses many of the issues in recent class-action lawsuits against the city related to the September 2002 mass-arrests by the MPD of demonstrators against the IMF and World Bank. Some of the most contentious issues from those demonstrations were the entrapment of large amounts of people in city parks for detention (many of whom had nothing to do with the protest), and the use of wrist to ankle cuffing while the individuals were detained.



PresxsPoliticxs

Peru, 29.12.2004 19:17

El Debido Proceso a l@s Pres@s Politic@s




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