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World Social Forum Threatens to Oust Community Radio

Madison, 29.01.2005 02:00

The World Social Forum is threatening to evict the only broadcasting community radio from the social forum.



Stop the Death Penalty in Connecticut

Michigan, 29.01.2005 01:50

A Statement from Amnesty International USA
January 29, 2005

On Saturday morning, January 29, 2005 at 2 a.m., the State of Connecticut will execute Michael Ross by lethal injection. Our hearts go out to the families of his victims. Our opposition to this execution--or any execution--does not in any way excuse the manner of their deaths or minimize the suffering caused.

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases, regardless of the gravity of the crime. Even if the prisoner has dropped his or her appeals, there is no disguising the fact that the state is involved in a premeditated killing. The state is taking to refined, calculated heights what it seeks to condemn--the deliberate taking of human life.



‘MANDATE?’ PREMIERES AT THE TIME’S UP BIKE SPACE

NYC, 29.01.2005 01:04

On Thursday, February 3rd at 7 PM, ‘Mandate?’ will make its New York City premiere at the Time’s Up Bike Space at 49 East Houston St (between Mott & Mulberry).

'Mandate?', a half-hour documentary by Indymedia Video and the Glass Bead Collective, shows resistance at the January 20th inauguration of George W. Bush. The film shows the issues behind the re-election of Bush and the reaction from protestors to the most expensive inauguration in US history.

For more information, e-mail mediablitz@riseup.net



Time to sign up and *do something* about Equality in Tennessee

Tennessee, 28.01.2005 23:38

http://www.tnep.org/ Hello beloved community! I write to you now as a member of the Tennessee Equality Project. We are gearing up for Equality Day on the Hill in Nashville coming up on February 22nd. We need to have as many Tennessee Equality Project members there as possible.



Mel &amp; Floyd, Jan. 28th, 2005

Madison, 28.01.2005 22:59

This week, Mel & Mr. Pants smear hilarity around Madison just like the US smears democracy around the globe. This week: Joining Spongebob Squarepants and Tinky-Winky comes Buster the Bunny, whose PBS-driven gay agenda threatens America's youth! Other topics include our great leader's "press" conference; CNN closes in on the truth about Osama bin Laden; and a tribute to Richard M. Nixon's former secretary, who died last week. She's remembered most fondly by disco enthusiasts everywhere. All that and more on this week's edition of Mel & Floyd.



Copwatch San Diego - Upcoming Events

San Diego, 28.01.2005 22:46

Feb 1st,9:30am:
City Council Meeting at 202 C Street in downtown San Diego. Joe Williams, III, a Peace & Freedom Party Supporter is requesting that J20 participants and organizers attend the City Council meeting and speak during the public comment period requesting that all charges be dropped against Carly and Janice.

Feb 11th, Noon:
HANDS OFF CARLY AND JANICE rally in front of the downtown Courthouse at 220 West Broadway in downtown San Diego. Carly and Janice will be arraigned on the 11th of February at 12:30pm.


Feb 12th, 6pm:
INJUSTICE - NEW NATION CAMPAIGN GROUP OF THE YEAR AWARD CopWatch San Diego-The Sagon Penn Chapter Premieres INJUSTICE
115 Thorn Street at 1st and Thorn in Balboa Park
For more information, call 619.475.8227



Biscuit Fire Old Growth Reserves Face Imminent Logging

Portland, 28.01.2005 21:10

The Forest Service is rushing to log thousands of acres of old-growth reserves affected by the Biscuit fire before a court can determine if the logging is illegal. Logging may start any day in these special places! In addition, old-growth legacy trees are falling at the Briggs Cedar timber sale on Squaw Mountain in the wild Siskiyou.

A court ordered injunction that prevented logging in seven timber sales has been lifted. As a result, sensitive old-growth reserves are now imminently threatened by the Fiddler, Steed, Berry, Wafer, Hobson, Lazy, and Briggs Six logging sales. The Forest Service is trying to saw through these sales before a court case on the legality of the logging can be heard by a judge on March 22nd. If logging proceeds, it could be completed before the court decides whether the logging is legal or not.

The Forest Service is plowing the snow-covered roads to these logging sales in their rush to log old-growth reserves.



Random snowball hits ground, so does random protestor

DC, 28.01.2005 19:57

What is predictable is the police use of VIOLENCE as shown here.



West Virginia Iranian American Family Fights Profiling by US Government

DC, 28.01.2005 17:56

Despite Bush Administration claims new personnel policy at the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department make them better prepared for fighting terrorism, four unions filed a lawsuit in DC to stop changes making collective bargaining and employee appeals more difficult. Ingrid Drake reports on how an Iranian American family is challenging another post 9/11 federal personnel policy in the court. Audio



What you DID not see on Nightline's tonhall meeting

DC, 28.01.2005 16:31

I just came from the townhall meeting hosted by Ted Koppel at St. John's Episcopal Church across from the White House in Washington D.C. The topic is IRAQ: Why Stay? The panel consisted of Joseph Wilson, Sen. George Allen (R), and Rep Marty Meehan (D) There was some good dialogue, but mostly ended up that time was given primarily to the pro-war agenda. There were a few outbursts that will probably be edited out, and one major outburst from a Rabbi Waskau that you will not see because it was during a commercial break.



FORO SOCIAL MUNDIAL 2005

Uruguay, 28.01.2005 15:15

Noticias desde Porto Alegre



Rts

Sydney, 28.01.2005 15:14

Reclaim the Streets!



Government to Drop Appeal of FCC Deregulation

NYC, 28.01.2005 12:54

(from the Open Newswire): "Prometheus Radio Project is pleased by the Decision of the Office of the Solicitor General not to appeal the 3rd Circuit Court decision ordering the FCC to rework it's new rules on media ownership. While it is still possible that the Supreme Court will choose to hear the case at the request of the major media corporations who have filed an appeal, this decision means that these corporations seeking special regulatory favors will not be joined in that effort by the Bush Administration."



rape culture and revolution

Portland, 28.01.2005 06:41

Over time, I am coming to see more and more ways in which the greatest thefts from us as people, and the genocides and atrocities of our past, are connected and complicit in perpetuating cycles of violence. This is one step in creating a dialogue about how to change the system and not just the symptoms, of our oppressions...

Beyond just reacting to the horrors occurring in our everyday lives and all around the world, we need to create social and political revolution in this country, to stop the power structure's enforcement of inequity, and corporate capitalism's commodification of all our inherent value and gifts. The structures that uphold the oppressive power of this society must be abolished, and at the same time communities must be filling the void with support systems that empower us all. We can not deny that the political is personal and vice versa. We can not say that "sexism, racism, and classism must be abolished, and then we can have a revolution" or the other way around. The structures that support this unjust system are both external and internal to each and every one of us, and we must work effectively against oppression, on all fronts.



Detroit refinery raises residents' concerns

Michigan, 28.01.2005 05:20

DETROIT — The Marathon Ashland Petroleum refinery has been a fixture in Southwest Detroit for decades. Located just north of Shaefer and 1-75 it is also a source of concern for residents.

“Sometimes the smell of gas is so strong that it wakes me up in the middle of the night,” Michelle Kent, who lives a few blocks away, said. “I can’t help but go into the kitchen and check the stove and go down into the basement to see if there’s a gas leak.”

State Rep. Steve Tobocman, who represents Detroit’s 12th District, said that since settling a class action suit, Marathon Ashland moved to outfit the refinery with filters to reduce the amount of toxics released into the air.

But, he added, they also plan to increase refinery production, which could neutralize the effects of the filtering devices.



Anti-War Protest to Oppose Occupation and Election in Iraq

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 28.01.2005 04:56

On Saturday, January 29, at 1:00pm the Anti-War Committee will be holding a protest against the US run elections in Iraq. The protest will take place on the corner of Lagoon and Hennepin Avenues in Uptown, Minneapolis.



Porto Alegre

Colombia, 28.01.2005 04:49

V Foro Social Mundial



fsm

Colombia, 28.01.2005 04:41

Fotos del FSM



Reflections on a Thought-Provoking Play about Women and War

NYC, 28.01.2005 04:22

The pain and dislocation of war were brought to the stage Jan. 21 in Lanna Joffrey’s adaptation of the book Valiant Women in War and Exile by Sally Hayton-Keeva. Four chameleon-like actresses portray 13 women in a concert of written and spoken word that skips across decades of conflict in the modern world.



County Approved Nazi Road Signs Appear Near Salem

Portland, 28.01.2005 04:18

Marion County, Oregon officials approve and install (at taxpayer expense) "Adopt-A-Road" signs for the American Nazi Party...

The "Adopt-A-Road" program encourages the public to get involved with volunteering to keep a section of road cleared of trash. In exchange for a committment to carry out a minimum clean-up of 2 times per year, along a section of county road 1 to 2 miles long, the county posts signs displaying the name of the group/family volunteering...

So, what do the Nazis have to do with this? the American Nazi Party recently applied to Marion County officials to join the Adopt-A-Road program there (near Salem). The Nazis application was duly accepted and the county posted several Adopt-A-Road signs in rural Marion County, the signs publically proclaiming, "American Nazi Party NSM" The signs were installed at taxpayer expense of $250.00 each.



The Daily Poetry Movement

Portland, 28.01.2005 03:27

The next seven poems were inspired by the book Agents of Repression which is about the government COINTELPRO wars against revolutionary groups in the 1960s and 70s. Written by prisoners, political or non political these poems strike at the rotten cores of our injustice system. I hope you will take a read.



Movimentos Sociais realizam protestos no FSM

Brasil, 28.01.2005 02:33

V FSM



United SteelWorkers Tell Bridgestone Firestone: &quot;Export Tires, Not Jobs!&quot;

Tennessee, 27.01.2005 23:39

Nashville, TN: Nissan Corporation is a major buyer of Bridgestone Firestone tires for new cars and on Thursday, January 27th 100 members of United Steelworkers of America gathered in front of a local dealership in downtown Nashville to raise their grievances concerning expired labor contracts with potential Nissan customers.



Greetings from World Social Forum, Day One

New Hampshire, 27.01.2005 22:30

A report from the first day of the Fifth World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil



Forced Deportations

Melbourne, 27.01.2005 22:13

Deportation Protest targets Emirates Airlines



Stencil Pirates

Houston, 27.01.2005 21:04

Stencil Pirates invade Houston



Video hilites, New Orleans Jazz Funeral for Democracy, J20

DC, 27.01.2005 20:34

FROM OUR "BETTER LATE THAN NEVER" DEPT: Washington, DC -- Capital of the Empire, this reporter's home town...and, the dullest damn' city on Earth: uniform, gray, sexless, ponderous, boring! Sometimes, even The Movement(tm) is boring -- hidebound by analysis paralysis, prodecural anal-retentiveness, identity politics, PC dogma! Now, don't get this reporter wrong; he loves his friends and comrades in the movement here more than anything, but it's no wonder that most DC protests can get to be duller than dirt! So, faced with the prospect of freezing their asses off in the International ANSWER Free Speech Zone, this reporter and his dear wife knew there was only one thing to do -- get their asses on down to New Orleans!



What happened in Adams Morgan on Jan. 20; a report

DC, 27.01.2005 20:22

FROM DC TO IRAQ – WITH OCCUPATION COMES RESISTANCE What happened in Adams Morgan on Jan. 20; a report, analysis, and response to criticism



Operación Dragón

Colombia, 27.01.2005 20:04



Important Battles Against Police Brutality to Take Place in Courts on Friday Morning

San Francisco Bay Area, 27.01.2005 19:20

January 28, 2005: Two separate but similar cases of people who were killed by law enforcement officers in the Bay Area are in jeopardy. The attorney for the DEA officer who was indicted by a Grand Jury for killing Rudy Cardenas in a case of "mistaken identity" is trying to have the case against him dismissed. The San Francisco Police Officers Association is trying to have the case against Officer Gregory Breslin thrown out on a technicality. Breslin fatally shot Sheila Detoy, who was in a car with a man whom the police were attempting to arrest. These cases are seen as doubly important during a time in which fatal shootings by police in the Bay Area continue on a regular basis.



The World Social Forum

San Francisco Bay Area, 27.01.2005 19:02

1/27/2005:Porto Alegre, Brazil - The World Social Forum (WSF) got underway yesterday with a huge march in downtown Porto Alegre. This year, the WSF has attracted over 100,000 political, social, and cultural activists from all over the world to discuss and strategize about alternatives to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and corporate domination of the worlds economy. The WSF is a manifestation of the anti-globalization movement bringing people from all over the world together for one long weekend of work and play.



The World Social Forum

San Francisco Bay Area, 27.01.2005 18:52

1/27/2005:Porto Alegre, Brazil - The World Social Forum (WSF) got underway yesterday with a huge march in downtown Porto Alegre. This year, the WSF has attracted over 100,000 political, social, and cultural activists from all over the world to discuss and strategize about alternatives to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and corporate domination of the worlds economy. The WSF is a manifestation of the anti-globalization movement bringing people from all over the world together for one long weekend of work and play.



MesaCartagena

Colombia, 27.01.2005 18:34

Reunión Mesa de Donantes en Cartagena - Declaración Conjunta ONG



Biscuit Fire Old Growth Reserves Face Imminent Logging

Rogue Valley, 27.01.2005 18:19

The Forest Service is rushing to log thousands of acres of old-growth reserves affected by the Biscuit fire before a court can determine if the logging is illegal. Logging may start any day.

A court ordered injunction that prevented logging in seven timber sales has been lifted. As a result, sensitive old-growth reserves are now imminently threatened by the Fiddler, Steed, Berry, Wafer, Hobson, Lazy, and Briggs Six logging sales. The Forest Service is trying to saw through these sales before a court case on the legality of the logging can be heard by a judge on March 22nd. If logging proceeds, it could be completed before the court decides whether the logging is legal or not.

The Forest Service is plowing the snow-covered roads to these logging sales in their rush to log old-growth reserves.

In addition, old-growth trees are falling at the Briggs Cedar timber sale on Squaw Mountain in the wild Siskiyou.



World Social Forum kicks off in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Madison, 27.01.2005 18:00

On the eve of the start of the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Norm Stockwell gives this report. This originally aired on WORT's In Our Backyard, Jan. 26, 2005.



Public Access Television Threatened in Virginia

DC, 27.01.2005 17:33

Public, Educational, and Government Television in the Commonwealth of Virginia is under an imminent threat to their existence. Two identical bills in the House of Delegates and the State Senate sponsored and supported by powerful corporate interests would, should they be passed, basically eliminate PEG in the Commonwealth.



convocatoria marcha + videos

Argentina, 27.01.2005 17:07



Bay Area SHAC Alert!

San Francisco Bay Area, 27.01.2005 16:41

Quantum Analytics - based of the bay area of California has been leasing analytical instrumentation Huntingdon Life Sciences, (a vivisection firm that kills over 500 animals a day, testing chemicals, medical drugs like Vigra, and house hold products), needs to perform basic lab services. Leaked documents not only show what has been rented by HLS, but the increasingly tumultuous relationship between HLS and Quantum as the lab cannot pay its bills. Emails shooting back and forth between the US and the UK document the tardiness by HLS and the frustration of Quantum. On several occasions Quantum threatened to pull the plug on their agreement (which would have saved us the trouble). Read what you can do here.



Victory for Parry Center strikers!

Portland, 27.01.2005 16:30

Parry Center workers won a hard fought and important victory today as the union and management agreed to a tentative contract. The three year agreement includes a wage increase, union security, fully paid employee health insurance and return to work for all strikers.

Enormous victory for strikers

Parry Center worker Sarah Saffir was jubilant with the settlement and declared that "The contract is a victory for the Parry Center workers, the labor community and the kids.? SEIU Local 503 Executive Director Leslie Frane added, "Winning this contract is an enormous victory for the Parry strikers who gave their hearts, souls, time and dedication to protect their union, resist a pay freeze and improve the care of troubled children."

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10defebrero

Colombia, 27.01.2005 16:13

Jueves 10 de febrero jornada nacional de movilización contra el TLC y la REELECCIÓN PRESIDENCIAL



Blockbuster Inc. Pushes Army National Guard Recruitment

Portland, 27.01.2005 15:43

On a recent trip to blockbuster, I discovered that they are purposefully putting Army recruitment flyers inside video boxes to tell you how great joining the military is. What they don't tell you, is that you will be on the first plane to Iraq if you sign up. They only show you pictures of military personnel with all their limbs still attached. I wonder if they used pictures like this(above) if they would have the same effect?

Looks like Bush's private army is getting pretty desperate. When the US military has to partner with Blockbuster, Inc. to get support, it reminds me of how Coke will sponsor the boys club...except at the boys club, you play basketball. The only thing you learn in the Army is how to be subservient and kill. Discipline starts at home. If your one of the lucky ones that survives(without mental trauma, DU poisoning, or lost limbs), you might pick up a trade. The only bad part is, if you decide to leave the military, you will find out that the job you are qualified for...doesn't exist(and you'll wind up working at Blockbuster). But, on the plus side, people will wave yellow ribbons "made in China" at you...that's gotta count for something.



PORTO ALEGRE

Brasil, 27.01.2005 13:05

Governo Rigotto boicota Jornadas Anarquistas



Nader: Activists Cannot Afford to Take A Day Off

Santa Cruz, CA, 27.01.2005 10:51

Ralph Nader was in Santa Cruz Monday night on his Anti-War Tour speaking about government corruption and the Iraq War. He gave the crowd numerous reasons to be outraged by the current political situation in the U.S. and urged them to take action.

His presentation was a variation on his lifelong message: outrage against a system completely corrupted by corporate influence. Citing everything from the grossly inflated military budget that charges tax payers $220 million for a single F-22 plane to the systematic conditioning of children for commercial gain by corporations, he implored the crowd to become active in politics, especially at the grass roots level.

“The forces of injustice never take a day off. We cannot afford to.”

Another Reportback: Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez speak at the Rio



Refugee Rights

Perth, 27.01.2005 09:18

Banging at the Gates - Baxter Convergence 2005



neradnik

belgrade, 27.01.2005 08:19

KOJA JE RAZLIKA IZMEÐU PINKA I B92?



Family of Rudy Cardenas Fights Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Killer Cop

San Francisco Bay Area, 27.01.2005 06:57

On Friday morning, January 28, 2005, there will be a Press Conference at 8:00am just before a 9:00am dismissal hearing. The family, friends and supporters of Rudy Cardenas will be holding a press conference in front of the West Hedding Courthouse before the hearing to dismiss the case of Michael Walker, the state drug agent who killed Rudy Cardenas. In July of 2004, an open Grand Jury indicted Walker on voluntary manslaughter for shooting and killing Rudy Cardenas. This Friday, Michael Walker’s attorney will present arguments to a judge to dismiss the case against him.



Sobreviverá a Humanidade ao capitalismo?

Portugal, 27.01.2005 05:47

Sobreviverá a Humanidade ao capitalismo?



Solidarity! Voz Vigil And Press Conference Thursday, January 27th

Portland, 27.01.2005 05:34

On Saturday, January 22nd, 2005, in Portland, Oregon, Sisters of the Road Cafe and Crossroads helped to lead a great peace march and event called Share The Dream. Many friends had the opportunity to connect with many other groups, including Romeo Sosa, Director of Voz/ Workers' Rights Education Project/Proyecto de Educacion de Derechos Laborales. After the march, he spoke to everyone about many things including that at 5pm, on Thursday, January 27th at the Portland Federal building located on SW 3rd, between Madison and Jefferson, Voz will have a vigil. I had the pleasure of speaking with Romeo on the telephone a few moments ago about it and he also said it will be a press conference. If we could have as many people attend that event as possible, it would be an awesome move of solidarity.

This event is more urgent than ever. Romeo also spoke about the fact that many Day Laborers are being murdered and more attention to this injustice is needed.



International Day of Protest on the second anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq

San Francisco Bay Area, 27.01.2005 05:31

March 19, 2005, will be an International Day of Protest on the second anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. As on the first anniversary of the invasion last year, millions of people around the world will march to say “No to War and Occupation from Iraq to Palestine to Haiti and Everywhere.”



The Brazilian Landless Workers Movement

San Francisco Bay Area, 27.01.2005 05:04

1/25/2005: Porto Alegre, Brazil - The Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST) has occupied and controls huge amounts of arable land in Brazil. Because of militant action, and in some cases ambiguous land ownership issues, the MST has given hope to the millions of Brazilians living in poverty and who are without land. Over the last 20 years these landless farm workers have taken over and now occupy more than 20,000 square miles of land - that is about the size as the entire Tulare, Fresno, Madera, Merced, and Stanislaus counties combined.




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