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U of M Workers Demand Return of $6 Million in Health Care Costs

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 17.02.2005 06:45

Minneapolis, MN - "Workers at the University of Minnesota are being ripped off. The administration is stealing $6 million from us and we want it back," said Kelly Ryan, an executive board member of AFSCME Local 3800, the clerical workers' union at the University of Minnesota. The unions are fighting to get back $6 million that the administration is overcharging workers for health care. They have come together in a new coalition called University Unions United.



February 26th, Day Of Solidarity Open House

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.02.2005 06:05

February 20th, 2005 marks the 4th National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants, as is called for by the Blue Triangle Network. Samina Faheem is the founding Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice, and Co-founder of Fear To Friendship, a group that dedicated to subsiding the fear after 9/11 by forming life long friendships. She has invited the community to a Day Of Solidarity Open House in Palo Alto on Saturday, Feb 26th, 2005 . Ms. Faheem Sundas has requested that people who plan to attend RSVP.



Off Duty U.S. Customs officer shoots unarmed 19-year old Arab-American in head

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.02.2005 05:38

Around 1:30 AM on Saturday February the 6th, Bassim Chmait along with three other friends were walking through an apartment complex in Mission Viejo, CA heading towards a college house party when a soda can was thrown at them. In frustration, one of Chmait's friends threw the can into the street, and they continued walking. At that point Douglas Bates, an off duty U.S. Custom's officer, left his apartment with his badge in hand and gun drawn confronting the group. He started to yell at them about laughing and being too loud. When one of Chmait's friend's asked Bates to stop pointing the gun in their direction, Bates pistol-whipped him on the forehead with the gun. Anticipating that Bates was going to hit his friend again, Bassim Chmait got in front of his friend telling the Bates to please put the gun down. Almost instantly, the Homeland Security officer shot Bassim in the head. After shooting Bassim, Douglas Bates simply walked back into his apartment leaving shocked neighbors too call 911. You would think that Douglas Bates is in jail right now. But he’s not, he was never arrested, he was never charged, and he was never even asked to come to the police station to give a statement. The Orange County Sheriff's Department Spokesman, Jim Amormino stated, "We treated this the same as we would any case. There was no clear evidence of a crime being committed, so there was nothing to book him on."



Symposium on the Deportation of Southeast Asian Refugees at UCB on February 26th

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.02.2005 05:31

On Saturday, February 26th, there will be a Symposium on the Deportation of Southeast Asian Refugees, titled Exiled Once Again. This annual event will examine "US Immigration Law, its impact on the Southeast Asian community, and the pending deportations of more than 1,500 Southeast Asian refugees." The Symposium is being organized by Boalt Hall's Asian Law Journal. One panel will discuss the political and historical contexts of deportation policy in the U.S., and another will address issues of community activism and education. The day's events include a short clip of the film "Sentenced Home", which follows Cambodian-Americans as they are deported back to Cambodia, discussion, lunch, and a reception after the event. Flyer | Read more



Off Duty U.S. Customs officer shoots unarmed 19-year old Arab-American in head and face

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.02.2005 05:05

Early in the morning on Saturday February the 6th around 1:30 am, Bassim Chmait along with three other friends were walking through an apartment complex in Mission Viejo, CA heading towards a college house party. As they were walking through the apartment complex one oo the neighbors threw a soda can at them from above. In frustration, one of the young boys threw the can into the street, and continued walking down the pathway of the apartment heading to the party. At that point Douglas Bates, an off duty U.S. Custom's officer, left his home with his badge in hand and gun drawn confronting the group of 4 to 6 friends. He started to yell at them, and when the group of boys turned around, they saw the provoker yelling at them about laughing and being too loud, he was heading towards them pointing his gun a them with a badge in the other hand, yelling "You don't want to fuck with a cop, do you?" Apparently he was upset at the noise and commotion. Mr. Bates then pistol whipped one member of the group. The aggressor was an off duty border patrol/homeland security officer who was not in uniform, his name is Douglas Bates. The four unarmed boys were questioning him, asking why he was pointing his gun at them and begging him to put it down. One of the four boys that were there kept asking the gunman to stop pointing the barrel of the gun in his friends direction. Because of that, the aggressor pistol-whipped his friend on the forehead w/ the gun. Anticipating that the provoker was going to hit his friend again Chmait Bassim got in front of his friends telling the man to please put the gun down. Almost instantly the off duty cop shot Bassim in the head and face by Douglas Bates. After shooting Bassim, Mr. Bates simply walked back into his apartment. While friends were screaming for Bassim and neighbors dialed 911. About 5 minutes later the murder opened his door, with the gun still in hand and yelled at neighbors to shut up, and he want back inside his apartment.



DC Residents Sentenced to Prison for Smokestack Bannerhang in PA

DC, 17.02.2005 04:48

Three DC residents -- Renee Blanchard, Jessica Miller and Josh Raisler Cohn -- were sentenced to prison on Tuesday for a bannerhang action at a coal-fired power plant in southwestern Pennsylvania.



Corcovado: crónica de un viaje anunciado

Argentina, 17.02.2005 04:17

Jueves 17 de Febrero de 2005 | FRENTE MAPUCHE CAMPESINO
Corcovado: crónica de un viaje anunciado



&quot;Contra a Europa capitalista, luta internacionalista”

Portugal, 17.02.2005 04:02

"Contra a Europa capitalista, luta internacionalista”



Viaje Chaco y Formosa

Argentina, 17.02.2005 03:45

Miércoles 16 de Febrero de 2005 
Viaje a las comunidades wichis, tobas y pilagás



Viaje Chaco y Formosa

Argentina, 17.02.2005 03:19



Corcovado: crónica de un viaje anunciado

Argentina, 17.02.2005 03:12



Lynne Stewart Live interview on KBOO

Portland, 17.02.2005 02:38

I hope people tune in to hear Lynne Stewart speak live tomorrow morning on KBOO at 7:30 am about the dangerous attacks on civil liberties being perpetrated by the current US government. Lynne is a high-profile, veteran lawyer who has taken cases defending some of the most politically controversial, unpopular defendants. Lynne has always been an uncompromising fighter for the rights of defendants to receive competent counsel, especially in politically charged cases. She has now been targetted for retaliation in a shocking way by the Justice Department in a case spearheaded by John Ashcroft himself. Lynne's recent conviction in this case, in which she was accused of violating administrative rules about what information or communications by prisoners are allowed to be released to the outside world, represents a deep and ominous blow to the future of civil liberties in the US.

When they can go after the lawyers and win, who's safe then?
[RELATED: Lynne Stewart, NLG lawyer, struck with outrageous conviction under Patriot Act]



Brasil: Violento desalojo, dos integrantes de Indymedia detenidos

Argentina, 17.02.2005 01:53

Miércoles 16 de Febrero 2005| DESALOJO Y REPRESIÓN
Brasil: Violento desalojo, cuatro integrantes de Indymedia detenidos



2/15/05 Jobs with Justice meeting on WalMart

Portland, 17.02.2005 01:14



Anti-War Protester Arrested for Exercising Her Free Speech Rights at UW's Memorial Union

Madison, 17.02.2005 00:57

At 5:00 pm tonight, UW Police selectively targetted Blake Trimbell for arrest as she and about two dozen others protested the presence of military recruiters at Memorial Union. Police were enforcing an obscure "no free speech at the Union except in the lobby" rule.



While in Worcester, Kerry argues for an Expansion of the Military

Boston, 17.02.2005 00:20

John Kerry just gave a major policy speech in Worcester, MA tonight (Feb.14th). Kerry announced that he will be proposing legislation to INCREASE the military by 40K troops and creating a "Military Family Bill of Rights". Kerry estimates his legislation would cost b/n $6.5 and $8 Billion. (about $4.5-5bil for expansion) Copies of remarks and press releases included. Press releases actually provide very good media documentation of problems. 52 second video



Eddy Lepp Arrested for Having Cannabis Clones on Property

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.02.2005 23:41

February 16th, 2004: Dale Gieringer of CA NORML reported today that Eddy Lepp and one or two other people were arrested this morning at Eddy's home in Lake County. Federal Drug Enforcement Agency officers allegedly detained Eddy because marijuana clones were found growing on the property. Eddy, who has been on a hunger strike for several weeks in protest against the current charges against him from his arrest last summer, has likely been transported to the Federal Building in San Francisco, and it is expected that he will be arraigned in Federal Court.



Call In Day of Action Thursday-- Your Voice Counts!

Portland, 16.02.2005 23:34

This Thursday, February 17th, your voice counts! Brownstone Homes and WRG Design want to bulldoze a sustainability education center located inside Portland on seven acres surrounded by lush forest, just above a steelhead-bearing creek. Their plan to turn the land notched into Tryon Creek State Park into 23 high-impact condos faces massive environmental and engineering challenges. But the dollar signs are flashing in their eyes. They need to know just how much opposition there is in this city to such a foolish waste.

Background:

11640 SW Boones Ferry Rd is 7 acres of wooded cliffs and sloping meadow, surrounded on three sides by Tryon Creek State Park, a 650 acre urban state park founded in the early 1970s through extended community mobilization. The property is about 400 feet uphill from Tryon Creek, a sediment-limited steelhead-bearing protected waterway. It is the largest open piece of land bordering the park left so close to the creek.

Brownstone Homes and WRG Design have yet to file their formal application with the city. According to the pre-app, Brownstone plans 23 high-end, oversized houses to be built on 5-6k sqft lots. They will have to build a huge ramp up the 50' cliff and pump the sewage to the road because the existing driveway easement across the park will not be valid. They will have to build a large stormwater trap that will demonstrably prevent any additional runoff due to the greatly increased impermeable surfaces. Their new road meets Boones Ferry just north of a very dangerous curve on which there has been 4 fatalities in the last decade. To account for the massive pre-development costs, Brownstone claims it will sell the houses for $550k and up.



Eddy Lepp Arrested for Having Cannabis Clones on Property

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.02.2005 23:32

February 16th, 2004: Dale Gieringer of CA NORML reported today that Eddy Lepp and one or two other people were arrested this morning at Eddy's home in Lake County. Federal Drug Enforcement Agency officers allegedly detained Eddy because marijuana clones were found growing on the property. Eddy, who has been on a hunger strike for several weeks in protest against the current charges against him from his arrest last summer, has likely been transported to the Federal Building in San Francisco, and it is expected that he will be arraigned in Federal Court.



BIODEMOCRACY 2005: Reclaim the Commons!

Santa Cruz, CA, 16.02.2005 22:09

Call to Action: Converge in Philadelphia, June 18th to 21st, 2005

CALLING ON ALL PEOPLE who resent the demise of democracy and hold to the promise of authentic popular empowerment! All who dare to paint poems of resistance on walls of oppression, dance in city streets in defiance of police states, and plant seeds of sedition in the shadows of Empire: come to Philadelphia! As the world's leading agents of eco-devastation and medical malpractice meet here in June, we cannot stand quiet. Join us to challenge the corporate crime, poisons for profit, and flagrant lies of the biotechnology industry, at the time of their annual international convention, with a creative uprising for truth, life and justice!

RECLAIM THE COMMONS! We recall a custom much older than two-party Republics, in which croplands, grazing land and forests were a public domain that benefited the whole community and belonged exclusively to no one. In today's global society, our commons encompass the biological strata that sustain life on earth --- air, water, food, medicine, energy, biodiversity -- plus the means of communication, education and transit that connect us culturally. Today, to a degree unprecedented in human history, corporations have seized this public wealth and privatized it to reap growing profits for a small and ever-shrinking elite. As public access to and control over the commons has eroded, so has true democracy. For democracy to thrive, for racial, economic, social and environmental justice to take deep root, and for sustainability to flourish ... we must reclaim our commons!

Check these websites in the coming months: [ www.reclaimthecommons.net I www.biodev.org I www.phillyimc.org I biotech.indymedia.org ]



Stirling Army Recruitment Protest

Scotland, 16.02.2005 21:54

Students studying at Stirling University, involved with the group People and Planet, today protested at the Army Recruitment Centre in Stirling.



novisad

belgrade, 16.02.2005 19:48

Kampanja "Reci ne vojsci"



Las Prisiones

Peru, 16.02.2005 18:22

Las Prisiones



Huey Newton: Revolutionaries and the Black Panther Party

Portland, 16.02.2005 17:27

This is one man who did not, for any reason, hesitate to take direct action against the racist power structure. Yes he was human. I am not trying to mold a golden god here. But this history has been vulgarized and falsified into oblivion and the consequence of that is what we are choking on today. This man and a massive army of others opposed the things that we should hate and the things that are killing us. Let us explore and help unearth history, cleanse and liberate ourselves and take the next step toward true freedom for all. On October 15th, 1966, two brothers stood up and took the next step toward civil rights, social justice, survival and revolution.

  • Lecture and Discussion
  • Thursday, Feb 17th at 7pm
  • Laughing Horse Books
  • 3652 SE Division St, PDX
  • 503-236-2893

Slavery has never ended. The panthers and other revolutionary groups of the 60's and 70's did help grind it to a halt for a while. People who opposed Jim Crow laws, segregation and slavery stood up and sang 'we shall overcome', while the racist police were keeping the beat on heads of the protestors with their billy clubs. They were basically slaughtered. Mississippi burning is just a small drop in the bucket but you never hear about the rest of the story because a lot of it has never left the south and of course what was documented is now way out of print. The rich white capitalists have gotten their shit together since they disrupted and destroyed the panthers and others. Since the Reagan administration, things have been so finely tuned that almost everybody has been brainwashed.

read the full article...



Pharmaceutical Myths About HIV/AIDS

Portland, 16.02.2005 16:11

Propaganda from pharma corporations like Glaxo-Wellcome perpetuate the AIDS is a virus myth while suppressing important info about poverty, chemical addictions and malnutritional as cause of immune suppresion. Research into the pharmaceutical corporation's AIDS story is resulting in findings that death from AIDS is not from the virus HIV, instead a combination of factors such as poverty, malnutrition, chemical addictions and other immune suppressing agents.

Glaxo-Wellcome's pharmacocktail AZT is a thirty year old chemotherapy drug that was used unsuccessfully against cancer. Chemotherapy is cytotoxic, and after initially beginning to take AZT, HIV + people show a short term rise in T cells. However, this short term rise in T cells can be attributed to AZT destroying the bone marrow (source of T cells). When AZT attacks the bone marrow, the blood system responds to this destruction by producing more T cells. After long term use of AZT, the bone marrow cannot produce T cells and after the emergency short term rise in T cell count, there is a long term and permanent decline in T cells, usually attributed to "AIDS". If people discovered that the AZT was the actual cause of T cell decline, how would they react?

read more...
see also: [ virusmyth.net I AIDS Links, and Information I Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa: World Affairs Council brings Bono to Portland (9/20/04) ]



Breaking News: MST Camp in Brasil Raided, Two Killed, NYC IMC Volunteer Arrested

NYC, 16.02.2005 16:03

Update: There is an English language translation of this story now available on Global Indymedia.

Update: According to a comment posted to the Global Indymedia feature from CMI Brasil, "The two IMC volunters ... were taken to the Federal Police where their equipement was taken by the police. They have a lawyer there with them and they seemed to be ok."

We are recieving reports from Indymedia Brasil that Brasilian military police raided an MST camp last night, killing at least two members of the Landless Movement. More than 800 people were arrested, including NYC Indymedia reporter Brad Will.

This is a breaking story, and we hope to have more information soon. For now, please visit CMI Brasil [in Portuguese].

[About the MST (Landless Movement)]



globalització (ca)

Barcelona, 16.02.2005 14:32

Per què volen imposar el SI? Vine, informa't i parla!

Actes a febrer : Barcelona 3, 11 i 12 : 5 : 17 ::: Poblenou ::: Terrassa ::: Tarragona i Reus ::: Igualada ::: Manresa ::: Gelida ::: Vallès ::: Mallorca ::: la Ribera ::: Països Catalans

[17 de febrer] Vaga Estudiantil i Manifestació a les 12h a Pça Universitat

Notícias relacionades : Directiva Bolkenstein:::Anàlisi sobre què és la Constitució Europea ::: La constitució no és l' única posible ::: 15 motius pel NO a la constitució europea ::: 10 coses que TU pots fer pel NO ::: Acte central,11 de Febrer al Palau Sant Jordi a favor de la constitució ::: Boicot a artistes i famosos ::: Política Agraria Comuna ::: Retrocés educatiu europeu ::: 15% dels europeus en risc de pobresa i exclusió social ::: Els conflictes armats i els recursos naturals ::: Els drets laborals ::: Les dones diuen NO ::: PP$OE. Per què ens enganyen tant? ::: Humor:::Vot nul:::Abstenció



de la mani del dissabte:cobertura coordinada+++crónicas personales+++fotos+++más fotos

més info : globalització ::: Campanya contra la Constitució Europea



DIRTY WORKS EL.AS.

Athens, 16.02.2005 12:30

Police "experts" arrest web artist



DIRTYWORKS EL.AS.

Athens, 16.02.2005 12:30

Οι "ειδικοί" της ΕΛ.ΑΣ. φυλακίζουν διαδικτυακό καλλιτέχνη



SERRES, FEBRUARY 16TH

Athens, 16.02.2005 12:00

Anarchist P. Georgiadis is on trial



Democracy

Sydney, 16.02.2005 10:12

Welcome to NSW with no pesky civil liberties



2005 Day of Remembrance Recalls Gov't Mistreatment of Japanese Americans

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.02.2005 07:42

On February 20th, 2005, the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) will presents the 2005 Day of Remembrance, “Democracy and Dissent,” at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin at 5:30pm Details The program will include: speakers, cultural performances, a candlelight procession, and a reception.



Events this Week Honor and Fight for People Killed by Police

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.02.2005 07:09

On Friday, February 18th, the court date in the Sheila Detoy case that had been rescheduled last month will take place in San Francisco. Info



Global Women's Strike Organizes for Int'l Women's Day

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.02.2005 06:30

The next planning meeting for the 6th Global Women's Strike for the San Francisco Bay Area during the week of International Women's Day (March 8, 2005) will be held on Sunday, February 20th at 11am in San Francisco's Mission District. Organizers say that the meeting will be "a chance to strengthen all the organizing people have been involved in, and to make the independent voice of the grassroots, women and men, heard over the warmongering and witch-hunting of the Bushes, the Blairs and their babes." They ask that people bring a snack to share, and please let us know if you will need childcare or can provide rides.



NARAL Pro-Choice America Invites Anti-Choice Groups to Join Campaign

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.02.2005 05:41

NARAL Pro-Choice America has started a campaign to try to work with the anti-choice movement towards a similar goal: fewer abortions. NARAL says, "What better way to end the debate over abortion than by eliminating the reasons women seek abortion?"



53 marcha en San Luis

Argentina, 16.02.2005 04:50

15 de Febrero 2005| Se cumplieron 53 marchas en San Luis
Un año de movilizaciones contra el feudo de los Rodríguez Saa



San Luis

Argentina, 16.02.2005 04:49

15 de Febrero 2005| Se cumplieron 53 marchas en San Luis
Un año de movilizaciones contra el feudo de los Rodríguez Saa



LIVRE COMÉRCIO

Brasil, 16.02.2005 03:17

Falsa redução nos subsídios agrícolas impulsiona a retomada da Alca



Ocupação em Goiânia vive clima de terror

Portugal, 16.02.2005 02:08

Ocupação em Goiânia vive clima de terror



Serious Troubles at Oakland Animal Shelter

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.02.2005 01:22

After numerous reports from citizens and former employees of abuse such as leaving live dogs in freezers with dead dogs, wrongful euthanasia, and other problems at the city's Animal Shelter, Oakland City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente announced that he will be holding a special Town Hall Meeting on hiring a new Director of the Shelter. The former directory left the position last June and a replacement has yet to be found. Lori Barnabe, a veterinary technician and animal control officer with Oakland from 1999 through 2004, detailed her concerns about shelter management to Oakland city officials last month. “We’re taking these charges very seriously,” said Oakland Deputy City Administrator Niccolo De Luca. In his call for the public meeting, De La Fuente stated, "I have received very troubling reports of animal cruelty, questionable euthanasia practices, disrespect of pet owner rights, and a lack of accountability at the Oakland Animal Shelter. We want citizens to share their vision of how this Shelter should be run effectively, respectfully and humanely."



ATAQUE NEONAZI

Uruguay, 16.02.2005 01:00

El fascismo es un problema de tod@s



Prisoner Solidarity Screening

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.02.2005 00:20

Who: California Anarchist Prisoner Solidarity (CAPS)



VALIDATING THE SCRUTINY: The Straight Dope on Coke

Michigan, 16.02.2005 00:16

Thursday,February 18th
Modern Language Building
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
4pm

In response to Thursday's "Surviving Scrutiny" event at the Business School, which will include Coca-Cola rep, Karen Flanders, discussing “the challenges of multi-national business in a world where corporations are coming under increasing scrutiny,” the UM Killer Coke Coalition presents a counter event to hear from those directly affected by Coca-Cola's numerous labor and human rights violations.

Learn about Coca-Cola’s crimes from people who have seen them first-hand!

With:
Luis Adolfo Cardona, former union organizer and Coca-Cola Bottling plant employee in Columbia
Amit Srivastava, Coordinator of India Resource Center and Director of Global Resistance
Dan Kovalik, Assistant General Counsel for the United Steelworkers Union.



MORADA

Brasil, 16.02.2005 00:00

Violenta reapropiación en Goiania



Prisoner Solidarity Screening

San Francisco Bay Area, 15.02.2005 23:24

Who: California Anarchist Prisoner Solidarity (CAPS)



Familias desalojadas en Rosario

Argentina, 15.02.2005 23:14

Martes 15 de Febrero 2005 | DESALOJADOS DE 27 DE FEBRERO Y 1º DE MAYO
Tres familias en la calle



Sulfacid y desalojo

Argentina, 15.02.2005 22:53

Martes 15 de Febrero 2005 | DESPIDOS, PROCESAMIENTOS Y VIOLENTO DESALOJO
Otra vez, Sulfacid contra sus trabajadores



Piquete

Argentina, 15.02.2005 22:52



San Luis

Argentina, 15.02.2005 22:31

15 de Febrero 2005| Se cumplieron 53º marchas en San Luis
Un año de movilizaciones del pueblo puntano contra el feudo de los Rodríguez Saa<



Portland Indymedia Introduces New Cities List

Portland, 15.02.2005 21:26

The indymedia network has grown enormously since its inception in November 1999. Starting with one site in Seattle, that eventually became the global site to what is now over 160 indymedia outlets around the world. All this expansion has left little time for developing global standards and some things common have lacked in upgrading. One of these things is the indymedia cities list.

This list shows on every indymedia site that exists, usually on the left hand column or at the very bottom of the site. As indymedia collectives go through the new-imc process, they get added to the cities list. Until recently, little work has been done to categorize and make that list reflect the diversity of the indymedia network.

portland indymedia volunteers have taken the autonomy of indymedia to a new level and have reworked the cities list that appears on the portland.indymedia.org site. There is no push to make this reorganization a global standard. This is just a breath of fresh air that will hopefully spread to give other indymedia's the comfort to do similar things, and help advance and ultimately define the portland indymedia cities list.

read more...
related: Indymedia World Map I just noticed the revamp of the IMC world list along bioregional lines, thanks! I New Topic IMC's receive long deserved recognition




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