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Carriers of a 1000 US Soldiers coffins.. on trial

DC, 17.03.2005 14:01

Away from the spotlights, 21 war protestors face trial, some five and a half month after being arrested for trying to deliver to the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue many names and some 100 coffins draped in the US flag representingto mark the 1000+ US soldiers killed in Iraq and demand an end to the war. Wednesday, March 16 starting in the US District Court for the District of Columbia at 3rd and Constitution NW, near the Judiciary Square metro (red line). Courtroom #4 on the second floor.

Repressão à auto-gestão na Argentina

Portugal, 17.03.2005 13:01

Repressão à auto-gestão na Argentina

Book Review: Crimethinc's &quot;An Anarchist Cookbook - Recipes for Disaster&quot;

Portland, 17.03.2005 12:01

Recipes for Disaster: an Anarchist's Cookbook, is is the newest book by Crimethinc, a somewhat mysterious collective of activist publishers I've respected greatly ever since I read their "Days of War, Nights of Love" a few years ago - a book which I'm sure would have changed my life irrevocably if I'd been about a decade younger, and as it was still gave me tremendous energy and inspiration (although their "Evasion" books are a little less worthy of praise, but that's another story). Shortly thereafter I began hearing that they were working on this cookbook, and had been looking forward to it with mixed feelings ever since.

Just turn it off. It's all a load of shit.

Portland, 17.03.2005 12:01

The Federal Government now functions like the Ministry of Truth in 1984. The New York Times has just released (about 50 years too late) a report on how what was once journalism in the U.S. has been replaced by news releases written by PR departments of big corporations.

For regulars here at PDX indymedia, this is old news. The purpose of this article is to ask people to carry the word out to everyone else -- don't let a single news story or attribution to any corporate news source go by without questioning its veracity on grounds that NOTHING put out by corporate media is anything but GOVERNMENT controlled propaganda! Most of the public is open to this idea and already suspects that it's true, but they still sometimes find themselves talking about what they have seen lately on the mainstream media.

And don't make much, if any, exception for NPR -- the most you can say for NPR is that there is a POSSIBILITY that the story has some validity, but NPR is as guilty as any of them of running canned pre-recorded bits from corporate PR offices.

Sky lit up brilliant green by spectacular meteor

Portland, 17.03.2005 12:01

"az arany boci" reports: Ok I was hiking this evening through Tryon Creek Park when all of a sudden the forest lit up in green light. I looked up and saw what I thought was a flare and quickly realized its a beautiful big meteor! It had a green tail (traffic light green .. I am assume green from the iron burning off in the meteorite) with a ball of fire that was yellow-white and I thought there was blue in it (but that might have been my reconstruction after the event).

"J&D" write: We spent the sunset on the hobbit trails overlooking the ocean just South of the CARL G. WASHBURNE MEMORIAL STATE PARK... As I was getting back into the car I noticed that Moon was green, then I realized that the whole sky appeared green. I looked up and I saw the falling object glowing green and blue. It had a tail that was long and sparkling.

"az arany boci" adds: By the way in many cultures meteorites are the embodiment of the Divine specifically Eastern Mediterranean Goddesses (Cybele, Ishtar, Aphrodite and so forth) and of course Kalapuya and their descendants the Grand Ronde honored the "Sky Person" or Tamanamas or Tomanowos (called by dominate society "the Willamette Meteorite). Actually in Chinook Wawa "Tamanas" means spirit and implies something magical or supernatural.

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previous related: [ Red Moon (5/15/03) | Full Lunar Eclipse graces Portland sky (10/28/04) ]

Big Boxes and Backroom Deals about to Displace Bald Eagles

Portland, 17.03.2005 12:01

In a bucolic and little traveled area just outside of Scappoose lies Santosh wildlife reserve and associated acres of verdant wetlands and rolling green pastures. Herons, egrets, kestrels, double crested cormorants, northern harriers, red tailed hawks, muskrats, spotted frogs, white tailed deer, opossums, raccoons, kingfishers, and yes, bald eagles call this place home. Backroom deals and the good old boys are about to change all that.

In a series of mysterious maneuvers that I still do not fully understand, the Scappoose city council and Morse Brothers mining made a deal last year that promises to gouge up Columbia County in all sorts of ways. In return for a relaxing of mining restrictions all over Columbia County, Morse Bros agreed to lease about 100 acres of wetland near their Scappoose quarry to the city for development. I do not know the details here, so I cannot comment on how this all came about. But this is part of a dismantling of one of the few remaining thriving ecosystems along the Columbia river so near to Portland.

City officials in Scappoose have long been courting that elusively destructive, and yet strangely seductive thing called "development." It's hard to believe, in this bland world of chain stores and corporate logos, that anyone in their right mind would actually TRY to have their scenery shattered, local resources corrupted, and local economy gutted by inviting in big box stores and vomiters of industrial waste. But greed does make some people into short-sighted fools, and it sure doesn't hurt that a few people stand to benefit disproportionately by selling out their community. Yes, some people will make a killing off this development, while the rest of the city will be sold off into the slavery of cheap labor.

read more...related: Mining to Scar More Earth in Columbia County (9/7/03)

Direct Action continues in the Biscuit: Women Draw the Line Against Lawless Old-Growth Logging

Portland, 17.03.2005 12:01

Cave Junction, Oregon - In this latest action driven by determined elders, church members and conservationists, a large group of local women sat down on the "Green Bridge", to block logging trucks at dawn on Monday morning - offering themselves up for certain arrest - locking down in solidarity against the lawless logging of federally protected Old Growth reserves within the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area of SW Oregon.

Community elder and artist Dot Fisher Smith, 76, said "We are united in a historic confrontation and we are wearing black today in solidarity with the blackened trees; to give voice to the voiceless. These grandmother trees must not be violently ripped from the Earth. Those trees want to fulfill their birthright by providing shade, shelter and retaining moisture for the newly regenerating forest, as has occurred naturally for countless thousands of years."


[ Photo Of Biscuit Pod Action ]

Forest Service responds with road closure
Here's the press release from the Forest Service site. Note that the comment about a delay on Saturday is bullshit. There was no blockade on Saturday. Get ready to cross that line! Public lands not private proffit!

Details...Interview with Joan Norman, one of the participants: "Tell them to come with Fire in their Bellies"This morning, March 14th women took the bridge that allows entrance to the Biscuit Fire forests and a beautiful diverse National Forest. Among those women was Joan Norman. Joan is a 72-year-old woman who has been an activist for over 30 years. On March 8th she was arrested for blocking a bridge the leads into one of the most botantically diverse national forests on the North American continent. Z interviewed her on March 13th at the Siskiyou forest defenders camp near Selma, Oregon.

Joan: There are only 5% of the old growth trees left in the United States. They are clearcutting paradise; they are doing it in spite of a legal injunction. The courts don't work against evil anymore. It's time to stand up. Whatever rules and laws that civil society once had are now gone. This is the time we have been waiting for, we knew it would come, and we are the ones we have been waiting for. Yes, the people to rise up!


Video from 3/7 Direct Action at Biscuit! See it at upcoming PDX indy video showings!

background & recent news: [ Save the Biscuit action page ]

Democratic Senators Side with Credit Card Companies and Republicans to Screw Us

Portland, 17.03.2005 12:01

Last week the US Senate passed a bill making it much harder for people to declare bankruptcy. It doesn't matter if you were the victim of identity theft, are incapacitated by illness, or even if you made the mistake of signing up for the National Guard, and are stuck in Iraq--while your family goes into financial ruin back home (I wonder how many of these Senators have those idiotic "support the Troops" magnets on their SUV's).

This is a very bad bill. It passed 74 to 25, with 18 Democrats sucking up to their corporate donors and voting Yes.


related: [ Does the Democratic Party have a place at the table? ]

Threatened Sand Lake Estuary and Dunes hike

Portland, 17.03.2005 12:01

Developers have applied for a conditional land use permit to develop a "Scottish" championship golf course in a spectacularly undeveloped stretch of the Northern Oregon Coast.

The area is home to threatened and endangered species and Sand Lake is one of only two major estuaries designated as a "natural" estuary by the State of Oregon. The Sand Lake Estuary and Dunes is situated near Whalen Island, Cape Kiwanda and Cape Lookout State Parks and Siuslaw National Forest lands.

The Conditional Use Application for the proposed golf course project has been filed with Tillamook County. We will post comment period dates and hearing dates when they have been set by Tillamook County. The developers have applied for their third extension (now until May 1st, 2005) to turn in additional reports required by Tillamook County.

Hike the threatened Sand Lake Estuary and Dunes on Saturday, March 19th, 11:00 AM.

Breaking News -- court records show Cobb-Badnarik-Kerry add charge of vote tampering

Portland, 17.03.2005 12:01

( The lawyers for Green presidential candidate David Cobb and Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik, along with Kerry-Edwards 2004 have added election tampering to a civil suit filed against the state of Ohio over problems with the state's recount, RAW STORY has learned.

The suit, detailed here, alleges that a manufacturer of voting machines, Triad Election Systems, which serves 43 counties in the state, is tampering with the recount. It is unclear exactly what recourse the plaintiffs' seek; the filing adds on to an original suit to have the recount take place before Ohio electors meet, which failed in the courts. Green Party spokesman Blair Bobier said the party hoped to reform the recount process and suggested Ohio should secure or impound voting machines.

'DT' adds: This story should be big news across the U.S.A. -- of course, it is systematically ignored by the corporate media. That's why I am reporting here at PDX indymedia.


[ pdx indymedia Election Fraud stories ]

42 arrested so far at Fiddler road blockades; Tree-sit up in Unit 5

Portland, 17.03.2005 12:01

Over 100 people gathered to witness the Women's Blockade Monday morning. Twenty women were arrested in a diverse array of tactics that halted logging operations in the Fiddler timber sale for nearly seven hours.

The on-the-ground campaign to save Fiddler Mountain is one week old; 42 people have been arrested. Resistance continues and a tree-sit is in place in unit seven.


"The broad-based coalition of activists from local woodsmen, local business owners, teachers, retirees, to Earth First! vow to continue protesting and blocking logging roads. We are united in a historic confrontation. The outcome of this struggle will have implications for national forest policy for decades to come," said Laurel Sutherlin of the Oxygen Collective.

Treatment of jailed forest defenders in Josephine County Jail "cruel and unusual punishment and unconstitutional"While serious and violent offenders are released on a daily basis from the new Josephine County Jail, non-violent protestors are held, and even put into "lockdown" or segregation based upon their First Amendment-protected beliefs.

This form of lockdown or solitary confinement is an extreme form of punishment, particularly for non-violent protestors who were engaging in civil disobedience. "It is unconstitutional to punish a citizen prior to a Court hearing and jury determination of guilt. This gulag-style treatment is a travesty to a fair and just society," said Attorney Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center.

The deputies at the jail have been intimidating and attempting to coerce people by placing them into solitary confinement because of their opinions or beliefs.


[ pdx indymedia Save The Biscuit stories | more at Rogue Valley IMC ]

At the Oregonian, some lives are more equal than others

Portland, 17.03.2005 12:01

A three-way collaborative effort between Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Palestine Media Watch and If Americans Knew has produced a new report focusing on the news coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by The Oregonian. The report details findings on The Oregonian's news coverage of the conflict between May 1, 2004, and October 30, 2004.

The Oregonian's coverage was found to display clear double standards when it comes to reporting Palestinian deaths compared to Israeli deaths. The likelihood of a death receiving headline coverage clearly depended on the nationality of the person killed.

Analysis of The Oregonian news articles showed that 100% of all Israeli deaths were reported during the period of this analysis, and in many cases were reported more than once. By contrast, only 61% of all Palestinian deaths were reported.

Even more disturbing was the coverage of children's deaths, with only 28% of Palestinian children deaths receiving any coverage by the Oregonian, compared with 100% coverage for Israeli children.

Remembering Rachel

Portland, 17.03.2005 12:01

On March 16, 2003, two years ago today, Rachel Corrie was crushed and killed under an American-made bulldozer operated by the Israeli governement. This tragic event took place less than a week before the first bombs fell on the City of Bagdad. Indeed, some regard Rachel as the first casualty of that war.

Amnesty International is calling on Condolezza Rice for a State Department investigation but as yet Rice has not acted. Tommorow the Corries' attorney will be contacting US DOJ officials in this regard. They are also suing the State of Israel and Catepillar, manufacturer of the bulldozer that was used to kill Rachel.


[ previous posts about Rachel Corrie ]

Hey Look! There Goes our Topsoil!

Portland, 17.03.2005 12:01

What's that up there in the sky? Is it a bird? A plane? A chemtrail? No! It's our topsoil, the stuff of life. The thin layer of humus, nutrients, and microorganisms that form the ground layer of our ecosystem. The thing our food grows in. Not worried? Here's why you should be.

The unseasonably dry winter and the powerful gusts of wind today have combined with our foolish timber and agricultural practices to create clouds of dust billowing by in the air. If you have asthma or other breathing problems, then you're already aware of some of the risks associated with this development. But the issue is much deeper even than that. The things we squander from the surface of our planet are hard won, unimaginably necessary, and not easily replaced. The complex and delicate forests that we carved off the face of the earth, for example, are gone forever. And now, beneath those vanished forests, and laying atop plowed fields and weeded lots and manicured gardens, is a quieter, less glamorous, but absolutely important resource that is about to be gone with the wind.

&quot;Wet Seal&quot; store at Lloyd Center Mall targeted to stop selling fur

Portland, 17.03.2005 12:01

PETA and local animal rights activists have been gathering outside the Loyd Center Mall in Portland OR to educate people about a women's clothing store in the mall called Wet Seal that is selling rabbit fur. Wet Seal employees have said that they have been ordered to take all the fur items off their shelves and they no longer will be selling fur. But, without a written agreement, they can be sneaky and continue to sell fur.

Recently, a group of animal rights activists held signs and passed out literature, educating the public about Wet Seal selling rabbit fur and how they have not yet signed a public statement. The activists went inside the mall to tell Wet Seal again that they want a written statement saying that Wet Seal will no longer sell fur in their stores. A Wet Seal employee told an activist that she and other employees did not want fur at the store from the beginning and that she will personally call the Vice President Helen Rotherham to write a public statement.

Northern Wisconsin Street Medic Training (April 22 - 24)

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 17.03.2005 12:01

The Northern Lights Collective presents a full street medic training facilitated by Chicago Action Medical in Ashland, WI.

March 19: A Walk for Peace

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 17.03.2005 12:01

A WALK FOR PEACE Saturday, March 19, 2005 5:45 p.m. Corner of Snelling and Summit Avenues, St. Paul

19 de marzo: Dia internacional de movilización contra la ocupación de Irak y Palestina

Euskal Herria, 17.03.2005 12:00

Este próximo sábado 19, esta convocado a nivel internacional un día de movilización contra la ocupación de Irak y Palestina. Después de los millones de personas que se movilizaron en contra de la guerra, la ocupación sigue y se hace un nuevo llamado a la movilización para denunciarlo. Así en Euskal Herrria se hace un llamado a participar en la manifestación en Donostia llamado a participar en la manifestación en Donostia ese sábado a las 17:30 en el Boulebard. Apoyan la convocatoria: Lab, Ehne, Ea, Batasuna, EB, Aralar, EHK, Askatasuna, Eguzki, Elkartzen, Bilgune Feminista, Kakitzat...

Para ir desde Bilbo hay organizados autobuses .

Berkeley Biodiesel Film Festival on March 17th

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.03.2005 08:00

March 17th: The Berkeley Biodiesel Collective presents a night of films at La Peña Cultural Center, showcasing what it calls "the country's fastest growing alternative fuel." The evening will include educational and entertaining films about the uses, history and culture of biodiesel. Biodiesel is a renewable, vegetable-based, non-toxic, domestically-produced fuel that can be used in diesel engines with little or no modification. Donations at the door will benefit the Berkeley Biodiesel Collective, which is a non-profit community organization that is exists to inspire a transition to a renewable energy economy by educating communities about the environmental, social, and political benefits of biodiesel and by promoting the use of locally-produced biodiesel.

Indymedia Reporter Brings Independent Media to the Forest

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.03.2005 08:00

Z, who is also known as Ellen, is an Indymedia reporter from Oregon. She reports that this past weekend, she went to Southern Oregon to interview women from the Sisiyou. These women conducted an action on Monday, March 16th in which they took over the only bridge that can be used by log trucks to get to the forest to cut the old growth at the Biscuit. (Indybay coverage of the Biscuit protests: 3/10 | 3/8 | 3/2 | 2/19

Indymedia Reporter Helps Women on the Frontlines to Tell Their Stories

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.03.2005 08:00

Z, who is also known as Ellen, is an Indymedia reporter from Oregon. She reports that this past weekend, she went to Southern Oregon to interview women from the Sisiyou. These women conducted an action on Monday, March 16th in which they took over the only bridge that can be used by log trucks to get to the forest to cut the old growth at the Biscuit.

March 23rd Community Protest for Environmental Justice at PG&amp;E Headquarters

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.03.2005 07:00

On Wednesday, March 23, 2005, there will be a protest at the PG&E Headquarters to say, "Shut Down the Hunters Point Power Plant Now!" The demonstration will take place at 12 Noon, at the PG&E Corporate Headquarters - 77 Beale Street, San Francisco (Market Street near Embarcadero BART). The event will be sponsored by the Coalition to Shut Down the PG&E Hunters Point Power Plant, the Huntersview Tenants Association, All Hallows Garden Residents Association, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, Code Blue, and the Community First Coalition. Read more

Oakland's Public Works Committee to Address Pesticides on 3/22

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.03.2005 07:00

Discussion of Oakland's pesticide ordinance has been postponed to March 22nd at 12:30pm. The topic had been on the Committee's agenda for March 8th, but it was removed at the last minute. The ordinance will be rewritten for the next phase of discussion because a requirement for an Environmental Impact Report has been added to the ordinance, and likely also because the latest version does not address concerns that Public Works Chair and City Councilmember Nancy Nadel had previously raised. Thus, this topic was not to be discussed at this week's City Council meeting, and will also be postponed there until at least March 29th.

Berkeley BioDiesel Film Festival on March 17th

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.03.2005 06:00

March 17th: The Berkeley Biodiesel Collective presents a night of films at La Peña Cultural Center, showcasing the country's fastest growing alternative fuel. The evening will include educational and entertaining films about the uses, history and culture of biodiesel. Biodiesel is a renewable, vegetable-based, non-toxic, domestically produced fuel for use in diesel engines with little or no modification. Donations at the door will benefit the Berkeley Biodiesel Collective, which is a non-profit community organization that is exists to inspire a transition to a renewable energy economy by educating communities about the environmental, social, and political benefits of biodiesel and by promoting the use of locally produced biodiesel. The BBC is a project of The

We Found Them!! Chemical, Biological, Nuclear Weapons ... All Available in the Good Ol USA

NYC, 17.03.2005 04:32

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been two years now since Bush and Co. launched their disastrous invasion of Iraq—all based on whipping up hysteria about a nuclear-armed Saddam. Well, the neocons are at it again, ready to turn the whole Middle East aflame because now they claim Iran has nukes. But we all know the biggest rogue state is headquartered in Washington, D.C. And they’re scheming and planning and armed to the death with more deadly weapons than you can imagine. To mark the 2nd anniversary of the Iraq war, NYC Indymedia has reprinted a limited number of copies of its beautifully designed four-color poster-map, “A Threat To Peace.” This well-researched poster contains hundreds entries detailing sites where weapons of mass destruction are developed, manufactured, tested and stored. “A Threat to Peace” is something every activist should have a copy of. It makes a great gift for educators, students or your favorite rabid red-stater. To find out more and how to order one, go to the Indypendent website or the Terror map website.


Brasil, 17.03.2005 04:22

Estudantes de Ourinhos reivindicam melhores condições

More Right-Wing Appointments

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.03.2005 04:21

On March 16 Kevin J. Martin was selected by Bush as the new head of the FCC. Kevin Martin, was one of the first national Bush-Cheney people to arrive in Miami from Washington, on Nov. 8 2000. He had been a deputy general counsel for the Bush campaign and before that worked for Ken Starr, the independent counsel in the Monica Lewinsky affair.

ecology (en)

Barcelona, 17.03.2005 04:00

>>>>lokally>> Let's Save the Planet

>>>>transgenics>> Catalunya and the world - free of transgenics/genetically-modified foods! ×× ecological agriculture against transgenics ×× Fraga manifesto of anti-transgenics ×× Agriculture in Europe ×× Monsanto against the farmers ×× The sale of Seminis opens the doors of the Lacandona Jungle to Monsanto ×× Story of a few ecological farmers ×× Colonial genetics in the USA ×× Down with the transgenic platform (Plataforma transgènics fora !)

[07-12Mar] Week of anti-transgenic action

>>>>plan caufec>> diary of the Feb. 28 protest ×× We still are chained at the Esplugues City Hall ×× 25F: an activist afternoon snack (merienda) ×× Tuesday: take action against the Caufec ×× datainees are cleared of all charges ×× chronicle of the detainees' trial >>>>Cubelles thermal power station>> STOPENDESA is satisfied with the "Efecto ICb" ×× Adherents to the Manifesto ×× City Hall session, in favor of the dismantling of the thermal power station ×× Cubelles Initiative (Iniciativa por Cubelles) calls for the dismantling of the thermal power station >>>>other lokal fights>> Protest against Bennetton's use of animal skins ×× No to the Sentmenat-Bescanó-Baixàs line ×× Let's save "Els Muntanyans de Torredembarra"! ×× Volunteers save "La Murta" from burning ×× [Penedès] Where we are and where we are going” ×× March 4, return to Critical Mass

+info ::: >>>ecology + BiotechIMC

immigration (en)

Barcelona, 17.03.2005 04:00

"Everyone has the right to free movement and to choose where they live in a state's territory" (art. 13 Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

[11-13Marzo Encierros] Notices from the immigrants a los MMSS | [La noche del 11-12Mar]: Immigrants begin their jail time for their sus Papers | Immigrants to shut themselves in in almost ten places throughout and outside of the capital | New regulations for the immigration law: Obstacle Course race with traps>>> Qsvt-coverage of the shut-in's March 11-12-13

| [05Marzo]Past Assembly of Organization of Immigrants| To theApril 2nd protest against the internment centers for immigrants| Solidarity with the immigrants fighting for the UPF| Working immigrants in the country ganan a multinational of comida rápida | Capitalists don't regulate emmigrants: They fire them | 2do European day for the free movement of people and against the detention centers for immigrants| Europe's southern border in otherwall of shame

| Information points and counseling for immigrants in Barcelona | Files to print and distribute with information about information points and counseling for immigrants

+info :: inmigración

24 de marzo

Argentina, 17.03.2005 02:00

jueves 17 de Marzo 2005 |

Qartografias Contra-Qulturales

Argentina, 17.03.2005 01:31

Qartografias Contra-Qulturales

NoSpray Nashville Demands a Plan for Metro's Mosquito Control Program

Tennessee, 17.03.2005 00:02

#media_2716;left# Chanting "We're Sick of It, We're Sick of It, We Demand a Plan!", citizens concerned about the city's mosquito spray program gathered in front of the Lentz Health Center to demand that public officials create a real plan to deal with the West Nile Mosquito Virus and stop mass spraying toxic chemicals on Nashvillians. Rachel Sumner, of NoSpray Nashville, unveiled a map of Nashville which revealed the discrepancy between where Metro sprayed toxic chemicals and where mosquitoes actually were. Mosquito pools tested positive in five locations in 2004, mostly in Antioch and East Nashville, but fifteen zones were sprayed or were planning to be sprayed in 2004. The majority of these zones were not in areas that tested positive, and the remainder only bordered on pools that tested positive.

Rough Music stirs Brighton

United Kingdom, 16.03.2005 22:30

A NEW local radical newsletter has been launched in Brighton, East Sussex. Rough Music describes itself as a "trouble makin' dirt diggin' monthly" and hopes to complement Brighton's famous SchNEWS weekly newsletter, which covers national and global issues rather than purely local ones.

Block the Empire Halifax hosts Jaggi Singh

Maritimes, 16.03.2005 21:22

Bringing the War Home: A panel with activist Jaggi Singh

Interviews with Cindy Corrie and Joe Carr About the Life and Death of Rachel Corrie and Palestinian Solidarity

Santa Cruz, CA, 16.03.2005 21:01

Rachel Corrie, a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), was killed by a D-9 Caterpillar bulldozer driven by Israeli soldiers on March 16th, 2003 while non-violently attempting to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family's home in the refugee camp of Rafah, Occupied Gaza. There has never been an independent investigation into her killing.

On March 13, 2005, George Cadman, host of Peace Talks on Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.1fm interviewed Joe Carr, an eyewitness to Rachel Corrie's killing. Joe spoke about what he saw on the day that Rachel was run over by an Israeli bulldozer. He also talks about what kind of person Rachel was, what motivated her to do the work she had done and how he and others are continuing her work. He also answers criticisms of the International Solidarity Movement, the movement that both he and Rachel were a part of. (31:29 / 21.6 MB)
Audio: Listen to the Stream or Download the mp3

After speaking with Joe Carr, George Cadman interviewed Cindy Corrie about her daughter Rachel Corrie. Cindy talks about what kind of person Rachel was, why she did the work that she did, how Rachel's killing has affected her family and how they are continuing her work. Cindy also reads a few short clips of Rachel's writings and talks about their efforts to get an independent investigation into Rachel's killing. (57:44 / 52.9 MB)
Audio: Listen to the Stream or Download the mp3

See Also: The Courage of Rachel Corrie | Family of American Woman Killed by Military Bulldozer Files Suit Against Catepillar, Inc | Santa Cruz's Recent Visitor Amy Goodman Spotlights Lawsuit

On March 19, the World Says No to War (Again)

NYC, 16.03.2005 21:01

Complete Weekend Calendar

On March 19, the Troops Out Now! coalition will be sponsoring a major anti-war rally in NYC on the second anniversary of the war in Iraq. [Full Details] || [Information on the "Peace Train" from New Jersey]

For its part, the local arm of United For Peace and Justice is encouraging hardy travelers to make the trip to Ft. Bragg, NC. Local anarchists have also released their own anonymous M19 call to action. [NYC Labor Against the War || Stony Brook University Festival of Resistance]

The War Resisters League, endorsed by the NYC IWW has called for "non-violent direct actions at military recruitment centers on March 19th, 2005."

In one of the latest M19 developments, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a complaint on behalf of the International Action Center and the Troops Out Now! Coalition challenging the City's policy of refusing new permits for marches on Fifth Avenue.

This years anti-war protest has highlighted the increasing tensions between various activist groups. Harlem Tenants Council director Nellie Ballie and members of the Troops Out Now! coalition have publicly criticized United for Peace and Justice for allegedly not signing on to the Central Park protest. "That is a travesty,” Ballie told the IPS.

Meanwhile, an anti-World Bank / IMF organizer wonders if the movement against global capitalism has finally gotten lost amidst anti-war protest fever.

[US IMC Nationwide Coverage] || [M19 Indypendent]

Photograph: Fritz Askew

Neo-Conservative Paul Wolfowitz To Run World Bank

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.03.2005 20:20

On Wednesday March 16th, Bush nominated Paul Wolfowitz to head the World Bank. "Paul Dundes Wolfowitz, the current Deputy Secretary of Defense (and assistant to Dick Cheney, is considered to be one of the most prominent and "hawkish" (neo-conservatives). He is the principal author of the "Wolfowitz doctrine", also known as the Bush doctrine. He is a long time member of the Project for the New American Century think tank and was one of the signers of the January 26, 1998 PNAC letter sent to President Clinton. He is believed to be a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Wolfowitz has ties to Northrop Grumman. He is also on the board of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and is a former Dean at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Wolfowitz is currently listed as an instructor at the school." US nominations of heads of the World Bank have never been challenged and it is likely that while European leaders may pay lipservice to Wolfowitz's controversial stands, they have likely already approved him for the job.

Pese a brutalidad policial

santiago, 16.03.2005 19:02

Continúa huelga de hambre de deudores habitacionales

Pese a brutalidad policial

santiago, 16.03.2005 19:02

Continúa huelga de hambre de deudores habitacionales

Biscuit Update - Written from the Josephine County Jail

Rogue Valley, 16.03.2005 19:02

The people's movement to halt the largest logging project in modern history continues to build momentum after a dramatic week of actions and arrests. The Green Bridge over the Wild and Scenic Illinois River is the site of a growing campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience opposing Bush administration attempts to roll back decades of hard fought environmental protections. The story is receiving major national and even international press - with ongoing coverage in print, television and radio networks.

This Monday's compelling all-women's action was the fourth major demonstration against the Biscuit Fire Recovery Project since logging began within the Fiddler old growth reserve timber sale last week. Twenty-two women were arrested, including Stacy Williams, an expectant mother in her ninth month of pregnancy, supported by her midwife and birthing team. Surrounding her on the Green Bridge over the Illinois River were Harriet Smith, 85, Dot Fisher Smith, 76 and Joan Norman, 72, who went to jail for the forests for the second time this week.

Dear Taoiseach...

Ireland, 16.03.2005 19:00

Kelly Dougherty writes a letter to the Taoiseach Kelly Dougherty US Army National Guard, Co-founder Iraq Veterans Against the War Kelly Dougherty US Army National Guard, Co-founder Iraq Veterans Against the War Dublin 14 March 2005 Dear Taoiseach, Photo Series: Pitstop Ploughshares supporters March from the Four Courts to Dáil Éireann after trial collapses. Delivering Kelly's Letter to Bertie... As an American citizen and a former US army sergeant, I implore you to withdraw the Republic of Ireland’s support for the US war on Iraq by no longer allowing US military planes to land or refuel in Ireland. During my year of service in Iraq I witnessed first-hand the destruction, poverty and violence that the US occupation is causing. The lies used to justify the invasion of Iraq have long been exposed, and yet the occupation continues and the casualties mount. A recent study conducted by The Lancet has estimated that close to 100,000 Iraqi citizens have been killed since the March 20, 2003 invasion of Iraq. More than 1,550 of my fellow American men and women, and dozens of foreign soldiers and civilians, have lost their lives in this illegal, immoral war. Added to these gruesome figures are the tens of thousands of people returning from Iraq physically wounded and emotionally shattered.... More than 350,000 US troops have passed through Shannon Airport in recent years, including 158,000 just in 2004. Many of those soldiers were en route to Iraq, where they were being sent to fight, kill and die for a war based on lies. Taoiseach, I ask you to help end the US-led occupation of Iraq by no longer allowing the US military to use Shannon Airport as a stopping point on the way to Iraq. There has been a strong friendship and connection between Ireland and the United States. My own ancestors emigrated to the US from Ireland. As an Irish-American I ask you to demonstrate the Republic of Ireland’s commitment to peace and to its policy of neutrality by ending Irish participation in this illegal war. I also request that Ireland offer safe refuge to US service members seeking asylum as a means to avoid participating in the illegal occupation of Iraq. As a US citizen and army veteran of the Iraq war, I make these requests out of a desire to protect the lives of both my fellow Americans and the Iraqi people. The deception used first to justify the war and now to continue the occupation of Iraq is not only a disgrace to service women and men, but also an attack on the sanctity of human life as a whole. I call on you, Taoiseach, to lead the Irish people in their stand for compassion and peace. With much respect, Kelly Dougherty US Army National Guard, Co-founder Iraq Veterans Against the War ( ) 909 Cheyenne Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA

Globalització neoliberal

Barcelona, 16.03.2005 19:00

mayday 2004La vida com a camp de batalla

[18-19Mar] Jornades contra la precarietat a Can Vies

documentació >> La vida com a camp de batalla > guió + manifest - I - II - III - IV - V - tot el dossier

+info:: >>>globalització + + debat

Globalización neoliberal

Barcelona, 16.03.2005 19:00

mayday 2004La vida como campo de batalla

[18-19Mar] Jornadas contra la precariedad en Can Vies

documentación >> La vida como campo de batalla > guión + manifiesto - I - II - III - IV - V - todo el dosier

+info:: >>>globalitzación + + debate

Operation: Harass The Homeless

Rogue Valley, 16.03.2005 17:36

Local police agencies "swept through" the Bear Creek Greenway on Monday March 14, in an effort to move the homeless out of the area and off public lands.

Operation Harass the Homeless
by Vanessa Houk

Sheriff Mike Winters maintains that it is not a crime to be homeless in Jackson County and yet at the same time, on Monday morning he spearheaded a campaign to break up 40 homeless camps along the Bear Creek Greenway. For seven and a half hours, approximately 100 officers from 11 agencies, including a private helicopter forced the homeless off public lands.

The Bell's Been Broken and the Workers are Dancing: CIW Defeats Taco Bell!

Chicago, 16.03.2005 17:35

CIWVICTORY CIW to end Taco Bell boycott; Taco Bell to pay penny-per-pound surcharge demanded by workers, will work with CIW to raise farm labor standards in supply chain, across industry as a whole

March 8, 2005 (IMMOKALEE/LOUISVILLE) � In a precedent-setting move, fast-food industry leader Taco Bell Corp., a division of Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), has agreed to work with the Florida-based farm worker organization, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), to address the wages and working conditions of farmworkersin the Florida tomato industry.

Taco Bell announced today that it will fund a penny per pound �pass-through� with its suppliers of Florida tomatoes, and will undertake joint efforts with the CIW on several fronts to improve working conditions in Florida�s tomato fields. For its part, the CIW has agreed to end its three-year boycott of Taco Bell, saying that the agreement �sets a new standard of social responsibility for the fast-food industry.�

Related Links:Coalition of Immokalee Workers | Student/Farmworker Alliance | 2005 Taco Bell Truth Tour | Statement from RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights | Austin Indymedia Coverage of the 2005 Taco Bell Truth Tour | CIW Holds Chicago Forum while on 2005 Truth Tour | Taco Bell Boycott Victory Photos by the Beehive Collective

Pese a brutalidad policial

santiago, 16.03.2005 17:02

Continúa huelga de hambre de deudores habitacionales


Uruguay, 16.03.2005 16:20

La familia Borgogno-Arce vuelve a clases

Protest at SF Military Recruiting Center

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.03.2005 16:00

3/15/2005: Opponents of military recruiting picketed the main San Francisco recruiting center on Davis Street near the Embarcadero early this evening. Chants echoed the demand that the military get out of our schools. The picket featured a brief speak out and well attended press conference. SFSU students told of their success last week in kicking military recruiters off their campus, only to face discipline from the administration. Photos | More Indybay Anti-War Protest Coverage

City Denies Possibility of Deer Kill in Red Hill Valley

Hamilton, 16.03.2005 15:01

According to Chris Murray, acting director of the Red Hill Valley Expressway Project, the City will not seek to have the valley deer killed. A complaint about the deer from Dufferin constructin, the company responsible for the destruction of the valley, had sparked concern over this possibility from a number of concerned citizens. However Murray does blame local residents for the current situation “ People nearby should stop feeding the deer. If that happened, the deer would likely leave the area.” The Ministry of Natural Resources echoes this sentiment from Murray. Upon closer examination, the situation appears more complex and has as much to do with the clear-cutting is it does with deer behaviour. See also: Sorry Deer Tale Reflects Cruel City Policy

Student Math Action Research Team at McMaster Announces the Development of: The 'SMART' Factor

Hamilton, 16.03.2005 15:01

James J. Sylvester (1814 -1897) the eccentric and gifted English mathematician who founded the American Journal of Mathematics in 1878 said “Mathematics is the music of reason.” SMART couldn’t agree more and believes it is time for mathematics to play a new song for the environment. We believe mathematics can compose many new tunes to help the environment.

Mathematics does not choose between the economy and the environment, it is concerned only with the enumeration and comparison of relations. Mathematics relies on logic rather than on observation as its standard of truth, yet employs observation, simulation, and even experimentation as means of discovering truth.

In the search for truth SMART aims to make mathematics matter more for the environment. Since mathematics is the music of reason our first song will be titled The SMART Factor. We think James J. Sylvester would like this new mathematical song and we hope it will go to the top of the emissions charts around the world.

The Smart Factor is a new quantitative emissions factor and environmental indicator developed by SMART (Student Math Action Research Team) OPIRG McMaster University.

The SMART Factor defined:

An emissions factor is a representative value that attempts to relate the quantity of a pollutant released to the atmosphere with an activity associated with the release of that pollutant. Environmental indicators are scientific measurements that track environmental conditions over time.

The SMART Factor is a new CO2 emissions factor and environmental indicator that describes the quantity of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) tonnes that would be released by all vehicles in a community idling for just one second each day for a year.

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