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Pictures of Iraq 2nd anniversary march in St. Paul

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 21.03.2005 08:01

Photos of one of the over 500 peace rallies on the second anniversary of the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq.



Immigrants and Supporters to Deliver a Wakeup Call to Diane Feinstein

San Francisco Bay Area, 21.03.2005 07:30

A vigil will be held Monday, March 21st, at the home of Senator Diane Feinstein. People who need rides will gather at 4:00 pm at Centro del Pueblo (474 Valencia Street at 16th). They will carpool to the vigil at Diane Feinstein's house, which is located at 30 Presidio Terrace, near Arguello. The vigil will include speakers, music, candles, and a public display of driver's licenses on Feinstein's front lawn.



March 19: an international day of resistance to empire, R-IMC calls for your reportback

Richmond, 21.03.2005 07:22

On March 19, 2003 the bombing of Baghdad commenced, with a massively destructive “shock and awe” tactic that was meant to force Iraqis into submission. Two years later, however, Iraqis are still resisting, and so are we.



Mass Anti-War Protests Mark 2nd Anniversary of Attack on Iraq

United Kingdom, 21.03.2005 07:21

Around the world, anti-war protests have been held on the 2nd anniversary of the attacks on Iraq [see global pictures].

On Saturday 19th March in London, a massive protest took place, passing by the US Embassy where members of the Military Families Against the War laid a coffin to remember the 100,000 plus dead caused by the war. Organisers claimed up to 200,000 people had marched through the streets of London. [see Short report | Statement to Blair + Bush | Policing Pictures | Anti-war Demo Pics | Samba Protest Pics | Creative Protest Images | Stop the War Demo Pics | Troops Out Images | Portrait Pictures | OutRage! Protest | Samba Surveillance | Policing Pictures + Report | US Embassy Pics | Assorted Protest Pictures | Picture Story | Placard-spotting Pics + Report | Summer of Dissent | Video Clips]

March 19th also marked the start of 'Counter Terror: Build Justice' - an International Month Of Peace Action.

The "Troops Home" demonstration was organised by the Stop The War Coalition, CND and the Muslim Association of Great Britain, and followed several days of activities at a Peace Camp set up in Trafalgar Square [see pics 1 | 2].

Protests also took place in Glasgow, Scotland with around 2000 people demonstrating [see pics and reports 1 | 2] and Dublin in Ireland [see pics and reports 1 | 2 | 3].

Over 50,000 people marched in Brussels against the new EU Bolkestein Directive, proposed new attacks on public services, and labour reforms in a European Action Day that took place just days before the EU summit. There were also anti-war protests in Athens (2, 3, video) Barcelona, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Italy (2), Melbourne (2), Poland (2, 3, 4, 5), Sydney, Johannesburg and many other cities.

Protests also took place in across across the US. See major feature report for San Francisco where over 10,00 people took to the streets - see also New York ( Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Video: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ) , Chicago (Photos: 1 | 2 Video: 1 ), and Fayetteville, North Carolina ( Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 ) .

Thousands also took to the streets in Portland (Photos), smaller towns in Oregon ( Photos: 1 | 2 ), Las Vegas ( Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 ), Baltimore (Photos: 1) , St. Paul ( Photos: 1 ) , Boston (Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ), Houston ( Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 ), Madison ( Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 Video: 1 ), Nashville ( Photos: 1 ), Miami ( Video: 1 ) Atlanta ( Photos: 1 | 2 | 3   Video: 1 ) , Pittsburgh (Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 ), Champaign Illinois ( Photos: 1 ), Cleveland ( Photos: 1 ) , and Milwaukee. Elsewhere in California, thousands took to the streets of Los Angeles (Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 ) and many people from all over the Central Valley gathered in Fresno for "the Rally in the Valley" (Photos: 1 | 2 Video: 1 | 2 ). There was a protest in San Diego (Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ) and in Eureka, thousands braved the rain to demand an end to the occupation of Iraq and the immediate withdrawal of US troops (Photos). On Friday, there was a protest in Reedley (Photos)



The Campaign For Democracy Now!

Rogue Valley, 21.03.2005 06:23

The Committee for Democracy Now! brings a new campaign to the State of Jefferson and it's being kicked off with a bang: Amy Goodman is coming to Southern Oregon!

LECTURE + + VIDEO + + BOOK-SIGNING
April 23, 2005 + + Southern Oregon University

The Committee for Democracy Now! + + Who is that?
We are a group of JPR listeners, members and supporters who want JPR to add Democracy Now! to its programming lineup. We are not affiliated with Democracy Now! or any particular organization or interest group. We can be reached at  info@dnonjpr.org

Campaign Web Page:  http://www.dnonjpr.org



&quot;Why Aren't All Real Americans Outraged?&quot;

Rogue Valley, 21.03.2005 06:23

Michelle Deford, Mother of Oregon National Guard Soldier killed in Iraq Addresses Hundreds of Demonstrators in Cottage Grove

Stretching for over 1/2 mile through the streets of Cottage Grove, over 350 people marched a string of prayer flags with the names of US soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed to mark the 2nd anniversary of the Iraq invasion and occupation. Michelle and Steven DeFord of Gold Star Families for Peace led the procession with a contigent of Veterans for Peace. Upon arriving at a downtown park adjacent to the Oregon National Guard Armory, Michelle and Steven laid a wreath in honor of their son, David Wayne Johnson, and the other Oregon National Guard soldiers killed in Iraq.

"Why aren't real Americans outraged? Corporate America has corrupted our politics....we are in Iraq to perpetuate the very excess that will bring this country to its knees," stated Michelle. Stephen followed her and reminded the crowd assembled that, "All of us need to be here. We need to stand up as groups and individuals to end this unjustifiable war!"



Thousands Rally on Boston Common Against the Occupation of Iraq--Boston City Councilor and Anarchist Youth Lead Unpermitted March--Four Unprovoked Arrests

Boston, 21.03.2005 03:02

Like many others across the world, on March 20--a global day of action--thousands of Bostonians gathered on the Boston Common to protest the continuing US occupation of Iraq in a rally organized by Boston Mobilization. The crowd size was large enough to make it difficult to estimate, with figures running between two and five thousand. Local activists, veterans of the invasion and occupation of Iraq and those with loved ones in the military spoke out powerfully against the war, mixed with a multicultural cast of musicians. The plan had been to close the rally with direct action, blockading the entrance to a near-by military recruiting station. In response, the military recruiting station simply shut down for the rest of the day. Instead, the final speaker, Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, urged everyone still at the rally (a couple hundred people--the rally ran far over time) to join an unpermitted march originally planned by a group of young anarchists. The march snaked through the streets of downtown Boston before returning to Boston Common. There, some of the police began unprovoked attacks on activists, shoving people to the ground and arresting four. A stand-off ensued, with the police eventually pulling back. Plans are underway, with the support of Turner and Boston Mobilization, to support those arrested in court. The day’s actions managed to at least temporarily unite members of Boston progressive community across some of the racial, ideological and generational lines that often divide them.



Rauch

Argentina, 21.03.2005 03:02

Lunes 21 de Marzo 2005 | HISTORIA DE LA RESISTENCIA MAPUCHE AL ESTADO 'WINKA'
El ajusticiamiento del Coronel Rauch en Las Vizcacheras



Agresión al MTD de Allen

Argentina, 21.03.2005 03:02

Domingo 20 de Marzo 2005 | SIGUEN LAS AMENAZAS CONTRA QUIENES LUCHAN
Destruyen y roban local del MTD "23 de julio" de Allen



guatamala

Houston, 21.03.2005 02:06

Guatemala responds to CAFTA



G8 Clampdown in Derby

United Kingdom, 21.03.2005 01:28

The biggest police operation [ 1 | 2 ] since the 1984-85 miners' strike was mounted in Derby to protect a G8 Environment Ministers Meeting between 15 and 19 March 2005. This involved orders under Section 13 of the Public Order Act to ban the holding of "public processions through the City of Derby" (funerals were exempted) for five days and then under Section 14 a protest was allowed on the 17 March which involved a "designated protest site of Derby Market Place", a time limit and a maximum number of 3,000 protestors.

Events on M17 started with a Critical Mass bicycle protest in the morning with around 40 people taking part, police arrested twelve cyclists, who were released on bail that night, however their bicycles have been kept "as evidence".

Around 100 protestors then gathered in the only place they were alowed to — the Market Place — and spent the afternoon hanging around, listening to some samba, eating snacks from Veggies and watching Bush and Blair get pied. The point of the protest was explained by a representative of Friends of the Earth, "We're trying to take this opportunity with the G8 Environment and Development Ministers meeting just outside Derby to send a direct message to those ministers, particularly about the rhetoric that's being used in terms of climate change, and actually trying to encourage them to take action rather than just talk about the issue — and also to stop pumping our tax-payers' money into new oil developments and actually look at real solutions to climate change."

The G8 Justice and Home Affairs ministers are due in Sheffield between 15 to 17 June 2005 and the Sheffield Social Forum has set up a g8-sheffield email list to discuss what protests might be organised — now we have an idea of what to expect...

Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8



Protests Counter Police Intimidation to Mark 2nd Anniversary of Iraq War

Chicago, 21.03.2005 00:14

M19Thousands of Chicagoans marched and rallied across Chicago on March 19, 2005, to commemorate the second anniversary of the beginning of Bush's war on Iraq, and to protest the continuing occupation and its lethal consequences at home and aborad. Feeder marches spanned the city, helping protesters get out a message that police fought to suppress in the central city. Protesters at Michigan and Oak faced a wall of riot cops -- part of the police policy to derail any opposition to the war in prominent public places, including a press conference. Besides pushing peaceful protesters west from Michigan, cops dispersed at least one feeder action with threats of mass arrests and designated Michigan Avenue a no-free-speech zone. Protesters got their message out anyway, through the neighborhood feeders and individual flyering by those able to dodge the police lines. A rally at the Federal Plaza was packed to overflowing. Independent coverage:



March 19th in HTX

Houston, 20.03.2005 20:20

March 19th: Houston says no to war and occupation



Boston Wants More Sensible Transportation

Boston, 20.03.2005 20:07

In Chicago, London and Bogotá, more cyclists are using the roads, and the roads are more accommodating to cyclists than ever before. Yet in Boston, Massachusetts, traffic jams and dangerous streets prevail. Advocates for better conditions for cyclists in Boston have had limited success in the past several decades, and a consensus is building about the need to update our strategies for change. Boston area transit advocates are livid over the state's attempts to weasel its way out of commitments made two decades ago to expand public transit as a requirement for building the $15 billion dollar central artery highway. Fred Salvucci, the former state transportation chief who championed the Big Dig, recently told the Boston Globe, "We always knew that this thing would create a very brief improvement and things would recongest if we did not improve public transportation." Bicycling and pedestrian advocates, too, are disappointed that little money and attention has been allocated to their modes.



Letter from Imprisoned Member of the CIPO-RFM

Boston, 20.03.2005 20:07

A letter from an imprisoned member of the Popular Indigenous Council of Oaxaca-Ricardo Flores Magon. The CIPO-RFM is a Magonista organization of indigenous and non indigenous people in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Check out the website for more info, and contact the Boston Friends of the CIPO-RFM if you'd like to help them continue their struggle.



Palestinian Rights Protest at Caterpillar's offices in Milford, Mass.

Boston, 20.03.2005 20:07

On the second anniversary of the killing of American Human Rights worker Rachel Corrie by an Israeli soldier with a Caterpillar Bulldozer, the BootCat Campaign held a protest at Caterpillar’s Milford MA, offices. A group of about 65 human rights activists, including Jeff Halper, director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD, www.icahd.org), gathered to protest the company’s sale of bulldozers to the Israeli military despite concerns that the Israeli military is using the equipment in violation of International and American law to destroy Palestinian homes, uproot orchards, and expand Jewish settlements on Palestinian land.



The Cavernous Divide: More Billionaires, More Poverty

Boston, 20.03.2005 20:07

Two magazine covers stood out in poignant contrast on newsstands last week. Forbes magazine released its 29th annual listing of the world’s billionaires. Time Magazine’s cover story wondered “How to End Poverty.” It was a good year for the global billionaires’ club. Their ranks grew to 691, up 17 percent from the previous year. Collectively, the wealth of the world’s billionaires reached $2.2 trillion, up more than 57 percent over the last two years. Poverty is growing as well. Time reports that nearly half of the world’s 6 billion residents are poor. Over one billion of them subsist on less than $1 a day. In the United States, according to the US Census Bureau, the number of impoverished Americans rose 3.7 percent in 2003. The number of children living in poverty rose 6.6 percent.



&quot;Bloodbath&quot; at Roslindale Military Recruiting Center

Boston, 20.03.2005 20:07

BOSTON – On the second anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a group of local activists staged a dramatic protest outside the Armed Forces Recruiting Center at 650 American Legion Highway in Roslindale. At noon, the Boston Direct Action Project dumped five gallons of fake blood and then took up positions on the doorstep. The activists portrayed a dead Iraqi woman, her grieving husband, a dead U.S. soldier and his grieving wife. The action lasted 90 minutes, and there were no arrests. The blood flowed forty feet into the parking lot, attracting scores of local residents. The community was largely supportive, and many onlookers stopped to talk to members of the Project, who handed out informational flyers with suggested alternatives to military service.



Fayetteville Stands For Peace

Arkansas, 20.03.2005 19:02

I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air--



Coverage of the 3/19/2005 Antiwar March in Baltimore

Baltimore, 20.03.2005 18:12

About 300 people held a spirited march and rally through West and downtown Baltimore opposing the continuing war and occupation of Iraq. See Baltimore Resistence Marches Against the War, Coverage of the 3/19/2005 Antiwar March in Baltimore (w/ photos), and second anniversary of Iraq invasion and occupation.



Hundreds Protest in Downtown Champaign as War in Iraq Enters Third Year

Urbana-Champaign, 20.03.2005 17:14

On the second anniversary of the beginning of Bush's "preemptive" war of choice on Iraq, hundreds of local residents gathered on an afternoon only slighty warmer than a compassionate conservative's heart to protest the toll of Bush's war on Iraq and its people, on the youth of America, and on a national budget cut to the bone to finance the war and tax cuts for the wealthy.



Campesina

Colombia, 20.03.2005 16:36

Luz Perly Córdoba en libertad



19 de marzo

Colombia, 20.03.2005 16:36

¡Fuera tropas de ocupación de Iraq!



Pitbull Paranoia Pushes Prosecution

Hamilton, 20.03.2005 16:24

#media_3246500;right# From patriot to public enemy, the pit bull has been both honoured and outlawed since the breed’s inception over 150 years ago. Currently, the dog is considered a menace, something to be feared and despised. So much so, that there is a province-wide campaign to eradicate the animal in the name of public safety. Attorney General Michael Bryant, using catchy sound bites and graphic accounts of dog attacks, has attempted to play on the public’s fears in order to push though his pet project. A project that seeks to eliminate any future pit bull births in the province and severely restricts those already in living in the province. This ban was proposed without a single Canadian study and without the backing of any Veterinary Association. See Also Hamilton Cruelty Kills Madonna



190305awc

South Africa, 20.03.2005 12:20

“War Against Profits not People”: Anti-War March in Johannesburg



Pictures of Iraq anniversary march in St. Paul

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 20.03.2005 11:01



International Women’s Day

LA, 20.03.2005 07:31

International Women’s Day - Global Women’s Strike action



2nd year of Iraq war protests

LA, 20.03.2005 07:21

PROTESTS MARK TWO YEARS OF US WAR ON IRAQ



Anti-War Events Across Region on Second Anniversary of Iraq War

NYC, 20.03.2005 06:22

The New York City region blossomed with dozens of de-centralized anti-war actions on the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Last night, United for Peace and Justice dispatched a bus to Ft. Bragg, culminating hours later with the largest rally ever outside the North Carolina army base.

Back in the city, a variety of other groups seized the anti-war initiative. A Troops Out Now! march from Harlem to Central Park attracted thousands and culminated in a march Mayor Bloomberg's townhouse. [Photos and Story || Photo 1 || 2 || Video 1 || 2]

Meanwhile, the War Resister's League engaged in civil disobedience ouside recruiting stations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, staging die-ins and blockading entrances. [Press Release || Photos 1 || 2 || Video 1 || 2]

The morning saw a bicycle anti-war solidarity ride and, despite a significant police presence, no arrests. Anarchists staged their own last minute march, banners were dropped in New Jersey, and New Paltz saw 1500 protest.

Coverage from March 20, 2004 || Coverage From March 20, 2003

Global Coverage || U.S. Coverage

Photo: Fred Askew



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

San Francisco Bay Area, 20.03.2005 06:00

On March 20th in San Jose, there will be Peace March and Rally to Bring the Troops Home. It will gather at 1:30pm at the Diridion Train Station. More info



The Central Valley Says No to the War and Occupation

San Francisco Bay Area, 20.03.2005 03:00

3/19/05: The Rally in the Valley" was a focal point of anti-war activity in the Central Valley. Participants at the Rally in the Valley, which was held in downtown Fresno, came from Modesto, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Visalia, Reedley, Porterville, and many other Central California communities. Earlier this week Students at CSU-Fresno students drummed for peace at an event in the free speech area. There was also a bus full of CSUF students that went to the Big demonstration in San Francisco. On the day before the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the Reedley Peace Center held a vigil for peace and heard a presentation by high school students about their efforts to counter the lies of military recruiters on campus. Other anti war events are being held in Sonora, Sacramento, Davis, Modesto, and elsewhere in the valley. For details on those events go here



San Diego's Quixote for Open Government

San Diego, 20.03.2005 02:01

Mayor or not, Donna Frye continues her fight for the people and their right to an open government.



Prestige - Continuam os Julgamentos

Portugal, 20.03.2005 02:00

Prestige - Continuam os Julgamentos



TC: 200 Demonstraters Brave Late Season Blizzard

Michigan, 20.03.2005 01:02

Over 200 Demonstraters from the greater Grand Traverse Region stood in a late season blizzard on the 2nd anniversary of the US occupation of Iraq.

100,000 PLUS Dead, U.S. Out of Iraq!, and Enough is Enough! These were the themes of the day for over 200 demonstrators in Traverse City, Michigan on Saturday March 19. Even as a late season blizzard blanketed the region, residents from the greater Grand Traverse area gathered for a day of protest and mourning for the 10,000’s Iraqi deaths under U.S. occupation, in addition to the 1,500 U.S. deaths.



3,000 Protest in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, 19.03.2005 23:23

3,000 Mark the Second Anniversary of the Iraq War



Shell: The New Aristocracy in Mayo

Ireland, 19.03.2005 19:32

The story of Shell's attempt to re-develop Erris, North West Mayo: Interview with Maura Harrington, local campaigner, and a photo story of the sites to be vandalised and being vandalised. On Wednesday March 1st at 11 a.m. Shell again attempted to access the lands of farmers in Rossport, north-west Co. Mayo. They were refused access, told that they did not have proper consent to work on the land. The land in question is on the route of a high pressure up stream pipeline which is to bring untreated gas from the Corrib Gas field to a massive on-shore refinery at Ballinaboy. This is a repeat of Shell’s earlier attempt to access the lands in January. The previous Saturday there was an NUIG Ecology Society fact finding mission to the Erris area to see what Shell propose to do. Here follows a photo story of the development and the text of an interview we made with Maura Harrington, a local campaigner. Related Links: On the cushy deals multinationals are getting: Gas Lads | The Great Oil and Gas Rip-Off | The Biggest Scandal of Them All | Some History: The environmental and social costs of living with Shell Previous Indymedia Stories Shell in Mayo: An Update | Corrib Gas Go Ahead Granted to Shell A Tourist Guide to the Area Erris and Belmullet, Co.Mayo Hi Maura, could you explain a bit about why people oppose this development and the environmental costs and associated health and safety dangers? That’s a fairly tall issue but, the first thing I’d say is in terms of the environment, as it is defined and normally used at the moment, I consider it a kind of inversion, because to use Bertie Ahern’s infamous phrase about snails and swans it is not essentially about snails and swans per se, as it is about the quality of the entire environment which sustains them and by sustaining them sustains us. It is the whole interaction of the environment as a holistic system. In terms of the proposed gas refinery here it is proposed for an area which has absolutely nothing like that, in that it is completely rural and at the time that industrialisation could have helped the people here it didn’t happen through political neglect and this is the same type of political neglect that would now try to foist on an area, that has a natural resource of its own right in terms of its quality of air, soil and water, and now at the very time it is coming to an end of that kind of dirty process of doing things elsewhere, it is now that they are attempting to impose it on the people here. It would have at least 30 million cubic feet of emission per day, that’s a horrendous amount of stuff spewing out in the middle of what is now at least unspoilt. This is into Broadhaven Bay? No this is the emission into the air around Ballinaboy, it will not just stay the air of course, it will move as the air current moves it, and Ballinaboy is no more that one and a half or two kilometres as the crow flies from Carrowmore Lake which is the source of the regional water supply. The lake itself is largish but very shallow which means that its area will absorb the emissions but there isn’t the depth of water to deal with them, if they could be dealt with anyway. At the same time there will be waste water discharged into Broadhaven Bay and because the tidal nature of Broadhaven Bay is more circular than straight out to sea most of those emissions through water will come back in and lodge in areas around the shore. At the same time you have what is an unprecedented high pressure pipeline running through the villages of Glengad, Rossport and Gortacragher and well this pipeline; the difficulty here at the moment is to get the message out to people who have only a passing knowledge of this, this pipeline is not like the Bord Gais pipelines. It is in private ownership and the pressure of gas inside it is totally different and the pressure inside it can be up to four times greater than that of the biggest Bord Gais pipelines in the country. You normally have one bar pressure bringing the gas into houses in towns. You have transmission pressure of up to 70 bar in the big Bord Gais pipelines, this pressure in this pipeline is between 150 bar and 345 bar, at the maximum that is 5,000 pounds per square inch pressure. It’s a horrendous concept and it is proposed to be built in an area of proven natural instability and they still think they can go ahead and do it. Can you explain a bit about the proven natural instability and the bog surface that both the pipeline and the terminal or refinery are being constructed on? The proposed landfall for the pipeline is at a place called Glengad or Dooncarton, it’s called by both names, and it was Dooncarton Mountain which experienced horrendous peat slides on the 19th of September 2003. Now the pipeline is proposed to come in at the toe of the slope of Dooncarton , right at the bottom of it, it would travel parallel to Dooncarton for about a kilometre, about a 1,000 metres, then cross over into Rossport. Now first of all to come into the inner shore there will be blasting required and there will be blasting required at the site in Rossport, where it’s gonna hit the land over there. The local communities are naturally very worried as to what the effects of that blasting may be on an area which has already experienced such devastation and is a very short time in recovery. Again the up stream route itself is proposed to run through some areas of reclaimed bog, that is working farmland, but also through some areas which are deep, deep, bog, at least 20 foot deep, and in that instance nobody who knows the bog can see how Shell’s contractors can propose to anchor that pipeline safely, through that terrain. It has not been done anywhere else. I mean Andy Pyle of Shell on local radio was defending it saying that of course Bord Gais pipelines go through peat, but that is the old lie, of this pipeline being the same as a Bord Gais pipeline, it is not, and anyway Bord Gais pipelines would not run through such depth of peat. The terminal itself is being constructed on bog, you were saying earlier that the method they are using for this has only been used in laboratories previously. Yes, because of the refusal by Bord Plenala the first time, which related primarily but not solely to the volumes of peat, of bog, to be desegregated and dumped, this time around they came up with a solution, so-called, of removing approximately half a million ton of bog from Ballinaboy to a cut away bog area in Bord na Mona at Srahmore 8 miles away and then they also said they wouldn’t be removing quite as much peat as before. It was supposed to be 660 thousand cubic meters the first time. So what they are not removing they propose to stabilise by mixing it with cement. Now there have been laboratory experiments done in Sweden but they have been largely laboratory, there have been a couple of very small field trials done in Trinity, but they have been tiny by comparison, and they are only the first step on from laboratory trials. Here in Ballinaboy Shell propose, and it was accepted by the An Bord Plenala capitulation, to try this: what is essentially a very large field test, but to use it as a basis for building a gas refinery on it, and not alone that, but the flare tower, which would have to deal with releasing the pressure from the high pressure pipeline, they prose to build that on top of what they call stabilised peat. But when you mix cement with bog, the bog is acidic, the cement is alkaline, so you have a chemical reaction which produces heat and releases certain elements including hexavalent chromium which is deadly if it gets into the water courses. But in the EIS they all say well hexavalent chromium will travel for about one meter and then sit, this is very well behaved hexavalent chromium, and then not go near any water courses. Anyone who believes that will believe in flying pigs. The one final thing about so-called stabilisation is that is this mixing of bog and cement works better at the higher level than when it goes further down and it has to go from the top down to bed rock if it is to be properly stabilised. Its strength fails as it goes further down so it is a recipe for potential disaster. Can you tell us a little more about the effects on Carrowmore Lake? Carrowmore Lake is of massive importance for all the people of the region and this would include the many people who thought there were benefits and dollars to be got from what’s now known around here as the gas. Those people have now changed their minds as well, when they see the dollars aren’t coming. The only thing at this stage we would be assured of getting from the gas is I believe the further contamination of Carrowmore Lake. As I say it is largish, shallow, it is also a spring fed lake as well as fed from the rivers going into it, nobody knows the exact location of all the springs which feed it, we do know that the Ballinaboy river, which is going alongside the terminal site, into the lake, forms 27% of the catchment. That river has not been properly monitored by any statutory agency since last October, the EPA, which is supposed to be responsible for testing water sources on behalf of the council, while they say they carry out tests we haven’t seen the results of them so there is a complete disconnection between any responsibility being accepted by anybody who is dealing with Shell on behalf of the people who have to deal with the consequences of the lake being damaged. Now for the past two years it has had an algae bloom on it and that had never happened before, it has sustained angling before for years and years, but there has been no angling on the lake for the past two summers and the EPA’s explanation for that is because of a peat slide which occurred in the area in 1997. But I would ask that given that the status of Carrowmore lake has been degraded since 2000 and given that the water quality in the Glenamoy river has been degraded and both of those are facts and the only common denominator between the two is the Civil Engineering activity at Ballinaboy, I don’t think it is illogical to say that da bhri sin Ballinaboy is the culprit, and that you are gonna get worse. But surely this is an economic black spot where lots of people have to either migrate or emigrate for employment and surely there are economic benefits associated with this development? I’m afraid not, that is the spin which was accepted at the beginning, but it has now become very obvious, given what has begun at that proposed site at Ballinaboy, there are at the most I would say half a dozen locals employed there, there is something like 100 or 150 working at the site at the moment, they are being bussed in from Ballina everyday, I don’t know where they are coming from, some would be from Galway, some from Clare, they are not local they are obviously people who have been contracted to Roadbridge, they are the lot doing the work, and there is no real local employment. There is no local spin off, because one of the great economic benefits as trumpeted in the EIS was to be that of the sale of sandwiches in the local shops, now it transpires that a person who has a close connection with the County Manager has got the catering contract on site at Ballinaboy. So how did the campaign start? The campaign started initially, when Enterprise Oil, as it was at the time, announced the good news for the Erris region that they intended to pipe the Corrib Gas ashore in Erris and this was in the summer of 2000, at the time nobody in the area had the faintest conception of what the pipeline entailed. I tell the story against myself, when I heard it I quite literally thought that we might be getting the piped gas the same as the water supply. I really did think that with the gas coming into Erris that there would be gas, piped along country roads into the houses, which I know now was a ludicrous notion. But at the time a lot of so-called movers and shakers, and those who are considered influential bought into this, and they came out in favour of it, this included both Church and State, moulders of opinion, because they thought it would be a very good idea, and because they don’t have what it takes to admit they were wrong they are still caught in that spin of the oil companies. What have been the high points of the campaign so far? High points, the major one would have been the refusal of permission by An Bord Plenala in April 2003. This was accompanied by the inspector’s report which ran to 377 pages, the independent consultant’s report which was over 100 pages as well. So you consider that there was 500 pages of solid forensic examination of the proposal and in very simple terms they said it was the wrong place for such a development. But then of course that was quickly followed by a Fianna Fail and vested interests’ rally in Bellmullet in July of that year. When you had O’Cuiv and Fahey from Galway down in Bellmullet, and the then Fianna Fail TDs for Mayo, which included Beverly Cooper-Flynn at the time, and John Carthy, weren’t there at all. What international links have you been building with this campaign? From an early stage in the campaign when we met with Majella McCarron, who had 30 years experience in Nigeria and who personally knew Ken Saro Wiwa, we made links with her in 2001, and she provided a link to ECCR, which is based in Oxford, they are the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility, and they are Christian Churches as the name implies. They arose from the Nigerian scandal of ten years ago now, when they decided rather than remove their pension investments from Shell they would keep Shell in their portfolios and work as a shareholder pressure group. They were our first international link. It was through them and thanks to them that I attended the Shell AGM in London last year. At that AGM I made lots of other international contacts the chief of which would be Global Community Monitor which is based in San Francisco. What kind of reception did you get at the Shell AGM? It was interesting from the Irish perspective cause people are used to any meeting you attended you can ask your question if you are not satisfied with the answer you can pursue that. I followed the same track at the AGM. I asked a question; it was at the time that the directors’ remuneration was being voted, so I asked if the directors were aware of the health and safety implications of the proposed up stream pipeline. The question was fielded by the chairperson Lord Oxbourgh to the head of Shell Transport and Trading who proceeded to waffle blithely on about what an important development the Corrib thing was for Ireland and it would supply two thirds of Ireland’s energy needs, which again was pure waffle, so I came back on him on a point of order and I was lucky in fact to get the mike back, it was a roving mike. I just asked him how .87 tcf of gas could provide for two thirds of the energy needs of the country. At that he had to kick to touch and say he would discuss it with me afterward. But it seems that was considered greatly daring by those attending the meeting because it seems people don’t come back with a point of order, they say their little bit, they get their pro forma answer and they go away for another year. So I was lucky in that that drew attention to me at the meeting which meant that the activists from others parts of the world knew here was someone else who could be joined up with. You mentioned earlier about being in front of bulldozers, could you tell us a little about that? That happened in July 2002 and it is a small scale version of what Shell do globally, they had begun to do horrible damage at the beach in Glengad, they had broken through the sandy cliff base, and they had a digger, pulling down the shore, so we were there that morning, a group of us from about 8 in the morning, we were walking along the shore to show and establish that the public had a right of access along the foreshore. The digger was just kinda on the shore and Shell they called the Garda, so the Garda came spoke with us, spoke with the oil company lot and the Garda were given a guarantee that the digger would be moved up, off the shore, onto land, and at that everybody left, those of us who had been walking the beach and the Garda and we saw the digger being pulled up, that was fine, we went away. I went into my school but before I left there to go home I drove back through Glengad and lo and behold the digger was further down the shore. So I went down on my own and it was a local person driving the digger, he is actually related to be, a Sweeny, and what I said to him, though I doubt he heard as he had the engine going at the time, I mentioned my grandfather, god rest him he is long dead, I told him Anthony Sweeny would come back and haunt him, whatever Anthony Sweeny’s spirit did it was enough for yer man to switch off the machine leaving the bucket touching the ground and just instinctively I hopped up on it and sat on it, and I had my mobile phone so I just rang around and more people came to stay with me. What would you like people who are not in the immediate Bangor Erris area, but sympathetic to the campaign, to do? Well I would first of all extend a very warm welcome to them to please come here. I know that to come to Erris you have to make a conscious effort to do so because we are not on the way to anywhere other than to America, but I do believe that if people who have, if only a passing interest in the subject, if you could given the opportunity, when the weather improves, which it does sometimes in Erris, if you could make the journey down. >br> You come to either Ballina or Castlebar and into a place called Bangor Erris and once you get there you can follow the Shell signs which would bring you to the centre of this inglorious activity and certainly I believe that once you see the area you will agree with us that it is not the place for a gas refinery and an unprecedented high pressure up stream pipeline. http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/mar2005/bettermauraatblleanboy.jpg http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/mar2005/broadhavenbaypforfirstbit.jpg http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/mar2005/corribfieldshellsignforfirstbit.jpg http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/mar2005/carrowmoreforfirstbit.jpg http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/mar2005/sitenoticeplanningpforfirstbit.jpg



Arkansas Indymedia 2 Year Birthday Bash Friday, March 11th ath the 5 Squirrels

Arkansas, 19.03.2005 19:02

Arkansas Indymedia will be hosting its 2nd Birthday Bash at the 5 Squirrels Community Center on Friday, March 11th. The Flip-Off Pirates will be headlining with other musicians sure to show up. We will also be screening some Indymedia documentaries and recording for our new drunken rants project. The Hub will be serving coffee as well as pastries and food. The 5 Squirrels is located at 523 W. Poplar Street. Stop by and have a drink, tour the new office space, and see some great music. Proceeds will benefit the Arkansas Indymedia Lab.



Stop Mountaintop Removal! A call to action March 31st!

Arkansas, 19.03.2005 19:02

Down with King Coal! Save Appalachia - Stop Mountaintop Removal! Take Action on March 31! Our demand is simple – stop mountaintop removal and all forms of surface mining for coal. Groups and individuals across Appalachia are rising in united nonviolent protest against the increasing cultural and environmental devastation caused by this most destructive form of mining. Mountaintop removal results in loss of life, loss of employment, destruction of homes, and elimination of communities throughout the coalfields.



Save Tennessee Mountains with a call!

Arkansas, 19.03.2005 19:02

Phil Bredesen, the 48th governor of Tennessee, took office in 2003, with a promise be the "environmental governor" and "to make government work on behalf of its citizens for the betterment of the entire state." Instead Bredesen and his administration have flung open the door to mountain top removal mining in clear violation of the laws they swore to uphold.



ARKANSAS PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATES:

Arkansas, 19.03.2005 19:02

Arkansas public health advocates today condemned a new rule put forward by the Bush administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that deals with toxic mercury from power plants. The rule, which is being released today, includes language actually written by utility lobbyists and has been criticized by several nonpartisan, independent expert panels, including the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and EPA’s own Inspector General, for tilting too heavily towards energy companies. “EPA is basically letting big polluters decide how much toxic mercury they can emit at the expense of pregnant women and young children,” said Hattie Daniels, chair of Arkansas ACORN.



Arkansas Indymedia Movie Night Every Wednesday 8pm @ The Five Sqirrels

Arkansas, 19.03.2005 19:02

Arkansas Indymedia will be hosting a weekly movie night at the 5 Squirrels every Wednesday at 8pm. The 5 Squirrels is located at 523 W. Poplar Street in Fayetteville. A full bar is available for your enjoyment and feel free to bring some food to share with everyone else. The first screening will feature a film by the FTAA Indymedia Video working group entitled the Miami Model. In November, 2003, trade ministers from 34 countries met in Miami, Florida, to negotiate the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). The FTAA threatens to devastate workers, the environment, and public services like health care, education, and water, and to destroy indigenous rights and cultural diversity across North, Central, and South America. http://ftaaimc.org/miamimodel Thousands of union members, environmentalists, feminists, anarchists, students, farm workers, media activists, and human rights activists who gathered in Miami to struggle against the FTAA were brutally attacked with rubber bullets, pepper spray, electric guns and shock batons, embedded reporters and information warfare, all coordinated by the new United States Department of Homeland Security. Against Capital's model of paramilitary oppression, information warfare, and corporate rule, we offered models of grassroots resistance, creative action and solidarity. Collectively, Indymedia activists shot hundreds of hours of video footage documenting the FTAA protests in Miami. This footage has been edited by the FTAA Miami Video Working Group into a documentary that cuts through the mass media blackout to reveal the brutal repression and assault on civil liberties that took place, as well as the life-affirming and inspiring alternatives to capitalist globalization that were also in full effect in Miami.



Hunger Striking at Georgetown: What Workers and Students Say

DC, 19.03.2005 18:02

Twenty-two students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., stopped eating four days ago. They have resorted to a hunger strike after years of less drastic attempts to persuade the university to pay all of its workers a living wage. How long will they go without food? "As long as it takes," is the answer that at least some of them give.



Detroit Anti-War Demonstration Links Military Budget to Urban Crisis

Michigan, 19.03.2005 16:02

DETROIT, 18 March, 2005 (PANW)--Commemorating the second anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Detroit peace community calls for funding the cities not the war machine while increasing resistance to the occupation.

Several hundred people rallied at the "Spirit of Detroit" and walked down Woodward avenue on the evening of March 18 to protest the second anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Organizers of the gathering, which began at 4:30 p.m., pointed out that the declining socio-economic conditions in the Detroit area were closely related to the escalating expenditures on the failed war policies of the Bush administration in Washington, D.C.

Audio: [1 | 2]
Photos: Post your photos of March 18-20 events to the open publishing newswire.



March 19 protests and events in Chicago

Chicago, 19.03.2005 15:21

Here are the latest breaking developments of events in Chicago and elsewhere for March 19, 2005.
9:06 AM Rally at Lane Tech. 30 people taking part. Police are trailing. People have been supporting, extraordinarily so. 9:05 AM: Report from the southside march. Some 45 marchers rallied at 18th and Damen and are now continuing on 18th streets. Helicopters were spotted. 8:55 AM: Some 25 marchers are now participating in the Northside march. Two police cars are "escorting" the march. Some corporate media types (ABC7) stopped by. 7:49 AM: Unconfirmed report of 14 marchers on Foster; probably the northside march.
Listen now to our live radio web broadcast.
List of known Chicago-area feeder marches:



VCU professor speaks against anti-gay adoption bill

Richmond, 19.03.2005 13:02

VCU social work professor speaks to legislators about opposing a bill that could have restricted her from adopting her child. Heated discussion took place in the Senate Comittee for Courts of Justice when comittee members rejected a bill that would require adoption agencies to investigate whether or not potential foster parents engaged in "homosexual activity."



Where are all the feminists?

Richmond, 19.03.2005 13:02

Has an active feminist message disappeared from leftist organizing? Is feminism a single issue? How can feminism be intergrated into other issues, and into our lives? Who are feminists, anyway? This Tuesday, March 8th, is International Women's Day. Food Not Bombs invites you to join them at 7pm at Queer Paradise, 319 N. Adams, for an open discussion on feminism and gender equality. The open discussion will be followed by a FEM-positive show to benefit the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project. Richmond Indymedia will be participating and covering the event as part of our commitment to feminism and women's issues in general, coverage of which we really want to see more of on this site.



March 8 Women's Day Discussion and March 10 Appreciation for Abortion Providers Day

Richmond, 19.03.2005 13:02

Because I am a woman.
Because feminism is why I wake up in the morning.
Because feminism is the best thing that ever happened to me.
Because I have a lot of questions and concerns about feminism and its history.
Because I wanted to be in a room full of other women on International Women’s day.

These are just some of the reasons the 29 people who attended yesterday’s feminism discussion at Queer Paradise gave about why they showed up to such an event. It was a diverse crowd, spanning generations, gender identities, and even the globe.... Follow the link below to get the full scoop on Women's Day in Richmond.

Yesterday in Brazil, 35,000 women marched in part to celebrate Women’s Day. Women in India put out the call for a Global Women’s Strike. Women and their allies came together to share and struggle together across the US. Maybe this time next year, Richmond can pull off a bigger and better Women’s Day on March 8 here in our hometown.

Tomorrow, March 10, is the U.S’s National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers, a date created in 1996 commemorating the death of Dr. David Gun, the first abortion doctor assassinated by anti-abortion terrorists. Perhaps next year we can unite March 8 and March 10, tying together these crucial remembrances and creating even more time together. Yesterday's post-discussion performance served this purpose terrifically, as it was a benefit for the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project. Hopefully, we can get together and work together long before next year comes around.



VMI Hazing Photos Surface

Richmond, 19.03.2005 13:02

Photos anonymously posted to Richmond Indymedia by “CBC” appear to depict hazing practices at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). Cadets are seen strapped to chairs, taped-up, dressed in mock-homosexual costume, and posing with a confederate flag. One cadet is seen apparently being dragged across a bathroom floor. StopHazing.org defines hazing as “any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate.” Virginia has laws banning hazing, as do any other states, but some critics say the law is too weak...



Louisville is Winning

Richmond, 19.03.2005 13:02

Ten years ago, a small group of visionaries in Louisville, Kentucky, my adopted hometown, started dreaming big dreams. They dreamed that the desolate, post-apocalyptic mess of overgrown lots and former industrial buildings coupled underneath the city’s notorious Spaghetti Junction (where I-65, I-64 and I-71 meet) on the Ohio River could be beautiful, full of activity and the envy of downtowns everywhere. It was around that same time that a plan was being put together to breathe some life in Richmond’s long abandoned Canal System and downtown islands. Some things have worked well in both cities, but Richmond lags far behind the next major city westbound on I-64. Here’s why.



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Colombia, 19.03.2005 12:20

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