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Reprimen docentes en Salta

Argentina, 08.04.2005 04:00

Viernes 1 de Abril 2005 | DECENAS DE DETENIDOS Y HERIDOS
Feroz represión contra docentes en Salta



En Concepción

santiago, 08.04.2005 03:01

PROTESTA POR CRÉDITO UNIVERSITARIO



Update on the fight against the Walmart in Beaverton

Portland, 08.04.2005 02:21

As of this evening, we have 916 people who have registered their opposition to the proposed Wal-Mart store in Cedar Mill. We hope to add many more to our ranks in the coming weeks. Thank you to everyone who has signed up. Please keep recruiting your friends and neighbors to join our growing movement!

Protest on Friday
To capitalize on our momemtum, we plan another rush-hour protest at the proposed site of the Wal-Mart store. We will be at the intersection of Cedar Hills Blvd. and Barnes Road from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, rain or shine. Come join us and lift a sign!

Consultant Search
We are very excited to announce that we have finalized our search and selected our land use attorney and traffic engineer. Both are very experienced professionals and seasoned in the issues we will face when reviewing Wal-Mart's development application. Their selection is one of the most important decisions we will make and we're confident that we have assembled a top-notch team of experts.

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[ Save Cedar Mill ]



Backdoor Draft Upheld by 9th Circuit

Portland, 08.04.2005 02:21

The military's Stop Loss POlicy was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday in the case Santiago v. Rumsfeld.

Emiliano Santiago signed up for the Oregon Army National Guard when he was 18 years old and a junior in High School. His enlistment contract had an expiration date of early summer 2004. Two weeks before this date, his unit was put on "alert." In October, the military notified that Santiago was "activated" and that he would be deployed to Afghanistan with his unit due to Stop Loss policy, despite the fact his enlistment had expired months ago.

The Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers' Guild began to mount challenges to Stop Loss around the country, the first case being filed in August 2004 in Northern California (Doe v. Rumsfeld). Portland National Lawyers'Guild attorney Steven Goldberg took Santiago's case on pro bono with the help of two other attorneys from Los Angeles. In December 2004, District Court Judge Panner denied Santiago's injunction and he appealed.

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previous: [ Federal Judge denies legal appeal from local National Guardsman seeking to resist "stop loss" draft 12/28/04]



Backdoor Draft Upheld by 9th Circuit Court in Portland

Portland, 08.04.2005 02:21

The military's Stop Loss POlicy was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday in the case Santiago v. Rumsfeld. Emiliano Santiago signed up for the Oregon Army National Guard when he was 18 years old and a junior in High School. His enlistment contract had an expiration date of early summer 2004. Two weeks before this date, his unit was put on "alert." In October, the military notified that Santiago was "activated" and that he would be deployed to Afghanistan with his unit due to Stop Loss policy, despite the fact his enlistment had expired months ago.

The Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers' Guild began to mount challenges to Stop Loss around the country, the first case being filed in August 2004 in Northern California (Doe v. Rumsfeld). Portland National Lawyers'Guild attorney Steven Goldberg took Santiago's case on pro bono with the help of two other attorneys from Los Angeles. In December 2004, District Court Judge Panner denied Santiago's injunction and he appealed.

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previous: [ Federal Judge denies legal appeal from local National Guardsman seeking to resist "stop loss" draft (12/28) ]



Lancaster Prison

LA, 08.04.2005 01:30

Six suspicions Deaths, Reports of Tortures and Beatings --Lancaster Prison



Sovereignty

Sydney, 08.04.2005 01:21

The Queen vs. Kevin Buzzacot Verdict



Triunfo

Colombia, 08.04.2005 01:20

Celebración Embera Katío



Trás 25 días

santiago, 08.04.2005 01:01

Pres@s Politic@s Mapuches abandonan la Huelga de Hambre



Basta de Montajes judiciales

santiago, 08.04.2005 01:01

PRESOS POLÍTICOS MAPUCHES EN HUELGA DE HAMBRE.



Petroleras en Neuquén

Argentina, 08.04.2005 01:00

Jueves 7 de Abril 2005 | EL ESTIGMA DE UNA ALIANZA
Neuquén: las petroleras y el nuevo desierto



Liberation Book Sale this Saturday

Urbana-Champaign, 08.04.2005 00:01

The Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners Project is holding its first Liberation Book Sale on Saturday, April 9th from 9AM – 5PM. More than 3000 books are priced to sell. There is a great selection of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books to choose from. The sale is being held, rain or shine, at the University Place Christian Church and Illinois Disciples Foundation (the IDF) at 610 E. Springfield on the corner of Springfield and Wright in Champaign.



ATINGIDOS/AS POR BARRAGENS

Brasil, 08.04.2005 00:00

Justiça catarinense liberta os seis militantes do MAB. Quatro ainda respondem mandado de prisão



RÁDIO COMUNITÁRIA

Brasil, 08.04.2005 00:00

Rádios Comunitárias convocam videoconferência



Manchester Indymedia + No Borders Presents

United Kingdom, 08.04.2005 00:00

Kim-by the-Sea, Royce Road, Hulme, Friday 8th April 8pm.

Balata camp.net - a series of film shorts produced by residents of Balata camp in Nablus, Palestine.

Dallas court: A Point of Disappearance - Manchester residents and refugees speak out about the conditions of immigration and detention

The Wall - a film about the construction of the apartheid wall in Palestine

Free/Donations



Why Mountain Justice Summer?

Tennessee, 07.04.2005 23:01

Mountain Justice Summer is a call to action and a request for help from the people of the Appalachia mountains for help in saving our mountains, streams–and forest from greedy coal companies. But why are we asking for help? Frankly its because we are losing. Over 1000 miles of stream have been buried and destroyed and countless mountains and ridge tops have been blown up–gone for all eternity. Additionally, under the bush administration laws have been altered to encourage and accelerate the destruction. The price of coal has doubled and the destruction of our watersheds is accelerating, and spreading out like cancer–not slowing down. Our state and federal agencies charged with protecting our environment are dealing out permits to these coal companies like crack dealers on the street corner–the coal is the crack–and the coal companies the addicts that will kill, destroy entire mountain ranges and bury streams in order to get their black fix.



media (en)

Barcelona, 07.04.2005 23:00

ma$media |>> defend your brain

||a junk programm apropriates itself the parc of collserola>> the "granja de los famosos" (TV reality show with people of the show-business) evicts the goats of Collserola meeting: April 6th at Can Masdeu at 5 P.M. ||the church as a reallity show>> Holy week ???????(easter) - The expectation in front of the popal decay ||the manipulations around M-11th>> -The workers of Telemadrid "clarify" the report "four days that changed Spain" - Telemadrid brodcasted subliminal images of ETA in its polemic report about M-11th - M-11th (Lies afterwards) - Videoforum "the revolt of the mobile phones " - M-13th Crowds Online - Anything that moves: The armed vision - M-11th An infomative example ||we don't forget josé couso>> The tour "José Couso: Break the impunity for the US. - Interview to Javier Couso and Pilar Hermoso - The cameraman of Tele 5 (principal spanish private broadcaster) José Couso will be considerated as a victim of terrorism - Friends and collegues of José at Tele5 - Songs of tribute to José Couso - JoseCouso.Info ||other topics>> The federation of the journalists trade unions FeSP rejects that a journalist is obliged to concur with the editorial line of its media - The historical memory in the transition from dictatorship to democracy. An interpretation about the abscence of medias - We want public spaces for citizen propaganda - Language included: Critical page about the language of exclusion and opression - The truth about the financing of reporters without frontiers - Reporters without frontiers: an NGO at the service of the CIA - Squatting and means of communication - Activities in order to substitute TV

+info:: >>>comunication



forum (en)

Barcelona, 07.04.2005 23:00

A shameless Forum presents fake accounting

(The City Hall payed Forum's bills to hide deficit)-(Forum closed accountings with superavit by not paying back a 208 million euros loan)-(Forum closed accountings with loses of 400 ke)-(This is the money Mr. Clos wasted in the Forum)-(FORUM2004: clear accountings)

Universal Forum of Cultures-( Forum failure - To the mexican civil society. To the people of Monterrey from Barcelona (Catalunya) cultural diversity-( The 22@ destroys our historical heritage: Can Gili Vell demolished - Fòrum 2004: uniform thinking with alternative skin - communique from D-form facing the catalan government attitude; Sustainable development-( 22@'s precarity! - Construction of the future Marine Zoo of Barcelona against the law of shoreline management - insustainable Barcelona guide premises for peace-( Indra, one of Forum sponsoring companies, will now manage the loteries of the catalan government - War planes above Barcelona

+info:: >>>fòrum2004



Oakland Decides to Concuct Environmental Impact Report About Herbicides

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.04.2005 22:20

On April 5th, Oakland's City Council voted unanimously to do an Environmental Impact Report to determine the safety of the proposed herbicide use in the Oakland Hills for fire prevention. This was decided in spite of the city attorney's urging to oppose it, as this ordinance could leave the city liable for its toxic effects on the health of application workers and the public. It is uncertain whether or not the council will vote again before implementing the ordinance if the EIR comes back in favor of it. Read more Jean Quan and her staff, who have been pushing for this ordinance, have been downplaying environmental concerns throughout this discussion. Read more in an April 4th Update

More information, including toxicological profiles, can be found on the East Bay Pesticide Alert Website | Indybay's Coverage of the leadup to the 3/22 City Council Meeting | Indybay's 1/26 Story about Oakland and Herbicides



Tennessee Red Cross Employees Intimidated for Union Organizing

Tennessee, 07.04.2005 22:02

Many people know the Red Cross as a humanitarian organization that collects and distributes blood, providing a valuable service to the community, as well as providing disaster relief. What many people in the tri-state region do not know, is that workers have been trying to organize and form a union. Red Cross workers say that management is racist, denying African-American workers promotions and is forcing them to work long hours on irregular shifts with little pay. Workers trying to unionize claim they have been intimidated and threatened for their Union activities.



VIDEO: National tour of &quot;Eyes Wide Open&quot; exhibit comes to First Methodist Church

Portland, 07.04.2005 21:21

The American Friends Service Committee brought its traveling memorial exhibition,"Eyes Wide Open," to Portland Oregon on April 6 and 7, 2005. Eyes Wide Open has been traveling the country since January 2004, and has already impacted more than 40 cities crosss-country including: Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Austin and Atlanta.

Through this memorial, organizers seek to honor American soldiers fighting in the War in Iraq and to raise awareness of the high human cost of war. The exhibit opened in Chicago's Federal Plaza with 500 pairs of boots in January 2004 and wikll continue to grow as the death tool continues to rise.

The First Methodist Church, where the exhibit is being displayed, is filled with pairs of boots, signifying the fallen American soldiers, and 1000 pairs of shoes memorializing a small fraction of thge numerous Iraqi civilians who have been killed in the conflict.

streaming video [DSL/cable]
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RAWAR LIVE! video installation @ Backspace GalleryThis Thursday, April 7, Backspace Gallery (115 NW 5th Ave.) in Portland, Oregon, presents RaWaR Live!, a video installation featuring graphic images from the war in Iraq by Portland historian Elliott Young. The viewer is forced to confront the horror of war, gruesome beheadings, torture snapshots from Abu Gharib prison, and killings of civilians from the air. While the Abu Gharib photographs are seared into our memories, the most horrific images from the war have not been broadcast on television, just as we are shielded from the sight of soldiers returning in flag-draped caskets. The excessively violent images in this installation are juxtaposed with President Bush's soaring rhetoric in his State of the Union speech. Constructed as a peepshow, the viewer is invited to examine the pornographic nature of violence, and the voyeuristic quality with which we watch war unfold on our television and computer screens. read more >>



criminalization (en)

Barcelona, 07.04.2005 21:00

Jails: Let's open the black box

[14-26Mar] In favor of the regroupement and acknoledgement of politically repressed prisoners: Catalan prisoners on hungerstrike!
[19 Mar 20h Pl Sants] In memory of Xosé Tarrío and Paco Ortiz: Informal lecture and anti-jail march at barcelonas jail "Model"="http://barcelona.indymedia.org/newswire/display/165707/index.php">[history]

Penitenciary situation: informal lecture [16mar 19:30 La Torna]: -hunger strike comes back to the Virreina::: The situation of jails in the spanish state (Tokata)::: Preventive jail:::Suicides:::Dispersion and relocations/:::Prisoners and illness:::Rising number of prisoners

related news: Freedom for antunez::: The business of fear::: Anti-repressive days in l'Hospitalet:::Countering the repression:::The hungerstrike in the Virreina: one year later:::Beginning of the undefined hungerstrike of the collective of basque prisoners:::Uncover the torture: Association memory against torture:::Criminalizing the social movements: transgenics

+info:: >>>criminalization ::: rescat



peoples and cultures vs power and estates (en)

Barcelona, 07.04.2005 21:00

aukera guztiak either?

In order to avoid thatBatasuna could run for elections they createdthe law of political parties. Another time it's clear that they don't wantthe basque left to ever have a voice in any parliament. And afterwards... who else?

News: presentation of aukera guztiak ::: the supreme court outlaws ++ ::: aukera guztiak appeals the constitutional court
related events: the inquiry and espionage of the members of the list of aukera guztiak and of thousands of basque citizens+++about their evidences:::repression of the baque left with rubberballs and truncheons +++ pictures of the demonstration of Iruña/Pamplona

historial: Since the law of political parties has been passed various political formations of the basque left have been outlawed: Illegalitzation of HB, EH, Batasuna, Aub and others:::illegalitzation of HZ for the elections to the european parliament
related news:plurinationality, federalism and self-determination:::I never condemned ETA::: Anticipated elections in the Basque Country: the media masterpiece played by the PNV:::good use of the law of political parties?

+info : >>>cultures+++ >>>criminalization



patriot act debate

Houston, 07.04.2005 21:00

US Attorney's Office vs. ACLU: Patriot Act Debate at Rice



Will the Next Pope Be Anti-Gay?

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.04.2005 21:00

Pope John Paul II's death has left billions of people around the world mourning and anticipating what the next pontiff's priorities will be. Call To Action, a church reform group, stated, "We are hoping for a pope who forcefully spreads the message of peace and non-violence throughout the world in these troubled times as did Pope John Paul II." The organization sees issues related to human sexuality as very important- "He may also need to distance himself from some of the positions taken by Pope John Paul II in order to deal with the important issues facing the institution...We hope that the new pope recognizes the necessity of lifting the mandatory celibacy ban."

Call to Action has also called for creativity and academic feedom, and a new way to deal with the sexual abuse crisis. Call to Action Statement Some remember Pope John Paul II for his role in "saving" Europe from communism, while others blame him for replacing totalitarianism with homosexuality as the world's most threatening evil. Some feel that he could have done more to take action on issues that he spoke about, such as his opposition to the US-led war on Iraq.

Many people think that the next Pope should be from Africa. They say that this would help the Roman Catholic church's position with the world's poor — a signal that the Vatican means to fight against inequality and disease, offering a "hope of salvation in this world as well as the next." Last year, former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu loudly criticized the Roman Catholic church's position against the use of condoms to help stop the spread of HIV. He said, “It is irresponsible to say sex education and the supply of condoms encourages promiscuity." The late Pope's position that "abstinence and fidelity within marriage, and not condoms, were the best way to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS" seems unrealistic to many.

Some progressives have called for rallies to counter the "pope propaganda"- some have called the late Karol Wojtyla, a.k.a. Pope John Paul II, a reactionary. 365gay.com notes that the next pope is likely to have similar politics to Wojtyla. It is believed that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a German, has a wide base of support. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was John Paul's deputy for theology, wrote the 2003 Vatican directive to priests around the world calling for a proactive stand to stop governments from legalizing same-sex marriage and for a repeal of those those already on the books that give rights, including adoption, to gay couples. The document called on Catholic bishops and lawmakers to oppose the legalization of same-sex unions. Ratzinger opposes contraception and the use of condoms to combat HIV/AIDS.Read more about Ratzinger

Some papal history | Matt Foreman of NGLTF on the Pope's Death | George Carlin on Religion | Story about the North American Pontifical College | Seniornude perspective | Indybay's Story About Papal Policy and Women



Pope's Death Leaves Questions About Women's Future Role in Church

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.04.2005 21:00

Pope John Paul II's death has left billions of people around the world mourning and anticipating what the next pontiff's priorities will be. Call To Action, a church reform group, stated, "We are hoping for a pope who forcefully spreads the message of peace and non-violence throughout the world in these troubled times as did Pope John Paul II... He may also need to distance himself from some of the positions taken by Pope John Paul II in order to deal with the important issues facing the institution...the next pope must take action regarding the priest shortage... We hope that the new pope recognizes the necessity of lifting the mandatory celibacy ban."

Call to Action has also called for creativity and academic feedom, and a new way to deal with the sexual abuse crisis. The organization says that women are called to the priesthood, and that this call should be heeded. Call to Action Statement The late Pope's position that "abstinence and fidelity within marriage, and not condoms, were the best way to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS" seems unrealistic to many. A policy that he advocated in his personal life was that all reasonable means should be used to prolong his life in case of illness. This position that was widely publicized during the Terri Shiavo scandal, but the pope's health declined rapidly in the last two weeks of his life, and he died just days after Shiavo did.

Many progressives have called for rallies to counter the "pope propaganda"-- some have called the late Karol Wojtyla, a.k.a. Pope John Paul II a reactionary. Among those believed to have a wide base of support for becoming the successor to Wojtyla is Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a German. Ratzinger opposes contraception and the use of condoms to combat HIV/AIDS. He advocates a diminished role for women in the Church and has called for mandatory celibacy for priests. Read more about Ratzinger

Some papal history | Matt Foreman of NGLTF on the Pope's Death | George Carlin on Religion | Story about the North American Pontifical College | Seniornude perspective | Indybay Story About Women and the Church



All day Mayday celebration at No Borders!

Michigan, 07.04.2005 15:01

Sunday, May 1st, Mayday Celebration & Events.

In conjunction with the grand opening of the No Borders Radical Organizing Center, formerly Idle Kids Books & Records, there will be an all day Mayday celebration to rejoice and reflect back on more than one hundred years of revolutionary resistance and struggle.

Mayday, the original worker and revolutionaries’ holiday, is a day of world protest, action, and global solidarity. This is the day all workers, collectively, can put down their tools and rejoice in the possibility of another world, where bosses, exploitation, poverty, racism, sexism, and prisons are abolished.

Starting at 12pm the No Borders space will host an all day celebration of struggles of the past and those yet to come, with speakers, events, food, discussion, and music to top the night off. Our collective’s hope is that we can help to facilitate the making of a new world out of the husk of the old.

Mayday gives us a reason to come together, network, build solidarity, and lay the organized base for future struggle and success.



Mayor's New Bill may Attack Homeless

DC, 07.04.2005 15:01

Aug. 6th - DC Mayor Williams Introduces a "Comprehensive Anti-Crime Bill" that could gravely affect homeless. This bill will make trespass charges possible WITHOUT a complaining owner - just by the whim of the police.



Free Globalization Films Saturday April 9th

Atlanta, 07.04.2005 15:01

#media_8074;right#The Atlanta Independent Media Center and WRFG 89.3 FM present 2 amazing films about Globalization and the IFM/World Bank, "T-Shirt Travels" by Shantha Bloemen and "Life and Debt" by Stephanie Black, on Saturday April 9, 2005 at the Little 5 Points Community Center 1083 Austin Ave 30307 (corner of Austin and Euclid Aves) [MAP] FREE All ages welcome. Doors at 7:30, Films at 8. For more information call 404-523-3471



corporate globalization (en)

Barcelona, 07.04.2005 15:00

"Fantastic Weeks at Corte Inglés

The Corte Inglés congolomerate, is one of the most important multinationals in the country (it controls more than 90% of Spanish department stores) and with the highest levels of income and profits (576,05 million \u20ac in 2003) in the national market, hidden behind a "beneficient image" acorporate policy of workers' exploitation as well as active participation in worldwide neo-liberal domination. Or as a war industry: Informàtica El Corte Inglés, SA develops information systems for the defense sector and is a member of the Technology Circlo for Defense and Security.

On the international scene: we denounce the exploitation of Moroccan women in its plants of Atawassoul (Tanger). More information is available in report "Moda que aprieta" + "Roba Neta" campaign. The firm is also known internationally for its funding of "think thanks" in Latinamerica.

+info:: >>>corruption



property especulation and squats (en)

Barcelona, 07.04.2005 15:00

Evictions with illegal demolitions :: corruption rises

no peace without justice

[23.03 16h] Concentr/action agains Mafia speculations
[24-27.05] Enredos' 05: Meeting of local initiatives
[abril-juliol.05] days of debate: "Rethinking Barcelona - Retrieving the City"

--- Argentona demonstration + Solidarity with persons arrested for defending the historic center + The three freed + Eviction at Masia de Cal Guardià + Okkupation of Cal Guardià to prevent demolition in historic center --- Casa Nostra eviction --- Sant Andreu against speculation and the threats of the Multinational COATS.s.l. against the squatters at c/Segre + News release and call for demonstration --- Mataró report of the action: "If they take our homes, we'll okkupy streets and squares" + CJC Manifesto on the Estella eviction --- Manresa Libertad with charges to the detainees+ 6 detained in illegal eviction + 6 arrested in an illegal eviction --- Sabadell local police in Sabadell wounds two young squatters --- Castelldefells CSA els lluminsCSA els llumins was demolished + police "visits" els llumins + Today the police attempted to enter the CSA els llumins

City government: We're asking for nothing you don't know how to do

+info:: >>>property especulation and squats + related news



Wild and Windy Shannon / Ecotopia Reunion In West Clare

Ireland, 07.04.2005 14:20

E.Y.F.A and Gluaiseacht Anti-War Winter Meeting Taking Place The EYFA (European Youth For Action) Wintermeeting and Gluaiseacht Anti-War Meeting is taking place at the moment in Co. Clare. Here are some impressions of the week so far… From The Newswire: I arrived on Sunday evening to the wonderful aroma of some great cooking from the Bitchen Kitchen crew. And the meeting has gotten even better since then! EYFA organises gatherings, supports groups across Europe and also fundraises for activists. The Wintermeeting is their strategy meeting for the year, while Ecotopia is their summer gathering – this brilliant environmental festival took place in Ireland in 2002. People from all across the continent have been involved, including Carbusters, Social and Art Collectives, Squatting groups from the Netherlands and many more – except 9 Eastern European people who were invited, but were refused entry by the Irish state despite the fact that all requirements were fulfilled. We have been meeting at the CELT Centre around the question of ‘What is Eyfa’s role in the European environmental and social movement?’. This has led to discussions on issues as from online tools to burn-out, alternative economic systems to more positive activism, and much more besides. Tomorrow is the action planning, where all the positive energy will be solidified into concrete strategies for the year ahead. We also had a brilliantly entertaining and informative ‘pub quiz’ from the TRAPESE (Take Radical Action, for Popular Education and Sustainable Everything), which is a member of the Dissent Network which is organising around the upcoming G8 Summit in Scotland – a very cool initiative that’s interesting in terms of changing the focus of campaigning by bringing in new methods like this, and a new ethos of creative, different opposition and alternatives, by going on the road in a really fun manner. And we’re all going to go, including our kitchen! Another fascinating aspect of the stay here is the fact that we’ve been using the Open Space Method of organising the meeting, and it has contributed no end to the informal atmosphere, but also, crucially, to some of the most productive meetings I’ve been to in a long time. The Method really decentralises the power of agenda-setting and challenges many of the assumptions which make meetings boring and disempowering – and it seems to have enhanced this meeting no end. Starting on Thursday, the Gluaiseacht Anti-War (see elsewhere in this piece) meeting will function as a continuation of all of this, with the contral areas for discussion being focussed around Ireland’s complicity in the war in Iraq, and what we can do about it. It promises to be a very interesting week to come – more updates to follow soon >>> Full Timetable Of EYFA/Gluaiseacht Event Not Just A Hippy Paradise: Ecotopia 2002 http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/apr2005/woods.jpg



Two NYC Girls Held as U.S. Fears Suicide Bomb

NYC, 07.04.2005 13:21

(from the New York Times): Two 16-year-old girls from New York City were arrested last month and charged with immigration violations after the F.B.I. asserted that they intended to become suicide bombers, according to a government document. A spokesman for one of their families, however, said the accusation was false and said the government had probably misinterpreted a school essay written by one of the girls. One federal official, not connected to the F.B.I., expressed skepticism that the teenagers represented a real risk of a suicide bombing. "There are doubts about these claims, and no evidence has been found that such a plot was in the works," said the government official in Washington, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case involves a pending legal matter. A senior law enforcement official in New York voiced the same doubts.



festipunkdecine

Argentina, 07.04.2005 13:20



Petroleras en Neuquén

Argentina, 07.04.2005 13:20

Jueves 7 de Abril 2005 | EL ESTIGMA DE UNA ALIANZA
Neuquén: las petroleras y el nuevo desierto



Semana Mundial Contra la Experimentación en Animales

santiago, 07.04.2005 12:22

Santiago se prepara para semana mundial Contra La Experimentación En Animales.



Local Law Enforcement Violates the State Constitution

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.04.2005 07:00

4/6/2005: Evidence that local law enforcement is continuing to infiltrate Fresno peace groups was presented at a press conference at California State University Fresno on April 6, 2005. Ruth Obel-Jorgensen, president of the campus Peace & Civil Liberties Coalition said that the campus police chief admitted that undercover agents were at a November, 2004 presentation by promient animal rights lecturer Gary Yourofsky. In addition to the undercover agents attending events sponsored by the Campus Peace and Civil Liberties group, it was also revealed that Peace Fresno is again being monitored by local law enforcement. Read the story

The original infiltration of Peace Fresno was one of the first concrete examples showing that the US government used the Patriot Act to infiltrate community groups who were not suspected of criminal activity. This incident was what many observers believe prompted Attorney General Bill Lockyer to issue the directive to all California law enforcement offices to follow the State Constitution, which prevents them from infiltrating groups that are not under investigation for criminal activity.

Read more on the Central Valley Page



4/7: Benefit for Willow Rosenthal’s Medical Needs

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.04.2005 07:00

Friends of Willow and the Transit Workers Solidarity Committee are organizing a benefit for Willow Rosenthal's medical needs. Willow was permanently injured by the Oakland Police when they were dispersing a protest against the war on Iraq on April 7th, 2003. She was one of 60 people who were wounded when the OPD opened fire on nonviolent protesters and workers with wooden bullets, shot-filled sacks, and concussion grenades; and charged people with motorcycles for two hours. The event will take place on Thursday April 7th, 2005, at 7 pm, at Café Van Kleef (21 and over), near Telegraph and 17th. Willow's friends are encouraging people to either spread the word about the benefit, to show up on April 7th, or to donate money to help with Willow's medical expenses.

The event will include musical performers, spoken word performers, a screening of “Shots on the Docks” the Labor Video Project documentary depicting the events at the Oakland Docks, and speakers.

Read more about April 7th and Willow's Injury on Indybay's Police and Prisons Page



West Virginia municipal internet rights at stake in State House

DC, 07.04.2005 06:01

A bill in the West Virginia legislature which could delay deployment of municipal internet in West Viriginia could face a closing House vote as soon as this week.



New SE Anti-loitering Zone this weekend

DC, 07.04.2005 06:01

Bring out the Cop-watch. DC police Chief Ramsey has a new "anti-assembly" zone! It is in the gentrifing neighborhood of SE near 3rd and K Sts of course. For those who are not familiar yet with this type of "zone", it is a five day temporary space of a few bocks area [chosen by the police chief] that forbids most citizen assembly under the claim that the resultant harrassment, dispersal, and searches of citizens help fight or disperse drug gangs. This anti-loitering law, essentially makes it a crime to stand on the sidewalk and talk peacefully to your neighbor.



Teach-In Counters Spin on Lebanon

DC, 07.04.2005 06:01

Activist-scholars Bassam Haddad & Bilal El-Amine countered the messages coming from the US government and corporate media on Lebanon. Audio: 1 2 3



Nuevo Juicio a Mapuches

santiago, 07.04.2005 04:31

Corte Suprema anula absolución de la Coordinadora Arauco Malleco.



Local Law Enforcement Violates the State Constitution

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.04.2005 04:30

4/6/2005: Evidence that local law enforcement is continuing to infiltrate Fresno peace groups was presented at a press conference at California State University Fresno (CSUF) on April 6, 2005. Ruth Obel-Jorgensen, president of the campus Peace & Civil Liberties Coalition said “we have recently discovered that undercover law enforcement agents were present at an event we held.” Obel-Jorgensen said that CSUF police chief David Huerta admitted that undercover agents were at a presentation by Gary Yourofsky, which the group sponsored in November 2004. Yourofsky is one of the foremost animal rights lecturers in the United States.

In addition to the undercover agents attending events sponsored by the Campus Peace and Civil Liberties group it was also reveled that Peace Fresno is again being monitored by local law enforcement. Read the story here

The original infiltration of Peace Fresno made national and international news. It was one of the first concrete examples showing that the US government used the Patriot Act to infiltrate community groups who were not suspected of criminal activity. The story of the infiltration was told on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! Radio show, Bill Moyer’s television show on PBS, and in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911 movie. This incident was what many observers believe prompted Attorney General Bill Lockyer to issue the directive to all law enforcement offices in the state directing them to follow the California State Constitution, which prevents them from infiltrating groups that are not under investigation for criminal activity. See the story about the first time Peace Fresno was infiltrated here



Nuevo Juicio a Mapuches

santiago, 07.04.2005 04:21

Corte Suprema anula absolución de la Coordinadora Arauco Malleco.



Biscuit Skill Share Camp extended through this weekend

Portland, 07.04.2005 04:20

By popular demand, the Biscuit forest defense skill share has been extended thru this weekend!! Contact action--at--cascadiarising.org / 503.493.7495 for Portland rideshare info or contact Wild Siskiyou Action at siskiyou--at--cascadiarising.org / (541) 659-2682!

LEARN HOW TO SAVE THE WILD SISKIYOU AT THE BISCUIT BURN SKILLSHARE CAMP running from April 1st to 10th, come for all or part, or stay and never leave!

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3rd International Poultry Broiler Nutritionists' Conference

Aotearoa, 07.04.2005 04:02

From Sunday 3rd of April to Thursday 7th April the Langham Hotel hosted the 3rd International Poultry Broiler Nutritionists' Conference. People from around the world who are involved in this animal abusing industry met in Auckland to discuss how they can make their abusive and exploitive practices even more profitable.

Animal Rights activists were protesting every day outside the hotel. 30 people gathered outside the Langham Hotel on the opening day for a noise demonstration.

Police arrested 3 protesters during an early morning (6 am) protest on Wednesday. After the demo had been going for 45 minutes the police suddenly moved in and grabbed two protesters, one for having a video camera. 5 minutes later another protester was grabbed for simply whistling (with his mouth, not with a whistle).

Members of Auckland GenetiX Action (AGA) also participated in the protests. "The issues of animal welfare and GE are closely related. It's all about producing meat at the fastest possible rate without any consideration for animal or human health." said a spokesperson for AGA.

Approximately 80 million chickens are intensively farmed and killed for their meat each year in New Zealand.



Oregon SB 501 would increase accountability of medical insurance companies

Portland, 07.04.2005 03:22

SB 501-1 would increase accountability for the insurance industry. The bill had its first hearing in the Senate Health Policy Committee on Wednesday, March 30. SB 501-1 would allow the Insurance Division to collect and make public financial information from insurance carriers for small and large group health insurance plans. Information including medical loss ratio, administrative costs, CEO salaries and profit margins would now be publicly available.

One of the Oregonians who testified in support of SB 501-1 was Pastor Gail McDougle of Salem's First Congregational United Church of Christ. Pastor McDougle is concerned about health care on two fronts. First, as a greater moral issue of health care for vulnerable Oregonians. "Health care is not optional or negotiable," explains Pastor McDougle. As the church administrator, Pastor McDougle is also concerned about the cost of health care for their employees. Premiums for the church's two employees increased 36% this year, while co-pays and the out-of-pocket maximum doubled. "We have been seeing double-digit increases, but to get a 36% increase in just one year makes it impossible for us not to think about what happens next year."

read more >>Federal cuts under House budget plan would hurt vulnerable Oregon residentsOregon's share of federal funding cuts in key programs that assist Oregon's low-income working families, children, elderly and disabled residents could be as much as $422 million over the next five years under the budget plan passed by the House earlier this month, according to a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). In the Medicaid program alone, the study estimates the potential cuts for Oregon range between $159 million and $213 million over five years.

"The impact of the proposed federal cuts for Oregon's health care system is just unacceptable," said Ellen Pinney, executive director of the Oregon Health Action Campaign (OHAC). "Over six hundred thousand Oregonians currently go without any sort of health coverage. Reduced federal support will certainly cause the number of uninsured to increase, which is not the outcome Oregonians overwhelmingly want. It is bad for individual Oregonians and bad for our economy as well."

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Canadian Hunt of 300,000 Seal Pups Continues

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.04.2005 02:30

Despite being the target of protests since the 1960s, recent worldwide protests prior to the hunt, and the presence at the hunt itself of numerous protestors from organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Sea Shepherd, this year's Canadian seal hunt, which started March 29th, continues unabated with 20-30,000 pups being killed per day. Many countries, including the United States, ban imports of seal products. The hunt, though, still earned about $16.5 million last year, mostly from pelt sales to Norway, Denmark and China. Clubs, rifles and spears are used to kill the animals en masse for their fur. Regulations require that hunters ensure their prey is dead before moving on but animal activists say they have witnessed otherwise and that the pups are are often skinned alive. Up to 300,000 seal pups may be legally slaughtered per year, as the Canadian government has recently increased the totals allowed. Confrontations between hunters and observers have become heated at times. Hunters have physically attacked some observers. Gunfire has also been used seemingly to scare off those who are lawfully observing the hunts. There are laws which govern how close to a hunt observers may come (10 meters) and several animal activists have been beaten and arrested by authorities for breaching this distance although the activists deny they were in violation of the perimeter of an active hunt. This year, HSUS has called for a boycott of Canadian seafood by American distributors, restaurants, and consumers to exert economic pressure on the Canadian government to stop future seal hunts.

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MEDIA IMPARTIALITY A MYTH

Arkansas, 07.04.2005 02:01

Amid ever more aggressive criticism of our ‘democratic’ mass media the question we should ask is whether our media’s much vaunted impartiality has become blatantly partial over the last years or whether the mass media has always been the serf of particular interests, interests camouflaged as the struggle to preserve the freedom of ‘our’ democratic world.



Canadian Hunt of 300,000 Seal Pups Continues

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.04.2005 01:00

Despite being the target of protests since the 1960s, recent worldwide protests prior to the hunt, and the presence at the hunt itself of numerous protestors from organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Sea Shepherd, this year's Canadian seal hunt, which started March 29th, continues unabated with 20-30,000 pups being killed per day. Many countries, including the United States, ban imports of seal products. The hunt, though, still earned about $16.5 million last year, mostly from pelt sales to Norway, Denmark and China. Clubs, rifles and spears are used to kill the animals en masse for their fur. Regulations require that hunters ensure their prey is dead before moving on but animal activists say they have witnessed otherwise and that the pups are are often skinned alive. Up to 300,000 seal pups may be legally slaughtered per year, as the Canadian government has recently increased the totals allowed. Confrontations between hunters and observers have become heated at times. Hunters have physically attacked some observers. Gunfire has also been used seemingly to scare off those who are lawfully observing the hunts. There are laws which govern how close to a hunt observers may come (10 meters) and several animal activists have been beaten and arrested by authorities for breaching this distance although the activists deny they were in violation of the perimeter of an active hunt. This year, HSUS has called for a boycott of Canadian seafood by American distributors, restaurants, and consumers to exert economic pressure on the Canadian government to stop future seal hunts.

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