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New Indypendent Now Out!

NYC, 12.04.2005 14:01

THE INDYPENDENT
Issue #67
April 6 - 20, 2005

This War Won't Stop Itself; Pontificating About the Pope; Basquiat in Brooklyn; Iraq Takes A Baath Right-wing Direct Action, and more ... Download the PDF.



Students, community members to protest Scalia

NYC, 12.04.2005 14:01

(from the Open Newswire): New York University students and members of Manhattan progressive communities will protest an April 12 ceremony at the university’s School of Law honoring Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as the dedicatee of the 2005 NYU Annual Survey of American Law. “Justice Scalia voted to strike down the University of Michigan's affirmative action policies, shorten time between sentencing and executions and allow Congress to overrule an individual's Miranda rights,” Arinze Onugha, co-chair of the Black Allied Law Students Association at NYU, said. “Anyone who knows, and I'm absolutely positive that Scalia does, of the socioeconomic conditions that the majority of Blacks in this country are in should understand how detrimental these opinions are to the Black community in this country.”



Basquiat in Brooklyn: A Review

NYC, 12.04.2005 14:01

(from the Latest Indypendent): Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life has all the makings of a VH1 Behind the Music special. Rumor has it, Julian Schnabel even made a pretty good one. A brilliant ghetto child slums through the hothouse of New York’s art scene in the 1980s. Discovered, he showcases in Mary Boone’s gallery and then across Europe by his mid-20s. Before he reaches the sun, the wings of this young Icarus are cut. He dies of a drug overdose at the age of 27.

Morality tales aside, Basquiat’s work resists kitsch. Indeed, the retrospective of his paintings currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum confirms Basquiat as one of the last great painters of the twentieth century.



Legal Victory: All Charges Dropped on the 'Brooklyn 7'

NYC, 12.04.2005 14:01

On March 23, after three days of wildly conflicting police testimony, New York's Judge Burke cleared the remaining charges against seven young defendants who were attacked by the NYPD at a November 2003 Anarchist People of Color (APOC) party in central Brooklyn. The defendants faced an average of ten spurious charges each, including rioting, attempted assault on a police officer, menacing and others.



Author and Activist Andrea Dworkin Dead at 58

NYC, 12.04.2005 14:01

Author and passionate anti-pornorgraphy activist Andrea Dworkin died in her Washington DC home on Saturday, her family told the AP today. She was 58. “The women’s movement, domestically and globally, has lost one of its most moving, brilliant, and clear voices,” said Robin Morgan, a noted feminist author of Sisterhood Is Powerful and Sisterhood Is Global. A few months ago, Jed Brandt contributed a review of Pornography: Men Possessing Women by Andrea Dworkin to this website. "The brutality Dworkin was subjected to from both left and right is a standing testament to the radical vision she trained on male supremacy without apology," argued the review, which prompted a lively and passionate discussion on our open newswire. We repost it here. A public memorial for will be held in New York, John Stoltenberg told the AP.



Minnesota Caterpillar Protest

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 12.04.2005 14:01

Protest in front of Ziegler Cat, midwest Caterpillar dealership, April 13th, 11:00am



Proposed Changes to Metrotransit Service

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 12.04.2005 14:01



MOVIMENTOS SOCIAIS

Brasil, 12.04.2005 14:00

Sede do INCRA em Salvador é ocupada por movimentos sociais



Dia 24 de Abril, arraial nas ruas de Lisboa

Portugal, 12.04.2005 14:00

Dia 24 de Abril, arraial nas ruas de Lisboa



Reclaim the Beach: Solidarity Gathering: June Bank Holiday Weekend

Ireland, 12.04.2005 14:00

Plans For Solidarity Gathering From 4th - 6th June In Erris Revealed Latest news in Shell in Mayo Saga From NUIG Ecology Society: Take a stand against Shell’s destruction in North West Mayo. The aim of the planned gathering is to show solidarity with the local people who are opposing Shell. There has been, and is, a long saga ongoing in the courts and planning appeal process. On Good Friday there was a 200 strong march of local residents, that day being the 10th anniversary of the first action of Ogoni Solidarity Ireland, which supports communities in Nigeria in their battle against Shell. During the gathering there will be live music, workshops about the issues and the area, a protest rally, and ongoing discussion about what to do next. Bring your tent, be ready to rough it, and be as self sufficient and self organized as possible. Volunteers will be needed for food preparation, clean up and such like. Volunteers will be needed beforehand too. If you can help please ontact info@shelltosea.com We will be running buses from Castlebar to the venue site on Saturday the 4th of June. Help us plan for this by telling us in advance if you are coming, by e-mailing info@shelltosea.com Castlebar is well served by public transport from elsewhere in the country and there will be an information stall about the issues in Castlebar throughout the weekend. For more information see: SHELL TO SEA (which is a work in progress and which will be updated shortly with PDFs of leaflets and a map of the area) PREVIOUS INDYMEDIA IRELAND FEATURES: " . . Ridden Roughshod Over By The Might Of Shell, The Irish State . . " Shell Versus Mayo Farmers Shell: The New Aristocracy in Mayo Follow The 'Feature Continued' Link Below For International Links On Shell And For A Background Summary Of The Issues In Mayo SHELL INTERNATIONAL Leaky pipelines Shell in South Africa Shell International’s Legacy of Pollution and Damage Nigeria Shell Shocked Revealed: How Shell's desperate thirst for oil is devastating Nigeria Sabbing Shell: Office Occupation A-Go-Go! Shell passes the buck in Nigeria Shell under fire from international activists Unloveable Shell, the Goddess of Oil Crude oil: A campaigner's battle for survival 1995: Nigeria hangs human rights activists Ken Saro Wiwa Shell Suit Shell Scum Big Trouble for Big Oil Corporate Watch Profile of Shell Carbon Web Library (Tons of Resources on Oil and Gas Industry) Greenpeace on Ken Saro Wiwa The Criminal Element QUICK READ BACKGROUND In Mayo Shell are planning to: Take land from local residents and build a high pressure gas pipeline that will go past their houses: The pressure inside the pipeline will be up to four times greater than that of the biggest Bord Gais pipelines. The pipeline will be going through boggy land with a history of landslides. Construct a gas refinery on unstable bog: This construction will be using previously untried methods to stabilise the bog surface and involve a massive amount of traffic. Emissions from the refinery will affect the nearby Carrowmore Lake, source of the regional water supply. Pump toxic waste into Broadhaven Bay: A U.C.C. research team found that Broadhaven Bay was an important breading and rearing area for dolphins and whales. They recorded over 220 sightings of seven whale and dolphin species, plus sightings of two seal species, in Broadhaven Bay and north-west Mayo waters. The government is giving them our gas for practically nothing and then we will have to buy it back: From 1975 for oil and gas companies there was a tax rate of 50%, an automatic 50% state stake in any commercial well, and royalties of 6 %– 7%. In 1987, after lobbying by the companies, Ray Burke got rid of the 50% state stake and removed royalties. In 1992 after further lobbying Bobby Molloy reduced the tax rate to 25% and 100% tax write offs were introduced, meaning that the companies can subtract their costs from their tax bill. In other places in Europe the state take can be 55% or even 79% of a field. Shell have been given permission by the High Court to start work on the on land parts of the pipeline in about a months time, construction is due to start on the landfall, where the off-shore pipeline hits the beach, on May 31st. Help the local people to stop Shell! Who Pays the Piper? On a side note this issue totally demonstrates the importance of the independence of Indymedia. Tony O’Reilly, owner of the Belfast Telegraph, the London and Dublin Independents, the Sunday Independent (Ireland), the Independent on Sunday (England), the Sunday World, The Star, The Evening Herald, some of the Sunday Tribune, various local weeklies including The Kerryman and the Drogheda Independent, as well as other media internationally, also owns Providence Resources. Providence Resources are an oil and gas exploration company with interests in potential fields off the south and west coasts of Ireland. There is the possibility that what is happening in Erris, Mayo, will only be the first instance of corporations cutting corners at the expense of the environment and local communities as they exploit the potential oil and gas reserves off the coast, particularly the west coast, of Ireland. It goes without saying which side the “Independent Group of Newspapers” will be on in all that. http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/nov2004/broadhavenbayth.jpg



Another world is here (en)

Barcelona, 12.04.2005 14:00

Creating alternatives

texts & experiancies:Urban garden at Velluters :::23rd of April: Swap market at Vila de Gràcia. ::: Rethinking Barcelona = Reclaim the city. ::: Another way to understand organization. :::Home Co-operatives. :::Self-sufficient Work chamber in Brescia. :::POO! the garden is underneath the asphalt. :::Collective Situations. :::Participative Methodologies & political action. :::Towards a libertarian democracy. :::Meeting of the students of Països Catalans (the Catalan lands).

Communicative projects and social criticism. L'Accent:::Contrainfos:::AltreCastelló: dossiers crítis:::Ràdio Bronka widens its broadcast. :::nº3 Jardí de l'anarquia:::the newspaper Diagonal. :::Info-Usurpa:::kaos en la red:::Ràdio Contrabanda now is on the net.

+info:: >>>another world is here



East Bay Cities and County Examine Medical Marijuana Dispensation

San Francisco Bay Area, 12.04.2005 14:00

The issue of regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries is being examined in several places in Alameda County this week. The city of Oakland will analyze a report about the first several months of the city's medical cannabis dispensary ordinance. Union City will consider extending its moratorium on the opening of any dispensaries. Alameda County held a hearing to consider the regulation of dispensaries in unincorporated areas.

The Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing about a report by the City Administrator that analyzes the first seven months of Oakland's medical cannabis dispensary ordinance, on Tuesday, April 12th, at 7:30 PM at City Hall. Last year's ordinance limits the number of clubs in the city to four, bans on-site consumption, and stipulates that dispensaries may only operate between 7am-9pm. Read more The discussion about the medical marijuana dispensary coops and collectives in the county led to the San Leandro city council declaring a moratorium on dispensaries. Although there are no dispensaries currently in San Leandro, there are several dispensaries on county roads near San Leandro. Union City is set to consider its moratorium on the opening of medical cannabis dispensaries on Tuesday, April 12th at 7pm, at City Hall: 34009 Alvarado-Niles Road, two miles east of I-880 in Union City.

In Alameda County, a committee of the Board of Supervisors held a hearing about a proposed ordinance to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the unincorporated areas of the county on Monday, April 11th at 2 PM in the Board's chambers. There is an ongoing debate between the supervisors and the sheriff about how many dispensaries the county should permit and how to regulate them. This issue heated up last fall when the San Leandro Homeowners' Association complained about the dispensaries in unincorporated areas. A moratorium on the opening of marijuana dispensaries in these areas was enacted last fall.

Read more about medical marijuana on Indybay's Drug War News Page



&quot;Made in Palestine&quot; At SomArts

San Francisco Bay Area, 12.04.2005 14:00

On April 7th the "Made in Palestine" art exhibit opened at SomArts Cultural Center. San Francisco was the first stop of the exhibit after it opened at the Station Museum in Houston, Texas. The Station Museum, described "Made In Palestine" as "the first exhibit of contemporary Palestinian art ever displayed in the United States." Gabriel Delgado, exhibit curator, Jim Harithas, director of the Ineri Foundation, and Tex Kerschen, chief curator traveled in the Middle East for a month and met with artists in Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria to select the works to be included in the exhibition. The exhibit will be on display until April 21st.
Photos | SomArts Program | Debut US tour of "Made in Palestine" exhibition



Strong Turnout Against UCSF Dog Experiments

San Francisco Bay Area, 12.04.2005 14:00

To protest and draw media attention to UCSF's dog vivisection program, a Dog March was held Sunday, April 10th at the university's Mission Bay Campus in San Francisco. A large turnout of eighty-four activists plus fifty-two dogs protested the experiments that will make use of 750 dogs. "It's great to see so many people and dogs here to draw attention to this cruel and unnecessary invasive animal research," said demonstrator Nora Kramer, who attended the march with her 15-year-old Black Lab mix Spanky. "The dogs used in these experiments deserve as much compassion and protection from cruelty as the companion dogs we live with." The research, which involves placing pacemakers in otherwise healthy dogs, resulting in heart failure for some of them and the eventual euthanasia of all of them, has been denounced by animal rights activists as not only cruel but also scientifically invalid and unnecessary. Some argue that better scientific results can be achieved using humane human-based research methods. “Better information is available from clinical and epidemiological observations, surgical and procedural results, autopsies and human studies involving cardiac imaging and electro physiological tests,” said cardiologist Dr. John J. Pippin of the PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine).

Reports & Photos: 1 | 2 · Previous UCSF Protest Coverage
Details of dog experiments and others at UCSF
In Defense of Animals' Vivisection Information website



&quot;Made in Palestine&quot; At SomArts

San Francisco Bay Area, 12.04.2005 14:00

On April 7th the "Made in Palestine" art exhibit opened at SomArts Cultural Center. San Francisco was the first stop of the exhibit after it opened at the Station Museum in Houston, Texas. The Station Museum, described "Made In Palestine" as "the first exhibit of contemporary Palestinian art ever displayed in the United States." Gabriel Delgado, exhibit curator, Jim Harithas, director of the Ineri Foundation, and Tex Kerschen, chief curator traveled in the Middle East for a month and met with artists in Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria to select the works to be included in the exhibition. The exhibit will be on display until April 21st.
Photos | SomArts Program | Debut US tour of "Made in Palestine" exhibition | Indybay's Arts+Action Page



April Fuelish Day Protest At Peninsula Ford.

San Francisco Bay Area, 12.04.2005 14:00

On April 1, 2005, the Peninsula Raging Grannies, Rainforest Action Network, the Stanford Radical Cheerleaders and others protested at Peninsula Ford against the environmental impact of the low gas mileage of Ford cars and trucks. According to the EPA, Ford has the worst average fuel economy among the top six automakers and has been in sixth place for the past five years.

Photos: 1 | 2 | Video



Living Wage Ordinance to be decided on Tuesday

San Diego, 11.04.2005 20:25

Joel Ramos from the Center on Policy Initiatives, a labor-funded think tank that studies San Diego’s low-wage workforce and makes recommendations for changes, announced to the San Diego Democratic Club March 24 that the San Diego City Council will finally hear the Living Wage Ordinance on Tuesday, April 12 at 2 p.m. — a rally at 12:30 in the Community Concourse, 202 “C” Street downtown, will precede the hearing — thanks to a discharge petition signed by four City Councilmembers (Michael Zucchet, Toni Atkins, Anthony Young and Donna Frye) after Mayor Dick Murphy, an outspoken opponent of the ordinance, refused to put it on the Council’s agenda.

Background Story on the Living Wage Ordinance

The Living Wage Ordinance will be heard by the San Diego City Council on Tuesday, April 12th at 2 p.m. in City Council Chambers (unless we are moved to a larger room because there are so many of us). We will begin the event with a Rally at Civic Center Plaza at 12:30 p.m.  

LIVING WAGE HEARING AT CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2:00
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 202 C STREET
RALLY AT 12:30
CIVIC CENTER PLAZA



Taking the Heart out of Home

DC, 11.04.2005 20:03

A brief look at DC gentrification.



un altre món és aquí (ca)

Barcelona, 11.04.2005 20:00

Creant alternatives

textos i experiències:Hort urbà a Velluters:::23 d'abril: Mercat d'Intercanvi a la Vila de Gràcia::: REpensar Barcelona - REcuperar la Ciutat::: Una altra forma d'entendre l'organització:::Cooperatives de vivendes:::Càmera del treball autoorganitzada de Brescia:::BAH! Bajo el asfalto está la huerta:::Colectivo Situaciones:::Metodologies participatives i acció política:::Cap a una democràcia llibertària:::Trobada d'estudiants dels Països Catalans

projectes comunicatius i de crítica social L'Accent:::Contrainfos:::AltreCastelló: dossiers crítis:::Ràdio Bronka amplia cobertura d'emissió:::nº3 Jardí de l'anarquia:::Periòdic Diagonal:::Info-Usurpa:::kaos en la red

+info:: >>>unaltremonesaqui



un altre món és aquí (es)

Barcelona, 11.04.2005 20:00

Creando alternativas

textos y experiencias: REpensar Barcelona - REcuperar la Ciudad::: Otra forma de entender la organización:::Cooperativas de viviendas:::Cámara del trebajo autoorganizada de Brescia:::BAH! Bajo el asfalto está la huerta:::Colectivo Situaciones:::Metodologias participativas y acción política:::Hacia una democracia libertaria:::Encuentro de estudiantes dels Països Catalans

proyectos comunicativos y de crítica social L'Accent:::Contrainfos:::AltreCastelló: dossiers crítis:::Radio Bronka amplia cobertura de emisión:::nº3 Jardí de l'anarquia:::Periódico Diagonal:::Info-Usurpa:::kaos en la red

+info:: >>>unaltremonesaqui



Anti War

Perth, 11.04.2005 19:04

Day of Action Against Caterpillar



Bolton U.N. confirmation hearing disrupted, activists insist he does not represent real American security needs, that Senate panel does not represent them

DC, 11.04.2005 19:03

In Washington today local peace activists who appeared to be with the group Code Pink disrupted the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing of John Bolton. Bolton has been nominated by President Bush to be the next Ambassador to the United Nations.

The activists held up banners, among those, one stated "John Bolton = Nuclear Proliferation" highlighting a frequent criticism of the Proliferation Security Initiative, an extra-UN "multi-lateral" agreement many see as run by the United States and being myopic an a means to more subtle and covert ends. At one point near the beginning of the disruption someone stood up and blocked the camera view of CSPAN briefly. From the CSPAN broadcast 3 separate individuals or sets of individuals with pink banners were dicernable, standing up in different parts of the public gallery. They were all removed. One participant squeezed in a D.C. representation issue, vocally noting there was no Senator for D.C. to possibly participate in this hearing and represent their views.



Students Occupy UMW offices for living wage

DC, 11.04.2005 18:11

Students from the living wage campaign at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg have occupied the office of Richard Hurley, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. They have locked themselves down in sitting positions and have declared they will not leave until the college establishes a $10/hr campus wide minimum wage indexed to the cost of living. "We will remain here indefinitely and as long as it takes," declared one student demonstrator.



UMW ADMIN OFFICE OCCUPIED

Richmond, 11.04.2005 18:10

RALLY TODAY AT NOON ON THE STEPS OF OCCUPIED GEORGE WASHINGTON HALL... RALLY EVERYDAY AT NOON TILL IT'S OVER! Students from the living wage campaign at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg have occupied the office of Richard Hurley, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. They have locked themselves down in sitting positions and have declared they will not leave until the college establishes a $10/hr campus wide minimum wage indexed to the cost of living. "We will remain here indefinitely and as long as it takes," declared one student demonstrator.



Sinister VCU campus event: April 11

Richmond, 11.04.2005 17:03

Monday, April 11, at an event at the VCU commons, a speaker will talk to an audience, about the ways in which "god's" love has turned him from a homosexual into a straight person. This ridiculous event must be squashed with numerous people in oposition to this unfounded and harmful idea that homosexuality is a behavioral problem and not a state of being.



Two Arrested at Protest Against Public Transit Service Cuts

Chicago, 11.04.2005 17:03

Midwest Unrest From the newswire: "Today [Saturday, April 9, 2005] opponents of CTA service cuts and rate hikes gathered at Hollywood Park on the North West Side and planned to march to the house of Frank Kruesi, president of the CTA. Members of the media and 25 protesters arrived at the 1 PM rally in the park and were told by Chicago Police that it is illegal to stage a protest march without a permit in a residential neighborhood. After a brief negotiation, the police changed their story and said marching in the neighborhood is legal, but no drums or banners can be used. Then, without an additional order to disperse, two male protesters were arrested. The rest of the protesters then dispersed without marching to Kruesi's house." Read more Transit rally day, April 21 | Midwest Unrest Fight-Or-Walk Campaign



Perth, 11.04.2005 10:33

Aussie to Face Anti Terroist Laws



Mudar de Agulha: O que se prepara para a Linha do Sado

Portugal, 11.04.2005 10:20

Mudar de Agulha: O que se prepara para a Linha do Sado



CONCERTO-BENEFIT PARA AS JANELAS VERDES NA ZARAGATA

Portugal, 11.04.2005 10:01

CONCERTO-BENEFIT PARA AS JANELAS VERDES NA ZARAGATA



Monday: Alameda County Considers Regulation of Marijuana Dispensaries

San Francisco Bay Area, 11.04.2005 08:00

The Transportation and Planning Committee of Alameda County's Board of Supervisors will begin hearings on a proposed ordinance to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the unincorporated areas of the county on Monday, April 11th at 2 PM at the Board's chambers, 1221 Oak St. - 5th Floor- in Oakland. There is an ongoing debate between the supervisors and the sheriff about how many dispensaries the county should permit and what kind of guidelines to use to frame operation of such dispensaries.

The issue of dispensaries in the unincorporated areas of the county heated up last October when the San Leandro Homeowners' Association complained about the dispensaries in unincorporated areas. At the Board of Supes meeting, all of the concerned neighbors who were speaking about problems acknowledged that cannabis is medicine and that patients have the right to safe access. They seemed primarily concerned that seven clubs had sprung up in a small region of the county. A moratorium on the opening of marijuana dispensaries in the unincorporated areas was put into place on October 26, 2004. Read more in an 11/1 update | 2/25/05 Update

The discussion about the medical marijuana dispensary coops and collectives led to the San Leandro city council declaring a moratorium on dispensaries. Although there are no dispensaries currently in San Leandro, the dispensaries near San Leandro are on county roads. Americans for Safe Access reported that the San Leandro moratorium was not likely to be resolved until after the County has resolved their moratorium.



Thousands protest U.S. Occupation according to Baghdad resident

Portland, 11.04.2005 07:21

Thousands were demonstrating today all over the country. Many areas in Baghdad were cut off today for security reasons and to accomodate the demonstrators, I suppose. There were some Sunni demonstrations but the large majority of demonstrators were actually Shia and followers of Al Sadr. They came from all over Baghdad and met up in Firdaws Square- the supposed square of liberation. They were in the thousands. None of the news channels were actually covering it. Jazeera showed fragments of the protests in the afternoon but everyone else seemed to busy with some other news story.

BBC and EuroNews were busily covering the wedding between Prince Charles and the dreadful Camilla. CNN was showing the Pope's funeral. No one bothered with the demonstrations in Baghdad, Mosul, Anbar and the south. There were hundreds of thousands of Shia screaming "No to America. No to terrorism. No to occupation. No to the devil. No to Israel." The numbers were amazing and a little bit frightening too.

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more from this writer: [ Baghdad Burning ]



Report from a Living Wage Community Meeting in Bend

Portland, 11.04.2005 07:21

The meeting was called to order by by Michael Funke, Chairperson of Central Oregon Jobs with Justice. He introduced Michael Leachman, Author of In the Shadow of the Recovery.

  • Central Oregon has the highest level of economic inequality in Oregon. The truth doesn't necessarily make us free, as can be seen by the current administration. In January of this year things are finally back to normal following the economic downturn of 4 years ago. Of the 51 Billion dollars earned in Oregon in the past year, 31 Billion of it went to the richest 20%.
  • The best teams insist that the whole team benefit. The Republicans are not acting like the best team. The market doesn't protect opportunities for everyone. It is based on selfishness and greed. The best teams insist that the whole team benefit. The Republicans are not acting like the best team. The market doesn't protect opportunities for everyone. It is based on selfishness and greed.
  • The privatized healthcare system is leading to increased Health care costs, this is not the case with Medicare.
  • Instead of an ownership society we have an "You're on your own ship society."
read more >>

related: [ Rally against Walmart in Bend | More stories from Central 'Oregon' ]



The Mississippi Avenue neighborhoods: A Community in Flux

Portland, 11.04.2005 07:21

Mississippi Avenue, and the Boise neighborhood, is once again facing the forces of "Urban Renewal". A neighborhood that has overcome many struggles in the past, which have disturbed and displaced its residents, is now losing the economic battle over its homes, businesses and its parks. Situated high upon the bluffs of North Portland, its easy access to downtown, isolated residential streets and the existing commercial buildings that line the avenue, all make the Mississippi Avenue area attractive to young, upwardly-mobile, urban professionals who are seeking a place to settle down. But with these young families comes the force of Urban Renewal, and ultimately gentrification, with far-reaching implications on existing families



Bark Field Trip to Polallie Cooper Timber Sale

Portland, 11.04.2005 07:21

The Monthly Bark Field Trip for April was to the Pollalie-Cooper Timber Sale, located about 15 miles south of Hood River. This sale consists of three sales, Tartan, Clan and Kilt, which have been challenged by Bark, as lead plaintiff, in court.

A total of 11 people attended the hike, which was led by Sandi Scheinberg, Executive Director of Bark. Besides these timber sales, the area is threatened by a proposed development by Mt Hood Meadows, who are seeking to build a four-season destination resort and expand the Cooper Spur Ski Area right in the middle of a key deer and elk migration corridor.

There was much to learn, and not just about the timber sales and Forest Service management practices. Besides these subjects, Sandi spoke about how snags provide habitat for forest creatures; how down woodey debris contributes to the building of soils and fertility and absorb water for slow release to the forest during the drier seasons; she identified various plant and tree species and spoke at length about the different habitat these species need, and the habitat they likewise provide to the overall balance of being that is the forest.

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more audio+video from Jim Lockhart: [ PhilosopherSeed.org | on pdx indymedia ]



Park Police brutality at Cedar Lake

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 11.04.2005 07:04

While armed robberies are being reported on the Cedar Lake bike trails (4 in the last three weeks) Park Police on Sunday, April 3, were busy roughing up innocent people at Hidden Beach, 5:20-5:25 pm



Peltier attorneys argue Freedom of Information case in Minneapolis

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 11.04.2005 07:04

In an ongoing legal battle with the Minneapolis Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), lawyers for political prisoner Leonard Peltier will argue in court on Friday, April 15, 2005 , for the release of some 90,000 pages of information contained in an investigation file opened by the Bureau nearly 30 years ago.



Walmart Stepping Up Campaign To Improve Image

Arkansas, 11.04.2005 05:02

Walmart has finally started responding to public criticism as citizens from around the world have stepped up actions against them in the last year. However, they have chosen to respond with a high dollar PR campaign run by the infamous Hill&Knowlton public relations firm. Announced during last years Shareholders Convention, which was met withArkansas opposition, Walmart’s planned reforms have amounted to spending more money on image management and political lobbying than actually paying its employees a living wage or listening to communities it invades. Walmart’s media campaign culminated in a two-day, invitation only media blitz in their home region of Northwest Arkansas. Two Arkansas Indymedia Correspondents have the story from outside the press conference , where they met up with another group excluded from the event, The Coalition For a better Inglewood. Indyemdia Coverage of Anti-Walmart Activity Kansas City Madison Austin



Critical Issues

Manila, 11.04.2005 03:32

Iraq, Burma and the Red Baiting in the Philippines



VIOLÊNCIA POLICIAL

Brasil, 11.04.2005 03:20

"A polícia mata gente inocente "



Repressão

Brasil, 11.04.2005 02:20

Agressão a páginas e foruns anarquistas



Zapata 05

LA, 11.04.2005 01:30

Eleventh March for Zapata



National Conference on Election Reform Opens with Civil Rights Panel

Tennessee, 11.04.2005 00:03

On the evening of the opening of the National Conference on Election Reform, participants from twenty six states gathered in the sanctuary of the Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee to listen to a civil rights panel, introduced by Bernard Ellis, conference organizer. Those present were former president of the NAACP Nashville, Reverend Sonnye Dixon, Dr Charles Kimbrough, and Michael Grant. Panelists discussed the struggle to obtain the right to vote during the civil rights era, the need to address the human needs of those most disempowered by the powers that be, and the need for election reform to preserve our democracy.



war (en)

Barcelona, 11.04.2005 00:00

Middle East:Reasons for Optimism?

In the United States, the osccilation between support and rejection of the Iraqi invasio keeps focusing on the number of casualties and the ghost of Vietnam. Meanwhile, the number of Iraqi civilian casualties keeps growing. This situation, along with the charges of manipulation of the recent Iraqi elections and the growing uneasy about plans for an attack on Iran, may be inducing the White House to negotiate with the insurgency. Although events like the shooting of Giulana Sgrenado no suggest any shyness on the side of the US. In Palestine. actual negotiation is seen with skepticism, while in the West demonstration in its support multiply, such as the 2005 Caravan for Palestine..

No to the Occupation of Iran and Palestine DEMONSTRATON March 19 2005!

material for Saturday demonstration++flyer

Related news:Euro demonstrations in Brussels, March 19, 2005 :::Scientists' petition against the war:::against the war trade route :::contra la ruta del comerç la guerra ::: The Education Fair sterilzed from the militarist virus ::: Antimilitarist education

+info:: >>>war



immigration (en)

Barcelona, 11.04.2005 00:00

the new slavery rebels

Convocations and material to distribute - [7April 19.30h] Demonstration in support of the lock-ins in Sants - solidarity with the lock-ins : spaces are needed - [Sants Square every day] 17-20h information table + 22h casserolada

[9APRIL 18h] CONCENTRATION AT PL.SANT JAUME

lock-ins : l'Espai Obert - santa coloma - can vies - [7Abr]Situation at the occupied social centre "the Opera", tonight - [7Abr]Situation at the Opera evening - [5Abr]Occupied Social centre "La Opera" - [6Abr]CCCB: Results found from today
media : migration media gallery - audios from the station demonstration 2 april - [6Abr]CCCB videos [1-2-3-4] [5April] CSO La Opera videos - [2Apr] photos Papers for everyone or papers for no-one?
political results: Joan Rangel advertises that the immigrant strike will not change the requisites for the process of regularisation - The Government studies an alternative; to regularise immigrants without residential status - The Government study on helping the requests for regularisation - Caldera announces that he will study alternatives to regularise more immigrants
related news: The immingrants say one of the leaders of the lock-in has been arrested - THe immigrants announce a woman only lock-in - Photographs of the occupied tourist bus - a new ghost haunts Europe - two pearls from the El Periódico newspaper today. - This morning, Marichi Wei has been evicted from the street Escorial in Gràcia. - Solidarity with the immigrant lock-ins. - 450 immigrants close shops and parish offices of Barcelona. - Criticism and questions on the process of regularisation for immigrants. - first images of the lock-in in València

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A16 Collective Calendar of Imf Events

DC, 10.04.2005 23:02

Here's some of the ideas and actions that the A16 Collective has come up with for next week. We encourage people to come up with their own ideas and actions, as well as too participate in ours. For more details on any of this visit a16dc.org



4/12: Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee to Reflect on Medical Cannabis

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.04.2005 23:00

The Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee will be holding hearings on a report by the City Administrator that analyzes the first seven months of Oakland's medical cannabis dispensary ordinance on Tuesday, April 12th, at 7:30 PM at City Hall. In February, 2004 the Oakland City Council passed an ordinance that regulates medical cannabis dispensaries. This ordinance limits the number of clubs in the city to four, bans on-site consumption, and stipulates that dispensaries may only operate between 7am-9pm. Americans for Safe Access and other patient advocates are urging supporters to attend and express their dissatisfaction with the current ordinance, in particular the ban on on-site consumption and the city-wide limit of four clubs. People are also asked to call their city-council member before the meeting.

Talking points about the report and contact info for Oakland City Council Members



radioActive coverage of border actions

San Diego, 10.04.2005 22:21

On This Bridge, a show on radioActive sanDiego by DJ Aymara, special guest dan watman breaks down the very human connections that will be lost if we don't STOP THE FENCE. Then rich and lotus crash this bridge with a call for borderhack, which leads to local events and on to argentina. presente!

Listen Here | Comment Here | radioActive sanDiego



Delegation from California to Protest Vigilantes, Hate Messages in Arizona

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.04.2005 22:20

On April 17th and 18th, a California delegation of immigrant rights and human rights activists will be in Douglas, Arizona to respond to the presence of vigilantes on the US/México border, and to their hate messages. This group of 20-40 activists, along with allies in Arizona, will "counter the national media coverage and international attention that the 'Minutemen' have received with their our message: We will not tolerate vigilanteism against immigrant communities! Immigrant rights are human rights!" Organizers of the delegation are asking for people who plan to participate in the delegation to contact them as soon as possible. More info about the delegation's plans

Read more about the Minuteman Project on Indybay's Immigrant Rights Page



Roma Day march against racism

United Kingdom, 10.04.2005 21:31

Around 300 people, predominantly Roma and Sinti people from across Europe, marched through London to show their opposition to anti-traveller racism. [pics| background|traveller-support]

News from outside London: "Tash" reports about another case of restrictive traveller law. An exhibition marks the 20th anniversary of the "Battle of the Beanfield".



They must not have read &quot;I, Robot&quot;: The military's robotic killing machine.

Urbana-Champaign, 10.04.2005 21:01

In his groundbreaking novel "I, Robot," Isaac Asimov proproses three laws of robotics, the first one of which reads: "A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." These laws are still bandied about by artificial intelligence researchers as a good starting point for an ethical foundation for guiding the design of robots that may some day think for themselves (see http://www.asimovlaws.com/ for a review). The idea is that technological advances are occurring so quickly that a moral groundwork needs to be laid before man destroys himself with his own technology. Apparently, the US military and the companies that design these killing machines for them don't see things the same way.




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