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San Francisco Human Rights Commission Says Badlands Owner Discriminated

San Francisco Bay Area, 01.05.2005 19:00

And Castro for All has called for a boycott of the bar Badlands, starting the night of April 30th. This week, San Francisco's Human Rights Commission found that Badlands bar owner Les Natali violated civil rights law by discriminating against African Americans in employment and public accommodation. The HRC interviewed nearly sixty people over a ten month period, and found as fact that: Badlands had an inconsistent door policy illegally that requires multiple forms of I.D. from some African Americans; Natali referred to African Americans as “non-Badlands customers” who should be discouraged from patronage; Natali unfairly denied entry to African Americans through the use of a ‘No Bag’ policy that was rarely enforced against white patrons; Natali’s “hiring practices . . . were discriminatory towards African Americans,” in addition to other offenses.
br /> PDF of the full report on And Castro for All's Website



Airport Plan is Environmental Insanity

Hamilton, 01.05.2005 16:04

To those who thought the Red Hill Creek Expressway was the worst thing that Hamilton could do to the environment the news is: "Baby, you ain't seen nothing yet!" This week Hamilton City Council announced the formation of an "Airport Implementation Task Force". The broad strokes of the plan are to spend up to $100 million dollars to create an industrial zone of aircraft dependent industry along the Highway 6 extension running from Highway 403 to the Hamilton airport. Its almost a minor point, but since the City is now "running on credit" for almost all new capital projects that really means: "borrow $100 million". Make the total a quarter of a billion dollars when you figure the interest. This would push our total City debt to well over 600 million dollars, and make us and our children the most indebted municipal residents in the country. Assuming that the bond rating agencies were willing to let us dig ourselves in that deep it seems reasonable to ask: What else will we get for our money along with the promise of 25,000 jobs?



Ecuador: Triunfa el QSVT

Argentina, 01.05.2005 16:03

Jueves 21 de abril | EL HELICOPTERO PRESIDENCIAL SE IMPONE EN LATINOAMERICA
Los forajidos sacaron al presidente ecuatoriano



Euromayday 2005

Netherlands, 01.05.2005 16:01

Radio streams: Radio Wanklank Radio FSK (Hmaburg) | video stream | Actie bij het Accor hotel in Amsterdam: pers verklaring, fotos: 1, geluidsfragmenten



1 mayis ankara

Istanbul, 01.05.2005 15:22

Askere gitmedi, üniforma giymedi, Mehmet Tarhan'a özgürlük



La intima trama del capitalismo y el patriarcado

Argentina, 01.05.2005 15:20

Domingo 1° de Mayo de 2005 | MUJERES: TRABAJO Y MOVIMIENTOS SOCIALES
La intima trama del capitalismo y el patriarcado



La intima trama del capitalismo y el patriarcado

Argentina, 01.05.2005 15:00

Domingo 1° de Mayo de 2005
La intima trama del capitalismo y el patriarcado



Euromayday arriveert in Amsterdam!

Netherlands, 01.05.2005 14:00

1 Mei is in Nederland traditioneel de dag na Koninginnedag. Uitbuikend van de tompoezen en oranjebitters is de gemiddelde arbeider niet bezig met de strijd tegen zijn uitbuiting, maar met zijn aankopen van de vorige dag. Afgezien van een toevallige nostalgische manifestie waar PvdA-achterban met veel geknipoog de Internationale zingt, is er hier al jaren geen echte viering van de dag van de arbeid meer - laat staan dat het een dag van actie is.

Maar vandaag verandert dit! Op het moment is in de Vrankrijk in Amsterdam de introductie van de eerste Nederlandse Euromayday bezig, in navolging van deze actiedag die sinds een aantal jaar in vooral Zuid-Europa en de UK georganiseerd wordt. ´Educatieve wandelingen´ naar plekken van flexwerk en precaire arbeid worden afgewisseld met video´s, live streaming updates van andere Euromaday-steden en toespraken.

Check Indymedia om te weten wat er gebeurt of kom naar de Vrankrijk en doe mee.

[Euromay in Amsterdam| Euromayday website| Indymedia Global|Videostream| Radio wanklank (vf 16.00u)]



Coke Workers Repaid For Loyalty To Company

Ireland, 01.05.2005 13:00

coke pays back the support of siptu over Colombia Coca Cola have repaid Siptu's loyalty on the boycott issue by closing down the one plant where an anti-boycott campaign was launched. from the newswire: The plan of action is mere representations. During the boycott campaign, it was said that Siptu’s blaming the boycott for possible job losses was Siptu signalling in advance that it had no intention of fighting any such losses. Here we have the living proof. Now that real job losses are on the cards we have a muted reaction from Siptu. If they put half the effort into fighting these losses that they put into running an anti boycott campaign they might just go somewhere. The worst part of it all is that Siptu through Anne Speed have stated that “So, even though the company’s investment of €80 million is welcome, there is huge disappointment at the prospect of losing so many jobs”. What sort of union says that an investment plan that reduces the work force is welcome and that they are merely disappointed at losing so many jobs. This contrasts to the insults that were directed at the “petty bourgeois” and “middle class” students and teachers and the “sectarians” on the left Their reaction contrasts starkly with that of Sinaltrainal whose leadership have not only fought job losses but they even went on hungerstrike. There is no fear of Liberty Hall skipping breakfast for their affiliates in the Naas Rd bottling plant. The victims in this situation are the workers in the Naas Rd bottling plant who were led up the garden path by the union bureaucracy who encouraged them to engage in a campaign to protect the company’s image and more importantly its market share. Their thanks for this loyal service is the scrap heap and the union which so encouraged them to do so has nothing to say except that its is disappointed and that it “raises serious concerns about the strength of the Government’s commitment to the manufacturing sector of our economy.” Coca Cola have repaid Siptu's loyalty on the boycott issue by closing down the one plant where an anti-boycott campaign was launched. Coca Cola: The Price of Loyalty Coca Cola has announced that it is to close its bottling plant on the Naas Road in Dublin and to close down other facilities around the country with the aim of shifting production to a new mega plant to be built in Antrim.. The move is not entirely unexpected as Coke has already signalled its intention to reduce its workforce and build a new state of the art technology plant. The question was where the plant would be. A plant to be built in South County Dublin would have meant far fewer job losses on the Naas Road. The Naas Road plant has not been singled out for attention. The restructuring of the company is part of a worldwide reduction in staff and plants. Earlier this year Neville Isdell the Coke CEO announced the plans for Ireland and also the closing of eight plants in Germany. Why Isdell the CEO of Coke who claims to have no control over bottling plants anywhere in the world would make the announcement and not local management is obvious, Coke do in fact decide everything in relation to the bottling plants including those in Colombia. The Naas Rd plant is significant though. The shopstewards at the plant egged on by Siptu bureaucrat Anne Speed ran a very public campaign against the boycott of Coca Cola. Their position oscillated between giving Coke a clean bill of health and claiming that their differences were merely tactical. When pressed on the issue, Siptu were unwilling to say that they believed that Coke may be guilty, despite them being in possession of private correspondence from the IUF which recognised that in the case of the murder of Segundo Gil there does some to be substance to the allegations. Siptu intervened in the students’ referenda and also turned up at public meetings claiming that the boycott was wrong. They opted increasingly to concentrate on the threat to jobs that the boycott would result in. Their reaction to the closure announcement is therefore very interesting. First they have stated that it is as result of a failure in Government policy not to hang on to manufacturing jobs in the south. This ignores that either way workers in Ireland both north and south would be hit by the decision one way or the other. So much for class solidarity (It should be borne in mind that Anne Speed often demanded her version of this from the boycott campaign). They seem to have no interest in blaming a company which in order to maximise profits is about to close down a number of its facilities in Ireland. Their response and proposals for action are also interesting. “The Union has made representations both to the management of Coca Cola and the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment with a view to maximising the employment content in Coca Cola’s development plans.” The plan of action is mere representations. During the boycott campaign, it was said that Siptu’s blaming of the boycott on job losses was Siptu signalling in advance that it had no intention of fighting any such losses. Here we have the living proof. Now that real job losses are on the cards we have a muted reaction from Siptu. If they put half the effort into fighting these losses that they put into running an anti boycott campaign they might just go somewhere. The worst part of it all is that Siptu through Anne Speed have stated that “So, even though the company’s investment of €80 million is welcome, there is huge disappointment at the prospect of losing so many jobs”. What sort of union says that an investment plan that reduces the work force is welcome and that they are merely disappointed at losing so many jobs. This contrasts to the insults that were directed at the “petty bourgeois” and “middle class” students and teachers and the “sectarians” on the left Their reaction contrasts starkly with that of Sinaltrainal whose leadership have not only fought job losses but they even went on hungerstrike. There is no fear of Liberty Hall skipping breakfast for their affiliates in the Naas Rd bottling plant. The victims in this situation are the workers in the Naas Rd bottling plant who were led up the garden path by the union bureaucracy who encouraged them to engage in a campaign to protect the company’s image and more importantly its market share. Their thanks for this loyal service is the scrap heap and the union which so encouraged them to do so has nothing to say except that its is disappointed and that it “raises serious concerns about the strength of the Government’s commitment to the manufacturing sector of our economy.” The workers have been repaid for the loyalty with the only coinage a company like Coke knows, “self interest”. It was in the workers interest to show their solidarity with the Colombian counterparts and fight the company. They were prevented from this by the union bureaucracy and instead an alliance was formed with Coke. The price for not standing by their fellow workers has been that when it came their turn there was no one to stand with them, least of all the bureaucrats that so loudly denounced the boycott. Nevertheless, should they mount a campaign to save their jobs they deserve our solidarity. We should not turn our backs on them, as long as our support is not conditional on calling off the boycott. Gearoid O Loingsigh Dublin 29th of April 2005. http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/apr2005/cola_pistol1.jpeg



Abril indígena

Brasil, 01.05.2005 09:01

Acampamento Terra Livre conclui as mobilizações do Abril Indígena



&quot;My Mom is stunned&quot;; 9/11 Truth activist gets mother to question the official conspiracy theory

Portland, 01.05.2005 08:21

I've been trying to drop a few hints about the 911 truth movement to my Mom now for quite a while. I called her this morning and told her to turn on C-Span2 to see author David ray Griffin talk about his new book "The 911 Commission: Omissions and Distortions". Quite frankly, she thought my "conspiracy theories" were a load of BS until she saw this amazingly clear and concise analysis. I called her back later and asked what she thought about it all. "It's wild" was all she could say at first. I pressed her a bit and she simply admitted "I'M STUNNED'. Let me tell you, it's damned hard to stun my Mom about anything. She's a hard-headed Taurean whose feet are planted firmly on Mother Earth. If my Mom, middle class, a straight citizen in her 70's is stunned about all this, there may actually be some light at the end of this murky tunnel.

'Johny Revolution' comments: I lucked in to catching this unambiguous account of what happened on 9-11 and got my 70 year old Swedish mom to listen in. She too was blown away by Mr. Griffins lecture. It was rather sad to see the reaction on my mothers face when she realized that the government she has faithfully supported for 50 years was capable of such heinous treachery. Myself, being a forest activist for many years, I have never doubted that the Bush corporate elitists and their co-conspirators in the Pentagon were guilty of not only allowing 9-11 to happen, but of actually orchestrating the entire thing. Eisenhower warned, in his last days, of the dangers of the military industrial complex and how if they became too influential and entrenched in our economy that dire consequences would take place. "President Cheney" new that in order for the neo-cons to get away with 9-11, they would have to secure the confidence of not only the pentagon, but also the mainstream press.

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[ pdx indymedia 9/11 Investigation section ]



DHS Simulated terror attack to happen in Portland; Call for activist response

Portland, 01.05.2005 08:21

It's Called TOPOFF 4 and it has happened in several cities already. We have a year to prepare: will we be ready to show the DHS how portland will respond?

I am imagining how WE would respond to a terror attack. the DHS would try to take us over to establish martial law, but we would hold potlucks in the streets, we would take over and plant gardens, we would rally to ensure that those who hold power in the council and state act following the will of the people.

let's not protest the Simulation, let's inhabit it! let's act as if there has been a terror attack and let's treat one another as if we were in the midst of a disaster and it was nessisary to care for one another. let activists stage neighborhood assemblies and permaculturists distribute composting toliets and let black cross treat the wounded.

THEY are using the senario to get better organized. so should we!



Really, Really Free Market Comes to Dolores Park

San Francisco Bay Area, 01.05.2005 08:20

Some "friendly neighborhood anarchists" organized a Really, Really Free Market that was held in Dolores Park on the afternoon of Saturday, April 30th. The Really, Really Free Market is "based on the idea of a gift economy, namely that giving feels good; that if we were to all to share what we had, we wouldn’t have less than we have now, we’d actually all have more than we currently have. Giving is a pleasure in itself. Gift others with your clutter. Gift others with your talents. Gift others with your presence!" Organizers invited people to offer their special gifts and talents at the event. In an announcement prior to the RRFM, organizers said that they are hoping to hold Really, Really Free Markets regularly in San Francisco.

Really, Really Free Market Website | Photos of April 30th | Report from 2004 Reclaim the Commons RRFM | Photos from 2004 RTC RRFM



May Day 05

LA, 01.05.2005 07:21

Los Angeles Reclaiming May Day “al Estilo Mexicano”



1 de Mayo en Rosario

Argentina, 01.05.2005 07:20

Domingo 1 de Mayo 2005 | ACTO FRENTE A LA BOLSA DE COMERCIO
Día Internacional de los Trabajadores



US Soldiers Resisting the Iraq War

Santa Cruz, CA, 01.05.2005 06:22

“By putting my weapons down, I chose to reassert myself as a human being,” said Camilo Mejia, the first US soldier to actively resist the Iraq War. The former US Army staff sergeant went AWOL in October 2003 while home on a two-week leave. It wasn't until March 15, 2004, that Mejia turned himself in to military commanders and filed for discharge as a conscientious objector, becoming the first veteran from Iraq to publicly challenge the morality of the war. In May 2004, he was convicted of desertion, and sentenced to nine months in the brig. Having recently been freed, Mejia is now on a speaking tour of the West Coast, and will visit Santa Cruz, on Wednesday, May 4th, 7:00 p.m. at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St., next to the post office. Immediate wireless translation from English to Spanish translation will be available.

Meanwhile, in San Diego, CA, Navy sailor Pablo Paredes' request for conscientious objector status has been denied. His court martial is scheduled for May 11, inside the San Diego 32nd St. Naval Station. Various support activities and protests are being planned for May 10-13 in San Diego.

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Indybay coverage: SF Bay Area Events



May 2 - Rally For Roger Mentch at County Courthouse

Santa Cruz, CA, 01.05.2005 05:22

Roger Mentch, a local medical marijuana provider and caregiver, currently faces up to seven years imprisonment for possessing 1 1/2 oz. of marijuana. Come out to the Santa Cruz County Courthouse steps on Monday, May 2 at 8:00am and stand in solidarity with Roger as he faces sentencing. Please demonstrate through your presence that you support honest medical marijuana providers and reject the current politically-movtived oppression of medical marijuana providers in California and the rest of the United States.

Besides Roger Mentch being prosecuted, Santa Cruz's Pacific Cannabis Collective was shutdown in the last month. Since the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana was raided in September 2002, the two most recent actions have effectively cut off the medical marijuana supply in Santa Cruz County. The only option for many medical marijuana patients is to travel an hour and a half or more to the San Francisco Bay Area to a medical marijuana dispensary. For many, this is not an option because of immobility and lack of financial resources. It is also problematic because many Bay Area medical marijuana dispensaries are coming under law enforcement scrutiny and several have recently been shut down.

See also: Letter to Judge Samuel Stevens Concerning Roger Mentch

Audio: Interview of Roger Mentch on Bathrobespierre's Broadsides (interview is halfway through file) Download the mp3



Bay Area Group Counters Image of &quot;Happy Cows&quot;

San Francisco Bay Area, 01.05.2005 05:00

This week, East Bay Animal Advocates (EBAA) unveiled the findings of their investigation into the California dairy industry, the largest in the nation. Their graphic documentation reveals systematic animal neglect at dairy farms across the state. EBAA documented conditions at farm operations in five of California's top producing dairy counties (Merced, San Joaquin, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Tulare). In California, dairy concentrated animal feeding operations commonly confine several thousand cows on limited acreage. Cows are denied adequate protection from severe weather conditions. The pasture-less dry lot system increases the incidence of infection, disease and injury among the cow population. According to California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, California dairies pose a serious threat to humans living in surrounding rural communities. In 2004, the California Pollution Control Financing Authority allocated $70 million in state bond funds to expand large dairy operations, which produce significant amounts of pollution from cow manure. These findings seem to counter the "Happy Cows" marketing campaign, which each year the California Milk Advisory Board spends $37 million to promote.

Last week, the state Supreme Court denied review of an appeal by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) — which had sued the Milk Board for for false advertising and unfair business practices — leaving stand a previous ruling which declared that government agencies are immune from lawsuits over the truthfulness of their ads.

Read More on Indybay's Central Valley or Animal Liberation pages



Animal Rights Group Counters Image of Central Valley's &quot;Happy Cows&quot;, Documents Pollution

San Francisco Bay Area, 01.05.2005 02:30

This week, East Bay Animal Advocates (EBAA) unveiled the findings of their investigation into the California dairy industry, the largest in the nation. Their graphic documentation reveals systematic animal neglect at dairy farms across the state. EBAA documented conditions at farm operations in five of California's top producing dairy counties (Merced, San Joaquin, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Tulare). In California, dairy concentrated animal feeding operations commonly confine several thousand cows on limited acreage. Cows are denied adequate protection from severe weather conditions. The pasture-less dry lot system increases the incidence of infection, disease and injury among the cow population. According to California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, California dairies pose a serious threat to humans living in surrounding rural communities. In 2004, the California Pollution Control Financing Authority allocated $70 million in state bond funds to expand large dairy operations, which produce significant amounts of pollution from cow manure. These findings seem to counter the "Happy Cows" marketing campaign, which each year the California Milk Advisory Board spends $37 million to promote.

Last week, the state Supreme Court denied review of an appeal by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) — which had sued the Milk Board for for false advertising and unfair business practices — leaving stand a previous ruling which declared that government agencies are immune from lawsuits over the truthfulness of their ads.

Reports: EBAA's Inside Dairy Production | PETA vs CA Milk Producers



New Reactor in Mississippi May Burden Minorities and the Poor, Nuclear Agency Says

New Orleans, 01.05.2005 02:01

New Reactor in Mississippi May Burden Minorities and the Poor, Nuclear Agency Says



May Day and the Haymarket martyrs

Boston, 01.05.2005 02:01

May Day - the real labor day "The time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voice you are throttling today." - August Spies from the gallows. May 1st, International Workers' Day, commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world, and is recognized in every country except the United States and Canada. This despite the fact that the holiday began in the 1880s in the United States, with the fight for an eight-hour work day. In 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions passed a resolution stating that eight hours would constitute a legal day's work from and after May 1, 1886. The resolution called for a general strike to achieve the goal, since legislative methods had already failed. With workers being forced to work ten, twelve, and fourteen hours a day, rank-and-file support for the eight-hour movement grew rapidly, despite the indifference and hostility of many union leaders. By April 1886, 250,000 workers were involved in the May Day movement.



KSKQ 94.9 FM is on the air!

Rogue Valley, 01.05.2005 00:02

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My Allocution

DC, 30.04.2005 23:01

After many people encouraging me to publish my allocution I will. These statements are true for any person who sees the wrongs that this city and nation are committing.



Oregonian goofs -- publishes &quot;a fair article&quot; about City's withdrawl from PJTTF; Quickly covers up mistake same day

Portland, 30.04.2005 21:21

At 4AM I picked up the April 29th , 2005 Oregonian. It had a front page article titled "Joy in galley as Portland quits FBI task force" (It really did - I still have the paper!). By nine I came across the OTHER April 29th, morning (NOT the Street Final) that ran an article titled "Families living atop asbestos site to be moved" occupying the same front page spot instead - with no mention anywhere in the newspaper about the original PJTTF article or anthing about Portland's decision.

'Matilda' writes: All right, I admit it. I looked up this article online. I hate the Oregonian, I make it a point never, ever to read that rag anymore, after all they have done to prove themselves unworthy of so much as lining the bottom of my compost pit. But on my way home from work, I happened to walk past a paper box, and I saw that headline. ABOVE THE FOLD, no less...

So yes, I read the article online as soon as I got home. And damn if it wasn't what it seemed! It was all about how happy everyone here in pdx (even if not in Washington) was that the resolution passed, that people in the gallery were overjoyed, that Saltzman alone got a stony silence, and that when it passed, the gallery erupted into 3 minutes of applause. It also detailed the reasons why the proposal was so warmly greeted -- including the abuses of the JTTF and concerns of civil rights violations. It directly quoted the best parts of Potter's speech, and seemed to keep everything in appropriate context.

No WAY! What gives???? >>



May 1st is MayDay

San Francisco Bay Area, 30.04.2005 19:20

MayDay 2005 will be celebrated in many ways in the San Francisco Bay Area. MayDay is the original labor day in the United States- it started as International Workers' Day in the late 1800's. It has also been observed in Celtic culture as "Beltane," a holiday in observation of the coming of spring. San Francisco has also recently had a tradition of Reclaim MayDay events, which included labor, pagan, and artistic celebrations of MayDay.

A May Day March and Rally in Solidarity with Local Labor Struggles and Immigrant Workers will take place on Sunday May 1st. At 3pm there will be a march from Jefferson Square Park (Gough/Turk 10 minute walk from Civic Center BART) to a 5pm Rally at Dolores Park. There will also be a Town Hall meeting, with food, music, film screening, all starting at CellSpace at 7pm. At the 5:00 rally, there will be speakers from recent and ongoing local labor and immigrant workers struggles, including a report-back from the recent delegation, which went to Arizona protesting the racist, vigilante Minuteman Project. The Town Hall will be about organizing against the proposed cuts and fare hike of San Francisco’s public transportation system. Read more
A May Day Labor Forum, entitled "Workers and The Struggle Against Government Repression" will take place on May 1st at 7:30OM, at ILWU Local 10, 400 North Point St. San Francisco. Read more about the event
There will be an art show on Jack Kerouac Alley, between City Lights Bookstore and Vesuvio Cafe at Columbus & Broadway from Noon to 6 p.m. Music will be by "Tanaora" - A Brazilian Jazz Quintet, and a wide variety of art forms will be displayed including painting, photo collage & photography, printmaking, mixed media, art books and jewelry. Read more
Other events: Community Speak Out against War at 5pm in Sacramento | Other Central Valley Events | Free Mind Media Grand Opening Art Show at 6pm in Santa Rosa | CounterPULSE (formerly 848 Community Space) Opening May Day Celebration at 7pm in San Francisco | Street Level TV Screening of Episode 13 | Reclaiming's Annual Beltane Ritual takes place in SF's Golden Gate Park at 12pm | More May 1st Events from Indybay's Calendar

Indybay Coverage of MayDay 2004 | MayDay 2003 | 2002 Festivals of Resistance | 2002 Anti-Capitalist and Union Marches in SF and Oakland | 2002 Reclaim the Streets in Berkeley on 4/30/02 | MayDay 2001 was one of the first global MayDays | MayDay Reclaim the Streets 2001



Month-Long Series of Events with Military Resisters

San Francisco Bay Area, 30.04.2005 19:20

In the leadup to the San Francisco Bay Area Support Rally for military resisters on Tuesday, May 10th, at 12 noon, there will be several events in the Bay Area related to resistance to military service. Pablo Paredes will face a Special Courts Martial on May 11th on charges of absence without leave and "missing movement," since his application for conscientious objector status was rejected. Several events will be co-sponsored by Not in Our Name and Courage to Resist!

On Saturday, April 30th, Kevin and Monica Benderman will be in San Francisco to speak at 2pm. Army sergeant and Iraq War veteran- turned- conscientious objector Kevin Benderman will be facing a May 11th court martial at Fort Stewart, Georgia. That evening, there will be an Old-Time Anti-War Square Dance Benefit in San Francisco to benefit the defense of military resister Pablo Paredes, as well as Iraq Veterans Against the War. In protest against the Iraq War, Paredes publicly refused to deploy to the Middle East. IVAW is a newly formed organization of recent Iraq veterans opposed to the ongoing war and occupation.

On Sunday, May 1st, Camilo Mejia and Kevin Benderman will have two appearances- one in San Jose in the afternoon, and in Palo Alto in the evening. On Monday, May 2nd, Camilo Mejia will speak in Oakland, and then on Wednesday, May 4th, he will speak in Santa Cruz. On Sunday, May 29th, there will be a Military Voices Against Endless War Forum in Berkeley. The event is being hosted by Not in Our Name, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Gold Star Families for Peace, and will be co-sponsored by Middle East Children’s Alliance, Veterans for Peace, Vanguard Foundation, LA Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools. The event will include Aidan Delgado, Dr. Gene Bolles, Camilo Mejia, Cindy Sheehan, Tim Goodrich, Stephen Funk. A similar event will take place in LA the night before.

Read more about Courage to Resist, Pablo Paredes, Camilo Mejia- recently released from prison, Kevin and Monica Benderman, Not in Our Name, and these events. There will be several events in solidarity with Pablo Paredes in San Diego from May 10th-13th.



Felton Residents To Vote on Water Buyout

Santa Cruz, CA, 30.04.2005 18:21

For two and a half years, residents in Felton, CA have been battling with German energy giant, RWE, the world's third largest private water utility, over that companies buyout, of the local system. On Wedneday, April 27, Santa Cruz County Supervisors unanimously agreed to hold a special election, and let Felton voters decide on an 11 million dollar bond to purchase the system from Cal Am/RWE. A special mail-in ballot deadline has been set for July 26.

The California Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a public hearing for May 13 at the Felton Community Hall to take testimony on Cal-Am/RWE's proposal to consolidate the Felton and Monterey water districts.

Audio: Felton Residents Fight Water Privatization

[ Felton Flow || Felton Water News ]



DEMOCRACIA NA TERRA E NO AR

Brasil, 30.04.2005 18:20

Rede Arrastão de novo no ar



NYC-IMC hacked

LA, 30.04.2005 17:31

New York Indymedia Site Hacked



TRANSPORTE

Brasil, 30.04.2005 16:31

Trabalhadores/as paralisam terminais de ônibus em resposta à perseguição patronal



Shell Halt Work In Erris Due To Accidents

Ireland, 30.04.2005 15:20

The latest drama from Erris, Co.Mayo, work halted on Shell's refinery due to accidents. On Thursday the 28th, after several accidents, Shell called a temporary halt to their construction of a massive gas refinery in Mayo. This suspension is ongoing. Ninety Bord na Mona workers contracted to them have been laid off with twenty four hours notice. The photos are from Wednesday the 20th of April. There was, it is rumoured, one similar truck accident before then, and there was certainly one on Monday the 25th. These Iggy Madden lorries are bringing removed bog from the Ballinaboy site, where the refinery is to go, to the peat storage place in Srahmore. The one in the photo went straight off the road and into the bog. There is anecdotal evidence of other accidents on site. Moreover actually removing the peat from the trucks appears to be a fairly involved sort of operation as it sticks to them. As was said during the planning hearings - 'you can't build a refinery on a bog - that's free advice.' Related Links: News from the Court Cases Solidarity Gathering Public Meeting in Galway Meanwhile in a court in Scotland on Wednesday the 27th Shell was fined a record amount - £900,000 - for a series of safety failings on its Brent Bravo platform that led to the deaths of two oil workers. This is almost treble the amount of the previous biggest fine the oil and gas industry has been hit with for safety breaches, but represents one minutes’ profit for the global Shell company. In the words of Greig Hill, Shell’s production director, “we feel completely 100 per cent responsible for the deaths of these men”. The men, aged Keith Moncrieff, aged 45 and Sean McCue, 22, were suffocated in a gas escape on the 11th of September 2003. The day after the accident Tom Botts, a Shell managing director said: "We've got a full audit and review from the Health and Safety Executive not only for the Brent Field but for all our fields in the North Sea,” “The Health and Safety Executive has come back with a very robust stamp of approval of our operations." Lord Oxburgh, Shell’s chairman, claimed in July 2004 he was "really very worried for the planet", due to climate change. Specifically fearing that sequestration, a technical fix for global warming involving the underground storage of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, “might be impossible”. In which case he says there isn’t any other approach and “little hope for the world”. This the boss of a major oil company, referring to the ecological damage caused in large part by the oil industry and oil dependant transportation. Hmm I can think of a few approaches that might work, might just cut into the profit margin of an oil company though! Will the Mayo refinery be run on the basis ‘ok this is really dangerous and we might be able to fix it or we might not, but sure ah what the hell go for it anyways, just lie back and think of the dollars’? The current safety record isn’t awe inspiring, with only weeks into one small part of the construction, already work has been stopped due to accidents. Photos are copyrighted to Nigel Beers-Smith, thanks to him for them. Related Links: Shell 'admits' shortcomings Poor safety of North Sea rigs exposed http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/apr2005/4202003_img2.jpg



neradnik2

belgrade, 30.04.2005 14:22

Izasao je novi Neradnik



Refugee Rights

Perth, 30.04.2005 11:32

21 East Timorese Asylum Seekers Told To Piss Off



Urbana City Council will Vote on Domestic Partner Registry and Benefits this Monday

Urbana-Champaign, 30.04.2005 05:01

On Monday, May 2, the Urbana City Council will take a final vote to establish a domestic partner registry. The registry will be open to same-sex and heterosexual partners living together in a close and committed relationship of mutual financial and emotional support. Both partners living in Urbana as well as those outside of Urbana are eligible to register. The opening of the registry will be announced this summer. Also on Monday's agenda is a motion to extend health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. This would shore up domestic partner benefits to make them equal to those extended to married employees. The City voted last summer to extend partial benefits to domestic partners of city employees, but these benefits did not include health insurance.



DA drops charges of 19 arrested at Tent University

Santa Cruz, CA, 30.04.2005 04:02

On the afternoon of April 29, the DA announced that the charges brought against those arrested at Tent University the night of April 18th have been dropped. We greatly appreciate the faculty, community members and students who voiced their support for those arrested. Although this is a celebrated victory, we are still anticipating a date to be set with Chancellor Denice Denton as well as the academic senate to begin their investigation into the events of the week of April 18th.

For previous coverage, see: Letter to Chancellor Denton and EVC Kliger from UCSC Faculty and Staff



48 Hour Hunger Strike Ends

San Francisco Bay Area, 30.04.2005 03:30

4/29/2005: Students at CSU-Fresno are hungry for the truth. Holding a 48 hour fast outside the university president’s office, students demanded an end to undercover police attendance at their events, an apology for the violation of their civil liberties, and a change in the policy that led to this spy caper. The Campus Peace and Civil Liberties Coalition has been given at least 5 different versions of why their were undercover law enforcement officers at an official club function held in November 2004. They are tired of the lies and want the truth.

An earlier story on Indymedia gives readers the details of the multiple version of the campus administrations story. When the students discovered the infiltration and violation of their civil liberties they held a press conference. That story can be seen HERE See the SunMt video of today’s press conference here



Ashland votes for more access to FSTV

Rogue Valley, 30.04.2005 03:27

Following the lead of Mayor Morrison who proclaimed last week "Independent Media Week" the Ashland Fiber Network Programming Committee Thursday evening (4/28/05) voted to make Free Speech TV more accessible for subscribers to the city owned cable television system.

FSTV will now be available at the "tier 2" Basic level of subscription for $14.40 per month. Previously staff had overextended their authority and moved FSTV to the "tier 3" Expanded Basic level which has a subscription rate of $34.83 per month. The Ashland Fiber Network has huge financial obligations and struggles to find more revenue to stay afloat.



State Representative Mary Nolan Against Senate Bill 861

Portland, 30.04.2005 03:21

Just found out my State Representative, Mary Nolan, does not support Senate Bill 861, to stop the cruel and unnecessary force-feeding of birds for foie gras. This even though no Democratic State Senators voted against it, and two Republicans even voted for it. Just found out my State Representative, Mary Nolan, does not support Senate Bill 861, to stop the cruel and unnecessary force-feeding of birds for foie gras. This even though no Democratic State Senators voted against it, and two Republicans even voted for it.

She represents the west side of Portland - here is a map of her district (36): http://www.leg.state.or.us/nolan/hd36.jpg (If you want to find your state senator and representative, not to be confused with your Federal senators or representatives, go to http://votesmart.org

This makes me wonder what other issues she is basically a Republican on. Anyone have any ideas how to find a better candidate (i.e. a real Democrat) next time around?

add your comments.../b>
more about foie gras from pdx imc: Radio - 'On The Air' with Matt Rossell talking about the foie gras campaign I Three Local Restaurants Drop Foie Gras I all articles



SMC Protest 05

LA, 30.04.2005 02:01

Counter-Recruitment Students Confront President of SMC



un año con gabriel preso

Argentina, 29.04.2005 23:00

Viernes 29 de abril de 2005 | Hubo una radio abierta por su liberación
A un año de la arbitraria detención de Gabriel Roser



An evening with Bobby Seale, cofounder of the Black Panthers

Santa Cruz, CA, 29.04.2005 22:21

Santa Cruz, CA. - On April 28, e-squared and the Ethnic Student Organization Council (ESOC) presented the 4th Annual Speaker Blowout: An evening with Bobby Seale, cofounder of the Black Panthers. Seale sported a yellow ribbon and an M8-tank hat, as he spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at UCSC.

(1 hour and 55 minutes / 39.4 MB -- this includes 10 minutes of introduction and 25 minutes of Q&A)

Audio: Listen to the Stream or Download the mp3



Update from the guy that got $700 in tickets on his bike in Gresham

Portland, 29.04.2005 22:21

'me' writes: [To] The guy that got $700 in tickets on his bike in Gresham: Hey, court was a few days ago, how about an update? Lots of us want to know how your trial went! Please update us and let us know if you got off on those bogus charges!

'Rider' replies: So I went to court but since i was pleading not guilty, I will have a trial which has now been scheduled for 5/23. I hate the delay but since I dont have any $$ I guess time is good.

I have learned a few other things since then. After filing a written complaint against Officer Durbin, I got a response from Sgt. O'Keeffe (Traffic Supervisor) It read:

Thanking for taking your time to complete our "Citizen Comment Form" regarding the contact you had with ne of our traffic officers.
I read your complaint and your comments on the "Portland Independent Media Center's" website. I also talked to my traffic officers about the contact.
It is obvious that my officer was unprofessional and rude. It is also just as obvious that you were just as unprofessional and rude.I cant dictate the conduct of the Public. I can only hold my Officers to a higher stndard tehn some of the people they have to deal with...read more >>

original post: [ Long story short, today I got $700 worth of tickets on my bike in Gresham ]



a un año de la detencion de Gabriel

Argentina, 29.04.2005 22:20

Viernes 29 de abril de 2005 | Hubo una radio abierta por su liberación
A un año de la arbitraria detención de Gabriel Roser



Pedal Powered Protests

United Kingdom, 29.04.2005 22:20

In 1992 in San Francisco cyclists started riding together monthly to assert themselves as traffic in a ride that became known as Critical Mass. Since then Critical Mass has spread to over 300 cities around the world and become a common feature of our protest culture.

To celebrate 10 years of critical mass, over 800 cyclists took to the streets in London last year with a bike samba band, live guitar from a rickshaw, multiple sound systems, mad bikes the like of which have to be seen to be believed. It was massive, and it's happening again this friday! (29th). The 11th Annivesary Mass meets on the southbank of Waterloo from 6pm before heading off on mass! There will also be critcal mass in Glasgow and Liverpool this friday - and probably other cities around the country as well.

On Saturday 30th April, there is another mass "against climate change, pollutiion and the G8" taking place in Worthing, Sussex, from 2pm (met Steyne Gardens). This weekend there is a benefit event for the G8 Bike Ride which will cycle from Brighton to Gleneagles, Scotland for a Critical Mass against climate change and the G8. The party is this Sunday May 1st (yes, Mayday) at the RampART Social Centre (www.rampart.co.nr). Starts 6pm with bike films inc 'We Are Traffic' and a sneak preview of 'Still We Ride'. You will also be entertained by Cycleogical Live - DavidCronenbergsWife + Lower Depths + Behind The Bikesheds. Hosted by Resonance 104.4FM - Sonic noisescapes + mashups + DJs funkin it all up.

Last week the 12 people who were arrested while taking part in a critical mass bike ride at the Derby G8 protests last month have had their bail dropped. No-one was charged, but everyone was on bail pending further 'investigation' and consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service. The police are still holding the arrestees bicycles, and of course their DNA and fingerprints.

During Bike Week 2005 and London Sustainability Week there are plans to hold the second annual World Naked Bike Ride in protest against oil dependency and celebration of the power and individuality of our bodies. Last years UK ride attracted around 50 naked cyclists, and many more are expected this year with many more rides taking place in various locations in the UK (London, Bath, Manchester, Edinburgh, etc).

Next week, two clothed people will be cycling from Dorset to London on a trike which is planned to be converted into a mobile Indymedia access point.

links:



RAF Brize Norton Antiwar Demo and Peace Camp

United Kingdom, 29.04.2005 22:20

A strange thing happened in the town of Carterton today (23/4/05)– a peace march, believed to be the very first ever protest march through the town.

Carterton is host to RAF Brize Norton - Britains main airbase for waging the war and occupation in Iraq. Most of the British Troops that fly out to Iraq do so from Brize Norton as does much of the supplies. Carterton community is heavily dependent on the base for work and thus heavily affected by British war casualties.

The demo explicitly aimed to interact with the people of Carterton: its message "The war/occupation is illegal and immoral - support the troops bring them home."

report | report+pics | more pics



Halliburton Call to Action

Houston, 29.04.2005 22:00

May 18th, Call to action against Halliburton



PABLO PAREDES COURT MARTIAL EVENTS / PROTEST

San Diego, 29.04.2005 19:01

Defend Pablo: Put the WAR on Trial
3 days of protest and events to support war resister
Pablo Paredes
as he faces court martial by the US Navy
May 10th - May 13th 2005
San Diego, CA

Listen to an interview with Pablo from radioActive sanDiego:
 http://radio.indymedia.org/news/2004/12/3053.php

Click Read More for event details...



May Day 2005 in Chicago

Chicago, 29.04.2005 18:02


graphic, AK Press"The time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voice you are throttling today."
-- August Spies from the gallows.

In memory of Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel, Adolph Fischer, Louis Lingg, Michael Schwab, Samuel Fielden and Oscar Neebe. Their courage and sacrifice for the emancipation of labor continues to inspire millions around the world.

May 1st, International Workers' Day, commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world, and is recognized in every country except the United States and Canada. This despite the fact that the holiday began in the 1880s right here in Chicago with the fight for an eight-hour work day. Read More: [ 1 | 2 | 3 ]

This year, Chicago May Day activities will kick off on Saturday night, April 30, with the 32nd Annual May Day Bash sponsored by Salsedo Press. On Sunday, May 1, events include a May Day Anarchist Picnic at the historic Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Waldheim Cemetery, and the 2nd Chicago Social Forum at Jones High School. And after 119 years of silence, the Chicago Federation of Labor will co-sponsor a Reclaim The Originial Labor Day rally at a controversial new statue near the site of the Haymarket Massacre (Des Plaines Avenue between Randolph Street and Lake Street) at 2 PM.



MARCHA BINACIONAL EN EL PUENTE DE FRAY BENTOS

Uruguay, 29.04.2005 18:01

Un abrazo contra las plantas de celulosa



junin noticias

Argentina, 29.04.2005 18:01

Jueves 28 de abril 2005| Córdoba.
"La Salud es un derecho y no un comercio"




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