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Capitalist Pig on Hawthorne: Creative action opposes CAFTA

Portland, 17.06.2005 20:25

Walking on Hawthorne Thursday I was offered cake by a group with a huge pig on a stick. They were handing out fliers asking people to call Sen. Wyden about the upcoming(?) vote in the Senate on CAFTA. They explined the situation with CAFTA, how it is similar to NAFTA and serves the interests of the same crowd, and they talked about how the vote hasn't come up because Bush doesn't have the support yet to guarantee its passing.

They had cell phones with them, and the Senators phone number, and were helping people make the call.



Rebelion en el Penal

Argentina, 17.06.2005 19:20

Viernes 17 de junio de 2005 | A cuatro meses de la revuelta en la cárcel de San Martín.
“Motín” y ¿después?.



June 22nd: SF Strategizing Meeting to Fight the Minuteman Project

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.06.2005 19:20

On Wednesday June 22nd, at 7:00 PM, there will be a Strategizing Meeting to Fight the Minuteman Project. It will take place at New College, 777 Valencia, Room 4 (between 18th and 19th Streets). Following the lead of activists in Southern California who support immigrants' rights, people in the Bay Area will come together to attempt to formulate a plan of resistance to counter "those who would divide us with borders and selectively proclaim some human beings as 'illegal.'” Read more

In April, under the rhetoric of fighting terrorism and protecting the economy, the Minuteman Project, which is an armed and racist vigilante organization, organized patrols of the Arizona border with Mexico. These right-wing, anti-immigrant activists and their allies are now expanding the border patrol project to New Mexico, Texas and California. In California, one patrol is scheduled to begin on July 18th, another on September 16th (intentionally scheduled on Mexico’s Independence Day), and a third patrol will be held in October.

One action that will likely be discussed is BorderHack, which will take place along the US/Mexico border from August 3rd-7th this year.



Rep. Conyers’ Spotlights Bush’s Pack of Lies

DC, 17.06.2005 19:01

The Downing St. Memo was center stage on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, on June 16, 2005. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) called a hearing to focus on that leaked document, which shows that President George W. Bush, Jr., and his cohorts, were looking to “cook the intelligence” on the Iraqi War. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said Bush is “a liar” and it’s time to bring the troops home!



San Diego Activists Subpoenaed for Grand Jury

San Diego, 17.06.2005 18:21

This morning at 7:30AM, I was woken up by a knock on my door. The people knocking refused to identify themselves, simply saying they had "something for Michael Cardenas". When I opened my door, I found that it was two FBI agents. I wondered why I'm always at the door in my underwear when the FBI comes to my house. The agents were there to issue a subpoena to me for a federal grand jury to take place in San Diego on June 28th at 9:00AM.

The Grand Jury in San Diego continues the recent increase in government repression of political activity taking place all across the country, from New Jersey to San Francisco. Recently, 9 activists were subpoenaed in San Francisco. Last week an independent media activist Mark Conlan was visited and questioned by the FBI as well in connection with the La Jolla apartment complex fire set by the ELF in 2003.

In recent decades, the grand jury has been used increasingly to intimidate and harass activists who are pushing for social justice. Pressure on the animal rights, environmental justice, anti-war, and anarchist movements has been escalating. At a recent hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, John E. Lewis, Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI, testified that, "Investigating and preventing animal rights extremism and eco-terrorism is one of the FBI's highest domestic terrorism priorities."

Grand Jury Teach-In Audio | San Francisco Subpoenas | Just Law Collective on Fighting Grand Juries | Last Week's FBI Visit in San Diego | Previous Home Raid | Another Raid Account San Diego Fed Watch



Arrests in Lodi Raise Fears Of Profiling And Entrapment

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.06.2005 17:30

On June 16th, a federal grand jury indicted Umer Hayat, a Lodi ice cream truck driver, and his son Hamid on charges they lied to FBI agents. The two men were arrested on June 5th and accused of lying during interrogation about a trip Hamid took to Pakistan. While the FBI leaked accuations of involvement in "terrorist" activity to the press, The Hayats are only charged with lying during interrogation and it's likely that the trip to Pakistan broke no laws. Attorneys say they will challenge the government over the press leaks, which they see as a deliberate move by the FBI to prejudice the case against their clients.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has eight verified incidents of civil rights violations by the FBI against Muslims in Lodi, including threats of deportation, humiliating two people in front of co-workers, threatening to charge people with jaywalking if they didn't cooperate, and not allowing attorneys to be present during questioning. Civil rights groups are filing a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) seeking FBI records of the procedures and policies used during the questioning and detention of dozens of Muslims in the Central Valley town of Lodi. In addition to arresting the Hayats, the FBI also arrested several leaders of local mosques. Two of those arrested, Muhammed Adil Khan and Shabbir Ahmed were known for organizing interfaith events to help spread religious tollerance.

The arrests in Lodi come just weeks after a similar set of arrests on the East Coast. Tarik Shah and Rafiq Sabir were arrested on May 28th. Rafiq Sabir, a doctor, was charged with conspiring "to treat wounded jihadists in Saudi Arabia". Tarik Shah, a well-known New York City jazz musician, was charged with conspiring to teach militants martial arts. Prosecutors said Shah and Sabir were caught expressing their "eagerness to help terrorists" in secretly taped conversations with an undercover FBI agent posing as an "al-Qaida recruiter".
Both the Lodi and E Coast arrests come as Bush is struggling for the renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act. The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hosted a series of “Know Your Rights” workshops in Lodi and Stockton, Calif., prompted by reports of harassmenet of Muslims FBI agents.

FOIA Request Filed Over Lodi Harassment | Oh ! Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again | Friends describe terror suspect as well-known New York musician
Read More On Indybay's Police State Page



FBI Arrests in Lodi Lead to Fear of Harassment

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.06.2005 17:30

On June 16th, a federal grand jury indicted Umer Hayat, a Lodi ice cream truck driver, and his son Hamid on charges they lied to FBI agents. The two men were arrested on June 5th and accused of lying during interrogation about a trip Hamid took to Pakistan. The FBI gave the media a far more damaging version of the affidavit against Umer and Hamid Hayat than was finally given to a court in Sacramento. The affidavit filed Thursday JUne 9th, did not contain any of the sensation material from earlier in the week which said the son's "potential terrorist targets included hospitals and groceries, and contained names of key individuals and statements about the international origins of 'hundreds' of participants in alleged Al Qaeda terrorist training camps in Pakistan." In response to the leaked FBI accusations Hamid Hayat's attorney stated, "my client and his son are only charged with one thing, and that is making a false statement. Though there are very alarming statements in the complaint concerning terrorist organizations ... it's important to note that my client is not charged with being involved in terrorist acts. He has been painted with the brush of being a terrorist and he's not even charged with it." Attorneys say they will challenge the government on this discrepancy, which they see as a deliberate move by the FBI to prejudice the case against their clients.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has eight verified incidents of civil rights violations by the FBI against Muslims in Lodi, including threats of deportation, humiliating two people in front of co-workers, threatening to charge people with jaywalking if they didn't cooperate, and not allowing attorneys to be present during questioning. Civil rights groups are filing a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) seeking FBI records of the procedures and policies used during the questioning and detention of dozens of Muslims in the Central Valley town of Lodi. In addition to arresting the Hayats, the FBI also arrested several leaders of local mosques. Two of those arrested, Muhammed Adil Khan and Shabbir Ahmed were known for organizing interfaith events to help spread religious tollerance. Rabbi Jason Gwasdoff of Temple Israel, a synagogue in Stockton, worked with Muhammed Adil Khan and Shabbir Ahmed to organize the Celebration of Abraham, celebrating the common roots of Jews, Christians and Muslims in the biblical patriarch Abraham.

The arrests in Lodi come just weeks after a similar set of arrests on the East Coast. Tarik Shah and Rafiq Sabir were arrested on May 28th. Rafiq Sabir, a doctor, was charged with conspiring "to treat wounded jihadists in Saudi Arabia". Tarik Shah, a well-known New York City jazz musician and son of a former aide to Malcolm X, was charged with conspiring to teach militants martial arts. Prosecutors said Shah and Sabir were caught expressing their "eagerness to help terrorists" in secretly taped conversations with an undercover FBI agent posing as an "al-Qaida recruiter".

Both the Lodi and E Coast arrests come as Bush is struggling for the renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act. Even if the arrests get overturned by the courts as entrapment, they may have only been intended to create a public perception of a terrorist threat to rally support behind the law. In Sacramento , the American Muslim Alliance & California Civil Rights Alliance held a townhall meeting on June 14th to discuss the Lodi arrests and "how not to be a victim of guilt by association." The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) also hosted a series of “Know Your Rights” workshops in Lodi and Stockton, Calif., prompted by reports of what local Muslims called “harassment” by FBI agents. Sunday's workshop in Stockton, attended by some 200 area Muslims, was the last of three sessions designed to inform community members about their legal rights.

FOIA Request Filed Over Lodi ‘Harassment' | Oh ! Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again | Friends describe terror suspect as well-known New York musician | Council Of American-Islamic Relations



Noisy activists disrupt our peaceful neighborhood again!

Portland, 17.06.2005 17:21

The animal rights activists are not giving up. A couple nights ago, my neighbor Eliot Spindel (OHSU Animal Researcher) was re-visited by a group of people with a bullhorn. One activist rang Eliot's door bell and I overheard him say, "Hi Eliot, we're here to protest and we're asking that you quit your job." Then the chanting started, which went something like this:

Eliot Spindel
Don't play God
Animal research is a fraud! Then one of the activists started talking about how Eliot injects pregnant monkeys with nicotine to study the effects. Now, that may seem pointless since we already know that smoking is bad given that people die as a result of it - but like Elliot alway says, wouldn't it be great if we could find a way for pregnant women to continue smoking without harming the baby too much?? Elliot is my neighbor and I have to stand up for him no matter how ridiculous his life's work is.

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previous: [ Cursed Animal Rights Activists Ruin My Evening ]



Walk for Truth Takes a 'Leap of Faith' Before Final Rally on Friday

Portland, 17.06.2005 17:21

On their last night before arriving in Portland, the Walkers for Truth, Justice, and Community spent the evening at the Episcopal Church in Oregon City, experiencing a Leap of Faith. Leap of Faith is an interactive play created by Act for Change as a way for people to explore the issues embedded into the battle for 'gay marriage'.

Based on the drama school known as Theater of the Oppressed, Leap of Faith tells a simple story of the damage to close personal relationships that occurs when a lesbian couple decide to get a Multnomah County marriage license, after a close encounter with a medical emergency . They are motivated by their love, and also by lack of health coverage for both partners and the simple ability to be there for each other in a medical situation. The play begins with the couple receiving support from a church friend at the hospital. It ends with this relationship rupturing over religious dogma around marriage.

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Rally and March for Justice - Friday, 4pm, (March is at 5pm)
Jobs with Justice is supporting the Rural Organizing Project's 7 day, statewide, Walk for Truth Justice and Community. The Walk will highlight workers rights, economic justice, civil liberties, and immigrant rights. The walk will end in Portland where we will join with rural and immigrant communities at Senator Smith's office to call on him to support Oregon's needs, not the War.

details >>



Mpls program June 21: From Minnesota, to Iraq and back.: An account of life in Iraq under U.S. occupation

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 17.06.2005 17:01

Life in Iraq under U.S. occupation, a first-hand report on Tuesday, June 21.



Pro-Choice Weekend: Two Days of Resistance and Celebration

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 17.06.2005 17:01

Pro-Choice Weekend: Two Days of Resistance and Celebration



E-bay Auction Raises Union Awareness

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 17.06.2005 17:01

After being fired for defending himself against a physically abusive customer, Dan Schneidkraut decided to auction off his old work shirt on E-Bay in an effort to pay his rent.



June 17th Anti-G8 Protests

United Kingdom, 17.06.2005 16:47

The third day of the Ministerial G8 meeting in Sheffield started with what was hopefully a rude awakening for the delgates at the Marriott Hotel in Nether Edge from a Rebel Alliance of RoRS and a squad from the Clown Army.

Activities continue all day at the Counter Conference at the convergence centre</>.

Reports: 1 Photos: 1 | 2 | Video: none [yet :-)]



G8 Summit Update

United Kingdom, 17.06.2005 16:47

With less than one month to go before the G8 summit in Gleneagles, final preparations are underway.

Most of the Indymedia Cambridge collective are heading up to Gleneagles to help cover the events. If you're interested in getting involved then contact us.



Photos from Downing Street Memo Rally at White House

DC, 17.06.2005 16:01

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) delivers petitions signed by 540,000 people to the White House. http://www.afterdowningstreet.org http://www.downingstreetmemo.com



Anti-BIO 2005

Portugal, 17.06.2005 15:00

Anti-BIO 2005



Afrika: Indymedia dispatch

Netherlands, 17.06.2005 12:01

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Arrests in Lodi Raise Fears Of Profiling And Entrapment

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.06.2005 08:26

On June 16th, a federal grand jury indicted Umer Hayat, a Lodi ice cream truck driver, and his son Hamid on charges they lied to FBI agents. The two men were arrested on June 5th and accused of lying during interrogation about a trip Hamid took to Pakistan. The FBI gave the media a far more damaging version of the affidavit against Umer and Hamid Hayat than was finally given to a court in Sacramento. The affidavit filed Thursday JUne 9th, did not contain any of the sensation material from earlier in the week which said the son's "potential terrorist targets included hospitals and groceries, and contained names of key individuals and statements about the international origins of 'hundreds' of participants in alleged Al Qaeda terrorist training camps in Pakistan." In response to the leaked FBI accusations Hamid Hayat's attorney stated, "my client and his son are only charged with one thing, and that is making a false statement. Though there are very alarming statements in the complaint concerning terrorist organizations ... it's important to note that my client is not charged with being involved in terrorist acts. He has been painted with the brush of being a terrorist and he's not even charged with it." Attorneys say they will challenge the government on this discrepancy, which they see as a deliberate move by the FBI to prejudice the case against their clients.

In addition to arresting the Hayats, the FBI also arrested several leaders of local mosques. Two of those arrested, Muhammed Adil Khan and Shabbir Ahmed were known for organizing interfaith events to help spread religious tollerance. Rabbi Jason Gwasdoff of Temple Israel, a synagogue in Stockton, worked with Muhammed Adil Khan and Shabbir Ahmed to organize the Celebration of Abraham, celebrating the common roots of Jews, Christians and Muslims in the biblical patriarch Abraham.

The arrests in Lodi come just weeks after a similar set of arrests on the East Coast. Tarik Shah and Rafiq Sabir were arrested on May 28th. Rafiq Sabir, a doctor, was charged with conspiring "to treat wounded jihadists in Saudi Arabia". Tarik Shah, a well-known New York City jazz musician and son of a former aide to Malcolm X, was charged with conspiring to teach militants martial arts. Prosecutors said Shah and Sabir were caught expressing their "eagerness to help terrorists" in secretly taped conversations with an undercover FBI agent posing as an "al-Qaida recruiter".

Both the Lodi and E Coast arrests come as Bush is struggling for the renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act. Even if the arrests get overturned by the courts as entrapment, they may have only been intended to create a public perception of a terrorist threat to rally support behind the law. In Sacramento , the American Muslim Alliance & California Civil Rights Alliance held a townhall meeting on June 14th to discuss the Lodi arrests and "how not to be a victim of guilt by association."

Oh ! Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again | Friends describe terror suspect as well-known New York musician



Report Back on National War Tax Resisters Central Committee National Meeting

Tennessee, 17.06.2005 08:02

On 7 May 2005, Nashvillians were treated to a special event. The National War Tax Resisters Central Committee (NWTRCC pronounced “nutrick”) held a meeting here. This is due primarily to the efforts of Karl Meyer, a famous war tax resister who has called Nashville his home for the last 7 years or so.



Efforts To Limit Patriot Act As Bush Pushes For Its Expansion

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.06.2005 07:30

On June 15th 2005, The US House of Representatives passed a measure by a 238-187 vote curtailing the federal government's access to library and book shop records without a warrant, as had been allowed under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. The USA PATRIOT Act (oficially known as the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001) was passed into law in 2001 by a 98 to 1 vote in the United States Senate, and a 357–66 vote in the United States House of Representative. Concerns over the the the law are widespread and resolutions opposing aspects of the law have been passed in 384 communities in 43 states including seven state-wide resolutions.

In recent weeks, Bush has been campaigning for a renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act, which is set to expire at the end of the year. On June 7th 2005, The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11 to 4 to approve an expansion of the law. The new measure would make permanent eight provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and would also increase government surveillance powers by granting investigators access to an individual's business records and allowing wiretaps and searches without a demonstrated link to terrorism or a federal judge's permission.

Patriot Act Two Passed by Senate Intelligence Committee | White House pushes for renewal of Patriot Act | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Wikipedia: USA PATRIOT Act | Electronic Privacy Information Center



Tensión en Santa Cruz

Argentina, 17.06.2005 07:20

Viernes 17 de junio de 2005 | NORTE DE SANTA CRUZ
Piquetes, paros y tomas pese a amenazas y carneros



Paros y piquetes en Santa Cruz

Argentina, 17.06.2005 07:20

Viernes 17 de junio de 2005 | NORTE DE SANTA CRUZ
Piquetes, paros y tomas pese a amenazas y carneros



Lübnan: Samir Kassir

Istanbul, 17.06.2005 06:02

Lübnan: Gazeteciler Samir Kassir'i unutmayacak



Bush Visiting Maple Grove Tomorrow June 17

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 17.06.2005 06:01

Come out and protest Bush as he preaches to the faithful.



FLORIANÓPOLIS

Brasil, 17.06.2005 06:00

Governo e PM impõem clima ditatorial contra manifestações



convocatoria

Argentina, 17.06.2005 05:30



destacados05

Argentina, 17.06.2005 05:20



Bolivya: Sosyal hareketlerin talepleri

Istanbul, 17.06.2005 04:25

Bolivya'da halkın yeni başkandan talebi: Ulusallaştırma



Walmart coming to Sellwood/Ardenwald?

Portland, 17.06.2005 04:25

Walmart has signed a secret deal with developer Howard Dietrich to build a 150,000 sq ft supercenter, along with 600 enclosed parking spots, at SE Tacoma street and 99E. The lease can only be broken if a city agency decides to buy the property.

Is this an attempt to increase his property value and blackmail the city for somewhere in the neighborhood of 17 million dollars? Or does he really intend to build a Walmart on a site that cannot handle the proposed traffic load? What of the businesses in Milwaukie that will be affected by the opening of a big box right in their neigborhood? What about the neighbors who already suffer through frequent traffic on SE Tacoma street? How will this giant store affect emergency services? None of these questions have been addressed, as the plan was hatched in secret and only leaked out this week.

Well, it's a secret no more. Several hundred people showed up at a Sellwood-Moreland (SMILE) neighborhood meeting last night, and opposition to this development was unanimous. Also attending were members of the Portland City Council.



Pres@s Polític@s

santiago, 17.06.2005 03:02

NUEVAMENTE ES REPRIMIDA UNA MARCHA POR LA LIBERTAD



Reclaiming History: Ruskin Utopian Socialist Colony 1894-1901

Tennessee, 17.06.2005 02:03

Socialist in Tennessee and Georgia 1894-1901 The Ruskin Colony was a utopian socialist colony which existed in Dickson County, Tennessee and briefly in Ware County, Georgia from 1894 to 1901. '''Ruskin Colony''' (or '''Ruskin Commonwealth Association''') existed near Tennessee City in Dickson County, Tennessee from 1894 to 1896. The colony moved to a slightly more permanent second settlement on an old farm five miles North from 1896 to 1899, and saw another brief incarnation near Waycross, in Southern Georgia, from 1899 until it finally dissolved in 1901. It's regional location within the Southern United States set it apart from many other similar utopian projects of the era. At it's high point, the population of colonists was around 250. The colony was named after John Ruskin, the English socialist writer, and a cave on the second property in Dickson County still carries his name.



Mountain Justice Summer Heats Up

Richmond, 17.06.2005 02:02

Over 100 activists gathered in South WV to kick off Mountain Justice Summer, reinvigorating the movement to stop Mountain Top Removal



Showdown in Coal town: 16 arrested Protesting Massey Energy

Richmond, 17.06.2005 02:02

As part of the effort to protect Appalachian communities from the destructive and often careless actions of coal extraction companies engaging in Mountain Top Removal, local residents were joined by Mountain Justice Summer participants yesterday at a (RICHMOND BASED) Massey Energy facility in Coal River Valley, West Virginia where the children of Marsh Fork Elementary School are threatened by the company's irresponsible mining practices.



Richmond Mountain Justice Rally

Richmond, 17.06.2005 02:02

MOUNTAIN JUSTICE SUMMER INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ON THE ROOT CAUSES OF CLIMATE CHANGE EAST COAST CONVERGENCE AGAINST MASSEY COAL AND MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL July 8th Monroe Park--Richmond, VA On July 8th as the rulers of the eight most powerful nations meet in Scotland to decide our fates, communities around the world will take to the streets to fight back against the fossil fuels industry’s devastation of our Earth and its people. No longer can we stand by as our air is polluted, our water poisoned, our mountains destroyed, and our communities terrorized by these careless corporate thugs. On this day, in conjunction with Venezuelan communities fighting coal mines in their country, the people of Appalachia and folks from all across the east coast will descend on Richmond, VA to confront one of the most ruthless coal companies in the US, Massey Energy Co, who has been systematically destroying the mountains and people of Southern Appalachia through a form of mining called mountaintop removal (MTR).



Norfolk Catholic Worker Presents &quot;Haunted by God&quot;

Richmond, 17.06.2005 02:02

Norfolk Catholic Worker Presents "Haunted by God" a one-woman play about Catholic social activist Dorothy Day Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m. Virginia Beach Dorothy Day co-founded the Catholic Social Worker movement in 1933 and is known as the “mother of the peace movement” in the United Stares and has influenced generations of writers, thinkers and activists including Daniel Barrigan and Michael Harrington. Lisa Wagner performs the play that she co-authored with Paul Amandes and Robert McClory. This acclaimed production has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Africa.



Grand Jury Targets Animal Rights Activists

Richmond, 17.06.2005 02:02

Several animal rights activists have been subpoenaed to appear before a San Francisco grand Jury on June 22 and July 23...



Anti-immigrant Demonstration

LA, 17.06.2005 02:01

Anti-immigrant Protest in Alhambra, June 18



Leith FM Community and Indymedia Radio Show 1-2pm Monday to Friday

Scotland, 16.06.2005 23:01

For the next fortnight Lindsey and I will be broadcasting a mix of community radio programmes, reviews of Leith festival, and pieces about the upcoming G8. Lindsey is an old Leith hand, and works for the festival - this is also her second broadcast. I'm new to Leith, and looking forward to getting to know the area, and telling that story here on Indymedia. Below you can hear a promo from the first show, and today we played a piece about Edinburgh Univeristies first fairtrade fashion show, as well as hearing from local Leithers in the Scot-mid across from the station about whether they bought fairtared or not, and why. Leith Mediaworks: http://www.leithmediaworks.com/ Indymedia Radio: http://radio.indymedia.org/



Privatising the BBC

Scotland, 16.06.2005 23:01

85% of BBC workers in Glasgow walked out on 23rd May, as part of a UK-wide strike. Management aims to privatise public broadcasting were dealt a blow, but the issues are still unresolved. BECTU (Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union) BBC : http://www.bectubbc.org.uk/ NUJ (National Union of Journalists) : http://www.nuj.org.uk/ AMICUS : http://www.amicustheunion.org/



International Networking Meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece

Scotland, 16.06.2005 23:01

"We don't want to be what we are now; we want to be what we want to become!"

From 20 – 22 of May 2005 the Antiauthoritarian Movement (Assembly of Salonica), Greece hosted the International Networking Meeting in Thessaloniki to spark off Dissent against the G8.



&quot;Free Jeff Luers&quot; Solidarity Action in Edinburgh on Sunday

Scotland, 16.06.2005 23:01

On the night of June 12th in Edinburgh there was a benefit gig for Jeff Free Luers that ended with a confrontation in front of the American consulate.

[Free Jeff Luers Solidarity Campaign | Earth Liberation Prisoners | Anarchist Black Cross Brighton | Legal Defense and Monitoring Group London | G8 Legal Support Scotland ]



Cre8 Summit Film - Glasgow - Reclaiming Community (Day 1)

Scotland, 16.06.2005 23:01

Over the weekend of the 11th and 12th of June the Cre8 Summit community initiative has taken back an area of land in Glasgow left derelict by the planners, transforming it into a community space.

[ JAM 74 Campaign | Cr8 | Corporate Watch ]

[ Video Indymedia | Cr8 posting on Video IMC | direct download link ]



Why We Were Arrested

Boston, 16.06.2005 23:01

Yesterday afternoon, as I tried to make my middle aged bones accommodate the uncompromising metal cot in my jail cell on the men’s block of the Cambridge police station, I found old New England and national history floating through my mind. During the 1848 U.S. invasion of Mexico, Emerson had asked Throreau, (who had refused to pay war taxes), what he was doing in jail. And, as we learned in school, Thoreau’s response was what was Emerson doing outside the bars. Many of my friends and colleagues from the American Friends Service Committee, the Quaker-based peace, justice, reconciliation and development organization, had joined a peaceful protest on the city’s centuries old common. Two of us, a photographer friend, and four younger activists ended up in the slammer. What happened? Last Thursday evening, a friend called with news that it had just been announced that a Blackhawk helicopter, the Under Secretary of the Army and a lot of other military hullabaloo would be descending on Cambridge Common, ostensibly to celebrate the Army’s 230th anniversary. Interestingly, the Army hadn’t bothered to show up to celebrate the 200th or 225th anniversaries!) What the military, desperate for recruits, had in mind was an extravaganza to reignite its sagging recruitment efforts. Finding it nearly impossible to recruit young men and women to kill and to die as occupiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military was anxious to gin up its system. By coming to Cambridge, after years of being unwanted here, the military wanted to show that it was on the offensive. The piece de resistance would come at night with the televised induction of new army recruits in Fenway Park, the home of the World Champion Boston Red Sox. Had Leni Riefenstahl risen from the dead to produce more military propaganda?



Town Hall Forum on Aggressive Dogs

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.06.2005 23:00

In light of recent events, SFDOG will be hosting a town hall forum on aggression in dogs. A panel of experts will discuss what we as individuals, a community, and a city can and should do to address the problems caused by aggressive dogs. The discussion will be moderated, with an extended period for questions from the audience. People are encouraged to attend this informational forum on how to deal with aggression in dogs, in light of the recent tragic mauling of a 12-year old boy. More info here.



Back to the Wall postponed to July 1st

Rogue Valley, 16.06.2005 22:32

The Back to the WALL (Witness Against Lawless Logging) event has been postponed from this Saturday until Friday, July 1st. Rainy weather, strategic timing considerations and the likelihood of a larger, more impactful event lead organizers to this decision.

This exciting event will be a convergence of forest advocates from northern, central and southern Oregon traveling on biodiesel buses to gather at the offices of decision makers and at the points of forest destruction to witness and confront the logging of old growth reserves within the Biscuit fire perimeter. On July 1st we will visit US Forest Supervisor Scott Conroy at his office and then head into the field as a roving caravan of voices standing up for our native forests!



Teatro de Guerrilla

Puerto Rico, 16.06.2005 22:21

Teatro de Guerrilla en acción



Jury In 60s Civil Rights Trial against Klansman Edgar Killen Allowed to Go Home

Tennessee, 16.06.2005 22:03

With the KKK swarming the town of Philadelphia, Mississippi, the judge of the trial against KKK terrorist Edgar Ray Killen startled the crowd by announcing that the jury would be allowed to go home for Father's Day weekend.



Restaurant workers organise, 1000 join Unite!

Aotearoa, 16.06.2005 22:02

Over the last few weeks 900 Auckland restaurant workers from McDonalds (500), KFC (300), Starbucks (90) and Pizza Hut (80) joined the new Unite campaign for decent pay and working conditions for restaurant workers. These workers along with the 300 Burger King workers and 35 Denny’s workers will be part of a push for collective employment agreements at job sites. Over the past month recruitment has tripled the numbers of workers involved in the campaign to 1300, all of whom will benefit from a collective agreement and union representation.



Sacramento Counter-Recruitment

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.06.2005 20:25

Yesterday morning, a counter-recruitment demonstration by buses arriving at the Military Entrance Processing Station, 3870 Rosin Ct, #105, in Sacramento, California, took place. Protestors held signs, talked with people, and also gave out information on the dangers of joining the military. The group celebrated when a mother and her daughter changed their mind and left before the young girl was administered the oath or signed the eight-year contract for military service. Read report here, pictures here.



June 16th Anti-G8 Protests

United Kingdom, 16.06.2005 19:20

Today the alternative Counter Conference is underway at the convergence space. Sessions have included workshops from Make Borders History and Sheffield NO2ID. From 9pm there will be films from Beyond TV.

At 2pm the 3rd person to be arrested last night appeared in court charged with spitting and recieved a £25 fine, £20 court costs and a 3 day city centre ban. A second person was bailed to appear in court at a later date pending a decision by the police to prosecute on an additional charge. In both cases the police sought bail conditions that would restrict travel to Scotland for the G8. In both cases the Magistrate did not agree to this. The third person has yet to appear in court.

This afternoon there is a protest outside the Cathedral at 6pm called by the Sheffield Stop the War Coalition, this has been agreed with police, numbers are limited to 100. Access will be via Campo Lane and East Parade. There is a Rice meal on Devonshire Green at 7:30pm called by Make Poverty History.




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