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X. Acampada contra el Tren de Alta Velocidad

Euskal Herria, 22.07.2005 19:13



Diane Wilson

Houston, 22.07.2005 19:13

An Unreasonable Woman: Diane Wilson



pastors for peace

Houston, 22.07.2005 19:13

Urgent Action Needed: CARAVAN TO CUBA stopped by US BORDER PATROL



July Clinic Defense Actions Planned for SF Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area, 22.07.2005 19:13

The “Crusade for Life” has made plans to harass women at health clinics in the Bay Area from July 15th-27th. Radical Women and other local organizations are encouraging people to help to defend the clinics and to send the message that the Bay Area is pro-choice and stands up for reproductive rights. The Bay Area is being targeted precisely because of the long-standing tradition of honoring and protecting a woman's right to reproductive self determination.

Planned Clinic Defense Actions: July 22nd: People plan to be at the Women's Choice Clinic in Oakland at 8am. July 23rd: Meet near Planned Parenthood, at Van Ness and Eddy, for a press conference at approximately 8:00am (note location change). Monday, July 25th: Clinic Defense and pro-choice presence at Women’s Choice Clinic in Oakland starting at 8am. People are encouraged to wear reproductive rights t-shirts. The anti-abortionists are planning to be in Oakland on July 25th, in Berkeley on July 26th, and in Richmond on July 27th. Read more ways to help defend clinics | Indybay's Womyn Page



August 8th: Words and Scenes from Scotland and San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Area, 22.07.2005 19:13

On Saturday August 6th, there will be a video screening and reportback from the G8 Protests in Scotland and San Francisco. The event will take place in the AK Press Warehouse. The doors will open at 7pm and videos will start at 7:30pm. AK Press will have an open house during the event. Donations will be requested to support Indybay and the local legal support collective. Organizers plan to show videos from UK Indymedia of the black bloc in Scotland, police bloopers, and more. Footage from the San Francisco demonstration will also be shown. Read more



Scottish Parliament to Consider Resolution to Support Klamath River Tribe's Campaign to Remove Dams

San Francisco Bay Area, 22.07.2005 19:13

Glasgow, Scotland - Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) Robin Harper announced today that he will be introducing a resolution to support the Hoopa, Karuk, Klamath, and Yurok Tribes' efforts to have Klamath River Dams removed, and the fishery restored. These are the three largest tribes in California and the largest in Oregon.

The Tribes are campaigning in Scotland to pressure multinational energy giant Scottish Power (NYSE - SPI) to remove dams which block over 350 miles of spawning habitat for salmon and degrade water quality. Since the building of the dams, Klamath salmon numbers have plummeted to less that 8% of their historic levels, devastating tribal cultures and local economies.

More: 1 | 2 | 3



Chronicle Labor Battle

San Francisco Bay Area, 22.07.2005 19:13

Teamsters GCIU local 4N has started contract negotiations with the Hearst Corporation, in what many think will be a fierce labor battle. In december, the Chronicle hired notorious union buster Frank Vega as publisher, whose reputation followed him after a 20 month strike at The Detroit Free Press. One of the first moves from Vega, at the Chronicle, was to install surveillance cameras on workers and distribute a 17 page memo detailing the Chronicle's plan of strike-breaking in the event of a strike or lockout.

Negotiations - The Hearst/Chronicle proposals submitted to the various Chronicle unions whose contracts expired on July 1, 2005 include provisions for the Chronicle to dramatically reduce wages, outsource work, eliminate each union’s jurisdiction by allowing non-union employees to do union work side by side with union members, and create a two tier condition for wages and benefits. Despite the outrageous demands, the unions all agreed to enter into bargaining. According to representatives of Local 4N, the Hearst Corporation is refusing to bargain in good faith.

Community Support - The Hearst Corporation's unwillingness to engage in serious discussion with union representatives brought the issue to the streets where many members of the bay area’s labor community showed their support. Frustrated by stalled negotiations, Local 4N & community allies held a rally in front of the Chronicle building at 5th and Mission on Monday, July 11, 2005 Photos - 1

Related - Labor | Related articles on the newswire | GCIU Local 4N website



Protests in Livermore, and Nationwide, to Demand Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

San Francisco Bay Area, 22.07.2005 19:13

August 6th and 9th will be National Days of Action to mark the 60th anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States. List of nationwide actions. On August 9th, there will be candlelight vigils at City Halls in communities across the country. Readings, lantern lighting ceremonies, shadow projects, and more will also be held. Read more

A protest will be held in Livermore on Saturday, August 6th to act to abolish nuclear weapons and war, protest new, earth-penetrating nuclear weapons at Livermore Lab, and celebrate visions of a just and nuclear-free world. People will gather at 5pm at William Payne Park, at 5800 Patterson Pass Rd. (BART shuttles provided by the Peace and Freedom Party). A list of sponsors and nonviolence guidelines can be found on the Tri-Valley CAREs website.

Protest organizers say that the development of nuclear weapons in the Bay Area puts communities at risk. The Bay Area's Livermore Lab acts as the "brain" of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, as its scientists are developing new and modified nuclear weapons and spurring the U.S. to spend billions of dollars upgrading the U.S. arsenal. This year's Seeds of Change theme "reminds us that our actions now are laying the foundation for the peace of the future."

A new Seeds of Change CD has been released - it documents some of the voices, music and poetry of six decades of resistance to nuclear weapons. Several CD release parties will be held in the next several weeks to boost awareness for the August 6th rally and march. The dates are: Friday, July 22nd in San Francisco, and Wednesday, July 27th in Livermore.

Why We Will Gather to Stop Nuclear Weapons | Western States Legal Foundation



Chronicle Labor Battle

San Francisco Bay Area, 22.07.2005 19:13

Teamsters GCIU local 4N has started contract negotiations with the Hearst Corporation, in what many think will be a fierce labor battle. In december, the Chronicle hired notorious union buster Frank Vega as publisher, whose reputation followed him after a 20 month strike at The Detroit Free Press. One of the first moves from Vega, at the Chronicle, was to install surveillance cameras on workers and distribute a 17 page memo detailing the Chronicle's plan of strike-breaking in the event of a strike or lockout.
The Hearst/Chronicle proposals include provisions for the Chronicle to dramatically reduce wages, outsource work, eliminate each union’s jurisdiction by allowing non-union employees to do union work side by side with union members, and create a two tier condition for wages and benefits. Despite the outrageous demands, the unions all agreed to enter into bargaining. According to representatives of Local 4N, the Hearst Corporation is refusing to bargain in good faith.
Frustrated by stalled negotiations, Local 4N & community allies held a rally in front of the Chronicle building at 5th and Mission on Monday, July 11, 2005 Photos - 1

Related articles on the newswire | More Labor News



International Day of Protest for Korean Dogs and Cats

San Francisco Bay Area, 22.07.2005 19:13

In San Francisco, 20 IDA members with their dogs joined other protestors at the Korean Consulate to protest the cruel and illegal practices that the Korean Government is allowing to happen to Korean dogs and cats through the various meat markets. Over 5,000 petitions were presented to the Korean Consulate, all of which had been collected in just a few short weeks leading up to the demonstration. The protest took place on an International Day of Protest against the dog and cat meat trade, which is signified by the first of Korea's Bok days, the hottest days of the year and the time of year when the most dogs are consumed. Why? Because there is a belief that eating the flesh of dogs who do not sweat will cool the consumer's body. Activists worldwide joined together to speak up for Korean dogs and cats in 16 demonstrations held throughout 12 countries including Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Columbia, Ireland, Mexico, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Tanzania and the United States. The protests were also in solidarity with Korean activists also calling for an end to the dog and cat meat trade. Full report and pictures here.



Another Farm Worker Dies in Kern County

San Francisco Bay Area, 22.07.2005 19:13

One year ago, when Kern County, Calif. table grape picker Asuncion Valdivia, 53, fell victim to 100-plus degree weather in July 2004, and now another farm worker has died due to heat stroke. He succumbed to more than 105-degree heat while laboring in a bell pepper field outside nearby Arvin. Though co-workers attempted to hydrate and cool him when he began to shake and wave his arms frantically, the sweltering heat proved too intense. On Monday, July 18, United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez used a news conference in Bakersfield to urge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to issue an emergency regulation aimed at preventing more heat-related fatalities. The UFW is also calling on lawmakers to pass AB 805, by Assemblymember Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park), UFW-sponsored legislation requiring basic steps by growers to prevent and respond to heat illness. A state regulation on heat illness was first proposed in 1990. But the state has been dragging its heels for 15 years. Table grape growers last year ignored pleas from the UFW for voluntary preventive measures against heat stress. More info here.



GLOBALIZAR LA RESISTENCIA

Uruguay, 22.07.2005 18:56

G8 2005, Gleneagles: Represión, Resistencia y Payasos



U.S. and Global Temperature Summary Data for June 2005 and Other Indications of Global Warming

Madison, 19.07.2005 20:02

June 2005 was the second warmest June on record according to a new report issued by the U.S. National Climate Data Center, exceeded only by temperatures in June 1998, which was a strong El Nino year. Monthly global average temperatures have been warmer than the 1971-2000 average monthly temperatures for 120 straight months, going back to May 1995. Meanwhile, evidence of accelerating global warming is evident in increased glacial and polar ice melting around the world, ocean temperature warming and faster than predicted sea level rises. Excessive carbon in the atmosphere is already causing irreparable environmental damage to the Earth's oceans and drastic cuts in emissions are necessary to prevent further devastation, a panel of leading scientists has warned. Can there realistically be any doubt that global warming is already well underway?



OCUPAÇÃO

Brasil, 19.07.2005 19:21

MTD-DF, MST-DF E FEAB fazem ocupação conjunta no DF



&quot;Feldbefreier&quot; wählten Genfeld bei Berlin aus

Germany, 19.07.2005 18:30

Der Vorgang hat gespenstisches Niveau. In aller Öffentlichkeit und doch fast unbemerkt von ihr hat auf deutschen Feldern der kommerzielle Anbau gentechnisch veränderter Pflanzen begonnen....
Die Aktion "Gendreck weg" hat jetzt den Ort für die "Freiwillige Feldbefreiung" am 30. und 31. Juli festgelegt: Das Feld mit Monsanto-Genmais liegt ausgerechnet im Naturpark Märkische Schweiz, 25 km vor Berlin.

Hintergrund/Rückblick | Aktion "Feldbefreiung" in Frankreich | "Kaffeefahrt" zu Genmaisfeldern im Juni



Resistance

Manila, 19.07.2005 12:37

Fishermen and Farmers Siege Philippine Agriculture Office to Condemn PGMA, Agencies Neglect of their Sector



RESISTÊNCIA INDÍGENA

Brasil, 19.07.2005 05:20

1ª Brigada em solidariedade aos povos indígenas em Aracruz-ES



Are Physicians Leaving Illinois for Other States?

Urbana-Champaign, 19.07.2005 05:02

During the past year, some physician groups and health insurance officials have stated that physicians are leaving Illinois for other states because of the high cost of medical malpractice insurance. However, an analysis of data from the American Medical Association and the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that this isn't true.



Plans for Women's Jail May Meet an Early Fate: Statewide Coalition Calls for Moratorium on New Jails

Boston, 19.07.2005 05:01

The state wants to build a new women's jail to replace part of the existing Hampden County jail. The Statewide Harm Reduction Coalition has been campaigning against it. They held a press conference last Wednesday, July 13th, at the statehouse to voice objections to the project.



Proposed Lab Feels the Heat: July Update on the Grassroots Campaign against B.U.'s Biolab

Boston, 19.07.2005 05:01

A coalition of local grassroots groups recently held a rally in the South End against the BioSafety Level 4 lab that Boston University is trying to build there. Only a handful of such high-risk labs exist in the U.S. Locals say the lab would be cruel to animals as well as an act of environmental racism.



Forest Service Dismantles Blockade at Hobson Salvage Sale

Rogue Valley, 19.07.2005 04:37

Reports from the field indicate that Forest Service law enforcement officers, with the help of a logging crew, dismantled the road blockade in the Hobson old growth reserve timber sale in the Biscuit Fire area on Sunday. One arrest was made.

Using bulldozers and skidders, the log cabin structure was pushed out of the way, clearing access for logging crews set to begin this week. Activists remain in the area, supporting a tree-sit in one of the units.



FOREST BLOCKADE

Perth, 19.07.2005 03:03

URGENT: PALMER Block Jarrah Forest - Immediate Action Required



Nurses Demand Safe Staffing Ratios During Statehouse Hearings

Boston, 19.07.2005 00:01

BOSTON -- Hundreds of nurses and health care activists from across New England rallied at the statehouse July 14 to demand legislators pass state legislation mandating safe nurse-to-patient ratios. The one-day action sponsored by The Massachusetts Nurses Association union was a continuation of mass state-wide actions in an effort to pass House Bill 2663 “An Act Ensuring Patient Safety,” (www.massnurses.org). Similar to California state mandated nurse-to-patient ratio legislation won by the California Nurses Association, the MNA supported bill would mandate safe staffing levels based on specific hospital location and specialties. In intensive care the bill calls for one nurse to two patients while in medical and surgical units the nurse-to-patient ratio would be 1-to-4.



July Clinic Defense Actions Planned for SF Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area, 19.07.2005 00:00

The “Crusade for Life” has made plans to harass women at health clinics in the Bay Area from July 15th-27th. Radical Women and other local organizations are encouraging people to help to defend the clinics and to send the message that the Bay Area is pro-choice and stands up for reproductive rights. The Bay Area is being targeted precisely because of the long-standing tradition of honoring and protecting a woman's right to reproductive self determination.

Planned Clinic Defense Actions: Saturday, July 16th and July 23rd: Meet at Planned Parenthood to be a visible pro-choice force. 8am-noon, 815 Eddy Street, San Francisco. Monday, July 25th: Clinic Defense and pro-choice presence at Women’s Choice Clinic in Oakland starting at 8am. People are encouraged to wear reproductive rights t-shirts. The anti-abortionists are planning to be in Oakland on July 25th, in Berkeley on July 26th, and in Richmond on July 27th. Read more ways to help defend clinics | Recommended Procedures for Clinic Defense & Patient/Escort Assistance



11 Year-old Latina Criminalized for Responding to Attack by Boys

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.07.2005 23:30

Maribel Cuevas, a small 11-year old girl in Fresno who speaks more Spanish than English, was attacked by neighborhood boys who threw water balloons at her in late April. She grew frustrated and threw a rock at the boys. One of the boys, 9 year-old Elijah Vang, needed stitches as a result of being hit by the rock. A neighbor called 911, but before 3 police cars and a helicopter had arrived, Maribel had already apologized to the boy's family. The Fresno police (who only spoke English) arrested Maribel and took her away in handcuffs. She was incarcerated in juvenile hall for five days, and was made to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet for a month. Elijah Vang and his family have reportedly moved out of the neighborhood. Maribel is being charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, and her trial will begin on August 3rd. Her lawyer has accused the police of criminalizing childhood behavior. Women's rights activists are encouraging people to write to the District Attorney, Elizabeth A. Egan, and ask her to drop the charges against Maribel. Contact info for local officials



elecciones en Sgo del Estero

Argentina, 18.07.2005 23:01

Lunes 18 de julio 2005 | SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO
Elecciones para convencionales constituyentes:
Elegir no votar



Bradford site eviction

United Kingdom, 18.07.2005 22:00

Claremont a squatted travellers site opposite Bradford University is in danger of eviction as its year long legal battle with property developers draws to a close. Claremont originally the site of a large Victorian house which burnt down in the 50's was squatted in 1989 and since then has provided a home for literally hundreds of people some staying for weeks others for years in a variety of trucks, buses and caravans.

As a consequence of Bradford council's attempted regeneration/gentrification of the city the site has come to the attention of property developers- who bought the land and issued a claim for possession last year. The site's legal battle concluded in a hearing at dewsbury county court last Tuesday- with the court postponing judgement until the 18th of this month- as for what he'll decide, it was to our minds made pretty obvious when the judge responded to a request that any eviction be suspended following the judgement to allow the defendants to find new homes with the words "I'd suggest the defendants should be doing that now" or something to that effect.



Cops Tackle White Supremacist to the Ground

LA, 18.07.2005 21:21

Cops Tackle White Supremacist to the Ground



elecciones en Sgo del Estero

Argentina, 18.07.2005 21:01

Lunes 18 de julio 2005 | SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO
Elecciones para convencionales constituyentes:
Elegir no votar



Proman Manufacturing Co. Laying-Off Chinatown Workers without Severance Pay

Boston, 18.07.2005 19:01

On July 16, 2005, a picket line of workers took over the entrance of Proman Manufacturing Company to protest unfair labor practices by this 61-year-old sportswear manufacturing company in Chinatown. Its owner, Joseph Proman, recently confirmed the company will be closing by the end of July and laying-off all of its 40-plus Chinese and Latino workers without severance pay.



AFL-CIO Convention in Chicago

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.07.2005 18:20

From Chicago Indymedia - On July 25th, over a thousand union delegates will gather at Chicago's Navy Pier for the 2005 AFL-CIO Convention. Confronted by decades of union busting, benefit cuts, privatization, job and pension loss, racism, continuing attacks on public education and health care systems, a dismal foreign policy record, and the abject failure by the Federation to stem the rightward corporate lurch of the Democratic Party, delegates will be presented with a series of contending leadership proposals to deal with labor's growing organizational crisis -- and face the possibility of a split within the AFL-CIO. Whether rank and file delegates can actually have an impact on this process, or whether it will be decided by a handful of powerful business union leaders remains to be seen. But in the days ahead, rank and file union activists will also be strategizing to rebuild a militant and democratic U.S. labor movement -- and strengthen solidarity with workers abroad.

On Saturday, July 23, activists will convene the first national Labor Conference for Palestine. On Sunday, July 24, the National "Take Back Our Unions" Rank and File Conference will meet to discuss the ongoing crisis in the AFL-CIO - followed later that evening by a film screening of "Waging a Living". On Sunday afternoon union members will join with Latin American solidarity groups for an rally at Navy Pier in support of a convention resolution challeging the AFL-CIO's relationship with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) -- and NED schemes to intervene in countries like Venezuela. US Labor Against the War and other labor groups will also try and float convention resolutions calling for an immediate withdrawal of US troops and an end to the occupation of Iraq.

Related Sites: Labor Action Coalition | Labor Notes | Labor Net | Labor Beat | Community Labor News | Workers Independent News Service (WINS) | LabourStart | Latin American Solidarity Coalition | Say No to NED | U.S. Labor Against the War



Imigração: apenas 164 pessoas

Portugal, 18.07.2005 17:20

Imigração: apenas 164 pessoas



Minutemen . . . .

San Diego, 18.07.2005 15:31

Original Campo sdimc feature Friday, July 15th People arrive after 5. Set-up camp, tents, kitchen, etc. First strategy meeting. Saturday Meetings, minor confrontations, VFW march 1, fire, VFW march 2, night watch, Buenos Noches Brigade. 100-150 people at highest. Sunday, goodbye

Reports: 150 March in Support of Human Rights | Snipers at campo protest | Physical Borders, psychological divisions | LA indymedia - Report from Campo - Anti-MM action | Minutemen Leave After Clash With Protesters

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

Audio: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Sonic Attacks Disrupt Border Vigilante Patrol

Video: 1 | 2 | Minutemen Threaten to Shoot Protesters



Rustbelt TV: New Episode, Summer 2005

Pittsburgh, 18.07.2005 15:02

Rustbelt TV: New Episode, Summer 2005



Opposite Propaganda Film Night : The Last at the Dinkytowner!

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 18.07.2005 15:01

Tuesday July 19 at the Dinkytowner in Minneapolis will be the last Opp Prop there. Films start after 8 PM The Spook Behind the Door, a film about black nationalism and the CIA. Also: a special feature we can't tell you about! The Dinkytowner is located at 412-1/2 14th Ave SE in MPLS Music by Free Radio Twin Cities 93.1 DJs



UN Troops Attack Port-au-Prince, Kill 23 People

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.07.2005 05:20

On July 6th, more than 300 heavily armed UN troops attacked a densely-populated neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Multiple sources confirm the "peacekeepers" killed at least 23 people. Eyewitnesses reported the UN troops used helicopters, tanks, machine guns and tear gas in the operation. Among those killed were children, women, and men on their way to work. Bay Area school teacher Seth Donnelly, who was in Haiti as part of a labor and human rights delegation, interviewed survivors as well as the UN commander after the massacre. A coordinated series of actions is being planned across the U.S. and Canada to demand an end to UN killings of Haitian civilians, including a protest in San Francisco on July 21st. Full story | Haiti news



J23-28: AFL-CIO Convention in Chicago - Rank and File Voices Call for Change

Chicago, 18.07.2005 04:02

AFL-CIO in CrisisOn July 25th, over a thousand union delegates will gather at Chicago's Navy Pier for the 2005 AFL-CIO Convention. Confronted by decades of union busting, benefit cuts, privatization, job and pension loss, racism, continuing attacks on public education and health care systems, a dismal foreign policy record, and the abject failure by the Federation to stem the rightward corporate lurch of the Democratic Party, delegates will be presented with a series of contending leadership proposals to deal with labor's growing organizational crisis -- and face the possibility of a split within the AFL-CIO. Whether rank and file delegates can actually have an impact on this process, or whether it will be decided by a handful of powerful business union leaders remains to be seen. But in the days ahead, rank and file union activists will also be strategizing to rebuild a militant and democratic U.S. labor movement -- and strengthen solidarity with workers abroad.

On Saturday, July 23, activists will convene the first national Labor Conference for Palestine. On Sunday, July 24, the National "Take Back Our Unions" Rank and File Conference will meet to discuss the ongoing crisis in the AFL-CIO - followed later that evening by a film screening of "Waging a Living". On Sunday afternoon union members will join with Latin American solidarity groups for an rally at Navy Pier in support of a convention resolution challeging the AFL-CIO's relationship with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) -- and NED schemes to intervene in countries like Venezuela. US Labor Against the War and other labor groups will also try and float convention resolutions calling for an immediate withdrawal of US troops and an end to the occupation of Iraq.

Related Sites: Labor Action Coalition | Labor Notes | Labor Net | Labor Beat | Community Labor News | Workers Independent News Service (WINS) | LabourStart | Latin American Solidarity Coalition | Say No to NED | U.S. Labor Against the War



Animal Rights Activists Protest KFC's Practices

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.07.2005 02:20

Bay Area Vegetarians (BAV) and other local grassroots groups are keeping the heat on KFC for what activists say are well-documented practices of ongoing abuse to chickens. They claim chickens are routinely scalded alive, beaten and kicked. In addition, they say the chickens are pumped full of hormones and kept in crowded filthy conditions which frequently results in their inability to stand up or flap their wings. KFC has so far refused to implement comprehensive guidelines developed by its own animal welfare panelists to prevent these and other abuses. Until it does, activists everywhere are protesting. This weekend in the Bay Area, actions against KFC took place in S.F., Santa Clara, and other cities.

Photos from S.F. Demo

PETA's Ongoing Kentucky Fried Cruelty Campaign
Check Indybay's Animal Liberation Calendar for Future Local Events
Previous Indybay Coverage: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4



Hip Hip Show In Oakland Demands Closure Of CYA Prisons

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.07.2005 01:30

On July 16th Books Not Bars held a hip hop show and rally in downtown Oakland demanding the closure of the California Youth Authority (CYA) prisons. Among those who played at the event were Mista F.A.B., Boogie Shack, Company of Prophets, Fiyawata, Dream Dance Company, JenRO, and DJ Treat U Nice. Photos

The CYA is California's state prison system for youth. In the past few years reports have show that the CYA has put some inmates in 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement for months on end, locked youth in four-by-four cages during class time, instigated violence between inmates and failed to provide real health care for inmates.
Past Coverage Of The CYA: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | More News Related To Police And Prisons



UN Troops Attack Port-au-Prince, Kill 23 People

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.07.2005 01:30

On July 6th, more than 300 heavily armed UN troops carried out a military attack on a densely-populated section of Port-au-Prince, killing at least 23 people. Eyewitnesses reported the UN troops used helicopters, tanks, machine guns and tear gas in the operation. Among those killed were children, women, and men on their way to work. Bay Area school teacher Seth Donnelly, who was in Haiti as part of a labor/human rights delegation, interviewed Lt.General Augusto Heleno, the Brazilian commander of UN troops in Haiti, after the massacre. Donnelly reports, "Lieutenant General Augusto Heleno initially challenged us as to why were we concerned about the rights of the 'outlaws,' and not the 'legal force.'" He seemed to write off community testimony as being part of community hostility and part of these "gang attacks" on U.N. forces. The subtext of what he was saying was that the Port-au-Prince community itself was an outlaw community.

A coordinated series of actions is being planned across the U.S. and Canada, to demand an end to UN killings of Haitian civilians. In San Francisco, people will gather at Powell and Market Streets on Thursday, July 21st at 4:00pm. They will march to the march to the Brazilian Consulate at 300 Montgomery Street at 4:30 P.M.

Indybay's Haiti Page



International Day for Korean Dogs and Cats

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.07.2005 01:30

On July 15, In Defense of Animals (IDA) and other animal protection groups held worldwide protests to coincide with the first of Korea's "Bok days," which literally means the hot, dog days of summer. South Korea's dog meat consumption increases during this time of year because some superstitiously believe they can keep cool by eating animals that do not sweat. Although consumption of dogs and cats is technically illegal in South Korea, the government is now trying to effectively legalize it by regulating dog meat sanitation. The Government's stamp of approval is particularly indefensible given that the vast majority of Koreans oppose eating dogs and cats.

In San Francisco, activists gathered at the Korean Consulate at 3500 Clay St. to protest and deliver a petition with over 5,000 signatures demanding that the government enforce its own laws against the sale of dog and cat meat.

Video Coverage



Hip Hip Show In Oakland Demands Closure Of CYA Prisons

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.07.2005 01:00

On July 16th Books Not Bars held a hip hop show and rally in downtown Oakland demanding the closure of the California Youth Authority (CYA) prisons. Among those who played at the event were Mista F.A.B., Boogie Shack, Company of Prophets, Fiyawata, Dream Dance Compa/news/2005/07/1753551.phpny, JenRO, and DJ Treat U Nice. Photos
The CYA is California's state prison system for youth. In the past few years reports have show that the CYA has put some inmates in 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement or months on end, locked youth in four-by-four cages during class time, instigated violence between inmates and have failed to provide real health care for inmates. What's Wrong with the California Youth Authority? | CYA & Race: California's Dirty Little Secret

Past Coverage Of The California Youth Authority Prisons 1 2 3 4



Toddler and Her Father Killed by Los Angeles Police

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.07.2005 00:00

Jose Raul Peña, aged 34, died of multiple gunshot wounds, and his daughter, Suzie Marie Peña, who was less than 2 years old, died after being shot once in the head in a shootout with the LAPD in Watts. That afternoon, the had police received a report that a man was firing random shots. When they went into the area they encountered Raul with Susie in his arms. Shots were exchanged and Raul went back into the office of his auto dealership. Several of Raul's family members begged police to let them go in and talk to Raul because they felt they could talk him into surrendering, but the police refused. 80-100 cops came into the area and laid siege to the place. Raul was on the phone with family members and people in the neighborhood during the 3 hour siege. He was also negotiating with the cops by phone. "I can tell you now I have SWAT officers having tremendous emotional problems. They are getting therapy. Some may not be coming back to work," an Assistant Police Chief said afterwards.

Watts community residents took the streets in response to the shooting. During a vigil last week, police stood nearby on high alert. LA Indymedia report and video | RCP Statement



Stop Wasting Public Money on Wanton Destruction of the Tara-Skryne Valley

Ireland, 17.07.2005 23:30

'The Minister of Environment has shown that he is no such thing. We have no Minister for Heritage.' 'The photographs printed and others that have been taken since bear witness to the fact that no care is being taken of the topsoil that is being lifted by diggers and then has caterpillar wheel marks all over it. One photo shows a bone lying carelessly on the ground.' Hill of Tara (top) clearly visible from M3 construction site in the the Tara-Skryne Valley Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin, PRO of Save the Tara-Skryne Valley Group writes: ''Further photographs taken Saturday July 16th show more caterpillar marks on the 15 foot high topsoil grinding down any possible finds that might emerge. The large digger on site has been replaced by a much smaller one but the marks of the caterpillar wheels clearly show that they were caused by a much larger machine. The test trenching report stated that there was an expected “19 century (?) house” on this site and this is carefully marked out on site. But this is not to say that other materials are not hidden in the topsoil of what is recognised as one of the richest archaeological landscapes in Europe. Most archaeologists agree that 50%-80% of artefacts are found in the topsoil. If another Derry na Flann chalice or a Tara brooch appears there is not much hope of finding it crushed beneath one of these monster machines. The Minister of Environment has shown that he is no such thing. We have no Minister for Heritage. The Ministry that M.D Higgins so carefully built up has been destroyed, Dúchas is dismantled and the NRA is given responsibility for archaeology. The same NRA along with Meath County Council are completely insensitive to the concerns of the local people over the methodology employed here. Where is the Research Documentation that should accompany such a dig? Public money is being wasted on this unnecessary excavation. This is not proper research archaeology. This is wanton destruction and vandalism of our most important archaeological, literary, historical and sacred landscape and it must be stopped now.'' 'The photographs printed and others that have been taken since bear witness to the fact that no care is being taken of the topsoil that is being lifted by diggers and then has caterpillar wheel marks all over it. One photo shows a bone lying carelessly on the ground.' The Save the TaraSkryne Valley Group is horrified at the recent commencement of so-called “archaeological” digging at Philpotstown/Blundelstown at the foot of Tara’s hill. Recent photographs in the newspapers show that the top of the Hill is clearly visible from this area. This directly contradicts the Taoiseach’s opinion that he could not see the Hill from the route of the proposed M3. These photographs clearly show that the top of the hill is only some fields away from the location of the proposed interchange. The coffee shop and church are clearly visible. Minister Roche recently accused us and other opponents of telling “untruths” and of “a lack of open-mindedness” (Meath Chronicle published June 22nd 2005). The Minister also declared himself “astonished at their attitude and lack of respect of other people’s point of view” and criticised an inability to see any “argument but their own”. Perhaps the Minister should consider his own “lack of respect” in disregarding the STSV campaign, the experts, 320 academics worldwide and the Director of the National Museum, who all asked him to re-consider the route. The Route Selection Report and the initial archaeological reports also warned against this route. Indeed, the new CEO of the NRA, Fred Barry, told my colleague Dr Edel Bhreathnach that if the selection were taking place today this route would never have been considered. If it is wrong now, it was wrong in the years 2000-03. He also said that if the Government asked them to move the road that it would be awkward but that they would have to do it. It is the Minister and the Government who are not “open-minded” are airing “untruths” and are showing a “lack of respect”. The Government has the power to move this motorway. Why are they insisting on this particular route? Is Blunderstown, sorry, Blundelstown the key? Is it so that all traffic can be funnelled into this interchange thus ensuring that no one can escape the tolls? The insistence on this particular route is just downright sinister. This Minister also stated: ”I am satisfied that the directions I have issued will ensure best practice in the carrying out of the archaeological work … They will protect heritage.” But Pat Wallace of the National Museum stated in his letter to the Minister regarding excavators: “The chances of retrieving archaeological objects in the face of heavy machinery of this sort are … very limited indeed.” The photographs printed and others that have been taken since bear witness to the fact that no care is being taken of the topsoil that is being lifted by diggers and then has caterpillar wheel marks all over it. One photo shows a bone lying carelessly on the ground. Minister Roche also promised to stop all development in the Tara-Skryne Valley. His assurances as regard proper archaeological practice have come to nothing so how can we believe his empty promises as regards development? Further photographs taken Saturday July 16th show more caterpillar marks on the 15 foot high topsoil grinding down any possible finds that might emerge. The large digger on site has been replaced by a much smaller one but the marks of the caterpillar wheels clearly show that they were caused by a much larger machine. The test trenching report stated that there was an expected “19 century (?) house” on this site and this is carefully marked out on site. But this is not to say that other materials are not hidden in the topsoil of what is recognised as one of the richest archaeological landscapes in Europe. Most archaeologists agree that 50%-80% of artefacts are found in the topsoil. If another Derry na Flann chalice or a Tara brooch appears there is not much hope of finding it crushed beneath one of these monster machines. The Minister of Environment has shown that he is no such thing. We have no Minister for Heritage. The Ministry that M.D Higgins so carefully built up has been destroyed, Dúchas is dismantled and the NRA is given responsibility for archaeology. The same NRA along with Meath County Council are completely insensitive to the concerns of the local people over the methodology employed here. Where is the Research Documentation that should accompany such a dig? Public money is being wasted on this unnecessary excavation. This is not proper research archaeology. This is wanton destruction and vandalism of our most important archaeological, literary, historical and sacred landscape and it must be stopped now. Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin PRO of Save the TaraSkryne Valley Group http://taraskryne.org 087-9249510 http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/jul2005/tara_1sm.jpg



Updates from Grand Jury Hearings in San Diego

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.07.2005 23:20

July 12th, 8pm: A rally and vigil for David and Danae started at the Federal courthouse at 8pm, and soon after moved to the Federal Prison down the street. With chants of "Civil Rights are under attack, what do we do? Act Up, Fight Back!" and "Freedom Now!" the 35 demonstrators got responses both from the prisonsers inside (who banged on the windows) and the guards outside (who threatened to arrest anyone on Federal Property). Photos from the Rally
5pm: Michael Cardenas has finished testifying and has been dismissed. He expressed that he does not feel that he shared any information that wasn't already publicly available or already known to the prosecutors. Detailed account
3pm: Danae Kelley and David Agranoff have been taken into federal custody.
Photos from todays Press Conference
10 am: The judge denied all motions to dismiss the subpoena. The three activists were ordered to go back in court at 1 p.m. to testify and answer all questions from the grand jury. If they refuse to answer questions, the activists will be remanded into custody for as long as the grand jury is convened, or up to 18 months.

Last month, a number of activists were subpoenaed to testify before federal grand juries in both northern and southern California. (San Francisco Grand Jury Coverage) A bay area teach-in on grand juries, entitled The Master’s Tools: How the Government Manipulates the Legal System to Suppress Dissent, was held July 12th at AK Press in Oakland.

Full Coverage at San Diego Indymedia



Marcha LGBT

Peru, 17.07.2005 22:32

La Marcha Radikal



San Diego: Sonic Attack Crew Routs Minutemen at Border

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.07.2005 22:00

This weekend in Campo, east of San Diego on the U.S.-Mexico border, a Strategy Campout was established by Gente Unida and local activists participated in disrupting the activities of the Border Patrol Auxiliary, a spin-off of the racist vigilante group the Minuteman Project, which had set up shop in town for the weekend. Anti-racists used high-power spotlights and spoke to the vigilantes through sound systems in order to advertise their location and prevent their snipers from hearing the movement of migrants. San Diego anti-racism groups are mobilizing people around the country to head to San Diego to stop the larger Minuteman operation on Sept. 16th, coinciding with Mexican Independence Day. Audio report | San Diego Indymedia



Siskiyou Free State Declared in the Biscuit!

Rogue Valley, 17.07.2005 20:31

In an exciting new chapter of the campaign to save the Wild Siskiyou, forest activists announced today the construction of a bold and elaborate infrastructure of resistance at the Hobson old growth reserve timber sale in the Biscuit Fire area. Southern Oregon forest defenders are calling on all allies to support these actions in whatever ways they can.

An impressive log cabin fortress now stands on the single road leading to this remote North Kalmiopsis timber sale, sealing off vehicle access to an area now referred to by many as the "Siskiyou Free State." In addition, an unusual new form of tree sit has been established in one of the units of the sale that connects many trees together across multiple acres in a rope-work network that suspends an activist in midair while preventing any trees from being felled in the area.

See  http://www.o2collective.org for photos.



Watts community responds to shooting of Susie Pena

LA, 17.07.2005 20:30

Watts community responds to shooting of Susie Pena Lopez



How Comcast Censors Political Content

DC, 17.07.2005 20:02




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