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

San Francisco Bay Area, 30.07.2005 22:13

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
A vigil for Maribel Cuevas was held in Fresno on Friday, July 29th at 8:00pm in front of Fresno County Juvenile Hall. Photos
Indybay's Womyn Page



Forever in Our Hearts Justice Fest 2005

San Francisco Bay Area, 30.07.2005 22:13

The "Forever in Our Hearts" Justice Fest 2005 will be held at Saint James Park in downtown in San Jose on Saturday, August 6th, from 2pm to 9pm (Flyers). The event will feature rock bands in the afternoon, funk bands in the evening, exhibits such as the Stolen Lives Wall, food, and fun. The event was organized in memory of Eric Kleemeyer, who was killed by Santa Clara police in January. The F.B.I. and U.S. Attorney General are currently looking into the case to see if the case warrants further investigation. Read Eric Kleemeyer's story

Justice for Eric Kleemeyer | Justice for Eric Kleemeyer Online Journal, which includes Eric Kleemeyer's Pursuit Route from the night he was killed



Marcha al Ingenio

Argentina, 30.07.2005 21:43



Don't Give Me No Lip, &quot;What's wrong with Mimicking Corporate Media&quot;

Portland, 30.07.2005 19:43

-- A response to Jennifer Whitney's article on indymedia, which can be found here

The spirit of critique and wanting to help move indymedia forward is something I really appreciate. However, Jennifer Whitney's article, "The Good, The Bad, & (sic) The Ugly: "What's the Matter with Indymedia?" is one part critique, and two parts personal axe grinding, three parts "Ra! Ra! UC, NYC, 501-c(3) IMC" . Beyond the fact that the article is so deliberately misleading in many ways, it should be critiqued on the facts and arguments that it proposes about editorial policy and the mission of indymedia. To its credit, this article raises some of the right types of questions about indymedia's effectiveness and methods, but to its detriment, gives all the wrong answers. Rather, it gives short sighted answers or all the same 'ol answers.



Monthly Microradio Broadcast Airs July 30th

San Francisco Bay Area, 30.07.2005 19:13

This month's Critical Mass Radio Network broadcast focuses on the theme of freedom/libertad. Tune in on Saturday, July 30th, between noon and midnight, Pacific time, at www.criticalmassradio.net—programs will be airing all day from across the U.S. and Mexico.

Highlights will include Mexico's Radio Zapote joining the coordinated broadcast for the first time this month. New York City's August Sound Coalition will cover freedom on the internet and open source software; a re-enactment of the freedom claimed in the streets of Paris during the student riots of 1968; a group of "mentally ill" people talking about the pursuit of freedom from drug dependency and the psychiatric system; and a former Guantanamo detainee talking about his incarceration and freedom. All that plus weird sound art and good music. Listen

Read more on Indybay's Indymedia News Page



Ties Are Show Between Save Our State (SOS) and Neo-Nazi Skinheads

San Francisco Bay Area, 30.07.2005 19:13

From the newswire:
When three men allegedly tried to assault Naui Huitzilopochtli, a counterdemonstrator at the Saturday, July 16, 2005 rally against the day laborer center in Laguna Beach, California, they probably didn't realize the political earthquake they were about to set into motion.
For many months now, rumors had been floating around the internet among progressive activists that there was some kind of a bizarre relationship beginning to emerge between Save Our State (SOS) members, Neo-Nazi Skinheads, and White Supremacists.
Cryptic postings on the Stormfront White Nationalist Community website, a nationwide bulletin board run by an ex-Ku Klux Klan leader, hinted that something was up. Thread after thread of messages suggested that racists of all stripes across Southern California were trying to hook up with SOS.
Despite the enormous amount of message traffic being generated by these persons unknown on the Stormfront and SOS websites, progressive activists just couldn't figure out exactly what was going on, but what happened in Laguna Beach on July 16th has changed everything. The very moment those three men set foot off the sidewalk, they opened themselves up to an intense amount of scrutiny. The cameras began clicking, reporters started scribbling, and policemen began investigating.

Read More With Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4



The Split in the AFL-CIO: What does it mean for Rank &amp; File Union Members

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 30.07.2005 18:13



Unwire Portland Public Workshop reveals lack of public interest

Portland, 30.07.2005 17:44

The City of Portland and Portland Development Commission held their first open meeting in a request for proposals (RFP) process that will create a citywide wireless broadband network beginning next year. Commissioner Sam Adams spoke at the meeting Thursday night at the Oregon Association for Minority Entrepreneurs on N. Vancouver St. in Portland, where he described a network that would be open to competitive internet service providers (ISPs).

The roughly forty attendees included staff from PDC, Tri-met, City of Portland, Portland Public Schools, Intel, Microsoft, as well as concerned and interested citizens and businesses who have been waiting to see how Portland will handle city-wide wireless internet in our typically innovative and community-oriented fashion. To date, much appreciation though little recognition has been offered to the Personal Telcos Project for their non-profit work in setting up wifi hotspots around the city.



Abuso policial na Galiza

Portugal, 30.07.2005 17:43

Abuso policial na Galiza



Morristown Workers Rally for a Union

Tennessee, 30.07.2005 17:14

Latino Workers Seek a Union in Poultry Plant Seven Hundred and Fifty Poultry workers at two Koch Foods Plants have filed a petition for a Union Election in Morristown, Tennessee. Workers have been organizing for over a month despite intimidation and racism within the community. Most of the poultry workers in this area are Latino. On Sunday, local residents rallied in support of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Over 200 workers and community members stood in solidarity.



CAFTA passes

San Diego, 30.07.2005 16:13

CAFTA passes in the House: 217 to 215

Early Thursday morning, the US House of representatives passes the Central American Trade Agreement by 2 votes, 217 to 215. 15 Democrats voted in favor of the trade agreement, including 3 from Texas: Henry Cuellar, San Antonio/Laredo (28th District): 202-225-1640, Ruben Hinojosa, McAllen (15th District): (202) 225-2531 Solomon Ortiz, Corpus Cristi/Brownsville (27th District): 202-225-7742.

Calls have been made to Punish the CAFTA 15, and Blame the Democrats

Additional coverage: Portland Indymedia and DC Indymedia

Background on CAFTA: CAFTA passes in Guatemala | Stop CAFTA | FTAA IMC | Public Citizen | Indymedia US



Critical Mass Radio Broadcast Today!

San Diego, 30.07.2005 16:13

Critical Mass Radio Broadcast - This Saturday!
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought.
-- Article 18, Universal Declaration of Human Rights



This month's Critical Mass Radio Network broadcast focuses on the theme of freedom/libertad. It's time to reclaim the idea of freedom from the purveyors of freedom fries and proponents of the free market - we'll take a different look at freedom in its many-sided glory. RadioActive sanDiego will focus on Freedom of Movement in relation to the US/MEX border, the Minutemen, detention centers, immigration, and the possibility of a world sin fronteras. RadioActive will broadcasting its segment from 2:30pm-4pm.

Also, this month, we are welcoming Radio Zapote! from Mexico City into the Critical Mass broadcast! Bienvenidos compas!

The broadcast runs from 1pm - 11pm PST all day

To listen click here or here



Coring out the National Park Service

Portland, 30.07.2005 07:43

Pasted below is a short letter I received in this morning's US Mail. It comes from the Superintendent of Glacier NP and describes a process called "Core Operations Analysis" currently being undertaken by that park's management. Read it at face value and it is disturbing. Read between the lines and then color your thinking of what you know of this Administration's privatization agenda, and you will have confirmation that are parks are being sold down the creek.

...The way I see it, National Parks such as Glacier have begun the process of downsizing, service shedding, contracting out, privatizing, commercializing and (in some cases) perhaps even closing their doors. That's what Bush, Mainella and Norton intended from the start. That's what Bush, Mainella and Norton are doing today. The Parks are in Peril. I hope someone cares.



The 9/11 Key to Political Transformation

Portland, 30.07.2005 07:43

Looking at the onslaughts we face, it's obvious that this administration's primary source of war-making, rights-taking, vote-raking power is still and always has been the "official 9/11 story." The exquisitely timed "surprise attack" it portrays instantly justified what we now know was a long planned agenda to take us into endless war, crippling debt and constitutional twilight.

There is now an enormous amount of scholarly evidence and expert testimony that a) clearly demonstrates the official 9/11 story is a sham, and b) supports the millions of New Yorkers who, according to a recent Zogby poll, believe that top US officials "consciously" allowed the attacks to happen and that we desperately need a new investigation now.

This is no longer a fringe position.

read more >>

related: [ It's time to stop loony conspiracy theories about Sept 11 | Why is the Indymedia network ignoring the call for a 9.11 investigation? | Good Lefties are shocked, simply SHOCKED, at corruption in high places | Culture of Mass Denial Encounters Cognitive Dissonance | The unbridgeable chasm of doubt: Why faith and government don't mix ]



Portland Activist Arrested At Fox 12 Protest

Portland, 30.07.2005 07:43

At about 10:15 PM on Friday, 29 July, 2005, a local Portland activist was arrested for a noise violation near the corner of NE 82nd St. and Couch while protesting Fox 12's irresponsible news coverage. The arresting officers were Steven J. Larkin and Peter J. Gill (badge number 11688).

Fox 12 was preparing to cover the recent arrest of prostitutes near the intersection. The reporter and cameraman covering the story expressed concern for the well being of the neighborhood, citing the numerous prostitutes that can be found there. There was no mention of the johns that keep the underground sex industry thriving, or the various situations which lead people into prostitution.



Women's Class Action Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart

San Francisco Bay Area, 30.07.2005 06:13

Non-profit public interest and women's legal groups, along with nationally respected private employee rights law firms, have filed a class action suit against Wal-Mart (including Sam's Clubs) charging that Wal-Mart discriminates against women. Women have complained about their treatment in over 20 California Wal-Mart stores. The next hearing in the case will be on August 8, 2005 at 1:30pm at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The hearing will take up the issue of Wal-Mart's appeal of the class certification order in the case.

Wal-Mart Class Action Lawsuit Another women's lawsuit website | The Wal-Mart Litigation Project | Alternet Article: The Women of Wal-Mart



Wal-Mart Action Planning Meeting Scheduled for August 2nd

San Francisco Bay Area, 30.07.2005 03:13

Just Cause reports that Wal-Mart is scheduled to open in East Oakland around August 24th. Just Cause and the coalition fighting Wal-Mart are making plans to let the public know what impact Wal-Mart has on communities, and to make it known that they want Wal-Mart to leave Oakland. A planning meeting for anti-Walmart actions will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd from 3:30pm to 5:30pm in the Just Cause Oakland office at 1212 Broadway, Suite 400 in Oakland.

People have been protesting Wal Mart nationwide as well as locally. In February of 2004, members of Raging Grannies and the Women's International League For Peace And Freedom protested Wal Mart's unfair labor practices and anti-union management policies outside of a store in Mountain View. After workers at a Quebec Wal-Mart store formed a union, the company closed the store. Wal-Mart Watch held "Grill Wal-Mart Week,” a series of neighborhood barbeques that activists and supporters in 25 states have held during the week of July 23-30, 2005

In 2003, Oakland's City Council had voted to limit the size of bix-box stores, which are discount retail stores with full-service supermarkets that exceed 100,000 square feet, or about 2.5 acres. Wal-Mart is one of Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown's biggest campaign contributors. This February, protests against Wal-Mart sprang up, as building trades workers protested an out-of-state contractor that used non-union labor in construction of the store.

Just Cause Oakland's Website | Poor Magazine Article about Just Cause and Anti-Walmart Organizing | Wal-Mart Associates Complain About Employer | Wal*Mart Watch | Good Jobs First | Always Low Prices Blog | UC Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Educations' report Hidden Costs of Wal-Mart Jobs | Wal-Mart Sucks | The Case Against Sprawl | UFCW Article: The Wal-Mart Threat | UFCW's Wake Up Wal-Mart Campaign



Monthly Microradio Broadcast Airs July 30th

San Francisco Bay Area, 30.07.2005 02:13

This month's Critical Mass Radio Network broadcast focuses on the theme of freedom/libertad. Tune in on Saturday, July 30th, between noon and midnight, Pacific time, at www.criticalmassradio.net—programs will be airing all day from across the U.S. and Mexico.

Highlights will include Mexico's Radio Zapote joining the coordinated broadcast for the first time this month. New York City's August Sound Coalition will reclaim "the idea of freedom from the purveyors of freedom fries and proponents of the free market - we'll take a different look at freedom in its many-sided glory," including freedom on the internet and open source software; a re-enactment of the freedom claimed in the streets of Paris during the student riots of 1968; a group of "mentally ill" people talking about the pursuit of freedom from drug dependency and the psychiatric system; and a former Guantanamo detainee talking about his incarceration and freedom. All that plus weird sound art and good music.



TLC MIAMI

Colombia, 30.07.2005 00:43



IRA açıklaması

Istanbul, 30.07.2005 00:14

IRA silah bıraktı



CAFTA Just Barely Passes

San Francisco Bay Area, 30.07.2005 00:13

At 12:03 am on July 28th, the House of Representatives narrowly approved the Central America-Dominican Republic-United States Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA. The final vote tally was 217 to 215. This treaty, which would expand NAFTA to Central America and the Dominican Republic, has been predicted to bring decreasing living standards, falling wages, eroding environmental protection, and the loss of family farms to Central American nations, as well as the US.

Deborah James of Global Exchange wrote, "...money values of big corporate interests trumped human values of worker’s rights, fair trade, and environmental protection," and "The passage of CAFTA is a serious blow to our movement for global justice. But the vote also seals the fate of the future of NAFTA expansion," due to the thin margin by which CAFTA was passed. James continues, "(We must) fight even harder next time...stopping the expansion of NAFTA to the Andes through AFTA." The Andean Free Trade Agreement, or AFTA, may be seen as unpopular amongst Americans. Opponents of "free trade" have been invited by several organizations to write to Congresspeople to let them know if they approved or disapproved of their votes.

Read more on Indybay's Americas News Page and Global Justice News Page



Haiti: BM terörü

Istanbul, 29.07.2005 22:44

Haiti'de BM Terörü: BM ordusu Port-au-Prince'e saldırarak 23 kişiyi ölürdü



Caballito-Arbeiter: Voller Erfolg beim Deutschlandbesuch

Germany, 29.07.2005 22:43

Begeistert waren die seit fast 21 Monaten streikenden Arbeiter in der baskischen Stadt Gasteiz (span. Vitoria) über die Solidarität linker Gruppen in Deutschland. Entsetzt waren sie von der IG-Metall, die sich praktisch, wie der Betriebsrat von Pferd-Rüggeberg hinter die Firmenleitung gestellt hat. Ein Armutszeugnis, aber sie sind das ja von den großen spanischen Gewerkschaften gewohnt. Die Mehrheit der 200 Arbeiter der Firma Caballito streikt seit fast 21 Monaten. Der längste baskische Streik und wohl im gesamten spanischen Staat, hat die Belegschaft zum Besuch bei der deutschen Mutterfirma getrieben.

Caballito Arbeiter resümieren | Erster Bericht Caballito Besuch | 17 Monate Streik bei deutscher Tochterfirma
Artikel und Links bei Labournet | Sonderseite auf fau.org



Urgent Grand Jury Update! Bail Granted for David and Danae

San Diego, 29.07.2005 21:43

Bail hearing for David and Danae today at 3:30pm!

We just got word that the appellate court granted bail for David and Danae pending the outcome of an appeal that was filed in response to their imprisonment. There will be a hearing at 3:30pm today (Friday) in the courtroom of Judge Gonzalez 880 Front St. 4th floor division one. This hearing will set the conditions of their bail. They could be released on bail as early as today! Please come to the hearing today to support David and Danae!



MORADIA

Brasil, 29.07.2005 21:43

Chiquinha Gonzaga completa um ano



Docentes Universitarios en lucha

Argentina, 29.07.2005 21:43

Viernes 29 de Julio de 2005 | No Comenzarían las Clases en las Universidades Nacionales.
Por la Media Canasta Familiar.



Docentes Universitarios en lucha

Argentina, 29.07.2005 21:13

Viernes 29 de Julio de 2005 | No Comenzarían las Clases en las Universidades Nacionales.
Por la Media Canasta Familiar.



Docentes Universitarios en lucha

Argentina, 29.07.2005 21:13

Viernes 29 de Julio de 2005 | No Comenzarían las Clases en las Universidades Nacionales.
Por la Media Canasta Familiar.



Denuncia sobre la expropiación forzosa en Santurce

Puerto Rico, 29.07.2005 20:44

Piratas Urbanos



Denuncia sobre la expropiación forzosa en Santurce

Puerto Rico, 29.07.2005 20:14

Piratas Urbanos



Denuncia sobre la expropiación forzosa en Santurce

Puerto Rico, 29.07.2005 19:44

Piratas Urbanos



What The Hack! - Hacken im Freien

Germany, 29.07.2005 18:43

Alle vier Jahre findet in den Niederlanden das grösste Hacker-Treffen der Welt statt. Über 3.000 Hacker, Programmierer, Free Software Aktivisten, Cypherpunks und anderen Geeks treffen sich diese Woche zum What The Hack! Festival, dem "Woodstock der Hacker-Szene".

Wiki | News | Radio | Fahrplan | 21C3 Feature



ocupação

Brasil, 29.07.2005 15:43

Ocupação conjunta do MTD-DF E DO MST-DF é bem sucedida



Justice For Jean Charles Menezes

United Kingdom, 29.07.2005 15:43


At around 10am (Friday 22/7), police shot dead an unarmed man on a train in south London. They had trailed him from a block of flats which they had under surveillance, allowing him to board a bus and then enter Stockwell underground Station, despite apparently believing that he was a suicide bomber.

first reports |
more on shooting | train driver threatened




Erstes Sozialforum in Deutschland in Erfurt

Germany, 29.07.2005 14:43

Am 21.Juli begann in Erfurt mit einer Auftaktdemonstration, an der sich mehrere hundert Menschen beteiligten, das erste Sozialforum in Deutschland (SFiD). Den Organisatoren zufolge waren am Freitag abend 2500 angemeldete und zahlenden TeilnehmerInnen in Erfurt. Über 300 Organisationen aus dem gesamten Bundesgebiet bieten dort bis zum Sonntag Veranstaltungen zu vielfältigen Themen an. Am Samstag nachmittag nahmen mehr als tausend Menschen an einer Demonstration in Erfurt teil, zu der ursprünglich 5000 erwartet wurden. Am Sonntag fand eine Versammlung von sozialen Bewegungen statt. In einer Abschlusserklärung wurde unter anderem ein garantiertes Mindesteinkommen, eine menschenwürdige Rente und eine Arbeitszeitverkürzung gefordert. Obwohl Gewerkschaften einen starken Einfluss auf das Sozialforum ausübten, wurden massive Protestaktionen gegen eine Fortsetzung des Sozialabbaus angekündigt.
Das nächste Sozialforum in Deutschland soll 2007 im Zusammenhang mit dem in Heiligendamm geplanten G 8-Gipfel stattfinden.

Im Überblick: Ergebnisse der Veranstaltungen (regelm. Updates)

Sozialforum 2005 | WSF | Charta von Porto Alegre

Berichte bei Indymedia: Erfurt: "Sozialforum in Deutschland" eröffnet | Bericht vom 1. DSF und dem Versuch eines Offenen Raumes | Sozialforum Erfurt: Offener Raum wird größer.



Polish Wildcat Strike In Dublin: Workers Refuse To Break Their Backs For Their Tesco Bosses

Ireland, 29.07.2005 10:13

"Today we strike!" After the GAMA and Irish Ferry scandals, Tesco are the latest company to be caught exploiting migrant workers hired through temping agencies. A picket took place at their distribution depot on Greenhills Road in Dublin on Thursday. After the scandals with GAMA and Irish Ferries, Tesco are the latest employers to have been reported to be exploiting foreign workers in Ireland. On Thursday afternoon, temporary agency workers from Poland organising as "Committee of Defence of Temp Workers in Tesco" staged a picket outside their workplace in Greenhills while other workers inside temporarily downed tools in a solidarity strike. Their main grievance is that they are continually being asked to meet higher productivity levels. The levels currently being demanded by management present a danger to the health of the workers. The start of these demands on the workforce came soon after the entry of Poland into the EU and more Polish workers were hired by Tesco through temping agencies. Tesco is taking unfair advantage of workers coming from Poland who are unaware of their rights as employees and who are at first grateful to get a job which pays more than they would get at home. As the workers are temporary, they can be just let go if they fail to meet these ever-increasing targets. Due to the new targets being unsustainable, there has been much dissatisfaction among the workforce. Two Polish workers who were vocally expressing this dissent found themselves fired for their efforts. Along with the demand that productivity targets be reduced to a manageable level, the workers are demanding that the two employees who were laid off have their jobs reinstated and that agency temps who work for longer than 3 months should get a permanent contract from Tesco with all the associated benefits. Related Story On Indymedia Polska Related Indymedia Ireland Articles: Some Information On Companies Exploiting Workers In Ireland Stand Up For Your Rights Campaign Joe Higgins' Challenge to Irish Trade Unions: Protect Migrant Workers Two Polish workers who literally refused to break their backs for the boss in Tesco distribution have been fired. "Usually we pick 750 (boxes), but after three months of the normal rate our manager wants more, more, more . . . it's not possible picking 900. You must look after your back, and health and safety processes. If you pick 1,000 you'll break your back, you can not work like that." Work at first there seemed okay according to some of the Irish, but then Poland joined the EU and the company started to up the demands placed on workers in the centre as it started to hire Poles through a temp agency Grafton Recruitment. The next time you're walking down Grafton Street keep an eye peeled for their poster. A young worker vaults over a pole - "Just how flexible do you want to be?" the poster asks - saying more about the insecurity of the modern work situation than any sociologist. "We have the interview every month and they say to us to pick up to 900 and a 1000. My manager told me I must pick up 130 cases an hour. It's ridiculous. The norm is 100. Anyway, there is no pick rate (anywhere else) in the whole country. After that he took in another guy and told him you must pick 140. Then another guy and he said to him 1100 a day. They say more, more more . . . you can not do that!" One of the fired blokes went into work one day wearing a T-shirt with the slogan 'no more than 900' on the front. Maybe this sparked the retribution from management? The eight or so Polish workers standing in the rain start to look cheerful after a phone call. The fifty or so other workers in there have downed tools in solidarity with them. Every once in a while one of the drenched picketeers shouts across to security - "Today we strike!" "In Tesco people were treated very badly. Used very much not as people but as a product. The target of work was increased all the time and there was no more pay for it, even when people worked harder than previously. Some of them do not agree with this situation and they will fight for the rights which they have." Later they tell me SIPTU organised a meeting on the shop floor. A phonecall from the union rep. advises them that their protest is illegal. Eventually a group of three men, two in yellow bibs, emerges from the centre. Judging from the suit trousers and shoes peeking up at me from beneath the waterproofs, I assumed they were management. I eavesdrop. "This is an illegal protest lads, you have to follow the proper channels, there was work there for you but you didn't want it, you'll have your day in the labour court." Yeah - I'm sure they will, but as this bluffer for management that passes as a trade unionist heads back into the warmth the only thing I can think is that these two chaps will probably have gone through two more shit jobs by the time the labour court sides with the employer. News of todays action bounced around a Polish anarchist list, made its way to Italy and eventually we in Dublin heard. In a bizarre internationalisation of struggle the media in Poland spent the day chasing after several solidarity demos there - "so our friends that were sacked from Tesco let them know via email and telephone and people from Squats in Warsaw and elsewhere protested as a solidarity act. There's a lot of people, and there is a lot of media. What's more the security in Tesco (in Poland) let people stay on the parking lot there. So I think to sum up, it will be in the press and media what is going down in Tesco across the World." Networks of punks, squatters and anarchists organised around the Rozbrat squat had picketed two Tescos in two Polish cities. Walking up to this protest one thing was clear the summer has tucked its tails between its legs and hightailed, its wet and the down pour is miserable. There's maybe eight people in the distance, and there's no point trying to roll a smoke. one is holding up a soaked card board placard with the following demands - "1. Bukat and Sawicki must come back to work for Tesco distribution. 2. Contracts for agency staff after 3 month work for Tesco. 3. The 1,000 cases norm per day must be cancelled" When they started working in Tesco, they were grateful for the 9.52 per hour, but after a while watching the Tesco system in operation they were forced to critically evaluate their role there. They find that Tesco will not give out contracts because it can get away with using and abusing agency workers. Then there are the agencies. They make money from their work, wringing them dry. In the middle, the workers usually foreigners with language difficulties, unaware of their rights and starved of work, take whatever is going. Original Newswire Report submitted by Joe WSM Following on from the GAMA and Irish Ferry scandals it appears TESCO's are the latest company to be caught out exploiting migrant workers. A picket took place at their Distribution depot on Greenhills Road in Dublin today. We first became aware of the issue late yesterday after receiving an email from Poland via someone in Italy (globalisation cuts both ways). The text of this follows (edited to remove full names). ---- We received a statement by a Committee of Defence of Temp Workers in Tesco in Dublin organized by Polish temp workers. They organized after two temp workers, Z. B. and R. S. were laid off from Tesco Distribution on Greenhills Road in Dublin. They were fired for protesting against continuous rising of daily norms and criticizing the recruitment system (leasing employees from temp agencies Grafton and Jobs). The Committee of Defence of Temp Workers in Tesco demands: 1. Cancel the layoff for the fired workers 2. Making a rule that a temp worker who worked longer than 3 months gets a permanent contract with all benefits 3. Tesco must get rid of the daily norm of 1000 boxes. The Committee will organize a protest at the gate of the wholesale department on July 28th (this thursday) at 13:30 Dublin time. Demands will be passed to management during the picket. If the demands are ignored, the Committee will call for a strike at Tesco Distribution and a blockade of the wholesale department. --- People who attended the picket to show solidarity reported that a short strike had taken place in the depot that morning and that around a dozen workers were picketing the gate over lunch. The workers who were Polish reported that protests are also taking place in Poland today in solidarity with them. They had made two banners for the picket one of which showed cartoon of a worker being torn apart between TESCOs and the temp agency. It is estimated that there are over 50,000 Polish workers in Ireland. http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/jul2005/15f28bff20a9854259914ac6ac80b1c549.jpg http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/jul2005/122190d4a6201d421bb60006eb996c1868.jpg



Friction Flyer #1: The Fourth Ammendment for Dummies

DC, 29.07.2005 09:14

Print these out and keep them on you in case of random search. If the police try to stop you going on the subway, give them a quick lesson in what democracy looks like.



The Scotland G8 Protests (a critique)

DC, 29.07.2005 09:14

Here we are. 2 years deep in the latest war, 4 years since 9/11, 6 years since the Seattle shut down of the WTO, where do I start?



Tre Arrow speaks: On food, violence, and choice

Portland, 29.07.2005 07:43

I'm sitting on my bed, in my cell eating an orange. I think it's quite amazing that I am able to eat this orange which is grown thousands of kilometers away from here shipped via fossil fuels and provided to me on my yellow, plastic meal tray at lunch. I wonder how many beings have suffered for me to enjoy this orange. It calls into my mind all those who are suffering so that I can eat every day! I wonder how many are going hungry around the world today while north americans throw millions of kilograms of perfectly edible food into a landfill. The waste of our culture, food production, the sexual politics of the dead-animal industry, the desecration of Earth-Mother, the unspeakable violence and abuse and murder which our animal friends endure every day in order to be converted from a living, sentient creature into something called a big mac or whopper. read more >>

[ Tre Arrow website ]



CAFTA Just Barely Passes

San Francisco Bay Area, 29.07.2005 07:43

At 12:03 am on July 28th, the House of Representatives narrowly approved the Central America-Dominican Republic-United States Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA. The final tally was 217 to 215, with 15 Democrats voting in favor of CAFTA, and 25 Republicans voting against it. This treaty, which would expand NAFTA to Central America and the Dominican Republic, has been predicted to bring decreasing living standards, falling wages, eroding environmental protection, and the loss of family farms to Central American nations, as well as the US.

Deborah James of Global Exchange said of the vote, "...money values of big corporate interests trumped human values of worker’s rights, fair trade, and environmental protection," and "The passage of CAFTA is a serious blow to our movement for global justice. But the vote also seals the fate of the future of NAFTA expansion," due to the thin margin by which CAFTA was passed. The Bush Administration has also been negotiating the expansion of NAFTA to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia through the Andean Free Trade Agreement (AFTA), AFTA negotiations have stumbled over crucial chapters on agriculture and intellectual property. Now AFTA may be seen as unpopular amongst Americans.

James continues, "(We must) fight even harder next time. That means the current negotiations on the World Trade Organization, which has a key General Council meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland. And it means stopping the expansion of NAFTA to the Andes through AFTA." Opponents of "free trade" have been invited by several organizations to write to Congresspeople to let them know if they approved or disapproved of their votes. Read more on Indybay's Americas News Page

Democracy Sold Out- CAFTA Approved by Pork and a Hill of Beans, by Deborah James | Public Citizen | Citizens Trade Campaign | Global Exchange's CAFTA Page | Stop CAFTA



CAFTA Passes in House of Representatives

San Francisco Bay Area, 29.07.2005 07:13

At 12:03 am on July 28th, the House of Representatives narrowly approved the Central America-Dominican Republic-United States Free Trade Agreement, CAFTA. CAFTA, which would expand NAFTA to Central America and the Dominican Republic, has been predicted to devastate farmers, privatize essential public services, and accelerate the race to the bottom on wages in the US and all over Central America. CAFTA opponents predict that people in Central America and the US will be facing decreasing living standards, falling wages, eroding environmental protection, and the loss of family farms. Some 275,000 HIV-positive Central Americans will be denied access to generic medicines because of CAFTA.

CAFTA advocates repeatedly brought up fears of an imminent takeover of Central America by alleged communist forces. “We can send free trade to Central America today, or we will be sending troops tomorrow” was the way they phrased their warnings. Venezuela’s Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) was brought up on the House floor and portrayed as a radical attack on America rather than a political and economic program that embodies a different vision of economic integration for Latin America. The Bush Administration has recently been negotiating the expansion of NAFTA to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia through the Andean Free Trade Agreement (AFTA). Opponents of "free trade" are encouraged to write to Congresspeople to let them know if they approved or disapproved of their CAFTA votes.

Democracy Sold Out- CAFTA Approved by Pork and a Hill of Beans, by Deborah James



Champaign County Officials Discuss Local Jails; Hint At Expansion, Agree To Gather Information for County Board

Urbana-Champaign, 29.07.2005 06:14

A group of six Champaign County officials met at the Brookens Administrative Center Thursday to discuss "how to handle the jail population and financing options," according to Steve Ziegler, first assistant state's attorney, who chaired the meeting. The agenda distributed at the meeting identified the group as the "Jail Expansion Project Team." The agenda included the seal of the County of Champaign and the words "Champaign County Board Committee Agenda."



Some Good News! Anti-Mountain Top Removal victories and growing resistance

Portland, 29.07.2005 05:43

There's been so much bad news lately, here's some news from a place where grassroots organizing, coalition building between labor, environmentalists, and community groups, and direct action have proven enormously successful.

The location is Appalachia, where activists are trying to stop the devestating practice of Mountain Top Removal coal mining. The target is (primarily) the huge coal company Massey Coal.

read more >>

[ Mountain Justice Summer ]



Further Analysis of the Per Capita Supply of Physicians

Urbana-Champaign, 29.07.2005 02:13

Using data from the American Medical Association and the U.S. Census Bureau, the per capita supply of physicians was examined for various medical specializations in the USA, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. It was found that the per capita growth rates of high risk specializations (surgeons) were usually lower than those of low risk specializations (non-surgeons). These results are described in more detail within this article.



Felton Passes Measure to Take Back Water Utility

Santa Cruz, CA, 29.07.2005 02:13

On Tuesday, July 26th, Felton residents passed an eleven million dollar bond, intiating the process of buying back their local water utility. For the past three years, their water service has been owned by a subsidiary of the German-owned, mulitnational corporation, RWE Thames Water.

A spokesman for the company has stated that that they have no intention of selling the utility and hinted at a long, expensive legal battle if Felton residents follow through with eminent domain proceedings

Multinational corporations are buying up water rights worldwide. About five percent of the global water supply is controlled by private companies. This privatization raises concerns, and in some places, like Bolivia, water privatization has caused deadly conflict.

Audio: FSRN: Felton Voters Support Local Water Control|| Felton Flow|| Felton Water News|| Water For All||



British Women That Marry Asylum Seekers

United Kingdom, 29.07.2005 00:43

In February 2005 The Home Office brought about new regulations forcing all non European Nationals to ask ‘permission’ before getting married.

Those non EU Nationals married in the United Kingdom before February of this year may classify themselves as being amongst ‘one of the lucky’ few who managed to marry the person they love, however it seems that even before these new laws were passed marriage to an non-EU member didn’t count for very much in Britain anyway.

The shocking reality of being married to an non-EU member in Britain today is a life of forced uncertainty, dominated by the imminent threat of your loved ones being deported and returned to a country where they most probably face certain death. Astonishingly the ’Right to Marry and found a family’ as outlined in Article 8 of The Human Rights Act is certainly not a right that exists for many British women today.



Passing CAFTA: Blame the Democrats

Portland, 28.07.2005 22:43

The final vote on CAFTA, the free trade agreement between the US and Central America, rolled out in the wee hours of July 28. It was a tight vote in the House, a squeaking 217-215, where 15 Democrats crossed over to support the measure while 27 Republicans voted against it. Supporters CAFTA anticipate abolishing custom taxes and undermining labor and environmental laws over time among the countries involved, which will consist of the US, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, and Dominican Republic. CAFTA will eliminate tariffs on 80 percent of US exports to these countries. read the full article...
related stories: do not forget ANWR I CAFTA PASSES (1) I CAFTA PASSES (2) I Downtown PDX Action: NO to CAFTA, Yes to Computers to CUBA I Friendshipment Caravan barred at US-Mexico border: Oregonians on board aid mission to Cuba

related sites: FTAA IMC I Florida Fair Trade Coalition I Stop CAFTA (from the John Birch Society)



DR-CAFTA Passed

DC, 28.07.2005 22:14

DR-CAFTA, the Dominican Republic and Central American Free Trade Agreement passed the House last night by a margin of 217 to 215.



Street Art

Sydney, 28.07.2005 21:14

Street Stylin' presents *Time and Space*



Street Art

Sydney, 28.07.2005 21:14

Street Stylin' presents *Time and Space*




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