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Cities and Towns Around the Country to Hold August 17th Vigils

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.08.2005 07:07

Political Action, TrueMajority, MoveOn.org, and Democracy For America have called for vigils to be held Wednesday evening, August 17th in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan, who is camping in Crawford, Texas as she waits for President Bush to agree to meet with her. Her son Casey was a soldier who was killed in Iraq last year. One sign of how large the movement to support Sheehan is is that as of 11 pm Tuesday, there were 1378 vigils planned for Wednesday night. A Sacramento vigil for Cindy Sheehan will be held at 7:30pm. | Find more local vigils in cities such as Berkeley, Oakland, El Cerrito, Brisbane, and Walnut Creek. Military mothers are calling for the president to join them Friday to pray for the troops in Iraq Local Camp Caseys have been opened all over the US, and one will reportedly be opened by Not in Our Name Bay Area this weekend.

Hundreds have joined Cindy Sheehan in Crawford, Texas, to demand that the president come out and talk with her. Sheehan will be moving her camp closer to Bush's ranch after she was offered the use of a piece of land by a supporter. The white crosses to honor dead soldiers that were set up at her current camp will not be moved when she relocates. They were vandalized Monday night, and people will stay at the camp to monitor them.

Cindy Sheehan's Reports from Camp Casey: Day 10: Putting out the Fires</ A> | Misses and Miracles | Day 9: Hope: The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford | Day 8: Wow! | Day 7: We don't have to be angry anymore | Day 6 | More Reports on the Daily Kos

Indybay's Recent Coverage of Cindy Sheehan's Vigil in Crawford | More Reports on Truthout | North Texas IMC | Between the Lines story



28 Ağustos'ta &quot;Yıkımlara Hayır&quot; Mitingi

Istanbul, 17.08.2005 06:39

28 Ağustos'ta Miting: "Yıkımlara hayır, herkese parasız konut hakkı"



Two Straight Canadian Men Cave to Homophobia, Don't Marry

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.08.2005 05:37

Two heterosexual Canadian men who have been friends for 22 years began talking recently about getting taking advantage of their right to marry in their home country. They decided to get marry to “shed light on the widespread financial implications of the new legislation.” One loophole that they were exposing was that Canadian law did not state that two people of the same sex who were to marry had to be romantically involved. “It was a moment of whimsy that spun out of control…This really was an act of political satire." Read more

The two men, Bryan Pinn, aged 65, and Bill Dalrymple, aged 56, have been called heretics and homophobes. They have called off their plans to marry. “We’ll probably be best friends for another 20 years, but we don’t have to get married. Why would you ruin a good friendship and get married?” Pinn reportedly said.



Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls Hits the Northeast

Boston, 17.08.2005 05:08

An offshoot of the original Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls that recently sprung up on the west coast, the Willie Mae Rock Camp was organized by feminist musicians and offered workshops on such topics as anti-oppression, instrument instruction, and self-defense. Feminist musicians had been organizing for about a year to bring the first Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls to New York City. It took place August 8th through the 12th near Central Park. The camp was open to all self-identified girls ages 8 through 18, and drew around 80 kids from around the city by working through local Girls Clubs and schools, offering a sliding-scale tuition. To hear interviews with the girls and others, listen to the posted .mp3.



Youth and allies defy mall owners assault on freedom of assembly

Boston, 17.08.2005 05:08

...Another form of repression that’s increasing, especially at a time of increased youth rebellion to Pentagon recruitment and other attacks-is the abolition of, or restricting of access to, public or defacto public spaces. But youth and their allies are fighting back...



Vigils for Cindy Sheehan Wednesday

Rogue Valley, 17.08.2005 01:39

There will be a candlelight vigil in support of Cindy Sheehan on Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30 PM local time at Vogel Park, Medford and at the Down Town Plaza, Ashland. Please come with candles. This is a national effort coordinated by True Majority Action, Democracy for America and MoveOn. Visit MoveOn's web site at  http://www.moveon.org/ for additional details.

Our sons made the ultimate sacrifice and we want answers. All we're asking is that President Bush sacrifice an hour out of his five-week vacation to talk to us, before the next mother loses her son in Iraq.
- Cindy Sheehan, August 12, 2005



One or Two Decent Bones Left in the Body of the Portland Police

Portland, 16.08.2005 23:38

I've had many reasons to dislike the Portland police bureau and its minions in blue (and black) in recent years. I've watched unbelievable atrocities committed by portland police officers against unarmed demonstrators, for example, and have reeled at stories of officers gunning down unarmed motorists and people in mental hospitals. They even pepper sprayed babies. So it's with a pleasant sense of surprise that I offer the following anecdote.

First, I have a confession to make. I was speeding this morning. I didn't mean to, and I'm chagrinned even to admit this. Because the fact is, too many people are hurting other people with cars in this city lately. I, myself, was nearly run down by a person in a giant, brown SUV thing ripping out of an underground parking garage downtown just the other day. It makes me crazy the way people drive! So this morning, as I was quietly rolling along, daydreaming a little, I was surprised to see flashing lights in my rear view mirror. Shit, I hate that! I mean, since I'm white, I figured I probably wasn't going to be shot, but who knows.

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Announcing the Northwest Regional &quot;Not Your Soldier&quot; Camp

Rogue Valley, 16.08.2005 23:08

Announcing the Northwest Regional "Not Your Soldier" camp - a student activist training camp for youth 13-22 years old, August 29 - Sept. 1, 2005 near Goldendale, WA.

The focus of this event is to empower young people to return to high school and college campuses ready to oppose military recruitment and work to demilitarize their schools.



Pluralism and Tolerance Message of Opponents to &quot;Justice Sunday II&quot; in Nashville

Tennessee, 16.08.2005 22:09

Diverse Voices Respond with a Message of Democracy, Not Theocracy Nashville, TN: In a dramatic response to "Justice Sunday" organizers in Nashville with the Human Rights Campaign Fund, National Organization of Women, Tennessee Guerilla Women and Americans United for Separation of Chuch and State hosted several separate counter-events designed to show the compassion, tolerance and pluralistic perspective of the community. At the Two Rivers Baptist mega-church pro-choice women gathered in the streets to oppose the nomination of right wing activist judges. Sylvia Jones, a pro choice woman, said, "I am gratefule that there are a lot of people out there who believe as I do. Rights need to be protected and children need to be valued and women's lives need to be valued." Meanwhile, across town two hundered people gathered to hear a message of pluralism and compassion organized by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Barry Lynn, who was a designated speaker at the event said that, "I think when Judge Roberts demonstrates a hostility to women's reproductive rights, separation of church and state, and protection of the individual by the bill of rights, then I think these are three strikes against Judge Roberts."



Despite Violence from Company and Police, Mountain Take Over Halts Blasting

Tennessee, 16.08.2005 22:09

Reclaiming Appalachia: A Mountain Take Over Knoxville, TN – In a mountain take over yesterday, August 15, activists were met by aggression and violence on the part of coal company employees and rogue officers working hand in hand. Blasting on Zeb Mountain was temporarily halted due to the mountain take over action, which was executed by members of Mountain Justice Summer. Non-violent activists blockaded the entrance to the mine with two individuals locked down to a car and another suspended from a 30-foot tripod positioned in the middle of the road. There were 9 arrests at the end of the day. Police allowed an aggravated and aggressive employee unfettered access to the immobilized blockaders, resulting in several cases of physical assault, with one participant showing large bruises over her arms. Police not only allowed the employees open access to the demonstrator’s bodies, but they also directly participated in physical assault. Pain compliance methods were used on Nable Wallin, who was locked to the car. “I was screaming my brains out,” Wallin said, “while they were doing the pain compliance, I couldn’t have unlocked if I wanted to.”



Peace Contingent Report Back from the 76th Annual Bud Billiken Parade

Chicago, 16.08.2005 22:08

billiken[permalink]A warm, overcast day turned soggy, but didn�t dampen the spirits of the Chicago CodePINK peace contingent at the 76th annual Bud Billiken Parade.

The parade, named for Bud Billiken, a fictional character dubbed the �protector of children,� serves as the signal back-to-school event on Chicago�s south side, and has grown to be one of the largest annual parades in the world. Every year, the parade�s participants include politicians, dance troupes, corporate floats, radio stations, and on and on.

This year saw the addition of Chicago CodePINK�s peace contingent, with about 40 people from a wide variety of local anti-war groups: Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Voices in the Wilderness, South Siders for Peace, Chicagoans Against the War in Iraq, World Can�t Wait, Veterans For Peace, Chicago Coalition Opposing the Militarization of Youth, and Chicagoland Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights. Read the full article.

Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14



Life in the Desert

North Carolina, 16.08.2005 19:07

Getting in the Way



Police brutality at takeover of Zeb Mountain, Tennessee

Portland, 16.08.2005 18:38

Nine people have been arrested in the takeover of a mountaintop removal mine ever held in the United States. Before dawn this morning protesters blockaded a road to National Coal's strip mine in Campbell County, Tennessee to halt the destruction of Zeb Mountain.

Activists affiliated with MountainJusticeSummer.org and Katuah Earth First! blocked the road to the mine by removing the wheels from one of their cars. Two people locked themselves to the vehicle with lockboxes imbedded in cement pillars.

Other activists put up a tripod between the car and the company's gate and another activist suspended himself from the tripod. "Road Closed" signs were erected and flares shot up into the sky announcing their presence.

"We are reclaiming Appalachia. We are calling on Governor [Phil] Bredesen to do the same by enforcing Tennessee's water quality laws and banning mountain top mining," said Mere Burton, perched on the tripod on the Zeb Mountain road.



Pro-war hawk Christopher Hitchens smears Cindy Sheehan

Portland, 16.08.2005 18:38

Cindy Sheehan's gallant anti-War vigil outside of the ranch of our half-demented President, George W. Bush, Jr., in Crawford Texas, is drawing massive support from around the country. It is also attracting pro-war snakes, like that former "Nation" magazine ranter, Christopher Hitchens. A Brit, who comes across as an insufferable Tory, he accused Sheehan of trying to "ventriloquize the dead" and of spouting off "sinister piffle."



Local Sanctuaries Rescue Hundreds of Hens from Slaughter

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.08.2005 15:37

It began with a phone call from PETA’s Bruce Friedrich. An egg farmer in California’s Central Valley had 160,000 “spent” hens he was about to send to slaughter. In other words, they’d been exploited to the point where their eggs were no longer valuable, so, after less than two years of life, it was time to move them out. Since he’d only get a penny each for them (they’d end up as dog and cat food), the farmer had told PETA they could take as many as they wanted. With the help of Animal Place, the chickens were rescued and given good homes. With the help of various rescuers, around 700 hens were saved. Full story here.



Immigrants Fighting for Their Rights to Form Human Chain

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.08.2005 14:37

Community groups from Northern California and allies will come together on Wednesday, August 17th to have an action that will send a message to legislators in Sacramento that immigrants have a right to an unmarked driver's license, and to respond to the Governor's open invitation to the vigilante group the "Minutemen."

The protest will gather at 24th and Mission at 9:00am on Wednesday, August 17th for a rally, and then form a human chain down to Cesar Chavez Street. Read more This event will occur at the same time as a press conference in Sacramento held by representatives from various Northern California communities.
Read More Stories Like This On Indybay's Immigrant Page



Taser Forum to Be Held in San Jose on August 18th

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.08.2005 14:37

The City of San Jose's Human Rights Commission is sponsoring at Taser Forum that will be held on Thursday, August 18th. The forum will take place at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of 801 North First Street in San Jose. A panel of speakers will be present, including Mona Cadena of Amnesty International, Medical Advisor Dr. Howie Michaels, and Chief Robert Davis of the San Jose Police Department. There will be a lengthy public comment period following statements by the panelists. To arrange for an accommodation to participate in this public meeting, please call 408.277.5520 at least 72 hours before the meeting.
Flyer | Indybay's Police State Page



Bincang Bareng Gendo

Jakarta, 16.08.2005 14:07

setelah bebas, tetap semangat Tanggal 11 Agustus 2005 kemaren, Indymedia berkesempatan berbincang dengan Gendo, Aktivis Pro Demokrasi yang sempat ditahan aparat dengan tuduhan penghinaan kepala negara saat marak demonstrasi menolak kenaikan harga BBM bulan Januari lalu. (Simak wawancara dengan mendownloadnya: gendo050811.wav,4.1 mb) ...



Reflexão

Portugal, 16.08.2005 11:07

Reflexão



Gay Shame calls to Sabotage the NGLTF Conference

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.08.2005 08:07

From the Newswire:

"Gay Shame calls on you to resist the sham of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change Conference™ in Oakland, CA November 9-13 using direct action, infiltration, sabotage, redecoration, performance, disruption, transformation and anything else your delicious imagination concocts.

"Nonprofits mimic the power-hungry mentality of the corporate world by developing hierarchical organizations with Executive Directors and donors instead of CEOs and shareholders. Does NGLTF make sure their office's own janitorial staff has access to basic services like housing, healthcare, food, rest, transportation and free time? Are unpaid interns at NGLTF more empowered than temp workers at Halliburton?"

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Immigrants Fighting for Their Rights to Form Human Chain

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.08.2005 06:07

Community groups from Northern California and allies will come together on Wednesday, August 17th to have an action that will send a message to legislators in Sacramento that immigrants have a right to an unmarked driver's license, and to respond to the Governor's open invitation to the vigilante group the "Minutemen."

The protest will gather at 24th and Mission at 9:00am on Wednesday, August 17th for a rally, and then form a human chain down to Cesar Chavez Street. Read more This event will occur at the same time as a press conference in Sacramento held by representatives from various Northern California communities.



Vigil on behalf of 3 &quot;prisoners of conscience&quot; to be held in Lawton, OK

Oklahoma, 16.08.2005 06:07

Event is planned to show support for soldiers being jailed for refusing to fight in Iraq Supporters of three "prisoners of conscience" currently incarcerated at Fort Sill will hold a vigil in support of them on Sunday, August 28th from 4-6 p.m. in Lawton, OK. The vigil is being organized by the Oklahoma Committee for Conscientious Objectors and has the endorsement of local and national peace and activist groups, including Voices in the Wilderness (www.vitw.org) and the OCU Law school chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. (check back soon for a complete list of endorsing organizations). The three imprisoned objectors are Blake LeMoine, Dale Bartell and Neil Quentin Lucas. Supporters of three "prisoners of conscience" currently incarcerated at Fort Sill will hold a vigil in support of them on Sunday, August 28th from 4-6 p.m. in Lawton, OK. The vigil is being organized by the Oklahoma Committee for Conscientious Objectors and has the endorsement of local and national peace and activist groups, including Voices in the Wilderness (www.vitw.org) and the OCU Law school chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. (check back soon for a complete list of endorsing organizations). The three imprisoned objectors are Blake LeMoine, Dale Bartell and Neil Quentin Lucas. Supporters of three "prisoners of conscience" currently incarcerated at Fort Sill will hold a vigil in support of them on Sunday, August 28th from 4-6 p.m. in Lawton, OK. The vigil is being organized by the Oklahoma Committee for Conscientious Objectors and has the endorsement of local and national peace and activist groups, including Voices in the Wilderness (www.vitw.org) and the OCU Law school chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. (check back soon for a complete list of endorsing organizations). The three imprisoned objectors are Blake LeMoine, Dale Bartell and Neil Quentin Lucas. Specialist Blake LeMoine was convicted of the "crime" of willfully disobeying orders for refusing to perform duties after a year-long tour of Iraq. He was sentenced to seven months in prison, reduction in rank to private and bad conduct discharge after a March 2005 hearing at Darmstadt Military Base in Germany, and was shipped to Ft. Sill to complete his sentence. Specialist Dale Bartell became a Mennonite after serving a combat tour in Iraq. After encountering the church's teachings and his own conscience he refused to return to Iraq and was sentenced in July to four months in military prison and a dishonorable discharge. His wife Amy, was also cited by military police with felony charges for "enticing and abetting" a deserter, but the charges were later dropped. Private Neil Quentin Lucas of Boston was a man of faith who did not believe in violence, but was told by his recruiter that he would not have to ever kill anyone if he joined. During training at Ft. Knox he realized this was a lie and attempted to get out, but his commander punished him for doing this. He later filed a CO application in 2003 which was torn up by his Captain. Neil filed a second CO application in the summer of 2004 which was ignored by the military bureaucracy at that time. Finally in January 2005 he was ordered to deploy to Iraq. Upon refusing to deploy he was held on base at Ft. Stewart. His application for CO status was denied in March 2005, and he was tried in a court-martial on June 22, 2005. Upon conviction he was shipped to Ft. Sill to serve 13 months in prison. "The military has sentenced these men to prison to make an example out of them, to hopefully deter others from following their conscience," said James M. Branum, organizer for the Oklahoma Committee for Conscientious Objectors. "We instead say that these men set a POSITIVE example for us all. We salute them for their nonviolent actions of conscience, and their willingness to do what is right instead of obeying orders. Our hope is that other Americans would follow their example of peaceful resistance to unlawful and immoral orders and laws." FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact James M. Branum at 405-476-5620 or info(at)okobjector(dot)org. VIGIL DETAILS: The vigil will take place from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, August 28th, about 200 yards south of the Ft. Sill gate of Ft. Sill, on the east side of the road. More precisely, this location is on the right-of-way in front of Highland Cemetery in Lawton (2401 NW Ft. Sill Blvd, at the corner of Smith & Ft. Sill Blvd). A map to this location can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/7eqbo PARTICIPANT GUIDELINES: Out of a desire to ensure a peaceful and successful vigil on behalf of those imprisoned for conscience sake and the courageous stands they are taking, we ask that all participants in the vigil agree to cooperate with these guidelines. 1. Please do not carry weapons, illegal drugs, or other contraband on your person. 2. Please do not assault — either verbally or physically — those who oppose or disagree with us. Even if we face verbal or physical opposition to our message, it is critical that we remain in a peaceful nonviolent posture. 3. Please be respectful to any law enforcement and/or military personnel we encounter. 4. Please do not bring signs that are attached to sticks for carrying. (the sticks could be construed as weapons by law enforcement) 5. Please do not impede or block traffic in any way at this location. (this includes handing literature to passing motorists) 6. Be respectful but also stand firm in your lawful right to publicly speak for what is right. The right to peaceful protest is guaranteed under the US and Oklahoma Constitutions, as well as Lawton City Code, Section 16-4-3-442-A which says, "All persons shall have the right to peacefully demonstrate, strike or otherwise use the public streets, roads, sidewalks or other public property of this city for the purpose of expressing their opinions or viewpoints, or imparting information."



“No More Lost Lives” Memorial in Stockton

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.08.2005 05:37

September 5th will be the one-year anniversary of the death of Dyron Brewer in the CYA's Chad prison for youth. A mass memorial and march will be held in Stockton on Monday, September 5th, from 12pm to 3pm, to honor Dyron's life. The cause of Dyron's death is unknown, but he was the fourth prisoner to die in the CYA system last year. Durrell Feaster, Dion Whitfield, and Roberto Lombana also lost their lives inside CYA’s youth prisons in 2004.

Books Not Bars says, "We are joining together to make sure these young lives are not lost in vain.... It’s time to close the CYA’s youth prisons and build a new system of rehabilitation and support – a system these young people deserved but never received." No More Lost Lives will be a day of music, poetry, speeches, honoring, and prayer. Read more

Books Not Bars Campaign



“No More Lost Lives” Memorial in Stockton

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.08.2005 05:37

September 5th will be the one-year anniversary of the death of Dyron Brewer in the CYA's Chad prison for youth. A mass memorial and march will be held in Stockton on Monday, September 5th, from 12pm to 3pm, to honor Dyron's life. The cause of Dyron's death is unknown, but he was the fourth prisoner to die in the CYA system last year. Durrell Feaster, Dion Whitfield, and Roberto Lombana also lost their lives inside CYA’s youth prisons in 2004.

Books Not Bars says, "We are joining together to make sure these young lives are not lost in vain.... It’s time to close the CYA’s youth prisons and build a new system of rehabilitation and support – a system these young people deserved but never received." No More Lost Lives will be a day of music, poetry, speeches, honoring, and prayer. Read more

Books Not Bars Campaign



Having Your Say At City Council Meetings Is a Right, Not A Privilege

Santa Cruz, CA, 16.08.2005 05:08

How the Santa Cruz City Council Fails To Respect the Spirit and Intent Of The Brown Act and First Amendment

As citizens, we have certain rights, guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, and further enhanced and procedurally detailed by California's Ralph M. Brown Act, whose introductory section reads thusly:

“In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.

The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.”



TRANSPORTE

Brasil, 16.08.2005 04:38

MPL convoca população para resistir ao aumento das passagens no Distrito Federal



MORADIA

Brasil, 16.08.2005 03:08

Reintegração de posse ameaça ocupantes da Plínio Ramos



“No More Lost Lives” Memorial in Stockton

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.08.2005 03:07

September 5th will be the one-year anniversary of the death of Dyron Brewer in the CYA's Chad prison for youth. A mass memorial and march will be held in Stockton on Monday, September 5th, from 12pm to 3pm, to honor Dyron's life. The cause of Dyron's death is unknown, but he was the fourth prisoner to die in the CYA system last year. Durrell Feaster, Dion Whitfield, and Roberto Lombana also lost their lives inside CYA’s youth prisons in 2004.

Books Not Bars says, "We are joining together to make sure these young lives are not lost in vain.... It’s time to close the CYA’s youth prisons and build a new system of rehabilitation and support – a system these young people deserved but never received." No More Lost Lives will be a day of music, poetry, speeches, honoring, and prayer. Read more

Books Not Bars Campaign



Our Health Is Our Wealth Event in San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.08.2005 02:37

Idriss Stelley, Killed by SFPD Colored Ink &The SF Peacemakers present Our Health Is Our Wealth: A Day of Film, Food, & Social Justice, on Saturday, August 20th at the Brava Theater 2789 24th St., San Francisco. Registration will begin at 11:00 am. A suggested donation of $10 will be requested. Organizers say that this will be "a festival like no other!" with healthy food, holistic health practices, film shorts, and workshops addressing community issues of health, poverty and violence, planning a solution of how to heal our community. There will be a panel presented by the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, following an excerpt of the movie "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" addressing Stan, the death penalty, and civil rights. Featured films include "Peace Maker in Sudan" and "Peacemakers 4 life." There will also be performances, spoken word, and live music. The event will be hosted by KPOO 89.5 FM Radio personality Pam-Pam "theimposingfigure." Read more about Our Health is Our Wealth The event will in part be a celebration of the late Idriss Stelley's birthday. Idriss was shot at 48 times and killed by the SFPD on June 13th, 2001.

More info: Colored Ink's website | SF Peacemakers | Tookie's Website | Campaign to End the Death Penalty | Idriss One Love Website | April 24th, 2004 Vigil to Remember Idriss | One-Year Anniversary of Idriss Stelley's Murder | Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed; Supes Call for Crisis Training | August 2001 Protest at Supes Meeting



Oklahoma Vigil in Support of Cindy Sheehan

Oklahoma, 16.08.2005 00:07

(see OKIMC coverage of the Crawford Meet Cindy! protests) What: VIGIL IN SUPPORT OF CINDY SHEEHAN When: Wednesday, August 17, 7:30 p.m. Where: South steps of Oklahoma State Capitol building Join us in asking President Bush and every elected official WHY he can't answer Cindy's questions! (BYO Candles!) - This was taken from a flyer handed out at the OKC Impeach Bush Meetup group this week. Report on local event planned to show support for Cindy Sheehan's stand in Crawford, TX What: VIGIL IN SUPPORT OF CINDY SHEEHAN When: Wednesday, August 17, 7:30 p.m. Where: South steps of Oklahoma State Capitol building Join us in asking President Bush and every elected official WHY he can't answer Cindy's questions! (BYO Candles!) - This was taken from a flyer handed out at the OKC Impeach Bush Meetup group this week.  



Non-Violent Activists Protest Mountain Top Removal, Meet With Police Brutality

Boston, 15.08.2005 23:07

For the last few months a national mobilization called Mountain Justice Summer has been underway in Southern Appalachia to raise awareness about the devestating effects mountain top removal mining and put an end to this devestating practice. Boston Indymedia received a report this morning that MJS activists were set to undertake the first ever mountain occupation to protest and take direct action against mountain top removal. Here is how it went



Logging in the Sequoia National Monument

San Francisco Bay Area, 15.08.2005 21:37

Stumps of recently thriving trees dot the Sierras, as the detritus of logging piles up in the Sequoia forest. This pageantry of destruction is brought to you by Sierra Forest Products of Terra Bella California (that a company like this is located in a town with such a name is only one among many sad ironies in this sordid story) and its chief sponsor, the US Department of Forestry. In a stunning, relatively overlooked area of the southern Sierras, just east of California Hot Springs and the south valley town of Porterville, the Forest Service is facilitating one of the most rotten deals in the recent, rotten history of logging on public lands. And these are not just any public lands but a National Monument established in 2000 to protect giant Sequoias, in large part by prohibiting timber cutting and restoring the lands to their primeval condition. The sale is called the Saddle Fuels Reduction Project, and as in so many recent cases timber extraction is occurring under the ruse of fire suppression. Forest activists have documented many cases of large trees being marked for removal in open areas of forest with smaller nearby trees left behind. Read more here



Federal Jury Finds Chicago Cops Guilty in Beating Case

Chicago, 15.08.2005 21:08

Kunz Brutalized [permalink]Following a four day trial in federal court, a jury at 7 pm last night [article originally posted August 12] found the Chicago Police Department and Officer Richard Defelice guilty of police brutality in the 1999 beating of 32-year-old Rockford resident Jeremy Kunz. Mr. Kunz was represented by the civil rights law firm of Loevy & Loevy.

Jurors awarded Mr. Kunz a total of $275,000, of which $25,000 was for compensatory damages and $250,000 for punitive damages.

"The jury was outraged by the lies told by the police," said Kunz�s attorney, Jon Loevy. �The police denied everything. Six police eyewitnesses claimed to have been not watching when the beating occurred. The lead police interrogator claimed to never have met Mr. Kunz, and yet he was listed on the Department�s own police report as the arresting officer, and Mr. Kunz picked him out in a line-up. Chicago officers tried to use the �code of silence� to deny justice, and it�s to the credit of this jury that the police didn�t get away with it.�

Read the full article here.



3años

Colombia, 15.08.2005 20:37

TRES AÑOS DE LA ERA URIBE VÉLEZ



From Nigeria to Co Mayo

United Kingdom, 15.08.2005 20:07

We spent this years holiday blockading Shell in Co Mayo. Here's my personal report. Please support the Mayo people in their resistance to Shell.

‘Nigeria 3 miles’ said the sign by the T junction, so we knew we were on the right road as we travelled through the massive expanse of bogland that covers most of the north of County Mayo. We had gone over from the UK to spend a few days supporting the Shell to Sea campaign and to learn more about Shell’s refinery and pipeline plans directly from the local people.



Zeb Mountain Taken Over by Activists

Tennessee, 15.08.2005 19:10

Knoxville, TN - As dawn approached this morning, activists stood on an ancient Appalachian mountain in a dramatic protest against mountain top mining. This is the first time a mountain has been taken over in the struggle to protect the Appalachian Mountains from the devastating practices of mountain top mining.



7th Circuit Greenlights University Censorship

Boston, 15.08.2005 18:08

Censorship is not just for high school students anymore. Still reeling from the Supreme Court's 1998 Hazelwood decision [http://teacher.scholastic.com/researchtools/articlearchives/civics/usgovt/judic/hazstupr.htm] that severely restricted high school journalists' 1st amendment rights, young journalists--particularly young activist journalists--now have another strike against them in the form of the 7th Circuit Court decision, Hosty v. Carter, covered in this week's Village Voice [http://villagevoice.com/arts/0531,education3,66452,12.html].



Rural Organizing Project opposes Iraq war at town hall meeting

Portland, 15.08.2005 17:38

It was an action that seemed to feel good to all who participated. Thanks to about 30 human dignity activists, a 100 person Town Hall in St. Helen's went on record in opposition to the failed and expensive war machine in Iraq. It happened like this.

The Town Hall was to go for an hour and have a focus on social security: a critical and timely topic. It was held at the senior center in St. Helens. CCCHD (Columbia County) and WCCHD (Forest Grove) wanted to use this congressional recess access to Congressman Wu to push him to further challenge Bush's pro-war administration. But we also didn't want to dis-respect or derail a critical conversation on social security. Especially since we wanted to build popular support for our anti-war stand.

A simple plan evolved that had many additional benefits. We would use signs, held aloft at critical moments, to accent our point. We would limit ourselves to two speakers, both asked to weave their opposition to US Occupation in Iraq into support for social security. We would be brief. We would be choreographed (i.e. when one of our speakers had the floor, we would hold our signs up.)

Our group was spread around the very full room. When it was our turn, we seemed to be everywhere.

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A 40 años de su Fundación

santiago, 15.08.2005 17:09

El MIR sigue luchando por una Vida Digna para Todos



Activists Shut Down Mining in Tennessee with Multiple Lockdowns

Portland, 15.08.2005 16:38

Knoxville, TN - As dawn approached this morning, activists stood on an ancient Appalachian mountain in a dramatic protest against mountain top mining. This is the first time a mountain has been taken over in the struggle to protect the Appalachian Mountains from the devastating practices of mountain top mining. Dedicated citizens are blockading National Coal's strip mine in scenic Campbell County, Tennessee to halt the destruction of Zeb Mountain. Activists affiliated with MountainJusticeSummer.org and Katuah Earth First! are using creative non violent tactics to bring attention to the modern atrocity of mountain top mining.

In an unprecedentated non violent intervention, individuals are blockading the entrance to the mine by locking themselves to a car on the haul road and sitting in a tripod to prevent access to the mine. Other activists have locked themselves to drilling equipment. Citizens are using their bodies to create a giant "no blast" zone across the mountain.



IMC Super Rural Access Problem

Portland, 15.08.2005 16:38

Those of us super isolated in rural America are dependent upon access to the independent media centers through the facilities of extended wireless services as proposed via FCC docket 04-151. The FCC is to be commended for their work and support in bringing this proposal to it's present state and should be encouraged to resist reopening docket 04-151 which would likely result in a takeover by big corporate providers.



PortlandPeakOil web site launched

Portland, 15.08.2005 16:38

We're a grassroots group of concerned local citizens, from different backgrounds, with different interests, who've separately become aware of the looming crisis caused by the peaking of world oil supplies. We've come together to try to:

  • Develop individual and collective strategies to cope with this crisis
  • Create awareness in the Portland community about Peak Oil
  • Influence policies of local government to help mitigate the crisis
  • Serve as a community resource as the crisis becomes more severe
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Schools Fashion a Variety of Policies to Answer Call of Recruiters

DC, 15.08.2005 16:09

A federal law passed in 2001 that requires school districts to hand over the names, addresses and phone numbers of high school students, if requested by military recruiters, has led to the implementation of confusing and contradictory policies by school systems throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Each school system in the DC area has policies in place that administer Sec 9528 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001, (ESEA), commonly known as the No Child Left Behind Act. http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg112.html#sec9528



Exilio

Colombia, 15.08.2005 16:08

Daniel Coronell Obligado al Exilio



'The National Interest' - A Myth Fabricated By The Irish Government And Their Partner Shell

Ireland, 15.08.2005 15:07

Open Letter From The Imprisoned Rossport Five Open Letter from Rossport 5 Edited Extract: "Our imprisonment was only made possible by the granting of a compulsory order for our lands to Shell by Frank Fahey T.D. while Minister for Marine and Natural Resources. Without that order we would be free men today at home with our families. Instead we are confined in prison cells. . . . To date the dealings of the Irish government in this project have seen our land rights given to a private company, our families and neighbours very lives endangered and the natural resource of the Irish people given away. This is to such an extent that the Norwegian people, through the (majority) state (owned) oil company STATOIL holding 38% of the Corrib Field, will receive more from this project than the Irish people who have a 0% holding. In addition the government has provided 400 acres of Coillte land and committed the Irish people to finance a gas pipe from Mayo to Galway to facilitate the outward transport of gas to the UK and Europe. The national interest is a myth that has been fabricated by the Irish government and their partner Shell. The minister Noel Dempsey and his Department are not and have never been innocent bystanders in this crisis but have played a full role alongside Shell in its creation. Despite all of this we, in good faith, acknowledge the attempts of Shell and their government partners to create a period of calm by halting all work on the project in north Mayo and their call for dialogue. We wish to immediately accept this offer and enter into talks to resolve the impasse. To that end we ask Shell and their government partners to immediately stand down their injunction at this time so that we can leave prison to attend these talks. We have been betrayed by our government, marginalized by sections of the media and ignored by the “alternative” government. Instead it has been the people of Ireland who have sustained us during this time of crisis and personal trauma and who have rallied and continue to rally to our aid – thank you. All we demand is for our families and neighbours to be safe in their own homes - no more no less. Full Text Of Open Letter At Link Below COMPLETE TEXT OF OPEN LETTER FROM ‘ROSSPORT FIVE’ We are currently in prison for refusing to allow Shell and their Irish Government partners build a pipeline close to our family homes. Our crime was to refuse access to our lands. We have refused access because of the certainty that if this pipeline as currently proposed ruptures we, our families and neighbours, will die. What would you do if a court ordered you to accept the installation of a potentially lethal pipeline which no state agency has or will take responsibility for? We are currently in prison for an indefinite time until we accept such a pipeline, which we cannot and will not. Would the people of Mayo or Dublin accept a potentially lethal pipeline through the main street in Castlebar or Stephens Green in Dublin? A pipeline which has a rupture kill zone of several hundred metres. We think not. Our imprisonment was only made possible by the granting of a compulsory order for our lands to Shell by Frank Fahey T.D. while Minister for Marine and Natural Resources. Without that order we would be free men today at home with our families. Instead we are confined in prison cells. Initially we were jubilant and excited for Mayo and the country when we heard of the Corrib gas find. When we learned that the route would traverse Rossport we became concerned and as we looked closer and sought advice we became alarmed. As Irish citizens and mainly traditional second and third generation Fine Gael and Fianna Fail voters we instinctively sought reassurance and support from state agencies and our local politicians and as farmers from the IFA. We were initially fobbed off, then ignored and finally marginalized. As our awareness of the lethal danger to our families grew our concerns turned into resistance. We owe much in particular to the incredible continued support of Jerry Cowley TD & Michael Ring TD and the Fine Gael & Fianna Fail grassroots in Mayo. By comparison we have been shocked by the abandonment in our time of crisis by the Fine Gael leader and local TD Enda Kenny who we now regard as irrelevant in this crisis as a leader. We would also like to acknowledge the massive support we have received from both ordinary Irish citizens and various groupings including ICSA, ICMSA, National Women’s Council, SWP, the Greens, Sinn Fein and Labour along with Louth & Galway county councils, Udaras na Gaeltachta and many other local authorities and organisations. To date the dealings of the Irish government in this project have seen our land rights given to a private company, our families and neighbours very lives endangered and the natural resource of the Irish people given away. This is to such an extent that the Norwegian people, through their state oil company STATOIL holding 38% of the Corrib Field, will receive more from this project than the Irish people who have a 0% holding. In addition the government has provided 400 acres of Coillte land and committed the Irish people to finance a gas pipe from Mayo to Galway to facilitate the outward transport of gas to the UK and Europe. The national interest is a myth that has been fabricated by the Irish government and their partner Shell. The minister Noel Dempsey and his Department are not and have never been innocent bystanders in this crisis but have played a full role alongside Shell in its creation. Despite all of this we, in good faith, acknowledge the attempts of Shell and their government partners to create a period of calm by halting all work on the project in north Mayo and their call for dialogue. We wish to immediately accept this offer and enter into talks to resolve the impasse. To that end we ask Shell and their government partners to immediately stand down their injunction at this time so that we can leave prison to attend these talks. We have been betrayed by our government, marginalized by sections of the media and ignored by the “alternative” government. Instead it has been the people of Ireland who have sustained us during this time of crisis and personal trauma and who have rallied and continue to rally to our aid – thank you. All we demand is for our families and neighbours to be safe in their own homes - no more no less. Micheál Ó Seighin Willie Corduff Brendan Philbin Vincent McGrath Philip McGrath Cloverhill Prison, Dublin http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/jul2005/shellout.gif



Corporate media on the homeless

Saint Louis, 15.08.2005 14:37

Lately the corporate media have mentioned the homeless more than usual.

A day or two before the Straussenfest "corporate party for middle-class drunks", the corporate media interviewed Larry Rice about the status of homeless people in the area. We know Mr. Rice has his own agenda and it could easily be said he's exploiting the homeless for his own gains, but he obviously did more than the "all talk, no action" IMC posters who just bickered without doing anything. If anyone here actually did something at the homeless park this past weekend, feel free to post about it.



¡Que la crisis la paguen los ricos!

Puerto Rico, 15.08.2005 12:09

Propuestas de la Asamblea de Delegados de Uniones y organizaciones sociales



Acção directa para parar Barragem da Alcoa na Islândia

Portugal, 15.08.2005 11:07

Acção directa para parar Barragem da Alcoa na Islândia



No Theocracy Day Protest Held in San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Area, 15.08.2005 07:37

A protest was held on Sunday, August 14th against "Justice Sunday II" in Union Square. Justice Sunday II was "a live nationwide television simulcast by Family Research Council and Focus on the Family Action...(held as) a follow-up broadcast to (April's) "Justice Sunday - Stopping the Filibuster Against People of Faith." The broadcast was designed to "educate values voters across the nation about how the courts affect Americans' every day lives. This broadcast has provided an outlet for debate prior to its airing and sparked national discourse on the state of affairs in Washington, D.C." In other words, the religious right put together a huge tv broadcast in support of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts that was shown in churches and homes all over the country.

The No Theocracy Day protest in San Francisco was organized by the The World Can't Wait: Drive out the Bush Regime campaign. Photos Organziers said, "We will not accept a regime that believes it is on a 'mission from God' and justifies torture, pre-emptive war, and stripping away our rights!" A protest in Nashville, Tennessee was organized by TN Guerilla Women and Nashville NOW.

World Can't Wait is organizing nationally for a day of resistance on November 2nd, the 1-year anniversary of the day when George W. Bush was re-elected. Call to Action in the Revolution Newspaper. Read more about the rise of the religious right at TheocracyWatch.org and the Talk to Action Blog



Womyns Issue

Manila, 15.08.2005 06:40

Filipina Comfort Women Reiterate Demands Japan Apology for War Crimes




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