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Philly for Change Meeting in Kensington

Philadelphia, 18.08.2005 15:38

Philly For Change held a meeting at a brewery in the Kensington section of Philadelphia on August 3rd.  Philly for Change represents "Reform Democrats" as opposed to, say, "DLC Democrats", but speakers assured listeners that they strongly believed in supporting just plain "Democrats".  Speakers were all announced competitors for House seats in 2006.  Patrick Murphy and Ginny Schrader (Who believes that "The war in Iraq has crippled our budget, ruined our international reputation and divided our country" as well as having coming out in favor of gay marriage.) are both competing to unseat Republican Representative Fitzpatrick in the 8th District.  Lois Murphy is is running for the 6th District (She comes out against "America’s dependence on foreign oil", which Bush's Energy Bill does absolutely nothing about and "I will oppose any and all efforts to privatize Social Security and I will fight any legislation that cuts Social Security benefits for the middle class"), Lois Herr (Writes a piece that's strongly in favor of keeping Social Security as is and quotes Howard Dean in a favorable manner.) for the 16th District and Paul Scoley (Google search came up empty on him) for the 7th.



Demonstration in support of the Move Nine

Philadelphia, 18.08.2005 15:38

On Sunday, Aug. 7 Supporters of the MOVE 9 political prisoners gathered in downtown Philadelphia outside of the Constitution Center and the Liberty Bell national monument for the 27th anniversary of the Aug. 8, 1978 police assault on the MOVE organization’s West Philadelphia headquarters. [Read Hans Bennet's full story here:  http://www.phillyimc.org/en/2005/08/16346.shtml]

[editor's note: This article was promoted from the Philly IMC's open publishing newswire. For background information, see the MOVE organization's website,  http://www.onamove.com/. Other articles, both in favor of and against the Move 9, can be found on the Philly IMC's Open Newswire]



Cuban Five have Convictions Overturned

Philadelphia, 18.08.2005 15:38

The Five Cuban nationals whose case was protrayed in the Film "Mission Against Terror" which had its Philadelphia premier earlier this year had their convictions overturned and a new trial ordered with a change of venue outside Miami where the 11th Circut Court of Appeals said they could not receive a fair trail. For more information, see  http://www.freethefive.org



State Repression Against Local Animal Rights Activists Continues

Philadelphia, 18.08.2005 15:38

On Thursday July 21st local animal rights activists Janice Angelillo and Nick Cooney were arrested by the NJ State Police, they were taken into custody and held for 5 days. While the two activists were in custody heavily armed officers from the New Jersey State Police Counter-Terrorism Bureau arrived at Janice's apartment in Highland Park, NJ in the evening of Saturday July 23rd when the home was empty and entered without warrant.



WIN: Take Wal-Mart Back to School

Philadelphia, 18.08.2005 15:38

Wake Up Wal Mart DOT COM, a grassroots coalition of labor and community activists, kicked off their "Take Wal-Mart Back to School Campaign" with a series of press conferences Wednesday, highlighting the retail giant's abuses. Workers Independent News correspondent Vinny Lombardo reports from Philadelphia.



Students Charged with Felonies for Creative Use of School Computers

Philadelphia, 18.08.2005 15:38

On May 31, 2005, the Kutztown Police Department notified the parents of 13 Kutztown high-school students that charges of felony Computer Trespass had been filed against their children, after the failure of Kutztown's One to One Computer Initiative, which would make it mandatory for about 600 high school students to carry and use an Apple laptop computer in order to participate in the education process at their high school.



Philadelphians react to Police Violence

Philadelphia, 18.08.2005 15:38

The death of Sharonne "Fat Daddy" Coachman and the beating of Raynerdo Jones leave questions about police behavior.



Haiti: Attacks, Arrests, and Undemocratic Elections

Philadelphia, 18.08.2005 15:38

"Haiti: Attacks, Arrests, and Undemocratic Elections" -- Human rights investigator Tom Griffin reports on his latest visit and more.



Hip Hop is a weapon: An interview with HHR

Philadelphia, 18.08.2005 15:38

The International Hip Hop Summit, taking place in Caracas at the World Festival of Youth and Students, will bring together Hip Hop artists and activists from all over the world. Hip Hop Revolución, a network of revolutionary Latin American Hip Hop organizations and artists, sees the Festival and the Summit as a unique opportunity to promote Latin American Hip Hop culture and to continue the fight for peace and solidarity. Dynamic speaks with Gustavo Borges and Manuel Cullen, the group’s co-directors.



Between the Crosses

Philadelphia, 18.08.2005 15:38

The Marine Corps didn't send me to Vietnam, so I came home in one piece, un-killed and un-maimed. I went on to vagabond around the world for a few years. Eventually I settled down to participate in the antiwar movement of that era.



Cities and Towns Around the Country Hold August 17th Vigils

Philadelphia, 18.08.2005 15:38

Political Action, TrueMajority, MoveOn.org, and Democracy For America 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. Over 1500 vigils were planned for all over the US on Wednesday night.Photos from Crawford: http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/08/1760310.php | Camp Casey, Union Square: http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2005/08/55573.html | Portland, OR: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/08/323192.shtml | San Fransisco: http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/08/1760388.php



Tech Difficulties

Philadelphia, 18.08.2005 15:38

We have lost our html capabilities (see vigils feature). Bear with us!



80 Attend Tulsa Vigil for Peace

Oklahoma, 18.08.2005 14:37

Tulsans Show Support for Cindy Shehan's Vigil in Crawford, TX At least 80 people came to Woodward Park Wednesday evening to show support for Cindy Shehan and opposition to the War in Iraq. Between songs and a poetry reading attendees explained why they came and why they opposed the war. The crowd ranged in age from small children to senior citizens in their 70s and 80s and included people from all walks of life. The event was covered by the CBS affiliate, KOTV-6, and the ABC affiliate, KTUL-8. A reporter from the Tulsa World showed up well after it was all over and only five of us were left, cleaning up and socializing. He got a few quotes to add a local touch to a national wire story that will be in tomorrow's paper. At least 80 people came to Woodward Park Wednesday evening to show support for Cindy Shehan and opposition to the War in Iraq. Between songs and a poetry reading attendees explained why they came and why they opposed the war. The crowd ranged in age from small children to senior citizens in their 70s and 80s and included people from all walks of life. The event was covered by the CBS affiliate, KOTV-6, and the ABC affiliate, KTUL-8. A reporter from the Tulsa World showed up well after it was all over and only five of us were left, cleaning up and socializing. He got a few quotes to add a local touch to a national wire story that will be in tomorrow's paper. At least 80 people came to Woodward Park Wednesday evening to show support for Cindy Shehan and opposition to the War in Iraq. Between songs and a poetry reading attendees explained why they came and why they opposed the war. The crowd ranged in age from small children to senior citizens in their 70s and 80s and included people from all walks of life. The event was covered by the CBS affiliate, KOTV-6, and the ABC affiliate, KTUL-8. A reporter from the Tulsa World showed up well after it was all over and only five of us were left, cleaning up and socializing. He got a few quotes to add a local touch to a national wire story that will be in tomorrow's paper.



Wheelchair banned from Derby G8 protests

United Kingdom, 18.08.2005 12:37

A disabled man was banned from taking part in a critical mass (bike ride) with his weelchair at the G8 environment ministers meeting in Derby earlier this year (March 17th). He has had to drop his case against Derbyshire police for disability discrimination after he learnt that the police had a get-out clause in the Disability Discrimination Act, which said that the act did not apply to the force if it was protecting national security.



Timber Corporation Beaten By Cormandel Community

Aotearoa, 18.08.2005 08:40

CAFCA congratulates the Whangapoua Environmental Protection Society (WEPS) for its stunning victory in the Environment Court this month. It took an action which led to the Court blowing out of the water the $30 million sawmill proposal of Blue Mountain Lumber, a subsidiary of Malaysian forestry transnational corporation, Ernslaw One (which is itself part of the Rimbunan Hijau conglomerate). Ernslaw One is no stranger to us, and indeed it came third in the 2004 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand. To read the Judges’ Report detailing the reasons why, go to www.cafca.org.nz and follow the Roger Award Links.



60th anniversary of Hiroshima Day

Aotearoa, 18.08.2005 08:40

The 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing was commemorated all around the world on Saturday. On 6th August 1945, at 8.15am a US war plane dropped the first ever nuclear bomb destroying a whole city and killing more than 70,000 people instantly whilst many others died later from the effects of the blast.

In Hiroshima itself peace activists staged a die-in (see photo). Japan is part of the 'Coalition of the Willing' and supported the US-led invasion of Iraq by sending troops.

Auckland Artist Matthew Donaldson erected his billboard design at 97 Cook Street in the CBD - exposing the United States Government's hypocrisy regarding weapons of Mass Destruction. [ Report ]

In Wellington, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) collected money and gave away white poppies. CND supports front-line anti-nuclear activists in the nuclear weapon countries, financially and by faxes, letters and petitions, especially to international disarmament bodies. They lobby the New Zealand government and otherwise endeavour to ensure that Aotearoa/New Zealand remains nuclear-free as well as opposing plutonium, irradiated nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive wastes shipments through the Pacific.



Computer Camp

Aotearoa, 18.08.2005 08:40

COMPUTER CAMP 8-18 August 2005 Oblong internet café shop 204B the Leftbank arcade (off Cuba Mall) Wellington Computer Camp is a series of workshops for people who would like to find out more about computers and the internet but don’t know where to start. The workshops cover topics such as internet and email, the art of stencilling, digital photography, indymedia (www.indymedia.org), poster and leaflet design, and open-source software.



Stopping Climate Change in its Tracks

Aotearoa, 18.08.2005 08:40

The Save Happy Valley Campaign has taken the fight against Solid Energy to a new level. In a carefully planned protest, three activists ‘locked on’ to train tracks at about 11.50am today preventing Solid Energy’s coal trains reaching Lyttelton port [first press release]. Two were locked onto the track directly and a third was hanging from a tree 30m up with his support rope connected to the track. Three trains were forced to stop and police quickly turned up [second press release]. Those locked-on refused to move and police were forced to dig up the concrete that been laid to remove the two directly connected. The third in the tree took longer for the police to get down. In all, the protesters held up the coal trains for just under 4 hours. All three have been arrested and charges of trespass, wilfull damage and trespass under the Railways Act. They have vowed to fight the charges and as well as Solid Energy's intimidation tactics, who plan to sue them for two hundred thousand dollars [third press release]. They will be staging a protest at their first court appearance this Thursday, 9.00am at the District Court in Christchurch. Solid Energy has been pushing very aggressively to destroy Happy Valley, a beautiful area of native bush, fragile wetlands and a thriving ecosystem of native birds and animals located on the West Coast of New Zealand, with an open-cast coal mine and have just recently cleared the neccessary legal hurdles. The mine will not only destroy the valley and the surrounding area, but further add to climate change which is expected to have devastating global consequences if left to continue unabated. Check out www.savehappyvalley.org.nz for more information about Solid Energy's plans and the campaign against them.



Tonga - schools smashed - 200 arrested!

Aotearoa, 18.08.2005 08:40

[ Update ] Four government vehicles have been set on fire outside the tax and customs department in Tonga early yesterday morning. [ Report and Photos ] "The police have arrested over 200 students who allegedly smashed windows and property in the administration building and then broke car windows before marching toward town" reports Matangi Tonga, an independent newspaper. [ Report ] The students were arrested and then taken to the central police station on buses. Students are angered over the government’s removal yesterday of their principal and head tutor during Tonga’s ongoing civil service strike. This is the latest incident in the ongoing disputes in Tonga against the Monarchy and in support of the strike of teachers, health workers and public servants. Tonga's 3000 public servants went on strike over three weeks ago after lower tier workers, who earn as little as $47 a week, were awarded pay rises as low as 1 percent. The members of New Zealand’s largest education union, New Zealand Education Institute - Te Riu Roa, are supporting striking teachers, health workers and public servants in Tonga. "NZEI members have no hesitation in supporting the action being taken by the Tongan teachers, health workers and public servants for a fairer distribution of pay among the workers employed by the government in Tonga," says NZEI Te Riu Roa National President Colin Tarr.



Vigils Supporting Cindy Sheehan Held Across Cascadia

Portland, 18.08.2005 07:39

Vancouver: About 378 people came out with candles and signs for Cindy at one of three vigils for her in conservative Vancouver. We began showing up by 7 pm at the library on Mill Plain. Because of the large numbers, we moved over to the grassy field across the street. We visited old and new peace friends, and Vancouver for Peace had a table with literature, free social security t-shirts, and a card for everybody to sign for Cindy. [ more ]

McMinnville: From 7:30 to 8:30 the corner of 2nd and Adams in McMinnville was filled with pro-Cindy, anti-war protesters. There were lots of signs, candles and even a few kids. In contrast to the last protest I attended at this location in September '04 (on the other side of the street) a majority of the people driving by honked, cheered, nodded and exhibited drive-by support. Only one person expressed their disagrement with a single digit "Bush Press" salute. [ more ]

Astoria: Tonight we held a Candlelight Vigil in honor of Cindy Sheehan who is still trying for an audience with President Bush to ask the questions spawned by the death of her son in the Iraq War. Our purpose in the vigil was to show Ms. Sheehan that she is not waiting alone. Setting up, I was fearful that no one would come and I would have to stand alone. But people came from every direction: singly, in couples, in families, and in small groups, on bikes, by motorcycle, in cars, and on foot. People came from Ilwaco, WA, Cannon Beach, Seaside, North Bend, and even Portland. And they kept coming. [ more ]

Around the US: [ Baltimore ]



Boicote à TV Telesul

Portugal, 18.08.2005 06:07

Boicote à TV Telesul



Muni Social Strike Forum on August 18th

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.08.2005 06:07

The MUNI Social Strike is set to begin on Thursday, September 1st, just as MUNI's new $1.50 fare is set to go into effect. Passengers are being encouraged to not pay fares as they enter buses and trains, and drivers are being encouraged to not accept fares. MUNI management has been planning to raise money by increasing fares, laying off workers, and cutting service. Read more Management is counting on the targets of this plan -- riders and drivers -- to remain divided, silent, and passive. Rather than being adversaries, transit workers and transit riders are finding that they have a lot in common. They realized that they are all working class people who rely on MUNI for transportation and jobs. Social Strike organizers say, "We're tired of always paying more for less while the rich face no economic hardship. And we've heard enough excuses from city hall."

A MUNI Social Strike Forum will be held on Thursday, August 18th at 6pm at Coffee to the People, at 1206 Masonic Ave. (near Haight Street).

Past Indybay Coverage of the Social Strike | Social Strike Website | Coalition for Transit Justice



AFL-CIO Splits/ / /SEIU President Andy Stern

Rogue Valley, 18.08.2005 05:09

Andy Stern announces SEIU's disaffiliation with the AFL-CIO.

In Chicago on Monday July 25, 2005 on the first day of the AFL-CIO convention a huge press conference took place at which the Teamsters and SEIU announced they would be leaving the confederation. This press conference was a media feeding frenzy, a total zoo. OPEU District Four Productions was in the room and captured this historic announcement.

Here is an internet edited version which highlights the announcement from Andy Stern the President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Play the Qucktime video clips to see Andy Stern

Please be patient for the download, it takes several minutes



Animal Cruelty Day of Action Hits the Streets of Birmingham

United Kingdom, 18.08.2005 05:07

On Saturday 6th August, Save the Newchurch Guinea Pigs (SNGP) organised demos against the BBC regarding their blatantly biased programmes (screened over recent months) about this Midlands anti-vivisection campaign. Simultaneous protests took place in London, Manchester & Birmingham, outside BBC offices & studios.

The Birmingham demo brought together nearly 30 campaigners from across the West Midlands and was a great success, but protesters didn`t stop there! The day turned into a fantastic day of action against animal abuse with further demos at Thomas Cook due to their involvement in the trade in primates for vivisection, and McDonalds because of their murder of billions of animals every year and the devastating destruction to the planet caused by factory farming those animals.

BBC bias on vivisection | Brum day of action against animal cruelty | Save The Newchurch Guinea Pigs



Vigils Supporting Cindy Sheehan Tonite

DC, 18.08.2005 04:12

From the newswire: 17 Aug 2005 Locations and # of people registered for Vigils in this area:
UPDATE 4:30PM: 12th and U: OVER 25, Dupont Circle: OVER 150, The White House: OVER 480, Arlington/Clarendon Metro: OVER 310, Bethesda: OVER 280, Silver Spring: OVER 200, Takoma Park: OVER 170, Laurel: OVER 100 Greenbelt: OVER 100, Mount Rainier: 25, Cheverly: 15, and Alexandria:OVER 230. For more information go to the MoveOn.org web site.
Videos | Cindy's Diary |

** FURTHER UPDATE**: There are reports coming in that several Free Republic members are going into hysterical fits over the success of the support vigils for Cindy Sheehan's anti-war message.



Postcards From Crawford

Richmond, 18.08.2005 04:12

Notes from first telephone contact with Iraq Veteran against the War, Charlie Anderson, from Virginia Beach - who is on site at Camp Casey for Operation Noble Cause: "Last evening the cemetery at Camp Casey in Crawford was vandalized as a man in a pick up truck drove through the makeshift memorial. Most residents of the camp were attending a prayer service and no one was injured.... The group on the ground are working to replace the nearly 500 crosses destroyed by the vandalism. The crosses (patterned after Arlington West) have served as a unifying focus at Camp Casey, where both counter demonstrators and supporters have given used them to memorialize the US soldiers killed in Iraq...."



&quot;Fan Residents Backing Cindy&quot; stand vigil on the Boulevard

Richmond, 18.08.2005 04:12

On an otherwise quiet and humid night in the Fan, almost 100 people came together to support Cindy Sheehan's vigil outside President's Bush's Crawford Texas ranch. Cindy, whose son was killed while serving in the Iraq war, has attracted growing attention for her bold anti-war protest. Nearly two weeks into her public vigil, she urged supporters around the country to hold anti-war vigils in their home towns. The call was passed around by Moveon.org.



Americans for Safe Access Continues Campaign Against US HHS Department

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.08.2005 04:09

Americans for Safe Access is pressuring the Department of Health and Human Services to respond to the formal rescheduling petition submitted by the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis in 2002 and the Data Quality Act petition submitted by ASA in 2004. Americans for Safe Access is encouraging people to make their voices heard by signing the Petition for Rescheduling Marijuana, gathering signatures for the Petition for Rescheduling Marijuana, and joining ASA in Washington, DC during October 2nd through 4th to "Demand Rescheduling Now!" Flyer

Past Indybay Coverage: ASA's Data Quality Challenge to HHS | October 2004 Rally in DC



Somerville Theater pulls Contract on the Reagan Babies' Jesus Christ Terrorist.

Boston, 18.08.2005 02:08

The Somerville Theatre has just informed us-- the Reagan Babies, a local band/performance group (www.reaganbabies.com)-- that our scheduled October 29th event, the final performance of "Jesus Christ Terrorist," a rock opera, has been cancelled despite a contract that was signed over three months ago and thousands of pre-production dollars spent. Theatre representative, Sherri Belski, claims that her decision to pull the contract was a result of the theater's insurance carrier refusing to cover the event. However, upon further discussion with Ms. Belski it has become clear that there was more to it and that, in fact, it is likely that the political content of the performance is at question.



Debate Breaks Out In UCDSU Over Use Of Oscailt

Ireland, 18.08.2005 01:37

“Jaysus. RTFM” sez Wag “UCDelete Aint In The Instruction Manual That Comes With The Code " To my infuriation and repugnance certain things have been revealed to me regarding our union that has really made my blood boil. I have decided to post them up here because I hope to see a debate developing and above all accountability in the Union corridor. On a day when thousands of leaving cert students celebrate the end of years in school, acrimonious debate has broken out in UCD Student Union circles over accusations that the union is about to scrap its use of Oscailt as the content management system for its web presence. Indymedia regulars will be aware that Oscailt is a piece of software developed to run the Irish node in the Indymedia network and made freely available and distributed for non-profit use on the internet. A document criticizing the new James Carroll led administration was published on Indymedia late last night after a claim it was “temporarily hidden ” on the UCDSU.net website, a website described as “Indymedia in blue” by some of its harshest critics. The final issue of last year's UCD based student paper, University Observer also contained an editorial accusing sites like Indymedia of having a "crucial missing ingredient" - that of "editorial control and responsibility." The document, published by Enda Duffy, a former deputy president candidate in last year's union election, strenuously defends the use of Oscailt before moving on to attack the new administrations decision to increase sabbatical wages alongside other bouts of recent expenditure. Finally it calls for disaffiliation from USI calling it a “political play ground”. Earlier in the month a thread expressing concerns over the handling of interviews for three union staff positions was also “deleted by person or persons unknown.” The five new sabbatical officers issued a response last night claiming there were factual inaccuracies contained within the original article” Analysis On Education: Chomsky Discusses Education and Power | Modularisation In UCD: What Exactly Does It Mean For Us? | The OECD report on higher education a Critique | Travellers in Education: A Very Irish Aparthied | Where the education cut backs are hitting | OECD Report Critique | OECD Report Critique | Kathleen Lynch On OECD Report A Chronology of the Recent UCD Movement 2002 October- CFE take 17 seats on UCD SU council UCD students barricade education minister into building Students occupy N11 dual carriage way in opposition to fees Largest On Campus Protest In Years November- College Tribune Polls Encouraging For UCD Left UCD Lecture Boycott ( 1 ) DecOccupation of Department of Transport UCDSU Election Gossip Starts2003 Feb- CFE organise road blockade break away on USI marchUCD SU elections get underway March- The Spoof Threads: The SU Elections And CFE Paul Dillon The New FF President Of UCDSU Dillon, Regan Kelly Win In UCD May Campaign for Free Education and USI Occupy Two Buildings Campaign for Free Education Reacts To Governments Statement on Fees ( 1) A Run Down On The CFE The archived CFE Site Typical Acrimonious UCD Thread Around Socialist Alternative, SP and SWP 2004 November UCD Students Ban Coke Bin Tax prisoner romps home to Academic Council while Coke boycott stays Coca-Cola bring in 'Top Gun' as re-run of UCD Boycott Referendum approaches UCDSU Defeats College Library Cuts After Series of Occupations December 2004 Election Debates Begin Leading to one of Indymedia's biggest threads ever March IEF Challenges Threat Of Privatisation April Nursing students march for entitlements interview with nurse Reclaim The Campus McDowell Flees UCD In Garda Van(1) May USI Officer Board Manifestos NCAD votes to boycott Coke UCD Postgrad Fees go up 10% - Who voted for and against? August Mass Occupation Of Department Of Education( 1, 2) OECD Report Leaked in the Media. September Controversial Freshers Guide Published Students Protest Housing Crisis Science Restaurant Stops Hot Food UCDSU Hosts ISF For Second Time October/b>Justin Barret 'Attacked' while attending UCD debate.( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Coincidence Or Not? Students Slam Coke CEO's Honoury Degree Coke Workers Visit UCD Again Nov UCD Students Slam College’s 150th Celebrations UCDSU Block Breaks Off USI Demo For Direct Action December . Further Plans To Escalate Demoncracy Now Campaign Staff Unions and Students Unions join forcesStudents March On College Presidents House Over Wasteful Expenditure( 1, 2, 3, 4) 2005 Jan Nominations for UCDSU Sabbatical Elections 2005 Education Officer James Carroll defeats Joanne Doherty to become President, Dan Hayden takes welfare, LY's Jane Jones in education and Anto Kelly in Ents April 2005 Police, Services, Bonfire and Buckfast: A Celebration Of A Year's End March Police, Services, Bonfire and Buckfast: A Celebration Of A Year's End April UCDSU Delegation “Disgrace Themselves At USI Congress August Application Process For New SU Staff Causes Huge Controversy L and H Allegedly Contact Fascists For Immigration Debate Visit The UCDSU Oscailt Site Transparency and Accountability in UCDSU and The Failure of USI By Enda Duffy To my infuriation and repugnance certain things have been revealed to me regarding our union that has really made my blood boil. I have decided to post them up here because I hope to see a debate developing and above all accountability in the Union corridor. The web site: It has been exposed to me that the website is going to undergo some drastic change. Not only is this going to cost some amount of money the job is going to be giving to a close friend of a certain hack that is always spotted skulking around the corridor. It is obvious that there is fear of criticism on the part of some officers and deem it necessary to employ censorship. The fact that the site is transparent and accountable is a good thing in my observation. Students are entitled to hold there officers accountable and this site is the only possible outlet to do so. If it ant broke don’t fix it. It will be a frivolous was of union time and resources. This site was designed for FREE by a union officer that cost Students nothing. The previous year spent €1000 on designing a site that was useless. James Carroll intends to spend more probably on an equally useless site. Any attempts to change this site should be left to council and not one man who has a problem with constructive criticism. Any attempt to alter this site will be met with serious opposition. On a further note please stop boycotting the website James, so far you have not put up any report we want to know what you have been doing for the last two months. My analysis The site is perfect the way it is we wont get better. Officers and students from other colleges look at this and read what’s on it. Be warned do not change it without the permission of council. If you do we will mount serious opposition and propose at the first council that the website be left the way it was. Continuing waste of your money. So far your sabbatical officers have received a nice bonus of €30 a week this brings their salary up to a hefty €330 per week plus expenses. This is an extra €7800 per year and of course we foot the bill. Not only that but it seems the tight restriction on mobile phone bills that was implemented by Dillon and Scully has disappeared and the whole cost of the sabbatical mobile phone bills is covered by you. Smells of Aongus the Fungus all over again. Each sabbatical officer recently received five new t-shirts and two jumpers with their name embroidered on it. Not only is this one of the most idiotic and pretentious thing I have ever heard of, but conservative estimates puts the bill for this clothing in the region of €600-€1000 of yes your money. Last year UCDSU managed to purchase 100 t-shirts for €300. Instead of having five people kited out in the most self-riotous daft clothing we could have given 200- 300 students a t-shirt and brightened up their day along will getting the SU message out there. Those jumpers are extremely intimidating to randomers and are purely an effort to make certain people feel self-important. It creates a cliquey and unwelcoming atmosphere. Finally I was informed that your new sabbatical officers will now have lovely new business cards to match their beautiful new sweaters. (Cost of this unknown) My analysis All sabbatical wage increase have to be ratified by the independent appeals board if this was not done then sabbatical officers will be forced to pay back the extra money that they received. Mobile phone bills should be axed staff officers don’t receive them nor do executive officers. All officers have phones in their offices these are cheaper to use and should be used. The T-shirts should be burned failing this I ask all sabbatical officers to refuse to wear them in protest at the idiotic and scandalous waste of money. Business cards come on lads are you really serious or is this just a piss take. I also think that class rep training should be held on campus. It is purely a junket for union hacks that spend the weekend drinking and making idiots of themselves (I know I used to be one of them). I will also be asking at the first council for a breakdown of all the costs over the summer of each sabbatical officer. Phone bills, expenses cost of jumpers and business cards etc. so perhaps someone could save me the trouble of asking. Also I encourage everyone who has interests in the SU to run for class rep accountability is extremely important in student politics. USI This organisation has been poisoned over that last few years by careerist hacks that use it as a political play ground to further their own political ambition and build a nice CV. This useless organisation costs UCDSU over €92000 per year in affiliation fees, to represent us on a national level. Realistically the government makes a mockery of USI. I would have more trust in Hugh Brady defending student interests than any USI officer. At least Brady gets to meet with the Minister for Education now and again. On top of this it costs UCDSU €3000 to train our sabbatical officers at UOS. Hack fest 05 or should I say USI national congress cost around €10000 paid for by UCDSU. So what exactly does this 92 grand go on? From what I can see it goes on the wages of the officer board, around €500 per week and their expenses. Last weekend USI brand hacks arrived in Dublin for national council. They stayed in our student residences. I’m not certain who paid for the accommodation but it is quite possible that UCDSU did. But the scandalous thing is that these flats were scheduled for renovation so they would be up to standard for incoming students next year. Our union president kicked up a fuss with the administrator and hay presto renovations were halted until the hacks move out. It is quit possible that they may not be ready in time for incoming UCD students. The were even wined and dined in our student bar courtesy of you and you even paid for their bowling and quasar down in stillorgan last Friday night. The really scandalous thing is when I popped my head into the national council most of them had left for home before any business was conducted. All they were here for was the junket. So far from what I can see no action has been taken on any motion that was passed at national council but sadly I can say it doesn’t surprise me. My opinion One solution, disaffiliation. Take back our €92000 and invest in a much-needed councillor for the Students of UCD. At least we would be getting value for money. Feel free to dole out your opinions, criticisms and analysis. After all that’s what's so good about this website. (BTW I presume some anonymous gutless fools are going to post “Enda is just bitter about loosing the election” well I have just saved you the bother) The Response To The Above Document By All Five Sabbatical Officers This is a response by the 5 sabbatical officers to the many factual inaccuracies contained within the original article posted here. All sabbatical officers have contributed to it. The purpose of this statement is to set the record straight about the mistakes and inaccuracies of the original article. Individual officers may also offer their own analyses and opinions on the thread, but this is purely a joint response in order to correct the many falsehoods and errors the article contains. It should be pointed out that drafting this response has involved substantial fact-checking and thus has taken a great deal of time and effort. As a result of this, many officers will be staying on at work for at least another few hours. Thus, this means that time that could have been spent doing important work has had to be spent instead correcting one person’s false statements. Despite the time involved, it was felt that correcting these false claims was an urgent matter given the seriousness of the allegations. Hopefully this will be a reminder to anyone who wishes to write on this site in the future, to be responsible about what they say. 1) The first factual inaccuracy of this article is in the title. In this year’s union there have been no cover ups, no “bullshit” and definitely no over-expenditure. In fact, despite the author including the phrase “cover ups” in the title, he makes no mention of this anywhere else in the article. And far from “over-expenditure”, this year’s Students Union have made a concerted and successful attempt to ensure that students are getting the very best deals for their money in every area of union expenditure. For instance, the Freshers Guide will pay for itself, and the freshers packs will actually make money for the union, while at the same time being far more complete and attractive to students than any previous year. This is only one example of a union-wide attempt to ensure that students’ money is used wisely. 2) QUOTE: “Not only is this going to cost some amount of money the job is going to be giving to a close friend of a certain hack that is always spotted skulking around the corridor.” The amount of money going to be spent on this website is substantially less than was spent on the website the year before last. Furthermore, the person who we interviewed for the job is not a "close friend" of any SU officer, but rather an acquaintance of one. Indeed, they had not seen or heard each other in 6 years. Furthermore, he has a 1.1 degree in Computer Science and Multimedia and so has more than the necessary qualifications needed to design a website. Moreover, no final decision as been taken as to who will design the website. 3) QUOTE: “Any attempts to change this site should be left to council and not one man who has a problem with constructive criticism.” It is not “one man” who is making decisions regarding the website. This matter has been discussed at exec and some consensus has been reached by the various officers. 4) QUOTE: “It has been exposed to me that the website is going to undergo some drastic change…. It is obvious that there is fear of criticism on the part of some officers and deem it necessary to employ censorship.” The clear implication from this is that the students union officers plan to remove the “open publishing” aspects of the site. This is untrue. The officers have decided to make substantial cosmetic changes to the website, while keeping the essential features of the current website, such as the ability to publish news, analysis etc. The purpose is to make the site look more welcoming and easier to navigate wile at the same time retaining all the characteristics of our site which lend openness and transparency to the union. 5) QUOTE: “…All sabbatical wage increases have to be ratified by the independent appeals board if this was not done then sabbatical officers will be forced to pay back the extra money that they received.” This is factually incorrect. It was decided in the academic year 2002/2003 by the Independent Appeals Board that increases to sabbatical officers’ wages would be linked either to national wage agreements or the rate of inflation, whichever of these was higher at the time. In Paul Dillon’s year, the exec decided not to take any increases for themselves. Last year, the students union decided to take a small increase. This year, the union Financial Administrator calculated what the wages would be today based on the IAB’s decision in 02/03, and from this calculation made an increase to the Sabbatical Officers’ wages. 6) QUOTE: “Each sabbatical officer recently received five new t-shirts and two jumpers with their name embroidered on it…. conservative estimates puts the bill for this clothing in the region of €600-€1000 of yes your money.” This is also a complete falsehood. The t-shirts and jumpers did not cost between 600 and 1000 euro. Could the author please tell us who supplied these “conservative estimates”? The T-shirts, far from being “purely an effort to make certain people feel self-important” are an effort to drastically improve recognition rates of the sabbatical officers, which were very low last year. It has not been decided when and how often they will be used yet, but it is likely that they will be used during registration days and other times when students need to be clearly able to tell their elected officers apart form other students. 7) QUOTE: “Not only that but it seems the tight restriction on mobile phone bills that was implemented by Dillon and Scully has disappeared and the whole cost of the sabbatical mobile phone bills is covered by you.” Also factually inaccurate. The Welfare Officer Dan Hayden worked in a phone shop which dealt in the services of all three of Irelands mobile providers and in light of his experience he volunteered to take care of ensuring the union got the very best phone deal. In this he succeeded- giving the union an average 35% more call time than they had last year at less cost. The new phone deal ensured that officers ( such as the Ents officer) who needed to use more mobile phone time were not penalised as the minutes were taken from a central pool which is carefully monitored to prevent abuse. Any charge over the number of minutes paid for by the union are paid for by the officer responsible. 8) QUOTE: “Finally I was informed that your new sabbatical officers will now have lovely new business cards to match their beautiful new sweaters. (Cost of this unknown)” Untrue. The Students Union PA was asked to get a cost for business cards, Indeed, for a welfare officer handling casework to have to resort to writing their details on rolodex cards neither garners trust nor a sense of professionalism- characteristics important to the work of all the sabbats. Many other unions use business cards and we consulted with them on their usefulness- the feedback was unanimously positive- it is likely some sabbats will pursue this. Indeed, it is hardly a surprise that many people who work with people have business cards. It is because they work. 9) QUOTE: “It is quite possible that they [student accommodation] may not be ready in time for incoming UCD students.” Factually incorrect. This is simply wrong. We requested the apartments, the accommodation office was delighted to help us. Seeing that all parties paid for their accommodation, why would this not be the case? 10) QUOTE: “They were even wined and dined in our student bar courtesy of you and you even paid for their bowling and quasar down in stillorgan last Friday night.” This is factually incorrect. There was no alcohol paid for by UCDSU, nor did UCDSU pay for the bowling or quazar. All that was paid for was one meal on the Saturday. This was done out of courtesy and goodwill towards the democratically elected union officers from around the country. 11) QUOTE: “The really scandalous thing is when I popped my head into the national council most of them had left for home before any business was conducted. All they were here for was the junket.” On the day before National Council there was a full day of training, which went on until about 9 O’clock in the evening. This was an entire day of training, and was the primary reason for the officers from other colleges traveling to Dublin. In fact, many union officers attended training modules that they were not required to. Much of what happened on Saturday was voting on elections to various committees and positions in USI. Since it was one vote per college, all that was necessary for the voting was one person from each college to be there. So for several hours of the National Council meeting there was no need for many people to be there at all. Furthermore, while some officers from other colleges did leave before the end of council and thus missed the officers’ reports section, it should be remembered that this was held on a SATURDAY. For people traveling back to Cork or Galway on a Saturday morning, that was most of their day gone, and they had just spent pretty much an entire day at training modules on Friday. They would only get back late Saturday afternoon which meant that much of their weekends was spent at this USI event. Based on these clarifications, the five sabbatical officers request the author to retract his claims. Please in the future when attempting “positive criticism”, base your arguments on fact, not fiction. Signed, Dave Curran, SU Deputy President, Dan Hayden, SU Welfare Officer, Anthony Kelly, SU Ents Officer, Jane Horgan-Jones, SU Education Officer, James Carroll, SU President. http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/aug2005/kate.jpg



Reallocate Racial Disparity Study Money to Remodeling Projects? Champaign County Board to Vote on Issue Thursday

Urbana-Champaign, 18.08.2005 00:08

The Champaign County Board will decide tomorrow night if it wants to reallocate money previously appropriated for a disparity study towards remodeling office space at the Brookens Administrative Center that some say could ultimately involve hiring female and minority-owned contractors.



Chicago Group Rejects Federal Fine for Humanitarian Aid

Chicago, 17.08.2005 22:38

Kathy Kelly, Voice in the Wilderness [permalink] The Chicago-based peace organization Voices in the Wilderness received an order last week from a federal judge demanding payment of a $20,000 fine for delivering humanitarian aid to Iraq and violating economic sanctions as a result.

Voices in the Wilderness unequivocally rejected complying with the order: "Voices will not pay a penny of this fine. The economic sanctions regime imposed brutal and lethal punishment on Iraqi people. The U.S. government would not allow Iraq to rebuild its water treatment system after the U.S. military deliberately destroyed it in 1991. The U.S. government denied Iraq the ability to purchase blood bags, medical needles and medicine in adequate supplies-destroying Iraq's health care system.

"We chose to travel to Iraq in order to openly challenge our country's war against the Iraqi people. We fully understood that our acts could result in criminal or civil charges. We acted because when our country's government is committing a grievous, criminal act, it is incumbent upon each of us to challenge in every nonviolent manner possible the acts of the government." Read more

Additional coverage: Democracy Now! | The NewStandard



recital contra el turco

Argentina, 17.08.2005 22:08

miércoles 17 de agosto de 2005 | SERÁ MAÑANA A LAS 14 EN PZA. SAN MARTÍN
Recital contra el sello de la Municipalidad



12 años sin miguel

Argentina, 17.08.2005 22:08



Black August Observed in Oakland This Week

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.08.2005 21:37

Black August is a time of remembering the plight of imprisoned freedom fighters. Some people whose contributions will be honored during Black August '05

Many people observe Black August by fasting from sun up to sun down on all the days of August except on the martyr days: Aug. 2, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21, which are days when some fast completely. In Oakland, Black August ‘05 will also be celebrated with two events. The first event will be on August 17th at 2232 Martin Luther King Way in Oakland. There will be African dancers, Taiko drummers, Polynesian dancers and Pomo dancers, among the many acts that are scheduled to perform. The second event will take place on August 21st at 1933 Broadway in Oakland. Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. of the POCC (Prisoners of Conscience Committee), Pam Africa, dead prez, and Rico Pabon of Prophets of Rage are some of the people featured at this 12-hour concert/forum. Pam Africa will also be speaking in San Francisco on August 19th. More info

Read more on Indybay's Racial Justice News Page



Mr. President, How About a Bike Ride with Cindy Sheehan?

Madison, 17.08.2005 21:08

Crawford, Texas is the place to be. It is beautiful this time of year, 95+ in the shade, but with hopes for peace in the air. This is where President Bush wages war from when not clearing brush. Join myself and many, many others as we help Cindy Sheehan get an answer to a perfectly reasonable question – just what is the noble cause, to which the President continually refers, for which her son and so many others have died?



July 2005 Warmest Month on Record for Northern Hemisphere

Madison, 17.08.2005 21:08

Global warming continued in July 2005 with temperatures in the U.S. averaging 1.5 Fahrenheit (F) above the average temperature for July, over the period of record 1895-2004. Nine states had "much above normal" temperature for the month, an additional 33 states had "above average" temperatures, while only 6 states in the contiguous U.S. had near average temperature for the month. Wisconsin had above average temperatures, as did Alaska. No state was cooler than average for July. The month of July 2005 turned out to be the 2nd warmest July on record for the earth as a whole, exceeded only by the record warm July in El Nino year 1998. Warmer than average conditions in July were recorded in Scandinavia, much of Asia, North Africa, the United States, Mexico, Europe, Algeria, South Africa, Siberia and eastern Australia. Ocean temperatures were also 2nd highest on record.



Black August Observed in Oakland This Week

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.08.2005 21:07

Black August is a time of remembering the plight of freedom fighters, who are imprisoned "behind enemy lines," who have given their lives to the cause of Black and oppressed people being free from the shackles of capitalistic slavery – people like George Jackson, Jonathan Jackson and Khatari Gaulden, to name a few. More people whose contributions will be honored during Black August '05

Many people observe Black August by fasting from sun up to sun down on all the days of August except on the martyr days: Aug. 2, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21, which are days when some fast completely. Exercise, organizing, and study are also intensified, recognizing that we have to be of strong mind, body and soul if we are to win this 500-year battle.

In Oakland, Black August ‘05 will also be celebrated with two events. The first event will be on August 17th at 2232 Martin Luther King Way in Oakland. There will be African dancers, Taiko drummers, Polynesian dancers and Pomo dancers, among the many acts that are scheduled to perform. The second event will take place on August 21st at 1933 Broadway in Oakland. Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. of the POCC (Prisoners of Conscience Committee), Pam Africa, dead prez, and Rico Pabon of Prophets of Rage are some of the people featured at this 12-hour concert/forum. This event will be a place where people can bring their friends and family to a revolutionary event where everybody is destined to learn something as well as find out how they can get involved. Pam Africa will also be speaking in San Francisco on August 19th. A major hip hop show and a Black August Film Festival are being held in New York this month.

Tickets for Black August ‘05 can be purchased at various locations around the Bay. | Read more | Black August Organizing Committee | BlackAugust.net | Black August's 25th Anniversary



Movilización Nacional de Empleados Públicos

santiago, 17.08.2005 20:40

CONTRA EL DAÑO PREVISIONAL Y POR EL DERECHO A UNA VEJEZ DIGNA



Movilización Nacional de Empleados Públicos

santiago, 17.08.2005 20:40

CONTRA EL DAÑO PREVISIONAL Y POR EL DERECHO A UNA VEJEZ DIGNA



No Border Encuentro - Aug 27-28 - Update!

San Diego, 17.08.2005 20:39

(no)Border Encuentro, August 27-28th, San Diego

Hola todos. Crazy times we find ourselves in. Millions of people forced to live underground, more than 3200 dead and tens of thousands more incapacitated crossing the border. Communities and families split by the wall. As if the border and its myriad forms of violence were not enough, racist paramilitaries are openly organizing across the US and finding enthusiastic partners in politicians and corporate press outlets alike. And then there are the numerous Neo-nazi groups crawling out from beneath their rocks, thrilled with the “Trojan Horse” of growing anti-migrant sentiment. . .

Complete Schedule, with dates, times and locations below



Nine year old girl pepper-sprayed by Portland Police

Portland, 17.08.2005 18:38

Portland, Oregon. On August 10, 2005, Lynnae Lake, Family Rights activist from Michigan and co-host of "A Voice for Children Radio Show" was arrested at the home of Roger Weidner, long time defender of family rights. When Roger attempted to discover why police surrounded his house and that of his 95 year old mother.

Weidner was told by police "you know why we are here - where are they?" Weidner said he had no idea what they were talking about and where was their warrant? Roger was told they "didn't need a warrant". Roger was immediately arrested and thrown into the back of a police car - one of seven which surrounded his house.

Twelve police officers of the Portland Police Department stormed into the house terrorizing his 95 year old mother as she took a bath.



Workers Resistance

Manila, 17.08.2005 15:39

Wild Cat: Thousand Workers Siege Labor Department in Manila



Activists and the homeless prepare for September 1st battle with police for Hobo Park

Saint Louis, 17.08.2005 15:37

Hobo Park (officially Lucas Park) lies in the shadow of Washington Avenue development and is about to disappear from the landscape of few public places available to the homeless who refuse to be forced into mainstream shelters. Hobo Park has a rich history as a refuge to The St. Louis Homeless population. “Ferrell”, a park regular commented, “I have been here for the better part of fifteen years. This has always been a place where homeless people can just chill out. This has basically been a park were no crime happened. Just people looking for a place to kill time and avoid being treated like children in the traditional homeless facilities in this city”

Several park residents commented that they believe that September 1st will be the big showdown between the homeless and the police, which have become an occupying force to many of this city’s residents.

[What's Up Magazine]



Periodistas

Colombia, 17.08.2005 15:07

La información objetiva esta en riesgo



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

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.08.2005 14:37

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 San Francisco, 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
Read More On Indybay's Anti-War Page



RÁDIO COMUNITÁRIA

Brasil, 17.08.2005 14:08

Duas pessoas presas em Bauru-SP



Energias alternativas ou negócios obscuros?

Portugal, 17.08.2005 12:37

Energias alternativas ou negócios obscuros?



'Stop the Arms Trade, Shut Down DSEi, Stop Making Murder Profitable'

United Kingdom, 17.08.2005 10:08

Bombs on the underground, bombs in Iraq, guns in Harlesden, Euston, Kings Cross, in the car and under your pillow, destroying the lives of men women and children, and destroying the world in which we live, all sold to you by these nice men and women in suits, who only do this job because, “if I didn’t, someone else would” ( http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/london/2003/09/277250.html).



Students Squat Bar

Melbourne, 17.08.2005 07:08

Monash Students Occupy and Run Campus Bar




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