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especulació (ca)

Barcelona, 17.09.2005 13:07

dia a dia lluitem contra la violència immobiliària i urbanística

---aprenem : [17Set] No al judici a La Lokeria : Jornades a la Plaça Ecspanyola - [17Set] 3a Sessió del Taller contra la Violència Immobiliària i Urbanística - [17Set] Jornada Atea a Lleida, i concert de M.C.D. - l'incivisme té un nom: Especulació! ---donem suport als febles : [caufec] 20set: desallotjament d'en Pep - Montagut la lluita continua !!! Volen desallotjar el mas !! ---guanyem : Cas Verdi 28: la sentència diu que som un clar cas de mobbing immobiliari ---okupem : C.S.O.A les Vies de Ciutat de Mallorca [fotos] - Nova okupació a Korneya !! - un nou centre social a sant boi de llobregat ---festegem : {17 set]Festa de l'Hort Urbà a Mataró - [17set]Fiesta Pija II ---recordem : Passejant per la Rambla del Raval de Barcelona ---i som reprimits : La policia ha acordonat Lacasadelforum: cal gent al Carmel - S'aproxima el judici contra les encausades de la cocktelera - Valldonzella12: Aturem el desallotjament - Veïna detinguda a Patraix (València): declaracions sevas - Nou Atac amb Molotovs a Portal Nou

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ecology (en)

Barcelona, 17.09.2005 12:07

although i'm an animal...don't maltreat me human beast!

/a> in summer arrive the savage celebrations against animals ::: campaign against bullfighting and against the Monumental company ::: sign for the closing of the Monumental bullring ::: anti-bullfighting campaign web boycotted by crackers
related news: Barcelona, first big city of the països catalans declaring herself anti-bullfighting ::: 73% of Catalan people in favor of banning bullfighting ::: Molins: anti-bullfighting and friend of the animals city ::: Campaign Madrid anti-bullfighting ::: Fernando Sabater brands anti-bullfighters dupes ::: Campaign Catalunya anti-bullfighting 2004 ::: Torture is not culture: Barcelona anti-bullfighting 2004

+info:: >>>ecology



Sobrevivência a prazo

Portugal, 17.09.2005 10:37

Sobrevivência a prazo



Week 17/9/2005

Antwerpen, 17.09.2005 06:07

Vuile zaken



Mano Dura contra los pobres

Puerto Rico, 17.09.2005 05:08

Policías vandalizan mural



Cindy Sheehan Speaks In Philadelphia

Philadelphia, 17.09.2005 04:38

Cindy Sheehan and Celeste Zappala, mothers who have both lost sons to the Iraq war, spoke to hundreds of supporters at Independence Mall as part of the Bring the Troops Home Now Tour. Click 'read more' for full story and photos.



Por La Sexta: Zapatistas Hold Last in Series of Meetings with Civil Society

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.09.2005 03:07

This weekend, Indymedia Chiapas is producing a radio stream from the last in a series of meetings the EZLN has been holding with civil society over the past two months. Listen to the raw stream from Chiapas, along with commentary and music from Mexico City, Sept. 16th thru Sept. 18th.

Called by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, thousands have been attending a series of meetings in Chiapas, including collectives, artistic groups and NGO's. Presentations have ranged from dry readings to hip-hop performances and lottery games.

Subcomadante Marcos announced "The Other Campaign" in the Sixth Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle, a non-electoral alternative to election-year politics.

The Sixth Declaration marks a divergence in Zapatista history. While the rebel organization has always called for national and international solidarity, it has limited its objectives to those defined by the indigenous struggle. With this declaration their goals have expanded to the recreation the left and the definition of a new constitution.

Having been trodden by political parties on the left and right, the indigenous of Chiapas, and autonomists throughout Mexico, are saying that there can be no electoral alternative. Following the Sixth Declaration, Marcos released a series of heavy critiques of the Partido Revolucion Democratica (PRD), Lopez Obrador, probable presidential candidate of the same party, and electoral politics in general, cleanly pushing politicians to the margins of the Other Campaign.

The mass media, including the national, and supposedly leftist paper, La Jornada, quickly demonstrated their allegiance by defending status quo politics and the PRD's candidate.

This weekend's meeting represents the conclusion of the initial phase of the Other Campaign. Full coverage at Indymedia Chiapas | Live radio



Por La Sexta: Zapatistas Hold Last in Series of Meetings with Civil Society

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.09.2005 03:07

This weekend, Indymedia Chiapas is producing a live radio stream from the last in a series of meetings the EZLN has been holding with civil society over the past two months. Listen to the raw stream from Chiapas, along with commentary and music from Mexico City, Sept. 16th thru Sept. 18th.

Thousands, including collectives, artistic groups and NGOs, have been attending a series of meetings in Chiapas called by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation to discuss "The Other Campaign," a grassroots non-electoral alternative to election-year politics. Presentations have ranged from dry readings to hip-hop performances and lottery games. Full story | Coverage at Indymedia Chiapas | Live radio



destaque manifestación 150905 portada

Argentina, 17.09.2005 02:38



marcha 160905

Argentina, 17.09.2005 02:38

Martes 16 de Septiembre 2005 | Multitudinaria Manifestación
"Más de 30000 personas en Plaza de Mayo"



especulació i okupació (ca)

Barcelona, 17.09.2005 01:07

dia a dia lluitem contra la violència immobiliària i urbanística

---aprenem : [17Set] No al judici a La Lokeria : Jornades a la Plaça Ecspanyola - [17Set] 3a Sessió del Taller contra la Violència Immobiliària i Urbanística - [17Set] Jornada Atea a Lleida, i concert de M.C.D. - l'incivisme te un nom: Especulació! ---donem suport als febles : [caufec] 20set: desallotjament d'en pep - Montagut la lluita continua !!! Volen desallotjar el mas !! ---guanyem : Cas Verdi 28: la sentència diu que som un clar cas de mobbing immobiliari ---okupem : C.S.O.A les Vies de Ciutat de Mallorca [fotos] - Nova okupació a Korneya !! - un nou centre social a sant boi de llobregat ---festejem : Festa de l'Hort Urbà a Mataró - Fiesta Pija II ---recordem : Passejant per la Rambla del Raval de Barcelona ---i som reprimits : La policia ha acordonat Lacasadelforum: cal gent al Carmel - S'aproxima el judici contra les encausades de la cocktelera - Valldonzella12: Stop desalojo. - Veïna detinguda a Patraix (València): declaracions sevas - Nou Atac amb Molotovs a lo bestia a Portal Nou

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especulación y okupación (es)

Barcelona, 17.09.2005 01:07

día a día luchamos contra la violencia inmobiliaria y urbanística

---aprendemos : [17Set] No al juicio a La Lokeria : Jornadas en la Plaça Ecspanyola - [17Set] 3a Sesión del Taller contra la Violencia Inmobiliària y Urbanística - [17Set] Jornada Atea en Lleida, y concierto de M.C.D. - l'incivisme te un nom: Especulació! ---damos apoyo a l*s débiles : [caufec] 20set: desalojo de pep - Montagut la lucha continua !!! Quieren desalojar la masia !! ---ganamos : Caso Verdi 28: la sentencia dice que somos un claro caso de mobbing immobiliario ---okupamos : C.S.O.A les Vies de Ciutat de Mallorca [fotos] - Nueva okupación en Korneya !! - un nuevo centro social en sant boi de llobregat ---festejamos : Fiesta del Huerto Urbano en Mataró - Fiesta Pija II ---recordamos : Paseando por la Rambla del Raval de Barcelona ---y somos reprimid*s : La policia ha acordonado Lacasadelforum: hace falta gente en el Carmel - Se aproxima el juicio contra l*s encausad*s de la cocktelera - Valldonzella12: Stop desalojo. - Vecina detenida en Patraix (Valencia): declaraciones suyas - Nuevo ataque con molotovs a lo bestia en Portal Nou

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HCAP goes to beach party

Maritimes, 17.09.2005 00:08

HCAP to demand social housing during the Provincial/Federal/Territorial Housing Ministers' Conference Sept. 22-23rd



Haiti Benefit Concert

Maritimes, 16.09.2005 23:37

September 17th: Haiti Benefit in Lunenburg



Scott Parkin

Istanbul, 16.09.2005 23:08

Avustralya ABD'li barış eylemcisini sınırdışı ediyor



Materno

Colombia, 16.09.2005 22:37

Gran teleton de besos



Rádio Magnífica resiste a Anatel

Brasil, 16.09.2005 22:08

RÁDIO LIVRE



Represje za udział w proteście pielęgniarek.

Poland, 16.09.2005 21:09

27 września 2005r. przed Sądem Okręgowym w Warszawie (IX Wydział Karny
Odwoławczy – ul. Chopina 1)odbędzie się rozprawa Andrzeja Smosarskiego,
oskarżonego o czynną napaść na funkcjonariusza policji podczas
demonstracji pielęgniarek w grudniu 2000 roku. Obecny proces jest
postępowaniem apelacyjnym – sąd pierwszej instancji dał wiarę zeznaniom
policji i ukarał Andrzeja grzywną w wysokości 3700 zł z zamianą 3
tysięcy podstawowej grzywny na 100 dni aresztu. Sprawa ta ma wszelkie
znamiona represji za działalność społeczną – Andrzej został bowiem
oskarżony o czyn, którego nie popełnił, a zarówno policja, jak i sąd
starają się w ten sposób uciszyć krytykę wobec obecnej sytuacji
społecznej i zniechęcić do protestów społecznych.



Animal Rescues in the Gulf Coast Region

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.09.2005 20:37

More than two weeks have passed since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, and hundreds of dehydrated and starving animals reportedly wait on rooftops, in attics, on the streets and in hiding. While animal welfare organizations and volunteers have undertaken animal rescue — and were mobilized before the storm even hit — these workers have faced numerous obstacles from the National Guard, FEMA and other agencies. In some areas, the army has reportedly begun to assist with rescue efforts but it is unclear as to whether this is policy or if this is a voluntary effort of a small number of soldiers. Other law enforcement has not been so kind, as a sheriff in the town of St. Bernard's Parish was caught on videotape shooting stranded dogs in the street.

Rescue efforts continue — despite shortages of volunteers and supplies — and to keep animals still in the streets alive, some people have reportedly been leaving food and water in as many houses as possible where animals have been witnessed. Animal advocates urge that the public call the individuals and agencies who could help to make animal rescue more of a priority. Locally, people in the Bay Area have been taking in animals from the Gulf Coast — some 550 rescued dogs began arriving in Marin County this week and are to be housed throughout the Bay Area.

Read More, and What You Can Do to Help on Indybay's Animal Liberation News Page



recital

Argentina, 16.09.2005 20:07

Viernes 16 de septiembre | CORTE DE LUZ Y SUSPENSIÓN EN EL FESTIVAL DE "ARTE ABIERTO" EN PZA. SAN MARTÍN
Manos de tijera



Los sueños no se desalojan

Argentina, 16.09.2005 20:07

Miércoles 14 de Septiembre 2005 | Los sueños no se desalojan
LA LUCHA CONTRA EL DESALOJO DE ÑANDE RETA



Desalojo en Ñande Reta

Argentina, 16.09.2005 19:37

Martes 13 de septiembre de 2005 | LA LUCHA CONTRA EL DESALOJO DE ÑANDE RETA
Los sueños no se desalojan



Desalojo en Ñande Reta

Argentina, 16.09.2005 19:37

Martes 13 de septiembre de 2005 | LA LUCHA CONTRA EL DESALOJO DE ÑANDE RETA
Los sueños no se desalojan



City Council Passes Resolution to Withdraw Troops from Iraq

Philadelphia, 16.09.2005 18:37

City Council passed a resolution on September 15, 2005 requesting the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. The resolution, sponsored by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, welcomes the "Bring them Home Now Tour" to Philadelphia and will be read at the rally at Independence Hall from 5pm - 7pm on Friday, September 16. Click here to read a copy of the resolution.



antifascism (en)

Barcelona, 16.09.2005 18:07

Repression, Exclusion and Alternative Festivities prohibition

Press release of the Federació Festa Major de Gràcia (Gracia Festivities Federation), the Coordinadora Popular de Festes (Festivities Popular Coordinating) and the Assemblea de Festes Alternatives (Alternative Festivities Meeting) about the incidents

already prohibited festivities :: Gràcia : Vallcarca : La Roca yet possibles : Sants : Poblenou : Terrassa : Raval : Igualada : Quatretonda : Castanyada Rock 05 : Vilafranca : Correllengua : Riudebitles

festivities where we claim :: against festivity exclusion and fascism : Sunday August 14: [18.30h] Gathering on Rius i Taulet square : [20.00h] Gathering in memory of Roger, murdered by nazi skin - in front of Fontana Tube/Subway station :Assamblea de les festes alternatives de Gràcia press release : Gràcia Festivities Year with exclusions: Open letter to town Councillor Ricard Martínez : Alternative Festivities are not Festivities? : Alternative Public Announcement pictures and the Gathering in memory of Roger : Mr. Clos: I state 3 de Gràcia Rally against three of Gràcia's trial : Action to support the 3 of Gràcia on Fontana Tube station : CAJEI press release

+info | >>>antifascism ::: >>>criminalitzation



CHILE: 32 AÑOS DEL GOLPE DE ESTADO

Uruguay, 16.09.2005 16:38

11 de setiembre



DSEi Protests Continue - Thursday 15th September

United Kingdom, 16.09.2005 16:07

Thursday evening saw noisy protests outside the DSEi arms fair luxury dinner at the Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane in London. With hundreds of police deployed around the hotel, protestors gathered to 'unwelcome' the arms industry guests with banners and placards reading "Shopping For Death" and "Dinner of Death: Carnage Soup with Cluster Bomb Croutons". A critical mass bicycle protest left Eros statue to also join the demonstration outside the dinner. There was some aggressive police action as police sought to move protestors from the road and some violent arrests - at least 5 people were arrested. Despite a high level of stop and searches and police surveillance, one person there said "The arms dealers can't ignore this, they had to walk right through it - we've made it clear we oppose their dealing in death for profit." See [report and pictures]

Earlier in the day anti-arms fair protestors protested outside Reed Elsevier's offices in london, the DSEI organisers, while others staged a humorous action on the Docklands Light Railway - armed with numerous sex toys they embarassed the mostly male arms fair delegates over their liking of 'boys toys' and big rockets, as well as handing out anti-arms fair leaflets to other passengers.

See [Full Timeline]



A Crossroads of Conscience - The Peace and Justice Movement and Hurricane Katrina

Tennessee, 16.09.2005 15:08

Standing on a road littered by broken glass and splintered shingles in the Algiers community of New Orleans, it's impossible not to wonder, "Where is everybody?" But the search isn't to find the residents of the Algiers. Instead, the eyes scan the horizon, searching for a whirlwind of progressive relief equal to the storm winds and political hot air that have created this disaster.



HELP! Desperate Housing Shortage for Sept. anti-war/global justice mobe

DC, 16.09.2005 15:08

We are facing a housing crisis for the September mobilizations. Please help.



EUA planeiam nuclear preventivo

Portugal, 16.09.2005 13:37

EUA planeiam nuclear preventivo



romi sivac

belgrade, 16.09.2005 12:08

romi sivac



akcija izv

belgrade, 16.09.2005 12:08

Akcija: Skinimo



Gay okupljanje BG

belgrade, 16.09.2005 12:08

Prvo gej okupljanje u Bugarskoj



Feminicidio: genocidio contra mujeres

Argentina, 16.09.2005 12:07

viernes 16 de septiembre de 2005



No Border 2005

Istanbul, 16.09.2005 11:08

Yunanistan - Bulgaristan sınırına karşı hafta boyu süren eylemler



Sten Tree-sit: active logging; 2 trees evicted, 2 arrests

Portland, 16.09.2005 06:37

Yesterday (sept 14th) contract climbers working for US Forest Service Law Enforcement and Lane Co. Sheriff's evicted 2 of the 3 tree-sits in Sten unit 43. One tree is still occupied. Active logging has begun within unit 43.

Today (sept 15th) USFS and Sheriff's Dept LEO's escorted fellers into the area of the two evicted tree-sits and found one tree had been reoccupied by an activist during the night. Law enforcement guarded loggers as they cut trees around the activist, who remains in the tree at last report. Two activists were arrested on the ground, both were charged with interfering with an agricultural operation. Another activist is remaining in the third tree-sit further down the hill that was not evicted yesterday.

read more >>

[ Tree-sitter hit by arrow at Sten Tree-sit (13 Sept. '05) | Treesitters at Sten/McKenzie River still being shot at by loggers (7 Sept. '05) | Mckenzie Watershed: Tree-sitters and ground support shot at by loggers (30 Aug. '05) | Tree-sit action in Mckenzie Watershed defends forest from attack by Freres Lumber (23 Aug. '05) ]



US Assault On Tal Afar: Bombings In Baghdad

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.09.2005 06:37

On September 2nd, 2005, the US launched the largest military offensive on an urban area since the attack on Fallujah in the ethnic Turkish city of Tal Afar in Northern Iraq. The mayor of Tal Afar resigned in protest of what he called a "sectarian" operation" and a local Turkmen leader claimed that 152 civilians had been killed by "indiscriminate" fire coming from US helicopter gunships. By September 6th, 2005, 90 percent of Tal Afar's population of 250,000 had fled in the face of the US assualt. The offensive in Tal Afar continued for several weeks even though most insurgents melted into the countryside at the start of the conflict, many escaping through a tunnel network dug under an ancient northern city.

On Wednesday September 14th, over 150 people died in a deadly series of bomb attacks and shootings across Iraq. Attacks continued on Thursday, killing at least 30 people. In the first attack, a suicide bomber rammed his car into a police patrol in Baghdad, killing at least 16 members of an elite unit.

Tal Afar Stormed : Threat of Ethnic Cleansing Grows in Iraq | US forces tighten grip on Tal Afar



Lars Agrees that Lane City Planners &quot;Should be Killed&quot;

Portland, 16.09.2005 05:38

Today at 12:53pm on the Lars Larson local radio program on KXL 750 AM, Lars agreed with a caller that Lane County city planners should be killed. Lars and the caller were discussion some Measure 37 related issue when the caller said "...I think they all should be killed..." Very stupidly Lars said "I agree" before he went on to make his usual inane, ignorant, vile point.



Ticketmaster To Take Over All Wilderness Cabin, Campsites, and Lookout Tower Rentals

Portland, 16.09.2005 05:37

InterActiveCorp--aka Ticketmaster, Ask Jeeves, Hotels.com, Match.com and ReserveAmerica--looks poised to take over all reservations and rentals of all wilderness cabins, campsites, and lookout towers. Get ready to shell out to them next time you want to take a hike on one of the few trails through lands not entirely ravaged by clearcuts.



Animal Cruelty at the Ringling Bros &amp; Barnum &amp; Bailey Circus

Portland, 16.09.2005 05:37

Here are some photos I took at the Circus on Thursday Sept 8th at the Rose Garden. The tickets were donated to us by the way, we would never pay to see animal turture. During the show, the animals were wheeled out in tiny cages in the dark, while fancy lighting and performers distracted the audience. MEANwhile on the opposite side the animals were released out of the cages to perform their stupid human tricks that obviously did not come naturally to them. Throughout the show, the abusers used whips and prods to force the animals to perform. photos+story >>



Portland Carpenters Union Starts Unfair Labor Practice Strike Against Neway Forming

Portland, 16.09.2005 05:37

Thursday morning at 6:30 AM, carpenters started a strike against the Canadian construction company Neway Forming for unfair labor practices. The strike will continue on friday morning, starting again at 6:30, at SW Clay and 11th, and the strikers can use as much support from the community as possible.

Neway Forming, of British Columbia, has been known as an anti-union construction company and has brought down workers from Canada because it can pay them less than Oregonians, though it claims that they need to do this because there are not enough skilled workers in Portland. The company has been particularly hard on Mexican carpenters who are paid considerably less than other non-union carpenters who happen to be white (about $12 an hour compared to $18 to $20). Last week, carpenters on the site were talking about unionizing, and by Friday one of them had been fired.



Speedbumps finally arrive at SE 21st

Portland, 16.09.2005 05:37

Neighbors along SE 21st between Division and Powell have been wanting speedbumps for the last several years. After a drawn-out process with City Hall (and some contentious folks up on 25th), the speedbumps finally arrived today. These improvements are part of a pilot project on the part of the City, which previously had been unwilling to put speedbumps on a street of this designation, with this much traffic. Though City permission was required to build the speedbumps, the people and businesses of the neighborhood had to pay for them, at the cost of about $2000 each.



Abajo la LES

Argentina, 16.09.2005 05:07

Jueves 15 de septiembre de 2005 | Ley Federal - Ley Superior de Educación .
"Eficacia" a corto plazo, ignorancia a largo plazo.</:



Abajo la LES

Argentina, 16.09.2005 04:37

Jueves 15 de septiembre de 2005 | Ley Federal - Ley Superior de Educación .
"Eficacia" a corto plazo, ignorancia a largo plazo.</:



Abajo la LES

Argentina, 16.09.2005 04:37

Jueves 15 de septiembre de 2005 | Ley Federal - Ley Superior de Educación .
"Eficacia" a corto plazo, ignorancia a largo plazo.</:



Target Poverty

Worcester, 16.09.2005 04:13

Target Poverty Not People



Library Commission Won't Bite the Bullet

Oklahoma, 16.09.2005 04:11

Two Eyewitness Accounts of Blackmail in the Metropolitan Library System In spite of an excellent analysis (Document 14) by the Metropolitan Library administration, the Metropolitan Library Commission by a vote of 11-7 chose to ignore the professional standards and opted to cater to the demands of the bible thumpers (B-Ts) to create a "parenting shelf". In spite of an excellent analysis (Document 14) by the Metropolitan Library administration, the Metropolitan Library Commission by a vote of 11-7 chose to ignore the professional standards and opted to cater to the demands of the bible thumpers (B-Ts) to create a "parenting shelf". In spite of an excellent analysis (Document 14) by the Metropolitan Library administration, the Metropolitan Library Commission by a vote of 11-7 chose to ignore the professional standards and opted to cater to the demands of the bible thumpers (B-Ts) to create a "parenting shelf". Library Commission Won't Bite the Bullet Two Eyewitness Accounts of Blackmail in the Metropolitan Library System www.metrolibrary.org Readers, In spite of an excellent analysis (Document 14) by the Metropolitan Library administration, the Metropolitan Library Commission by a vote of 11-7 chose to ignore the professional standards and opted to cater to the demands of the bible thumpers (B-Ts) to create a "parenting shelf". This motion was made by Scott Duncan (OKC Humphries brother-in-law and appointed by same) in order to try and cater to the demands of the B-Ts who read the racy passages from books, out of context, to try and demonstrate their fervor for protecting children. The books they used are NOT in the shelving categories that are in question. They studiously selected books that are in a category for teenage or adult readers. I think they wanted to read naughty words in public, you know, in sort of a voyeur mode. How about at the Thursday, September 15th meeting at Mid-West City, supporters of a professional library read the racy parts of the unholy bible, such as Song of Solomon, Jonathan and David, Elisha and the She-Bears (42 kids eaten by two bears), and make parity demands for segregation that the B-Ts are making. Mr. Duncan's motion as passed, however, does not please the B-Ts. No, nothing pleases the B-Ts except total world war and Armageddon, and the sacrifice of their first born to Yahweh. The motion would create a special shelf, official name to be determined, which would take easy, reader, and tween books (these are reading levels of age-appropriate written for children) that COULD be controversial OR sensitive, or then again, just suspicious, and place them on a shelf for parents to use. This would be accomplished by a special committee with the assistance of the Selection Department staff. A majority of the Commission just doesn't get it. They want to serve two masters which are mutually exclusive: 1.) Sally Kern and her financial and legislative blackmail mated with the coercion of the B-Ts, a truly unholy monster, and 2.) the public good which says that a professional, tax--supported public library must serve all the public, you know, the "u" in public. However, the books would still be accessible to anyone, including the age group for which the books were written. This does not please the B-Ts who were in attendance. As I said, they want total removal. Ms. Sally Kern said so during face time with the TV reporters. She did NOT say that to the Commission earlier, wherein she was so disingenuously careful to appear to acknowledge the rights of minorities. I got some face time myself as treasurer of Oklahoma Stonewall Democrats, (www.oklahomastonewall.org) which I used to demolish the idea coming from the B-Ts that gay people are threats to society. The B-Ts think gay people pay no taxes and therefore should have no say in the matter of public services. Do they think fire and police protection should also be denied to gay people? The B-Ts have no sex life of their own but are deeply interested in what others do in private. Why is that? A very damaging experience with sex in early life? Why impinge on the privacy of others to satiate their voyeurism? Voyeurism might appeal to some, but the B-Ts should ask permission first of those being voyeured and not be surprised if they don't get it. The Commission HAS a good policy now in place that leaves it up to parents to supervise their OWN children. The library policy is to only acct as a provider of library services. Only the parents can choose for their OWN children. Would any one with half a brain want a government agency poking around in your private child-rearing prerogatives that are perfectly legal? Here is the actual motion that was passed, 11-7. Please remember that the Administration has written a very clear analysis of current library selection/shelving policy which the Commission apparently in trying to tap dance to Kern's tune, is too busy to read. The Commission is the sand in the gears. "I move [Scott Duncan, Oklahoma City] that a special section be created within the children's area of all Oklahoma County libraries. This section is to be labeled "parenting collection" or other more appropriate title as determined by staff and will only apply to easy readers, [sic, there is no "easy reader" category, only "easy"] readers, and tweens. It will contain books that provide a resource for families in teaching their children about controversial topics based on guidelines as established by the administration and staff in conjunction with an ad hoc committee. Subjects where good judgment would indicate that Oklahoma County community standards are not served by the material would dictate inclusion in this section. The decision as to which books would be placed in this category would be made by the selection staff, recalling that it is now and always has been their decision as to which books are selected for our libraries and which are not." The Commission is wanting all the "glory" but none of the blame when this decision backfires. Far be it for me to read Ms. Kern's "mind" I predict that she will pounce on the "community standards are not served" phrase as a reason to demand the removal of the questioned materials. In her "reasoning" if the book isn't serving community standards, chuck it entirely! Following is a Karen Webb's summary--our own Molly Ivins of Oklahoma. August 25, 2005 Oklahoma County Library Commission Puts Children’s Books in Adult Only Section. The four books discussed last time, The Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans, Daddy’s Roommate, Heather has two Mommies, and King and King were hardly mentioned, contrary to what you might have read in Karen Klinka’s column in the Daily Oklahoman or on the local news. You were not informed that most of the citizens who chose to speak disagreed with the decision the board finally came up with. The words used last time were perverts, pornography and offensive. This time 3 different people got up and read sexually explicit sections of books from either the adult section or the young adult section and one guy even showed pictures. One was on masturbation. Children could get these books. One woman was concerned about parents who don’t supervise their children in the library and she thinks it should be the librarian’s job and it would be her job, as part of the pure-hearted majority, to decide what the librarians should allow these children to see. Obviously they won’t see any of the sensitive topics because a parent has to accompany them to that section. The last citizen who spoke insisted that the Library had to have moral standards and because he pays taxes they should be his moral standards. I pay taxes, but I don’t think he cares about my moral standards. I think he was Peggy Winters’ husband because he went up at least once to give her advice. Scott Duncan, who is the brother-in-law of former Mayor Kirk Humphries, did most of the talking. He made a motion that the library commission create a special section for “Parenting Issues” of a sensitive nature pertaining to death, combined families, adoption, sexual orientation and a host of other issues. There should be a committee to decide what is sensitive and what isn’t. Chairman Hugh Rice, using the term “hypothetical children” to keep from offending anyone, asked if there wasn’t already a program in place where a parent could decide which sections of the library their hypothetical child was prohibited from. There is something called a PPO, which I think stands for Parental Preference Option. Possibly thinking it was a very popular program in wide use in Oklahoma County since they have kicked up such a fuss over 4 books; he asked how many parents had opted for a PPO and seemed surprised that the answer was 180. He was even more surprised that only 180 parents of 40,000 children who had used the Oklahoma County Libraries used the PPO. He thought maybe we needed to advertise the program more. Donna Morris, Executive Director of the system, pointed out that this could be a huge section because there are 180 children’s books dealing with death alone. So, Greg Womack pipes up and says that the committee should base their decisions on what “regular parents” think is sensitive. I am pretty sure they won’t need to consider me because I am more than likely an “irregular parent” of a hypothetical child. Later Mr. Womack mention they would be considering “normal” children or “regular parents”, I guess. The terms blended and alternative families kept coming up. Please Dr. Phil, write us a book dealing with the problems of “irregular parents” raising “hypothetically abnormal” children in “blended alternative” families. Mr. Duncan thinks this section will have 2 or 3 dozen books, tops. I wanted to ask Duncan if he was along on the Humphries’ family trip where the 24 year old showed off the pipe bomb he tried to get on a plane at Will Rogers Airport. Would this section include books dealing with why blond Anglo-Saxon males (The young adult looks a little like Tim McVeigh.) who say they forgot the bomb was in the carry-on should be treated differently than darker guys name Mohammed? Blond boys who make bombs for kicks are just being normal kids and should be given a pass. Why is that? From where I was sitting, Peggy Pure-heart Winters, who did most of the talking last time, almost dozed off between the time all the citizens spoke about sex and when the topic of sex came up again for discussion. The uncontroversial stuff was really boring. When Donna Morris mentioned that going by community standards could be a problem because nearly the entire neighborhood around the Capitol Hill Branch is Hispanic and they might think most of the books should be in Spanish. Well, Peggy shook her head to that. She could be a proponent of English only and could be considering putting any books related to “speaking in tongues” in the restricted section. She also shook her head when David Greenwell, the disbursing agent, suggested that maybe Catholic parents might not want books about other religions readily available to their children. I thought we were going to have to scrap her off the ceiling when Donna Morris said a Jewish woman had said she has problems explaining all the books dealing with Christmas and Easter to her children, but she wasn’t advocating getting rid of them. The nerve of those people, Peggy seemed upset. One of our closest friends when our daughter was a baby had a son a few months older than our baby and they wouldn’t come to our house at Christmas because they were new Christians and their church thought Santa shouldn’t be taught. They were also against the Easter Bunny and Halloween. We could end up with all holiday books in the offensive adults only collection. We had gone to church all our lives and my husband’s father was a Baptist preacher and we didn’t have a problem with any of them. Then when someone said that the people with the problem were ones who didn’t have good communication with their children her mouth flew open like a frog catching flies. At one point someone said that books that just let children know they are okay if they have same sex parents wouldn’t be included. That would leave out the original 4 books in question. None have sexual content and if the parents were heterosexual no one would have a problem. Well, she couldn’t remain quiet for long after that. There she sat elbow to elbow with the only openly gay person on the entire commission and proceeded to say this thing had gotten just too big. She was concerned only with the gay issue. Obviously she wants everyone in every Oklahoma County Library to be able to identify the children of people who think gays should have the same rights she has, so they won’t be teasing or bullying the wrong children. I was told that after the meeting and the vote, she was heard saying the gays are really dangerous and are trying to recruit children. Why didn’t she just use Jim Roth as an example and tell him he is a danger to children everywhere and if she sits next to him one more minute the gayness will invade her through osmosis. The rest of the “yes” voters want everyone in the library to know which families have special, sensitive, controversial problems by identifying those going to the dysfunctional family values section as defined by Peggy Winters, the conscience and moral monitor of Oklahoma County. Say, a hypothetical 13 or 14 year old, who has to take her sexually abusive father to the library so she can look up what to do if your father wants you to give birth to your own siblings. I am sure Peggy wants to be sure that if one of her children is questioning his or her sexual orientation that they have to take her along so she can call him a pervert in front of witnesses. By the way, those voting to put books that might help children of same sex parents feel okay about themselves in a section design to make them feel as ostracized as possible were: Peggy Winters, (who made her “YES, I want children of gay parents to feel like outcasts" so loud the windows probably shook.), Shirley Pritchett, Greg Womack (the regular parent.), Cynthia Trent (the woman who went sight-seeing on the taxpayer’s dime because she doesn’t approve of anything the ALA backs and said so at the last meeting), Deanna Hannah, Penny McCaleb, Jose Jimenez (this one surprised me because he seemed like a moderate voice at the earlier meeting), Margueite Ross, Scott Duncan, Carolyn Cornelius and I think the other name is Hahn. [Hannah] Those who don’t wear self-righteousness like a coat of honor were; Hugh Rice, Dr. Ann Caine, David Greenwell, Nancy Anthony, Pamela Pung, Alyne Strube and the man Peggy Winters considers the most dangerous man in Oklahoma, Jim Roth. I expect that some on the Commission won’t like my interpretation, but the only reason I even care what they think is because I believe they are trying to hurt children and what they say about all gay people, which includes my brother, is as mean and hateful as I have ever heard. Karen Webb Oklahoma City, OK  



GI Resister Blake LeMoine released from imprisonment at Ft. Sill

Oklahoma, 16.09.2005 03:37

a first-hand account of meeting Blake upon his release Yesterday was an incredible day in which I had the honor and priviledge (along with Elsa Rausbach) of meeting Blake LeMoine, who was released from the Ft. Sill RCF (Regional Confinement Center) after doing a term for an act of GI resistance. Yesterday was an incredible day in which I had the honor and priviledge (along with Elsa Rausbach) of meeting Blake LeMoine, who was released from the Ft. Sill RCF (Regional Confinement Center) after doing a term for an act of GI resistance. Yesterday was an incredible day in which I had the honor and priviledge (along with Elsa Rausbach) of meeting Blake LeMoine, who was released from the Ft. Sill RCF (Regional Confinement Center) after doing a term for an act of GI resistance. As far as my visit with him, I was struck by his courage and his willingness to stick his neck out for conscience sake. He did say that his prison experience was pretty enlightening and that he didn't regret it, and that it was a "lot like summer camp except you can't come home." He did share that the conditions at the facility were reasonably good. The food, while monotonous, was good quality and that the facility had an excellent library. (he read a lot of philosophy while in the RCF and even found time to write 200+ pages on a novel he is working on) Healthwise he was in good shape. He was coerced into eating by the prison officials shortly after arriving (he had been on a 20+ day hunger strike at that time) but still had lost over 30 pounds during his time in, mostly from working out. However, on the negative, he said that he was beaten a few weeks ago by a prison gang and that he had to pay protection money (well actually it was cigarettes) to avoid future beatings. As far as mail goes, he wasn't aware of any censorship of incoming mail. As far as the other known CO's at the RCF (Dale Bartell & Neil Quentin Lucas), he had met them both. He did share though that at least half of the folks imprisoned at the RCF were there for being AWOL (but not necessarily for political/conscience reasons). The others had mostly committed drug offenses, as well there being a few who had been convicted of adultery (including one drill seargent). Well anyway that's the gist of the news from him as far as his treatment (I'm hoping he'll write more himself about his experience down the road). As far as things went with picking him up, here's my account of how the day went (some of this detail I'm including for future reference for people who may be trying to pick up other GI resisters/conscientious objectors who are being released from confinement).. Elsa Rausbach (of Berlin, Germany and member of American Voices Abroad) contacted me and said that she had received word that Blake LeMoine would be released sometime after 9 a.m. on September 14th. She was planning on coming to Ft. Sill to greet Blake upon his release, but was likely running late so she asked me to come down to Ft. Sill to be there when Blake was released. So I drove down from Oklahoma City to Ft. Sill (about 100 miles southwest, just north of Lawton, OK) and went through the Key Gate off of I-44. The folks at the gate searched my vehicle and examined my ID but let me through after I told them what I was doing. I then tried to find the PCF building and got lost doing so (it turns out that you take Sheridan Road west from the base, and then turn left on Ringold. The PCF building is on the right. It is a two-story, kinda shabby looking building with a gravel parking lot.) --- BTW, I think PCF stands for Personnel Control Facility. At the PCF building I was shuffled between several administrative folks (who I assume were civilians). I told them that I understood that Blake LeMoine was being released from confinement today and that I was here to meet him and take him to the airport. So they had me wait in a room with 4 very young men (3 in uniform, 1 not) and 2 very young women, who I later found out were being processed out of the army. At first no one said much, but later I was asked if I was a contractor. I told them no, that I was here to pick up Blake. Then one of the guys said he knew Blake and was with him in the confinement facility. This guy seemed supportive of Blake's stand against the war but didn't agree with his religious beliefs, which took us into talking about religon. The guy seemed puzzled why I would help Blake when I wasn't of his religion, but I told him that I was a Mennonite and that I was here in part because our church supports people who take stands like Blake took, no matter what religion or phiosophy might motivate the person to take the stand.. About 30 minutes later, Blake quickly walked into the room, with an escort in front of him and behind him. (I didn't say anything to him at that point because I didn't know what the ground rules were as far contact was) I waited another 30 minutes or so, before Blake came back out with one of the escorts (along with another GI being processed out --- who I later found out was a friend of Blake's). I went with them outside where the escorts allowed Blake and the other guy to smoke, but the escort was really agitated and said they only had one minute. I asked Blake where they were going next and he didn't know. He asked the escort, but the escort said something the effect of "you'll when its time to know." Blake then said, my friend needs to know because he's taking me to the airport. The escort said something to the same effect and looked mad, so I told Blake I would find out where he was heading next from the folks inside (the PCF building) and meet up with him later. So I went into the PCF building and found the lady who I talked with earlier. She said that she thought they were being taken to get their ID's and plane tickets, so she pointed me to another building (one of several buildings that all looked alike). Over there I finally found the right building, where I talked to a guy in the PCF Escort office. I told him the story, and he said that Blake would come back through here later on in the stages of processing, but that he didn't know if I could take him to the airport or not, and that it was the army's responsibility to get him there, however he said that if Blake was officially on leave at that point, then he didn't think it would be a problem for me to take him and that I should check back in 30 minutes to an hour. (He also said he would check with his supervisor to see if it was possible for me to pick him up.) So, I had some time to kill so I drove around the base (a gorgeous campus) and even saw Geronimo's grave (about 10 miles out in the countryside on the post). When I came back the guy in the PCF escort office told me that Blake wasn't there yet, but to check back later. So I drove to the Burger King on base grabbed some lunch and then headed back to the office. When I pulled in there I saw about a dozen or so uniformed troops in a formation, then an order was given and they all got into 2 vans. I was concerned that Blake might be already being taken to the airport so I started walking over that way, but the driver of one of the vans (who I think was the escort I saw earlier in the day with Blake) told me "He'll be back in a little bit." I waved at him to let them know I heard him and yelled "thanks," and then sat and waited nearby. It was probably maybe 45 minutes or so before they got back. As soon as they arrived all of the folks in the vans started lining up, but Blake walked straight towards me. I shook his hand and then he asked if I had a smoke. I did so we started smoking (he is buddy joined us at that point). All of the folks who were in the formation were then told to sit down (the girls sat on a picnic bench and the guys in some short metal bleachers). One of escort folks (who btw were mostly dressed in civilian clothes), told Blake and his friend to come with them. I followed them and hung outside while they were in the building. A short time later Blake's friend asked me if I could give him a lift to the airport too and said sure, and then after that Blake emerged from the building with box of his personal possessions, and he was free to go. (I did thank one of the escort folks for letting me take Blake and his friend). From there, we ran some errands that they wanted to do before heading to the airport (we had only a few hours) --- to the bank, to the PX (to buy civilian clothes so Blake could get out of his uniform) and then to the convenience store to buy some smokes. After that we drove around Lawton for awhile and then headed to the airport. Blake and his friend both made phone calls to their families back home, and then after that we met up with Elsa who just arrived (she came from Crawford, TX where she had been for the last month). We then headed to the airport restaurant for a beer and conversation, and then regretably all too soon Elsa and I had to tell them goodbye as their plane was boarding. Overall it was an interesting experience to meet Blake and also encounter some of the absurdities of military buearocracy. Almost everyone I encountered at Ft. Sill was very polite, but it seemed that the folks at Sill only knew about their small part of the process at hand and could give almost no advise as to what was to happen to Blake at the next stage of processing (which was very frustrating). In the future if folks plan to meet GI's who are being released from confinement at Ft. Sill, it would be advisable to be patient and expect to spend most of the day there. (but also to be very politely persistent that you want to take the prisoner to the airport) I also think that if you experience difficulties on base with finding out info on what is going on with the processing of a prisoner, that maybe a good approach is to just head to the Lawton airport. It is a tiny, tiny airport (never more than one flight going out a time, and almost always is a hop to Dallas to catch a connecting flight), so if you're certain they are being flown out, it might be easier to find them at the airport for a quick visit before departure.   http://okimc.org/attachments/sep2005/0.jpg http://okimc.org/attachments/sep2005/1.jpg http://okimc.org/attachments/sep2005/2.jpg http://okimc.org/attachments/sep2005/3.jpg http://okimc.org/attachments/sep2005/4.jpg http://okimc.org/attachments/sep2005/6.jpg



WI People's Relief Caravn Heads South Bringing Solidarity to Hurricane Survivors

Madison, 15.09.2005 23:07

A group of seven farmers and other activists from Wisconsin, under the auspices of Family Farm Defenders and with support from Farm Aid, will be departing Madison this evening, Thurs.. Sept. 15th at 6:30 pm from Free Wheel (1818 #B S. Park St.) bringing emergency food and relief supplies directly to those communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina.



700 Women

Philadelphia, 15.09.2005 20:38

Congress must renew the Violence Against Women Act, due to expire this month.




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