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Stop the War member files ACLU Complain

Madison, 28.11.2005 02:09

Stop the War has recently been cited by the UW administration and its members threatened with academic disciplinary measures, in an attempt to curb civil liberties. In response, Stop the War member, Bill Anderson has filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union, requesting help in both defending members from the false allegations and stopping the pattern of UW intimidation of anti-war activists. The complaint provides a detailed description of the tactics used to the University Administration and Police to supress free-speech rights over the course of the last year.



Free Food Distro in Jamaica Plain Rethinks Charity Bite by Bite

Boston, 28.11.2005 02:08

While many people spent Thanksgiving volunteering at soup kitchens, a new, weekly free food distribution project rolled on at a subsidized housing complex in Jamaica Plain. While many people volunteer in local soup kitchens on thanksgiving, others are wondering how to make food a free and stable resource year-round in their neighborhoods. Food Not Bombs is a project that has been taking free food to the streets of Boston for the past 25 years. It is a grassroots effort with no paid staff or office. It has consisted of an amorphous flux of people and ideas. Food Not Bombers gather food that would otherwise be trashed at local markets, and give it away. One of the latest incarnations is distributing free fruits and vegetables every saturday in front of the South Street Apartments complex - a low income housing project in Jamaica Plain.



Affordable Housing Disappearing in San Diego

San Diego, 28.11.2005 00:09

Less than one third of your take-home pay is the national standard for affordable housing costs. If you pay more than that - the Affordable Housing Coalition of San Diego County, needs you to attend a public hearing called by City Attorney Michael Aguirre.



Save Tookie Williams - Nov. 30th

Santa Cruz, CA, 27.11.2005 23:09

SAVE STANLEY "TOOKIE" WILLIAMS

The State of California has set December 13th as the execution date for Stanely Tookie Williams, whose remarkable change from co-founder of the Crips gang to Nobel peace prize nominee was made into the movie "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" starring Jamie Foxx. Foxx has spoken up for Williams, saying "We can't let it happen. We've got to do everything we can to get the word out."

Take part in the international day of action locally at a teach-in taking place at UC Santa Cruz this Wednesday, November 30th at 7:30PM featuring:

-Prof. Angela Davis
-Prof. Paul Ortiz
and a special performance from Rainbow Theatre

additional action earlier in the day: "At 12 noon (on Wed, Nov 30th, 2005) , a protest rally at Santa Cruz City Hall (809 Center st., Santa Cruz) will feature speakers from the ACLU, Santa Cruz City Council and Death Penalty Focus. Santa Cruz will be declared as a "World City Against the Death Penalty" by Santa Cruz Mayor, Mike Rotkin."

from Indybay.org: Snoop Dogg Speaks at Saturday's San Quentin Protest

see also:
[ Campaign to End the Death Penalty] [ SaveTookie.org ] [ Tookie.com ] [ Critical Resistance ]



retoj kaj libero (eo)

Barcelona, 27.11.2005 23:08

Oni ne trompu vin, kundividi estas bone

En Bilbo lundon 7an nov: OPERACIO TEDDY: Kundividi NE estas krimo == Ni ĝin faris! Kaj neniu arestis nin == Nun la reto agas == http://compartiresbueno.net/ == imc-euskalherria

+ novaĵoj == La neprofitema kopiado de videoludoj kaj filmoj ne estas krimo - Listo de socialaj filmoj kaj dokumentfilomoj - TTT-ejoj pri libera muziko - P2P. Senpaga kopiado - 12 monatoj, 12 bataloj: kampanjo kontraŭ la "piratado" en Telecinco - Mafia Monda Interreta Pintkunveno - Interreto kiel popola respubliko de la kulturo - La hispana registaro aprobas sian "Kontraŭpiratan Planon" - Promusicae kaj SGAE aplaŭdas la rimedojn por elradikigi la interretan piratadon, kiun lanĉas la registara plano - SGAE (Societo de Aŭtoroj kaj Eldonistoj) subtenas la lanĉon de rajtigilo por aliri Interreton - Oni postulas aŭtorrajtojn por kanti "La Internacion" - SGAE kaj la dekonaĵo - Intervjuo al David Bravo - Oni "invitas" Jorge Cortell ĉesigi siajn klasojn - Ĉu vi kopiu aŭ cenzuru tiun libron? - SGAE cenzuras putasgae.com (putinsgae.com) - La Plataformo por la Libera Diskonigo kunkovas amasiĝon kontraŭ SGAE - Oni trompis nin - Defendu P2P - Popola festo venkas en proceso kontraŭ SGAE - Denove pri la Leĝo pri Servoj de la Inform-Socio (LSSI)! - N3RD F1L35 >>> Marde >>> 19:23pm >>>

+infoj:: >>>reto kaj libero - compartiresbueno.net - Procesoj kontraŭ la imposto - David Bravo - cortell.net - derecho-internet.org/ - nosoypirata.com - soyunpirata.com- kriptopolis - procomun.net



forumo 2004 (eo)

Barcelona, 27.11.2005 23:08

Aliĝu: Ne al Barcelono +10!

[26an nov] 12h, Pl. Universitat: Bicikla karavano por Palestino + 18h, CCCB: Debat-tago
[27an nov] 12h, Pl. Catalunya/Rda. Sant Pere: Manifestacio + 15h, Parc Ciutadella: Aprogo al Txabolejem BCN (Ni barakigu Barcelonon) + 16h, Parc Ciutadella (str. Pujades): Manifestacio
Por paca Mediterraneo, plena de rajtoj kaj sen novliberalismo kaj patriarkeco - Manifesto
+ La Euxrop-mediteranea pint-kunveno komenciĝos dimanĉon la 27an per vespermanĝo de la Reĝo kun pli ol 40 regantoj + La ministerio pri Internaj Aferoj provizore ĉesigis la ŜŜengenan traktaton + La armeo deplojos misilojn por protekti la aeran spacon de Barcelono dum la Eŭrop-Mediteranea Pintkunveno + Eŭrop-Mediteranea Ekonomia Pintkunveno de Entreprenestroj + Denunca agado kontraŭ la Eŭrop-Mediteranea Pintkunveno en aranĝo de ERC por pravigi ĝin + Komunikaĵo pri Palestino kaj afiŝo + Kriminaligo de la sociaj movadoj antaŭ BCN+10 + La asembleo de mediteraneaj movadoj kunvokas ĉiean agotagon kontraŭ la pintkunveno de Barcelono +10 + Halt' al la rekoloniigo de Mediteraneo! Halt' al Barcelono +10!

Kial ili deziras ĝentiligi kaj cinikigi nin? :: [22an nov] Amasiĝo de kontraŭuloj al la regularo pri "Ĝentileco" + Komentario pri la Urba Regularo en Barcelono + Informiĝu: jen pri kio temas la regularo, kiun ili volas altrudi al ni. Vi povas perdi rajtojn kaj liberecojn.+ Miloj da retmesaĝoj kontraŭ la nova "ĝentila" regularo (transdonu)

+infoj:: >>>Forumo 2004



virinoj (eo)

Barcelona, 27.11.2005 23:08

dignaj kaj liberaj de la masklisma perforto

Kelkaj kredas, ke oni jam sufiĉe eĥas la kontraŭinan perforton, sed ni certe ne silentos dum la virinoj ne estas liberaj. Ĉar nia sufero ne estas spektaklo, nek ciferoj, nek troigita viktimismo. La doloro de miloj da inoj, estas la doloro de tuta socio bezonanta urĝan kuracon. Kuracon, kiu nepre devos trapasi sinceran bataladon por antaŭeniri al la fino de la malegaleco, diskriminacio kaj supremado nun ekzistantaj.

[25an nov] 19h pl. Sant Jaume amasiĝo kontraŭ la masklisma perforto

se vi volas... Reprenu niajn proprajn agadojn!

aliaj agadoj: [24an nov] Aranĝo kontraŭ la hejma perforto ::: Forumo kontraŭ la kontraŭvirina perforto ::: Gràcia kontraŭ la kontraŭvirina perforto ::: Amasiĝo en Sant Cugat kontraŭ la kontraŭvirina perforto

rilataj novaĵoj: Seksa perforto ĉiun duan tagon en Barcelono ::: Pri la propono de antaŭprojekto de inaj rajtoj ::: La subpremado de la patrina deziro ::: Refoje 25an nov ::: Naskiĝas la kolektivo de inoj de Barberà ::: Novaĵoj de mujer palabra (ino vorto) ::: Atelieroj pri memdefendado en Reus

+infoj :: >>>virinoj



Urge Congress to stand against torture

Miami, 27.11.2005 21:07

Urge Congress to stand against torture



Acção em Lisboa pela libertação dos presos italianos

Portugal, 27.11.2005 20:08

Acção em Lisboa pela libertação dos presos italianos



Operação policial contra o Independentismo Galego - Todas as detidas já em liberdade!

Portugal, 27.11.2005 14:09

Operação policial contra o Independentismo Galego - Todas as detidas já em liberdade!



Keep Death Off Our Streets ... And The Guards On Their Toes

Ireland, 27.11.2005 13:08

Street Seen's Magical Mystery Protest . From the newswire: Street Seen sure know how to show a crowd a good time. In the space of three hours we had; a rally with music; two occupations; and a magical mystery protest march. All to highlight the growing number of people dying on our streets for the want of a home. Joan Collins, John Boorman and some of Kila turned up to show support. A small, but perfectly fromed, crowd were entertained by singers, musicians and the Happy Samba Band. The well worn Kila bodhran made an appearance too. The first occupation was in the old Colaiste Mhuire building on Parnell Square, where banners were hung from the windows. The first guards to arrive were the undercover / unmarked car variety. Uniforms arrived later but meanwhile the two from the first car walked through the crowd asking 'who's in charge?' While they practiced their interrorgation skills, those who were in the building made good their escape. Reinforced - the large group of guards made their way into the building but neglected to leave a man on the door. The door, closed firmly in the faces of the protestors, proved too much of a temptation for some. The cry went up ' anyone got a padlock?'. Surprisingly, someone had and it was employed on the door. The guards were now locked in. More reinforcements arrived and a bolt cutters the size of my leg was used to free them from the prison of their own making. Previous Indymedia.ie Coverage "Bertie, Where's Our Houses?" Housing protest meeting discuss use of "containers" to house the homeless Homeless Propose Motion At Dublin City Council Interview: TommyWhen the crowd tired of the guards, like a kitten tires of a ball of yarn, it was decided to go for a walk. Heading down Parnell Square West we changed direction and headed back up by the previously occupied building and along the north side of the square. Taking our place in the heavy evening traffic we marched the usual route down to O'Connell Street. In a fit of spontaneity the group took a sharp left, down Cathal Brugha Street, and seeing a garda car coming out of a laneway leading to Cathedral Street decided it was an omen and took the turn for the laneway. The garda car had to do a u-turn to keep following but by the time it had done so, the lane was cluttered with makeshift barricades. O'Connell Street and proudly we marched under Larkin's statue, closely followed by yet more guards. A quick u-turn and we were heading back towards the Square. The guards mobilised quickly, cutting accross the traffic island - so we did it again and headed towards O'Connell Bridge. Confusion and much laughter... and then we saw Supermacs. A sore point for many homeless people as they (Supermacs) are quite willing to sell them food but won't allow them to sit in the restaurant to eat. The occupation was on and in we went. The banner unfurled - one of the homeless men addressed the 'diners' , infroming them of the reason why we gave them all dyspepsia. (The heartburn we blame on the food.) Then we all piled into the streets, giddy as schoolgirls and having bought nothing. Mingling with the Christmas shoppers, the crowd dissipated and the guards were left guarding an empty Supermacs. The Homeless are Revolting - Join Them. http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/nov2005/joan_collins_jon_glackin_and_mark_grehan.jpg http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/nov2005/mark_grehan_jon_glackin_and_john_boorman.jpg http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/nov2005/faster_than_the_speed_of_my_camera__happy_samba_band.jpg http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/nov2005/have_dogs_will_sing.jpg http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/nov2005/hey_mister_do_you_know_youre_being_filmed__you_sing_it_love_and_ill_hum_along.jpg http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/nov2005/want_fries_with_that_protest__supermacs_gets_occupied.jpg



Against the glorification of war

Melbourne, 27.11.2005 12:38

Peace Activist on Trial for Remembrance Day Protest



Fire at Cafe Mawonaj and Rebuilding

DC, 27.11.2005 12:08

Dear Mawonaj friends, Cafe Mawonaj burnt down in a mysterious fire Sunday, November 20th at night. The fire department says it was an electrical fire that started upstairs. The damage by fire was confined to the upstairs in the Martin Luther and Malcom X room but the severe damage was caused by the fire department making even the down stairs unhabitable.



Starbucks Charged with Terminating Two Employees for Union Activity

Philadelphia, 27.11.2005 12:08

The National Labor Relations Board has charged 15 Starbucks officials with an extensive array of anti-union acts including the discharge of two baristas for organizing activity [via NYC-IMC].

In New Zealand, World's First Starbucks Strike Spreads to 10 Stores.



White Phosphorus used as Weapon in Fallujah

Philadelphia, 27.11.2005 12:08

RAI24 News from Italy did a video report on the use of white phosphorous in the Second Battle of Fallujah. "The First Battle of Fallujah, [was fought] in the spring of 2004", and then "It was evident to all of us who had served that we'd have to go back into Fallujah, but the administration...made the further error of waiting until after the presidential election to avoid casualties or embarrassments during the campaign".  Unembedded reporters were kept out of the city during the Second Battle of Fallujah and the embeded ones were watched closely.  Even so, the summary shooting of an unarmed Iraqi near the public end of the battle made headlines.  A year later, the battle continues though at a much lower level. It has taken until now to confirm that white phosphorous was used, not just as illumination, but as a weapon.



Dec3 Political Prisoners

Houston, 27.11.2005 04:37

December 3rd: International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners



Ralph Lambiase,NASAA :Agora Inc.'s James Dale Davidson invented 'anti-naked shorting' scam

Maine, 27.11.2005 03:07

While Ralph Lambiase is Director of Connecticut Division of Securities he has been replaced as head of the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc.,or NASAA,by Patricia Struck of Wisconsin.However Mr.Lambiase has been in communication with the very same 'likely suspects' that are running the 'anti-naked short selling' conspiracy for their own own selfish economic ends and possibly using penny stocks in international money laundering operations.



Minutemen Protest Show Outside NBC Studios

LA, 27.11.2005 02:08

Minutemen Protest Show Outside NBC Studios



Portland's Future is Minority Neighborhoods

Portland, 27.11.2005 01:38

Among the major issues that Portland should contemplate is the growing racial and class divide it is experiencing, particularly among the city's large Black and Brown communities. Portland has a major class and racial gulf in economic resources available to Whites and the advantages it provides in buying homes and investing in neighborhoods. Recently the Chicago Sun-Times ran a major series on class and race in Chicago that illustrates my perspective.

The African American Alliance for Homeownership has decried the lack of commitment by our government to ensure that citizens of color are treated fairly and that adequate resources are provided to close the racial gap in homeownership. As we think about Portland's future, we should avoid the errors that other cities have made in ignoring the race and class gulf. How does this relate to the Portland Development Commission?



Dec 3: Beyond Bars conference - Bellingham, WA

Portland, 27.11.2005 01:38

A conference bringing together a broad range of speakers and presentations to address the increasing incarceration rate in the United States, and its effect on diverse population in our society. Also a commemoration of Dec. 3rd, an International of Solidarity with Political Prisoners.

Addressing the Politics of the Prison Industrial Complex
December 3rd, 10am-5pm

FREE! WITH LUNCH PROVIDED by Bellingham Food not Bombs.



PCASC World Social Forum Delegation

Portland, 27.11.2005 01:38

The Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)/Cross Border Labor Organizing Coalition (CBLOC) is organizing a delegation to Caracas, Venezuela January 19-29, 2006. Besides attending the World Social Forum, PCASC has arranged meetings with union and community activists in Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution.



The Great Bear Rainforest

Portland, 27.11.2005 01:38

YOUR help is needed to protect the world's largest intact temperate rainforest, the Great Bear Rainforest, by sending the government of British Columbia, Canada, a fax through the website: www.savethegreatbear.org

Below is a joint statement by the coastal indigenous native bands and environmental groups about the Great Bear Rainforest deal:

From the Amazon basin to the Great Barrier Reef, the challenge on the Central and North Coast and Haida Gwaii is echoed around the world: How do we integrate the needs of natural systems with the needs of the people who depend upon them for their livelihoods and way of life? The coastal rainforests and waters are a vital natural, cultural and economic resource for First Nations, coastal communities and British Columbia as a whole. To be successful, land use agreements must not only preserve the lands and protect its ecological integrity?they must also respect indigenous cultures and strengthen local economies. To be successful, conservation must be sustainable, both ecologically and economically.



Cascadia Political Prisoner Updates and Communiques

Portland, 27.11.2005 01:38

Message from Vegan Prisoner Stephen Marshall:
[10-27-05] How you all doing? I'm in Multinomah County now awaiting trial on December 6th. Listen, I'm having some issues on my vegan diet - they are having trouble believing I'm vegan! I am asking if you could all send Multinomah County a couple letters regarding myself and my vegan diet. That would be a great help! Full Story & a poem

Dispatch from Jeff "Free" Luers about Global Warming
[11-6-05 -- Jeff's Birthday is Dec 5th] It's been a long time since I can remember being happy. It's been even longer since I can remember having hope. When I close my eyes, I can feel my heart breaking. A sadness dwells in my heart that I have never felt before. It goes beyond my comprehension. Tears build in my eyes when I see pictures of melting ice caps. I am so sad for us and for the kids in my life that will inherit the future. How did we let this happen? How could we destroy our home? Our world is going to change. Things we once took for granted will become scarce. It is already starting. We need NOW to start working toward self-sufficiency. Every community needs to start preparing... Full Dispatch

Reportback from Raise A Ruckus for a href="http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/11/328857.shtml">Full Story

Important Message from Brother Tre Arrow - Dec 5 deadline
[11-26-05] "Thank you to all who have written your letter to the Minister. For those who haven't written their letter yet...IT'S NOT TOO LATE! However, the time is now, please don't wait any longer. The submissions to the Minister are due by Dec. 5, so please write your letter ASAP, so he has your words of support to consider when making his decision." Full Message & Sample Letter

Peter Young's sentencing statement | Former Black Panthers Jailed for refusing to cooperate with SF Grand Jury | Portland IMC Prisons Page | Portland IMC Political Prisoners Page



Sneak Attack on Organic food standards by USA

Maine, 27.11.2005 01:07

Industry sneak attack on organic standards rammed through congress.



Militarizan la Bariloche pobre

Argentina, 27.11.2005 00:38

Viernes 25 de Noviembre 2005 | CRIMINALIZACIÓN EN LA "SUIZA ARGENTINA"
Militarizan los barrios pobres de Bariloche



Mal paso para Benetton

Argentina, 26.11.2005 23:37



Decisión prohibida

Argentina, 26.11.2005 23:07

Jueves 24 de Noviembre 2005 | INVESTIGACIÓN DE HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Decisión prohibida: anticoncepción y aborto en Argentina



Lof Paichil Antriao en Buenos Aires

Argentina, 26.11.2005 23:07



Mal paso para Benetton

Argentina, 26.11.2005 23:07



Bariloche pobre militarizada

Argentina, 26.11.2005 23:07

Sábado 26 de Noviembre 2005 | CRIMINALIZACIÓN EN LA "SUIZA ARGENTINA"
Militarizan los barrios pobres de Bariloche



fascisme

Oost-Vlaanderen, 26.11.2005 23:07

Nie Wieder Faschismus



Why Ted Koppel Shouldn’t be Compared to Murrow

Baltimore, 26.11.2005 22:08

For 25 years, the boring Ted Koppel was the anchor on ABC TV’s “Nightline” program. He toed the Establishment line! Now, David Zurawik, a media critic for the Baltimore Sun, wants us to believe that Koppel is leaving behind “a legacy of innovation and integrity.” This is pure nonsense! Koppel, among other faults, failed to challenge the serial lies of the Bush-Cheney Gang, and the Neocons, too, that led us into the Iraqi War. That is his real legacy!



(en) (pl) REANIMACJA DEMOKRACJI - Marsz Równości IDZIE DALEJ!

Poland, 26.11.2005 21:15

Dzisiaj odbywają się w Poznaniu i Krakowie wiece Reanimacja Demokracji - Marsz Równości IDZIE! przeciwko ograniczaniu wolności słowa i zgromadzen. Będziemy starali się w miarę możliwości na żywo relacjonować przebieg wieców poniżej. 15.00 - Wiec w Poznaniu rozpoczął się. Odczytano oświadczenia: Federacji Anarchistycznej i Zielonych. Skandowane są hasła, m.in. "każda władza żyć przeszkadza", "Samorządna Rzeczpospolita". W tej chwili panuje spokój. Kibiców i prawicowców nie słychać ani nie widać. 14.18 - Krakowski wiec solidarności z Marszem Równości w Poznaniu właśnie się rozpoczął. Jest około 300 osób, towarzyszy im Straż Miejska, oponentów Marszu, zwolenników nietolerancji i nierówności na razie nie zauważono. Pogoda średnio dobra, pada lekki deszcz. Przemawiają osoby z partii politycznych oraz organizacji kobiecych i popierających prawa lesbijek i gejów.



The Case for Ahmed Al’Uquaily

Tennessee, 26.11.2005 21:09

#media_2007;right# Fifty years after the McCarthy witch trials, we are seeing a new reign of error on the part of our judicial system. Here is how it works: First, you criticize Bush. Second, you get accused of aiding and abetting terrorists. And, if you happen to be Arab, then you get deported, go to jail, or…worse. These are the facts. On May 17, 2004, longtime Nashville resident Ahmed Al’Uquaily protested against the torture of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib in downtown Nashville. His protest was eloquent, and constitutionally protected. #media_2006;left# Just don’t tell that to the government. Security agents, following in the goose steps of the East German Stasi, their secret police, “questioned” Ahmed about his views afterward. An Iraqi refugee, Ahmed’s two brothers and mother were killed during the Gulf War; his father was jailed in Saddam’s Iraq. In October 2004, Ahmed was jailed in Bush’s America. A fantastic tale concocted by the same police who had questioned him and the FBI claimed that Ahmed had threatened to “go jihad,” and had attempted to purchase guns from a man who was actually an undercover agent. He was sentenced to 57 months in prison.



Decisión prohibida

Argentina, 26.11.2005 19:38



Polen: Brutale Unterdrückung des Equality March in Poznan

Germany, 26.11.2005 19:37

Polizei und Faschisten verhindern Equality March in Poznan

"Zomo! Gestapo!" brüllten die TeilnehmerInnen am Equality March als Antwort auf die brutale Einmischung der Polizei.

Zuerst warfen Jugendliche der Mlodziez Wszechpolska [rechtsextremistische Organisation, verbunden mit der Partei LPR] und Neofaschisten Eier auf die DemonstrantInnen - dann schlug und trat die Polizei zu, drehte den DemonstrantInnen die Arme auf den Rücken, verhaftete diejenigen, die auf dem Boden saßen.
Es wurden 68 Personen festgenommen.

Video | Fotos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Solidarität: Protestschreiben (englisch) | Der Equality March kämpft weiter



Stop an Injustice at the University of Miami

Miami, 26.11.2005 19:37

Stop an Injustice at the University of Miami



From the Newswire

Perth, 26.11.2005 19:08

Anarchist, IndyMedia and autonomous activist gathering



Starfucked: There Goes The City. Would You Like Some Sugar With That?

Ireland, 26.11.2005 18:37

Another multinational rolls into town unopposed. Two and a half years after it was reported on Indymedia that Starbucks were planning on bringing their business here, the coffee chain finally opened their first city centre outlet on College Green, right next door to the historic Bank of Ireland building, and a stones throw from the front gate of Trinity College, the oldest university in the state. Starbucks first Irish cafe opened up several months ago in the new Dundrum Shopping Centre, in the southern suburbs. Starbucks have a touch of the cute hoor about them when it comes to the presentation of their cafes. Conscious of the backlash against the white and yellow plastic generic decor (and equally plastic food) of global fast food chains, instead they have constructed their premises in warm, organic, earthy browns, greens and oranges, selling the customer a relaxed atmosphere and image of luxurious radiance brought on by the warm afterglow from drinking one of their nuclear reactor size coffees. This is also the case with the Dublin cafe. There are many cafes around the city where you can relax and unwind - but for the most part at present, these cafes are independently owned and operated, without a massive global corporation behind the scenes. But seriously though, whats the problem with them coming here? If people enjoy their coffee, like the premises, and their business does well, isnt that the invisible hand of the market giving the public what they want? Simon, the owner of "Simons Place" cafe in the Georges Street Arcade, said "The [Irish people] vote with their feet and their wallets. They generally get what they want. People seem to want this trend of big drinking factories, and in the last few years they've sprang up all over the place. Starbucks probably would be successful here." Judging on their success and expansion in the UK, undoubtedly the company is not going to rest on its laurels with its two stores in Dundrum and College Green. Expect them to heavily dot the landscape in the coming months. Starbucks have a history of "cluster marketing" and aggressive startup policies when it comes to setting up shop in a new city. Although the book is slightly dated, and at this stage somewhat naive in places, Naomi Klein's "No Logo" well documents this process of how the multinational crushes all native opposition and existing independent cafes when it steamrolls into a city. "Rather than dropping an enormous big box on the edge of town, Starbucks' policy is to drop 'clusters' of outlets in urban areas already dotted with cafes and espresso bars. This strategy relies just as heavily on an economy of scale as Wal-Mart's does and the effect on competition is much the same. Instead of opening a few stores in every city in the world, or even in North America, Starbucks waits until it can blitz an entire area and spread, to quote Globe and Mail columnist John Barber, "like head lice through a kindergarten." It's a highly aggressive strategy, and it involves something the company calls 'cannibalization'." You can read a full excerpt about Starbucks here. Three issues of contention with the opening of Starbucks are their attitude towards their workers, their use of non fair-trade coffee beans, and the homogenisation of city streets. The third one I have a particular bone of contention with. The last thing Dublin (or any city) needs is another global corporation stamping its bland, uniform, and lets face it, typically American vision of business into the psyche of the city's collective mind. There are many independent cafes out there who are being swallowed by rising rents, the Winding Stair being a prime example. This was a familiar outlet, with a beautiful bookshop underneath, selling second hand and rare antiquarian books. Now it is closed for good, with the shutters pulled permanently down. Starbucks, with its massive backing of capital, can open and operate (even at a loss) where it pleases. I find it incredibly depressing walking around yet another city that has succumbed to the lure of the yankee dollar. The ubiquitous logos and recognisable icons mean that the experience of difference and finding out spaces for yourself is gone. We're having a monoculture dictated to us by rich capitalists in Seattle. It could be Any Street, Europe - thats the way they like it. Starbucks have a distinct policy document on Fair Trade (PDF) but only a very small percentage of their sales actually comes from fair trade coffee beans. You get the impression though that this is another example of eco-washing, similar to McDonalds making overtures about healthy diets and nutrition for kids, while still serving up the same old Big Mac. A challenge was drawn up by bloggers in the US, where Starbucks is everywhere, to see if one could actually get a cup of fair trade coffee in a Starbucks outlet yielded some interesting results - mostly negative (not available at the moment, staff did not know what the customer was talking about, etc). The company themselves responded with phone calls stressing their credentials, but anecdotally they just arent living up to their promises. Anyway, if they're going to exist (grim fact of life) surely they should be selling ALL fair trade coffee? If multinationals actually adhered to some ethical principles, you get the feeling there wouldnt be such anitpathy towards them. If you have to ask specifically for a distinct brand that guarantees decent prices for coffee growers in the developing world, isnt the implication that the rest of their produce is traded and bought via exploitation and environmental damage? Global Exchange say that "Coffee farmers are becoming even more impoverished, going further into debt and losing their land due to extremely low world coffee prices. Meanwhile coffee companies such as Starbucks have not lowered consumer prices but are pocketing the difference, even taking into account the quality premiums in the specialty industry. According to Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International, Fair Trade farmers sell only about 20% of their coffee at a Fair Trade price. The rest is sold at the world price, due to lack of demand. Demand can be created by large corporations selling Fair Trade." Recently their practices of exploiting their workers through precarity have come into the light, with employees beginning to unionise themselves. The first three unions in the US have affiliated to the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World), and have served the company with notices demanding the management end their anti-union campaigns against the baristas, as well as guaranteeing a minimum working week. According to the union, the workers were motivated to organize in part because of Starbucks' status as one of the few companies in the world with no full-time employment for non-managerial employees. An initiative of Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz, the part-time scheme forces workers to contend with a constantly fluctuating number of work hours, and therefore, constantly fluctuating income. For example, a Starbucks barista could receive 35 hours of work one week, 18 hours the week after, and as low as single-digits in the following week. The world's largest coffee chain sacrifices employees' financial security in the name of cost-control and "flexibility." This comes from a company whose mission statements talks of, "provid[ing] a great work environment." Employees in the IWW talk about how the company wangles its way out of providing employees with health benefits by cutting their hours down so they would end up with an average week of 19.75 hours - just under the 20 hour average that would guarantee benefits under the 401K plan, which includes basic treatment such as dental, medical, vision, etc. Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, Starbucks staff in one cafe in Auckland, New Zealand went on strike after discontent with low wages had been brewing up for some time. The strike went so well that other cafe workers across the city joined in on a wildcat action, and were joined by workers from McDonalds, Pizza Hut and KFC. Their demands mirrored those of the American unions. It seems that low pay and "flexible" working hours will more than likely be the norm for the Dublin cafe workers too - because a global multinational corporation is hardly likely to change its stripes just because its new here in Ireland. http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/nov2005/02front.jpg http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/nov2005/03seats.jpg http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/nov2005/04logo.jpg http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/nov2005/05queue.jpg



Governo se antecipa e cassa liminar que reduz tarifas no Recife

Brasil, 26.11.2005 18:08

TRANSPORTES



Attend! - Hold the Line- Nov 30 vote

Miami, 26.11.2005 18:07

Attend! - Hold the Line- Nov 30 vote



Terror

Colombia, 26.11.2005 17:38

Atentado contra Anthoc



real estate and squating (en)

Barcelona, 26.11.2005 16:07

Txabolegem Barcelona // Let's shack Barcelona

The property especulation affected call to challenge the Administration to act against the real estate violence.

[26 Nov] 17h, Arc de Triomf


--> Protest Action: To nail against the door of the Catalan Parlament "The Open Letter" with measures against real-state and urbanistic violence >>> Pester to the Parlament and shack contruction .
--> 20 h: Video projections about urban conflicts
--> 22 h: Concert

[27 Nov] Parc de la Ciutadella


--> 15 h: Solidarity Lunch: Support to shacking BCN
--> 16 h: Protest: Going to the Forum (where the summit is)

+info == >>>real estate and squating --chabolear.blogspot.com -- mobbingbcn.blogspot.com



Sub-Committee Hears Legislation That Could Dismantle Community Access TV

Portland, 26.11.2005 14:08

The driving force behind this legislation is the phone companies' desire to provide Internet based broadband video service without having to negotiate franchises with local municipalities. Sponsors of the legislation say it will help consumers by increasing marketplace competition and thereby lowering cable TV subscription rates. However at the November 9th hearings Gene Kimmelman, of the Consumers Union, stated the bill "fails to deliver the polices necessary to ensure that consumers will receive meaningful growth in price competition"... the "American consumer is being asked to give up a great deal in exchange for another promise of competition at some distant point in the future. Consumers have had their pockets picked too many times to be fooled again".

Among the things the public is being asked to give up is robust local-focus community TV. The framework for Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) TV was put in place during the late 1960s and early 1970s on the principal that local communities should have an opportunity to produce and air programming that would reflect the unique character and concerns of those communities. Today in thousands of communities large and small PEG TV is an essential part of the community. Public Access TV offers a range of viewpoints and expressions unseen anywhere else in the mass media. Governmental TV keeps citizens informed about local elections and other important local political issues. And Educational TV provides essential programming for school-age youth, for colleges, libraries and adult learners.



The New Waveland Cafe Katrina Relief Kitchen is transforming and moving!

Portland, 26.11.2005 14:08

The New Waveland Caf? in Waveland MS, initiated by a group of Rainbows, was the first recognized relief kitchen in Hancock county after Hurricane Katrina. The Kitchen has become a community center for locals and volunteers in Waveland and the surrounding areas. People are drawn to this kitchen because the food is healthy, much of it is organic, and it is always cooked with style. The kitchen is run completely by volunteers who focus on empowering this community to continue helping one another even after the kitchen is gone. Anyone who expresses interest is welcome to facilitate a meal. Now we have 9 and 10 year-olds chopping vegetables for dinner, and spooning out soup in the serving line. Most nights during the week different local bands come to play on the stage at dinner time. Often, when dinner is finished, tables are pushed back and a spontaneous community dance party ensues. Afterwards, locals and volunteers work together to clean the dining room.

The New Waveland Caf? is closing down on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is re-opening at a new location in St. Bernard's Parrish, just outside of New Orleans. The folks who are continuing on with this mission are in need of a larger volunteer force and many resources in order to carry out this project. Many of the people moving to St. Bernard's Parrish have been working for 1 to 2 months, seven days a week, with very few breaks. This move is going to take a lot of work, and some brand-spanking new creative vibrance will be enthusiastically welcome.

Please keep in mind that no amount of carrying signs, marching, meditation, prayer, signing petitions, or voting will ever carry as much power as helping one person gut out her ruined house, or feeding a single mother at the end of another stressful day of red-taping it to a Fema trailor. This is a chance to extract yourself from our traditionally divided and materialistic American culture, shake off the stagnant mundane, and participate in true community building during a time of suffering and hardship.

Portland IMC Katrina Aftermath page | www.emergencycommunities.org



neoliberal globalization (en)

Barcelona, 26.11.2005 14:07

Barcelona : Euromediterranean Economical Summit for business leaders

Stop the Mediterranean recolonization!

PosterBerlusconi, Mohamed VI, Zapatero, Mubarak, Blair -as temporary president in the European Union-, Bouteflika... will be in Barcelona November 27th and 28th because of the Euromediterranean Economical Summit for business leaders, Barcelona +10! A economic-govermmental meeting with the aim to relaunch the so called Barcelona process: an initiative that serves the financial elite and european multinationals interests that search markets and natural resources in the mediterranean south bank. A process that legitimates dictatorial regimes and violates human and cultures rights.

[26Nov] 12h : Palestina Critical Mass + 17h : Protest Action: To nail against the door of the Catalan Parlament "The Open Letter" with measures against real-state and urbanistic violence ->> Pester to the Parlament and shack contruction + 18h : Debate Conferences + 19h : Starts: audio stream from a shack + 20h : Video projections about urban conflicts + 22 h: Concert (video stream)
[27Nov] 12h : Protest + 15h : Support to shacking BCN + 16h : Protest

if you need tech support to listen or watch the streams, come to chat.indymedia.org #NObcn+10

+info:: imc-barcelona + Stop the Mediterranean recolonization! + Stop Barcelona +10! (català, español, english, arab) + chabolear.blogspot.com



Indigenous Struggles in Australia

Melbourne, 26.11.2005 11:08

Struggle Continues for Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike



Critical Mass Radio Network Broadcast - Buy Nothing Day

San Diego, 26.11.2005 08:38

Tune in to the Critical Mass Radio Network, Saturday November 26th on radioActive sanDiego. To listen online, go to radioActiveradio.org or Critical Mass Radio.net .


This month's broadcast will cover a variety of themes: from buy nothing day to anti-Thanksgiving day segments, from the meaning of Success for movements and individuals to how to deal with frustration.

The schedule for this month is:
NYC - August Sound Coalition1pm PST4pm EST
Michigan2pm PST5pm EST
San Diego - radioActive sanDiego4pm PST7pm EST
Portland - PDX Indymedia Radio5pm PST8pm EST
Los Angeles - Kill Radio6-8pm PST9-11pm EST
Mexico City, D.F. - Radio Zapote9-11pm PST12-2am EST

Station segments will include:
- San Diego anti-wal-mart campaign here and the No Cruces buy nothing day boycott of the border by the FZLN.
- Kill Radio is very proud to announce that The People Who Do That, local LA comedy legends and Kill participants, have prepared a new extended piece to share with Critical Mass
- August Sound Coalition will be interviewing a lawyer who works with detainees, an activist just back from Paris, along with hip-hop and other sounds
- Radio Zapote will broadcast from the Anniversary celebration for the Centro de Medios Libres



&quot;Öteki Kampanya&quot;: FZLN feshedildi

Istanbul, 26.11.2005 07:38

"Öteki Kampanya": FZLN kendini feshederek EZLN'ye katıldı



Protests to Greet WTO Ministerial Meeting in Hong Kong

San Francisco Bay Area, 26.11.2005 05:38

The 6th Ministerial Conference of the WTO is scheduled to take place from December 13th through 18th in Hong Kong. Negotiations have been continuing on key controversial issues such as agriculture, services, and market access for industrial goods and natural resources. This ministerial will shape the final agreement of the Doha Development Agenda, which members hope to complete next year.

Conferences, cultural events, mass mobilizations, and direct actions are being planned for the dates between December 11th and 18th. Organizations that are mobilizing to protest the WTO meeting and corporate globalization, and to present alternative proposals, include peasants and small farmers from the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Korea. Events A new media and social transformation conference and workshop will take place in early December. Global Exchange will bring a delegation/reality tour to Hong Kong and parts of China in December.

Indymedia.org article | Stop the New Round Coalition | Hong Kong People's Alliance on WTO | Global Policy Forum article | Transnational Institute: Beyond the WTO | Global Exchange's WTO Page | International Forum on Globalization | Peoples Global Action | Global Issues article




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