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THINK ABOUT IT AND YOU HAVE A GOOD DAY!!!

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



Eviction and ongoing injustice for Bonnie O'dea, low income single mother in Fredericton

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



READ

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



EVOLVE Music and Awareness Festival

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



THE IRVINGS AND NAZI GERMANY ARE BOTH THE SAME????

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



the mystery of God

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



Greeks to poison up to 15,000 stray dogs before the Olympics

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



IRVING PAID CIVIL SERVANTS????

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



JEANMARRY PEACE: ONE MOMENT ONLY A MOMENT WITHOUT HATRED

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



charles on melanson live tonight at 8:00pm!!!!

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



TENT CITY IN THE CAPITAL OF NEW BRUNSWICK AND OTHER READERS COMMENTS!!

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



Freelance Federal Ridings Reps need for new Canadian social issues federal political party

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



April 6th letter from Vaughn Barnett to Rentalsman about wrongful eviction

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



WHERE'S THE CUDMORE VERDICT AND CHARLES DARK SECRET????

Japan, 29.11.2005 05:13



non-confidence

Victoria, 29.11.2005 04:38

Non-Confidence Men - Martin's Minority Falls



Dos trabajadores de Zanon golepados por la policia de Nequen

Argentina, 29.11.2005 03:38

Lunes 29 de Noviembre 2005 | POLITICA REPRESIVA DE SOBICH
Dos trabajadores de Zanon golepados por la policia de Nequén



Creative Campaigning one-day workshop

United Kingdom, 29.11.2005 00:38

Creative campaigning is a one-day workshop all about drawing attention to your message. It will be held on Sunday 15 January 2006 from 11 am to 4 pm (with lunch break) at The Place, 2a Melrose Street, Sherwood 9off Mansfield road behind the old bus depot. The price is £4 on the day



Boycott Coke Speaker on Thursday 1st of December

United Kingdom, 29.11.2005 00:38

Euripides Jance from Euripides Yance has worked for Coca-Cola in Colombia for 21 years in Barranquilla, a major city on the Caribbean coast. She also works for Colombia's food and drink union Sinaltrainal and is coming to Nottingham on the 1st of december to do a talk on the Boycott Coke Campaign.

Barranquilla is a city under paramilitary control. In 2002, a Coke worker and Sinaltrainal member was assassinated here, and in July 2005, 4 students who were involved in a protest outside the Coke plant were kidnapped and tortured by the paramilitaries. Like all Sinaltrainal activists in the city, Euripides works in the constant shadow of violence. Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world for trade unionists. In 2001 at least 160 trade union leaders and activists were murdered, including two key colleagues from UNISON’s sister union - the municipal worker’s union SINTRAEMCALI. Many other trade unionists were abducted, ‘disappeared’ or received death threats.

PUBLIC MEETING: Thursday 1st Dec, 7.30pm, The Mechanics, Shakespeare St, Nottingham

Links: Boycott Coke Campaign | Colombia Solidarity Campaign | Map to The Mechanics | Previous Indymedia feature article on Coca Cola and the situation in Colombia | Colombia Indymedia



Dia de ação contra a suspensão do passe livre

Brasil, 28.11.2005 23:38

FLORIANÓPOLIS



Videos from the Resistance

Portland, 28.11.2005 23:08

At 7pm tonight (Monday, November 28th), Videos from the Resistance will be showing at It's a Beautiful Pizza (SE Belmont at about 33rd). Come in, get warm, eat pizza, and see what's new with the Resistance.
Showing this month:

Finding Common Ground: Straight from New Orleans, this video details the birth of the Common Ground Collective in the aftermath of the hurricane. Poor people and people of color in Louisianna had no illusions about any safety net to catch them after the storm, so even before the waters of Katrina subsided, they and progressive people from across the world came together in solidarity and mutual aid, to help each other. While FEMA foundered in indifference and bureaucracy, and the Red Cross cowered on the outskirts of town because it was "too dangerous" to go in there with all those black people, the people of Common Ground set up a health clinic, provided food and water to people in need, set up a pirate radio communications system, and rescued abandoned animals throughout the city of New Orleans. Their story, and the passionate words of former Black Panther Malik Rahim, who helped found Common Ground, are truly inspiring. (And for those who enjoy her work, there's a great cameo interview with Naomi Klein in there too.)

Too Small to Help: A short roasting of the pathetic job done by the Red Cross in New Orleans.

There will be other videos as well, possibly even an animal rights piece if rumor is to be believed.

See you there!



Out of School and Into the Military

Boston, 28.11.2005 23:08

“All my life I’ve liked the military,” said Adrian Paez, a Colombian immigrant and a senior at East Boston High School. At 17 years old, Adrian has not doubts about joining the US armed forces. “When I think of the army, I don’t think about dying,” he said, “I think of everything I can do, everything I can learn, everything I can be.” Adrian fled Colombia with his family to escape rural violence and economic adversity in an increasingly militarized society. A year after arriving to the United States, he became a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Core (JROTC) at East Boston High where he has been learning the basics of military training for the past three years. His real name is not being used in this story to protect him from getting deported.



@rtivismo (eo)

Barcelona, 28.11.2005 22:08

konsumismo: senelira ĉaro?

alternativoj al la nuna konsumismo Hodiaŭ, la interŝanĝa foiro de Mieres festas 20 jarojn! [13an de novembro] + en la kvartalo Gràcia aprile + en Gelida O yomango: dek solvoj por unu vivstilon O Senpaga vendejo O Senpaga mono O Kudro-ateliero kun malfermita kodo kaj senpaga vendejo O Meccacola: pri ĝia distribuado O 25an de novembro: Tago sen aĉetoj
kontraŭkonsumismo kaj konsumismo: [30an nov - 4an dec] Kontraŭkonsumisma kino en Sant Andreu ::: Kontraŭkonsumismaj filmoj ::: Speciala konsumismo en la gazeto Illacrua ::: Kio estas la tago sen aĉetoj? ::: 2aj Labortagoj de Solidara Konsumo en la Asocia Mondo ::: Kaj dum la novjaraj tagoj... feliĉa falseco

[25an nov] Tago sen aĉetoj 2005 :: Barcelono : Sant Andreu : Olot : Gramenet del Besòs

Ĝismorte konsumu: Nova produkto Super-flu : Malantaŭ la stangoj de la superbazaro Carrefour : Hamstra puŝĉarteto: la konsumspiralo : ASGECO-enketo pri la ŝuldo de la konsumantoj en Hispanio : Biletujo kun fotoj, la plej bonvena : Sencerba konsumo : Manĝigu vian hipotekon : Born to consume, naskita por konsumi : Krio al Superbazaro Munch

+infoj :: >>>@rtivismo : adbusters : ĝismorte konsumu : funktastikproject.blogspot.com : yomango.net



spekulado kaj okupacio (eo)

Barcelona, 28.11.2005 22:08

La asembleo faras la forton

-- -- [18an de novembro] -- Asembleo de la ateliero kontraŭ la spekulada perforto -- -- [19an de novembro] -- Ĝenerala asembleo de Pla Caufec -- La asembleo de la kvartalo Sants kunvokas al procesio "Sants pace ripozu" -- Antaŭmanĝoj en Can Ricart -- -- [semajnfine] -- 8a datreveno de Kan Kadena -- Made in can ricart (farita en Can Ricart) -- --

-- -- rilataj novaĵoj -- -- De BAC ĝis Can Ricart -- [17an de novembro] Intervjuo rekte kun la kreantoj de "Home Mobile House" -- [caufec] Plendo kontraŭ la polico pro kontraŭleĝa aresto -- -- CSO La Gàbia -- -- Komunikaĵo por la gazetara konferenco de la Okupita Socia Centro La Gàbia (Lleida) -- Komunikaĵo pri la arestoj dum la solidara manifestacio -- Komunikaĵo de Alternativa Estel pri la arestitoj en Lledia -- Pli da informoj pri la tri arestitoj -- Tri arestitoj (nun) dum la manifestacio de la Okupita Socia Centro La Gàbia en Lleida -- EMU daŭrigas pri la denunco. La mobilizoj daŭras. -- -- Agadoj en la Okupitaj Sociaj Centroj -- -- La batalo de la valencia regiono Horta (prelego en Tarragona) -- 3a kin-ciklo de la kunordiga komitato kontraŭ la spekulado en la kvartalo Raval -- Itala ciklo en La Fera -- MEMLERNADO en Vall de Can Masdeu -- Maroka muziko en Jam Session, ĉidimanĉe -- Popolaj vespermanĝoj de la Asembleo de okupantoj de Cornellà -- Kin-vesperoj [novembro] en la Okupita Socia Centro La Banka Rota -- Aktivaĵoj de la Sociaj Centroj el Cornellà -- -- aliaj novaĵoj -- -- Elektromagneta poluo en El Forat de la Vergonya -- La socialisma partio devigas antaŭeniri la Kvaran Aŭtozonon -- Plu pri la kazo Raval -- [Sant Andreu] Malaprobo kontraŭ la vakigo de la stratoj Segre kaj Servet -- Casal Les Vies; inaŭguro -- 13an de novembro - Manifestacio kontraŭ la spekulado en Sant Andreu! -- [Vilafranca] Revenas la spirito de Can Cellerot -- 26an de novembro - Ni barakigu Barcelonon -- Helpu vian hipotekon -- Gazetara cirkulero de la Asocio Cerdanyola Via Verda -- Kampanjo "la radikoj ne naskiĝas de sub la cemento" -- Nova polica agreso kaj subpremo al la okup-movado en El Carmel -- Novaj loĝantoj en Les Corts -- Malica, fuŝe aĉa kaj bestia manipulado de la """ĵurnalo""" QUÉ pri la "okupantoj" -- --

+info == >>>spekulado kaj okupado -- mobbingbcn.blogspot.com -- coordinadoraraval.org --noalplacaufec.net -- barrisants.org -- salvemcanricart.org -- visquemcanricart.tk



koruptado kaj povo (eo)

Barcelona, 28.11.2005 22:08

Ĉu ĝentileco aŭ cinikeco??

La vera malĝentileco ::: La elaĉetemo de la urba konsilantaro kaj la nova "ĝentila" normo ::: Pli da ĝentileco = ŝafeco ::: Por tio, ĝentileco; por tio ĉi, ŝajne ĝi ne estas necesa --- leĝo pri "pigruloj kaj misfarantoj"? ::: La barcelono de la ĝentileco kaj ĝiaj regantoj ::: +ĝentileco?: konteneroj sub la balkono ::: La pogromo kontraŭ la alternativuloj ::: Ĝenas ilin ne la mizero aŭ la marĝeneco, sed vidi ilin ::: Malĝentileco: loka kaj tutmonda ::: Barcelono 2005: La malsukceso de modelo ::: Tago sen aŭtomobiloj: kiam tago sen Joan Clos? ::: La malordo

[8an nov] placo Sant Jaume, je la 19a Amasiĝo kontraŭ la urba regularo pri ĝentileco


rilataj novaĵoj:La seksolaboristoj ne konsentas kun la urba regularo ::: Arta projekto haltigita, ĉar ne estas oportuna politika momento ::: Barcelono malpermesas vendi fotojn de grafitioj en bazaro ::: La asocio de viktimoj de la ĝentileco kunvokas ankaŭ kontraŭ Barcelona Meeting Point (Barcelono Renkontiĝejo) ::: La mensogoj de Ricard Martínez ::: La urba konsilaro de Barcelono neglektas la instruadon ::: Komuniko de la najbaroj de Verdi 28 pri la verdikto ::: Tiuj bruoj venante de subtere: Francaj suburboj kaj la tutmonda kapitalismo

Ĉu ni barakigu Barcelonon?

+infoj:: >>>koruptado kaj potenco



Fur Free Friday in San Francisco's Union Square

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.11.2005 22:08

On Buy Nothing Day, November 25th, animal rights activists targeted the makers and sellers of fur throughout the Bay Area and across the country. In addition to sponsoring events in 20 states, In Defense of Animals held one of the largest local demonstrations in San Francisco. Dozens of activists demonstrated in bustling Union Square and in front of the fur and fur-trim retailers Macy's and Neiman Marcus, educating shoppers about where fur comes from. Most fur, activists reported, comes from Chinese fur farms where, due to weaker animal welfare laws, the animals are treated inhumanely and skinned alive. Foxes, minks, rabbits, raccoons and dogs and cats are raised in poor conditions and slaughtered in the name of fashion. After being skinned, the carcasses of the animals are ground up and fed back to the trapped animals.

Photos & Video | Indybay's 2004 Fur Free Friday Coverage

Read more on Indybay's Animal Liberation News Page



International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners on December 3rd

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.11.2005 22:08

December 3rd will be the first International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners. Filipino political prisoner Donato Continente suggested initiating an International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War as a way to challenge the globalization of repression. People in countries around the world will mark December 3rd with rallies, marches, and other forms of resistance. In the Bay Area, California Anarchist Prisoner Solidarity, the National Coalition to Free the Cuban Five, Club Knowledge - Laney College, and New College’s Activism and Social Change Program are sponsoring several events, including a film festival.

There are tens of thousands of political prisoners held in prisons and jails around the world. The governments that incarcerate and criminalize them hope that the world outside will never know their names or learn why they really are in prison. The United States has some of the longest-held political prisoners in the world – people who were part of struggles for self-determination and social justice in the 1960's and 1970's. Many were targets of the FBI’s COINTELPRO program which used assassination, disinformation, and frame-ups to crush people’s liberation movements and social dissent.

The “Political Convictions: Liberating Political Prisoners” film festival will take place on Monday, November 28th and Tuesday, November 29th at the New College of California Cultural Center in San Francisco. The film festival will also be held on Wednesday, November 30th and Thursday, December 1st at Laney Community College in Oakland. Films shown on the different evenings will include "Behind the Walls," excerpts from "All Power to the People," "Women in Struggle," and more.

There will be a Day of Action on Friday, December 2nd at the Oakland Federal Building from 12pm to 2 pm. A Day of Solidarity will take place on Saturday, December 3rd at the First Unitarian Church in Oakland. This latter event will include former Black Panther Kathleen Cleaver and former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Alicia Rodriguez. There will be other speakers as well as drumming and dance performances.

More info about political prisoners and the International Day of Solidarity

Read more | Indybay's Police Brutality and Prisons News Page



Katahdin's Wild Rivers - Urgent Action Needed to Stop Wassataquoik Bridge

Maine, 28.11.2005 21:37

Gardner Land Company has applied to the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) for a permit to build a bridge over Wassataquoik Stream, one of the wildest remaining rivers in the eastern U.S.



Bangor Attempts To Ban Newspaper, Considers Written Material's Ordinance

Maine, 28.11.2005 21:37

The City of Bangor is considering passing an ordinance that would prohibit the distribution or dissemination of printed materials "including but not limited to magazines, brochures, newspapers, flyers, pamphlets and posters" in Bangor City buildings. Only materials that are pre-approved by City Officials would be allowed. This ordinance follows the ban of the newspaper "Common Sense Independent" from the Bangor Public Dental Clinic Lobby, ordered by a former Maine Department of Human Services (now part of the Dept of Health & Human Services) supervisor who is Bangor's Health and Welfare director. The newspaper contains content critical of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and former DHS.



Earth First! Decries Savvy Inc. for Environmental Racism

Maine, 28.11.2005 21:37

Downtown PR Firm Targeted on Columbus Day for LNG Support



Latest RadioActive Audio - Progressive Radio from Maine (links to downloadable MP3s)

Maine, 28.11.2005 21:37

RadioActive is a grassroots environmental and social justice news radio journal hosted by Amy Browne and Meredith DeFrancesco and heard Thursdays from 4:00 - 4:30 pm on WERU FM 89.9 and 102.9 Bangor, Maine in the United States.



Lewiston�s Visible Community Protests the Demolition of More Homes

Maine, 28.11.2005 21:37



BOUND FOR COMMON GROUND: Dance Party for Hurricane Relief

Rogue Valley, 28.11.2005 20:09

The Oxygen Collective and Southern Oregon Gulf Coast Relief Network are Bound for Common Ground, Ashland to New Orleans
Dessert and Dance Party Send-off Benefit
December 1st @ The Mobius

8:30 PM - till it's all gone: Luscious Dessert Buffet $5-$10

9:30 - on: Bassy Beats from DJ Lava Machete and a special guest. Sliding Scale Cover $5-$20



Venezuela/Mexiko: Fehlschuss für Fox

Germany, 28.11.2005 19:38

Am vergangenen Wochenende demonstrierten ein weiteres Mal zehntausende Menschen in der venezolanischen Hauptstadt Caracas ihre Unterstützung für die Politik der linken Regierung. Sie folgten dem Aufruf, den Präsidenten Chávez im Streit mit seinem mexikanischen Amtskollegen Vicente Fox den Rücken zu stärken. Dieser war nach dem Amerikagipfel im argentinischen Mar del Plata an unterschiedlichen Auffassungen über die lateinamerikanische Integration entstanden. Während Fox für das neoliberale Modell der US-Regierung (ALCA/FTAA) eintritt, treibt der venezolanische Präsident eine andere, soziale Integration im Rahmen der bolivarianischen Alternative ALBA voran.



Oak Ridge High School Censors Birth Control Information

Tennessee, 28.11.2005 19:09

Students at Oak Ridge High School were apparently unaware that birth control is a forbidden subject. The latest issue of the student newspaper - which featured an informative article on the subject - has been censored by school officials. All 1,800 copies of the newspaper have been seized. The Oak Leaf, the monthly school newspaper written and produced by students at Oak Ridge High School, wasn't distributed Wednesday because of one particular article and some of its content dealing with sex and birth control methods, according to the paper's editor-in-chief.



info meeting: Volunteers needed for Dec. 10th WTO Protest

Portland, 28.11.2005 18:08

Over 30 organizations have come together to organize what we hope will be a massive rally and march in downtown Portland and a comprehensive teach-in about free trade. The Portland mobilization and march also commemorates International Human Rights Day, and will protest the erosion of workers' right to form unions.

Join a coalition of labor, environmental and community to say "No" to the WTO and "Yes" to the right to organize unions. From December 13-18, the World Trade Organization will meet in Hong Kong to implement anti-labor, anti-environmental, and anti-democratic policies. Widespread opposition has derailed these meetings in Seattle, WA in 1999 and in *Cancun, Mexico in 2003.

Two orientation meetings this week to find out more about the issues, what is being planned, and ways to plug in and volunteer. Wednesday, November 30th 6:30 PM @ AFSCME Council 75, 6025 E. Burnside, Portland OR Thursday, December 1st 6:20 PM - *film screening to follow @ the Clinton Street Theater, 522 SE Clinton St.

Come find out about the:

  • Protest on Saturday, December 10th
  • Teach-in on Saturday, December 17th
  • How you can plug in and volunteer
Comment: The positive alternative So-called "free" trade apologists will always try to put you down, saying that we can't just get rid of the WTO. These corrupt idiots think they can put you down just by asking you what your alternative is. Would you just stop international trade overnight, or what? It's like the opposition to Iraq withdrawal. DON'T LET THEM GIVE YOU THAT CRAP! There IS a positive program for global trade, and it's been on the table (although ignored by corporate media as well as by academia) since Seattle! The name of the alternative is the "Global Sustainable Development Resolution". Here's some good background on this issue from Rep.Peter DeFazio's web site

http://pcasc.net



Stay on evictions for evacuee renters

New Orleans, 28.11.2005 17:09

Stay on evictions for evacuee renters



PHRF action

New Orleans, 28.11.2005 17:09

From Outrage to Action: Survivor's Assembly and March for Right of Return



East Baltimore: A Conversation between David Harvey &amp; Marisela Gomez

Baltimore, 28.11.2005 17:08

In (Re)living Democracy, artists Scott Berzofsky, Lasse Lau, Nicholas Petr, and Nicholas Wisniewski have collaborated with East Baltimore organizers (KIDS/TEEN Scoop, Nia Redmond, Rose Street Community Center, Rose Street Transitional House, Glenn Ross, Save Middle East Action Committee) to turn the Contemporary Museum into a platform for participation in a critical dialogue concerning the reisidents of East Baltimore's struggle against urban renewal. (Re)living Democracy is accompanied by numerous public programs addressing these issues. The program on November 5th featured David Harvey, author of The Limits to Capital, The Urban Experience, and The Spaces of Hope, and Marisela Gomez, Director of Save Middle East Action Committee. Harvey and Gomez addressed urban economic and political problems of Baltimore through the lens of gentrification on the eastside and Johns Hopkins University projects. (Thanks to the Megaphone Project for access to technology for transcription, which is based on detailed notes from videotapes done by Lasse Lau; it's almost, but not entirely, word-for-word). Cira Pasquale Marquina: "David Harvey in Conversation with Marisela Gomez" is part of the Contemporary Museum's exhibit (Re)living Democracy, one of several integral to a project on so-called urban renewal in East Baltimore. The Contemporary is providing an open discussion for these urban issues. Nick Petr: To begin, we would like to ask Marisela to describe the situation in East Baltimore. What is EBDI and the development project these? What is SMEAC? Marisela Gomez: SMEAC, Save Middle East Action Committee, is a community organization in Middle-east Baltimore. SMEAC formed in 2001 after residents learned their houses, their homes were to be taken so that a biotechnology park could be built. The residents responded with grass-roots organizing. It was a huge 20 block, 90 acre area with up to 2,000 homes, impacting 800 households. Supposed you learned about your community like they did, through The Sunpapers? It is usually the marginalized, poor people of color who find out this way. These are the reasons a community like Middle East is treated this way. Keep this in mind. Members of Save Middle East Action Committee asked the question: "How much money for my house?" "Can I come back when the neighborhood is gentrified?" "How can we ensure that we are treated fairly?" For over four years, SMEAC slowed down, but did not stop, this process. You don't stop big projects initiated by Johns Hopkins University. But you can slow it down, you can seek to change the dollar amount of those whose homes are to be used, you can still struggle, you can fight for the right of re-entry. You can still fight to make sure the residents who are to be moved out can stay in the neighborhood. Usually, it is the speculators who eventually move people out of neighbors. What is EBDI? The East Baltimore Development Initiative is a quasi for-profit/not-for-profit entity created to manage through the development project. EBDI determines where relocation occurs. It raises funds to ensure the progress of the project. EBDI is the main adversary of SMEAC. NP & CPM: David, would you talk about solutions for the community, about city policies and development projects? David Harvey: When I was still at Johns Hopkins, something was set up called the Urban Health Initiative, formed from the good will of doctors and researchers. They had a program in the community on ashtma and were concerned about the community, but, as you know, Hopkins is a corporation. The administration did not like famous people from abroad seeing poor people of East Baltimore and the related problems. It was an image issue for Hopkins, not mainly financial. In the 1970s, the cost of Medicade was sufficient, but cuts in Medicade payments did develop. There were two basic options for Hopkins Administration: 1) develop preventive medicine programs; 2) gentrify the whole area. The main strategy adopted was to remove the people out from around the Hospital. So, part of the situation is the Hospital's interests leading into gentrification. When Medicade was remunerated, Johns Hopkins was OK with the neighborhood. Second, I've recently been contacted by a group at Columbia University, and also a group in Camden. The situation with Hopkins and East Baltimore is not a unique circumstance. What we seeing is a political economy of dispossession, a taking-away from people who have little--peasants, urban poor. There's a history of it, of benefits captured. There were lots of struggles in the cities in the end of the 1960s. Incomes in the bottom 20% were rising. Things were going up. The end of the 1960s, early 1970s saw benefits gained in the areas of environmental protection, occupational health and safety. There was legislation passed. Then, in the early 1970s, the corporate counter-attack began. The first place to experience this counter-attack was New York City in 1975 during its fiscal crisis. It is interesting to see how it played out. The banks went on strike, forcing the City into bankruptsy. They took over control of the city budget to pay off bondholders. Municipal services were attacked. The budget crisis was used to remake New York City into the center for global finance. Then, to make Manhattan into a playground for the rich. Funds for public schools and higher education were cut. The City University of New York experiment in free and open education was attacked. The corporate elites pushed against public education, health care, and public transportation. This corporate attack was an effort to dispossess the population of New York City of rights and privileges. The corporate counter-attack on New York City was a pilot project used as a model by the Reagan Administration. And this model is exactly what the International Monetary Fund through structural adjustment programs used in Nicaragua, Mozambique, the Philippines, Mexico, and eleswhere. They could not solve problems of capital accumulation, but they could save class assets by actually robbing as many around the world of their assets as possible. How was consent for this corporate counter-attack constructed? First, through the sheer weight of corporate power, through business organizations like the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, through conservative think-tanks like the Heritage Foundation, through capturing the "Financial Times", the "Wall Street Journal". in short, there was a tremendous ideological assault. There's a line from former Secretary of Treasury William Simon, who was delighted with the Chile experience under the Pinochet regime: "Tell the City to drop dead. I want New York City to hurt so bad that no other city would try to do what New York did." In the 1960s, the 400 richest individuals were worth $650 million on average. Now they are worth $2.8 billion, according to the New York Times. The top .1% has increased by 300% its national income share. If you examine tax returns for 2003 and 2004, controlling for inflation, the top 1% had income increases of 3.5%; the top .1% was raised by 9%. There's been a constant taking away to feed that 1%, a taking away of educational and health benefits, of workers' pensions. [See Joseph Kay on 'Forbes 400 List of Richest Americans: Snapshot of a Financial Oligarchy' on World Socialist Web Site.] People like Hopkins President Brody have a grasp on economics, on international institutions, on this city Baltimore.... We must ask why it is? Why the corporate counter-attack has been so successful? In Britain, Margaret Thatcher said "I'm out to attack the soul", to attack solidarity. Ideologically, individualism has a lot to do with it. The 1960s movements liked individual liberty, but they also worked to advance social justice. Neoliberalism says "We give you individual liberty. Forget social justice!" This has to be put in general political-historical perspective. We have to stop this across the board. In East Baltimore, the political battle for "the right of return" is crucial. It's not enough to accept "We'll give you some money, then go." In London, there's complete gentrification. The other crucial issue, of course, is to construct an alternative....Sorry, I get off on this stuff. NP: Why aren't people aware? Those who are, why can't they inform the people? Where's the Left? Middle East has published a lot, but, in Poppleton, there's another biotech park project. Should we organize local and small, or national and global? Gomez: Ultimately, it's about individualism. I'm not from this country, but from Central America. The United States is not about social justice. Individualism has always been what drives the US. Why is there fragmentation in the poorest communities? It's all about individualism. How can we change it? Let's not fool ourselves about what capitalism means. It is never about communities moving forward. If we understand this, then maybe we can move forward. Johns Hopkins University has been a land bank for a hundred years. 1916 is the first time it expanded. Growth in the US is about how to make sure people go quietly, make sure they are poor and unorganized. First, we have to organize some successful projects. Second, we have to face the truth, to define clearly what is equity, what is equality. SMEAC organized people impacted by one thing in East Baltimore. Why this fragamentation and individualism? An institution like Hopkins can give an individual an opportunity to do research in a community. You might even get to sit on a board. You might move forward individually, but individualism moves us back to promote ourselves. Hopkins is a corporate entity here. Every development project in East Baltimore occurs with Hopkins involvement. It's a power in East Baltimore. The City does not participate with low-income communities on house building projects. The City supports gentrification. We have to organize. Yes. But, we also have to ask ourselves what is it in the US which supports this individualism and fragmentation. In the US, people pretend that there are two political parties. But when you look at the US from the outside, it looks like a one-party system. Harvey: Marisela, what is the main clue to your success? What's your trick in organizing? Gomez: I was involved in Est Baltimore since the 1990s, and in SMEAC since it's beginning. I studied at Hopkins. I knew of the carrot of an available community for research. Here's what Hopkins sells a student for a bright future: first, a community at your footsteps for research; second, the opportunity to proceed through a process of hierarchy to be the person society tells you to be. Divide and conquer is used. It makes sense that East Baltimore is fragmented. What SMEAC did, we went to people and said "You're gonna loose your houses. They don't give a shit about us, when we're poor and black." So we organized on this issue, the issue of equity when they went to take people's homes. SMEAC organized around this one issue, the issue of shelter. People did not know if they were going to have their house. This urgency brought people together. You can't go to the community from the outside and organize. Rather, people themselves have to decide that they have the power to organize. The situation didn't feel fair. It felt like segregation. But people felt power in numbers. They felt power in talking about it together. And people went back again and again with the same demands, with one voice. SMEAC represents 150 houses in this community. Activists knocked on doors and asked "Is this fair?" We represented a group of people who said "You can't tell me what's good for me!" It made a difference. SMEAC challenged the rhetoric for four, for five years. Every chance the EPDI gets, it tries not to be transparent. But SMEAC holds them accountable, challenges them, throws off their agenda. While the history of East Baltimore shows what a bad neighbor Hopkins has been, residents still don't feel it's bad intentions, but ignorance. Still people need justice. Hopkins and the EPDI cannot stand SMEAC because we throw there agenda off. Ques: [Addressed to David Harvey on New York City] Harvey: Basically, it's been the gentrification of Manhattan with the boroughs being let go. There are disparities in income, in education. The rich had lots of property and wanted to gets its value back. There was the slogan "I Love New York" of the Manhattan Partnership while the elites supported disciplining the police and fire departments unions. The unions responded with slogans like "Fear the City!", "Get mugged on the subways!", "If there's fire in the hotels, forget it!" This got to Europe and elsewhere and people stopped coming to New York. Then, the City says "OK, we'll give more jobs." But then these jobs were in Manhattan, not in the Bronx or the other boroughs. Manhattan as the "gilded ghetto." Guilianni cracks down on crime with the "no tolerance" policy. Harlem is beginning to be gentrified now, but the Bronx remains a poor area. New York is a divided city. While the median income in the boroughs decreases, it is up 12% in Manhattan. In the 19th century, Engels observed "The bourgeous solves problems by moving people around." They take poverty elsewhere. This is a big problem in the central cities. Mayors hope to balance the budget by bringing high-end development to cities, investments in condos and harbor recreation. There is a certain logic here, but we must transform this logic. Organizing starts local like in Marisela's work. But then a broader movement must be built to take the City back. City-wide. Then state-wide. Then nation-wide. We have got to push on federal policies. I've been criticized for being nostalgic about the New Deal. The US had a period of social justice momentum. I'ld give my eye-teeth to hear a Roosevelt say, as FDR said to Congress in 1933, "Enough is ...pulling up the income of the rich. We need some of this to get the country back on its feet." We also had such momentum in the late 1960s, early 70s with legislative gains. The corporations complained about this as "anti-capitalist" legislation. Social justice movements in the US have not eliminated individualism. We still need to deal with this ideology, even among the most oppressed people. We need to develop solidarity of some kind, and a united front against corporate power to make something happen. SMEAC shows that even a relatively small group with purpose and solidarity can make a difference. We need to build alliances, need solidarity to take back the City, to end this dispossession. People have a right to the City. It's an important right. Saying "Here's $300,000. Now get out" is no answer. Ques: The electoral system's not functioning. What power? What bargaining chip do people have? Harvey: There's been a shift of the power structure the last 30 years. Most representative, democratic institutions have been disempowered. Two things must be done. First, people need to reclaim the terrain of democratic institutions. Second, look at how the French stopped their country in 1995 when public benefits were attacked. They just stopped the country from running. If people can get rid of the president in Bolivia, why not in the US? These are examples of the crucial importance of street action. There was no public awareness of the problems of globalization until the Seattle protests. Massive street action can change things. We must think in those terms. Impeach Bush, but also impeach the Democrats! We must pull the discussion towards street action, to direct action. I can't see another way to work something up. I'm appalled that New Orleans has been put aside. And FEMA will not give the names and addresses of those relocated, effectively depriving them of the right to vote. Outrageous! Ques: Why has Hopkins responded to SMEAC? Gomez: We've developed an organized presence at the table. At decision-making meetings, the community is involved. We asked the questions "How do we come back?" and "How do we benefit?" It's SMEAC's grassroots organizing approach. When activists can say "I represent 20 blocks", they have accountability. SMEAC consistently demands a voice at the table and always says what the resident membership has to say. Sometimes it takes six or eight months, but we keep going back. Harvey: We should remember that Johns Hopkins is not monolithic. When the Administration got into this, doctors, those with some idealism, found out and questioned the institution. So, Hopkins has its internal problems. It's also important to push internally. Ques: It is important if the people effected are those in the leadership. I was involved in the 1960s, in the civil rights movement, in the anti-war movement. Then, blacks and students were in the front of the movements of the 1960s. Cindy Sheehan, with Military Families against the War, brings a new face to the anti-Iraq war movement. Marisela, who are the natural allies of SMEAC? David, what national alliances are there among social movements now? There's a recent unfortunate example of Delphi Auto Parts workers whose wages and health benefits were cut, whose union made contract concessions. Gomez: There's lots of groups in East Baltimore. Those groups which have a history are important to build alliances with. And unions. And the churches. We did not get as much support as we hoped from churches. SMEAC works to build alliances at the base. But it is difficult to build alliances in East Baltimore except with those dealing with housing issues. Now we have the Poppleton interest. Redevelopment is blossoming in the US so everyone can get involved. Maybe some groups can get started before SMEAC did. We made a video of the SMEAC struggle for use by other communities. Maybe this can help stop development. I spoke with a professor in New York City who said to me "If you had done a good job, no one would have had to relocate." We say "What do you mean? We have struggled so much. We got a benefit package." But, she's right. It should have been people first, not bricks and mortar. The train had already started. We did not save Middle East, but brought equity. The problem is that we started from a context of individualism, of fragmentation. The need for collaboration is huge. Organizations in institutions are important. Hopkins students picketed at graduation on housing and development issues. We have to raise a ruckus inside and outside. But we also have to talk to build alliances. Harvey: I agree entirely. Organizing at the base by those immediately effected is the way to go. In Baltimore, ACORN does not speak to BUILD; BUILD does not speak to ACORN. This is ridiculous. Some of this is individualism, but it's more about "my organization", a possessiveness about my organization. This is a political problem. There's always been this thing in Baltimore since I've been here. This has been paralyzing in Baltimore for years. "I have a little power and don't want my power center messed up." This is turf politics. When the organizing is their own, that of the effected, the Cindy Sheehan example, then organizing can reach out farther. However, I'm not an organizer, but an academic. I'm reluctant to do politics. I do not have answer. I just try to observe and reflect. Comments: [From Glenn Ross, an East Baltimore activist] East Baltimore has been allowed to decay for over 30 years. It's become a haven for drugs, just blocks from Johns Hopkins Hospital. When the community found out about the biotech park, the City showed up....Prior to the work of Marisela, some community activists had become territorial. Baltimore is divided, but then SMEAC was formed. The EPDI did not want community activists on the board.... A phrase of mine heads the detailed map of political relations in East Baltimore [represented on the east wall of the Museum]--"Break the disconnect to change the game." There's a big problem with the African American politicians in East Baltimore. The politicians say not to go into Hopkins with your issues, but go into the back door to get favors. The politicians have deliberately let the neighborhood go down. If SMEAC can do what it did in East Baltimore, then activists can do the same all over the City. Coalition work is important. There's the example of CPHA. Since groups are so territorial, they don't go into different neighborhoods. If group reps keep forming coalitions and work together, we can change this game! Ques: Has Johns Hopkins tried to use this "Kilo Decision"? The conservatives on the US Supreme Court voted against it; the liberals voted for it. [Recent decision which asserts the preeminence of eminent domain]. Gomez: Eminent domain allowed Johns Hopkins to use these properties. Actually, SMEAC was looking forward to this decision. If the decision was different, then there was no basis for Hopkins to stand on. The community could have moved differently. The US is all about individual land rights. You can't come and take my land. The conservatives opposed eminent domain, while the liberals supported it. How will community activists respond? Jim Kelly of the University of Baltimore wrote a legal brief for the case which looks differently at doing eminent domain as a participatory process. If people participate at the beginning, we can get at eminent domain with justice and fairness. A participatory approach is needed: Nothing can happen in this process unless the people effected are involved in the process. Ques: Are any communities taking a proactive approach to development issues? Lizzie, can you tell us a bit about the Mets stadium struggle in New York? [Lizzie] The community created an alternative development plan. They found a developer, and even found a playing field, but the deal already existed. Gomez: There's an example in Philadelphia. With SMEAC, there's a 90 acre project with 380 households to be relocated in phase I. But there is no plan for phase II and III. SMEAC says residents must be part of a participatory process. SMEAC activists walk block by block. There are abandoned blocks. Will they be demolished? Will they be rehabilitated? How will EBDI respond? Here, SMEAC with community participation, there's a prime opportunity to show an alternative, to show just how a low-income community can serve a low-income community. Ques: What are examples of success of re-development projects in the US? Harvey: Absolutely successful? No. No such example, though there are many examples of groups impacting, constraining. But shifting the balance? But, look at the interventions. Some are not noble, for example, enhancing the value of property. I have property in Hamden and have seen the values go up. We need to think in a broader context. Some project that looks successful now ... will it look successful in five years? Things are constantly shifting, games being played. The level of community action is critical, but there's never a clear victory, but an ongoing process. We get organized and make a nice urban environment. Then rich people come in and buy it. There are many examples of success in bettering the urban environment, then property speculators start moving in. You buy a house for $80,000, then five years later it sells for $200,000. Ques: Some of us were in an earlier discussion. The New Greenmount West Community group is attempting to appropriate two buildings there, in the Station North Arts District. They want to get these buildings from the City--School 32 for a community center and a factory building for a solar factory. Here's an alliance between a low-income based community group and a group of artists/activists at the Cork Factory. Rene used the word "proactive." I see these groups a attempting an alternative to gentrification. Ms. Gomez, are you aware of this struggle in Greenmount West? Do you think this a defensive or a proactive struggle? Gomez: SMEAC is aware of this struggle and has worked with Dennis Livingstone. Is it defensive? I do not think so. I think they have a little more power than the Middle East community. But the fact that there was already a plan was unfortunate. New Greenmount West is not as organized as Middle East at this point. And the community group has not done organizing from the base as SMEAC has done. This is an important question: How to take successes like SMEAC in organizing and make it city-wide, state-wide, nation-wide? Given the small numbers involved in SMEAC, how can we take what we learned and link with Greenmount West? With Poppleton? And go forward and go city-wide. We haven't been able to notch it up to city-wide because we do not have the funding. We have to do a lot of lip service to our funders. Funders do not understand the importance of notching up to the city-wide level. Ques: What is the role of the City Council? Of the media? Of The Sunpapers? Gomez: Organizing is not just the organizing of residents, but also working with government. We need to build social capital to effect change. SMEAC worked with City Council reps knowing we might need legislation for the "right to return." We tried hard, like Glenn so eloquently put it. There were three City Council reps, now there is just one for East Baltimore. We've worked with Paula Branch who has a lot of pressure on her. We've had lots of meetings with Branch and thought we were making headway, but she didn't respond. But Branch did get legislation saying that 33% of those residents who get back in Phase I have to be "low-income." But then we had differences on what the definition of "low-income" is. So, we have differences with City Council reps, but have to cultivate the relationships. The media. We did not get The Sunpapers to print what SMEAC members were saying. It's difficult to get coverage that supports us. We know that the media is supported by Hopkins. We know that the Mayor is trying to make Baltimore's image "up-and-coming" for his bid for Governor. Harvey: We can't take lightly that we have a power structure with the media embedded in it. By the same token, institutions like the media can make an impact. It's important to hammer away at them. I'm an academic and there's a saying "A bad review is better than no review at all. At least, you're on the map." So keep hammering away. I have good contacts with New York Times writers and editors, but I've had no Op/Ed piece printed yet. I've sent many articles and I've even heard "I can't print this. I'll loose my job." I've heard that Marc Steiner has been disciplined. There are alternative forums--here [at the Contemporary Museum], the Internet, "white papers", etc. There's disparities with wealth and power. It's asymmetrical. But, members of left groups in academia do get into [mainstream] professional publications. One day, we'll get into the New York Times.



Eviction hearing for Dalkeith Protest site

Scotland, 28.11.2005 15:09

The Dalkeith Country Park protest site is facing an eviction hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff court on the morning of Friday 25th November at 9:45 a.m. "We urge people to come and support us at the court," one of those involved told Indymedia. The tree-sit protest aims to halt the building of a road through the Park.

For more information:

[ Update Wednesday | Eviction Thread feature | Original Call for Support | Press Release and Directions to Treesit | Pictures of Tree-sit in Dalkeith | october feature | Save Dalkeith Park! website | Bilston Woods Protest Camp]



Judge grants immediate Eviction vs. Dalkeith Country Park Occupiers

Scotland, 28.11.2005 15:09

The judge at Edinburgh Sheriff Court granted an immediate eviction order on Friday, 25th of November, in the court case "Occupiers of Dalkeith Country Park vs. Scottish Ministers".
The occupiers were forced to represent themselves as no lawyer could be found to take on their case versus the Scottish Executive.
The sheriff officers could now move in at any time.
Campaigners ask for more people to help them by going to the protest site.



Runway to Ruin

United Kingdom, 28.11.2005 14:38

The Government is proposing the biggest single programme of airport expansion this country has ever seen. In its Aviation White Paper, published at the end of 2003, it came up with plans for at least five more runways by 2030. There could be new runways at Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and possibly Gatwick. The White Paper makes clear that even without expansion at existing airports there will be an increase in air traffic. That expansion in air traffic volume will occur even at those airports not targetted for immediate expansion. In the South Coast there are plans to expand many of the local airports, with larger terminals and more runways.



20 de Novembro: Dia da lembrança das vítimas da transfobia

Portugal, 28.11.2005 13:08

20 de Novembro: Dia da lembrança das vítimas da transfobia



Sofia: Protestos contra as bases militares americanas na Bulgária

Portugal, 28.11.2005 12:37

Sofia: Protestos contra as bases militares americanas na Bulgária



Shop Till The Planet Drops

Bristol, 28.11.2005 12:07

Buy Nothing Day & Anti-Consumption Xmas Party Shop Till The Planet Drops Maeve Keane writes: Buy Nothing Day exposes the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries - only 20% of the world population are consuming over 80% of the earth's natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage and unfair distribution of wealth. More than one billion people still don't have access to safe water; natural disasters are taking a worsening toll; and we have yet to vanquish some of the world's biggest killers-diarrhoea, malaria and AIDS...The arguments surrounding consumerism are broad and deep - while they continue we should be looking for simple solutions - Buy Nothing Day is a good place to start. Buy Nothing Day isn't about changing your lifestyle for just one day - we want it to be a lasting relationship. We want people to make a commitment to consuming less, recycling more and challenging companies to clean up and be fair. The supermarket or shopping centre might offer choice, but this shouldn't be at the cost of the environment or developing countries. Full article and Video. While Imcvol writes: Its that time of year again when we are urged to buy, consume and absorb huge amounts of products. Take a break from the xmas shopping and join Bristol Indymedia for a night of fun, frolics and free thinking. The party includes films from Adbusters (the anti-media foundation) 'A Christmas Karl', exclusive local short films on the theme of consumption and consumerism, a DJ/VJ performance from Parasite, Anakissed and Eve, anti-pass-the-parcel and a special quiz with anti-prizes! Monday 5th December @ Cube Cinema (directions). Doors open 7.30pm, party starts at 8pm. £2/3 though nobody turned away for lack of funds. Full article | Buy nothing day | Buy nothing day video (video help info here) | Anti-Consumption Xmas Party! | www.buynothingday.co.uk | www.buynothingchristmas.org |



Eğitim-Sen'e saldırı

Istanbul, 28.11.2005 08:38

"Büyük Eğitimci Yürüyüşü" ne polis saldırısı



Anti-War Demonstrators Peacefully Confront Members of St. John’s Lutheran Church Over Iraq War During ‘Christian Season of Peace On Earth’

Urbana-Champaign, 28.11.2005 06:08

Champaign, IL. Eight members of the Champaign-Urbana based Anti-War, Anti-Racism Effort (AWARE) stood Sunday morning on the sidewalk at the entrance of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Champaign with signs that included the messages “Will Christians Stand For Peace?” “Choose Life, End War,” “Is Torture A Christian Value?” and “Missouri Synod Lutherans For Life Say No to War,” while attempting to distribute literature and a letter to church leaders asking them to take a stand against the war in Iraq and bring US troops home. About half a dozen members of St. John’s Lutheran church spoke to AWARE members. Others smiled and took their literature, some shook their heads and refused their literature and still others avoided making eye contact. This is the first in a series of planned Sunday church actions by AWARE between now and Christmas.



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Really FREE Market in Christchurch

Aotearoa, 28.11.2005 05:13

Buy Nothing Day in Christchurch was a great success. The Really FREE Market held at Latimer Square yesterday was well support by the people of Christchurch.The Market ran from 10am til 4pm.As with most markets the number present fluctuated throughout the day with up to 100 visiting and participating. FOOD NOT BOMBS Cafe/BBQ was very popular with a variety of food and beverages on offer.Lentil Burgers,salad,fruit,biscuits,tea,coffee,juice and more kept the hungry crowd well feed. The market crowd was well entertained by the band"The Pickups" who have promised to support the Really FREE Market in the future. The act of sharing/Mutual Aid worked so well the Really FREE Market will become a regular event.The community spirit generated by the Market proves that it is indeed possible to come together and participate in mutual aid to meet the needs of each individual without authority,heirachy or predjudice. The Really FREE Market-Reclaiming our public spaces!!Sharing of Resources!!Having Fun!! [ Photos 1 | 2 ]



Fur Free Friday in San Francisco's Union Square

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.11.2005 04:07

On Buy Nothing Day, November 25th, animal rights activists targeted the makers and sellers of fur throughout the Bay Area and across the country. In addition to sponsoring events in 20 states, In Defense of Animals (IDA) held one of the largest local demonstrations in San Francisco. Dozens of activists demonstrated in bustling Union Square and in front of the fur and fur-trim retailers Macy's and Neiman Marcus, educating shoppers about where fur comes from. Most fur, activists reported, comes from Chinese fur farms where, due to weaker animal welfare laws, the animals are treated inhumanely and skinned alive. Foxes, minks, rabbits, raccoons and dogs and cats are raised in poor conditions and slaughtered in the name of fashion. After being skinned, the carcasses of the animals are ground up and fed back to the trapped animals.

Photos & Video

IDA's Fur Kills.org | PETA's Fur Is Dead.org

Indybay's 2004 Fur Free Friday Coverage



What about Water? Natural Resources series

Rogue Valley, 28.11.2005 03:38

FROM THE JACKSON COUNTY PACIFIC GREEN PARTY

Dear Jackson County Pacific Greens and Friends,

Join us Monday evening for our regular monthly meeting, and our third session in a series of talks about natural resources in Jackson County.

Come join our distinguished guests:

Laura Hodnett, Medford Water Commission
John Statler, Medford City Council
Robbin Pearce, Ashland Public Works
concerned citizens like YOU

in discussion about
Water Resources in Jackson County




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