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NH Police Checkpoint Shenanigans

New Hampshire, 05.12.2005 05:13

Portsmouth judge Sharon Devries was stopped by a police checkpoint last October, an experience she said made her "bristle." She further is quoted as saying, "there’s also this, you know, the public relations piece of it where people are offended by arbitrarily being stopped."



Critical Mass rides on in brutally cold night-THANKS DC MESSENGERS!

DC, 05.12.2005 05:12

Last night, about a dozen riders kept the Critical Mass traditon going despite brutal cold and high winds.



Tookie Must Live!

Santa Barbara, 05.12.2005 05:11

A Santa Barbara based human rights activist deconstructs the central argument of the "howling mob demanding Tookie's execution", which is that he has not confessed and expressed contrition. The writer contends that demand runs counter to American Constitutional tradition against coerced confesssion, reminiscent of witch dunking.



Chemical weapon victims to visit Portland

Portland, 05.12.2005 04:38

Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign Tour: Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, & Education WithOut Borders, KBOO 90.7FM, PSU Multicultural Center & Students for Unity, will be hosting three Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange and their doctor, Dr. Nguyn, Trang Nh?n, Former President of the Vietnam Red Cross, representing the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin. The tour will address the medical, environmental, and legal issues associated with chemical warfare.

Date: December 7, 2005 Place: Portland State University Multicultural Center Room 222 Smith Memorial Student Union Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM



US Drug War Brings Mass Die Off of Akha in Laos

Portland, 05.12.2005 04:38

How odd that the US effort to hold my wife hostage by denying her a visa thus keeping us in exile in Laos should end up exposing the secret US Drug War in northern Laos.

In village after village poverty and disease tell the same story. For all the reports and promises of crop substitution there was little to none. Death stalks the villagers. One could say, that when they are dead, then poverty will have been "eradicated". But we don't think this is what the UN had in mind with their poverty eradication goals. Or is it? After all, it is the UNODC and the US who ran this disastrous Drug War in Laos.

Village death rates are placed at 20% in some villages. Maybe what is surprising is that it isn't higher given the hardship that has been forced on these people. The Government of Lao did its best to protect these people, while having the US Drug War forced on them, bringing about results which the Government anticipated and tried to prevent. International news stories and reports listed on this website clearly identify the causes of this humanitarian disaster, far from the international hotspots which dominate the international news.

 http://www.akha.org



Don't let Califorina kill the peacemaker

Portland, 05.12.2005 04:38

The State of California has set December 13 as the execution date for Stanley 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. Williams is a five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, four-time Nobel Literature Prize nominee, 2005 Presidential Call to Service awardee, and author of the Tookie Protocol for Peace. He maintains innocence for the crimes he was sentenced to death for, and he faced racist discrimination throughout his trial.

People around the country are taking action to stop the execution of Stan Tookie Williams, the California death row prisoner who is scheduled to be executed on December 13. From now until that date, we will send out a regular action alert to report on events held in support of Stan, let people know about efforts currently underway, and how you can get involved today.

Educators for Tookie: The Campaign to End the Death Penalty is calling on educators nationwide to sign on to the attached letter urging California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to death row prisoner Stanley Tookie Williams. The collective voice of educators can send a powerful message calling for clemency.

Download and circulate this petition and fact sheet

. Contact Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant Tookie clemency:
916-445-2841 phone
916-445-4633 fax
e-mail governor@governor.ca.gov



Help For Families Who Are Looking For Their Katrina Pets

Portland, 05.12.2005 03:38

Most animals in New Orleans died because Governor of LA Kathleen Blanco, FEMA and Mayor of New Orleans Nagin refused to let people affected by hurricane katrina to stay with their pets or to return to New Orleans to rescue their loved family pet members. At least 40,000 companion animals were murdered because of the government left them to starve to death or suffer injuries. Some pets who survived have been lost in the system because the HSUS have been so incompetent.

You can email lostinsystempets@yahoo.com or nance898@aol.com if you are sick of your recorded message on 1-800-humane-1 and even sicker of your "canned" statement letter. Read this on Craigslist about the HSUS. Around 10,000 companion animals survived despite the cruelty that the state of Louisiana and Kathleen Blanco inflicted upon them. Please let katrina survivors with missing pets know that they can look for them on Petfinder and Petharbor.



PLATRIOTA

Colombia, 05.12.2005 03:08

Plan Patriota, ¿bondades o desgracias?



sexualities (en)

Barcelona, 05.12.2005 03:07

Sex workers with red umbrella

We sex workers have rights and we want to defense them. We want to practice our job without persecution, in a safe way and without stigmatization. We demand our voice to be taken into account in the politics that affect us and that real measures be carried out to fight exploitation and abuse. The new municipal by-laws that Barcelona's city council tries to pass makes it all even worse and denies us the most basic people rights. Because of this we say loudly: we don't agree!

Give your support to sex workers

related news:prostitution: punishable activity :::download the questionnaire about incivility by-laws ::: Cynical by-law Public Hearing: Who'll complain? ::: ::: What is job for you? ::: sex workers of the world, unite pictures of October demonstration at Brussels ::: society as brothel ::: photos of gatherings against cynical by-laws+photos

Next calls :: [Dec 17] Demonstration at Universitat Sq: "El carrer és de tothom"(Streets belong to everyone) ::: [Dec 22] Gathering at Sant Jaume Sq.

more info sexualities + sexworkeurope + el carrer és de tothom (streets belong to everyone)



BARBARIAN ILLUMINATI CONCERT / KSKQ ChiliFeed

Rogue Valley, 05.12.2005 02:08

BARBARIAN ILLUMINATI CONCERT December 10, 2005
Calling all Dancers, Twirlers, Beatniks & Hipsters! Chili, Corn bread, garlic bread, soup, salad, popcorn, non-alcohol drinks & more! Food and Drink proceeds benefit KSKQ community Radio 8pm



globalització neoliberal (ca)

Barcelona, 05.12.2005 02:07

<telefónica> les multinacionals de aquí

explotació laboral_> La recolonització espanyola >< Telefonica i més en lluita per una feina digna >< Atento (telefonica) també explota >< telefónica vol expedientar a 35 dels seus treballadors al declarar una vaga il.legal >< Argentina : vaga i ocupacions de Telefonica >
lluites de poder_> World Economic Forum, qui son? >< Telefónica comprarà la britància O2 por 26.000 milions d'euros >< La Telefónica de Villalonga va destinar 900 milions a suborns a l'Argentina >
control social_> Punxades mòbils i companyies timofòniques: Drets¿? >< Rastreig telefònic mòbil. El mòbil com a GPS >
consumidor* sense drets_> telefónica discrimina el català i les llengües minoritàries >< telefónica sexista >< telefónica estafa amb els módems(notícia antiga) >< números d'informació >< timofónica >
sense oblidar_> la corrupció a la seva privatització >< Telefónica es una de les empreses de la guerra patrocinen la pau >

+info:: >>>corrupció i poder >< timofonicas.com >< timofonica.org



globalización neoliberal (es)

Barcelona, 05.12.2005 02:07

<telefónica> las multinacionales de aquí

explotación laboral_> La recolonización española >< Telefónica y más en Lucha por el empleo digno >< Atento (telefonica) también explota >< telefónica quiere expedientar a 35 trabajadores por una huelga ilegal >< Argentina : huelga y ocupaciones de Telefonica per fab >
luchas de poder_> World Economic Forum, quienes son? >< Telefónica comprará la británica O2 por 26.000 millones de euros >< La Telefónica de Villalonga destinó 900 millones a sobornos en Argentina >
control social_> Pinchazos moviles y compañias timofonicas:Derechos¿? >< Rastreo telefonico movil.El movil como gps >
consumidor* sin derechos_> telefónica discrimina el catalàn y las lenguas minoritarias >< telefónica sexista >< telefónica estafa con los módems >< numeros de información >< timofónica >
sin olvidar_> la corrupción en su privatización >< Telefónica es una de les empresas de la guerra patrocinan la paz >

+info:: >>>corrupción y poder >< timofonicas.com >< timofonica.org



Urbana-Champaign IMC: Indymedia as Social Movement

Urbana-Champaign, 05.12.2005 00:08

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center recently moved into their new home -- in Urbana's historic downtown post office. The opening, which featured the "barnraising" of a new low power FM radio station located in the building, highlighted the eclectic and engaged organizing tactics of this highly-successful IMC. The significance of their new home is not lost on the UC-IMC collective members, who are brimming with ideas on how to re-invent this natural human gathering point by and for their community. The front section of the structure will remain a post office, as it was before, so neighbors walking in will have a similar experience as in the past -- with one significant difference: where one wall of mailboxes used to be is now the newly-constructed studio window of the new low power FM radio station -- WRFU, Radio Free Urbana. WRFU is just one of UC-IMC's projects that the new building will enable to come to fruition. The Independent Media Center in Urbana-Champaign has embraced a broad definition of "media" and over the past five years has given birth to a loose network of interdependent, overlapping projects -- from art collectives to a program that sends books to prisoners; from an innovative community wireless initiative to multiple ad-hoc advocacy efforts arising in response to stories that IMC "citizen journalists" broke.



Conferencia de Prensa del Lof Paichil Antriao

Argentina, 04.12.2005 23:08



Utica's First Social Forum - December 3, 2005

Rochester, 04.12.2005 21:37

The Follwoing is an Overview of Utica's First Social Forum. On a cold Saturday morning, a devoted group of activists trekked to Utica, NY for the first Social Forum. The Forum was held at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY. Presentations addressed concerns about the Patriot Act, Gay Pride, The plight of the Oneida Tribe, Cop Watch, Democracy in Haiti, Racism and many others.



December 6th Nationwide Protests to Say College, Not Combat

San Francisco Bay Area, 04.12.2005 20:37

On Tuesday, December 6th, the US Supreme Court will begin to decide the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment, which denies federal funding for schools that don't allow military recruitment on campus in the case of FAIR v Rumsfeld. Students and activists in the Campus Antiwar Network, and many other people nationwide, will hold rallies and marches in solidarity with the counter-recruitment activists in the Supreme Court case.

In San Francisco, a rally will be held at Justin Herman Plaza (near the Ferry Building at Market St & Embarcadero) at 4:00 PM. Speakers will include Aimee Allison of Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors and the Prop I Committee, College Not Combat, the Campus Antiwar Network, and others. Local artists and drummers will play music. The crowd will then march to the Davis Street Recruitment Station at 670 Davis Street to voice its outrage. Creative acts of solidarity are encouraged and welcome.
Berkeley Stop the War Coalition will meet at 3:00 at Berkeley BART on Shattuck, and taking BART to SF to confront military recruiters.
Past Coverage Of Counter Recruitment Protests:
Berkeley ( 1 | 2 | 3 ), Oakland, San Francisco ( 1 | 2 ), Santa Cruz, Hayward, Eureka ( 1 | 2 ) and Petaluma
Indybay's Anti-War Page



December 6th Workers' Rights Hearing and March in Oakland

San Francisco Bay Area, 04.12.2005 20:37

A major labor event will take place at the First Unitarian Church in Oakland on December 6th, as a way of observing International Human Rights Day. Beginning at 5:30pm, workers from East Bay organizing drives will speak about how their rights have been violated. At 6:45, there will be a march to Oakland City Council in support of Comcast workers. The council will be considering an ordinance to protect workers' rights. Despite protections in U.S. labor law and the International Declaration of Human Rights, workers organizing on the job are routinely intimidated, harassed, and fired. More Bay Area events during the week of International Human Rights Day

| IHRD Flyer | More events on December 10th | Indybay's Labor News Page



Candlelight Vigil Against the Scheduled Execution of Stanley Williams

LA, 04.12.2005 20:08

Candlelight Vigil Against the Scheduled Execution of Stanley Williams



ACTION ALERT--Spread the word and see &quot;After Innocence&quot; Today!

Philadelphia, 04.12.2005 19:38

Just nominated to the short list to win the Oscar for best documentary film, "After Innocence" is playing this week at the Ritz at the Bourse. The run for the movie is set to end this Thursday, however, it has been so successful if people make it to the theatre it may extend another week reaching an ever larger audience. The Ritz at the Bourse is located at 4th btwn Market and Chestnut and the screenings are: 12:30; 2:45; 5:50; 7:20; 10. The 2:45 and 7:20 screenings will be followed by talkbacks and panels around prison issues. Please go and spread the word!



Cantoneiros do Porto triturados na compactadora da privatização

Portugal, 04.12.2005 19:38

Cantoneiros do Porto triturados na compactadora da privatização



Ocupação da Reitoria da UFPR já dura dois dias

Brasil, 04.12.2005 17:08

OCUPAÇÃO



voto nulo

Valparaiso, 04.12.2005 17:07

4 de Diciembre | A 7 dias del circo electoral

No hay contradicción: Su misión es Tu voto; Tu voto es Sumisión.



Kaboom!

Cleveland, 04.12.2005 16:37

Iraqi Resistance Videos Show US Troops Being Annihilated



Tribo de ìndios até então desconhecida, está sendo dízimada

Brasil, 04.12.2005 16:08

RESISTÊNCIA INDÍGENA



Two Edinburgh G8 trials collapse

Scotland, 04.12.2005 14:09

Two recent G8 court cases in Edinburgh saw the prosecution case completely collapse. Defendants were found not guilty when the Procurator Fiscal threw in the towel halfway through the trials.



Scottish Solidarity with Zapatistas

Scotland, 04.12.2005 14:09

Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group, with the help of Glasgow Zapatista Solidarity Group, is in the process of sending aid funds to Chiapas.
The majority will go towards the construction of a much needed health clinic in our twinned municipality '16 de Febrero'.
The rest was raised in response to the appeal from the Zapatistas for aid after Hurricane Stan devastated the communities in October.

More information:
[Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Campaign | Indymedia UK, Zapatista topic | Indymedia Chiapas | Indymedia Mexico, Chiapas subsection]

Older background features:
[Successful Starbucks picket | European Solidarity with Chiapas is rising | Zapatistas hit Starbucks | Painting with the Zapatista in Scotland | Aberdeen activists protest outside Starbucks | protesters picket Edinburgh and Glasgow Starbucks | Brutal murder of a well known Zapatista in Zona Norte, Chiapas | The Zapatista Struggle in Montes Azules: Biopiracy and the Trojan Horse | Mexican Army Burns Down Indigenous Village | WTO Cancun summit - Zapatista call for "rebellion and resistance"| Threats to Zapatista centre Roberto Barrios - update | Zapatistas put autonomy into practice | Edinburgh shows solidarity with Chiapas ]



Edinburgh calls out to stop Climate Change

Scotland, 04.12.2005 14:09

December, the 3rd was propagated as the International Day against Climate Change .
Worldwide, demonstrations and protests have been announced to coincide with the meeting of the World Leaders in Montreal.
In Edinburgh about 200 protesters stood up against rain, cold and Xmas shopping to protest against the environmental-hostile, carbondioxide-blasting politics of the Scottish Executive which persues increased road-building schemes, such as the M74 extension, the Dalkeith Bypass and A701 Alignment, airport extensions and others.

[ Road Schemes in Scotland | Climate Change Indymedia | Indymedia UK Ecology topic ]



Directe Actie

Oost-Vlaanderen, 04.12.2005 10:37

Discussietekst over directe militante actie n.a.v. Dendermonde en Brugge



RALLY FOR CLEMENCY FOR TOOKIE WILLIAMS

LA, 04.12.2005 08:38

RALLY FOR CLEMENCY FOR TOOKIE WILLIAMS



December 6th Nationwide Protests to Say College, Not Combat

San Francisco Bay Area, 04.12.2005 07:37

On Tuesday, December 6th, the US Supreme Court will begin to decide the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment, which denies federal funding for schools that don't allow military recruitment on campus in the case of FAIR v Rumsfeld. Students and activists in the Campus Antiwar Network, and many other people nationwide, will hold rallies and marches in solidarity with the counter-recruitment activists in the Supreme Court case.

In San Francisco, a rally will be held at Justin Herman Plaza (near the Ferry Building at Market St & Embarcadero) at 4:00 PM. Speakers will include Aimee Allison of Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors and the Prop I Committee, College Not Combat, the Campus Antiwar Network, and others. Local artists and drummers will play music. Flyer The crowd will then march to the Davis Street Recruitment Station at 670 Davis Street to voice its outrage. Creative acts of solidarity are encouraged and welcome.
Berkeley Stop the War Coalition will meet at 3:00 at Berkeley BART on Shattuck, and taking BART to SF to confront military recruiters.



Transgender Law Center Releases Guide to Bathroom Safety for Transgenders

San Francisco Bay Area, 04.12.2005 05:38

The Transgender Law Center recently released “Peeing in Peace: A Resource Guide For Transgender Activists and Allies,” a first-of-its-kind publication for transgender activists and allies. This guide will help transgender community members and allies to confront gender-based discrimination and harassment in public bathrooms. Transgender people, including people whose gender expression isn’t stereotypical, are regularly alienated from employment, education, social services, and consumer environments simply because they are prevented from using the correct bathroom or because they are harassed while doing so.

Peeing In Peace (PiP) provides information about legal rights and advocacy tools for anyone who faces this kind of discrimination. PiP also includes basic tools that can be used when advocating with employers, school administrators, government officials, and business owners to create safe bathroom access policies. PiP provides the common sense solutions that many decision makers have said that they need in order to create non-discriminatory environments. Grassroots activists will also be able to use PiP to help create bathroom safety campaigns.

Transgender Law Center | PISSR (People in Search of Safe Bathrooms)



Labor Action Alert regarding new development at 1900 West Cary St

Richmond, 04.12.2005 02:08

The development going in at Meadow and West Cary in the Fan area of Richmond is using sub-standard labor practices according to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters. Please take action. The sign says loft apartments and storefront businesses are going in at this low-come intersection. However, we are already seeing how this development is not intended to benefit the surrounding community. Please send these developers a message and call "East West Partners" at 804-739-3800.



IMC-UC: Indymedia as Social Movement

United States, 04.12.2005 01:37

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center recently moved into their new home -- in Urbana's historic downtown post office. The opening, which included the launch of a new low power FM radio station located in the building, highlighted the eclectic and engaged organizing tactics of this highly-successful IMC.

The significance of their new home is not lost on the UC-IMC collective members, who are brimming with ideas on how to re-invent this natural human gathering point by and for their community.  The front section of the structure will remain a post office, as it was before, so neighbors walking in will have a similar experience as in the past -- with one significant difference: where one wall of mailboxes used to be is now the newly-constructed studio window of the new low power FM radio station -- WRFU, Radio Free Urbana

WRFU is just one of UC-IMC's projects that the new building will enable to come to fruition. The Independent Media Center in Urbana-Champaign has embraced a broad definition of "media" and over the past five years has given birth to a loose network of interdependent, overlapping projects -- from art collectives to a program that sends books to prisoners; from an innovative community wireless initiative to multiple ad-hoc advocacy efforts arising in response to stories that IMC "citizen journalists" broke.



Women Reclaim The Night

United Kingdom, 04.12.2005 01:08

On Friday 25th November up to 600 women took to the streets of London to "Reclaim the Night" - as they marched from Soho Square to a rally at the University of London Union (see pics).

Reclaim The Night (also known as 'Take Back the Night') began in Northern England during the 1970s to protest against the fear that women felt walking in the streets at night. The action was held on 25th November, The United Nations International Day To End Violence Against Women, and was part of 16 days of activism against gender violence. The London Feminist Network was demanding a number of measures including culturally-specific counselling for women who have experienced sexual violence and for an audit of London transport safety.

An Amnesty International UK report recently revealed shockingly low knowledge about the scale of sexual violence against women in this country and worrying attitudes towards such crime. Every year there are thought to be up to 50,000 rapes in the UK. Currently only 5.6% of rapes reported to the police result in conviction.



No to Air Expansion As Climate Issue Hots Up

United Kingdom, 04.12.2005 01:08

A coalition of eco-activists, climate change campaigners and local airport residents demonstrated in London outside the gala dinner of the the world's largest aviation industry conference on Tuesday 29th November. The area was heavily policed with mounted officers and dogs and pedestrian access to Tower Bridge bridge restricted. Aviation delegates arriving at London's Tower Bridge Walkways were greeted with a noisy protest and a brief attempt to block the route of delegate coaches was made.

Reports, pictures and video: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | video

Earlier in the day it was reported that Earth First activists distrupted the aviation conference [report]. The campaigners were opposing plans to expand runways and drawing attention to the fact that aviation is one of the fastest growing cause of climate change. The actions also coincided with the begining of the UN Kyoto "COP 11 / MOP 1" Climate Conference in Montreal, Canada, which runs until 9th December [Official website | Climate Justice Convergence Centre | Climate Justice Blog]

On the same day Tony Blair's 'pro-nuclear' energy review speech was also disrupted by Greenpeace activists at the annual CBI conference [GP report | earlier Downing St. 'coal' blockade report]. Campaigners are now preparing for the International Day of Climate Protest this Saturday, 3rd December, with climate demonstrations planned in over 30 countries - see UK Details | International Info. A late summer Climate Action Camp for 2006 has also been recently announced.

Also see: IMC SouthCoast Runway to Ruin Feature (Nov 05)
Indymedia Pre-G8 2005 Climate Change Resources + Reports
SchNEWS on Nuclear Power Craze | PlanetStupid | Stop Climate Chaos Coalition | Pledge To Take Action Against Airport Expansion | Raised Voices: Climate Testimonies | Heathrow's Third Runway challenged by villagers



J.Crew Promises &quot;Fur is Out&quot;

Portland, 04.12.2005 00:08

For 11 weeks, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal's supporters, members of the In Defense of Animals group, Liberation Collective goers, and local community activists around the world have been waging a vigorous campaign against retailer J.Crew formerly known as J.Cruel during the Anti-Fur Campaign, which included a website domain named "jcruel.com", which has now been deactivated, and by capturing headlines and attention throughout the nation and also demanding that the chain stop selling fur clothing, fur trim, and fur accessories. This pressure, along with a tremendous outcry from J.Crew's own customers, who were shocked to see that the retailer was supporting the violent and bloody fur industry, paid off on November 30, 2005, when J.Crew confirmed that it will no longer sell fur.

One Local Community Organizer surveyed the local downtown Portland, Oregon, store and when asked if he needed any help, he replied, that he was having trouble finding a fur hat pictured in the catalog. The store worker which turned out later to be the local P.R. Person according to local media representatives, then said, "I know your a protestor." To which the organizer responded with a small chuckle and then some kind words of thanks for the retail chain deciding to do the right thing, and for their promptness in removing the fur from the store's public area.

read more >>

Mike D, activist detained again | Fur Free Friday Rally & March | Victory! -- J. Crew Promises "No More Fur!" | report back from Fur Free Friday and Nov 26 fur protests



Dolphins Barn And Drugs: The State Of Play Today?

Ireland, 04.12.2005 00:08

I was going out with a girl from near Dolphins barn when josie dwyer was killed . I used to pass him quite frequently , he was always on the grass outside the flats or hanging around the railings on the bridge . A pathetic sight he couldnt have weighed more than 7 or 8 stone . Before he was killed if you walked through Fatima chances are youd be approached maybe a couple of times and asked if you were looking gear . And it only takes a minute to walk through it . One guy even employed the Moore street selling technique of yelling " come get yer luvverly gear" while riding round on a mountain bike . The drugs thing was just out of control . The bird I went with attended many anti drug vigils and marches and even favoured shooting the bigger dealers dead . Last I heard of her years ago she was addicted to smoking the stuff herself - just gave up . Beautiful girl too , an awful waste . Im not surprised to be honest Josie Dwyer got thumped even though it was w This story was first published by Barry as a comment on this article: "A review of "Pushers Out: The inside story of Dublin’s anti-drugs movement" I was going out with a girl from near Dolphins barn when Josie Dwyer was killed. I used to pass him quite frequently. He was always on the grass outside the flats or hanging around the railings on the bridge. A pathetic sight - he couldn't have weighed more than 7 or 8 stone. Before he was killed if you walked through Fatima chances are you'd be approached maybe a couple of times and asked if you were looking gear. And it only takes a minute to walk through it. One guy even employed the Moore street selling technique of yelling "come get yer luvverly gear" while riding round on a mountain bike. The drugs thing was just out of control. The bird I went with attended many anti-drug vigils and marches and even favoured shooting the bigger dealers dead. Last I heard of her years ago she was addicted to smoking the stuff herself - just gave up . Beautiful girl too, an awful waste. Im not surprised to be honest Josie Dwyer got thumped even though it was wrong, especially given the company he was in. People were at the end of their tether with the rate of adddiction. What made that era particularly bad and dangerous for youngsters was the emerging rave scene which itself lead to an explosion in drug use and culture even in the middle class areas. The working class areas got hit even worse. Youngsters would go to raves and get introduced to the Es which they were assured were safe and non addictive. Sure didnt trendy types like that bollocks Anthony Wilson and others go on TV talking about how great they were. Trendy comedians joked on TV about taking them. The youngsters would be worried about going home off their faces on Es because their parents would see they were hyper. Mnay of their parents were violently anti drugs. The E dealers had a great solution to this - smoke a bit of gear and it'll wind you down before you go home. Nobody'd know any different. They assured the youngsters they couldn't get addicted through smoking the stuff, and the youngsters thought it was a world removed from the addicts with their needles who they actually looked down on. If they smoked it only once a week it took a wee while to actually get addicted so the dealers lies were actually believed by many. Those who did get addicted were thought just to have "got into the gear" of their own choice rather than have gotten addicted trying to come down off Es . What happened then was the children of people who were anti drugs became drug addicts through a popular youth culture being exploited by dealers as much as urban neglect . And because they were smoking rather than injecting it took the parents a lot longer to cop on . Although Josie Dwyer was a victim , an addict and an AIDS sufferer he was at the end of the day one of those people who were selling this stuff to youngsters and assuring them they couldnt get addicted smoking it . He was only selling to feed his own addiction but the frustration that led to him being thumped was down to his openly selling gear at all hours of the day and night . He was nearly a land mark in Fatima as he was there all the time . 99% of the time his presence evoked pity but on that night it resulted in frustration and he was seen as just another vulture. It was terrible he was killed but people need to understand the frustration and pain that the drugs caused in that community. Anyway , its been a while since I was really talking to anybody in that area . Has the Heroin addiction rate remained constant since then or is it worse now ? Or has coke/crack moved in to replace it ? Whats the story with anti drug activism in the south inner city today ? Sounds like a good book that , I'd be very interested in getting a copy. http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/dec2005/smoke.bmp



Rosa Parks Human Rights Day March

Boston, 03.12.2005 23:08

Over 500 people participated in the "Rosa Parks National Day of Absence Against Poverty, Racism and War" march that began on Dudley Street in Jamaica Plain and went all the way to City Hall in Boston flanked by two rows of police on bikes and motorcycles. The march had an impressive concurrence from the black community and was well received by people who waved, hand-gestured for peace, and honked their cars on the streets. The highlight of the day was when marchers reached Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and exchanged calls of solidarity with dozens of students hanging from windows, shouting "Rosa Parks! Rosa Parks!" but were not allowed to join the crowd. Inspirational speakers for the day included Chuck Turner, Charles Yancey, Felix Arroyo, Rev. Franklin Hobbs, Minister Rodney Muhammad, and local activists. On Oct. 26, the Boston City Council passed a 13-0 resolution in tribute to the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks' defiance to segregation in the US, and encouraged businesses and schools to close for the day of December 1st. Activists in New York, Baltimore and Detroit also organized events and hope to get a similar resolution passed in their cities.



December 4th Meeting to Plan Protest Against &quot;Walk for Life&quot;

San Francisco Bay Area, 03.12.2005 21:37

The right wing remains on the offensive despite its loss in this fall's statewide election, and will be coming to San Francisco on January 21st, 2006, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, for the second annual “Walk for Life.” A coalition that believes that "San Francisco is a reproductive rights town" will meet on Sunday, December 4th from 3:00-5:00pm in the Women’s Building in San Francisco (3543 18th Street between Valencia and Guerrero). The group plans to expand on the victory against Proposition 73 in November's election.

The goal of this meeting is to get input about ideas for the protest, and to put plans in motion for a response to the “Walk for Life.” Organizers plan to bring more people out into the street to counter the Walk for Life West Coast than the 4-5,000 who participated in 2005. Read more

More stories like this on Indybay's Women's News Page



Target Pharmacies Allow Workers to Refuse to Honor Women's Health Needs

San Francisco Bay Area, 03.12.2005 20:37

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) recently expressed outrage at the Target Corporation for misrepresenting Planned Parenthood and attempting to cover up a misguided corporate policy that denies women access to contraception. PPFA has urged Target to implement a policy that respects the rights of its customers by ensuring that Target pharmacies fill prescriptions in-store, without discrimination or delay. However, Target has announced that it would continue to embrace a policy that denies women timely access to basic health care. In response to complaints from the public, Target has questioned the veracity of a well-documented pharmacist refusal incident in Missouri and mischaracterized PPFA's attempts to address the situation. Target Timeline Prior to this refusal incident, Target ignored three requests by Planned Parenthood to clarify its national policy on pharmacists who refuse to fill valid, legal prescriptions for birth control. Some pharmacists refuse to fill prescriptions for Emergency Contraception, claiming that their religious beliefs prevent them from doing so.

Karen Pearl, PPFA interim president, said, "When the drugs needed to fill women's prescriptions are sitting on a shelf behind the counter, women should not be turned away and sent to find them at another store. If Kmart, CVS, Costco and other chains can find a way to accommodate employees while still ensuring that patients receive timely, on-site access to their prescription medication, why can't Target?"

Pharmacist refusals can jeopardize woman's reproductive health. Denying women timely access to health care is an act of discrimination that could lead to an increased number of unintended pregnancies. PPFA has an online letter that can be sent to encourage Target to fill EC and birth control prescriptions.

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Ex-Rep. Findley: “It’s Time to Exit Iraq!”

DC, 03.12.2005 18:08

On Dec. 1, 2005, at a public forum, on Capitol Hill, ex-Rep. Paul Findley (R-IL), urged President George W. Bush to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq-promptly. He offered a four point plan to that end. Findley said that his greatest fear is that Bush “will persist in his quest for a military victory.” He praised Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) for demanding an “early and complete exit from Iraq.” Findley called for ending the U.S.’ “ugly role in the killing fields of Iraq.”



An Open Letter to United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) from the Mobilization for Global Justice

DC, 03.12.2005 18:08

Congratulations on organizing a very large demonstration in Washington, D.C. the weekend of September 24-25. The numbers and the resulting media coverage and visibility were indeed impressive. Having said that, we would like to share with you some fundamental political concerns of ours with: • the manner in which the mobilization was called, • what was and what was not included in the political message, • and how that was reflected in the way in which the organizing for the demonstrations happened on the ground.



National Venezuela Solidarity Day was Friday, December 2nd

San Francisco Bay Area, 03.12.2005 16:38

The Latin America Solidarity Coalition (LASC) called for a National Venezuela Solidarity Day for Friday, December 2, 2005, the anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine. In San Francisco, there was a film screening of "Talking of Power: Sex, Race and Class in Revolutionary Venezuela" at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. In Larkspur, there was a Venezuela Solidarity Film Festival.
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An Open Letter to United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)

Portland, 03.12.2005 15:45

Dear friends in United for Peace and Justice, Congratulations on organizing a very large demonstration in Washington, D.C. the weekend of September 24-25. The numbers and the resulting media coverage and visibility were indeed impressive. Having said that, we would like to share with you some fundamental political concerns of ours with:

• the manner in which the mobilization was called,
• what was and what was not included in the political message,
• and how that was reflected in the way in which the organizing for the demonstrations happened on the ground.

A fact that was very well known to the national leadership of UFPJ - though they may deny it - is that the IMF and World Bank were meeting in Washington, D.C. the very same weekend that they called the anti-war march. By bringing attention to the IMF and World Bank meetings, we do not wish to make the claim that resisting the policies of these institutions is "more important" than demanding an end to the occupation of Iraq (and the occupations of Afghanistan, Haiti, and Palestine). The more important issue at stake here is the fundamental lack of solidarity of the leadership of important sections of the U.S. peace and justice movement with billions of poor people worldwide, overwhelmingly of color. It is imperative for that section of the U.S. peace and justice movement that works mainly on foreign policy issues to recognize that the damaging foreign policies of the U.S. are not solely about who this country bombs and occupies, but equally about who this country starves and exploits for the profit of multinational corporations. It is equally important that we recognize that exploitation extends to the environment, and that forests are clearcut, air and water polluted, and ecosystems destroyed every day to extend economic control.

The economic control of the planet for corporate profit is a central tenet of U.S. foreign policy. A failure to recognize this reality is also a serious analytical failure on the part of the peace and justice movement. We believe that this lack of vision is also self-defeating. If the U.S. peace and justice movement is serious about ending the occupation of Iraq (and of Afghanistan, Haiti, and Palestine), the movement needs to develop and internalize an understanding of the motivations for and the roots of war and occupation. The drive for imperial control of natural resources, cheap labor, and markets has been a key part of the motivation for U.S. wars and interventions for decades (some would argue, centuries), and a peace and justice movement that has a strategic goal of not merely ending this latest war but undermining the U.S. war machine in the longer term, needs to build this understanding into its actions.

"The people" are ready for a political message that links fundamental racial, economic, and gender inequalities in the U.S. with similar inequalities on a global scale, and the role of U.S. military power in maintaining these inequalities. They are ready for a political message that links economic deprivation and war with global climate change and environmental destruction. They are ready to question the role of the U.S. political and economic system in creating and perpetuating these injustices. Particularly after Hurricane Katrina, people are eager for such a message. Are the "leaders" listening?



Police Murder Man with tazer in Longview

Portland, 03.12.2005 15:45

A man, possibly a Native American man from the Cowlitz tribe, was murdered by Longview police. He collapsed and died after being tazed by them. Police in Portland have used tasers, pepper spray, and projectile weapons for everything from "crowd control" (meaning oppressing people who were attempting to exercise first amendment rights) to "having a little fun" with street kids and homeless people. Someone should let them know that these are not toys. They are painful weapons of torture, and can be deadly.

Even small town America is not safe from this onslaught. In September of this year, we were stunned and horrified to learn that a Sandy police officer and a Clackamas County Sherrif used tasers to attack an injured and severaly burned young man who urgently needed medical attention. Rather than rendering aid, the officers tased him repeatedly, until he reacted by leaping up onto a patrol car in an effort to escape the torture. At that point, they shot 27 year old Fouad Kaady to death.

I hereby give notice to the Portland Police Bureau, who monitors this site with alarming frequency in their efforts to spy on the citizens of this community, that tasers kill. Pepper spray kills. Weapons of torture KILL. You are no longer authorized by the people of this community to use these weapons, and if you persist, consider this your notification of the dangers. You will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And if you do not stop, it will be time to arm ourselves in self defense against your predations.

comment:Word has it... He wasn't naked, but apparently was mentally ill, and the staff at the Cowlitz center where he was killed had called 911 because they felt that he needed to be transported to the hospital. Instead, police responded...and killed him. He was 39 years old. I think it's time to pass some sort of law preventing pigs from responding to calls meant to help people. Emergency calls should elicit the services of paramedics, fire fighters, or others who are capable of responding to emergencies without killing people...And we need to defend ourselves.



Ma 6T va cramer

Liege, 03.12.2005 14:37



South Central Framers - Protest at Developer's Office

LA, 03.12.2005 06:38

South Central Framers - Protest at Developer's Office



sexualidades (es)

Barcelona, 03.12.2005 05:12

trabajador@s sexuales con paraguas rojo

L@s trabajador@s sexuales tenemos derechos y los queremos defender. Queremos ejercer nuestro trabajo sin ser perseguid@s, de forma segura y sin estigmaciones. Reivindicamos el derecho a tener voz y voto sobre en las políticas que nos afectan y que se lleven a cabo medidas reales para combatir la explotación y el abuso. La nueva ordenanza municipal que el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona pretende aprobar aún lo empeora todo y niega los derechos más básicos a las personas. Por eso decimos bien alto: no estamos de acuerdo!/a>

da tu apoyo a l@s trabajador@s sexuales

notícias relacionadas:prostitución: actividad sancionable :::bájate el cuestionario sobre la ordenanza incívica ::: Audiencia Pública de la Ordenanza cínica: quién se quejará? ::: ::: Qué és para ti el trabajo? :::trabajadoras sexuales del mundo, uniros fotos de la manifestación de octubre en Bruselas ::: la societat como prostíbulo :::fotos concentraciones contra la ordenanza cínica+fotos

Próximas convocatorias :: [17Dec] Manifestación Plaça Universitat "El carrer és de tothom" ::: [22Dec] Concentración Pl. Sant Jaume

más info sexualidades + sexworkeurope + el carrer és de tothom



sexualitats (ca)

Barcelona, 03.12.2005 05:12

treballador@s sexuals amb el paraigües roig

L@s treballador@s sexuals tenim drets i els volem defensar. Volem exercir la nostra feina sense persecucions, de forma segura i sense estigmacions. Reivindiquem el dret a tenir veu i vot en les polítiques que ens afecten i que es duguin a terme mesures reals per combatre l'explotació i l'abús. La nova ordenança municipal que l'Ajuntament de Barcelona pretén aprovar encara ens ho empitjora tot i ens nega els drets més bàsics de les persones. Per això diem ben fort: no hi estem d'acord!

dóna el teu suport a l@s treballador@s sexuals

notícies relacionades:prostitució: activitat sancionable :::baixa't el qüestionari sobre la ordenança incívica ::: Audiència Pública de l'Ordenança cínica: qui es queixarà? ::: ::: Què és per tu el treball? :::treballadores sexuals del món, uniu-vos fotografies de la manifestació d'octubre a Brussel.les ::: la societat com a prostíbul :::fotos concentracions contra l'ordenança cínica+fotos

Properes convocatòries :: [17Dec] Manifestació Plaça Universitat "El carrer és de tothom" ::: [22Dec] Concentració Pl. Sant Jaume

més info sexualitats + sexworkeurope + el carrer és de tothom



From the Newswire

Manila, 03.12.2005 04:09

Women Group Vows Continued Support for Subic Rape Victim, Blames Arroyo Government for 'Discouraging' Victims with Non-Pursuance of Suspects' Custody




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