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Mel &amp; Floyd, Dec 2, 2005

Madison, 07.12.2005 20:09

The Dec 2 show.



Mel &amp; Floyd, Dec 2, 2005

Madison, 07.12.2005 20:09

The Dec 2, 2005 show.



Northland College students say 'no' to Coke

Madison, 07.12.2005 20:09

Responding to allegations of widespread human rights abuses by the world's largest soft drink maker, Northland College students voted overwhelmingly Friday to kick Coca-Cola off campus.



Genocide by Attrition in Sudan with Eric Reeves

Madison, 07.12.2005 20:09

Eric Reeves discusses the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan in an interview on WORT and in a talk at the UW.



Anti-war Counter Recruitment Actions Planned for December

LA, 07.12.2005 18:39

Anti-war Counter Recruitment Actions Planned for December



ANATEL tenta invadir a Rádio Comunitária Diversidade FM

Brasil, 07.12.2005 16:08

REPRESSÃO A RÁDIOS COMUNITÁRIAS



Bancos portugueses com presumíveis ligações a grupos terroristas

Portugal, 07.12.2005 15:08

Bancos portugueses com presumíveis ligações a grupos terroristas



Freedom to Protest - Call to Action - 10th Dec - International Human Rights Day

United Kingdom, 07.12.2005 14:37

Campaigners against EDO MBM (Smash EDO), a Brighton factory manufacturing electrical weapons components for conflicts in Iraq and Palestine, have been fighting for their right to protest as EDO MBM, backed by Sussex Police, have applied for an injunction under the Protection from Harassment Act.

Smash EDO call on everyone who cares about freedom to protest to join them on Dec 10th, 12 noon, Churchill Square, Brighton.



Large Demos Globally Against Bush Admin's Climate Policy

Portland, 07.12.2005 11:38

Montreal, Dec. 3 - Saturday saw an estimated 7,000 people holding signs which read "(Bush) Wanted: for crimes against the planet", "Time is running out", and "You are not alone on this planet". They gathered at the United Nations Summit for Climate Change where the delegates are reviewing and updating the Kyoto Protocol.

Protests in solidarity with the Montreal group were held in 32 countries around the world including London where 10,000 took to the streets demanding that the US join in the effort to lower her CO2 pollution levels.



The Gates Of Hell

Portland, 07.12.2005 11:38

I have been listening to all the arguments about staying the course, leaving now, or some combination of these concepts. I have come to realize that this president has led our military to the gates-----no, not the gates, into the pits of hell. We cannot get out and we cannot stay in Iraq.

The most potent argument about bringing the troops home is that this was an illegal, immoral and ill-conceived war; it must stop now. We have spent over two thousand American lives, hundreds of billions of dollars, our reputation damaged and our country ripped apart. The cost to the Iraqis is staggering; as many as 100,000 civilians may have been killed by our invasion and the continuing battles in the cities and towns throughout Iraq. Torture, lies, corruption is at every level of the new government. Our military is overextended, we should get out now or as soon as possible. [ read more ]

related: [ past articles by the lone vet | Iraq: A Rush for the Exits | Message to the Soldier ]



report back from Fur Free Friday and Nov 26 fur protests

Portland, 07.12.2005 11:38

Approximately 100 protestors and their dogs marched in defense of fur bearing animals on Friday November 25. The march went for a mile and a half, and included stops at Schumacher Furs, Nicholas Ungar Furs, Nordstrom, Meier and Frank, Saks 5th Avenue, and J. Crew (who has only just this week agreed to stop selling fur, due to protest pressure). Protestors handed out fliers, chanted, and spoke to onlookers about the ways that animals are used and abused so that fur hags can realize their cruel vision of status and fashion.

On-lookers learned about the millions of wild animals who are trapped, drowned, and beaten to death each year for their fur. And the millions more (including mink, which, despite what the fur industry claims, are wild animals) who are kept in barren wire cages, endure extremes of temperature, lack of veterinary care, and are killed by poisoning, neck breaking, or anal or vaginal electrocution. Many westerners are surprised to learn that dogs and cats are also used for fur (although these products are generally mislabeled in the US), and about the callous practice of skinning animals alive.
(Learn more about fur and see videos at:  http://www.furisdead.com).



CA IMC list - and optional HOTNEWS box

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 09:08

Indymedia.org | Indymedia.us · Other CA IMCs: Central Valley, Santa Cruz, S.F., L.A., Santa Barbara, San Diego



Women Confronting Globalization

Portland, 07.12.2005 07:38

Latina community activists from Chile and the United States will discuss women's collective struggle for economic justice and gender equality throughout the Americas. They will discuss how the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and other free trade agreements threaten women and indigenous people's livelihoods. Margarita Plaza Vargas, a Chilean journalist, has also worked on community radio with indigenous communities in Chiapas, and has worked extensively with the FZLN, the political wing of the Zapatista indigenous rights movement. Vargas will discuss the central role women take in the innovative Chiapas movement, from their work in weaving cooperatives to assuming political leadership. Vargas will be accompanied by Christina Obreg?n, a grassroots organizer at the Mexico Solidarity Network. Obreg?n has worked alongside undocumented workers in the US in the struggle to gain civil rights, as well as with the mothers of femicide victims in Ju?rez and Chihuahua, Mexico to end impunity. She also coordinates a medical aid program for communities in Chiapas.

Wednesday December 7th, 2005, 7 PM Portland State University, Smith Student Union, Room 327

www.pcasc.net



BAIL URGENTLY NEEDED FOR L/G/B/T ACTIVIST ARRESTED, BEATEN AT DEMONSTRATION

DC, 07.12.2005 07:08

Three members of Philadelphia Anti-Racist Action were arrested today at a peaceful demonstration in support of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender rights and reproductive freedom in Phoenixville, PA. One of the arrested was badly beaten by police and had to be hospitalized. All information as to his health, whereabouts, charges, and bail is being withheld by police. The remaining two arrestees were charged with violating a provision of the USA PATRIOT Act pertaining to supplying identification to law enforcement personnel and later released.



Greens appeal for release of hostages, including Virginia member

DC, 07.12.2005 07:08

The Green Party called for the immediate release of four hostages who were seized in Baghdad on Saturday, November 26. All are members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT); one of them, Tom Fox, is a member of the Virginia Green Party. Tom Fox, 54, resident of Clear Brook, Virginia, and a member of Langley Hill Friends Meeting, has been working with CPT in Baghdad documenting human rights abuses and promoting peace. Most recently, he had been actively working to develop Muslim Peacemaking Teams in Baghdad. Mr. Fox's web log can be read at http://waitinginthelight.blogspot.com>.



Protest Against The Logging Of Nanning Creek Grove

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 07:07

Environmentalists from groups including Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters, Earth First!, Humboldt Forest Defense, EPIC, We Save Trees and R.A.N. assembled in front of Senator Feinsteins's downtown office to protest against the logging of Ancient Redwoods in the Nanning Creek Grove. Photos

Nanning Creek Grove, one mile east of the logging town of Scotia, is the largest unprotected stand of primeval redwood forest in the world. It contains old-growth trees up to 15 feet in diameter standing over 300 ft tall, likely to be thousands of years old. Of the two million acres of original Redwood forests that existed when California gained statehood in 1850, less than three percent remain today.
Read More On Indybay's Environment Page



Protest Against The Logging Of Nanning Creek Grove

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 06:08

Environmentalists from groups including Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters, Earth First!, Humboldt Forest Defense, EPIC, We Save Trees and R.A.N. assembled in front of Senator Feinsteins's downtown office to protest against the logging of Ancient Redwoods in the Nanning Creek Grove.

Photos | Bay Area Coalition For Headwaters



Protest Against The Logging Of Nanning Creek Grove

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 06:08

Environmentalists from groups including Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters, Earth First!, Humboldt Forest Defense, EPIC, We Save Trees and R.A.N. assembled in front of Senator Feinsteins's downtown office to protest against the logging of Ancient Redwoods in the Nanning Creek Grove.

Photos | Bay Area Coalition For Headwaters



Bill O'Reilly Heard on KNEW Suggesting that Coit Tower Should be Blown Up

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 05:08

On November 8th, Bill O'Reilly went on KNEW-910AM and used the public airwaves to condone a terrorist strike on San Francisco. He suggested that Al Qaeda specifically blow up Coit Tower - which is dedicated as a memorial to fallen firefighters. O'Reilly said, "And if Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not gonna do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You wanna blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead." These comments were roundly criticized by Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisors Daly and Peskin, John Hanley (President of the San Francisco Firefighters Union Local 798), local journalists at KRON, the SF Chronicle, CBS-5, and many community activists.

Media activists feel that this is one more reason why people should take action now to deny KNEW's license renewal. This can be done by going to http://www.bethemedia.org to print, sign and mail an Informal Objection to the FCC and the Station Owner before November 30, 2005. These letters can help to make the FCC aware of Clear Channel/KNEW's pattern of broadcasting anti-American hate speech on the public airwaves. The Be the Media Website also has sample letters and background about struggles against Clear Channel.

Read more | Why Bill O'Reilly Hates San Francisco
Osama Bin O'Reilly Issues Fatwa Against San Francisco: Photos | Video



December 6th Workers's Rights Hearing and March in Oakland

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 05:08

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

Alameda Labor Council website | More info about International Human Rights Day and violations of workers' rights | IHRD Flyer | More events on December 10th



Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 05:08

Sunday, November 20th was the 7th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, and it was observed in over 250 locations worldwide. These events briought to light the violence against transgendered people that occurs every day. Gwen Smith, who founded the event, points out that the trans community is not small or powerless. In the last two years, GLSEN and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network have worked with the Remembering Our Dead project over the last two years. As a result of this collaboration, over one hundred of the events will be held at high schools across the US. The Remembering Our Dead Project exists to honor individuals murdered as a result of anti-transgender hatred and prejudice, and draw attention to the issue of anti-transgender violence. Remembering Our Dead is a project of Gender Education and Advocacy, Inc. Press Release

Some local events:
UC Berkeley: A commemoration of the lives lost due to transphobia took place on November 17th at noon on Sproul Plaza’s Mario Savio steps.
UC Davis: Trans Action Week started on November 15th, with events to educate people about transgender legal issues, gender policing in public restrooms and general problems within the transgender community. The Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial concluded the series on Friday at 7 p.m. in MU II. LGBT Resource Center
San Francisco: The event on Sunday started at the San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, at 6:30 pm, with a march up Market Street, through the Castro, and ending at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy. A memorial event featuring speakers and performers was held at the Academy beginning at 7:30 p.m. Photos
The South Bay Transgender Day of Remembrance was held on Sunday, November 20th at 3:00 p.m. at the Billy DeFrank Center. The event included activists from the trans community, a member of Gwen Araujo's family, a slideshow called "Transfigurations: The Making of a Man," and a dance presentation. Read more

There were also events in San Diego, Los Angeles (Report and Photos), and many other cities



December 8th People's Clemency Hearing for Stanley Tookie Williams

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 05:08

On December 8th, Governor Schwarzenegger will hold a clemency hearing for Stanley "Tookie" Williams with defense lawyers, Los Angeles County prosecutors and other involved parties. The Governor has set a 30-minute time limit for each side to argue its position on clemency. He did not hold this type of meeting for either of the clemency petitions that he has rejected (those of Kevin Cooper and Donald Beardslee). The governor has the authority to commute a death sentence to life without parole. The importance of this hearing grew this past week when the California Supreme Court refused a request by lawyers for Williams to reopen the case. The People's Clemency Hearing for Stanley Tookie Williams will take place on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento at 10:00am on December 8th (note time change). Flyer

There will be rallies and screenings in cities all over the country this week and next.
On December 6th in San Rafael, there will be a film screening and discussion about death row and the death penalty, at 7 pm at the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, 1520 Grand Ave., corner of Grand and Acacia Streets.
In Berkeley on December 6th, there will be a panel discussion about clemency for Tookie. One of the speakers will be exonerated California death row inmate Shujaa Graham. The event will take place at 7pm at UC Berkeley, in 101 Moffit.
December 7th, a delegation of "Educators for Tookie" who signed a letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger calling for clemency for Stan will meet at 12pm on the steps of the State Capitol Building before going in to deliver their message.
On December 11th, internationally-known anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean will speak at a 2:00pm ACLU event in San Francisco.
On December 12th, the Walk for Abolition begins at the Palace of Legion of Honor in San Francisco at 7 am and ends at the gates of San Quentin Prison around 6 pm. There will be a vigil at San Quentin until Williams's scheduled execution just after midnight.

Democracy Now's Interview with Stanley Tookie Williams | Sparing the Crips Founder: The Fight to Save Stanley "Tookie" Williams, by Matt Gonzalez | SaveTookie.org | NCADP's Petition



International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners on December 3rd

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 05:08

December 3rd, 2005 was the first International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners. There were a number of events in the Bay Area and internationally during the week before and including that date. 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 including Palestine, the Philippines, Haiti, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, England, India, and the U.S. marked December 3rd with rallies, marches, and other forms of resistance.

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 – women and men who were part of the American Indian Movement (AIM), the Black Panther Party, MOVE, the Puerto Rican Independence movement and the white anti-imperialist movement, who were fighting for self-determination and social justice in the sixties and seventies. 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. CAPS points out that the same system that has kept these people in prison for over three decades criminalizes and incarcerates over 2 million people in the United States today.

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

There was a Day of Action on Friday, December 2nd at the Oakland Federal Building from 12pm to 2 pm. People hung banners over the 101 Freeway in San Francisco on Friday morning to remind commuters about the hundreds of political prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay for four years without charges. Photos A Day of Solidarity took place on Saturday, December 3rd at the First Unitarian Church in Oakland. This latter event included Kathleen Cleaver (former Black Panther) and Alicia Rodriguez (former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner.) Also on December 3rd, a video screening was held in Sacramento, at 5pm at SOL Collective - Arts & Cultural Center.

The week was sponsored by 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.

Read more about political prisoners and the International Day of Solidarity | California Anarchist Prisoner Solidarity | Bay Area Jericho Movement Statement



Teach-ins, Day of Action Demands Clemency for Stanley &quot;Tookie&quot; Williams

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 05:08

Death Penalty Focus called for November 14th through 21st to be a Stanley Tookie Williams "Teach-In Week" for teachers, youth organizers, and youth ministries.

On November 18th, Cindy Sheehan, Peter Camejo, Barbara Becnel and Todd Chretien spoke at an event called Turning the Tide Against the War in Iraq and at Home, at UC Berkeley. Photos

A Save the Peacemaker Rally was held on Saturday, November 19th from 10am to 12pm at San Quentin in Marin. Hundreds of people attended. Speakers included rapper Snoop Dog, Fred Hampton Jr., representatives of the Nation of Islam, religious forces, and grassroots anti-death penalty activists from across the California.
Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | Enemy Combatant Radio provided a live broadcast of the rally.

One of Tookie's lawyers has filed a brief challenging evidence presented in the 1981 murder trial in hopes of postponing the scheduled execution. The 82-page document, which was filed with the California Supreme Court, attacks forensic firearms analysis presented by the prosecution, and suggests that faulty evidence led to Williams' convictions for killing in the three 1979 deaths for which he was convicted. Text of the brief

Stanley "Tookie" Williams has been sentenced by the state to die on Tuesday, December 13th at San Quentin State Prison. He has been nominated several times for Nobel Prizes in Peace & Literature -- for his anti-violence, anti-gang work and nearly a dozen intervention books about gang life. The film "Redemption" stars Jamie Foxx as Mr. Williams. At the premiere for his most recent film, Foxx was asked his reaction to the execution date. December 13th is Foxx's birthday. He is reportedly asking the Governor for a present: clemency for Stanley "Tookie" Williams. Supporters of Williams are asking people to write letters to the governor to request that he grant clemency and save Stanley "Tookie" Williams' life.
"Stop the Execution" PSA and Statement from Tookie

Death Penalty Focus is calling for November 14th through 21st to be a Stanley Tookie Williams "Teach-In Week" for teachers, youth organizers, and youth ministries. Topics that could be discussed during the teach-in week include: gangs, drugs, peer pressure, redemption, civic responsibility, forgiveness, rehabilitation and the death penalty. DPF has developed materials to assist you with the "Teach-in" including: a short biography of Stanley Williams, Stanley's protocol for peace, his apology for co-founding the Crips, his letters to youth, excerpts from his books and sample lesson plans on the death penalty. "Teach-in" materials (pdf) | Read more

Wednesday, November 30th will be "Cities Against the Death Penalty and Global Day of Action." Throughout the world, more than 100 cities will illuminate a symbolic monument as a demonstration of their opposition to the death penalty, including Santa Cruz, CA. Protests against the scheduled execution of Stanley Williams are being organized to coincide with this global day-of-action. Cities will include: Rome, Tokyo, Lyon, Brussels, Barcelona, Florence, Venice, Buenos Aires, Austin, Madrid, Dallas, Antwerp, Vienna, Naples, Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Reggio Emilia, Bogotà, Santiago de Chile and more than 100 others. More information on how to involve other cities | More upcoming anti-death penalty events

Campaign to End the Death Penalty's November 30th Organizing tips | SaveTookie.org



March Against MUNI Service Cuts and Fare Hikes

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 05:08

The Day Labor Program, Social Strike, Muni Fare Strike, and various other community organizations have called for people to come together on Thursday, November 10th for a march and rally. Critics of the city's public transportation system point out that increased fares and reduced ridership continue to work against MUNI's purported goals of reducing budget shortfalls. The cost of living is greatly for working people and poor residents of San Francisco, as exemplified by PG+E's announcement that California gas prices will be much higher this winter, with likely corresponding increases in costs of other necessities.

People will gather at 4:00pm on Thursday at 24th and Mission Streets and march to City Hall for a rally across from the Mayor's office. The Mexican Bus will be at 24th and Mission for seniors and those who are unable to march the entire distance. Social Strike is encouraging people to bring pots, pans, noisemakers, and signs and banners. Read more

Past Indybay Coverage of the MUNI Social Strike | Muni Fare Strike | MUNI Social Strike | Coalition for Transit Justice | Day Labor Program



Target: Boredom, Suburban Insurrection on a Friday Evening

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 05:08

A Reclaim The Streets Party was held on Friday, May 20th in Palo Alto. Partygoers met at Lytton Plaza at University Ave. and Emerson at 8pm. Photos: 1 | 2 Report: 1

From the RTS Callout:
Our everyday lives are fucking boring. From where we work to when we sleep, when we go to school and where we play, every aspect of our lives is beyond our control. We have to work, to shop, and to go to school to survive, but these repetitive activities deprive us of what make us really alive: freedom, creativity, spontaneity, adventure, excitement, and love. Our cities are planned to keep us content, isolated, and passified - we want excitement, community, and revolt! When was the last time you danced like no one was watching - when was the last time you ran like it really mattered?"


Flyer for RTS | Palo Alto RTS Web Site



March Against War &amp; Empire - June 25 - Palo Alto

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 05:08

Updates from Palo Alto:
10:20pm: Things are quieting down in Palo Alto according to reports. No arrests have been reported at this time.
9:05pm: Police pepper sprayed a woman on the sidewalk. There are 10 womyn sitting in the street (University Ave). Police are getting closer to protesters and "about to surround them," according to reports. Police declared "unlawful" assembly in a public plaza.
8:48pm: Police declared protest to be "unlawful". Caller reports police to possibly be pointing out an arrest.
8:43pm: Police on horseback, blocking protest in front of shopping district in downtown. Protesters dancing in street with a nice sound system.
8:00pm: Reports of heavy police presence, including many riot cops.

On Saturday June 25, there was an Anarchist-organized anti-war march in Palo Alto. At 7pm, several hundred people gathered at Lytton Plaza in downtown Palo Alto (University Ave. at Emerson 2 Blocks from Palo Alto Caltrain) for the start of the march.
Organizers of the event issued a statement before the march saying, "We will march against imperialist war, invasion, and occupation; against Bush and his corporate interests; against empire and against the systemic war machine. This is the new face of the anti-war movement. After a strong peak at the beginning of the invasion of Iraq and a two year ebb, the movement is again building momentum. But the movement is also growing louder, angrier, and more radical. As the occupation drags on with more and more casualties each day, popular outrage is growing, and with it popular support for the movement through which it is expressed."
Read More | Photos: 1 | Video
Anarchist Action | Event Announcements: 1 | 2 | Anarchists talk about demonstration | More Anti-war Protest Coverage



Huge Peninsula Anti-War March

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2005 05:08

2/1: In the largest peace demonstration ever seen on the San Francisco Peninsula, five thousand people rallied and marched against war on Iraq. The rally and march was organized by the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center.
Photos: 1 | 2



SB Activist Shocked to Learn of Death

Santa Barbara, 07.12.2005 04:07

A first person account from an activist hours after learning of the death of Andy Stephenson, who campaigned against Black Box Voting Machines. The writer knew Andy personally, and reports that, sadly, right wingers still float the lie that Andy's death is a hoax.



Luces

Colombia, 07.12.2005 02:08

Defensa de la Universidad Nacional



Links

Oost-Vlaanderen, 07.12.2005 00:37

Linke Linkse Links



Nuevas REPATRIACIONES de Menores Extranjeros Sin Garantías

estrecho / madiaq, 07.12.2005 00:07

No más violaciones de los derechos fundamentales de l@s niñ@s inmigrantes.

Las organizaciones que suscriben este comunicado quieren poner en conocimiento de la sociedad, por su gravedad, la realidad de las repatriaciones de menores extranjeros no acompañados, tras haber sido devueltos el día 16 de noviembre de este año a Marruecos al menos 4 chicos, que estaban tutelados en Residencias de acogida de la Comunidad de Madrid.



Lincoln Place residents evicted with two-minutes warning

LA, 06.12.2005 23:38

Lincoln Place residents evicted with two-minutes warning



Thanksgiving Camp Casey anti-war protest in Crawford, Texas

San Francisco Bay Area, 06.12.2005 23:07

Returning from his China getaway, Bush has again been met outside his ranch near Crawford, Texas by people from across the state and country, demanding an immediate end to the US occupation of Iraq.

Renewing the Camp Casey protest vigil in central Texas, a dozen anti-war activists challenged the county’s recent laws against camping or parking on the side of any public road. Those arrested included Daniel Ellsberg, former diplomat Ann Wright, and DeDe Miller, Cindy Sheehan’s sister. They are charged with trespassing and obstructing the road. They were sitting in the ditch along a county road, and no obstruction occurred. Each of these Orwellian criminal misdemeanors carries a possible 180 in jail, and a $2,000 fine.

Reports With Photos: Nov. 26th | Nov. 25th | Nov. 24th | Past Photos From Crawford



Bill Would Let Medical Marijuana Patients Include Medicinal Use as Part of Defense

San Francisco Bay Area, 06.12.2005 23:07

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Raich case earlier this year, which permits the federal government to continue arresting and prosecuting medical marijuana patients and their caregivers-- even in states where medical use of marijuana is permitted-- U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) and his bipartisan co-sponsors have re-introduced legislation to that would let medical marijuana defendants have the right to tell the truth in court.

H.R 4272, officially dubbed “The Steve McWilliams Truth in Trials Act”, guarantees medical marijuana defendants the right to introduce evidence demonstrating that the marijuana-related activities for which they stand accused were performed in compliance with State law regarding the medical use of marijuana. In addition, the bill specifically limits the government’s ability to seize assets – including medical cannabis plants. Americans for Safe Access is encouraging people to contact their member of Congress to urge him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 4272. Read more

Steve McWilliams was a medical marijuana patient and activist who died earlier this year. He had apparently overdosed on the medications that he had been given in place of the marijuana that he had been denied since his 2002 arrest.



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

San Francisco Bay Area, 06.12.2005 23:07

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.

The Truth About Target | Fill My Pills Now has survey results of the policies of top pharmacy chains about filling birth control prescriptions



Fundraiser for Chiapas Delegation

San Diego, 06.12.2005 22:08

This is a funraiser to send a San Diego delegation to Chiapas. All proceeds will go to this cause and will stay in the autonomous communities. Voz Alta, Dec 16th, 7 pm., 10 dlls.

But keep in mind that it's not about 'helping' the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, but about building bridges of solidarity between the struggle of zapatismo for land and liberation and the struggles in our own community against Poverty wages, unfair evictions, border patrol and police brutality, budge cuts on education, the War, etc.

Past stories on Zapatistas: Two Zapatista Events in SD | Reports from Rebel Territory



Fiesta en Solidaritat

Argentina, 06.12.2005 22:08

Fiesta en Solidaritat



IndymediaEH: nuevas herramientas �Colabora!

Euskal Herria, 06.12.2005 22:08



Zimbabué:Polícia esmaga marcha do Dia Mundial da Luta contra a Sida

Portugal, 06.12.2005 21:38

Zimbabué:Polícia esmaga marcha do Dia Mundial da Luta contra a Sida



Bill Would Let Medical Marijuana Patients Include Medicinal Use as Part of Defense

San Francisco Bay Area, 06.12.2005 21:37

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Raich case earlier this year, which permits the federal government to continue arresting and prosecuting medical marijuana patients and their caregivers-- even in states where medical use of marijuana is permitted-- U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) and his bipartisan co-sponsors have re-introduced legislation to that would let medical marijuana defendants have the right to tell the truth in court.

H.R 4272, officially dubbed “The Steve McWilliams Truth in Trials Act”, guarantees medical marijuana defendants the right to introduce evidence demonstrating that the marijuana-related activities for which they stand accused were performed in compliance with State law regarding the medical use of marijuana. In addition, the bill specifically limits the government’s ability to seize assets – including medical cannabis plants. Americans for Safe Access is encouraging people to contact their member of Congress to urge him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 4272. Read more

Steve McWilliams was a medical marijuana patient and activist who died earlier this year. He had apparently overdosed on the medications that he had been given in place of the marijuana that he had been denied since his 2002 arrest.



Pacific Lumber Begins Logging Old-Growth Redwood Grove

San Francisco Bay Area, 06.12.2005 21:07

A group of concerned local citizens and environmental groups have written to Pacific Lumber asking the company to suspend logging in an ancient forest until the community can raise the funds to buy a grove they consider priceless.

Nanning Creek Grove, one mile east of the logging town of Scotia, is the largest unprotected stand of primeval redwood forest in the world. It contains old-growth trees up to 15 feet in diameter standing over 300 ft tall, likely to be thousands of years old. Of the two million acres of original Redwood forests that existed when California gained statehood in 1850, less than three percent remain today.

Activist Julia Butterfly Hill said, "I risked my life every day for over two years to protect Luna and three acres around it. There are hundreds of trees as big or bigger than Luna in this forest. Every one of them should be protected."

Cindy Allsbrooks, whose son David Chain was killed while trying to protect ancient trees in 1998 said, "It is disheartening to hear about plans for more old growth to be chopped down. I sincerely hope that negotiations can take place to discuss a financial agreement to purchase the grove before it is too late. I believe we are obligated to at least try."

Video Read more: 1 | 2
Background on the "Bonanza" Logging Plan:1 I 2 I 3



Settlement Reached in Case of Cau Tran

San Francisco Bay Area, 06.12.2005 21:07

The legal saga of Bich Cau Thi Tran ended last Tuesday with the announcement of a $1.8 million settlement of a federal lawsuit. Over two years ago, Tran, a petite 25 year-old Vietnamese woman, was shot and killed in her kitchen by a San Jose police officer. In exchange for the payment of the settlement to Tran's estate, all claims against officer Chad Marshall, former police chief William Lansdowne, then-assistant police chief Tom Wheatley, and current Chief Rob Davis will be dropped with no admissions of liability. The settlement was reportedly reached after two mediation conferences. The city council approved the $1.8 million payment Tuesday, The agreement had to then be submitted to U.S. District Court Judge James Ware for approval.

The settlement is believed to be one of the largest of its kind in Northern California. The payment was to include $800,000 that will be invested in an annuity for Tran's two sons; $200,000 for housing or to be used as a down payment for a home for the boys; $630,000 in attorney's fees; and money for Tran's parents and previous attorneys. Read more

Concern for Tragedy, or All Talk and No Walk by independent reporter Junya | Previous Indybay coverage of the Tran case



Eureka Recruiting Center Shut Down

San Francisco Bay Area, 06.12.2005 21:07

On November 18th, the Eureka Military Recruiting Center was shut down for the day by approximately 200 protesters. Present at the protest were students, peace groups, Buddhists meditating for peace and people young and old who are disgusted with Bush’s war for oil. Participation in this sparsely populated area was high, partly in protest of police brutality and the arrest of four cyclist on route to an earlier war protest. Like the earlier protest, a CHP helicopter brought in from Redding circled overhead and police used scare tactics with the presence of rubber bullet weapons and tear gas launchers. No arrests were made but at least 6 harassment citations were given to protesters for such things as riding a bicycle on the sidewalk and obstructing traffic. Read More
Past Coverage Of Eureka Anti-War Protests: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8



Death Penalty Appeals

Miami, 06.12.2005 20:37

Death Penalty Appeals



Prescott Made Me Do It

Arizona, 06.12.2005 20:37

New Record Label Highlights Prescott Punk Scene



Back From NOLA-MORE HELP IS NEEDED!

Arizona, 06.12.2005 20:37

Prescott College Students Return From Thanksgiving Relief Efforts in New Orleans



Back From NOLA-MORE HELP IS NEEDED!

Arizona, 06.12.2005 20:37

Prescott College Students Return From Thanksgiving Relief Efforts in New Orleans



CPT's Tom Fox, now a captive in Iraq, was a graduate of Chattanooga High School

Tennessee, 06.12.2005 20:08

The Chattanooga Times Free Press carried a page one article on Tom Fox, one of the four Christian Peacemaker Team captives in Iraq, noting that had attended Chattanooga High School in the 1960s. The newspaper’s article is summarized here. Included as well is a CPT post of Fox’s reflection, “Why We Are Here,” written the day before he was abducted. I had trained with two of the CPT Chicago corps at Training for Change in Philadelphia during a 4-day workshop on Nonviolent Third Party Intervention, have visited with CPT’s Hebron team in the West Bank as well as a team in Chiapas, Mexico, and know the U.S.-Canadian group to be courageous and extraordinarily principled. Fox’s thoughts and story reflects this courage and principled strength.



Montagne esclaviza a inmigrantes bolivianos

Argentina, 06.12.2005 20:08

Martes 6 de Diciembre 2005 | SERVIDUMBRE Y ASOCIACION ILÍCITA EN TALLERES TEXTILES
Montagne esclaviza a inmigrantes bolivianos




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