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Miami, 09.12.2005 09:37


Books to Prisoners Announces Alternative Holiday Gift Program

Urbana-Champaign, 09.12.2005 07:08

Are you looking for a meaningful gift to give your friends and family this holiday season?
Why not consider buying a book to send to an inmate in an Illinois prison or jail in honor of your loved one? Urbana Champaign Books to Prisoners will use your donation to buy books to add to the Champaign County Jail Library or to send to an inmate in an Illinois prison.

Refugio político para Pascual Pichún

Argentina, 09.12.2005 07:08

Save Tookie Williams! Now is Key Time to Act!

San Diego, 09.12.2005 05:41

Now is The Key Time to Act to Save Tookie Williams:
Here are 3 things you can do...

Stories from San Diego: Tookie Must live! |ISO Discusses "Tookie" Williams’ Case

It is indeed the case that the Governor now holds the power of life or death over Mr. Williams, and the consequences of his decision will be laid squarely at his feet, whatever he decides. Attendees were urged to keep up the pressure on the Governor, whos phone number is 916-445-4633 (apparently only actually answered by humans during business hours), and whose email address is (available 24 horurs). Full contact incormation can be found at and also at

Ongoing coverage at Indymedia: Rally to Save Tookie Williams by Carl
From the Newswire: AUDIO: The Rev. James Lawson speaks at the save Tookie Rally Today || Rally: Stop the Execution of Tookie || Photos: RALLY FOR CLEMENCY FOR TOOKIE || VIDEO: Rally to Save Tookie Williams

More Coverage: Amy Goodman Interviews Tookie | "Tookie: From Chaos to Consciousness" by Mumia Abu-Jamal | Indybay features: 1 | 2 | 3 | Los Angeles | Santa Cruz | Santa Barbara | Portland

Revolutionary Soccer Club in San Ysidro

San Diego, 09.12.2005 05:41

Check us out Saturday, Dec 10th, for a full day of activities at San Ysidro

This is to remind folks of the Saturday soccer appointment. If you are down with some revolutionary progressive stuff, check us out, this saturday at 10 am, to work in colaboration with the members of the say ysidro youth squad and promote collective learning and radical proposals.

We do this, 3 saturdays a month, the first saturday of the month is holy and we do our individual all day prayer. but after that, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturday, is open to work wiht san ysidro youth and collaboratevely celebrate life and see what we can all do to help each other out.

Greenpeace using pirate radio in protest

San Diego, 09.12.2005 05:41

Yesterday activists with Greenpeace launched a banner-deploying blimp at the international headquarters of Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, California. Supplementing this action was a microradio station broadcasting on 91.3 FM, which told nearby listeners to "contact HP CEO Mark Hurd" about the company's use of toxic chemicals in its products, when safer alternative raw materials abound. It's nice to see the onsite action-based broadcast model is alive and well.

Interview with UCSD Katrina Relief Team

San Diego, 09.12.2005 05:41

dj lotu5 interviews a volunteer with a team of people going to New Orleans to help out the Common Ground Relief Clinic, which focuses on mutual aid relief efforts.

Select one of these formats to listen:

ogg vorbis | wav

More info about the Common Ground Relief Clinic here

UCSD Katrina Relief Team

FBI Raids Target Environmental Activist in NYC, Across the U.S.

San Diego, 09.12.2005 05:41

U.S - The FBI and Homeland Security agents have stepped up their campaign against anarchists and animal rights and environmental activists. On Wednesday, in New York City, 31 year old Daniel Gerard McGowan was arrested while at work. His apartment was also raided and computer and personal affects seized. His arrest is in connection with a May 2001 Earth Liberation Front
arson at Jefferson Poplar Farms near Portland Oregon. The arraignment will be at 11:00 am Thursday morning on the second floor of the Federal Court Building, which is located at at 225 Cadman Plaza East in Brooklyn.

Portland activists, Frank Winbigler and Shannon (Nonny) Urick were approached in a cafe by three FBI agents, one agent from Homeland Security, and an Oregon Sheriff. They were served with papers ordering them to be witnesses in a federal Grand Jury investigation, and were also advised that they are both targets of the same investigation. The Grand Jury is scheduled for March 16th of next year in Eugene, Oregon.

Later in the day more than a dozen FBI agents, along with Joint Terrorism Task Force and local police officers raided The Catalyst Infoshop in Prescott, Arizona. Environmental publications were seized and one of the groups founding members was arrested. The arraignment is scheduled for 10:00 am Thursday morning in Flagstaff where the federal courthouse is. Police in Arizona consider anarchists to be a terrorist threat.

Earlier in the week federal agents were asking around Boston for Daniel Andreas San Diego, who they allege is responsible for placing an explosive pipe bomb at Chiron Corp in Emeryville, California on August 28, 2003. The Chiron Corp, a biotechnology company, was a target of the animal rights campaign to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences, a company that performs cruel experiments on animals.

This most recent attack on the earth and animal liberation movements was obviously well coordinated and planned far in advance. Activists across the country have been doing what they can to protect themselves by sharing information about how to avoid dealing with authorities and developing a better security culture.
- posted by Bombs and Shields @ 1:48 AM |

Civil Society mobilises against WTO ministerial in Hong Kong

Aotearoa, 09.12.2005 04:38

#media_6033;left#Trade ministers, NGOs, and social movements are all converging on Hong Kong, China, for the 6th Ministerial meeting of the WTO (World Trade Organisation), which will take place from December 13-18th, 2005. WTO negotiations have been continuing on key controversial issues such as agriculture, services, and market access for industrial goods and natural resources. This ministerial will shape the final agreement of the Doha Development Agenda, which members hope to complete next year. A network of movement activity is bustling, with hubs including the Hong Kong People's Alliance on the WTO [ en | chinese ] and the Stop the New Round Coalition, among others.

Peasants and small farmers from the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Korea are getting organized to come to Hong Kong, mobilize against corporate globalization and present alternative proposals. Conferences, cultural events, mass mobilizations, and direct actions are being planned between December 11th-18th, with the majority of activity during The People's Action Week, opening with a Public Assembly of the movements on the 13th and closing with a mass march on the 18th.

Resistance against the WTO's neo-liberal agenda will again be felt all over the globe with protests, rallies and meetings taking place in hundreds of cities. Click on Read the full article... for a list of anti-WTO events in Aotearoa.

More Background: ARENA | ZNet | Peoples' Global Action | Global Exchange's WTO Page


Arizona, 09.12.2005 03:07

Gang Taskforce Raids Coconino High School, Intimidates Youth

Portland Tribune: Taxpayers Should Subsidize More New Roads, Houses, and Pollution

Portland, 09.12.2005 02:39

n recent weeks the Portland Tribune, particularly through articles penned by the once-progressive Jim Redden, has been serving as a vehicle of unchallenged propaganda promulgated by the Portland area's massive growth machine--which itself is owned and operated by the most influential, elite leaders in big business and new construction, such as Don Morrisette, poster boy for the Home Builders Association, Portland Business Alliance's CEO Susan McDonough, and big-business attorney Jay Waldron of Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt.

The growth machine's propaganda goes like this: It's inevitable that the region's population will keep increasing, so we have to keep creating more jobs and keep building more houses and roads in order to ensure that the region's population will keep increasing. Tacked on to this circular argument is the threat that the machine's operators have been holding over our heads, also utterly false and absurd: If we don't keep spending our tax dollars on ensuring that the region's population and consumption will keep increasing, and if we don't keep subsidizing the building of more houses, roads and other new structures, our economy and livability will suffer even more than they already have been suffering because of the last two decades of precipitous growth.

November Again Month of Many Demonstrations

Portland, 09.12.2005 02:39

Last month had a very diverse mixture of demonstrations from the ever growing military recruiting stations, to the annual protest for the closing of the School of the Americas where an estimated 20,000 held an all day rally.

As President Bush (as well as other members of his administration) traveled the country and the world, they were met with protesters in every stop. Crowds of many thousands raised their fists and signs on his tour of Asian and South American cities.

Condemn PGE--We Can Do It!!

Portland, 09.12.2005 02:39

PGE is one vote away from being condemned by the Portland City PGE is one vote away from being condemned by the Portland City Council. Sten and Leonard are both onboard. Call or email Mayor Potter and Sam Adams to let them know that you want them to condemn PGE.

PGE has been playing its coy, covert game of deceiving and ripping off Portland ratepayers long enough. This latest round of revelations on their tax ripoff is just one example of what lengths they are going to. The whole pro-growth, pro-destruction power elites in Portland and Oregon want to keep PGE out of the control of the public because they know that this could spell the downfall of the whole corporate, venture-capital, farmland grab scamming machine. But we are only one city council vote away from the City of Portland condemning PGE and thus putting it into public hands.

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PGE Seeking to Dismiss Class Action Suit For Charging Tax They Didn't Pay

In response to a class action lawsuit filed against Portland General Electric Co. (PGE) in February 2005, PGE in October 2005 announced it would remove a charge from all of its electric bills to customers in Multnomah County. That is the charge labeled "Multnomah County tax," which PGE claimed to represent the Multnomah County Business Income Tax (MCBIT) it was paying to Multnomah County. In fact, while PGE has charged ratepayers in Multnomah County over $7 million for this "tax" since 1997, PGE in fact has paid less over that entire period than a total of $4,000 to Multnomah County for the MCBIT tax, and its parent Enron has apparently paid nothing at all.

Judge John Wittmayer of the Multnomah County Circuit Court will hear argument on PGE's motions to dismiss this case on Monday, December 12, at 11:00 a.m.

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Defining &quot;Liberal&quot;

Tennessee, 09.12.2005 00:40

#media_3966;left#"Liberal" is a term that has mutated quite a bit over the past couple of hundred years, to the point where it's hard to see that it means anything at all any more. The root of the word is the Latin "liber" meaning "free." The original 19th-century liberals in Europe were mainly the new urban middle class (not working class, but professionals, like lawyers, or managers or those who made money in "trade," usually an insult if you read Jane Austin's novels). They wanted two kinds of freedom. The first was what we might now call free trade. They wanted no government regulation of just about any economic activity.

Protests escalate as work resumes at animal lab

United Kingdom, 09.12.2005 00:38

As work resumes on Oxford University's controversial new animal lab, the protests against it are becoming bigger, noisier and more determined than ever. In addition to the tightly controlled weekly Thursday demo a variety of impromptu gatherings have been taking place, skirting the injunction area and keeping the authorities on their toes.

The proposed lab follows on from an attempt to build what would have been Europe's largest primate lab in Cambridge. Meanwhile Oxford University are still avoiding an open public debate on vivisection.

[ Latest report | Work resumes ] [ Background info ] [ SPEAK campaign | Europeans for Medical Progress ]

Thousands join International Day against Climate Change

United Kingdom, 09.12.2005 00:38

December 3rd was propagated as the International Day against Climate Change. Worldwide, demonstrations and protests had been announced to coincide with the meeting of the World Leaders in Montreal. Thousands marched today as London's contribution to the International Day of Climate Protest. A wholly peaceful demonstration wound its way from Lincoln's Inn Fields, via Thames Embankment, Parliament Square (where there was a brief sit down) and Downing Street to - astonishingly - the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square.

Occupation against Hackney's gentrification

United Kingdom, 09.12.2005 00:38

A cafe in Hackney's Broadway Market has become the site of a community struggle against gentrification. The leaseholder of Francesca's Cafe at no.34, was evicted from his premises in the Summer, and the building was sold to Market House Ltd., a property development company owned by Dr. Roger Wratten, who has also acquired other properties in the Market which he intends to turn into flats. Dr. Wratten was able to snap up the properties at bargain prices, despite the fact that leaseholders of several properties, including Francesca's, had been trying to buy the freeholds for years.


Occupation in Hackney

Hackney Occupation update

Support occupation of cafe on Broadway Market



G2 article: Market forces

Libcom coverage

The Sleeping Giant Stirs - Irish Labour on the March

Ireland, 09.12.2005 00:38

Indymedia Ireland - Irish Ferries background Coverage * Photos to irishferries [at] / Texts and Phone Images to 087 7409102 * Add to Indymedia's Blog HereWe will update the front page of the site with photos and text messages sent in by readers Today, Friday December 9th, the Irish trade union movement is mobilising for a national day of action. This protest aims to defend the jobs of the Irish Ferries workers and to say no to the exploitation of immigrant labour and the race to the bottom that this type of capitalist greed will lead to. This blatant attack on workers' conditions has struck a chord with Irish workers across the country and today's demonstration promises to be the biggest Trade Union protest in decades. Demonstrations & Rallies Dublin: 1.30pm, Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square Cork: 1.30pm, Connolly Hall Galway: 2pm, Cathedral Car Park Limerick: 1pm, Mechanics Institute, Hartstone Street Sligo: 2pm, Blue Lagoon Athlone: 2.30pm, Golden Island Shopping Centre Waterford: 1.15pm, Waterford Industrial Estate Rosslare: 1.30pm, Rosslare Harbour More details available on ICTU website Help Indymedia Cover the Protest Indymedia Previous Coverage Statements & Actions in Support of Workers We will be reporting on the national day of action in support of the Irish Ferries workers. Our volunteers will be on the streets covering the march and updating our front page with breaking news and stories throughout the day. Please help us as much as you can. We need you to send us your photos and to write your impressions of the march. There are several ways in which you can get us your news as it happens. Our open-publishing form can be used, as usual, to submit your stories or add comments to an existing story By email: send your text and images to irishferries AT By Mobile Phone: Send us your text and photo updates to: 087 7409102 This dispute has been brewing for the last few months since Irish Ferries announced their plans to reflag their ships in Cyprus, fire their entire workforce and replace them with immigrant workers earning less than half the Irish minimum wage. December 7th Galway Gears Up Irish Ferries Dispute Blog December 5th National Implementation Body Attempts to Broker a Deal November 25th Irish Ferries SIPTU Members Take Unoffical Action to Repel Security Guards Meeting Report: EU Services Directive - A Race To The Bottom? November 20th Irish Ferries - Time to break the law November 4th SIPTU protest against Irish Ferries outsourcing draws thousands The action by Irish Ferries has been roundly condemned by the Left. The Taoiseach has criticised Irish Ferries but has taken no action. On the bosses' side, disgracefully, the Irish Times claimed that the Trade Unions were engaging in "macho posturing" by trying to defend their members Ógra Shinn Féin Occupy IBEC Offices All Out! Together We Can Beat Irish Ferries - Workers Solidarity Movement Report on UTV Protest in Belfast Independent TD's Press Conference Joe Higgins TD Statement - Socialist Party Student Walkout On Friday - the National Committee of School Walkouts SIPTU General Officers request every member of SIPTU to support the National Protest. We have also produced a PDF print version of the coverage on this site which you can download, print out and distribute on the march. Printflare PDF for Irish Ferries March

March &amp; Rally for the Release of Father Jean-Juste DEC 10th

Miami, 09.12.2005 00:37

March & Rally for the Release of Father Jean-Juste DEC 10th


estrecho / madiaq, 08.12.2005 23:07



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Indígenas (des)ocupam sede da FUNASA em Roraima

Brasil, 08.12.2005 22:08


Ford Bows to Radical Right

Miami, 08.12.2005 22:07

Ford Bows to Radical Right

Al-Arian Acquited On Several Charges In Blow To Patriot Act

San Francisco Bay Area, 08.12.2005 21:08

12/6/2005: A federal jury on Tuesday failed to return a single guilty verdict on any of the 51 criminal counts against former Florida professor, Sami Al-Arian and three co-defendants accused of helping to lead a Palestinian terrorist group. He remains in jail and awaits the decision of the prosecutors on whether or not to retry him on the deadlocked charges. Until his arrest, Al-Arian was one of the most prominent Palestinian academics and activists in the United States. His indictment in 2003 was hailed by then-Attorney General John Ashcroft as one of the first triumphs of the Patriot Act.
Read More On Indybay's Police State and US News Pages

March Demands Housing Access for New Orleans Residents

San Francisco Bay Area, 08.12.2005 21:08

A Community Housing Rights March was held in New Orleans on December 3rd. Report and Video | Photos People gathered at the Iberville Projects on Basin Street to march in support of the rights of residents, particularly those who lived in public housing, to return home. The housing shortage, rapidly rising rents, and the lack of sustainable government supports have made it hard for thousands of people who wish to return to their homes and rebuild their lives.

Read More On Indybay's Poverty News Page

US Labor Against the War Calls for National Anti-War Demo in DC - April, 2006

DC, 08.12.2005 20:08

[Ed: The thread includes the ongoing debate re national groups calling protests without the inclusion of DC based activists.] US Labor Against the War (USLAW) has called for a "massive broadly based national demonstration in Washington DC in April 2006, with labor playing a major role along with a wide ranging coalition of national organizations."

Simple Actions You Can Take Against Torture Today!

Miami, 08.12.2005 19:07

Simple Actions You Can Take Against Torture Today!


Cleveland, 08.12.2005 19:07

Mailk Rahim To Speak In Cleveland This Monday


Colombia, 08.12.2005 18:38

La guerra privatizada

King Political Prisoner

Houston, 08.12.2005 18:38

A Slave Has a Moral Obligation to Escape: Day of solidarity with Political Prisoners

Refugee Rights - Australian detention centre hunger strike

Perth, 08.12.2005 17:09

Asylum seeker hunger strike enters seventh week

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Thunder Bay, 08.12.2005 15:37

Injured March

Thunder Bay, 08.12.2005 15:37

Ontario Injured Workers Have Waited Long Enough!

Mexico: Até nunca, Monsanto!

Portugal, 08.12.2005 12:07

Mexico: Até nunca, Monsanto!

Ο μεταναστευτικός νόμος απαγορεύει πρακτικά τη νομιμοποίηση

Athens, 08.12.2005 11:37

Ο νέος μεταναστευτικός νόμος κατ' ουσίαν εμποδίζει ακόμα και την τυπική νομιμοποίηση των μεταναστών και επιτρέπει τη μετατροπή τους σε εύκολα θύματα της καταστολής και του ξεζουμίσματος από το κράτος, τα δικαστικά κυκλώματα και τα αφεντικά.

Κάλεσμα σε πορεία διαμαρτυρίας το Σάββατο 10 Δεκέμβρη, 3.00 μ.μ. στην Ομόνοια με αίτημα τη νομιμοποίηση όλων των μεταναστών και μεταναστριών

  • Αντιρατσιστική πορεία στο Ηράκλειο ενάντια σε πογκρόμ
  • Διαδήλωση μεταναστριών στην Αθήνα
  • Πρόσφυγες φυλακισμένοι στο Βόλο
  • Ενώ οι συνθήκες εργασίας και ζωής (ή θανάτου) των μεταναστών πάνε από το κακό στο χειρότερο.

FRSC: The Day of the Bat 2005

Santa Cruz, CA, 08.12.2005 08:09

On September 12th 2005 The California Bat Conservation Fund held The Day of the Bat at the Louden Nelson Center an informational event disspelling the myths of Earth's most unusual benifical mammal.

Each year, the California Bat Conservation Fund visits hundreds of schools, libraries, museums, and community centers to teach approximately 40,000 children, and their teachers and care givers, the truth about bats and their benefits to the human population. The Presentation consisted of a short lecture, accompanied by a slide show. Best of all, the Fund's educators are accompanied by a variety of live bats that can be seen and enjoyed up close. The four hour event was a hit with kids and adults alike opening the eyes and minds creating respect and educating people about this trully incredible and most needed animal.

I spoke with Melinda Alvarado of the San Luis Obisbo CBCF as she showed a Mexican Free tail Bat named Robert.

Audio: Download the mp3 (9:52 minutes / 9.1 MB)

[ Native Animal Rescue of Santa Cruz County || California Bat Conservation Fund || Bat Conservation International ]

Santiago: Tierras del Tarapaya

Argentina, 08.12.2005 07:38

Tierras del Tarapaya: vecinos en lucha

barrio tarapaya

Argentina, 08.12.2005 07:07

Jueves 8 de Diciembre 2005 | SE NIEGAN A DESALOJAR SU BARRIO
Tierras del Tarapaya: vecinos en lucha

Anacostia Diaries Kid Sunday Bi-Weekly Mix: A Tale of Two P Streets

DC, 08.12.2005 06:08

One of the latest theories in quantum physics is that it is possible that there are multiple, alternate, and parallel universes. The amazing thing is, that they are quite common, interrelated and can co-exist in the same dimension.

Grand Jury Targets Portland Activists

Portland, 08.12.2005 05:40

Two Portland activists, Frank Winbigler and Shannon (Nonny) Urick, were today served with papers ordering them to be a witness for a federal Grand Jury, and were also advised that they are both a target of the Grand Jury's investigation. Nonny and Frank both have a long history of human, animal and environmental activism. The Grand Jury is scheduled for 3/16/05 in Eugene, Oregon.

encontremos a Marita

Argentina, 08.12.2005 03:38

Encontremos a Marita Verón


Maine, 08.12.2005 02:07

A monthly collaborative video news reel!

Málaga no se vende ¡¡¡stop mafias!!!

estrecho / madiaq, 08.12.2005 01:07

El 26 y 27 de noviembre se desarrollaron en diversos puntos de Andalucía una serie de actos contra la especulación inmobiliaria, el caos urbanístico, y la destrucción de los medios rural y costero en la Comunidad Autónoma. El lema "Andalucía no se vende, stop mafias" aglutinó la protesta ecologista coordinada por la Red Andaluza en Defensa del Territorio (Radete), integrada por diferentes organzaciones sociales, como Ecologistas en Acción.

La ciudad de Málaga fue una de esas localidades donde se desarrollaro los actos. Así, varias decenas de personas permanecieron encerrados en la catedral de la capital provincial como seña de protesta por la degradación ambiental causada por la especulación urbanística y en defensa de un modelo de desarrollo social y ecológicamente sostenible.


Arizona, 08.12.2005 01:07

Record Year in an Escalating Crisis

Pollution for profit - we need to stop it!

United Kingdom, 08.12.2005 00:38

Nottingham has recently seen an uprising by local residents in the area of Sneinton to stop the local incinerator from expanding and to demand better recycling facilities. Last year the campaign group NAIL (Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill) was set up to stop the incinerator burning waste in the middle of the city. When owners Waste Recycling Group (WRG) submitted an application for expansion, the campainers stepped up their campaign. Last Monday over 30 people took action against the local Environment Agency. On Saturday artists and residents in Sneinton organised the 'Rubbish Day Out'. A well attended event, organised to raise awareness of the incinerator expansion and to promote recycling through interactive workshops.

See report and photos: 1 | 2

Previous actions: include a demonstration in Nottingham city centre, a banner drop (which is still going on), a protest at the WRG promotional exhibition, and a public meeting back in September. Nottinghamshire Indymedia has been working on a short film about the campaign which will be online soon.

A campaign group has also been set up in Mansfield, just north of Nottingham, where there are plans to build a new mixed waste burning unit at the Crown Farm Industrial Estate in the Forest Town area. Campaign group MAIN (Mansfield Against Incineration) has held several well attended public meetings since early summer. Mansfield MP Alan Meale gave his support to the group. Both NAIL and MAIN are supported by Greenpeace, Notts Friends of the Earth, Nottingham Green Party and CABS (Clean Air for Bakersfield and Sneinton).

Campaign groups have started all over the country, including Sheffield, where a new incinerator being build urged campaign group R.A.B.I.D. ('Residents Against Bernard Road Incinerator Damage') to get into action, with local politicians [1] [2] stating the new facility will 'put the publics health at risk'. Also, the massive enlargement of the Parkwood Landfill site, with an increase from 266,000 tonnes to 1 million tonnes a year, urged local residents to step up their campaigns. Their ongoing investigation into the proposals is raising more questions than answers. Residents are beginning to see a possible link emerging between the new massive incinerator in Sheffield, which is nearing completion, and the proposals for the enlargement of the landfill site. The expansion of the landfill site, proposed by owners Viridor Waste Management, would enable the ash from the new Bernard Roads incinerator to be dumped there. See photos.

Links: Nottinghamshire Indymedia | Sheffield Indymedia | NAIL website | R.A.B.I.D website | View planning application for expansion Nott'm incinerator | Previous feature articles on Nott'm Indymedia: [1] [2] [3] | UK Indymedia articles on incineration | Wikipedia on incineration | Links to other campaign groups in the UK.


Arizona, 08.12.2005 00:37

Breaking News: Agents raid The Catalyst Wednesday

En defensa de la educación pública y laica

estrecho / madiaq, 08.12.2005 00:07


En defensa de la educación pública y laica: MANIFESTACIÓN...


Philadelphia GLBT Activists Arrested

Philadelphia, 07.12.2005 23:38

Three members of Philadelphia Anti-Racist Action were arrested on Sunday at a peaceful demonstration in support of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender rights and reproductive freedom in Phoenixville, PA.

Ballymun Locals Take Action Against Privatisation

Ireland, 07.12.2005 23:07

Growing Resentment Surfaces As 'Gentrification' Sets In The "regeneration" of Ballymun Mick Burke reports on growing local resistance to the privatisation of Ballymun. This is the first in a series by community activists for Ireland From Below, a new newspaper reporting community struggles across Ireland (details below) This story detailing the way in which the "regeneration" of Ballymun in Dublin is turning out to be a free-for-all for private investors, property speculators, builders and landlords, at the expense of the local community is written by Mick Burke, a community activist from Ballymun. It is taken from the first issue of 'Ireland From Below', a non-profit, community newspaper written, produced and published by a voluntary collective which will report on community struggles all over the island of Ireland. Contact details for the paper are included at the end of the article. At a series of meetings with tenants in the late 1990s, Dublin Corporation set out to persuade the people of Ballymun that demolition and rebuilding were the best – and only – options for the future of the area. A Dublin suburb with the population of Sligo was to be torn down while the people were still living there; at the same time a replacement town was to be built around them. That option was at first overwhelmingly rejected by the community and only slowly accepted as part of an overall strategy for the area that was intended to change Ballymun forever – from a high unemployment, low-skill ghetto into a vibrant modern town capable of attracting investment at the same time as giving local people pride in rebuilding and reshaping their town. The regeneration programme has been underway for nearly ten years, and a different picture has emerged, one in which the profits of private investors, property speculators, building giants and private landlords are prioritised over the interests of the long-standing Ballymun community. A process of creeping privatisation is underway in Ballymun, overseen by Ballymun Regeneration Limited (BRL), a company set up by Dublin City Council as a means to subvert local democratic control in planning matters and as a smokescreen for commercial interests. Taking advantage of Ballymun’s Designated Tax Area status, these commercial interests have bought up land and property – mainly in the prime locations in the centre of the new town – while tenants and home-owners alike are being shifted into areas away from the centre of Ballymun into whatever green spaces elsewhere on the estate they can be crammed into. Those living in the older houses on the outer parts of Ballymun are seeing their community green spaces taken away to facilitate and pay for this process. In short, what was presented to our community as a process of regeneration has turned out to be one of the privatisation of public space, a process that many fear will eventually lead to the complete privatisation of council housing stock in the area. Growing local resentment came to the surface this summer when residents in east Ballymun picketed and stopped work on a site to prevent a pub being built in the guise of a community centre on Shangan Green. The perception in the Shangan area was that the community was only being given this centre/pub so as to make Ballymunners invisible. This and similar developments direct ordinary Ballymunners away from the new Main Street so they will not be seen by the gentry using the new privately-owned fitness centre or by those passing the town en route to and from the airport. After eleven weeks on the picket line, the Shangan protesters upped the ante by putting pickets on one of the central sites earmarked for development of a hotel, telling BRL head Ciarán Murray that he could take out high court injunctions against them if he wanted to. With the Rossport 5 in Cloverhill at the time, and being left in no doubt that the picketers were prepared to follow suit, BRL backed down. The success of the Shangan protesters gave impetus to the formation of an opposition group in August – Ballymun People Before Profits (BPBP). (This group is independent of other groups set up subsequently with similar names.) Tenants, corporation workers, local labour activists and environmentalists issued a call for an investigation into the economics at the heart of the regeneration and set up enquiries into related issues of town planning, health and safety, and law. For all its problems, Ballymun has always had a strong sense of social identity. This identity is being undermined by BRL’s policies, which require the clearing of the old flats as quickly as possible to make room for private developments. To do this, BRL/Dublin Corporation is resorting to the same ugly tactics used to de-tenantise Sheriff St – only on a much larger scale. Instead of moving whole blocks at a time, de-tenantising is taking place piecemeal, leaving pockets of tenants isolated on unmaintained, badly lit landings, desperate to move to whatever new housing they are offered. Young people, denied the apprenticeships, education and recreational facilities they were promised, are scapegoated for the inevitable breakdown of social cohesion and rising vandalism. In the past month BPBP’s militant site monitoring group has successfully forced contractors to comply with safe environmental practices. By involving as many people as possible in its activities they plan to turn around the disastrous effects that “regeneration” is having on the social fabric of Ballymun. * This article is reproduced from the first issue of Ireland From Below, a not-for-profit newspaper reporting community struggles across Ireland. Ireland From Below is produced and published by a voluntary collective. To find out how to get involved, or where to buy a copy, email:

70 Personas se encerraron en contra la especulación con el territorio en la provincia de Granada.

estrecho / madiaq, 07.12.2005 21:07

“Granada NO se vende, stop mafias”.

Tennessee Citizens Against AIDS Demands Full Funding of Global AIDS Fund

Tennessee, 07.12.2005 20:10

Activists Gather in Front of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist' Nashville Office to Demand $700 million to fight AIDS. Nashville, TN: Members of Tennessee Citizens Against AIDS gathered in front of the office of Senate Majority leader Bill Frist in Nashville on the eve of World AIDS day last week to send a message to the Senator to fund Global AIDS. While one activist played a funeral dirge on violin another activist read a statement to Senator Frist's aid on his White Bridge Road office, "We are here because we want to make sure that there are no Medicaid cuts. We are also here on the eve of World AIDS day because we are mourning the 8000 people every day who are dying because of this epidemic. We are asking that Senator Frist make certain to fund the $700 million dollars the Global AIDS fund is seeking this year. We demand that Senator Frist fully fund the Global AIDS fund. The year is almost over and this money is needed now to save people's lives. We want to know what Senator Frist will do." Frist' staff person did not have an immediate comment for the activists.

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