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Trawling (a.k.a. dragnetting) is an extremely destructive and common fishing technique. Dragnetting has been compared to clearcutting the ocean's ecosystems. Activists with Halifax's Ecology Action Centre (in conjunction with Living Oceans and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition) are coming to Ottawa for an action to get a moratorium on trawling to save the world's fisheries. They are seeking help from Ottawa activists to get things orgainzied here in town.
Condoleeza Rice, one of the Bush Administration's most prominent Iraq/Afghanistan occupation and Haiti coup mouthpieces is coming to Ottawa. Peace activists are responding with a call to action to confront her visit on Mon. Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at 24 Sussex Dr. (the prime minister's residence) because Paul Martin and Condi are scheduled to have dinner there. It is time once again that Canadians stand up and reject the racist “war on terror” and demand that social services such as education and medicare be given priority over military spending.
(Ottawa, October 18) OPIRG-Carleton and OPIRG-GRIPO Ottawa, in co-sponsorship with Octopus Books, the International Socialists, Journalists for Human Rights and the Human Rights Society, present an evening of thought-provoking discussion with author, journalist and foreign-policy critic William Blum on "The War on Terrorism and the Expansion of US Empire," taking place Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Theatre, Southam Hall at Carleton University. For information visit http://www.williamblumottawa.info The event is free and open to the public.
Maude Barlow and Roy Romanow will be speaking at a free public forum tonight (Fri. Nov. 4) in Ottawa, to kick-off The Council of Canadians 20th Annual General Meeting. The forum happens from 7-10 p.m. at The Westin Hotel. The Canadian government has failed to consult the public on Canada’s integration with the United States, and the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest citizen watchdog organization will not sit idly by. The gathering will examine the impact of Canada’s integration with the U.S. on the lives of Canadians.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 7:30pm: Candlelight vigil in front of Post Office Saratoga Springs Broadway and Church Streets Saratoga County – Local mothers and other concerned citizens will hold a vigil in Saratoga Springs in support of Cindy Sheehan, the mother camped out in Texas demanding that President Bush explain why he sent her son Casey to die in Iraq.
MEDIA ADVISORY - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2005 CONTACT: Doug Bullock 518-426-0883, Joe Seeman 518-583-4326 Capital Regions residents set to depart for major anti-war protest in Washington, DC on Sept. 24, kick off with “Bring ‘em Home” March & Rally in Albany on Sept. 23. More than one hundred thousand people will call for an end to the Iraq war in Washington; Hundreds will march in Albany; 60 percent of Americans say they disapprove of President Bush's handling of the war. A “Bring ‘em Home” March will begin at Friday Sept. 23rd 4pm at the Federal Building, Clinton & Pearl, march down Pearl, up State St to the Capital, & will leave from the Capital West Park at 4:30pm going up Washington Ave to Townsend park, at Central Ave & Henry Johnson Blvd. There will be a Rally at Townsend Park starting at 5pm, with speakers and performers, ending with a Candlelight vigil at 6:30pm. On Sept. 23rd 11:45pm, buses will leave from Madison & Eagle in Albany to set off for Washington, DC to join tens of thousands from throughout the country who will demand that the Bush Administration and Congress End the Iraq war and Bring the Troops Home Now!
John Malkin interviews Chris Hannah of Propagandhi on location at their Vet's Hall performance on 11-30-05 in downtown Santa Cruz.
Propagandhi is a progressive punk rock/thrash band formed in Winnipeg, Canada in 1992 by Chris Hannah, Jord Samolesky and John K. Samson.
Featuring noticable political involvement especially taking on ignored topics and standing up against human rights violations, the band's political attitude includes anti-racism, anti-imperialism, anti-fascism, anarchism and anti-capitalism. Moral and ethical attitudes include pacifism and veganism.
01/10/06 - Around 100 Santa Cruzans showed up at the City Council today to demand a denouncement and investigation into the Santa Cruz Police Department's infiltration of a local group's organizing meetings.
Far from being limited to the individuals that were spied on, protesters included former mayors, the ACLU, artists, peaceniks, high school students, UCSC Students Against War members that were recently spied on by the Pentagon, and a local man who fled fascist Czechoslovakia.
"The Santa Cruz Police Department was discovered infiltrating and conducting undercover surveillance of two of the meetings of the organizers of the Last Night DIY Parade, which was a totally peaceful, positive, and creative event in downtown Santa Cruz on New Years Eve!!..."
"This event was organized by 'just us' - 'just us' the people who live here, work here, and try to create positive and peaceful change - if this group can be spied on, so can any of the rest of our groups."
On January 17th, members of the Working Alliance for a Just Economy held a press conference to kick off the campaign to raise the minimum wage in the city of Santa Cruz. Campaigners will circulate petitions to city voters to place the initiative on the ballot to be voted on in November.
Speakers were introduced by MC David Sweet, board member of the Community Action Board, a non-profit organization working to abate poverty and its impact in the County of Santa Cruz.
Speakers included: Tim Fitzmaurice, John Briley, Emily Riley, Julian Posadas, Sharlene Cece, and Tony Madrigal. Tony repeats his comments in Spanish after his english comments. [more about the speakers...]
On January 9th, Paul Ortiz, UCSC Associate Professor of Community Studies, discussed his latest book, Emancipation BetrayedThe Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 at the Louden Nelson Center in downtown Santa Cruz.
The audio has been recorded in two parts. The first part is the presentation and the second part is Question and Answer.
January 19. 2006 - At approximately 12PM, hundreds of custodians (and their student supporters) at UC Santa Cruz skipped lunch to demand just wages.
The workers, part of the union AFSCME, recently found out that custodians at nearby colleges receive 14-30% more than they do, for the same (or less) work. Far from being a living wage, many UCSC custodians are working two/three jobs to make ends meet. This is at the same time that the UC system has raised student fees almost 80% over the past few years, and have given almost a billion dollars of executive perks for top UC employees, approximately the same amount of money as the student fee increases. Recently, Denice Denton, UCSC's Chancellor, claimed that Robert Dynes, the UC President, should be given an even higher salary. Dynes already makes more than $400,000 a year.
Meanwhile, the UC claims they have no money for the lowest-paid workers, academic programs, student initiated outreach and retention, and scores of other programs. It appears that there is not a lack of money, but a lack of decent priorities - not a budget crisis but a moral crisis.
The spirited rally, organized by AFSCME, with the support of the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice (SWCJ), is the continuation of a hard-fought struggle for the dignity of UCSC's lowest paid workers.
We are very pleased to announce that the Santa Cruz Independent Media Center's website will now be regionally integrated with Indybay.org, the website of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center. The new website address for Santa Cruz Indymedia is Indybay.org/SantaCruz.
Together, as media activists in Central and Northern California and throughout the world, we will use the tactic of Indymedia to share news and information from within the struggles for a world based on freedom, cooperation, justice and solidarity, and against environmental degradation, neoliberal exploitation, racism and patriarchy.
All the reporters, photographers, sound recorders, videographers, organizers and activists who contribute to SC-IMC's open-publishing newswire are the heart and soul of Santa Cruz Indymedia.
the policeman spies while the council does nothing a winter leaf falls in the breeze
There was a motion before the city council proposed by councilmember Tony Madrigal to request an independent investigation into police spying. The council perhaps signalled it's intentions by placing the motion on the afternoon agenda of their regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting, rather than the more well-attended evening agenda.
There were a good many public speakers raising issues with the police internal audit and calling for the independent investigation. Additionally, people called for full disclosure of any past spying and for a strong binding ordinance limiting police powers to monitor political and community groups.
The public records contain emails that show that most everyone in the police department management from Chief Howard Skerry to Deputy Chief Kevin Vogel on down to Lt. Rudy Escalante knew about the undercover officers. Additionally, there were communications to and from high-level police from the city manager's office, the downtown development association, and even Mayor Cynthia Mathews herself.
In short, the council voted again to do nothing and trust the police to police themselves. But we will not let up pressure until citizens can express their free speech and free assembly rights without fear that a cop is lurking in their midst.
Santa Cruz, CA - Members of Students Against War (SAW) met with the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Chancellor Denice Denton and other senior officials Tuesday to discuss the Pentagon spying scandal and the future of free speech on the UCSC campus.
In December of 2005, a 400-page document obtained by MSNBC revealed, amongst many things, that the Pentagon spied on 10 peaceful college protests. UC Santa Cruz’s counter-recruitment protest of April 5, 2005, organized by SAW, was the only one of these ‘incidents’ labeled both “credible” and a “threat.” It was also the only college-related ‘incident’ to be spied on by the Army’s 902nd Military Intelligence Group.
In the Tuesday meeting between students and administrators, the foremost of the concerns addressed was the possible university involvement in undercover surveillance of student activities. SAW presented the administrators with a 34-page document detailing many of the suspected incidents of covert surveillance, intimidation and first amendment violations that students had experienced on campus in the past year. Incidents ranged from police infiltration of protests and meetings to students being singled out due to their political activity. To verify these allegations, students proposed that the UCSC Administration conduct an internal investigation of campus and local officials that may have been divulging students’ personal information or releasing information on political activity to local or federal authorities. The students also sought the support of the administration in any follow-up actions.
Furthermore, SAW reiterated a request for the Administration to join the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR), currently involved in the FAIR v. Rumsfeld case, which would overturn the controversial Solomon Amendment – a law that limits the University’s ability to prevent discrimination by mandating military recruitment on campus at the risk of losing federal funding. By limiting Universities’ options, the law restricts important 1st Amendment rights.
Chancellor Denton promised to follow up on all the issues presented, which SAW members pledged to ensure.
“UC Santa Cruz has long been a bastion of freedom of speech and campus activism and we are hopeful that the administration will do everything in their power to keep it that way,“ said second-year student, Kot Hordyński, who was present at the meeting.
We buy their tomatoes, but who are they? What stories do small-scale sustainable farmers have to tell, and why does it matter? Santa Cruz author, Jenny Kurzweil began writing "Fields That Dream: Journey to the Roots of Our Food" six years ago because she felt the disconnect between herself and her food. She didn't have an agent, publisher or MFA, but she plowed ahead anyway.
The book is a thoroughly researched introduction to small-scale sustainable farming, and a fantastic read.
Kaci Elder interviewd Jenny Kurzweil about topics ranging from her inspiration for writing the book, to reconnecting to the land and the roles of race and class in food and sustainable agriculture.
The World Social Forum (or Foro Social Mundial, FSM) in Caracas, Venezuela began Tuesday 24 of January with a march of delegations and participants from all over the world. Various workshops, lectures and discussions are being held between 24 January and 29 January to collaborate and educate each other about social movements maintaining a world based on peace and justice. Rather than provide a summative article on the forum, this article will provide calls to action and resources for you or your organization to help build coalitions between the global south and global north. Foremost, this article will provide websites and contacts for action to ensure fair trade in Central America and Latin America.
While the US government and Central American governments (except Costa Rica) have agreed to “Free Trade” Agreements, a strong coalition of people in these countries continue to resist these agreements because of how these agreements will affect our daily lives. Movements based throughout the Americas work together to resist economic oppression and ensure fair trade and fair standards of living. The resources exist for us to collaborate, empower, cultivate fair trade and maintain a just and peaceful community of the Americas.
Joint Media Release from Citizens' Nuclear Information Center, Green Action and Greenpeace Japan Japanese NGOs Label Electric Utility Plutonium Utilization Plan "Fiction". Concern Raised that Atomic Energy Commission may Rubber-Stamp Plan http://cnic.jp/english/news/newsflash/rokplutherm11Jan06.html 日本語 プルトニウム利用計画」についての見解 2006年1月10日 プルサーマルに反対する市民（25団体） 電力各社が公表したプルトニウム利用計画は絵に描いた餅であり 六ヶ所再処理工場を動かせば余剰プルトニウムをさらに増大させることになる 原子力委員会は自らの責任で直ちに「妥当性なし」と判断すべきである 六ヶ所再処理工場のアクティブ試験を開始することはできない http://cnic.jp/modules/news/index.php?storytopic=11 http://www.greenpeace.or.jp/campaign/nuclear/documents/doc060110.pdf
Join the March 5th Demonstration and help other foreigners fight for:
Job security for all workers Better working environment
The right to be paid on time, not to be dismissed,
Including non-renewal of contracts without just cause
Meet at Miyashita Koen (park) in Shibuya at 2pm sharp on March 5th (Sunday) Companies like ECC refuse to cover their workers' health and pension, inviolation of the law. Even an organization like the Britiish Council, with a wonderful reputation, has a sad histroy of violating the law by denying its employees the right to decide when to take paid vacation or unemployment insurance. Respected universities like Ristumeikan have seen their workers strike over limited term contracts and lack of insurance.
Foreign (and in many cases Japanese) workers in other industries have similar job security issues, such as the treatment of workers at Delphi Automotive systems in the wake of its declaration of bankruptcy. More than 90 percent of foreign workers and 30 percent of Japanese workers are hired on fixed term contracts.Unfair dismissals and other violations of the labor law are reason to band together and demand job security for all vulnerable workers. That is why the March in March is convening in Tokyo and other cities around Japan: Simultaneous Demonstrations in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo!
Walk East from Shibuya Station along Meiji Dori toward Harajuku and when you have passed the Tokyu Inn hotel, turn left and you will see the park along the Yamanote line tracks.
Bring friends along. All nationalities, ages, races and affiliations welcome. The demonstration should be over by 5pm. Let’s march on March 5th and make a difference!
On January 24, the Snail’s Pace Collective visited Boston as part of their East Coast US tour, which includes at least fifteen cities in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee; to facilitate a workshop on the Zapatista movement. The Snail’s Pace Collective is a small group of student activists brought together as a result of their experiences in Chiapas, Mexico. They all participated in a study abroad program offered by the Mexico Solidarity Network, which is a 14-week, inter-disciplinary program focusing on the context, strategy, and tactics of Mexican social movements. As part of the program, the students attended an indigenous university for one month and participated in a Spanish language program in Zapatista territory for the reminder period of time. The life-changing experience in Chiapas is what prompted these students to share lessons learned with their immediate and larger communities.
In response to a long campaign by students, faculty, and campus workers, the University of Mary Washington's President Anderson has aggreed to raise the wages of campus employees. The campaign included the take-over of administrative offices last Spring--direct action got the goods and brought the college to the table. QUESTION: What do you think of the below announcement, IMC readers? Are you involved in a similar struggle? What's the status of your efforts? What does this mean, if anything, for the efforts to raise the minimum wage in Virginia above the 5.15/hr level set by the federal government? Please comment below and begin a discussion of strategy and tactics...
On Thursday January 26th, 2006, police opened fire on a group protesting against King Gyanendra in a resort town in western Nepal. Nepal's main political parties have announced that they will hold nationwide protests and hoist black flags on February 1st, the day the king seized absolute power last year. The announcement of the "Black Day" followed a one-day general strike called by the seven-party alliance on Thursday that paralysed the nation, shutting down offices and shops along with businesses and schools.