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Using Art to Save Lives

Rochester, 09.05.2006 22:07


By Willis Anderson
Contributing Journalist
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How many of Rochester's young people died from acts of violence in 2005
- something like two dozen? What are we doing to make the city safer for them in 2006? Someone once said, 'Failing to plan is automatically planning to fail.'

The Baobab Cultural Center has a plan: create a weekly forum where young people can experience culture, broaden literacy skills and have fun. Language Arts Wednesdays is held every week at the center, located at 315 Gregory St., beginning at 7:00 pm. The idea is to engage teenagers in poetry slams, freestyle competitions, singing, storytelling and other activities.



One Nation United exposed as a political front group

Oklahoma, 09.05.2006 21:38

Mainstream Media Publishes One Side of the Story op-ed Anti-sovereignty organization One Nation United recently advented its 3-year anniversary with a televised article designed to whip up sentiment against First Nations within Oklahoma. A closer look reveals that One Nation United is an industry front group, applying pressure to Oklahoma elected officials to further a selfish agenda. Anti-sovereignty organization One Nation United recently advented its 3-year anniversary with a televised article designed to whip up sentiment against First Nations within Oklahoma. A closer look reveals that One Nation United is an industry front group, applying pressure to Oklahoma elected officials to further a selfish agenda. Oklahoma- May 2006 marks the 3rd anniversary of One Nation United, and last week Tulsa Oklahoma's Channel 6 Charles Ely interviewed a One Nation spokesperson. Never before has One Nation United attracted the interest of an Oklahoma television station. And never before has One Nation extended its anti-Indian rhetoric to scare landowners that one day Oklahoma's 39 Indian tribes might take over their land or assert jurisdiction over non-Indians. The interest in conjecture is fuelled by the Tobacco PILT War, initiated in May 2005 by Oklahoma Treasurer Scott Meacham, when tobacco revenue projections in Oklahoma fell short of expectations. Ironically, Oklahoma claims that American Indian Nations have failed to fully exercise their jurisdiction over non-Indians who buy from tribal business and the smoke shops regulated by tribes-- and that Indigenous Nations in Oklahoma are violating Oklahoma laws by not collecting for the state. The controversy arose when Oklahoma compacted with various Indian Nations, and then Oklahoma voters passed State Question 713, restructuring tobacco taxation for Oklahoma convenience stores. Although SQ713 didn't apply to Indian smoke shops, it disrupted the pricing equilibrium. Smoke shops responded by buying from border smoke shops, who make payments in lieu of tax (PILT), at alower rate. It isn't illegal for a store to buy retail and then sell at a markup. So many of the American Indian Nations in Oklahoma took offense when first Meacham, and then the Oklahoma Tax Commission began to accuse them of wrongdoing. Not one to miss an opportunity, a team of Oklahoma Republicans saw this as an opportunity to agitate for a new governor, and in August 2005, Ernest Istook began edging for the Anti-Indian vote, followed shortly by Kevin Calvey, who thought the CD5 seat of Istook looked like a good step up. Calvey held hearings in November 2005 to get to the bottom of the tobacco PILT controversy, and concluded that Meacham had negotiated bad compacts and Governor Brad Henry should not have entered the compacts without the legislature's oversight. Yet, Oklahoma law reads otherwise. What, we might ask, is the link to One Nation? One Nation has been there at every opportunity to drive the wedge between Oklahoma's half-million Indian voters and Brad Henry. A visit to the website at http://www.onenationok.com in its press pages, reveals that almost every news item starts out with a criticism of the Governor of Oklahoma. Looking a bit closer, we notice that One Nation is an industry shill or front group, made up of those who compete with Tribally-owned businesses: Notably, QuikTrip, the Oklahoma Association of Convenience Stores, Oklahoma Petroleum Marketers' Association and Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. We didn't mention Farm Bureau, because when its members found out that they were being counted as the 180,000 families claimed as the racist group's membership, Farm Bureau members didn't take too kindly to the association, and it caused internal uproar which resulted in some people quitting the company, resigning their posts, etc. If you look really, really close, One Nation United is an even more insidious creature, although its IRS classification is misnomered as a 501(c)(4) social benefit organization. Its inner workings are embedded in the type of skunkworks which gave us "Swiftboat Veterans for Truth" and "Cindy, You Don't Speak For Me." Yep, the outfit was born and bred by political strategists: Cothran Development Strategies in Ada, affiliated with Wilson Research Strategies, a subsidiary of Qorvis. If you google Qorvis and spell it correctly, before long you will find them in with the "K" Street crowd, rehabilitating the image of the Saudi Royal Family in the aftermath of 9/11 and managing other political crises. One Nation United's new leader, who doesn't even live in Oklahoma, claims some credit for the California petition drive which ousted Governor Gray Davis. And that's how the big-boys come to play in Oklahoma. Compare the Oklahoma names in One Nation United's website with FEC donor records, with Open Secrets and with Follow the Money. There are some correlations between excess givers and those who speak for One Nation. Big oil politcos whose half-million apiece donations to the Bush campaign were the same folks who bought the ads which secured Tom Coburn's seat away from Brad Carson. Meanwhile, in the Tulsa television viewing area, some elder couple is now quaking in the fear that they will fall under Creek Nation jurisdiction. And because the media business operates while just skimming the surface, American Indians are portrayed yet again as the bad guys. Meanwhile, in a political boiler room some place in Oklahoma, racists are plotting yet another campaign to take a few more seats away, using fear and scare tactics and racism to win profits and power. If you'd like to stand up to it, please visit http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/128408562 and sign the Petition to keep racism out of the 2006 race. It will let One Nation United that the light of truth is shining. (Feel free to reprint and share this article). Troy Abbit is a hobby free lance journalist.  



County Split Debate Draws Valley Voters

Santa Barbara, 09.05.2006 20:08

A Partial transcript of the Measure H debate (Santa Barbara County split) held April 19 in Santa Ynez Valley.



Ruspe al CPA

Italy, 09.05.2006 19:40

Invece degli alberi tiran giù un centro sociale!



Josh Harper (SHAC7) Benefit [Spaghetti!] Dinner

Portland, 09.05.2006 19:39

Sweetpea Baking Co., Progressive Counseling, and Food Fight! are having a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, May 14th to benefit the Josh Harper (SHAC7.com) appeals fund. Come and get it. It's going to be $20, and will include salad, bread, spaghetti (your choice, with or without TVP meatballs), drink, and a dessert. All vegan of course. And the most exciting thing is, it's not going to be here at Food Fight! It's gonna be at the house in NW where SweetPea bakes. "$20!," you say, well, it was hard to pick a good price that would benefit Josh and the work put into it. Please understand.

The space is pretty limited, so if you have kids and they are big enough to sit in one of our chairs and eat their own plate of food, it'll still be the same price. If they are babies, they can come in free, but you gotta bring your own high-chair and stuff, and hopefully there'll be room to fit them near the table, and you have to share your food with them. So, Come sign up here at the store. Pay upfront please, cash or check only.

What: Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Josh Harper appeals fund
When: Sunday, May 14th, your choice of 4:00, 6:00, or 8:00
Where: 1902 NW 24th Ave. between NW Vaughn and NW Thurman
How: Sign up at Food Fight!
Price $20

[ Read More | Food Fight! | Sweetpea Baking Co. | More articles on Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty | Inside Huntingdon Life Sciences | SHAC America | SHAC7.com ]



Drowning, Not Waving

Bristol, 09.05.2006 19:08

Climate Camp Coming to Bristol Climate Camp Coming to Bristol John Vidal asks; What will happen if Britain becomes 3C warmer?...get used to wild weather. Our drains, houses, underground transport systems and temperaments can barely cope with six inches of snow, winds of more than 55mph or temperatures over 21C, but what is coming could make the great storm of 1987 seem a breeze. There will be no insurance when London is swamped, when your house crumbles into dust or you catch malaria. Yes: 3C is the point when malarial mosquitoes will be able to breed permanently in Britain...3C will be another world. No more hols in Spain, no seaside jaunts, no short breaks to New York or any of the other world's coastal cities. 3C? It's short for hell. So much for London, what about Bristol? How wet would your house be? Carrie writes: The climate camp is coming to Bristol. The camp itself will be a 10 day gathering in the north of England, from 26th August to 4th Sept. It will draw people who want to actively tackle the causes of climate chaos, learn how to live lightly and sustainably and change our lives and the communities we live in. A tall order? Not when we realise how effective grassroots change on a huge scale can be. Inspired by the eco-camp at Stirling last year, it will be a combination of workshops and direct action, autonomous and non-hierarchical. It will be what we make it! The meeting next weekend is at : Windmill Hill Community Centre, Vivian St, Windmill Hill, BS3 4LW (from 10 – 5pm both days) Full article.| CLIMATE CAMP COMES TO BRISTOL | Global warming: how wet would your house be? | www.climatecamp.org.uk | Campaign against Climate Change | Rising Tide |



Audiência pública discute situação do trabalho doméstico

Brasil, 09.05.2006 18:10

TRABALHO DOMÉSTICO



Demo at Mexican Consulate

New Mexico, 09.05.2006 18:09

Demo at Mexican Consulate in Abq in Solidarity with the People of Atenco and Texcoco



Les prisonniers d’Atenco démarrent une grève de la faim

Liege, 09.05.2006 17:38



Matan a su hija de 2 años y detienen a la Madre

Argentina, 09.05.2006 16:09

Yannet Ruiz y su desventura



Workers at Minnesota Nuclear Plant Contaminated

Madison, 09.05.2006 16:09

Airborne Radioactivity Released Into Containment Building During Outage Work - Approximately 100 workers present in the Containment Building were externally contaminated and had small intakes of radioactive material composed principally of radioiodines. Preliminary results show that radiation doses from the intakes were less than one percent of applicable regulatory limits. Workers were decontaminated to remove external contamination prior to being released from the plant. Report details below:



On &quot;high&quot; gasoline prices and shopping

Portland, 09.05.2006 16:08

On a trip I made to Italy last year, where the prices of gasoline make ours look like a bargain, I took note of some practices that we could well adopt here. Those folks don't just jump into their cars and drive to the local grocery store solo every couple of days, they SHOP-POOL. Several (3 or 4) families carefully make lists of what is needed, and they all go TOGETHER in a van every week or two to the grocery stores and buy in one trip. Makes gasoline very cheap that way. Less wear and tear on your auto. Less traffic on the streets. Not to mention the social aspects. Everyone knows their neighbors VERY well.

Common sense... If we would all would just walk a block or two, rather than start the car and burn gasoline, it would probably pay huge dividends. Saves gas, and many health benefits of walking. (I noticed there that it was very, very rare to see an overweight individual there - unlike here in the US), and their coronary disease rate is much lower. They walk, they bike, and EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE OF THEM had fruit trees and a vegetable garden. [ Read More ]



Champaign City Staff Aims to Torpedo New Public Access TV Channel

Urbana-Champaign, 09.05.2006 15:42

This Tuesday, May 9th at 7PM, the Champaign City Council will consider the future of Public Access Cable TV in our community. And although there has been considerable community support building over the past two years for the creation of a new, dedicated Public Access Cable TV channel, the Champaign city administration is mounting a surprise 11th-hour effort to dissuade the Champaign City Council from providing any support for Public Access Cable TV for perhaps the next 15 years. Instead, they are proposing a substantial funding increase to equip and staff the government-only cable channel they already run, which has no public access. A strong public turnout will be necessary at Tuesday's meeting in order to ensure community efforts to establish a new Public Access TV channel are not dashed by Champaign's city staff.



Plan de lucha de docentes universitarios

Argentina, 09.05.2006 15:40

El conflicto universitario tiende a generalizare y profundizarse



Arica

santiago, 09.05.2006 14:10

Solidaridad con los PP's Mapuche en Huelga de Hambre



Arresti a parigi

Italy, 09.05.2006 12:09

Parigi, ville galère



arresti a parigi

Italy, 09.05.2006 10:39

Parigi, ville galère



arresti a parigi

Italy, 09.05.2006 10:39

Parigi, ville galère



World Week for Animals in Laboratories at UCSF and Stanford

San Francisco Bay Area, 09.05.2006 10:08

To mark the annual World Week for Animals in Laboratories, activists in San Francisco and at Stanford University held a variety of events to bring light to the thousands of animals utilized in research facilities in the Bay Area every year. Demonstrations, talks, and exhibits were held. By educating the public and keeping pressure on the universities to operate with greater transparency, to shift funds toward alternative models of research, and to stop the most gruesome experiments, activists hope to help end what they call the pointless suffering of these exploited animals.

Read More on Indybay's Animal Liberation News Page



M�xico en pie de lucha

Euskal Herria, 09.05.2006 07:10



EN TÉLAM Y EN NOTICIAS ARGENTINAS

Argentina, 09.05.2006 06:42

Contra los despidos y por los salarios



EN TÉLAM Y EN NOTICIAS ARGENTINAS

Argentina, 09.05.2006 06:42

Contra los despidos y por los salarios



Common Ground Collective Co-Founder Malik Rahim Speaking at VBC6

Portland, 09.05.2006 05:41

Malik Rahim, founder of the Common Ground Collective that is doing relief work in areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina, will be speaking in Portland, OR as part of The City Repair Project's 2006 Village Building Convergence (VBC). The event will take place on Friday, May 19th at 8:05 pm at Disjecta (320 E. Burnside) and marks the kick off for 10 days of inspiring speakers at VBC. The event costs $15 with and optional vegetarian dinner available at 6:00pm for $5-10 sliding scale.

Malik Rahim is a former member of the Black Panthers and current member of the Green Party in Louisiana and helped found the Common Ground Collective in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans. The Algiers neighborhood was the only part of New Orleans that was not flooded and still had running water after hurricane Katrina. According to Malik, it could have held up to 40,000 refugees but local and federal officials did not move forward to help. Malik Rahim has described the the lack of organization that took place after Katrina as being a criminal act and has accused the government of deliberately ignoring the needs of lower income residents. [ Read More | http://www.commongroundrelief.org | http://www.cityrepair.org/ ]



Jornada de movilizaciones por la Libertad a Mapuches en Huelga

santiago, 09.05.2006 05:13

Jornada de movilizaciones por la Libertad a Mapuches en Huelga



Plaza de la Constitución

santiago, 09.05.2006 05:13

10 de mayo: velatón por presos políticos mapuche



Incidentes en la UFRO por la libertad a los mapuches en huelga

santiago, 09.05.2006 05:13

Incidentes en la UFRO por la libertad a los mapuches en huelga



Adhesion a la Toma del Consulado de Chile-desde Mendoza

santiago, 09.05.2006 05:13

Adhesion a la Toma del Consulado de Chile-desde Mendoza



Adhesion a la Toma del Consulado de Chile-desde Mendoza

santiago, 09.05.2006 05:13

Adhesion a la Toma del Consulado de Chile-desde Mendoza



Resistencia Ancestral

santiago, 09.05.2006 05:13

LIBERTXD O MUERTE



Brutal traslado

santiago, 09.05.2006 05:13

56 DÍAS/TEMUCO: HUELGUISTAS SON GOLPEADOS AL SER TRASLADADOS A LA FUERZA HASTA HOSPITAL



Rally for 16 UM Students facing disciplinary penalties for support of janitors' strike

Miami, 09.05.2006 04:45

Rally for 16 UM Students facing disciplinary penalties for support of janitors' strike



palama

Colombia, 09.05.2006 00:11

palma paramilitar



Feral Cat Alliance Seeks Home for Rescued Cats

LA, 09.05.2006 00:10

Feral Cat Alliance Seeks Home for Rescued Cats



Transgender Woman Assaulted by Police

LA, 09.05.2006 00:10

Transgender Woman Assaulted by Police



Round up of Mayday actions

Ireland, 08.05.2006 23:42

A week of activity starts Fri 28th, ends Sat 6th ...



america llatina (ca)

Barcelona, 08.05.2006 23:10

Brutal Repressió a San Salvador Atenco, México

>>> Cobertura especial CMI México: Web + Ràdio + Vídeo d'Atenco

Durant la matinada del passat dijous 3 de març més de 3000 efectius policials federals i de l'estat, van assetjar la comunitat de San Salvador Atenco, estat de México, i la van prendre per assalt: (...) El delicte dels Atequenses? Resistir en dignitat: oposar-se als plans del govern per a construir un nou aeroport per a la ciutat de México en les seves tradicionals terres de cultiu en canvi d'una indemnització irrisoria. [+]

>>> Per saber molt més: Indymedia México + Indymedia Chiapas + Chiapas.Pangea + Secció Llatinoamèrica



america latina (es)

Barcelona, 08.05.2006 23:10

Brutal Represión en San Salvador Atenco, México

>>> Cobertura especial CMI México: Web + Radio + Vídeo de Atenco

Durante la madrugada del pasado jueves 3 de mayo más de 3000 efectivos policiales federales y del estado, asediaron la comunidad de San Salvador Atenco, estado de México, y la tomaron por asalto: (...) ¿El delito de los Atequenses? Resistir con dignidad: oponerse a los planes del gobierno para construir un nuevo aeropuerto para la ciudad de México en sus tradicionales tierras de cultivo a cambio de una indemnización irrisoria. [+]

>>> Para saber mucho más: Indymedia México + Indymedia Chiapas + Chiapas.Pangea + Sección Latinoamérica



Fair Trade Art from Zimbabwe Makes Its Way to Boston

Boston, 08.05.2006 23:09

Socially responsible artwork from Zimbabwe makes a big impression and gives a different image of Africa. Usually the term fair trade is associated with coffee, chocolate or bananas. But how often do you hear about fair trade art? Planet Aid and Friends Forever Zimbabwe will host a three-week exhibition at the Harriet Tubman House displaying fairly traded sculptures from Zimbabwe starting May 3.



Resistencia Ancestral

santiago, 08.05.2006 22:40

LIBERTXD O MUERTE



9/11 Truth symposium to be held in LA

LA, 08.05.2006 22:39

9/11 Truth symposium to be held in LA



The Cursed Earth Garden

Ireland, 08.05.2006 21:40

In February this year, a new community garden has ...



Choose Respect! Pictures from the Community Education Speak Out Against Stree Harassment of Women and Girls

DC, 08.05.2006 19:11

DC Activists concerned with the increasing epedemic of street harasment in Washington, DC organized a Community Education Speak Out on Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 14th and Clifton Street, NW A group of 70-100 people joined together and demanded an end to this degrading behavior through community education, development of a respectful view of girls & women and much more. The program included stories from people who have been the target of street harasment, role plays on ways to respond to harasment, poetry, drumming, music, a martial arts presentation and basic self-defense training.



Grassroots radiophiles descending on Madison

Madison, 08.05.2006 19:09

WORT Community Radio will be hosting this year's Grassroots Radio Coalition conference in Madison, July 27-30. Visit www.grassrootsradio.info for details.



Mel and Floyd, May 5, 2006

Madison, 08.05.2006 19:09

The May 5, 2006 show.



Maine Social Forum Gathering Steam!

Maine, 08.05.2006 17:09

Through a series of workshops, cultural events, and plenary sessions we will discuss issues, develop and strengthen networks, and devise strategies that support peace, social and economic justice, and a safe environment. In all the areas of human endeavor - politics, economics, science and technology, culture and faith - we will attempt to show that "Another Maine is Possible."



May 9th is Final BVHP Redevelopment Vote by SF Board of Supervisors

San Francisco Bay Area, 08.05.2006 16:40

The people of Bayview Hunters Point are opposed to the Redevelopment Plan that would raze their homes and kick them off of the land on which they reside. Many of the 30,000 residents are deeply rooted, refuse to be moved, and want to develop their neighborhood themselves and determine their own destiny. 91% of the people who live in the neighborhood are people of color, wihch makes BVHP San Francisco's Black heartland. Corporate interests involved in redevelopment of the area would exile moderate- to low- income citizens and progressives who don¹t cast conservative votes, replacing them with whiter, wealthier taxpayers who vote for money-generating initiatives.

Read More On Indybay's Housing and SF Pages



Fake FIRST Pranksters Attack Fare Hikes

Bristol, 08.05.2006 15:38

40% fare increase 100% Entertainment summary The Weather Girls write: Bus passengers were deeply puzzled, and occasionally outraged on Friday, when political performance pranksters "The weather girls" carried out an elaborate hoax targeted at Bristol’s most disliked corporation, the FIRST bus group. Dressed in the recognisable pink and blue livery of the FIRST Company, complete with bogus branded name badges, several dozen fake FIRST representatives travelled on bus routes throughout Bristol. They claimed to promote a new PR campaign promising to relieve the burden of the 40% fare rise by providing "100% entertainment".Singing songs, cheer leading, and teaching on-board self defence classes the "representatives" claimed to be part of "First F.R.E.E bus": F.R.E.E standing for First Representatives Entertainment Extravaganza. The idea of the phoney campaign was to reveal the injustice of fare hikes and the absurdity of the privatisation of public services that puts profits before people. The elaborate deception included a slick corporate web site, glossy leaflets and press releases sent from an email address appearing as if they had been posted from FIRST group head quarters. A genuine FIRST employee, who asked to remain anonymous, thought that pranksters had somehow hacked into FIRST'S media communications system “the graphic design, logos and costumes were so realistic”. Full Article.| Fake FIRST Pranksters Attack Fare Hikes | Campaign Links: www.firstfreebus.co.uk | www.reclaimthebuses.org | Recent Protests: More Reclaim the Buses demo pics | Wirst employees hijack reclaim the buses rally | Buses join reclaim the bus protest | Banner drop in support of Reclaim the Buses Demo | Demonstration against First bus fare rises (sheffield indymedia) |



Atenco No Está Solo

LA, 08.05.2006 15:10

Atenco No Está Solo



Global Call to Action

Western Mass, 08.05.2006 14:12

Local activist announces new initiative. Your input requested.



Global Marijuana March

Perth, 08.05.2006 12:10

March for pot!




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