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City Drops Lawsuit Against Journalist Jamie Kalven—Bond Case Settled

Chicago, 07.01.2007 02:08

The Hyde Park Herald reported on December 20th that the City of Chicago had dropped its lawsuit against local journalist and community organizer Jamie Kalven. Kalven was being subpoenaed by the City for his notes and materials regarding a police brutality case on the South Side of the city.

Kalven wrote about and interviewed Diane Bond, a Stateway Gardens resident, who was repeatedly sexually assaulted and harassed by police in what the lawsuit against the City calls a “pattern of abuse” that started sometime in April 2003 and ended sometime in March 2004. His writing is featured on a website that documents life in Chicago’s public housing called The View from the Ground and his story about Bond can be found in a 17-part series called “Kicking the Pigeon”.

On December 15th, City lawyers and Bond’s lawyer, Craig Futterman, reached a tentative settlement that awarded Bond $150,000 in damages and subsequently ended the City’s lawsuit against Kalven.

Chicago Indymedia Coverage: Journalist Resists City Subpoena | Chicago Community Journalism Project Returns, Faces Subpoena

Additional Information: From the Invisible Institute: Bond Case Settled | Hyde Park Herald .pdf: City Drops Lawsuit Against Local Journalist | Restoring the View | Chicago Reader: He Walks the Line



Pinnalce Group LLC New York's Evil Empire?

NYC, 07.01.2007 01:08

I saw it firsthand yesterday. Walking into a building with a friend and community activist of the area that is owned by the Pinnacle Group LLC, I saw the conditions that tenants are living in within the Morrison-Soundview Avenues area of the Bronx. The Pinnalce Group owns an entire strip of buildings not far from the 6 subway train stop. What is being done to the tenants of these buildings must end. The former Attorney General seems to have been investigating and I hope that investigation will continue under the new Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.



Demonstration in Solidarity With Mapuche Struggles

NYC, 07.01.2007 01:08

Nearly a dozen people demonstrated outside of the Astor Place Benetton store in NYC two days ago. After angrily entering the store and being kicked out, the demonstrators set up a picket outside of the Benetton. Flyers were distributed and conversations started with shoppers, with the aim of disrupting business.



Indymedia launches new Alternatives site

Western Mass, 06.01.2007 23:09

The "Alternatives" working group of Indymedia (an international network of over 150 autonomous, non-profit, collectively-organized, volunteer-run local independent media centers, www.indymedia.org) invites you to join us in the formation of a global "Alternatives Independent Media Center!" The "Alternatives IMC" will both gather content about all the great things people are doing to create a better world (pioneering alternative social structures, economics, education, energy, etc.) and to provide a place for people organizing these projects working on these projects to connect with each other to do practical, world-changing work. We invite you to check out information at '"https://docs.indymedia.org/view/Global/IndymediaAlternatives" and to become part of the project.



Western Mass Indymedia Workshop &amp; Film Screening Saturday, January 13

Western Mass, 06.01.2007 23:09

A special screening of the new documentary ((i))



Martial Law in Baja, Mexico!

San Diego, 06.01.2007 21:08

De-facto martial law now exists in the northwest corner of Baja state. Over 3,000 troops and federal officers have moved into the region, disarming the entire 2,300 Tijuana police force. Check points on the major roads and highways are manned by armed, nervous, young men with dark skins (the poor, mostly indigenous youth, are the few who can't buy their way out of compulsory military service).

As my lover (a Mexican national) and I drive through check-points, with machine guns pointed at our heads; as we walk the city streets swarming with armed troops, stopping people at will, we are saddened for the future of this wonderful country. The brutality of militarization, unleashed against peasants in Atenco, then workers, teachers and the poor in Oaxaca, has now come north. Young soldiers from Durango can now look across the fence at young soldiers from the California national guard.



Memorial Planned for Local Activist Eric Weinberger

Boston, 06.01.2007 18:08

Boston, Mass--Eric Weinberger, a lifelong activist and organizer in the civil rights, anti–nuclear, and anti–war movements, died on December 15, 2006. Eric was best known in Boston for his work with Food Not Bombs, an organization which provides free food to the hungry year–round in public parks. Eric will be remembered by many people for many things, but throughout it all he carried himself with dignity and an extreme humbleness. He devoted his entire life to working for justice, easing the hardships of others, and serving as a mentor and inspiration to many younger activists.



Zianon-Hop

Belarus, 06.01.2007 16:37



In der Wüste ausgesetzt: Hunderte Flüchtlinge aus Marokko abgeschoben

Germany, 06.01.2007 13:39

Mehr als 250 AfrikanerInnen aus dem subsaharischen Afrika wurden am 23.Dezember 2006 von der marokkanischen Polizei in verschiedenen Vierteln der Hauptstadt Rabat verhaftet. Unter den Festgenommenen sind Frauen und Kinder, Flüchtlinge und Asylsuchende. Danach wurden sie in sechs Bussen nach Oujda an der algerischen Grenze gebracht, begleitet von Armee. Gegen 11 Uhr abends überquerten die Busse die Grenze an verschiedenen Stellen und die MigrantInnen wurden in der Wüste ausgesetzt (Details im Text).Bei den Abschiebungen wurden mehrere Frauen vergewaltigt, darunter mehrere Schwangere, von denen eine ihr Baby verlor. Protestiert bei der EU und den marokkanischen Botschaften!

Siehe auch: "Massenabschiebungen aus Marokko" | "Marokko: Neue Massenabschiebung" | "In der Wüste ausgesetzt: Hunderte Flüchtlinge festgenommen und aus Marokko abgeschoben"



Audio of Anarchist John Zerzan @ Laughing Horse Books

Portland, 06.01.2007 08:08

Tonight, more than a hundred people showed to see anarchist John Zerzan speak at Laughing Horse Books. John Spoke for over just half an hour, sharing books he recommended, and reading from some prepared material with the crowd. Afterward there was a give and take Q&A for about an hour an a half.

The bookstore became so full as the talk continue that about two dozen people had to be turned away at the door due to the lack of any room what so ever (not even standing room was left). For those of you who missed out here is an audio recording from start to finish.



Covering their faces in order to be seen

NYC, 06.01.2007 06:08

The Chiapas-based rebels open an autonomous village to international visitors.



2nd Annual South Florida Radical Activist Conference. January 5-7

Miami, 06.01.2007 00:37

2nd Annual South Florida Radical Activist Conference. January 5-7



ΚΡΑΤΙΚΗ ΚΑΤΑΣΤΟΛΗ

Athens, 05.01.2007 23:38

Η δίκη των 3 που κατηγορούνταν για τις ασπίδες



Taking back the land at Desert Rock site on the Dine (Navajo) ReZ

Portland, 05.01.2007 23:38

So yea it been crazy...so much to process, so much. This land is magical and powerful, it is aslo being stripped of its natural beauty by corporate criminals. We are going to break through the police baracade today. The police are set up at the proposed site for the Desert Rock Powerplant (it would be yet ANOTHER coal fired one).

There is so much happening for us right now...the pollution is out of control, like seriously, I have never in my life seen anything like this. It makes me sad beyond descripton. Native, Indigenous Peoples land is being desacrated by white corporate amerikkka.

The Dine (Navajo) people live around these phenemonial mountains and surrounding desert. When we were about 100 miles from the ReZ my comrades told me to look up ahead. What I seen was these huge mountains that streched from East to West, taking up most of the forefront horizon. The thing is is that I could hardly see them becasue of the smog that they were (are) covered in...I mean smog like you would expect to see in LA or NYC, not the middle of the desert in NM.



TakeBackTheLand Update: Shantytown Support Grows

Miami, 05.01.2007 23:37

TakeBackTheLand Update: Shantytown Support Grows



Critical Mass Miami: Bike Ride on Saturday January 13th

Miami, 05.01.2007 23:07

Critical Mass Miami: Bike Ride on Saturday January 13th



Dublin Launch of 'Our Story – the Rossport Five'

Ireland, 05.01.2007 18:09

Norway Book Tour Planned The Rossport Five were ba ...



Medford Rally Jan 6, 3000 Dead Memoriam

Rogue Valley, 05.01.2007 16:09

IN MEMORIUM: 3,000 US DEAD IN IRAQ
A MEDFORD PEACE ACTION TO HONOR US SOLDIERS KILLED IN IRAQ
AND TO URGE OUR GOVERNMENT TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW

This Saturday, January 6, there will be a memorial gathering in honor of the 3,000th American soldier in Iraq and all who have died in that tragic war, held on the perimeter of the Rogue Valley Mall in Medford beginning at 1:00 pm near the Shell service station and the northwest corner of the mall property. As of News Years Eve, 2006, 3,000 US service personnel have died in the Iraq War.



Abandonados no deserto: Milhares de refugiados presos e deportados em Marrocos

Portugal, 05.01.2007 09:09

Abandonados no deserto: Milhares de refugiados presos e deportados em Marrocos



LA &quot;PACA&quot; COMPARECE PARA DENUNCIAR EL DESALOJO DE LOS TALLERES ARTESANALES DE LA CALLE CASTELLAR

estrecho / madiaq, 05.01.2007 09:07

Despues del ultimo cambio de propietario, hoy jueves han llegado las cartas de desalojo para los artesanos del corral de artesanos de Calle Castellar.

El viernes 5 de enero, a las 10:30 horas en la plaza Virgen de los Reyes, la Plataforma de Artesanos/as del Casco Antiguo (P.A.C.A.) comparecerá aprovechando el VI Mercado Navideño de Artesanía para denunciar el incumplimiento de los acuerdos por parte del Ayuntamiento ya que han recibido unas 20 cartas en las que se les comunica el desalojo de los talleres de la calle Castellar. Los artesanos y artesanas presentes en el VI Mercado Navideño de Artesanía manifestarán así mismo su apoyo a la preservación de este espacio de interés artístico y cultural para la ciudad y denunciarán públicamente el "regalo de reyes" del Ayuntamiento.



3,000 dead dolsier from Spring

Houston, 05.01.2007 04:38

Spring native Dustin Donica is 3,000th US Soldier to die in Iraq



Banner dropped in Hart building while protestors demand impeachment and end to war.

DC, 05.01.2007 04:09

While World Can't Wait and other groups protested in Upper Senate park, 12 people broke away and dropped a banner INSIDE the Hart Senate Office Building.



Oklahoma Wiki launched

Oklahoma, 05.01.2007 03:08

Online encyclopedia intended to be a place for alternative perspectives on OK history and culture All Oklahomans are encouraged to participate in Oklahoma Wiki. This is a new project that I’m kicking off, mostly because I’m sick of the editor-fascists at Wikipedia who all too often decree in their infinite wisdom that content isn’t worthy enough to merit an article (one notable example lately was an article that several local folks contributed on to tell about Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform). If there is any topic related to Oklahoma that you want to tell the world about, please login to the new wiki and post. I am requiring that contributors must login to post, but otherwise it is wide open for anyone to work on. Also in time, I hope that Oklahoma Wiki could be ran through consensus-decision making processes, either as part of the Oklahoma Indy Media Center project or as a seperate but complementary collective. All Oklahomans are encouraged to participate in Oklahoma Wiki. This is a new project that I’m kicking off, mostly because I’m sick of the editor-fascists at Wikipedia who all too often decree in their infinite wisdom that content isn’t worthy enough to merit an article (one notable example lately was an article that several local folks contributed on to tell about Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform). If there is any topic related to Oklahoma that you want to tell the world about, please login to the new wiki and post. I am requiring that contributors must login to post, but otherwise it is wide open for anyone to work on. Also in time, I hope that Oklahoma Wiki could be ran through consensus-decision making processes, either as part of the Oklahoma Indy Media Center project or as a seperate but complementary collective.



End Torture and Detainment: Protest in DC, January 11

DC, 05.01.2007 02:10

Thursday January 11, 2007 is the 5th anniversary of illegal detention at Guantánamo Naval Base. Build your own Gitmo cage, and join the nationwide protests! Events are being coordinated by Witness Against Torture. An orientation session will be held on January 10th for the event in Washington DC on the 11th.



LA-IMC Top 10 Stories for the Year 2006

LA, 05.01.2007 02:08

LA-IMC Top 10 Stories for the Year 2006



New Katrina Survivor Documentary &quot;Down but not Out&quot;

Santa Cruz, CA, 05.01.2007 01:38

Saturday, Jan. 6th
7:30pm
RCNV 515 Broadway
On August 29, 2006, Hurricane Katrina attacked the Gulf Coast of the United States. A Category-5 hurricane, Katrina destroyed entire towns and left a trail of destruction in her wake. But the impact was magnified by city, state, and federal government negligence, and in no city was there a better example of the government's failure than in New Orleans, where thousands were killed-both by water and bullets-and hundreds of thousands were left behind to save themselves.

In early August 2006, almost one year after the disaster, survivors sit down and talk about their experiences of fighting for survival in the days following Katrina, and how their lives have progressed since returning to New Orleans. Providing accounts of living in a city whose populace has largely been forgotten, the survivors give a stinging description of a slow reconstruction process that is ignoring the human cost of rebuilding. Down But Not Out shows the people directly affected by the fallout from Hurricane Katrina, and lets those who experienced it tell the stories themselves. Read more and download flyer



Relevamiento de las luchas ecologistas en todo el país

Argentina, 05.01.2007 01:09

Navidad sin Pinos



ALL DIAMONDS ARE CONFLICT DIAMONDS

San Diego, 05.01.2007 00:09

Robbins Brothers advertises themselves as "World's Biggest Engagement Ring Store"; and over and over again during the 2006 holiday season, consumers had to listen to these two brothers promise the most beautiful diamond in the world to the women and reasonable prices to the men. Men wear rings too, right? Every hour on the hour I couldn't turn to a "mainstream" radio station without hearing about diamonds.

Strip mining any natural resource from any land creates an unbalance felt by plant and animal life, interferes with natural irrigation or soil settlement and exploits the worker. Most people around the world that work in or on "mining" sites are at one of the highest risk for on the job injuries, have adverse future health problems and are paid low wages (not counting forced labor).

There is no such thing as a conflict-free diamond. The purchase of what is advertised as a precious and priceless stone costs others in low-wages, dangerous working conditions, limbs and lives. The conflict between humans and the environment is as divisive as the conflict between war and peace.



Cob &amp; Straw Bale Homebuilder Workshop

Oklahoma, 04.01.2007 22:08

May 12-19, 2007 - Shamrock, OK Join us for a week of natural building construction and education in NE Oklahoma. Our 7 full days of workshop activity will cover cob and straw bale construction from start to finish including siting, design, foundation, wall construction, windows/doors, roof, plasters, arches, niches and relief sculpture. Join us for a week of natural building construction and education in NE Oklahoma. Our 7 full days of workshop activity will cover cob and straw bale construction from start to finish including siting, design, foundation, wall construction, windows/doors, roof, plasters, arches, niches and relief sculpture. Join us for a week of natural building construction and education in NE Oklahoma. Our 7 full days of workshop activity will cover cob and straw bale construction from start to finish including siting, design, foundation, wall construction, windows/doors, roof, plasters, arches, niches and relief sculpture. The cob workshop is organized and conducted by Kindra Welch and Chris Copp of ClaySandStraw (www.claysandstraw.com), in conjunction with Keeshi Ingram and Konstantin Popov of Sustainable Green County. Cost: $625 ($575 early registration before March 31st), includes vegetarian meals, lectures, handouts and camping accommodations. Discount for couples. Come build in partnership with the earth! For more details about the workshop call Konstantin at (918) 289-3061



Campaign Against Phonetec Continues

Melbourne, 04.01.2007 21:09

Campaign Against Phonetec Continues



Protest Torture and Detainment in Union Square January 11

San Francisco Bay Area, 04.01.2007 20:09

Thursday January 11, 2007 is the 5th anniversary of illegal detention at Guantánamo Naval Base. Witness Against Torture and other groups are organizing protest nationwide. In San Francisco, a protest will be held from noon until 6pm in Union Square.



Homeless in Fresno Ordered off “The Island”

San Francisco Bay Area, 04.01.2007 20:09

1/1/2007: Caltrans, backed up by the California Highway Patrol forced people to leave a strip of State land near highway 99 today. Joanna Garcia says the CHP arrived carrying shotguns and told everyone to leave immediately. Photos



Suzanne Swift Released from Military Prison, Supporters Rally at Ft. Lewis

San Francisco Bay Area, 04.01.2007 20:09

On January 3, 2007, Supporters of Spc. Suzanne Swift rallied outside Fort Lewis, Washington to welcome the news that Swift had been released from military prison. Photos
On December 14 Swift was convicted by a summary court martial for missing movement and being AWOL after her charges of sexual harassment and assault went un-addressed by the military.



Hussein

Colombia, 04.01.2007 17:39

La ejecución de Saddam Hussein profundiza los odios



Hussein

Colombia, 04.01.2007 17:39

La ejecución de Saddam Hussein profundiza los odios



MONTAJE

Colombia, 04.01.2007 17:39

SE DEVELA POCO A POCO EL MONTAJE CONTRA FREDDY MUÑOZ, CORRESPONSAL DE TELESUR



3,000+ American Soldiers, 650,000+ Iraqis Killed in Iraq

Philadelphia, 04.01.2007 17:38



Nottingham City Council Recycling .. .... Bottom of the Class again!

United Kingdom, 04.01.2007 14:39


In a recycling rate league table just released by the Government, Nottingham City Council came an embarrassing 339th out of 393 local authorities, with a combined recycling and composting rate of just 18.6 per cent for 2004-05.

Nottingham's Recycling rate is less that 3 per cent higher than the worst performing authority in the UK, Tower Hamlets. But it doesn't have to be this way, if next door neibours Rushcliffe can achieved the second highest rate just short of 50 per cent why can't Nottingham?



Northeast Anarchist Consulta in Preparation for May Actions

Portland, 04.01.2007 12:39

Calling All Anarchists and Anti-Authoritarians, Converge at the Northeast Anarchist Consulta this February 24th and 25th to strategize and organize for a massive Week of Resistance this May, from our participation in May Day (May 1st) and the movement for migrant workers' rights to the Biotech Convention (coming to Boston May 6-9) and the movement in defense of the earth.

This new year presents us with the opportunity to come together - "red," "green," and anarchists of all stripes - and fight back against the political and corporate machine that is strangling human society and all life on this planet. W



Washington County Peace Vigil 1-3-07

Portland, 04.01.2007 12:39

Approximately 60 people attended tonights gathering at 5th and Hall Street across from the Beaverton City Library. Please let your congressional and senate representatives know that additional funding for the Iraqi occupation is unacceptable. We have gathered for over 60 straight weeks. George Bush is considering a "surge" of another 20,000 soldiers into Iraq. Please consider us as Oregon's surge protector and join us every wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. You will be glad you did.



A Teachable Moment: Drawing the Lines from Gerald Ford to George W. Bush

Portland, 04.01.2007 12:39

Watching the TV news and reading the print and e-media coverage of the death and several funerals (?) for former president Gerald Ford has presented what I believe to be one of the most teachable moments in modern American history. Instead, we are treated to a highly polished act of historical whitewash. It starts with the sanitization of history that precedes the death of any past American president, when the major media prepare the official picture of the decedent's import to the office and the nation. [more]

media circus -- Hey, I am old enough to remember the deaths of several presidents, from FDR forward, and yet... The only time that I remember more than a couple of days of mention was when JFK was shot, in office. This thing has gone on for over a week, and they are just now getting round to putting him in the ground. There were several presidents in there that were ACTUALLY elected, and who actually did something positive for the country. Is my memory faulty? [more]

Bury him, already! We can still count -- We are still counting the coffins returning from Iraq, and yes, HERE, we even count those who are not Amerikan. We count the innocents, the babies, the mothers, the aged, and all of those that we are so cruelly murdering in Iraq. We are also very aware of our duplicity in the deaths of so many in Darfur. So, go ahead with your dog and dead president show, just like dead Ron, this slight of media will not cover the sins of this cabal. [more]

Gerald Ford hero or zero? -- Did I miss something? What the hell is all the "president Ford was a great blah blah" rhetoric? Watching all those republicans prancing around the body of a man who probably did this country more harm then Bush (whether knowingly or not) has is just so *insert wicked phrase here* disgusting. Ah yes, how far the conspiring right has come... They have even gone as far as to try and blame the democrats for wanting to "divide" the nation at a time when the nation needed "healing". [more]



Happy New Year of the Boar Indymedistas!/2007年@インディメディア

Japan, 04.01.2007 12:07

インディメディアJPのボランティアGより〜 ボランティア、読者、投稿者の皆さんへ〜 from volunteer G



Málaga Precaria

estrecho / madiaq, 04.01.2007 11:07

#media_7648;left#> Estadísticas y estudios oficiales confirman la pérdida de derechos laborales y sociales entre las nuevas generaciones de trabajadores-as

Hasta hace poco tiempo, la palabra precariedad era utilizada desde los nuevos movimientos sociales para denunciar el deterioro de las relaciones laborales bajo la gestión neoliberal. Hoy se ha transformado en un nombre común al que recurren tanto la clase política como los medios de comunicación para explicar las consecuencias de la flexibilización de las relaciones de trabajo y la descomposición del Estado del Bienestar.

Las últimas encuestas y estudios institucionales realizados confirman la sospecha: En Málaga la precariedad es la palabra que nombra la vida de la mayoría de las nuevas generaciones de trabajadores.
La pregunta obligada sigue siendo:¿Cómo abrir espacios de encuentro, organización y apoyo entre las nuevas figuras obreras?

>Investigación Participativa "Otra Málaga"
>Málaga, tercera provincia de España donde más aumenta el paro
>Un estudio de la Diputación alerta sobre la precariedad entre los jóvenes
>200 mil personas trabajan sin contrato en Málaga
>Málaga: 1/3 de los jóvenes cobra menos de 800 euros y la temporalidad llega al 60%
[La oferta de VPO sólo cubre el 5% de la demanda en Andalucía] - [La tómbola de las VPO]



Philippines: Brazen Arrogance of Power

San Diego, 04.01.2007 08:09

"It's an utterly shameless act of collaboration of the Arroyo regime
and the U.S. government."

This was the statement of Myrla Baldonado, spokesperson of Task Force
Subic Rape (TFSR) on the stealthy transfer of custody of Daniel Smith
from the Makati City Jail to the U.S. Embassy.

Smith was convicted in December of raping a Filipino woman, identified only as “Nicole” to protect her privacy, while on leave from joint war games in the northern port of Subic.

Washington demanded Smith be turned over to its embassy, citing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) of 1998 which says that jurisdiction over any American soldier convicted of crimes while on official tour should reside with American authorities. But the Manila court which tried the case rejected that argument, stressing that rape was a "heinous" and non-bailable crime in this former American colony.



Respuestas que no llegan

Argentina, 04.01.2007 04:39

Benetton: cartas y viajes para romper el silencio



Resumen de fin de año

Argentina, 04.01.2007 02:08

Navidad sin Pinos



Balance del 2006

Argentina, 04.01.2007 02:08

Un año de luchas



Encontro dos povos zapatistas com os povos do mundo

Brasil, 04.01.2007 00:09

MÉXICO



Empresários do transporte restringem o passe escolar em Florianópolis

Brasil, 04.01.2007 00:09

TRANSPORTE PÚBLICO



Army Attempts To Redefine Free Speech

Arkansas, 03.01.2007 23:39

U.S. Army Prosecuters have subpoenaed two journalists to testify for the prosecution in the Court Martial of Lt. Ehren Watada who, in 2006, refused deployment to Iraq on the grounds that the U.S. occupation there is immoral. Both independent journalist Sarah Olson, and Honolulu Star Bulletin reporter Gregg Kakesako, face potential prison time if they do not testify against Mr. Watada whose exercising of his First-Amendment right to free speech served as their source of information. Another respected independent journalist, Dahr Jamail, has been put on the prosecution's witness list. The article that follows clearly and precisely clarifies Ms. Olson's objections to the Army's attempts to censor, and thus chill constitutionally-guaranteed speech and the right to a free press.




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