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Ready, Aim, Fire: The Politics of Arson

NYC, 30.01.2007 04:39

Two Seton Hall students were sentenced last Friday to five years in prison for setting a fire that killed three of their fellow students. Three deaths, five years. The two young men could be out on parole in as little as 16 months.Daniel McGowan is also going to serve prison time in an arson case. He participated in an two arson attacks at a tree farm and a lumber company. He didn’t kill anyone. Yet the shortest sentence he faces is longer than the 5 year maximum term that the two Seton Hall students will serve.



Code Pink Takes Capitol Hill... for 30 minutes

DC, 30.01.2007 02:10

In their form of lobbying, 9 Code Pink protestors, out of some 70 women, were arrested after temporarily shutting down the House Rayburn building, and taking over the Senate Hart buildings. Ryme Katkhouda of the dcradiocoop.org talked to those who left the building as the police moved on those inside and started the arrests...



laboro (eo)

Barcelona, 29.01.2007 22:08

Miloj da gelaboristoj estis maldungitaj kaj malfirmigitaj, ĉu vi certas ke vi ne sekvos?

La plej bazaj rajtoj de la gelaboristoj en Katalunio estas minacataj kaj malobservataj far la mastraro kun la pasiveco, kaj ofte eĉ klara kompliceco, de la institucioj kaj de la Kataluna kaj Hispana registaroj, laŭnome "socialistaj" kaj "maldekstraj".
Inoj, junuloj kaj enmigrintoj estas la homoj plej koncernitaj pri la malfirma dungado, kien ekfalis ankaŭ viraj plenkreskuloj sekve de tiom da maldungoj. La restrukturadoj kaj la procesoj kiel tiu de Iberia, la disigoj celantaj malplikostigi la dungadon kiel ĉe La Vanguardia, la mastra premo per maldungoj, punoj kaj batadoj en Mercadona, la kolektivaj maldungoj kiel tiuj de SEAT, la privatigaj kaj malfirmigaj proceduroj kiuj tuŝas Parcs i Jardins, la fervojan transporton kaj la sanon, la lokaŭtoj kaj forlokigoj de entreprenoj kiel Miniwatt, Braun, kaj multaj aliaj pugnofrapas nin pli kaj pli.
La solidareco, la kunordigado, la premo, la rezisto kaj la lukto por la realigo de niaj rajtoj estas nun decidaj por malplimultigi la nunajn maldungigajn procedurojn kaj eviti novajn. Memorganiziĝu, aliĝu la organizojn kiuj vere laboras por la rajtoj de la gelaboristoj, priplendu kaj denuncu la maljustojn, frekventu la manifestaciojn, ne fidu je la potenculoj, skribu en la amaskomunikiloj kaj precipe agu solidare al la aliaj gelaboristoj.

[21an jan] je la 12a en Pl. Universitat manifestacio

rilataj novaĵoj: La laborhora averaĝo en Katalunio estas la plej alta ekde 1994 ::: Hispanio havas la plej altan nivelon de tempa dungado el la tuta EU ::: hotel-industriaj gelaboristoj: ĉar la festotagoj estas ĉies kaj por ĉiuj ::: BcnActiva en la personaraj elekto-proceduroj demandas ankoraŭ ĉu la inoj estas edziniĝintaj kaj havas gefilojn! ::: La korporacioj kaj la labor-sekureco

+ infoj: >>> laboro



San Diego’s Anti-War Protest 1/27/07

San Diego, 29.01.2007 21:08

An estimated 1500 protesters attended an anti-war demonstration at Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego on Saturday aimed at the ongoing occupation of Iraq, the Bush administration's recent announcement of a 'surge,' and expectations of an impending attack on Iran. Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, spoke at the rally and then the protesters marched through the Gaslamp along the usual route.

The San Diego demonstration paralleled numerous demonstrations across the country, including a United for Peace and Justice protest in Washington, DC, which drew between tens of thousands and 500,000

Via US-IMC:
From the DC-IMC Newswire: Hundreds of Thousands Put Impeachment Back On the Table | Break Way March Rushes Capitol Building | Protestors lay siege to US Capitol, smash window at military recruiter | Radical Youth Contingent and Students for a Democratic Society March Overview | Photos: 1 | 2 | Audio

Other Reports: Boston | Los Angeles | Oklahoma: 1, 2 | Olympia, WA | Oregon City | Portland, OR | Sacramento, CA | San Francisco | Seattle | Vancouver, WA



The Homeland War

San Diego, 29.01.2007 20:09

It was just another skirmish in the two-year war on migrants. Sixty minutemen, from San Diego Minutemen and Save Our State, tried to run day laborers out of San Juan Capistrano, but they were held at bay by thirty or so determined day laborers and their supporters.

A contractor pulled into the parking lot, and the minutemen rushed over to deter him. The contractor assured the minutemen that he paid all the requisite business and employee taxes. The call went out from the workers and their supporters: would a minuteman take the job? Eventually a white-bearded minuteman agreed and climbed into the truck, to the laughter of the laborers. The contractor and the minuteman drove off, but the minuteman reappeared about half an hour later, admitting that he had been fired.

Related: Minutemen Swarming San Diego Day Labor Sites | Resistance to Minutemen in Socal | "Border War" Protest Video | Operation "Where's the War!?" | Video of Operation W.T.F (Where's the Fence) | Racist Violence in National City Saturday | Residents Celebrate as National City Becomes Sanctuary | | Border Patrol and SDPD Arrest Day Laborers | The Minuteklan Rallies: Observer Arrested | A(nother) Weekend with the Minutemen



Rally Against the War Jan. 27th 3pm City Hall

Austin, 29.01.2007 19:39

Statewide march on the Capitol to coincide with national marches. Meet at 3pm at City Hall on January 27th, 2007 to call for immediate withdraw of U.S. troops from Iraq. A coalition of local activist groups called Stop The War Coalition- Austin has planned a statewide anti-war march in solidarity with national gatherings in major cities such as New York, San Francisco and Chicago. The nonviolent action will call for the end of war and the immediate withdraw of United States military from Iraq. The march will convene at Austin City Hall at 3:00 pm on January 27, 2007 and the march to the Texas Capitol will commence at 3:30 pm. Music and speakers will greet the marchers at the Capitol grounds and City Hall. Speakers will include Hart Viges of Veterans for Peace, Texas Green Party Co-Chair Dr. Douglas Reber, Peter Christie of the Palestinian Solidarity Committee and representatives from Campus Antiwar Movement to End the Occupation, Arab American Anti Discrimination Committee and Anti Racist Action. All anti-war Texans are invited to attend. See also: BTL:Bush's Iraq War Escalation Provokes Growing Opposition || The Occupation: Veteran Correspondent Patrick Cockburn Reports from Iraq || Bush Escalates Iraq War with 20,000 More Troops; Threatens Iran, Syria with Military Action || Col. Gardiner's Warning: Pieces in Place for Escalation



With These Hands I Demand the Future that Poverty Wages Have Stolen from Me

Austin, 29.01.2007 19:39

With these hands I demand the future that poverty wages have stolen from me. Farmworkers returning from picking tomatoes bought by companies, such as McDonald's, show hands stained with pesticides and heavy with hard work.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers | Student Farmworker Alliance | Watch the Video



From the Newswire

Perth, 29.01.2007 18:39

Action group to rally against Yarragadee Aquifer proposal



Antiwar and looking ahead: What's it going to take?

NYC, 29.01.2007 16:39

Once again, hundreds of thousands have demonstrated their opposition to Bush's war and domestic repression. That's not stopping Bush's push into Iran, Somalia and increased troops to Iraq and Afghanistan. Just as activists need to become organizers, dissent must turn to resistance. (All opinions stated here are the authors alone.)



Tens of thousands across the nation protest the war on Iraq

NYC, 29.01.2007 16:39

On Saturday, January 27th anti-war protests were held around the US against the war in Iraq. Tens of thousands called on the new Congress to "represent the truly nationwide peace majority." United for Peace and Justice organized the largest march in Washington DC, which drew contingents from cities across the country.

From the DC-IMC Newswire: Hundreds of Thousands Put Impeachment Back On the Table | Break Way March Rushes Capitol Building | Protestors lay siege to US Capitol, smash window at military recruiter | Radical Youth Contingent and Students for a Democratic Society March Overview by Mike Erwin | Photos: 1 | 2 | Audio

Other Reports: Los Angeles | Oklahoma: 1, 2 | Olympia, WA | Oregon City | Portland, OR | Sacramento, CA | San Francisco | Seattle | Vancouver, WA



Distintos sectores se organizan

Argentina, 29.01.2007 16:38

Unidxs contra la impunidad



Os Media apontam, a Extrema direita grita, a Polícia dispara: Confrontos em Madrid – uma mentira repetida muitas vezes...

Portugal, 29.01.2007 14:39

Os Media apontam, a Extrema direita grita, a Polícia dispara: Confrontos em Madrid – uma mentira repetida muitas vezes...



City Accepting Public Comment on Peak Oil Report

Portland, 29.01.2007 13:39

The City of Portland's Peak Oil Task Force has released a draft report and is accepting public comments until February 12, 2007. The draft report, titled "Descending the Oil Peak: Navigating the Transition from Oil and Natural Gas," is available at  http://www.portlandonline.com/osd/index.cfm?c=42894.

"The Task Force findings illustrate the enormous economic and social vulnerabilities and opportunities that could result as fuel supplies cease to be abundant and inexpensive," said Task Force Chair Bill Scott. "The magnitude of this issue led the Task Force to explore far-reaching solutions. Our lead recommendation is that Portland cut its oil and natural gas use in half over the next 25 years."



Fun With Jean &amp; Walt - TRAMANIA

Portland, 29.01.2007 13:39

They will always be Boon and Doggle to me and to many other Portlanders. Who will remember names like "Jean" and "Walt" and what in the world makes these people particularly worthy of having a tram car named after them?

Jean Richardson was Oregon's first female engineering graduate - from Oregon State University in Corvallis. Walt Reynolds was the first black to graduate from the University of Oregon Medical School (now known as OHSU). At least Mr. Reynolds's claim is stronger but it seems pretty clear that these were politically-motivated and ultimately forgettable choices - Ms. Richardson because she was a woman engineer and Mr. Reynolds because he was a black graduate. What do these things have to do with the area? With transportation in Portland? With the tram itself?



Portland, 29.01.2007 13:39

Estacada Stand for Peace -- There were 25 to 30 people standing against the war in Estacada today from noon to one o'clock. Many of you already know that there is a very active group of citizens in Estacada who meet regularly and stand in front of the City Hall each Sunday, holding signs and flags declaring their concerns about the present political climate in Washington D.C. Their steadfastness is inspirational. Though there was not a lot of traffic out there today, what did pass our way honked and waved and encouraged the stand for Peace. There were a few people who pointedly displayed their disagreement, but they were in a distinct minority. [read more]

Bend, OR Peace March & Rally -- Grey, overcast skies and chilly temperatures couldn't keep a determined group of about 200 Central Oregonians from attending a Peace March & Rally in Solidarity with the United For Peace event in Washington, D.C. Saturday. Warm spirits overcame cold feet as we marched to the beat of our Stop-the-Damned-War Drum Corps. The march started out with organizers energizing the crowd with lively, albeit brief tunes and an announcement that our well-attended event was but one of over 275 such protest events occurring across America and in at least six international locations. Negril, Jamaica? We were a bit jealous of their weather... [read more]

MidGorge protests Iraq War -- Over 40 persons braved cold winds to carry banners and signs demanding peace on January 27 onto the Hood River 2nd Street freeway overpass, in solidarity with the antiwar march and rally in Washington DC; the nonviolent demonstration was sponsored by Columbria River Fellowship for Peace. Another 25 persons, in The Dalles, in a demonstration called by Wasco County Citizens for Human Dignity, protested the war with signs and banners on the town's main freeway overpass, but after a time were ordered off by police claiming the demonstration was distracting drivers and dangerous. [read more]



VIDEO: Philadelphians March on DC

Philadelphia, 29.01.2007 13:08



Benefit for The Coup in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA, 29.01.2007 10:38

On January 21st, Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz hosted a benefit show for the Oakland-based hip hop group The Coup. It was an all star line up of musicians and MC's with a common cause of helping The Coup after their tragic bus accident. Listen to the live recording. Audio



&quot;Make Out for Environmental Justice&quot; at SF's Queer Center

San Francisco Bay Area, 29.01.2007 07:10

In reaction to PG&E's massive greenwashing campaign, a group of protesters crashed the PG&E press conference at the LGBT center on January 27th, where the company unveiled its newly installed solar panels. The protesters wanted to make it clear that installing solar panels on one building did not make this billion dollar corporation 'green'. The counter-action was called "Make Out for Environmental Justice." Two queer women on stilts leaned in for a smooch in front of the LGBT Center entrance, while holding a sign that read, "Love Solar. Love LGBT. Question PG&E," and a parasol reading '0% Solar'. Photos | Report



Grieving Gold Star Dad Invades Senator Specter's Sanctum Sanctorum, in Philly

Philadelphia, 29.01.2007 07:09



WSF IndyMedia Center/Prometheus Station Robbed by Gunmen

Philadelphia, 29.01.2007 07:09



Indymedia reports from Jan. 27th National Washington D.C. Peace March

Miami, 29.01.2007 01:37

Indymedia reports from Jan. 27th National Washington D.C. Peace March



Rep. John Conyers: “Congress Can Fire Bush!”

Baltimore, 29.01.2007 01:09

A massive anti-Iraqi War rally was held, in D.C., on Sat., Jan. 27, 2007. The Chairman of the House’s Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), sent an unmistakable warning to President George W. Bush. Conyers said he wants the “war stopped.” He reminded Bush, that the U.S. Congress “can fire him.” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said Bush “tricked the American people” into the war. She said, to loud applause: “Bush isn’t the decider. He’s the liar!”



January 27 March on Washington Reports

DC, 28.01.2007 23:11

Reports on January 27, 2007 March on Washington, against the Iraq war, and related activity: J27: Photos and video footage from the rush to the Capitol Protestors lay seige to US Capitol, smash window at military recruiter Hundreds of Thousands Put Impeachment Back On the Table, Capitol Hill Taken 3x Interviews During UFPJ March on the Mall Rep. John Conyers: “Congress Can Fire Bush!” Peace Rally Wrap up Radical Youth Contingent and Students for a Democratic Society March Overview



Protests Planned for Fourth Anniversary of US-Led War in Iraq

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.01.2007 22:39

On March 17, 2007, the 4th anniversary of the start of the invasion of Iraq, tens of thousands of people from around the country gather in Washington DC to demand: U.S. Out of Iraq Now! They will gather at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Constitution Gardens) at 12 noon, and march to the Pentagon. On March 18th, there will be a march in San Francisco, starting at 12pm at Justin Herman Plaza, with a march to Civic Center. 2007 is the 40th anniversary of the historic 1967 anti-war march to the Pentagon during the Vietnam War.



Working Class Hero Lorenzo Ervin Unjustly Fired

Tennessee, 28.01.2007 21:11

On Monday, December 4, 2006, Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin was unjustly fired from his position as coordinator of the Nashville Peace and Justice Center (NPJC).



“Our Airwaves&quot; - Against the FCC’s Deregulation and Corporate Media Decay

Philadelphia, 28.01.2007 21:09



Community Residents Say No To Prison Expansion

San Diego, 28.01.2007 19:38

Several hundred activists, former inmates and San Diego neighborhood residents gave a collective, thunderous no to Governor Schwarzenegger's recent proposed prison expansion scheme. Meeting at the Malcom X Library on Jan. 21st, participants blasted the deceit around a so-called "re-entry" facility proposed for the San Diego region; while others suggested it was time to look at changing the entire California justice system.

Community activists talked about the advantages of the prison industrial complex for corporations, district attorneys and prison guards and its failures for inmates. A huge petition was unfolded, signed by over 1,000 of the 10,000 women prisoners in California, opposing the Governor's prison expansion efforts. Most of the signers were from the twin prison complexes that sits amid almond groves near Chowchilla - the largest concentration of women prisoners in the world.

Forum participants ended the gathering with suggestions for follow-up actions, including attending a March 28th demo against the Governor's call for prison construction at the state capitol, putting pressure on local legislators to oppose all prison expansion schemes, and educating the general community about the need for real prison reform built on community-based treatment and justice programs.

More info: Curb Prison Spending



Support the Vortex Occupied Social Centre

United Kingdom, 28.01.2007 19:09

The Vortex Jazz Bar in Stoke Newington's Chuch Street, famous for its vibrant music scene and a venue popular in the local community, was occupied by local activists on the 6th January.  In it's new incarnation as a social centre, the building has once again been filled with the voices of the community. Already happening are busy café nights, cinema and jazz nights, exhibition space, a parent/baby group and regular benefits.

The development plan for the old Vortex, by notorious landlord Richard Midda, is to make way for a Starbucks with luxury apartments above. This planned development highlights once more the continued erosion of the 'the Street' as community space soon to be identifiable only from one corporate logo to the next. A court proceeding against the occupation took place on the 24th Jan to take repossession of the building, with an unlawful eviction attempt by Midda and private baliffs on the 26th Jan. This was repelled [Photos and Video] by activists with the help of local people. The occupation of the Vortex continues, but the threat of eviction is still imminent.

Links: London Social Centre | UK Social Centre Network | Wikipedia on Social Centres | Advisory Service for Squatters



NYC Air Awarded Dirty Distinction

NYC, 28.01.2007 18:39

According to the most recent Environmental Protection Agency data, New York City has the dirtiest air in America. In the whole country, no city population has a greater risk of getting cancer from breathing air than residents of our five boroughs.



Recruiters Take War to College Campuses

NYC, 28.01.2007 18:39

Colleges play an increasingly important role in the military recruitment strategy. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.’s need for soldiers is greater than ever. To meet that demand is increasingly difficult in New York City, especially among the student population, most of whom think that the Army is not for them.



NYC’s immigrant food warehouse workers unionize w/IWW

NYC, 28.01.2007 18:39

NYC’s immigrant food warehouse workers unionize w/IWW;
Not Without a Fight: NYC’s food warehouse workers unionize

by Diane Krauthamer

For every restaurant and every shop in New York there is a backbone — the workers who make sure ingredients reach those restaurants and their staff. No one is supposed to think about them. Certainly not the
diners. But they exist, because they have to: behind the closed doors of dank and often filthy wholesale and distribution warehouses in Brooklyn and Queens’ industrial areas, suffering under sweatshop-like
conditions, pulling shifts that begin before dawn and end well after dusk. Owners regularly take advantage of these immigrant workers' lack of familiarity with United States labor laws by pushing the envelope of exploitation, refusing overtime and paying far less than minimum wage.



New NYPD Parade Rules Released: Any 50 Vehicles Or Pedestrians

NYC, 28.01.2007 18:39

It appears the NYPD's new parade permit rules will impact 50 or more bikes or pedestrians, whether there is any violation of a law or not, a group of 50 or more will be required to obtain a permit from the NYPD or participants will be subject to arrest.

Again, to be clear, that is 50 of anyone will be required to obtain a permit, whether in the road or on the sidewalk. || Read More || NYCLU: NYPD Modifies Proposed Parade Permit Rules || Police Permits of Free Speech || Times Up: NYC Spends 1.3 Million Policing Critical Mass || Singapore on the Hudson



30-strong Oklahoma contingent at DC antiwar actions

Oklahoma, 28.01.2007 17:08

Report from Tulsa activist at the 1/27 DC rally & march The following is a report from Timbre Wolf, of Tulsa OK. He and about 30 others from Oklahoma attended the March on Washington, DC rally that took place Saturday, Jan. 27th. The following is a report from Timbre Wolf, of Tulsa OK. He and about 30 others from Oklahoma attended the March on Washington, DC rally that took place Saturday, Jan. 27th. After 23 hours - straight - Joe Picorale (WorldCantWait, TulsaTruth, 9/11 Truth) and I made it into Washington, D.C. We arrived the Mall around 10:30. There was a small group gathered around the stage at the "front." We perceived plenty of time to gather, visit, and mingle. But as we began walking toward the stage I felt and saw something extraordinary happen. On Jefferson and Constitution streets people were coming in a consistent wave. Pouring in from side streets people were coming. The power of this ocean was palpable. The news says that there were "tens of thousands" but a Dr. from OKC projected that the number was closer to 400,000. Based on the pics of the National Mall when there were a million people there I would say that we had between a tenth and a quarter of that. Speakers included Jane Fonda, John Conyers, Sean Penn, and others. Unless you were directly facing a speaker column you couldn't really hear those who spoke. And you definitely couldn't see them, for the crowd, unless you were pretty close to the stage. It was WONDERFUL to feel the vibe of, perhaps, a hundred thousand people who had the same objective - to end this insane war. There were many tables all along the mall filled with information about impeachment, peace, and justice. Colorful characters alongside those in conservative attire. I met a 6 year old white boy who happily signed an "impeach" petition and watched as a young black girl did the same. I spoke with two elderly women who told me that the first such rally that they had attended on the National Mall was in 1960. A young group of radicals marched to a very well done chant that ended with "THIS IS BULLSHIT!" They later broke a window at the Washington, D.C. military recruitment office. I was not there but I did see at least 20 capitol police cars turn on their sirens and drive in the direction of the incident. Because they showed solidarity and stayed together no one was arrested. Police in riot gear squared off with a group that I took to be anarchists. But there was no violence (excepting a window break). I saw and met many members of CodePink and United for Peace and Justice. My paperwork, regarding the 4 methods with which to oust the administration, were distributed. I am writing to you from our host's computer and will tell you more when we get back home. Plans are up in the air for tomorrow and Monday but may include classes and visiting John Conyers and the FBI. Sending peace to you from a hundred thousand activists! -~wolf



Letter received by Bill Quigley

New Orleans, 28.01.2007 16:39

Attorney Bill Quigley asked to remove story from New Orleans Indymedia



IndyMedia Interview Prompts HUD Lawyers to Threaten Attorney with Gag Order

New Orleans, 28.01.2007 16:39

IndyMedia Interview Prompts HUD Lawyers to Threaten Attorney with Gag Order



Rep. John Conyers: “Congress Can Fire Bush!”

Portland, 28.01.2007 11:39

Washington, D.C. On a sunny day, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, with the temperatures in the high-40s, the National Mall, was filled with protesters against the Iraqi War. A Who's Who list of speakers against the ongoing evildoings of the Bush-Cheney Gang let their voices be heard by the spirited crowd. The massive demonstration's prime sponsor was the United for Peace & Justice organization. They set the main stage for the event on 3rd St., NW, between Madison and Jefferson Avenues, fronting towards the fabled Lincoln Memorial. After the speakers' part of the program was finished at 1 PM, a noisy, chant-filled march paraded in an easterly direction, about a block away from the U.S. Capitol, and then circled back to its starting point. Workshops and Teach-Ins are set for this Sunday by organizers, and a "Lobby Day" is slated for Monday, the 29th, on Capitol Hill.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), was one of the four congressional leaders who spoke at the rally. He said: "Our government needs to get the message: Out of Iraq, immediately." Conyers is the new Chair of the House's Judiciary Committee. This is the committee which has jurisdiction over any possible impeachment proceedings. In a shot over President George W. Bush's bow, Conyers said that Bush likes to fire military advisors, who tell him he can't win the war, but "he can't fire you [the people]. He can't fire us [the Congress], but 'we can fire him.'" With that line a roar went up in the audience. The loud chant began: "Impeach Bush!"



Photogs from the J27 march in Seattle

Portland, 28.01.2007 11:39

At least 1000 people took to the streets in Seattle WA. to oppose the Occupation of Iraq, first gathering at the Center for Social Justice on Union Avenue and then marching to the Langston Hughes Center, where Lt. Ehren Watada was to be the Keynote speaker.

Before the march a few speakers fired up the crowd. Especially memorable was a speech given by Eleanor Roosevelt, who rose from her place of rest to blast the Bush Administration. She was followed by brief statements by Veterans of the war in Iraq.

Along the way the crowd stopped off at the local military recruiters center, which was on the path of the march. They had been informed earlier in the morning that, due to an alleged break-in at the office the night before, they would not be allowed to protest at that location.



Australia Day - Invasion Day - Survival Day

Melbourne, 28.01.2007 11:09

Manslaughter Charges Announced in Palm Island Death in Custody



Thousands Demonstrate at Downtown Anti-war Protest

LA, 28.01.2007 08:09

Thousands Demonstrate at Downtown Anti-war Protest



Local Solidarity Peace demonstrations

Portland, 28.01.2007 05:39

In solidarity with the peace marchers in D.C., we stood with our Peace flags on the foot bridge over Hwy 99 in Oregon City. We have brought our flags there several times, but it felt like a good place to start our day. There were many positive responses from drivers. Boy was it cold though! The wind was whipping up through that tunnel and nearly ripped the flags from our hands. A young couple stopped by as they walked over to the viewpoint for the Willamette Falls. The young woman, who works for the city of Oregon City, gave me her warm mittens and thanked us for what we were doing. I was very grateful, because without those gloves, I would have had to head for warmth a lot sooner.

From Oregon City, we went to the Oak Grove Vigil on McLoughlin and were very pleased to see that there were around 35 people standing along both sides of the roads with signs and flags. As most of you know, these folks come out every Saturday from noon to 1 o'clock. We were pleased by the many positive responses we received from those driving past. One elderly man in a rather large truck gave us the thumbs down, but now I know at least one of the 28%ers. Looked a lot like Karl Rove.



Vancouver, WA weekend solidarity actions for DC Peacemakers

Portland, 28.01.2007 05:39

About 48 Vancouverites turned out today for the solidarity actions in DC. We held numerous hand-made signs, banners and flags under bright sunshine and cold, brisk winds. There tons of hornhonks. One reported several flip-offs to which he holds up TWO fingers! One guy came, arguing briefly, but didn't stick around.

I saw many familiar, beautiful friends, and lots of new ones. Mike T. took digital pictures and agreed to post them here.

Three of us were away. Marion Ward and Cindi Fisher are in DC for the march and lobbying, and Angie Lindquist is on a safari, after finishing up at the World Social Forum in Nairobe, Kenya.

Bring the troops home NOW. No more $ for the troop surge!



Huge crowd lined 4th avenue in Olympia today to call for an end war

Portland, 28.01.2007 05:39

It was a rare sunny, blue-sky January day in Olympia, suggesting that even Mother Nature wants an end to this illegal war and occupation in Iraq.

Well over 1,000 people turned out for this rally organized by the Veteran's for Peace, Rachel Corrie Chapter. People of all ages carried a wide range of signs and flags in solidarity with the DC anti-war protest.

The signs focused on the war and impeachment. One group had a banner that had tick marks for the 3,000 soldiers who were killed in Iraq. Another banner called on Bush to remember that Jesus stood for peace. A huge Bring Them Home sign captured the overall message of this gathering.



Jan 27th Peace Rally in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma, 28.01.2007 04:37

In support of national March on Washington DC Some 150 activists for peace braved freezing rain to participate in a "Rally for Peace" held on Saturday at the State Capitol. Colorful signs were held high as listeners cheered the words of religious and political opinion leaders, parents of Iraq veterans, one Iraq veteran, and a self-described “conservative Republican.” Some 150 activists for peace braved freezing rain to participate in a "Rally for Peace" held on Saturday at the State Capitol. Colorful signs were held high as listeners cheered the words of religious and political opinion leaders, parents of Iraq veterans, one Iraq veteran, and a self-described “conservative Republican.”State Senator Connie Johnson announced and read a resolution she is introducing to the Legislature calling President Bush’s sending additional troops to Iraq now a misguided expansion of a failed policy. She asked rally participants to express support for the resolution to their elected senators and representatives. Senator Andrew Rice and Representative Al McAffrey added their voices to the call for an end to the Iraq war. Mother of an Iraq veteran Jeri Reed described her concern over disturbing changes in her son’s personality as a result of his Iraq service. Warren Henthorn said that his son Jeffrey’s reported suicide during his second tour in Iraq is still under investigation. Henthorn wants the war to end to spare other families the shattering loss his family has suffered. Founder of Oklahoma Veterans For Peace Jon Cantrell, a Vietnam veteran, said veterans know that this war will produce large numbers of soldiers suffering post-traumatic stress disorder for decades to come. Iraq veteran Brendan Jackson said he volunteered because he trusted the cause, but came to believe that he and the country had been sold a war that he now thinks is more about oil than national defense. Porter Davis, a delegate to a national Republican Convention, said it is time for Americans of all political affiliations to speak with one voice against this war. Valerie Ackerman spoke representing six Tulsans who drove to Oklahoma City for the rally. Ackerman is director of the Tulsa Peace House which organizes regular public vigils for peace there. Dr. Katherine Scheirman, MD, an Oklahoma City veteran of 20 years service in the US Air Force, telephoned the rally from the national demonstrations being held simultaneously in Washington, DC. Scheirman reported that an estimated 400,000 people were gathered there to listen to speakers calling for an end to the war. Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers of Mayflower Congregational Church said that he had come to the rally not to be divisive but to grieve the loss of so many American and Iraqi lives in a conflict that he said violates the precepts of his faith. He invited rally participants to join him in reading aloud the names of Oklahomans killed in Iraq, in reverence for their ultimate sacrifice for what they believed was service to their country. Meyers said that taking this public step was not without risk, because he was aware of a state statute which prohibits publishing the names of military casualties in a political context, and stated that there could be legal consequences to participating in the reading of the names. Some 50 rally participants stepped up to join Meyers, and one by one, the names of 49 Oklahomans were read, along with their home towns and the dates of their deaths. Readers included minister, professor and former State Representative Opio Toure. Activist Darla Shelden shared the names of three Oklahomans who committed suicide following their service in Iraq. Attorney Rex Friend next introduced a walk for peace to follow the rally, to be accompanied by police engaged for the event. The activists walked south on Lincoln Blvd to a peace pole installed at the Joy Mennonite Church, at NE 16th Street and Lincoln Blvd. From there, the walkers returned to the Capitol, pausing for reflection at the Veterans’ Memorial just south of NE 23rd Street. There was one counter protester, standing on Lincoln Boulevard, who held a sign that read "Support Our Troops / Victory". Organizers including Nathaniel Batchelder of the Peace House in Oklahoma City expressed satisfaction that so many people had showed up in inclement weather. He said it is time for all citizens to make known their opposition to escalation of this war, and call Congress to bring US troops home. Written by Nathaniel Batchelder



January 27th Protests in SF and Washington DC to Say, Troops Home Now

San Francisco Bay Area, 28.01.2007 04:09

On Saturday, January 27th anti-war portests were held around the US to tell the new Congress to "represent the truly nationwide peace majority." United for Peace and Justice organized the largest march in Washington DC, where tens of thousands of anti-war protesters circled the US capital.
In San Francisco, there was a Rally and March that started at Powell And Market and ended at Pier 31/33 to support IBU-ILWU/MMP workers, who are under attack by Terry MacCrae and Hornblower Tours. Report | Photos: 1 | 2 | 3
In Sacramento, more than 100 people gathered at the intersection of Arden Way and Heritage Lane to protest the continued war and occupation. Photos



Petro

Colombia, 28.01.2007 03:39

El Senador Petro del PDA y su familia son amenazados



Florida (Valle)

Colombia, 28.01.2007 03:39

Poder de la Palabra frente a Arbitrariedad de las Armas



2007 is the year to Shut EDO Down

United Kingdom, 28.01.2007 01:39

On Tuesday 15 masked activists entered the car park and loading bay of EDO MBM, Brighton warmongers manufacturing arms for the UK, US and Israel blowing claxon horns and sounding sirens to signify that the Smash EDO campaign is not going away until EDO closes down 1 | .

Smash EDO plan to step up their campaign this year with weekly noise demonstrations at the factory, phone blockades, direct action and a week long protest camp this August. 2007 is the year to close EDO down.



Radley Lakes Resistance

United Kingdom, 28.01.2007 01:39

URGENT CALL to defend the occupation of Sandles, Thrupp Lake.

On Wednesday 24th January, energy company RWE npower was granted an order to evict this lakeside property with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, at the property extremely robust defences are being built with a view to delaying the destruction of this area of outstanding natural beauty.

This is an URGENT CALL for people to join them in resisting the coming eviction. Please phone the site mobile 07772 055 384 straight away.

Npower, who run the notoriously polluting Didcot Power Station, want to fill the lakes with toxic fly ash, a by-product of coal-burning.

A massive campaign by local people has been ignored by both company and the authorities. Oxfordshire County Council has so far facilitated npower's dumping. The habitat is home to many protected species, including otters and water voles. Further expertise is requested to gather further evidence of the ecology of the lakes. Boats are also very welcome at the site.

[ Video | Eviction expected | Court Report | Occupation and background | Older Report ]
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From the Newswire

Perth, 28.01.2007 01:10

Brisbane Invasion Day jubilation as Manslaughter charges announced



Honoring the Fallen

Rogue Valley, 27.01.2007 15:41

Close to 100 lined the streets in Ashland, Friday honoring the fallen soldiers. Since March 20, 2003, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, as well as more than 3,000 American soldiers, and others have lost their lives.




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