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Perth, 15.02.2007 02:40

US military base to be built in Geraldton, WA



Valentine's Day in Fresno

San Francisco Bay Area, 15.02.2007 02:08

On Valentine's Day, February 14, 2007, Fresno Marriage Equality USA chapter members requested marriage licenses at the County Clerks office. This is what happened.

Photos



C.J. Peete Public Housing Residents Reclaim Homes

New Orleans, 15.02.2007 01:40

C.J. Peete Public Housing Residents Reclaim Homes



Jeffrey Free Luers Appeal Decision!

Portland, 15.02.2007 01:39

The Court of Appeals just unanimously ruled that Jeff's case will be reversed and remanded back to the Circuit Court for resentencing as a result of Judge Velure's errors in imposing the original draconian sentence.

The opinion just came out this morning and we are still reviewing it for details, but it looks like Jeff could potentially get about 15 years taken off his 266 month sentence.

We will provide you with more information as it becomes known. The entire opinion is included below for those who are interested. Congratulations to Jeff and his family!



National Demonstration Against Shell in Bellinaboy

Ireland, 15.02.2007 01:11

Call for show of support and solidarity for a comm ...



URABA

Colombia, 15.02.2007 01:10



ΕΞΕΛΙΞΗ ΤΟΥ ΙNDYMEDIA

Athens, 14.02.2007 22:39

Aλλαγές για την καλύτερη λειτουργία του athens.indymedia



Montessori Program Offers Hope to Urban Youth

Richmond, 14.02.2007 22:09

A new Montessori program is helping to transform the lives of preschool children in the urban village of Greater Fulton Hill.



VAPrisonJustice: Without Words

Richmond, 14.02.2007 22:09

Prisoners in VA's largest "correctional center" stage a one day meal boycott to demand dignity and to challenge the privatization of food services.



Solving New York's traffic problems

NYC, 14.02.2007 22:09

My new favorite blog, Streetsblog, recently posted a fantastic video interview with transit guru Sam Schwartz (aka Gridlock Sam). Schwartz's thirtysomething years as a traffic engineer give him the kind of historical perspective we haven't seen for years among New York's powers that be. How much traffic congestion does closing roads create? Do wider roads create less congestion? How reliant are New Yorkers on cars? Schwartz punctures a lot of myths in just under a half hour. I loved this interview so much that I transcribed it. You can read the full edit below the fold.



Get On The Bus! April CIW mobilization in Chicago

NYC, 14.02.2007 22:09

2007 McDonald's Truth Tour and major Chicago mobilizations quickly approaching! * Major rally outside McDonald's global headquarters - Friday, 4/13, Oak Brook, IL * Carnaval and Parade for Fair Food, Real Rights, and Dignity - Saturday, 4/14, downtown Chicago



New Yorkers Petition Canada over Three Men near Death in Canada’s “Guantanamo Bay North”

NYC, 14.02.2007 22:09

Tuesday the 13th of February, a delegation of New Yorkers visited the Canadian Consulate to deliver a statement supporting three men on hunger strike who are detained in Kingston Immigration Holding Facility (Ontario),which is also known as “Guantanamo North”. Mohammad Mahjoub is now on his 81st day refusing food, Mahmoud Jaballah and Hassan Almrei are on their 70th day without food. All three of the men are close to death. The three detainees are hunger striking for basic improvements in their prison conditions, such as daily medical care and the appointment of the Correctional Investigator, an independent ombudsman to register complaints. These services are available in other Canadian prisons, but not in the new Kingston facility, which holds only the three men on hunger strike. They are detained as part of Canada’s controversial security certificate process which means their detention is indefinite and they do not have the right to a fair, open trial.

Please make CALLS AND FAXES to "Public Safety" Minister Stockwell Day, demanding:

a) Begin providing regular medical monitoring of these three men IN
THE LIVING UNIT immediately and without conditions.

b) Immediately appoint the federal Correctional Investigator to
negotiate a solution to the hungerstrike.

c) After the hungerstrike, act without delay to address the underlying reasons for the hunger strikes: indefinite detention, denial of a fair trial and deportation to torture.

* Write or call to:
The Honourable Stockwell Day
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Phone: (613) 995-1702
Fax: 613 952 2240 and Fax: (613) 995.1154
 day.s@parl.gc.ca,  communications@psepc.gc.ca


Or go to the Canadian Consulate in NYC like us:
Canadian Consulate General
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020-1175
Tel: (212) 596-1628 Fax: (212) 596-1790



spekulado (eo)

Barcelona, 14.02.2007 22:09

Bon Pastor, senestonta kvartalo: ekmalkonstruataj la "cases barates" ('malmultekostaj domoj' t.e. porlaborulaj loĝejoj)

Ĉiuj streboj faritaj far diversaj organizoj enkvartalaj kaj foraj por savi la 784 porlaborulajn domojn de Bon Pastor, historia heredaĵo de la urbo, aŭ almenaŭ por garantii dignan alternativon al la pli maljunaj enloĝantoj, malsukcesas ĉiutage antaŭ la aroganta kaj senprizorga maniero kiel la ***Patronat Municipal de l'Habitatge*** de la Urba Konsilantaro decidis eklabori por malĝentile masonfermi la domojn, eĉ antaŭ ol ĉiuj najbaroj forlasu siajn loĝejojn. La ***Patronat*** spekuladas, la Asocio de Najbaroj kunlaboras, la amaskomunikiloj silentigas la kontraŭajn voĉojn... nur restos la memoro pri la lukto de kelkaj 200 maljunaj najbaroj, kontraŭ la misuzo de povo kaj la disdegni de tiuj politikistoj memnomataj maldekstraj, sed kiuj fakte volas mone profiti la terenojn, malkonstrui, rekonstrui kaj stakigi la homojn en apartamentaj blokoj.

Vendredon la 26an>> Hereu inaŭguras la novajn apartamentojn: amasiĝo solidara kun la gesuferantoj je la 17.45a inter la stratoj Claramunt kaj Vilamajor!

Plilegu:: [aŭdaĵoj] kaj [fotoj] :: Pliaj detruoj kaj premoj en Bon Pastor - fotoj (25an jan) :: Nemoveblaĵa premo de la Patronat al la genajbaroj de Bon Pastor (24an jan) :: Verdikto de la ***Contenciós Administratiu*** (22an set) :: Najbaroj el Bon Pastor ***impugnen*** la malkonstruo de la porlaborulajn domojn (1an nov 2006) :: Tiujare la ***Patronat*** ekmalkonstruos la unuajn 150 porlaborulajn domojn (Masala, jun 2006) :: Studo pri la opinioj de la najbaroj (2005) :: ligiloj (2004)

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RNC 2008 Call to Action

NYC, 14.02.2007 21:39

Every four years, in two very lucky cities, big money gets thrown around while look-alikes from opposite ends of a closed circle step up to their podiums and spout nonsense. RNC. DNC. Whatever. The point is that once the conventions are over, once November is come and gone, once the inauguration is only an unpleasant memory, people across this stolen land find themselves in pretty much the same place as before: a bad one.



Kiliwa, Cucapa, EZLN

New Mexico, 14.02.2007 21:39

The Cucapa & Kiliwa indigenous communities of Baja, Mexico are facing extinction



Demonstration to Free the San Francisco 8: Protests against U.S. Torture and Racism

Boston, 14.02.2007 21:11

Boston, MA, February 14th • Activists, students, teachers and church leaders from the groups Coast to Coast Solidarity- Boston and Queers Against Prison- Boston rallied this morning at South Station followed by a string of banner appearances and educational events across the city. This demonstration was part of a national call to action demanding lower bail and the release of the San Francisco 8. Eight former Black Panthers were arrested January 23rd, 2007 in California, New York and Florida on charges related to the 1971 killing of a San Francisco police officer. Similar charges were thrown out, over 30 years ago, after it was revealed that police used torture to extract confessions when some of these same men were arrested in New Orleans in 1973.



San Diego Indymedia in Transition

San Diego, 14.02.2007 19:39

Volunteers with the San Diego Independent Media Center have embarked on a year long effort to revamp the SDIMC website and our relationship to activist groups and underrepresented communities in the San Diego/Tijuana border region. Check out SDIMC's mission statement (click here and scroll)

Our tentative initial priorities include:
--Upgrading the SDIMC Website so that it better serves our contributors and readers and so its technical maintenance is accessible to a broader range of volunteers.
--Improving Accessibility to reading and contributing to the website for those who might have episodic or no internet access, by generating print and audio versions of the website, and by facilitating audio and written submissions.
--Moving Towards a Bilingual Website by providing assistance to and incentives for our bilingual readers/volunteers to help with translations, and by encouraging a broader range of spanish language submissions.
--Establishing Better Connections with Activist and Community Groups so that all significant events in the region affecting our readers are announced/reported on.

To make this happen, we need your input on what to do and how to do it, as well as your help with carrying it out. We welcome your comments and suggestions, as comments to this article, as e-mails to us at imc-sd AT lists d0T indymedia d0T org, or as participation in media forums to be conducted later in the year.

The first step will involve redesign of the SDIMC website, a process that we plan to make as open as possible to people with a broad range of interests and technical skills. Join us at the first planning meeting:
Thursday, February 15, 6:30PM
The Other Side Cafe, 4096 30th in North Park

The new website eventually will include more multimedia options, an embedded event calendar/event announcements and blogs for all frequent contributors. Participants are invited to check out the following articles prior to the meeting:
drupal website | drupal handbooks | drupal for indymedia: 1, 2 | some IMCs using drupal: urbana-champaign, quebec, melbourne, columbus, tasmania, malta, belgium, climate, york.



Have A Heart: Moratorium on Immigrant Deportations

Boston, 14.02.2007 19:09

Boston, MA - This Valentine's Day morning immigrant leaders gathered at South Station to call attention to the senseless immigration raids that have torn immigrant families apart across America. Standing before an eight-foot milk carton depicting missing immigrant parents, community leaders distributed postcards highlighting examples of immigrant children living without their parents.



Criminalització

Barcelona, 14.02.2007 19:09

La llei antiterrorista torna a colpejar la dissidència

El dia 7 de Febrer set furgones dels mossos d’esquadra amb 50 policies amb la cara tapada, van assaltar Kan Rusc de forma desproporcionada, i detingueren a la Nuri. Els suposats motius del per què la policia fa aquest escorcoll són el de pertinença a banda armada i possessió d’explosius. El detonant d’aquesta operació és l’existència d’una llibreta i divers material de difusió anarquista, que se li va incautar dues setmanes abans en un control al tornar d’una manifestació contra els abusos de poder a Olot. Un cop segrestada se li aplica la llei antiterrorista i se l’enduen a la comissaria del mossos de la Zona Franca a Barcelona, on es passa dos dies detinguda i incomunicada.

El divendres 9 és portada a Madrid a l’Audiència Nacional, davant del jutge Santiago Pedraz. Durant la declaració li fan preguntes sobre el contingut de la llibreta però sobretot sobre la relació política que pugui tenir amb Juan, detingut el 21 de desembre i posteriorment empresonat a Soto del Real, pendent d’extradició a Itàlia.

El jutge Santiago Pedraz decreta presó preventiva per la Núria i ordena l’ingrés a Soto del Real, sota l’acusació de col•laboració amb banda armada. La investigació segueix oberta sota secret de sumari i fins que el jutge no faci la revisió del cas en unes setmanes, la Núria haurà de romandre a presó.

Un cop més els cossos repressius de l’Estat amb la complicitat dels mitjans de comunicació opten per reprimir i empresonar les persones que es solidaritzen en contra la repressió estatal.

[Manifestació] 24 Febrer-Girona-19:00h-Subdelegació del Govern a Girona (Gran Via Jaume I)
[Concentracions] Tots els Dimecres 19:30h a la seu d'ICV-EUiA a Girona (crta. Barcelona, 5)

Notícies relacionades: Witness. mira'l, graba'l, canvia'l ::: S'està produint una ofensiva ::: Sumario 8/97: 1º sessió d'un judici polític ::: Última hora Kork 32; Se suspèn el judici però es manté la manifestació! ::: Judicis a Navarra ::: España: entre les dictadures i la democràcia ::: Vagues de fam, nens, ràdios i blocs: les formes de comunicació del poble sahrauí ::: Libertat anarquistes grecs ::: [IRLANDA] Els 9 de Raytheon ::: Un any després... 4f...segrestats per l'Estat Espanyol :::

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Criminalización

Barcelona, 14.02.2007 19:09

La ley antiterrorista vuelve a golpear la disidencia

El día 7 de febrero siete furgonas de los mossos de esquadra con 50 policias con la cara tapada, asaltaron Kan Rusc de forma desproporcionada, y detuvieron a la Nuri. Los supuestos delitos por los que la policía la detuvo son pertenencia a banda armada y posesión de explosivos. El detonante de esta operación son una libreta y diverso material de difusión anarquista que le fueron incautadas dos semanas antes en un control al volver de una manifestación contra los abusos de poder en Olot. Una vez secuestrada le aplicaron la ley antiterrorista y se la llevaron a la comissaria de los mossos de la Zona Franca en Barcelona, donde pasó dos días detenida e incomunicada.

El viernes 9 fue llevada a Madrid a la Audiència Nacional, ante el juez Santiago Pedraz. Durante la declaración le hicieron preguntas acerca del contenido de la libreta pero sobre todo acerca la relación política que pudiese tener con Juan, detenido el 21 de diciembre y posteriormente encarcelado en Soto del Real, pendiente de extradición a Italia.

El juez Santiago Pedraz ha decretado prisión preventiva para Núria y ordenó su ingréso en Soto del Real, bajo la acusación de colaboración con banda armada. La investigación continúa abierta bajo secreto de sumario y hasta que el juez no haga la revisión del caso en unas semanas Núria deberá permanecer en prisión.

Una vez más los curpos represivos del Estado con la complicidad de los medios de comunicación optan por reprimir y encarcelar a las persones que se solidarizan contra la represión estatal.

[Manifestación] 24 Febrero-Girona-19:00h-Subdelegación del Gobierno en Girona (Gran Via Jaume I)
[Concentraciones] Todos los miércoles 19:30h en la sede de ICV-EUiA de Girona (crta. Barcelona, 5)

Notícias relacionadas: Witness. miralo, grabalo, cambialo ::: Se está produciendo una ofensiva ::: Sumario 8/97: 1º sesión de un juicio político ::: Última hora Kork 32; Se suspende el juicio pero se mantiene la manifestación! ::: Juicios en Navarra ::: España: entre las dictaduras y la democrácia ::: Huelgas de hambre, niños, rádios y blocques: las formas de comunicación del pueblo sahrauí ::: libertad anarquistas griegos ::: [IRLANDA] Los 9 de Raytheon ::: Un año después... 4f...secuestrados por el Estado Español :::

+info: >>>criminalización y represión + el5ud.Org



Chubut: nueva recuperación en Leleque

Argentina, 14.02.2007 18:38

Comunidades mapuche volvieron a ocupar tierras en conflicto con Benetton



Father Paul M. Washington Community Committee Black History Month

Philadelphia, 14.02.2007 16:09



valentine's flowers

Cleveland, 14.02.2007 15:08

Remembering Where Flowers Come from on Valentine's Day



Anchors aweigh!

Portland, 14.02.2007 11:11

Dear US Navy friends:

I don't have to tell you that you're being set up. You know it in your guts. Sure, the missile-destroyers and aircraft carriers have Phoenix anti-missile systems and reactive depth charge systems, et cetera, and they will certainly hit a few of the barrage of Shkvall-type supercavitating torpedoes and post-Exocet-style missiles that come their way. But that's just the point: they won't stop a barrage, not even from the Iranian's worn-out F-14s and outdated diesel submarines.

You see what is happening. The Fifth fleet is being bottled up in the Persian Gulf, not just as an air launch platform, but as a decoy. A really bloody decoy.



Open Letter to Rep. Wayne Scott

Portland, 14.02.2007 11:11

Representative Scott:

As one of your constituents living in the Redland area near Oregon City, I'd like to let you know about an anniversary in my family. Three years ago tomorrow is the day my family received that heart-stopping knock at the door in the wee hours. Three years ago tomorrow my brother called me sobbing to tell me that his son, my 19 year old nephew, was hit by a roadside bomb and died in Iraq. Three years ago tomorrow my family changed forever and there is no going back.

You will never know that kind of pain and I do not wish it on you. I do wish that you could at least try to understand that the war in Iraq has and continues to affect the lives of Oregonians. Not just the 79 killed, but the hundreds maimed, suffering PTSD and those serving extended tours and all their families that suffer with them.



Smith's Office Locks Out The Public

Portland, 14.02.2007 11:11

The "Occupation Project" had a press conference at 3pm, after which Gordon Smith's office locked the general public out, for (they are claiming) the rest of the day.

There were 2 arrests yesterday, of people refusing to leave Smith's office until the war is defunded. On this second day of planned actions at Smith's office, they have responded by locking down the building.

Greg Lief: Locking down the entire building is an extremely drastic move. This demonstrates that Senator Smith is too frightened to answer to constituents (including myself, who was arrested on Monday afternoon), who are merely trying in a peaceful non-violent manner to urge Smith to follow his December 2006 statements condemning the Iraq war with concrete action, e.g., voting to defund the war and withdraw American troops as soon as possible.

Evidently it is one thing for a professional politician such as Smith to make such statements, but his attempts at blocking Iraq debate show where he really stands on this issue.



Oemig to introduce bill on impeachment in Washington

Portland, 14.02.2007 11:11

Washington State Senator Eric Oemig is announcing that he is introducing a joint memorial that calls on Congress to begin investigation of the serious allegations against the President and Vice President.

1:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2007. SENATE HEARING ROOM 2 OF THE JOHN A. CHERNBERG BUILDING. WA STATE CAPITOL, OLYMPIA.

If a state legislature passes this, according to House Rules, it goes to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives where it can trigger an impeachment investigation. New Mexico is also considering a similar resolution.



In The Dock on Your Birthday: The Fairford Trails Are Re-Started

Bristol, 14.02.2007 10:09

An Estimated £2 Million Spent without Verdict An Estimated £2 Million Spent without Verdict Has the justice system got a grudge against peace protesters? During the recent prison overcrowding crisis, a man in North Wales is spared prison after pleading guilty to 10 charges of making indecent photographs of children while a peace protester is jailed for non-payment of fines. Now in Bristol, despite three hung jury verdicts the justice system has decided to resume the Fairford Trials. Josh writes: Here we go again!...Probably a bit early to be posting details, but I’ve just heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions has decided to re try the five Fairford Disarmer defendants, most probably in April, May & June.Having spent, according to conservative estimates, over £2 million trying to get our peers to convict us for attempting to prevent war crimes and hinder the illegal attack and occupation of Iraq, and failing miserably three times, it seems they still fancy their chances. I can only assume that they feel not ordering retrials would be tantamount to admitting the 'crown' doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on in legitimising the devastation and slaughter inflicted on Iraq over the past years – as if! I’m first up this time, starting Monday 30th April – which is nice timing as I’ll be spending me birthday in the dock. Full article.| Fairford Disarmers Re-Trials | Fairford Trial - updates | Fairford coach action legal success | Peace Trials: 2nd Jury Unable to Reach a Verdict | 'Fairford Disarmers' Trial Ends With 'No Clear Verdict' | Online Petition: Stop the Legal Persecution of the Fairford Five | Child pornography case ruling angers critics (guardian.co.uk) | Veteran peace protester sent to jail despite prisons crisis (independent.co.uk/) |Contribute An Article | How To Contribute Articles - A Brief Guide | Add To The Calendar



ecuador

Colombia, 14.02.2007 09:09

El pueblo ecuatoriano, obliga al congreso a ser democrático



Marcha Migrante II Headed Towards San Diego

San Diego, 14.02.2007 09:08

Marcha Migrante II is collecting border stories as they journey along the u.s.-mexico border from San Diego to Brownsville and back. The caravan currently is a few days out of San Diego, with stops in San Antonio, New Mexico and Los Angeles planned before returning for the People's Immigration Hearing on Saturday, February 17, 11:30AM at Border Field State Park.

From Border Angels: McAllen to Brownsville (2/9): Hundreds gathered to say welcome and join the caravan !!! We held a rousing rally, heard heartbreaking testimonials and had car after car join the caravan!!! It was a beautiful sight as 30+ autos joined MARCHA MIGRANTE II and went from McAllen to Weslaco to Brownsville for presentations and to hear testimonials. Eagle Pass (2/10): We meet with the Institute of Mexican Abroad, Border Commission. We are again welcomed with wonderful kindness and support. We attend meetings and forums with locals, local authorities and discuss realities, policies and here stories of why we need the humane immigration reform NOW! Towards San Antonio (2/11): Stormy weather but nothing like what our brethren face when they travel North... Tomorrow I fly to Nebraska to debate F.A.I.R. president Dan Stien, others go to HUTTO PRISON for protest vigil and others attend Human Rights Border conference.



GLBT Community Center opens in Tulsa

Oklahoma, 14.02.2007 08:08

Events February 14- 18 celebrate new resource Oklahomans for Equality cordially invites you, your family, and your friends to our Grand Opening festivities. Please join us February 14- 18, 2007 at 621 E 4th Street in downtown Tulsa, as we celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) & allied community and its new home - the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Oklahomans for Equality cordially invites you, your family, and your friends to our Grand Opening festivities. Please join us February 14- 18, 2007 at 621 E 4th Street in downtown Tulsa, as we celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) & allied community and its new home - the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.Oklahomans for Equality cordially invites you, your family, and your friends to our Grand Opening festivities. Please join us February 14- 18, 2007 at 621 E 4th Street in downtown Tulsa, as we celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) & allied community and its new home - the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Love: The Higher Law - Wednesday, February 14 Freedom to Marry Week Brings Action @ the Courthouse - GRAND OPENING EVENT In support of the 10th anniversary of Freedom to Marry Week, Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) is sponsoring Love: The Higher Law, a Valentine's Day demonstration calling for marriage equality for same- gender couples in Oklahoma. A coalition of same- gender couples, pro-LGBT ministers, and activists will go to the Tulsa County Courthouse and attempt to register for marriage licenses. If you are interested in participating in this historic event, please contact OkEq President Laura Belmonte at labelmonte@hotmail.com or 918.906.2134. There will be a mandatory training session for all participants prior to the demonstration. Following the Valentine's Day demo, a wedding reception will be held in the Great Hall of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Free and open to the public, the wedding reception honors those who attempted to register for marriage licenses earlier in the day and all same-gender couples denied the 1,049 federal benefits of marriage. Opening Night Reception - Thursday, February 15 Reception Celebrates Opening Night of the Equality Center - GRAND OPENING EVENT Opening Night kicks off in style on Thursday, February 15, 2007 from 5:00-9:00 PM. The Opening Night Reception features champagne & chocolate, valet parking, spotlights and awards, as the LGBT & allied community helps open the doors of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E 4th Street in downtown Tulsa. The Opening Night Reception features the debut of the "Opening Doors" Art Exhibit, with guests able to enjoy free champagne & chocolate amid unique works of art. Major contributors to the Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) Capital Campaign will also be recognized during a "Penning Ceremony" at 7:00 PM in the Great Hall. All in the LGBT & allied community are invited. Just look for the lights in downtown Tulsa, head to 4th & Kenosha, and help celebrate the opening of the new home for the community - the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Opening Doors Art Exhibit & Competition - Thursday, February 15Unique art that speaks to all and “opens doors” to the heart, soul and mind will be featured during the Opening Doors Art Exhibit & Competition. The exhibit/competition debuts on Thursday, February 15, 2007 with a free Champagne & Chocolate reception from 5:00-9:00 PM and runs through March 15, 2007. Each entry of the exhibit and competition will be on, or a part of, a door - car, cabinet, house or any other type of door. Individuals, groups and organizations are welcome to submit an entry free of charge. Awards, determined by a vote of the public, will recognize an outstanding piece by a young adult (under 21), as well as an adult entry. Opening Doors to the Heart, Soul & Mind - GRAND OPENING EVENT Unique art that speaks to all and “opens doors” to the heart, soul and mind will be featured during the Opening Doors Art Exhibit & Competition. The exhibit/competition debuts on Thursday, February 15, 2007 with a free Champagne & Chocolate reception from 5:00-9:00 PM and runs through March 15, 2007. Each entry of the exhibit and competition will be on, or a part of, a door - car, cabinet, house or any other type of door. Individuals, groups and organizations are welcome to submit an entry free of charge. Awards, determined by a vote of the public, will recognize an outstanding piece by a young adult (under 21), as well as an adult entry. GayBingO - Friday, February 16 Not the Bingo Your Grandmother Played - GRAND OPENING EVENTNo straight lines - just nice shapes. This isn’t the bingo your grandmother played! GayBingO makes its debut on Friday, February 16, 7:00-10:00 PM, in the Event Center of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Outrageous entertainment, 6 of the gayest bingo games you’ve seen, drink specials, and a couple of special surprises make GayBingO the night you won’t want to miss. Hosted by Peaches Lennox and her troupe of special guests, GayBingO features "must have" prizes including tickets to the 2007 Diversity Gala, cash, 2 GayBingO prize packages and outstanding door prizes. And you won't want to miss your chance to cash-in with the "Great Divide." Refreshments and drink specials like the BingoBlast, as well as soft- drinks and additional beverages, will be available throughout the evening. Open House, LGBT Expo, TestFest - Saturday, February 17 A Full Afternoon for the LGBT & Allied Community - GRAND OPENING EVENT A full, free afternoon dedicated to the LGBT & allied community is featured on Saturday, February 17, 2007, 2:00-6:00 PM. The Welcome Home Open House features tours of the new facility and refreshments in the Great Hall. You’ll be able to learn more of the numerous community groups, social organizations, houses of worship and agencies during the LGBT Community Expo in the Wellness Center While you’re enjoying the afternoon, free HIV and syphilis tests will be available during TestFest 2007 in the Health Testing Office and additional locations in the Center. Wild Hearts Ball VII - Saturday, February 17 Mardi Gras Madness in the Event Center - GRAND OPENING EVENTThe signature event of the OkEq Capital Campaign, the Wild Hearts Ball, celebrates its 7th year with Mardi Gras Madness, 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM, in the Event Center of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Free food, cash bar, Himmicanes & Herricanes, and a live DJ will make you want to dance the night away. The drawing for the Great Divide, your chance to win thousands of dollars ($20/ticket) in a 50/50 cash split, will be a highlight during the Wild Hearts Ball. Of course, it wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without a little madness. If you come in full Mardi Gras regalia, as long as it’s legal, you can compete for prizes during the costume contest at 10:00 PM. Brunch & Blessings - Sunday, February 18 FINAL GRAND OPENING EVENTA buffet brunch & sacred music will close out the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center Grand Opening weekend on Sunday, February 18, 2007. You’ll have not one, but two opportunities to enjoy this unique event for the LGBT & allied community. The New Dimensions Choir, Carlton Pearson, Rebecca Ungermann, Sisters in Song, and the Drummers will bring you to your feet during the 10:00 AM seating. The 1:00 PM seating brings Council Oak Men's Chorale, the Young Adult Vocal Ensemble of All Souls Unitarian Church and Jared Tyler to the stage. Seats are $10/person with vegetarian and vegan options available. email: center-at-okeq.org phone: 918.743.4297 web: http://www.okeq.org   A MISSION OF EQUALITY - Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) seeks equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) individuals and families through advocacy, education, programs, alliances, and the operation of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. The OkEq Enews is written by Greg Gatewood, Center Director and Laura A. Belmonte, OkEq President. Please acknowledge "OkEq Enews" when forwarding or re- printing in publications.



Breaking News!

Manila, 14.02.2007 07:10

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Discriminación: Habla el intendente de Bermejito

Argentina, 14.02.2007 06:38

“En Europa con media hectárea subsiste una familia, pero acá falta espíritu de trabajo”



Student Strikes Against War - Feb15

Santa Cruz, CA, 14.02.2007 06:08

On Thursday, February 15, 2007, students at UC Santa Barbara, Columbia University, and Columbia College in Chicago will be on strike against the war. Solidarity actions are planned at more than a dozen other schools - including 5 in the Bay Area: San Francisco State, Lowell High School, Mills College, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz. Thousands are expected to attend nation-wide. The Feb15 protests were initiated by activists at UC Santa Barbara who have been organizing a student strike for weeks.



Court Decision Devastates Community Oversight

San Francisco Bay Area, 14.02.2007 05:12

On February 9th, an Alameda County judge ruling against the City of Berkeley's Police Review Commission essentially banned open hearings about police officers and blocked public access to records of police misconduct. Berkeley Copwatch says, "The community must come together and take action against this blow to public safety and police accountability!" Copwatch will hold a meeting on Monday, February 19th at 8pm in the Grassroots House, 2022 Blake St. in Berkeley.



Bail Hearing and Arraignment for Four of San Francisco Eight

San Francisco Bay Area, 14.02.2007 05:12

Four of the San Francisco 8, the former Black Panthers who were recently arrested on charges related to the 1971 killing of an SFPD officer, have their next court date on Wednesday. The February 14th arraignment and bail reduction hearing will take place at 9am in Dept 12 at 850 Bryant Street in San Francisco.

The new film "Legacy of Torture," about the San Francisco 8, will be screened at the Long Haul on Sunday February 25th . The evening will also include dinner as well as speakers about the SF 8, and updates about another California political prisoner who is in need of support.



Sacred Activism and the Power of Inclusion

Oklahoma, 14.02.2007 05:09

Wisdom University Conference, May 9 - 12 Wisdom University Conference Sacred Activism and the Power of Inclusion A Heartland Summit May 9 - 12, 2007 - Click Here to Register For Conference RENAISSANCE TULSA HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER 6808 S 107th E AVENUE TULSA OK 74133 The conference is open to the public. Wisdom University Conference Sacred Activism and the Power of Inclusion A Heartland Summit May 9 - 12, 2007 - Click Here to Register For Conference RENAISSANCE TULSA HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER 6808 S 107th E AVENUE TULSA OK 74133 The conference is open to the public. The purpose of the conference is to address the critical moral challenges facing America. It will highlight the deepening unease many feel about the direction in which our nation is headed and will focus attention on the values and actions that will regain for all of us a sense of community and higher purpose. The orientation of the conference is neither left nor right but seeks instead to focus on the demands of the future and what kind of America we want to build at a time when multiple crises undermine our security and the world looks to America for leadership. Conference Agenda This conference agenda is a work in progress. Please check this site frequently to learn about updates and developments as we expand the program, detail workshops, and describe the entertainment that will accompany our proceedings. What you see here is only the beginning: WED. EVENING MAY 9TH 3:00 PM Registration 5:30 PM Reception/music 6:30 PM Opening Plenary: Sacred Activism and the Power of Inclusion Welcome: Jim Garrison, President, Wisdom University; Carlton Pearson, Pastor, New Dimensions Spiritual Center, Tulsa Keynote Speakers: Andrew Harvey, Fellow of All Souls College at Oxford University and award-winning author and editor of over 30 books, including The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi, The Direct Path, and The Return of the Mother Caroline Myss, Medical intuitive, teacher and the best-selling author of Anatomy of the Spirit, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, Sacred Contracts, Invisible Acts of Power, and Entering the Castle 9:30 PM Post Plenary Music/Informal Gathering THURSDAY MAY 10TH 8:00 AM Registration 9:00 AM Plenary: Women in Leadership Speakers: Lauren Artress, Founder, Veriditas: The Voice of the Labyrinth Movement Laura A. Belmonte, President, Oklahomans for Equality, author of Selling America: Propaganda, National Identity, and the Cold War (forthcoming) and editor of Speaking of America: Readings in U.S. History Caroline Myss, Medical intuitive, teacher and the best-selling author of Anatomy of the Spirit, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, Sacred Contracts, Invisible Acts of Power, and Entering the Castle Sheryl Siddiqui, Director, Community Relations/American Outreach, Islamic Society of Tulsa 12:00 PM Luncheon Keynote: The Scourge of AIDS and the Challenges of Social and Economic Inequality Speaker: Yvette Flunder, Bishop, The Fellowship, gospel recording artist, author, Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology and Homiletics of Radical lnclusion 2:00 PM Workshops Lauren Artress, We're All on the Path Together: The Mysteries and Metaphors Embedded in the Labyrinth. Andrew Harvey, The Seven Laws of Sacred Activism 4:00 PM Break 6:00 PM Plenary: The Art of Possibility Keynote Speaker/Performer: Ben Zander, Conductor, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, co-author The Art of Possibility 8:00 PM Plenary: The Crisis in Our Environment, the Corruption in Our Politics and Media, and the Opportunity to Renew the Nation Keynote Speaker: Robert Kennedy Jr., Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council 9:30 PM Post Plenary Music/Informal Gathering FRIDAY MAY 11TH 9:00 AM Plenary: The Emerging Wisdom Culture Keynote Speaker: Paul Ray, Sociologist, Author, The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World Creating a Wisdom Culture (PowerPoint File, 1.25MB) Speakers: Robin Meyers, Senior Minister, Mayflower Church, Oklahoma City, author, Why the Christian Right is Wrong Carter Phipps, Senior Editor, What is Enlightenment? Magazine 12:00 PM Luncheon Keynote: A Progressive Agenda for America Speaker: Michael Lerner, Founder, Tikkun magazine, author of ten books including The Left Hand of God, Spirit Matters: Global Healing and the Wisdom of the Soul, and The Politics of Meaning 2:00 PM Workshops Carter Phipps, The History of Evolutionary Spirituality Paul Ray, The Emerging Wisdom Culture 3:45 PM Workshops Michael Lerner, Network of Spiritual Progressives 5:00 - 5:30 PM Welcome to the Sabbath with Rabbi Charles P. Sherman and Cantor Kari Siegel-Eglash, Temple Israel, Tulsa 6:00 PM A Sufi Call to Prayer with Andrew Harvey, Fellow of All Souls College at Oxford University and award-winning author and editor of over 30 books, including The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi, The Direct Path, and The Return of the Mother 6:30 Dinner Break 8:00 PM Plenary: The Koran and the Power of Deep Ecumenism Keynote Speaker: Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, Head of the Nation of Islam 1973-1978; Founder, American Muslim Mission 9:30 PM Post Plenary Music/Informal Gathering SATURDAY MAY 12TH 9:00 AM Plenary: The Power of Inclusion Keynote Address: Carlton Pearson, Pastor, New Dimensions Spiritual Center, Tulsa, author, The Gospel of Inclusion Speakers: Yvette Flunder, Bishop, The Fellowship, gospel recording artist, author, Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology and Homiletics of Radical lnclusion Marlin Lavanhar, Pastor All Soul's Church, Tulsa, OK Bruce Prescott, Executive Director, Mainstream Baptists of Oklahoma, How Does God Speak in Interfaith America? 12:00 PM Luncheon Keynote: Toward a New Spirituality Speaker: William Sinkford, President, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations 2:00 PM Workshops Michael Beckwith, The Secret and The Power of Attraction 3:45 PM Workshops 5:30 PM Dinner Break 7:00 PM Closing Plenary: Moving Mountains Keynote Speakers: Michael Beckwith, Pastor, Agape International Spiritual Center; Author, 40 Day Mind Fast Soul Feast and A Manifesto of Peace! Ricki Byars Beckwith, musician and singer Music: Gospel Choir 9:30 PM Post Plenary Music/Informal Gathering Co-Sponsors: Coalition of Hispanic Organizations/Tulsa Fellowship Congregational Church New Dimensions Worship Center One Spirit Learning Alliance State of the World Forum Tulsa Indian Coalition Against Racism Tulsa Interfaith Alliance What is Enlightenment? magazine Sacred Activism and the Power of Inclusion There is little doubt in most people’s minds that America is significantly out of alignment with the values with which it was founded and by which most of us live our lives. This has given rise to increased alienation with the political process and a precipitous diminution of respect for America by the international community. The challenge in this situation is whether it is possible to mount a movement of people and ideas that will realign the very moral compass of America around a new sense of civic responsibility, an inclusive spirituality, protection of the earth, and a new relationship between America and the community of nations. The purpose of this conference is thus to forge a deeper connection between the values and the activism necessary for effective leadership in our communities. The fundamental goal is to challenge participants to let go of old oppositional stances and to work together to formulate positive goals and programs for what will work in the future. Essentially, people must realize that the old left/right liberal vs. conservative moral debate, political rhetoric and strategic thinking is no longer relevant to the actual reality of American life. What is relevant is the fact that there is a new wisdom culture emerging, one comprised of a growing number of people who find themselves breaking out of the old value systems and embracing a more humane, more global view of themselves and the world. The sociologist Paul Ray refers to them as cultural creatives, a group which only began to emerge in world culture fifty years ago and which has been formed by the amalgamation of all the major social movements that have occurred during this time, ranging from the civil rights, anti-nuclear, environmental, feminist, pro choice, human rights, immigration, children rights, gay/lesbian, and anti-globalization movements. Taken collectively, cultural creatives now number over 50 million adults in the United States, are even more numerous in Europe, and are growing in numbers all around the world. Those who tend to embody the values of the emerging wisdom culture tend to be deeply spiritual without being dogmatically religious and committed to technology and economic prosperity but not at the cost of the environment or community. They understand the world holistically and are deeply committed to non-ideological politics that emphasize practical solutions. Overwhelmingly, they are professional, creative and entrepreneurial. They thus represent a dramatic departure from the traditional value system represented by religious fundamentalists on the one hand; or the modernist world view represented by much of the scientific and business establishment on the other. Indeed, not since the Enlightenment, when the modernist worldview began to emerge, has there been such a profound realignment in fundamental human values. A central fact about this new cultural group is that they are a population and not yet a group. They hold progressive values, but five out of six don’t identify with either the liberals or the conservatives, and yet they are not themselves mobilized into a coherent political force. In fact, a common denominator amongst most cultural creatives is that they think they are alone. They represent the largest single values group in America but they have virtually no presence in the current social or political debate. If they did, the very moral compass of this country would change and America could be realigned with the values upon which it was founded, which the international community expects, and which the future demands. The key question therefore is how we can identify, mobilize, and turn this emerging cultural group into an effective moral presence and political force. It is to help accomplish these goals that the Tulsa conference is being organized. Creating a Wisdom Culture (PowerPoint File, 1.25MB) Click Here to Register For Conference



Sierra Club Cimarron Group News

Oklahoma, 14.02.2007 04:38

Serving Oklahoma City and NW Oklahoma Cimarron Group serves Oklahoma City and NW Oklahoma Meetings Our next meeting is this Thursday, February 15th, 7:30 PM at the Mayflower Community Church . Martha Holland will present a program that she gives to local groups and businesses on “Green Savings”. You don’t have to break the bank to go green, learn some practical tips to save money while saving the earth. See http://oklahoma.sierraclub.org/cimarron for directions. Bill Dinger, Group Chair Politics! We have several bills at the state legislature that we are working pass or defeat. Keep up to date at http://oklahoma.sierraclub.org/chapter/legislative.htm Recycling We are now accepting ink jet cartridges and cell phones to be recycled as a fund raiser at Backwoods, Town and Country Village Shopping Center , 122nd & North May or dropped at a meeting. Bring them to the January meeting for a great start to the new year. Newsletter Now on-line, the January, February, March issue of our newsletter. Find it at http://oklahoma.sierraclub.org/cimarron



Adrian Fenty: &quot;If I had my druthers, I'd move even faster...&quot;

DC, 14.02.2007 04:10

"If I had my druthers, I'd move even faster than we are now", said Mayor Adrian Fenty, Monday night, February 12th, while trying to make a hard sell for his planned mayoral takeover of the school system.



&quot;Prez on the Rez&quot; forum for Democratic candidates to address Indian issues

Oklahoma, 14.02.2007 04:08

Democratic Presidential Candidates Coming to Indian Country Press release from INDN List Education Fund INDN's List Education Fund will launch historic Prez on the Rez in Washington, DC, February 26, 2007, 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. This August the Democratic candidates for President of the United States will be coming to Indian Country for an unprecedented forum on Indian issues. Prez on the Rez will bring together the Democratic candidates for President to address the future of Indian Country in front of thousands of tribal leaders, elected officials, INDN elected officials, tribal members, and activists. You can learn more by visiting www.prezontherez.org now. One exciting feature of the website is the ability to submit suggested questions to be asked of the candidates at the forum. We want to ensure tribal leaders and tribal citizens have the chance to ask questions from Indian Country, about the issues that Indian people face. We expect all the contenders to participate, including: Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joseph Biden, and Christopher Dodd, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former Sens. John Edwards and Mike Gravel, Govs. Bill Richardson and Tom Vilsack, and Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark. “With Prez on the Rez we hope to show our Presidential candidates the power of Indians as a voting constituency,” said Kalyn Free, “but also make clear their responsibility as leaders to work with Indian Country to make sure American Indians are a part of the American Dream.” Prez on the Rez will give American Indians an historic opportunity to engage our national leaders in a conversation on building a more prosperous future for our Indian Nations and for all Americans. The resources, advice, and votes that Indian Nations offer can be leveraged in support of a prosperous Indian Country and the interests of all Americans. And Prez on the Rez offers our leaders the opportunity to join Indian Nations in countering the tragedy of economic inequality and political disenfranchisement by building prosperous communities and by establishing a voice in our democracy. Prez on the Rez is being hosted by the INDN’s List Education Fund (ILEF), a non-profit organization founded to leverage the power of Indian voters on behalf of causes important to Indian Country and working families everywhere. “ILEF and Prez on the Rez will dramatically expand the kinds of things we can do for Indians and Indian issues around the country,” said Kalyn Free. “This gives us an opportunity to influence the political debate while the whole nation is watching, and to make sure candidates are responsive to our issues.” Get ILEF off to a great start by contributing to Prez on the Rez today. In addition to Prez on the Rez, ILEF will begin the Native American Network (NAN) Project, which will serve as our Indian voter mobilization project, designed not only to help boost voter turnout in Indian Country, but actually translate the power of the ballot box into advocacy for issues important to Indian Country. Simply voting is not enough. It’s time Indian Country took an active role in determining the issues addressed at all levels of government. Visit www.prezontherez.org regularly for all the latest news. INDN's List Education Fund | 406 S. Boulder Mezz. Ste 200 | Tulsa | OK | 74103 About Prez on the Rez and INDN's List Education Fund The INDN's List Education Fund is a 501(c)(4) not for profit corporation founded in 2006 whose mission is to "promote the social welfare, and economic and social improvement and empowerment of American Indians by advocating policies and legislation at the federal, state, and local level that promote the interests of American Indians by focusing the interest and attention of elected officials and candidates on issues of concern to American Indians." In 2007, ILEF will undertake two major projects, Prez on the Rez and the Native American Network (NAN). Prez on the Rez, the initial project of ILEF, will bring Democratic candidates for President of the United States to an Indian Reservation for a historic forum to discuss issues important to American Indians. Tribal leaders and tribal citizens from all across the country will participate. This historic event is tentatively scheduled for August of 2007. The Native American Network (NAN) project will be an ongoing effort to build political power at the grassroots level in Indian Country throughout America. Registering voters and turning them out on Election Day will be a major part of NAN's efforts, but the ultimate goal of this project is to consolidate the political power garnered through the voting process and develop it into the ability to advocate for positive change in Indian Country on an ongoing basis. NAN was founded with the idea that the challenges facing Indian Country will continue to be neglected by our political leaders until Indians become an active force in their American democracy. It's time we change the dynamic and begin to exercise the power we wield through the voting process and finally have our issues become an important part of the agenda. The initial phase of NAN will focus on key reservations in key battleground states, thereby giving American Indians the power to not only elect our own tribal members, but also have a determining voice in who our leaders will be at all levels of government. The INDN's List Education Fund promises to be a powerful tool in leveraging the vote of American Indians to affect real, positive change both in Indian Country and for all Americans.



Senator Barack Obama Visits UNH

New Hampshire, 14.02.2007 01:10

Yesterday was the official start of “Obama-mania” in New Hampshire. About 2400 people filled the Lundholm Gymnasium at UNH, waiting in anticipation, while strains of “Rescue Me” and “A Change'll Do You Good” played in the background. While awaiting the senator's arrival, I asked a few people what had lured them out to hear Obama speak.



São Paulo: Ocupação Prestes Maia ameaçada de despejo

Portugal, 14.02.2007 00:40

São Paulo: Ocupação Prestes Maia ameaçada de despejo



Boycott Called After Monster Lays Off 120 Immigrant Workers

San Francisco Bay Area, 13.02.2007 23:09

Monster Cable, a wealthy Bay Area company producing high-end cables and accessories, laid off over 120 immigrant workers in Oct. 2006 and outsourced their jobs overseas. The workers have been demanding a fair severance and community fund, and on Feb. 5, 2007 they launched a boycott calling on consumers to stop buying Monster products until the company resolves their demands. While it would cost only $500,000 to pay fair severances to the workers, "Head Monster" Noel Lee spent $6 million to name "Monster Park" in San Francisco, and the company has annual sales of $1 billion.

The laid-off workers and supporters will hold a boycott action at noon on Wednesday Feb. 14th at Powell and Market Streets.



Amnesty International Renews Call to Gov. to Free Gary Tyler

New Orleans, 13.02.2007 22:41

Amnesty International Renews Call to Gov. to Free Gary Tyler



CUMBRE DE PRESIDENTES EN TENSA CALMA

Uruguay, 13.02.2007 18:39

La cumbre de la seguridad



NO AL TIFA

Uruguay, 13.02.2007 18:39

Paso previo al TLC



Masivamente

Colombia, 13.02.2007 17:39

La Jagua de Ibirico se hizo oír



[Guinée-Conakry] La fin d'un régime d'un autre âge?

Liege, 13.02.2007 16:37

La Guinée - Conakry est un petit pays ouest-africain de presque 10 millions d'habitants, l'un des pays les plus pauvres de la planète, en dépit de sa richesse minière: diamants, or, fer, uranium, etc., et surtout bauxite dont il est le 2e producteur mondial et qui assure 90% de ses recettes d'exportation. La production de minerais est entre les mains de grandes firmes étrangères (américaine, japonaise, canadienne...), tandis que l'impérialisme français reste le premier fournisseur du pays. Alors que la majorité de la population guinéenne vit dans la misère, bourgeois locaux et étrangers et multinationales s'enrichissent, protégées par le régime du général Lansana Conté (ancien militaire de l'armée coloniale française arrivé au pouvoir après un coup d'Etat en 1984) contre le mécontentement grandissant.



Third IMC Video

Worcester, 13.02.2007 16:11

Worcester Indymedia News, February 13, 2007



Peter Young Is Freed

San Francisco Bay Area, 13.02.2007 10:40

On Thursday, February 1st, Peter Young walked through the doors of the Victorville FCI II facility and into the free world. He was greeted by a small crowd and immediately taken to a celebration dinner in Los Angeles. To quote Peter's toast (of coffee) that afternoon: "Here's to being liberated". Federal officials had accused him of freeing some 8,000 mink from fur farms in Wisconsin, South Dakota and Iowa.




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