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St. Helen's Mine EA released - Comments due April 12th

Portland, 21.03.2007 04:39

(Wed, 14 Mar 2007) Friends, The BLM and U.S. Forest Service released an Environmental Assessment today outlining their preliminary decision to grant a lease to Idaho General Mines for land north of Mount St. Helens. They are proposing to lease 217 acres of the approximately 900 acres the company was hoping to lease, while leaving the option for leasing the remaining 600 + acres for a later date. They are not allowing any activity on the ground and are requiring the mining company to apply for a permit (which will require a new environmental review) for exploration. You can view the EA at
<b>We have until April 12th to flood the BLM & U.S. Forest Service with comments asking them not to grant this lease.</b> Comments can be sent to the address below.

In the Jaws of a Predator: Homophobia (again) sinks its teeth into Ray Buckley

New Hampshire, 21.03.2007 03:11

Recently, state representative Steve Vaillancourt made unsubstantiated accusations against Ray Buckley on his Manchester public access television show. Vaillancourt accused Buckley of collecting child pornography. Those allegations nearly prevented Buckley from participating in the election for chair of the NH Democratic Party. Now, with the election coming this Saturday, Vaillancourt has assisted in another raid on public perceptions of Ray Buckley. This time, Vaillancourt has provided home video footage of Buckley making off-color remarks. Vaillancourt's comrade in arms, Manchester Republican Joe "Kelly" Levasseur, has added the footage to a Youtube video that attempts to raise again the specter of pedophilia against Buckley. That poor man's propaganda has two purposes: to cost Buckley his chairmanship, and to further embarrass the Democratic Party.

Fotos y música en l@s gat@s

Argentina, 20.03.2007 23:08

Protest against ID cards in Brighton!

United Kingdom, 20.03.2007 21:09

SUSSEX opponents of ID cards are to hold a demonstration in Brighton on a national day of action on Monday March 26.

Supporters of Brighton NO2ID will be gathering in Churchill Square from 5pm and are urging like-minded people to join them.

Said a spokesman: “Although Brighton itself will not have an ID card centre - (we will have to travel to Hastings or Crawley to have our civil liberties abused) that doesn’t mean our protest is going to be any less vocal.

Universal Health Care in Oregon

Rogue Valley, 20.03.2007 20:41

Two Town Hall Meetings In Southern Oregon

Ashland , Friday, March 23 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Pioneer Hall near Lithia Park, 73 Winburn Way

Medford , Saturday, March 24 10:00 - 11:30 AM in the Large Meeting Room at the Medford Public Library 205 S. Central

Michael Parenti Speaks on &quot;Culture Struggle&quot;

San Diego, 20.03.2007 20:10

Michael Parenti, Berkeley-based Leftist author and professor, gave several talks on a recent tour of San Diego, inclding one at the Malcolm X Library March 7 on "The Culture Struggle." Parenti analyzed the connection between culture and class in Marxist terms, saying that culture is the way an owning class trains the working class to have the values that will make working people content with their lives and disinclined to challenge the existing ownership and control of the means of production. In his speech, and his similarly titled book, he also scorned "cultural relativism" — saying the idea that people brought up in one culture can't judge those from another has been used to defend social evils like slavery and rape — and also talked about capitalism has increasingly turned culture into a commodity.

From white m@le fed up with White Males:
to see a white male criticizing the experiences of people of color, women, and queer folk. and also surprise, he's a marxist! congratulations sir, you and your irrelevant ideology are part of the same culture that aims to perpetuate the oppression of people of color, women, and queer folk. of course the experiences of black women (for example) are subordinate to your epistemological claims! because you follow a long tradition of western enlightenment thinking that has hegemonically controlled the discourses of truth for hundreds of years! relativism shmelativism, the perspective of western white male is universal truth!

Urgent - Eric McDavid in Need of Funds

San Diego, 20.03.2007 20:10

Adapted from Eric McDavid and two other codefendants now cooperating with authorities were arrested on January 13, 2006, although they had not committed a crime. The three are accused of "conspiring to damage or destroy by explosive or fire" cell phone towers, power plants and US Forest Service facilities. He faces 5-20 years in prison if convicted.

The three allegedly fell into federal hands because of a paid informant named "Anna," a very militant-sounding "activist" who was paid $75,000 plus expenses for her time "embedded" in the group.

To date, his time in prison has been arduous. He was not being fed vegan food and went on hunger strike to protest his improper treatment. He fell ill and lost a great amount of weight before the prison began to meet his dietary needs. Eric has been refused bail as a "flight risk" or "danger to the community," so he has been detained in solitary confinement at a Sacramento jail since his arrest.

One codefendant, Lauren Weiner, agreed on May 30, 2006 to cooperate with federal investigations and pled guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy. She has been released on bail. According to a press release on Wednesday, July 19, Zachary Jenson also has pled guilty and has agreed to testify against Eric.

Eric still maintains his innocence and needs support.

From Sacramento Prisoner Support: After paying for all of Eric's legal fees for over a year, his family is in need of assistance. His trial date is approaching and the legal fees are mounting. We need to raise $15,000 to ensure that Eric's legal fees - lawyer, investigators, etc - are covered through trial. --Read More--

Support Eric McDavid Website

Bristol Indymedia and the Coming Elections

Bristol, 20.03.2007 19:08

2007 Local Election Polling Stations Local elections are due on Thursday 3rd May. It seems this is one of those elections where campaigning has begun early. With the political spectrum turning a distinct shade of greenwash, and the Labour party unsure whether it's Brown or Bleeeurgh in colour (if a difference exists at all), what none of the mainstream parties rarely want to remind themselves, or each other, of is how voter turnout remains stuck at historically low levels, with little being done to re-engage voters, beyond turning sickly shades of barely credible green, or (when they can bring themselves to mention it) appearing to blame the majority who no-longer vote for the very apathy and disengagement created by the sheer volume of lies, brutality and spin from the mainstream parties over recent decades. SO WHO SHOULD YOU VOTE FOR? That is not a question for Bristol Indymedia to ask, but we can clarify our reporting position during elections.BRISTOL INDYMEDIA and the HIERARCHY GUIDELINEIt is the case that the IMC network has a core guideline against promoting hierarchical organisations. In Bristol we interpret this guideline loosely, and in non-election periods will accept posts from almost any hierarchical organisation, whether a trade union, ngo, or political party. During elections we take closer heed of this guideline, and discourage the open newswire from being used to post what are, in effect, party political broadcasts from hierarchical organisations. Posts which are of this nature will either be hidden, or relegated to a comment on a pre-existing thread. We accept election articles which are of an analytical nature, and which do not appear to canvass directly for votes. We appreciate it is not always possible, or even desirable, to write a perfectly balanced article, and will take this into account when moderating in the lead up to elections.From The Newswire: Siobhan writes: As the local elections approach, the Bristol Labour party is now in a state of complete panic. Some councillors fear they could lose all 8 seats they are defending. Full Article | Bristol local elections: 3rd May 2007 | 2007 Local Election Polling Stations | Bristol Indymedia Editorial Guidelines |Contribute An Article | How To Contribute Articles - A Brief Guide | Add To The Calendar

Irish Queers dedicate St. Pat's protest to communities under police attack

NYC, 20.03.2007 18:09

"While we stand here – watching tens of thousands of NYPD officers march in a parade with an explicit message of hate – African-American communities and other New Yorkers are gathering in Times Square to hold the NYPD to account for the murder of Sean Bell. Like us, they are standing up to fight the NYPD’s willful discrimination, its indifference to communities, its strong-arming of our streets, and its failure to take responsibility for creating a culture of violence."

Family of Murdered Independent Journalist Brad Will to Visit Mexico City and Oax

NYC, 20.03.2007 18:09

The family of Bradley Roland Will, the independent US photojournalist shot and killed last October 27th in Oaxaca, will visit Mexico from March 19th to March 23rd, 2007. The purpose of the Will family's visit is to push for a legitimate investigation into Brad's murder and to insist that the responsible parties be held accountable.

An Unhappy Anniversary: The NYC Anti-War Roundup

NYC, 20.03.2007 18:09

Saturday, March 18th:

UFPJ March: Images | More photos | Video
Ride to End All Wars

Sunday, March 19th:

M19: breaking news archive
Manhattan: Wall St. action | Subway Riders Say Stop the War
Ya Basta!: Video | Photo
Brooklyn Counter-Recruitment Action: Account | Photos

Commentary: Is it hopeless? | The Activist Top Ten for 2007

More: Left Turn Anti-War Forum, Tues | Chicago
Past Feature: Anti-War Weekend

24 de Marzo en Córdoba

Argentina, 20.03.2007 17:09

Nuestra Memoria, Nuestra Lucha

En relación a los criterios de publicación

Argentina, 20.03.2007 17:09

En relación a los criterios de publicación

Iraq : For Those Who Have Perished

Ireland, 20.03.2007 16:41

Wreath Laying Ceremony at Shannon Airport to comme ...

Anti-war Iraq vets reenact occupation at Washington DC landmarks

DC, 20.03.2007 16:11

Iraq Veterans Against the War brought some of the sights and sounds of the Iraq occupation home today to the nation's capitol with street theater.


Colombia, 20.03.2007 15:40

Multinacional Chiquita Brands (1970 -2006) o United Fruit Company (1928 - 1970), una historia de terrorismo de Estado en Colombia

Court Support for Sydney G20 Arrestees

Melbourne, 20.03.2007 13:09

Court Support for Sydney G20 Arrestees

York Vikings go berserk over Trident

United Kingdom, 20.03.2007 11:09

A twelve strong group from York, dressed as Vikings, have successfully blockaded both entrances to the Faslane nuclear submarine base. The coordinated action completely closed the base for half an hour this morning. Four men and eight women were arrested in the peaceful protest.

Murdering Medical Careers - and the future of the NHS?

United Kingdom, 20.03.2007 11:09

For the second time in two weeks, a day of action was organised to protest against attacks on the NHS. But this time, it was doctors and their families, demonstrating against a government-imposed program called "MMC: modernising medical careers" that is meant to shorten the length of training and increase the quality of service provision. Instead, it is being described as a "disaster" that will decrease experience, decrease education, decrease career opportunities, worsen patient care, destroy research opportunities and disempower doctors and patients alike. Medics of all types, not generally noted for their militancy, are up in arms, with a number of independent websites such as Remedy UK, Mums4medics, MMC-360 and Mangling Medical Careers all coming online in recent weeks and around 12,000 people taking to the streets of London on Saturday [report, pics: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 and video]. To find out more about the background, read MMC: an explanation for patients [parts 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]. Other sites of interest include the MTAS debacle, as witnessed by the junior doctors of the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, and various artistes of the blogosphere such as Dr. Rant, Professor Scrub and Junior Doc. Maybe there will be an NHS in 10 years time, after all.

Increasing #s of P.V. Parents Choose to Protect Student Privacy From Military Recruiters

Santa Cruz, CA, 20.03.2007 09:39

On the fourth anniversary of the War in Iraq, statistics recently released by the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) are showing that an increasing number of parents in the Pajaro Valley are choosing to "opt out" of having their high school child's information released to military recruiters.

A Vision of Post-Oil Bristol

Bristol, 20.03.2007 09:08

A Response to Climate Change and Peak Oil: Descent Launch This Wednesday in Bristol A Response to Climate Change and Peak Oil: Descent Launch This Wednesday in Bristol Chris Johnstone writes: This Wednesday evening (March 21st), an inspiring community based response to climate change and peak oil is being launched in Bristol. Following the lead of a growing number of ‘Transition Towns’, including Totnes, Lewes, Stroud, Morehampton, Falmouth, Ivybridge, Ashburton and Penwith, people in Bristol are gathering to develop a staged and planned approach to reducing our city’s dependence on fossil fuels..."Globally, conventional oil reserves are sufficient to meet projected demand for around 30 years" - UK Government’s White Paper on Energy (2003). We are currently consuming more than 4 barrels of oil for every one discovered...At the launch: Sarah Pugh (co-ordinator) will introduce the Transition City Bristol programme, Dr Chris Johnstone (author, Find Your Power), 7pm - 10pm, Wednesday 21st MARCH 2007 at the Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol, BS2 0NW, cost £3 Full article.| Energy Descent Launch This Wednesday in Bristol | | Article by Rob Hopkins on Energy Descent planning ( | | | | Related Past News: Bristol Social Forum : Notes : 'Oil and the Economy' Meeting (Oct '05) | Preparing for a post- capitalist Bristol? (Aug'05) | Well, Oil Be Dammed! (June'04) |Contribute An Article | How To Contribute Articles - A Brief Guide | Add To The Calendar

Actividades por los seis meses sin López

Argentina, 20.03.2007 07:38

Marchas, volanteadas y festivales en todo el país

Actividades por los seis meses sin López

Argentina, 20.03.2007 07:08

Marchas, volanteadas y festivales en todo el país

Hundreds rally in Medford, Oregon to Bring The Troops Home / Buy Books Not Bombs

Rogue Valley, 20.03.2007 06:10

Citizens for Peace and Justice (CP&J) struck a chord in Southern Oregon with their organizing of a huge peace rally, march and a "peace summit", all held on Saturday March 17, 2007 in Medford, Oregon.

CP&J's extensive planning payed off as hundreds came from throughout the region. One television network reported on their local evening news that the numbers "approached 400"



Cucapa report from Andres

New Mexico, 20.03.2007 06:08

New Mexico activists set up camp in solidarity with the indigenous Cucapah people of Baja, Mexico

Elementary School Threatened By Coal Pollution

Cleveland, 20.03.2007 04:37

Elementary School Threatened By Coal Pollution

Elementary School Threatened By Coal Pollution

Cleveland, 20.03.2007 04:37

Elementary School Threatened By Coal Pollution

Sizzlin'! Bend's Peace Parade

Portland, 19.03.2007 23:39

Several photos by Clyde Keller from Saturday's Sizzlin' Peace Parade capturing the flavor of the day's events from some of the 300 participants who came to voice their oppostion to the Irag War. Similar marches were held nationally over the St. Patricks day weekend. The "Imagine Peace" March was organized by Ray Duray with the support of many concerned Citizens including Businesses and Professionals. Organizations such as the Central Oregon Progressive Alliance, C. O. Peace Network, Deschutes Democrats, Central Oregon labor Council, Human Dignity Coalition, Amnesty International, World Can't Wait, Sierra Club and others helped to attract many participants who each contributed with various forms of anti-war expression including placards [as pictured] costumes and theatrical props such as stilts. The grouped marched to City Hall taking a tour through the main downtown arterials leading to a grand loop moving away from and back to the downtown area, culminating at the historic "Old Church" where films were shown.

Portland March 18th Protest Reports

Portland, 19.03.2007 23:39

My take on the March 18th Protest In Portland
I arrived to the protest around noon, decent crowd, however from the moment I arrived there I was puzzled why the seperation of all the groups into different stages. You had the main stage, the youth stage, a couple other makeshift stages with people on bullhorns or PA's addressing their message. Last year's march at the waterfront had one main stage, with some decent speakers and the whole scene had a sense of being united under one cause. Yesterday however, it seemed like the entire movement in portland was splintered, divided, with each group attending to the focus of getting their own message across. Also, where was the outrage? Were was the anger? [read more]

Injured/sprayed yesterday?
Contact the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center (NWCRC) at 503-295-6400. But Most Importantly: have the injury documented by a medical professional (if you don't have access to one, call the street medics at 503-233-3194). If you can't get in to see someone today, have a friend take a picture of the injury (if it's visible such as bruises, cuts, etc.) Use a film camera, if possible. It holds up better in court. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), please call the medics, they will direct you to resources that can help. Write down everything you remember NOW before you forget the details. [read more]

BLAC K BLOC: From A 55-Year Old Perspective
I went to the anti-war march with my small handy-cam with the sole purpose of video taping police and what they might do to protesters exercising their right to march. I also joined the Black Bloc crowd as an observer, taking lots of video. I showed up at the park blocks and listened to the speakers and marched with the main crowd until finished. I was greatly disappointed in my fellow liberals/progressives because obviously there was no direct action at all planned. Why have a march unless you back it up with direct action? I followed the Black Bloc crowd through downtown and waited with them at the Justice Center facing off the goons. [read more]

The Bumblebees are up to their old tricks
Towards the end of the march a group marched towards Burnside and were stopped infront of Carl Greve's by the police. There was massive use of pepper spray initially. However, once things had calmed down and the police were in their alignments it continued to happen. A woman was standing 4 feet away from the police line of for officers chanting "This is what a police state looks like" she was not flipping the police the finger and she was not using any profanity. She was not asked to move, and she never made any attempt to get closer to the police line. She made no gesture of violence, or of any other kind. She just stood there chanting "This is what a police state looks like" when an officer randomly sprayed pepper spray in her face. [read more]

updates: [ Last detainee released at 3:00am | Solidarity Protest (post anti-war protest) | Portland Police Still Selectively and Tactically Closing Sidewalks! | Where are the protestors now? | Portland Legal Defense Network Updates on Peace March ]

Tens of Thousands Marched on the Pentagon. Their message? U.S. Out of Irag Now!

Miami, 19.03.2007 21:38

Tens of Thousands Marched on the Pentagon. Their message? U.S. Out of Irag Now!

It Takes a Spark to Start a Prairie Fire: Desperation, Racism and the beginnings of Common Ground Relief

Austin, 19.03.2007 21:10

From South End Press: “In August 2005, thousands of New Orleans residents—overwhelmingly poor, largely people of color, the majority black—were left to face one of the worst “natural” disasters in US history on their own. They were left to die in prisons, in nursing homes, and on the street. Survivors were criminalized as “looters” for struggling to obtain food, water, diapers, medicine, and other essentials of life that no one else could or would provide. As Katrina’s waters receded and the body count soared, an ugly truth (re)surfaced: The lives of those who are poor, who are vulnerable, and who are not white are not valued by the US government.”

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, longtime Austin-based activist Scott Crow co-founded Common Ground Collective in New Orleans with Malik Rahim, Brandon Darby, and Robert King Wilkerson. “We saw it as a chance - a level playing field where the state had lost control and Common Ground was able to fill a niche and do things the state never could have done,” Crow told atx imc. He describes Common Ground as “a convergence of old-school organizing and newer anarchist ideas together for the first time.”

Common Ground emerged out of Katrina's devastation of New Orleans – not just the destruction of basic physical infrastructure, but of any semblance of peace and order as well. Crow described an atmosphere of chaos and impunity in which armed all-white militias and state forces roamed the streets in the days after the city was hit. “Homeland Security was part of the problem, not the solution,” he said.

“Due to all the anarchist networks we were able to draw people from around the country,” Crow said, “we had street medics, Food Not Bombs, grassroots organizing, all connected with broader anti-globalization networks.” Crow said within days Common Ground was cleaning the streets, defending homes, running medical clinics, planting gardens, and providing a full-range of relief and reconstruction services for those victimzed by Katrina and society.

Last month South End Press published “What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, and the State of the Nation,” an anthology of activist voices not represented in dominant narratives on Katrina. In the book's prologue Crow tells the harrowing story of his and Darby's efforts to secure the safety of their friend and former political prisoner Robert King Wilkerson, who was trapped and threatened by Katrina and the malignant forces it unleashed. The text is reproduced below, and it describes the environment in which Common Ground was forged.

&quot;el machete: la lucha por el poder popular&quot;

Austin, 19.03.2007 21:09

"el machete: la lucha por el poder popular" is Proyecto Autogestion'sdebut film project. All the camera-persons are indigenous community members, mostly women and youth, organizing under the auspices of CODEP, the Committee Organized in Defense of the People's Rights, based in Oaxaca, Mexico. The editing was completed through collective media arts workshops, which now, along with donated equipment, have contributed to the ability of CODEP to edit its own film projects from now on.

“Proyecto Autogestion” is the fusion of El Enemigo Común and Palenque Urbana in an attempt to challenge models of international solidarity with communities in resistance by contributing to their self-empowerment through media workshops and equipment.

Trailer || Proyecto Autogestion’s Spring 2007 Tour || Documentation of some of the indigenous women and youth participating in digital video workshops

San Bernardino Marches Against the War on Iraq and the War on Migrants

San Diego, 19.03.2007 18:39

The War on Iraq and the War on Migrants came together in a march and rally in San Bernardino.

About 700 anti-war, pro-migrant demonstrators marched through the streets of San Bernardino (pop. 185K) and rallied at the steps of city hall. On the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq, anti-war rallies in larger cities, with their made-for-video traffic snarls and performance art, filled progressive news outlets. But around the nation, local communities like San Bernardino rose up, too, to say "no mas" to President Bush's terrorism.

For the mostly Mexican-American San Bernardino protesters, the terrorism is too near to think about photo ops and dress up, too real for carnival masks. The Department of Homeland Security's ICE division at least twice now has rousted hundreds southern Californians like them from their beds and hauled them off to prisons and deportation.

Further Coverage of Anti-War Protests: u.s. indymedia | global indymedia

San Bernardino Marches Against the Wars

LA, 19.03.2007 16:10

San Bernardino Marches Against the Wars

York Vikings go berserk over Trident

Scotland, 19.03.2007 15:11

A twelve strong group from York, dressed as Vikings, have successfully blockaded both entrances to the Faslane nuclear submarine base. The coordinated action completely closed the base for half an hour this morning. Four men and eight women were arrested in the peaceful protest.

Photos from SDS/Black Bloc/Shield Bloc Action at Pentagon

DC, 19.03.2007 15:10

SDS/black/shield bloc and other radical folks marched from 23rd and Constitution to a bridge to the Pentagon and were meet by police

Pentagon Focus of a Spirited Peace Demonstration

Baltimore, 19.03.2007 11:09

The Pentagon was the focus of a spirited Peace demonstration on March 17, 2007. The crowd in the tens of thousands heard from over 30 riveting speakers. Activist Cindy Sheehan said: “Let’s stop this b... s...These b... s.... wars. It’s for the make them rich and line the pockets of the...war criminals.” She added: “We’re the deciders. And we have decided that we want Bush and Cheney impeached...indicted...and imprisoned.”

From the Newswire

Perth, 19.03.2007 10:39

PHOTOS: Rally for Peace - March 17 Perth

G8 - Alemania 2007: Hacer del capitalismo historia

Euskal Herria, 19.03.2007 10:12

Desde hace ya m�s de un a�o se llevan organizando en Alemania y otros lugares para dar la bienvenida que se merecen los dirigentes de las ocho econom�as m�s potentes del planeta y su s�quito de expoliadores y especuladores. Se van acercando las fechas y se acerca a Euskal Herria un miembro de una de las plataformas y grupos que all� est�n trabajando para contarnos las novedades de las convocatorias y animarnos a acercarnos all� o participar desde nuestras luchas locales. |Calendario de actividades en EH 23-27 marzo|.

Hasta ahora, hay ya varias cosas organizadas para la gente se acerque all� esos d�as:

  • Viernes 1 de junio: Apertura del MediaCenter en Rostock. Caravana hacia Heiligendamm para acampar
  • Sabado 2 de junio: Gran manifestaci�n en Rostock.
  • Domingo 3 de junio: d�a de acci�n sobre la agricultura.
  • Lunes 4 de junio: d�a de acci�n contra la Guerra y el Racismo
  • Martes 5 de junio: d�a antimilitarista. Bloqueo del aeropuerto de Rostock-Laage
  • Mi�rcoles 6 de junio: Primer d�a de reuni�n del G8: bloqueos.
  • Jueves 7 de junio: Marcha hacia Heiligendamm desde diferentes localidades de alrededores.
  • Viernes 8 de junio: D�a de acci�n sobre el cambio clim�tico.

Tambi�n en Euskal Herria organizaremos cosas y trataremos de que haya gente que se acerque hasta Heiligendamm. Durante las charlas y actos de esta semanatrataremos de empezar a organizarlo.

M�s informaci�n: |Video de la convocatoria|, |Grupos y actividades que se mueven|, |Anti G8 Alliance|, |Dissent! Network|.

Barack Obama Campaigns at Huge Rally in Oakland

San Francisco Bay Area, 19.03.2007 08:11

A month after declaring his entry into the 2008 presidential race, Illinois Senator Barack Obama appeared in Oakland for a massive campaign rally on St. Patrick's Day. Well over 10,000 people packed into Frank Ogawa Plaza to hear him make his case for why he should be elected President of the United States. While the first democratic primary isn't until January 2008 and the general election isn't until November later that year, the diverse crowd cheered Barack Obama as if he were a candidate in the final stretch of an election. video photo Video and Photos

Gay Shame Plans to Observe ACT UP Anniversary in the Castro

San Francisco Bay Area, 19.03.2007 08:11

In solidarity with ACT UP NY's 20 year anniversary action, Gay Shame has planned "a festive die-in and real estate tour of the ever-so-scary Castro" for Thursday, March 29th at 12pm sharp at 18th and Castro Streets. The action is being organized around the idea of "Healthcare and Housing for ALL!" The Castro has recently been called the AIDS eviction capital of the world. Throughout San Francisco, people with AIDS, and other low-income residents, have been forced out of their homes to make way for remodeling, owner move-ins and condo conversions.

Photogs of M18 March

Portland, 19.03.2007 07:39

I arrived late, just as the march was beginning. No way to estimate the size of the crowd, but, I know that as it finished passing by me I hurried back to where it began and the march was just arriving back at the park.

Probably 15 blocks of a fairly tightly packed march.

Going on the fifth year of our aggression against the people of Iraq. What's it take to bring this country around to the enormity of its error? Marches and rallies gather the community together and let us know that we are not alone. We see the stranger beside us, and know that this Occupation eats at their soul as it does our own.


more photos: [ Photos of 3/18/07 Portland Peace March | Pics/video for today's protest? | Just one picture from the peace parade today | Photos of PDX m18 Protest | Peace March Photos ]

Actividades por los seis meses sin López

Argentina, 19.03.2007 05:41

Masiva marcha y emotiva intervención artística

4th anniversary

Houston, 19.03.2007 05:41

Freeway Blogging & Candlelight Vigil Marking The 4th Anniversary Of Invasion/Occupation Of Iraq

Race to Execution

Houston, 19.03.2007 05:41

Houstonians examine role of race in application of the death penalty

Toy Guns in Easter baskets?

Miami, 19.03.2007 04:08

Toy Guns in Easter baskets?

Resurgent paramilitary aggression in Chiapas: State and Paramilitary Terrorism

Portland, 19.03.2007 03:39

16 Marzo 2007: The situation in Chiapas is very tense and everyday it worsens. What we're seeing is a new policy that brings together paramilitary forces with state and federal governements, the police and the armed forces, to take away the Zapatista's land and provoke a conflict in order to justify an armed incursion. Since early this year the authorities of the zapatista communities in resistance have been denouncing increasingly serious aggressions and threats by the paramilitary organization Opddic ("Organization for the Defense of Indigenous and Peasant Rights").

Alarmed by the situation---which has received very little media attention---an International Informational Brigade was formed at the beginning of March to investigate the accusations and make them public in Mexico and the world. Representatives from Spain, France, Germany, Greece, the US, and Mexico... What they have discovered is an even more alarming situation than was believed. The zapatistas have repeatedly declared that they will defend their lands at all costs, and this is perfectly understandable: it cost them many lives in 1994 and in the following years to recover and maintain those lands. There they have been building all of these years autonomous education and health systems, they have invented new forms of democracy, eradicated alcoholism and drug use, developed networks of just commerce, and, above all, they have taught their children to live with dignity. The serenity with which they have resisted Opddic's provocations is admirable. But it is fair to ask: how much longer can they keep resisting peacefully the violence, the threats, and the humiliations? Everything seems to indicate that Opddic's methods are designed to provoke violence in order to justify a military incursion. | ("voice of the voiceless, voice of the EZLN") (listen to the great interviews on March 2nd and 9th on this topic).

US GM corn attacks Oaxaca....

Portland, 19.03.2007 03:39

An important element in the struggle in Oaxaca is the defence and protection of the precious and unfortunately seriously threatened spiritual,environmental and agricultural natural resources of their state. Oaxaca is the birthplace of corn in the world, and the US is now aggressively and deviously manipulating Mexican economic structures to force the importation of vast quantities of US GM maize. This is an issue of URGENT importance, both for Oaxaca, Mexico and the world.

Instant runoff voting needs support

Portland, 19.03.2007 03:39

we have a real chance of getting an irv bill passed by the oregon legislature. but we need your help to do it. On Wednesday, March 14, the House Committee on Elections, Ethics & Rules held a hearing on HB 2761, which would allow cities and counties to use IRV for local elections. Although similar legislation has been introduced several times before, this is the first time the bill has ever received a hearing. We're really close?we just need to pick up one more vote.

PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS IMMEDIATELY and express your support for HB 2761. Call, write or email the Committee members. If you're sending an email, put HB 2761 in the subject line. Here is a sample letter. It is especially important that Representative Roblan be contacted, as he is a potential swing vote. If you know of people in Coos Bay, North Bend, Reedsport or Florence, they are Rep. Roblan's constituents and should be encouraged to contact him.

Comment: IRV on Public Access T.V. For those of y ou who have cable, the Public Access television program, "A Growing Concern" on this last Friday night featured David Delk of the Portland Alliance for Democracy speaking about Instant Run Off Voting. Along with David, Barbara Dudley, of Oregon Working Families Party spoke about HB 3040, which will institute Fusion voting for the state of Oregon. This program will replay on Sunday evening at 10:00 on channel 23 and again on Thursday at 10:00 on channel 22.

comment: I support IRV for a foot in the door then with wider competitive parties mattering, work for more... IRV will have the pragmatic effect of having corporate parties working for it, which will get it past the gatekeeping door. Either way it is interpreted, IRV has difficulties itself. It is at best a half-step toward a more optimal democracy--though perhaps an important half step.

Rising Tide / Beehive Collective Cascadia Climate Action Tour!

Portland, 19.03.2007 03:39

Many hearty greetings from Rising Tide and the Beehive Design Collective!

We're writing from Maine and here in Oregon with good news...our two organizations are joining forces this Spring to cross-pollinate the Pacific Northwest together!

We hope you'll join us for an interactive, multi-media, combined presentation that celebrates fossil fuel resistance from around the globe AND embarks on a visual tour of the Beehive Collective's Graphic Trilogy about corporate globalization in the Americas (FEATURING a behind-the-scenes look at the long-anticipated MESOAMERICA RESISTE graphic, currently on the cusp of completion!).

The fun start March 22nd and runs till April 7th. We'll be speaking throughout Cascadia, from Victoria, BC to Ashland, Oregon!

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