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Champaign County State's Attorney Drops Eavesdropping Charges Against Martel Miller for video taping and audio recording police interactions with residents; Patrick Thompson Still Charged

Urbana-Champaign, 24.09.2004 22:58

Champaign County State’s Attorney John Piland today dropped eavesdropping charges against E. Martel Miller for video and audio taping police stops of residents after a month of intense organized community pressure followed by requests made public yesterday by the Urban League of Champaign County and Champaign Police Chief RT Finney and City Manager Steve Carter requesting that Mr. Piland drop the eavesdropping charges.

Bicycle Safety Hearing Reportback

Boston, 24.09.2004 22:18

At the Public Hearing on Crosswalks and Street repair, Honan-Allston Library, Monday September 20th The collective blood temperature in the back room of the Honan-Allston Library rose about ten degrees as Councilors Ron Cansalvo and Jerry McDermott explained in strict terms that although many had come to speak about Bike Safety this hearing will deal specifically with crosswalk and street improvements, including signage and naming specific problem areas. In previous interviews with this reporter, bicycle activist Charlotte Burger, and Dorie Clark of MassBike, Jerry McDermott had waxed poetic about the possibilities that might be expressed at the hearing he proposed. He spoke of PSA campaigns, listening to the concerns of bikers and forming a “partnership” with bicycle advocacy groups.

Defend Your Right to Know! - Stop Sen. Craig's Factory Farm Loophole Ammendment

Madison, 24.09.2004 20:49

Family Farm Defenders joins dozens of other groups across the U.S. in opposing Sen. Craig's (R-ID) ammendment to exempt factory farms from federal pollution reporting requirements.

CMRN Broadcast #2

San Francisco Bay Area, 24.09.2004 20:26

Critical Mass Radio Network: Broadcast #2

Samancor 240904

South Africa, 24.09.2004 20:21

Poisoned workers targeted for retrenchment

RNC Arrests: Preemptive Strikes Hit Home

NYC, 24.09.2004 20:06

Before last month’s Republican convention, Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the New York Police Department boasted that they were ready and able to handle 1,000 arrests a day. Police were extraordinarily efficient at making arrests, corralling scores of people at a time within orange nets and seizing over 1,800 people during the week of the convention, including 1,100 on Aug. 31. They weren’t so efficient at processing the prisoners. The city set up a special detention center for arrested protesters (and bystanders) in an old bus depot besludged with automotive offal. They postponed regular criminal cases to clear the courts for arraigning convention detainees, but kept hundreds of people in jail for far longer than the legal 24-hour limit.


Melbourne, 24.09.2004 20:03

Action Against War Profiteers

CMRN Broadcast #2

San Francisco Bay Area, 24.09.2004 19:47

Critical Mass Radio Network: Broadcast #2


Colombia, 24.09.2004 19:24


fascismo a palermo

Italy, 24.09.2004 18:46

Contro il razzismo, contro ogni fascismo

fascismo a palermo

Italy, 24.09.2004 18:34

Contro il razzismo, contro ogni fascismo

New Issue of the Indypendent Now Out

NYC, 24.09.2004 15:21

The first post-RNC issue is now available online, on the streets, and is being mailed to our subscribers.

We take a look back at arrests at the RNC and the legal follow up, review the possible meanings behind the convention protests, and examine the role of the radical librarians. We also look ahead to Iraq's bloody future, the unreliability of U.S. election polling, and much more.

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Mike D Is In Jail Again!

Portland, 24.09.2004 14:53

genova support

Italy, 24.09.2004 14:50


Italy, 24.09.2004 14:49


Government Breaching EU Health and Environment Law in a ‘General and Structural Manner’.

Ireland, 24.09.2004 14:38

Advocate General of the European Court of Justice reads Government the Riot Act: . Endangering human health and causing environmental harm is not what any government wants on its CV. But that is exactly what the Irish Government has been doing in the opinion of the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice. Government press people are trying to kill the story. The Government press response today (as carried in the Irish Times today) claiming that this was ancient history and that things are different now does not stand up. Already further legal action is threatened by the Commission in relation to a proposal to put a superdump next to a candidate Special Area of Conservation in Waterford. The Government tried to suppress the Commission's warning letter to it (known as a 'Reasoned Opinion'). Happily the letter came into the public domain despite that effort. The Government of Ireland was slammed for ‘persistent widespread and serious’ failure to comply with EU waste law in the European Court Thursday (Sept. 23). Advocate-General Geelhoed told the Court that as a result of this failure the government has endangered human health and caused environmental harm. In a formal opinion delivered to the Court in Case C-494/01Commission v Ireland the Advocate-General recommends that the Court should declare Ireland to be in breach of no fewer than four separate Articles of the Waste Directive and also in breach of Article 10 of the EC Treaty. The Advocate-General’s opinion is not binding but is normally followed by the Court. Because of the significance of the issues at stake in the case, both parties’ arguments were heard by the Court’s Grand Chamber (full panel) in July. The EU Commission brought the case to the Court following complaints about breaches of EU waste law at twelve separate locations throughout the country, including Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Limerick, Carlow, Laois and Louth. Government lawyers had claimed that these were only 'isolated incidents' and that there was no evidence of 'actual environmental harm'. The Advocate General flatly rejected these claims and in an unusually strongly worded opinion said that there were sufficient grounds for establishing that Ireland had infringed the Waste Directive in a ‘general and structural manner’ - in effect institutionalised lawbreaking. The government has, he says, infringed its obligations because, among other reasons, it has failed to ‘prevent the abandonment, dumping and uncontrolled disposal of waste, thereby endangering human health and causing environmental harm’. This is the first time any EU Member State has been criticised for breaching EU health and environment law in a ‘general and structural manner’. The Advocate General’s opinion is likely to prove devastating to the Government’s defence strategy in this landmark case. His recommendation that Ireland should pay the legal costs of the case would see a hefty legal bill for the Irish taxpayer - another consequence of the ‘persistent widespread and serious’ failure by Government to obey and uphold a fundamental law which is supposed to protect public health and the environment. Whether any of this makes any real difference will depend in part on whether people know about it. So far the Government Press people are playing a blinder in killing the story. The line is that this is all ancient history and they're reformed characters now... The full text of the Advocate General’s Opinion is on the European Court’s website at Go here and click on the case number in the top right corner (Case C-494/01) to Access Full Text of Advocate General's Opinion.

anarchist against the wall

Italy, 24.09.2004 13:36

Sop the wall tour

Critical Mass: Peaceful Cyclists to Reclaim City Streets

NYC, 24.09.2004 13:23

(from the Open Newswire): Manhattan's car-clogged streets will be reclaimed by thousands of cyclists this Friday in the boro's first Critical Mass since 264 cyclists were arrested on the August 27 ride. Over 5,000 people participated in the August ride, New York City's largest Critical Mass ever.

Cyclists, rollerbladers and skateboarders will gather at 7:00 p.m. in Union Square on Friday, Sept. 24, for their monthly group ride through the city to promote environmentally-sustainable transportation and to raise awareness about cyclists' rights.

The City of New York, however, is once again making noises about arrests at Critical Mass. Before last monthsant-RNC mass, there had been few, if any, Critical Mass arrests.

Interview with Tad Hirsch,

Boston, 24.09.2004 13:00

Long before the Republican National Committee convention descended upon New York City, plans were in place for massive protests, the largest culminating in a gathering of 500,000 protesters from around the nation on the Sunday prior. But with little major media coverage beyond analysis of traffic snarls, participants relied mostly on a network of web sites, e-mails, and a SMS service called TxtMob to get the information they needed to prepare. Despite a long list of organized and permitted protests, and because of the major surveillance initiatives rolled out by the NYPD and Secret Service, protesters needed a more fluid, decentralized way to coordinate activities, particularly on Tuesday’s planned day of direct action and civil disobedience. By all accounts, TxtMob delivered.


Portland, 24.09.2004 11:28

&quot;Forest Nation&quot; Rally and Concert Tonight

Portland, 24.09.2004 11:05

Boston Social Forum: Significance, Achievements and Some Lessons Learned

New Hampshire, 24.09.2004 09:45

Protesters Storm the Stage of the &quot;Champion Canterbury Awards&quot;

Aotearoa, 24.09.2004 04:31

About 20 protesters made quite a ruckus at Thursday's "Champion Canterbury Awards" in Christchurch. Attendees to the awards, including Helen Clark and the Christchurch mayor, were greeted with drums, chants, heckles ('Why don't you get a real job?' was a favourite) and banners. There were three key targets of the awards: Solid Energy for planning to decimate Happy Valley on the West Coast with their proposed Cyprus Mine; Crop & Food who are currently testing 'roundup-ready' GE onions; and the Cancer Society who spend a massive amount of their budget on vivisection.

never again

QC, 24.09.2004 03:21

Never Again!

The Latino community's fight for the right to march: what is at stake

Atlanta, 24.09.2004 02:05

The City of Doraville is trying to deny a permit for a "Día de la Raza" Latino immigrant rights demonstration.

Study Shows Major Local Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement

Atlanta, 24.09.2004 01:57

#media_7021;left# ATLANTA, GA. A groundbreaking new study documents for the first time that felony disfranchisement laws exert a dramatic effect on urban areas and communities of color. In Atlanta, Georgia, one of every seven African American males cannot vote as a result of a felony conviction, a rate nearly eight times greater than for other demographic groups. One of eight cannot vote in the state of Georgia, with one-third disfranchised due to the disproportionate racial impact of drug laws.

Nader campaign appeals to U.S. Supreme Court to be returned to Oregon ballot

Portland, 24.09.2004 01:40

Champaign Police Chief and City Manager Ask State's Attorney to Drop Eavesdropping Charges Against Martel Miller and Patrick Thompson

Urbana-Champaign, 24.09.2004 00:28

In a letter sent to news media today, Champaign City Attorney Steve Carter and Champaign Police Chief RT Finney ask Champaign County State's Attorney John Piland to drop eavesdropping charges against Martel Miller and Patrick Thompson. Mr. Miller and Mr. Thompson have been video and audio taping Champaign, Urbana and campus police interactions of residents since early summer for an organization they co-founded called, VEYA, Visionaries Educating Youth and Adults. If convicted, the two men face probation or 4 to 15 years in prison. The following is the full text of the letter sent to Mr. Piland who is up for re-election this November.


Argentina, 23.09.2004 22:44

Oregonian candidate endorsement process is a sham

Portland, 23.09.2004 21:53

Today's KBOO presswatch: Life under Fatherland Security

Portland, 23.09.2004 21:50

Refusing to fight Bush's War

Melbourne, 23.09.2004 21:16

Greece: soldier imprisoned for refusing to go to Iraq

Vice Presidential Debates

Pittsburgh, 23.09.2004 20:36

Protest the VP Debates in Cleveland, Oct. 5

Crimes of Bush

Victoria, 23.09.2004 19:49

The Life and Crimes of George W. Bush: Coda: The House Rules

Crimes of Bush

Victoria, 23.09.2004 19:49

The Life and Crimes of George W. Bush: Coda: The House Rules


Galiza, 23.09.2004 19:15


Alternatives to howard.

Perth, 23.09.2004 18:28

The case against voting

It's the Climate Changing, Stupid

Madison, 23.09.2004 16:29

There has never been a more critical political issue than climate change, yet both candidates for U.S. President are virtually silent on the matter. I am appalled at the lack of attention paid to the issue of climate change in the American campaign for President.

“Si Se Puede!” FLOC Labor Contract in North Carolina

Atlanta, 23.09.2004 14:41

#media_7018;right#On the anniversary of Mexican Independence, three H-2A workers, Adrian Briones, Juan Manuel, and Jesus Martinez, President of FLOC Baldemar Velasquez, Bill Bryan, President of the Mt. Olive Pickle Co., and Stan Eury, President of the North Carolina Growers Association, signed a labor contract for over 8,000 Mexican guest-workers in North Carolina. This contract is a historic achievement for immigrant workers in the United States. It chronicles the first time guest workers have won union representation; the first time guest-workers have won a labor contract; and the largest contract in the history of North Carolina, the least unionized state in the U.S. Exactly three years after the vigil held for Urbano Ramirez, the worker that died in the fields due to heat stroke and dehydration, the farm workers in North Carolina have made it explicit that they will not allow any more violations of their rights and dignity.

12th Anniversary of Critical Mass

Portland, 23.09.2004 14:33

Antimilitarizm: Vicdani Red Dayanışma Eylemi

Istanbul, 23.09.2004 14:32

Monastiriotis'le dayanışma

Election Opinion

Sydney, 23.09.2004 13:30

Voting - Don't be Confused

A Trinity of Evil: George Bush, Big Oil, 9-11

Portland, 23.09.2004 13:19

Rubro 59

Argentina, 23.09.2004 11:09

Jueves 23 de Septiembre 2004 | EXPLOTACIÓN SEXUAL EN LA ARGENTINA
Rubro 59

Rubro 59

Argentina, 23.09.2004 11:05

Jueves 23 de Septiembre de 2004
Rubro 59

Student Resistance

Manila, 23.09.2004 10:50

Fighting Martial in the Campuses, Students Raised their Fists

Soldiers Receive Answers to Questions About Getting Out of Military

San Francisco Bay Area, 23.09.2004 06:35

9/25: GI Rights Hotline Training in Oakland

If America were Iraq, What would it be Like?

Michigan, 23.09.2004 06:33

President Bush said Tuesday that the Iraqis are refuting the pessimists and implied that things are improving in that country. What would America look like if it were in Iraq's current situation? The population of the US is over 11 times that of Iraq, so a lot of statistics would have to be multiplied by that number. Thus, violence killed 300 Iraqis last week, the equivalent proportionately of 3,300 Americans. What if 3,300 Americans had died in car bombings, grenade and rocket attacks, machine gun spray, and aerial bombardment in the last week? That is a number greater than the deaths on September 11, and if America were Iraq, it would be an ongoing, weekly or monthly toll.

Religious right in Fresno opposes same-sex marriage

San Francisco Bay Area, 23.09.2004 06:29

Religious Right Takes Over Fresno City Hall

Portland social ecology advocate to speak at Wayne State University

Michigan, 23.09.2004 06:24

DETROIT- Urban sustainability and social ecology advocate Mark Lakeman, co-founder of the Portland, OR non-profit group City Repair will discuss his group’s efforts working to build ecologically and socially sustainable urban environments with Detroit community members, students and activists October 4th at 1:00 p.m. at the Wayne State University Student Center Ballroom on the 2nd Floor at 5221 Gullen Mall.

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