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Philippine Protest Marks The First Senate Hearing On The JPEPA

Portland, 20.09.2007 14:38

14 September 2007, Manila, Philippines. - A crowd of more than 300 workers, farmers, fishers, and environmentalists from the Magkaisa Junk JPEPA Coalition (MJJC) today called on the Senators of the 14th Congress to look beyond the rosy projections and government hype surrounding the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), and to carefully assess its short-term and long-term implications. The group's call came on the day of the first scheduled Senate hearing for this historic, precedent-setting treaty.

Presenting a tableau depicting a group of peasants and a Japanese sumo wrestler engaged in a game of tug-of-war, the Coalition warned that approving the JPEPA would be tantamount to unilateral disarmament, as it surrenders the right of the Filipino people to protect itself in the future, and gives up so much for so little. One of the issues being contested by the group is the possibility that the JPEPA will pave the way for land ownership by foreigners.



Marathon to Free Magdalena García Duran and Atenco Prisoners

Portland, 20.09.2007 14:38

Things are moving faster in the struggle to free the Mazahua indigenous rights leader Magdalena García Duran, recognized by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience, and all the political prisoners arrested in San Salvador Atenco in central Mexico on May 3 and 4, 2006.

A little after dawn on September 11, about ten runners took off from the Molina de Flores prison in a marathon to win the freedom of the Mazahua prisoner Magdalena García Durán and the political prisoners arrested on May 3 and 4, 2006 in San Salvador Allende, mainly belonging to the People's Front for the Defense of the Land (FPDT) and the Other Campaign.

Their destination? The Supreme Court of Injustice building in Mexico City, about 30 miles away.



Genetic Engineering: Greenpeace Blockades Romanian Island!

Portland, 20.09.2007 14:38

Greenpeace volunteers in Romania quarantined a whole island where GM soya crops are being grown, which is illegal under EU law. Vehicles leaving Braila island were hosed down by people wearing white biohazard suits to prevent genetic contamination spreading to the mainland. Even a donkey and cart were washed and made GM-free!


Greenpeace, 5 September 2007
 http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/gm/gm-quarantine-in-romania-20070905

 http://www.nwrage.org



Norway: Activists sink another whaling ship

Portland, 20.09.2007 14:38

Activists have scuttled a Norwegian whaling ship in harbour in memory of the recently extinct Yangtze river dolphin . The group call themselves Agenda 21 after a failed pledge from the Rio Earth Summit for a sustainable 21st century. Norway has slaughtered 592 Minke whales in the past year.

Norway, Oslo. "If it turns out that this is sabotage then it's not just a terrorist attack against the Willassen Senior but against the whole of Norway," local mayor Hugo Bjoernstad told the online version of Lofotposten, a north Norway daily.

 http://www.directaction.info/news_sep03_07.htm



Legal Support - Volunteers Needed

Portland, 20.09.2007 14:38

Two large peace marches and rallies are planned in the next two months. The Portland Legal Defense Network needs volunteers to assist them as they support the activists who hit the streets to voice their opposition to the war/occupation in Iraq, the potential war on Iran, and the war on the working people of America.
The Portland Legal Defense Network needs volunteers and donations to provide comprehensive support to the activists during the September 29 demo. If you are interested in learning how to provide legal support or simply want to help for this event, the following things would be helpful:


People to hand out fliers at the event
People to support our "office"
People to greet arrestees when they are released from jail
People to drive arrestees home
People who are interested in becoming legal observers
People to find/bring food donations to PLDN members/volunteers and arrestees
Videographers/photographers
Street medics/first aid/WFRs

If you are interested, please send an email to  pldn_info@lists.riseup.net



Seomra Spraoi: We got us some space!

Ireland, 20.09.2007 12:38

Seomra Spraoi launches new social centre this week ...



Widerstand gegen den Überwachungsstaat

Germany, 20.09.2007 10:15

Gute Vorsätze, Sekt und ritualisierte Feiern - das ist nicht das einzige, was der kommende Jahresbeginn mit sich bringt: Für alle, die wert darauf legen sich inkognito im Internet zu bewegen und unüberwacht zu telefonieren kommt es geballt. Am 01.01.2008 wird, so der Plan der Bundesregierung, eine neue Ära der Datenerfassung beginnen: die umfassenste Protokollierung aller Telekommunikationsdaten in der deutschen Geschichte soll Realität werden. Gemäß der europäischen Richtlinie zur Vorratsdatenspeicherung soll das „Gesetz zur Neuordnung der verdeckten Ermittlungsmaßnahmen im Strafverfahren“ noch in diesem Jahr beschlossen und dann alsbald umgesetzt werden. Doch es formiert sich auch Widerstand gegen die Pläne: Am kommenden Samstag findet eine bundesweite Demonstration gegen die Vorratsdatenspeicherung, die Sicherheitsgesetzgebung und §129a in Berlin statt.

Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung | Mayday-Bündnis | Antifaschistische Linke Berlin | Kein Friede mit dem deutschen Polizeistaat! | Hedonist International | Anarchistische Föderation Berlin



Support Pauline! No to Borders!

Bristol, 20.09.2007 09:40

Anti-Incarceration Action Breaks Out Anti-Incarceration Action Breaks Out John Moore writes: Picket North Avon Magistrates' Court, Yate, on Wednesday 26th September 2007 from 9.30am to support anti-prisons campaigner Pauline Campbell who will tried for 'obstructing the highway' during a demonstration outside Eastwood Park Prison protesting the death of young mother Caroline Powell. Pauline has carried out protests outside womens' prisons following deaths in custody to highlight the death and the responsibility of the prison and the Home Office. During these demos Pauline has attempted to stop vans carrying prisoners enter the prison. Often this has lead to the police intervening and arresting her. This case relates to an arrest and charge on 24 January 2007 ("aggravated trespass"), outside HMP & YOI Eastwood Park, Gloucestershire, to protest against the death of the young mother Caroline Powell, who died in the 'care' of the jail on 5 January 2007. Ms Powell, 26, was on remand (and therefore legally innocent) when she died. She has left behind five young children. Pauline is pleading 'not guilty' was entered in respect of the aggravated trespass charge (maximum punishment: three months' imprisonment). Pauline has been refused Legal aid. Full article.Meanwhile, the newly formed Bristol No Borders is off to the international demonstration on 22nd September at Gatwick against the construction of a new detention centre there and the border regime it represents. No Border Camp Newswire.| support anti-prisons campaigner Pauline Campbell | www.alternatives2prison.ik.com | Other Prison News: Why I'm going to No Borders Camp | 22/09 Detention Centre Demonstration | No Border Camp Newswire (indymedia.org.uk) | NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 80 - 13th September 2007Contribute An Article | How To Contribute Articles - A Brief Guide | Add To The Calendar



&quot;Your Papers Please&quot; TSA proposes privacy invading &quot;Secure Flight&quot; sch

Miami, 20.09.2007 07:11

"Your Papers Please" TSA proposes privacy invading "Secure Flight" sch



Hung Jury in Rod Coronado Free Speech Case

San Francisco Bay Area, 20.09.2007 06:35

After more than two full days of deliberation, a 12-person jury informed Judge Jeffrey Miller they were hopelessly deadlocked and determined that further deliberation would not deliver unanimity. Outside the courtroom, attorneys were informed that the majority was voting for acquittal of the environmental and animal rights activist on trial for a speech he gave in San Diego in 2003.



Marchas por Julio López a un año de su desaparición

Argentina, 20.09.2007 06:34

Un sólo grito multiplicado



Marchas por Julio López a un año de su desaparición

Argentina, 20.09.2007 06:34

Un sólo grito multiplicado



Cindy and Craig Corrie Lose Lastest Appeal

Seattle, 20.09.2007 04:58

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to reinstate a lawsuit brought against Caterpillar Inc. by Rachel Corrie's parents. Rachel Corrie, 23, of Olympia, was run over in 2003 by a 60-ton Israeli bulldozer operated by the Israeli Defense Forces. She was standing before a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip when she was killed. Cindy and Craig Corrie sued Caterpillar, seeking to hold the company liable for aiding and abetting human rights violations. Four Palestinian families whose relatives were also killed or injured when their homes were flattened joined the Corries in filing suit.



LINK 2007 Symposium (Olympia)

Seattle, 20.09.2007 04:58

LINK stands for Love, Imagine, Network and Kindness. The 2007 symposium is a conference that offers experienced instructors and workshops from all over the world.

The symposium runs from September 20th-24th and October 4th-7.

No One Will Be Turned Away For Lack of Funds.



My Participation in the Green Party Delegation to U.S. Senator Patty Murray's Office

Seattle, 20.09.2007 04:58

On Wednesday, September 12, I was fortunate to be a part of a Green Party delegation to Senator Patty Murray’s office. We met with Ardis Dumont, Senator Murray’s Director of Special Projects, to talk about the impending US military action against Iran.



VIDEO: Last Night I had the Strangest Dream

Seattle, 20.09.2007 04:58

Video by Women for Peace:


Women in Black, the Raging Grannies, CodePink, Rose Gentle from Scotland, a street medic from Portland and peace activists from Port Townsend, Tacoma, Olympia and Aberdeen.



September 20: &quot;Free the Jena 6!&quot; speak-out and national day of solidarity

Seattle, 20.09.2007 04:58

September 20th is the National Day of Solidarity with the 6 black high school students from Jena, Louisiana who courageously fought against nooses being hung from a tree at their high school. They were charged with conspiracy to commit murder after a school-yard fight, and are facing up to 20 years in prison.

SEATTLE EVENT
September 20 (Thursday), 5:00pm
Westlake Park, 4th & Pine in downtown Seattle



September 25th: Is Seattle A Livable City for Working People?

Seattle, 20.09.2007 04:58

Is Seattle a livable city for working people? Recently, the Seattle Times reported that an hourly wage of $57 is necessary to buy an "average" home in the city. That is a salary that few working people make.

Listen to firsthand reports on organizing campaigns to secure contract protections and basic job rights, and bring your ideas on how labor campaigns can help make Seattle a livable city for all the people who do the work.

Tuesday, September 25, 7pm
Seattle Labor Temple, Hall 132, 2800 1st Ave.



The Dirty Baker's Dozen: City Council Bust-Up Video Hilites!

DC, 20.09.2007 04:01

FROM OUR "FILM AT ELEVEN" DEPARTMENT: Upwards of a hundred activists from Empower DC, Until We Are Home, ONE DC, ACORN and elsewhere packed the City Council chambers at the Wilson Building today. Feistily disrupting the proceedings with repeated calls to account, the citizens berated the City Council for their selling off of public land to developers behind closed doors in a secretive, sinister, Sovietski style. Co-starring City Councilmember Carol Schwartz in a dual role — that of herself in real life, and that of a phantasmic simulation of herself rendered flat by an interdimensional collision. Videography by Mike Flugennock, still photography by Isis Imagery. MPEG4, 20.9mb, 06min 47sec. Also playing on YouTube.



Eric McDavid Court Report from Day 4 and 5, Sept. 17 and 18

DC, 20.09.2007 04:01

The US Attorney asked Lauren how the burn book was created. She said Anna (undercover cop), showed up with the “burn book” and had written six explosives recipes.



DC Council Caps Payday Loan Interest; Check'N'Go Sues Whistleblower

DC, 20.09.2007 04:01

On Sep 18, the DC City council voted by a 12-1 margin to impose a 24% APR cap on loans from payday lenders. Check n' Go and other payday lenders are whining that they will have to fold up their tents and leave town. GOOD RIDDANCE! Audio 3 min 28 sec: http://dc.indymedia.org/usermedia/audio/1/dc_council_boats_payday_loan_sharks.mp3



Walmart Meeting Medford City Council Tomorrow

Rogue Valley, 20.09.2007 04:00

* L A T E * * N O T I C E *

The Medford City Council will discuss the WalMart remand at their noon session on Thursday, September 20, 2007.

We hope that the current council will have the courage to address the need for a traffic study.



Blackwater Under Fire

NYC, 19.09.2007 22:28

As the latest outrage surrounding Blackwater Security's conduct in Iraq rockets to the top of news headlines, the Indypendent takes a look back at its previous coverage of the company, including a recent exclusive article by journalist and author Jeremy Scahill.

"The Mercenary Revolution: Flush with Profits from the Iraq War, Military Contractors See a World of Business Opportunities," by Jeremy Scahill (August 2007)

"Blackwater in a Grey World," by Jeremy Scahill (August 2007)

Underreported: "Overkill: Blackwater Mercenaries Deploy in New Orleans," by Jeremy Scahill and Daniela Crespo (April 2006).

Online: Can Iraq (or Anyone) Hold Blackwater Accountable for Killing Iraqi Civilians? A Debate on the Role of Private Contractors in Iraq (Democracy Now) || Blackwater In Iraq (Youtube)



Contra el saqueo y la precarización

Argentina, 19.09.2007 19:38

Por un territorio libre



Standing with the Students

Houston, 19.09.2007 17:38

September 28: Standing with the Students



Bike City Recyclery needs volunteers

Arkansas, 19.09.2007 16:39

Bike City in Fayetteville, Ar. needs more volunteers to build and organize community activities. We will train you.



Chilean Documentary Film Series at I-House: Reception Sept 19

Philadelphia, 19.09.2007 16:37



Immigrant Rights Activist, Naui Hutizilopochtli Assaulted While Defending Sanctuary Church

LA, 19.09.2007 15:38

Immigrant Rights Activist, Naui Hutizilopochtli Assaulted While Defending Sanctuary Church



John Kerry stands by as UF student is tasered for asking a question

Portland, 19.09.2007 15:38

The video is all over the internet. Yesterday (9/17/07) a University of Florida student was physically removed from a microphone at a forum held on campus by Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee. He was surrounded by cops and physically dragged to the back of the room where he was handcuffed and tasered.

 http://youtube.com/watch?v=AlnIkhYCS4w



Public Access TV in Philadelphia is Finally Here

Philadelphia, 19.09.2007 15:37



Where is the UCSC money going?

Santa Cruz, CA, 19.09.2007 09:07

Ike Solem writes, "Let me point out here that the University has proposed to set aside $70 million for a new "Biomedical Research Facility" [at UC Santa Cruz] for the year 2007-2008. This facility is unlikely to do much for undergraduate research, and represents a continuation of the ongoing corporatization of the University of California. The research done there will undoubtedly be done for the benefit of private pharmaceutical corporations, a theme that is already quite common in the Chemistry Department."



Kings Of The Psycho Frontier

DC, 19.09.2007 07:09

Videography by Isis; montage edited by Mike Flugennock, from footage of the Sept. 9 "Freedom Walk" to the Pentagon, and the Sept. 11 "9/11 Tr00th" rally at Lafayette Square. (apologies to Adam Ant) MPEG4, 11.9mb download, 04min 04secs



DC residents shout down City Council over public property privatization

DC, 19.09.2007 07:09

On the morning of September 18th, as many as 100 fed-up DC residents occupied the City Council chambers and shouted down the council, demanding the revocation of about 40 emergency bills passed in the summer to sell public land to developers. Audio 5 min 39 sec: http://dc.indymedia.org/usermedia/audio/7/dc_council_disrupted_public_property.mp3



Comunidad Temucuicui informa

santiago, 19.09.2007 07:08

Carabineros ataca con armas de fuego a comunidad de Temucuicui



un año sin López, un reclamo que no se detiene

Argentina, 19.09.2007 05:38

Más de 15 mil personas exigieron aparición con vida



Student tased for asking John Kerry questions

San Francisco Bay Area, 19.09.2007 03:08

While asking U.S. Senator John Kerry a question during a question and answer period on September 17th following Kerry's speech at the University of Florida, Andrew Meyer, a senior majoring in telecommunications, was attacked by five police officers, manhandled and tasered. Videos posted on the Internet show Meyer screaming for help as he is being tasered by a police stun gun. Kerry and the majority of the audience looked on mostly in silence.



21, 22 y 23 de septiembre

Argentina, 19.09.2007 01:08

Encuentro Sin Fronteras



USA: That's what free speech looks like

Torun, 19.09.2007 00:37



9/11 in Santa Cruz--Six Years Later

Santa Cruz, CA, 19.09.2007 00:08

On September 11th, 2007 Robert Norse was prepared to present a speech to the community and City Council of Santa Cruz during the Oral Communications period of the City Council meeting. The first two minutes of the speech was read by Coral Brune. However, Mayor Reilly did not allow Robert Norse to speak during Oral Communications, citing a lack of time, and therefore prevented the full speech from being heard during the City Council meeting.



100,000 March Against Iraq War in Washington, 200 Arrested in Dramitic Mass Die-In

Miami, 18.09.2007 22:07

100,000 March Against Iraq War in Washington, 200 Arrested in Dramitic Mass Die-In



Variante95: Via la strada dal Piano!

Switzerland, 18.09.2007 21:07

Il Piano di Magadino rappresenta l'ultimo territorio pianeggiante che, nonostante l'estensione sproporzionata di zone urbane ed industriali, presenta ancora importanti spazi agricoli. Costituisce il comparto territoriale con la maggiore biodiversità del Canton Ticino, e tra le più elevate della Svizzera. Centinaia sono le specie animali (moltissimi gli uccelli) che figurano sulla lista rossa (in pericolo d'estinzione) che vivono, si riproducono, svernano o semplicemente transitano da quest'area.

Il progettato collegamento veloce di tipo autostradale denominato Variante 95 (vedi mappa), sostenuto dalle lobby industriali, avrebbe ripercussioni molto negative: attirerebbe inevitabilmente nuovo traffico con il conseguente aumento dell'inquinamento. Occorre ricordare che nel piano è già in costruzione un inceneritore che contribuirà ad abbassare la qualità dell'aria nella zona! Inoltre la realizzazione della strada attirerà l'insediamento di centri commerciali, creando un nuovo scempio edilizio sullo stile del pian Scairolo.
Pure dal lato giuridico la realizzazione della Variante 95 è incerta in quanto potrebbe non essere conforme alla legge.

Il 30 settembre, grazie alle 16'000 firme raccolte, è prevista una votazione sul tema. È stata proposta pure una versione ridotta e meno invasiva della strada, denominata "panoramica" ma pure questa alternativa non convince del tutto.
Contro la Variante 95, da parecchi mesi la popolazione si sta mobilitando (1 - 2 - 3 - 4)!

Informazioni e link: vialastradadalpiano.ch - apmagadino.ch - ACSI - Blog delle donne contadine ticinesi



Unruhen in Guatemala flauen ab

Germany, 18.09.2007 20:38

Guatemala kommt nach den Wahlen am 9. September langsam zur Ruhe. Es gab aber auch in den Tagen danach noch vereinzelt Proteste und gewaltsame Unruhen. In mindestens 18 Gemeinden kam es nach Schließung der Wahllokale zu Ausschreitungen, die ein Todesopfer (die Polizei erschoss einen Jugendlichen) und wohl hunderte von Verletzten forderten. Über 200 Menschen wurden landesweit verhaftet.

Bisherige Berichte: Blutspur | Wahlfarce | Ultrarechte | Soldaten | Todesopfer | Totenstille | Wahlgewalt | Prognose | Hochrechnung | Wahlsieg



a 31 años

Argentina, 18.09.2007 20:08

Los lápices siguen escribiendo



Pending Charges Against Six Jena Students Lead To Nationwide Protests

San Francisco Bay Area, 18.09.2007 18:08

Thousands of people are expected to gather in Jena, Louisiana on Thursday September 20th to protest the pending charges against six African American high school students. The six students were charged with felonies after a fight that started after nooses were hung outside their high school.

Protests are also planned in cities across the United States. In San Francisco, a protest will be held Thursday at 4pm at Powell and Market.



irregularidades y encubrimiento en la causa judicial

Argentina, 18.09.2007 18:08

Julio López, un año de impunidad



irregularidades y encubrimiento en la causa judicial

Argentina, 18.09.2007 18:08

Julio López, un año de impunidad



Chicago organizers mobilize for FCC media ownership hearing

Chicago, 18.09.2007 17:08

In 2002 and 2003, the FCC tried to repeal the main rules governing media ownership — which for many communities would result in a single company owning most of that community's media. Chicago activists joined nationwide efforts to block the FCC's rule changes, and succeeded in doing so.

Now the FCC, having lost in Congress, in court, and in public opinion, has spent the past year relaunching its media ownership review with ostensibly greater public involvement. The FCC has even promised to hold six official hearings on the matter in venues across the country, with Chicago being the venue of the fifth such hearings.

Unlike in 2002 and 2003, where the struggle was mainly to inform about the very issue and its importance, efforts to galvanize Chicago have taken hold, thanks to grassroots organizing and media efforts.

Additional Resources: stopbigmedia.com | Chicago Media Action



Salta: La ley soy yo

Argentina, 18.09.2007 14:08

Seabord Corporation viola orden judicial y continúa depredando La Loma



Seabord viola orden judicial

Argentina, 18.09.2007 13:38



Brief Interview with Councilmember Tony Madrigal on SCPD Racial Profiling

Santa Cruz, CA, 18.09.2007 08:37

On September 16th, Santa Cruz City Councilmember Tony Madrigal called into the Bathrobespierre's Broadsides radio show on Free Radio Santa Cruz to discuss the Santa Cruz Police Department and Sentinel brouhaha over his comment during a City Council meeting on September 11th. At the meeting, Madrigal mentioned an incident he witnessed last Halloween during the massive police presence which suggested the possibility of racial profiling going on.




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