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LLEVAN MÁS DE 50 DÍAS DE ACAMPE POR LA REINCORPORACIÓN DE LOS 103 DESPEDIDOS

Argentina, 17.01.2008 19:08

Los trabajadores de Mafissa en pie de lucha



Obama, race and the African American community

NYC, 17.01.2008 18:08

Around 75 people gathered at the Ambrose Church on West 130th Street in Harlem for a discussion organized by the Harlem Tenants Council on race, the African American community and Barack Obama. Activists from a variety of causes including police brutality, housing and political prisoners talked about what the candidacy of Obama meant to the black community.



Odeia a Mídia? Seja a mídia!

Brasil, 17.01.2008 18:08

CENTRO DE MÍDIA INDEPENDENTE



Die mächtigsten Firmen der Welt

Germany, 17.01.2008 09:08

Sie errichten Glaspaläste in den USA und Europa, sie foltern und töten in Brasilien, sie beuten Kinder aus in Indien, sie ruinieren Flusslandschaften in Afrika, sie schmieren oder erpressen Regierungsbeamte in aller Welt und scheffeln dabei Profite. Die Weltfirmen, Transnationale Konzerne, "Multis" oder "Global Players" gelten zu Recht als moderne Verkörperung des globalen Kapitalismus und es gibt kaum noch ein Fleckchen der Erde, wo sie nicht bei den "Eliten" auf ehrfürchtigen Respekt und bei den übrigen Menschen auf Argwohn und Kritik treffen.



Santa Cruz Police Hassle Drummers During Farmers Market

Santa Cruz, CA, 17.01.2008 05:41

On January 16th at about 4:30pm, Santa Cruz Police Sgt. Flippo, Officer Aldridge, and three other cops (two as back-up) began writing warnings to folks on the edges of the drum circle in the Cathcart parking lot. The drummers, after ignoring the police for awhile, moved to Pacific Avenue to continue drumming at Soquel and Pacific.



Direct Action Against Mining

Manila, 17.01.2008 04:36

Indigenous Action Against Mining Hold Australian Firm At Bay



Save Rent Control Convention

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.01.2008 04:34

On Saturday, January 19, the San Francisco Tenants Union will be holding a "Save Rent Control Convention" to raise awareness and organize against an anti-rent control ballot measure that recently qualified for the June 2008 elections. The measure, which purports to be about reforming eminent domain, will abolish rent control in California, erode environmental protections, negatively affect local land-use planning, and stop future water projects.



Hoopa Valley Tribe Rejects Klamath River Deal

San Francisco Bay Area, 17.01.2008 04:34

The Hoopa Valley Tribe rejected the latest draft of the Klamath River Basin Restoration Agreement (KRBRA) released today because the agreement lacks adequate water assurances for fish. "Hoopa will retain its rights to defend the Klamath," said Clifford Lyle Marshall, Tribal Chairman. "We will work with any and all parties to remove the dams and assure a restored healthy river."

Klamath Settlement Group Releases Proposed Restoration Agreement | Klamath Tribes Work with Neighbors to Solve Water Crisis | California Trout & Trout Unlimited: Klamath Agreement Sets Stage for Dam Removal



Want to understand why folks are making a fuss over &quot;Habeas Corpus&quot; these days?

Miami, 17.01.2008 04:27

Want to understand why folks are making a fuss over "Habeas Corpus" these days?



¡Lucha contra el derribo de El Jablito!

Canarias, 16.01.2008 22:25

A los vecinos de Playa Blanca (entre El Cotillo y Corralejo) les llegó la orden de desalojo y demolición la semana pasada por parte de Costas, ahora denominado Medio Ambiente, por parte del Gobierno del Estado Español. Ahora bien, la ley, evidentemente, no está hecha para el pobre, ni para los habitantes de las Islas Canarias, si no todo lo contrario. La ley, tiene un vacío bastante amplio, las zonas que les afecta, las edificaciones que en ellas se encuentran, (baterías de fuego y castilletes militares, pequeños embarcaderos, poblaciones marineras, etc… ) que datan algunas de ellas con más de 200 años. En el Jablito, costa del Parque Holandés (La Oliva), pretenden hacer lo mismo, pero no sólo Costas se contenta con derribar dicho asentamiento, al igual que otras poblaciones, Ajuy, Majanicho, El Puertito de la Cruz, Cofete, Los Molinos, Jacomar etc… sino peor aún, a día de hoy quieren seguir con el famoso proyecto de Puertoventura con total luz verde. Un macro-proyecto turístico que pretende construir apartamentos residenciales, tres hoteles, un puerto deportivo con 365 amarres, otro más pequeño comercial y distintas áreas de ocio. En conclusión, quieren hacer otra Marina Rubicón, (Lanzarote), pero mucho más suntuoso. Esta vez, Fuerteventura no cuenta con un gran artista como lo fué César Manrique. El proyecto, y diseño para llevarlo a a cabo viene desde un estudio de arquitectura inglés. Ahora nuestras más humildes preguntas: ¿Cómo es posible, que costas derribe el poblado marinero de El Jablito, y autorize a una empresa a la ejecución de dicho proyecto?.¿Por qué dicha empresa, paga a los propietarios de dichas chozas, la no despreciable cantidad de 24.000€ para derribar tales edificaciones, cuando según la nueva de ley de costas, son totalmente ilegales?. Tenemos información de que el proyecto del muelle deportivo ha caducado: ¿quién concede la renovación de tal licencia, para que dichos empresarios, sigan demostrando su superior fuerza, contra los habitantes del asentamiento del El Jablito?. El Ayuntamiento de La Oliva, al principio mostró su solidaridad, contando con ello con una moción presentada por el edil José Luis López para proteger dicha caleta de El Jablito, poblada inicialmente por pescadores y ahora ocupada por cerca de 80 viviendas ilegales, ¿dondé está el apoyo de los gobernantes del ayuntamiento, ahora que finalizaron las votaciones municipales?. Si el ayuntamiento de Puerto del Rosario, le extiende su mano a Los Molinos, si el Cabildo de Fuerteventura apoya a los habitantes de tal asentamiento, defendiendo muchos condicionantes, como el empleo de tal terreno, la antigüedad, y sobre todo el uso y disfrute de los habitantes del tal extensión, ahora preguntamos: ¿¿¿ dónde está el apoyo incondicional del ilustrísimo ayuntamiento de La Oliva cuando otros ayuntamientos, y entidades de gobierno como el cabildo, se anteponen, y piden diálogo para con Costas (Medio Ambiente) ???. Según la REAL ACADEMIA ESPAÑOLA , en su definición de CABILDO. en el punto 10.m. lo, dicha entidad la define como la siguiente: "En Canarias, corporación que representa a los pueblos de cada isla y administra los intereses comunes de ellos y los peculiares de ésta". ¿? Dónde está la defensa y representación de todos los pueblos o asentamientos implicados, por parte de el Cabildo Insular de Fuerteventura, en contra de la indiscriminada e imparcial nueva ley de costas??. ¿Es que acaso nos quieren decir con esta nueva ley, que los canarios, no tenemos derecho a nuestra propia costa, para no tan sólo no disfrutar de ella, sino para dársela a empresas privadas ?. Lucha Contra el Derribo de El Jablito. La Oliva, Fuerteventura.



Gente sin casa y casas sin gente

Canarias, 16.01.2008 22:25

[AUDIO] Entrevista de "Garujita" a los okupas desalojados
[VIDEO] "Los okupas se la montaron a Paulino"

[Texto, que se está repartiendo por Santa Cruz y La Laguna, denuciando el problema de la vivienda y de los espacios para el encuentro, la lucha y el desarrollo de la creatividad popular.]


::: Gente sin casa y casas sin gente :::

Nuestra respuesta a esta situación es la Okupación de viviendas vacías, abandonadas desde hace muchos años. Las rehabilitamos y evitamos su deteroro, para, además, desprivatizarlas construyendo dentro de ellas Centros Sociales donde fomentar no sólo una alternativa de vida, sino también la participación ciudadana, la opinión crítica y la conciencia social y de clase.

El 4 de diciembre de 2007, la Policía Nacional desalojó, a petición de la promotora especuladora "Lomo Alto, S.L.", dos centros sociales okupados en Santa Cruz de Tenerife, en el Barrio del Toscal. El desalojo fue en sí mismo un total abuso de poder. Tras la entrada brutalmente violenta en la casa, en la que tiraron la puerta abajo, expulsaron a las personas que estaban dentro sin dejar que las y los okupantes sacaran sus pertenencias ni a todas sus mascotas. Su siguiente acción fue tapiar la casa inmediatamente. Lo más importante a nivel legal es que el desalojo se efectuó antes de que los y las okupas pudieran leer el Auto del juez.

Estamos hart@s de tanta especulación y de que nos traten como "delincuentes" y "escoria social". Desde la mayoría de los medios de gran difusión desinformativa se miente cada día sobre nosotr@s para engañar al resto de la población y la gente conciba un montón de prejuicios falsos sobre los movimientos juveniles. Queremos denunciarlo.

Nuestros medios son la organización asamblearia y horizontal, la cercanía con las personas humildes y el apoyo mutuo. Los especuladores, la justicia del Estado y sus perros policías, las altas capas de la sociedad, utilizan sus poderes desprestigiándonos porque no nos escondemos. No nos venderemos nunca.

ASAMBLEA POR LA OKUPACIÓN Y CONTRA LA ESPECULACIÓN DE TENERIFE

Desde aquí también nuestro reconocimiento al recién desalojado CSOA Casas Viejas, que nació hace más de 5 años como un espacio basado en la horizontalidad, la autogestión y el trabajo cooperativo, creado para fomentar iniciativas políticas y culturales frente a lo establecido y para proporcionar un espacio social y público a l@s sevillan@s.

>>> http://estrecho.indymedia.org/feature/display/67229/index.php
>>> http://www.alasbarricadas.org/noticias/?q=node/6439



Un videoclip puente entre África y Canarias

Canarias, 16.01.2008 22:25

A tres años del Encuentro de Medios Independientes promovido por la Red Indymedia en Dakar, 2004, vemos cómo maduran los trabajos conjuntos de comunicación independiente entre África y Canarias.

Los autores son Secteur-S, un grupo de rap senegalés y una asociación, Puente Humano de la que forman parte junto con gente de Canarias, Senegal y otros países. Uno de los cantantes del grupo, Mamadou, es un repatriado que llegó a Canarias en cayuco, fue retenido en un Centro de Internamiento para Extranjeros y expulsado por dos veces.

Mamadou: «… Para nosotros el rap es un mensaje por aquellos que no pueden hablar, denunciamos lo que no es justo y las cosas que marchan mal en nuestro gobierno.»

Mamadou: El 17 de diciembre de 2006 estaba retenido en el Centro de Internamiento de "Las Raíces" en Tenerife. Por segunda vez mi viaje hacia la promesa de un mundo mejor se vió truncado. Ese mismo día la Plataforma "Tod@s Somos Migrantes" se manifestaba delante del Centro de Internamiento, allí se encontraba la gente del Puente Humano el rapero Aaron y otras 70 personas que querían hablar con nosotros pero no se les permitió.

Mamadou: En Junio de 2007 Puente Humano pudo viajar a Senegal a encontrarse con repatriados, familias de migrantes que llegaron y otras que murieron. Los encontré en las calles de Saint Louis en frente de la tienda de un amigo, que sale en el vídeo, saqué mi acta de expulsión del Estado Español, les conté mi historia, les presenté a Babakar y al resto de Secteur S y quedamos en producir un vídeo conjuntamente.

Mamadou: 17 de diciembre de 2007: Se ha cumplido un año. A pesar de las vallas y las fronteras estamos junt@s."


Este videoclip es un puente abierto entre los repatriados que han visto frustrado su sueño de trabajar en Europa y la población trabajadora del primer mundo. Una invitación a comunicarnos tod@s en persona o mediante tecnología socializada, una invitación especial a los jóvenes, a los artistas y a los raperos en particular.

Un agradecimiento y un ánimo a tod@s las que estuvieron o hicieron posible la marcha al Centro de Internamiento de Las Raíces, el 17 de diciembre de 2007. Los que estaban dentro de los muros y las vallas gritando "liberté, solidarité" y los que estaban fuera gritando "liberté, solidarité"

NO estamos completamente separados. Comenzamos a hablarnos a pesar de los muros. No ha sido fácil. Pero cada vez será menos difícil. Nadie podrá separarnos si nos seguimos aferrando con uñas y dientes a nuestra propia dignidad.

Un abrazo a tod@s los que se esfuerzan en otros lugares por lograr comunicación y luchar por la dignidad.

Un homenaje a los africanos que por medios dignos y pacíficos procuran mejorar la vida de los suyos, y un homenaje a nuestros abuelos que enfrentaron el frío, las olas y la muerte para mejorar las condiciones de sus familias.

Las redes de comunicación independiente entre las poblaciones de África y Canarias se desarrollarán mucho más. Pero ya hay un trabajo avanzado. Nos queremos acordar especialmente del trabajo de Amadou Ba, colaborador de Irradia e Indymedia Canarias, desde Senegal. Porque con su constancia a pesar de las dificultades económicas y logísticas ha hecho posible que esta red haya crecido y madurado. Por lo que toca en concreto a este video-puente, desde luego hubiera sido imposible sin su participación.



Ni derechistas ni izquierdistas, sino humanistas

Canarias, 16.01.2008 22:25

Estamos en campaña electoral. Estamos en plena representación teatral, lo cual es una bendición… para los gabinetes de marketing. Gabinetes tan avanzados que han llegado a descubrir lo que los trileros de cualquier esquina saben desde hace muchos años: Elijas lo que elijas, pierdes.



Grand Opening: School of the Americas Watch West

LA, 16.01.2008 22:22

Grand Opening: School of the Americas Watch West



10th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert in Miami - Saturday, Jan 19th

Miami, 16.01.2008 22:17

10th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert in Miami - Saturday, Jan 19th



GP Candidate Cynthia McKinney + film AMERICAN BLACKOUT in Ft. Lauderdale - Jan 19th

Miami, 16.01.2008 22:17

GP Candidate Cynthia McKinney + film AMERICAN BLACKOUT in Ft. Lauderdale - Jan 19th



Help stop schools from supplying student's personal info to the US Military for it’s database

Miami, 16.01.2008 22:16

Help stop schools from supplying student's personal info to the US Military for it’s database



ΑΚΟΥΣΤΕ ΤΟ ΚΑΛΑ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΦΥΛΑΚΕΣ...

Athens, 16.01.2008 18:56

Οι φυλακισμένοι δεν είναι μόνοι τους!



SOCPA Anti-demo Laws Should be Repealed, Not Extended

United Kingdom, 16.01.2008 18:54

One of Gordon Brown's first announcements when he became prime minister, was that the state would 'look again' at the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA) clauses which affect the right to protest within a kilometer of the Houses of Parliament. Since then, a consultation has been launched by the Home Office, and the closing date for responses is 17/01/08.

Anti-SOCPA campaigners who have studied the proposal are concerned that, rather than leading to a repeal of the relevant clauses of the act, the consultation could lead to an extension of the powers, meaning that any demonstration anywhere in the country would be required to seek police authorisation in advance.

On Saturday, January 12th, in response to a callout from campaigners, demonstrations took place around the UK.

Milton Keynes and Cambridge saw demonstrations in support of the right to protest. In Liverpool civil liberties protesters marched through the town centre and held a demonstration outside the town hall. Welsh activists handed out copies of the consultation paper and held a series of mini protests with locals in Aberystwyth. The monthly peace camp at Aldermaston staged a solidarity 'Freedom of Assembly' demo outside the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

A demonstration in Oxford against a proposed new shopping centre took place in solidarity with the other anti-SOCPA actions as locals took impromptu direct action to prevent the fencing off of the square. In London, where protest is banned within a kilometre of parliament, a procession demonstrated outside several key sites with the SOCPA zone, including the Home Office, New Scotland Yard and MI5. People were arrested for lying down in the road outside Downing Street and at Parliament Square activists were violently removed from the sit in and Brian Haw was assaulted and arrested.

Links:

SOCPA topic | Liverpool: Photos | London: Video 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | London Photos 1 | 2 | Cambridge: Montage | JNV model answers for consultation

Other Sites

Repeal SOCPA | socpa - the movie



The Police Commissioner Town Meeting in S. Phila

Philadelphia, 16.01.2008 18:52



Indymedia Newsreal January 2008 Edition to Air on 1/17

United States, 16.01.2008 18:50

The Indymedia Newsreal Project's January 2008 edition is now available for online download download here, and will air on Free Speech TV on Thursday January 17 at 9:30pm and 11:30pm EST. This month's edition contains stories from Pato Productions, Houston Indymedia, The Mishaped, and Scar Media Collective and reports on cross-border activism, a grassroots food distribution program, and organizing against the death penalty.

Pictured: still from "End Executions" by Houston Indymedia

The Newsreal, which has aired on Free Speech TV and across the country on local cable access channels since 2000, is gathering energy again after a low-point last year. Read on for details.



Lucha sindical y respuesta patronal en San Luis

Argentina, 16.01.2008 15:58

Persecución a la organización obrera profundiza el conflicto



Bristol Airport Accused of Contempt for Democracy

Bristol, 16.01.2008 15:54

BIA Accused of Using Holiday Period to Push Plans BIA Accused of Using Holiday Period to Push Plans Crash writes: Bristol International Airport have put in for planning permission under General Permitted Development Order of the Town and Country planning act, to build a massive extension to their terminal building under the guise of a walkway. The extension is 3 times as long as the existing terminal and has satellite lounges along its length to increase terminal capacity and throughput. They put this in on 18th December with a three week consultation period - yet it was not even visible to the general public until 7th January. BIA previously promised to never hide a planning application in a holiday and yet that is exactly what they have done. The application is not a legitimate permitted development because is it too large and is a terminal extension. It aslo is not needed for urgent operational efficiency reasons but instead to allow for significant increase in passenger numbers in the future. None of this was covered by the Master Plan, the stakeholder's workshops, the impact assessments or any other consultation or background literature from BIA in the past. All of the traffic, noise, clijmate change and negative economic impacts of increasing passengers will still occur - but BIA is attempting to prevent the public or even the planning authority from objecting to it. Please urgently send an objection including some or all of these points to: dccomments@n-somerset.gov.uk with subject : application 07/P/3214/PAI. Full article. (Image: Southwest Climate Action storm North Somerset Environment and Planning Offices to protest against the planned expansion of Bristol International Airport in 2006)On the subject of transport, Matt Banning of Bath Activist Network writes: Following the community meeting last night in Bath, commuter group More Train Less Strain + other ne'erdowells will be holding a rail fare strike on Monday 28th January morning, handing out rail fare strike tickets and cattle masks at entrances to train stations, so you too can be part of the Monday morning commuter cattle truck.Full article | Democracy Takes A Break Thanks To BIA's Lounge Lizards | www.nobristolairportexpansion.co.uk | Rail fare strike - the more the merrier | Southwest Climate Action storm North Somerset Environment and Planning Offices to protest against the planned expansion of Bristol International Airport in 2006 |Contribute An Article | How To Contribute Articles - A Brief Guide | Add To The Calendar



Activists held Hostage by Whalers in Whale Sanctuary

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.01.2008 11:09

When the Captain of the Yashin Maru No 2 hunter killer ship refused to respond to any radio communication from the anti-whale activists on board the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin, a decision was made to send two crew members to board the Yashin Maru No2 with a written message to the Captain of the vessel.
As of, 16 January 2008 -- 0500 GMT; Twenty-four hours later, Sea Shepherd crew members Giles Lane from the U.K. and Benjamin Potts from Australia remain hostages on the Yushin Maru No. 2.



2007 - Indymedia Highlights

Aotearoa, 16.01.2008 08:43

European Year of Equal Opportunities for All, International Heliophysical year and Year of the Dolphin - 2007, what a year! Here are some of the stories that YOU published on your local Indymedia Centre in 2007. As always, the struggle continues! [ Highlights 2006 | 2005 ]

Your Aotearoa Indymedia Crew

October 15th Raids

In a wave of massive state repression in Aotearoa / New Zealand, 300+ para-military police carried out dawn raids at houses around the country on Monday October 15th 2007, making 17 arrests. Search warrants were carried out in Auckland, Whakatane, Ruatoki, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington and in Christchurch in the South Island. The police wanted to charge 12 people under the Terrorism Suppression Act (TSA). A massive solidarity campaign formed around Aotearoa and the world to support the activists in jail and after almost 4 four weeks, the Solicitor-General, David Collins, announced that he would not be granting permission to the police to lay charges under the TSA. Everybody got released on bail. However, 16 people - people from Tūhoe, Te Atiawa, Maniapoto, Pakeha; indigenous activists, anarchists, environmental and anti-war activists - are still facing charges under the Arms Act. More information: The Struggle continues… | October15thSolidarity.info | Te Mana Motuhake ō Tūhoe | State Repression in Aotearoa

Tino Rangatiratanga - Tangata Whenua:

In Janurary, Tūhoe set up a blockade at Paekoa Rd in Ruatoki. On Waitangi Day, the Tino Rangatiratanga did not fly on the Auckland Harbour Bridge. However, it flew around Aotearoa and the world (and in May was flying/jumping on/off the bridge). In April, Ngati Haua was occupying their ancestral Maunga Whakakoro in the far northto stop it from being alienated from the Hapu forever. Maori Revolutionary Syd Jackson died in September. Thousands of people attended his tangi in Hastings. Michael Cullen had to be protected from angry protesters after being verbally abused and jostled at Taemaro Bay in December. Ngati Aukiwa has been fighting for their land for years and oppose they oppose the Office of Treaty Settlements negotiations with the Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Trust Board. In late December, activists started to gather in the Urewera to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the occupation at Waikaremoana.

Pacific:

In February, Australian composer Martin Wesley-Smith's piece Papua Merdeka (Free Papua) was dropped from the Asia Pacfic Festival in Wellington after pressure from the Indonesian Embassy. May saw the relese of The Nu Face of Youth Rebellion, a film produced for Aotearoa Indymedia on the uprising in Tonga in late 2006. An Indonesian Military officer started a course in NZ in May, sparking protests from human rights activists. The same month, Auckland University students protested against a visit by former Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas. Five Tongan People's Representatives were charged with sedition in June. June also saw progress towardsa Free Trade Area of the Pacific. While the G8 met, the people of Tuvalu becamethe global face of climate change. As the Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory in Australia came under renewed attack, people mobilised to support them across Aotearoa - Resistance is Existence: Aotearoa stands in solidarity against Australian Racism, International Day of Action: Stop the Genocide on Stolen Aboriginal Land & "Stop the Genocide!" - Protests Across Aotearoa. Helen Clark visited Jakarta in July, and ignored the abuses taking place in West Papua at the hands of the Indonesian Government. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer came to Auckland to speak to the National Party in July, and was met with protests. August saw Fijian public sector workers on strike despite intimidation and death threats from the military government. Meanwhile, Indonesian Police used guns to threaten a West Papuan activist who toured Aotearoa in 2006. As the US-NZ Partnership Forum prepared to meet in Auckland, AIMC carried analysis of the effects of the policies it promotes in the Pacific.

Animal Rights:

Animal Liberationists were active early in 2007, while in February the Sea Shepherd confronted Japanese whalers. In March Animal rights activists prepared to protest against a meat conference, which took place in April. The Open Rescue Collective exposed a pit of chicken corpses with a live bird inside, while Auckland Animal Action protested against the start of duck hunting season in May. In June, an AAA activist was arrested for using a megaphone at an anti-fur protest. October saw a Christchurch Open Rescue group publicise their first rescue of battery hens.

Workers Rights:

In April, sacked hotel workers fought back, while the EPMU and Labour colluded to sell out Air NZ workers. May Day was celebrated across Aotearoa in May, and a Subway franchise was taught the power of worker solidarity. Meanwhile, Filipino unionist Dennis Maga went on a national speaking tour and Protests haunted the tour of Phillipines President Arroyo in June. The exploitation of migrant workers was exposed, while South Auckland hotel workers fought against poverty wages, a demonstration in support of Rainbows End workers was held and coal miners across Aotearoa went on strike all before the end of June. July saw 800 hospital cleaners locked out after strike action and Aotearoa Indymedia provided updates throughout the lockout - Day 5: 800 Pickets Resisting - Your Support Needed! & Day 6: "Give Spotless the Boot!". In August Auckland hotel workers were locked out, while the year finished with Maritime workers taking the fight to gates of Port of Napier.

(Anti-)Patriarchy:

Convicted rapists Brad Schollum and Bob Shipton were found not guilty of raping another woman in March, with protests held across the country, and as International Women's Day came, more nationwide demonstrations demanded justice for rape survivors. September saw the reinvigoration of the Anarcha-Feminist Network of Aotearoa.

Environment:

The Save Happy Valley Coaltion continued its fight in January, while the Coalition began a second occupation, at Mt. Augustus, in February. The Department of Conservation supported Solid Energy against the Coalition, while Solid Energy announced they would sue SHVC in March. That same month, a reclaim the streets was held in Auckland. Save Happy Valley blockaded a coal train in April in Christchurch, while Rio Tinto loomed over the South Island in June. Solid Energy's legal battle against Save Happy Valley continued in July, while in September, Genesis announced plans to decomission the Huntly coal power plant.

Indymedia:

Aotearoa Indymedia had 113 features and many more newswire articles and comments in 2007. The year began with a convergence in Auckland at the start of February. Meanwhile, more mass media mergers and more lies were on the way. March saw AIMC host a "Boot Camp" in Wellington. A report into news media ownership in New Zealand was released in August, while September saw the announcement of the first ever Aotearoa Indymedia Newsreal, which should be finished and released in the coming weeks.

Peace:

January saw the 20th annual Waihopai Spybase protest, while in February it was announced that Australian Prime Minister John Howard would be heading to Wellington. When he arrived, he was met with an angry protest by Peace Action Wellington and friends. The repression in East Timor was discussed in March, while the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq was marked by protests across the country. The role of Kiwi troops overseas was raised in April, including in protests at ANZAC Day ceremonies. Anti-ANZAC riots rocked East Timor in August, while in October, delegates to a weapons conference could not escape protesters.

Community:

Otautahi Food not Bombs resisted police in January, while May saw the launch of Aotearoa's first online radical bookshop and Food not Bombs and Christchurch students reclaim public space. May also saw the exposure of corporate spies inside two Wellington and one Christchurch based activist group. Protests were held after Mercury Energy cut off power to an Auckland woman, causing her death in July. An anarchist conference was announced for September in Auckland. 14 were arrested in Christchurch attempting to save a youth space in August, and councils were urged to implement user-pays for water. September saw protests against the US-NZ Partnership Forum in Auckland.

Global:

March saw the eviction of a Danish social centre, provoking riots in Copenhagen. That same month, mobilisations were held across Central and South America against George W Bush's tour. May saw police repression at the ASEM protest in Hamburg, Germany, while the Burmese people rose up against military rule in October. December saw 25 people sentenced to 110 years jail over charges from the 2001 G8 protest in Genoa, and the year finished with the Lakota Sioux declaring sovereign nation status.

Check out www.indymedia.org for more stories from all around the world.

Prison and Borders

In April, Hossein (Thomas) Yadegary, an Iranian refugee, was released from Mt Eden Prison after 30 months inside. Protests continued in May in support of two other Iranian refugees inside Mt Eden. In May, the New Zealand Immigration Service conducted dawn raids in Northland. June saw protests in support of the imprisoned Iranian refugees continue, and the tour of former Black Panther leader Angela Davis. Ali Panah, one of the imprisoned Iranian refugees, went on a hunger strike, and Aotearoa Indymedia provided updates - Dying Ali Panah kept in handcuffs - Day 34, HUNGER STRIKE DAY 49: SATURDAY PROTEST TO FREE ALI PANAH & Ali Panah: "Starving for Justice" - Seven activists arrested at Mt.Eden. After Panah's release on bail on September 3, the focus turned towards freeing the last of the Iranian refugees, Amir Mohebbi, who had been in jail for 3 & 1/2 years. In October, Mohebbi was also released on bail. In November, an Aotearoa anarchist was arrested in Sydney on year old rioting charges stemming from the G20 protest in Melbourne. After initially being held in custody, he was granted bail after a few days.

p.s. Yes, we know - everything is connected! But just for the sake of putting stories into one box only, the struggle of Fijian workers, for example, ends up in the 'Pacific' section and not under 'Workers Rights'.



“We Will Not Stand Idly By:” Vigil Marks Guantanamo Day of Awareness and Action

New Orleans, 16.01.2008 04:47

“We Will Not Stand Idly By:” Vigil Marks Guantanamo Day of Awareness and Action



Eco Defence

Perth, 16.01.2008 04:45

Japanese Whalers hold Sea Shepherd activists hostage



Oakland Anti-Choice March Accuses Pro-Choice Clinic of Participating in Black Genocide

San Francisco Bay Area, 16.01.2008 04:44

On Friday January 18th, anti-choicers are gathering for a "Standing Up For Life" conference and march in Oakland. This particular march will focus on the African American community of the East Bay and cites the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. This march plans to walk past the Women's Choice Clinic, as march organizers accuse the clinic of participating in a racist holocaust. Those who support Oakland as a pro-choice community for all women will gather for direct action at 12pm in Frank Ogawa Plaza at 14th and Broadway. Women's Choice Clinic has a Friday night clinic from 6-8pm, and volunteers may be needed for clinic-defense that night.



Celebrate One Year of Granny Love and Rage

Portland, 16.01.2008 04:40

January 19, 2008, 7 pm
Peace House, 2116 NE 18th at Tillamook
For most of 2007, with Handcuffs, Hearts and Hand Prints
The Seriously Pissed Off Grannies/Grandpas/Grandkids
have rocked, biked and testified.

And now it's time to party - and raise some money for fines and appeals.
You know they're radical, but did you know they're fun?!?

Entertainment, refreshments
Silent Auction
and a tribute to the fantastic support of the Lawyers Guild



Miami: Terrorists provoke aggression against CODEPINK demanding Posada’s arrest

Miami, 16.01.2008 04:35

Miami: Terrorists provoke aggression against CODEPINK demanding Posada’s arrest



It's not torture when U.S. forces are doing it…

DC, 16.01.2008 02:03



Call To Action! Show Stelmach what Americans Really think of The TarSands!

DC, 16.01.2008 02:03

The Boreal forest is one of humanity’s greatest defenses against climate change, but it is being desecrated to fill the pockets of the US and Canadian governments, as well as Big Oil Companies. SAVE the DATE: Wed, January 16th, SAVE the time: 5:45pm Location: Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW



Genetically modified trees cut down near Rotorua

Aotearoa, 16.01.2008 02:03

Anti-GM protesters have cut down 19 genetically modified pine trees at a research site near Rotorua. The attack happened at some stage over the weekend.

A 1.5 metre hole was found along the fenceline, made of 3.5 metre high electrified wire. The crop destroyers are assumed to have burrowed through that hole before chopping down the trees, almost 1/4 of the 80 trees on the site.

Police found a spade with a "GE Free New Zealand" sticker on it leaning up against the fence. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Rotorua site was the same one protested against in 2005, where four people were arrested, one of whom was also pepper sprayed by Police.



Refugee Rights

Perth, 16.01.2008 02:01

Villawood death sparks action against mandatory detention



Park Service Overrides 1st Amendment to 'Save Grass' on the Mall

DC, 15.01.2008 19:40

Jan 12: A local news station announced that the National Park service wants to keep protestors off the National Mall in order to "revitalize and restore the green space". Civil liberties law firm, Partnership for Civil Justice, says this is a violation of the 1st Amendment. Partnership won a similar case re attempt to prevent free speech and protests on NYC's Central Park grass. More Park Service Comment Page where you get to vote for alternative places to protest



Impeachment in the WA State Senate!

Seattle, 15.01.2008 19:38

Thursday, January 17th, 2008, 3:30 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING FOR SJM 8016, CALLING FOR A FULL INVESTIGATION AND TRIAL OF BUSH AND CHENEY

Room 2 of the Cherberg Bldg., on the State Capitol Campus in Olympia, 426-14th Ave. SW, Olympia, Washington 98504



Bath Bomb on the TescNO Campaign

Bristol, 15.01.2008 19:38

An update on the battle... An update on the battle... B B Jenkins of the Bath Bomb editorial collective writes about the TescNO campaign (amognst other things...): Residents in Bathwick Hill have been fighting Tesco for 2 years, to stop them getting their way with a Tesco Express store that will pretty much wipe out the great independent shop, Bathwick Stores (with much loved Ken at the helm) as well as Threshers and others. Not to mention worries such as added congestion and traffic safety. Tesco was knocked back twice by BANES and wasn't wanted by the majority of the residents, but they got a suitcase of money, hired a fancy lawyer and went crying to central government who overturned the decision. We didn't like to think there was campaigning going on against a big corporation with well known abuses of workers/farmers/animals/the environment (see Tescopoly.org) without us being involved, especially when it seemed those fighting were at the point of morphing into Tesco customers before our very eyes. Lack of success = dejection = no hope = the issue dies and convenience wins. So we called the public meeting on January 7th. It was heartening to see a community fighting such a goliath and yet, it seems such groups won't win unless they see the need to fight from all angles, accepting help from other groups who may have different concerns, skills and ways of doing things... Full article.|



Power U Miami wins battle to stop Crosswinds Development - County votes to reclaim it

Miami, 15.01.2008 19:37

Power U Miami wins battle to stop Crosswinds Development - County votes to reclaim it



У туберкулёзным шпіталі хворыя аб'явілі галадоўку

Belarus, 15.01.2008 19:37



URGENTE: Agoniza Patricia Troncoso , prisione

Venezuela, 15.01.2008 15:59



Lebanon:July War and Beyond

San Francisco Bay Area, 15.01.2008 13:20

On January 18, in San Francisco a benefit will be held for Lebanese grassroots independent media at Station 40. A photography exhibition and video screening of the July 2006 war between Lebanon and Israel will be followed by a discussion with Rayan El-Amine from Left Turn magazine. During the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon over 1200 people were killed and 1.2 million cluster bombs were dropped in a little over a month.



Appel à la création, en Belgique, d’un Réseau Education Sans Frontières (RESF)

Liege, 15.01.2008 13:11

Appel à la création, en Belgique, d’un Réseau Education Sans Frontières (RESF) - L’école « accueille » mais l’Etat expulse



Conatel y las corridas de toros

Venezuela, 15.01.2008 08:07



Police Officers Pepper Spray People on Science Hill

Santa Cruz, CA, 15.01.2008 05:51

On January 12th, two University of California police officers used pepper spray to disperse about 15 people gathered below an occupied redwood tree on Science Hill at UC Santa Cruz. One of the officers proclaimed that the group was trespassing and then both officers began pepper spraying people in their faces.



Eric McDavid - 2 Years and Counting

Portland, 15.01.2008 02:38

Two years ago today our friend, our loved one, our comrade was snatched away from us by the state. They charged him with "conspiracy" (thought crime in the most literal sense) and threw him in total separation (isolation) - where he has remained ever since. Since his arrest, Eric has not had any physical contact with his loved ones. For two years we have been forced to communicate through pen and paper, through telephone wires, through thick plexiglass windows, with only our words and the light in our eyes to offer comfort. But even the cold, lifeless mediums we have been forced to utilize cannot repress or dampen the love we feel in our hearts, the joy and the pain all mixed up in our tears, or the courage and strength that we draw from each other every day. There are still some things they can't take away.

Since his arrest, Eric has endured so much more than the "normal" grief associated with being ripped from one's community and loved ones, stripped of all one's freedoms, and thrown in a cage. He has endured the agonizing pain of betrayal, first as he discovered someone he loved and trusted was actually a government informant, and then later as two people he loved dearly also turned into collaborators with the state. He has endured two years of isolation, deprived of the essential humyn connections derived from the beauty of touch. He has endured two separate struggles to secure access to food he can eat, remaining true to the compassionate principles that drive not only his veganism, but the ways in which he lives all aspects of his life. Both times he underwent grueling two- week hunger strikes, and both times he was victorious against the seemingly endless power of the state and his captors. He has endured two separate bouts of pericarditis - a painful heart condition most likely caused by his total lack of nutrition - and the subsequent complete lack of medical care from the jail. He has endured two years of a concerted effort by the government to vilify and criminalize him, his lifestyle, and all he holds dear. This extended so far beyond the bounds of "government misconduct" - the outright lies and misinformation - that even the jury which ultimately convicted him saw through much of it, and commented to the press afterwards that they were ashamed of the FBI, and described their conduct as "scary." And he endured a trial which, by all rational and legal standards, was fraught with blatantly unjust and erroneous legal rulings.

Now he faces 20 years in prison for a crime that was never committed- for falling prey to government intrusion, infiltration, and entrapment.



Martin Luther King Jr. Health Care Forum

Rogue Valley, 15.01.2008 02:09

Oregon Action would like to invite you to attend our Martin Luther King Jr. Health Care Forum scheduled for Saturday January 19 at 1:00 PM at the Medford Library

Building On The Dream: Equality in Health Care
Honoring Dr. King, Jr. with Action

On Saturday, January 19, 2008, Oregon Action will host a celebration saluting Dr. Martin Luther King’s tireless effort to promote equality for and harmony between, all people.
King once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care, is the most inhumane.” He worked to raise awareness about public health concerns, particularly in the area of issues that disproportionately affect minorities, people of color, and low-income communities.



Massive Uranium mine planned in Chatham, VA

Richmond, 15.01.2008 01:38

Uranium mining has been illegal in Virginia for years, but with growing interest in nuclear power as a phoney alternative to coal, mining companies will try to change that law this year.



Activists Disrupt Supreme Court Demanding Trials for Guantanamo Detainees

Richmond, 15.01.2008 01:38

82 people, including three Virginia activists, were arrested on Friday, Jan11th, protesting in and aroud the Supreme court. Over 300 people joined the 2nd annual protest that went from the national Mall to the Spreme Court in Washington, DC



29 MARCH 2008: NO US BASES IN POLAND/CZECH!

Torun, 14.01.2008 23:37



Muerte de Sarah

Puerto Rico, 14.01.2008 23:09

Fallece la Activista Comunitaria y Dirigente Socialista Sarah Peisch




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