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Hundreds to Join in Second 'Longest Walk' from Alcatraz to D.C.

San Francisco Bay Area, 31.01.2008 19:08

On February 11th, more than two hundred participants of the Longest Walk 2 will embark on a five-month journey on foot from San Francisco, arriving in Washington, D.C. on July 11, 2008. Native American tribal leaders, religious groups, environmentalists, teachers, students, and people from throughout the world are joining the walk with its peaceful and spiritual call to action to protect Mother Earth and defend human rights.



The Black Holocaust- a Day of Remembrance

Boston, 31.01.2008 16:10

The Black Holocaust, A Day of Remembrance is a moment in time for us to stop and honor over 40,000,000 Black women and men, boys and girls and the remnants of a strong race of people that sacrificed their all. There are more than 220,000,000 Blacks that have been affected by the Black Holocaust and even today is depressing over one half of the two billion Blacks on six continents.



Coordinated Day of Protests Calls for Support of US Soldiers in Canada

United States, 31.01.2008 16:08

Friday, January 25th was a national day of support for US G.I. Resisters. Events were held at Canadian Consulates, people were encouraged to sign "Dear Canada" letters, to plan house partiesto screen the film "Breaking Ranks," and show their solidarity in other ways. Vigils and delegations took place in Washington, DC; New York City; Dallas; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Seattle; and San Francisco (see list of events). The action underscored that many Americans hope that the Canadian Parliament votes (possibly within a few weeks) in favor of a provision to allow US war resisters to remain in Canada. With most legal appeals exhausted, a political solution would now be necessary in order to avoid deportation of the resisters.

Reportbacks: Let Them Stay from Seattle IMC (photos) | January 25th National Day of Support for US War Resisters from Indybay (photos & video) | Activists at Canadian Embassy demand NO deportation of GI resisters from DC-IMC (audio) | More Anti-War Coverage

Additional Resources:: Canadian War Resisters Support Campaign | Courage to Resist | GI Rights Hotline | How to Go AWOL in Canada Iraq Vetrans Against War | Soldier Say No



criminalització i repressió (ca)

Barcelona, 31.01.2008 09:08

Mirant cap a una altra banda...

...Algú denuncia haver sofert tortures i els polítics i les institucions públiques exigeigen proves a la víctima. Si no disposa de proves, fan com si estiguéssin excusades. Pel que sembla no veuen en aquesta impotència de la víctima una denúncia contra ells mateixos, encara que és precisament això, si ho mirem amb una mica de lógica. Que una persona pugui ser torturada es deu al seu total estat d'indefensió, i és constitutiu de tal estat que no pugui presentar proves. És, doncs, un sarcasme que els polítics exigeixin proves a la persona torturada, quan a ells (al poder legislatiu) i a ningú més es deu, primer, que hi hagi tortures, i, després, que no hi hagi proves. Refugiar-se a demanar proves a la víctima és la solució del polític que no vol solucions...

Joxe Azurmendi, citat per David Fernández a Cròniques del 6

4, 5 i 6 de Febrer, Jornades sobre Prevenció de la Tortura

portu i sarasola: La familia de Portu comprova les empremtes del maltractament ::: Les declaracions de Portu tiren per terra la "versió oficial" ::: La declaració judicial d'un testimoni demostra que Rubalcaba menteix ::: Les tortures a Igor Portu i Martin Sarasola mostren Espanya al mòn ::: Sarasola també ha patit les tortures per la Guardia Civil ::: Testimoni de la tortura espanyola + Gorka Lupiañez:«Em vam violar amb un pal i em van sotmetre a 50 sessions de bossa al dia» ::: El PSOE torna als temps de la pitjor repressió

reaccions, opinions, informes: Carta d'Alfonso Sastre ::: Javier Ortiz ::: Grup Antimilitarista Tortuga ::: Kevin Vázquez, LQSomos ::: Gràcies per fer impossible la tortura ::: Socors Roig Internacional ::: AI: "España. Sal en la herida" ::: AI denuncia que la tortura a España no és un fet aïllat

+info: >>>criminalització i repressió + prevenciontortura.org



criminalización y represión

Barcelona, 31.01.2008 09:08

Mirando hacia otro lado...

...Alguien denuncia haber sufrido torturas y los políticos e instituciones públicas exigen pruebas a la víctima. Si no dispone de pruebas, hacen como si quedaran excusadas. Por lo que parece no ven en esta impotencia de la víctima una denuncia contra ellos mismos, aunque es precisamente eso, si lo miramos con un poco de lógica. Que una persona pueda ser torturada se debe a su estado de total indefensión, i es constitutivo de tal estado que no pueda presentar pruebas. Es, por tanto, un sarcasmo que los políticos exijan pruebas a la persona torturada cuando a ellos (al poder legislativo) y a nadie más se debe, primero, que haya torturas, y depués, que no haya pruebas. Refugiarse en pedir pruebas a la víctima es la solución del político que no quiere soluciones...

Joxe Azurmendi, citado por David Fernández en Cròniques del 6

4, 5 y 6 de Febrero, Jornadas sobre Prevención de la Tortura

portu y sarasola: La família de Portu comprueba las huellas del maltrato ::: Las declaraciones de Portu echan por tierra la "versión oficial" ::: La declaración judicial de un testigo demuestra que Rubalcaba miente ::: Las torturas a Igor Portu y Martin Sarasola muestran España al mundo ::: Sarasola también ha sufrido las torturas de la Guardia Civil ::: Testimonio de la tortura española + Gorka Lupiañez: PSOE vuelve a los tiempos de la peor represión ::: «Me violaron con un palo y me sometieron a 50 sesiones de bolsa al día»

reacciones, opiniones, informes: Carta de Alfonso Sastre ::: Javier Ortiz ::: Grupo Antimilitarista Tortuga ::: Kevin Vázquez, LQSomos ::: Gracias por hacer imposible la tortura ::: Socorro Rojo Internacional ::: AI: "España. Sal en la herida" ::: AI denuncia que la tortura a España no es un hecho aislado

+info: >>>criminalización y represión + prevenciontortura.org



Bristol Latin American Forum Returns for 3rd Year

Bristol, 31.01.2008 08:37

Bristol Latin American Forum 2008: 1st of March 2008 Bristol Latin American Forum 2008: 1st of March 2008 Kevin of BLAF writes: Latin America is in a crucial stage of transition. Right now, history is unfolding before our eyes with dynamic movements changing the face of the continent. The Bristol Latin American Forum, which is now in its third consecutive year, invites you to explore these current issues in a stimulating political and cultural event....The forum will be held from 10am - 6pm on Saturday, 1st of March 2008 at the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, University of Bristol, 15 Woodland Road. Note there is only 100 places for the day event, so arrive early. Now is your chance to get informed and get involved... Full article.| Bristol Latin American Forum 2008 | Last year's BLAF report on Indymedia |Contribute An Article | How To Contribute Articles - A Brief Guide | Add To The Calendar



Protest at UCSC to Demand Justice for UC's Lowest Wage Workers

Santa Cruz, CA, 31.01.2008 08:09

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299 contract with the University of California (UC) is expiring on January 31st. AFSCME members (custodians, food service workers, gardeners, maintenance workers, shuttle drivers, and medical center workers), students, teachers, and community allies will rally at UCSC's Baytree Plaza at 3:00pm on Thursday, January 31st, then march to the Chancellor's Office at Kerr Hall to demand justice for UC's lowest wage workers.



February 13th Speak-Out and Eat-In For A Fair and Healthy Farm Bill

San Francisco Bay Area, 31.01.2008 07:09

On Wednesday, February 14th, the California Food and Justice Coalition will hold a 12pm "Speak-Out and Eat-In For A Fair and Healthy Farm Bill" at the UN Plaza Farmers Market (1182 Market Street), near Nancy Pelosi's office. Participatnts will urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to "have a heart" and support a Fair and Healthy Food and Farm Bill, one that "stops subsidizing corporate agribusiness at the expense of public health and instead invests our tax dollars into creating a sustainable, healthy, community-driven and just food system." After the speakout, participants will walk to Nancy Pelosi's office to deliver their message.



NO LNG Pipeline in Oregon

Rogue Valley, 31.01.2008 06:13

Statewide Call to Action
"No LNG in Oregon" Wednesday, February 6 11 AM to 2 PM Capitol Steps, Salem


STOP multi-national corporate submitted plans to build a hazardous liquefied natural gas import terminal on the North Spit of Coos Bay, and a 223-mile pipeline through Southern Oregon's neighborhoods, rivers, streams and public lands. The main intent is to sell gas to the lucrative California market.



Chile: Mantuvo la medida 112 días

Argentina, 31.01.2008 06:10

Patricia Troncoso levantó la huelga de hambre al obtener mejores condiciones de detención



Troncoso y IIRSA

Argentina, 31.01.2008 05:09



Fighters for Freedom Event in Support of Mumia Abu-Jamal

San Francisco Bay Area, 31.01.2008 04:39

On Sunday, February 3rd, the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal will present Fighters for Freedom, an event in support of Mumia, who is a political prisoner and death row journalist. The event will take place at 2:00pm at the ILWU Local 34 Hall, 4 Berry Street, San Francisco. Speakers at the event will include Dennis Bernstein, Lynne Stewart, Michael Franti, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Barbara Lubin, and Aundre Herron. The recent video about Mumia's case that was broadcast on NBC's Today Show will also be shown. A court decision about if Mumia will be granted a new trial is imminent, and emergency demonstrations in response to the outcome have already been scheduled.



Salmon Crisis: &quot;Unprecedented Collapse&quot;

Portland, 31.01.2008 04:38

Yesterday, an internal memo leaked out of the offices of the Pacific Fishery Management Council and into the hands of the press. The story outlined in that memo is horrific: The Chinook salmon of California's central valley, and indeed the salmon populations all up and down the west coast, are crashing. They are in "precipitous decline."

Since the salmon crisis on our own Columbia river is being blamed upon sea lions at Bonneville dam, sea lions who are being threatened with assassination this spring due to the dwindling salmon, it is important that we look at the real scope, depth, and breadth of this problem. It is not only the salmon of the Columbia, but those of every waterway along the west coast, who are in peril. According to the Pacific Fishery Management Council memo, this year's run of fall Chinook on the Sacramento river dropped by a shocking 67 percent over last year's run. Sixty-seven percent! This number is even more astonishing if we consider that, last year, the same organization lamented the unexpectedly low numbers of returning salmon, so that a 67 percent drop in an already calamitously low number raises the looming specter of extinction. In truth, the salmon population has been taking a precipitous nose-dive for years. Over-fishing, loss of habitat, and collapsing ecosystems are to blame. On the Columbia, we have the added burden of being the only river in the nation to actually allow commercial gill nets within the river channel -- a channel that is home to fish known to be "protected" under the Endangered Species Act. (If you want to see this for yourself, you will need to go out at night. Wisely, the commercial nets are not cast until after 7pm. They work at night, when there are few witnesses. But, despite the thousands of threatened and endangered salmon swept up in the nets, the ODFW declares that their activities are perfectly legal.)



Free Palestine

Perth, 31.01.2008 02:09

CRISIS IN GAZA: PERTH PROTEST FEB 2ND - FREE PALESTINE



Estudiantes de Medicina Toman Hospital Abandonado

Venezuela, 30.01.2008 23:07



Director of Obscure Police Agency Assassinated in Oaxaca City

San Francisco Bay Area, 30.01.2008 22:11

This morning (January 30th) Alejandro Barrita Ortiz, director of the Auxiliary, Industrial, Banking and Commercial Police, was assassinated in Oaxaca City at "El Tequio" sports park near the international airport. Barrita had been identified as a key player in police operations during and immediately after the 2006 Oaxacan popular uprising. Police operations are underway throughout the city, and the military has cordoned off the area of the assassination.



Action Central at the Common Place

United Kingdom, 30.01.2008 19:40

Ever felt like it is hard to know how to take action?
Ever had a good idea for an action but not had enough people to do it with?
Want to know more about direct action and ongoing campaigns in Leeds?

From 3rd Feb 2008 The CommonPlace will be hosting Action Central 6.30 - 8.30pm (ish)

A monthly Sunday evening meal and get together to chat, share information about upcoming actions and campaign meetings and inspire each other to take action about the problems around us.



VIDEO FILE: Stop Nicotine Research On Animals!.

Portland, 30.01.2008 16:38

Their purpose was to inform the public and workers at the Oregon Health Science University offices at that location about nicotine research performed by Eliot Spindel at the OHSU Primate Center.<BR>
For over 20 years Spindel has been receiving tax dollars to conduct nicotine experiments on monkeys, experiments which have devastating effects on these animals. Since 1992 the National Institute of Health (NIH) has given him $7.6 million for his research, money which will continue until 2012.<BR><BR>

"Every time his funding runs out, he changes his experiment a little bit and gets funded again," said Matt Rossell, of In Defense of Animals." According to a flyer handed out at the event, "Spindel implants nicotine pumps into the backs of pregnant monkeys, delivering daily doses of the addictive substance to the mothers so that he can cut their babies out at various stages of development and dissect their lungs."<BR><BR> In Defense of Animals asks the public to please let OHSU and the National Heart, Lung and Heart Institute of the National Institute of Health hear that you want these experiments stopped.<BR><BR>

This is a <A HREF=" http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2108258679158910440"><FONT COLOR=
#6633cc">7 minute video</a>, which includes interviews with three of the participants<BR><BR>

If you work in OHSU's animal labs or know someone who does, please
contact the <A HREF=" http://www.whistleblower.org"><FONT COLOR="#6633cc">Government Accountability Project</A></FONT>
<br><br><a href=" In">http://www.idausa.org">In Defense Of Animals</a>



Zug der Erinnerung in Weimar und Apolda

Germany, 30.01.2008 14:39

Vom 21. bis zum 28. Januar fand in Weimar eine Gedenkwoche zur Erinnerung an die Opfer des Nationalsozialismus und an die Deportationen unzähliger Menschen in die Konzentrationslager statt. Im Rahmen dieser Gedenkwoche machte am Samstag den 26. Januar der Zug der Erinnerung Halt in Weimar. Heute fuhr der Zug weiter nach Apolda, wo dieses Ereignis ebenfalls in ein vielfältiges Rahmenprogramm eingebettet war. Insgesamt erreichte das einzigartige Projekt, dessen Umsetzung durch das Engagement vieler lokaler Gruppen möglich wurde, in Weimar und Apolda über 5.000 Menschen.



Globale Aktionstage zum WEF/WSF

Germany, 30.01.2008 14:39

Vom 23. bis zum 27. Januar fand in Davos das jährliche "Privat"-Treffen des WEF statt. In diesem Jahr wurden wieder tausende Polizisten und Soldaten gegen die Proteste eingesetzt, darunter auch Bundespolizei aus Deutschland. Demonstrationen fanden trotz heftiger Repression in Bern, Zürich, Basel, Winterthur, Delémont, St. Gallen und Davos statt, außerdem die Konferenz Das Andere Davos. Für Hintergründe und einen Überblick über die Proteste siehe das Feature der antikapitalistischen Mobilisierung

Gleichzeitig...

Nach den Mammutkonferenzen des Weltsozialforum in den Vorjahren, die sich als Alternativgipfel zum WFS verstanden, fand das diesjährige WSF als globaler Aktionstag am 26.Januar unter dem Motto “Act Locally, Think Globally” mit mehr als 900 Aktionen dezentral über den ganzen Globus verstreut statt. Auch Deutschland gab es zumindest einige Proteste und Veranstaltungen. Auf diese Weise sollte damit den lokalen Kämpfen in aller Welt Sichtbarkeit mehr verliehen werden.
Das 9. WSF wird dann im nächsten Jahr in Belém / Brasilien stattfinden.

Im indymedia-Netzwerk gibt es unzählige Berichte und Überblicksartikel zum WSF 2008. Zum Beispiel: WSF in Brüssel | WSF Global Day of Action: Bay Area | WSF Global Day of Action | FSM26 de enero | Feature bei Indymedia Brasilien | Global Day of Action - An Opportunity to Localise a Global Movement

Weitere Links: Sammlung von Berichten weltweit bei Terraviva | Videos und Fotos bei Ciranda
Globale WSF-Seite | deutschsprachige WSF-Seite



Luta Mapuche contra Governo do Chile

Brasil, 30.01.2008 12:08

LUTA INDÍGENA



Estudantes ocupam a reitoria da UNB, enquanto reitoria desvia verbas

Brasil, 30.01.2008 12:08

MOVIMENTO ESTUDANTIL



Graffiti, boot camps and the hatred of youth

Aotearoa, 30.01.2008 09:09

From Anarchia: http://anarchia.wordpress.com Graffiti, boot camps and the hatred of youth The bogeyman for the 2008 general election seems to have been decided - "wayward" youth. Those who have dared to have the gall to have not grown past age 18 yet can expect to be the recipient of constant attacks from politicians and the media for the rest of the year. Like immigrants and solo mothers before them, youth (some of whom no doubt fit into the other two categories as well) are a seemingly easy target for the rich, white and powerful, as they seek to increase their power and influence across New Zealand society.



Activism Right There Festival at UC Berkeley

San Francisco Bay Area, 30.01.2008 07:08

On Friday, February 1st, UC Berkeley's "Activism Right There" festival will culminate with an event that aims to catalyze a student community dedicated to cross-cultural organizing, political engagement and service. The festival will involve over thirty different student organizations and communities, as well as youth and community organizations from throughout the Bay Area.



Análisis

Colombia, 30.01.2008 02:38

Estados Unidos: ¿víctima o ganador en la Globalización?



Aboriginal Sovereignty

Perth, 30.01.2008 01:39

Sorry statement must say why the government is sorry



WA State Democrat Central Committe Supports Impeachment

Portland, 29.01.2008 23:42

The Washington State Democratic Central Committee voted on January 26, 2008 to support SJM 8016 and HJM 4027,the two memorials in the state legislature calling for impeachment investigation of Bush and Cheney.

The resolution quotes the text of SJM 8016 : "WHEREAS, America has
only until January 20th, 2009 to signal to history that America will
not sanction torture, America will not sanction unprovoked war, and
America will not sanction illegal spying, including on its citizens"



School of the Americas Watch Teach-In &amp; Report Back

Portland, 29.01.2008 23:42

Many Americans don't know about the school's existence, much less the infamous and dark shadow it has cast through its short history. Come hear from a variety of angles: how U.S. foreign policy has effected Latin American social movements, and stories about those personally affected by the implementation of what continues to be taught at the school. You'll hear from a prisoner of conscience who spent 6 months in a penitentiary for participating in non-violent action against these atrocities, and there will also be a few students and SOA Watch members sharing from their time at the yearly protest and vigil in Ft. Benning Georgia this last November.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008, 7pm
Concordia University, 2811 NE Holman St Portland, OR 97211



Let Them Stay

Seattle, 29.01.2008 23:41


At the end of 2007, the Canadian Parliament's Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration adopted a motion that would halt all deportation proceedings and allow war resisters to immigrate to Canada. On Friday, Seattle activists held a vigil in support of war resisters in Canada, asking the Canadian government to immediately implement a program allowing war resisters and their families to stay in Canada.



The Cascadia Streaking Brigade in Olympia

Seattle, 29.01.2008 23:41

Olympia, January 22nd, The Cascadia Steaking Brigade strikes for the first time as they crash the anti-choice party.



Ft. Lewis Demo for GI RIGHTS on 5th Anniversary of War—Saturday, March 22

Seattle, 29.01.2008 23:41

5th Anniversary of the War coming. A coalition of organizations including veterans and peace activists are calling for a demo supporting GI Rights at the gates of Ft. Lewis on Saturday, March 22nd.

This coalition proposes that March 22nd be a regional mobilization.



New Social Centre under Siege

United Kingdom, 29.01.2008 23:08

A new autonomous space in Hackney sustained two violent attacks this week as representatives of both Howen Estates Ltd., and the Hackney Metropolitan Police attempted to forcibly and illegally gain entry to the newly opened social centre.



Monday Love Returns....

United Kingdom, 29.01.2008 19:38

Monday Love returns with a one month residence at The InSpiral Lounge in Camden Lock.
For the valentine month of February, Monday Love will be bringing you the finest in uptown, underground, raise your spirit and blow your mind live music, film and real life grassroots media.



Palestinos presos en sus tierras

Argentina, 29.01.2008 18:40

Gaza: Un lugar de este mundo



no marchamos

Colombia, 29.01.2008 18:39

>NO MARCHAMOS EL 4 DE FEBRERO!



Palestinos presos en sus tierras

Argentina, 29.01.2008 18:08

Gaza: Un lugar de este mundo



Fayetteville Parks to residents: Keep Out

Arkansas, 29.01.2008 16:11

Pedestrian access to parks not a priority; trails for cyclists are.



Tombar prá não tombar

Brasil, 29.01.2008 13:08

CRIME AMBIENTAL



Жители Пуховичского района против химического завода

Belarus, 29.01.2008 12:37



Proteste gegen das WEF in der Schweiz

Germany, 29.01.2008 12:08

 Im Januar findet jedes Jahr in Davos in den schweizer Bergen das „World Economic Forum“ statt und jedes Jahr gibt es antikapitalistischen Protest gegen das Treffen der Spitzen von Wirtschaft und Politik. Die diesjährige Bündnisdemonstration der radikalen Gruppen in Bern versuchte die Stadt mit Massenverhaftungen zu verhindern, um so ihre Handlungsfähigkeit nach dem gescheiterten Marsch auf Bern der SVP am 6. Oktober 2007 im Vorfeld der Euro 2008 unter Beweis zu stellen. Letztendlich gab es doch Proteste in Bern, Zürich, Basel, Winterthur, Delémont, St. Gallen und Davos – wenn auch um den Preis zunehmender Repression.

Anti-WEF-Geschichte | Proteste in Bern | Schweizweite Proteste | Patente in Indien | Kritik an Patenten | Kritik am WEF | Kritik an der Kritik | Bisher | Ergænzungen

Archive of Global Protest:2001 | 2002
Indymedia Deutschland: 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006
Indymedia Schweiz: bis 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008



Disabled with Only 30 Minutes to Spare

Santa Cruz, CA, 29.01.2008 07:38

The Santa Cruz Municipal Code Chapter 9.64 concerns the use of public parking lots and garages and was later amended to apply to all downtown public lots, and went into affect in mid-November, 2007. The law prohibits any person from staying in a parking garage or lot for more than 15 minutes and then only if you're parking or retrieving your car or bike. If you're disabled and can prove it, you have 30 minutes.



Video: What Is The Northwest Detention Center?

Portland, 29.01.2008 07:08

The Northwest Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, Detention Center is a private immigration prison facility located on the tide flats of Tacoma, Washington. The detention center opened in 2004 under a contract with The US Department of Homeland Security, Though owners have changed over time, the facility is now owned by the GEO Group Which operates prison facilities in Australia, The UK, South Africa, the US and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

ICE does not need warrants to make arrests or to conduct raids. Since July 2007, raids have increased the number of detained migrants from 18,000 to 26,000 nationwide. Homeland Security relocates 700 detainees a week in the United States.

A contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, the largest and primary investigative branch of Homeland Security, expanded the Northwest Detention Center and and expanded its housing capacity, making it the largest detention center owned by GEO Group on the West Coast of the United States. The Migrants in the facility are mostly from the Northwest regions of Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Washington. Due to the increase in raids they've recently come from places like New York, Puerto Rico and Guam. ICE agents move the detainees to the facility under the cover of night.

Watch Video at:  http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=bTrR1s7du6s



Switzerland: Protests against the World Economic Forum (WEF)

Portland, 29.01.2008 07:08

In Bern, thousands demonstrated against the WEF. Police were there to stop the demonstration - and the bourgeois press spoke of a"record-breaking police operation". They used water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets, and during the course of the day they arrested 242 people.

The authorization for the demonstration had been taken back two days earlier (January 17). The official reason: the organizers didn't want to distance themselves from violence. In reality there were two reasons: firstly, the authorities wanted to avoid a defeat like on October 6, 2007, as a march by the racist, ringt-wing populist Swiss People's Party (SVP) in Bern was stopped by militant resistance. Secondly, they wanted to let the police practice different repression tactics in the run-up to the European Cup, which will be held in Switzerland and Austria in June.

Police officers were stationed at every corner in the inner city and stopped young people, many of whom were arrested for "attempt to disturb the peace" (!!!). The spokesman of the demonstration committee was taken away by the police in the middle of a press conference. Even journalists were among those arrested. It must be considered a success that so many people followed the call from the "Alliance for Global Resistance" despite the prohibition of the demonstration.



Skill Share: Radical Botany-Learning the Lay of the Land and Oregon Grape

Portland, 29.01.2008 07:08

Radical Botany Week 3- Learning the lay of the land: floods, volcanoes and ocean uplifts - Plant: Oregon Grape

Before you search Cascadia for the great healing plants, you should understand the lay of the land. What formed this amazing place? What kind of soils and geology will you encounter and you hike through the forest, valleys and high deserts. I am going to give the big picture here. I will write more about orienteering and how not to get lost at a later time.

Why should you learn the geology of a place? Why understand the lay of the land?
- You will be able to know where to find the plant communities.
- You will not get lost in the woods or the mountains or the desert. You will be able to find your way from any point on the land.
- You will know how to find food, water and shelter when you need it.
- You will see wonderful things and will not be afraid to wander in paradise. You will remain open to the adventure and encounter unusual plants and their communities.

Where else on earth could you live near a ocean, active volcanoes, conifer rain forests, high desert, marsh lands, sea estuaries, fertile valleys, high mountain glaciers and so much more. Cascadia is a place of earth, water and fire. It is a place whose geology is new, old and ever forming.



Bicycle-based Urban Farming event, Jan. 30th

Portland, 29.01.2008 07:08

As Peak-Oil and economic change begin to affect the growing and distribution of food, new approaches that are more sustainable and locally-based seem likely to emerge.

Some readers of this site might know me from when I worked at People's Co-op, or was an Indymedia activist. These days I've become what I guess you'd call an "urban farmer". I garden a set of plots around the City of Roses, mostly in Southeast. Lacking both a driver's license and a desire to drive, I do most traveling, harvesting, hauling, etc., by bicycle. Occasionally, I'll get help from a friend with a truck to move a tiller or something, but that's not too common. I am supporting myself this way by using the CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) model. So far I've been in no danger of becoming money-rich, and I've really been enjoying the endeavor!

I will be having an event about the urban farming I've been doing. Attendees will be treated to a slide show of bounty and be made privy to the details of running a business like this, from property-acquisition to planning & planting, financial budgeting and harvesting & processing.

Wed., Jan. 30th, 7-9 pm
People's Food Co-op
3029 SE 21st Ave. (1 block north of Powell)



The Verdict: Portland's system of ensuring police accountability is desperately flawed

Portland, 29.01.2008 07:08

Earlier this week, a long-awaited report came out regarding the performance of the Independent Police Review division (IPR) including the Citizen Review Committee (CRC). The release of this document concludes a 6 month study by consultants into the competence, effectiveness, and behavior of the IPR, and by extension, the Portland police. And the report is scathing.

Many of us were skeptical about this report, since we have seen so many other reports, recommendations, panels, committees and so forth come and go nowhere, left to languish without response.

Some of the many problems described by Luna-Firebaugh et al include the following: 1. The majority of complaints filed against the PPB (67% in 2006) "were processed and closed by the IPR without any investigation of the propriety of police conduct."2. The sustain rate (or number of complaints whose allegations are sustained by the IPR) in Portland is exceedingly and unjustifiably low. In fact that rate is just over one percent. 3. The system lacks transparency. 4. The IPR has never once conducted any investigations of complaints against the police. Instead, it has always simply accepted the word of the Internal Affairs Division (IAD). 5. IAD "investigations" were often conducted in a very poor manner, in which only officers were interviewed, and no neutral witnesses were heard. Even so, the IPR failed to question the results of the IAD investigations. 6. There was often a failure to hold officers accountable for admitted misconduct, as well as for violations of PPB codes and protocols. 7. The system has failed to learn from its mistakes. The IPR has not participated adequately in facilitating changes of policies and procedures based on lessons learned from patterns of complaints. 8. Complaints involving even the most serious allegations of use of force, racism, and illegal activities by police are steered into mediation, rather than addressed in a manner that would result in a sanction for the officer involved.

This city wallows in process. We have processes for everything. Every time another citizen is gunned down in the street "accidentally," because some officer "feared for his life" for no apparent reason, there is a process for dealing with it. Every time we are beaten and pepper sprayed and dragged away for daring to speak, there is another process. When we are stopped in our cars or harassed on the streets for no other reason than the color of our skin or the emptiness of our pockets, there is yet another process. But none of these processes ever results in any changes. No new policies, no sanctions, no satisfaction. Indeed, no justice. Process without result is often worse than no process at all. Because it sets up an expectation that is never fulfilled. It gives the impression that, something is being done when it isn't. This is more disrespectful than being honest about doing nothing. Because it assumes that we are ignorant. That we are unable to recognize that nothing is being done, that we are fools who are easily duped into complacency with this simple minded sleight of hand. In fact, we are not fools, and this is why we are angry.



Bay Area Residents Demand Justice in New Orleans

San Francisco Bay Area, 29.01.2008 03:41

On Saturday January 26th, Bay Area activists protested at Senator Feinstien's home to commemorate the World Social Forum's Day of Action by demanding the Human Right to Housing in New Orleans. Demonstrators targeted Senator Feinstein due to her ambivalence on Senate Bill 1668, the "Gulf Coast Housing Recovery Act of 2007," which would allocate funding for housing in New Orleans and guarantee one for one replacement of any destroyed public housing units.



Berkeley City Council to Vote on Sanctuary City Measure

San Francisco Bay Area, 29.01.2008 03:41

On Tuesday, January 29th, the Berkeley City Council will be considering a medical cannabis-related resolution that has been co-sponsored by Kriss Worthington and Darryl Moore. This item would: declare Berkeley a "sanctuary city" for medical cannabis, call on the local and state officials to not cooperate with the DEA as it undermines state and local medical cannabis laws; urge Governor Schwarzenegger to stand with the state's over 200,000 medical cannabis; and encourage the City to plan for continued safe access in Berkeley in the event of a DEA raid on any local dispensaries. The City Council meeting on Tuesday night will start at 7:00pm at 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. A "mini-rally" will be held on the steps at 6:45.



Gabriela León: Sunday Walk to the Zócalo of Oaxaca

Santa Cruz, CA, 29.01.2008 01:39

The exhibition "Sunday Walk to the Zócalo of Oaxaca" is a multi-media artistic response to the popular revolt and resistance that unfolded in Oaxaca in 2006 and the first traveling solo exhibition outside of Mexico for artist Gabriela León. Some of the elements of the exhibition consist of a "barricade dress" made of barbed-wire, tire treads and mattress springs found amidst the detritus; a video projection of the artist wearing the dress walking among protestors and police; a sound installation that evokes the voices of the crowds; and tarps inspired by the temporary living structures during the lengthy protest. The exhibit is at UC Santa Cruz until March 8th, with an opening reception on Tuesday, January 29th.



Aksi serentak organisasi rakyat dan LSM di 94 negara

Jakarta, 29.01.2008 01:09

World Social Forum 2008: Global Day of Action Organisasi rakyat dan LSM yang tergabung dalam World Social Forum menggelar aksi di 94 negara. Menurut catatan Forum sosial Dunia (WSF), tahun ini ada 691 aksi yang dilakukan serentak. Aksi tesebut merupakan protes WSF terhadap pertemuan Forum Ekonomi Dunia (WEF) yang dihadiri pebisnis-pebisnis dan pemerintah di Davos, Swiss. ...




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