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Education and Life Celebrated in Streets of Annapolis: Despite 26 Arrests, Algebra Project Action a (State) Smashing Success
Annapolis, MD. Bystanders looked on with tight smiles as the crowd of over 400 surged passed them chanting “We don't want your pity, we want money for our city!” Public School students from around the state, but primarily from Baltimore City gathered in Annapolis today to demand that the Thorton education funding remain intact and continue to come into the schools. The Thorton Education Bill is an attempt to level the playing field for Maryland's youth. It helps to compensate for discrepancies between how much a county can bring in in taxes and how much they need where education is concerned. Not surprisingly, Baltimore City needs this more than any county—though we get a relatively small percentage of the whole. Our fearless governor, Martin O'Malley, after promising during elections to make this money available to schools, is now trying to repeal the bill. The Algebra Project jumped on this, realizing that our schools are already struggling for basic necessities like windows and drinking water, and can't afford any more cuts. They did the only logical thing: they organized a series of direct actions; Today's being the most recent. It was also, arguably, the most powerful.
Within days of last week's sediment control inspection, barriers were emplaced on the Ga Ave service road where it passes the site. Could these barriers reflect a desire to impede further citizen inspections of ICC site complaince with environmental regulations? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDG5tP4wnVQ
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Waitangi Day saw protests in several places across Aotearoa, with Tangata Whenua and Tau Iwi standing together to demand Tino Rangatiratanga and Mana Motuhake. In Waitangi itself, "thousands of tangata whenua, pakeha and tau iwi marched together in the hikoi to the treaty grounds with Tino Rangatiratanga and Mana Motuhake flags flying behind the Kotahitanga flag. A large contingent from Tuhoe was leading the hikoi, including some of the Urewera 17 activists. Key issues raised during this year’s Waitangi Day were the Resource Management Act, the Foreshore and Seabed legislation and the October 15 "anti-terror” raids." [ Tau Iwi Report of Waitangi Day 08 + Photos ] In Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland), members and supporters of the sovereignty group Te Ata Tino Toa gathered today to fly the largest known Tino Rangatiratanga flag above the Auckland Harbour Bridge. A slow procession of cars also went across the Bridge flying Tino Rangatiratanga and Te Mana Motuhake o Tuhoe flags, while a boat went underneath flying a flag. [ Te Ate Tino Toa (TATT) Transcends Tranzit New Zealand's Pettiness + Photos ] Te Whanganui A Tara (Wellington) saw around 30 people take a "Tour Of Oppression" around various sites in the central city. [ Tour of Oppression: Waitangi Day procession in Wellington + Photos ] On the other side of the world, the New Zealand embassy in Berlin, Germany, was spraypainted with "Tino Rangatiratanga" and "Drop the Urewera charges". [ NZ embassy in Berlin Spraypainted ] Waitangi Day also saw the launch of Tu Kotahi - Freedom Fighting Anthems, a double benefit CD. All the money raised will be split between organisations directly supporting those affected by the raids, and also working on consciousness raising around the issue. [ Tu Kotahi - Freedom Fighting Anthems ] Links: AoCafe | Maori Independence Site | Te Mana Motuhake o Tuhoe | Conscious Collaborations | October 15th Solidarity | Tu Kotahi - Freedom Fighting Anthems
El Monte Iron Foundry Pollutes Community
Last week, Portland Indymedia ran an article detailing the curious downfall of officer William Bergin, the cop who tortured and shot Fouad Kaady to death. Bergin, it seems, was arrested almost a year ago, after drunkenly menacing his former girlfriend at around 3 in the morning on March 8, 2007. I want to make it clear that this incident was a serious one, especially given Bergin's record as a killer. I would like to know why this man is still working as an officer of the law. More than that, I want to use Bergin's own testimony to point out that there is a culture of violence, cover-up and dishonesty in the Sandy PD that bears looking into, especially if one is interested in justice for the many people who have suffered violence and injustices at the hands of Sandy police officers and been ignored. So this week, I am going to quote liberally from the Sherwood police report describing his arrest and subsequent behavior and statements to the police.
Briana Waters trial begins on Monday, February 11, 2008. Please be at the court at 9am. Dress and act respectful of the court. 1717 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. Judge Burgess starts on time.
Briana Waters' trial is scheduled for February 11th 9:00 am in Tacoma Washington, at the Federal Courthouse on 1717 Pacific Ave.
Recordando a Adolfina
The 2008 elections are upon us, whether we like it or not. So, who's up? Who's Down? What does it all mean? And how can progressives and radicals best respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by the presidential elections? Indypendent contributors Jessica Lee, Arun Gupta, Steven Wishnia and Nicholas Powers will be discussing all of this and more at Freebird Books on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Freebird Books in Red Hook. Freebird Books is located at 123 Columbia near Kane. Nearest subway stop is the F train at Bergen St.
On January 29, immigrant rights activist Flor Crisóstomo announced that she will refuse to report for deportation as ordered by Homeland Security and will take sanctuary in Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood.
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La Colombia que marchó y la que no marchó
Come visit the infoshop in its new location and make some friends. The party is also a benefit for Briana Waters, a green scare defendent facing trial in Tacoma during February and March.
Demonstration Against Clear-Cutting at Office Max in Pasadena
Well-known Maryland public affairs radio host Marc Steiner of the Marc Steiner Show was fired without notice this weekend. Steiner specialized in covering local Baltimore and Maryland issues, including the recent BGE utility rate hike, Maryland elections, and the Baltimore public school system.
Recently, the Portland City Council passed a resolution to approve $450 million dollars to fix bridges and streets throughout the city. Rolled into that plan was about an additional $24 million for bike safety and bike boulevards.
This weekly Peace March starts on 35 and Taylor behind the Sunnyside School Elementary School, and is organized by a 14 year old boy.
The Campaign to Close Hutto Continues: 2/9 @ MECA
2/5 Privatized Prisons for Immigrants: The Expansion Continues
After more than a decade of military aggression and genocidal sanctions, on March 19, 2003, the United States launched it's most recent attack against the people of Iraq. The following day, the people of the world took to the streets in protest. More than 20,000 turned out in San Francisco to take part in coordinated, nonviolent direct actions which shut down the Financial District of the city. Additional targets included military recruitment centers, the Bay Bridge and the Federal Building. Actions continued on March 21 and in the end more than 2,200 people were arrested with virtually all charges being dropped.
National Park Service (NPS) and D.C. officials have met to deal with the rat infestation problem in the Dupont Circle Park. We wish them well, but doubt that effort will go anywhere. The NPS and the U.S. Park Police control the Park, and the District the land around it. Each has a hands-off policy regarding the other’s turf, and nothing ever gets done. The rats recognize no such boundaries, and roam freely from one to the other all the time.
Direct Action to Stop the War (DASW) has planned protests for Tuesday, February 5th, the day California voters go to the polls for the 2008 presidential primary, to demand that Democratic presidential candidates take stronger anti-war positions. DASW intends to use humor and visuals to call into question the supposed "anti-war" credentials of candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Protesters will gather at 5pm in San Francisco's U.N. Plaza and in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza for marches to Clinton's and Obama's campaign headquarters in SF and Oakland.
noticias relacionadas: Piquete de protesta en Nueva York por represión a los mineros huelguistas de Cananea (Mèxic) + Comunidad de apoyo a los trabajadores de TMB + ENTREVISTA: María Jesús Paredes Ex secretaria de banca de CC OO "CC OO no es un sindicato de izquierdas; es sólo un sindicato" + Acaba la huelga de limpieza del metro de madrid sin la firma de la CNT por la cláusula de la "paz social"
noticias relacionadas: Piquete de protesta en Nueva York por represión a los mineros huelguistas de Cananea (Mèxic) + Comunidad de apoyo a los trabajadores de TMB + ENTREVISTA: María Jesús Paredes Ex secretaria de banca de CC OO "CC OO no es un sindicato de izquierdas; es sólo un sindicato" + Acaba la huelga de limpieza del metro de madrid sin la firma de la CNT por la cláusula de la "paz social"+info : >>> laboral ::: xarxa contra els tancaments (red contra los cierres)
notícies relacionades: atur i contractes precaris ::: Piquet de protesta a Nova York per repressió als miners vaguistes de Cananea (Mèxic) + Comunitat de suport al treballadors de TMB + ENTREVISTA: María Jesús Paredes Ex secretaria de banca de CC OO "CC OO no és un sindicat d'esquerres; es només un sindicat" + Acaba la vaga de neteja del metro de madrid sense la firma de la CNT per la clàusula de la "pau social"
notícies relacionades: atur i contractes precaris ::: Piquet de protesta a Nova York per repressió als miners vaguistes de Cananea (Mèxic) + Comunitat de suport al treballadors de TMB + ENTREVISTA: María Jesús Paredes Ex secretaria de banca de CC OO "CC OO no és un sindicat d'esquerres; es només un sindicat" + Acaba la vaga de neteja del metro de madrid sense la firma de la CNT per la clàusula de la "pau social"+info : >>> laboral ::: xarxa contra els tancaments
Members of the NorthEast Anarchist Network have seen a growing need for greater accessibility to radical workshops and skillshares. In response to this, we have launched a “Traveling Skillshare Program” in order to bring a wide array of collaborative presentations to communities in and around our region, both radical and otherwise.
As we Massachusetts voters look out on the political horizon, we witness an incredible dumbing down of our democracy. Instead of seeing potential leaders who speak clearly to the real issues that face us, we see games of showmanship, charm and style, and a burying of issues beneath mountains of fluff. Instead of hearing about real solutions to the economic nightmare facing most of us, we get more of the same absurd policies – like one-off tax cuts and magical stimulus packages that will somehow erase our housing, credit card, student loan and medical debts, not to mention crushing federal, state, and local government debts. Instead of hearing about the mounting ecological crises facing our communities, our nation, and the world, and the deep societal changes required to stave them off, and the small time window for action, we hear about technological fixes and consumerist advances that remove the responsibility off of our individual and collective shoulders.
In woorden alleen kun je niet leven
“When air monitors have been outlawed, only outlaws will have air monitors!”
On Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, nearly 1,000 people marched in freezing weather from WABC headquarters on West 32nd Street to CNN headquarters on West 58th Street. They invoked King’s message of racial equality while focusing on present-day race relations, including the anti-immigrant sentiment espoused by CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, the NYPD shooting death of Sean Bell and the Jena Six case. The Indypendent caught up with some of the marchers, who discussed how they connected King’s message to present day struggles.
The border police, FBI, and ATF barred the American Republican National Convention “Welcoming Committee” activists from entering Canada to give their talk about the upcoming protests against the RNC this summer in St. Paul, MN. The activists were held at the border for 5 hours while they were investigated… Read More>>
By David A. Love, the Black Commentator: Ward Connerly, that high profile opponent for affirmative action and Black water carrier for the new Jim Crow, has returned. He wants to eliminate affirmative action everywhere, and make a buck at the same time... Connerly's "Super Tuesday for Equal Rights" is an effort to promote ballot initiatives throughout the country that would eliminate tax dollars to affirmative action programs based on race and gender. He has targeted five states for this year's November ballot -- Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma -- all of which have relatively low numbers of people of color. In the absence of a determined and coordinated campaign to quash his efforts, he might succeed in taking us back to the future we know too well. Article first published in The Black Commentator. Cartoon from BAMN; first published March 1998 Emerge Magazine.
The Newest Indypendent has a radical election guide to the Primaries, breaking down the candidates positions on the Environment, War, Healthcare and on Education. Main Street to Wall Street economic analysis from Max Fraad Wolf and A.K. Gupta. Photos and interviews from a WABC/CNN protest march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. And a book review of the new Verso series Revolutions and much more...The Indypendent ||Subscribe and Donate to The Indypendent! ||
This last Fridays Critical Mass , a monthly bicycle ride with a history of police harassment resulting in no fun and small turn outs, starts out with 60 plus riders, a human pyramid, a bitchen sound system, and pays a visit to the auto show.
On Friday night, just hours before critical mass visited the auto show, two climate change and social justice organizers entered the auto show with informational fliers and "Art not Oil" art in hand. Using guerilla media tactics, the two aimed to provide the opportunity for car makers and consumers alike to consider the true costs of oil.
Febuary 9th at 10am. Fur store protest! Please some and support the animals!
Announcing the schedule for the upcoming NW DNC/RNC Resistance Conference!
La Policía + Facistas cargan contra antifacistas
Depuis la mi-juillet, la librairie Primatice, diffuseuse d'ouvrages d'éditeurs fascistes français s'était installée dans le quartier historique de Hors-château!
At the Redland Road Inter-County connector construction site, heavy rains caused a failure of sediment controls, and only a natural wetland kept the flowing mud from reaching Mill Creek
Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman will be speaking about "Copyright vs. Community in the Age of Computer Networks" on Monday, February 4th at Cabrillo College in Aptos. "Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing press," Stallman said. "But the copyright system does not fit well with computer networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it... if we seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purpose of copyright-to promote progress, for the benefit of the public-then we must make changes in the other direction."