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Finnish Neo-Nazi to Have Political Asylum Case Heard Next Summer

DC, 09.12.2008 22:11

The funniest thing during the court appearance of Finnish neo-Nazi Henrik Holappa (pictured here) was the makeup of all the court employees we encountered from the security guards to the clerk, to the government's attorney, right on up to the judge herself: Everyone of them, save for the security guards on the ground floor were black, and the ones on the ground floor, were Hispanic. Oh, wait, there was also a Spanish-speaking interpreter there, and she was Hispanic! In fact, with the exception of the few lawyers here and there, the only white people in the courtroom the entire time were Holappa, deNugent and the two others that came with them! Welcome to America, Henrik. You just saw a major reason why you had best start checking out Finnair for the best rates for a one way ticket back to Helsinki. The political asylum stunt he is pulling was continued until next summer, when hopefully he will be told to leave by a judge who we don't believe will buy the game he is playing that as a neo-Nazi, he is being persecuted. We suppose this will mean a few boneheads will be rallying around him in that regard the same way they did Hendrik Mobus and Ernst Zundel, which only means they are used to disappointment. They should expect tons more of it supporting this idiot. "What, Another One?" Finnish Neo-Nazi Seeking Political Asylum in USA, One Peoples' Project 07 Dec 2008



criminalització (ca)

Barcelona, 09.12.2008 20:10

Grècia crema!

Dissabte 6 de desembre a les 22 de la nit, al barri d'Eksarchia al centre d'Atenes, un policía va matar a sang freda al jove Alexandros Grigoropoulos, de 16 anys, simpatitzant anarquista. De manera espontànea, milers de persones van començar a sortir al carrer a totes les ciutats i pobles de grècia, protagonitzant una veritable revolta popular que tres dies després encara no s'ha aturat. Hi ha hagut ja manifestacions de solidaritat a vàries ciutats d'europa; a Barcelona, s'ha convocat una concentració per dimecres 10 de desembre a les 20h a plaça Universitat.
Més noticies: fotos i recopilació noticies :: detingut l'assessí, el policía Epaminondas Korkoneas [foto] :: direccions de consulats i embaixades de grècia :: antecedents de l'assessinat, a Kaosenlared
Mireu sobretot: Seguiment complert a Nodo50 [fotos+videos+noticies+enllaços] :: seguiment complert a La Haine [fotos+videos+noticies] :: Alasbarricadas :: S'extenen les protestes: Kaosenlared:: Informe sobre els disturbis en Klinamen :: també mireu: Indymedia Athenas [traducció automàtica] :: Indymedia Thessaloniki :: Grècia Llibertària



criminalización (es)

Barcelona, 09.12.2008 20:10

¡Grecia quema!

El sábado 6 de diciembre a las 22 de la noche, en el barrio de Eksarchia (centro de Atenas), un policía mató a sangre fría al joven Alexandros Grigoropoulos, de 16 años, simpatizante anarquista. De forma espontánea, miles de personas empezaron a salir a la calle en todas las ciudades y pueblos de Grecia, protagonizando una verdadera revuelta popular que tres dias después aún no ha parado. Hubo ya manifestaciones de solidaridad en varias ciudades de Europa; en Barcelona, se convocó una concentración para el miércoles 10 de diciembre a las 20h en plaza Universitat.
Más noticias: fotos y recopilación noticias :: detenido el asesino, el policía Epaminondas Korkoneas [foto] :: direcciones de consulados y embajadas de grecia :: antecedentes del asesinado, en Kaosenlared
Mirad sobretodo: Seguimiento completo en Nodo50 [fotos+videos+noticies+enllaços] :: seguimiento completo en La Haine [fotos+videos+noticies] :: Alasbarricadas :: Se extienden las protestas - Kaosenlared:: Informe sobre los disturbios en Klinamen :: mirad también: Indymedia Athenas [traducción automática] :: Indymedia Thessaloniki :: Grècia Llibertària



OHSU President Joe Robertson to OHSU Workers: Fuck You

Portland, 09.12.2008 20:09

Citing the downward-spiraling economy, OHSU president Joe Robertson informed employees last week that the annual employee appreciation Christmas party is canceled. He made this announcement less than a month after telling workers what a "priority" it was to him to acknowledge their hard work through this annual event. He now says that canceling this event is necessary because such an event would be "fiscally imprudent."



Victory for the United Electrical Workers Plant Takeover in Chicago!

Portland, 09.12.2008 20:09

On December 5, in Chicago, the owners of Republic Windows and Doors were set to close their doors after declaring financial ruin and abruptly laid off its 260 mostly Latino workers. Rather than passively accepting this kick in the teeth, the United Electrical Workers Union (UE) members decided to fight back, using a tactic not seen in this country since the 1930's. They occupied the factory and have continued to do so in shifts since Friday.



Yay for public bathrooms!

Portland, 09.12.2008 20:09

A solar potty has been installed downtown. Cool. In a city where the cops routinely cite people for "sex crimes" for having to piss in public, it's just sick that there are so few public restrooms. (James Chasse was actually beaten to death by police because they said that they suspected that he had urinated in public. Turns out he hadn't, but there's one more casualty of no bathrooms. Also, peoples' lives have been ruined by cops who tag them with a sex crime just for having to piss. Damn, what thoughtless, bullying demons those Portland cops are.)



Fouad Kaady Civil Suit Goes Forward; Trial Scheduled for April 2009

Portland, 09.12.2008 20:09

The federal civil rights case filed by the family of Fouad Kaady will proceed following a November 26 order by United States Magistrate Judge Paul Papak. Judge Papak's order settles summary judgment motions from the defendants in the case, a process in which the Judge determines which issues have been judicially proven by one side or the other and which facts remain to be determined by a jury.

On September 8, 2005, Fouad Kaady was shot seven times by a Clackamas County Sheriff's deputy and a Sandy, Oregon police officer after being badly burned and disoriented in a fiery car crash minutes earlier. The judge cited conflicting statements by several witnesses, including the two officers, as proof that material facts need to be decided by a jury at a trial.



Portland, 09.12.2008 20:09

Things a Clown House can and has done: Pirate radio, screen printing, Dawg Snax our wheat free, vegetarian dog treats, yoga classes, direct action training, black cross training, circus skill training, free bike shop, freak bike shop, brewing booze, housing tent people, meeting place, car free info, Much more indeed I promise.
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In the 10 years of the former clown house we nailed down plenty of good ideas for the world. The last month before C.H. eviction we also had a bike/kite that generated electricity, a lawn mower that is bike powered and last I checked...a lot of happy denizens.
Since then the Clown House kids have been constantly evicted and classed out, we need a home. I (Dingo) have been living in a house bike since May and I love it...I still need a place for the lab and tools to live. My favoright thing that a Clown House does is BRING DOWN PROPERTY VALUES through obnoxious clownery and gladiator style single combat events such as mud wresling and tall bike jousting!!!! The honey is organic, raw and amazing[...]



Niemcy: zagrożone prawo do protestów

Poland, 09.12.2008 18:41

W trakcie ostatnich mistrzostw świata FIFA w Niemczech Rada Bawarii wprowadziła po cichu, pod pretekstem należytego zabezpieczenia imprezy, zmiany do prawa o zgromadzeniach, dzięki czemu organizowanie demonstracji w tym landzie jest bardzo skomplikowanym zadaniem. Niedawno Rada Badenii-Wirtembergii zdecydowala się podjąc tę samą grę i odpowiednio znowelizować przepisy o zgromadzeniach, jej działania spotkały się jednak z protestami.



Anarchist centre opens in St Ann's

United Kingdom, 09.12.2008 18:09

Sunday saw the opening event of a new centre for anarchist education and culture in St Ann's. The Sparrows' Nest, named after local anarchist publication The Nottingham Sparrow, hosts a large collection of material on anarchist theory, local struggles and workers' struggles. The Sparrows' Nest is largely the work of local Anarchist Federation members and was inspired by a squatted infoshop in Ljubliana and similar projects in Carrara, Italy.

At the opening a selection of pamphlets and books were on display in four sections: The Classics (of anarchism), Neither Left or Right (referring to anarchism's opposition to fascism and the authoritarian left), Work (workers' struggles and the struggle against work) and Anarchy and Action in Nottingham. People were also able to watch films and browse the extensive library.

Newswire: The Sparrows' Nest - A centre for anarchist education and culture | Sparrows' Nest Anarchist Library & Archive, St Anns : opening event | Rebel bulletin The Nottingham Sparrow - March 2008 - No.3 | 'Rebel' bulletin - The Nottingham Sparrow - May 2007 - no.2 | New 'rebel' bulletin - The Nottingham Sparrow - March 2007 - no.1

Links: The Sparrows' Nest | Nottingham Anarchist Federation



En Cba. habra marcha y y distintas actividades

Argentina, 09.12.2008 17:39

Una paradoja de 60 años



ATHENS

Athens, 09.12.2008 12:39

16-year-old shot dead by policeman. Actions all over Greece



ATHENS

Athens, 09.12.2008 12:14

16-year-old shot dead by policeman. Actions all over Greece



Массовые выступления и бунты в Афинах после убийства полицией 15-летнего анархиста

Belarus, 09.12.2008 12:11

В субботу и воскресенье массовые бунты вспыхнули по всей Греции после убийства полицейскими подростка в Афинах.

В субботу вечером полицейские патрулировали район Экзархия в центре Афин. Во время словесной перепалки с группой анархистов, один из копов достал оружие и дважды выстрелил в живот 15-летнему парню, который впоследствии скончался.

Почти сразу же в знак протеста тысячи людей спонтанно вышли на улицы Афин и других городов Греции. Были атакованы полицейские отделения, а также банки и правительственные учреждения. В Афинах демонстранты захватили три университетских здания. Бунты продолжались до утра следующего дня. В воскресенье демонстрации возобновились.

По материалам http://www.indymedia.org



Plane Stupid stuh down Stansted

United Kingdom, 09.12.2008 11:39

Plane Stupid shut down all flights from Stansted airport for four hours on Monday morning in response to the government approving the expansion of capacity at the airport by ten million passengers a year. Over 50 protesters were arrested and dozens of flights cancelled.

"We all grew up listening to Blair and Brown talking about the urgent need to slash emissions, but nothing ever happened. Even now politicians from our parents' generation are in Poland holding talks about talks, but still nobody's actually doing anything. The scientists tell us we've got about seven years to make emissions peak then drop, and if we fail it will be the people on this runway, and our children, who'll live with the consequences. That's why I'm doing this."

Plane Stupid claim that aviation is Britain's fastest growing source of emissions, already amounting to at least 13% of the UK's climate impact. With plans for new runways across the UK, including at Heathrow and Stansted, experts from the Tyndall Centre for climate research say Labour's aviation policy alone will scupper any chance the UK has of hitting its climate targets.

The peaceful protest began at 3.15am this morning (Monday) whilst the runway was temporarily closed for maintenance work. Plane Stupid aims to prevent the scheduled reopening of the runway at 5am. The group intends to maintain its blockade for as long as possible, preventing the release of thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gases.

Links: Video, Plane Stupid Website

Previous coverage: House of Commons | Downing Street glue action | Scotlish Parliament | infiltration attempt foiled | March of the penguins | An interview | travel agents | Heathrow consultation report | Manchester Airport Blockade | Heathrow Residents | Easyjet HQ | Day of Action



Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

Aotearoa, 09.12.2008 06:10

National’s sacking bill is going to meet resistance. The 90 day bill is an overt attack on workers' rights, targeting the most vulnerable in small worksites. Workers in these job sites currently enjoy few rights as they are mostly not unionised and the employers consequently have a great deal of power. The CTU is responding with a petition and looking at putting adverts in the major newspapers. This falls well short of what is needed. Direct action by workers is the way to respond to this attack. Unite union is taking the lead by saying that any worker can join Unite for $2 a week and get phone advice and back up where needed. If workers are wrongly sacked in the 90 day period Unite will organise pickets in defence of these people. Any employer who sacks under this legislation could find themselves confronted by a rowdy picket line and Unite's 20 foot rat. Employers plainly want to put the pressure on workers; it's time to push back. Contact: Daphna Whitmore 0294949865 Links: Unite Union | Workers Party



Referéndum en Bolivia

Puerto Rico, 09.12.2008 05:40

Bolivia 2009: Nueva Constitución y Prueba de Fuego del Gobierno de Evo Morales



December 10th &quot;Day Without A Gay&quot; Protest

San Francisco Bay Area, 09.12.2008 05:25

"A Day Without A Gay" protest and boycott will be taking place across the US on Wednesday December 10th to show opposition to California's Proposition 8 and show the power of the LGBT community. Organizers are encouraging people to "call in gay" to work and spend the day volunteering at local LGBT and/or human rights organizations. There will also be several rallies in the Bay Area, including a noon rally in UC Berkeley's Sproul plaza and a 4pm press conferene in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza.



Atenas: Insurrección popular contra el gatillo fácil

Argentina, 09.12.2008 02:39

Grecia, joven de 16 años asesinado por policías



Support Swells for Chicago Union Workers' Factory Occupation

DC, 09.12.2008 02:10

The worker occupation of the Republic Windows and Doors factory on Chicago's Goose Island by members of UE (United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America) Local 1110 went into its third day on Sunday, and workers have vowed to continue the occupation until they are paid back pay and benefits, or until the plant is re-opened…



Brian MacKenzie Infoshop to Close at End of 2008

DC, 09.12.2008 02:10

Dear Infoshop Friends and Supporters, For many reasons, it's been some time since we have put out an update on the status of the Infoshop. We are writing now to try to catch everyone up to speed on what's going on with us. There is a lot to say. As many have noticed, the Infoshop has been closed considerably more than it has been open over the last few months. For some time, those of us doing the core work involved in maintaining this project have felt overwhelmed and stretched very thin. Although there has always been a steady stream of interest from willing volunteers to support the project, finding people who are committed to doing the more intensive work entailed in sustaining the project over the long term, has always been a challenge…



Atenas: Insurrección popular contra el gatillo fácil

Argentina, 09.12.2008 02:09

Grecia joven de 16 años asesinado por policías



Polícia grega assassina jovem anarquista em Atenas

Brasil, 09.12.2008 00:40

VIOLÊNCIA POLICIAL - GRÉCIA



Politeknik barikatlarýndan isyan sesi var!

Istanbul, 08.12.2008 23:41

Politeknik barikatlarýndan isyan sesi var!



Griechenland: Polizist erschießt Jugendlichen

Germany, 08.12.2008 23:39

Nach verbalen Auseinandersetzungen und gegenseitigen Beleidigungen zwischen der Polizei und einer Gruppe Linker im alternativen Viertel Exarchia, zog der 37jährige Polizist Epaminondas Korkoneas nach Zeugenaussagen seine Dienstwaffe und schoss. Dabei wurde ein 15-Jähriger tödlich in der Brust getroffen. Der Tod rief heftige Proteste in ganz Griechenland und Solidaritätsaktionen weltweit hervor. Das Rücktrittsangebot des griechischen Innenminister Prokopis Pavlopoulos und seines Stellvertreters, lehnte Ministerpräsident Konstantinos Karamanlis jedoch ab.
Samstag Nacht wurde der 15jährige Alexandros Grigoropoulos im alternativen Stadtteil Exarchia von einem Streifenpolizisten erschossen (Video bei Youtube), seitdem gibt es heftige Proteste in ganz Griechenland: Ein Einkaufszentrum in Athen brannte, eine Polizeistation in Athen wurde mit Molotov-Cocktails angegriffen, auf Kreta kam es zu Protestaktionen. Nach Aussage der zuständigen Richter, wird davon ausgegangen, dass der 37jährige verhaftete Polizist mit Absicht geschossen hat!
Medienberichten zufolge, hatte die Polizei am Montag die Lage im Zentrum von Athen nicht mehr unter ihrer Kontrolle, mehrere tausend Demonstranten haben bereits den dritten Tag in Folge dutzende Geschäfte geplündert und angezündet, der Sachschaden liegt inzwischen bei mehr als 100 Millionen Euro. In einem kurzfristig anberaumten Treffen, will sich Ministerpräsident Kostas Karamanlis heute Nacht in einer Krisensitzung mit den Ministern der griechischen Regierung zusammensetzen.
Die für den 10.12. geplante Beerdigung des Jungen, wird wohl die Form einer großen Kundgebung annehmen, während die für Mittwoch geplante geplante Demo der Gewerkschaften nach einer Großversammlung anlässlich des Generalstreiks nicht stattfinden soll.

Solidemos in Deutschland am 07.12.:
Hamburg | Berlin

Presseübersicht (geupdatet 08.12.):
spiegel.de | orf.at | derstandart.at | welt.de | sueddeutsche.de | zeit.de
Indymedia:
Hintergrund | Kurzmeldung 06.12 | Übersicht 07.12. | indymedia.org.uk | Bilder und Geschehnisse auf griechisch | (2) | (3) | (4)
Videoberichte:
yahoo.com (06.12.) | yahoo.com (07.12.) | tagesschau.de (07.12.) | tagesschau.de (08.12.) | spiegel.de (07.12.) | spiegel.de (08.12.) | faz.net (08.12.)

Update: (08.12.) Neben der griechischen Botschaft in London (Fotos der Besetzung), wurde heute auch das griechische Konsulat in Berlin wurde besetzt. (Video)

Solidemos am 08.12.:
Köln | Bremen | Schneverdingen | Dresden

Solidemos am 09.12.:
Frankfurt am Main | 16.30 Uhr, Bockenheimer Warte
Dortmund | 18 Uhr, Stadtgarten
Leipzig | 19 Uhr, Connewitz Kreuz auf der Wiese gegenüber der HTWK



Solidemo in Schneverdingen

Germany, 08.12.2008 23:39

Am heutigen Abend fand in Schneverdingen (Landkreis Soltau-Fallingbostel) eine Spontan-Demonstration anlässlich des in der Nacht von Samstag auf Sonntag in Exarchia/Athen ermordeten Antifaschisten Andreas Grigoropoulos statt.



Southwest Worker 20 years

Houston, 08.12.2008 23:09

Celebrating 20 years of Grassroots organizing: The Southwest Workers Union



We Won't Pay for Your Crisis - Auckland Public Meeting

Aotearoa, 08.12.2008 22:44

7pm Thursday December 11. Auckland Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn. New Zealand is heading for recession. Our jobs, wages, homes, pensions, benefits and public services are all under threat. We did not cause this. It was the financial elite of wealthy bankers, investors and speculators who have put us in this situation, yet they expect us to pay for their crisis. Already we have seen job losses, cuts in services and price rises. Socialist Aotearoa has invited a broad range of speakers; trade unionists, socialists, environmentalists, community groups, and interested individuals, to begin the debate on how to unite the left against the effects of the global financial crisis. Speakers include: John Minto from Unite Union, Green MP Sue Bradford, Frank Doleman from Socialist Aotearoa and other concerned socialists, environmentalists, community activists and individuals. Links: National's Suprise Move to Ram Through 90 Day Bill | Socialist Aotearoa



Anger All Over Europe As Police Shot Dead Young Activist In Athens

United Kingdom, 08.12.2008 21:40

On Saturday 6th of December at around 10pm, two Greek policemen were in patrol in a central street by Exarchia square, in the center of Athens. They had a verbal argument with some young people who were there. During the argument, one of the cops pulled his gun and shot a 16-year-old guy twice. The victim was moved to Evangelismos Hospital to be pronounced dead. According to eye-witnesses, the cop had been swearing against the young man, showing his genitals, before shooting him.

This immeditaly sparkled some of the heaviest protests Greece has seen for over 20 years. Many Greek cities have seen clashes with police since Saturday night, and are continuing on Monday evening with University occupations, closed schools and further demomstrations. Some argue that Greece is at the "verge of a serious crisis".

Protesters all over Europe have also taken to the streets. In London the entrance of the Greek Embassy was blocked for several hours by around 70 activists. The embassy was effectively closed down form around 10am till 3pm. The blockade ended with at least two arrests. See full report and photos in IMC-London [Report and Pics | Pics]

In Germany there have been protests in several cities, including a solidarity demo in Berlin where the Greek embassy was also occupied (ger) for the whole day. Demonstrations also took place in Hamburg (ger), Dresden (ger), Bremen (ger) and Cologne (ger), whilst the consulate in Cologne (ger) was attacked with red paint. Further calls for solidarity demos have been made in Edinburgh, Dublin and Barcelona.

Related Links: Global IMC Feature | Occupied London blog | IMC-Athens | IMC-Tessaloniki | PrezaTV blog | Garizo blog



Chicago Workers Occupy Factory

San Francisco Bay Area, 08.12.2008 20:10

From Chicago IMC: The worker occupation of the Republic Windows and Doors factory on Chicago's Goose Island by members of UE (United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America) Local 1110 went into its third day on Sunday, and workers have vowed to continue the occupation until they are paid back pay and benefits, or until the plant is re-opened.



Design Warehouse agrees - no more kwila

Aotearoa, 08.12.2008 19:41

Mr. Walsh of the Design Warehouse agreed on Saturday that he would not import anymore Kwila products. Rainforest Action is happy, but there are many more companies to go this summer, and it is important to know that we will be watching. If new kwila appears at the design warehouse, we will return...



Protest Re Police Misconduct in Dover, NH

New Hampshire, 08.12.2008 19:40

On December 6, 2008 Seacoast Liberty Police Anti-Corruption Campaign held a demonstration in downtown Dover, protesting abuse of police power and last week's arrest of David Montenegro.



Appeal from the streets of Prince William County

DC, 08.12.2008 17:11

Today on the streets of Woodbridge and Manassas, the temperature was in the 20s, with the wind gusting to more than 40 mph. Despite this extreme weather, nearly 200 men were huddled outside the 7-11s desperately seeking work. Many told us that they hadn't worked in weeks, and that when they finally found some, they were ripped off by their employers. About a dozen volunteers for Woodbridge Workers Committee and Mexicanos Sin Fronteras put in many dozens of hours purchasing, packing and distributing bundles of food, enough to last an individual 4 or 5 days. It still costs about $800 each time we provide a food bundle for 200 workers. (Our goal is bi-weekly distributions through the winter). To provide a warm cap, gloves and socks, in addition to any winter coats we collect costs over $10 for each worker.



Corretjer Poeta Revolucionario

Puerto Rico, 08.12.2008 16:11

Un Testimonio en Honor al Centenario de Juan Antonio Corretjer



16-year-old shot dead by policeman in Athens. Actions all over Greece

San Francisco Bay Area, 08.12.2008 16:10

On Saturday December 6th, two Greek policemen in Athens had a verbal argument with several youth. During the argument, one of the cops pulled his gun and shot a 16-year-old twice, killing him. In response, thousands of people gathered in the centers of most of Greek cities. The evening in Athens evolved with the takeover of several buildings at the Polytechnic University, and rioting throughout the whole center of Athens. Protesters attacked and set on fire, police departments and banks, until the early hours of the next morning. Protests and riots took place again on Sunday and large protests are planned Monday.



Former Drug Officer Launches 'KopBusters' TV Show

San Francisco Bay Area, 08.12.2008 08:09

Barry Cooper, a former Texas police officer with eight years of specialty in drug interdiction, first made waves when he released the film "Never Get Busted Again," a how-to guide for evading police drug seizures. Austin, Texas-based Cooper's latest project, 'KopBusters,' is not nearly so benign, and sparked an immediate response after RAW STORY covered a news brief of their first sting.



La BBC vs Chávez

Puerto Rico, 08.12.2008 04:10

BBC busca experiencias sobre los diez años de Chávez... pero sólo en inglés



Disturbios en Atenas

Puerto Rico, 08.12.2008 04:10

Atenas: Fuertes disturbios en respuesta a un asesinato policial



ASHLAND CARSHARE:KICK-OFF Member Drive

Rogue Valley, 08.12.2008 03:10

ASHLAND CARSHARE: KICK-OFF Member Drive & Celebration


ASHLAND CARSHARE and Rogue Valley Transportation District are hosting a Member Drive on Sunday, December 14, from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Ashland Community Center (73 Winburn Way), to celebrate their new service and introduce their first vehicle. Come see their snazzy new Toyota Prius (it’s red!) that will initiate their future fleet. Acting Executive Director, Becky Brown, has announced that, in collaboration with the RVTD, ASHLAND CARSHARE (ACS) has been awarded a generous grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation Public Transit Division, enabling them to acquire their first vehicle and launch the long-awaited program.



Βίντεο απο την δολοφονία του Αλέξη (7/12/2008)

Torun, 08.12.2008 02:07



***URGENT *** ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST ARRESTED AGAIN IN MD

DC, 08.12.2008 01:10

December 7, 2008 Friendship Heights MD- Between 2:45 and 3pm today an animal rights organization was exercising their rights to free speech on a public side walk as a protest against Max Mara 5471-F Wisconsin Avenue, when police officers asked for the use of a bullhorn to be stopped, saying "You're outta here." The activist then complied with the police officer's request, and continued the chanting without the bullhorn. Without any warning the activist was then grabbed by 2 police officers and put under arrest. The arrest was witnessed by this reporter as overtly aggressive with brutal force used completely unnecessarily. During the situation, once again, MD police tried to threaten persons who were trying to record the situation, telling them that video "with voice recording" or just voice recording was illegal without their permission under MD law. The activist was then taken away and is still in custody as far as we know.



Rembrandt Suits picket in Wellington

Aotearoa, 08.12.2008 00:10

Workers from Rembrandt Suits held a picket on Saturday 6th December outside the Kirkaldie &amp; Stains department store in central Wellington after receiving a pitiful offer from Rembrandt bosses. The workers, skilled and experienced machinists (one of whom has worked for the company for 20 years) are currently on the minimum wage and are asking for $13.50 / hour. They have been offered only a 24 cent increase, which would take them to $12.24. Most of the workers require Government subsidies just to survive.



Has NDC lost the plot?

United Kingdom, 07.12.2008 22:09

The Neighbourhood Development Company (NDC) is part of the government's New Deal for Communities project to regenerate some of Britain's poorest inner city neighbourhoods. NDC in Nottingham has received millions of pounds of funding to bring positive change to the Radford area over the past 8 years.

The partnership has had a controversial history, culminating in the sacking of its entire Board of Directors earlier this year. In spite of, or perhaps because it is paying its Chief Executive £47k for a 3-day a week job, the organisation has come under criticism for being out of touch with the community and its lack of financial transparency. In spite of the fact that it is set to receive £12m from the government over the next 2 years, NDC is rumoured to be selling the Tennyson Hall community centre, which contradicts its mission to "improve and bring back into use" the assets under its control.

Newswire: NDC: A brief history and critical examination | Nottingham NDC Chief Executive | What is the future of NDC owned Tennyson Hall? Questions need raising.

Previous Feature: Community centres under fire

Links: NDC Nottingham | Mystery over £2.4m funding that ‘vanished’ | A corrupt cabal? | £70k for New Deal for Communities CEO



Iraq-US Status Of Forces Agreement

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.12.2008 21:41

The U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) is a pact that provides a legal basis for U.S. troops in Iraq and establishes their departure from Iraq by December 31st, 2011 pending any negotiations. On November 16th, 2008, Iraq's Cabinet approved the agreement. On November 27th, the Iraqi Parliament ratified the agreement. Followers of Moqtada al-Sadr and many others protested the passing of the accord as prolonging and legitimizing the occupation, and Grand Ayatollah Sistani expressed concerns with the ratified version. On December 4th, Iraq's presidential council approved the security pact. A referendum must be held by mid-2009 which may terminate the agreement and require Coalition forces to completely leave by the middle of 2010.



Police Athens (Greece) shoot dead 16 yr. old anarchist

Portland, 07.12.2008 21:40

A police car patroling in Exarchia, central Athens, passing through Mesologgiou cobbled street (considered an alternative place with music, bars etc and lots of youth in the streets, so we can easily assume the police car was sent there to provoke and harass the youth), was confronted by a few young people, shouting to the policemen to get lost. There are a few reports that an empty bottle or a brick was thrown to the police car. The cops went out of the car provoking the youth and one of the pigs shot against one 15-16 year old boy, right on the heart, murdering him in cold blood. The name of the boy that stood up to the cops is Alexandros Grigoropoulos. Anarchists and residents gathered, but riot police forces circled the area. There are hundreds of policemen in the streets around central Athens.
Anarchists gather in squats, universities, and central squares at Greece's largets cities to protest and fight back the police...



Support Swells for Chicago Union Workers Factory Occupation

Chicago, 07.12.2008 20:08

The worker occupation of the Republic Windows and Doors factory on Chicago's Goose Island by members of UE (United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America) Local 1110 went into its third day on Sunday, and workers have vowed to continue the occupation until they are paid back pay and benefits, or until the plant is re-opened.

The occupation was declared on Friday, the day the company moved to shutter the plant with only three days notice — in violation of federal and state labor laws. Owners have also cut off employees' insurance and failed to pay back pay. The takeover has sparked a groundswell of support across the nation, with rallies, petition drives (2), fundraisers and plans for future actions. [ Updated news links ]

Company management blames the shut-down on Bank of America, which cut their credit line — after BoA received $25 billion in federal bailout money that the bank said they did not need. Since the bailout began, BoA — like big banks across the globe — has slashed credit lines to businesses, forcing a growing number of small and medium-sized companies to shut down. Workers plan to meet with company and bank representatives on Monday — and to picket BoA's LaSalle St. offices on Tuesday if Republic's line of credit is not restored.

The action at Republic Windows comes on the heels of a drive to kick out the company union, which had colluded with company owners and management for years. That effort succeeded after three years of struggle. Republic Windows' worker occupation is one of the first actions of its kind in the United States since the Great Depression, when a wave of sit-in strikes and occupations of factories and manufacturing operations marked one of the most militant phases in U.S. labor history.

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Perth, 07.12.2008 17:10

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Housing Activists Crash Mayor Fenty's Birthday Party/Fundraiser

DC, 07.12.2008 15:11

Mayor Fenty's 38th birthday bash was held at developer Donatellis' home-a palatial estate off Chesapeake St that looks like something out of a Godfather movie. About 60 labor and housing activsts converged on this "party" for a 2 hour plus protest. Download Audio(right click and save) WSQT Broadcast Audio-Godfathers of Gentrification Speeches Jack Evans Cornered Three interviews some chants



Grecja: zamieszki po zabójstwie 16-latka przez policję

Poland, 07.12.2008 14:41

W sobotę, 6 grudnia ok. godz. 22.00 dwójka greckich policjantów patrolujacych centrum Aten wdała się w spór z grupką młodych ludzi stojących na ulicy w pobliżu placu Exarchia square. W czasie kłótni jeden z policjantów wyciagnął bron i dwuktotnie postrzelił 16-letniego chłopaka. Ofiare przewieziono do szpitala Evangelismos, gdzie lekarze stwierdzili jej zgon. Wedłuh naocznych śwadków zającia, przez zastrzeleniem chłopaka policjant wrzeszczał na niego i obrzucał go przekleństwami, wskazując na jego genitalia.




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