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Reeves County Riot

Houston, 05.02.2009 21:10

Riot at Private Immigration Prison in West Texas Leaves Injuries, Significant Damage

Right to the City Alliance Members Released From Central Booking

NYC, 05.02.2009 21:09

According to a Picture the Homeless press release, "the last of the Right to the City Eight were released from Central Booking, after spending more than 24 hours locked up. Many thanks to all of you who turned out for this morning's press conference, or made calls to the police or the Mayor's office, or spread the word to friends and allies. The police response shows that the Mayor is vulnerable and nervous, and we need to keep the pressure up. And the PRESS response shows that people are paying attention. So stay tuned as we turn up the heat."

Oakland's Still Burning: Stern's SEIU Thugs Seize Dissident Union Hall

DC, 05.02.2009 18:11

I’ve forgotten the technical term, a senior moment perhaps. What do you call a mob of white people, who, with the police standing by, attack a handful of defenseless people, in this case mostly women of color, a few youngsters, humiliate them, drive them from their home? This mob, thirty, maybe forty strong, mostly very nicely dressed white men for this side of struggling Oakland, was led by a young female lawyer – there were a couple of nasty ex-cops in tow, just in case. They used bolt-cutters to get through the parking-lot gates in back; they smashed their way through a second floor window, then pushed their way to the front, where they opened the doors, let in the rest of the mob in and then ended the occupation – evicting the (former) members of United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW) from their union hall, their house. “Who’s House, Our House!” No more.

'President Change' Endorses Bush Secrecy On Torture And Rendition

DC, 05.02.2009 18:11

NEW YORK – After the British High Court ruled that evidence of British resident Binyam Mohamed's extraordinary rendition and torture at Guantánamo Bay must remain secret because of threats made by the Bush administration to halt intelligence sharing, the Obama administration told the BBC today in a written statement: "The United States thanks the UK government for its continued commitment to protect sensitive national security information and preserve the long-standing intelligence sharing relationship that enables both countries to protect their citizens." BLAST FROM YER' PAST: "A Stunning Human Being": "Color Purple" Author Alice Walker's Love Letter to Obama, from the UK Guardian, April 1 2008.

Arrestee Solidarity, March for Stolen Lives, &amp; More Planned for Friday the 6th

San Francisco Bay Area, 05.02.2009 18:10

On Friday the 6th, many organizations are calling for a day of resistance to police brutality and the criminalization of a generation. At 9AM at the Wiley W. Manuel courthouse in Oakland, many of the over 130 people arrested for protesting the police murder of Oscar Grant will have their arraignments. The Oakland 100 Support Committee has called for a show of support inside and outside the courthouse. On the same day and court, a pre-trial hearing will begin for Stafani Tang stemming from demonstrations at the Marine Recruiting Station at Berkeley. At 3PM, families of victims of police murder and supporters will gather for a "March of Stolen Lives" at Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Rising Tide Boston Crashes Talk by Arch Coal CEO

Boston, 05.02.2009 17:09

Boston, MA - Seven activists from Rising Tide Boston disrupted a lecture at Harvard University being delivered by Arch Coal CEO Steve Leer, who was speaking on the future of “clean coal” technology. The activists attempted to enlighten the coal baron and the lecture attendees on the true cost of coal extraction. "Arch coal is participating in the destructive practice of mountaintop removal," says Tyler Kinser, a member of Rising Tide Boston. "How can coal ever be clean when entire communities are being poisoned and displaced by coal extraction?" VIDEO:

Cambridge City Council Votes Unanimously to Oppose Surveillance Cameras

Boston, 05.02.2009 17:09

BOSTON -- In the first move of this kind in the state--and perhaps the nation--Cambridge City Council voted 9-0 on February 2, 2009, to oppose the installation in the city of eight surveillance cameras. The cameras were intended to form part of a network funded with a $4.6 million Department of Homeland Security grant linking Cambridge and eight other Greater Boston communities. The Council took this action after two sessions during which Councilors sought to learn more about a secretive grant process that was four to six years in the making. They also heard testimony from dozens of Cambridge residents who feared the cameras could violate their First Amendment and privacy rights.

In California, Unprecedented Month-Long Outpouring Opposes Israeli Invasion of Gaza

San Francisco Bay Area, 05.02.2009 15:39

In an unprecedented outpouring of popular opposition to U.S. policy in support of the Israeli invasion of Gaza, a full month of nearly continuous protests brought tens of thousands into the streets of major cities in the state of California. In the city of San Jose more than 3,000 people demonstrated over a period of four successive weekends beginning on January 4, 2009. They halted traffic and shopping in Silicon Valley's high-end shopping district, Santana Row. More than 10,000 demonstrated in San Francisco between December 28 and January 10. Thousands more in southern California and in the state capital of Sacramento took to the streets in support of Gaza during the weeks-long attack.

From the Newswire

Perth, 05.02.2009 11:10

Photos: NT Intervention Rally Canberra

Border Patrol recruiting event

Portland, 05.02.2009 09:39

just thought some of ya might be interested to know...this "recruiting event" is advertised in the Portland Tribune, featuring a large picture of a bunch of dudes in cowboy hats riding horses... thursday feb. 5, 9am-3pm, Embassy Suites Portland-Airport, 7900 NE 82nd St...for info call 360-332-1610


Portland, 05.02.2009 09:39

Conservative Portland Catholic Archbishop John Vlazny recently attended the right-to-life protest at Pionner Square against women's rights with 7,000 other conservatives. Since then, he gave a series of talks at Beaverton's Lady of Peace retreat center on job openings in the Catholic Church and conservative Catholic values.

Hanson Concrete of Portland - subcontractors of vivisection at UC Berkeley

Portland, 05.02.2009 09:39

Hanson Concrete ( is a subcontractor of UC Berkeley's Li Ka-Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences at University Avenue and Oxford Way - which would provide a 70 percent expansion of the CAL's current Northwest Animal Facility. Tens of thousands of animals will suffer and die each year in the basement of the Li Ka-Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Hanson has contacts all over the country. Please let them know that assisting in construction of a facility that will include basement-level animal torture facilities is unacceptable.

VIDEO:: FREE PALESTINE! Activists Speak Out Against the Massacre in Gaza! 1.29.09

Portland, 05.02.2009 09:39

FREE PALESTINE! Activists Speak Out Against the Massacre in Gaza!
Thursday, January 29 2009 7:15pm.
PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 101

Featured Speakers:
1. Waddah Sofan, Students United for Palestinian Human Rights
2. Hala Gores, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights
3. Adam Sanchez, International Socialist Organization
4. Jenka Soderberg, Oregon Campaign to Boycott & Divest from Israel

Celebrating Seattle's Striking History - Feb 7

Portland, 05.02.2009 09:39

Saturday, February 7: Celebrating Seattle's Striking History: 90th Anniversary of the 1919 Seattle General Strike

Location: Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Ave, downtown Seattle
Time: Doors at 12:30pm, Program 1pm - 5pm Free!

Join the Bridges Center as we commemorate the 90th anniversary of Seattle's General Strike. Presentations and performances will revisit the event, followed by discussions of the strike's legacy for today.

Security culture workshop in NE PDX! thurs Feb 12th! ( FLYER )

Portland, 05.02.2009 09:39

if you are not familiar with the term 'security culture', now is the time to read up and put it to use. s.c is useful, and even vital for any punk, anarchist, activist, or any politically conscious radical who wants to continue fighting for liberation without giving the police or fbi any information.

Baby Bull Calves Need Homes!

Portland, 05.02.2009 09:39

Someone placed an ad in the Livestock section of the paper trying to give baby bull calves away free to good homes. Can you provide sanctuary?

If you have space where you live, please consider taking one or more baby calves to give them a good life that they deserve. In return, they will provide you with friendship and free organic fertilizer for your garden.

Casino Night! Gamble Away Your Rights

Portland, 05.02.2009 09:39

Casino Night: A Night of Gambling with Your Rights
February 6 at 7 pm
Apocalypse on Broadway, 2100 W. Broadway (just west of Garfield) in Eugene
$10 admission • cash bar • free food and music • for more info:

Groups demand all charges be dropped against the Oakland 100

San Francisco Bay Area, 05.02.2009 06:40

Local groups plan to show support for the more than 130 people arrested protesting the death of Oscar Grant during the month of January on Friday, February 6th and Monday, February 9th starting at 8:30 a.m. at Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse, 661 Washington St, Oakland. Many of those facing charges ranging from misdemeanor rioting to various felonies will have their arraignments on these days.

&quot;Illegal People&quot;: northwest tour report

Rogue Valley, 05.02.2009 05:45

Southern Oregon hosted author/photographer David Bacon on his northwest tour on Feb. 2, 2009 in Medford, Oregon.

In his own words the Rogue Independent Media Center is pleased to present a report back by David Bacon...

Dear folks,

This is a collective thank-you to all the people who helped to make the book tour for "Illegal People" possible. It was a real success and collective achievement, by any measure.

20 speaking events
2330 people we reached in those events
124 books sold

In every meeting we were able to connect the issues of immigration and the displacement caused by corporate globalization to the many needs of working people -- for immigration reform, single-payer healthcare, the employee free choice act, and the jobs programs promised by a new administration.

(click photos to make bigger)

February 7th: Celebrating the 90th Anniversity of Seattle's General Strike

Seattle, 05.02.2009 04:39

Ninety years ago Seattle shut down. Shipyard workers went on strike for higher wages and more than 100 other unions joined the strike in sympathy. Stores closed. Streetcars and taxis stop running. Wealthy families fled the city. President Woodrow Wilson ordered troops from Fort Lewis to Seattle to, if necessary, maintain order.

Presentations and performances will revisit the event, followed by discussions of the strike’s legacy for today.

Location: Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Ave, downtown Seattle
Time: Doors at 12:30pm, Program 1pm - 5pm


The Self-Described Anarchist Collective Calls for Anti-Capitalist Bloc in DC March 19th &amp;amp; 21st

DC, 04.02.2009 23:10

Six years of war and occupation of Iraq have come and gone. Lives left tattered amongst the ruins. The US armed forces and their co-conspirators in the military-industrial complex, along with their friends on Wall Street and K Street, continue to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan with impunity. Meanwhile, Obamamania has rendered much of the Left fixated on electoral politics. On March 19th and the 21st, join the Self-Described Anarchist Collective to manifest our opposition in a Black Bloc style demonstration against war, capitalism and the state.

FEE statement about Ahern protest in NUIG

Ireland, 04.02.2009 21:39

Statement about protest held in NUIG on 2nd Feb at ...

Native Americans Face Racism and Intimidation in Carpinteria

San Francisco Bay Area, 04.02.2009 20:39

The small town of Carpinteria, California is the latest battleground in Native Americans' fight against racism. The controversy over a supposedly "harmless" high school sports mascot has alienated the Native American population of Carpinteria, who have come to fear violent reprisals from the non-Native community.


Oost-Vlaanderen, 04.02.2009 17:08

Atoomenergie? Neen bedankt!

Херсон: рабочие захватили завод

Belarus, 04.02.2009 16:37

Сегодня рабочие Херсонского машиностроительного завода захватили административное здание предприятия и собираются удерживать его до приезда правительственной комиссии и выполнения своих требований. Рабочие требуют погашения всей задолженности по зарплате.

Люди требуют провести национализацию завода под контролем коллектива предприятия. “Необходим госзаказ на производство комбайнов и сбыт комбайнов при поддержке государства”, – сообщил представитель совета трудового коллектива завода.

Во время захвата здания никто не пострадал. Охрана предприятия серьезного сопротивления не оказывала. Ситуацию контролирует избранный совет трудового коллектива. В настоящее время совет заседает в бывшем кабинете технического директора. Планируется встреча с представителями Херсонской областной государственной администрации. Милиция около предприятия пока не появлялась.

Председатель совета трудового коллектива Леонид Нимчинов призывает рабочих других заводов по всей Украине проя…

Philippines: Don’t revive the “Monster of Morong, Bataan”

Boston, 04.02.2009 15:09

Monday, 02 February 2009 MANILA, Philippines—For making the public choose between paying more for power generation that they do not need to begin with, and tolerating misplaced priorities where debt service supersedes social welfare, the Freedom from Debt Coalition today urged Congress to stop the planned rehabilitation, re-commission and commercial operation of the controversial Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.


Argentina, 04.02.2009 13:09

Appeals Court hears Arguments in Plummer vs. Speaker Quinn

NYC, 04.02.2009 05:45

After nearly a year of stalling legal maneuvers by NYC Corporation Counsel Attorneys representing NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the United States Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case of Viola Plummer v City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Thursday, January 29th.

'Teachers For Class War' speak with Genevieve Siegel-Hawley and George Ciccariello-Maher

Santa Cruz, CA, 04.02.2009 05:45

Teachers for Class War is back on the air at 101.1 FM, and have uploaded their most recent two shows. On January 26th the Maestr@s, hosts of 'Teachers For Class War,' interviewed Genevieve Siegel-Hawley of the Civil Rights Project about school segregation in the 21st Century. On February 2nd they spoke with George Ciccariello-Maher about the police murders of Gary King Jr. and Oscar Grant, and the community response in the East Bay.

Gaza Relief Gig 6 FEB 8:30 The Adelaide

Aotearoa, 04.02.2009 02:11

Gaza Relief Fundraiser Gig—6 FEB— The Adelaide 8:30 pm In the spirit of struggle and resistance Wellington Palestine Group Friday February 6, Waitangi Day, at The Adelaide, Adelaide Road Door opens 8.30 Entry Minimum $5 - Maximum Personal choice - In the spirit of Struggle and Resistance - FUNDRAISER SHOW. ALL funds raised from this event go to the Wellington Palestine Group to help support the people of Gaza - brutalised after the most recent Israeli offensive murdering civilians, men, women, and children.

¿ Agua apta para consumo humano ?

Argentina, 04.02.2009 00:39

Algas y fumigacion, canal a cielo abierto. Privatización o Vida

Interview on Gaza with Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada

Santa Cruz, CA, 03.02.2009 22:39

On January 28th, George Cadman interviewed Ali Abunimah on Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.1 FM regarding the future of Palestine/Israel. In this interview they discuss the recent Israeli assault on Gaza, the "ceasefire," the death of the two-state solution, and the potential for a one-state or bi-national state in Palestine/Israel. Abunimah is a Palestinian American journalist and co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a not-for-profit, independent online publication about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Benefit for Free Radio Santa Cruz wtih Michael Parenti

Santa Cruz, CA, 03.02.2009 22:08

On Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00 pm at Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz, Michael Parenti will be speaking on the topic of "The War On Prosperity." This is a benefit for Free Radio Santa Cruz, 101.1 FM. There will be copies of Michael's latest book, "Contrary Notions" available at the event. Parenti is one of the nation's leading progressive political analysts, an internationally known award-winning author and lecturer.

Nottingham Gaza solidarity occupation violently evicted

United Kingdom, 03.02.2009 18:09

Students who had been occupying a lecture theatre at the University of Nottingham have branded university authorites a "national disgrace" after they were violently evicted by university security. Around 10 security staff used force to remove the occupants into the snow outside. Students were forced to wait in the cold and only alowed in one by one to pick up their belongings. They were forced to give ID in order to be allowed entry.

The occupation of B62 in the Law and Social Science Building at the University of Notttingham was today violently evicted by university security. The occupation which has been taking place since Wednesday is in solidarity with the people of Gaza and is one of a wave of university occupations which have taken place across the UK following the recent Israeli assault against Gaza. Although the occupiers have been clear throughout that they had no intention of disrupting other students' education, the university had refused to follow the lead of Kings College in London and negotiate with the occupying students.

Previous Feature: Nottingham university occupied in solidarity with Gaza

Newswire: Nottingham Gaza solidarity occupation violently evicted | Nottingham University Authorities: A National Disgrace

Pictures: | Nottingham Gaza Emergency Protest 1 | 2 | Gaza Public Meeting at Bobbers Mill Community Centre | Nottingham Gaza Protest 'candle-lit' Vigil 1 | 2 | Nottingham Gaza Protest March Through Nottingham to Market Sq 1 | 2 | Nottingham University Students Occupation in Solidarity with Gaza 1 | 2 | Nottingham University Gaza solidarity occupation violently evicted 1 | 2 | Gaza support protest at Nottingham BBC | Tash's 'Collected' actions Piccys 2009

Links: Occupation Nottingham | UK Occupations | Notts Palestine newswire

Josh Harper, not out yet.

Portland, 03.02.2009 16:38

Keep writing pretty please...
Hi there everybody. We talked to Josh today and he asked that we let everybody know he is not getting out anytime soon. So PLEASE don't stop writing. If things were fair, he'd already be out, but... things are not. It may (hopefully) change, but right now it's still looking like the end of July before he's released.

So, again, please keep those letters coming, they mean the world to him.

Joshua Harper #29429-086
FCI Sheridan
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 5000
Sheridan, OR 97378

PS. Don't forget the rest of the SHAC7 too, and every other political prisoner. We need to all be better and letting them know we're out here working and thinking of them.

From the Newswire

Perth, 03.02.2009 16:10

Support Needed to Stop Genetic Modification of Williams

Venezuela: Terror in Perija

Boston, 03.02.2009 15:09

* The following article was originally published on Jan. 30 2009 in El Mundo, a Caracas daily. Written by a member of the editorial collective of El Libertario , it calls attention to what we fear is a bloody attack against these original inhabitants of the western part of the country.


Athens, 03.02.2009 14:09

The distribution of ideas...Can't be strangled! Can't be repressed!

Hung Jury! David McKay is Free (For Now)

United States, 03.02.2009 12:37

UPDATE 7pm: Bond was posted and McKay walked out of jail for the first time in 5 months this evening.

The case of United States vs. David McKay was declared a mistrial Monday afternoon when the jury was unable to reach a verdict. McKay was granted a conditional release, provided $25,000 bail or $2,500 bond can be posted. Unless the charges are dropped, a re-trial will commence on March 16. read more


Athens, 03.02.2009 11:09

Η ελεύθερη διακίνηση ιδεών... Δεν φιμώνεται! Δεν καταστέλεται!

March 21st: 6th Anniversary Demonstration Against the War (Tacoma)

Seattle, 03.02.2009 03:38

Demonstrate Against the War
March 21
Jefferson Park (Tacoma)
12 noon

Waterford Occupation: A Snapshot Of A 'Tiny Ugly World' / Interview with Joe Kelly (UNITE)

Ireland, 03.02.2009 02:40

Members of the Cork branch of the Workers Solidari ...


Canarias, 03.02.2009 00:10

La Unión Europea cerró, en 2007, la incineradora de Mendo (La Palma) por peligro de contaminación, ahora y con pleno consenso de los trillizos CC-PP-PSOE, el Cabildo de Tenerife aprueba su Plan Territorial de Ordenación de los Residuos para Tenerife (PTEOR) y compra la oferta que el ayuntamiento hizo el martes rechazando la incineradora, aunque diciendo que si se la imponen, aceptarán una compensación económica. Ricardo Melchior asegura que compensará a Arico por soportar la futura incineradora.

¿Tendremos que esperar otros diez años a que cierren este crimen al futuro de nuestrxs hijxs?. En esta Isla el problema de los residuos le importa a todo el mundo una puta mierda, los culpables son los que se inventan las soluciones que nos venden. Igual que lxs vecinxs de San Bartolomé de Tirajana paramos la incineradora en Juan Grande, volvemos a tener que ser nosotrxs lxs que paremos este crimen contra nuestro futuro:
"El mejor residuo, el que no se genera".

Black History Month Double Feature at the Blackrose!

Portland, 02.02.2009 23:09

In celebration of Black History Month, [Thursday Feb. 5th @ 6pm] the Blackrose Infoshop is sharing two short documentaries !

"Afro Punk" is a documentary by James Spooner that explores race identity within the punk scene across America and abroad (66 min).

"Tongues Untied" by Marlon Riggs seeks, in its director's words, to "...shatter the nation's brutalising silence on matters of sexual and racial difference." The film blends documentary footage with personal account and fiction in an attempt to depict the specificity of black gay identity (55 min).

Come on out to watch. This event is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated. We'll give you snacks. Hope to see you there!

address: 4038 N Mississippi Ave.

Red and Black Cafe Communique - February

Portland, 02.02.2009 23:09

Happy February to all of our comrades! This is the second widespread, intentional communication from the Event Booking Committee at the Red and Black Café. Here's what your friendly worker-owned anarchist café has cooking up this month. Please note that all events start at 7pm unless otherwise noted.

Keep an eye out for the printed calendars around town. You can't miss them. Also, we're booking for March. Want to book an event? Email us at:

In Solidarity,
Red and Black Collective
400 SE 12th avenue at Oak

Video: Community Response to Economic Crisis

Portland, 02.02.2009 23:09

In part to advertise the Economic Town Hall which took place today, January 31, 20079, I was fortunate to bring one of the Plenary speakers on the Public Access program, "A Growing Concern," on the evening before. Martin Hart-Landsberg talks at length about the many causes of the crisis, stating that they are part of our social system, rather than something as simple as a housing bubble or recent examples of corporate greed. Our government and the Media lead us to believe that if we can repair conditions which brought about the "recession," we could then continue on from there and be in good shape. But the truth of the matter is that the social and financial conditions which culminated in this debacle go much further back and are actually at the root of our Capitalistic system itself.

Martin explains how we arrived at this place and what it will take to repair the damage. He says that Obama must be bold and that his stimulus package is far too small and lacking in the vision necessary to bring this country back to prosperity. With a handful of graphs and a wealth of information, Landsberg skillfully demonstrates many of the components of the problem, most of which you won't hear about on Corporate Media reports. Big Surprise, as they have been gorging themselves on this errant and increasingly top heavy economy.

Much of what Martin says on the program formed the foundation of his presentation at the First Unitarian Church the next afternoon. This event was well covered by independent and community media, so please continue to watch this news wire for continuing reports.


Stay halting lethal sea lion removal below Bonneville is denied

Portland, 02.02.2009 23:09

"A federal court judge on Thursday denied a request that he put on hold state plans to begin in March trapping and removing salmon-eating California sea lions from below the Columbia River's Bonneville Dam."

In his denial, the judge weighs "irreparable harm" effect on either pinniped or fish stocks with respect to the anticipated effect of removal or non-removal of the sea lions predating on an unknown/unpredictable number of ESA protected salmonids. Humane Society of the U.S. and other plaintiffs immediately take their request for a stay to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Appeals Court

From Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife News Bulletin:

New Interview with Jeff Luers

Portland, 02.02.2009 23:09

Our world is being physically and geographically altered by the greenhouse gasses that we're putting into the environment. Local and global climates are changing. These events have been happening for decades, but it is only now that this makes news.

"Industry giants and corporate hooligans are making millions of dollars destroying the planet I love. They are putting people's lives at risk. You ask me what moved me to follow through with these actions. I ask, what has not moved others?"

Oppression is designed to break the free spirit of the people and force them to accept their lot. The whole nature of and desire for freedom is to break free at all costs. There is a world beyond this one just waiting to be created. The right to clean air, water and food is a birthright. Freedom is ours by right of birth. It cannot be granted by any government. It cannot be bought at any price. It is ours and we must only choose to wear its mantle.

After the Storm: Why New Hampshire Should Dump Unitil

New Hampshire, 02.02.2009 22:40

The December ice storm that took out power for millions of people across New England and Upstate New York was the worst ice storm to hit our region in a decade. The aftermath, however, was worse than anything we had to deal with following the last big ice storm back in 1998. Hundreds of thousands of people were without power days after the storm, and thousands of people went over a week without power.The absolute bungling of the response by Unitil management has prompted several towns throughout New England to consider getting rid of Unitil all together and forming their own municipal electric utilities.

Obama may resurrect Gregg from the political dead

New Hampshire, 02.02.2009 22:40

Major news outlets report that the Obama administration may rescue New Hampshire Republican Senator Judd Gregg from political oblivion, and appoint him Commerce Secretary.

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