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Market research workers begin hunger strike

Aotearoa, 26.02.2009 09:10

Over twenty professional market researchers will begin a hunger strike at 4pm today that their union says will last for at least twenty-four hours. Market researchers from the residential team at the east Auckland call centre of the global market research firm Synovate, which has an annual turnover of $720 million have taken the action to protest poverty wages, often as low as $12.50, inadequate breaks and no job security.



Poor Communities Cope with Poor Economy

San Francisco Bay Area, 26.02.2009 08:09

After a lengthy budget stalemate, state lawmakers have reached a compromise spending plan-increasing taxes and cutting education and social services. That means social services are in decline, at a time when demand is increasing-given the nations economic downturn. In the town of Ukiah, California, some rural community organizations are unable to keep up with the increased demand.



Caravan for Justice #1 Demands Justice for Oscar Grant and Others

San Francisco Bay Area, 26.02.2009 07:39

Following a series of Town Hall meetings that have been held since the murder of Oscar Grant, the first in a series of Caravans for Justice traveled to the California State Capitol on February 19th to speak out and lobby legislators on the issues of Oscar Grant and police killings, repressive gang laws, Three Strikes, the San Francisco 8, environmental justice, and other laws and issues that negatively effect urban communities of color.



Benefit Dinner on March 1st to Support Local RNC Arrestee

Santa Cruz, CA, 26.02.2009 07:09

Are people who protest the Republican National Convention (RNC) terrorists? That is what hundreds of peaceful activists, including eight community organizers, are being accused of in the wake of the 2008 Republican National convention. One of the 818 people arrested during the protests is Santa Cruz resident, local activist and musician Jesse Forrey. An exclusive benefit dinner will begin at 6:00pm on Sunday, March 1st at SubRosa (703 N. Pacific Ave) in Santa Cruz and will raise money for Forrey's defense.



Federal Judge Finds Massive Civil Rights Violations At Cook County Jail

Chicago, 26.02.2009 06:09

From the newswire: "Federal Judge Matthew F. Kennelly made summary judgment rulings in favor of several hundred thousand former inmates at Cook County Jail in the largest-ever class action suit about strip searches of inmates.

According to one attorney: "The judge's finding shows that the Cook County Jail violated the constitutional rights of inmates approximately half a million times," with rampant unsanitary conditions, intimidation with guard dogs, group strip searches, often without regard to the degree of charges faced. Read more



Drogodependencia y Rehabilitación en Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, 26.02.2009 03:41

¿Existe la rehabilitación de Adictos en Puerto Rico?



February 26th: March and Rally to Save Seattle Schools!

Seattle, 26.02.2009 03:39

Don't Hang a "Closed" Sign on Seattle Schools Yet - March and Rally for Our Kids!

When: Thursday, Feb. 26th
March at 12 p.m.
Rally at 1:30 p.m.

Where: March — Garfield Community Center at 2323 E Cherry St., Seattle 98122

Rally — 915 2nd Ave. downtown in front of the federal building

Why: After the 5-2 school board decision last month to close five schools and restructure or discontinue 12 essential programs, there is hope yet



March 11th: 100 Days -- Restoring the Constitution

Seattle, 26.02.2009 03:39

Join CCR Executive Director Vincent Warren on March 11, 2009 at Town Hall in Seattle, WA to discuss the first 100 Days of the Obama administration and evaluate what progress has been made toward restoring the rule of law.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
7:30 - 9pm

Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Downstairs at Town Hall, enter on Seneca Street

TICKETS: $5,  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/55888 or 800/838-3006, and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm.



March Media Making Workshops (Olympia)

Seattle, 26.02.2009 03:39

There will be four Media Making workshops during the month of March.



ICE Raids Bellingham Workplace

Seattle, 26.02.2009 03:39

Homeland Security dispatched I.C.E. agents to Yamato Engine Specialists on E. Bakerview Road this morning. Once again a story emerges of overwhelming force on a reputable workplace that has been providing a livelihood for Whatcom County immigrant families. This is what we are hearing; Yamato Engine Specialists has a workforce of 126, approximately 75 agents in full riot gear with SUV’s and a hovering helicopter arrived around 9:00am with buses. The agents entered the business with buckets of handcuffs and ankle chains. A perimeter was set up and the workers were questioned one by one. 25 workers were handcuffed and their ankles chained and loaded unto the buses.



The Project Newspaper vol. 5 issue 1

Santa Cruz, CA, 26.02.2009 02:39

The Project is an open collective of UCSC students working together to produce a monthly(ish) newspaper with a focus on radical politics and activism. The Project Media Collective believe independent media is crucial for organizing and documenting direct action for social transformation.



Acciones exigiendo la Libertad de Romina Tejerina

Argentina, 26.02.2009 01:39

Las diferentes caras de la violencia de género



Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

Aotearoa, 26.02.2009 01:10

Solid Energy has begun drilling - we need occupiers. The Save Happy Valley Coalition has been occupying Happy Valley near Westport where the State owned company Solid Energy plans to turn the area into an opencast coal mine. Solid Energy have started drilling and we desperately need people to go into the occupation. This message from someone who is currently there: "Hey we are in the Valley. It's very noisy and they have bought in a waterpump and started training our water supply. Helicopter buzzing around since sunrise. Lots of workers and security. Hard to stand by and watch but there little we can do. We need more people here now!"



ACORN Breaks Into Foreclosed House to Restore it to its Former Owner

Baltimore, 26.02.2009 00:09

At 3pm on Thursday, February 19th, 50 members and supporters of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, (ACORN) gathered outside a boarded-up rowhome in Highlandtown. ACORN representatives handed out t-shirts printed in black, red, and white proclaiming a foreclosure-free-zone as the crowd of supporters grew. Followed closely by reporters and news cameras, the group used a pair of boltcutters to remove a padlock, broke down the door, and entered the house. Louis Beverly, an organizer with ACORN, declared, “This is our house now!” after cutting off the lock.



Tax Is The Basic 'Carry Each Other' Manoeuvre : Are U2 listening?

Ireland, 25.02.2009 23:10

Are you a tax justice believer? ...



Top HLS Investors Dump Shares

United Kingdom, 25.02.2009 23:09

Just days before the SHAC global week of action kicked off and two weeks after Huntingdon Life Sciences' vivisection laboratories were exposed for the seventh time in ten years, revealing shocking undercover footage, HLS shareholders have sold 15% of the company (ticker symbol LSR). As a result the percentage of LSR stock held by institutions fell further from 20.1% to 17.7%, leaving them below the minimum listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange, a major target in the campaign to close down HLS.

Wells Fargo, who were one of LSR's top five institutional investors has sold all their 147,511 shares and the Bank of New York Mellon, previously third largest investor, sold most of their LSR stock dumping 149,157 shares. BNY Mellon now only have 26,634 remaining of the original 175,791 shares, with Turner Investment Partners Inc also selling their 56,880 stock.

The announcement was made the day before Animal Liberation Front (ALF) activists reported they had slashed car tryes at the home of BNY's Business Analyst in Hampshire, whilst other covert cells targeted HLS associates in solidarity with political prisoners, including the UK SHAC 7. Protests also took place at BNY and Wells Fargo's offices and executive's homes, as part of a three-month campaign based primarily in London [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ] (England) and New York City (USA) [ 1 | 2 ].

HLS have been suffering from a serious lack of investment since December 2007, with over a dozen corporations selling all their shares in LSR. Their share price as of February 25th is $5.78, the lowest since their high of nearly $40 in September 2008. With an unstable share price, activists continue to increase the pressure against HLS shareholders, particularly largest investor Barclays.

Videos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | More: 1 | 2 | 3

SHAC 7 Letters from Prison: 1 | 2 | 3 | More



Black Dissident Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) Transferred to &quot;Hole&quot; in Colorado Prison

DC, 25.02.2009 22:11

Jamil Al-Amin – formerly known as H. Rap Brown – has been moved to what is known in prison as "the hole". He was strip searched and placed in a cell with no bed, no control over the lights and no shower. They have taken his holy book, and all of his other personal property.



Acciones por la libertad de Romina Tejerina y justicia por Sandra Gamboa

Argentina, 25.02.2009 19:39

Las diferentes caras de la violencia de género



En Córdoba pasan cosas 1

Argentina, 25.02.2009 16:39



NogeraDas

Colombia, 25.02.2009 16:39

El Fujimori colombiano tiene sus Montesinos



Bevatron Research Facility To Be Demolished

San Francisco Bay Area, 25.02.2009 16:09

The 55-year-old Bevatron particle accelerator at the Berkeley Lab will soon be reduced to 4,700 truckloads of rubble to make way for a new experimental facility. Local residents worry that UC's disposal methods are not taking the human population and environment thoroughly into account, and point to the history of the Bevatron as a facility intended to further nuclear weapons technology. Radioactive waste will be trucked to Nevada, while less hazardous rubble will be dumped in Richmond and Livermore.



Workers Launch Boycott of Two San Francisco Hotels

San Francisco Bay Area, 25.02.2009 08:08

On Tuesday, February 24, hundreds of hotel workers and community members marched through downtown San Francisco to call on visitors to boycott two major hotels: the HEI Le Meridien and the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf. Workers at these hotels are seeking respect, job security and better livelihoods for themselves and their families. HEI and Hyatt workers have called on management to respect their choice whether or not to form a union through the majority sign-up process - the same process used by numerous other hotels in San Francisco and across the US.



Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers claim Bad Faith Bargaining by PVUSD

Santa Cruz, CA, 25.02.2009 06:39

On February 20th, the Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers (PVFT) Negotiating Team met with the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD). Later that day, teachers and students rallied at the plaza in Watsonville in support of a fair and honest contract and to educate parents and the community about potential cuts to classroom services.



February 28th: Afghanistan Teach-in (Tacoma)

Seattle, 25.02.2009 04:09

Afghanistan Teach-in
February 28
University of Puget Sound (Tacoma)
Murray Boardroom in Wheelock Student Center
1pm to 4pm



KEEP OREGON'S GUARD IN OREGON CALL IN DAY

Rogue Valley, 25.02.2009 02:11

KEEP OREGON'S GUARD IN OREGON CALL IN DAY, THURSDAY FEB 26

Time is running short before half of Oregon's National Guard troops are
slated to deploy to Iraq in late March/early April, so we have scheduled a call-in day this Thursday, February 26, for you to contact your state
representatives and senators in Salem!

While the Campaign to Keep Oregon's Guard in Oregon has progressed well,
securing a total of 14 cosponsors on the proposed legislation to keep the guard home (HB 2556, HR 4 and SR 1), we need to put some serious (but polite!) pressure on the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the Senate President, and the committee chairs who have the ability to move the legislation forward.



Reject Clark for top UN job

Aotearoa, 25.02.2009 01:41

“The UN should reject Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand, for the position as head of the UN Development programme. She is responsible for a wide variety of human rights violations and should not be appointed” said Justice NOW! Spokeswoman Sally Darity.



Επίθεση στο στέκι Μεταναστών

Athens, 25.02.2009 01:40

παρακράτος εν δράση



Joven muerta en la cárcel de Ezeiza

Argentina, 24.02.2009 20:40

Una víctima más del Servicio Penitenciario Federal.



Joven muerta en la cárcel de Ezeiza

Argentina, 24.02.2009 19:40

Una víctima más del servicio penitenciario federal.



Take Back NYU! and the New Wave of Student Activism

NYC, 24.02.2009 18:39

Take Back NYU! has received an outpouring of support from across the globe, but it has also come under harsh criticism from many people who have consistently misunderstood the importance and legitimacy of the student occupation of NYU. The occupation of Kimmel came as a result of two years of campaigning and two years of being pushed aside, ignored, and mocked by the NYU administration. Each demand of the occupation stems from the same framework - one demanding accountability, transparency, and social justice for all.



From the Trenches for Februrary: About the economy

Chicago, 24.02.2009 03:09

The February 2009 episode of Chicago Indymedia's monthly radio show "From The Trenches" features two segments about the economy: Kim Bobo, author of Wage Theft in America speaks at the Chicago Public Library and David Schweikart, author of After Capitalism speaks at Third Unitarian Church in Chicago.

Download entire show | Chicago Indymedia's radio page | CIMC / FTT Radio podcast feed



NYU 18 Suspended, Protest Sparks Campus Debate

NYC, 24.02.2009 01:09

On Friday, Feb. 20, the student occupation of New York University’s Kimmel Center for Student Life ended, and the repercussions began. The university suspended the last 18 students who remained in Kimmel Friday morning, and non-N.Y.U. participants were told that their information would be given to the NYPD for trespassing.



Día de la Mujer Trabajadora

Puerto Rico, 23.02.2009 15:40

8 de marzo: Día Internacional de la Mujer Trabajadora



Panel Promotes Universal Health Care for All Americans

NYC, 23.02.2009 13:39

U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke was one of three guests explaining the benefits of a single-payer healthcare system Sunday in a program called “Yes We Can: Universal Health Care for all Americans.”



Urgent Action Alert: 6 Prisoners Assaulted in the Camp Hill SMU on Inauguration Day

United States, 23.02.2009 09:07

On January 20, 2009 guards in the Special Management Unit (SMU) at the State Correctional [sic] Institution (SCI) in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania assaulted six prisoners, reportedly citing as reasons that these men file grievances against guard misconduct and are engaged in civil litigation against DOC officials.

We are asking that you read the alert, become angry, and act accordingly to help protect the men in the SMU and by extension all others subjected to the normalized white supremacist torture occurring on a daily basis inside prisons in the state of Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S.



Wellington Indymedia film show 27/28 February

Aotearoa, 23.02.2009 07:40

The Wellington Indymedia collective and the New Zealand Film Archive present: BIG EASY TO BIG EMPTY The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans and NEW ORLEANS: MAN-MADE DISASTER at The New Zealand Film Archive corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets, Wellington Friday 27 February and Saturday 28 February 2009 Starting time: 7 pm Entry: $8/$6 waged/unwaged



WE WON'T PAY FOR THEIR CRISIS! Protest Key's Summit this FRIDAY 4-6pm

Aotearoa, 23.02.2009 07:40

WE WON'T PAY FOR THEIR CRISIS! Protest Key's Summit This Friday Feb 27 from 4pm till 6pm, TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau. New Zealand is heading towards a major slump in employment as the effects of the Global Crisis begin to take hold. 70,000 jobs are expected to be lost this year- workers at TVNZ, Irwin Industrial Tools and Fisher and Paykel are already in the front line. John Key's response is to call a Crisis Summit with the leading players in NZ Capitalism. Union leaders have also been invited.



Federal Authorities Arrest Four Animal Protesters from Bay Area and SoCal

Santa Cruz, CA, 23.02.2009 07:09

Federal authorities have arrested four animal rights activists accused of protesting animal abuse at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, a FBI press release reported on Friday, February 20th. The activists are accused of "chalk[ing] defamatory comments on the public sidewalks", protesting while "wearing bandanas to hide their faces", and distributing leaflets with the contact information for vivisectors on them. All four will be charged at least in part under the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.



Esta tarde: Marcha de murgas independientes

Argentina, 23.02.2009 06:39

El carnaval, un festejo prohibido



Esta tarde: Marcha de murgas independientes

Argentina, 23.02.2009 06:09

El carnaval, un festejo prohibido



Kiwi Tamils Protest Sri Lanka's Genocide

Aotearoa, 23.02.2009 04:10

Tamils from all over New Zealand gathered, at the capital of Wellington, to urge the New Zealand government to join the international chorus condemning the Sri Lankan government for its continued genocide of the Tamil people. Hundreds of Tamils from Auckland made the overnight journey leaving on Wednesday 18th February to go to Wellington where they joined others from Wellington, Hamilton, Palmerston North and Christchurch to demonstrate on Thursday 19th February.



Lucha de clases en Guadalupe

Puerto Rico, 23.02.2009 03:10

Guadalupe en Pie de Lucha



Lucha de clases en Guadalupe

Puerto Rico, 23.02.2009 03:10

Solidaridad de clase con los trabajadores antillenses en huelga general



NYCLAW Statement on NYU Student Protests

NYC, 23.02.2009 01:39

We are proud of these students' protest and refusal to be silenced. NYU administration must immediately:



Protest in Portland Friday called on Wyden, Merkley to end US aid to Israel

Portland, 23.02.2009 00:39

Around 100 people gathered at the Federal plaza in downtown Portland Friday afternoon to call for an end to US military and financial aid to Israel. They held signs saying 'Free Palestine', 'End the Siege on Gaza' and 'Wyden Wake Up', and stood in silent vigl along the road. They also wrote handwritten letters to Senators Wyden and Merkley and delivered them up to the Senators' offices.



February 28th: Oly Hackbloc to lead Security Culture/Encryption Workshop

Seattle, 22.02.2009 23:08

This Saturday, Feb. 28, the Olympia Hackbloc (olyhackbloc.org) will be leading a workshop on security culture, computer security, intelligence, and privacy. This workshop is targeted towards activists, journalists, and members of the general public.

WHEN: Saturday Feb. 28 at 11 AM SHARP till Approx. 3 PM
WHERE: The Evergreen State College
Meet in main floor lobby of the library building, and look for the Hackbloc signs.

Bring your computer.



Peoples Party 2 history

Houston, 22.02.2009 17:40

A history of People's Party 2 - Houston's Black Panthers



The revolution delayed: 10 years of Hugo Chávez’s rule

Boston, 22.02.2009 16:09

This month (February 2009) marks the tenth anniversary of Hugo Chávez’s coming to power in Venezuela, and ten years of the “Bolivarian revolution”. This process has included waves of state intervention in the economy and fervent rhetoric against US imperialism. But while some on the left see this Chavista movement as the new “socialism for the 21st century”, a more radical critique has argued that it is actually more like an old-fashioned attempt at modernisation by a technocratic élite (including an ex-situationist as second-in-command of the ministry of information and propaganda); that increased bureaucratic power over capital is not inherently progressive; and that the “revolution” in Venezuela allows for very little working-class control or initiative from below. * A translation of a March 2008 interview conducted by the French anarchist Charles Reeve with two members of the El Libertario group www.nodo50.org/ellibertario in Caracas, the nation’s capital, which offers some stark insights into the reality of the situation.



Worthing Freedom March Kicks Off

United Kingdom, 22.02.2009 12:09

A REBELLIOUS 'Freedom Picnic' in Worthing town centre on Sunday March 1 will kick off a month-long festival of liberty-related events.

Publicity for the 2pm event in Liverpool Gardens calls on people to "defy the drink ban" and "irritate the town wardens", while bringing "food, drink and smoking substances to share".

It forms part of Freedom March, an eclectic mix of activities, including folk singing and photography as well as more traditional meetings, which is aimed at mobilising local opinion on the topical issue of freedom coming attack from the authorities.

Four days after the picnic, Freedom for Palestine will be on the agenda when a member of the International Solidarity Movement will be speaking at a Freedom March event staged at The Grand Victorian Hotel opposite Worthing station at 8pm.

The month will also include a talk by former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Desghayes at the Labour Hall in Lyndhurst Road at 2pm on Sunday March 29 and a protest against surveillance and 'police state' powers meeting outside the town hall in Chapel Road on Saturday March 14 at 2pm.



With the New School and NYU Student Occupations!

NYC, 22.02.2009 04:09

With laudable exceptions, the myopic mainstream replied to the occupations in The New School and NYU in December and February, respectively, with scorn and dismissal. It is necessary to clear the air of these typical pollutants, but it is also crucial to advance, just as in many ways the NYU occupation amplified the empowering echoes of the earlier one in The New School. The indifferent, the doubters, the seated radicals, the contented liberals, must be cast aside as we fearlessly charge for the unattainable horizon, revealing evermore humane, free, terrains of struggle.




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