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Interview with two Zeal 320 workers

Aotearoa, 11.05.2009 07:11

The first of two videos from the last 4 days of industrial action by Zeal 320 workers. The 240 workers, flight attendants on trans-Tasman and Pacific routes for Air New Zealand, were locked out from Thursday – Sunday. Pickets were held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.



Code Pink shuts entrance to mall arms show,one arrested

DC, 11.05.2009 06:11

On Mothers Day, May 10, Code Pink marched on the "children's arms expo" on the Mall. When Code Pink members tried to enter, police simply CLOSED that entrance! About 1/2 hour later, police grabbed one Code pink member and arrested her without warning. WSQT broadcast Audio



Mothers Day &quot;Silent Peace Vigil&quot; in Portland

Portland, 11.05.2009 05:39

"We will not be silent" On Mothers Day a 30 minute Silent Vigil was happening in Portland Oregon ...on the sidewalk, outside the Rhododendron Gardens. The music was edited in latter and was sung by "A Suspended Mind." This Silent Vigil was organized by "Code Pink" and local peace activists and organizations around the world. [ Read More | video link from the vigil | Mother's Day Proclamation ]



NYers Call for Mother’s Day Boycott of Leviev Diamonds over Israeli settlements

NYC, 11.05.2009 01:40

On the day before Mother’s Day, 40 New York human rights advocates gathered at the Leviev jewelry store on Madison Avenue and called on throngs of weekend Madison Avenue shoppers to boycott Israeli diamond mogul Lev Leviev over his companies’ construction of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land in West Bank villages including Bil’in and Jayyous. Mother’s Day is one of the biggest jewelry shopping periods in the US annually. The New York protest came as controversy is growing in Norway over Norwegian government investments in Leviev’s company Africa-Israel. The New York protesters also commemorated Bassem Abu Rahma from Bil’in who was shot to death by Israeli soldiers last month during a peaceful protest against the construction on Bil’in’s land of Israel’s wall and of the Mattityahu East settlement by a Leviev company.



Let's build a peoples movement that addresses the root causes of Climate Change!

Aotearoa, 10.05.2009 22:41

We stand at a crossroads. The facts are clear. Global climate change, caused by human activities, is happening, threatening the lives and livelihoods of billions of people and the existence of millions of species. Social movements, environmental groups, and scientists from all over the world are calling for urgent and radical action on climate change.

Between 7th and 18th December 2009, the governments of the world will come to Copenhagen (Denmark) for the fifteenth UN Climate Conference (COP-15). This will be the biggest summit on climate change ever to have taken place. Yet, previous meetings have produced nothing more than business as usual.

We call on all peoples around the planet to mobilize and take action against the root causes of climate change and the key agents responsible both in Copenhagen and around the world.

Links: ClimateCamp.org.nz | klimax2009.org | Global Climate Campaign | 350.org.nz | Save Happy Valley! | withoutyourwalls.wordpress.com | Earth Liberation Front Press Office



Mothers call for Mother's Day boycott of Israeli settlement-builder Leviev

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.05.2009 20:40

on, May 9, the day before Mother's Day, 40 New York human rights advocates gathered at the Leviev jewelry store on Madison Avenue and called on throngs of weekend Madison Avenue shoppers to boycott Israeli diamond mogul Lev Leviev over his companies' construction of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land in West Bank villages including Bil'in and Jayyous. Mother's Day is one of the biggest jewelry shopping periods in the US annually. The New York protest came as controversy is growing in Norway over Norwegian government investments in Leviev's company Africa-Israel. The New York protesters also commemorated Bassem Abu Rahma from Bil'in who was shot to death by Israeli soldiers last month during a peaceful protest against the construction on Bil'in's land of Israel's wall and of the Mattityahu East settlement by a Leviev company.



Reportback from Funk Fenty

DC, 10.05.2009 17:11

The "Funk Fenty" speakout and funk concert was reported to be clearly audible (every word) throughout the Wilson Building! Speakers ripped into Fenty for funding stadiums and developer giveaways while closing schools, shelters-and almost everything else real people use. WSQT Broadfast Audio



Partnership Challenges Constitutionality of Checkpoints in Trinidad

DC, 10.05.2009 17:11

March 8: Attorneys from the Partnership for Civil Justice appeared for oral argument on the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Metropolitan Police Department's military-style checkpoint program, as seen in the Trinidad neighborhood of DC.



Mayday! In The East Midlands

United Kingdom, 10.05.2009 14:40

" It's important that we don't give up in the face of increasing economic uncertainty, an ever more authoritarian government, rampantly cruel capitalism and looming environmental disaster. Together, we can fight these monsters. I hope the positive, defiant atmosphere of May 2nd will help us keep strong to continue our struggles. "

We gathered at Brewhouse Yard on Saturday morning. Gazebos were hurried erected, and flags set flying. There was a large number of stalls from a variety of campaigning organisations and trade unions. Marchers were serenaded by the socialist Clarion Choir, and then set off for a short march along Maid Marian Way, Friar Lane, and along the side of the Square, returning by the castle and Robin Hood. The mood was upbeat as, preceded by a samba band, we waved banners, flags and placards as we marched. The welcome presence of a large contingent from the Communication Workers' Union, fighting to keep the mail public, and ably supported by Postman Pat, gave us a good presence on the streets.

On the newswire: Nottm Mayday 2009 - Thanks to all who came - a personal perspective | Chesterfield Mayday Photos

Previous features: Nottingham Celebrates Mayday (2008) | Mayday! Mayday! Celebrations in Nottingham (2007) | Mayday in the East Midlands (2006)



Fresno Police Notify Homeless Right Advocate of Being a Terrorist Threat

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.05.2009 05:40

Fresno homeless rights activists have caught the eye of Homeland Security and the attention of the Police Department's Terrorism Liaison Officers.



Fresno Women in Black Members Threatened with Arrest

San Francisco Bay Area, 10.05.2009 04:31

On Wednesday, May 6, several Women in Black members were holding signs of peace in the breeze way of the Fresno County Courthouse when they were confronted by armed Sheriff Deputies and threatened with arrest. One of the shotgun toting guards was quoted as saying "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."



The militarisation of everyday life

Aotearoa, 09.05.2009 23:43

A "low-risk drug raid" has turned into a "siege" in Napier. The Armed Offender Squad, the Special Tactics Group and two of the army's light armoured vehicles have closed off a whole suburb and are trying to "get" 51-year old Jan Molenaar - alive or dead.



Drogas, rompendo o silêncio

Brasil, 09.05.2009 18:09

Liberdade de expressão



Mother’s Day Action: Resist the Raids, FAMILIES KNOW NO BORDERS

Boston, 09.05.2009 15:09

#media_16782;left# Mother’s Day is a time for celebration for mother’s everywhere. Yet, for women in prison and immigration detention this is not the case. This is why we are taking a stance on Mother’s Day for all the women who are imprisoned and detained across the USA. Large scale women’s imprisonment has resulted in an increasing number of children who suffer from their mother’s incarceration and detention and the loss of family ties. Families should Know No Borders. WHEN: Sunday, May 10, 2009 1:30pm - Marchers gather in front of South Bay Corrections and Detention Center 2:00pm - Procession proceeds from South Bay entrance to 93 on-ramp. WHERE: Journey: Meeting at South Bay Corrections and Detention entrance 20 Bradston St, Boston 02118



Уличная вечеринка в поддержку автономных пространств - как прошло

Belarus, 09.05.2009 15:07

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Нажмите, чтобы увеличить6 мая 2009 года в Минске прошла уличная вечеринка. Информация о ней распространялась в открытых источниках, поэтому посетили это мероприятие в числе 50-70 человек так же те, кто раньше о подобном даже не слышал.

На поляне на берегу Комсомольского озера, расположилась свободная ярмарка, выпадающая из товарно-денежных отношений: любой мог взять понравившуяся вещь совершенно бесплатно. Действует принцип: то, что уже не нужно тебе, может пригодится другому!

Людей постепенно становилось всё больше и больше. Не слишком слаженно на этот раз сыграли барабанщики из самба-бэнда, но выступление их должно было быть скорее фоном происходящего; затем можно было наблюдать экспрессивный танец “крамп”, вышедший из хип-хопа и американского танца клоуна в начале 90-х, в исполнении энергичных ребят (парня и девушки).
Действие продолжилось рассказом о том, что такое автономные пространства, о минском опыте сквотирования, и о ситуации с некоторыми выселяемыми сквотами, в…



Defensa de las Artes y la Cultura

Puerto Rico, 09.05.2009 13:11

¡Con las artes no se juega, la cultura se RESPETA!



Protestan en el MRE por la libertad de Iñaki Etxebarria

Venezuela, 09.05.2009 11:37



The Angola Three: Torture in Our Own Backyard

United States, 09.05.2009 11:08

Together, Robert King, Albert Woodfox, and Herman Wallace have spent more than 100 years in solitary confinement.

They are known as the "Angola Three," a trio of political prisoners whose supporters include Amnesty International, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Congressman John Conyers, and the ACLU. Kgalema Mothlante, the President of South Africa says their case "has the potential of laying bare, exposing the shortcomings, in the entire U.S. system." Read More | | | Related: THE DAILY PENNSYLVANIAN: One of "Angola Three" speaks on prison experience | Mother Jones series on the Angola 3 | Spanish article translation at Kaos en la Red | Angola 3 Resources for Action | Color of Change Petition | Free Zulu! UK Website



Campus Worker, Union Activist Arrested at UC Berkeley, Turned In to ICE

San Francisco Bay Area, 09.05.2009 10:40

On Wednesday, April 29, UC Berkeley Police, apparently acting on behalf of ICE and introducing themselves as ICE agents, arrested Jesus Gutierrez, a worker at the Clark Kerr Campus Dining Commons and a union activist in AFSCME Local 3299. Acting on information alleging that Gutierrez was using false papers to work at UC Berkeley, the UCPD charged him with identity fraud. Gutierrez has been placed under ICE immigration hold as he sits in Santa Rita Jail.



May 9th: James P. Cannon: A Native Son's Revolutionary Road

Seattle, 09.05.2009 07:09

Celebrate May Day on Sat. May 9 at 6pm with Bryan Palmer, biographer of James P. Cannon, a Wobbly, labor militant, and a founder of the Left in the U.S.



May 14-18: NW Speaking Tour: Andrej Grubacic, &quot;Anarchism for the 21st Century&quot;

Seattle, 09.05.2009 07:09

Common Action presents a speaking tour with Andrej Grubacic, a radical historian -- or, more accurately, an anarchist historian -- from the Balkans.



Pink and Black Attack #2 OUT NOW! (Updated)

Seattle, 09.05.2009 07:09

Announcing the release of the second issue of Pink and Black Attack



May 16th: Workplace Organizer Training (Olympia)

Seattle, 09.05.2009 07:09

Learn tactics and strategies for organizing on the job! This training is completely free. The training will be given by union organizers from Olympia and Seattle. Organizing materials, packets and refreshments will also be provided.



Common Action General Assembly Report, April 2009

Seattle, 09.05.2009 07:09

From Saturday, April 25 to Sunday, April 26, members of the anarchist organization Common Action met in Seattle, WA for our fourth general assembly. Members from Seattle, Bremerton, Tacoma and Olympia were in attendance, as well as a guest from Portland. We came together to continue developing our politics together, start work on new Common Action projects - and sing lots of karaoke.



PHOTO Report Back: May Day 2009 March

Seattle, 09.05.2009 07:09

This was the "year of hope," a year when many believed immigration reform was within reach, so I expected more people to be in the streets. But with the recession/ depression, perhaps workers were less likely to risk taking the day off to celebrate May Day. The march included union activists, students from around Puget Sound, socialists, gay activists, anarchists, peace activists, and the many immigrant rights groups.

At Occidental Park, there was a band that played loud and rowdy Mexican music. Some of the speakers spoke in Spanish to the mostly immigrant crowd. Others spoke in English. One of speakers told the crowd that we don't want to wait any longer for reform. Now is the time.



Justice Dept. Drops Case Against War Resister Watada

Seattle, 09.05.2009 07:09



The Department of Justice has dropped its case against 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, a war resister who refused Iraq deployment in June 2006 and denounced President George W. Bush’s decision to invade as illegal and immoral.



May 8th: PMR Demonstrations in Tacoma and Fife

Seattle, 09.05.2009 07:09

The Port Liberation Front (PLF) would like to encourage people to attend both rallies that Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) has called for:

--> Friday May 8th, 4:30pm – 7:00pm at the Tacoma Federal Courthouse
--> Friday May 8th, 8:00pm on the corner of 54th Ave. and Pacific Highway in Fife (in front of the Poodle Dog Restaurant).



desalojan a pobladores violentamente

Argentina, 09.05.2009 04:28

Represión con balas de plomo en Lanus, varios heridos



PORTLAND TRANSIT RIDERS UNION--Fully fund public transit! No Cuts to TriMet!

Portland, 09.05.2009 03:39

Fight Tri-Met Cuts! Public transportation is a human right!

We are a group of Tri-Met riders and community activists which was initiated by the Portland Social Forum. In these times of economic disparity, when ridership is up, we believe that cutting services, hiking fares, and possibly even laying off public transportation employees is counter to building a sustainable city. Inspired by the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union, we work to build a long-term program for community involvement and participation in the decisions that affect millions of riders, and like the Bus Riders Union we believe public transportation is a human right. We reject any attempts to cut services or hike fares and strive to work with Tri-Met to build a truly democratic and sustainable city. For questions, comments or contributions please contact us.

Next Meeting:
Smith Student Union
at Portland State University
Room 229
Saturday, May 9th at 11am
(1825 SW Broadway)

 http://pdxsocialforum.org/trimet
 http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=137744510452



Fight the Banks: Foreclosure Prevention Direct actions

Portland, 09.05.2009 03:39

DIRECT ACTION GETS THE GOODS: Monday, May 11, at 9 a.m., at the Multnomah County Courthouse, 1021 SW 4th Ave. Stop the auction of foreclosed homes by the bank-fraudsters. Support SB 628.
Not active in supporting your neighbors who are facing homelessness because you think Obama will magically make everything all right?

Give up that Ghost....We need grass-roots action NOW, and YOU need to make it happen.... Every Monday morning, foreclosed homes are being auctioned at the Multnomah County Courthouse (1021 SW 4th Ave.). This is being done in spite of the fact that the bankers and their political flunkies are obstructing attempts to require mortgage mediation with the victims of the financial scams that threaten to harm all working class people. (Contact your state representatives about support for SB 628, the pre-foreclosure mandatory mediation bill that the bank fraudsters are attempting to destroy, and see: link to blog.affil.org).

Wear red and bring signs, if you can.



una nueva convocatoria de los guardianes de mugica

Argentina, 09.05.2009 03:10

Domingo 10 de mayo: 10ma Marcha Murguera en la Villa 31



una nueva convocatoria de los guardianes de mugica

Argentina, 09.05.2009 03:10

Domingo 10 de mayo: 10ma Marcha Murguera en la Villa 31



Mayday in Chicago, 2009

Chicago, 09.05.2009 02:09

On May 1, 2009, immigrant rights and labor rights activists marched and rallied in Chicago to commemorate the workers' holiday, which has also been a capstone for immigrant rights efforts in recent years. The holiday holds particular significance for Chicago, given the origins of Mayday dating back to 1886, and the legendary immigrant rights protests which swept America and Chicago starting in 2006.

Mayday 2009 Coverage: Video of Mayday March | National Immigrant Workers Mobilization Dispatch | Photos: Mayday in Chicago



Details of SEIU's Militarized Takeover of UHW Revealed

San Francisco Bay Area, 09.05.2009 01:40

A lawsuit filed May 1st in federal court by a security and private intelligence firm against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has revealed details of the militarized takeover of Oakland-based local United Healthcare Workers West (UHW). SEIU spent millions to conduct surveillance of UHW's headquarters and membership meetings and to provide "protection services" to SEIU leaders visiting California.



Know Your Rights! Sexual Harassment Forum

Portland, 09.05.2009 01:39

The Portland Restaurant Workers Association is holding a discussion forum on sexual harassment for restaurant workers and their allies. Join us May 21st, 7 PM at In Other Words Women's Books and resources, 8 B NE Killingsworth St Portland, OR 97211.

 http://pdxrwa.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/onlineflyer.jpg

 http://pdxrwa.org



A link to ACLU's know your rights! pocket guide to handling the police.

Portland, 09.05.2009 01:39

A link to ACLU's know your rights! pocket guide to handling the police. useful for anyone attending the excessive force demonstration today or Copwatch workshops later this month... One thing we should all print, carry & distribute. I say we should all band together and circulate this to as many people as we know...

 http://www.aclu.org/kyr/kyr_english.pdf



Rozbrat zostaje! Relacja z demonstracji.

Poland, 08.05.2009 23:40

O godzinie 15 z pod poznańskiego ratusza ruszy demonstracja pod hasłem "Rozbrat zostaje - odzyskujemy miasto" zorganizowana przez kolektyw Rozbrat. Głównym celem demonstracji jest obrona zagrożonego eksmisją skłotu przy ul. Pułaskiego, istniejącego w tym miejscu od 15 lat. Więcej informacji na temat protestu oraz sytuacji skłotu Rozbrat można znaleźć w oświadczeniu na stornie protestu oraz w informacjach publikowanych na indymediach [1,2]. Na indymediach opublikowano też informacje na temat szeregu akcji solidarnościowych w tym w Nowym Jorku (USA), Hadze (Holandia), Reykjaviku (Islandia), Bukareszcie (Rumunia), Budapeszcie (Węgry) i Atenach (Grecja) [gr].

Polskie indymedia będą relacjonować demonstrację na żywo, numery kontaktowe dostępne będą u organizatorów/ek i aktywistów/ek indymedia na miejscu.



Demonstration Against Excessive Force and Violence

Portland, 08.05.2009 23:39

Demonstration against excessive force and violence, [Friday] May 8, 2009, Friday at 4:00 PM at the Federal Court House, 1000 SW 3rd Avenue, at Salmon Street, Portland, Oregon

Join us in a Heart felt healing process against excessive force. This demonstration is on the anniversary of my son's death; Jason was executed by officer Richard Torres of the Vancouver Police Department. We are seeking support to stop this kind of overkill. We, the universe, can not have peace nor rest in peace when a wrong action can not except accountability. We would like the city of Vancouver forced to create an independent police review board. We would like to see the Vancouver police all trained in crisis intervention training.... Thank you for your support,
~ Alisha White ( Mother ), Scott Wilkinson ( Father )

Two beautiful songs will play....



Slingshot Hip Hop, Film about Palestinian Hip Hop Artists, at UC Berkeley

San Francisco Bay Area, 08.05.2009 22:10

On Monday, May 11, Students for Justice in Palestine will screen the documentary Slingshot Hip Hop at UC Berkeley. The film braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them.



La Plata: reclamos en el Ministerio de Desarrollo social

Argentina, 08.05.2009 13:40

¡Si una mujer avanza ningún hombre retrocede!



ΑΝΤΙΦΑΣΙΣΜΟΣ-ΑΝΤΙΕΘΝΙΚΙΣΜΟΣ-ΑΝΤΙΡΑΤΣΙΣΜΟΣ

Athens, 08.05.2009 09:40

Φασίστες, παρακρατικοί: πίσω στις τρύπες σας!



Workers Demand Support for Employee Free Choice Act

San Francisco Bay Area, 08.05.2009 08:10

On May 6th in San Francisco, Bay Area workers, clergy, union members, and elected officials held a rally and 24-hour vigil outside the Federal Building in hopes of urging Senator Dianne Feinstein to continue her support of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). EFCA would in effect make it easier for workers to enlist the help of a union to improve wages and health benefits.



May Day Anti-Capitalist Action Strikes Union Square

San Francisco Bay Area, 08.05.2009 07:10

Anonymous communiques posted to Indybay report that on the evening on May 1st approximately fifty people marched through the streets surrounding Union Square in San Francisco. Blockades were made and the windows of numerous businesses were smashed. The action was completed in about ten minutes. Total damage is reported to be in the tens of thousands of dollars. No arrests have yet been reported.



reclamos en el Ministerio de Desarrollo social

Argentina, 08.05.2009 02:09

¡Si una mujer avanza ningún hombre retrocede!



Registrar of Private Investigators and Security Guards subject to Judicial Review

Aotearoa, 07.05.2009 22:11

The Registrar of Private Investigators and Security Guards (PISG), Gary Harrison, is the defendant in judicial review proceedings as a result of the manner in which he dismissed a complaint made by Bruce Stuart-Menteath about Provision Security Ltd (PSL). Stuart-Menteath's original 2007 complaint arose as a result of PSL employees conducting covert surveillance for Solid Energy Ltd on Department of Conservation land at Mt Augustus, north east of Westport, without authority. He alleges that they refused to provide identification, claimed they had authority that in law they did not have and operated without the required certificates of approval. Links: Save Happy Valley Coalition | Solidarity for Happy Valley in Tauranga | SE dismantle Happy Camp - so we're relocating to SE front lawn



Saia Gilmar!

Brasil, 07.05.2009 18:40

CORRUPÇÃO



‘Mayday! Mayday!’ Smash EDO Brighton: anti-war march clashes with police

United Kingdom, 07.05.2009 12:40

Brighton's Mayday! Mayday! street party saw 2,000 from all over the country gathered to protest against capitalism, war and the arms trade. It was called by Smash EDO, the movement that has been campaigning against the EDO MBM/ITT bomb component factory in Brighton for the last 5 years.



Independentistas puertorriqueños toman el Congreso de Estados Unidos

Puerto Rico, 07.05.2009 08:11

Oubao Moin - Isla de Sangre - Cantada en el Congreso yanqui por boricuas arrestados



Month of May Brings Days of Protest to San José

San Francisco Bay Area, 07.05.2009 06:10

Cinco de Mayo is traditionally a time of celebration on the streets of San José, but the early days of May brought more protest than ceremony to the city center this year. City Hall Plaza was the scene of two demonstrations, both of which were monitored by mounted city police. The protests called for meaningful immigration reform and an end to police brutality.



Collateral Repair Project Special Sale

Rogue Valley, 07.05.2009 05:10

Collateral Repair Project Co-director, Sasha Crow, recently returned from 3 months in Amman, working directly with Iraqi refugees. Stop by Headwaters Gallery on May 9 to shop for your Mother’s Day gift, meet Sasha and to talk with us about our work in Amman, Jordan.




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