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Court Upholds Prop Eight - 1,000s Take to the Streets
May 25, 2009 -- The ammunition and stores ship USNS AMELIA EARHART is in Everett Washington. The new ship is designed to deliver ammunition, food, fuel and other dry cargo to US and allied warships at sea. It will be crewed by 124 civil service mariners and, at times, will include an additional compliment of military personnel and carry two helicopters.
Marrico worked with U-Haul for nearly 2 years until he showed up for work a few weeks ago and was fired on the spot. Management claimed, without showing evidence and contrary to his own memory, that he had forgotten to put away some padding that a customer had used. Even if it were true, this would not justify the extreme response of firing a good worker.
May 26, 2009 -- At 10 a.m. this morning, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the ballot proposition banning same-sex marriage in California.
Two prominent Obama administration officials were in Oregon today to discuss salmon recovery. NOAA chief (and former OSU professor) Jane Lubchenco and White House Council on Environmental Quality chairwoman Nancy Sutley came to talk salmon, but pointedly did not allow participation from the public -- indeed, the doors were closed to almost everyone. Despite the incredibly short notice, dozens of people showed up with signs, banners, and lots of spirit.
En defensa del Bosque Nativo
Rudd Government must overcome paranoia of Aboriginals right to self-determination
Gay shame is holding a protest at the San Francisco LGBT Center on June 25th at 6pm. Gay shame writes: Does today's mainstream LGBT movement make you feel like you're lost in an alternate reality? Perhaps even another dimension? Do the things groups like the HRC fight for cause you to feel as if you're going the wrong way backwards through time? Does the thought of straight ally Gavin Newsom's ascendancy to governor give you vertigo?
Galway Shell to Sea infiltrates Topaz sponsored ev ...
Boston, Mass. May 25, 2009--Boston Veterans For Peace and Military Families Speakout held their second annual anti-war Memorial Day observance in Waterfront Park on May 25, 2009. Speakers spoke about the devastation of the Iraq/Afghan wars and the terrible toll taken on US soldiers as well as civilians. After the speakers, the names of each Mass. soldier killed in Iraq/Afghanistan were read aloud and a flower was tossed in the harbor water after each name was read. Bouquets of flowers were tossed in the water for the million civilian deaths in the two wars. This anti-war Memorial Day event stood in stark contrast to the many pro-war Memorial Day events held today. To see video click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktkHND-0ioE
ROCHESTER, NY, MAY 13-Determined to protect good, U.S. manufacturing jobs, more than 450 Hickey-Freeman workers unanimously voted yesterday to stage a sit-in if Wells Fargo & Co., their employer's main creditor and a recipient of a $25 billion taxpayer bailout, liquidates company assets. Rochester workers are joining with employees of Hartmarx, Hickey-Freeman's parent company, who voted earlier in the week to stage a sit-in if their plants were shuttered. Click Here for Full Article
Para dejar de sostener unos gastos militares sin sentido. Para denunciar p�blicamente los atropellos militares. Para no darles los recursos que ponen en marcha la maquina militar, este a�o de nuevo los grupos antimilitaristas nos animan a realizar la objeci�n fiscal en estos d�as que comienza la campa�a de la declaraci�n de la renta. A la hora de rellenar la declaraci�n, aunque salga a pagar o a cobrar, se debe presentar un escrito donde te declaras que quieres hacer objeci�n fiscal y la cantidad correspondiente a los gastos militares (calculada cada a�o seg�n los presupuestos del estado) se propone desviarla a alg�n proyecto alternativo de las cada vez m�s organizaciones, sindicatos, ONGs... que a�o a a�o se animan a apoyar la objeci�n fiscal. La justificaci�n de haber ingresado el dinero junto con el escrito declarandote objetor@ fiscal se presentan en Hacienda para certificar esta manera de hacer desobediencia civil. El gobierno no recorta por ello los gastos correspondientes a los militares, al contrario, cada a�o son m�s grandes, pero por lo menos nos ponemos en marcha para denunciar las guerras y el control en los que se basa esta sociedad. Para informarse:
Para dejar de sostener unos gastos militares sin sentido. Para denunciar p�blicamente los atropellos militares. Para no darles los recursos que ponen en marcha la maquina militar, este a�o de nuevo los grupos antimilitaristas nos animan a realizar la objeci�n fiscal en estos d�as que comienza la campa�a de la declaraci�n de la renta.
A la hora de rellenar la declaraci�n, aunque salga a pagar o a cobrar, se debe presentar un escrito donde te declaras que quieres hacer objeci�n fiscal y la cantidad correspondiente a los gastos militares (calculada cada a�o seg�n los presupuestos del estado) se propone desviarla a alg�n proyecto alternativo de las cada vez m�s organizaciones, sindicatos, ONGs... que a�o a a�o se animan a apoyar la objeci�n fiscal. La justificaci�n de haber ingresado el dinero junto con el escrito declarandote objetor@ fiscal se presentan en Hacienda para certificar esta manera de hacer desobediencia civil.
El gobierno no recorta por ello los gastos correspondientes a los militares, al contrario, cada a�o son m�s grandes, pero por lo menos nos ponemos en marcha para denunciar las guerras y el control en los que se basa esta sociedad.
En defensa del Bosque Nativo
Texas Two sentenced to four and two years in prison
Yesterday around 10,000 people took to the streets of Auckland to oppose the National-ACT place governance of Auckland under the control of one 'Super City'. The planned Super City does not include Maori representation. It also places all of Auckland's assets, such as water and the ports, under the control of one authority - meaning they would be much easier for a right-wing council to privatise. Under a Super City structure only very wealthy candidates will be able to stand because the planned Council Wards are so huge. Squirrel from Resistance Photography has written a report of the demo and made an excellent photo essay. [More]
DIREITO À MORADIA
On May 21st, thousands of people gathered on the Seattle waterfront to rally for Climate, Green Jobs and Healthy Communities. The rally was held nearby the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing on the EPA's recent proposed finding that global warming pollution is a threat to public health and welfare. Busloads of school children came from Oregon and throughout the Puget Sound region.
Tenants living in rent-regulated apartments lost their homes two weeks ago when New York City deemed the building’s structure unsafe from a collapsing façade. Unfortunately for the tenants – who have been in homeless shelters, staying at friends and given shelter by the Red Cross – the city ordered the front facade completely removed and won’t let the tenants move back in until the owner replaces the façade, which he won't immediately do.
Sindicato de El Nueva Día: Informes no justifican apertura del Convenio
Ashland, Oregon - 5/21/09
Grants Pass, Oregon, Boatnik Parade - May 24, 2009
On the 05.22.2009 radio show, "This American Life", almost one entire show was dedicated to FBI informant Brandon Darby. The audio is not yet archived. Check back to listen to it. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=381 Something really bothered me about the interview on NPR w/ FBI informant Darby. brandondarby.com || FBI infiltrated Iowa anti-war group before GOP convention
The first three days of preliminary hearings in the trial of Johannes Mehserle for the murder of Oscar Grant III began on May 18th. Indybay has reports from inside the court room each day. Outside the court house, demonstrators have gathered to press for an effective prosecution of Johannes Mehserle. The hearings continue on Tuesday, May 26th, and the family of Oscar Grant and community activists are asking supporters to rally at the court house.
Presentation/discussion about the ongoing genocide & ecocide
Today was the 50th birthday of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. At 9am, thousands of people attended a protest organised by the Get Across Campaign at the Curran St on-ramp calling for pedestrian and cycle access to the harbour bridge. Wayne McDonald, the Auckland regional director for the New Zealand Transport Agency told the crowd repeatedly he would not let them across, despite the fact that police were standing by to cooperate at his word. Realising that simply asking wasn't going to get results, people began walking calmly around the newly erected chain link fence and straight through the police lines. Thousands of people streamed onto the bridge; walking, cycling and pushing prams, they laughed, shouted and sang their way all the way across and all the way back. Traffic was completely stopped for about 90 minutes. The support shown today for pedestrian and cycle access to the harbour bridge was enormous and will be hard for Transit to ignore. Especially if people show up again next Sunday as many were suggesting! Links: Get Across Campaign | Cycle Action Auckland
Mychael Bell of the Jena Six speaks out in Houston
Auckland university student Stu Colquhoun today finished his hunger strike in support of Tamils being attacked by the Sri Lankan military. The hunger strike which went for six days was to draw attention to the huge loss of civilian life in the recent conflict between the Sri Lankan Military and the LTTE. Stu and the Tamil Supporters group which was recently formed at Auckland University are calling for open access for aid agencys to the conflict zone and immediate action by the New Zealand government to support those harmed in recent fighting.
Health Care Unions and Patients Denounce Budget Cuts
Rep. Boucher's Handouts to Coal Lobby Hurt Working Families WASHINGTON, May 21, 2009-Fifteen concerned citizens were arrested today for peacefully blocking the entrance to Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher's office protesting his efforts to gut strong climate legislation at the expense of American families. Congressman Boucher has driven efforts in Congress to give away billions of dollars worth of free permits directly to coal, oil and other dirty fossil fuel companies under a cap and trade bill. "The problem is Rick Boucher, the victims are American families, and the solution, as proposed by President Obama during his campaign, is a simple and fair polluter-pays cap that solves the climate crisis while rebating consumers," said Mike Tidwell, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, who was among those arrested today.
Activists Engaged in Civil Disobedience at Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Site and on Impoundment at Coal Sludge Dam
COAL RIVER VALLEY, W.Va. — Activists are engaged in two separate civil disobedience actions this morning as part of the continuing campaign to end mountaintop removal. UPDATE: Police Arrest 11 at Coal River Valley Site; More Protesters Expected to Converge
On May 21st, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) joined in defense attorneys' motion to dismiss the U.S. government's indictment of four animal rights activists under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA).
Joe Higgins is standing for the Dublin Constituenc ...
Hunger and Thirst strike of Nikos Koundardas
Anticipating the California state Supreme Court's announcement of a decision regarding the validity of Proposition 8 on Tuesday May 26
"We will march on the 25th of May, Bastion Point Day, the anniversary of the day the nation remembers with horror as the largest single state operation in Aotearoa … when a joint police/army operation surrounded those in peaceful occupation, arrested 222 people on Takaparawha, and demolished Arohanui, Tamaki's greatest living marae of recent memory." - Hone Harawira
Signs have been showing up on foreclosed properties around Richmond, VA recently, advertising that the houses are available for free to anyone who needs a home. Though they look like ordinary real estate signs at first glance, they're actually the work of "Squat 2 Own Realty", a group of activists who are helping people take over vacant foreclosed houses without permission from the banks.
Please join us for an evening of music and speakers on Saturday May 23rd at 7pm as we examine State Repression as on ongoing strategy of the State to silence dissent. Liberating Dissent II: Against State Repression will raise funds for Green Scare Prisoners and the community organizing efforts of Rose City Copwatch. Speakers will include Kristian Williams, author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America and American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination as well as Lauren Regan founder and executive director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center. Music will be provided by Resist, Adelit@s, Coffin Ship and Silent Majority. When: Saturday May 23rd 7pm-12am
Speakers will include Kristian Williams, author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America and American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination as well as Lauren Regan founder and executive director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center. Music will be provided by Resist, Adelit@s, Coffin Ship and Silent Majority.
When: Saturday May 23rd 7pm-12am
Απεργία Πείνας και Δίψας ο Νίκος Κουνταρδάς απαιτώντας την ελευθερία του
On Saturday, June 6th at 6pm at Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos, author, elder and activist Betita Martinez presents the film made as a companion to her book, "500 Years of Chicano History: Viva la Causa." The film is an introduction to Chican@ history from the point of view of the people who lived it. This film is sympathetic to the issues of oppressed peoples, without flinching for the difficulties facing "el Movimiento" including class, sexism, interracial unity, and homophobia.
On May 19, activists in the San Francisco Bay Area and Fresno marked a Global Day of Action for death row inmate Troy Davis with rallies, vigils and public information sessions. Davis has been on Georgia's death row for more than 18 years despite a strong case of innocence. He lost his most recent appeal and his execution date is expected to be set soon.