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|Published as of Friday, 24 February 2006 09:12:19 PM|
|Demonstrations Grow Against Anti-Immigrant Legislation|| ||16 Feb 2006|
|Alarm and opposition is growing nationwide to HR 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. The proposed legislation, which passed in the house in December, would declare all undocumented workers "aggravated felons." [In-Depth Coverage on Indybay]|
On Saturday, the Coalition of Latino Pastors of Northeast Ohio organized a protest at the new office of House Rep. Ted Strickland, one of 16 democrats who voted in favor of the bill. On Tuesday, hundreds gathered in Philadelphia for a day-long strike organized by El Paro. Strikers called on employers to wake up to the potentially devastating effects of the bill. [Para un reportaje en Espanol] [Video Coverage]
Meanwhile, the March for Migrants -- which began in California early this month and reached Louisiana on Sunday -- arrived in DC on Wednesday, where the group is meeting with legislators about HR 4437. [Audio from the rally on Saturday at the Capitol Building] [Audio from the road]
Upcoming Events: [in Houston] [in Oakland]
|Boston Groups Oppose New BU Biolab in Downtown Neighborhood|| ||10 Feb 2006|
|The Biolab, which has recently gained federal approval for construction, could break ground as soon as this month, against the community's wishes. The joint Federal and University funded level 4 Lab is on track to be built in the South End starting this spring. The Level 4 biolab will be testing incurable diseases and bio-weapons using viruses and lethal bacteria such as ebola, anthrax, hemorrhagic fever and other “unknowns” in sometimes classified experiments. |
Boston IMC coverage: BU Theology Students Confront Biolab Construction || Anti-Biolab Protesters Visit BU President Brown’s Home for a Second Time || BU President Robert Brown Confronted at His Home About Proposed Biolab || Racism, Classism, and the BU BioLab || Action to Stop the BU Bio Terror Lab! || BU Biolab Protest During Brown's Speech
|World Can't Wait "Drowns Out" State of the Union Address|| ||31 Jan 2006|
|1/31 | According to the World Can't Wait Press Office, "as Bush steps to the podium to deliver his State of the Union address, "political drown-out” rallies will take place in 65 cities across the country." |
Local IMC coverage: DC, Philly, NYC, Cleveland, Miami, Seattle, Portland, SF Bay, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego
World Can't Wait is calling for people to converge on Washington, DC at 11:00am on Saturday, February 4th, "for a historic demonstration in front of the White House demanding that BUSH STEP DOWN! AND TAKE YOUR PROGRAM WITH YOU!" On Sunday, February 5th, there will be a WCW National Organizing Conference in Washington, DC.
|PhillyIMC Coverage from Fact-Finding Tour of the South|| ||10 Jan 2006|
|Members of the PhillyIMC have joined the Poverty Initiative on a fact-finding tour of the South. The group, which also includes 40 Columbia Social Work and Union Seminary students, is meeting with community groups, evacuees, and politicians in five cities to document first-hand the struggle against poverty that Katrina has brought to the nation's attention. The U.S. is the richest nation in the history of the world, yet 45 million have no health insurance, soup kitchen visits are up 150%, and child homelessness is at an all time high. PhillyIMC is highlighting the grassroots efforts that offer real solutions to poverty in this country. [Continuing Coverage] |
Dispatches from the PhillyIMC Team:
Fact-Finding Mission: Day 1
Katrina Evacuees Pitted Against Atlanta’s Poor
Fact-Finding Mission: Day 2
PhillyIMC Podcast: Radio Free Georgia Podcast
Fact Finding Mission: Day 3
Fact Finding Mission: Day 4
Interview with Jeanette Foreman of the S.O.S. coalition - Uncut
Atlanta’s Plan for a Revitalized Downtown Displacing Homeless and Working Poor
Fact Finding Mission: Day 5
Fact Finding Mission: Day 6
Fact Finding Mission: Day 7
Other Independent Coverage
Race and the Left Response to Katrina by Walidah Imarisha
Inside NOLA Jails by Walidah Imarisha
Radio Free Georgia
|Huge Open-pit Gold Mine Proposed in Alaska|| ||05 Jan 2006|
|Northern Dynasty Mines, a Canadian company, is proposing to start operations on what would be North America's largest open pit gold and copper mine, deep in the heart of pristine Alaskan wilderness. The Pebble Mine site is located just south of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, 15 miles northwest of Lake Iliamna and some 250 miles south of Anchorage. The Iliamna region is important to many Alaskan’s subsistence lifestyle. It is home to one of the world’s only populations of freshwater seals, the large Mulchatna caribou herd, and contains the headwaters of Bristol Bay, with the largest runs of sockeye and Chinook salmon in the world.|
|17th Yellowstone Bison Killed in Montana Hunt|| ||03 Jan 2006|
|GARDINER, MONTANA. In spite of continuous national public outcry calling for Montana to cancel its controversial bison hunt, the state's zero-tolerance policy against the country's last wild bison continues. On New Years Day it resulted in another bison death in Gardiner, Montana, just outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park.|
In the past ten years Montana and the federal government have killed 2,477 wild Yellowstone bison, more than half of the existing herd. Twenty wild bull bison have been killed in Montana since September; seventeen have been shot by Montana hunters, two by Montana's Department of Livestock (DOL), and another was shot by a Yellowstone National Park ranger inside the Park.
|IMC-UC and Radio Free Urbana Occupy Post Office|| ||03 Dec 2005|
The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center recently moved into their new home -- in Urbana's historic downtown post office. The opening, which featured the "barnraising" of a new low power FM radio station located in the building, highlighted the eclectic and engaged organizing tactics of this highly-successful IMC.
The significance of their new home is not lost on the UC-IMC collective members, who are brimming with ideas on how to re-invent this natural human gathering point by and for their community. The front section of the structure will remain a post office, as it was before, so neighbors walking in will have a similar experience as in the past -- with one significant difference: where one wall of mailboxes used to be is now the newly-constructed studio window of the new low power FM radio station -- WRFU, Radio Free Urbana.
WRFU is just one of UC-IMC's projects that the new building will enable to come to fruition. The Independent Media Center in Urbana-Champaign has embraced a broad definition of "media" and over the past five years has given birth to a loose network of interdependent, overlapping projects -- from art collectives to a program that sends books to prisoners; from an innovative community wireless initiative to multiple ad-hoc advocacy efforts arising in response to stories that IMC "citizen journalists" broke.
|Aero Contractors -- CIA Torture Taxis|| ||21 Nov 2005|
On Friday, November 18, a group of peace activists from St. Louis, North Carolina, and Chicago entered the property of Aero Contractors near Smithfield, North Carolina, to deliver an indictment of their illegal activities. The indictment accuses Aero of providing planes and pilots for the CIA's program of extraordinary rendition that flies terror suspects to locations where they will likely be tortured.
Other members of the group held signs along Route 70 during rush hour traffic to alert commuters to Aero's activities. Copies of the indictment are being delivered throughout the day to members of the Johnston County Council and Johnston County Airport Commission urging them to take action to put an end to Aero's illegal activities.
videos: excerpts of the action. (35.5 MB) || letter and copy of the indictment being delivered to Ray Blackmon, Director of the Johnston County Airport. (20.7 MB)
see also: Stop Torture Now || 14 Arrests Today at NC Protest of CIA Torture-Prison Flights || Five St. Louis Protesters Arrested Outside Aero Contractors Ltd || List of CIA Planes in North Carolina || What Is AERO CONTRACTORS? Here's the rundown || CIA flights in Europe round-up
|National Stand Down Day at Recruiting Stations Across the Country|| ||21 Nov 2005|
|While bold voices within the U.S. Senate are speaking out against war in Iraq, everyday people across the nation are also becoming more vocal about their opposition to war. On November 18th, people all over the United States took time out of their schedules for National Stand Down Day in a statement against this illegal war. National Stand Down Day took place in more than 15 cities around the country, and was coordinated by the Iraq Pledge of Resistance. |
The day was called National Stand Down Day because "stand down" is a term used by the military for days when they have training, reviews etc., and so "stand down" from their normal duties. Thus, citizens all over the country "stood down" for an hour or two from their normal duties to help bring this war and occupation to an end!
IMC coverage: Report Back on CounterRecruitment Action (DC-IMC) || POG returns to Oakland Recruiting Station (Pittsburgh IMC) || Resistance to military recruiters grows (Boston IMC) || Recap of November 16th Counter Recuitment in Brooklyn and Hicksville Counter-Recruitment (NYC-IMC) || Nov 17 counter-recruitment reportback and Clark students remember dead with 2000 crosses (Worcester IMC) || Protesters Confront Military Recruiters in Colorado Springs, 3 arrested (Colorado IMC) || Bring the Troops Home (Houston IMC) || Eureka Recruiting Center Shut Down (Indybay) || National Stand Down Day in Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz IMC)
|PROTESTS IN SAN FRANCISCO AND NATIONWIDE TO "STOP" THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION|| ||08 Nov 2005|
A new organization called "The World Can't Wait! Drive Out the Bush Regime!" formed in 2005 and organized a national day of protest for Wednesday, November 2nd. That date is the anniversary of Bush's re-election last year. World Can't Wait says, "People everywhere will walk out of school, they will take off work, they will come to the downtowns and town squares and set out from there, going through the streets and calling on many more to join us." World Can't Wait says that people in 67 cities, at 43 colleges and universities, and in 90 high schools will leave their jobs and classes to join protests on that day.
People held rallies, feeder marches, and caravans from all over the Bay Area to gather in San Francisco. They converged at 12pm in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza, rallied from 12pm to 1pm, marched at 1:30pm, and an ended with another rally at 4:30pm in Civic Center Plaza. The march down Mission Street and back up Market was a sea of energized youth carrying aloft the distinctive WCW signs, doted with red “Not Our President! – Not in Our Name” posters and Earth flags.
Event speakers included Cindy Sheehan of Gold Star Families for Peace, California State Senator Carole Migden, SF Supervisor Chris Daly, CODEPINK’s Media Benjamin, Jeff Paterson on behalf of Not in Our Name, Paul George of the Pennisula Peace and Justice Center, a taped message from Mumia Abu Jamal, and a statement from WCW initiators the Revolutionary Communist Party.
After the main march left Civic Center, there was an unpermited breakaway march. As the march moved up Mission Street, a Molotov cocktail was tossed at the Chronicle Building. Near the end of the march, a small group sat down in the the street near Hyde and Market as a form of direct action. The police moved in and nine protesters were arrested. A tenth protester was arrested accused of having Molotov cocktails in their posession.
Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Video
Hayes Valley/Lower Haight/Alamo Square residents gathered at 10:00am to talk about neighborhood organizing, and then marched to Civic Center to join World Can't Wait. In Sacramento, people planned to gather in William Land Park (3930 W Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA), and they planned to march at 3:45.
Elsewhere in California, protests were also held in Eureka and Los Angeles.
Protest also occurred in Atlanta Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Lauderdale, Honolulu, Houston, New York, Portland, and many other cities around the country.
World Can't Wait website
|Strike!|| ||03 Nov 2005|
|Two separate, big strikes were authorized this week in Philadelphia and New York City, with a janitors' fast for union power in Boston as well. In Philadelphia, Jeff Brooks, President of the Transport Workers Local Union 234, has announced that as of 12:01 AM, October 31, theTWU Local 234 union and its approximately 5,000 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) workers is officially on strike. The talks ended shortly before midnight without a deal or a contract extension. No new talks are currently scheduled.. More info here . |
In New York City, the NYU Grad Student Union Authorizes a Strike. NYU Graduate Students, through GSOC/Local 2110 UAW, have authorized a strike this morning which will result in a complete stoppage of work by graduate students in response to the administration's refusal to renew their contract, which expired on August 31, 2005 (the National Labor Relations Board, composed largely of apointees from a reactionary Bush administration, determined, contrary to a 2000 ruling, that universities do not have to negotiate with graduate student unions). A contract "offered" to the union by the administration in August was "little more than a public relations stunt" which acquiesced to none of the principal demands in an acceptable fashion. The graduate students and their union have the overwhelming support of undergraduate students, faculty, and the rest of the NYU community. The administration must now show what its priorities are through its response to the strike. More info here .
Also, in Boston this week, Janitors of are fast for justice: Providence Janitors Struggle for Union Power. Over forty union supporters protested Monday in front of the "Turk's Head" downtown office building as five strong-willed people went into their fifth day of fasting today. The fasters, camped out in front of the fancy bank offices since Thursday, are members of SEIU local 615 and their supporters. They want the owner of the Turk's Head building, millionaire landlord Lloyd Granoff, to hire a union cleaning contractor. More info here .
|Halloween Critical Mass || ||02 Nov 2005|
|Critical Mass bike rides are unorganized coincidences taking place in many small and large communities throughout the world, usually on the last Friday of the month. Critical Mass in October is especially fun because it is a Hallowen Ride where people dress and act in a freakish fashion. This year, a Halloween Critical Mass took place in Columbus, St. Louis, Ashland, Madison, Atlanta, Portland, Philadelphia, Santa Cruz, Boston, and New York City. In New York, this was the first time a Critical Mass took place without any arrests or problems from the police in a very long time! As someone succintly wrote on the nyc imc site, "no pigs, no problems."|
|Communities All Over the US Commemorate 2,000th US Soldier Death|| ||29 Oct 2005|
|On October 25th, it was announced that Army Staff Sgt. George T. Alexander, Jr., aged 34, died of wounds that he received when he was fighting in Iraq. When his name was added to the two other soldiers' deaths that had been announced that day, the total number of US soldiers killed had reached 2,000. Several national anti-war organizations called for demonstrations to be held on the day after the official 2,000th death of an American soldier in the current Iraqi war and occupation. More than 600 vigils took place in 49 states on Wednesday, October 26th.|
|September 24th Protests Against US War in Iraq|| ||24 Sep 2005|
|Hundreds of Thousands to Protest Funding for War, Not Disaster Prevention |
Major anti-war protests were called for September 24th by International ANSWER, United for Peace and Justice, and hundreds of endorsing organizations nationwide. Rallies and marches are planned for Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Portland, Oregon, and many other cities such as Fresno, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, Las Vegas, Reno, Nevada, and Seattle, WA Anti-war events in more cities
For more coverage by other IMCs in DC, go to Big Muddy IMC and Urbana-Champaign IMC.
Enemy Combatant Radio in SF | Portland IMC Web Radio | More radio coverage
|The St. Patrick's Four Trial and the Citizens Tribunal on Iraq Begin|| ||20 Sep 2005|
|The first federal conspiracy trial of civilian war resisters to the US invasion of Iraq is currently taking place in Binghamton, New York. Having begun on September 19 and scheduled to end this Friday, Sept. 23, this is the second trial of the St Patrick’s Four – over a year ago a jury in Ithaca, New York voted 9 to 3 in favor of acquittal in which the presiding Judge David Peeble conceded that the four had represented themselves “probably better than some of the attorneys that practice in this court.” Having failed to secure a conviction of the “Four” in a local court, the Bush administration upped the ante from criminal mischief to the far more serious charge of conspiracy and intimidation charges and moved the venue of the second trial away from the sympathetic university town of Ithaca to Binghamton, a city which has lost 30% of its workforce due to capital flight over the past 25 years. The Feds are betting that a guilty verdict in Binghamton will establish a judicial precedent for intimidating and prosecuting anti-war dissidents throughout the US.|
The trial of the St. Patrick’s Four has national significance because it raises several fundamental issues regarding constitutional freedoms and the Bush-Gonzalez ongoing campaign to silence and intimidate dissent and public expressions of opposition to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The trial of the St. Patrick’s Four will establish whether the Federal Government can jail dissenters engaging in civil disobedience for up to six years and fine them up to $250,000 on feckless charges of “conspiracy to impede an officer of the United States by threat, intimidation or force”. Even more ominous, in terms of the procedures for a fair trial, the senior US District Judge for Northern New York, Thomas McAvoy, has ruled that the defendants cannot discuss the reasons and motivation for their action.
To counter the Feds gag order on the defendants, local supporters of the St. Patrick’s Four have organized a national network of solidarity and education through a five-day Citizens Tribunal on Iraq. The Tribunal will hear expert testimony on the illegality of the invasion and occupation of Iraq as well as a legal and moral defense of civil disobedience to oppose crimes against humanity. Former CIA agent Ray McGovern, Global Exchange director Medea Benjamin, anti-war soldier Camilo Mejia and many other critics of the war have accepted the invitation to participate in panels to counter the pro-war case of the government and local media.
The city of Binghamton is a microcosm of the increasingly polarized country; the outcome of the trial in this obscure corner of New York however will have a major impact on whether the Bush Administration will have the judicial weapons to intimidate the opposition and proceed with its war plans or suffer another defeat in the courts as well as in the streets.
On September 20, in a sign of solidarity with the four war resisters — Teresa Grady, Danny Burns, Clare Grady, and Peter DeMott — several hundred people gathered outside the Federal Courthouse in Binghamton, NY. The defendants' statement after today's jury selection 5.4MB QuickTime U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey speaks about the trial and the future of our country 27.9MB QuickTime
On September 19, member of British parliament Michael Meacher, former US Ambassador and Service member Anne Wright, and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern expressed their opposition to the Iraq War and support for the St Patrick's Four civil disobedients before an audience of over 300 people at the Centenary-Chenango St. United Methodist Church in the official kick-off of Binghamton's week-long “Citizen's Tribunal of Iraq”.On Sunday, September 18, over 200 people assembled for dinner and opening ceremonies in support of the St. Patrick’s Four as the Citizens’ Tribunal on Iraq began with Voices of Faith. Clare Grady addresses the gathering at the Centenary-Chenango St. United Methodist Church 5.9MB QuickTime | Teresa Grady addresses the gathering at the Centenary-Chenango St. United Methodist Church 9.8MB QuickTime | Opening Remarks by Peter DeMott | Liz McAllister speaks about courage 14MB QuickTime
|The United Houma Nation in Need|| ||20 Sep 2005|
The 15,000 members of the United Houma Nation branch out across the most southeastern part of Louisiana. Of them, at least 3,400 have been direly affected by Hurricane Katrina, the homes of approximately 1,000 remain underwater, and the plight of all have been largely ignored by the federal government and mainstream media alike.
Still federally unrecognized by the U.S. government, the Houma's calls for help have too remained unheeded by the same authority. Fortunately, the Houma can count on allies such as the National Congress of American Indians and the Common Ground Collective. NCAI and the National Indian Gaming Association have teamed up in a million-dollar fundraising effort to benefit all of the tribes in the affected areas of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Meanwhile, the Common Ground Collective of the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans sent one truck loaded with food and ice today. Another truck stocked with gasoline, water, and medicine, should be hitting the road tomorrow.
Throughout their history, the Houma have rebuilt and relocated after each displacement, be it because of natural disasters or man-made oppression. How many times must a people recreate themselves before the simple recognition of their existence is finally granted?
|Scott Parkin Returns from Australia|| ||19 Sep 2005|
|Scott Parkin, a US peace activist from Houston, got a warm welcome from friends like 'Dick Cheney' upon arrival, but faces a bill of up to $11,700 for his unprecedented detention and tickets back to the U.S. for himself and 2 escorts. |
His detention and deportation have been controversial, sparking significant debate (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5)and numerous protests (1 | 2 | 3). Australian Iraq-war-whistleblower Andrew Wilkie said his detention is proof of an out-of-control national security agenda. The FBI has stated that he is welcome to return to the U.S.
Scott was detained by police in Australia and held in solitary confinement without being charged with any crime. The reasons were ambiguous but his legal advisor has confirmed that among the reasons given for his detainment is that Scott has been identified as a terror threat to Australian national security. Scott is in no way a terrorist threat; he is a political activist, plain and simple, and was detained because of his political activism.
Scott has been an essential component in organizing anti-war profiteering protests against Halliburton in Houston, Texas. He was a key organizer of the two large protests during Halliburton¹s 2004 and 2005 shareholders meetings that garnered negative publicity for Halliburton, and he has co-organized numerous teach-ins, rallies and other nonviolent actions about war profiteering. Scott is also an environmental activist and worked with Greenpeace on an action during Exxon Mobil¹s shareholder meeting in 2003.
Scott has been traveling in Australia since June, camping and hiking, and recently began doing some work with Australia Greenpeace. He has also recently has been participating in some anti-corporate protests in Australia, and has given presentations to Australian activists about strategic organizing, street theater, and nonviolent direct action. He has broken no known law or violated his visa requirements. According to his legal advisor in Australia, Marika Dias, "Scott has complied with that visa completely while he's been here. There's been no wrongdoing on his part."
Background | Sydney protest | Melbourne protest | Latest updates on case | Agrees to deportation | Aus A-G pretends deportation not political | Worldwide Coverage | Returns to US
Case sparks Australian commentary:
On Scott Parkin | Why Deport Parkin? | Debate in Australian Senate | The new terrorism: Working for peace! | ASIO used against green & anti-corporate activists
|Coverage of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita|| ||11 Sep 2005|
Check New Orleans Indymedia and Houston Indymedia for breaking news on the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and Katrina.Indymedia.us for local features from IMCs across the US.
Indybay's poverty page has a Katrina timeline detailing 5 days with little federal response leaving thousands dead. Portland IMC has created a Katrina aftermath page which includes links to more resources. Also vist Real Reports of Katrina Relief for on-the-ground truth telling from New Orleans, southern Louisiana and Mississippi.
Grassroots Mutual Aid is being offered by many groups, including Common Ground, Rainbow Emergency Management Assembly and Food Not Bombs.
|Dining with the Crawford Posse || ||07 Aug 2005|
“That’s Cindy Sheehan,” points the Vietnam War veteran from his seat at the table. “She lost her son Casey in Iraq. And I’m going to follow her to Crawford. You coming?”
Looking up from my plate, I take the vet’s direction and turn to see Sheehan standing on the grass, stage left, mixing with three generations of veterans who have gathered this evening for peace and Bar-B-Que.
Twenty-four-year-old Casey Sheehan was killed at Sadr City on April 4, 2004 during the historic uprising (16 months ago to the day). Cindy blames the President for “creating that insurgency by his failed policies,” and on Saturday morning she is going to attempt to visit Bush at his vacation ranch in Crawford, a couple hours’ drive to the South.
More coverage at http://dc.indymedia.org/feature/display/127541/index.php
Update - August 10th
|3 Day March Through West Virginia to Protest Mountain Top Removal Mining|| ||27 Jul 2005|
Day 1 of the spirited march through Coal River, WV:
On Day 1 of a spirited three-day march through the Sylvester/Whitesville area of southern West Virginia, local folks and concerned people from around the country came together to oppose Mountain Top Removal coal mining in the heart of MTR country....
Day 2 of Anti-MTR march in Whitesville, WV:
On Day 2 of the event counter-protesters became increasingly hostile yelling at the march participants, intimidating protesters, kicking up gravel with vehicles and in one case appearing to purposefully attempt to hit a march participant with their car....
Day 3 of the march in Sylvester, WV:
The third day of a march through Coal River, WV ended in a powerful show of solidarity between locals, elderly members of the community, and Mountain Justice summer volunteers from around the country....
Listen to audio report about the march