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The NW Rage bus from Portland to Sacto broke down mid way and the organizers and riders of the bus must pay large sums of money for the mini vans that we had to rent to transport 40 dedicated activists from here to the protest...
To do so we are organizing a benifit show....
Despite the fact that both the WTO Conference and its attendant protests are winding down and folks are all going home, police helicopters continue to fly over the Mobilization Welcome Center every few minutes. In response, a group of young people arranged themselves into this "Circle A" shape in the parking lot to send a farewell message to the police. We'd like to think we cracked a smile up in that agitating machine. See ya later, Sacto PD!
Many of you may know Red Red, she is a portland activist that is currently incarcerated in Sacto on felony charges related to the WTO protest!
This is a statement by Red Red, 6/24/03 (as transcribed by the Sac Legal Collective) "I want to say thank you so very much to the people who came out today in solidarity during my court appearance. When my lawyer Doug told me about people chanting, "Free Red Red," my heart swelled and you all should know that you shut down Sacramento county jail for two hours. We were locked down and no ones court case was able to be heard. I was in a cell with five women who might get their freedom because time ran out on their arraignment. They send their love.
My charges were also dropped. Unfortunately, the Sacramento police are determined to nail me and I was re-arrested before I even left my cell. The courts have nothing but the pigs want blood. But with the support of my comrades and lawyers they will only get a headache."
The City Manager is responsible for the police. Consider calling to complain about police misconduct that you have heard about or experienced for the benefit of residents and people that have been arrested or assaulted.
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Lockdown at UC Davis Life sciences building to bring attention to GE tree programs. Activists have been charged with felonies and are refusing to give their names.
At about 2:30pm on Tuesday (6/24) forest activists stormed the Life Sciences building at UC Davis where research is conducted on GE trees. Their goal? To bring attention to the Genetically Engineered tree programs taking place at the campus. The five demands are:
1. End to research on GE trees at UC Davis.
2. Full disclosure and acknowledgment of hazards of GE trees.
3. End of Corporate funded Bio-research at University of California
4. Cancel plans to build new Bio-Weapons lab at UC Davis.
5. Full public discussion and full public envolvement in all discussions about potentially hazardous research.
The lockdown occurred in the 4-story stairwell where a sculpture of DNA hangs through the middle if the stairwell. Two activists repelled with climbing equipment from the top of the stairwell and hung next to the sculpture, then u-locked themselves to each other and attached themselves to the sculpture. Another activist u-locked to the railing next to them.
Fewer people were protesting in Sacramento on June 24 than on the previous three days, and the police were more demanding, but energy was still high, and solidarity was stronger. The first action of the day was a creative, if somewhat quixotic, convergence on the Convention Center, where WTO delegates were meeting. Protesters danced, sang, decorated the sidewalks, and briefly took the streets. Police struck brutally, splitting the crowd and squeezing it between horses and motorcycles. Eventually, people moved on to the jail to show solidarity for an imprisoned comrade. At least two were arrested en route. Food Not Bombs served at this lively rally, where the protester-to-police ration was 1-to-1+. Afterwards, the crowd was escorted back to the Welcome Center along a police-chosen route from which no one was allowed to stray. Elsewhere, black bloc kids were harrassed but still had fun. Police also seized plastic noisemakers and indymedia flyers from a ten-year old boy (with an IMC press pass) and refused to give them back.
In an effort to promote the biotech imc some important new functionality has been added to portland indymedia. All posts to portland indymedia in either the genetic engineering topic or the sacramento ministerial action will automatically be reposted on the biotech imc site. Expect posts to be transferred within 15-45 minutes (should be much closer to 15 minutes except under heavy posting traffic).
This article will be updated to contain an archive of breaking news from sacramento posted to http://www.biotechimc.org for events beginning on tuesday, june 24th (day 4 of actions). Previous archives of breaking news can be found here: day 3 (monday), day 2 (sunday).
Day 3 of the WTO Mobilization in Sacramento was a day filled with beauty and fear, marked by high energy, resistance, and police brutality and intimidation. Activists released from jail that morning from direct action the night before told their stories [ 1 | 2 ] and a call went out for solidarity with those still jailed [ 1 | 2 ]. Cops were everywhere.
Monday, June 23, 2003 - Sacramento, CA - At about 11:30pm we received a call saying there was a group of kids being harassed and detained by cops at 10th St and J. Four of us drove over and witnessed the activity with still and video cameras. There were six cops. Officer Justus was in charge.
This article will be updated to contain an archive of breaking news from sacramento posted to http://www.biotechimc.org for events beginning on monday, june 23rd.
It seems that law enforcement's drift towards fascism in recent months is not slowing down one iota. In fact, I think it would not be overstating the situation to say that the police state we have been warned about, is in full effect in Sacramento as we speak.
I just returned to Portland from Sacramento this morning and what I witnessed there yesterday and last night was very, very disturbing.
I arrived at the "Welcome" center in Sacramento on Saturday morning only to find out that it had just been raided by the cops.
I was one of many people arrested yesterday. My offense? Covering my face in public, an act made illegal in Sacramento a week ago. I'm not entirely sure as to why I was singled out, as I was walking on the sidewalk and walking in the direction the cops had ordered. Also I was wearing my IMC Press pass and a medic bag.
The police detained approx 15 activists Saturday Night after the Solstice rituals for "tresspassing" in an unmarked dirt lot between the meeting hall and the railroad tracks. In yet another attempet to harrass and scare members of the movment, police in 4 unmarked cars and two unmarked vans forced the activists against a wall and detained them untill they provided names or identification.
This is a communque from Starhawk. She requests the help of people everywhere. Gardeners trying to save a long-standing community garden due for destruction and development. have been arrested. Activists from all over the world joined the action to lock down to trees. Read on...
provoked by corporate media, the detaining of a protester bus, and the launching of Sacramento Resistance Radio. In the afternoon, over a thousand people descended on downtown and executed roving, decentralized actions converging on the Convention Center, where the WTO trade show was happening. The building was briefly surrounded and all traffic in and out halted. Fences were pulled down, dumpsters pushed into the street, and political messages tagged on walls and windows. Police became violent during arrests outside an IMAX theater where WTO delegates were planning to attend a showing. By late afternoon, most people had gathered at a local community garden that is threatened by private development. Twelve activists locked down around an apricot tree and were eventually removed by police using pain compliance. After midnight, the legal team announced from the Elk Grove Correctional Facility in suburban Sacramento that 15 men and 9 women had been arrested, but would hopefully be released soon. Some people felt that the day was a victory, and others that it lacked solidarity. Throughout everything, up-to-the-minute reports were filed on the Biotech Indymedia website. Those reports follow below.
This article will be updated to contain an archive of breaking news from sacramento posted to http://www.biotechimc.org. Note that times are in CET which is 9 hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time.
Pictures from the streets of sacramento have finally started showing up on various indymedia centers, especially on Biotech Indymedia. This article is a collection of links to these early stories containing images. For those of us who have been listening to the web radio all day and night it is nice to finally have some images of what has been happening. Let's hope people continue to take pictures and upload them to share their visions from these events and actions.
A rally in Salem on June 24, 2003 at 11:30 am will be held in solidarity with the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Sacramento. The purpose of the Salem rally, "Sacramento Solidarity Action," organized by the June 24 Coalition, is to call attention to Oregon's reduced funding of education, health, and social services and to tie that into the protest against globalization and the WTO that will be going on in Sacramento at that time.
After the violent and unprovoked attacks on passive protesters outside the IMAX -- intended simply to clear us from the delegates' view -- about 60 of us regrouped on 11th and J and held a circle to decide what to do. We eventually decided to march in celebration (at peak around 120) down the streets past 12th and J back to the welcome center. Whose streets? Whose earth? Ours!
"I'm gonna baseline tomorrow, so i'm stoked but i gotta talk with kitten snake about the mobilization center, there need to be a facilitator to handle intermediary communication via all the spokescouncils, but the stack take forever and the quadrant formations take place at 11:00 a.m...."
I didn't understand half of what was uttered. A weird moment, to speak the same language as another, yet being unable to understand what they're saying. I've spent the last two days pondering the issues that underline my frustration, a chicano in a largely white movement.
I've felt anger many times during these past few days, feeling as if the movement has been hijacked by a cliquish element that only speats it's own language, unable to even walk down a neigborhood street alone and dialogue with common people in general, and in particular people of color.
This is the info on the Know Your Rights handbill that we're passing out at the Welcome Center and elsewhere. Sorry for not getting it online sooner. Please read it and make sure others do too. And write the hotline number on your forearm in Magic Marker so you'll have it handy if you get arrested!
Phone Numbers: [
Police Harrassment- Profiling
Today at 12:45AM while walking from on 13th street, two motorcycle pigs...sorry, Police, pulled over to ask me if they could talk for a few minutes...inviting me into the street. After telling the two gentlemen, "sorry guys, I have somewhere to be" and walking away, one says "ok...We see how it is" and they both ride away.
Police Harass WTO protesters
Apparently the police do not consider themselves to be the only suspicious, militant looking force lurking the streets of Sacramento. When activists were given citations for jaywalking Thursday the 19th, two things became apparent. First of all, freedom of speech means nothing if dissenters are intimidated into silence. Second of all, the police obviously consider this movement threatening. Those impacted do not know whether to be angry or flattered.
SACRAMENTO--This morning at around 7:00 a.m., Sacramento police officers paid a visit to the WTO mobiization Welcome Center and seized over 100 permaculture seed-balls. The police claimed that the seedballs were illegal under statute 12.48.090, which is "Possession of prohibited weapons during a parade or demonstration". The fact that the seedballs were sitting idly at the edge of the parking lot, drying in the sun, rather than being part of a "parade or demonstration" was an irrelevant distinction to the police.
Sacramento Police confiscate weapons of mass dispersion
Updates: [ cops' phone numbers to complain |Free The Seedballs ]
On Friday at sunrise on June 20th a Native American prayer circle was held on the south steps of the California State capitol. It was held as part of the protest of the WTO Ministrial meetings. The circle was held to bring attention to the need to protect American Indian Sacred places in California.
The same forces fronting for GE crops are simultaneously trying to gut the 2002 Farm Bill in the service of corporate agriculture. The family farm is uder seige. The environment is under seige. And the corporados laugh all the way tothe bank.
<p>Please contact your representatives and forward this to everyone you know who may be concerned with these issues. Get it out to the press also. They're intending to gut everything!
<p> To find out who your reps are and write them, go to: <a href=" link to www.house.gov