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Globalization Workshops 23.06.2003 18:11
A Summer Workshop on Globalization by Anti-Capitalist Action Liberation Through Education
ACA Liberation Through Education is now offering an educational curriculum working on understanding the basics and complexities of globalization and the alternatives to a global capitalist economy. The eight lesson curriculum covers the history and workings of financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, Free Trade Policies. Their effects on the working poor and indigenous peoples of the world and resistance and alternatives to the global capitalist economy. Many exercises are based on the book, 'Rethinking Globalization', put out by Rethinking Our Schools; a local group of public school teachers dedicated to an alternative vision of public education.
The workshops will take place once a week, every Tuesday 5-7 p.m. at the old school building behind St. Francis Church, 330 12th and Pine (2 blocks north of Stark St.) Look for signs directing you to the room the in which the class will take place.

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POLICE STATE 23.06.2003 13:59
Sacramento aint no Seattle!
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.

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PREDICTABLE POLICE TACTICS 23.06.2003 13:32
reports of police harassment in sacramento continue

My Jail Experience/Pigz Suck!

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.

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detained after solstice!

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.

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More Stories: [ Intimidation Continues | Vets for Peace Bus Impounded | Killer Tomato bed confiscated ]


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RESISTANCE | STARHAWK 23.06.2003 12:30
SACNEWS: Gardener's arrested
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...

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SACRAMENTO WTO MINISTERIAL 23.06.2003 08:17
Day 2 in Sacramento brings direct action and arrests

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Sunday, June 22 was a hot day in Sacramento, California. The day started with an attack on activists 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.

Other articles: [ A Chicano Perspective on the Activism in Sacramento, CA 2003 | Fascists, Foam Trees and Unitarians | a day in the streets ]

Photos: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 ]


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SACRAMENTO WTO MOBILIZATION 23.06.2003 01:13
breaking news from sacramento on biotechimc.org
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.

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IMAGES FROM SACRAMENTO 23.06.2003 00:50
first pictures from sacramento protests
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.

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SACRAMENTO SOLIDARITY 22.06.2003 19:44
Sacramento solidarity Rally in Salem
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.

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SACRAMENTO WTO MOBILIZATION 22.06.2003 19:36
Victory in Sacramento
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!

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RACE, CLASS, AND ACTIVISM 22.06.2003 17:50
A Chicano Perspective on the Activism in Sacramento, CA 2003
"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.


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CYCLING FREEDOM 21.06.2003 21:20
The Road to Beaverton

Time stops. Rain falls. "Hold your head up." The smell of my body mingles with the smells of wet pavement and the rainy forest. "Hold your head up." Why do people waste money on deodorants to mask something that's natural and wasn't considered "bad" until the corporate propagandists made us believe it so? For that matter, why do people insist that getting wet in the rain is "bad" and they "need" to spend huge sums of money caring and feeding for those iron cages they drive around. I bet most of the people passing me actually think I envy them in their cars. Absurd!


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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER 21.06.2003 17:54
Know Your Rights info
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!

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RESISTANCE IS RISING 21.06.2003 17:19
Sacramento Ministerial Mobilization

Coverage: [ biotech imc | sacramento coverage on portland indymedia | sf indymedia | radio free ashland - live web radio ]

Phone Numbers: [ reporting: 916-470-6961 | legal: 916-359-1081 | housing: 916-519-3007 | food: 916-821-9547 | law enforcement ]

Information: [ logistics and contact information | legal information | sacramento mobilization | sacmob convergence schedule ]


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PROTESTING IN A POLICE STATE 21.06.2003 15:57
Early and Persistent Reports of Police Harassment

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.

[ read more @ biotechimc.org | portland imc repost ]

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.

[ read more @ biotechimc.org | portland imc repost ]

Updates: [ Know Your Rights info | cops' phone numbers to complain ]
Earlier: [ pig parade in sacto | Heavy Police Presence in Sacto ]


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POLICE CONFUSION 21.06.2003 11:44
Permaculture seedballs seized by Sacramento police in dawn raid
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.
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Sacramento Police confiscate weapons of mass dispersion
Sacramento police came knocking on the doors of the "Welcome Center" this morning demanding that we give up our weapons to them. According to their sources, activists spent yesterday making weapons to use at the upcoming protests.

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Updates: [ cops' phone numbers to complain |

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MEDIA CRITICISM | LEGISLATIVE PRESSURE 21.06.2003 09:25
Fax Senator Gordon Smith your feelings about his no vote on FCC rebuke.
If 100 people faxed our senator their 1-page opinion of his no vote to rebuke and reverse the recent FCC media deregulation, every day for 30 days, do you think he would get the message? He wouldn't be getting any other fax messages, to be sure!
<br<Washington Office Fax: (202)228-3997
<br>Portland Metro Office Fax: (503)326-2900
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When the Federal Communications Commission voted June 2 to remove key restrictions on media consolidation, dissident Commissioner Michael Copps warned, "This Commission's drive to loosen the rules and its reluctance to share its proposals with the people before we voted awoke a sleeping giant. American citizens are standing up in never-before-seen numbers to reclaim their airwaves and to call on those who are entrusted to use them to serve the public interest.

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MUTUAL AID 21.06.2003 07:01
Blackthorn collective is looking for looking for your help
blackthorn is looking for new people to become part of the collective. We are looking for new submissions of writing and artwork, and other things...

One big project we are starting to work on is that we are putting together a benefit callendar with bikeworks. We are looking for people to contribute art for one of the months that would coincide with an historical event that happened during that month.


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SAC REPORTS 21.06.2003 06:53
Sunrise in Sacramento
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.

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FARM BILL REOPENED 21.06.2003 06:41
Corporado AG Operatives in House Attack Family Farms
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

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WORLD OPINION 21.06.2003 03:23
Mandela Slams U.S. Iraq Policy During Irish Visit
Former South African President Nelson Mandela said... the United States posed a danger to the world for sidelining the United Nations to make war on Iraq... "Any organization, any country, any movement that now decides to sideline the United Nations, that country and its leader are a danger to the world," Mandela said...

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