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SACRAMENTO WTO MOBILIZATION 24.06.2003 01:10
monday's 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 for events beginning on monday, june 23rd.

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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 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 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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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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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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SACRAMENTO MINISTERIAL 20.06.2003 21:03
Welcome to Sacramento: Diverse people, diverse plants
It is amazing to be in this place. This is a community of diverse people. There is a merging of many worlds here. There is a merging of north and south biospheres. Just a little information about Sacramento.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS | POLICE STATE 20.06.2003 14:41
Help Activist Jailed by the FBI
California activist Lindsay Parme has been arrested for failing to appear before a grand jury in NJ. (This is the same grand jury that allowed the FBI to burglarize the SHAC USA office.) She will be moved to a transfer faclity in Oklahoma on June 27th and then to Newark about a week later.
Grand juries have been used historically to persecute activists and stifle free speech. Individuals called before a grand jury are interrogated about activists they know and their political beliefs - and are not allowed to remain silent. Lindsay follows in a long line of resistance to these modern day witch hunts in her refusal to participate.
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<b>VISIT: <a href=" link to www.shacamerica.net </a> for more information.</b>

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BIOTECH 20.06.2003 02:28
U.N. Treaty on Biotech Crops To Become Law
June 13, 2003, Washington, US -- An international treaty that seeks to protect the environment from the potential risks of Genetically Modified (GM) organisms will officially become law in 90 days from today.

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SACRAMENTO WTO MOBILIZATION 19.06.2003 20:34
pig parade in sacto
i was riding my bike alone in downtown sacramento, dressed in black (like an idiot, lookin' hella sketchy) when a police officer came up and asked me to pull over. he got out and asked me, "are you here for the ministers of agriculture thing?" i told him that i wasn't going to divulge that information. "i don't have to fucking tell you anything!" that was the start of a two-hour experience.

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POLITICAL PRISONER SUPPORT 18.06.2003 14:10
Rob 'Los Ricos' Thaxton still imprisoned for June 18th, 1999 Eugene Reclaim the Streets
On June 18, 1999 activists from over 150 cities participated in the first 'International Day of Action Against the Global Economy'. In Eugene, a reclaim the streets action turned into a riot-one in which the cops gassed themselves in the infamous "Battle of Washington-Jefferson Park". Unfortunately, we lost a comrade that day to the state, anarchist Rob Thaxton who was slammed with a seven year sentence...

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PINK RESISTANCE 16.06.2003 23:56
The Pinks Leave Their Calling Card at the N.W. Republican Leadership Conference
Six Portland Code Pinks subjected themselves to the parallel universe of the Republican Party, assembled at the Doubletree Hotel Jantzen Beach on Hayden Island Drive for a weekend conference. The women had made reservations to stay at the hotel, to give them access and a staging area.

We had some ideas of what we would like to accomplish -- to be a visible presence, and (" not to comfort the afflicted in this case), but to afflict the comfortable". These were modest goals, but considering the tight security, it was a daunting challenge with so many "unknowns".... until we could get there and case the joint."

Dressed in regular attire, appropriate for a conference (no pink at this time), we circulated around the hotel. One member innocently picked up a conference schedule from the registration table, returning to the lobby to share it with the other pinks. But within one minute the Republican authorities were on us, demanding that we relinquish the schedule since we were not registered for the conference and had no official name-tag. Without argument, we complied and headed back to our room, followed by a swarm of security people. The Republican security guy was polite and apologetic.

"We're sorry about this, ladies, but the security is tight due to the presence of some VIP's, and we don't want a situation in which there are invaders around trying to pass themselves off as "normal".


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FOREST DEFENSE | CORPORATE DOMINANCE 16.06.2003 19:17
PL Climbers Raid Tree-Sits Near Death Site Of David Gypsy Chain
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2003
<b>contact: Farmer (707) 825-7849</b>
Grizzly Creek, Ca.- After a several week pause, climbers hired by the Pacific Lumber Company are once again attempting to remove tree-sits that interfere with logging. This time however, their target is the "Tree-Village" which includes the old-growth redwood known to activists as Aradia.

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GENDER / SEXUALITY 16.06.2003 17:09
Portland Pride Parade Pictures
POLICE STATE | PRISONER SUPPORT 16.06.2003 14:51
Eugene March to support Free met with police violence and intimidation
The June 15 Register Guard article reads, in part:
"About 70 people gathered at noon at Scobert Park to protest what they believe was a harsh sentence for Jeffrey "Free" Luers, who two years ago was sent to prison for 22 years for burning three sport utility vehicles and attempting to burn an oil company.
Shortly before 1 p.m., about 50 protesters, many wearing black scarves and masks, blocked West Fourth Avenue in front of the park and began to confront motorists, said Pam Olshanski, Eugene police spokeswoman...
By about 1:30 p.m., the crowd had mostly dispersed as officers increased patrols in Whiteaker. An hour later, a half-dozen bicycle patrol officers were monitoring [!!] Scobert Park...
The Eugene Human Rights Commission has issued a letter supporting a reduced sentence for Luers [24, who was] convicted on 10 felonies - including three counts of first-degree arson at the Romania truck dealership off Franklin Boulevard on June 16, 2000, and two counts of attempted arson at Tyree Oil Inc. three weeks earlier.


One comment to this article:
Did the spokesperson happen to mention:
That more then 2 people were arrested?
The fact that people were shot/shot at with rubber bullets while on the sidewalk (one in the back while running away from the pigs?)
And that several of the people while arrested were strangled (maybe because they had been talkin shit for so long to the cops that they had a vendetta against them personally?)
Did they write down that one of our good friends, now in jail (not of the forementioned) was stopped and IDd because he "fit the description" of 6 people on bikes they were following simply because he had a pack. Supposedly he has a heavy warrant in another state he'll be sent away for, and he wasn't even involved in any of that!
That, they invaded a co-op, which scared the shit out of children, so much that peaceworks and whitebird were called to intervene and to tell the cops to get OUT of the co-op because of the situation. So they went into the street and arrested him there.
A LOT more then that happened, but were the mainstream media there with open ears and clear eyes!? Of course not. Are they ever?
Fuck mainstream corporate media. They lie.
-Supportin the peeps
(Hope you get out soon! And to all others, don't get raided!)

Another Comment:
just wanted to add that I personally saw 4 people get arrested and heard about at least 4 more.

The pigs pulled out their "less lethal" guns within the first few minutes of the march and started charging after people and shooting people in the back. Later, others were harrassed, ticketed, and/or arrested for minor bicycle infractions like crossing in the cross walk when the "hand" was blinking, as well as assaulting another and giving a ticket for "dog at large" when the persons' dog pulled away for just a second. Then a woman was assaulted (strangled, yanked out of the crowd, and thrown against the wall) and arrested simply for vocalizing against the abuse of the pigs.
freefreenow@ziplip.com
www.freefreenow.org



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RESISTING GLOBAL DOMINANCE 15.06.2003 20:19
Why should you join the mobilization in Sacramento?
Wars are being fought on many fronts, and the backroom deals which ensure that the majority of the world's population are kept under the heel of Empire are as much a target for people who believe in peace and justice as opposition to murderous armies and bombing campaigns in Afghanistan or Iraq. The Sacramento mobilization is time to show that we understand it is not enough for those of us who live in the US to turn out in hundreds of thousands at the outbreak of a military invasion - we need to be looking for strategic opportunities to confront Empire on an ongoing basis to turn this nation 180 degrees and walk together in a radically new direction.

...It is widely recognized that controversy over agriculture is the achilles heel of 'free trade' agreements such as the World Trade Organization and the Free Trade Area of the Americas. Some have even suggested that the whole WTO process could unravel at the WTO meeting in Mexico this September if there is continued failure to reach agreement on agriculture. While the Sacramento ministerial is not actually billed as a WTO meeting, the timing of this meeting to gather support for the US position on agriculture in the run up to the WTO ministerial in Mexico is no coincidence.

From June 23-25 in Sacramento, the US Department of Agriculture, the Agency for International Development, and the State Department are hosting government ministers from 180 nations and transnational corporate reps to lay out the US government and agribusiness' vision for the future of the world. A major grassroots mobilization and convergence is planned in Sacramento from June 20-25. This is an opportunity for people to say no to a genetically engineered future, and to voice instead a living world vision, rooted in social justice and ecological sanity... [ Read More ] [ Sac Mobilization ]

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