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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...
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.
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!
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 ]
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
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.
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.
<b>VISIT: <a href=" link to www.shacamerica.net </a> for more information.</b>
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.
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.
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...
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".
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.
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.
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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