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RESISTANCE 18.11.2003 23:05
Bush Arrives in London as Protests Increase
As Bush was flying in to London protests were already underway. Over one thousand people marched on the US embassy (via the offices of ExxonMobil) in the Burning Planet March Against Bush. Focussing on climate change the march was noisy and bright and gained support from many passing by. Outside the US Embassy speakers including former Environment minister Michael Meacher, Tony Juniper (Director, Friends of the Earth) Stephen Tindale (Director, Greenpeace)and others all lined up to denounce the destructive policies of the Bush administration and its corporate sponsors.
See [report] [report + pics]
Pictures [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

Meanwhile in Brixton yet another statue of George Bush was being toppled by campaigners, this time complete with mock trial where he was found guilty of a number of charges - see report and pics [1] [2] [3] .

Earlier in the day another naked protest against Bush took place at the Tate spelling out the words 'Bush Go Home', while students at University College London have occupied part of the university. The London School of Economics Student Union also voted to support the next three days of protests.
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POLICE STATE 17.11.2003 13:20
Seattle Police Keep LEIU Protestors' Videotapes
6/2/03 Seattle Police Riot on Peaceful LEIU Protesters in permitted protest zone Well, the Law Enforcement Intelligent Unit (LEIU) hearings, based on the June 2, 2003 LEIU protests in Seattle, are back on. On November 14, 2003, in Judge Deborah Hankins' courtroom, five of the LEIU defendants were represented by attorneys Paul Richmond, Larry Hildes, and Michael Withey. You will remember last time we visited this topic, at the August 28 hearing, LEIU defendants' property was not being returned by the Seattle Police, including video cameras, videotapes, personal and student identification, credit cards, and even ice cream cards (with only one cone left until the free one). When the attorneys asked the judge for those items to be returned in August, since the Seattle Police were not responding to those requests, the judge on the bench that day, Judge Ron A. Mamiya, told the attorneys, Mr. Richmond and Mr. Hildes, to ask the prosecutor for those things back. So, the attorneys turned to their left (?!), and asked the prosecutor for the defendants' belongings back. The prosecutor said some of those possessions may be considered and used as evidence, so they may not be returned.

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NEVER FORGET 17.11.2003 13:19
Activists Join Academics in Opposing Enola Gay Exhibit
An impressive committee of leading intellectuals from around the world has joined forces with veterans, clergy, activists and students to challenge the Smithsonian's plans to exhibit the Enola Gay solely as a "magnificent technological achievement." The planned exhibit, set to open December 15 at the Air and Space Museum's new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles, is devoid of historical context and a discussion of the ongoing controversy surrounding the bombings, and lacks basic information regarding the number of casualties. The "Committee for a National Discussion of Nuclear History and Current Policy" has formulated a powerful statement of principles, which appears on their website: www.enola-gay.org. The statement has been circulating in the activist and academic communities here and abroad. The statement makes clear that the signatories, who number about 250 now, are not opposed to exhibiting the plane in a fair and responsible manner, but they fear that a "celebratory" exhibit both legitimizes what happened in 1945 and helps build support for the Bush administration's "dangerous new nuclear policies", hence the linkage between past history and current policy. The signers, who include a who's who of the American intellectual left, include Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, famed writers E.L. Doctorow and Kurt Vonnegut, activist Daniel Ellsberg, celebrity Martin Sheen and renowned folk singer Pete Seeger. [ Read more... ]

previous feature: [ PATRIOTIC CORRECTNESS: the Hiroshima cover-up ]


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MYOPIC MILITARY MIND 17.11.2003 13:14
Marine mammals are innocent victims of war on terror
Under the cynical pretext of protecting national security, the Bush administration strong-armed the Senate Armed Services Committee into approving the most far-reaching rollback of marine mammal
protection in the last 30 years. It exempts the U.S. military from obeying core provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Because these unprecedented exemptions are part of a "must-pass" defense bill, they were quickly approved by both the House and Senate, and President Bush is sure to sign the bill into law.

What do these new exemptions mean in the real world? It will now be far easier for the U.S. military to harass and kill whales, dolphins and other marine mammals with high-intensity sonar and underwater
explosives. The armed forces will no longer be limited to harming or killing a "small number" of animals.

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FAIR TRADE NOT FREE TRADE 16.11.2003 22:43
AUDIO FILE: The Salvadoran Struggle Against Free Trade
On November 10, 2003, at SEIU Local 49 in Portland, Sara Quintanilla (an electrical worker and Secretary General of her union local) spoke about her union's struggle to halt privatization and defeat the Bush Corporate Globalization agenda from taking over El Salvador and all of Latin America.
In spite of international protests and condemnations, the Bush administration hopes to complete the Central American Free Trade Agreement, (CAFTA) negotiations by December 2003. In order to pave the way for CAFTA the right-wing Salvadoran government wants to privatize healthcare, electricity, water, and education. The government has been trying to dismantle the unions, reduce wages, and abuse human rights, but the people of El Salvador and Central America are saying NO! And are calling on our solidarity to support their struggle against CAFTA and the FTAA.

In this audio file Sarah begins by discussing the impact that the privatization of telecommunications and energy have had. "Energy has not been completely privatized yet, that is, only the distribution of energy has been privatized at this time. What has happened with the privatization of telecommunications and the partial privatizastion of energy, there has been an increase of poverty in El Salvador, and of course an increase in the wealth of transnational corporations."

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RACIST POLICE STATE 16.11.2003 15:49
NYPD attacks Anarchist People of Color fundraiser
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2003
Contact: Critical Resistance Northeast Office,
718.398.2825, crnyc@criticalresistance.org

People attending a private fundraising event in Brooklyn were shocked early this morning by an unprovoked and violent assault at the hands of the NYPD. Up to 100 people attending a fundraiser for activists of color were indiscriminately sprayed with chemical agents, beaten with nightsticks, and harassed by a throng of up to 100 police officers. Witnesses say there was no cause for the assaults and the subsequent arrests following the melee.

Critical Resistance is a national grassroots group that focuses on prisons and police brutality, and challenges the belief that policing, surveillance, imprisonment, and similar forms of control make our communities safer.

for more info and updates, check out: [ http://nyc.indymedia.org/ | NYPD Attacks APOC Fundraiser | jail solidarity callout ]

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SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS | PRISONER SUPPORT 16.11.2003 15:44
Run for Freedom Prisoners of Conscience
Close the SOA and remember the Prisoners Of Conscience! Jim Toren and Jon Blickenstaff from FootPrints For Peace are leading the way to Ft. Benning to honor those who have volunteered to go to prison in order to bring public awareness to the "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation" formerly known as the "School Of Americas". In the dark cold hours of this morning, November 16th, 2003 a small group of dedicated people have awakened early, eaten breakfast, gotten dressed and gathered in Lexington Kentucky at the Federal Medical Center, a Federal prison, to begin a run to the SOAW protest at Ft. Benning Georgia.

Their purpose is to honor and support the people in prison who are known as Prisoners Of Conscience. These people are in prison because they performed acts of civil disobedience at Ft. Benning as witness to the wrong doings of their government and were willing to suffer the wrath of their government in order to bring awareness to all America and indeed the world, that something is wrong and needs to be changed! They are all volunteers and patriots in the truest sense of the word.
www.soawatch.org


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SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS | PRISONER SUPPORT 16.11.2003 15:39
Run for Freedom Prisoners of Conscience
Close the SOA and remember the Prisoners Of Conscience! Jim Toren and Jon Blickenstaff from FootPrints For Peace are leading the way to Ft. Benning to honor those who have volunteered to go to prison in order to bring public awareness to the "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation" formerly known as the "School Of Americas".
In the dark cold hours of this morning, November 16th, 2003 a small group of dedicated people have awakened early, eaten breakfast, gotten dressed and gathered in Lexington Kentucky at the Federal Medical Center, a Federal prison, to begin a run to the SOAW protest at Ft. Benning Georgia.

Their purpose is to honor and support the people in prison who are known as Prisoners Of Conscience. These people are in prison because they performed acts of civil disobedience at Ft. Benning as witness to the wrong doings of their government and were willing to suffer the wrath of their government in order to bring awareness to all America and indeed the world, that something is wrong and needs to be changed! They are all volunteers and patriots in the truest sense of the word.

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FTAA MIAMI | SOLIDARITY 15.11.2003 15:14
Support Needed: Miami activists arrested
On Saturday, Nov 15, five activists (including two from the Pagan cluster) were arrested in Miami for the crime of leafletting, that is, peaceful organizing for the upcoming anti-FTAA mobilization. Urgent support action is needed.

Please contact Mayor Manuel A. Diaz ("Manny") and City Attorney Alejandro Vilarello ASAP. Briefly and strongly, let them know that...

* pre-emptive arrest of dissenters must stop right now;
* the charges against these five people are without merit and should be dropped immediately;
* the City of Miami is expected to behave like a democracy!

Contact information:

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POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY 15.11.2003 15:11
AUDIO FILE: Alliance For Police and Community Accountability
At the November East County Democrats meeting, JoAnn Bowman spoke briefly about a new citizens organization just being formed concerned with police and community interaction. This is a 10 minute audio file of that presentation, the last half of which are her responses to questions from the audience.

[Portland Copwatch | Alliance for Police and Community Accountability Audio File
]
homepage: www.philosopherseed.org


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GIVING PEACE A CHANCE 14.11.2003 23:35
Report from PPRC Friday Rally
rob: coming to these rallies and coming to these protest allow me to express my feeling or to vent where i cannot otherwise. its good to know that this is making a difference in Portland. it seems that each week as we march we see more people driving by honking, waving and/or flashing the peace sign that more people are agreeing with what we have to say. that we are getting the message out and that people are finally understanding what this is all about.

Paul: i remember when there were just the 4 or 6 people just up the street picketing the federal courthouse over huac (house unamerican activities committee) in the early 60's. 4 to 6 people registering their complaint over a period of time has a effect. when we march every week people see 50 or 100 people walking down the street carrying signs, speaking out against war and/or injustice. it reaches out, reminds more people that these atrocities are being carried out in our name and i can sleep well tonight knowing that i have spoken out against injustice today.

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GLOBAL JUSTICE 14.11.2003 13:29
FTAA approaches Miami as activists mobilize
Seven days before the mass march and Direct Action against the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) the city of Miami is bustling. The police are mobilizing against protestors, while activists mobilize against the FTAA.

The convergence space is a vibrant mix of diverse peoples setting up aid for those converging in Miami. There are several working groups, including housing, food, legal, and action medical/wellness, set up to make sure that all needs are covered. The FTAA-Miami IMC space is also located in the Convergence Center.

The city, state, and county police have been actively harassing protesters; three activists were arrested Monday November 10 without provocation.

Today, November 13, the "Protest Ordinance" passed unanimously, giving the police a supposed upperhand. However, their trainings have focused on the things that they have made illegal, and the global justice movement has creativity in their pocket. The police may be facing tactics that they have never trained for.

Local, grassroots groups representing communities of color have been taking an active role in resisting corporate globalization. The Root Cause is releasing a Community Impact Report, outlining the impacts of free trade policies on poor communities and communities of color in South Florida.

Overall, the air is buzzing with excitement. New people arrive everyday and immerse themselves in organizing, learning new things and meeting new people working to create a wonderful community. Florida activists have set up a Free Carnival Area of the Americas, building puppets for the protests and using education, art, and action to create positive change. Two streaming IMC radio projects have been set up, and print and video working groups are also active.


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ANTI IMPERIALISM | SUSTAINABILITY 12.11.2003 16:24
BOLIVIA: Alternative Summit
Congressman Evo Morales, leader (MAS) has invited to the Social Alternative Summit Fidel Castro, president of Cuba, Luiz In?cio Lula da Silva, from Brazil, and Hugo Ch?vez, from Venezuela. Also some 20,000 Bolivian workers of the land will be there, cocaleros (coca growers), farmers, and indigenous.

"We want to summon everyone who wants to change this system of life, to come and attend this Alternative Social Conference to construct amongst ourselves a new strategy for this country. The neoliberal system already has completed it's cycle, we must bury it, also we must create new alternatives ", Evo Morales said.


http://www.bolivia.indymedia.org/es/2003/11/4391.shtml
http://www.bolivia.indymedia.org/es/2003/11/4363.shtml
www.bolivia.indymedia.org
Bolivian Farmers Reclaim Unused Land


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FOREST DEFENSE 12.11.2003 16:13
Call out from ELK CREEK (B.C.)

http://elkcreekaction.org/content/Photos/thumbs-elk_falls.jpg

Help needed NOW in B.C. The oncoming winter bodes shorter days for the activists residing in the forests of the Elk Creek watershed, a place newly interspersed with around 800 truckloads of timber lying throughout selective- and clear-cuts on the forest floor. Despite the recent destruction, concerned people hold hope that justice may somehow still be served - both for native title, as well as for the forest itself.

What is apparent now, with recently inspired changes - both in the Land Act that permits logging within formerly protected watersheds such as Elk Creek, and the far-reaching tenets of the Working Forest Initiative, is that the provincial government is attempting to liquidate the value of terrestrial resources before their unfounded right to carry out such acts is superceded by indigenous title.

The Pilalt people have always gained their physical, cultural, medicinal, and spiritual sustenance in relations with the mountainside of Elk Creek, giving their unceded title legal precedent to the in situ corporatist agenda now attempting to eradicate their very link to the earth.

Any sort of assistance is greatly needed now in Elk Creek.

www.elkcreekaction.org | Grandmother Betty Krawcyzk speaks on necessity for civil disobedience in B.C.


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RECLAIMING THE LAND 12.11.2003 16:01
Bolivia: Land Seizures
Since the recent countrywide protests in Bolivia, and removal of their "democratically elected" president, Bolivians have gone ahead and organized their own plans for land redistribution.

THE OCCUPATION OF LAND HAS RECOMMENCED

La Paz, November 11, 2003. - In a new clash with the government of president Carlos Mesa, again several thousand landless farmers and peasants have begun occuping several agricultural properties belonging to the large estate owners from the former regime of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada.

Justifying this action by the community, the leader of the farmers of La Paz, Rufo Calle, has sworn that his group will continue to take over unused land throughout different regions. "The authorities are not fulfilling their commitments and people no longer want to hope", he said when demanding that at least of 10 to 20 hectares of earth be given to each family farmer.

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LABOR SOLIDARITY 12.11.2003 15:51
ILWU local #5 strike
ILWU Local 5 the ILWU local number 5 won a big victory today in front of Powells books downtown Portland store. At 2:30 pm the daily shipment of internet orders did not go out. "No Mail today!!" someone yelled as the USPS worker shut the doors to his empty truck. the Powells workers are on strike to protest unfair labor practices by the powells corporation including surveillance, super supervision and discriminating against union supporters.

hundreds of people showed up today to help the powells workers get the word out. People picketed the dowtown store of Powells books to bring attention to practices by the powells corporation which violate the national labor laws.

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BIKES | PORTLAND POLICE STATE 12.11.2003 02:52
ZooBombers Getting Hassled By Cops...Again
Last Sunday the Portland Police Department showed up in force to rain on a ZooBomb parade. Four police cars were waiting in Washington park, at least 2 maybe 3 cars were waiting on Salmon and at least one car was waiting on Burnside. This "sting" was incited by the recent Oregonian article on ZooBombing which talked about public drinking and the use of marijuana. The Police handed out tickets en masse, including some for "crossing the max tracks" to the tune of $300. At least two people were arrested for unkown reasons. It was nice to see our tax dollars hard at work taking dangerous, menacing bike riders off the streets, instead of trying to catch those pesky burglars, rapists and murders. God bless you Portland Police Department...

[ previous pdx indy stories about the ZooBombers ]


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A21 BUSH PROTEST LEGAL UPDATE 11.11.2003 00:29
Charges Against Amber Hicks Dismissed When Portland Police Officer Kruger Fails to Appear
Charges against Peace Encampment activist and police abuse victim Amber Hicks were dismissed at her 2pm trial Monday. Hicks was violently arrested by Portland Police Sergeants Kruger and Lee while strolling through a park on the day of pResident Bush's last visit to the Rose City on August 21, 2003. Sergeant Kruger failed to appear in court to testify. Today's action clears the way for Hick's upcoming civil suit against Kruger and Lee for their inexcusable violence and harrassment.

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FOREST DEFENSE 11.11.2003 00:26
AUDIO FILE: Healthy Forest Initiative Dialogue
The November Bark Field Trip was to the Borg Timber Sale in the Oak Grove Watershed, a tributary of the Clackamas river system.
Towards the end of the hike, participants held a dialogue about the Healthy Forest Initiative, a bill which recently passed through both houses of Congress. The content of these two bills differed sufficiently that a comprise bill will have to be hammered out in a committee and then again approved by both Houses. This affords citizens the opportunity to contact their representatives and voice their concerns over this bill

Though superficially proposing to protect the forest and adjacent communities from the ravages of fire, this bill opens the forests up to increased logging, while at the same time limiting and inhibiting citizen participation in the intricate process of the U.S. Forest Service Timber Sale Program. Federal laws which protect the forest, such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as State Regulations, guaranteeing citizen participation, are weakened.

During this dialogue, many questions concerning this bill and its effects upon forest and human communities are asked and answered by the group gathered in a snowey clearing here in an uncut portion of the Borg Timber Sale. The segment finishes with an exhortation to hold our representatives accountable for their actions, and not excuse them as simpley not being up enough n the issue at hand. They are being paid, actuallyu, overpaid, to be on top on protecting our rights and our resources.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS 11.11.2003 00:20
Eggs: A victimless crime? Try the red pill.
There are approximately 300 million egg laying hens in the U.S. confined in battery cages ? small wire cages stacked in tiers and lined up in rows inside huge warehouses... Laying more than 250 eggs per year each, laying hens' bodies are severely taxed. They suffer from "fatty liver syndrome" when their liver cells, which work overtime to produce the fat and protein for egg yolks, accumulate extra fat. They also suffer from what the industry calls 'cage layer fatigue,' and many become 'egg bound' and die when their bodies are too weak to pass another egg.

After one year in egg production, the birds are classified as 'spent hens' and are sent off to slaughter. Their brittle, calcium-depleted bones often shatter during handling or at the slaughterhouse. They usually end up in soups, pot pies, or similar low-grade chicken meat products in which their bodies can be shredded to hide the bruises from consumers.

In one notorious case of extraordinary cruelty at Ward Egg Ranch in February 2003 in San Diego County, California, more than 15,000 spent laying hens were tossed alive into a wood-chipping machine to dispose of them. Despite tremendous outcry from a horrified public, the district attorney declined to prosecute the owners of the egg farm, calling the use of a wood-chipper to kill hens a "common industry practice."


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