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Mar 02 2012
Occupy protesters force Freddie Mac to back off on Bertina Jones foreclosure

On the 27th of February, Ms Bertina Jones showed up at the DC offices of Freddie Mac, backed up by Occupy our Homes, Rev Hagler, and the same Catholic contingent that took the "Golden Bull" to Congress. Read More | Video of the protest, skit and press conference highlights | 2/27 Noon: luddofthefuture Stream

Related: #F10: by Carmen Pittman

Mar 03 2012
VIDEO: A Mother Demands Changes To Mental Health System

Instead of celebrating with her son for his birthday, Cindy Fisher was found rallying in front of the Clark County Courthouse in Vancouver with dozens of supporters. She made a cry out for help after her son was recently taken into custody and faced charges for what boiled down to a coat he found that had been stolen. After returning the jacket, he was apprehended and blamed for the crime. Due to his history of mental health issues and the fact that he was on a high dosage of a drug he had been prescribed at the time, he acted in fear of the cops and was arrested. Cindy gathered much support since her son was put in jail, and all her hard work has paid off. She broke the good news to all those in attedance that her son had contacted her early that morning to tell her that the charges had been dropped and now he is under care at a facility. The facility however is giving her son large doses of medication and this worries her because she knows the effects of these drugs and believes there should be a better treatment solution. She showed us how she prays in a meditative state for her sons healing every day.

We can only hope for a better future that will provide those with mental health issues more than just a suppressive drug. Cindy Fisher still needs over $5,000 to meet the $9,000 cost to put Siddharta in a new program which offers better treatment. If you would like to know more, contact Cindi below. Read More | VIDEO: Happy Birthday Siddharta - Rally on Clark County Courthouse Steps - 2.28.12 | www.joeanybody.com

Mar 05 2012
Atlanta Organizes Against G8/NATO Summit

This May, two international summits are happening in the same city, at almost the same time.  The G8 and NATO are meeting in Chicago.  There will be many different participants in the meetings, but they all represent the same interests: profit, war, and global exploitation.  And though their opponents come from diverse backgrounds and concerns, they are united by a common vision: the summits in Chicago must be met with massive protest, the kind that even world leaders and CEOs cannot ignore. [read more]

UPDATE from eds: The White House has announced that the G8 summit scheduled for Chicago in May 2012 will instead now take place at Camp David. Is this the second time Chicago activists have chased away the G8?

DC
Mar 06 2012
Richmond VA: Several Arrested Protesting Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill

Bob McDonnell's Virginia:

On March 3, 2012, a group of peaceful protesters opposed to the Republican Party's War on Women were surrounded by riot police and dragged away under the guns of a SWAT team.

Coverage: Video | Speak Loudly With Silence | solidarity1015 ustream | Kontra Video

Mar 10 2012
13-year Old's Essay on Frederick Douglass Earns Her Harassment from Teachers

After writing an essay about Frederick Douglass and drawing comparison between Douglass' experiences and that of Black RCSD students, 13-year-old Jada Williams says she was harassed by teachers who said they were "offended" by her essay.

Photo from Dread Times

Mar 13 2012
Ashland Food Co-op found in violation of federal labor law

Ashland, OR – March 8, 2012 - A majority of workers at Ashland Food Co-op have been united since June of 2011 to improve their working conditions by organizing a union with United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555. Ashland Food Co-op management learned of workers’ desire to organize and reacted swiftly with heavy handed tactics to try and sway workers away from unionization. The Employer’s actions included soliciting and promising to remedy grievances, providing benefits to employees that it previously refused to provide, disciplining union activists, threatening employees with more severe discipline if they voted for a union, instituting a rule that prohibited employees from discussing the union and then enforcing this rule only against employees who supported the union, and soliciting employees to sign an anti-union petition

DC
Mar 15 2012
Occupy DC shuts down streets, marches on White House to protest HR347

On the evening of the 12th of March, Occupy DC (both camps) marched through the streets of DC and protested on the base of the White House fence in defiance of newly-signed HR347, the Federal Tresspass law protecting the White House, all the GOP candidates for President, the G20,the Chicago NATO Summit, and the GOP and Dem Conventions. Read More & Pics | Video: Occupy DC stages funeral march for the 1st Amendment

More Coverage: The 'First Amendment Rights Eradication Act' or the New Anti-Occupy Bill | Occupy Santa Cruz Shows Chilling Effects of National Defense Authorization Act

NYC
Mar 16 2012
Building Bridges: Rehire Laid Off MTA Workers & The Line Against Unemployment

From Building Bridges Radio, Your Community & Labor Report: TWU Local 100, elected officials, and community supporters are calling on the MTA to use nearly $500 million dollars in its GASB 45 Fund to restore services cut in 2010, to rehire over 120 laid-off Station Agents, and settle a fair contract for 38,000 TWU Local 100 members.< And, on Super Tuesday March 6, from 8:14 to 8:28 am New Yorkers joined to form the world's longest unemployment line for 14 minutes - 1 minute for each of the 1 million currently unemployed Americans.

FULL REPORT featuring Transport Workers Local 100, OWS Labor Outreach Committee, and Arthur Cheliotes, President, Communications Workers, Local 1180 | play stream | download audio

Mar 17 2012
Community Groups "Leak" Police Review Board Documents

Community organizations Copwatch and BLOCS are taking action against a recent Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) decision to hide the board's findings from the public. The findings have been procured and published at http://www.CopwatchOEA.org/acrb

The ACRB exists to investigate and publicly review complaints against police. Since its creation, it has been met with resistance and sabotage by local government. APD has routinely refused to cooperate with ACRB investigations, and both Chiefs Pennington and Turner have rejected every single board decision which found fault with an officer. City council repeatedly cut into the ACRB's already bare-bones budget, making it impossible to conduct effective investigations. After being stymied at every turn, former ACRB Executive Director Cristina Beamud resigned in protest. The new director promptly removed all complaints and ACRB findings from the internet.read more

Mar 18 2012
G8 Move from Chicago Marks Month Full of Activist Achievements, Victories

In a stunning move, the G8 -- which was slated to hold its 2012 summit in Chicago -- abruptly announced on March 5th that the G8 would instead convene in the exclusive presidential retreat of Camp David, Maryland. The official stated reason is that the G8 sought a "more casual backdrop", though activists have claimed victory for pressuring the move. If so, then it might be the capstone of a month full of dramatic actions and wins for grassroots Chicago activists.

Image from Uprising Radio: G8 Summit Moved, Protesters Undeterred

Mar 19 2012
Boston Protests US War Crimes In Afghanistan

Boston, Mass.-March 17, 2012: A small but vocal and inspired group of anti-war activists gathered on Boston Common today for a speakout against the US soldier, Sgt. Robert Bales, massacre of 16 Afghani civilians-9 children, 3 women, and 4 men, last weekend. A fervent call was issued by the protesters for an immediate end to the US war on the people of Afghanistan, as well as no war on Iran and Pakistan. [...] Many of the St.Patricks Day weekend passersby stopped to listen to the anti-war message. Read More & Pics | Video (youtube) | More Photos

Related: "Violence is As American As Cherry Pie" by BNimri Aziz via Peoples MEDIA Center

Mar 21 2012
Indybay Journalists Charged with Felony: Conspiracy to Make Media

Viewpoint Discrimination and Selective Prosecution at Work in Charges Against Independent Journalists

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee has embarked on a full frontal assault against independent media in Santa Cruz by including four regular contributors to the independent news website Indybay.org amongst the eleven people charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors after the occupation of a vacant bank building on November 30th, 2011. District Attorney Lee apparently believes it is his duty to dictate how events such as the occupation of the vacant bank at 75 River Street should be reported on by the media, and if he does not approve of the coverage, then journalists risk the DA bringing charges against them. Read More | Full Press Release from Indybay | En Español

Pictured: Bradley Stuart Allen and Alex Darocy are Indybay photojournalists and Indybay editors who were reporting on the occupation.

More Coverage: KPFA Evening News Speaks with Bradley Stuart Allen | Day Three of "Conspiracy" Frame-Up Hearing | Bogus Attack on Journalists Around November Protest Goes On and On | Preliminary "Conspiracy" Hearing for Two Reporters in the 75 River St. Persecutions | NPPA & Reporters Committee Seek Dismissal of Charges Against Photojournalist Covering Occupy Protest

Mar 23 2012
Honduras after the Coup and the tragedy at the Comayagua federal prison

The Latino Media Collective is a community based media outlet covering the social, political economic and cultural topics pertaining to Latinos, Latin Americans, and all People of our diverse World.

This episode features an interview with Dana Frank Bio, Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. For the past five years she has been researching the history of the AFL-CIO's Cold War intervention in the Honduran labor movement. Since the June 28 coup, she has spoken widely in the media in the U.S. and beyond, on the situation in Honduras. [Listen on DC.Indymedia.Org]

More on LMC: Facebook | Washington Peace Center | More Coverage: Worker's Rights Campaign at UMUC

Mar 25 2012
Budgets and priorities

Can we Occupy the budget debate? The Congressional Progressive Caucus actually has a good proposal on the table, but the chattering class and the press corps are fixated on Representative Ryan's plan, which doesn't meet any criteria of reasonableness or rationality. But it does meet the criteria of "austerity," the idea that addressing the "debt crisis" takes precedence over all other possible priorities. What is to be done? Fortunately, grassroots organizers have some ideas and are gearing up to act. (Image from IEL)

Mar 27 2012
Photos From Arson at Occupy Rochester

These pictures are of all that remains of a tent at the Occupy Rochester encampment that was set on fire during the early hours of March 20. According to witnesses at the park, reports of no injuries were premature. The lone occupant who escaped the burning tent was taken to a hospital later that morning with burns caused not only by the flames but from chemicals used to start the fire.

Mar 28 2012
Local Coalition Protests Decision Regarding Public's Water.

At a press conference today, [3/27/12] Bark and Food and Water Watch, members of the Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge Coalition, announced that they are appealing the Oregon Water Resources Department's (OWRD) approval of permit applications that move Nestle' one key step closer to bottling Oregon's water. Read More | Video from Press Conference | bark-out.org

Pictured: The spring Nestle wants to bottle for profit

Mar 29 2012
"Million Hoodie March" Across the US

Numerous marches, many of them numbering in the thousands, have sprung up over the country to demand justice for Trayvon Martin. United with the name "The Million Hoodie March," marchers protested the fact that the man who shot the 17-year-old has yet to be charged with a crime under the protection of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. The hoodies were a reference to Trayvon Martin's clothes when we was killed as well as Geraldo Rivera's comment that "the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman was."

On February 26th, Trayvon Martin was shot dead by self-styled vigilante George Zimmerman in Sandford, Florida. Sanford police did not arrest Zimmerman for killing the unarmed teenager, nor even take physical evidence such as Zimmerman's clothing or the handgun he used that night.

Reports from across the US: NYC | San Francisco | DC | Atlanta | Rochester | Austin

More Info: What Everyone Should Know About Trayvon Martin | Members of NY Legislature Wear Hoodies to Session | Petition to Charge George Zimmerman | More Actions Scheduled.

Mar 30 2012
Save Texas Schools March and Rally 2012

On Saturday March 24, 2012 the Save Texas Schools March and Rally was held at the Texas capitol. Students, parents, teachers and community leaders attended to show their support of Texas public education. Information about education issues and ways to defend public schools can be found at savetxschools.org.

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Mar 30 2012
Alice Walker & Frances Goldin on the Life of Legendary Poet Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

Art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of power which holds it hostage.

The legendary poet, essayist and feminist Adrienne Rich died on March 27, 2012, at the age of 82 in her Santa Cruz, California home. Rich was one of the most celebrated poets of the last half-century and a lifelong advocate for women, gay and lesbian rights, peace and racial justice. Rich drew widespread acclaim for her many volumes of poetry and prose, which brought the oppression of women and lesbians into the public spotlight.

Adrienne Rich was a key figure in the women’s movement and an uncompromising critic of the powerful. Rich won numerous awards and honors, including the National Book Award for the 1973 collection Diving into the Wreck. Refusing to accept the award alone, she appeared onstage with poets Audre Lorde and Alice Walker, and the three accepted the award on behalf of all women. READ MORE: Alice Walker & Frances Goldin on the Life of Legendary Poet Adrienne Rich

DC
Mar 31 2012
Tensions rise as police destroy Info tent at Occupy DC

On the 29th of March, US Park Police invaded Occupy DC's McPherson Square campsite, removed the Informaton tent and everything inside, and violently arrested a woman who tried to reclaim her property from it. Read More, Audio & Pics

MORE:
Recorded Ustream video of the police attack begins with coverage of the ALEC protest the police used as cover | Luke's video of punitive night march with interview to witness to attack | Audio by WSQT Radio containing sound from Ustream video of raid.

Apr 01 2012
Protest Shuts Down Hotel Sofitel Entrance Before Romney Gala Fundraiser

Demonstrators shut down the entrance of the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney held a fundraising dinner on Monday. Several protest groups coordinated to produce a show of anger aimed at the presidential hopeful and wealthy attendees of the event. One group erected a giant Etch A Sketch outside the hotel entrance, making light of a recent Romney aide's gaffe; others mocked billionaire supporters of his campaign by wearing faux fur and pearls and lifting glasses of champagne.

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