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On Tuesday, September 18th, the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted 98 percent to 2 percent to end its nine-day-long strike, the first CTU strike in 25 years. The proposed deal includes a marked salary increase for teachers and the right for teachers to make their own lesson plans. The deal also excludes the threatened elimination of merit pay, lanes (achievement for advanced degrees) and steps (achievement for experience). When asked on Democracy Now! if the CTU won this strike, CTU president Karen Lewis responded: "Absolutely".

On the 12th of September, anti-Globalization and Occupy activists disrupted the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP trade globalization talks. The highly secretive negotiations were being conducted at the Lansdowne Resort in Virginia. Read More & Pics | Video from inside the talks

New York's low-wage workers continue to organize

"This is a historic victory for low-wage and immigrant workers and would not have been possible without the grassroots organizing of the Laundry Workers Center and a broad coalition of support, including Occupy Wall Street, various labor unions, workers centers and community-based organizations."

Background: Sept 2 – Struggle Erupts at Hot and Crusty

In a bold, inspiring, historic, widely-publicized, and risky move, the Chicago Teachers Union, has gone on strike over a host of issues, including compensation, job security, evaluation procedures, and sufficient classroom resources (including air conditioning in the summer).

The strike could be argued as inevitable, given the galvanizing forces on each side: a progressive leadership at the Chicago Teachers Union, and a neoliberal cookie-cutter Chicago Public Schools district which favors non-union charter schools. The strike is unquestionably a big gamble -- if the union wins, they provide a badly needed shot-in-the-arm for public education and for the labor movement. If the establishment wins, they hasten the decline of both public education and dissident labor, spurring further the underway dissolution of middle-class education. The strike has so far garnered support from the public and from union solidarity efforts.

More Chicago Indymedia Links: Chicago Teachers v. Rahm Emanuel | Chicago: America's Epicenter of Resistance | Facebook Photo Album: Rally to support CTU Strike

Additional Links: In These Times: Chicago Teachers Strike Headache for Democrats | Robbie Abed's Personal Blog - Chicago Teachers Union Strike: The Real Story | Reuters: Negotiators optimistic Chicago teachers' strike may end soon | Teachers' Leader in Chicago Strike Shows Her Edge | Think Progress: How Illinois' Flawed Funding System Shortchanges Chicago's Students

On August 19, the Idriss Stelley Foundation (ISF) and the Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation teamed up with POOR Magazine and Peoples Community Medics for a day of solidarity in Bayview/Hunter's Point in order to bring attention to the issue of the police accountability movement.

Pictured: An alter in memory of Idriss Stelley, who was murdered by SFPD at the Sony Metreon Theater June 12, 2001 at only 23-years-old.

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Atlanta Jan 03 2013


It has been reported in the press that Luke O'Donovan, 19, went on a "stabbing rampage" at a New Year's Eve party in Reynoldstown, a neighborhood in Atlanta, GA. This is not accurate. The events that occurred were the result of Luke O'Donovan desperately defending himself against a clear act of queer-bashing that included Luke being stabbed in the back.

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NYC Jan 02 2013

After their release, the detainees held a press conference to say they intended to continue the struggle for their ideals, which they still considered correct.

Boston Jan 01 2013

Boston,Mass.-Dec. 31, 2012: Boston anti-war activists held a peace vigil in Copley Square, Boston in the midst of Boston's New Years Eve 2013 festivities.

San Francisco Bay Area Jan 01 2013

As the holiday season hit full force at the shopping/vacation destination of Carmel by the Sea, former La Playa Hotel workers continued to remain hopeful that some of those in attendance at a labor rally at the hotel on December 20 would receive back the jobs that they lost over a year ago. Since the hotel re-opened over the summer, only three of the former 113 workers have been re-hired.

Los Angeles Dec 30 2012

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Los Angeles Dec 30 2012

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Philadelphia Dec 29 2012

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NYC Dec 29 2012

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Apr 27 2012
Conspiracy to Make Media: Indybay Journalists Charged with Felony

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

March 20, 2011: SANTA CRUZ, CA — Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee has charged eleven people with multiple felonies and misdemeanors after the occupation of a vacant bank building on November 30th, 2011. Included in this group are four regular contributors to the independent news website Indybay.org. An Indybay release called this a "full frontal assault against independent media in Santa Cruz. [...] 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." Full Press Release from Indybay | En Español

Roundup of Coverage from Indybay | santacruzeleven.org

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

UPDATES:

April 14, 2012 — ACLU Issues Statement of Support and Petition for Journalists, Local Press and Activists... READ MORE

April 24, 2012 — Santa Cruz Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Condemns Law Enforcement; Issues Statement Supporting Eleven Charged in Occupation of Vacant Bank... READ MORE

April 26, 2012 — Judge Burdick Dismisses Charges Against Four of the Santa Cruz Eleven; DA Says She'll Refile; Seven Defendants Still Face Felony and Misdemeanor Charges... READ MORE

April 30, 2012 — Occupy Santa Cruz Adopts Resolution in Support of the Eleven 75 River St. Defendants... READ MORE

May 6, 2012 — ACLU of Northern California Submits Brief in Support of Indybay's Bradley Stuart Allen and Alex Darocy: The California Constitution "Is Broader and More Protective Than the First Amendment"... READ MORE

May 6, 2012 — Community Members Rally for Charges to Be Dropped Against the Santa Cruz Eleven: "Bob Lee, Stop Wasting Money! Drop the Charges!" ... READ MORE

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