I.A. Local 927 Demands Payment in Birmingham

Us-Indymedia local newsfeatures - Mon, 24/12/2012 - 07:48

In August, 2012, Atlanta I.A.T.S.E. Local 927 was hired by Birmingham based American Entertainment Group to work the Labor Day weekend R&B show at Wolf Creek Amphitheatre in Fulton Co. Local 927 is the stagehand union in Atlanta. Three months later the crew that worked the show has yet to be paid, just like other companies that worked this same show. On Monday, December 10th, nine union members drove out to a suburb of Birmingham and went to the home of the promoter who owes them money. Their message: Pay The Union Now! This film covers that visit to Birmingham. It runs 8 minutes.

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US-NATO Supported Syria Rebels use Chemical Weapons against Government Forces

Us-Indymedia local newsfeatures - Mon, 24/12/2012 - 06:20
Militants fighting against the Syrian government have used chemical weapons against the army in Daraya near the capital, Damascus, military sources say.

According to a commander of the Syrian Presidential Guard, at least seven Syrian soldiers were killed on Saturday after they were attacked by a chemical weapon which produced a toxic yellow gas.

The soldiers were reportedly killed within an hour after inhaling the gas.

Foreign-backed militants have repeatedly threatened to use chemical weapons against the army and pro-government civilians in recent days.

They have also threatened to contaminate Syria’s drinking water supply in a bid to kill all Alawite Shias and the supporters of President Bashar al-Assad.

The threat was made in a video posted on YouTube in which militants tested water contaminated with a lethal mixture on lab rabbits. The rabbits stopped breathing and their chests swelled shortly after drinking the poisoned water.

The militants had earlier released a footage in which lab rabbits were killed by inhaling poisonous gas.

The militants’ use of chemical weapons come as the US and its allies have alleged that the Syrian government possesses the deadly weapons and is prepared to use them against militants.
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Building Bridges Radio: Sandy a Disaster for Public Housing Tenants in NYC

Us-Indymedia local newsfeatures - Mon, 24/12/2012 - 02:30
Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
National Edition
Produced by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Public Housing Tenants Hung Out To Dry In Wake Of Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy slammed NYC, tens of thousands of public housing
tenants were left without power, heat, and running water; elderly & disabled
residents were trapped on the upper floors of the developments, oftentimes
lacking food and water and life essential medical needs. Weeks after the
wind roared and the water surged the voices of New York City Housing
Authority (“NYCHA”) tenants continued to be drowned out, amidst the
complacency of NYCHA to the still unresolved issues and conditions.

When NYCHA management finally met with the tenants, long after Sandy
came and went it was greeted by the pained and angry protestation of the
tenants due to its failure to show concern for, response to and accountability
for the horrible conditions that many still endure. The chorus of residents
decried NYCHA’s response to refusing immediate rent abatements, to
compensate them for their suffering and losses during & in the aftermath of
the hurricane. Chanting "No services, no rent," many of the residents left
the meeting in disgust to reconvene later, formulate demands and plan to
take their complaints to NYCHA headquarters.


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Senior Demonstrators Disrupt Business as Usual at Wells Fargo

Us-Indymedia local newsfeatures - Sat, 22/12/2012 - 07:55
Saying that Wells Fargo has "case after case of folks who are in foreclosure, forced out of homes they have lived in for decades", protesters portrayed the mega bank as "the Grinch that stole Christmas" on December 18th. Two senior citizen organizations took their money out of Wells Fargo and joined a protest rally outside at Grant and Market in San Francisco.

James Chionsini of Senior and Disability Action and Michael Lyon of the Gray Panthers addressed the rally after they had closed their organizations’ accounts and called on other organizations to also take their money out of predatory banks. All morning Wells Fargo customers had to show ID and Wells ATM cards before guards would allow them into the bank.

Archbishop Franzo King of St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church and the NAACP addressed the rally saying that Wells Fargo made money off trading slaves and now it is foreclosing on the African American decedents of slaves. Protesters raised voices in agreement with the Archbishop when he said that the banks have no morality if they continue to put seniors and poor people out of their homes and on to the streets.

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Atlanta Police Department's "Occupy Atlanta Plan of Action" Released

Us-Indymedia local newsfeatures - Fri, 21/12/2012 - 22:36

An action plan regarding Occupy Atlanta from the Atlanta Police Department is now available. On Monday, November 17th, 2011 a team of around 10 defense attorneys went to trial with 28 defendants who were arrested in the early morning of October 26th, 2012 for (allegedly) being in Troy Davis (Woodruff) Park after park closing hours.

As part of the preparation for the trials of Occupy Atlanta members who were arrested while engaging in this peaceful protest, the defense team requested relevant documents.  This involved a pre-trial process where the prosecution turned over documents that can be used at trial, as well as a subpoena to the Atlanta Police Department for police materials that could be used at trial.

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Video: Discussing Housless in Portland Oregon

Us-Indymedia local newsfeatures - Fri, 21/12/2012 - 22:18
Live interview with Ibrahim Mubarak and Lisa Fay, organizers with the Right 2 Dream Too (R2DTOO)successfully self functioning Houseless camp located in downtown Portland Oregon. The camp has been operating self sustainably since October of 2011, in spite of severe resistance and persecution by the Mayor and City Commissioners.

Discussing Houselessness in Portland Oregon [video 38 minutes]

On the Pubic Access television program, "A Growing Concern," Ibrahim and Lisa discuss the importance of the Camp, not only to the houseless, but also to the neighborhood in which it is located.

"The first thing houseless people look for is sleep; the second thing they look for is a place to eat. So we figure we can have a place where they can come get 8 - 12 hours of rest and get fed. Then we can help to get them productive.......refer them to social services, what to do if you need Identification, a drivers license, a bus ticket to get out of town, subsidized housing, health care. What happens if you are sleeping on the street and you get a citation, where to go or who to contact."
"Even though there are laws, some of the police and security guards don't practice that law when it comes to people that live without houses. We set that up and it's up to them whether or not they wish to become productive."

Thanks to the vigilance of the encampment, crime in the area is down markedly, including drug dealing which has always been a serious problem in that area of downtown Portland.
Lisa Fay says that, "not only do we look out for 4th and Burnside, but we look out for the entire block. We make routine checks around the whole block.....we do a lot of extra policing during week ends and night time hours, and make sure that you're not going to be selling drugs on this corner."[...]

Ibrahim believes that the City Council is moving against the camp because the local business community considers it an eyesore. "They're trying to get us out of there, it's right on prime property; this is the city that works, and they're seeing people that are out of work, they're being reminded that this city is like every other city. We have our problems, it's not our fault, but it's our fault if we do nothing to address these problems, if we overlook people, sweep it under the carpet."

[Related PIMC post]
Video: R2D2 serves lawsuit papers to city hall on 12.10.12
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Vigil for Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims and Survivors

Us-Indymedia local newsfeatures - Fri, 21/12/2012 - 16:22
The First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) held a vigil on the 20th to honor the victims and survivors of the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on December 14th. 28 people died, including 20 children. The shooter committed suicide when he heard police coming. The reaction from Americans has been to call for gun restrictions. Hopefully, this time, that call will not simply fade the way it did after other massacres.
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Vigil for Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims and Survivors

Us-Indymedia local newsfeatures - Fri, 21/12/2012 - 16:22
The First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) held a vigil on the 20th to honor the victims and survivors of the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on December 14th. 28 people died, including 20 children. The shooter committed suicide when he heard police coming. The reaction from Americans has been to call for gun restrictions. Hopefully, this time, that call will not simply fade the way it did after other massacres.
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Action Alert! Don't Let Them Rush Fluoridation Once Again!

Us-Indymedia local newsfeatures - Thu, 20/12/2012 - 21:38
Then at 2pm join us at the City Council meeting as we urge Commissioner Nick Fish to reject fast-tracking the fluoridation vote and instead support creation of an independent scientific review panel to report the current science on the safety and effectiveness of water fluoridation to voters.

While Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Dan Saltzman have strongly criticized the effort to move up the fluoridation vote by a year, Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Leonard are ready to throw fair process and democratic values under the bus once again and support fluoridationists' efforts to fast-track the vote.

Commissioner Fish says he's leaning towards supporting the latest effort to rush through fluoridation, which would leave no time for Join the "Don't Rush Fluoridation Again!" Rally TODAY at noon at City Hall!formation of a scientifc review panel. Come help us change his mind!

We know what a truly independent review of the current science will show, and Portland deserves to know the truth about fluoridation.


Mayor Sam Adams 503-823-4120
Nick Fish 503-823-3589
Amanda Fritz 503-823-3008
Randy Leonard 503-823-4682
Dan Saltzman 503-823-4151

Please be respectful in your comments.

Thanks for your support and we hope to see you at the rally and hearing on Thursday!
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