[Imc-chicago-audio] From the Trenches for January: Egypt protest, FBI repression, ICJPE conference
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Sun Feb 27 15:06:24 PST 2011
From The Trenches is the monthly radio program of the Chicago
Independent Media Center.
ON THE SHOW IN FEBRUARY 2011:
* CHICAGOANS RALLY IN SOLIDARITY FOR EGYPT
Some 1500 Chicagoans rallied outside the Egyptian consulate in February;
we'll hear a live report from the streets.
* CHICAGOANS HOLD CONFERENCE ON FBI REPRESSION OF ACTIVISTS
FBI repression and intimidation remains a focus of activists in Chicago
and nationwide; we'll hear excerpts from a conference held at Teamsters
Hall in Chicago on the topic.
* ILLINOIS COALITION FOR JUSTICE, PEACE, AND THE ENVIRONMENT HOLDS
We'll hear two presentations from the 2011 conference of the Illinois
Coalition for Justice, Peace, and the Environment -- by longtime
immigrant rights' activist Jorge Mujica, and by Toussant Losier from the
Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign.
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HEADLINES FROM THE INDYMEDIA NETWORK
*Berlin police evict last residents of an alternative housing complex*
Poland Indymedia and Germany Indymedia featured the developments of a
standoff between an alternative German housing complex and German
police. The twenty-five remaining residents of the Liebig 14 complex in
Berlin saw their lengthy legal battle against gentrification efforts end
on a losing note. On February 2, 2011, about 2500 police secured the
"village square", occupying the roofs and forcing the eviction of the
remaining residents. Solidarity protests swept Germany and much of
Europe, including more than a thousand people at a protest in Berlin.
*Argentine women's rights advocates rally for jailed rape victim
*Argentina Indymedia featured the case of a woman who was unjustly
jailed over a sexual assault. In 2002, Romina Tejerina was raped by a
neighbor, got pregnant, gave birth prematurely, and killed the infant
boy in a state of psychosis. An investigation led to conviction against
both Romina, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison, and against the
unnamed rapist, who was jailed for just 23 days. Activists from a group
called the Piquetera Tendency called for freedom for Romina and for the
legalization of abortion in Argentina, where the procedure is outlawed.
*Fort Hood Soldier to be discharged as a Conscientious Objector
*Houston Indymedia featured the story of a soldier at Fort Hood, Texas,
who won his discharge from the army as a conscientious objector.
Quoting from the feature: "Several months after returning from a combat
tour in Iraq, Fort Hood soldier Kyle Wesolowski submitted an application
for a conscientious objector discharge based on his Buddhist faith.
Since that time, Wesolowski has completed a rigorous examination of his
beliefs by military authorities, including required interviews by a
psychiatrist, a chaplain and an independent investigating officer. All
of these officials recommended that Wesolowski be discharged, and
Wesolowski's Conscientious Objector claim was approved by the U.S. Army,
which will likely occur in early March 2011"
*New political party holds first national convention in New York City
*New York City Indymedia featured the first national convention of a new
political party, led by Latinos and African-Americans. The Freedom
Party held its first convention at the National Black Theater in
Manhattan on February 12-13, 2011, to advocate for more jobs and
improved working conditions, particularly for communities of color. The
Freedom Party did field candidates in New York statewide races in the
November 2010 election, and made significant gains after just a
*DC Needle Exchange Nonprofit To Close
*DC Indymedia featured the announcement that a non-profit needle
exchange program servicing Washington DC will shut down. On February 8,
2011, the board of directors of PreventionWorks! announced that it would
cease operations after working for 12 years to provide free clean
needles to individuals in Washington DC struggling with drug problems.
The HIV rate in Washington stands at more than three times the rate
considered as "severe" by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, but the District of Columbia, since it is not a state, must
have local legislation approved by Congress, and Congress in 2007 banned
local funding for the needle exchange.
*Indiana Democratic Representative "In Exile" in Urbana, Illinois, To
Block Anti-Working-Class Votes
*Urbana-Champaign Indymedia posted a feature about an Indiana state
politician who fled Indiana and resides "in exile" in Urbana, Illinois
in order to block quora on two anti-working-class votes, much like that
done by Democratic politicians from Wisconsin. On February 24, 2011,
Indiana Democratic Representative Clyde Kersey spoke at the University
YMCA in Urbana; Kersey is one of 25 Democrats from Indiana taking refuge
in Urbana in order to prevent the ability to hold votes in Indiana on
two Indiana bills which would bust unions and attack public schools.
Demonstrations at the state capital in Indianapolis have seen some
10,000 people rally in support on the same day Kersey gave his talk in
Urbana. Kersey mentioned that this marks the first time the entire
Democratic party caucus in Indiana has left the state.
*Voldemort Elected Mayor of Chicago
*Chicago Indymedia noted the results of the Chicago 2011 mayoral
election with the headline "Voldemort Elected Mayor of Chicago",
alluding to the main antagonist of the Harry Potter series of books and
films. The political career of Rahm Emanuel is replete with illegal
activity, conflicts of interest, and corporate kowtowing -- from
engaging in illegal business activity while working as a city
consultant, to contributing to the Chicago Housing Authority's Plan for
Transformation which demolished and didn't replace public housing, to
illegally using city water workers to win election to the U.S. House.
Emanuel has worked as an investment banker, and has ties to the
financial industry, having been the leading recipient of donations from
the financial services industry, and having received a great many
political donations from finance firms in his run for mayor.
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