[imc-scotland-discussion] New indymedia newspaper
mike92 at riseup.net
Mon Apr 28 14:09:02 PDT 2008
Great work on the new indy paper
a few suggestions
think would be good to have articles on
- lawyer Aamer Anwar facing charges of contempt of court at Edin High
Court for stating that his client did not receive a fair trial after he
was found guilty on "terrorism" charges. If convicted he could be
barred from practising law and jailed. AA is a well known human rights
lawyer in scotland.
there is due to be a demo at high court in edin on this tomorrow
morning. i wont make demo, but might be able to write short article,
tho would gladly stand aside if anyone else is volunteering!
below some info
(i feel some criticisms can be made of the politics of AA and many of
his supporters from swp-type circles, but the issue is an important one
of state repression and i think we should definitely cover it)
- free west papua speaker in edinburgh tomorrow evening, could ask
organiser to write an article? info below
contact is <juliabrownlow at googlemail.com>
- would be good to have articles from glasgow, dundee , aberdeen and
elswhere, dont know if there has been anything in news-wire?
I could write some aberdeen folk i know to ask them, eg something on the
- suggest a short article on these lines:
Harlem activist to speak in Scotland
Juan from the inspiring New York city community group "Movement for
Justice in El Barrio" (MJB) is due to speak in Aberdeen, Glasgow and
Edinburgh in May. Based in mainly Hispanic East Harlem, MJB are battling
against developers who are trying to evict poor people from the area in
order to massively increase rents.
Sound familiar? The organisers of the Scottish meetings think so, and
hope the Edinburgh meeting will also be addressed by a speaker from Save
Our Old Town.
MJB have already driven one slum landlord out of their community - but
are now resisting a new landlord, Dawnay Day. This UK-based
multinational own properties world-wide, including the Carlton Hotel on
Edinburgh's North Bridge, and hotels in Troon and Stirling.
MJB's members are mainly poor Mexican immigrants, many without legal
immigration status. They take inspiration from the revolutionary
indigenous movement from southern Mexico, the Zapatistas, and are
affiliated to the Zapatista-initiated Other Campaign, which aims to draw
together oppressed groups "from below and the left". They reject "divide
and rule", standing for "the liberation of women, immigrants, lesbians,
people of colour, gays and the transgender community."
MJB Meetings Aberdeen 16 May (tbc), Glasgow 17 May, Edinburgh 18 May
(7pm Quaker Meeting House).
Info edinchiapas at yahoo.co.uk www.edinchiapas.org.uk
movementforjusticeinelbarrio at yahoo.com
above article also attached in open office
i suppose the author should be
- re layout, realise is still work in progress, but i think putting some
quotes in large bold type worked well last time, plus i think
subheadings are good to break up the type. In general i think we
should aim to make it attractive to folk beyond existing activists, by
having quite big headlines and plenty photos. i think the layout so far
has been really good , just thats something that always has to be borne
in mind i think, cos i know from experience of past news-sheets that
there is always a temptation to cram as much in as possible.
congratulations to those putting the news-sheet together!
ps have distributed current issue to several community venues in north
edinburgh including Muirhouse Library, Prentice Centre in Granton,
Royston Wardieburn community centre, Pilton community health project.
there are still some copies left in ACE.
pps below info on aamer anwar and west papua
DEFEND AAMER ANWAR
Come along to show your support outside the High Court, Lawnmarket
(Royal Mile), Edinburgh from 9.30am on Tuesday 29 April. Please come
along even if you can only spare half an hour from work.
Glasgow-based human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar is facing contempt of
court proceedings as a result of a statement he made on behalf of his
client, Mohammed Atif Siddique, who was convicted in September of
"terrorism" offences connected with activities on the internet.
We think that these proceedings threaten freedom of expression and
threaten the ability of lawyers to represent their clients properly. The
case will come before three judges sitting in Edinburgh High Court on
Tuesday 29 April. We hope that the preposterous charges against Aamer
Anwar will be thrown out by the judges.
* Lawyers, public figures, community leaders and concerned
citizens have put their names to an open letter supporting Aamer
Anwar that was first published in The Herald newspaper on 8
November 2007. The letter is still open for signatures and new
support is coming in every day.
* The Muslim organisations of all the Glasgow mosques have formed
a Muslim Action Committee to support Aamer Anwar -see Mosques
support Aamer Anwar.
* Activists from all communities have been getting together
regularly at meetings hosted by Glasgow Stop The War Coalition
to discuss ways of supporting Aamer Anwar.
Aamer Anwar continues to act as a campaigning lawyer committed to
defending human rights, even though he cannot, for the moment, speak
about his own case. He received a standing ovation when he spoke out
against the government's proposed new terrorism laws at a well-attended
public meeting on civil liberties held in Glasgow on 13 November. And on
29 November he joined other prominent legal figures and campaigners to
speak out against these measures at a public meeting held in the UK
Parliament at Westminster. He also spoke at a public meeting about civil
liberties in Edinburgh on 11 January 2008 to mark the 6th anniversary of
the arrival of the first prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
see Legal luminaries defend Aamer Anwar (Sunday Herald report)
CAMPAIGNING WORKS! The judges at the procedural hearing hed on 7
December 2007 acknowledged that public interest made it important for
the case to be dealt with in an open way. The more support there is for
Aamer Anwar, the fairer the legal process is likely to be.
You may be interested in a talk by Benny Wenda from the Free West Papua
Campaign www.freewestpapua.org. He will be telling his own fascinating
and moving story which will be followed by Richard Samuelson (also
from FWP) who will speak about the political/historical background to
the conflict in West Papua. The issues are very much connected to
climate change, as vital carbon sinks such as the rainforests and
peatlands of West Papua (home to many indigenous groups) are being
destroyed by Indonesia. Read more details of the talk below.
Tuesday 29th April (tomorrow)
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL
Thank you all and hope to see you there :-)
(please contact 07846939059 for more info)
WEST PAPUA: The Pacific's forgotten tragedy
WEST PAPUAN independence leader, Benny Wenda will speak about his own
experiences growing up in the Highlands of West Papua under Indonesian
military occupation -- as an eye-witness to mass killings, torture, rape
and what he describes as the "enslavement of my people and the rape of
our Nature", his subsequent involvement in the peaceful movement for
West Papuan independence and then his arrest, torture, trial and escape
from prison (following 2 failed assassination attempts) to eventual
political asylum in Britain.
Richard Samuelson (Free West Papua Campaign (UK) will then speak about
the political/historical background to the conflict in West Papua
(including the stage-managed "vote" in 1969 cruelly known as the "Act of
Free Choice", in which 1,026 hand-picked West Papuan "representatives"
were forced at gun-point to vote for annexation by Indonesia), the role
of Western governments in ensuring that the Indonesian take-over went
through the UN General Assembly "on the nod" and in keeping West Papua
out of the news to protect Western interests (BP & Rio Tinto), the
current human rights situation in West Papua and finally the ways the
Free West Papua Campaign is working to raise awareness and support for
an internationally-sponsored West Papuan peace process leading to a
genuine UN-administered act of self-determination.
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